From unique and inspiring exhibitions to great-value family fun activities, there’s plenty going on within Brussels over the course of 2018. Take a peek at our top picks and look forward to your next adventure…
1. Flower Carpet
When? 16th – 19th August 2018
Where? Grand Place
Perfect For: Budding botanists. This ephemeral event is sure to impress any visitor to Belgium’s capital city; with 2018’s theme being Guanajuato – a Mexican region with a long-standing flower tradition. With over 500,000 individual flowers to admire, and plenty of events going on throughout the city to support the show, there’s plenty to look forward to.
2. Magritte Exhibition
When? Now – 10th September 2018
Where? The Atomium
Perfect For: Culture vultures. Enter the surrealist world of René Magritte with a little help from The Atomium’s exclusive exhibition. Visitors will be able to fully embrace Magritte’s extensive and acclaimed work with this all-encompassing event, which honours the 50th anniversary of the death of the artist.
3. Rebellious Moods
When? Now – 6th October 2018
Where? The Sewer Museum (yes, really)
Perfect For: Curio seekers. A whole exhibition dedicated to graffiti art found on public toilets? Sounds like a grand day out to us! The event is part of the museum’s 2018, Year of Protest concept, in which key venues across the city explore the theme of contestation and how it fits into today’s society.
4. Amy Winehouse – A Family Portrait
When? Now – 16th September 2018
Where? Jewish Museum of Belgium
Perfect For: Millennial soul-searchers. Amy Winehouse; an icon, a fantastically talented singer-songwriter, a troubled product of our times. However you remember her, this exhibition perfectly showcases her whirlwind life through her well-documented outfits, lyrics, personal objects and other paraphernalia, alongside unpublished writings and candid family photos. The collection also celebrates her love of her family, fashion, tattoos, music, London and her Jewish heritage.
5. Brussels Summer Festival
When? 14th – 18th August 2018
Where? On and around the Place des Palais
Perfect For: Sun worshippers. Soak up some sweet rays while enjoying the very best new music artists and cultural events. The festival is now in its 17th year and the lineup will perform at Place des Palais and Mont des Arts, making it the perfect late summer hangout spot.
6. Belgian Beer Weekend
When? 7th – 9th September 2018
Where? Grand Place
Perfect For: Beer connoisseurs. A whole weekend dedicated to a wide array of Belgian beers? Count us in. Check out a huge selection of large breweries and independent producers’ concoctions whilst enjoying that sweet September sunshine. And with free entry, there’s no reason not to.
7. Comic Strip Festival
When? 14th – 16th September 2018
Where? Across Brussels’ City Centre
Perfect For: Nostalgia devotees. Now in its ninth edition, the event is set to wow visitors from across the globe with its authentic and unusual homage to the humble comic strip. Expect autographs, animations, workshops, guest speakers, exhibitions and much more – you won’t want to miss it.
8. Brussels Piano Festival
When? 2nd – 23rd October 2018
Where? Gothic Hall of the City Hall
Perfect For: Music aficionados! Become immersed in the beautiful music created by four internationally renowned pianists. Each performer will play one evening at the iconic City Hall, so it’s sure to be the perfect tonic as autumn sets in.
9. Winter Wonders & Christmas Market
When? 30th November 2018 – 6th January 2019
Where? Brussels City Centre
Perfect For: Festive fanatics. Love Christmas? Then get this in your diary, as it’s set to be incredible. Browse over 200 seasonal chalets, hop on a Ferris wheel and see the sights from above, lace up your skates and try gliding across the ice rink or simply sit back and watch the sound and light show live from the Grand Place.
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