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Summer in Brussels: provisional assessment

The first figures on summer confirm the trend observed throughout 2018: tourism, both business and leisure, is once again growing in Brussels.

July saw record hotel occupation rates in Brussels, due especially to the NATO summit on 11 and 12 July as well as both weekends of Tomorrowland  Festival-goers from around the world saw occupation rates for one weekend exceed rates usually expected for one week, which is exceptional for Brussels.  The data available at mid-August also show progress compared to the previous year, partly explained by the Flower Carpet in the Grand-Place.

The Brussels Summer Festival, aimed more toward a local crowd, also reported positive figures (60,000 spectators), with increased daily visitor numbers at this new version of the festival. Great news as we head into September with its plethora of events!

EAT! BRUSSELS, DRINK !BORDEAUX. 6 Sept. - 9 Sept.   

Brussels Park-

To make the summer last a little longer, Brussels’ food festival is here in time for the back-to-school period with a whole host of activities! New features include a dessert counter, a cheese bar and a variety of workshops. Try tasty dishes prepared by Brussels-based chefs, journey to the heart of Bordeaux wine country, challenge your taste buds with some typical regional dishes at the international village, take a cooking class with a Bruxellois chef, discover subtle and original combinations of food and beer, get acquainted with the delicate aromas of gin, or simply come and enjoy the atmosphere. Book your tickets now for early bird prices. 


Comic Strip Festival. 14 Sept. - 16 Sept.

Brussels Park –

The Comic Strip Festival comes back to Brussels Park. All of the traditional favourites will be on the programme: the Balloon’s Day Parade and the Comic Strip Festival Rally (which will take place on Saturday this year), guided tours of the city’s comic strip murals, an international pavilion, conferences, signings, and more. But there are plenty of brand new features too: the exhibition “Alix, l’Art de Jacques Martin” at the Art & History Museum, the impro match “SPIROU vs FLUIDE GLACIAL: le clash !” and a screening of the film adaptation “Les vieux Fourneaux” in the presence of the film’s director and the artists behind the comic. Not forgetting the Atomium awards, which will recognise the work of young artists, as well as a strong presence by the big Dutch-language publishers.

New Urban Culture Guide launches the second edition of the Urban Culture Guide. This guide gives you an in-depth look at Brussels’ urban culture. From street art to tattoo shops via roller and skate parks, it contains a whole host of must-visit locations for urban art lovers. On sale for €2.50 at our tourist information offices. Languages: French, Dutch, English

New Comic Strip Murals Guide

This guide gives you a detailed look at comic strip murals in Brussels and other communes in the Brussels Region. Around one hundred pages to discover comic strip heroes, artists and the museums and galleries dedicated to them. On sale for €2.50 at our tourist information offices. Languages: French, Dutch, English, German

New Brochure on Surrealism

This brochure contains a plethora of information on the main sites with a link to the life of René Magritte. All of the sites appear on a map which allows visitors to experience a day in the life of Brussels’ surrealists. The brochure also contains information on shopping for surrealist items. Available free at our tourist information offices. Languages: French, Dutch, English, German

New “be green” plan  

With the new “be green” plan, visit some twenty places to see living green at any season. Some of these places are well known, some well tucked away: historical parks, pretty squares, a forest and even some farms! Plenty of possibilities to get in touch with nature and enjoy the fresh air, whether you live in the city or you’re just visiting. Available free of charge from tourist offices. Languages: French, Dutch, English, German

eB! Challenge: a fun, energetic and educational team game based on research and observation

This new activity for teenagers is without a doubt the most fun and unusual way to discover Brussels! Teams of participants travel between the different interactive exhibition halls. Their observation and teamwork skills will be put to the test as they face original and interesting challenges. Their missions will allow them to discover Brussels from every possible angle. Each challenge they win will take them closer to the final stage—that is if the other team doesn’t get there first!


Discover the city: guided tours


Comic Strip Festival Guided Tours

Like every year, there will be free walking and bike tours in French, Dutch and English over the 3 days the Comic Strip Festival is held, 14, 15 and 16 September.

Discover the city centre’s murals with guides from Bruxelles Bavard, head to Laeken with Pro Velo to explore murals in the north of the city, and explore the city in a different way with Monsieur Iou, the artist behind the comic “Le Tour de Belgique de Monsieur Iou”, with an adaptation of his journey around Brussels. Information and pre-booking online:


New at the Box Office: the famous Turpitour

This bus tour of Brussels includes all sorts of historical oddities, urban aberrations and underworld goings-on. A hilarious experience which is sure to make you laugh out loud. The guide uses stories, impersonations, satirical chants and sound effects to make the tour even more original and funny. Book here:

The Global Greeter Network will celebrate the 26th anniversary of the creation of the Greeters concept on 10 September.

The Global Greeter Network keeps growing every year. Greeters are now active in around forty countries around the world, and are an excellent way to discover a city or destination with a local in a friendly and personalised way.

Visit to see all of the destinations on offer.



Back-to-school educational offerings


Easily see all of the educational offerings at: To get you started, here are a few ideas for the next few months: 


The opening of BEL Expo 

An interactive experience which lets you discover the city of tomorrow! Alongside your digital companion, will you manage to complete the missions around Brussels’ 10 neighbourhoods?


New exhibition : Le Patrimoine ? Un jeu d’enfant ! Heritage? Child’s Play! 

7/09 – 21/11

Kids of all ages are invited to join in the discovery of Brussels’ heritage. 

At this free exhibition in the magnificent Halles Saint Géry building, visitors can read and compare historical letters and examine the façades of buildings to determine their composition, style and function. 


L’explorateur [The Explorer] @ Experience Brussels 

Armed with their indispensable logbook, students will have great fun discovering the geography of Brussels, its inhabitants and its birdlife, as well as Europe, history, legends and even the etymology of certain place names. This activity is alternated with play, drawing, research and crafts. 


Reopening of the Children’s Museum - 6 Oct.

Come and discover “Des ailes pour grandir” (Wings to grow), the new exhibition at the Children’s Museum! 

Here, children and their guests are invited to come and discover their talents, superpowers, the richness of friendship, different cultures and dream-worlds. 



Foodies & Bars


Old Boy

Rue de Tenbosch 110, 1050 Bruxelles

Old boy is an Asian canteen where everyone shares.  A modern and resolutely young venue where dishes are cooked to order behind the counter. The cocktails here are imaginative too!


Les Petits Bouchons

Chaussée d’Alsemberg 832, 1180 Brussels

A real Paris-inspired bistro with an excellent wine menu. The products are sourced directly from producers and reinvented by the chef in his own distinctive way. Good bistro cuisine at reasonable prices.



Rue de Rollebeek 2, 1000 Brussels -  

A new meeting place in Sablon, Pastel offers a different concept each day of the week: board games, afterwork, before party, family day, etc. Lunch is served every day, with brunch available on weekends.



Avenue Jean Volders 11, 1060 Brussels -

Everything here is made on-site: sourdough bread with organic flour, cakes and pastries, biscuits, etc. Bakery products are made with very pure, extremely high-quality ingredients: organic yeast and flour, sea salt...





Le You nightclub becomes Chez Ginette

Le You has been given a facelift, giving way to a new generation. Every Friday from Friday 31 August, the team from Chez Ginette will have you dancing and singing at what looks set to become one of Brussel’s most original night spots.




Festival / big events  


DESIGN SEPTEMBER • whole month of September    

Various places -   

Design September presents dozens of events in the city centre, looking at design in the broadest sense through talks, exhibitions, films, discussions, visits, walks, and vintage design flea markets.  



Parc de Forest -   

In a green oasis on the border of Brussels' Saint-Gilles and Forest municipalities, this free festival highlights an artistic programme full of colours and diversity, that is resolutely eclectic and innovative!  



Tour & Taxis   

A 5km run where thousands of runners in white T-shirts, get covered in clouds of coloured powder. After the finish, the fun continues at the “Color Festival” with DJ sets and more colour blast.   


MARNI JAZZ • 5 Sept. - 15 Sept.   

Théâtre Marni    

This jazz festival - open to all kinds of jazz, with international talent alongside Belgian performers - gets the new season off to a flying star. The 2018 edition focuses on the trumpet.    


eat!BRUSSELSdrink!BORDEAUX • 6 Sept. - 9 Sept.  

Brussels Park   

A gastronomic gathering for foodies and gourmets from Brussels, Belgium, and beyond! This cosmopolitan and creative urban event invites you to discover restaurants, bars, sweet and savoury stalls, demonstrations by top chefs, and lifestyle revelations.   


ART ON PAPER • 6 Sept. - 9 Sept.   


This contemporary art show brings together more than twenty solo exhibitions organised by Belgian and international galleries. The focus is on drawing, of every kind.   



Several galleries -  

This event marks the beginning of the contemporary art season when some thirty galleries reopen at the same time. It includes exhibitions, private viewings, receptions, and press conferences.   


BELGIAN BEER WEEKEND • 7 Sept. - 9 Sept.   

Grand-Place -   

Once again, la Grand-Place will attract beer-lovers in their thousands, when Belgian breweries of all sizes are present with stalls. The event includes a parade of historic brewery carts and beer wagons.  


A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR (APA) • 7 Sept. - 9 Sept.  

Vanderborght Building - 

A Performance Affair presents its inaugural edition ‘the Panopticon’. It’s a new flexible platform presenting performance art to stimulate discourse around the economies of performance.  



Atomium Square - 

After two successful editions, the Brussels collective Deep in House organises a special free open-air festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Atomium, with 2 scenes of electronic music.  


UPTOWN DESIGN - The Brussels Limited Edition • 13 Sept. - 29 Sept 

Several venues -  

 For the past five yearsUptown Design has been included in the September calendar as a key event in the discovery of Belgian and international design located in the uptown part of Brussels. This federating UPTOWN DESIGN TOUR was created byKunty Moureau to highlight talented designers in prestigious brands’ addresses in the capital.  



Various Museums -     

Every Thursday in autumn, a number of Brussels museums stay open late, with guided tours, rare opportunities to talk to curators and see behind the scenes, and a variety of extra activities.    


BIKE BRUSSELS: The Urban Bike and Active Mobility Show • 14 Sept. - 17 Sept.  

Tour & Taxis    

A unique opportunity to discover and try, indoor and outdoor, all bike models but also new gear (e-scooters, single-wheels…) and to participate in many events and fun experiences for young and old.   


WANDERLUST – Craft Beer festival • 15 Sept.  

Quay 01 -   

The Brussels Beer Project turns 5 already. That calls for a celebration with a new edition of Wanderlust! 15 breweries from all around the world take you on a journey exploring their brews.  


FOLKLORISSIMO • 15 Sept. - 16 Sept.   

Grand-Place - Marché aux Poissons     

This folklore festival will feature battles of the (brass) bands, a ball on the Grand-Place, a parade of “giants”, a craft market, a folk village, and a big parade.   


HERITAGE DAYS • 15 Sept. - 16 Sept.   

Various locations -    

Every year, the Heritage Days focus on a different aspect of urban heritage and Brussels becomes one big museum. A unique opportunity to have a look inside venues otherwise rarely accessible.  



Place des Palais -    

Car-free Sunday is very popular in Brussels. Bruxelles Champêtre is an undeniable high point, bringing the countryside into the heart of the city, with entertainment, stands, and a variety of activities.   



Cinquantenaire Park –    

Jubel, the European Democracy Festival is inspired by the rich tradition of similar participative festivals founded in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Expect debates, walks, pecha-kucha and so on.  


BRUSSELS DRESSING ROOM: Slow Fashion Edition • 22 Sept. - 23 Sept.  

Vanderborght Building –  

This time, the Brussels Dressing Room presents a slow fashion market, welcoming designers committed to an ethical, sustainable approach, along with "green label" brands. A major meeting place for smart consumers!  


BRUSSELS ART SQUARE (BAS) • 22 Sept. - 23 Sept.  

Sablon / Zavel -   

Founded by leading Belgian antique dealers and gallery owners, BAS aims to raise the profile of the Sablon district as a historic art and antiques district, preserving its originality and charm.     


BRUSSELS COCKTAIL WEEK • 23 Sept. - 29 Sept.   

30 bars and restaurants –   

Time to celebrate in the best cocktail bars in the city: expect food pairings, guest bartenders,    

outdoor events, and exciting discoveries in the creative universe of mixology.   


NUITS SONORES BRUSSELS  27 Sept. - 30 Sept.   

BOZAR -    

BOZAR and Arty Farty are joining forces to present the second Brussels edition of this festival, all about quality electronic music, digital arts as well as discussions about Europe’s future.   


LES FÊTES ROMANES  29 Sept. - 30 Sept.  

Centre Culturel Wolubilis -   

Time for a weekend full of theatre, performances, dance, acrobatics, etc. but also an outdoor creators' market, workshops and entertainment for young and old!  



European Parliament -   

See multilingualism in action at the Hemicycle of the European Parliament with fun activities showcasing the vital work of interpreters and translators in the world’s only 24-language parliament.  



BRUSSELS DESIGN MARKET  29 Sept. - 30 Sept.  

Tour & Taxis -   

Today, Brussels Design Market is considered to be one of the best events in Europe dedicated to vintage design of the 20th century.  



Exhibitions starting in September  


MICHEL BLAZY • 6 Sept. 2018 – 10 Nov. 2018  

La Loge -   

La Loge is transformed into a lively temporary garden combining a selection of films and organic and changing materials, key elements of Studio Blazy. This installation explores how matter transforms, grows and deteriorates under the influence of space and climatic conditions.  


BEYOND BORDERS • 6 Sept. 2018 - 24 Feb. 2019    

Villa Empain –   

The exhibition brings together thirty-seven internationally renowned contemporary artists from the European art scene as well as the Arab world, to exchange ideas about the notion of borders and how it is represented.  


BUY NOW PAY LATER • 7 Sept. 2018 - 7 Oct. 2018  

MAD – Brussels Fashion and Design Platform –  
Buy Now Pay Later is the personal credit slogan that symbolises blind, thoughtless consumption. Removed from its traditional context, it confronts us with a highly pragmatic reality. The exhibition explores and disrupts the codes, directly addressing viewers' concerns as consumers.  



Halles Saint-Géry -  

Young and old are invited to become actors in the discovery of the Brussels heritage. Reading and comparison of historical maps, observation of facades to decode composition, style and function, and a free exhibition in the beautiful Halles Saint Gérybuilding!  




Wiels –     

September at WIELS will be marked by the discovery of the pictorial work and the poetic imagination of Dutch painter René Daniëls in a wide-ranging exhibition. Come and discover over 75 paintings in addition to hundred drawings by the artist who has made his mark on the history of painting.  


ALIX • 14 Sept. 2018 - 6 Jan. 2019  

Art & History Museum –    

With twelve million book sales to his name, and his adventures translated into fifteen languages, 2018 sees Alix celebrating 70 years since his first appearance in Tintin magazine on 16 September 1948.  


ALONG THE WAY - RICHARD LONG • 15 Sept. 2018 - 27 Oct. 2018  

Fondation CAB -  

A solo exhibition dedicated to this British artistthe first in Belgium in over forty years. Long’s work embodies everything that is relevant in contemporary art: he is radical, relentless, and poetic.  


CHRIS MARKER: MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE • 19 Sept. 2018 - 6 Jan. 2019  


BOZAR and La Cinématèque Française join forces for a journey through the world and archives of Chris Marker (1921-2012), the militant filmmaker, not to mention an author, photographer, artist, musician and globetrotter. This creator was hyper-versatile and cosmopolitan.  


A FOREST • 21 Sept. 2018 - 15 Dec. 2018  

Iselp –  

A Forest brings together artists mobilised directly or indirectly by the plant world and its organisational arrangements in complex systems, called ecosystems.  


IN RED AND WHITE • 21 Sept. 2018 - 5 May 2019  


The Citroën garage offers its "delivery area" to a selection of the design collections of the Centre Pompidou and the ADAM - Brussels Design Museum. The items, all in red and white, echo the original arrangement of this former showroom, inspired by the colours of the Citroën logo.   


KOENRAAD DEDOBBELEER: KUNSTSTOFF • 22 Sept. 2018 - 6 Jan. 2019  

Wiels –      

This exhibition dedicated to the work of Belgian artist Koenraad Dedobbeleer shows over 40 artworks including 15 new productions. These include sculptures, photographs, a slide projection, a collection of books and works on paper.   


MAGASIN GÉNÉRAL: A Quebec symphony by R. Loisel and J-L. Tripp • 25 Sept. 2018 - 10 Mar. 2019  

Comics Art Museum -   

The Belgian Comic Strip Center is delighted to offer its visitors an insight into the unique world of this profoundly human series, which paints a wonderful picture of rural Quebec in the late 1920s.  


THE SMURF EXPERIENCE (part 2) • 3 Oct. 2018 - 27 Jan. 2019   

Brussels Expo -    

The Smurfs are celebrating their anniversary and have moved their village to Brussels. Thanks to larger-than-life sets, you get the chance to plunge into the magical world of these small blue characters.  


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