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What's On In Brussels | Weekend 22 - 24 July 2016

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Updated: 21 December 2016
With Belgium’s national bash serving as a mid-week treat, those looking to continue the celebration will find there are plenty of awesome opportunities to check out this weekend in Brussels. Keep the Belgian pride momentum going by visiting not one but two special openings to learn about the country’s history. Grab a drink, listen to music or check out a new book at one of the city’s pop-up initiatives. Or for the thrill seekers, test out a ride at the Foire du Midi – it’s all on as we celebrate summertime in Brussels!

FRIDAY, JULY 22

DRINKS | Chill Out On A Rooftop Oasis At Skybar 58

Head into your weekend with a fresh drink in hand and an unbeatable view of Brussels.

Magnifique vue de Bruxelles #skybar58 #brussels #bruxelles #brusselsbynight

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EVENT | Get A Belgian Carnival Experience At The Foire Du Midi

Enjoy an evening of sweet treats, savory frites and a whirlwind of games and rides at the annual Foire du Midi.

That time of the year… #brussels #funfair #horse #wheel #foiredumidi #zuidfoor #bruxelles

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SATURDAY, JULY 23

HISTORY | Visit The Royal Palace Of Brussels

While technically not the official residence of the Belgian royal family, the Royal Palace of Brussels is nothing short of being a monumental work of art with a fascinating history.

The Royal Palace from the northeastern corner
The Royal Palace from the northeastern corner | WikiCommons

ART | Get A Rare Bird’s View Of Mexico City At Le Botanique

Pablo López Luz knows like no other that Mexico City is a metropolis bursting out of its seams.

Vista Aerea de la Ciudad de Mexico IV, 2006
Vista Aerea de la Ciudad de Mexico IV, 2006 | ©¨Pablo-Lopez-Luz

EVENT | Soak Up Summertime Vibes At Brussels Beach

Not having its own natural beach but unwilling to miss out on all the fun, Brussels has found a clever way to treat its visitors and inhabitants to the highlights we associate with summer.

Brussels Beach
Brussels Beach | Courtesy of Brussels Beach

SUNDAY, JULY 24

MUSIC | Catch A Sunday Jazz Concert In The Royal Park

The Royal Park Music Festival wraps up its month-long concert series with two leading jazz trios from Wallonia. This Sunday, the Jean-Luc Pappi Trio takes the stage at 11 am, followed by the Pascal-Mohy Trio at 2:30 pm.

HISTORY | Attend The Opening Weekend Celebration At The BELvue Museum

Brush up on all things Belgium and celebrate the opening of the museum’s new permanent exhibition.

LITERATURE | Check Out A Book At A Pop-Up Library In Koekelberg

The latest pop-up initiative Bar Eliza creates quite a cultural splash this weekend as it partners with De Oplichters to deliver its own library in Elisabeth Park. Bring your favorite book, or be ready to check out some great reads with fellow locals this Sunday starting at 2 pm.

#welovebrussels again at our favourite bar in #koekelberg #bareliza

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MUSIC | Join PiKniK For An Apero Evening

Head to the Bois de la Cambre for an afternoon and evening of music in the park.

PiKniK
PiKniK | Courtesy of PiKniK