Best summer events in Brussels and beyond

Get ready for a culturally rich summer!

Immerse yourself in Brussels’ cultural scene and explore the hidden treasures of this multifaceted European capital. From concerts to gastronomic festivals, Belgium transforms into a cultural festival like no other. Ready to explore? Here’s an overview of the must-see events this summer season:


  • Ommegang

Relive the history of Charles V with a colorful folkloric representation on July 3rd and 5th at the magnificent Grand-Place of Brussels. It’s the perfect opportunity to delve into Belgium’s history while enjoying a spectacular show at the heart of the capital.

Learn more here!


  • Belgium’s National Day

Brussels celebrates its national day in style! Enjoy animations, concerts, and museums open throughout the city. July 21st will be adorned in the colors of the Belgian flag.

Discover the full program here!


  • Plaisirs d’été

From July 27th to August 18th, let yourself be carried away by the rhythm of the city with a diverse musical program themed around dance, from Place de la Bourse to Marolles.

For the complete festival lineup, click here!


  • 50th Anniversary of the Flower Carpet

After a two-year hiatus, the Flower Carpet returns to the Grand-Place of Brussels from August 15th to 18th. Admire this life-sized floral masterpiece, also visible from the City Hall balconies for a spectacular view.


Beyond Brussels!

Let’s venture beyond Brussels to explore what Belgium has to offer! While the capital is packed with activities, the rest of the country also promises an unforgettable summer.


  • Les Ardentes Festival

The renowned Les Ardentes festival returns to Liège from July 11th to 14th. Dance to the rhythms of rock, pop, electro, and more with a spectacular lineup. There’s still time to get your tickets!


  • Francofolies

Celebrate the 30th edition of the Francofolies festival in Spa from July 18th to 21st. Over 80 Francophone artists come together to offer unforgettable moments in the picturesque Ardennes region.


  • Weekendance Festival

Head to the Belgian coast for the Weekendance festival on August 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th, where beach and music combine for an unforgettable experience of relaxation and outdoor festivities.


Explore our Summer French Courses

Enhance your summer cultural program with French courses at the Alliance Française of Brussels-Europe!

Explore our intensive summer courses – 3 weeks and choose the option that suits you best.