Top 10 spring/summer events

 

In a festive, authentic spirit, Picardy Wallonia brings together tourists and locals during its major spring and summer events. Explore these major events which punctuate the summer season in Wapi each year...

 

Sortilèges, Rue et vous ! – Ath, May

Like every year, the city of Ath comes to life on Ascension Thursday. Artists, acrobats, musicians and street art enthusiasts all invade the streets of the city of giants to share their passion with the locals and tourists during the ‘Sortilèges, Rue et vous !’ event.

L’accordéon, Moi j’aime ! – Tournai, May

The Accordion, Moi j'aime is a musical journey around the strapped piano! The Saint-Pierre de Tournai district comes alive with musicians and actors who make the five-steepled city feel like a very friendly tavern. Swing, French chanson, jazz, musette, world music and bands await you every Ascension Friday. Free entry.

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Witches’ Sabbath – Ellezelles, June

Story walk along the so-called strange trail with the witches of Ellezelles, including a craft fair, entertainment and reconstruction of the great Sabbath at a light and sound show by a bonfire. Free entertainment, admission fee for show.

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LaSemo Festival - Enghien, July

The LaSemo festival is a festival of music and street arts that revolves around sustainable themes. Two stages for concerts, comedy, theatre and circus shows, but also tales, craftspeople, a cinema, fairground rides, wooden toys, etc. A highly festive, family atmosphere. Admission fee.

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Artifoire d’Hollain – Brunehaut (Hollain), July

This local artisans’ and producers’ fair has been taking place since 1975 and livens up the village of Hollain for four days every year around 21 July. Concerts, dances, bands, workshops, exhibitions, dance, the giants’ parade, not to mention the famous farmers’ market... activities abound!

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Tournai-les-Bains – Tournai, July-August

For a month, the people of Tournai and visitors alike can access a purpose-built beach not far from the town centre. With your feet in the sand and hammocks, cocktails and entertainment all around, the scene is set for a relaxing time with family or friends.

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Harvesting Season in Lahamaide – La Hamaide, August

During this annual harvest festival which takes place on the 1st weekend of August, experience the Pays des Collines just as in a Breughel painting with 16th century craftspeople. Manual harvesting, music and dancing in meadows, local market, nature walk, craft demonstrations, traditional games, etc. Charge applies.

Les Féeries de Beloeil – Beloeil, August

For one exceptional summer evening, the park of the stunning Château de Beloeil is the venue for the Féeries de Beloeil. Programme includes: 300 artists make their way through the estate, putting on 19 unusual, exclusive performances. A real treat for young and old alike. Entry fee.

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Ducasse festival in Ath – Ath, August

The Ducasse d’Ath is a Unesco recognised folklore festivity which has had giants and the people of Aths dancing for more than five centuries. Every fourth Sunday of August, a procession of giants, decorative floats and historical groups parade in the streets of Ath.

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Les [Rencontres] Inattendues – Tournai, late August - early September

Unexpected encounters between world music and philosophy in places as unexpected as they are prestigious (the Notre-Dame cathedral of Tournai, the Halle aux Draps building, the museum of fine arts, and more). In total, more than 100 philosophers, musicians, singers and actors meet during 27 unique shows, workshops and talks.

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