Spring has sprung, the flowers are out, farm fields have turned luminous green and Loudoun’s towns, parks, public gardens and horse racing tracks are set for a busy season.
So, what’s on the calendar in Loudoun that can keep you and your family entertained in the pre-summer sun? Here we highlight some of the big upcoming spring events.
April 23rd: Middleburg Spring Races, Glenwood Park, Middleburg
Glenwood Park hosts what some consider to be the social event of the calendar, as synonymous with the season as dogwoods and daffodils. Join race aficionados and designer clad fans from Loudoun, DC, Baltimore and beyond as they picnic around the famous Alfred Hunt Steeplechase track, tailgate and cheer on some of the fastest hurdle horses in the world. The race to watch out for is the $75,000 Temple Gwathmey graded stakes, originally run in Rolling Rock, PA and Belmont, NY, that lures some of the best hurdle horses in the country.
April 23rd: Earth Day Extravaganza, Franklin Park, Purcellville
Purcellville’s popular public park hosts this now annual event aimed at raising conservation awareness. Themed stations are set up around the park’s field and pond with stations given over to environmental groups to tell visitors about various eco projects. Guests also get to enjoy music, a mini farmer's market, food stands and information on how to live a more sustainable life.
April 24th: Create & Sip, Casanel Vineyards and Winery
What’s spring without wine, flowers and art? The popular Loudoun winery hosts this creative “Create and Sip” experience in which guests sit in the beautiful spring sunshine and get instructions on painting wildflowers and leaves on a wine glass. You then take the glass home with you - after you’ve christened it with a pour of the award-winning 2017 Petit Verdot, that is.
April 23-24th: Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, Ida Lee Park, Leesburg
The 32nd annual Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival features floral designers, landscapers, garden suppliers and vendors, the latter selling everything from bluebells and cherry blossoms to potted palms and geraniums. While you grab your wagon and stroll through the displays there’s live music, food stands and fun entertainment for kids.
April 24th-25th: Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, Leesburg
As an adjunct to Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, the celebrated Garden Club of Virginia’s annual “Open House” – the largest Open House event in the country – comes to Leesburg April 24 and 25 with several homes on gorgeous Cornwall Street in the downtown opening their gardens to guests. Visitors are invited to dine on King Street afterwards.
It’s a big weekend in Leesburg. Right next door to the garden festival at Ida Lee, Morven Park Equestrian Center will host the 55th Loudoun Hunt Point to Point. The event features eight flat and hurdle races including the wildly popular Mrs. George C. Everhart Memorial Side Saddle exhibition race. Riders from across the country come to take part, and fans in glamorous spring country attire set up tables and garden tents to enjoy picnics and local craft beverages while cheering on the horses.
April 24th: Middleburg Cherry Blossom 5k Run and 1 Mile Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer, Middleburg
Put your pink clothes and running shoes on and enter this charity fun run that takes place in and around town finishing at the Middleburg Community Center. The Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation raises money for women in Loudoun and neighboring Fauquier County to receive mammograms, biopsies, surgeries and other cancer treatments. There will be food, drinks and live music at the community center for good times after the exertions.