It’s Pentecost weekend, so maybe you have a long weekend due to Whit Monday, which is a public holiday in Belgium. Once again there are a few events occurring over the whole weekend (and some on Monday too). These include:-
– The Barrio Cantina Food Trucks Festival at Steen. This is a great location for this event, although some of the food is pricey -if you are planning on going with your family, it will be expensive if you are all eating the equivalent of a meal. However, it is OK for a snack, and there are usually some nice kids activities (last year they had cupcake decorating and face painting). Also on Monday.
– Five Years of MAS (also until Monday)- Follow the link to order tickets for the whole weekend which will get you access to all museum rooms for 3 days for 5 euros (free to under- 12s). There will be other events on the square around the museum. As you are probably aware, I am keen on recycling/ upcycling and eco events, so I am going to particularly draw your attention to an Upcycling Workshop from Het Vindingrijk at 5pm on the Saturday!
– ‘Fierensweekend’ at Plein Publiek -DJs, exhibitions, brunch, music, second hand market….
– And Sinksenfoor – Antwerp’s annual funfair-held previously at the Zuiderdokken -which will be on until 19th June at Spoor Oost.
Klub Goud is opening on the 21st floor of the A-Tower (11pm) Tickets are 10 euros on the door or order online beforehand. Alternatively at the same location there is Bar Gloed on the 4th floor, which has been open for a couple of weeks now for food and drinks. It has a nice terrace (complete with sand pit for kids) with views of the station building and of Meir, and Pretbederf from 9pm.
Another summer bar, Bocadero opens today at midday (near Waagnatie) by the river, until the 4th September.
International Fair Trade Day will be marked in the Oxfam ‘Wereldwinkel’ on Minderbroedersrui and focuses on the sugar trade.
This weekend’s fleamarket can be found on Sint Jansplein, 9am -6pm.
Permeke Library has its regular monthly Sunday book market on De Coninckplein and at the same time there will be a piano marathon taking place (10am -6pm). Both the book fair and its musical accompaniment are free.
Alas, the weather is unlikely to be as good as last weekend. Friday likely to be warmest, but with a high chance of showers. Saturday and Sunday predicted to be mild and cloudy, with some sunny spells on Sunday. Showers possible.
Still three more chances to get free basketball sessions for your 6+ kids in various squares around the city (2-4pm; 3-5pm on Sint Jansplein).
If you’d like to see some free midweek stand- up comedy, then head to Kelly’s Irish Pub on Keyserlei on alternate Thursday nights (starting this week). They are starting a program of international comedy acts, starting with Jason Waddell, described as “straight outta Texas with jokes and a certain je-ne-sais-quoi. What that exactly is, is something for you to find out during the show!”
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