Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Belgium

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates at the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism sites for Belgium and Brussels.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Belgium. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe


November 1:  All Saints’ Day (closures)

November 11:  Armistice Day (banks closed) 

December:  “Winter Wonders” Christmas Market in Brussels

December 5:  St. Nicholas’ Eve (Sinterklaasavond; processions and presents for children)

December 25:  Christmas


January 1:  New Year’s Day

February:  Carnival (Mardi Gras)

April 3–6:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures on Easter Monday)

May 1:  Labor Day (some closures)

May 14:  Ascension (closures); Procession of the Holy Blood in Bruges

May 24–25:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

June 30–July 2:  Ommegang Pageant (historic costumed parade to Grand Place, Brussels)

July 21:  Belgian Independence Day (parades, fireworks, closures)

August 15:  Assumption Day (procession in Bruges, closures)

Mid-August:  Flower Carpet (Brussels)