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Medieval Market Etterbeek
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Medieval Market of Etterbeek 2023: Weekend Activity to Watch the Folkloristic Characters from the Middle Age in Brussels

12 May 2023 @ 4:00 pm – 14 May 2023 @ 10:00 pm
Parc du Cinquantenaire
Administration Communale d'Etterbeek
02 627 21 11

Medieval Market Etterbeek 2023

Medieval Market of Etterbeek will not take place in 2022 but in 2023. Below are the past highlights and programmes will change and be updated every year once we have more information from the organiser! Therefore, stay tuned until 2023 then!

Activities Highlight for 28th Edition

For the past 27 years, one of the key events in the Etterbeek municipality is the Medieval Market (Marché Médiéval d’Etterbeek). Participants will have three days of unforgettable memory through the discovery of the Middle Ages, its folklore, and its traditions over the weekend. This year, it will be a 3-day fun affair from 12 to 14 May 2023 @ Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels.

The Medieval Market usually happens three days before Pinkstermaandag. Also known as Whit Monday, or Pentecost Monday, it is a Christian holiday that commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament of the Bible.

In this 28th edition highlight of the festival in Brussels, you can see a lot of folkloristic characters and crafts come true right before your eyes like saddlers, blacksmiths, potters, carpenters, stonecutter, archers and arrows, etc.

There will also be a demonstration of sword fighting by the knights from no less than three companies. The Belgian Federation of Medieval Fencing will also be present. the Austrian artist Walter will perform a series of high-flying acts for thrill-seekers while Ludenten will offer workshops specifically for children. The children can have fun with the rhythm of the animations or linger at the stand to see the work of an executioner, the sorcerer or the healer.

Throughout the weekend, the musical group “Varius Coloribus” and “Dudelzwerge Music” will take charge of the musical performance. No less than 180 exhibitors from all over Belgium and throughout Europe will present their artisan products.

Gourmands will be pampered for choices among medieval food stalls carried out in the Middle Ages. Trades such as blacksmiths, stonemasons, master tailors, and manufacturers of arrows and bows come live at this majestic event. A special highlight will be a wooden rail horse on a pyramid of medieval maps.

Be curious about the taste difference between medieval times as compared to modern times. The mentioned activities consist of only a part of all the activities proposed during the 27th Medieval Market of Etterbeek. Be there to witness the knights in shining armor!

Etterbeek Medieval Market: Artisan at Work (Marché Médiéval  d'Etterbeek)
Photo: Michel van Reysen / Flickr
Food @ Marché Médiéval d'Etterbeek
Photo: Michel van Reysen / Flickr

Operating Hours 2023

The event will enchant the public on Cinquantenaire Park (around the fountain) on the three dates:

  • Friday, 12 May 2020:  4 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday, 13 May 2020:  11 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday, 14 May 2020: 11 am to 6 pm

How to Go to Parc du Cinquantenaire by Train?

The nearest metro station to alight is Bruxelles-Schuman. Walk approximately 6 minutes for 500 metres.

Full Activities Highlight

PS: The activities in 2020 will be updated nearer to the date.

BY EVENTS - 7 June 2019 (Friday)

  • Armati Perregrini: Fencing Initiation – 17h to 18h30 | 20h30 to 21h
  • Armati Perregrini: Demonstration of Wrestling & Fencing – 19h to 19h30 | 21h to 21h30
  • Armati Perregrini: Explication Ferme – 17h30 to 18h | 19h30 to 20h
  • Armati Perregrini: Côte de Mail – 18h to 18h30 | 20h to 20h30
  • Dudelzwerge Music: Music – 17h to 17h30 | 21h to 21h30
  • Varius Coloribus: Music – 19h15 to 19h45 | 21h15 to 21h45
  • Via Bruxellensis: Sword Fighting – 18h to 18h30 | 20h30 to 21h
  • Via Bruxellensis: Demonstration Commentary – 17h30 to 18h | 20h to 20h30
  • Zirkir Meer: Equilibrist Card Game – 17h45 to 18h30
  • Zirkir Meer: Equilibrist Fountain – 20h30 to 21h15

BY EVENTS - 8 June 2019 (Saturday)


  • Armati Perregrini: Ropes Making – 11h to 11h30 | 17h to 17h30
  • Armati Perregrini: Candles Making – 15h30 to 16h | 18h30 to 19h
  • Armati Perregrini: Fighting – 14h to 14h30 | 17h to 17h30 | 20h to 20h30
  • Armati Perregrini: Cutting Demonstration – 13h to 13h30 | 16h to 16h30 | 18h to 18h30 | 21h to 21h30
  • Belgian Fencing Federation: 11h to 11h45 | 13h to 13h45 | 16h15 to 17h | 19h to 19h45
  • Dudelzwerge Music: Wrestling – 10h30 to 11h | 16h to 16h30
  • Varius Coloribus: Music – 12h30 to 13h | 13h45 to 14h15 | 15h30 to 16h | 17h30 to 18h
  • Via Bruxellensis: Folktale – 11h30 to 12h
  • Via Bruxellensis: Fighting – 12h to 12h30 | 15h to 15h30
  • Zirkir Meer: Music – 14h30 to 15h | 16h30 to 17h | 19h to 19h30 | 21h to 21h30
  • Zirkir Meer: Barber Surgeon – 12h30 to 13h | 16h30 to 17h
  • Zirkir Meer: Herbalist – 13h30 to 14h | 17h30 to 18h

BY EVENTS - 9 June 2019 (Sunday)

  • Armati Perregrini: Côte de Mail – 11h to 11h30 | 14h to 14h30
  • Armati Perregrini: Wrestling & Fencing Demonstration – 13h to 13h30 | 15h to 15h30 | 17h to 17h30
  • Armati Perregrini: Fencing Initiation – 12h to 12h30 | 18h to 18h30
  • Armati Perregrini: Explication Ferme – 10h to 10h30 | 11h30 to 12h | 16h to 16h30
  • Belgian Fencing Federation: 11h30 to 12h15 | 14h to 14h45 | 16h to 16h45 | 18h to 18h45
  • Dudelzwerge Music: Music – 10h45 to 11h15 | 13h to 13h30 | 15h15to 15h45 | 17h30 to 18h
  • Varius Coloribus: Music – 11h30 to 12h | 13h45 to 14h15 | 16h45 to 17h15 | 19h to 19h30
  • Via Bruxellensis: Sword Fighting – 10h30 to 11h | 12h30 to 13h | 15h30 to 16h | 17h30 to 18h
  • Via Bruxellensis: Guided Demonstration – 11h30 to 12h | 13h30 to 14h | 16h30 to 17h
  • Zirkus Meer: The Wheel of Leonardo – 12h to 12h45
  • Zirkir Meer: Equilibrist Card Game – 16h to 16h45
  • Zirkir Meer: Equilibrist Fountain – 14h30 to 15h15 | 18h to 18h45

BY TIME - 7 June 2019 (Friday)

17h00 – 17h30Dudelzwerge Music: Music
Armati Perregrini: Fencing Initiation
17h30 – 18h00Armati Perregrini: Explication Ferme
Via Bruxellensis: Demonstration Commentary
17h45 – 18h30Zirkir Meer: Equilibrist Card Game
18h00 – 18h30Armati Perregrini: Côte de Mail
Via Bruxellensis: Sword Fighting
19h00 – 19h30Armati Perregrini: Demonstration of Wrestling & Fencing
19h15 – 19h45Varius Coloribus: Music
19h30 – 20h00Armati Perregrini: Explication Ferme
20h00 – 20h30Armati Perregrini: Côte de Mail
Via Bruxellensis: Demonstration Commentary
20h30 – 21h00Via Bruxellensis: Sword Fighting
Armati Perregrini: Fencing Initiation
20h30 – 21h15Zirkir Meer: Equilibrist Fountain
21h00 – 21h30Armati Perregrini: Demonstration of Wrestling & Fencing
Dudelzwerge Music: Music
21h15 – 21h45Varius Coloribus: Music

BY TIME - 8 June 2019 (Saturday)


10h30 – 11h00Dudelzwerge Music: Wrestling
11h00 – 11h30Armati Perregrini: Ropes Making
11h00 – 11h45Belgian Fencing Federation
11h30 – 12h00Via Bruxellensis: Folktale
12h00 – 12h30Via Bruxellensis: Fighting
12h30 – 13h00Zirkir Meer: Barber Surgeon
Varius Coloribus: Music
13h00 – 13h30Armati Perregrini: Cutting Demonstration
13h00 – 13h45Belgian Fencing Federation
13h30 – 14h00Zirkir Meer: Herbalist
13h45 – 14h15Varius Coloribus: Music
14h00 – 14h30Armati Perregrini: Fighting
14h30 – 15h00Zirkir Meer: Music
15h00 – 15h30Via Bruxellensis: Fighting
15h30 – 16h00 Armati Perregrini: Candles Making
Varius Coloribus: Music
16h00 – 16h30Armati Perregrini: Cutting Demonstration
Dudelzwerge Music: Wrestling
16h15 – 17h00Belgian Fencing Federation
16h30 – 17h00Zirkir Meer: Barber Surgeon
Zirkir Meer: Music
17h00 – 17h30Armati Perregrini: Ropes Making
17h30 – 18h00Zirkir Meer: Herbalist
Varius Coloribus: Music
18h00 – 18h30Armati Perregrini: Cutting Demonstration
18h30 – 19h00Armati Perregrini: Candles Making
19h00 – 19h30Zirkir Meer: Music
19h00 – 19h45Belgian Fencing Federation
Via Bruxellensis: Demonstration Commentary
20h00 – 20h30Armati Perregrini: Fighting
21h00 – 21h30Armati Perregrini: Cutting Demonstration
Zirkir Meer: Music

BY TIME - 9 June 2019 (Sunday)

10h00 – 10h30Armati Perregrini: Explication Ferme
10h30 – 11h00Via Bruxellensis: Sword Fighting
10h45 – 11h15Dudelzwerge Music: Music
11h00 – 11h30Armati Perregrini: Côte de Mail
11h30 – 12h00Armati Perregrini: Explication Ferme
Via Bruxellensis: Guided Demonstration
Varius Coloribus: Music
11h30 – 12h15 Belgian Fencing Federation
12h00 – 12h30Armati Perregrini: Fencing Initiation
12h00 – 12h45Zirkus Meer: The Wheel of Leonardo
12h30 – 13h00Bruxellensis: Sword Fightingc
13h00 – 13h30Armati Perregrini: Wrestling & Fencing Demonstration
Dudelzwerge Music: Music
13h30 – 14h00Via Bruxellensis: Guided Demonstration
13h45 – 14h15Varius Coloribus: Music
14h00 – 14h30Armati Perregrini: Côte de Mail
14h00 – 14h45Belgian Fencing Federation
14h30 – 15h15Zirkir Meer: Equilibrist Fountain
15h00 – 15h30 Armati Perregrini: Wrestling & Fencing Demonstration
15h15 – 15h45 Dudelzwerge Music: Music
15h30 – 16h00Via Bruxellensis: Sword Fighting
16h00 – 16h30Armati Perregrini: Explication Ferme
16h00 – 16h45Belgian Fencing Federation
Zirkir Meer: Equilibrist Card Game
16h30 – 17h00Via Bruxellensis: Guided Demonstration
16h45 – 17h15Varius Coloribus: Music
17h00 – 17h30Armati Perregrini: Wrestling & Fencing Demonstration
17h30 – 18h00Via Bruxellensis: Sword Fightingt
Dudelzwerge Music: Music
18h00 – 18h30Armati Perregrini: Fencing Initiation
18h00 – 18h45Belgian Fencing Federation
Zirkir Meer: Equilibrist Fountain
19h00 – 19h30Varius Coloribus: Music

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One comment

  1. the correct date is 12-14/05/2023.

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