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. Check out these 7 unmissable festivals to visit in Belgium this year.
1. Rock Werchter // 27th – 30th June 2019
The ethos at Rock Werchter is to bring together multiple genres, providing an artist line-up with broad appeal, the festival is internationally acclaimed, scooping numerous awards and selling out in advance. Tickets are already selling fast so make sure you grab yours before they sell out! Artists included in the 2019 line-up are, Muse, Clean Bandit, Macklemore, Florence + the Machine as well as many more top acts. You can see the full line-up and information about ticket sales on the official site. Be close to the action by booking your stay at the Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel.
© Rock Werchter
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 // 14th – 18th August 2019
Every year in August, the Brussels Summer Festival brings together popular Belgian and international artists to give you good music, good vibes and lots of fun! Since it’s conception in 2002 as a cultural festival to showcase tourism actors, performances and more, it has turned into a venue for festival-goers all over the world to come together and sway to new music. This 5 day festival is sure to give you all the good vibes, so get your tickets as soon as possible!
© Brussels Summer Festival / bsf.be
4. Laundry Day // 24th September 2019
Considered one of the most important dance festivals in Belgium, Laundry Day brings together the world’s finest DJs. Held on just one day near Antwerp, this year’s line-up is yet to be announced, so keep a look out for the news in April. You could find it tough to choose who to see as Laundry Day contains 13 stages, with genres ranging from dubstep to urban and DnB to electro. Fancy it? See ticket and festival information here. After all that dancing and you will need somewhere to take the weight off your feet, the Park Inn Antwerpen is located in the city center and right next to the main train station.
5. Ommegang Festival // 26th – 29th June 2019
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.
6. Tomorrowland // 19th – 21st July and 26th – 28th July
Belgium’s largest electronic music festival, Tomorrowland, takes place in the aptly named town, Boom, thirty minutes from Brussels. The festival comes a magnificent line-up featuring top international DJs. The list of artists is too long to mention but with over a hundred acts confirmed the hardest part will be deciding who to see on stage. Confirmed artists include Solomun, Young Thug, DJ Snake and The Chainsmokers, to name a few. Incredibly, festival organizers plan to double its size with a new capacity of 400,000 revelers, and it will be held over two weekends instead of one.
© Tomorrowland Building Bridges / tomorrowland.com
7. Pukkelpop // 15 – 18 August
Starting in 1985 as a small local event, Pukkelpop has since grown in to a large outdoor festival, which is considered one of Europe’s finest. Across eight stages, the line-up includes Post Malone, Billie Eilish, James Blake and Good Charlotte among others. One of the festival traditions is the Boiler Party night, held the night before the festival commences, revelers are treated to a warm up electro session in the main arena to get them in the party mood for the coming days. The festival is held in Leopoldsburg, just over an hour away from the Park Inn by Radisson Liége Airport, convenient for flying into the city and heading straight to the festival. More information on Pukkelpop and ticket information can be found on their website.
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 great 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 / tomorrowland.com