Festivals and events

There’s always lots to do in Brussels, too much to mention here, so we limit ourselves to a small selection of festivals and events.

The cultural calendar will provide you with more details.

Typical Brussels events

  • May - Iris Day (FR/NL): The Brussels-Capital Region’s annual festival of celebration
  • May - Festival of Europe: open day and activities in and around the institutions of the European Union
  • May - Zinneke Parade: a colourful, multicultural parade through the centre of Brussels (even years)
  • June-July - Ommegang: historical spectacle restaging the arrival of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, into Brussels
  • August - Carpet of flowers on Grand-Place (even years)
  • September - Belgian beer weekend: beer festival on Grand-Place


Information on film festivals in Brussels (FR/NL) (the Brussels Film Festival, Anima, the Festival du Court Métrage, the Festival du Film Fantastique, the Festival du Cinéma Méditerranéen, the Festival du Film Latino-Américain, the Festival du Film Gay et Lesbien, outdoor screenings and lots more) is available on cinenews.be; keep an eye on the cultural calendars to find out about festivals coming soon in Brussels.




Virtually every commune in Brussels has its own weekly market and annual fair. These are the best known ones:

  • Every Sunday morning - Midi market: food, clothing, exotic products, plants (around Brussels-Midi station and Boulevard du Midi)
  • Every Saturday and Sunday morning - Antiques market on Place du Grand Sablon
  • Every morning: Marolles flea market on Place du Jeu de Balle
  • Every first Sunday morning of the month: Woluwe flea market on Boulevard de la Woluwe
  • December-January: Plaisirs d'Hiver: Christmas market and skating rink on Grand-Place and Place Sainte-Catherine

Who to contact


Place de la Monnaie, 6
1000 Brussels