5 fun events in Flanders this week


A donkey festival, a bushcraft weekend and the region's oldest plant market: our pick of activities in Flanders and Brussels this week

Autumn fun

From a sprawling beer festival in Mechelen to more than 100 drawing-related activities in Ghent, Flanders Today pulls together an A-list of events and activities across the region, for both kids and adults.

Drawing Days
Love to draw? Take part in one of more than 100 drawing-related activities spread over three days in Ghent. The Bijloke site is the festival centre, where you can try body painting, nature sketching, printmaking or attend Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. 29 September to 1 October, Bijloke, Godshuizenlaan 2, Ghent; free

Mechelen Beer Festival
Try one of 150 beers from 36 breweries on Grote Markt or refine your palate at the exclusive tasting and beer-pairing sessions at local brewery Het Anker. There will be live bands playing at Het Anker all weekend. Register for beer sessions in advance (€20). 29 September to 1 October, Grote Markt and Het Anker, Guido Gezellelaan 49, Mechelen; free

Kuurne Donkey Festival
The citizens of Kuurne in West Flanders have been called ezels, or donkeys, since time immemorial. Every year, they celebrate their nickname with four days of festivities. A fun run, half-marathon and weekend-long entertainment culminates in the choosing of a Donkey King. The party closes on Monday with fireworks. 29 September to  2 October, Kuurne city centre; free

Antwerp Bushcraft Weekend
Whether you’re concerned about the zombie apocalypse or just want to become more self-reliant, this event will teach you everything you need to know about surviving in the wilderness without running water or electricity. Bring your warm clothes, tent, food, water and tools. Price includes workshops and firewood. Advance registration required. 30 September to 1 October, Lippelo (Antwerp province); €25

Autumn Plant Fair
The oldest plant market in Flanders takes place at the Arboretum in Kalmthout. Local and international collectors and nurseries offer new, unusual and rare plant species for sale, plus gardening tools, books and accessories. Guided tours of the arboretum every hour. 1 October 10.00-17.00, Arboretum Kalmthout, Arboretum 8; €8,50
Photo courtesy Kunstwerkt /Lise Daes