‘Summer in Leuven’ has become an annual tradition, with summer nights full of music. Mouth-watering food and drinks. Move to the beats of swinging bands or take in a movie at surprising outdoor locations. There’s plenty of fun and enjoyment to be had during a summer city trip to Leuven.
LOTS OF MUSIC AND SUMMER MOVIES
Summer in Leuven kicks off every year with a healthy serving of music. You can attend free concerts by national and international artists at the Oude Markt and other swinging squares. The Summer Movies from arthouse Cinema ZED are free, outdoor movie screenings that start as soon as it gets dark. Enjoy a surprising mix of music, dance, performance art, movies, and exhibitions in M-Museum Leuven with the M-idzomer music and cultural festival. Urban dance performance aficionados can indulge themselves at Half Oogst.
- Beleuvenissen: free concerts on 3 Friday nights in July
- Summer Movies: mid-July to mid-August
- M-idzomer: begining August 2020
- Half Oogst: mid-August
Hapje Tapje, the annual culinary highlight in Leuven, is always held on the first Sunday in August. The city centre is then the exclusive domain of bon vivants. You can eat your way from one stand to the next along a culinary pathway through the various streets. For the occasion, the Grote Markt is transformed into the Grand Place Gourmande, where the crème de la crème of Leuven’s restaurants will be serving up gastronomic dishes. Choose from a wide selection of special beers at the beer market. In the afternoon, go support your favourite bartender in the legendary bartender race. In the evening, visitors are treated to the last course at Hapje Tapje: a fabulous outdoor concert.
- The first Sunday in August (noon to midnight)
- At various locations throughout the city
POP-UP BARS AND EVEN MORE TASTY TREATS
Mouth-watering food and drinks, and fun outdoor summer activities are what Summer in Leuven is all about. You can have a pleasant picnic in various parks around the city or enjoy appetiser and drinks at one of the food trucks. The pop-up M Zomerbar opens on the attractive M-Museum Leuven rooftop terrace, with a view of the University Library and tower. Once evening falls, the bar serves up not only a varied assortment of drinks and appetizers but also musical, spoken-word, and comedy performances.