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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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August 2019

Brussels Beer Festival: BXL Beer Fest 2019

August 24 - August 25
Tour et Taxis, Havenlaan 86c
Brussels,1000Belgium
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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 two-day festival in August, this is where quality and high standard beers flow to you straight from the brewers. With the emergence of craft beers over the past decade, perhaps it’s surprising that the Belgian capital and beer city of Brussels did not have a specific international craft beer festival…

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November 2019

Brussels Christmas Market 2019-2020

November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Different squares and streets including the Grand Place Brussels,Belgium
Brussels Christmas Market 2018

The Brussels Christmas Market is no doubt one of the best in Europe for food and atmosphere. Winter Wonders – as the market is dubbed – runs over two kilometres through the Belgian capital’s historic town centre. Think cobbled streets and medieval market squares home to snow-dusted market stalls, cosy brasseries, lively pop-up cafés and bars. A covered ice-skating rink, an illuminated Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds, brass bands, free performances, ice sculptures, a fun Christmas parade and a magical light and…

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February 2020

Bruges Beer Festival 2020 Belgium

February 1, 2020 - February 2, 2020
Different locations in the city centre Bruges,Belgium
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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March 2020

Carnaval de Binche (Carnival of Binche) 2020, Belgium

March 23, 2020 - March 25, 2020
All over town Binche,Belgium + Google Map
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. In the land of René Magritte, the Carnaval de Binche definitely lives up to Belgium’s long-time love affair with surrealism. In this tiny town in French speaking Wallonia, hundreds of local males – from toddlers to grandfathers – come out at dawn and roam the streets like the undead woken…

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April 2020

Zythos Bierfestival 2020 in Leuven, Belgium

April 25, 2020 - April 26, 2020
Brabanthal, Brabantlaan 1
Leuven,Vlaams-Brabant3001Belgium
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Zythos Bierfestival Belgium

The Belgian university town of Leuven turns into a mecca of beer when the country’s largest beer festival, the Zythos Bierfestival (ZBF), returns for its 17th edition on 25 and 26 April. One of Europe’s biggest beer festivals, the Zythos Bierfestival 2020 will host more than 100 Belgian brewers with well over 500 different beers. The beers are divided into three categories: Note: the below list of beers is from last year's 2019 edition. Watch this space for updated 2020…

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