Festival Calendar

Festival Calendar

Planning to come to Brussels but not sure when? Maybe this festival calendar will inspire you! There is always something happening here, but some events might attract you more than others. For extra information about events check the agenda on the page or for the very complete agenda (used by the locals) check  

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Winterjazz Marni-FlageyRiver Jazz Festival
What: The River Jazz Festival draws from the wells of three of the epicentres of the Brussels jazz scene: Theatre Marni, the Jazz Station, and le Senghor. The route between the three, from Ixelles to Saint-Josse via Etterbeek, follows the course of the former Maelbeek stream, and provides the inspiration for this Brussels event.
Where: Théâtre Marni & Jazz Station & Espace Senghor
Winterjazz Marni-FlageyBrussels Jazz Festival
What: Jazz is in the DNA of Flagey. At the opening of the radio building in 1938 the first Belgian big bands were brought to life to live radio broadcasts cared and recordings made in the studios. Chet Baker, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry were on stage at Studio 4. Since the opening of the association Flagey in 2002, much attention is devoted to jazz. The perfect acoustics of the rooms creates the ideal environment for the genre. This festival created in 2015, will quickly become another annual highlight for jazz lovers.
Where: Flagey
What: A tribute to Django Reinhardt, organized by the vzw 'De Vrienden van Brosella'. Django is the founder of gypsy swing (a combination of jazz with musette and gypsy music) and exceptional guitar player, a musical icon of the 20th century.
Where: different venues all over Belgium.
BRAFA- Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts FairCourt Mais Trash
What : 'Court Mais Trash’, created in 2005 in Brussels, is a platform for independent short films, discarded by festivals and other audiovisual events due as they do not conform to cinematic standards. 'Trash', in this case, does not only mean provocative and shocking but also alternative, political, low budget, offbeat ... The goal is to offer filmmakers a quality venue to introduce their projects.
Where: Centre Culturel des Riches-Claires

BRAFA- Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts FairBRAFA- Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair
What : Jewelry, furniture and other antiquities, tribal art, oriental art, engravings, ancient and modern paintings, contemporary art, books and photographs are once again on display in this exceptional location, where the quality of the pieces is guaranteed by the valuation committee's strict assessments. This is the place to be for curious visitors and serious collectors alike.
Where: Tour & Taxis

BRAFA- Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts FairArt Truc-Troc & Design
What : This original exhibition always attracts crowds to the Centre for Fine Arts. No money changes hands: visitors put post-its beside the artwork they want, offering goods, services, or even accommodation in return. In 2014 the event was expanded to include design and live entertainment.
Where: Centre for Fine Arts - BOZAR
What: EntreVues and Boutik Rock merged in 2012 and became Propulse, a performing arts rendezvous aimed primarily at those programming events, but which is also open to the public.
Where: Flagey, Halles de Schaerbeek, Botanique
Affordable Art FairAffordable Art Fair (AAF) Brussels
What: A fun and friendly art fair hosting a huge array of affordable, contemporary art. Our concept is simple, yet unique: an inspiring atmosphere in which you can find thousands of pieces of original artwork under one roof, between 60€ and 6,000€. The work of young, emerging artists hangs alongside some of the biggest household names, while the compulsory labelling of all the artwork means you
know exactly what suits your budget.
Where: Tour & Taxis

Affordable Art FairBrussels Chocolate Fair
What: Valentine’s Day enthusiasts declare their undying love to… chocolate and rush in droves to the Brussels Chocolate Fair (Salon du Chocolat). And this declaration of love gives rise to an idyllic moment unfolding between creative chocolate-makers and delighted chocolate-lovers. During the fair, visitors discover over 90 master chocolate confectioners and have the opportunity to lavishly taste this divine delicacy, free from any restraint whatsoever. A delicious event not to miss!
Where: Brussels Expo

Affordable Art FairCarte de Visite | ARTopenKUNST
What: The Belgian capital is a place of cultural encounters and creations. For the benefit of both amateur and professional artists living or working in Brussels, the Deputy Mayor of Culture has created the “Carte de Visite | ARTopenKUNST” event. Over the course of a weekend, it offers artists of all stripes the opportunity to showcase three pieces as their own personal business card to art lovers.
Where: Vanderborght Building

Affordable Art FairBurning Ice
What: Over the last few decades it has become clear that our actions are taking us closer to dangerous climatological, biological and technological tipping points, when we lose control and are no longer able to foresee the consequences. However, there are no indications that we wish to make fundamental changes to our behaviour. Burning Ice brings together artists, academics and theorists and asks why we are increasingly eager to brazen it out when it comes to speculating on our own future.
Where: Kaaitheater

PerformatikPerformatik (odd years)
What: The starting point and core of Performatik, the Brussels performance art biennale, are encounters between artists from the performing arts and the visual arts, taking the time to explore each other’s worlds and arrive at something new together. Exhibition and performance merge together more than ever, in formats which on average last half an hour. So you can combine to your heart’s content, sampling the rich spectrum that is performance today.
Where: different venues
Foire du livreFoire du livre
What : This annual (mainly French-language) book fair features more than a thousand publishers and attracts tens of thousands of book-lovers. Open to any field, style, and genre, the book fair is an invitation to dialogue. Though more than forty years have gone by since its creation, the ‘Foire du Livre” continues to showcase new themes and new interests to stimulate the most curious minds.
Where : Tour & Taxis
museum night feverMuseum Night Fever
What: A night at the museum! With more than 15.000 people in attendance each year, twenty Brussels museums open their doors to hundreds of young artists to present an exciting and offbeat programme, topped off with one of Brussels biggest after parties! A cheap pass gives access to all museums and to the shuttle buses to get around.
Where: Different museums in Brussels + after party
museum night feverThe Sound Week
What: The Sound Week presents loads of free activities: concerts, workshops, performances, lectures, sound installations and many other surprises. A feast of knowledge and practices, and an opportunity to understand this bright but invisible part of our environment which is “sound”.
Where: different places in Brussels
What: The annual Brussels Animation Film “Anima” is the rendezvous for the latest in cartoon films, animation at its best, sharpest, weirdest, and wildest. With over 200 screenings of all genres, and topped off by the award of the golden Cartoon d’Or, this festival has become a major event in its category. The mood is relaxed and magical, a week’s holiday for fans and professionals alike.
Where: Flagey
VW spring sessionsVW Spring Sessions (till June)
What: Since 1998 the beginning of March has been the signal for a new series of the now famous VW Spring Sessions, a festival that offers a fascinating voyage through a range of diverse genres, from tango to hip hop and jazz.
Where: different venues
offscreenOffscreen Film Festival
What: The Offscreen Film Festival is the indispensable gathering for film fans with a taste for the unconventional. This annual, non-competitive event is a showcase for independent and unreleased films, cult classics and offbeat genres from around the world.
Where: Cinema Nova, Cinematek, Rits, Beursschouwburg
Lezarts danse urbaine
Festival Lezarts Urbaines
What : A festival that showcases the creativity of the hip-hop scene, including choreography, concerts, DJ sets, and live drawing.
Where : Botanique, BOZAR, Maison du Livre, Cinema Aventure
What : This indoor fair features collection objects presented by 150 antique dealers and art galleries from all over Europe. The eclectic range of objects includes furniture, sculpture, clocks, weaponry, glasswork, ceramics, art nouveau, art deco, coins, and pre-Columbian art.
Where: Brussels Expo
What: Organized jointly by the Flanders Festival Brussels and the Flemish cultural radio station, Klara, the KlaraFestival opens the Brussels classical concert season at a variety of city venues over a fortnight. The line-up includes opera and celebrated international orchestras, as well as premieres and innovative multidisciplinary productions.
Where: Different venues
KlarafestivalIn Movement
What: This biennial festival focusses is a choreographic event created by Les Brigittines. Combining a variety of styles, the aim of the event is to demonstrate choreographers’ engagement in the contemporary world, be it politically or socially or by giving life to current issues.
Where: Les Brigittines
EuranticaFestival Passa Porta (odd years)
What: A biennial literary festival that is open to the world and believes in exchange and dialogue. Takes place at a variety of venues around the city.
Where: different venues
KlarafestivalEye on Palestine
What: Eye on Palestine is a festival that promotes quality and stimulating Palestine-related film and arts in Belgium.
Where: different places in Brussels (& Ghent)
banffBanff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
What: A long-established Canadian festival on a tour of the world! This festival focuses on adventure and expedition films about mountains and mountain activities, including sports such as tightrope-walking, spelunking, skiing, and climbing.
Where: Wolubilis
banffTels Quels : Festival Lesbien Gay Bi Trans
What : A festival offering films, discussions, a book fair, and parties at various locations in Brussels and elsewhere in Belgium.
Where : Vendôme
banffA Films Ouverts
What : A film festival in the context of the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, with feature films, shorts, exchanges, encounters, and much more.
Where : Various locations.
banffMade in Asia
What : Having drawn in more than 160 exhibitors and 43,800 visitors in a single week-end in 2014, Made in Asia is the biggest meeting place of young people in Benelux passionate about manga, video games, Asian culture, Lolita and Kawaii fashion, Cosplay and all the newest high-tech trends.
Where : Brussels Expo
banffMillenium – International Documentary Film Festival
What : With the backing of the UN, this festival of documentary film, attended by many directors, aims to promote the Millennium Goals via discussions, talks, and screenings of more than 50 films.
Where : BOZAR, Espace Senghor, CIVA
banffFestival XS
What : XS stands for Extra Small, which this continually growing festival is certainly not! With over 20 short plays and one-acts to discover each night of the festival at the National Theatre, from the basement to the attic, Festival XS is a true display of multidisciplinary performance and a different way of looking at theatre.
Where : Théâtre National

bifffBIFFF Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
What: This is probably the kookiest festival in the world: the organizers of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival have definitely a talent for unearthing all sorts of cinematographic gems, horror, science-fiction, thrillers and the likes. The BIFFF is a treasure trove of good spine-chilling films. On the programme: events and activities which attract genre buffs from all over Brussels, over 150 films in the presence of actors and directors, a fantastic facial make-up and body painting contest, a manga market, a “Zombie Parade” and the ruthless “Vampires Ball”. Are you scared yet?
Where: BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts
Brussels tango festivalThe Brussels Tango Festival
What: The Tango Festival offers demonstrations and beginners’ classes in a variety of venues, not just onstage, but also in metro stations and quiet corners in city parks.
Where: different venues
serres royales de Laeken Opening of the Royal Greenhouses
What: Designed by the architect Balat (Victor Horta's teacher), these greenhouses are one of Brussels' most remarkable monuments. This magic place will please both aficionados of 19th century architecture and green-fingered plant enthusiasts. These highly impressive greenhouses with their soaring ironwork are home to a wide range of flora and many rare species.
Where: Laeken
stoemp !STOEMP! Brussels Café Concerts
What: Pop and rock doesn’t always have to be about gigantic festivals and stadium concerts - as this series of concerts in bars and cafes shows.
Where: Different bars in the centre
hoplaHOPLA! The celebration of circus arts Brussels
What: The circus enters the heart of Brussels during 'Hopla!'. Artists from all over the world bring performances inside and outside or within a circus tent. There are activities for all ages. The City works together with the Maison du Cirque for this event.
Where: Place Sainte-Catherine and around
hopla10 km of Brussels
What: The 10.000m is one of the most important races of the Memorial. Of the 50 fastest 10km races ever run, 24 (!) of those took place in Brussels. After a beautiful course through the parks of Heysel follows a spectacular indoor finish in the concerthall Palais 12.
Where: Start at the Baudouin stadium, finish at Palais 12
Compil d'avrilCompil d’avril
What: Compil d'Avril keeps loyal to its concept and brings you once again a crossover of dance in relation with music, performance, video.
Where: la Raffinerie
courants d'airsFestival Courants d’airs
What: A five-day festival that showcases the work of students at the Conservatoire and other French-language institutions offering training in the performing arts: theatre, music, singing, contemporary circus, visual arts, dance, video, and more.
Where: Royal Arts Conservatory of Brussels
Brussels Short Film Festival
What: More than 300 short films from 40 countries. Discover the cream of world production with our international and national competitions, marvel at the films of great directors, surprised you meet projections Very Short Trash and of course the inevitable Best Of sessions!
Where: Cinéma Vendôme, Bozar, Flagey
PoppositionsPoppositions Art Fair
What: Conceived as an experiment with the art fair format and an alternative to the white cube environment of standard fairs, POPPOSITIONS is an assembly of galleries and hybrid art spaces.
Where: Dexia Art Centre
art brusselsArt Brussels
What: Almost 200 galleries from over 20 different countries take part in this Brussels contemporary art fair. Of particular interest to collectors, critics, journalists, and curators, but very much accessible to anyone interested in today's art. The result is a diverse collection of many different forms of contemporary art.
Where: Brussels Expo
Off art fairOFF Course Brussels Contemporary Art Fair
What: Art Brussels has been joined by a little brother that welcomes professionals, art-lovers, and collectors in the imposing Brussels stock exchange building
Where: Tour & Taxis
erfgoeddagCultural Heritage Day
What: A celebration of our Cultural Heritage, traditionally held on the first Sunday after the Easter Holidays, focusing on the movable (objects) and the intangible (stories, traditional techniques and skills). Access is free.
Where: Different places in Brussels 
Brussels Comedy FestivalKermezzo(o)
What: Just For Laughs and Kings of Comedy are joining forces to bring you the next generation of Belgian and international comedians. The program is a delightful mix of talented and creative artists who perform in different venues around Brussels!
Where: Different venues
festival des artsBalkan Trafik Festival
What: Each annual edition of Balkan Trafik presents a sample of the best that south-eastern Europe has to offer. A festive event including music, theatre, film, workshops, activities, and much more, all weekend long at the Centre for Fine Arts, transformed for the occasion into a cross between a popular celebration, a bazaar, and a beehive!
Where: Palais des Beaux-Arts - BOZAR
festival des artsBrussels International Guitar Festival & Competition
What: The Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition, brings together the best players and creators in Belgium and from around the world to talk shop, share techniques, shred tunes, and showcase the wonder of this versatile instrument.
Where: Espace Magh

festival des artsBrussels Design Market
What: Founded in 2002, the Brussels Design Market is a sort of flea market devoted to design, for the most part from the 1950s to the early 1980s, with a hundred or so exhibitors from all over Europe, both professionals and amateur design-lovers.
Where: Tour & Taxis
festival des artsKunstenfestivaldesarts
What: A cosmopolitan, contemporary, multidisciplinary, multilingual festival of performance and visual arts. Lasts three weeks and is backed by a number of local cultural venues and organizations.
Where: Different places in Brussels
festival of europeFestival of Europe
What: A declaration by Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950 marked a key moment in Europe's development. Having the European institutions here means putting up with demos and traffic restrictions for summits, but it also means you can visit their HQs.
Where: The European institutions, the European neighborhood
festival of europeYo!Fest (alternating between Brussels and Strasbourg, odd years in Brussels)
What: The YO!Fest is organised by the European Youth Forum in order to introduce its member organizations and their activities to the broad public. It hosts debates, workshops, and live music, to mobilize youth organizations and other civil society partners, as well as thousands of people from Belgium and beyond for causes concerning young people in Europe.
Where: The Esplanade of the European Parliament
fete de l'irisIris Celebration
What: Concerts and fireworks displays on the Place des Palais the whole weekend. Sunday is dedicated to the Street Festival: dozens of artists, mostly from Brussels perform in themed situations during the day. The area around Rue du Lombardstraat, seat of the Brussels parliament, is home to a relaxed bash aimed at (but by no means restricted to) the capital’s one million inhabitants. Under the aegis of the iris, the city’s mascot flower, a host of mini-festivals will offer pop-rock, jazz, and classical music as well as street entertainment for children and their parents.
Where: Brussels' city centre and around
fete de l'irisFood truck Festival
What: Fifty Belgian, Dutch, French and Luxembourgish food trucks descend in the centre of Brussels for this gourmand festival. Starting at 11 a.m. (until 11 p.m.), take the time to treat yourself to hamburgers, hotdogs, organic food, yoghurts, Belgian and world cuisine, chocolate, insects, mojitos, tajines, and the list goes on!
Where: City centre
kunstenarenparcoursQueen Elisabeth Music Competition
What: This competition that awards young virtuous pianists, violinists and singers is unique in the world, not only because of its importance, its influence, but also because of the difficulty of the tests, the prestigious jury, the strict rules (a rigid points system excluding any favoritism) and especially its originality, the Queen Elisabeth competition is one of the major cultural events of Brussels.
Where: BOZAR & Flagey
Les Nuits BotaniqueNational Pop-Up Store
What: More than simply a Pop-Up Store, Nationa(a)l is a temporary vitrine of Belgian talent. A great gathering of trans- and interdisciplinary Belgian creations, put on display in a creative and innovative way for an exceptional occasion - Cinema, Music, Fashion, Visual Arts, Design, Publishing, Dance and Gastronomy! In addition to being exhibited and sold, creations will come alive through a series of happenings : films screenings, fashion shows, innovation labs, concerts, brunches and encounters with creators, multidisciplinary performances, etc.
Concentrated creativity to wear, read, frame, see, hear, taste.
Where: Every time a different location
Les Nuits BotaniqueLes Nuits Botanique
What: Probably the best popular music event of the year in Brussels. A series of concerts with established, up-and-coming, and unheard-of artists - all good. Music and food available, outdoors if the weather permits - the first barbecue of the year, you could say.
Where: Botanique & Cirque Royal
pride day brusselsPride Day Brussels
What: This international annual event drapes Brussels in rainbow colours in honour of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community.
It’s the event where everyone gathers together to celebrate diversity in an engaged and festive atmosphere.
Where: The city centre
pride day brusselsZinneke Parade (even years)
What: Zinneke is a living city project! Zinneke is a project that creates opportunities for meeting, collaboration, cooperation and creation, that generates an artistic and social dynamic between residents, associations, schools and artists from different districts in Brussels and elsewhere. A multitude of artistic projects are developed based on the ideas, suggestions and imagination of the participants in workshops. The workshops themselves are as much meeting places for people whose paths would never cross in everyday life as havens of creativity where new methods and forms of collective acts of solidarity are forever being reinvented. Every two years, the Parade is the lively, resounding, festive expression of this desire to live and produce original creations together.
Where: The city centre
20 km van Brussel20 km of Brussels
What: Whether you're a jogger, an athlete, or anything but, this event has something for you. You could run, with 25,000 others, along the city's finest avenues. Or just watch, applaud, and stroll around the stands set up for the occasion.
Where: starting at Esplanade du Cinquantenaire
brussels jazz marathonBrussels Jazz Marathon
What: The tried and trusted formula remains unchanged. Over three days, a range of famous and not so famous jazz musicians will perform on four open-air stages and all evening long in a host of clubs and cafes.
Where: Different places in Brussels
What : Once again this year the Culinaria event at Tour & Taxis in Brussels invites the public to taste food prepared by Belgium's greatest chefs. With thousands of visitors each year, Culinaria is a huge success with gourmets, eager to discover new flavours. Conferences and workshops make up the programme at this event which is intended for all those who enjoy fine food.
Where: Tour & Taxis
CulinariaCarolus Festival
What : Brussels, capital of Europe, presents a tourist-friendly programme around Emperor Charles V, the forerunner of European unity, whose stubborn determination and perspicacity led medieval Europe to the modern era. Guided tours, games, lectures, tastings and concerts, will take you straight back to the 16th century and tell the captivating story of this period in Brussels’ history.
Where: Various locations
CulinariaRetrorama / Flashback Festival
What : Brussels’ Vintage Festival! Step back in time and embark on a voyage to the "glorious 30", "swinging sixties" and "sexy disco seventies" for a whole weekend entirely dedicated to vintage: Retrorama, a true overview of half a century (1950-2000) of design, look, fashion, art, advertising trends...
Where: Brussels Expo
CulinariaBrussels Vinyl Record Fair
What : The Brussels Vinyl Record Fair is the only ‘Vinyl only’ record fair in Belgium. Dealers from all parts of Europe join up with the best of Belgium in keeping with the spirit of a true collector’s dream, offering high quality collectors’ items, bargains, and everything in between.
Where: Ravenstein Gallery (near Central Station)
Roller bike paradeRoller-Bike Parade (till September)
What: The T-Man Roller Bike Parade invites you to get on your roller skates or bike and ride through the heart of the Capital of Europe. Every Friday from June to September, starting from Place Poelaert at 8 pm (beginners) and 9 pm (veteran), the Parade wends its way around the city in safety: streets and roads are blocked off for it! In case of rain or risk of rain, the event is automatically cancelled.
Where: starting point at Place Poelaert
Roller bike paradeDIY DAY : Free Do-It-Yourself Festival
What: With the help of our volunteers, artists, musicians, and workshop leaders, this 1-day festival comes to life, showing the city of Brussels its true potential as a community. With more than 30 workshops, live art & music, street theatre, kid-zone, alternative market, and more, this event aims to create an awareness for its visitors about the many issues of our society.
Where: Quai à la Houille Steenkoolkaai, 1000 Brussels
Roller bike paradeD-Festival
What: A festival of contemporary dance for young dancers who aims to breakdown the barriers between childhood and old age, immobility and movement, and the barriers between the arts. This festival highlights the strong bonds between dancers, actors, and musicians, while breaking through national barriers with the cosmopolitan Brussels dance scene.
Where: Théâtre Marni & Théâtre Les Tanneurs
Roller bike paradeMadifesto: European Fashion Summit
What: Madifesto, organized by Mode and Design Brussels (MAD), aims to be a unique meeting point of European fashion promotion institutions, designers and fashion experts. To think, to discuss, to inspire!
Where: Royal Library Meeting Center
Roller bike paradeLa Cambre - Fashion Show
What: La Cambre-Mode[s] is the Fashion design department of the National Superior School of Visual arts of La Cambre, Brussels renowned school of art and design. The yearly fashion shows present young talents to the world - and vice-versa -allowing our future creators access to a wider public as well as the professionals on our prestigious juries.
Where: Halles de Schaerbeek
boa fair baaf bruneafBOA Fair - BAAF - Bruneaf
What: Three festivals in one. The Sablon district is filled with a huge array of works of art from the Ancient world, the Orient, and the non-European art world. You can take a break from the galleries to rest a while at a sunny pavement cafe or have a bite to eat. Three festivals in one, of exotic and ancient art allow you to get lost among the beautiful objects of Classical, Asian, and African art. Sculptures, masks, fetishes, weaponry,jewellery, coins, fabrics, and traditional ethnic objects - the objects on display are ritual or domestic artefacts, combining shape with ornamental design.
Where: Sablon / Zavel
boa fair baaf bruneafOut Loud!
What: A month of free evening film screenings, concerts, and parties on the Beursschouwburg’s rooftop terrace. The bar, which serves tapas, opens at 5 pm.
Where: Beursschouwburg
boa fair baaf bruneafChildren’s Art Festival Supervliegsupermouche
What: More than 30 local organizations join their forces in order to create a convivial and poetic event full of surprises. For an entire day, the park of Forest will be the scene of a surprising programme, including more than 60 performances, DIY-workshops, and even a sensorial corner for babies, kids and their families.
Where: Park of Forest, 1190 Brussels
brussels film festivalBrussels Film Festival
What: Now a regular fixture in the Flagey building, the Brussels Film Festival is poised to turn into a truly European event. The programme features a mixture of short, medium and full-length films, with special emphasis on new work. On the warm summer nights when the festival takes place, the Flagey lighthouse illuminates the lives of all film fans.
Where: Flagey
What: Held in the beautiful Elisabeth Park, Plazey presents 5 days of children’s activities, popular cuisine, concerts, cinema, urban gardening, bike repair and other workshops, and apéros. Fun for the whole family!
Where: Parc Elisabeth / Elisabethpark
Jazz Jette JuneJazz Jette June
What : This annual jazz festival in the Brussels borough of Jette, launched in 1990, attracts about 5,000 spectators every year.
Where: Different venues in Jette
fete de la musiqueFête de la Musique.
What: This midsummer music festival was originally a French idea, but has now spread worldwide. In Brussels it lasts for four days. The big stars appear on the Place des Palais, but there are lots of other events in different locations thoughout the city.
Where: Different places in Brussels (and Wallonia)
festival musiq'3Festival Musiq’3
What : Classical music is... everywhere! A young and original event that presents a musical journey through different instruments and eras. More than 30 classical concerts with performers from all backgrounds. In addition: films, workshops and even flash mobs in a relaxed, open, and sociable atmosphere.
Where : Flagey
couleurs cafeFestival Couleur Café
What: World music enchants some and irritates others. The organizers of Couleur Café take great care to offer us only the highest quality music, food, and visuals. There are also activities relating to issues such as sustainable development.
Where: Tour & Taxis
What: Breathtaking folklore, and a magical show! More than 1.400 performers like actors, folk and historic groups, horses, puppet theater, giants, flags,... will help you relive a part of Brussels’ history: the procession of Charles V to Brussels in 1549. In the Brussels Park takes place a free medieval village with tournaments. Since 2012 the Ommegang is also part of the Carolus V Festival, a festival celebrating Emperor Charles V and his Palace of the Coudenberg.
Where: The 'Grand-Place'
recyclartRecyclart Holydays
What: Recyclart Holidays is the summer festival organized by arts centre Recyclart in and around the old train station Brussel-Kapellekerk/Bruxelles-Chapelle. Every Thursday and Friday night, from June 30 till August 5, it's time to party, to socialize, to eat and to drink! The programme consists of concerts, Dj sets, films and documentaries, workshops, exhibitions, performances - interspersed with pétanque and bakery workshops! Thursday nights are for free, Friday nights cost only 5 euro.
Where: Inside and in front of Recyclart
Bruxelles les bainsBruxelles Les Bains – Brussel Bad
What: Since 2002, Brussels creates its own urban beach atmosphere in the city! The cobbled quays of the canal are turned into a beach with the help of imported sand, palm trees, and straw huts. City dwellers flock to this waterfront paradise to show off, sunbathe, play a game of beach volleyball, cool off under the fountains, or simply sip a fruit juice cocktail under a straw parasol. The third edition of the festival ‘Let It Beach’ takes the audience of Bruxelles les Bains to the contrasting musical worlds with a programme of about 40 groups, keeping the unique recipe of the cocktail " folk/rock/pop/hip-hop and electronics" on Friday, "world" on Saturday and "workshop/concert/dance" on Sunday. At night time,
the urban beach features 20 open air cinema and opera screenings and more than 20 outdoor parties for 5 weeks of pure beach pleasure!
Where: At the canal, Yser
midis-minimesBrussels Boat Club
What : Want to know Brussels Best kept nightlife secret? Every summer the Brussels Boat Club sails out three times a week. On board it unites Brussels’ coolest venues and parties. Clubs like Fuse take over the steering wheel on this 200 people limited capacity club. All aboard!
Where :Quai des Péniches/Akenkaai, 1000 Brussels
midis-minimesRoyal Park Music Festival
What : The Royal Park Music Festival is July’s Sunday rendezvous in the Park of Brussels. A family festival with free entrance and concerts at 11.00am & 02.30pm - Jazz, blues, cool slam or hip-hop, classics, and local and European artists.
Where : Kiosk of the Park of Brussels
midis-minimesMidis-Minimes / Middagen van de Miniemen
What : The festival Midis-Minimes once again offers an eclectic programme of lunchtime (35-minute) concerts, both “classical” and world, every weekday at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels
Where : Conservatoire / Conservatorium
Bruxelles fait son cinemaArs in Cathedrali
What: For more than 40 years, the Cathedral has been organizing concerts, which take place every Tuesday at 8pm during the months of July and August and feature the three organs of the Cathedral.
Where: St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral
Bruxelles fait son cinemaBruxelles fait son cinéma
What: Eleven free open-air film screenings in different locations around the city. A chance to discover interesting films and unfamiliar corners of Brussels.
Where: different venues
brussel danstBrussels Danst
What: As is customary, Flanders Day on 11 July is celebrated in style in Brussels. This is the third edition of ‘Brussels dances’. A wonderful - and free - festival that takes the capital city as its backdrop, and where everyone welcomes the arrival of summer at their own pace
Where: The city centre
brosellaBrosella Folk & Jazz
What: For ‘the Friends of Brosella’ music is a dynamic force which stimulates growth and personal development. A slogan that is completely true for Brosella Folk & Jazz, the two-day festival in the charming amphitheater next to the Atomium, known for its impressive location, brilliant acoustics, exciting programming and particularly pleasant atmosphere. The ‘Brosella Folk and Jazz’ festival - established in 1977 - has grown into a hugely successful international music event. The Saturday is traditionally dedicated to folk music and the Sunday to jazz.
Where: Théâtre de Verdure
Foire du midiMidi Fair
What : A gigantic annual funfair in the streets around the Midi/Zuid railway station. Traditional fairground attractions and snacks - and the latest dizzying hi-tech rides.
Where : Boulevard du Midi - Zuidlaan
nationaal feestdagBal National
What: On 20 July, the eve of Belgium’s National Day, get together with the family or among friends, for a good time, with no fuss or formality, at the open-air ball at Place du Jeu de Balle in the heart of the old town, les Marolles. The formula is simple: a lot of high spirits, a touch of madness, a good swig of humour and a determination to have fun together at the largest popular “ball” of Belgium.
Where: Place du Jeu de Balle
nationaal feestdagFestivities for the National Day
What: Belgium is celebrating its independence (and has done so since 1830) and the whole of Brussels is in festive mood! There are organized activities everywhere games for children, merry-go-rounds and foodie stalls in the Park of Brussels, a military parade, and concerts. The grand finale to this day of jubilation is a fireworks display that gets more creative every year.
Where: Parc de Bruxelles / Parc royal
opendeurdag koninklijk paleisVisit the Royal Palace (open till early September)
What: You can only visit the Belgium Royal palace during the summer. Every seat, ceiling and mirror are more decorated than a wedding cake. Of course, it's a palace: marble floor, crystal chandeliers, period furniture, not to mention the ceremonial room with the ceiling decorated by artist Jan Fabre with the glowing elytra wings of 1.500.000 scarab beetles. Magnificent reminders of the past and of contemporary artists are found side by side in this palace, the King’s “office”, which is a must-see of the summer.
Where: The royal palace
bruksel liveBruksellive
What: Bruksellive is organized by a group of nine Brussels Flemish youth organizations. This music festival, which takes place in a leafy, open air theatre, has become more and more successful since its launch in 2005. More than forty bands and DJs spread out over four stages make this a festival not to be missed!
Where: Théâtre de Verdure (open air amphitheatre + park)

Mini-Europe by NightMini-Europe " By Night "
What: With its 300 detailed models, including Big Ben, Venetian gondolas, bullfights in Seville, and an erupting Vesuvius, Mini-Europe can take you all around Europe in a few hours. Located at the foot of the Atomium, the park is a wonderful place for a family visit, and at night it's truly magical.
Where : Mini-Europe
Mini-Europe by NightReggaebus Festival
What: The only event in Belgium dedicated to reggae dub sound system culture!
Where : Tour & Taxis
bsfBrussels Summer Festival
What: The Brussels Summer Festival is entering new territory by embracing drama, street theatre, and children’s events. Music still remains at the core of this popular festival, however, with stages in a variety of venues across the city, from concert halls to trendy urban neighbourhoods. A festival to celebrate the city!
Where: Different locations in Brussels

What : Classissimo injects a dose of classical music into the Brussels Summer Festival, with the aim to bring it to a wider audience.
Where : Théâtre du Parc
ClassissimoFlower Carpet (even years)
What: This huge carpet of begonias covers the Grand-Place every two years. The cut flowers are arranged directly on the pavement of the square by specialist horticulturalists from Ghent. The resulting pattern of colours can be viewed from the balcony of the town hall.
Where: La Grand-Place
ClassissimoFlowertime (odd years)
What: Something beautiful is blooming in the EU’s capital city. This summer, the City of Brussels, the Brussels’ Flower Carpet and the Floralies of Ghent are joining forces for the second edition of Flowertime, the major international plant and flower arrangement event. Internationally renowned landscape and floral artists will transform the Brussels City Hall into a heavenly walking garden and the Grand-Place into a relaxation paradise.
Where: Brussels City Hall & Grand’Place
Orgue d'aoutL'Orgue d'Août / Augustusorgel
What : This annual festival of early music focuses on the organ, but also features singers and instrumental ensembles. The light show accompanying the festival is not to be missed!
Where: Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle / O.L.V. Kapellekerk
Festival Theatres NomadesFestival Théâtres Nomades
What: During four days in August, the “Nouveaux Disparus” acting company installs a nomadic village in Brussels’ Park. At this festival, more than 50 spectacles for children, circus acts, street theatre, storytellers, and puppetry can be witnessed beside the park’s central fountain.
Where: Parc royal / Warandepark
festival international des BrigitinnesFestival international des Brigittines
What: Les Brigittines is an arts centre that specializes in the exploration, research and creation of performing arts: movement, play, space, sound, and image. This contemporary arts festival, taking place in a baroque chapel that dates from 1652 and its contemporary steel doppelgänger, is one of the highlights of Brussels’ art calendar.
Where: Les Brigittines, Contemporary Arts Centre for Movement
What: Every year, The Royal Park in Brussels is transformed into a fairytale forest filled with supernatural music. As ever, Ancienne Belgique cooks a customized sparkling first-class menu for musical connoisseurs and outdoor cocooners. Very intimist and a kind of melancholic atmosphere, as the audience watches in awed silence.
Where: The Royal park of Brussels
Fiesta LatinaFiesta Latina
What: Do not miss Fiesta Latina, the best South American festival in Belgium. On the programme: concerts, shows and dance competitions, mercadillos, y mucho màs... Enjoy the pleasures of Havana, Brazil and the tropics to finish the summer in style.
Where: Bois de la Cambre: Carrefour des Attelages/Ter Kamerenbos: Gespanhoek
Fiesta LatinaInternational Music Festival Triomphe de l’Art
What: This annual international music festival synthesizes different forms of art and genres from baroque to jazz. The main idea is to support the musical culture of Europe, attracting and strengthening ties between young musicians of different nationalities and increasing the level of musical culture.
Where: Russian Center of Science and Culture
Fiesta LatinaBrussels Creative Forum
What: Brussels boasts an exceptional range of cultural and creative events: more than 20000 a year. This forum sets out to showcase the diversity, relevance, and originality involved by setting up a Cultural Market to present Brussels’ new seasonal programmes, hold conferences & debates on interesting subjects related to this wide field, a creative job market, and much more!
Where: Square Meeting Centre
design in septemberDesign September
What: Throughout the month, Design September presents dozens of events in the city centre, looking at design in the broadest sense – from furniture to household appliances to architecture – via talks, exhibitions, films, discussions, visits, walks, and even flea markets for vintage design.
Where: Different places in Brussels
TheaterfestivalTheaterfestival (only during odd years taking place in Brussels)
What: Every year, the Theaterfestival selects the most relevant productions from the past season. Altogether the jury members watched at least 500 performances, from children’s and youth theatre to dance and musical theatre. From these they chose the best ten productions, which are now being shown once again for everyone just before the start of the new theatre season.
Where: Kaaitheater
memorialMemorial Van Damme
What: Each year in late summer, the world’s best athletes meet at this prestigious international athletics meeting in Brussels for a track and field extravaganza in honour of Ivo Van Damme. The Memorial Van Damme is one of the two yearly finals of the prestigious Diamond League. An event that with each new edition drains his harvest of medals and records.
Where: King Baudouin Stadium
Week-end de la biereThe Belgian beer weekend
What: The Beer Weekend includes ceremonies in the cathedral and the town hall, but it is the "interactive" side of the event that attracts beer-lovers in their thousands to the Grand'Place/Grote Markt, where Belgian breweries of all sizes will have stalls. There will also be a parade of historic brewery carts and beer wagons.
Where : Grand-Place / Grote Markt
Fete de la BDComic Strip Festival
What: A weekend, once a year, the comic strip takes centre stage in Brussels, capital of the 9th art par excellence. The city then lays out a wonderful feast for its paper heroes and spares no efforts to entertain young and old: exhibitions, markets, tours, book-signing sessions, reading corners and other activities. Highly recommended to children from 7 to 77.
Where: The Park of Brussels

Fete de la BDBalloons’ Day Parade
What: : As part of the Comic Strip Festival, come and enjoy a unique event in Europe, which gets its inspiration from the famous parades made in the US. Giant helium-filled balloons representing your favourite characters from the comic strip, animated film and Belgian folklore take on the streets of Brussels in a colourful parade. And what’s more, you get it for free! An insider’s tip: attend the impressive spectacle of the balloons being inflated, a surprising event well worth the detour!
Where: Boulevards of the city centre
Fete de la BDArt on Paper
What: While in the past, drawing used to be confined to the auxiliary rank of artistic practice, it now holds its own place in the world of contemporary art; the medium has succeeded in conquering its autonomy. Art on Paper has made itself the sounding board for this pertinence that is specific to the medium by devoting itself strictly to drawing in its most contemporary expression, with a plan to connect some twenty solo shows selected from international galleries. An artist's stroke will thus stand out within each exhibition space.
Where: BOZAR

Fete de la BDEAT! Brussels (– DRINK! Bordeaux)
What: : A gastronomic gathering arranged for all food lovers and gourmets whether natives of Brussels, Belgians or tourists. This cosmopolitan, bustling and creative city, the capital of Europe, invites them to discover a hundred or so different food outlets: restaurants, bars, sweet and savoury stalls, demonstrations by top chefs for enjoying a quick bite and lifestyle revelations. With the family or among friends: an absolute must!
Where: The Park of Brussels

Prix découvertePrix Découverte
What: Every two years the Prix Découverte is awarded to a contemporary Belgian artist, who is given an opportunity to make his or her work known to the public.
Where: Centre d’Art de Rouge Cloître
Marni jazz festivalMarni Jazz Festival
What : This jazz festival - open to all kinds of jazz, with international talent alongside Belgian performers - gets the new concert season off to a flying start.
Where: Théâtre Marni
Brussels Desig MarketBrussels Design Market
What : Founded in 2002, the Brussels Design Market is a sort of flea market devoted to design, for the most part from the 1950s to the early 1980s. A hundred or so exhibitors from all over Europe, as well as professionals and design-lovers, will guarantee an atmospheric occasion.
Where: Tour & Taxis
brusselse museumnocturnesBrussels Art Days
What: For several years, Brussels Art Days have been the event marking the beginning of the contemporary art year in autumn. Thus, thirty or so galleries celebrate the start of the art season by reopening together. This is when, for a few days, Brussels buzzes with contemporary art. The idea behind this initiative is to further emphasize Brussels’ position as a dynamic and avant-garde capital when it comes to contemporary art in Europe. On the programme : exhibitions, private viewings, shows, drinks and press conference.
Where: Various art galleries in Brussels
brusselse museumnocturnesFestival Cultures Maison
What: A festival dedicated to micro, independent, and self-published comics, fanzines and other graphic and audio-visual media.
Where: Maison des Cultures de Saint-Gilles
brusselse museumnocturnesBrussels Museum Nocturnes
What: With these late-night openings, the drab fall season takes on a whole new and magical dimension: every Thursday from September until December, a number of museums stay open late at democratic prices (free/1.50€/3€), with exceptional guided tours and rare opportunities to talk to curators and see behind the scenes. Experiment out of sheer curiosity!
Where: Different museums in Brussels
Journées du patrimoineHeritage days
What: This weekend, Brussels is more than ever one big museum. Every year, the Heritage Days focuses on a different aspect of the Brussels urban heritage. A unique opportunity to see inside private houses, businesses, and public institutions that are otherwise rarely accessible.
Where: Different places in Brussels
Journées du patrimoineSTOEMP! Brussels Bar Concerts
What: Stoemp! unites 10 of the most typical of Brussels’ cafés. Well-known bands and up-and-coming names play a total of more than 30 concerts in unique and intimate settings. Two concert series a year: one starting in April, the second in September. Entry is always free and everyone is welcome to come mash it up!
Where: Various bars in the centre of Brussels
What : This folklore festival will feature battles of the (brass) bands, a ball on the Grand-Place/Grote Markt, a parade of “giants”, a craft market, and a folk village and procession on the Saturday
Where : Grand-Place / Grote Markt
Dimanche sans voituresCar-free Sunday
What: The first one was in France in 1998. On 15/09, from 10 till 6pm we have already the 10th edition of the Car-Free day in Brussels which has become a great success. The centre becomes a giant play garden and everyone celebrates sustainable mobility! That’s true: that day, the kings of the road are rollerbladers, pedestrians, joggers, bikers and so on. Loads of activities and animation on the menu as well!
Where: Everywhere in Brussels

Bruxelles champetreBrussels Country Village (Bruxelles champêtre / Landelijk Brussel)
What : The car-free Sunday is very popular in Brussels and “Brussels Country” is an undeniable high point, bringing the countryside into the heart of the city, with added entertainment, stands, and a variety of activities.
Where : Place des Palais / Paleizenplein

Bruxelles champetreFestival Kanal (even years)
What : The mission of Festival Kanal is to (re)discover Brussels’ canal zone as the new city centre, as a metropolitan public space, as a bridge between cultures and population groups, as the place where many roads cross, as a place to be and a must-go zone! This has already yielded several exciting festivals full of memorable, poetic and confrontational artistic interventions. Artists, designers and local talents create open spaces for play, socializing, exchange, and other purposes. This free festival questions and explores the notion of public space, challenging inhabitants and visitors to create the city, together.
Where : Around the canal and its vibrant districts
Bruxelles champetreSaint-Jazz-ten-Noode
What : Saint-Jazz-ten-Noode was launched in 1985 in the heart of Brussels and offers free jazz concerts that push the boundaries between jazz and other genres: Afro, Latin, funk... A dynamic and cosmopolitan festival in September, like the municipality of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode itself!
Where : Saint-Josse-Ten-Node
Bruxelles champetreBrussels Brost
What : A free student festival with the hottest bands of the moment! Kick off the new academic year with a bang before hitting the books!
Where : Quai des Péniches - Akenkaai
Bruxelles champetreLa Nocturne de l’ULB
What : Definitely one of the most important student events in Brussels, where young bands can introduce themselves to producers - a real opportunity! Furthermore, the event welcomes some hundred artists playing the whole evening long in front of around 20 000 spectators, from Rock and Electronic Music to Jazz and Urban!
Where : The ULB Solbosch Campus - Université Libre de Bruxelles

Bruxelles champetreBAS – Brussels Art Square
What : Founded in 2005, on the initiative of a group of leading Belgian antique dealers, Brussels Art Square aims to raise the profile of the Sablon and its surrounding area as a historic art and antiques district, with the intention of preserving the originality and charm of this neighbourhood of Brussels. A European country will be invited to share these exhibition days with the antique dealers and gallery owners of the Sablon.
Where : Various galleries in Sablon neighbourhood.
skoda jazzHello Jazz Festival (till December)
What: After Belga Jazz , Skoda Jazz and Audi Jazz Festival, welcome to Hello Jazz Festival! Numerous concerts held in various Belgian cities with jazz, blues, world music, avant-garde and hip hop. This festival will welcome many international stars.
Where: Different places in Brussels
europalia.indiaEuropalia (till January)
What: Last time out it was Brazil; before that the focus was on China in 2009. Now the biennial Europalia festival turns to another of the BRIC countries, India, with a wide range of events all over Belgium. From October to February, the festival will explore all aspects of Indian culture and the Indian arts scene: music, the visual arts, cinema, literature, design, fashion, food, you name it...
Where: Different locations in Belgium

nuit blancheNuit Blanche
What: Brace yourself for a sleepless night in Brussels… with hundreds of cultural, sporting, musical and festive activities to (re)discover and shed a new light on the city. One of the specific aspects of Nuit Blanche is its call for projects aimed at artists, and also at cultural and associative stakeholders. It hence encourages new themed projects to see the light of day. In short, Nuit Blanche is an inspiring initiative which fosters the development of cultural and artistic sensibilities in all the districts of town.
Where: Different places in Brussels
nuit blancheFestival Francofaune
What: A tribute to French music of all kinds. Whether funny, revolutionary, poetic or popular, these songs are always lively and entertaining. Since 2001, this festival, previously known as Rallye Chantons Français, has brought together French musicians and singers, from the confirmed and classic to new artists.
Where: Various locations in Brussels
nuit blancheBOZAR Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF)
What: The BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF) offers an opportunity to explore the very best of digital culture. Its beats will resound throughout the Centre for Fine Arts over three whole days. An exhibition of works of "Digital Art" will be on display in a number of the Centre's spaces.
Where: Centre for Fine Arts - Bozar
Biennale art nouveauBiennale Art Nouveau & Art Deco (odd years)
What: Every two years, this biennial offers an almost unique opportunity to visit more than fifty interiors of buildings in Brussels. Splendid private mansions, schools, public and industrial buildings, shops, movie theatres... Brussels’ architectural diversity bears witness to the abundance of these styles in our urban landscape. Guided tours are organized each weekend, some even by bicycle to discover as much as possible of the city’s invaluable heritage.
Where: Different locations
Biennale art nouveauBrussels Biennale of Modern Architecture (even years)
What: The Brussels Biennale of Modern Architecture focuses on the less known yet enriching Brussels architectural patrimony of the era 1918-1972. From the beginning of the 20th century Brussels was a leading city when it came to new architectural developments. In the interwar period, ornamental simplicity and new ground plans ran parallel to the introduction of new techniques such as lifts and sanitary facilities. The houses that will be open during this biennale are all unique, and each guided tour will end by the owner telling his or her own story.
Where: Different locations
Brussels Marathon Small Brussels Marathon & Half Marathon
What: An annual marathon for serious runners as well as those who choose to run for fun, with a group, or for a good cause. For the less fit/energetic, there is the half-size version. All receive plenty of encouragement from the public along the route.
Where: Esplanade du Cinquantenaire
Brosella guitar fairBrussels Accessible Art Fair
What: Now is your chance to admire and maybe acquire high quality works of art having the opportunity to discuss with the sellers. Whether it is works from young emerging artists, artists in mid-career, designers or galleries, selected works of art are carefully brought to a captive audience. A jury of experts, which comprises of contemporary and modern art specialists and art journalists, guarantees the quality of the art presented. Its atmosphere combining energy and audacity is well worth a visit.
Where: Each time another prestigious venue
festival de la libertéFestival des Libertés / Liberty Festival
What: Framework of communications, protest and artistic creations, the "Festival of Liberties" is the global expression of our permanent action of defense of rights, liberties and values of the universal democracy. As political and cultural event, the festival proposes films, debates and conferences, concerts, theatrical performances and exhibitions to a large public. Symbolically political observatory of the situation of the rights and liberties in the world, the festival is also a place of testimony and convergence of the democratic fights.
Where: Theatre National

Brosella guitar fairBrussels Fashion Days
What: Brussels Fashion Days, the biggest fashion event of the year in Belgium, where fashion meets people! In a 10,000m² space entirely dedicated to fashion, you will have the opportunity to discover a complete panorama of what the Belgian fashion world has to offer.
Where: The Egg
Brosella guitar fairAutumn Falls
What: Autumn Falls is an excellent indie music festival that presents an exciting line-up with confirmed crowd pleasers and up-and-coming acts. Prepare to enjoy a wide variety of quality alternative music in a variety of genres and from different backgrounds in the most cherished venues in all of Belgium.
Where: Various locations in Brussels and beyond
Brosella guitar fairFilem’on
What: Filem’on, a Brussels International Children’s Film Festival, takes place during the autumn holidays.
Where: different locations
festival du film indépendantFIFI – Festival of the Independent Film
What : This Brussels festival hosts independent film-makers from all over the world. A bracing homage to freedom and originality.
Where: CC Jacques Franck
pink screen festivalPink Screens
What: The bold and up-to-snuff subversive Pink Screens festival, aka “Genres d’à côté”, tackles with a fair share of curiosity, candour and humour the question of alternative sexual identities and genders. The festival considers the queer theories and themes from a cinematographic perspective, exploring original and unbiased film-making. Disconcerting and impertinent, intriguing and mind-blowing movies, bringing feature and short films, drama, documentaries and experimental movies, will spark audience interest in the very special Cinema Nova.
Where: Cinema Nova
ars musicaInternational Brussels Tattoo Convention
What: One hundred and forty international tattoo artists and body piercers are ready to turn their needles on you, but will have to compete for your attention with the Burlesque shows, Roller Girls, live bands, art expositions and body mod competitions! Comb your hair back for the retro Rockabilly Market and, for the motor heads, come check out the custom cars & bikes!
Where: Tour & Taxis

ars musicaEXPORT/IMPORT International Festival (even years)
What: The Export/Import Festival takes the world of theatre beyond languages and borders. Through this festival, Bronks aims to showcase the best examples of Dutch-language theatre while importing its foreign-language counterparts. Export/Import allows one to discover quality youth theatre in French, Dutch, English, and more.
Where: Bronks jeugdtheater

ars musicaBrussels Innova
What: Brussels Innova is the international exhibition of innovation, entrepreneurship, and new technologies.
Where: Brussels Expo

ars musicaArs Musica (even years)
What: Do you love top-notch contemporary music? Then please mark your calendar! Ars Musica is one of the top 10 international festivals of the genre. The festival dives into the depths of current musical creation and state-of-the art unpredictability of scales, notes and chords. And if this is not enough of a challenge, Ars Musica also ventures onto off-base art areas, be it electronic or experimental music. Overall, fifty or so concerts, events, conferences and activities.
Where: Different places in Brussels and Belgium
ars musicaCocoon
What: Cocoon is the Belgian national trade show for exterior and home decoration. Its goal is to connect decorators with those people who need them.
Where: Brussels Expo

Nocturnes du sablonNocturnes du Sablon / Nocturnes van de Zavel
What : The traders of the Sablon district have had a brilliant idea jazzing up the area in festive mode a wee bit before the big Christmas rush: subtle light decorations, romantic barouches, red carpets, champagne and colourful animations are on the programme in dozens of venues. Merchants and antique dealers swing open their doors until 11 p.m. to offer the public the opportunity to share pleasant and relaxed moments and take full advantage of this historic area with its undeniable charm. A few unique days, as if it were out of time... and winter around the corner.
Where : Sablon Neighbourhood / Quartier du Sablon / Zavelwijk
winterpretWinter Wonders
What: The City of Brussels came up with the idea of Winter Wonders to console those who suffer from winter blues! The magical illumination of Grand-Place, the Christmas market of an invited region in the heart of the city, the merry-go-rounds on Place Saint-Catherine, the big wheel and the ice rink, dozens of stalls for stocking up on gifts and treats… An explosion of delights follows in quick succession over 2 km, in a city all dressed up in festive garb. It is a trail that brings joy and wonder by the bucketful: adults treat themselves to seasonal delights, children stare with eyes and mouths wide open at the magic of Christmas at work and everybody socks away fresh emotions.
Where: Place Sainte-Catherine, Grand-Place, Marché aux Poissons and around la Bourse (or Stock Exchange Building)
winterpretBe Film Festival
What: This festival is a true godsend if you’ve missed out on the Belgian blockbusters of the season or if you’d like to see some of the masterpieces of cinema Made in Belgium. During the festive season, Cinematek offers film buffs the opportunity to get their movie fix five days in a row and applaud a host of prestigious figureheads of Belgian cinema. Very popular and extremely pleasurable.
winterpretThe Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival
What: The Mediterranean Film Festival offers something to warm your senses. Brussels’ Botanique will open their movie theaters for an eclectic and colourful programme with more than 70 films, documentaries and shorts. You will meet a whole range of guests, actors, directors and producers and vibe to the sounds of Mediterranean melodies during catchy concerts and spicy parties.
Where: Botanique
winterpretBrussels Dog Show
What: The Brussels Dog Show is organized by the Belgian kennel club Royal Saint-Hubert, the biggest international dog show in Belgium which gathers approximately 4000 entered dogs with more than 300 varieties! On the programme: beauty contest, show handling and demonstrations! The aim of a dog show is to elect the best specimens of each breed. A qualified judge gives his verdict on every dog divided by breed, by class, and by sex. Only the most presentable and impressive canines are prize-winning. As well the dog as its owner will find their satisfaction there!
Where: Brussels Expo
What: With so many events, parties, and happenings on New Year’s Eve in Brussels, don’t forget to pick up your must-have party pass, which also includes a variety of cultural and trendy experiences, for a low price! Celebrate New Year’s eve with us in the capital of Europe!
Where: Various locations in Brussels


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