Best time to visit Belgium

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Best time of year to visit Belgium

Mild weather and several famous festivals, like Tomorrowland, make April through October the best time to visit Belgium. Even though the skies are usually clear, rain can happen anytime.

June through August is peak season in Belgium with invasive chords of tourists and higher rates on accommodation. However, this is also a great time to go horseback fishing in West Flanders, to hike in Ardennes, or to chill on the coast.

Autumn brings in lively festivities to the country, such as the Ghent Festival of Flanders. Going to Ardennes is a good idea if you are an adherent of hunting.

In the winter, try cross-country skiing. Bruges and Ghent are considered to be the best ski resorts in Belgium, so there is an excellent reason to adore the cold season.

19 THINGS TO DO IN BELGIUM (AUGUST 25 - SEPTEMBER 03)

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

August 27–29, 2021 | September 3–5, 2021 • 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

Caving

Caving

April–October (all year round) • activity

Belgium boasts several cave systems and underground waterways

The Labyrinth of Durbuy

The Labyrinth of Durbuy

July 1–October 1 • nature

Find your way out of a giant maze

Sonian Forest (Zoniënwoud)

Sonian Forest (Zoniënwoud)

all year round • nature

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

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles

all year round • food

One of the most famous Belgian products in the world

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

Atomium

Atomium

all year round • activity

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

Cuberdon

Cuberdon

all year round • food

A cone-shaped candy is a specialty of Belgium

Jenever

Jenever

December (all year round) • food

A typical liquor for Christmas celebrations

Beer Lovers' Marathon

Beer Lovers' Marathon

August 29, 2021 • event

Run and sip Belgium's finest brews

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

Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayaking & Canoeing

April–October • activity

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

Heather Blooming

Heather Blooming

late August • nature

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

Shrimp Season

Shrimp Season

late June–early September • food

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

Fire is Gold

Fire is Gold

August 28, 2021 • event

One of the biggest electronic music events in Belgium

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

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Hallerbos

Hallerbos

out of rangemid-April • nature

Every spring, millions of bluebells bloom in the Blue Forest

Flower Carpet & Flowertime

Flower Carpet & Flowertime

out of rangeAugust 11–15, 2022 • event

Every year, the centre of Brussels gets covered with flowers

Kattenstoet

Kattenstoet

out of rangeMay 9, 2021 • event

The Cat Parade takes place in Ypres every three years

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

out of rangeApril 17–May 7, 2021 • nature

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

Gent Jazz Festival

Gent Jazz Festival

out of rangeJuly 8–18, 2021 • event

Every year, Ghent brings together jazz artists and fans

Pukkelpop

Pukkelpop

out of rangeAugust 19–22, 2021 • event

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

Rock Werchter

Rock Werchter

out of rangeJuly 1–4, 2021 • event

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

Dinant International Bathtub Regatta

Dinant International Bathtub Regatta

out of rangeAugust 15, 2020 (canceled) • event

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

Brussels Jazz Weekend

Brussels Jazz Weekend

out of rangeMay 28–30, 2021 • event

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

Ommegang

Ommegang

out of rangeJune 30–July 2, 2021 • event

The city gets occupied by thousands of medieval characters

Carnaval de Binche

Carnaval de Binche

out of rangeFebruary 14–17, 2021 (online) • event

One of the oldest and merriest shrove traditions of Wallonie

Cherry Blossoms in Hasselt

Cherry Blossoms in Hasselt

out of rangeearly April • nature

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

Ostend Beach Festival

Ostend Beach Festival

out of rangeJuly 9–11, 2021 • event

The biggest beach party in Belgium

Aalst Carnaval

Aalst Carnaval

canceledFebruary 14–16, 2021 • event

Satirical and colourful celebrations for Mardi Gras

Belgian National Day

Belgian National Day

out of rangeJuly 21 • event

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

Rampage

Rampage

out of rangeDecember 10–11, 2021 • event

The biggest drum&bass and dubstep party in the world

Ghent Light Festival

Ghent Light Festival

unconfirmedJanuary 27–31, 2021 • event

When the sun goes down, thousands of lights illuminate Ghent

Pageant of the Golden Tree

Pageant of the Golden Tree

unconfirmedAugust 2022 • event

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

Beer Festivals

Beer Festivals

canceledearly September–late October • event

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

Medieval Festival of Bouillon

Medieval Festival of Bouillon

out of rangeAugust 7–8, 2021 • event

Visitors plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages

Zythos Beer Festival

Zythos Beer Festival

out of rangecanceled in 2021 • event

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

Owl Breeding Season

Owl Breeding Season

out of rangeMarch–May • nature

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

Barrio Cantina

Barrio Cantina

unconfirmedMay–June 2021 • event

A Belgian Food Truck Festival travels across the Flanders region

Ducasse de Mons (Doudou)

Ducasse de Mons (Doudou)

out of rangeMay 30, 2021 • event

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

Bruges Beer Festival

Bruges Beer Festival

out of rangeFebruary 5–6, 2022 • event

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

Jazzuary

Jazzuary

out of rangemid- to late January • event

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

Lambic Beer

Lambic Beer

out of rangeOctober–April • food

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

Brussels Chocolate Fair (Salon du Chocolat)

Brussels Chocolate Fair (Salon du Chocolat)

canceledmid-February 2021 • event

A three-day event for chocolate lovers

Winter / Christmas Beers

Winter / Christmas Beers

out of rangeDecember–February • food

Seasonal beers are brewed for the cold winters of Belgium

Meyboom

Meyboom

out of rangeAugust 9 • event

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

Horst Arts & Music Festival

Horst Arts & Music Festival

out of rangeSeptember 10–13, 2021 • event

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

Gentse Waterzooi

Gentse Waterzooi

out of rangeNovember–March • food

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

Giant Omelette in Malmedy

Giant Omelette in Malmedy

out of rangeAugust 15, 2020 (canceled) • event

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

Floralia Brussels

Floralia Brussels

out of rangeApril 3–May 2, 2021 • event

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

Procession of the Holy Blood (Bruges)

Procession of the Holy Blood (Bruges)

out of rangeMay 13, 2021 • event

The colourful pageant unites the city through its history and beliefs

Dour Festival

Dour Festival

out of rangeJuly 14–18, 2021 • event

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

Les Ardentes

Les Ardentes

out of rangeJuly 8–12, 2021 • event

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

AG Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon

AG Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon

out of rangeOctober 10, 2021 • event

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

Ghent Festival of Flanders

Ghent Festival of Flanders

out of rangeSeptember 19–October 3, 2020 • event

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

Krakelingen & Tonnekensbrand

Krakelingen & Tonnekensbrand

out of rangeFebruary 21, 2021 • event

This fire and bread feast marks the end of winter

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeOctober–April • nature

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

White Asparagus

White Asparagus

out of rangelate April–late June • food

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

Sea Lavender (Lamsoor) in the Zwin

Sea Lavender (Lamsoor) in the Zwin

out of rangeearly July–early August • nature

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

Houtem Jaarmarkt

Houtem Jaarmarkt

out of rangeNovember 11–November 12 • event

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

Hanswijk Procession

Hanswijk Procession

out of rangeMay 9, 2021 • event

One of the oldest religious processions in Belgium

Deep in the Woods

Deep in the Woods

out of rangeSeptember 10–12, 2021 • event

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

BRAFA Art Fair

BRAFA Art Fair

out of rangeJanuary 24–31, 2021 • event

One of the oldest and most prestigious fairs in Europe

Ducasse d'Ath

Ducasse d'Ath

out of rangeAugust 20–23, 2021 • event

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

Game Season

Game Season

out of rangeOctober–January • food

Belgian cuisine offers plenty of dishes featuring game

Couleur Café Festival

Couleur Café Festival

canceledJune 25–27, 2021 • event

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

Stoemp

Stoemp

out of rangeDecember–February • food

A typical Belgian dish made of mashed vegetables

Magnolias in Botanic Garden Meise

Magnolias in Botanic Garden Meise

out of rangelate March–April • nature

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

Brussels Summer Festival

Brussels Summer Festival

out of rangeAugust 18–22, 2021 • event

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

European Circus Festival

European Circus Festival

out of rangeDecember 12, 2019–January 5, 2020 • event

World-class artists show us what the real circus is

Village de Noël de Liège

Village de Noël de Liège

out of rangeNovember 27–December 30, 2020 • event

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

Blossom Season in Haspengouw

Blossom Season in Haspengouw

unconfirmedApril • nature

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

Esperanzah! World Music Festival

Esperanzah! World Music Festival

out of rangeJuly 30–August 1, 2021 • event

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

Brussels Comic Strip Festival

Brussels Comic Strip Festival

out of rangeSeptember 11–20, 2020 • event

Cartoons come to life on the streets of the city

Meakusma Festival

Meakusma Festival

out of rangeSeptember 3–5, 2021 • event

A festival of electronic music and video installations

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangeDecember–February • activity

Belgium satisfies both experienced riders and beginners

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