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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 2018

Jazz Brugge Festival 2018, Belgium

November 16, 2018 - November 18, 2018
Concertgebouw Brugge, Het Zand 34
Brugge,8000Belgium
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€35 – €75
Jazz Brugge Festival

During three days Bruges will become the Mecca of jazz when the biannual Jazz Brugge Festival 2018 sees both established names and emerging talent getting this medieval...

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July 2019

Dour Festival 2019 in Belgium

July 10, 2019 - July 14, 2019
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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Gentse Feesten 2019 (Ghent Festival) in Belgium

July 19, 2019 - July 28, 2019
All over Ghent city centre Ghent,Belgium + Google Map
Gentse Feesten Belgium

During the 10 days of Gentse Feesten (Ghent Festival), the entire city of Ghent in Belgium turns into Europe’s largest cultural open air festival with over 3,300 international and local…

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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…

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December 2019

Antwerp Christmas Market 2019, Belgium

December 7, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Antwerp historical city centre, Groenplaats
Antwerpen,Belgium
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Free
Antwerp Christmas Market, Belgium

The medieval city of Antwerp makes for a stunning background to its famous Christmas market. Expanded now into several of the city’s prime historical locations...

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February 2020

Bruges Beer Festival 2020 Belgium

February 1 - February 2
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 2020, Belgium

February 23 - February 25
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.…

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