Brussels’ Grand’Place packs out with spectators, including the Royal Family and their guests, for Ommegang, Brussels’ major folklore event that has been taking place since 1549. Local craftsmen put on their traditional costumes for the procession while medieval jousts take place around the city including catapults firing candles and knights combating on foot.
A whole medieval village will be created at Place du Grand Sablon which will be free to visitors during the three day event with an special procession taking place 9pm on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Tickets for the processions are limited to 3,000 people and must be booked in advance from the tourist office. If you don’t manage to secure a ticket for the procession don’t fret as there is still plenty to do and see throughout the city over the three days of the festival.
This year the Ommegang festival is taking place on the 29th June – 1st July 2010 in the Grand Place as well as in locations throughout Brussels. For tickets either call +32 (0) 2 548 04 58 or email firstname.lastname@example.org