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Event Category: Festivals in Belgium

The sheer number, variety and sizes of festivals in Belgium are staggering for such a small country. Occupying an important part of Belgian culture, they cover everything from UNESCO-protected cultural festivals such as the Carnaval de Binche and historical events like the re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo, to the arts, film and some of the world’s biggest music events.

That Belgian beer and food is omnipresent goes without saying, while in the country that produced the surrealist master René Magritte, there’s always a touch of the absurd to be found such as the International Bathtub Regatta in the town of Dinant. And if you can’t decide what kind of happening to choose, they go to Gentse Feesten in the medieval city of Ghent – it’s Europe’s largest cultural open air festival, combining everything from music, dance, street theatre and exhibitions, to fun fairs, processions, circuses and parades.

Music festivals in Belgium

If you visit Belgium in summer, its music events on offer cater to all tastes from the popular mainstream to the obscure niche. The outrageous Tomorrowland is the world’s largest electronic music event in the small but aptly named town of Boom, while other music festivals such as Dour in Wallonia and Pukkelpop in Flanders have built a reputation for being of Europe’s finest. And if you like jazz then don’t miss some of Belgium’s many outstanding jazz festivals like Jazz Middelheim and Jazz Brugge.

Belgian beer festivals

In a country where its beer is a UNESCO-inscribed Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and which produces the world’s best ranking beer, there’s no surprise that there are entire festivals dedicated to it. Belgium’s biggest beer festival is the Zythos Beer Festival in Leuven, but there are plenty of others too.

Christmas markets in Belgium

If your Belgium travel takes you there in winter, then chances are you’ll stumble upon one of its many Christmas markets. While the Brussels Christmas Market – called Winter Wonders – is hailed as one of Europe’s most original, Belgian Christmas markets come in all shapes and formats and are held all over the country.

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May 2021

Bruges Triennial (Triennale Brugge), Belgium 2021

May 8 - October 24
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Free
Bruges Triennial

The Bruges Triennial (Triennale Brugge) is a contemporary art and architecture event held every three years in the city of Bruges, Belgium. This summer will see the third version of…

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Beaufort 21 Triennial, Belgium

May 27 - November 7
zeebrugge zeebrugge,Belgium + Google Map
Free
Beaufort 21 Triennial, Belgium

Beaufort 21, the Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea, returns to the Belgian coast in 2021. From May until November, a series of work by 21 artists will be…

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June 2021

Paradise Kortrijk Triennial, Belgium

June 26 - October 24
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Paradise Kortrijk Triennial

Inspired by interpretations of the utopian dream of paradise, the Kortrijk Triennial will take place from 26 June to 24 October, 2021 in the Belgium city. Organisers of the Paradise…

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August 2021

Brussels Summer Festival 2021, Belgium

August 18 - August 22
3 locations in the Brussels city centre Brussels,Belgium + Google Map
€35 – €75
Brussels Summer Festival Belgium

The Brussels Summer Festival in August has grown to one of Europe’s not-to-be-missed music festivals. The five-day event will turn the royal quarter of Brussels...

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Pukkelpop 2021 Music Festival in Belgium

August 19 - August 22
Pukkelpop, Kempische Steenweg
Kiewit,3500Belgium
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Pukkelpop Festival Belgium

From roaring rock, pumping house and blazing metal to low-fi singer-songwriters, indie and pure pop, young and old will love the Pukkelpop music festival in August featuring one of the…

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Brussels Beer Festival: BXL Beer Fest 2021

August 21 - August 22
Tour et Taxis, Havenlaan 86c
Brussels,1000Belgium
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€5 – €15
BXL Beer Fest, Brussels, Belgium

At the Brussels beer festival “BXL Beer Fest”, over 60 independent brewers from a dozen countries show off their artisanal beers. With strictly no room for industrial products at the…

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November 2021

Light Festival Ghent, Belgium

November 10 - November 14
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Light Festival Ghent

Every three years the city of Ghent in Belgium lights up with a series of spectacular and imaginative light installations from international artists. The next Light Festival Ghent will be…

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February 2022

Bruges Beer Festival 2022 Belgium

February 5, 2022 - February 6, 2022
Brugs Bierfestival, 't Zand
Brugge,8000Belgium
Free
Bruges Beer Festival Belgium

Since its first edition in 2007 the Bruges Beer Festival (“Brugs Bierfestival” in Flemish) has earned itself a reputation as one of Belgium’s best beer festivals, and that is saying something ...

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Carnaval de Binche 2022, Belgium

February 27, 2022 - March 1, 2022
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Carnaval de Binche

Eerie, identical wax masks, colossal ostrich plume hats, confetti in churches and orange throwing: the medieval Carnaval de Binche (or Carnival of Binche) is like no other in the world.…

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