Belgium doesn't have Oktoberfest ... but it does have plenty of Beer Festivals throughout the year. Google "Belgian Beer Festivals" and you'll get more options. For example, we went to a fun beer festival in Mechelen last year. I've been to Oktoberfest a few times, but enjoy the smaller, local beer festivals. Here are just a few:
'Bruges Beer Festival
The Brugse Autonome Bierproevers (BAB, or Bruges Autonomous Beer-tasters) is the local branch of the beer consumer association Zythos. Every year, in early February, it is responsible for the organisation of the successful BAB Brugs Bierfestival in the Beurshalle exhibition centre.Brugse Autonome Bierproevers Astridlaan 37
Assebroek, West Flanders, Belgium
T: +32 (0) 050 / 363 203
Belgian Beer Weekend
The Belgian Beer Weekend (Belgisch Bierweekend) is held every year during the first weekend of September, in the prestigious setting of the Grand Marché in Brussels. It is staged by the National Federation of Belgian Brewers, an organisation counting over 70 members – including most of the country's large and medium-sized breweries.Grand Place 10
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
T: +32 (0) 2 / 511 49 87
Brassigaume was set up under the initiative of Brasserie de Rulles, local traders and entrepreneurs from the Ardennes and the Gaume region in Southern Belgium. This beer festival takes place in the first half of October, in the village of Marbehan, 20km away from Aarlen (Arlon).
Rue des Prés 11
B-6724 Marbehan, Belgium
T: +32 (0) 63 41 18 38
Bierpassie Weekend - Antwerpen
The Bierpassie Weekend traditionally takes place in a tent camp, set up at the Groenplaats, in the heart of Antwerp. The festival is held at the end of June. It is the number one rendezvous for the more established, medium-sized and large Belgian breweries.
T: +32 (0) 03 / 645 72 47
Kerstbierfestival, Christmas Beer Festival Essen
The village of Essen – to the north of Antwerp and close to the Dutch border – has put its name on the beer-festival map with its annual Christmas outing.
Objectieve Bierproevers Essense Regio (O.B.E.R.)
Modeste Bierfestival Antwerpen
The De Koninck brewery hosts the annual Modeste Bierfestival, on-site in Antwerp in early October.
B-2018 Antwerp, Belgium
North Sea Beer Festival
More than 200 Belgian beers from around 30 breweries, from the classics to limited editions...
Poperinge Beer FestivaL
During the two-day festival - In October -25 brewers will present and pour a selection of their finest beers.Oostlaan 18 - bus A2, 8970 Poperinge
+32 (0)57 36 08 93 - +32 (0)494 32 68 60
Weekend of Special Beers, Sohier
Set in the small, sleepy village of Sohier, there were about 30 beers available - held in February
Zythos Bier Festival
The Zythos Beer Festival (ZBF) is staged every year in the Brabanthal exhibition hall, in the city of Leuven. The festival takes place each year at the end of April
Weg naar As 9, Bus 10
3600 Genk, Belgium