This summer’s entertainment in Brussels is a breath of fresh air!  

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In July, cultural entertainment will take to the streets across all four corners of the city! Concerts, charming outdoor ‘guinguettes’, cinema, contemporary art will pop up in an exciting variety of creative initiatives in parks, esplanades, squares…plus some rather unexpected places! This summer, at a time when culture needs to reinvent itself, we can look forward to a simply delightful outdoor programme. Giving us opportunities to enjoy dancing on the cobblestones, music from our balconies, an alternative and artistic city-wide experience and the stars as scenery. Discover our range of cultural outdoor activities to brighten up your summer!  


Please note, due to the restricted numbers, reservations are highly recommended!

Publié le 29/06/2020

Please don’t stop the music!

Bruxelles concert plein-air - (c) Escales estivales

Fancy some live music but without the screen? "Balcon Parade" is a novel solution for fans of great music: a travelling stage along the streets of the capital. Not only is this initiative an original alternative to the large summer festivals, it also gives artists the opportunity to return to the stage. And their audience the chance to boogie on down, during an open-air concert with the Brussels skyline in the background. Two other parades, one for kids and another dedicated to the performing arts, will also bring the fun to below your balcony.


Don’t miss the eclectic Escales estivales this summer. The cultural centre in Anderlecht will put you back on track to happiness with a series of free concerts in the shade of the trees in the Garden of Espace Carême. Whether it’s to the Latin-American rhythms of Los Cubanistas, the soothing sounds of Sitardust or the fantastic fanfare of Vetex, the International Orchestra, Thursday evenings in July and August will certainly be enchanting. Reservations highly recommended!

Horst is back with something small and intimate. Its festival “Almost Together”, from 17 July to 30 August, includes a series of alternative and insightful musical moments in a striking neo-industrial setting where nature takes the upper hand. The programme includes: Restaurant Club evenings, where you can shake to the sound of a series of DJ sets, and Sleeping concerts, for some soothing and soulful soundscapes.


EXI(S)T offers a grand-scale glimpse of contemporary Belgian photography. The city-wide photographic trail sabotages hundreds of advertising sites and gives a true artistic twist to the streets of the capital. 50 photographers unveil a fragment of their universe around squares, facades and shop windows. Snapshots that shake up our usual perspectives “in Brussels in its (de)confinement”. Portraits and landscapes, in colour, or black and white, and pictures by Annabel Werbrouck, Charles Paulicevich, Arnaud Brihay, and Sarah Van Marcke (among others) will inspire your summer in the city.

Contemporary storefront art at KANAL, thanks to the INSITU project in partnership with Windows museum. A project promoting accessible art via the window! Do a detour when walking with friends or family to catch up on some insightful and contemporary art. This summer, three artists will be showcased behind the windows of this museum, including: Claude Cattelain, Hicham Berrada and Hervé Charles. Each artist individually questions the human rapport with three topical subjects: the body, territory and danger!


Bruxelles plein-air guinguette du parc de Forest - (c) guinguette du parc de Forest

Refreshing and rural surroundings, background music, cold drinks and some tasty nibbles...the perfect programme for a summer afternoon! This year, the ever-popular Guinguette de Forest will be offering fun workshops, cosy concerts and creative markets.

Gather under their lanterns for some yoga on the lawn or funky DIY workshops in collaboration with L’été créatif et durable!

Looking for a trendy and festive “guingette-style” spot for drinks with a charming food-truck ambiance, to shop for organic or local goodies and to take advantage of a tremendous variety of cultural entertainment? See you at the SEE U! Throughout the summer the SEE U (F)estival will rock the former barracks with the rhythms of DJ sets, arty expos and culinary workshops. Plus, every Friday, it’s time to reconnect with your neighbours during “meet your local”, showcasing all that’s going on in the local neighbourhood!