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Art Brussels

Founded in 1968, Art Brussels has established itself as a leading European platform for contemporary art. This show gives foreign galleries and artists an ideal platform to present themselves to Belgian collectors, and gives young Belgian talent an opportunity to introduce itself to the international market.

Date: 20 April 2023 - 23 April 2023
Venue: Tour & Taxis


Zinneke Parade

The multicultural communities of Brussels come together for the colourful, exuberant celebration of the Zinneke Parade. Zinneke is also an artistic and social experiment which aims to combat inequality and to form a project in which everyone can participate.

Date: 01 May 2023 - 31 May 2023
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Centre of Brussels.


Lesbian and Gay Pride Day

Lesbian and Gay Pride Day in Brussels attracts thousands of participants and visitors to a full programme running way past midnight. The main events include a street party, a parade, a concert and the Pride Party itself.

Date: 20 May 2023 - 20 May 2023
Venue: Ancienne Belgique and various venues.

Many events free.

Ommegang Royal Pageant

Each summer the Ommegang Royal Pageant lights up the magnificent Brussels' Grand-Place. It is a colourful reconstruction of the spectacle originally held in 1549 to honour Emperor Charles V and the royal family.

Date: 28 June 2023 - 30 June 2023
Venue: City and Grand Place.


Belgian Beer Weekend

Belgian breweries of all sizes offer their best selections of beers in this festival.

Date: 01 September 2023 - 30 September 2023
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Grand Place


Plaisirs d'Hiver

Festive Christmas market stalls and open-air ice skating are some of the activities that mark the annual Winter Wonders, which animates the heart of Brussels during the Christmas period.

Date: 20 November 2023 - 31 December 2023
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various Brussels venues.


Ancient Art Fair

BAAF, BOAF and BRUNEAF are groups of antique specialists in Brussels. Collectively known as '3B', they deal in classical, Egyptian and Near Eastern antiquities and put them on display in leading galleries. The event attracts a big and international following of collectors, experts and museum curators.

Date: 01 January 2024 - 31 January 2024
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various galleries in Sablon district.
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This 50-room hotel occupies a 17th-century building in a lively area just off the Grand-Place, amid a plethora of bars and small eating places. For a budget option with simple rooms and facilities, its lobby is surprisingly grandiose, elaborately decked out in marble, patterned tiles and baroque furniture. There's more cheerfully florid décor in the small courtyard garden.

The Dominican

Part of the Carlton hotel group, The Dominican is the place to come if you want to be pampered while on a break in Brussels. It takes its name from the Dominican abbey which was originally built on this site in the 1400s. Its design is first rate, taking on the hushed feel of the abbey’s cloisters. Rooms are huge, the beds vast and the breakfast top notch.

Hotel Metropole Brussels

The 19th-century Hotel Metropole, with its grand art nouveau interior, is the first choice for those wishing to combine a lust for nostalgia with a need for modern comfort. A stone's throw from the Grand-Place, this palatial hotel offers a truly grand entrance hall and an Italian baroque style restaurant, L'Alban Chambon. There are 283 comfortable rooms and 15 suites, many decorated with drapes, swags and chandeliers.

Hotel Amigo Brussels

Although within short walking distance of the bustling Grand-Place, the Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo is a haven of calm and comfort. The building served as a prison in the 16th century and opened as a luxury hotel in 1957. Furnished with rich tapestries and antiques, it offers a friendly welcome and has a restaurant and cocktail bar, meeting rooms and a banqueting suite. The décor of the 176 rooms and suites blends contemporary elegance with dashes of colour and humour - Hergé characters and Magritte graphics appear here and there.

Odette En Ville

This design-led boutique hotel, in the beautiful Chatelain quarter, nods towards classic film noir sets with luxurious decor that isn’t stuffy and sleek, cosy rooms. There are even art and photography books for sale here. Guests can score a massage or treatment at Serendip Spa round the corner at a discounted rate.

Made In Louise

Located just outside the city centre, Made In Louise has earned a reputation as Brussels’ hottest boutique hotel. Family run, the attention to detail runs deep, from the individually designed bedrooms through to the excellent tips on local bars and restaurants. The breakfast is spectacular, so be sure to get up early enough for it.