After a warm start to spring, the land is slowly (but surely) creeping its way into summer, and with it, the city is beginning to open up with a whole host of things to do. To list them all would be an endless endeavour, however, here is a list of some of the best.
Visit Brussels’ very own beach
From July 6 to August 12, the cobbled quays of the canal will turn into a beach with the help of imported sand, palm trees, and straw huts. City-dwellers can flock to this waterfront paradise for all their sunbathing needs, and even have space to play a game of beach volleyball, cool off under the fountains, enjoy a concert, or simply sip a fruit juice cocktail under a straw parasol.
For the second consecutive year, the Vaux-Hall in the Parc de Bruxelles will open its doors to the public during the summer with a cultural program nourished by the special spirit of this enchanting site.
After many years left unused, In 2017, the City returned the site to its original function by providing a cultural and family program on the Saturdays and Sundays in July and August under the name of Vaux-Hall Summer. In 2018, it is still developing this unique festival by starting it on June 2, extending it to Fridays and presenting new cultural activities in Brussels.
Brussels Summer Festival
14 to 18 August, Brussels will once again vibrate with the rhythm of the summer festival. Since 2002, Belgian and international artists converge on Brussels’ various parks to play some of the best contemporary music. This five-day festival features performances from internationally acclaimed bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, heartthrob Jasper Sterverlinck, and Belgium’s own upcoming superstar band Sonnfjord, who will be performing their new album along with their hit new song “Fresh Heart”.
A spectacular renaissance rendition
4 July and 6 July 2018, relive the procession organised in 1549 for Charles V and his son, the future Philip II! 1400 paraders will help you to relive a historic moment on the streets of Brussels: musicians, singers, dancers, horsemen, uniformed guards and flag-carriers will all contribute to recreating the Renaissance atmosphere of the region.
Fireworks at the Atomium
On Friday 27 July and 3, 10, 17 and 24 August, Fireworks will light up the sky of the capital city for five nights this summer! A small village will be installed around the Atomium. Various activities will be organized, giving everybody the opportunity to take part, be entertained and enjoy delicious food and drinks from the many food trucks.