This weekend: 23rd, 24th & 25th June




It’s¬†Bier Passie Weekend¬†on the Groenplaats all weekend, starting on Friday at 5. It costs 2 euros in, and 2 euros (jetons) for every beer you try. I went last year and enjoyed the champagne beer … among others. On Saturday it starts at 1pm (closes at midnight) and on Sunday you can begin drinking at 11 (closes 8pm).


View of The Scheldt from Steenplein

Flying Pig (outdoor drinks, DJs & music) is on Steenplein from 5pm. I really like this location for it, as it is next to the Schelde and you can sit at the waterside with your drinks and enjoy the sunset if it is a clear evening.





Feria Andaluza is a Spanish festival at Waagnatie on the Rijnkaai. Food, drinks, and Andalusian culture to be enjoyed -this is free entry and on both Saturday (from 4pm) and Sunday (from midday). There will be a stage, hosting a variety of performances -this event is something of a must if you are a Flamenco fan.


Bier Passie and Feria Andaluza continue ….

Sunday is a good day if you want to snoop about browsing local markets. You could easily do all three of these by bike:

SNITT are holding a secondhand and vintage clothing sale down at Stack from 10am- 6pm. “Stack” is the containers down by the Schelde which has been converted into outlets. Also in this area is Bar Jardim (summer pop up bar).

Meanwhile Ieder Zenne Meug (design market) are not far away at Het Eiland from 11am, while local artists are showing and selling their wares at Lambermontmartre, Leopold de Waelplaats (that’s right in front of the fine art gallery aka KMSKA), from midday. This is always a nice occasion, with space to drink and snack as well as see the art, which is varied and colourful -everything from postcards to panels.


Wielerbuurtfeest¬†(Pacificatiestraat) from midday -8pm is a local family-friendly party based around biking. It’s free, but you need to register for the BBQ (15e) which is at 6pm. There’s also kids entertainment, bouncy castle, bike engraving, races….

And thanks to the Nessascityblog reader who spotted this street party on Nieuwstad (Theaterplein) which looks like a good way to round off the weekend, and starts at 3pm.

The weather is going to cool off a little with temperatures going down to 20 or 21 over the weekend. It’s predicted to stay dry though.


The ZvA bar on Sloepenweg  opens on Monday (26th) at 2pm!

The Open Air Theatre at Rivierenhof is a great venue to see bands. Check their program here . A few events are free (those marked GRATIS VRIJDAGEN)

Next Wednesday is the last Wednesday of the month, so City of Antwerp Museums are free.

Summer bar Smokey Jo’s Cantina (formerly Bar Josephine, then Smokey Joe’s Garage,) at de Koninck  Brewery is another summer bar (also with kids play area) which is now open.

Get your tickets for BATS Variety Show  (last shows this weekend) I hear they are selling out fast!



If you are finding it a challenge to get around the various roadworks in Antwerp these days (especially since the Leien were closed off on the 5th June) then check to help you negotiate your way around town.

Don’t forget that the Sinksenfoor (funfair) is open daily in Park Spoor Oost until 9th July.

And the View on The Zoo ferris wheel (featured pic) is on Astridplein until August.

Buurtpleintjes is an initiative from Stad Antwerpen offering free sporting activities on local squares around the city. Last year, my son really enjoyed a series of free basketball lessons on Sint Andriesplaats as part of this initiative. Start by checking here to see what’s on offer near you.

You can now sign up for the 10km Haven Challenge parcours -takes place on the 16th September and comprises of a 10km rum plus 20+ obstacles.

During summer Antwerp offers two open-air swimming pools which are now open! It is free to swim at Boekenberg, but there is a small entrance charge at the Linkeroever pool (it is also recommended that you have a 1 euro coin with you to use the lockers; and your A-kaart, if you have one).

This is actually me

Please note that during July I will be away. As was the case last year, there will be a Big Fat Summer Post (pressing on the 29th June) for the time that I am not here to write weekly posts.




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This weekend: 17th & 18th September

It’s all about being outside this weekend! So don’t stay in -enjoy the dry weather while it lasts!


dkbeerfToday and on Sunday there’s¬†Wild Jo’s Market¬†over at¬†Boomgaardstraat 17 (near the de Koninck Brewery) where until recently the summer bar “Smokey Jo’s” could be found. It’s open from 10am until midnight and is 3 euros in, but that includes a¬†drink. Local designers and creatives will be selling their fashion, accessories, retro and vintage goods, and art. There will also be music, food trucks and -of course -a bar.

There’s the 2016 Antwerp Harbour Run¬†taking place at 3pm. There’s a 15km run and three 5km runs. You can see the route here and registration for the 15km remains open online until Friday,¬†but you can also register on the day itself at the event site from midday.



Born in Antwerp is holding three fashion design sessions during September. These are free and held on the Kattendijkdok at BiA HQ.




And in Borgerhout there will be a¬†procession of giants¬†on and around the Turnhoutsebaan. Be around de Roma Theatre at 1 o’clock for a good view of the 304th edition of this unusual parade.


Antwerpen Autovrij Activities

Today is Antwerp’s¬†car -free day. Roads in and around the centre will be closed to cars¬†between 10am and 6pm. This¬†map¬†shows the car-free zone. Instead of cars, there will be plenty of bikes, trikes, pedestrians, wheelchair users and outdoor play activities¬†claiming the streets, as well as stands offering lots of information about environmentally-friendly¬†transport initiatives, and activities. It’s a really good day to be in the town, particularly if you have kids and the weather is good. Additionally on Twaalfmaandenstraat (off Meir) there will be a¬†Food Market.

Keep walking, and head to the Stadspark for the Goegekregen second hand market between 9am and 6pm on the van Eycklei side of the park.

Swan Market

Or if you are heading down to the old town, you’ll find¬†Swan Market¬†on Grote Markt between midday and 6pm. (image from Swan Market)

A little further afield it’s Wild Jo’s Market again (see Saturday, above).

Down on Vorstermanstraat 1 near the kaaien, Flamenco Centre Pe√Īa al Andalus is holding an Open Day and offering the chance to have a free trial lesson.


Into Pokemon Go? Pokemon Go Belgium have organised another event in Antwerp: ¬†Meet & Walk¬†starting at 10am at Eilandje (that’s the area around MAS museum). (Image from Pixabay)


The temperatures are likely to drop off from the remarkable highs we have had this week, and it could be cloudier at times, but the weather is still predicted to be warm and dry on Saturday and Sunday. There maybe some showers on Friday during the middle of the day.


Here is the GOOGLE MAP  with all of the locations you will need this weekend.



Don’t forget the Roald Dahl Program¬†throughout September at the Permeke Library. You can also download Roald Dahl activities for yourself from the Roald Dahl site.

If you use the tram regularly around the town centre, be aware that Metro Station Opera is closed (for at least a year) due to the work on the Noorderlijn.


This Weekend: 29th, 30th & 31st January 2016

Friday 29th

critical mass
Photo from: Critical Mass Antwerpen

Antwerp has its own Critical Mass bike rides, which take place on the last Friday of every month. Cyclists assemble on Theaterplein at 6pm and cycle in and around the city together for around an hour, for a healthy and eco-friendly start to the weekend.

Afterwards, you might wish to head to An Sibhin on Nationale Straat where Croque Manouche will be playing at 9. The kitchen is going to be open later than usual and serving food from 6.30 (chilli con carne, beef burritos, veggie burgers and beef burgers) if you want to eat beforehand.

“Pateekes” in an Antwerp shop window

The 29th January marks the start of¬†Antwerp Patisserie Week¬†(Pateekes week) which involves various bakeries, and tea & coffee houses round the town. This is an annual event and the way it works is that you buy a “Pateekes Pass” for 10 euros at the¬†Tourist office¬†on Grote Markt. This provides you with 10 vouchers (‘bonnetjes’) which you can exchange for cakes and pastries at the participating venues -you will be provided with a list of these when you buy the pass.

Designcenter De Winkelhaak

At 6pm head over to¬†Design Center Winkelhaak¬†for a retro and second hand furniture & design market called¬†Dubieus Design. It’s 5 euros in (includes a glass of bubbles) but is also on on Saturday¬†from 10am -6pm for free.¬†¬†

In the same building is the lovely¬†Bar Oscar¬†if you are feeling hungry or thirsty….

Bar Oscar








Saturday 30th

Kids dancing at LBWG

If you have children who like to move and dance¬†you might want to take them to Little Brewers Winter Garden for¬†Dansen Met Lotte¬†at 2pm (all kids) and for children aged 6+ from 4.30pm. LBWG is a large, airy, pop-up bar, which is going to be open until the end of February. It’s a really nice, chilled space with plenty of room, but is likely¬†to be busier and noisier when the kids’ dance event is taking place.

For adults who also love to dance there is a¬†Flamenco festival¬†at the¬†Zuiderpershuis¬†on both Saturday and Sunday night, it’s a little pricier than most events that I list here (36 euros pre-sale; 40 at the venue) but it is obviously an event that is a big deal if you are a flamenco fan!

At artist-run space¬†Pink House¬†Italielei 63, there’s a¬†performance festival¬†starting at 2pm, for 5 euros.

Sunday 31st

image courtesy of Madam Woll

At 10am there’s Madame Woll’s monthly ¬†knitting atelier¬†for 8 euros (bring your own materials).

There’s also a big fleamarket on¬†The Schijnpoortweg¬†from 10-6pm, 2,50 entrance.

And Het Steen is open for kids (6+) for the free time-themed atelier which takes place above the café -walk in any time between 1pm and 4pm.


At 11am (-12.30) children aged 6+ can see the film Orla de Kikkersliker at Permeke Library for 2 euros.

And a cinema tip for grown-up film fans:  the Belgian-made film Problemski Hotel, which is now showing in Antwerp at Cartoons Cinema near the cathedral was warmly recommended to me by a colleague this week.

Weather is likely to be much milder in terms of temperatures, this weekend, but with the possibility of some showers in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday (and breezy). Friday is forecast to be dry all day.

Do comment, mail & Tweet your feedback and suggestions -are there events I am missing? Let me know.

Until next Thursday ūüôā

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