Bloemencorso’s flower-bedecked floats will travel down the streets of Leersum, Netherlands, on Aug. 19.

Bloemencorso’s flower-bedecked floats will travel down the streets of Leersum, Netherlands, on Aug. 19. (iStock)

It’s mid-August, and the glory and fullness of summer is reflected in the crops, fruits and flowers that now grace our tables. For a full-on experience of nature’s most heavenly scents and riotous colors, make your way to one of these upcoming events celebrating the beauty of all things that blossom and bloom.

Brussels, Belgium: Brussels City Hall stuns with its beauty any time of year, but never more so than when it’s adorned with 100,000 flowers. In the biennial event known as Flowertime, more than 20 teams of floral artists from around the world give the gothic masterpiece its botanical facelift. Fifteen historical rooms, from the entry hall to the reception halls, are given a temporary new look with dozens of artfully placed and unique floral arrangements. This year’s edition will pay tribute to Belgian surrealism and the great masters of the movement.

Flowertime can be experienced 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 11 and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 12-15. Adult admission costs 12 euros when tickets are bought on site or 10 euros when purchased online in advance. Children under the age of 10 enter for free. Online:

Sélestat, France: Sélestat, a welcoming Alsatian town midway between Strasbourg and Mulhouse, serves as the backdrop to a Corso Fleuri, a procession made up of 12 dahlia-bedecked floats, accompanied by musicians, dancers and jugglers. In addition to the parade, visitors can enjoy a craft market, wine fair and a zone offering activities for children. “Colorful youth” serves as the theme of this year’s festivities.

The parade set for Aug. 12 makes two rounds: the first at 6 p.m. and once again at 10 p.m. Fireworks will mark the end of the evening. On Sunday, Aug. 13, the floats can be admired up close, and folk entertainment will be offered at the Place de la Victoire. Access to the parade is free. Tribune seating is available at a cost of 12 euros or 20 euros to see both parades. Entry on Sunday is free. Online:

Debrecen, Hungary: An ancient spa town in eastern Hungary is the site of one of the country’s biggest annual public events. From Aug. 14-20, the Debrecen Flower Carnival offers visitors the chance to be swept away by the performances of hundreds of dancers, carnival performers from around the world and fantastical floats.

In addition to nightly performances, guests can also enjoy a photo exhibition, a crafts fair and a children’s festival focusing on various professions. A beer garden set up by a lake serves locally brewed craft beers. The carnival parade itself takes place on Aug. 20. The procession made up of 12 painstakingly decorated carts accompanied by dancers and a brass band sets off at 9 a.m. The floats will remain on exhibition throughout the remainder of the day. Online:

Leersum, Netherlands: This small community just outside Utrecht stages its Bloemencorso, or flower parade, on Aug. 19. An assortment of dahlia-adorned floats will roll through the city streets from 2 p.m. The floats will remain on display throughout the following day. Live music, a market and carnival rides round out the offerings. Entry to the parade costs 7 euros adults and 2 euros for those ages 4-11. Online:

Laredo, Spain: This town on Spain’s spectacular northern coast stages its annual La Battala de Flores on Aug. 25. Throughout the day, the town hums with a festival vibe as nimble-fingered local residents work feverishly to get their floats decorated on time. A street market and performances on stage offer additional diversion prior to the day’s highlight, the parade which sets off at 5:30 p.m. Festivities are traditionally brought to a close with a display of fireworks. Online:

Zundert, Netherlands: Zudert’s flower parade, the Corso Zundert, is billed as the world’s biggest event of its kind. Twenty teams known as heralds, all powered by volunteer efforts, have worked for months to conceptualize, build and decorate these floats, all of which are manually propelled. Their efforts pay off in the form of fantastical creations reaching dimensions of up 30 feet in height and 60 feet long. Following the parade set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3, a professional jury will determine whose float has won the day. Adult tickets to the parade are available online and cost 12 euros and up, depending on standing or seating position. The floats can also be admired in a parked position; tickets to the exhibition grounds go for 5 euros. Online:

Tiel, Netherlands: What sets this parade apart from others of its ilk is the materials used in decorating the floats — fresh fruit and veggies including apples, pears, nuts, seeds, peppers and grapes, along with more exotic specimens. About 20 floats divided into two categories, youth and large creations, make up the parade’s lineup. The event, unique in the world, was ascribed to the UNESCO list of protected traditions in 2013. Parades slated for Sept. 16 make two rounds: the first at 1:30 p.m., followed by an evening edition at 8:30 p.m. Entry to the parade costs 8.50 euros adults, while children under the age of 12 enter free. Onilne:

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