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 book your stay in Antwerp at the same time? After all, you’ll need more than one day to take it all in.
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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Antwerp is a vibrant city. And all those residents and visitors who bring so much life to the city also require a lot of parking for their cars. In order to give everyone an equal chance at a parking spot, there is paid parking in many places throughout 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.
Antwerp is a pocket-sized city. Many of the attractions are within walking or biking distance of each other. Another way of getting around the city is on the trams and buses of De Lijn. Tip: buy your tram or bus ticket in a point of pre-sale (newsagent’s, supermarket, the vending machines at the various stops or in the visitor centres of Visit Antwerp), where tickets are cheaper.