These are the weekend tips from the editors for Vlaanderen Feest (Gezin)

Loosening the Hips on Afro-Latino

Ready for a weekend of swinging to the tropical beats of Afro-Latino in Genk† Headliners include Juanes, Rolf Sanchez and Willy William. This last French top DJ with roots in Mauritius has already worked with Beyoncé, Steve Aoki and Sean Paul. This year he is exclusive and for the first time in Belgium on Afro-Latino. By the way, the festival is moving from Bree to Thor Park in Genk, but it promises to remain fun for a while with tasty food trucks and cocktail bars, street actsworkshops and more.

On 8 and 9/7 in the Thor Park, André Dumontlaan 67 in Genk. Info & tickets: www.afro-latino.be

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Afro-Latino gets a new location with Thor Park. © RR

Laughter Festival

The 35th Laughter Festival is in full swing in Houthalen-Helchteren† For five days, the municipality will be dominated by humor, with the Street Theater Festival as the highlight on Sunday 10 July. Throughout the day, street theater acts can be seen in various places in the center, from circus to improvisation and spectacle, such as Circus Marcel, Cie La Tal, Barbara Probst and others. Per-Q & White Wings provide a spectacular closing act.

On 10/7 at various locations in Houthalen. Info: www.lachfestival.be

© Laughter Festival

Sint-Truiden Festival

Flanders Party on July 11 in Sint Truiden† The city and the associations of Aalst are joining forces to make it a fun evening with live performances by Mama’s Jasje, Jean et Les Flamands and Ahjaa! There are also tasty food and drink stalls and children’s entertainment.

On 11/7 at 6 pm on the Kerkplein in Aalst, Sint-Truiden. Info: www.sint-truiden.be

© City of Sint-Truiden

Z(w)ing in Hasselt

On the Flemish Holiday you can come and celebrate at the Kolonel Dusartplein in Hasselt† Young and old are welcome to sing along with the likes of Lisa Del Bo, Luc Steeno and De Romeo’s during this family event. For the little ones there are bouncy castles and entertainment.

On 11/7 from 3 pm on the Kolonel Dusartplein in Hasselt. www.feestcomite.eu

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© The Romeos

Spotting vintage cars at Herk-de-Stad Classic

About 250 old-timers will take part in the Herk-de-Stad Classic. The route is 73 kilometers long and is dominated by the Demer Valley, which includes the Schulensmeer and other beautiful places in Schaffen, Zelem and surroundings. You can still register for the ride on the day itself. Enthusiasts can view the old-timers on the Herk-de-Stad Market from 3 pm.

On 10/7 from 10 am on the Market of Herk-de-Stad. Info: www.stephanstevens.be

© Stephan Stevens

For the beer lovers

Beer lover? Then the Chantée Beer Festival is the event you should visit. You can enter the festival for two days Bilzen sample different beers from over twenty independent breweries. From local beers to beers from further afield. In the meantime, live bands will provide music and extra fun.

On 9/7 from 2 to 11 p.m., on 10/7 from 12 to 10 p.m. on the Market Square in Bilzen. Info: www.visitbilzen.be

© RR

© RR

Between the walls of Alden Biesen

Between the walls of Grand Commandery Alden Biesen in Bilzen the special festival Intra Muros takes place. Young talented international musicians are given carte blanche to bring music from the Middle Ages to the 18th century to the general public. During the festival you can attend rehearsals, follow breakfast conversations and experience concerts in a unique historical setting.

From 8 to 10/7 in Alden Biesen, Kasteelstraat 6 in Bilzen. Info & tickets: www.intramurosfestival.be

© Intra Muros

Rage Against the Machine tribute on Torenlawijt

After two years, the free Torenlawijt festival can start Diepenbeek to return to normal. On July 8, there will be some heavy rocking with Bulls on Parade, the Rage Against The Machine-tribute band and other music groups. Willy Sommers will be a guest on 9 July to start the polonaise. And will play several other bands such as Miracle, the Queen tribute band and Nachos for Machos.

On 8/7 from 7 pm, on 9/7 from 6.30 pm, Market Square in Diepenbeek. Info: www.diepenbeek.be

© Municipality of Diepenbeek

Peer Party for three days

For three days you can enter pear available for a variety of activities. On Saturday 9 July there will be a Kids Day with Bob the Builder where he will visit himself. In addition, there are many fun activities for children. On Sundays there is the HIP market, a ‘handmade in Peer’ craft market with numerous craft workshops. On Monday you can visit the large night market.

On 9/7 from 1 to 6 p.m., on 10/7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on 11/7 from 5 to 10 p.m. on the Markt in Peer. Info: www.zomerinpeer.be

© City of Peer

On a dino adventure

Join Karel on a dino adventure this summer. Karel loves dinosaurs and likes going to the dinosaur museum with mom and dad. He likes to show you his favorite dinosaurs. Throughout the summer, Clavis Publishers is organizing three different quests in collaboration with the city Hasselt† Go out with an assignment form and research what you have to do.

Until 4/9 in the center of Hasselt. Info at Visit Hasselt, Maastrichterstraat 59 in Hasselt. Info: www.clavisbooks.com

© Clavis Books

Extensive agenda

MISCELLANEOUS

Saturday July 9th

Visiting farmer Kim

Come and collect your own potatoes and meet Farmer Kim and Emi from the VTM program ‘Farmer seeks woman’.

Tomboshoeve, Oude Katsei 67B in Gingelom.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See you Saturday 9 July

Touring between Peerse Torens

On the occasion of the Marian Feesten, there are various tours with a tourist train along important chapels and tourist sites in the Peer church villages. The routes are guided by an experienced city guide.

Center of Peer.

Basic rate: 5 euros

Saturday July 9th

Art and ceramics market

De Wijkwerking Boskant organizes an art and ceramics market with work by various local artists.

MKOK, Burkelstraat 131 in Leopoldsburg

Basic rate: free

Saturday July 9th

The longest bar

The longest bar is a meeting place where young and old come together to break the record of 762 meters.

Parking Sportlaan, Sportlaan 1 in Beringen.

Saturday 9 July from 12 noon

Basic rate: free

CONCERT

Music of harmony

The Bridge of Vroenhoven presents: Koninklijke Harmonie Ons Verlangen Enjoy, a mix of orchestra, drum band and bagpipe corps with 90 musicians.

The Bridge of Vroenhoven, Maastrichtersteenweg 212 in Riemst

From 20:30 to 22:00

Basic rate: 15 euros

Saturday July 9th

Maarten Cox

Rigoletto vzw welcomes you to their cozy attic for a pleasant performance by Maarten Cox and his regular pianist.

Kcp d’oude Pastorie, Pastoriestraat 5 in Ham.

From 20.30 to 22.30

Basic rate: 16 euros

Saturday July 9th

Zutendaal sounds and sings

On the occasion of a festival in Flanders, the municipality and Cultuursmakers organize Zutendaal Zingt en Sounds. Sing along with Flemish classics brought by cover band Tom de Bie & De Imkers

Kiosk town hall, Oosterzonneplein 1 in Zutendaal.

From 6.30 pm to 11 pm

Basic rate: free

Sunday 10 July

Muscadet

A small but nice live concert, with an aperitif in hand. As a born entertainer, Joris Vos brings a wide repertoire of live music.

The City Museum, Guido Gezellestraat 2 in Hasselt.

From 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

TO WALK

Night of the nightjar

At dusk and at night you can still hear the mysterious, purring song of the nightjar in some heath areas. Come and hear it for yourself on this walk.

Visitor center De Watersnip, Grauwe Steenstraat 7 in Beringen.

From 21.30 to 23.30

Sunday 10 July

Walk in the Wik

Nature walk in the Wik led by a nature guide. Good walking shoes are recommended and binoculars are an added value.

Hiking area Bokrijk-Kiewit, Craenvenne in Genk

From 9 to 12 o’clock

Basic rate: 2 euros

Sunday 10 July

Walk in the Herk valley and Broekbeemd

Walk with a guide through the beautiful nature reserves De Grote Beemd, also known as the Herkvallei and Broekbeemd.

Bodemstraat 12 in Wellen

At 14 o’clock

Basic rate: 2 euros

Sunday 10 July

Butterfly walk

During this nice nature walk you will look for beautiful butterflies. It is an educationally interesting walk from Natuurpunt for both young and old.

Smeetshof, Smeetshofweg 1 in Bocholt.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m