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Brussels offers a range of diverse and cost-free experiences, from breakdance classes and knitting gatherings to public astronomy courses and cultural festivals, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy.


  • Breakdance training for semi-pro (from 16 yeayrs-old), every Wednesday and Thursday, from 6pm to 10pm.In Dutch.
    GC Pianofabriek (Saint-Gilles)
    Online: External
  • Discover breakdance with B-boys Ismaëm and Rookie Roc. Every Sunday from 5pm to 7.30pm and every Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
    For kids from 8 years-old. In Dutch.
    GC De Maalbeek (Etterbeek)
    Online: External (NL) 


Free knitting workshop every Monday at 1.30pm. In Dutch.
GC De Harmonie (Brussels City)
Online: External (NL/FR)

Portuguese dance

Discover Portuguese songs and dances of the last 100 years. Every Friday from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. In Dutch.
GC Pianofabriek (Saint-Gilles)
Online: External (NL)

Argentinian tango

Learn the basic of Argentinian tango with Be tango. Different places and different times.
Details on their website.

Online: External

Free Market

Free market every fourth Saturday of each month, from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, in the small Quai à la Houille park.
Come along with things you no longer need, or with nothing, and leave with things you will find useful.
Online: External (FR)

Public writer

  • Some Mondays, from 10am to 11.30am, in La Maison des Femmes in Schaerbeek.
    Online: External (FR)
  • The municipaly library of Saint-Josse (rue de la Limite 2) welcomes a public writer.
    In French. Free, but by appointment only.
    Phone: +32 (0)2 218 82 42
  • In the French Library of Berchem-Sainte-Agathe (rue des Soldats 21) also welcomes a public writer every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 1 to 3pm.
    In French. By appointment only.
    Phone: +32 (0) 492 56 20 57

Get your bike engraved

On the last Thursday of the month, the Maison de la Prévention in Auderghem will engrave your bike free of charge. Advance booking is required.
Maison de la Prévention
Rue Lambin, 1160 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 850 80 06

Energy consultations

  • Eco House (Saint-Gilles)
    Here you will find all sorts of useful information on sustainable development: brochures, workshops, exhibitions, films, etc.
    Online: External (FR)
  • Homegrade Brussels
    Free visit to your home by a adviser and help with certain work. In French and Dutch. Home visits are only organized if they are necessary to fully understand your request.
    Online: Opens in new

Science Bar Café

Every second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm: a scientificafter-work session at the Ritscafé (City of Brussels)
Online: External (NL)

Café Alzheimer

Every second Wednesday of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm, a Café Alzheimer is organised in Saint-Gilles for patients and their families and friends. Come along for support, a listening ear and advice.
Service des Affaires sociales de Saint-Gilles
Phone: +32 (0)2 536 02 56

Repair Café

On different sites, specialists help you repair your stuff for free. Everything from faulty toasters and rickety chairs legs to broken dolls and loose hems.
Some sessions are dedicated to IT (laptops, smartphones, etc.).
Online: External (FR)

Brussels fire station

External linkSIAMU, the Brussels-Capital Region's firefighting and emergency medical assistance service, offers guided tours of the main fire station and some local stations.

90-minutes tours are available for groups of between 10 and 25 people. Advance booking is required. In French and Dutch.

Free in Brussels

A website that lists, in Dutch, all the free exhibitions, readings, festivals, events, concerts, etc in Brussels.

Online: External (NL)

Drinking water fountains and free public conveniences

The association "Infirmiers de rue" (Street Nurses) works with people who live on the streets or in a very vulnerable situation. One of the tools created by "Infirmiers de rue" is a map indicating drinking water fountains and free public conveniences.
Although this tool is intended primarily for the homeless, it may prove useful to each one of us.

Infirmiers de rue
Online: External (FR)

Theory driving licence

If you think you will have difficulty following conventional lessons with a driving school, the Brusselleer association organises 40 hours of lessons. Only in Dutch.

Online: External (NL)

Public astronomy course

A free public astronomy course is given every year, from October to March, on Wednesdays, from 18.00hrs to 19.00hrs at the University of Brussels.
The course consists of 4 modules of 5 lessons. The level is that of higher secondary education.
The entrance is entirely free, no enrolment is required beforehand.

Phone: +32 (0)2 650 28 34

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Broodje Brussel

Broodje Brussel offers you a programme of original activities during your lunch break that you can follow alone or with your colleagues.
Some of these activities are free. In Dutch.

Online: External

Visueel Festival Visuel

This festival arose from cooperation between the Flemish and French-speaking cultural centres in St.-Agatha-Berchem. Exhibitions, events, street theatre, etc. all free of charge.

Online: External (FR/NL)