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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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November 2020

Brussels Christmas Market 2020

November 27, 2020 - January 3, 2021
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…

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April 2021

Zythos Bierfestival 2021 in Leuven, Belgium

April 24, 2021 - April 25, 2021
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 24 and…

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August 2021

Brussels Summer Festival 2021, Belgium

August 18, 2021 - August 22, 2021
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, 2021 - August 22, 2021
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, 2021 - August 22, 2021
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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