<p>In many cities, October offers some welcome respite between summer and wintertime. Not so in Antwerp, where numerous top events are planned the first weekend of October. Ready to enjoy the busiest weekend of the year? Why not be inspired by the exciting programme and <a href="http://www.visitantwerpen.be/detail/discover-antwerp-en">book your stay in Antwerp at the same time</a>? After all, you’ll need more than one day to take it all in. </p>
Whether you’re a fashionista, foodie or culture vulture, the weekend of 1 and 2 October has something for everyone. This will give the city and surroundings a definite buzz. Make sure you pick up the useful tips at the end of this article on how you can reach the city without any major hold-ups.
The passion of the Antwerp Taste Masters is invaluable. In an area stretching from The Eilandje to the Zuid, there are more than 65 catering businesses eager to share their skills and indulge your taste buds. This weekend, Antwerp turns into one big food market. Taste the dishes and drinks which the Taste Masters selected for you, take part in workshops and learn the tricks of the trade from Antwerp’s greatest chefs. Get the taste on www.smaakmeesters.be.
If you’re you a lover of tasty, expertly brewed specialty beers, then you can’t afford to miss the Modest Beer Festival. During the first weekend of October, a varied selection of beers from all over the country is offered at the event location at Brouwerij De Koninck by the beer makers themselves.
Antwerp Fashion Weekend is a brand new fashion party in Belgium’s shopping capital. This weekend, you can literally walk from one fashion show, red carpet or catwalk to the next. There is a fashion conference, models on a bike or skateboard, DJs, after parties at Ikon or Red & Blue and even a fashion mayor. A number of shopping streets have joined forces to form one great stage on which the latest collections, along with creations by budding designers are showcased. Several catering businesses have jumped on the bandwagon and offer customized fashionable menus. In short, during Antwerp’s Fashion Weekend, there is no escaping the creative wealth of Antwerp fashion. On October 2, like every first Sunday of the month, all the stores are open for Retail Sunday.
Antwerp is a breeding ground and haven for innovative talent. With a varied programme, Born in Antwerp brings a sample of the very best that resourceful Antwerp has to offer. This year, the first weekend of October will end with a three-day city trail full of beautiful installations, events and stories about creative entrepreneurship in Antwerp. Discover the full programme on www.antwerp.works.
After a comprehensive renovation, the Plantin-Moretus Museum is reopening with a big party in and around the museum at the Vrijdagmarkt. Choose from inspiring lectures, workshops and demonstrations, unusual visits, a ‘story’ auction, film and painting animations, music performances and a printing marathon in the remarkable, solar-powered press by artist Raphael August Opstaele. On Friday and Saturday night, the facade of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Building comes alive with façade-wide video mapping by the Graphic Design students from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
Access to the Museum Plantin-Moretus is free on:
• Friday 30 September: 7.00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Saturday 1 October: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Sunday 2 October: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Discover the full programme on www.museumplantinmoretus.be.
During Open Bedrijvendag, hundreds of companies open their doors to the public. This affords you a unique look behind the scenes and allows you to discover how your favourite products are made. A list of the Antwerp companies that you can visit can be found on www.openbedrijvendag.be.
A weekend full of top events also means many visitors in and around the city. There will be more traffic than usual, not helped by the fact that on the left bank, an important approach road will be closed for filming. On www.slimnaarantwerpen.be, you can find mobility tips to reach Antwerp without major hold-ups and you can find information about possible roadworks in and around the city.
Book your stay right now and enjoy the extra time you have during one of the nicest weekends of the year.
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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’s latest architectural jewel is the Port House. This funky and innovative building, with roots in the past, is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority that accommodates over 500 employees. You can also plan a guided tour of the building and enjoy the panoramic view over the port and the city.
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.
What do you do if it’s raining outside but you don’t want to stay indoors? The Antwerp residents don’t let a shower or thunderstorm stop them from doing what they want to do. If you’re prepared to brave the bad weather, you will see that there’s plenty to keep you occupied, with an umbrella in hand, if necessary. We are happy to inspire you with sheltered and less sheltered tips.
The MAS is the most prominent place where the city and the port come together, both literally and figuratively. The 60 metre tall tower – a feat of daring architecture – has already become a new landmark in Antwerp. The MAS is focusing on the city’s diversity and reflecting on the many contacts between cultures, both past and present. The museum collection tells the story of the city, the port and the world. On the roof of the MAS, you can also enjoy panoramic views over Antwerp.
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.
Get all you can out of Antwerp! Are you interested in exploring all of Antwerp? Then use the Antwerp City Card as your guide. The card will open the nicest, tastiest and most surprising doors of the city for you, for free or at a discount. What’s more, you can choose how long you want to use it. The best of Antwerp Antwerp has so much to offer that it would take a lifetime to discover everything. But you only have a weekend or a midweek. That is why we selected the best the city has to offer: the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Rubens House, the MAS museum... and what’s more, your Antwerp City Card entitles you to free admission to all these attractions. You can also use public transportation free of charge as long as your Antwerp City Card is valid. Besides this, you can also cheaply rent a bike, receive a discount in the chip shop and use your free ticket for the hopNstop shuttle (do take it at least once!).
This museum is the continuation of the Of the Officina Plantiniana, founded by Christoffel Plantijn in 1555, as the first industrial printing works in history. Granted by Unesco in 2005, the museum demonstrates the entire book production process from the 15th to the 18th century.
Step into the shoes of the leading Baroque artist of his era. Rubens and his family lived in this palatial setting for well over 25 years and it is here that the artist created the lion’s share of his work. Here he entertained Europe’s nobility and Royalty and stored his impressive art collection in a beautiful art room. The garden, the creators’ workshop and the fabulous collection draws 150 000 visitors from all over the world, year after year.