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The multitude of annual events in Brussels reflects the Belgian capital’s multicultural diversity and ranges from flower festivals to marathons and everything in between. There is something for everyone with more than enough events and attractions to keep the city's residents occupied and entertained.
Annual events in Brussels
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 its premier art festival. There are more than 150 galleries throughout the city, all of which exhibit art from all over the world every April.
Flower Carpet (August)
Every two years the Grand Place plaza is transformed into an elaborate carpet of begonias by horticulturists. The best view of the carpet is from the town hall’s balcony, but viewing it up close also gives a unique sense of its scale. Visitors can watch as the carpet is constructed and there are evening shows accompanied by lights and music.
Brussels Marathon (October)
Serious runners and casual enthusiasts alike come together to take part in the city’s annual marathon. The event offers the options of a full marathon course, a shorter half-marathon, a mini-marathon and a children's run. Participants can enjoy the sights of the city along the way, while onlookers get to enjoy cheering runners on in a festive atmosphere.
Winter Wonders (December)
Held at the Grand Place, the Winter Wonders event is a sure way to get into the Christmas spirit. The Christmas market has more than 200 chalets selling all manner of food, drink and gifts, with other highlights including ice skating, carnival rides, a light-and-sound show and, of course, a giant Christmas tree.
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