(New Google Maps feature: this is in the Miscellaneous section at the bottom of this post)
From 5 at Theaterplein it’s Aper’eau promising summery food, drinks and music.
It being the last Friday of the month, Critical Mass bike ride takes place as usual -assemble with your bike -also at Theaterplein (6pm)
A special mention to my Grade 12 IB students who are graduating from Antwerp International School. I am missing you already!
At 2pm at Kleine Hedonist there is a presentation and concert for this underground record release.
Saturday sees the arrival of a new market in Antwerp: an Evening Market on the Vlaamsekaai (near the playground), starting at 3pm and continuing until 9pm, promising 100+ stands offering food, jewelry, leather goods & snacks.
On the same day, at the same location, is a second hand children’s toy market.
At 4pm, footie fans might want to catch the Belgium -Switzerland friendly. This will be showing on the big screens at An Sibhin and Plein Publiek. It will also be showing at Kelly’s on Keyserlei and at The Irish Times, who will additionally be screening Real Madrid v Athletico Madrid later on (as will An Sibhin, offering pitchers of Stella or Jupiler for just 8€ during the game). When UEFA 2016 starts in June, Cargo Summer Bar will be showing all games on the big screen there. Take your pick.
In the Stadspark, Klein Antwerpen will be holding walks, storytelling and a chance to try some Taiko (Japanese drumming) from midday -bring your picnic! I couldn’t see exactly where in the park they will be starting, but they usually meet at the large statue on the corner at Belgielei/ Van Eycklei.
Den Hopsack is a small, friendly and diverse music bar in the old town -just a little off the beaten track (off Sint Jansvliet). On Sunday they are having a jam of traditional Irish music starting at 3pm. This is a monthly session, and is free.
Lambermontmartre opens this weekend! This is a really nice monthly art market which takes place on the last Sunday of each month throughout summer, enabling local artists to sell their work, but also offering great snacks, a small bar and music. As well as checking out the art work on sale, you can take part by creating some art of your own, courtesy of SKETCH, and there is a space for children to paint too. You can find Lambermontmarte in the square directly in front of the Fine Art Museum from midday. Music from gypsy swing band Croque Manouche.
It’s also the last chance to catch this exhibition on the Mechelsesteenweg.
Temperatures are going to be good this weekend (21 +) but with a chance of showers (some stormy) throughout the weekend. Enjoy the warm weather, but bring a brolly, just in case! (image: Pixabay)
I’m trying out a Google map facility this weekend: Click here to see all the locations mentioned in this post (plus central station to help you orientate yourself!) If you want directions from a specific starting point, click on the red pin of the location you want to find. Let me know what you think of this function and whether it is working properly for you.
Photos from last weekend (Swan Market and Antwerp Art Weekend) can be found on the Nessascityblog Instagram page. Look out for pictures of this weekend’s events, as they are posted.