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Expat Guide 2021-2022

Plan ahead: Spring and summer



Luxembourg City Film Festival Photo:Edouard Olszewski

Luxembourg City Film Festival Photo:Edouard Olszewski

From annual traditions to seasonal favourites, here's where people in Luxembourg will be headed and what they’ll be doing each month.

March

Buergbrennen

“Buergen” (torches) are used to light bonfires which “burn away” winter in towns across the grand duchy. Organised by local councils and youth organisations under the supervision of the fire brigade. There’s something warm to eat and drink, too. Very good chance to meet your neighbours. Held the first Sunday after Carnival (sometimes falls in February).

Luxembourg City Film Festival

The capital rolls out the red carpet for the country’s premiere cinema event, which runs 11 days during the first half of March.

Migration festival

Celebrates multicultural Luxembourg, with a spotlight on integration and NGOs.

Springbreak Luxembourg

Commercial fair, featuring everything from food and drink to stuff for the house, at Luxexpo.

Postlaf

The 10km run around the capital’s southern area is usually the first big fun run of the year.

Relais pour la vie

About 10,000 runners participate in the 24-hour relay race, a fundraiser for the Fondation Cancer. Check at work or with an association if you want to join a team.

Rose of Tralee Ball

A charity fundraiser dinner-dance held in alternating years at which a jury selects a young woman to represent Luxembourg at the Rose of Tralee festival in Ireland.

VeloOccasiounsMaart

Buy or sell during the annual “secondhand bike market” at the Belle Étoile shopping centre.

Pretzel Sunday

Traditionally on “Bretzelsonnden”, a man expresses his romantic interest by offering a sweet pretzel. If interested, she’ll give him eggs on Easter Sunday; if she’s not, she gives him a basket. Held the fourth Sunday in Lent (which can be in March or April).

Luxcon Photo: Mike Zenari

Luxcon Photo: Mike Zenari

April

Émaischen

Buy “Péckvillercher” (clay bird-shaped whistles) at the Easter Monday markets in Luxembourg City and Nospelt.

Easter egg hunt

The British Ladies Club hosts an annual children’s activities event.

DKV-Urban Trail

Several walks and runs (from 900m to 34km) through the heart of the capital.

LuxCon

Beam yourself up to (and may the force be with you during) the Science Fiction & Fantasy Society’s annual convention.

Vide-greniers

The City of Luxembourg hosts a flea market on place Guillaume II or avenue de la Gare the first Sunday of the month between April and October. Many other communes and associations organise jumble sales; searching “Events” on Facebook is a good way to find them.

Oktav

Pilgrimage (with a religiously themed market on the Knuedler) held over a fortnight in April and May.

Out of the Crowd

Independent music festival held at the Kulturfabrik in Esch-sur-Alzette.

Duck Race

“Sponsor” a little yellow rubber duckie which will race down the Pétrusse river. It’s a fundraiser with tons of prizes (sometimes even a new car). Nice family day out.

ING Night Marathon 2018 Photo: Nader Ghavami

ING Night Marathon 2018 Photo: Nader Ghavami

May

Konscht am Gronn

A monthly art fair in the Grund neighbourhood at which local artists set up stalls to sell their works. Between May and October, on the first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.

Plan “bridge” weekends

There are three public holidays in May (and another one in early June), so get your long holiday weekends sorted in advance.

BLC Car Boot Sale

The British Ladies Club’s annual charity jumble sales is a chance to score a bargain and catch up with friends. Proceeds go to charity.

Darkness Into Light

A 5km walk starts just before dawn on a Saturday in May to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention and mental health associations in Ireland and Luxembourg.

Rock Against Cancer

Big charity concerts held at the Rockhal in Esch-Belval.

Our Lady Fatima

Pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, in Wiltz, popular with Luxembourg’s Portuguese community, Ascension Thursday.

My Urban Piano

Public pianos are set up around the capital that are free for anyone to play, late May to mid-June.

ING Night Marathon

This is Luxembourg’s big race on the international circuit, held in late May or early June. The capital takes on a street festival atmosphere, as well-wishers cheer runners on and soak up live music. If you want to run, sign up when registration opens in September; it usually sells out fast.

June

Tour de Luxembourg

Annual professional road cycling stage race, which attracts top-notch local and international teams. Held in late May or early June.

Hopping procession

The “Sprangprëssessioun” pilgrimage in Echternach, recognised by Unesco as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage, is held on Whit Tuesday (in May or June).

Wine Taste Enjoy

Moselle winemakers open their cellars during this festival held on the weekend of Pentecost (Whit Sunday).

 Fête de la musique Photo, Lichterspiel Photography

 Fête de la musique Photo, Lichterspiel Photography

Fête de la musique

The streets of Luxembourg City and towns across the grand duchy are alive with music.

Church fair

The Anglican Church of Luxembourg holds its annual family sport and fun day in the Central Park Kirchberg.

The Big Picnic

A mass picnic in Kinnekswiss Park, mid-June.

National Day Eve & National Day

Expats usually come out in force for the lively Duke’s Night celebrations in the capital (22 June); a parade and formal ceremony are held on National Day itself (23 June). The holiday marks the grand duke’s official birthday.

International Yoga Day Luxembourg

Outdoor yoga event, mid-month.

Siren’s Call

Music and arts festival organised by den Atelier and Neimënster at Neumünster Abbey and other venues in the Grund. Usually attracts big name headliners and up-and-coming artists.

Summer sales

Shops tout discounts and promotions from the last weekend of June to the last weekend of

July

Luxembourg Pride (formerly Gaymat)

The country’s main LGBTIQ pride parade and festival is held in Esch-sur-Alzette, second Saturday of July. Some events are also in Luxembourg City.

Festival de Wiltz

The open-air music and performing arts festival in Wiltz attracts top-rate international acts during the month of July.

Bock op

Outdoor music festival held at Neumünster Abbey during the months of July and August.

Kinnekswiss loves

Outdoor concerts held in the capital’s Municipal Park in early July.

J.P. Morgan City Jogging

6km or 10km run or Nordic walking course through the capital, early July.

Agriculture fair

Meet Luxembourg farmers and learn about local produce in Ettelbruck, early July.

End-of-season party

The Philharmonie closes its season by “converting” from concert hall to nightclub, early to mid-July.

Rock um Knuedler

Rock out at this open-air music festival held on place Guillaume II (better known as the Knuedler).

Blues’n’Jazz Rallye

The outdoor music festival is one of the capital’s best-attended cultural events, mid- to late July.

Visit palace

Take a guided tour of the grand-ducal palace, mid-July through August. Book in advance with the Luxembourg City Tourist Office (and not at the palace).

Comic book fair

The town of Contern gets animated during its annual comic book festival.

Nuit des Merveilles

Circus performers, mimes, musicians, puppeteers and street artists entertain at this “marvellous” event in Bettembourg.

City Open Air Cinema

Catch classic and contemporary movies under the stars for free, rain or shine, in the capital starting in late July and running through early August.

Medieval festival

Head back to the Middle Ages, in Vianden, from late July to early August.

 

Schueberfouer
 Photo: Martine Huberty

Schueberfouer  Photo: Martine Huberty

August

Congés annulés

The Rotondes hosts indie concerts, film screenings and special events throughout the month.

Streeta(rt)nimation

Acrobats, clowns, dancers, jugglers, musicians and stilt walkers take over Luxembourg city centre, early August.

E-Lake Festival

Free three-day outdoor music festival in Echternach, second weekend of August.

Picadilly festival

Three-day wine and crémant fair features food trucks, live music and family entertainment, mid-August.

MeYouZik

Open-air world music festival held in Luxembourg city centre, mid-month.

Bacchusfescht

The Bacchus festival features Moselle region food and drink, held in Remich on Assumption (15 August).

Touch rugby tournament

Kick Cancer Into Touch hosts this annual fundraiser, mid-month. All levels of sporting skills can enter, or turn up to enjoy the atmosphere and meet some of Luxembourg’s outstanding international residents.

D’Stad lieft

“My city’s alive” at these neighbourhood mini-fun fairs in the capital, set up during the covid crisis, from mid-June to mid-September.

Schueberfouer

The annual Luxembourg City funfair, on the Glacis, mid-August to mid-September. You haven’t lived in Luxembourg till you’ve been.