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

Atomium

Atomium

all year round • activity

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

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

Speculoos (Speculaas)

Speculoos (Speculaas)

December 6 (all year round) • food

Thin and crispy Belgian cookies for St. Nickolas’ Day

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

Gentse Waterzooi

Gentse Waterzooi

November–March • food

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

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

Lambic Beer

Lambic Beer

October–April • food

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

26 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

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!

Aalst Carnaval

Aalst Carnaval

February 23–25, 2020 • event

Satirical and colourful celebrations for Mardi Gras

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

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

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

Cherry Blossoms in Hasselt

Cherry Blossoms in Hasselt

early April • nature

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

Barrio Cantina

Barrio Cantina

June 14–16, 2019 • event

A Belgian Food Truck Festival travels across the Flanders region

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

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

BRAFA Art Fair

BRAFA Art Fair

January 26–February 02, 2020 • event

One of the oldest and most prestigious fairs in Europe

Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon

Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon

October 06, 2019 • event

Every autumn, thousands of runners gather in Brussels

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

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

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

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

Zinneke Parade

Zinneke Parade

May 16, 2020 • event

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

Brussels Comic Strip Festival

Brussels Comic Strip Festival

September 13–15, 2019 • event

Cartoons come to life on the streets of the city

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

Brussels Chocolate Fair (Salon du Chocolat)

Brussels Chocolate Fair (Salon du Chocolat)

February 14–16, 2020 • event

A three-day event for chocolate lovers

Flower Carpet & Flowertime

Flower Carpet & Flowertime

August 13–16, 2020 • event

Every year, the centre of Brussels gets covered with flowers

Foire du Midi

Foire du Midi

July 11–August 16, 2020 • event

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

Beer Festivals

Beer Festivals

early September–late October • event

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