The Best Summer Music Festivals in Belgium 2018

Belgium may be world-famous for its chocolate, beers, and waffles, but their summertime festival scene is just as impressive. For such a small country, there’s loads of fests packed into the calendar with a strong focus on the camping experiences. The train system makes it a snap to arrive at the front door of nearly every festival, so check out the Belgian festival scene this summer. We’ve got some of our favorites listed below and you can see even more European festival ideas right here.

Rock Werchter 2018

July 5-8, 2018

Werchter, Belgium

For over 40 years, Belgian festies have descended onto tiny town of Werchter for this annual 4-day tribute to rock, pop, and everything loud. If there's a headliner you want to this summer, it's a strong bet they'll be at Rock Werchter which curates one of the best lineups of the summer. The delicious Belgian beer flows like water here, and yes, they do have waffles, along with a massive main stage, two tent stages, and one wild dance arena.

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Dour Festival 2018

July 11-15, 2018

Dour, Belgium

The multi-genre Dour Festival has been tearing up the Belgian countryside since 1989. It may have started as a single day event with a few thousand folks, but now the five day mega-festival sees 225,000 attendees, and hundreds of artists. The mix of music includes everything from mainstream rock to electronic to pop.

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Tomorrowland 2018

July 20-29, 2018

Boom, Belgium

One of the top electronic music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland in Belgium should be on the bucket list of every festie. It's known for epic stage production along with its insane fireworks displays, and is one of the few festivals in Europe so popular that they hold two editions over two consecutive weekends.

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Pukkelpop 2018

August 15-18, 2018

Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium

The alternative flavored Pukkelpop is the second largest festival in Belgium boasting crowds of nearly 180,000. Started in 1985 as a simple single day show, Pukkelpop now features hundreds of bands over three days. The fest has changed venues a few times, but currently resides in the tiny village of Hasselt, which is located 45 miles from Brussels. Pukkelpop alumni include Pixies, Björk, The Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Metallica, and The Prodigy. And of course, tradiation Belgian beers can be found everywhere.

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Cactus Festival 2018

July 13-15, 2018

Brugge, Belgium

Cactusfestival in Bruges keeps it simple with only a single stage to help fans avoid dreaded schedule conflicts and an intimate experience, only allowing an attendance of 25,000. Focused on rock and alternative music, Cactusfestival has been delivering this intimate vibe since 1982.

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Les Ardentes Festival 2018

July 5-8, 2018

Liège, Belgium

Les Ardentes, a boutiqe rock and pop festival in Liege, brings in 75,000 festies along the banks of the Meuse River for a long weekend of music. Recently, the festival has been gaining recognition for its strong international hip-hop lineup.

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WeCanDance 2018

August 11-12, 2018

Zeebrugge Beach, Belgium

Party on the beach! The Belgian flavored We Can Dance Festival takes place on the sands of sunny Zeebrugge Beach with five mind-blowing stages and electronic heavyweight DJs from around the world. There's a different theme each year and festies are encouraged to dress the part, which may change the atmosphere, but the vibe always remains full dance mode.

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Laundry Day 2018

September 1, 2018

Antwerp, Belgium

Forget the detergent, Laundry Day in Belgium means a one day festival dedicated to electronic music in all its forms. For over two decades, Laundry Day has been delivering a solid dose of late-summer festival vibes to Antwerp across a dozen different stages. Previous artists have included Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dave Clarke, Knife Party, Passion Pit, Benny Benassi, and A-Trak.

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Paradise City 2018

June 29-July 1, 2018

Perk, Belgium

This Paradise City takes you down to the historic setting of Kasteel de Ribaucourt in Belgium for a weekend of underground electronic beats. The venue, a beautiful 15th century castle in the city of Perk, is located just outside Brussels (and right next door to the international airport!).

Brussels Summer Festival 2018

August 14-18, 2018

Brussels, Belgium

The downtown city center of Brussels comes alive every August with 10 full days of concerts and cultural activities. While BSF is focused on Belgian bands, there's more than enough international talent sprinkled through the lineup to make this a hugely entertaining event. It's estimated that more than 100,000 festies attend BSF.

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2018

June 22-24, 2018

Dessel, Belgium

When it comes to metal festivals, there's few that can match the worldwide reputation of the famous Graspop Metal Meeting. 150,000 hard core festival fans make their way to Dessel for a weekend of hard rock, punk, metal, and everything else that's loud. The only thing wilder than this four-day festival is the camping. Bring a tent!

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Extrema Outdoor Belgium 2018

May 18-20, 2018

Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium

Born in the Netherlands, The Extrema Outdoor Belgium Festival, usually called the XOBE Festival, is a huge 3-day camping festival. It usually pulls in around 65,000 fans and features over 100 artists playing at 7 stages.

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