The Aalst Carnival is a culture shock and a wonderful experience all in one. This annual three-day event transforms the city and includes a carnival parade. Eating and drinking are central in our culture and during carnival there is plenty of that around. 

Art and literature

During the period of industrial development, the Realism artistic movement began out of dissatisfaction with the economic situation and the way in which people were turning into capitalists’ tools. Louis Paul Boon expressed in words what Valerius de Saedeleer expressed in his paintings. And before they came on the scene, Adolf Daens was known for his socio-political involvement. Aalst honours the memory of these historic figures. There is a statue of Van Daens near the Administrative pearl of the city and both Boon and De Saedeleer have been immortalised in bronze. The books of the world-famous writer Boon can be relived along the cycling and walking routes. The tourist information office in Aalst can suggest wonderful routes and activities. 

Local products

Enjoy the region’s rural character and pay a visit to authentic breweries such as “De Glazen Toren” and “Brouwerij De Ryck”. You can taste (and buy) regional beers at the nearby regional shop: Ambarosa.