On the last weekend of May, with little fanfare, over 40 galleries and another 20 temporary exhibitions installed in assorted venues throw open their doors to the curious.
During Museumnacht over 20 museums stay open late, many staging original special events and performances. Bus transport between venues is free and there are late-night parties (€6 extra) once the museums close.
Held on the weekend before Ascension Day, Mechelen's biggest festival is a curious mix of solemn religious parade and fun-filled public party.
Two-night, bargain-value pop and indie fest in Linkeroever, easily accessed via the Sint-Annatunnel.
An annual 10-day LGBT arts festival, held to coincide with Antwerp Pride celebrations.
The highlight of this popular festival comes on Saturday at 3pm when the town's little Borrelmanneke (barrel-carrying man) fountain is briefly replumbed to flow with jenever (gin).
Electronic-music festival held at Park Spoor Oost, on the far edge of hipster 'hood Borgerhout.
This four-day festival attracts huge crowds and is held in a handsomely landscaped suburban sculpture park 4km south of the centre.
The parties and parades on Antwerp Pride weekend complement the 10-day Queer Arts Festival.