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Best time to visit Brussels

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Best time of year to visit Brussels

Despite some rain, March through May and September through October is deemed the best time to visit Brussels. Accommodation is cheaper to book and tourist crowds are thinner at this time. Spring or early fall is perfect for enjoying the Brussels Jazz Festival or rocking out at the Horst Arts & Music Festival.

Summer promises a load of unforgettable events like Foire de Midi or Flower Carpet & Flower Time. But, it also brings long lines, crowds of tourists on the streets, and skyrocketing prices. Even though it tends to be chilly and wet, the time between November and February still faces high rates in terms of holidays. Just don't forget this is also a high time to taste traditional Jenever and to feel like a local at Aalst Carnival.

13 THINGS TO DO IN BRUSSELS (DECEMBER 29 - JANUARY 07)

Brussels New Year's Eve

Brussels New Year's Eve

December 31 • event

Watch the fireworks near the Atomium or explore Brussels' best nightclubs

Brussels Christmas Market

Brussels Christmas Market

November 25, 2022–January 1, 2023 • event

One of the best and largest holiday markets in Europe

Sonian Forest (Zoniënwoud)

Sonian Forest (Zoniënwoud)

all year round • nature

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

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

Lambic Beer

Lambic Beer

October–April • food

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

Atomium

Atomium

all year round • activity

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

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles

all year round • food

One of the most famous Belgian products in the world

Gentse Waterzooi

Gentse Waterzooi

November–March • food

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

Speculoos (Speculaas)

Speculoos (Speculaas)

December 6 (all year round) • food

Thin and crispy Belgian cookies for St. Nickolas’ Day

Jenever

Jenever

December (all year round) • food

A typical liquor for Christmas celebrations

Game Season

Game Season

October–January • food

Belgian cuisine offers plenty of dishes featuring game

Stoemp

Stoemp

December–February • food

A typical Belgian dish made of mashed vegetables

27 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

out of rangeApril 15–May 8, 2022 • nature

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

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

out of rangeJuly 22–31, 2022 (Fridays–Sundays) • 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!

Flower Carpet & Flowertime

Flower Carpet & Flowertime

out of rangeAugust 11–15, 2022 • event

Every year, the centre of Brussels gets covered with flowers

Hallerbos

Hallerbos

out of rangemid-April • nature

Every spring, millions of bluebells bloom in the Blue Forest

Brussels Jazz Weekend

Brussels Jazz Weekend

out of rangeMay 27–29, 2022 • event

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

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

Beer Festivals

Beer Festivals

out of rangeearly September–late October • event

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

Aalst Carnaval

Aalst Carnaval

out of rangeFebruary 19–22, 2023 • event

Satirical and colourful celebrations for Mardi Gras

Ommegang

Ommegang

out of rangeJune 29–July 1, 2022 • event

The city gets occupied by thousands of medieval characters

Floralia Brussels

Floralia Brussels

out of rangeApril 2–May 3, 2022 • event

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

Zinneke Parade

Zinneke Parade

out of rangeMay 14, 2022 • event

Every two years, the people of Brussels gather to strengthen community spirit

Belgian National Day

Belgian National Day

out of rangeJuly 21 • event

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

Brussels Chocolate Fair (Salon du Chocolat)

Brussels Chocolate Fair (Salon du Chocolat)

on holdFebruary 14–16, 2020 • event

A three-day event for chocolate lovers

Barrio Cantina

Barrio Cantina

out of rangeJune 10–12, 2022 (Oostende) | June 17–19, 2022 (Brugge) | June 23–26, 2022 (Gent) • event

A Belgian Food Truck Festival travels across the Flanders region

Jazzuary

Jazzuary

out of rangemid- to late January • event

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

Foire du Midi

Foire du Midi

out of rangeJuly 16–August 21, 2022 • event

For over one month, the funfair occupies the streets of Brussels

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

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

Horst Arts & Music Festival

Horst Arts & Music Festival

out of rangeApril 29–May 1, 2022 • event

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

Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon

Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon

out of rangeOctober 2, 2022 • event

Every autumn, thousands of runners gather in Brussels

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

Brussels Comic Strip Festival

Brussels Comic Strip Festival

unconfirmedmid-September 2022 • event

Cartoons come to life on the streets of the city

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

BRAFA Art Fair

BRAFA Art Fair

out of rangeJanuary 23–30, 2022 • event

One of the oldest and most prestigious fairs in Europe

Couleur Café Festival

Couleur Café Festival

out of rangeJune 24–26, 2022 • event

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

Krakelingen & Tonnekensbrand

Krakelingen & Tonnekensbrand

out of rangeFebruary 27, 2022 • event

This fire and bread feast marks the end of winter

Belgian Beer Weekend

Belgian Beer Weekend

out of rangeSeptember 2–4, 2022 • event

Over 450 beers during one weekend in the center of Brussels

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