As we await the turning of the leaves, check out all the ways you can turn your weekend into a adventure! From Oktoberfest to oysters, improv to in-the-vines tastings, LoCo’s bringing the fun in every way possible. So, how will you #LoveLoudoun this weekend?
All of the Festivals
We’re suddenly feeling very Bavarian! Das common this time of year, because it’s Oktoberfest season. Break out the brats & biers at the Black Olive Blocktoberfest — and save some for us, bitte! With nine Loudoun breweries, music from Jumpin' Jupiter, a biergarten, traditional foods, and Block Party fun, your stein will runneth over with joy at this German gathering. We’ll be the ones with pretzels and pints and rocking the lederhosen look, danke very much.
Attention, all who believe everything tastes better with Old Bay: break out your mallets, because it’s time to get crackin’ at the Annual Crab Feast! Dive into a glass of your fave Creek’s Edge wine and all-you-can eat crab, corn, sausage and potatoes. (We plan on eating ‘til we can’t stand and just crab-crawling back home.) So, go ahead and treat yourself to a ticket — because why the shell not?
Another can’t-miss seafood fest (say that five times fast) is the Oyster Festival going down at Dirt Farm this weekend! There, enjoy high-quality, hand-selected, clean, plump, delicious oysters fresh from the Northern Neck of Virginia… mother of pearl, our mouths are already watering! Whether you take your mollusks on the ½ shell or charbroiled, come toss ‘em back this Saturday or Sunday. Personally, we’re about to say “shuck it” and just come both days!
Of course, we’ve got to have a vino event! We know you love farm-to-table, but (plot twist) what if the table was inside the farm? Yep, take “fresh off the vine” to the next level at this weekend’s Tastings in the Vines. Stop by 50 West Vineyards and Sunset Hills Vineyard for a vinetastically immersive tasting experience at the peak of harvest season. Sip and savor the fruits of winemaking labor — plus actual fruits surrounding you, minus the whole “labor” part.
P.S., This is your official heads up from DC’s Wine Country that Virginia Wine Month is just around the corner! 😉🍷
Now, onto the other type of vintage: history. Step back in time during the "Eyewitness to War" Tour of Historic Mt. Zion Church. Listen to some chilling Civil War tales as the weather cools, and allow the past to sink in as you wander throughout this antique church and its adjacent cemetery — home to hundreds of marked and unmarked graves. Don’t worry, there won’t be any ghosts, but you will be treated to a living history presentation with a Union army doctor describing how the church was used as a military rendezvous site, prison, barracks, battleground and field hospital during the war. Signatures of Civil War soldiers can even be seen at this site, part of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail. Eerie! We’re in.
For our final and funniest weekend event, we suggest you make suggestions from the audience at Improv Night! All fans of laughing (that’s everyone, right?) get to go into the weekend giggling with a choice of not one but two improv shows. Bring the whole family along to Last Ham Standing Comedy Improv for a night of knee-slapping. Witness wacky scenes and wild improv games as the performers spread smiles from the stage. You can also crack up at the StageCoach Bandits Improv Comedy Show as the troupe performs short-form totally interactive improv, just like “Whose Line is it Anyway?” They say laughter is the best medicine, so get in some comedic self-care this weekend and remember what it’s like to actually LOL.
OTHER EVENTS INCLUDE:
BENEFIT Music Festival - Sept. 22 at Village at Leesburg
Bark, Wag & Wine 2018 - Sept. 22 at Hiddencroft Vineyards
90's Night with Doc Marten & The Flannels - Sept. 21 at Tally Ho Theater
Chris Collins And Boulder Canyon: John Denver Tribute - Sept. 22 at Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center
Cooking Class: Shell Shock - Sept. 22 at Salamander Resort & Spa
Far Away Live at North Gate Vineyard - Sept. 22 at North Gate Vineyard
Live Music with Kacey Patterson - Sept. 22 at Bogati Winery
Live Music: The Davisson Brothers - Sept. 22 at Tarara Winery
Sun Dogs: A Tribute to Rush - Sept. 22 at Tally Ho Theater
The Case of the Mysterious Cravat Murder Mystery - Sept. 22 at StageCoach Theatre Company
In Concert: The Calidore Quartet - Sept. 23 at Waterford Old School