7 summer festivals and events in Belgium
A new year has begun and people are already planning their summer holidays. If you are one of those who like to plan ahead, let us tell you why Belgium should be your country of choice this summer. Packed with festivals and events from June to September, this is the perfect destinations for the cultural traveler. We have listed 7 festivals and events for you to check out in 2018:
1. Rock Werchter // 5 – 8 July
Werchter, 20 minutes from Leuven | @RockWerchter | http://www.rockwerchter.be/en
© Rock Werchter
If you are looking for a music festival with a varied line-up, good food and drinks, technical innovation and a bubbly festival atmosphere, Rock Werchter should be your festival of choice. The multiple award-winning music festival boasts some of the best headliners in the world and attracts close to 150,000 festivalgoers each year in June/July.
2. Gentse Feesten // 13 – 22 July
Ghent, 28 minutes from Brussels | @GFGent | https://gentsefeesten.stad.gent/en
© Stad Gent
For over 170 years, each July, the Ghent Festivities have spread joy and culture all over the city. The varied festival organizes cost-free concerts on 10 squares, animation for children and hundreds of indoor and outdoor activities. It is one of the biggest city carnivals in the world and is considered to be an urban festival, a cultural event and a large-scale popular fest. In other words, it’s a happening you don’t want to miss.
3. Brussels Summer Festival // 14 – 18 August
Brussels | @BSFestival | http://bsf.be/
Every year in August, Brussels hosts a 10-day carnival presenting a variety of music, theater performances and street entertainers. You are sure to find something of your liking on the extensive program, whether you prefer to sing along with international superstars, discover an up and coming local artist or let yourself be entertained together with your kids.
4. Laundry Day // 1 September
Antwerp | @laundrydayevent | http://www.laundryday.be/
Right in the city center of Antwerp you can celebrate Indian summer with one of the biggest and craziest electronic dance music festivals in Europe. Discover new favorites among the many international names, as well as Belgian talent, playing everything from techno to urban on the 13 different stages spread around town.
5. Tomorrowland // 20 – 22 July & 27 – 29 July
Boom, 22 minutes from Leuven | @tomorrowland | https://www.tomorrowland.com/en/
Tomorrowland is one of the biggest and most important dance music festivals on the planet. If you want an experience like nothing you’ve ever seen before, this is the place for you with amazing productions and extravagant stages. Catch international superstars within the genres of house, techno, drum & bass, hardstyle and more. Check out our guide to Tomorrowland here.
6. Pukkelpop // 15 – 18 August
Leopoldsburg, 45 min from Liége | @pukkelpop | https://www.pukkelpop.be
Experience the fantastic atmosphere and the alternative musical line-up at Pukkelpop Festival. Here you will find current musical sensations and living legends, as well as alternative artists spread across 10 stages. Whether you like hi-octane rock, low-fi singer-songwriters, bright pop, banging house or hot metal, Pukkelpop will satisfy you.
7. Ommegang Festival // 4 – 6 July
© Aija Lehtonen / Shutterstock, Inc.
Take a trip back to medieval times, visiting the Ommegang Festival in Brussels. This colorful pageant is a historical evocation of the festival held in 1549 for Charles the 5th. It takes place in Grand Place in the heart of Brussels and includes various market stalls, horse displays and flag processions that will leave you feeling like you have stepped back in history.
Feeling inspired? Belgium has a lot to offer, so why not make a tour out of it. Pick your favorite festivals and experience the character of several different cities. The country has a good public transport system, which makes it easy to travel between cities. If you’re going to one of these city events or just don’t fancy sleeping in tents at the music festivals, Park Inn Hotels offer you comfortable accommodation in Brussels, Liége, Leuven and Antwerp.
Top image: © Tomorrowland