In ‘Things to Do’ you'll find a diversity of events in Antwerp, from exhibitions to Shopping Sundays and from concerts to sporting events. After all, there's always something to experience in the city. The brochure gives unique tips and useful information so that you don't have to miss anything during your stay in Antwerp. <br />
This summer edition of ‘Things to Do’ covers events from April through September. A summary per month and a handy key make it extra easy to plan your visit in Antwerp. We spotlight a top event from each of the six categories:
The completely renovated Museum Plantin-Moretus will reopen on 29 September 2016. Allow yourself to be transported into the special story of the visionary publisher Christoffel Plantin and his in-laws, the Moretus family. Cinematic interventions, books that you can page through and a space where you can try the craft: the house will come alive more than in the past.
Every first Sunday of the month is a Shopping Sunday in Antwerp. Most shops in the historic city centre are open on those Sundays. You can shop to your heart's content on the Meir - the main shopping street in Antwerp. On Sunday, July 3 the summer sales will commence in Antwerp's shopping streets.
The 'cathedrals of the sea' will once again moor in the city centre near the cathedral of Antwerp from July 7 - 10. This is the sixth time that the prestigious Tall Ships Races will stop in Antwerp. Admire and visit the most beautiful sailing vessels in the world. Be sure not to miss this unique spectacle.
The historic city centre of Antwerp will be transformed into the Rubens market on August 15. Immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of the 17th century. Stallholders dressed in traditional clothing sell a wide range of goods.
Sfinx Mixed festival is a free music festival from July 28 - 31. World music, delicious food and beverages, and wonderful tents await you. Sfinx is the most sustainable music festival in Flanders. Thanks to an extensive and diverse programme, everyone will feel at home: from families with children to the most adventurous music lovers.
The UCI Trials World Cup will take place in the historic centre of Antwerp on September 24 and 25. Bike trial is an atypical cycling discipline in which cyclists have to get over obstacles without setting a foot on the ground. For the seventh year in a row the Grote Markt will be transformed into a spectacular trial bike route. This is the perfect opportunity to experience something a little different during your visit to Antwerp.
The free brochure is available at the tourist counters in the Central Station (at the bottom of the escalator) and on the Grote Markt.Opening hours: every day from 9 am to 5.45 pm, Sundays until 4.45 pm.
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Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
Antwerp has a solid national and international reputation as a creative fashion city. The well-known Fashion Academy and the amazing Fashion Museum as well as the inspiring shopping streets and the various fashionable events organised in the city all contribute to this. The new Antwerp Fashion Weekend event only helps confirm why so many visitors from neighbouring cities and further afield think of Antwerp as the shopping capital of Belgium.
Belgian beers are world-famous, and Antwerp is an excellent place to improve your acquaintance with them. The De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery offers an ideal introduction to the world of beer. Het Pakhuis is another brewery where you can taste authentically brewed beer. In addition, there are plenty of typical ‘brown cafés’ which often have dozens and in some cases hundreds of Belgian beers on the menu. Examples include Bier Central, ’t Waagstuk, Paters Vaetje, de Kulminator and Gollem.
Nothing is more fun than a market.You get a taste of the city and its local offerings.Antwerp has several weekly and monthly markets spread all over the city.They’re highly recommended for those who want to experience the real Antwerp.
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Antwerp by Bike offers nine different guided tours of Antwerp to discover by bike, on foot or with a streetstepper.
In the heart of Antwerp, in the lively theatre district, stands the atmospheric Arenberg house of culture.Pop, rock, comedy and literature meet on stage here.Both established artists and burgeoning talent can be discovered here.
Theatre, ballet or rock opera? Big names, large-scale productions or grotesque shows? The Stadsschouwburg is at home in every market. One criterion dictates the programming: absolute quality. After the show you can enjoy yourself in the pubs and grand cafés of the lively Quartier Latin.