Party in the city

The crazy hot weather this past weekend made me think of this song – an oldie but a goodie. I know I looked half dead walking around on Sunday.

No matter if the daytime weather is scorching or drizzling (unfortunately more typical around here), summer evenings in Brussels can take on a whole other vibe. This season has already been packed with outdoor concerts, movies and parties at night, but as the end draws near, there are a few more chances to enjoy summer in the city.

The annual Fiesta Latina has found itself a new home in the Bois de la Cambre. No longer jammed in between the parked cars on Avenue Louise, the Latin-themed party will hopefully be even better in among the trees of the park. The festival will include Latin American music, salsa lessons, dancers, as well as a couple of new features, like a Caribbean music stage and a dedicated kid’s area, to commemorate the 10th anniversary.

Things kick off at 4pm on Friday (a good reason to leave work a little early :)) and continue from noon to 2am on Saturday and from noon to 10pm on Sunday. The entrance is €7 and there are shuttle bus services from Avenue Louise to avoid parking in the park.

The Grand Sablon will also host a party this weekend. The Fêtes du Sablon will include three nights of free concerts and outdoor activities. The party starts on Friday evening at 6pm with world music and continues on Saturday with a tasting and apero hosted by the various restaurants and cafes on the square around noon. There’s more music (reggae, jazz, French) both Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6pm to midnight. I’m not so sure about the musical line-up (does anyone know who Lou & The Hollywood Bananas are??) but it might be a fun atmosphere to check out if you’re in the area.

Starting next Monday, Ancienne Belgique will take over Parc de Bruxelles for a week-long series of musical performances spanning a wide variety of genres. The 9th edition of Feeërieën will focus around different themes for each day, including a mix of contemporary classical music with electronica on Monday, doom soul and haunted instrumentals on Tuesday, electronica and ambient on Wednesday, indie-pop on Thursday and young Belgian artists on Friday. All of the concerts will be held at the restored bandstand in the park, starting a 7pm. Everything is free, so as long as the weather stays dry next week, there is no excuse not to stop by. You’ll never know what up-and-coming artist you’ll get a chance to see!

Images via Fiesta Latina and Fêtes du Sablon.

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2 thoughts on “Party in the city

  1. Jef says:

    Hello,

    I’m a belgian living in Brussels, and I read your blog for 2 months. It’s really interesting to have a other point of view of this city we love. For your information, Lou and the Holliwood bananas is a belgian (french speaking) funny group. They were famous during the 80’s with songs like “Kingston kingston”, “Ou c’est qu’il fait chaud?”. But Lou (Deprijck) is also know as the real singer of the famous song “Ca plane pour moi” of Plastic Bertrand. He now lives in Thailand and just come back sometimes for a kitshy gig.

  2. Thanks Jef! Great to know who they are and to share some Brussels love with a Belgian 🙂

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