The long holiday weekend that marks the unofficial start of summer is finally upon us. That means sunshine, swimming pools, live music and the familiar sound of bat on ball. Everyone has their own Memorial Day traditions, but this year we invite you to kick off the summer season in Loudoun with these five family-friendly activities. Don’t forget to share your experience with us by using #LoveLoudoun.
Remember the Hollywood classic A League of Their Own? Well, two veterans of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League on which the movie is based, will be at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville this weekend for the Baseball Diamond Classic- the longest running women’s baseball tournament in the world. Fans can get autographs from female legends Toni Palermo and Sue Parsons Zipay (Parsons appeared in the 1992 movie) while cheering on the latest generation of women stars from teams from across the U.S. including D.C. Thunder and the Baltimore Pirates.
Speaking of sports, the 5,000 capacity Segra Field stadium in Leesburg is now home to three pro sports teams: Major League Rugby’s Old Glory D.C., soccer stars Loudoun United, (feeder team to Major League’s D.C. United), and female soccer team Washington Spirit in which ice hockey legend Alex Ovechkin is an investor. Visit the Segra Field site to see the home game schedules.
Run a Half Marathon
Running may not be everyone’s idea of Memorial Day fun but is there a better way to get in shape for your upcoming beach holiday? The prestigious Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon takes place near Lucketts on Saturday, May 29, part of the nationwide Destination Races series of events. The races (half-marathon, 10k and 5k) start and finish at Tarara Winery and follow bucolic backcountry roads through farm fields and vineyards. Runners, friends and family then get to enjoy tastings from 15 Loudoun wineries, food trucks and live music at the post-race Wine and Music Festival back at Tarara. The Jay Summerour Band, an all-star blues quartet, is booked to perform.
Wet and Wonderful
Public pools open this weekend including favorites like Franklin Park in Purcellville, the Lovettsville pool and the outdoor recreational pool at Ida Lee in Leesburg. The ever-popular Volcano Island Waterpark, part of Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, also opens. The tropical island-themed park features waterslides, splash pools, dumping buckets, play structures and multiple areas to relax. Opening day is May 29 at 11 a.m.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Wine, beer, hot dogs, barbecue… Loudoun’s wineries, breweries and restaurants will be ready to welcome you Memorial Day weekend. See Visit Loudoun’s events page for the latest, but some highlights include the grand opening of Firefly Cellars winery in Hamilton, which will have live music and BBQ food trucks; a Reptiles and Beer day at House 6 Brewing in Ashburn where Bobby G Pets brings in an array of critters – lizards, snakes, spiders, tortoises – for kids to look at while mom and dad enjoy craft beer; and a range of weekend events at Lost Barrel Brewing in Middleburg including a treasure hunt for kids, a “Cars and Coffee” gathering, exercise classes, painting and art instruction and live music from bluegrass performer Robert Mabe.
While on the subject of music, Memorial Day weekend is just the start of a glittering line up of performers and concerts this summer. June 5 sees the first Concert in the Pines series at Walsh Family Wine: intimate live music in a pine grove on the property. Over in Round Hill, B Chord Brewing has live bands every summer weekend as well as the second Julesapalooza on July 12, a day long festival featuring the likes of The Bumper Jacksons, Darby Brothers, Chris Timbers and others. On June 13, 868 Estate Vineyards hosts musical acts to benefit Cancer Can Rock. Enjoy 868’s superb vintages to summer sounds from Jason Masi, Juliana MacDowell and others. For more summertime sounds, the Tarara Summer Concert Series returns July 3. Held every Saturday evening through September, guests get to enjoy a variety of musical genres while sipping Virginia vino.