As July envelops us in its warmth, cities come alive with vibrant events and an abundance of possibilities for fun-filled days and exciting nights. From dance festivals to jazz nights and weekend markets, get ready to immerse yourself in the lively summer atmosphere and create unforgettable memories throughout the month.

Ghent Festivities

14-23 July, Ghent, Belgium

For ten days in July, the city of Ghent transforms into a buzzing hub during the annual Ghent Festivities, recognised as Flemish intangible heritage and attended by thousands of people every year. The event boasts an incredible array of attractions, including music, various performances, theatre, activities for children and fairs. This is also the only time of the year when you can climb the tower of Saint Bavo’s Cathedral for a spectacular view of the city.

Hermitage Celebrates Summer

Until 3 September, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Celebrate the season at the Hermitage Museum by choosing from the multitude of events organised for the duration of the summer month. Expect activities to celebrate the Keti Koti and Pride festivals, outdoor movie screenings, jazz nights, a Sunday market and much more!

Out & About: July 2023

Hermitage Celebrates Summer. Photo: Sam Eye Am Photography

Deventer Op Stelten

7-9 July, Deventer, the Netherlands

For the fans of outdoor theatre, Deventer Op Stelten (‘Deventer on Stilts’) is a must-see this summer. The international theatre festival transforms the historical city centre into a giant stage. It’s a celebration of art and culture, with shows taking places on monumental squares, parks and on the streets, but also in small, enclosed locations. The term “on stilts” is a figurative way of describing the high-quality, top performances happening there for over 20 years.

Out & About: July 2023

Deventer Op Stelten. Photo: Events dEVENTer

Man Ray and Fashion

Until 13 August, Antwerpen, Belgium

This exhibition, organised by MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp explores the work of the famous artist Man Ray from the perspective of fashion. Next to the unique photography of Man Ray, there will be creations of contemporary fashion designers and photographers inspired by his work. Visitors have the chance to see work by Chanel, Maison Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Norine, Yves Saint Laurent, Martin Margiela, Olivier Theyskens and Dries Van Noten.


Out & About: July 2023

Man Ray Exhibition. Photo: Man Ray, Courtesy Fondazione Marconi, Milan

Gala des Étoiles

8-9 July, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

The anniversary edition of the Gala des Étoiles, organised by DanceXperience asbl, takes centre stage at the Grand Théâtre. This remarkable dance extravaganza marks a bittersweet moment as it is likely to be the final edition. Global star Lucia Lacarra and her partner Matthew Golding join other acclaimed dancers from classical and modern dance; among them Svetlana Zakharova, Larissa Lezhnina, Marianela Nunez, Maria Eichwald, Ketevan Papava, Alessandro Staiano, Alexey Popov, Eno Peci, Artem Shoshyn, Francesco Daniele Costa, Randy Rocha, Simi Simoes and many more.

Out & About: July 2023

Gala des Étoiles, Evelina Godunova Young Gyu Choi. Photo: Christian Kieffer

Werner Herzog Exhibition

Until 1 October, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This exhibition and film programme at the Eye Filmmuseum features the work of acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog. His films explore the relationship between people and the crazy world around them, focusing on rebels, outsiders and dreamers. The event has enchanted audiences for more than a decade.

Out & About: July 2023

Werner Herzog Exhibition. Photo Beat Presser. Photo: Werner Herzog Film and Deutsche Kinemathek


2-16 July, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Julidans is an unmissable international contemporary dance festival that will captivate any dance enthusiast! Over the course of two weeks, 40 performances and shows take place in various locations throughout Amsterdam, with the International Theatre Amsterdam as the central hub. The shows are outspoken and inspiring, with a long tradition of bringing on stage the newest trends in contemporary dance and not shying away from making bold statements.

Van Gogh in Auvers

Until 3 September, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam presents a major exhibition focusing on the final months of the artist’s life. During his stay in the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise, Vincent van Gogh was very prolific. He painted many of his masterpieces there, including Wheatfield with Crows. This exhibition offers a rare chance to see a remarkable collection of paintings brought together from other museums and private collections.

Out & About: July 2023

Van Gogh in Auvers. Fields near Auvers-sur-Oise, 1890, oil on canvas, 50 x 101 cm, Belvedere Museum, Vienna. Photo: Van Gogh Museum

Vaux-Hall Summer

Until 13 August, Brussels, Belgium

After years of abandonment, the beautiful Vaux-Hall in the Park de Bruxelles underwent extensive restoration and reopened in 2017 as a residence for summer activities. Here, a varied cultural programme unfolds from June to August, appealing to young and old. There are concerts, movies, dance lessons, storytelling sessions, yoga and more. Topped with some outdoor art from dozens of artists, this seems like a good place to spend summer days in Brussels!

Out & About: July 2023

Vaux-Hall Summer. Photo: Eric Danhier

Alkmaar Cheese Market

Every Friday until 29 September, Alkmaar, the Netherlands

The Cheese Market in Alkmaar is an event that draws thousands of visitors annually. The market is a beautiful show reenacting the traditional cheese market that has been part of the city since the 1600s. Visitors have the opportunity to see how cheese is weighed, the price negotiations and learn about the history of the market.

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