Cultural Events

Here are some suggestions from our volunteers re what to do in Brussels: let us know if you want to organise an outing! 

United Nations Cinema (Every month)

The events offer the opportunity for participants to watch premieres of highly acclaimed, award- winning documentaries and engage in interactive discussions with senior UN officials and other personalities. Giving the public a chance to start a conversation concerning important globalissues also raises awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Free entry but reservation needed.

Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique (Monthly)

The museums offer the opportunity to its visitors of engaging in a changing range of activities every month apart from its outstanding new temporary expositions. 

Price: 10 Euros

Christmas Markets (Plaisirs d'Hiver) End November - mid January

The Winter Wonders event takes place before and during the Christmas holidays, at the Grand-Place in Brussels and around the Bourse, the Place de la Monnaie, the Place Sainte-Catherine and the Marché aux Poissons. Winter Wonders includes:

  • a Christmas market with more than 200 chalets
  • fairground attractions (Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds,...)
  • a covered ice rink for skating (Place de la Monnaie)
  • a Christmas tree and sound and light show on the Grand-Place. 

Brussels Jazz Festival January 2019

10 days of concerts, films, etc at Flagey.  

Brussels Museums presents Museum Night Fever (23 February 2019)

Museum Night Fever
will again grip Brussels for the 12th time. A total of 27 museums around the city will be taking part with special performances, workshops and other surprises. A free shuttle bus will be available to explore all parts of the capital. The European Parliament will be part of the festivities with a whole host of activities at the Parlamentarium and the House of European History.

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken (21 April to 11 May 2019)

Every spring, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are open to the public for 3 weeks. It is an excellent opportunity to see the wonderful architecture of Alphonse Balat, the mentor of Victor Horta, and the many plants in the greenhouses.

Price: 2,50 Euros

The Queen Elisabeth Competition (29 April to 25 May 2019)

This edition of the Queen Elisabeth competition will gather some of the world’s most promising violinists. This competition is open for musicians who have completed their training and who are ready to embark upon an international career. A unique opportunity for those interested on following the latest trends in classical music.

Price: 15 Euros

International Film Festival (June 2019)

In 2019 Brussels will be brimming with a bouquet of emotions for the 2nd edition of the Brussels International Film Festival at Bozar, Flagey, Cinéma UGC, Cinéma Vendome, Palace, and Cinéma des Galeries. The event will as well include evening open-air screenings along Boulevard Ansbach and at the Mont des Arts, thus offering an urban and cinematographic experience to the festival goers.

Price: 10 Euros

Belgian National Day (21 July) 

July 21st is the Belgian National Holiday. Every year between the Parc de Bruxelles (Warandepark) and the Place Poelaert, numerous activities and free parades take place, including the military and civil parade, sports courses, concerts, performances, military tanks and aircraft, a police village, a European village, activities for children (Parc de Bruxelles).

Free parades 

Brussels Museums Nocturnes 2018 (Thursdays 13 Sept to 6 Dec)

What about letting the Brussels Museums Nocturnes turn your autumn evenings into something memorable?  Between 13 September and 6 December 2018.  73 Museums in Brussels invite you to discover them in a novel way and at a really good price.  Every Thursday evening from 5pm to 10pm you can head off and visit at least 5 museums in order to explore a Brussels of unexpected districts, treasures and charms.  New exhibitions, workshops, music, food & drink, unique guided tours and much more besides promise to soften the first signs of winter.

Exhibition -  EUROPE WORKS - How the EIB Group contributes to keeping Europe competitive & innovative (26 & 27 Oct) 

Interesting projects carried out by women will be showcased in the exhibition: 

-          Frusack – founded by two women from Czech Republic. Frusack produces reusable and compostable alternative bags to single use plastic bags. 

-          MANI Foods –Greece’s most famous olives, Kalamata, Mani Foods produces, packages and exports olives, olive oil and speciality foods.  When the company made a breakthrough in sales it had to scale up its production considerably – EFSI helped it to do so.

Moreover, more projects will be showcased, such as Jennewein - An interesting project on producing complex sugars that are main component of human breast milk.

When: 26-27 October 2018

Where: Place Charles Rogier, Brussels

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