The Ghent Festival “Gentse feesten” – one of the largest cultur festivals in Europe
Gentse feesten, one of the largest folk festivals in Europe, has been running since 1843.
It’s a feast, a festival, and a cultural event all rolled into one.
In 2019 it counted over 1.200.000 visitors during the festival week !!
The city centre closes to traffic and taken over by street artists, acrobats, and musicians.
Over 300 organisations arrange almost 4,000 events in 360 locations.
There is something to suit every taste.
It kicks off on Friday with an incredible fire landscape that starts in the park and moves to all the different squares in the Festivities Zone.
And plenty of top-class artists take to the podiums across the city.
How to get there
Ghent is easily accessible whether you’re driving or travelling by public transport.
Close to the intersection of the E17 and the E40 motorways, it’s just under an hour’s drive away from Brussels International Airport.
There are two train stations and the journey from Brussels takes just half an hour.
If you fly to Charleroi Airport, a shuttle bus travels to Bruges via Ghent nine times a day.
The Gentse feesten occurs at various locations throughout the city, but the beautiful Old Town is the main centre of the event.
Ghent Jazz Festival
Coinciding with the Gentsefeesten is the internationally renowned Ghent Jazz Festival.