Looking for something to do on these warm summer nights? Loudoun has numerous restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries offering meals and in some places, live entertainment. The area has experienced some growth in nightlife recently, offering more options for a cool respite during these dog days of summer. Any of the following venues offer an opportunity to bring more culture into your life, spend a night getting lost in a show, or escape for an evening alone with that special someone – all in air conditioned comfort, of course!
Opened in May, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is known for great movies and food as well as their fun attitude toward the movie going experience. Their regularly hosted Signature Series offers themed events including Heckle Vision (texts from the audience about the movie appear on screen), Food & Film Events (like their Casablanca Moroccan Feast), and Girlie Night (“slumber party movies” like Pretty in Pink). In terms of food, Alamo has a reputation for supporting local breweries and preparing quality food fresh onsite. Founded by two avid movie fans, the theater also has a strict no talking or texting policy – unless of course you’re participating in one of the theater’s Quote Along or Sing Along nights.
Built in 1932 as a motion picture and performing arts venue, Tally Ho in historic downtown Leesburg is a Loudoun institution. The art-deco theater and concert hall recently came under new management and has experienced revitalization in both its space and productions. The venue has been upgraded by the addition of La Lou Bistro, a Mediterranean-style bistro offering seating indoors and out - a great stop for a meal or drinks before and after the show. The 9,000 square foot building includes a 2,000 square foot dance floor, seating areas on two levels, bars, a VIP area, and more. In terms of productions, Tally Ho opens primarily for live performances of national and regional acts in comedy, theater, rock and roll, and more.
When the original barn slated to host the Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center caught fire and burned to the ground, thousands of volunteers worked to rebuild the barn. Today this 263 seat, timber-framed arts center boasts stadium style seating, digital sound and lighting, and an art gallery lobby. While Franklin Park may not be new to Loudoun, it offers regular, affordable performances of local, regional, national, and international artists in all disciplines including comedy, visual arts, live music, and more. Plus their scenic, rural setting at Franklin Park in Purcellville makes for a nice drive around sunset - even better when paired with dinner at local destination restaurant, Magnolias at the Mill.