What's on in Brussels

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The Flower Carpet in the Grand Place is a famous event in BrusselsThe multitude of annual events in Brussels reflects the Belgian capital’s multicultural diversity and ranges from flower festivals to marathons.

There is something for everyone, with enough events and attractions to keep the populace occupied and entertained.

Some of the most popular annual events in Brussels are listed below.

VW Spring Sessions (March to June)

The Spring Sessions have featured a variety of artists from multiple genres in venues across the city since 1998. The series makes a point of embracing musical diversity, and a range of new and established artists, meaning that regular attendees are offered a new experience every time they go.

Art Brussels (April)

A huge event on the city’s social and cultural calendar, Art Brussels sees tens of thousands of art lovers flock to the city each year to enjoy Brussels’ premier art festival.

Brussels Beach (July)

This makeshift beach set up on the side of a canal is ‘authentically’ lined with palm trees, deck chairs and umbrellas. The event features sports, food stalls and two stages showcasing some of Belgium’s top music acts. Bruxelles Les Bains is a great day out for the whole family.

Flower Carpet (August)

Every two years the Grand Place plaza is transformed into an elaborate carpet of begonias by horticulturalists. The best view of the carpet is from the town hall’s balcony, but viewing it up close gives a unique sense of its scale. Visitors can watch as the carpet is constructed, as well as see evening shows accompanied by lights and sounds.

Brussels Marathon (October)

Serious runners and casual enthusiasts come together to take part in the city’s annual marathon which, thankfully, combines a full marathon course with a shorter half-marathon, mini-marathon and a short kids’ run. Participants can enjoy the sights of the city along the way, while onlookers get to enjoy cheering them on in a festive atmosphere.

Be Film Festival (December)

A celebration of Belgian cinema that features both French and Flemish films, among others, attendees get to see the year’s best offerings on the silver screen, and meet the stars behind the silver screen. It also provides interesting insights into local culture.

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