SUNDAY 1st – SUNDAY 8th MAY
EVENT | Engage In Kite Combat At The Prenez L’Air Festival
Thurs 5th May
Take flight at the fifth edition of Prenez l’Aire, a one-day festival dedicated to the Japanese tradition of kite fighting.
FOOD | Fill Your Belly At The Brussels Food Truck Festival
Fri 6th-Sun 8th May
For three delicious days in May, the capital’s historic center is transformed into the ultimate foodie mecca: a food truck festival.
EVENT | Celebrate Europe Day In The Capital
Mon 9th May
On May 9th, the European Union (EU) institutions open their doors to the public – an opportunity to learn more about the history and values of the EU.
MUSIC | Listen To Talented Pianists At The Queen Elisabeth Competition
Mon 2nd May-Thurs 9th June
The beginning of May has up-and-coming musical talent streaming into Brussels as the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition swings around again.
FILM | Get Your David Bowie Solace At Cinematek
Sat 23rd April-Mon 30th May
Thankfully, Cinematek hands grieving Bowie fans a handkerchief in the form of a month-long cycle dedicated to the work of the eternal outsider.
MONDAY 9th – SUNDAY 15th MAY
LITERATURE | Meet Esteemed Author Nuruddin Farah
Tues 10th May
Bozar welcomes Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah for an evening dedicated to learning about his works and career as a writer.
MUSIC | Listen To A Balalaïka Performance At Art Base
Tues 10th May
Have you ever heard of balalaïka? Listen to gypsy and Russian music played on this Russian musical instrument similar to the guitar.
MUSIC | Let Loose At Les Nuits Botanique
Fri 13th – Tues 7th June
Botanique kicks off the summer festival season in Brussels with the 23rd edition of its annual event, Les Nuits Botanique.
EVENT | March Through A Colorful Parade At The Pride Festival
Sat 14th May
Not to be missed is the grand Pride Parade that closes the Pride Festival with a bang!
ART | Explore Contemporary Art At Kunstenfestivaldesarts
Thur 5th- Sat 28th May
The three-week long international festival Kunstenfestivaldesarts presents the contemporary arts in the fields of theatre, visuals arts, dance and performances.
MONDAY 16th– SUNDAY 22nd MAY
HISTORY | Attend A Renaissance Banquet At The Coudenberg Palace
Thur 19th May-Sun 28th August
Starting this May, individuals can learn more about how these banquets went down, including the food and table manners of the 16th century.
DANCE | Watch A Bombastic Ballet Performance
Fri 20th-Sun 22nd May
The IX Symphony is a ballet version of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and features dancers from Béjart Ballet Lausanne and Tokyo Ballet.
MUSIC| Get Jazzed Up For A Marathon Of Music
Fri 20th- Sun 22nd May
Get your jazz fix this month in Brussels! In numerous points throughout the city, individuals will be able to enjoy open-air concerts for free during the Brussels Jazz Marathon.
ART | Become A True Brusseleir At The Zinneke Parade
Sat 21st May
Get ready for the most Brussels event ever; the Zinneke Parade is a mixture of art and community in the heart of Belgium’s capital.
MUSIC | Get Moving At The Amber Festival
Sat 21st May
The East lands right in the heart of the Belgian capital at The Amber Festival.
MONDAY 23rd – TUESDAY 31st MAY
ART | Explore 100 Incredible Masterpieces In Brussels
Wed 18th May-Sat 27th August
Ever wondered what treasures can be found within the city? For 100 days, the Brussels Museum Council and Brussels Museums delivers a special tour of Brussels’ permanent collection.
ART | View Vintage Hollywood Photographs At The ADAM
The Atomium’s Art and Design Museum or (ADAM) will host its first temporary exhibition based on the artistic work ofCharles & Ray Eames.
EVENT | Host A Local Block Party
Fri 27th May
Also known as ‘Dag Van de Burnen,’ Neighbors’ Day is an opportunity for residents to get together and host local gatherings in the community.
ART | Enter A Virtual Reality Through Contemporary Art
Far from your average museum experience, the exhibition CONNECTED is an interactive project that allows viewers to become part of a virtual experience.
MUSIC | Catch Marble Sounds & Ansatz Der Machine At AB
Tues 31st May
Settle in for an indie-meets-electronica evening at Ancienne Belgique with headlining Belgian acts Marble Sounds andAnsatz der Machine.