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Belgium Festivals and Events

January – June Festivals in Belgium

 

Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Brussels, Belgium
January
www.fglb.org

This festival in Belgium sees Brussels celebrate gay and lesbian culture through a range of artistic media at Cinema Vendome. The annual festival includes unpublished feature films, re-issues, documentaries, short films and an exhibition.

 

 

International Love Film Festival of Mons

Mons, Belgium
February
www.fifa-mons.be

This festival in Belgium is an annual event that explores different forms of love in more than 100 films, both long and short, from the globe.

 


Binche Carnival

Binche
February
www.carnavaldebinche.be

This festival in Belgium is one of the country's weirdest parties that shouldn’t be missed.

 

 

Anima International Animated Film Festival

Brussels, Belgium
February
www.animatv.be

This festival in Belgium has a packed programme of around 1000 feature films, cartoons, competitions, retrospectives and workshops.

 

 

International Festival of Fantasy

March
www.bifff.org

This is for all those people who are interested in science-fiction movies.

 

 

Short Film Festival

Brussels
April
www.courtmetrage.be

 

 

Labadoux Festival Ingelmunster

Ingelmunster
May
www.labadoux.be


 

Brussels Jazz Marathon

Brussels, Belgium
May
www.brusselsjazzmarathon.be

This weekend in May brings loads of Jazz to the city. This Marathon Jazz Weekend takes over the city! Over 400 musicians play in four of the city’s most beautiful squares, plus indoor venues and even on buses.

 

 

Kattenfestival

Ypres, Belgium
May
www.kattenstoet.be

This festival in Belgium has a parade of giant paper-mache of cats and pussy-esque performers, which has been inspired by a Middle Ages tradition in which the town jester threw live cats from the belfry of Cloth Hall because moggies symbolised evil spirits.

 

 

The Golden Chariot and Battle of Lumecon

Hainaut
June

Saint George fights the dragon and everybody pushes a vast and holy chariot around town.

 

 

La Ducasse

Mons, Belgium
June
www.ducassedemons.be

This festival attracts thousands annually

 

 

Rock Werchter

Werchter, Belgium
June
www.rockwerchter.be

This festival in Belgium gets some big names like the Arctic Monkeys, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys, Bjork and My Chemical Romance are some of the acts headlining Belgium's Rock Werchter, which is a four-day music festival literally beside the road 15 kilometers from Leuven. Buses run to the festival, and those under 26 ride Belgian rails free; everyone rides free with a concert ticket. This festival attracts thousands of people and it is worth every penny spent.


 

Couleur Café

Brussels, Belgium
June
www.couleurcafe.org

This event is over three days and it has loads of partying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July – December Festivals in Belgium


Brosella Folk & Jazz

Brussels, Belgium
July
www.brosella.be

 

Tomorrowland

Boom, Belgium
July
www.tomorrowland.be

This festival in Belgium is packed with different electronic music genres, from hardhouse to psy-trance and electro.

 

 

De Gentse Feesten

Ghent, Belgium
July
www.gentsefeesten.be

This event goes for over 10 days and it’s a great festival

 

10 Days Off

Ghent, Belgium
July
www.10daysoff.be

This is one of Europe’s biggest techno events as thousands flock to the city.

 

Flanders Ethno

Boechout, Belgium
July
www.flandersethno.be

 

Sfinks Festival

Antwerp, Belgium
July
www.sfinks.be

 

Pukkelpop

Hasselt, Belgium
August
www.pukkelpop.be

This is Belgium’s version of Pinkpop as it attracts over 60,000 people annually to watch bands like Tool, Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins perform.



Folkfestival Dranouter

Belgium
August
www.folkdranouter..be



Scottish Weekend Festival

Bilzen, Belgium
August
www.scottish-weekend.com



Deerlycke Folkfestival

Deerlijk, Belgium
August
www.deerlycke.be

 

10 Days Off

Ghent, Belgium
www.10daysoff.be

This is one of Belgium’s major dance festivals.

 

Boombalfestival

Lovendegem, Belgium
August
www.boombalfestival.be

 

Pukkelpop

August
www.pukkelpop.be

This three-day festival in Belgium attracts bands like Radiohead, Daft Punk, Beck, Massive Attack and Audio Slave in front of crowds of up to 150,000 people. It’s a very popular festival in the country and defiantly worth checking out.

 

 

Fiesta Mundial

Balen, Belgium
September
www.fiestamundial.be

 

Belgium Beer Festival

Brussels, Belgium
September
www.weekenddelabiere.be

This is your chance to drink great Belgium beer while listening to live jazz at this huge festival which enjoys a carnival like atmosphere.

 


 

 

 

 



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