Break out your beads and grab your krewe, ‘cause we’re bringing some “NOLA” to LoCo! Whether you’re in the mood to party for Mardi or channel your chocolate craving for a cause, now’s the perfect time to indulge with a weekend in Loudoun.

 

Mardi Mardi Mardi 

Who's ready to laissez les bons temps rouler?! 💜💚💛 Kick-off Mardi Gras a few days early with your Cajun cousins at Breaux Vineyards. The winery will throw its annual “Samedi Gras” Celebration in the NOLA-style tasting room. Enjoy fun live music, dancing, festive beads, masks, Cajun cuisine, king cake, a costume contest and your favorite Breaux wines!

For bon temps with beer — run, don’t walk, to Leesburg for the Mardi Crawl! 🏃‍♀️🎭🍺 Put on your best mask and beads and enjoy your favorite breweries. Each participating location will be passing out Mardi Gras beads and lots of fun! Hop from brewery to brewery and enjoy the Mardi fun downtown!

 

📸: Bluemont Vineyard

Ale Together, Now! 

If you prefer “down on the farm” to “downtown,” grab your ticket to the Foodies on the Farm beer & wine pairing! 👨‍🌾😋✨ This one-of-a-kind collaborative culinary experience will offer six courses of interactive chef stations and small bites, meticulously paired to be enjoyed with either Bluemont Vineyard wine or Dirt Farm Brewing beer. It is up to you to decide the pairing... Will you choose beer or wine?! 

If you’ve ever tasted an Old Ox beer, you know the brew team there are true artists. So, it’s only fitting that you brush up on your art history while sipping at this g{ale}ery! Grab a seat at the Beer and Art event to explore the fascinating world of Greek and Roman mythology and their profound influence on art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Titian, Michelangelo and Bernini.🖼️🍻😄

 

Wine-Wine Situation

Want to flex your own artistic skills now? 👩‍🎨 Spend the afternoon at 868 Estate Vineyards painting spring flowers on wine glasses! Each painter will receive step-by-step instructions to create two permanent, washable and beautifully decorated wine glasses, bursting with spring flowers. For a little… “inspiration,” enjoy your choice of a glass of wine from 868 while painting! 

Does it get better than disco and vino?! 🕺🍷🤩 Boogie down at Winery 32 this Saturday night to everything from 80s bops to current club mixes. Munch on bites from the FLAVOUR food truck, paired (of course) with a fab selection of wines and sangria. Don’t forget to enter the raffle for a chance at winning free Winery 32 tastings and a winery tour with Reston Limo!

 

📸: Lynn Thiesmann for YMCA Loudoun County

Plus… CHOCOLATE

Hope you saved room for dessert! 🍫 Spend a decadent evening at Lansdowne Resort & Spa for the 32nd Annual YMCA Chocolates Galore & More event. Enjoy tastings of hors d'oeuvre and dessert specialties from the area's most talented chefs and bakers. Then, dance the night away while enjoying free-flowing champagne, music, dancing and an auction. This event is awesome if you’re sweetheart with a sweet tooth, as proceeds from the evening directly fund the YMCA's efforts to serve the needs of local families. Your visit could make all the difference! 💜

OTHER WAYS TO #LOVELOUDOUN THIS WEEKEND: 

Jazz Infuzion: A Nod to The Crooners - March 2 at the Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center
"Listen to the Sounding Sea" - March 2 and March 3 by the Master Singers of Virginia
National Cherry Blossom FestivALE Release! - March 1 at Old Ox Brewery
First Friday Dance Night! - March 1 at MacDowell's Brew Kitchen
Fantastic Friday - March 1 at Winery 32
Sat Nite Funk: Mystery Machine Band - March 2 at MacDowell's Brew Kitchen
Sunday Sketch - March 3 at the National Sporting Library & Museum