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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. There is something for everyone with more than enough events and attractions to keep the city's populace occupied and entertained.
Some of the most popular annual events in Brussels are listed below.
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.
Brussels Film Festival (June)
This festival is a celebration of Belgian cinema featuring 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 scenes. It also provides insights into the local culture.
Brussels Beach (July)
A makeshift beach set up on the side of a canal which is 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, making this 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 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.
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