Dog lovers, egg hunters, equestrian fanatics, and crafting addicts — you’re going to 😍 love 😍 the events we’ve got in store for you this weekend! Celebrate what you love most with a visit to #LoveLoudoun 💜

📸: Waterford Craft School

 

breaux blossoms sunset

📸: Breaux Vineyards

 

So Many Reasons to Party! 

Great Country Farms is going to the dogs! Bring your furry friend for a day that is all about them: the Dog Days Bloom Festival. Fetch Frisbees alongside competition-level canines, meet vendors with specialty pet products, receive training tips and compete in the Doggy Olympics for prizes! A beer and wine garden will be open serving Dirt Farm Brewing beer and Bluemont Vineyard wine. After a day of tail-wagging fun on the farm, bring your dog up the mountain to Bluemont Vineyard for a Dog Days Yappy Hour! All guests who visit the Tasting Room with their fur friends will receive 10% off their purchase, plus a special dog treat for your four-legged friend.

Come out to Breaux Vineyards on this fine spring weekend for the vineyard’s annual Cherry Blossom Celebration! The Breaux blossoms in full bloom create one of the year’s most picturesque scenes at the vineyard. Enjoy live music, browse craft vendors and, of course, wine tastings!

Reaching your 1000th brew is a huge deal for any brewery. Beltway Brewing Company has reached this achievement after just 8 years! To mark this momentous occasion, Beltway has created “Batting 1000,” a brew that can make you stand up and cheer or work out the seventh inning stretch. And, trust us, they really knocked it out of the park with this Irish-style red ale! Join the brewery in celebrating the release of this milestone brew at an awesome event featuring food truck fare and live music. Plus, mark your calendars now for their DC101 THIRSTDAY on April 25th, from 3 - 7 PM!

 

On the Hunt

This weekend is your chance to be part of a Virginia steeplechase-racing tradition! Held each year at the historic Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, the thrilling Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races feature riders from across the globe competing upon some of the most challenging timber and hurdle courses. This rain or shine contest event features something for everyone, including vendors, and is always family-friendly. Off to the races we go!

Who says that kids get to have all the fun? Hop down to Great Country Farms for an Easter egg hunt just for adults! Dirt Farm Brewing, Bluemont Vineyard & Great Country Farms have hidden thousands of treat-filled Easter eggs with some amazing prizes — including special discounts and offers at each business, like tasting experiences and swag, plus raffle ticket-filled eggs for grand prizes, including a stay at Bluemont Vineyard's Stone Cottage, and of course, plenty of candy! This is one eggs-travaganza you won’t want to miss!

 

Explore your Artistic Side

April is a special time of year in Waterford, with the greening of the fields and the blooming of spring flowers! This weekend also kicks off the first session of Waterford Craft School, which welcomes everyone 18 years and older interested in learning a new skill. Enjoy instruction by local experts in their craft and a small class size for a relaxed learning environment and individual attention. Reserve your space now for a Session One class, such as, “Repair and Restoration of Old Windows,” “Art of 12th Century Suminagashi and 15th Century Turkish Marbling,” “Splint Seat Weaving” and “Making a Floorcloth — From Start to Finish!”

Join the National Sporting Library & Museum for a reception celebrating the opening of “Deconstructed: The NSLM Sporting Screen!” This new exhibition centers on a unique, recently-conserved decorative four-panel screen comprised of paintings and prints showing 18th century racing portraits on one side and manège training on the other. The exhibit will cast light on a captivating era in British sport, art, and literature. Enjoy a lecture by conservator Deborah Parr, describing how she restored NSLM’s sporting screen. And, don’t miss NSLM’s other brand new exhibit, “NSLMology: Science of Sporting Art,” which invites explorers of all ages to experience scientific principles within three centuries of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and hands-on activities. Get up close and personal with the physics of locomotion and identify meteorological patterns, ecology, the science of colors, and even chemistry!


Other Ways to #LoveLoudoun This Weekend:

A Journey Through the Season Dinner - April 12 at Lansdowne Resort & Spa
Heifer Weizen Beer Release - April 13 at Dirt Farm Brewing
Vice Effect Release - April 12 at Old Ox Brewery
Beer and Art: Building New York City - April 13 at Old Ox Brewery
Live Music: Hard Swimmin Fish - April 12 at B Chord Brewing Company
Live Music: Travers Chandler and Avery County - April 13 at B Chord Brewing Company
Live Music feat. Short Hill Mountain Boys - April 12 at Dirt Farm Brewing
Mimosa Mornings - April 14 at Breaux Vineyards
Coffee With the Curator - April 13 at the National Sporting Library & Museum
Live Music: Quebe Sisters - April 13 at the Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center
Over The Wall (New Comedy Premiere) - April 14 at the Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center
Last Ham Standing Comedy Improv - April 12 at the Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center

Plus, get your tickets now for the "Stories of an Abandoned Virginia" event on April 26th at Bear Chase Brewing