• Folklore and Tradition

One of the newer dates on the Belgian festival calendar (just 40 years old!), La Roche-en-Ardenne Carnival is nevertheless already one of the most popular.

The ancient southern fortress town hosts a weekend-long festival every March, starting on the Friday night with an enormous bonfire and pork feast in the courtyard of its Medieval castle. On the Saturday, a Carnival Prince is named and crowned under the battlements before the traditional evening ball gets underway. The following day sees the main parade, with floats, dancing and live music, before the festivities close with another big feast . This time it’s under a marquee - for those survivors still upright after three days of revelry.  



  • Fancy dress ball


  • Crowning of the Carnival prince in the evening
  • Fancy dress ball


  • Large, international procession
  • Traditional dances and music
  • Large dancing ball
COVID-19 : Recreational/tourist travel to and from Belgium is prohibited from Wednesday 27 January to Monday 1 April 2021. In accordance with the latest Covid-19 restrictions, most museums, tourist attractions and information centres are now closed in Wallonia, and events cancelled. We do our best to keep our information up to date but it's always best to check with the site you wish to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply a look at their website - to see their latest opening hours and entry conditions. Some will prefer you to book your ticket in advance. Infos
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Event planned for the month of March 2022 (1)

(1) Dates and programme may be subject to change.

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