This weekend in Antwerp: 27th, 28th & 29th September

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Water Rant (pic from

Over this weekend, it’s Water Rant: a festival of seamanship and water-faring, in the Eilandje area which starts on Friday evening at 4pm and continues until Sunday. There will be lots of boats and ships to see, and the chance to go on board and visit them. You can see the full programme here.

Also over two days this weekend it’s Open Ateliers   at Zuiderpershuis: exhibitions and music from local artists


Water Rant (see above) starts at 4 as a fleet of ships prepare to sail from Kattendijkdok to Verbindings-, Willem- & Bonapartedokken. A good way to start the weekend might be a combination of enjoying this sight from Dokmarkt on the Napoleonkaai.

Screen Shot 2019-05-01 at 09.44.58If you prefer bikes to boats then Critical Mass is for you: assemble at 6pm with your bike, on Theaterplein for the monthly one-hour ride en masse around the city

This weekend there’s an Antwerp Ghostwalk in English: start at 7pm at the Lange Wapper statue on Steenplein (E12,50 pp)


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Giants love Antwerp, and this weekend they are in Borgerhout for the annual Reuzenstoet (Giant Parade). Antwerp’s giant figures appear now and then for city festivities and parades, and are always an impressive sight -the reason for Antwerp’s fondness for giants probably lies with the local legends of Druon Antigone and Lange Wapper.

Head to Harmonie Park for this weekend’s rommelmarkt between 10am- 4.30pm. It’s an attractive park undergoing some renovation at the moment. Harmonie is a nice area of the city, located near the De Koninck Brewery.

For your evening entertainment there’s Swaajp invites at BATS Little Theatre on Paardenmarkt at 8pm. Tickets here.


Screenshot 2019-09-25 at 16.48.41Come and support Antwerp The Race For The Cure  on Linkeroever!

It’s the last edition of Lambermontmartre monthly art market at Leopold de Waalplaats today. Support local creatives, purchase a unique art work or enjoy the music and drinks available in front of the Fine Art Museum in the south (‘T Zuid) of the city between midday and 5pm. [UPDATE –  helaas, this event has been cancelled, due to a forecast of rain]

The weather should be warm and mild this weekend, with the possibility of some light showers in the early afternoon, on both Saturday and Sunday.


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Next week I am away from Antwerp, in London for work reasons, so the post next week may be something of a mini-post, but I’ll do my best, dear readers.

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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 Peña 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.