Events in Oostende

In the summer there is almost daily something organized in (the region of) Oostende. Under which the various markets, folklore, music performances and various sporting events where you can look at or to which you can join.


Fish weekend

Don’t miss the fi sh weekend in the heart of Westende-Bad. In this friendly atmosphere everybody can enjoy old crafts, enjoyable entertainment and most of all lots of fish! Centre of Westende-Bad & several restaurants Middelkerke-Westende.


Beer Weekend

The terraces on the sea front are all about the Belgian Beer Weekend. You won’t forget it. Everywhere you’ll look, there will be beer. A weekend with a friendly atmosphere and a full programme. It’s a weekend you shouldn’t miss. Zeedijk Middelkerke ...

A l'Ostendaise

Van het leven aan boord van een vissersvaartuig tot de vis op de bord. We creëren een ontdekkingsroute langs de maritieme locaties van Oostende. Het project wordt alvast op grootse wijze ingezet tijdens het laatste weekend van juni.


Sand Sculpture Festival

Artists from around the world create a world in sand, full of emotions and adventure. Discover this exceptional exhibition during the Sand Sculpture Festival in Ostend.

Oostende Koerse

Elke maandag in juli en augustus kan je de paardenrennen op de Wellington Renbaan live meemaken. De diverse rennen starten telkens vanaf 16.00 uur. Er is extra animatie voor kinderen. En de volwassenen? Die kunnen natuurlijk een gokje wagen!


Ostend Beach Dance Festival

Ostend Beach Dance Festival is an outdoor music festival on the beautiful Klein Strand (beach) of Ostend, centrally located within the downtown area and within walking distance of the train station. Besides the unique outdoor main stage, many ...


Fireworks festival

The Fireworks festival on the beach of Oostende attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. During the International Fireworks festival Oostende there are beautiful and spectacular firework displays. If you are planning to visit Oostende for a week, this ...


Theater by the Sea

Begin augustus

Theater by the Sea is a ten-day theater and music festival in the Belgian seaside town of Ostend. This festival takes place every year The festival presents ten days of performing arts (theater, dance, performance) in a quirky combination of music, literature, ...

Counter and Table Happening

Begin augustus

The Louise district annually forms the backdrop for the 'Toog- en Tafelhappening' or Counter and Table festivities. A feast for foodies, because the local catering businesses serve up their specialties all day long, at affordable prices! Aside from that, the BK Living Statues takes place as well. While you try out ...



Begin augustus

The 'Paulusfeesten' is Ostend's most famous city festival, which has been held annually since 1972 near the St. Peter and St. Paul church. Each year, the Paulusfeesten create a particular theme that stirs up the city and its inhabitants. ...


Film Festival Ostend

Half september

Every September, Oostende becomes the place to be for every film enthusiast. The festival ensures the presentation of the latest previews of national and international public films, and will show a lot of independent cinema as well. Additionally, FFO has also ample attention to homegrown talent by means of ...


Heritage Days

The annually held Heritage Days Flanders takes place in the beginning of September. Places where art and culture was emerged and experienced is the bottom line of the program again. Can't wait to see what's in the program? Then take a look at the theme notes in which the theme is presented. Already mark early August ...


Agriculture Weekend

Eind september

On the Zeedijk, on the beach, you simply cannot overlook the Casino. Here you are presented with real rural life. Displays of farm animals and farming machinery, demos, a country market, degustations of local produce and plenty of animation are not to be missed!


Oktoberfoor / Funfair in Oostende


Who didn’t like it as a child to be swirled around in a carousel or to get sticky from some cotton candy. In Oostende it is still possible every year, early October.


Champagne Weekend

This noble drink is very amply represented in De Branding. You can spend an entire weekend getting to know the French champagne growers. This weekend comes with a champagne package and a champagne menu.


New Year's Eve Fireworks

Update 31 Dec. 2017: Fireworks have been canceled due to the strong wind. The Fireworks will start on the ‘Groot Strand’ (beach next to the Kursaal) at midnight. The audience will be spoiled by a 20 minutes’ lasting incredible firework.


New Year's plunge

Begin januari

The New Year's Dive in Ostend was organized in 1987 for the first time. A polar bear club from Deinze asked the Ostend municipality to make an exception to the prohibition to swim in the North Sea during winter period. Nowadays more than 6,000 polar bears brave the cold water, this event has by ...


Week van de Zee

Late April to mid-May

The Week of the Sea is for everyone! From late April to mid-May there are activities in the various seaside towns that will put nature and the coastal environment in the spotlight. The sea and beach are a huge attractions: the vastness, the healthy air, ...


Ostend at Anchor

Eind mei

Big maritime event with more than 150 classic sailing vessels participating, and numerous performances and entertainment. Year after year, this festival attracts hundreds of sailors of classic ships. With barely twenty ships in the first edition it is now a big puzzle to find a spot for the more than 150 ships in an ...