Booyah! Brussels Gears Up Again for Belgian Days

Brussels is celebrating its Belgian heritage during its 62nd annual Belgian Days festival this weekend, July 7-9, at the Brussels Town Park.

Penny Wautier – secretary of the Brussels Lions Club, which hosts Belgian Days – said the price of admission is only $2 for the weekend. 

“It’s a pretty family-oriented event,” she said. “We want to keep it more affordable for families to come.” 

The festivities will begin with food and live music from Boogie and the Yo Yo’s on Friday, July 7, 5:30-10 pm.  

Saturday’s events will start with the Brussels-Union EMR run at 8 am, fresh Belgian waffles and the Brussels Big Dogs Youth Baseball Tournament. The day continues with traditional Belgian food, including trippe, booyah, potato jut, hamburgers and pies. Then stick around for a cooyah tournament – a traditional Belgian card game – at 12 pm, as well as inflatables for the kids and cornhole. Finish off Saturday by enjoying live music by Shotgun Jane, 6:30-10 pm. 

Sunday, the final day of the festivities, includes a parade at 10:30 am, more traditional Belgian food, more baseball games and live music, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm, from Modern Day Drifters. 

Wautier said she’s looking forward to seeing lots of people at the festival, which is the Brussels Lions Club’s only fundraiser. 

“Either local people that you haven’t seen in maybe five to 10 years who come to Belgian Days and reconnecting with them, or seeing the families come,” Wautier said. “It’s about the people, our community here in Southern Door County.”