Loudoun has so many great events, almost every weekend year-round. The biggest problem we have, it seems to me, is that we have such great events happening the same day sometimes. But who doesn't love choices. I wanted to give you some highlights of some signature events coming up over the next few weeks that really showcase why Loudoun is such a rich destination.
Agricultural and Equine Events Just this weekend coming up (May 21-22) is the Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour. Its growing season! Discover the bounty of Loudoun's agricultural treasures on this self-guided tour. Buy spring seedlings and plants, greet baby animals, tour wineries, learn how food gets from the farm to the table, and much more. Go to LoudounFarms.org for details.
Next weekend, Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29th, head out to horse country for the 52nd Annual Hunt Country Stable Tour. The Upperville and Middleburg area is home to many of the country's premier Thoroughbred breeding farms, show hunter barns, fox hunting barns, and country estates. On this remarkable weekend in May, owners open the doors of their exquisite grounds, magnificent stables, and extensive training facilities to visitors. The tour offers visitors an opportunity to drive down winding country lanes amidst spectacular scenery in the heart of the nation's horse capital. Don't miss the country fair at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville. For more information go to huntcountrystabletour.com.
May 28-29 is the Strawberry Jubilee at Great Country Farms. This is the largest u-pick strawberry festival in Northern Virginia and includes live music, farm contests, u-pick strawberries, and great food. Games include our Duckie Derby, Pie Eating Contests, and a Tart Toss. Don't miss the annual Diaper Derby where babies from 4-9 months crawl to the finish line to win great prizes! We'll have hayrides to our u-pick strawberry fields and the Cow Train will be running. Rope swings, pedal tractors, a 60' slide and our mazes will keep you busy for hours! The fishing pond will be stocked for you to enjoy catch & release fishing. And what better way to honor the amazing strawberry than by feasting on Grandma Z's strawberry shortcake, chocolate dipped strawberries and strawberry rhubarb pie! Go to GreatCountryFarms.com.
June 6-12 brings the158th Annual (wow!) Upperville Colt & Horse Show. Steeped in tradition, it involves over two thousand horse and rider combinations from young children on ponies to leading Olympic and World Cup riders and horses. The show features pony rides, exhibits, children's games, a variety of food, a Basset Hound demonstration, terrier races, and the Pedigree Country Fair. The week culminates with the $100,000 Budweiser-Upperville Jumper Classic, which draws top riders from across the nation. It is the oldest horse show in the United States. Details are at upperville.com.
Wine Festivals and Events This weekend (May 21-22), Chrysalis Vineyards holds their 9th Annual Hottest Cool Jazz Festival. Great music, scenic views, awesome wine, fine art, a chunk of lawn with your name on it... How can you go wrong? Go to ChrysalisWine.com.
Civil War Events This Saturday, May 21, is Civil War Day in Waterford. This day-long event features reenactors, lectures, a guided walking tour, book signings, and new historic marker dedications. The village has a rich Civil War history that will fascinate and illuminate the war in Northern Loudoun. Read all about the event here: waterfordfoundation.org.
Next Monday, May 23rd, is a lecture and house tour of John Janney;'s Leesburg home. The lecture on Janney, who served as president of the Virginia Secession Convention, will include information on the situation in Loudoun during the spring of 1861 before Fort Sumter. The lecture will be presented by John Janney’s biographer, Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Learn more at VisitLoudoun.org.
Arts, Antique Festivals and Shopping Events On Saturday, May 21, head to the little village of Aldie for Treasures on the Turnpike. This village-wide flea market and yard sale event features rummage sales and a Flea Market with exhibitors featuring antiques, crafts, jewelry, railroadiana, sterling, and collectibles. Don't miss a tour of the Historic Aldie Mill. Details are at villageofaldie.com.
If its arts that stir you, come out to the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour on June 11-12. This self-guided tour features opportunities to visit the working studios of 50 amazing artists and enjoy jewelry, fiber arts, pottery, glass, paintings and more! Drive through the scenic countryside and historic villages of western Loudoun, talk personally with the artists, purchase artwork, view demonstrations, take part in hands-on activities (kids too!) or win a door prize! More info is at wlast.org.
How can you leave out shopping?? This weekend (May 21-22) is the Lucketts Spring Antiques Market at the Old Lucketts Store. In addition to that cool shopping destination, there will be over 170 fantastic dealers from all over the country. Many vendors have been featured in your favorite books and magazines including Country Homes, Country Living, and Romantic Homes. Go to Luckettstore.com.
For complete Loudoun event information, go to VisitLoudoun.org.