This weekend in Antwerp: 5th, 6th & 7th April

There are two exciting annual events occurring this weekend to delight sports and fashion fans in Antwerp!

The Tour de Flandres/ De Ronde van Vlaanderen 2019 starts in Antwerp, which will mean that the city (including the old town) will be busy this weekend…

While Antwerp Fashion Weekend will mean that it will -as ever -be classy and elegant.

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Also over both Saturday and Sunday: the Antwerp Tattoo Convention at Waagnatie, where tattooist from Belgium and beyond show off their latest works and styles.

Friday

Good times! Summer must be in the air when Bar Noord opens its doors for the season, which it does this weekend, from Friday at 4pm … with DJs, VJs, cocktails, fire show, dancing and an open kitchen.

ghostwalkFIf you prefer something a little darker, then Antwerp Ghostwalk (pic left) are offering one of their spooky tours in English this evening, starting at 8.30pm at Steen (by the statue of Lange Wapper). Reservations via this link; pay (cash) on the tour.

Saturday

Before the pros take to the road on Sunday, the We Ride Flanders event will showcase the route on Saturday with keen, super-fit amateur cyclists racing enjoying the thrill of racing along the route that will be followed by the elite cyclists the following day. There are four races of differing lengths but the longest starts in Antwerp: an early start for this race- the starting gun will be fired between 7am and 8am on the Ernest van Dijkkaai (near Het Steen).

Here is the schedule for Saturday.

AFWprogramma2019A fun part of the Antwerp Fashion Weekend are the catwalk shows with take places regularly on the important shopping streets of Antwerp: Meir, Wilde Zee and Nationalestraat and also at The Fashion Exchange (see schedule right).

New this year as part of AFW will be the Fashion Sweep clothing swap on Kammenstraat -bring your clothes to exchange; make a donation to Kamiano- who work with the homeless in Antwerp- and take home a new-to-you, pre-loved piece.

Over at Stormkop you can help out with a clean-up on the banks of the Schelde. Explanation in English and sign-up doc can be found here.

Today is Slow Art Day.  MUHKA is marking the occasion with two tours (at 14h and 17h) and  a workshop (at 15h).

Sunday

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De Ronde on Grote Markt

The pros ride on Sunday: there will be a fan village on Groenplaats from 10am (including a big screen where you can follow the action once the race has departed Antwerp) and a stage on Grote Markt where the sporting slebs will mingle with the autograph hunters, and you can snap a selfie on the podium (see insta pic below).

New this year is the VeloFoor on the Gedempte Zuiderdokken, featuring stunt bikes, a parcours for kids and other fun biking activities to test your skills.

Here is the schedule for Sunday.

It’s the first Sunday of the month meaning shops are open in the afternoon for Sunday shopping, which happily coincides with the Ronde and with Antwerp Fashion weekend.

Escape to the Cathedral at 4pm for Sunday music -you just pay the usual entrance price, but don’t forget that if you can show you’re a local resident (use your ID card) then you are in for free.

This weekend’s rommelmarkt is at Waagnatie from 10am -6pm  and costs 3 euros to get in.

The weather should be mild to warm, with very low chances of showers -top temps around 16 degrees. Nice.

Miscellaneous

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If you have an eye on summer already, you may wish to know that the Open Air Theatre  (OLT) in Rivierenhof has finalised its program which you can see here. Tickets go quickly for the popular acts so get in early.

Similarly, Zomer van Antwerpen are getting ready for 2019 and they’re hiring. If you’d like a summer job with them, see their ‘vacatures’.

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This weekend in Antwerp: 30th & 31st March, 1st April

It’s Easter weekend, but also a big weekend for you if you are a cycling enthusiast.

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Friday

Good Friday

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I think we are all feeling fed up of the seemingly endless winter, so the opening party of Bar Noord in Park Spoor Noord will hopefully usher in some warmer weather and some spring and summer vibes.

The party is free and starts at 4pm. It kicks off a weekend of events to mark the opening of this popular Antwerp summer bar. Check barnood.be for details of events on Saturday and Sunday too.

Warm up for the big cycling event by joining the Critical Mass Easter Ride which departs from Theaterplein at 6pm for approximately one hour of biking through the city, returning to the Theaterplein at about 7pm. This edition of the regular bike ride promises music and chocolate as part of its Easter theme. Kid friendly and always free.

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Saturday 

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Check the Saturday Programme for the Tour of Flanders information.  The actual race starts on Sunday, but the pre-race builds up will be very much underway in the Fan Village on Groenplaats which opens Saturday at midday

Browse the regular open-air flea market on the Sint Jansplein from 9am -5pm and pick up a bargain in this bustling and diverse neighbourhood.

Sunday

Easter Day

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The Tour begins! Here’s the Sunday Programme . Early birds can see the cycling slebs from 8.30am on stage at Grote Markt, and the starting gun will be fired at Steen at 10.30. This is the second time that Antwerp has started this famous Belgian cycling race. Big screens on Groenplaats will be showing the race until 6pm.

Snitt and Goegekregen will be holding one of their big second hand, retro & vintage markets at Parkloods from 9am -6pm. It’s free and ideally located to combine with a visit to Bar Noord (opening this weekend -see Friday)

There’s Sunday shopping in town and also in the Quartier National for Easter and the Tour.

Miscellaneous

The weather looks likely to be dry and mild for the most part (9-12 degrees) with the possibility of some showers on Friday.

Antwerp’s Pancake Boat starts up for the season this weekend.

Kids are off school of course. You might want to check out these Easter Holiday Activities  and enrol your child(ren) using the form. The city museums in Antwerp are also offering a number of ateliers for kids aged 5-12. Search here.

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This Weekend: 31st March, 1st & 2nd April

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Tatt time in Antwerp this weekend

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Here’s the GOOGLE MAP!

If you are into your ink, then it’s the 18th Antwerp Tattoo Convention this weekend, at Waagnatie on both Saturday and Sunday. 

(pic courtesy of Yael Greenhalgh)

 

 

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Critical Mass sets off from Theaterplein

 

Friday

It is the Easter edition of Critical Mass. Assemble as usual at Theaterplein at 6pm, with your bike. Enjoy a spring bike ride with other cyclists around Antwerp. Rumour has it that this edition involves chocolate.

 

 

 

Saturday

7000 cyclists will be taking part in a  warm-up event (We Ride Flanders) for the Tour of Flanders (see Sunday) They are going to be setting off between 7 and 8am and following the same course as the Tour

Sunday

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Tour of Flanders flags on the Town Hall

The Tour of Flanders bike race starts today from Antwerp! It sets off from Het Steen at 10.30 but the festivities will be up and running from 8am on Grote Markt which will be transformed into a fan village for the day, with music, DJs and big screens to follow the action until 6pm.

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so many of the shops in the centre and the old town will be open for Sunday shopping.

Alternatively head to Parkloods (Park Spoor Noord) for Goegekregen’s rommelmarkt (secondhand with lots of retro and vintage bargains) from 9am -6pm, or to Markt van Morgen on Kloosterstraat from 12 -6pm. This market offers clothing, jewellery, accessories, stationery and household goods made by local creatives. There are usually snacks and drinks available, and it is a great place to pick up a special card or gift that you won’t find in the high street.

Or why not Tango on Draakplaats from 3 -8pm?

The weather is predicted to be warm and pleasant again, with some clouds at times; a 50% chance of a bit of rain on Saturday.

Miscellaneous

If all the biking this weekend has strengthened your resolve to cycle more, then check out Antwerp’s City Bike Scheme (Velo). And don’t forget kids: kids love to cycle but children’s bikes can be pricey. Apen op Wieltjes enables you to pay a one-off annual fee and then borrow bikes for your kid(s), returning them when they have grown out of them. They also offer workshops in bike maintenance and other activities. If you have a kid’s bike knocking around in your cellar or garage, you might want to donate it to this scheme, whose aim is to to ensure that every child in Antwerp gets to have a bike.

Random rec: Cafe de Kat (Wolstraat 22) an established, attractive ‘bruine kroeg’ in the old town, which I found myself in recently. It doesn’t look special from the outside but inside it’s roomy, fairly noisy and with a lovely, authentic interior.

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There’s still a small funfair on St Jansplein until 9th April.

 

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