Cultural festivals and events

The cultural festivals and events of the City of Brussels and the other festivals and events organized on the territory of the City.

Carte de Visite | ARTopenKUNST © Eric Danhier

Brussels offers lots of space for artistic creations. In order to support amateur artists and professionals working and living in Brussels, the City started Carte de Visite | ARTopenKUNST. During a weekend exhibition, visual artists, videographers, photographers and other digital artists get the opportunity to present three of their works to art lovers.

Hopla! © Eric Danhier

Hopla! is the festival of circus arts of Brussels. During the second week of the Easter holidays, about twenty performances of Belgian and foreign artists are being held in public space and at the cultural centres of the city. Hopla! is completely free and brings contemporary circus closer to the people of Brussels.

Guignolet dans le Parc

During summer, outdoor performances of the Guignolet puppet theatre are being held at the Bois de la Cambre. From Wednesday to Sunday, the Les Coeurs de Bois Royal Theatre company shows all the classics in the genre. To the delight of children and adults!

Vaux Hall Summer

The Vaux-Hall in the Brussels Park opens its doors to the public during summer. The Vaux-Hall Summer event offers a diverse cultural program: concerts, film projections, theatre, dance,...

During summer, the City of Brussels offers events in the form of pop-ups: Hello Summer. Numerous events are held for all generations: sports, music, dance, interactive workshops, family entertainment,...

Brussels Summer Festival © Eric Danhier

Since its start in 2002, the Brussels Summer Festival has grown to become the most important cultural event of August in Brussels. The City of Brussels organizes 10 days of concerts and cultural activities in the city centre.


Classissimo is a summer festival for lovers of classical music (seasoned fans and newcomers). At the Royal Park Theatre, the festival organizes the most diverse concerts with young musicians as well as established artists.

Théâtres Nomades © Matthias Ghem

During four days in August, the Royal Park is transformed into the artistic village of the Théâtres Nomades Festival with circus tents, outdoor theatres and caravans. The festival includes street theatre, circus, fairy tales and music.

Insifon © Eric Danhier

Insifon, during a weekend in August, is one of the most important festivals for contemporary puppet theatre in Brussels. This festival (by the Les Coeurs de Bois Royal Theatre) brings together both Belgian and foreign productions.


Every third weekend of September, the Folklore Festival celebrates the Brussels traditions. A folk village at the Grand-Place welcomes parades, games, tastings and other activities of folklore associations. Women, youth and foreign folklore are also highlighted.

Nuit Blanche - Jorg Muller - Noustube © Eric Danhier

Nuit Blanche is back with a new formula: putting connections and people back at the heart of the event. From now on, Nuit Blanche not only wants to highlight the buildings, but also the soul of Brussels and its inhabitants, taking the pulse of the neighbourhoods that make up the city.

That is why Nuit Blanche is now being built up over two years, with the emphasis on live art and encouraging the appropriation of public space by all residents of Brussels.

The City of Brussels welcomes (and sometimes subsidizes) more than 200 other cultural festivals and events (music, performing arts, film, literature, gastronomy,...) on its territory. More info: