Festivals in Flanders

Numerous festivals are organised throughout the year in Flanders, with a range of music festivals, sports events and more…

Music

Rock Werchter: Internationally renowned open air rock festival held over four days every year in early July. Camping is available on site, with facilities for the disabled.

Festival van Vlaanderen: Annual classical music festival held at different locations of architectural and historical interest around Flanders.

Pukkelpop: One of the largest open air rock festivals in Europe with around 200 acts performing on eight stages over three days. Camping is available on site, with facilities for the disabled. The festival usually takes places in the second half of August.

Jazz Middelheim: Annual jazz festival held in Antwerp in mid-August. The primary location, Park Den Brandt, is situated in the grounds of Castle Den Brandt and is surrounded by forests. Gourmet food and drinks are available. The ticket also includes free access to the nearby museum. The festival provides facilities for people with disabilities.

Boombal festival: Country and folk festival held over three days in August each year in Lovendegem/Ghent. Family friendly atmosphere with two campsites and an orchard (website in Dutch).

Queen Elisabeth Music Competition: Prestigious and world-renowned annual festival and classical music competition for young artists under 30 years of age. The competition, considered to be one of the most difficult in the world, focuses on the violin and piano, composition and singing.

Sports

Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres: The Tour of Flanders is an annual cycling event taking place in early April. It is one of the five monuments of cycling and one of the ten UCI Road World Cup races. The Koppenberg is one of the most difficult sections of the race, and is sometimes cancelled due to its difficulty and danger.

Memorial van Damme: International athletics event held annually in Brussels in late August or early September.

Other Events

Floralies of Ghent: Organised by the Royal Agriculture and Horticulture Society this indoor flower and plant exhibition is held every five years in Ghent. The next event takes place in 2015.

Film Festival Ghent: Major European film festival presenting feature length and short films. The festival mostly attracts film music producers and has special awards for soundtracks. It is usually held in October each year.

Ice Magic (Ice Sculptures): The Snow & Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges takes place on a yearly basis with a different theme. Created by approximately 30 artists, the sculptures are exhibited in a massive refrigerator for a few weeks.