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 activities.
Watch a Game
Start Memorial Day weekend in the stands, rooting for various sports teams. In Purcellville, Fireman’s Field will host the Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference - the longest running women’s baseball tournament in the world – from May 27 to May 29. Cheer on the latest generation of women stars with 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 home to two pro sports teams: Major League Rugby’s Old Glory D.C and soccer stars Loudoun United. Get tickets for the May 28 game when Loudoun United takes on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Loudoun has something for the most casual adventure seekers to the most extreme. Make a splash to start your Memorial Day weekend at one of Loudoun’s waterparks. Sterling’s island-themed park, Volcano Island, is a good place to start with water slides, splash pools and play structures for any kind of fun.
For a more relaxed escape, try OMfloat in Ashburn, which offers float therapy, and yes, it is as fulfilling as it sounds.
Not much of a water explorer? Have your Memorial Day adventure on land by running, walking or biking the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. Explore the 45-mile trail on your own, passing through historic towns like Leesburg and Purcellville, or rent a bike with Pedego, which offers both electric and traditional bikes.
For outdoor recreation with a competitive twist, Hogback Mountain Paintball in Leesburg offers 10 unique paintball courses for you and your friends. Find your way through the secluded evergreens and hide behind military-like props while challenging friends and family.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Wine, beer and barbecue…Loudoun’s wineries, breweries and restaurants will be ready to welcome you this Memorial Day weekend. Dirt Farm Brewery is celebrating with a variety of craft beers on tap and enjoyable meals from the Dirt Farm kitchen.
Speaking of food, Monks BBQ in Purcellville fills Friday nights with meat madness so join on May 26 for a taste of the mouth-watering prime ribs, smoked with pecans and topped with a fresh horseradish cream sauce with your choice of side.
Tarara Summer Concert Series is taking you back in time with the ultimate 80’s playlist on May 27. Engage in the full retro concert experience with 80’s tribute band, The Reflex. Don’t worry, if you can’t attend Memorial Day weekend, the popular series runs through September.
Loudoun has an ample supply of wineries that love to host many talented local and national musicians. In Purcellville, 868 Estate Vineyards partners with Cancer Can Rock to raise money for cancer through the universal language of music. The 3rd annual NoVA MusicFest will be May 28 at 868 Estate Vineyards, so kick back, drink a glass of wine and get lost in the music for a good cause.