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What's On In Brussels In September

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Updated: 7 October 2016
As September rolls around, the ending of summer holidays is soothed by a fresh batch of cultural highlights in the city. It’s that perfect time of year when it’s not yet too chilly for gourmet festivities, beer weekends, and other outdoor festivals while Brussels’ museums prepare for fall with a couple of splendid new exhibitions and activities. Welcome to your September in the city.


Idiot-Syncrasy | © Alicia Clarke , courtesy of Les Brigittines / Comic Strip Festival 2015 | © / Belgian Beer Weekend | © Lander Loeckx , courtesy of Belgian Brewers / Brussels’ Royal Palace | © Jean-Pol Lejeune, courtesy of
Idiot-Syncrasy | © Alicia Clarke , courtesy of Les Brigittines / Comic Strip Festival 2015 | © / Belgian Beer Weekend | © Lander Loeckx , courtesy of Belgian Brewers / Brussels’ Royal Palace | © Jean-Pol Lejeune, courtesy of

DANCE | Be Mesmerized By Idiot-Syncrasy At Les Brigittines

📅 Thursday, September 1st – Friday, September 2nd

Deceptively simple in its premise but delightfully absorbing and funny in its execution, Idiot-Syncrasy is a performance you have to witness to grasp its uniqueness. Self-prescribed idiots Igor and Moreno’s exhausting routine mainly consists of jumping around and fits perfectly within the innovative mindset of Brussels’ Les Brigittines Festival.

Tickets: €12

📍Petite Rue des Brigittines

FESTIVAL | Watch Cartoon Heroes Float Through The Sky At The Comic Strip Festival

📅 Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th

Entering its 7th edition, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival has become quite the attraction for cartoon lovers. The international pavilion of comic book artists, drawing workshops, book signings, and the Balloon Day Parade – in which giant fictive heroes such as Tintin and Lucky Luke float through the city center – make it the ideal family outing.

Tickets: free

📍Brussels Park and Brussels center

DRINKS | Appreciate The Nation’s Brewing Skills At Belgian Beer Weekend

📅 Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th

If you’re planning on going out for drinks the first September weekend, there’s no better place to have a brewski with friends than the Grand Place where Belgian Beer Weekend will be in full swing. For three days, 44 proud brewers will be presenting you with over 400 national beers worthy of a spirituous celebration.

📍Grand Place

ARCHITECTURE | Wander Around The Royal Palace While King Filip Is On Vacation

📅 Until Sunday, September 4th

Every summer when the King and his family take off for the holidays, curious royalty fans are offered the opportunity to snoop around in the monarch’s offices. Despite not being the King’s actual home but rather the place where he handles state affairs, the Royal Palace is a thing of splendor with an abundance of white marble and chandeliered salons.

Tickets: free

📍Royal Palace of Brussels


FOOD | Get Into The Belgian Burgundian Tradition At Eat! Brussels, Drink! Bordeaux

📅 Thursday, September 8th – Sunday, September 11th

That Belgians know how to indulge when it comes to good food and drinks is proven once again at Eat! Brussels, Drink! Bordeaux, a three-day gastronomic feast in Brussels Park. Sommeliers from Bordeaux and master chefs from Brussels come together to treat your taste buds to the very best.

Tickets: free entry + €9 per dish

📍Brussels Park

ART | Be Awed At What Drawers Can Accomplish At Art On Paper

📅 Thursday, September 8th – Sunday, September 11th

Usually playing second fiddle to other art forms, drawing finally gets to hog the spotlight for once at Art on Paper. Twenty-five international solo artists will be taking over the Terarken rooms at Bozar with their wildly different styles of contemporary drawing in an ode to the simple art form requiring nothing but pencils, paper, and a vibrant imagination.

Tickets: €8


MUSIC & FILM | Listen To The Award-Winning The Artist Soundtrack In Concert

📅 Friday, September 8th – Saturday, September 10th

Composer Ludovic Bource and his team created a soundtrack to be treasured when they recorded the music for The Artist at Flagey’s Studio 4 – a hall with legendary acoustics. Five years after the black-and-white sensation took over the world, Bource and the Brussels Philharmonic will treat the public to the groundbreaking film score at the very place where it first saw the light of day.

Tickets: €25-€40


PHOTOGRAPHY | Marvel At The Beauty Of Dancers’ Movements Captured Mid-Air

📅 Until Monday, September 12th

Stage photography is a challenging discipline, but the results can be breathtaking, proven by Josep Aznar, whose pictures are currently on display in the Espai Catalunya Europe. These images pay tribute to the dancers and choreographers of the Catalonian Peralada Castle Festival, celebrating its 30 years of extraordinary performances.

📍Generalitat de Catalunya


FILM & MUSIC | Watch German Masterpieces The Way They Were Intended

📅 From Thursday, September 15th

To kick off its series of German classics called UFA Film Nights, Bozar has selected Fritz Lang’s otherworldly parable Der Müde Tod, or Destiny (1921). Film history buffs should be throwing themselves at the chance to watch the restored silent film accompanied by Cornelius Schwehr’s original score, performed by the Brussels Philharmonic.

Tickets: €10-€30


FOOD | Grab Your Last Chance To Have ‘Frunch’ In The Summer Sun

📅 Friday, September 16th

Each Friday during summer, the Bip courtyard at the regal Place Royale has been a reason for Brusselaars to get out of their stuffy offices and enjoy an outdoor lunch with friends. Friday the 16th from 12pm to 2:30pm marks your final chance to try out ‘Frunch’ – enjoy food truck dishes and lounge in the beach chairs as the weekend rears its beautiful head.


HISTORY | Celebrate Saint-Gilles’ 800th Birthday

📅 Saturday, September 17th – Sunday, September 18th

Brussels’ commune Saint-Gilles has entered its 8th century of existence, and that merits a party. Kicking off two months of events in which hundreds of inhabitants will get involved, the weekend of September 17th will have rock ‘n roll cover bands, storytellers, and even stilt walkers livening up the tranquil neighborhood often described as ‘a village within a city.’


ARCHITECTURE | Share Tea And Thoughts With Belgian Architect Lucien Kroll

📅 Sunday, September 18th at 3pm

Father of La MéMé – a seemingly disorderly student complex in the Saint-Woluwe quarter that has become Brussel’s resident icon of democratic architecture – Lucien Kroll will be giving a lecture on the heels of his first major exhibition at Bozar. After, you’re invited to join the influential thinker and his wife and partner in crime, Simone, for tea and an undoubtedly compelling conversation.

Tickets: €5-€8



Permanent exhibition BELvue | © Philippe de Formanoir, courtesy of BELvue / Wole Soyinka | © Jean-Marc Ferré (UN photo), courtesy of Bozar / Museums Nocturnes | © Dieter Telemenas, KMKG-MRAH, courtesy of / Sablon Gourmet Market | Courtesy of Marché Gourmet du Sablon
Permanent exhibition BELvue | © Philippe de Formanoir, courtesy of BELvue / Wole Soyinka | © Jean-Marc Ferré (UN photo), courtesy of Bozar / Museums Nocturnes | © Dieter Telemenas, KMKG-MRAH, courtesy of / Sablon Gourmet Market | Courtesy of Marché Gourmet du Sablon

HISTORY | Pay A Visit To The BELvue Museum’s Brand-New Permanent Collection

📅 Every Tue-Fri from 9:30am to 5pm and every Sat-Sun from 10am to 6pm

To get Belgium’s cultural and political climate – and its oftentimes quirky character – you first have to know where the tiny country came from. And there’s no place better to start than at the BELvue‘s brand-new permanent exhibition, a collection of over 200 items with each one screaming ‘Belgitude.’

Tickets: €7

📍BELvue Museum

LITERATURE & SOCIETY | Listen To The Wise Words Of A Nobel Prize Laureate

📅 Wednesday, September 21st at 8pm

The day that octogenarian Wole Soyinka hangs up his hat and averts his eyes from the world’s sorrows seems a long while away. The Nigerian writer who has been a vocal critic of African dictatorial governments will discuss his life dedicated to democracy and literature on Bozar‘s stage, Wednesday, September 21st.

Tickets: €10-€12


ART | Go On Late-Night Culture Excursions During Brussels Museums Nocturnes

📅 Thursday, September 22nd from 5pm to 10pm

From September 15th until December 8th, every Thursday night is art night. For a mere three euros, you’ll be able to wander around in Brussels’ biggest museums at a time when they are usually eerily quiet. Entering its 16th edition, the nocturnes have become a fixture of the city’s cultural life during that time of year when it again gets a little chillier outside. The full program will be available from the beginning of September.

Tickets: €3

📍Museums all over Brussels

FOOD | Snack On Artisanal Produce At Sablon Gourmet Market

📅 Thursday, September 22nd from 3pm to 9pm

Nearing its end in November, the cozy Marché Gourmet du Sablon in the shadow of the glorious 15th-century Sablon Church should be enjoyed until its last goodbye. About 20 vendors come together every Thursday evening to offer you bites made from quality, artisanal produce such as truffles, meats, dry fruits, and so on. Its convivial atmosphere is perfect for unwinding after a hard day’s work in the company of fellow foodies.

📍Grand Sablon


DESIGN | Discover The Ingenuity Of Environmentally Conscious Designers At POP UPcycling

📅 Until Wednesday, September 28th

The act of drinking bubble tea from an industrial barrel turned sofa might sound somewhat hipsterish, but the idea behind Obledaur’s POP UPcycling Experience has a lot of substance. Why not decorate a cozy bar in the orangery of the tranquil Jean-Félix Hap Garden with ecological furniture by 15 Belgian designers? So sit back, relax, and let yourself be inspired by all the clever ways in which objects have gotten a second purpose here, such as an old saxophone now serving as a lamp.

📍Jardin Jean-Felix Hap

SCIENCE | Take On The Big Mouths At Brussels’ Museum Of Natural Sciences

📅 Until Friday, September 30th

With a rare troupe of 30 Iguanodons, a replica of Stan (the biggest male T. rex ever found), tigers, and wolves, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is full of big mouths, and they are getting some special attention in the ‘Me, a big mouth?‘ tour. Those brave enough can take a picture facing off with mighty Stan in the new photo booth and send proof to their friends online.

Tickets: €6-€7

📍Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

MUSIC | Get A Taste Of What Brussels’ Next Year Of Diversity Will Be Like At MEET.MIXITY

📅 Until Friday, September 30th

The melting pot city of Brussels is starting to prepare itself for MIXITY 2017, a year dedicated to the joys of diversity. On Friday, September 30th, we get a hint of what’s in store at MEET.MIXITY. A concert influenced by sounds from across the world will warm us up for a whole bunch of events celebrating the cosmopolitan nature of Belgium’s capital, such as the opening of the House of European History and so much more.

Tickets: free

📍Mont des Arts

DESIGN | Surround Yourself With Beauty At Design September

📅 Thursday, September 8th – Friday, September 30th

Lovers of beauty flock together in Brussels when September rolls around, and the city again becomes a haven for designers and design enthusiasts. From architecture to furniture, any kind of design fan is sure to find his cup of tea among the smorgasbord of a hundred talks, pop-up stores, and exhibitions organized and selected by Design September.

📍Locations all over Brussels