Brussels Welcome Weekend

This weekend is for all you newcomers out there (and for those of you who want to learn something new about Brussels). Of Brussels’ 19 communes, I have to admit that I only really know about half of them. Even though it’s a small city, it’s sometimes hard to step outside the normal routine and regular haunts to explore a bit more of Belgium’s capital. So this weekend is a great excuse to start discovering new neighborhoods.

The second edition of the Brussels Welcome Weekend, an initiative of VisitBrussels, will take place this Saturday and Sunday, and will include loads of different events and activities across the city. The two-day program includes a series of events hosted by people from each commune who want to share more about unknown sites, hidden gardens, music, food and entertainment. All activities are free of charge and are open from 10am to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Looking through the schedule, I noted several interesting activities including:

Walking tour of Horta’s architecture in Schaerbeek
Visit to the Cantillon brewery in Anderlecht
Art gallery tour in the Bascule neighborhood 

I also saw that my favorite Lebanese restaurant will set up a stand on rue De Praetere (which will be closed to traffic all weekend). 🙂

Check out the schedule yourself, as each neighborhood is holding a different guided tour, as well as numerous activities organized by local “ambassadors”. And if you want to share your commune with others, there is still time to become an ambassador and set up an activity yourself. In addition to free events, several restaurants are taking part in the weekend with special “welcome menus”.

Let’s hope this great spring weather continues so we can all get out and discover something new about Brussels this weekend!

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