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 2018 it counted over 1.200.000 visitors during the festival week. The city center closes to traffic and is taken over by street artists, acrobats, and musicians. Over 300 organizations arrange almost 4,000 events in 360 locations. Literally, 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.