Ommegang, Brussels folklore procession
The Brussels Ommegang is back for another edition. We reveal the history of this popular Belgian festival as well as all the information you need to know to enjoy the festivities.
History of the Ommegang
The word Ommegang comes from the Latin "circumambulatio" and means "walking around" in Dutch. Originally, it was the most important lustrous procession in the city of Brussels, held once a year on the Sunday before Pentecost. Nowadays, the event is held twice, on the first Wednesday in July and the Friday before.
Since 1930, the Ommegang has offered a historical re-enactment of the festival held on 2 June 1549 by the Brussels Magistrate in honour of Emperor Charles V, who came to Brussels to present his son, the future Philip II.
This great folk procession is one of the most important events in the history and culture of Brussels. The Ommegang was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2019. The 2022 edition will take place from Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 2 July.
The Ommegang procession
The shows will take place on Wednesday 29 June and Friday 1 July in the Grand Place from 8.45pm. The Ommegang parade is a historical re-enactment with more than 1,400 extras including folk groups, horses, giants, flags...
The procession will start at the Sablon at 8.50 pm and will go to the Grand Place, passing through Rue Lebeau, Place de la Justice, Rue de l'Hôpital, Place Saint-Jean, Rue Duquesnoy, Rue Infante Isabelle, Rue Marché aux Herbes, Rue de Tabora, Rue du Midi, Rue des Moineaux, Rue de l'Etuve, Rue Charles- Buls
How to get there?
Blue route: Hop off at stop 13 - Manneken Pis.
Red route: Hop off at stop 14 - Gare Centrale / Centraal Station (RedLine departure)
The Renaissance Village
The traditional Renaissance village is located in the Royal Park of Brussels. You can discover the lives of yesteryear with young and old in a traditional atmosphere! Craftsmen living as they did in the past will share the secrets of their trade, such as surgeons, barbers, blacksmiths and ironworkers.
The village also includes a demonstration area for crossbowmen, archers and fencers. The children's foot combat and combat initiation area is open from 2pm to 6pm.
The more festive "The Royal Break" area will host a bar, a beach and DJ sets. Petanque courts are also available.
The Royal Park includes a horse fighting area with stables where you can watch knightly tournaments with the famous equestrian jousts. Equestrian toys are also available.
Finally, the Kiwanis area is dedicated to children with activities and games adapted to their age as well as magic and juggling shows.
The Renaissance market
Come and discover the traders and craftsmen at the Renaissance market in the Royal Park from 29 June to 2 July 2022 from 12pm to 9pm. You will find old-fashioned products made by passionate craftsmen.
The Haacht brewery, official producer of Ommegang beer, will be offering tastings of Charles V's Ommegang beers.
How to get there
Red route: Get off at stop 13 - Place Royale / Koningsplein or stop 14 - Sablon / Zavel
Blue route: Get off at stop no. 1 - Gare Centrale / Centraal Station