Summer in Brussels, what a delight! The city is packed full of outdoor events with aperitifs, garden parties, festivals in parks and in surprising locations and rooftop DJ sets, where you can enjoy delicious bites to eat and a cocktail or two. Brussels residents and expats alike are pouring out into the streets to enjoy everything the city has to offer when the sun comes out and the weather gets warmer. In this section you will find out where and on what day you'll find the best outdoor events. Now all you have to do is pick, check the weather forecast and the Facebook page of the pop-up bar, festival or other open-air festivities and you're away!
When: Afterwork every Monday from 08/05 to 25/09
Where: Cospaia, Rue Capitaine Crespel 1, 1000 Brussels
What: Start your week in style at the most beautiful rooftop terrace in Brussels. Offering a breathtaking view, casual elegance, and a great atmosphere in uptown Brussels. Every Monday evening from May to the end of September. Lounge music, cocktails, a New York style rooftop terrace.
When: Every Tuesday night from 13/06 to 12/09
Where: Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Brussels
What: Thé Tuesday after work concept in Brussels. That’s right, Brussel is even bustling on a Tuesday eve. Networking. Entertainment. Music. Nice people. These are Bar Mardi's core 4.
The European Canteen
When: Every Wednesday
Where: Place Jean Rey (in the European neighbourhood)
What: The European Canteen consists of modular urban furniture that proposes to share a table: for a lunch with friends, a coffee with strangers, a drink with locals. Its goal is to improve the quality of life in public spaces in the European district. After the European cooking events last summer and the European Winter Market, the European canteen tables on Place Jean Rey will remain the perfect meeting place for a spring or summer lunch/afterwork. Every Wednesday, you can also shop at the European Canteen Market. European quality products will be proposed by market gardeners and local distribution merchants. You will find bread, veggies, cheese and meat & sausage products, but also French, Portuguese and English specialties. This micro-market will take place every Wednesday from noon till 8pm.
Le marché de la place Châtelain
When: On Wednesday from 2pm to 7pm, all year round
Where: Place du Châtelain Kasteleinsplein, 1050 Brussels
What: The Châtelain markets are open during the afternoon and early evening on Wednesday nights. This is where some of the after-work crowds of Brussels come for their apéro (aperitif) on Wednesday nights at the bars that surround the square. At this market you will find more fresh delicacies, meats, cheeses and flowers.
When: From 21/04 till the end of September, every Friday from 12:00 till 14:30 and also during weekends
Where: At the courtyard of BIP (Brussels Info Place), Rue Royale 2-4 Koningsstraat , 1000 Brussels
What: Frunch (FRiday – lUNCH) is set to commence its fourth edition on Friday 21 April. The Upper Town of Brussels will have another nice and cosy lunch spot right through until the end of September. Every week, Frunch is proud to present 3 food trucks, live music, a bar and a fantastic place to chill at on the courtyard of the BIP, overlooking the Place Royale in the centre of Brussels.
Frunch will once again set up on the corner of the Place Royale, on the courtyard of the BIP. It expands this year too, offering something brand new, namely “The Royal Terrace”. During the summer, the BIP will also open its courtyard every weekend, where the atmosphere will be set by a terrace with the same infrastructure as Frunch and relaxed lounge music.
When: From May 5th to July 14th, Maurice welcomes you every Friday from 17h00 to 22h30 at Saint-Gilles. Every Friday from May 5th to July 14th from 17h00 to 22h30
Where: Place Maurice Van Meenen – 1060 Brussels
What: Beers brewed in Belgium is what Maurice enjoys. Maurice is fond of good beers, especially when they are local and from Brussels! A selection of beers from Beerstorming, Brussels Beer Project and En Stoemelings will be available every Friday. To these brewers, the brand new SUPER 8 beer in both Export and IPA versions will be added. With Maurice, wine is divine. White, rosé or red, Maurice never says no to a “petit ballon”. Maurice will propose a selection of natural bio wines, alongside a more classic selection--5 different wines to consume for pleasure. Finally, Maurice loves to sip a good natural juice, especially when it is a quality product from Brussels. And for the cocktail fans, Ginto, Boston Cooler, Lillet and other cocktails will complete the list. Meeting brewers and producers. All along the season Maurice will invite his partners to present their products to the public. A comeback to real contacts, exchanges and sharing. To eat, drink and listen. Seats made out of authentic recycled pallets, DJs, a foodtruck each week, and other happenings will be present to complete the Fridays with Maurice.
Jettestream 5ème édition (Apéros Jettois)
When: Friday from 17:00 till 23:00, from 02/06 till 08/09
Where: Place Cardinal Mercier, 1090 Jette
What: Fifth edition of this major event in the north of Brussels. Music, a friendly and festive aperitif on the Place Cardinal Mercier. This year, the diversity and musical quality, varied menu and foodtrucks will again part of this. A good opportunity to start the weekend, to discover Jette and its surroundings, to share a drink with friends, colleagues or families, and bathe every Friday in a different musical atmosphere ... See you there!
Les Apéros Urbains
When: Friday from 17h to 23h30, June till September
Where: Different places in Brussels
What: The philosophy behind this event is to allow people to discover new places and especially to meet each other. The fact that people sit themselves in a specific area allows one to view new aspects of the area, which is often eluded during the daily working rush. Les Apéros Urbains is all about feeling concerned by a magical place in your city, reinforcing your neighbourhood ties with your commune, developing a feeling of belonging to the same privileged moment. Imagine a moment, cradled by the sun's rays at the beginning of a summer evening, sipping an aperitif among friends at one of Brussels most beautiful panorama points. "Les Apéros Urbains" is also a way of rediscovering Brussels, its beautiful parks, its statues of famous characters and its little village aspect.
Info: www.facebook.com/aperosurbains and www.aperos-urbains.be/agenda
Les apéros du Parc Josaphat / Les apéros des Ecuries Van de tram
When: Every Friday from 17:30 till 22:30, from May till September
Where: At the Josaphat Park, at the bandstand by avenue des Azalées/ Azalealaan, 1030 Brussels
What: Cocktail hour at Josaphat Park in Schaerbeek. Beer garden, tapas and live musical performances make this cocktail hour one of a kind, like a house guest who brings you flowers, or your favourite uncle! Open mic for musicians, DJs and artists, with amazing flavours to discover in all the bucolic splendour of Josphat Park! Welcome to one and all!
When: On Sunday 23/04, 21/05, 16/07, 20/08 and 10/09 from 14:00 till 22:00
Where: Pont du Jubilé - Boulevard du Jubilé 202, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean for the editions of April, July and September, and a -up to now- secret location for May and August.
What: ON. Afternoon is a series of free open-air electronic music parties that will take place throughout the Summer 2017 in the green landscape of the Parckfarm Tour & Taxis, in Brussels and at another, for the moment still secret location. Alongside our resident DJ's, we will host some of the finest artists of the Belgian house music and techno scene coupled with some artistic activities (live painting, T-shirt printing...). Parckfarm, in collaboration with local organisations and the neighbourhood, will also offer associated cultural and culinary activities.
When: On Sundays from 14:00 to 22:00 from June till the end of August. For the exact dates please check their facebook page or website.
Where: In different parks in Brussels
What: The PiKniK events wish to create a relaxed atmosphere, positive and communicative vibes as well to offer great music. For the young or the young at heart, for couples and singles, for bankers and artists -PiKniK is an event for everybody. We invite you to come together and to spend a joyful day with respect for each other.
Au bord de l'eau - ObdlO
When: Every Sunday from 21/05 to 27/08 from 14:00 to 20:00
Where: Laeken Bridge (crossing Rue Marie-Christine and Rue Claessens)
What: A lawn to play? Meet with hospitable people around you? Free BBQ in a public space? Summer bar? With a breathtaking view of Brussels, feet in the water? You may know this place in the shadow of the Constantin Meunier Work Monument: Au Bord de L’Eau.
When & Where : From 12:00 to (usually) 23:00. 30/04 at Place Poelaert, 14/05 at Parc du Cinquantenaire (Kermezzoo), 28/05 at the Atomium, 18/06 at Place Poelaert, 25/06 at Tour & Taxis, 09/07 at Tour& Taxis, 21/07 at Tour & Taxis, 30/07 at the Atomium, 06/08 at Tour & Taxis, 20/08 at Tour & Taxis, 27/08 at Tour & Taxis.
What: Once again, Brüxsel Jardin is delighted to announce its new open air season, bringing to you for the 7th year the best of electronic music, alternative venues and exquisite food. One more time, we’ll introduce you to some of the most talented international electronic music talents, as well as our new local heroes. Our gigs are 100% handmade and taken care of by a group of friends that keeps on growing. Indeed, we enjoy breathing fresh air as our required dose of electronic music flows through our ears!
When: 14 May and 18 June, from 14:00 till 10:00
Where: Kiosque of the Park of Brussels, 1000 Brussels
What: Electronic Garden is a free electronic music open air in the heart of Brussels where a group of international DJs turns the kiosque of the Park of Brussels into a vibrating dancefloor. The event takes places twice a year on a Sunday afternoon. High quality house and techno music is served with love and dedication from 2pm to 10pm.
When & where: From 09/06 till 17/09 at Place Poelaert / Poelaertplein, from 09/06 till 10/09 at Mont des Arts / Kunstberg, from 22/06 to 10/09 at the Atomium, Central Station and more to be announced soon. For particular activities check their website.
What: Dreaming of a fresh drink, in a beach chair in the sun, while enjoying music, look no further!
The Tourist Info points are open every day of the summer in every corner of the city.
You will find an information panel, local tips, as well as a musical programme and activities for all ages. Share a relaxing moment with Brussels locals in the most mythical neighbourhoods of the capital.
Bruxelles Les Bains
When: Every day from 07/07 till 13/08. Closed on Monday. Open on Tuesdag, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 till 22:00, open on Friday & Saturday from 11:00 till 23:00.
Where: Quai des Péniches – Akenkaai, 1000 Brussels
What: Inspired by the beach alongside the River Seine in Paris, Brussels has its own beach in the summer. The cobbled quays of the canal have been turned into a beach with the help of imported sand, palm trees, and straw huts. City dwellers flock to this waterfront paradise to show off, sunbathe, play a game of beach volleyball, cool off under the fountains, enjoy a concert, or simply sip a fruit juice cocktail under a straw parasol.
LaVallée Pop Up Bar
When : van 15/07 tot 15/09
Where : Rue Adolphe Lavallée 39 Adolphe lavalleestraat, 1080 Molenbeek
What : Creative hotspot and artlab La Vallée is organising summer its own Pop Up Bar, from May 15th throughout the summer! Exhibitions, aperos, open-air cinemas, BBQ, workshops, concerts and of course parties will be at the heart of LaVallée. The concept? To create a warm place to gather and to connect with people and the city, a place carrying creative energies. We want to bring people together, let the public discover new talents and new influences in the most Berlin-style setting in Brussels. LaVallée invites you to discover its many exhibitions and cultural activities! Combining the artistic with the music, the contemporary art to the relaxation, one asks only one thing: to take advantage of it!
Info : www.facebook.com/lavalleebxl
La Terrasse O2 (ex- « La terrasse de l’Hippodrome »)
When : From 19/05 till 20/07, 7/7 from 12:00 till 24:00
Where : Chaussée de la Hulpe 51-53 Terhulpsesteenweg, 1180 Uccle/Ukkel
What : A breath of oxygen is coming this summer! Come and enjoy a glass of bubbles under the palm tree, dinner next to the swimming pool and long hot summer nights!
When: July & August
Where: in the Elisabeth Park, near Simonis metro station
What: This summer welcomes the second edition of bar Eliza, the pop up summer bar of Plazey festival, right in the middle the lovely Elizabeth Park in Koekelberg near Simonis! During summer holidays, from 1/07 till 3/09 Bar Eliza is altogether showplace for young artists, urban farm, mobile kitchen, cinema and concert hall, chill-out pot for athletes, and urban refuge for children and youngsters. Meet us there every day from noon until sunset, at only three stops away from Rogier subway station. On Thursdays, we invite you for drinks and live music, on Saturdays for yoga, on Sundays for DJs and workshops for children.
Kiosques/ Cantines dans 5 parcs IBGE
When : from 01/07 till 31/09
Where: Duden Park / Cinquantenaire park / King Baldwin park / Park of the ‘Abbaye de la Cambre’ / Georges Henri Park.
What: The IBGE (Brussels Environment) will open 5 kiosks / canteens in 5 parks according to the model installed as part of parckdesign 2016 (Duden park.) Around these kiosks activities will be organised in order to create convivial meeting places where people can meet, make sense, and connect: Yoga, tai chi, children workshops, watercolor, concerts, puppets, shows, tango … Local, organic and seasonal products will be available in the kiosks every day from July 1st to September 30th.
Summer Bar Woodpecker
When : 7/7, Monday to Friday from 10:00 till 18:00 and a bit later on weekends.
Where : Bois de la Cambre – Terkamerenbos, Carrefour des Attelages 1 Gespanhoek à 1000 Brussels
What: The Woodpecker is the freshly-opened kiosk located in the heart of the Bois de la Cambre. In a laidback and bucolic atmosphere, The Woodpecker has a lot to offer: salads, wraps, healthy juices, refreshing beers and cocktails! You will also find some jazzmen or activities for kids on weekends.
La Guinguette Royale
When : Start the End of May. Every day from 10:00 to 21:00
Where : Park of Brussels (in front of the Royal Palace)
What: La Guinguette Royale opens its door very soon in the emblematic park of Brussels. In this beautiful atmosphere, you will be able to grab a warm coffee-to-go before work, stay on the terrace for lunch or have a drink in the evening. La Guinguette will also organise some afterwork parties and live-band concerts on occasions. This spot is very family-friendly and will organise kids activities on weekends.
Info: site still under construction
According to the weather
Play Label Rooftop/ Music * Sun * Drinks
When: On weekdays from 5pm to 10pm, when the weather allows.
Where: On the rooftop of the Crosly Bowling - bd de l'Empereur / Keizerslaan 1000 Brussels
What: Brussels' first and long-awaited trendy rooftop and proven top spot when it comes to mixing a selection of the finest local and international electronic music with fantastic city views, hours of bright sunshine and tasty thirst-killing drinks! Add an eclectic and fashionable crowd to this fabulous destination and there you have the perfect cocktail for this summer season. Check out the Facebook page for updated information and download the official app 'Play Label Rooftop' on the Apple store and Android.