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As a tourist it can be very gratifying to take part in cultural or other events in the city you visit. Bruges has many great cultural events throughout the year, that are primarily organised for locals but can also accommodate or interest visiting tourists. Theatre can be difficult because not everyone speaks Dutch. But concerts, flea markets or sport events are not limited by language barriers. For some events you might need to buy tickets and knowing about it in advance can help avoid disappointments when the event sells out. Knowing the correct dates helps tourists plan certain events into their trip to Bruges. So here comes a list with all events in Bruges for the year 2021! Events will be added as they are being announced, so come back later for more news!!
All year (Concertgebouw)
Concertgebouw Circuit: You can visit the Concertgebouw and its (sound) art collection on Saturdays and Sundays via the Visitors’ Trail, with surprising additions, such as a huge sound model of the building and a musical postcard. (12 euro for adults, 6 euro for under 26 years old, free under 6)
October 30th, 2021 – March 6th, 2022 (Groeningemuseum, Church of Our Lady and Old Saint John’s hospital)
Mind the Artist – Strook: Stefaan De Croock (1982), alias Strook, is a contemporary Belgian artist. Within the framework of the ‘Mind the Artist’ project, Strook goes in search of patinated materials in and around a number of heritages sites in Bruges. In this way, the city’s rich historical past will form the basis for several new installations and works of art. These materials form the basis for several new installations and works of art. The central theme that can be distilled from his oeuvre is ‘time’, a concept that has always inspired Strook. This is evident from the raw materials he chooses. His new work will be displayed at three historical locations in Bruges: the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, the attic of the medieval Sint-Janshospitaal and the Groeningemuseum.
December 2nd – February 27th, 2022 (Brugse Vrije – Bruges city archives)
To Bruges and elsewhere: 580 years of modern lotteries: This exhibition reveals the story of the lottery through unique documents, with the first lottery been organised on the central square of Bruges in 1441. So not only the stock market originates in Bruges, so does the lottery! (free entry)
December 9th, 2021 – October 27th, 2023 ( attic of the Gruuthusemuseum)
Tales from the underground. Bruges in the year 1000: The golden age of Bruges – the Venice of the North, the New York of the North Sea – was during the Late Middle Ages. But the city’s great success was more than just coincidence. Archaeologists and historians now see the year 1000 as a key moment in Bruges’ development. This exhibition takes you back to that crucial but often forgotten period. The history of Bruges through the eyes of archeologists who together with the visitors try to get answers to many of the unsolved questions and remaining mysteries.
December 10th, 2021 – March 13th, 2022 (exhibition in the Arentshuis museum)
Mind the Artist – Line Boogaerts: During this exhibition, the young artist Line Boogaerts presents work of her own, but as curator also invited several interesting Congolese artists. Together they enter into a dialogue with the work of Frank Brangwyn, whose oeuvre has a permanent place in the Arentshuis. The oeuvre of Line Boogaerts focuses primarily on the creation of temporary designs on windows. By using tinted oils or soap, brushes, window wipers and other cleaning materials, she adds a new layer on top of existing reality. Her work is presented as a performance, as a maquette or as an animated video recording in stop-motion. The windows of the Arentshuis museum are hidden behind the walls of a black box. Line creates new windows, which offer a view on the reality behind reality, a ‘mise-en-abyme’.
January 19 to 23, 2022 (Concertgebouw)
Bach Academy: This twelfth Bach Academy Bruges looks beyond the boundaries of the great master’s life: back to his forefathers and sources of inspiration and (far) forwards to 20th-century reverberations. The master himself is naturally given the place of honour thanks, among others, to the expert touch of Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale Gent.
January 20th – March 13th, 2022 ( Bogardenkapel)
Expect an occasional attack …. and strive back : Expo by Bruges artist Sylvie Crutelle, who in her work asks questions about evolution and how far humans can go in engineering nature and when we as humans will loose control over the world we inhabit.
January 22nd, 2022 10 AM – 5 PM (Burg – Central market square)
Regards Vénitiens or Costumés de Venise: An international group of 50 men and women dressed in magnificent costumes – are due to spend two whole days in Bruges, steeping the city in the atmosphere of Baroque Venice.
April 9 and 10, 2022 (Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre)
Bruges Beer Festival BBF22: Fourteenth edition of the beer festival, this year on a new location, where you can taste a broad range of Belgian beers, from well known classic beers to brand new beers, from large producers to micro brewery beers. The festival every beer lover wants to attend.
April 19th – May 2nd, 2022 (Lumière cinema)
Mooov festival: Film festival where films are shown with artistic content in a broad social context. Shows films from all over the world around a yearly changing theme.
April 21st – May 29th, 2022 (Poortersloge)
Air Biekorf 6.0: Expect an Occasional Attack … and Flee, an art exhibition of work by several artists who fomulated an answer on the work ‘Misfigure’ by Sylvie Crutelle, a video at the entrance of the theatre Biekorf. (free of charge)
Sunday April 24th, 2022 (city centre)
Erfgoeddag – Heritage day : Yearly recurring event, where you can visit monuments and historical sites organised around a theme. This year the theme is ‘To make school’. (free of charge)
May 7th – 29th, 2022
Airbagfestival : Tenth edition of this unique international festival with the accordion at its centre. Different styles and genres of accordion music, in the city theatre, under a tent and in open air, on different locations in the city centre.
May 6th to May 29th, 2022 (’t Zand)
Meifoor – May fun fair: Yearly city fair that goes back to 1200 when the first yearly international fair was organisedin Bruges. Fair with loads of attractions for all ages.
May 25th – 29th, 2022 (Concertgebouw)
Gold 2022: Bruges voices from the renaissance. This second (postponed) edition of the festival edition explores the amazing, detective-story-worthy history of the thoroughly Bruges Lucca Choirbook and the fabulous music on its parchment pages. It also examines connections between Bruges and Italy, and the cultural significance of foreign merchants, such as Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini.
Thursday, May 26th, 2022, 2:30 PM (city centre – start Dijver)
The Procession of the Holy Blood: The Procession of the Holy Blood takes place every year on Ascension Day. The biblical and historic evocation is well known as the religious procession which originated as a purely religious expression at the end of the thirteenth century. It has formed part of the city of Bruges’ rich history since that time. The Procession of the Holy Blood is included on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. (free event, you only have to pay for a seat on the tribune at the Central square)
June 25th, 2022 (Minnewater park)
Feest in ’t park, Festival in the park: A small scale music festival organised by NGO’ s working in aid and development, promoting solidarity, human rights, fair trade and world peace. The different organisations promote their activities and projects. Lots of activities for children. (free entrance)
June 25th – September 25th, 2022 (Old Saint John’s hospital)
Underneath the Shade We Lay Grounded. Otobong Nkanga: In this exhibition Otobong Nkanga interweaves various forms of media such as installation, sculpture, drawing, tapestry, performance and poetry to create multi sensory encounters and many layered intersections between visitors, objects and actions. In doing so, she appeals to all our senses. Otobong Nkanga is a visual and performance artist. She lives and works in Antwerp. Nkanga focuses on concepts such as identity, raw materials as a symbol for territory, power and conflict, exploitation of the landscape, people and work, globalisation and transformation.
Mid June to Mid September 2022 (inner courtyard Belfry)
Carillon concerts: The carillon is played every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 12 pm. During the summer there are concerts on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. These summer concerts attract a lot of listeners to the inner courtyard of the Belfry. The dates for the opening concert and final concert follow later.
June 25 – August 31 , 2022 (Canal Coupure – Predikherenrei)
Swimming in the Coupure: Just like the previous years one can swim outdoors in one of the canals of Bruges, every afternoon from 1 PM till 8 PM. Showers and toilets are available, but there are no changing rooms, so don’t forget to already put on your swimsuit! There are pool rescuers on site. Free of charge.
June 30th – September 1st, 2022 (different cafés and pubs in the city centre)
Klinkende kroegen: Every Wednesday evening there are three free concerts in different pubs in the city centre, between 7 PM and midnight.
July 3rd, August 8th and September 25th, 2022 (on and around Het Zand)
The Zandfeesten: The largest open air antique and flea market in Belgium, organised every year in the summer on three Sundays, from dusk till dawn. The Zandfeesten attract hundreds of vendors, and thousand of bargain-hunters from far and wide. (free entrance)
July 8th, 9th and 10th, 2022 (Minnewater park)
Cactusfestival: An outdoor music festival in the cosy Minnewater park. It is one of the smaller scale music festival in this festival craze country Belgium. The festival also attracts families with children since it is very child friendly. The atmosphere is very relaxed. (exact program follows later)
Fridays in July and August 2022 (Vismarkt)
Summer at the fishmarket: Every Friday you can drink and eat something from 4 PM to 10 PM with some live musical animation.
Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August
Dancing on the Fishmarket: folklore dance on Thursdays, Salsa on Saturdays and Tango on Sundays between 6 PM and 10 PM, everyone can join. (free entrance)
July 9-10-11th, 2022 (Burg)
Flemish national day: On July 11th the Flemish part of Belgium celebrates its national day. On the weekend of 9 and 10 July festivities will take place in the centre of Bruges. (Programme follows later)
July, 2022 (Burg)
Burgrock: Free festival that celebrated its 15th birthday in 2019. Free concerts starting at 3:30 Pm on the Burg. Young bands compete to win the Rock Rally trophee. ( date and programme follow later)
July 22th – 24th, 2022 (Grootseminarie Brugge)
Cirque Plus: Free Circus festival hosting national and international circus artists. You will find lots of humor, acrobats, large emotions and a cosy summer terrace with lots of summer vibes. Great to visit with kids!
July 29th – August 11th, 2022 (city centre)
Moods: Summer music festival in the historic centre of Bruges. On several concert nights it brings music from different corners of the world. (some concerts are free, for others you need to buy an entrance ticket)
August 5th- August 14th, 2022 (Concertgebouw) (music festival)
MA-Festival: Musica Antiqua Bruges is a festival of ancient music and historically informed performances. The program includes concerts, master classes, conferences, visits in the region, exhibitions, instrument market and international competitions that concentrates in a three-year cycle on organ, harpsichord, pianoforte and other period instruments, vocals, and baroque ensembles.
August 6-7-13-14, 2022 ( beach Zeebrugge) (music festival)
We Can Dance: Electronic Beach Festival, International musical talent on 5 stages and one livestage. Total of six stages exploring hip hop, techno, house & disco, all-round, slow dance and live music.
August 7th, 2022 (start Concertgebouw)
Vélo Baroque: Musical cycling route around Bruges.
August 13th, 2022 (city centre on different locations)
Benenwerk – Ballroom Brugeoise: Different indoor and open-air ballrooms in the centre of Bruges, with different music and dance styles: from salsa over tango, break dance, swing, boogie, musette, jive, folk, charleston or modern dance. (free entrance) (exact program with locations follows later)
August, 2022 (centre Lissewege)
Lichtfeest Lissewege: Light festival in a beautiful white village North of Bruges.(dates and programme follow later)
August 26th and 27th, 2022 (Beach Zeebrugge)
Bomboclat music festival: Tropical Afrobeats- and Dancehallfestival. With a kidsvillage where children are looked after by professional entertainers.
September 10th – 11th, 2022 (city centre)
Open Monumentendag – Heritage day Flanders: Yearly recurring event, in which cities and towns open their monuments. Hundreds of heritage sites throughout Flanders are open to visitors, free of charge, on the 2nd Sunday in September. (free of charge)
Sunday September 18th, 2022 (city centre)
Carfree day: Yearly day when cars are banned from most city centres in Belgium. Bruges organises lots of activities in the centre for pedestrian and bikers, music and theatre in the streets, flea markets, activities for children… From 11 AM till 9 PM.
September 24 – 26, 2022 (Grootseminarie)
Kookeet: Foodfestival where more than 30 topchefs serve gastronomy at its best. This year the foodfestival is planning a new formula, more details and program will follow later.
October 28th, 2022 – February 5th, 2023 (Old Saint John’s hospital)
Face to Face with Death. Hugo van der Goes, old masters and new interpretations: ‘The Death of the Virgin’ is one of the most important works in Musea Brugge’s world famous collection of Flemish Primitive art. Between 2018 and 2022, the painting was subjected to an extensive and intensive process of restoration, the results of which are truly magnificent. From autumn 2022, this masterpiece will feature both literally and figuratively as the central point in this outstanding exhibition in the Sint-Janshospitaal.
End of October, 2022 (Concertgebouw)
Iedereen klassiek: Everyone classic: A veritable feast of classical music. The Concertgebouw is putting together a lavish celebration, with offshoots all over the inner city. As always, we warm up with Crazy about Bach and close with the wonderful Brussels Philharmonic, this time performing some well-known classics. (entrance free ) (date and programme follows later)
November, 2022 – January, 2023 (Central market square and Simon Stevinplein)
Wintergloed – Winterglow: Winter Glow consists of a new Light trail, ice skating with unique decor on the Minnewater (Lake of love), a cosy winter bar, three Christmas markets, shopping fun during the many shopping days and a lovely walking trail to wander through the historic centre with its beautiful atmospheric lighting and Christmas decorations. In the centre of Bruges and abundance of Christmas trees and decoration will create a warm atmosphere in these dark and cold days. (dates follow later)
December, 2022 (Concertgebouw)
December Dance: International Dance Festival: Every year another curator chooses international dance performances resulting in an exciting program featuring mostly modern dance. (dates and programme follow later)
December, 2022 ( Balstraat; museum of Folk Life, Lace Museum and Adornes Domain)
Midwinter Festival: Christmas craft market with traditional products in an authentic quiet part of Bruges. You will find nice trinkets and (Christmas) gifts and you can enjoy a snack or a drink. The Volkskundemuseum is accessible free of charge for the occasion: an ideal family outing! The Lace Museum and the Adornesdomein across the street will also open their doors. (Free, 10 AM to 6 PM) (dates and programme follow later)
December, 2022 (start and end: Oude Zak 38, Bruges)
Procession of the Christmas Star: Folklore procession proceeding through the festive streets of Bruges. The Christmas Story is depicted in a folkloristic, yet atmospheric, procession. During the parade you can make a small contribution to a local charity. (start 2:30PM) (dates and programme follow later)
December 31st, 2022, 10:45 PM to 1 AM (Het Zand)
New Years Eve – Bruges sings: Bruges is painting the town red. Bruges welcomes the new year with a songfest featuring the most popular hits of recent years. The repertoire consists of the biggest sing-along songs of pop music, complemented by some Christmas and winter classics (32 songs in total). These songs are a mix of all languages, so do not hesitate to sing along. Followed by fireworks or light show at midnight.
Live music – when the bars can fully open again:
Every Wednesday evening in July and August 2022
Klinkende Kroegen – Free live music performances in three bars every Wednesday from 8 PM to midnight (free entrance) (program with dates and locations follows later)
27B Flat: Jazz bar. Deep in the tourist heart of Bruges lies hidden 27Bflat: a jazz & blues club where music and cosiness take centre stage with weekly live performances, jam sessions… from well-established artists to up-and-coming musical talent.
Sunday evenings – 9PM
Bistro Zwart huis: Monthly live performances on Sunday evenings (small entrance fee) Check their website because the place changed owners February 2019!
Every Wednesday morning on the Markt and every Saturday morning on ’t Zand. (8 AM to 1:30 PM) Weekly fresh food and flower market, on Saturday you can also find clothes and utensils.
Every Saturday, Sunday and holiday from March 15th to November 15th, and every Friday from June to September on De Dijver (in front of the Groeningemuseum) and on the Fishmarket – 10 AM to 6 PM Antique and flea market– Folklore market
Every week from Wednesday to Saturday from 8 AM to 1:30 PM on the Fishmarket on the Fishmarket: fresh fish and seafood.