De Gentse Feesten (Ghent Festivities) is one of the biggest cultural festivals in Europe and has been taking place since 1843!! During 10 days, starting from the friday before the third sunday of July, the city of Ghent is filled with music, theatre, comedy and so much more. Here’s why I think this is something everyone should visit at least once or once a year like me!
Music and theatre everywhere
On most festivals there’s one or more stages on which you can see artists perform. At De Gentse Feesten there’s someone performing on every corner in the city. Of course there are bigger stages and you can plan your visit around the artists you want to check out but I’d recommend to just wander around the streets of Ghent and absorb the festivities!
Something for everyone
It’s a festival for everyone! Young people, families with children, elderly,… Whether you like big parties (the Mardi Gras Festival this year was awesome!) or quiet breakfast concerts, there’s something to do for all.
The city of Ghent has fabulous restaurants and eateries so don’t worry about being hungry! At the festival there are foodtrucks everywhere, and not just with the standard fries and burgers. Ghent is the most vegetarian friendly city in Belgium and this is very visible at the festival. There are foodtrucks with all kinds of gourmet food and most of them have vegetarian options. It’s like heaven for me!
The historical setting
You can do all the above in the beautiful historical city of Ghent! How awesome is that! Beats a grassland every time…
So who’s coming next year???