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19 THINGS TO DO IN BELGIUM (APRIL 11 - APRIL 20)

Caving

Caving

April–October (all year round) • activity

Belgium boasts several cave systems and underground waterways

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

April 17–May 08, 2020 • nature

The private garden of the King welcomes visitors for three weeks only

Atomium

Atomium

all year round • activity

A landmark of Brussels, once called Europe's most bizzare building

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

October–April • nature

In winter, parts of Belgium serve as a shelter for flocks of migratory birds

Sonian Forest (Zoniënwoud)

Sonian Forest (Zoniënwoud)

all year round • nature

“Brussels’ Lungs” is a habitat for hundreds of species

Owl Breeding Season

Owl Breeding Season

March–May • nature

Birdwatchers flock to Belgium every spring to observe Tengmalm’s Owl and the Eagle Owl

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles

all year round • food

One of the most famous Belgian products in the world

Speculoos (Speculaas)

Speculoos (Speculaas)

December 6 (all year round) • food

Thin and crispy Belgian cookies for St. Nickolas’ Day

Hiking

Hiking

April–October • activity

Deep forests, picturesque valleys, mountain rivers and heaths in blossom await hikers in Belgium

Cuberdon

Cuberdon

all year round • food

A cone-shaped candy is a specialty of Belgium

Moules Frites (Mosselen met Friet)

Moules Frites (Mosselen met Friet)

late July–early April • food

Mussels and fries is one of the most popular dishes in Belgian cuisine

Endive & Ham Gratin

Endive & Ham Gratin

September–May • food

A traditional dish from the rural regions of Belgium

Jenever

Jenever

December (all year round) • food

A typical liquor for Christmas celebrations

Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayaking & Canoeing

April–October • activity

Discover Wallonia from the water. The whole region is crisscrossed by smaller rivers

Cherry Blossoms in Hasselt

Cherry Blossoms in Hasselt

early April • nature

Over two hundred cherry trees bloom in Europe's largest Japanese garden

Magnolias in Botanic Garden Meise

Magnolias in Botanic Garden Meise

late March–April • nature

Dozens of magnolia trees burst into blossoms and mark the beginning of spring

Lambic Beer

Lambic Beer

October–April • food

A unique type of beer is being brewed in a small region southwest of Brussels

Hallerbos

Hallerbos

mid-April • nature

Every spring, millions of bluebells bloom in the Blue Forest

Floralia Brussels

Floralia Brussels

April 04–May 03, 2020 • event

Over one million flowers bloom in the park and greenhouses of the 12th-century castle

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Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

July 17–19, 2020 | July 24–26, 2020 • event

On the eve of the first-time Tomorrowland, its organisers handed out tickets for free to ensure that people would come. A few years later the tickets were sold out in a second!

Horseback Shrimp Fishing

Horseback Shrimp Fishing

late June–early September • activity

A unique fishing tradition is still preserved in Oostduinkerke

Rock Werchter

Rock Werchter

June 27–30, 2019 • event

One of the oldest rock festivals in the world is listed in European top five and boasts incredible crowds

Gent Jazz Festival

Gent Jazz Festival

June 28–July 09, 2019 • event

Every year, Ghent brings together jazz artists and fans

Carnaval de Binche

Carnaval de Binche

February 23–25, 2020 • event

One of the oldest and merriest shrove traditions of Wallonie

Pukkelpop

Pukkelpop

August 20–23, 2020 • event

The second biggest music festival in Belgium offers four days of trendy beats

Ostend Beach Festival

Ostend Beach Festival

July 10–12, 2020 • event

The biggest beach party in Belgium

Rampage

Rampage

March 13–14, 2020 • event

The biggest drum&bass and dubstep party in the world

Aalst Carnaval

Aalst Carnaval

February 23–25, 2020 • event

Satirical and colourful celebrations for Mardi Gras

The Labyrinth of Durbuy

The Labyrinth of Durbuy

July 01–October 01, 2019 • nature

Find your way out of a giant maze

Dinant International Bathtub Regatta

Dinant International Bathtub Regatta

August 15 • event

The unusual Belgian water race attracts participants from all over the world

Ommegang

Ommegang

June 26–29, 2019 • event

The city gets occupied by thousands of medieval characters

Belgian National Day

Belgian National Day

July 21 • event

Free museums entry, a parade and fireworks are part of the celebration

Beer Lovers' Marathon

Beer Lovers' Marathon

June 09, 2019 • event

Run and sip Belgium's finest brews

Ghent Festival of Flanders

Ghent Festival of Flanders

September 14–October 05, 2019 • event

From organ music to jazz, this festival is all about diversity and creativity

Krakelingen & Tonnekensbrand

Krakelingen & Tonnekensbrand

February 23, 2020 • event

This fire and bread feast marks the end of winter

Zythos Beer Festival

Zythos Beer Festival

April 25–26, 2020 • event

Over one hundred beer producers come to the city of Leuven every April

White Asparagus

White Asparagus

late April–late June • food

The “white gold” of Belgium is a favorite spring vegetable

Heather Blooming

Heather Blooming

late August • nature

Observe the vast Belgian moorlands covered with a violet carpet of Calluna vulgaris

Sea Lavender (Lamsoor) in the Zwin

Sea Lavender (Lamsoor) in the Zwin

early July–early August • nature

This plant makes the North Sea coastline and salt marshes of Belgium look alive

Barrio Cantina

Barrio Cantina

June 14–16, 2019 • event

A Belgian Food Truck Festival travels across the Flanders region

Houtem Jaarmarkt

Houtem Jaarmarkt

November 11–November 12 • event

One of the biggest and oldest open-air livestock fairs in Europe

Hanswijk Procession

Hanswijk Procession

May 19, 2019 • event

One of the oldest religious processions in Belgium

Deep in the Woods

Deep in the Woods

September 06–08, 2019 • event

A one-weekend party to escape from city life and daily routines

Meyboom

Meyboom

August 09 • event

Every year, a tree is erected in the city to commemorate the victory of Brussels over the city of Leuven

Shrimp Season

Shrimp Season

late June–early September • food

One of the key specialties of Belgium and a favourite among locals

Horst Arts & Music Festival

Horst Arts & Music Festival

September 13–15, 2019 • event

A three-day art and music festival in a former military site

Fire is Gold

Fire is Gold

August 29, 2020 • event

One of the biggest electronic music events in Belgium

Kattenstoet

Kattenstoet

May 09, 2021 • event

The Cat Parade takes place in Ypres every three years

BRAFA Art Fair

BRAFA Art Fair

January 26–February 02, 2020 • event

One of the oldest and most prestigious fairs in Europe

Ducasse de Mons (Doudou)

Ducasse de Mons (Doudou)

June 07, 2020 • event

The traditional village fair celebrates the victory of Saint George over the dragon

Gentse Waterzooi

Gentse Waterzooi

November–March • food

A soup-like stew will warm you during the coldest of days

Bruges Beer Festival

Bruges Beer Festival

February 01–02, 2020 • event

For the first weekend of February, Bruges becomes a pilgrimage site for beer-lovers

Ducasse d'Ath

Ducasse d'Ath

August 23–25, 2019 • event

For more than 500 years, seven giants have walked through the town of Ath on the fourth Sunday of August

Brussels Jazz Weekend

Brussels Jazz Weekend

May 29–31, 2020 • event

For one weekend, the heart of Brussels beats to the rhythm of jazz, which is played in every nook of the city

Giant Omelette in Malmedy

Giant Omelette in Malmedy

August 15 • event

Every year, the citizens of Malmedy gather to cook a huge omelette

Game Season

Game Season

October–January • food

Belgian cuisine offers plenty of dishes featuring game

Couleur Café Festival

Couleur Café Festival

June 26–28, 2020 • event

The most exotic and colourful festival of Belgium is a mixture of urban music and contemporary art

Stoemp

Stoemp

December–February • food

A typical Belgian dish made of mashed vegetables

Marches of Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse

Marches of Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse

early May–late October • event

A series of traditional marches take place in the small towns of Wallonia

Jazzuary

Jazzuary

mid- to late January • event

In January, jazz music sets the rhythm of life in Brussels

Brussels Summer Festival

Brussels Summer Festival

August 19–23, 2020 • event

Discover Belgian music with dozens of artists playing rock, pop, hip-hop and jazz

European Circus Festival

European Circus Festival

December 12 2019–January 05 2020 • event

World-class artists show us what the real circus is

Village de Noël de Liège

Village de Noël de Liège

November 29–December 30, 2019 • event

Liege's Christmas Village is the biggest and oldest Christmas market in Belgium

Medieval Festival of Bouillon

Medieval Festival of Bouillon

August 10–11, 2019 • event

Visitors plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages

Blossom Season in Haspengouw

Blossom Season in Haspengouw

April • nature

Pear, apple, and cherry orchards burst into blossoms for one month

Esperanzah! World Music Festival

Esperanzah! World Music Festival

August 02–04, 2019 • event

Three days of dancing at the abbey on the picturesque banks of the Sambre River

Brussels Comic Strip Festival

Brussels Comic Strip Festival

September 13–15, 2019 • event

Cartoons come to life on the streets of the city

Brussels Chocolate Fair (Salon du Chocolat)

Brussels Chocolate Fair (Salon du Chocolat)

February 14–16, 2020 • event

A three-day event for chocolate lovers

Procession of the Holy Blood (Bruges)

Procession of the Holy Blood (Bruges)

May 21, 2020 • event

The colourful pageant unites the city through its history and beliefs

Flower Carpet & Flowertime

Flower Carpet & Flowertime

August 13–16, 2020 • event

Every year, the centre of Brussels gets covered with flowers

Dour Festival

Dour Festival

July 15–19, 2020 • event

The biggest and most popular music event in the French-speaking part of Belgium

Les Ardentes

Les Ardentes

July 09–12, 2020 • event

Rap, rock and hip-hop flows above the Meuse River

Ghent Light Festival

Ghent Light Festival

January 27–31, 2021 • event

When the sun goes down, thousands of lights illuminate Ghent

Pageant of the Golden Tree

Pageant of the Golden Tree

August 2022 (TBA) • event

Every five years, a colourful festival takes over the streets of Bruges

AG Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon

AG Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon

April 26, 2020 • event

Every year, sportsmen and enthusiasts gather to run 5, 16 or 42 kilometres

Meakusma Festival

Meakusma Festival

September 06–08, 2019 • event

A festival of electronic music and video installations

Winter / Christmas Beers

Winter / Christmas Beers

December–February • food

Seasonal beers are brewed for the cold winters of Belgium

Beer Festivals

Beer Festivals

early September–late October • event

Autumn is the best time to discover the beer culture of Belgium

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–February • activity

Belgium satisfies both experienced riders and beginners