Welcome to the weekend! It's the summer holidays, with many kids activities planned. Go stargazing, pedal into the Vëlosummer, or play in town!

1. Attend opening night of Congés Annulés

What: Indie/electronic concert
Where: 
Rotondes, 3 Place des Rotondes, 2448 Luxemburg - Google Maps
When: Friday, 29 July at 8.30pm - info & tickets

Congés Annulés is the place to be for afterwork DJ sets, a sweaty indie concert, documentary screening or just to grab a drink or bite to eat with some friends. While the rest of Luxembourg shuts down for the summer break, the Rotondes courtyard flourishes into a cosy chillout area, bustling with action. Attend the opening night for only €5 with King Khan & The Shrines, Napoleon Gold and Sparkling. Full programme of the month here.

2. Enjoy kids activities at Mansfeld Park

What: Music, theatre, circus
Where:
Parc Mansfeld, All. Pierre de Mansfeld, 2118 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When:
 Sunday, 31 July as of 11am - see programme here

Mansfeld park in Luxembourg City hosted a week of international concerts spanning different genres, but the final day is dedicated to children and families. Watch a saxophone show by Nino Sopranino, see a short Jungle Book play and get involved in circus workshops! The day's events run between 11am-7pm. Have fun!

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3. Pedal into Vëlosummer 2022

What: Discover Luxembourg by bike
Where:
Numerous routes around Luxembourg
When: As of this weekend - more info here

From Saturday 30 July to Sunday 28 August 2022, the third edition of Vëlosummer takes place, a summer cycling tourism programme across the country. Eleven routes (500km) will be dedicated to cyclists, including 120km of public roads that will be closed to traffic on weekends. A detailed map illustrates the routes as well as restaurants, accommodation and tourist points of interest. Plus, with the “Move we carry” luggage transport service, cyclists can have their luggage transported from one accommodation to another. So, time to (re)discover the most beautiful corners of the Grand Duchy!

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4. Go stargazing

What: Activity for young and old
Where: Donatuskappell - check PDF map
When: Friday, 29 July at nighttime - more info here

Organisers of the Nature Museum have taken a big telescope out to Donatuskapell, between Beidweiler and Eschweiler. On clear nights, the group of participants will gaze at the sky, in search of planets, stars and galaxies. Participation costs €5 and is to be paid on site to the organiser. You can register here and contact them for more details.

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5. Watch Encanto at open air cinema

What: Heartwarming animation film
Where: Grand Ducal Palace, 17 Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes, 1728 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Saturday, 30 July at 9.30pm - more info here

The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift - every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger...a wonderful animation film (won an Oscar in 2022) in the lovely setting of the open air cinema in town.

6. Play around the city

What: Kanner in the City
Where: Various locations, see info link below
When: Friday, 29 July and Saturday, 30 July - more info here

As part of the "Aktioun Bambësch", the Service Foyers Scolaires of the City of Luxembourg organises its traditional games festival "Kanner in the City" every year. This annual event always takes place on the last weekend of the month. On Friday and Saturday, the city centre transforms into a massive playgroud, a delight for both young and old, revolving around a specific theme each year. This year's theme is focused on water, movement and dance.

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7. Take a tour of Kirchberg's fortifications

What: Tour into the tunnels
Where: Musee drai eechelen,5 Park Drai Eechelen, 1499 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Times vary, more info here

An impressive system of fortifications, almost completely disappeared since the Treaty of London in 1867, defended Kirchberg and protected the fortress city of Luxembourg. The first military constructions on the heights of Kirchberg date back to the time of Louis XIV. The engineer Vauban, who directed the work of the siege in 1684, received the mission to develop a project for the reinforcement of the fortress. Dive into the history of this construction at the musee drai eechelen, which offers two-hour guided tours of these fortifications. A nice way to cool off in warm weather!

Free but registration required: servicedespublics@mnha.etat.lu, or call 479330-212, -414.

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