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 24–December 31 • 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

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

Endive & Ham Gratin

Endive & Ham Gratin

September–May • food

A traditional dish from the rural regions of Belgium

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

Stoemp

Stoemp

December–February • food

A typical Belgian dish made of mashed vegetables

Game Season

Game Season

October–January • food

Belgian cuisine offers plenty of dishes featuring game

27 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

out of rangeApril 26–May 20, 2024 • nature

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

Flower Carpet & Flowertime

Flower Carpet & Flowertime

out of rangeAugust 15–18, 2024 • event

Every year, the center of Belgium's capital gets covered with flowers

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

out of rangeJuly 19–21, 2024 | July 26–28, 2024 • event

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

Hallerbos

Hallerbos

out of rangemid-April • nature

Every spring, millions of bluebells bloom in the Blue Forest

Zinneke Parade

Zinneke Parade

out of rangeJune 1, 2024 • event

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

Floralia Brussels

Floralia Brussels

out of rangeApril 5-May 2, 2024 • event

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

Brussels Jazz Weekend

Brussels Jazz Weekend

out of rangeMay 24-26, 2024 • event

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

Ommegang Festival

Ommegang Festival

out of rangeJuly 3 & July 5, 2024 • event

The city gets occupied by thousands of medieval characters

Beer Festivals

Beer Festivals

out of rangeearly September–late October • event

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

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

Aalst Carnaval

Aalst Carnaval

out of rangeFebruary 11–13, 2024 • event

Satirical and colourful celebrations for Mardi Gras

Foire du Midi

Foire du Midi

out of rangeJuly 13–August 18, 2024 • event

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

Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon

Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon

out of rangeNovember 3, 2024 • event

Every autumn, thousands of runners gather in Brussels

Jazzuary

Jazzuary

out of rangemid- to late January • event

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

BD Strip Festival

BD Strip Festival

out of rangeSeptember-October, 2023 • event

Cartoons come to life on the streets of the city

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

Couleur Café Festival

Couleur Café Festival

out of rangeJune 28-30, 2024 • event

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

Brussels Summer Festival

Brussels Summer Festival

out of rangeAugust 15-18, 2024 • event

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

Belgian Beer Weekend

Belgian Beer Weekend

out of rangeSeptember 6-8, 2024 • event

Over 450 beers during one weekend in the center of Brussels

Barrio Cantina

Barrio Cantina

out of rangeJune 7–9, 2024 • event

A Belgian Food Truck Festival travels across the Flanders region

Horst Arts & Music Festival

Horst Arts & Music Festival

out of rangeMay 9-11, 2024 • event

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

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

canceledApril 22–23, 2023 • event

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

Krakelingen & Tonnekensbrand

Krakelingen & Tonnekensbrand

out of rangeFebruary 26, 2023 • event

This fire and bread feast marks the end of winter

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 28 - February 04 • event

One of the oldest and most prestigious fairs in Europe

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