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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July 2022

Dour Festival 2019 in Belgium

July 13 - July 17
Dour Festival grounds, Plaine de la Machine à Feu
Dour,Belgium
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Dour Festival Belgium

Dour Festival is the biggest music event in the French speaking part of Belgium featuring eight stages and attracting a quarter of a million revellers. Held in July, this is…

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August 2022

Pukkelpopkwartier / Pukkelpop 2022 Belgium

August 18 - August 21
Pukkelpop, Muziekodroom, Bootstraat 9
Hasselt,Belgium
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€35
Pukkelpop

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 2022

August 27 - August 28
Tour et Taxis, Havenlaan 86c
Brussels,1000Belgium
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€5
Zythos Bierfestival 2022 Leuven Belgium

At the Brussels beer festival “BXL Beer Fest”, over 60 independent brewers show off their artisanal beers. With strictly no room for industrial products at the two-day festival in August,…

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June 2023

Bruges Beer Festival 2023 Belgium

June 10, 2023 - June 11, 2023
BMCC at Beursplein, Beursplein
Brugges,Flanders8000Belgium
€20
Bruges Beer Festival

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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