You could call this festival the smaller brother of the famous ‘Gentse Feesten‘. That one attracts loads of tourists and guarantees 10 days of madness all over the center of Ghent, the ‘Patersholfeesten’ are much smaller, intimate and with a more local public. Although when the weather gods are generous, it can get pretty crowded here as well.
During the second weekend of August (9 – 11 august 2013) the alleys of the oldest, and my favorite, neighbourhood of Ghent are filled with people of all ages. There’s a full program with street artists, exhibitions, activities for children, and lots of other performances. The epicentre of the festivities is definitely ‘het Kaatsspelplein’.
At the same time as the Patershol festivities, also the Oudburg festivities have a full program with activities. Oudburg is adjacent to the Patershol. Here you will find quite a young public as there are lots of DJ-sets organised. Last year I was here, I must say there was a great vibe!
On Sunday (from 08:00 – 16:00) there’s a flea market all over the place. It’s definitely worth a visit, just already for the atmosphere!
The festivities end with the ‘Kaarskensprocessie’ (with starting and arrival point ‘het Kaatsspelplein’ and the symbolic extinction off the Patershol festivities (picture).