Join us in Loudoun this weekend for autumnal activities all around the county! Be sure to take lots of pictures and tag us with #LoveLoudoun 📸💜

 

Falling for Loudoun

port at 50 west

Trans{port} your senses to a world full of  flavor at 50 West Vineyards’ Fall Port Tasting! Breathe in the crisp autumn air at the Vineyard Overlook Bar while enjoying this unique experience that features a line-up of 50 West’s Mosby’s Heritage Port along with five vintages of Sunset Hill’s Port style wine, “Dusk.” Cigar aficionados, pair your port while puffing on Route 7 Cigars, as per provided pairing suggestions. And as it’s chocolate’s star season, you’ll also get to savor a grown-up treat: a port-infused truffle prepared by The Conche. Of course, fall weather also provides the perfect opportunity to cozy up next to 50 West’s fire pit post-port and squash a couple s’mores! 

Meet us under the big fest tent at Döner Bistro’s 11th Annual Oktoberfest for Leesburg’s biggest commemoration of this international beer celebration! Tap in on Thursday for Spirit Night & Game Time: let “Das Bier Boot” go around, join the Bier Stein Holding Contest or try Limbo dancing, and win prizes all along the way! Get in on Döner’s office lunch special and hang out at After Work Party Time on Friday. Bring your dancing shoes and show your moves at “Lost Lederhosen” Live while an authentic German trio rocks out the newest Oktoberfest hits from Germany. Bring die Kinder on Saturday for Family Day to enjoy food, beer, and free cotton candy for the kids while listening to traditional Bavarian music and today’s Wies’n hits, featuring a live accordion player! Maybe even dabble in karaoke after a stein or two? On Sunday’s “Trachten Day,” get down to Bavarian beats at another “Lost Lederhosen” Live, and show off your Dirndl or Lederhosen for a chance to win a surprise gift. Whether you roll in with your brew besties or Prost with new pals, this Oktoberfest will be one for the books!

Get a healthy dose of fall foliage when you spend a weekend in the country visiting Loudoun County farms! The Loudoun Farm Tours showcase the beautiful Loudoun Valleys, with views of the Blue Ridge and Short Hill mountains all just minutes west of Washington-Dulles International Airport. Come out and enjoy free, self-guided driving tours to participating farms and craft beverage venues! The Fall Farm Tour is your chance to make the most of the colors, people and products of the Loudoun Valleys. 

Get Spooky

hallowine

Spooking Looking for a frightfully good time this weekend? We hope you make it to the Monster Mash! This festive, free, family-friendly event will feature center-wide trick-or-treating, live music, a Halloween parade and a costume contest for children & pets. We’re so curious to see who will create the most convincing costume! With pumpkin decorating, pumpkin carving workshops, and even a carving contest, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get your gourd on. Stick around to make-and-take your own slime and deck out delicious Halloween cookies at the decoration station! To pick up some haunting tricks from a couple of Hallo-winners, head to the live construction of a 6-fooHt 3D sculpted mummy cake by two-time Food Network winner, Jason Reaves, and treat yourself to alloween marshmallow and truffle candy pops by Food Network Halloween Wars Champion, Santosh Tiptur of The Conche. With all of the Village at Leesburg’s happy Halloween celebrations, Saturday’s sure to be a graveyard smash!

Then again, who ever said Halloween is just for kids? Toss on your costume and head to Hallowine for a unique trick-or-treat experience with a fun adult twist! As you go from station to station throughout the winery, indulge in a series of fall-inspired food and wine pairings designed to elevate your palate and stir up your love of spooky spirits. After you complete your trick-or-treat tasting experience, enjoy Bluemont Vineyard’s panoramic views of the fall foliage in the Loudoun Valley. Come, guys and gals, ghosts and ghouls, for a taste of how DC’s Wine Country does Halloween!

 

‘Til You Drop

sky zone

If thrifting is your thing, your time has come. All those hours spent poking and sifting through pre-loved goods were not in vain! Grab your reusable bags and saddle up for the sale of the century: the 80th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale. Put your vintage skills to the test alongside fellow skilled shoppers in this 55,000-square-foot bargain shopping extravaganza. Sort through treasures in every imaginable form: antiques, collectibles, books, furniture, clothing and accessories for the entire family, tools, sports and exercise equipment, small appliances, household items and décor, designer labels, electronics, holiday items, jewelry, and toys. Pro-tip: you should probably practice putting the back seats down in your car 😉🛍️

Boogie the night away at 868 Estate’s Wine and Dance Party! You’ll find that 868 vinos pair well with music of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond. Whether you bring the fam or fly solo to this shindig, let the music make you lose control. Uncork the bottles and bust out your funkiest moves on the dance floor — even if you just make it up as you go! With dazzling lights, flowing wine, and bumping tunes, we’re in for an epic party in the pavilion. Will you be brave enough to jump in the middle of the dancing circle?!

Cozy up to hours and hours of movie magic at The Middleburg Film Festival ✨ Enjoy four days of fantastic films in a spectacular setting just an hour outside D.C. This festival brings a carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films screen in intimate theatre venues, followed by fascinating Q and A’s with world-renowned filmmakers, actors, and other special guests. The films include festival favorites, world premieres, first-class foreign films, and Academy Award contenders! Annual festival highlights also include a Symphony Orchestra Concert honoring a renowned film composer, Master Classes, Panel Discussions, and One-on-One Conversations with filmmakers and industry leaders, wine tastings, farm-to-table dinners, and lots of great parties! Festival attendees can also experience the natural beauty, food, wine, and warm hospitality of Middleburg during morning hikes and horseback rides through the glorious Piedmont countryside… at late afternoon wine-tastings at local vineyards... strolling through the historic town… and engaging in casual conversations with filmmakers while enjoying the best of Virginia cuisine at local restaurants. Grab your tickets today!

Finally, check out the just-opened Sky Zone, whose team has pushed the limits to invent epic new ways to play, gather, and compete. Whether you’re rocking the rim at SkySlam or pushing your climbing skills to new heights on the Warped Wall, you’ll never stand still with the wall-to-wall aerial action. The only way to fully understand it is to experience it -so hype up your crew and get in on the adventure this weekend!

 

 

 

OTHER WAYS TO #LOVELOUDOUN THIS WEEKEND:

Fall Cookie & Wine Pairing - Oct. 21 at Willowcroft Farm Vineyards

Harvest Celebration & Oyster Throw Down - Oct. 20, 21 at Breaux Vineyards

Vineyasa Yoga & Wine - Oct. 21 at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards

Virginia Wine Tasting with Mary Watson-DeLauder - Oct. 19 at Black Olive at The National Conference Center

Paint Night at Creek's Edge Winery - Oct. 19 at Creek’s Edge Winery

Eerie Evenings in the Park - Oct. 19, 20, 21 at the Sterling Community Center