Summer in Leuven

‘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. During 'Beleuvenissen' festival you can attend free concerts 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 museum M Leuven with the music and cultural festival M-idzomer. Urban dance performance aficionados can indulge themselves at Half Oogst.

  • Beleuvenissen: three Friday nights in July - cancelled
  • Summer Movies: mid-July to mid-August - to be confirmed
  • M-idzomer: begining August 2020 - cancelled
  • Half Oogst: mid-August - cancelled

Hapje Tapje food festival

Hapje Tapje, the annual culinary highlight in Leuven, is always held on the first Sunday of August. The city centre becomes 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. The Grote Markt is transformed into a 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: a fabulous outdoor concert.

  • the first Sunday of August: postponed to 01.08.2021

Pop-up bars and 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. A pop-up cocktail bar opens on the attractive rooftop terrace of museum M Leuven, with a view of the University Library and its tower. Once evening falls, the outdoor bar serves up a varied assortment of musical, spoken-word, and comedy performances.

Practical info

  • All mayor summer events until the end of August 2020 are being cancelled due to corona virus. Program to be confirmed.
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