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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).
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 slimnaarantwerpen.be 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).
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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