We know, we know… we just got back from a long weekend. But, when there’s always so much fun to be had in Loudoun County, can you blame us for already starting the countdown to Friday?! Siri, wake me up when {the first week of} September ends.

 

Wine Time!

Bluemont Vineyards

First things first: if you make time for anything this weekend, let it be First Responders Weekend - Back the Red, White, and Blue, hosted by Bluemont Vineyard and Great Country Farms. To show appreciation for the incredible people who put their lives on the line to keep us safe, all first responders and their families will receive both free admission to Great Country Farms for the Apple Gala & Fresh Cider Fest and a 10% discount on bottle purchases at Bluemont Vineyard. Bluemont will also be hosting a raffle for a Flags of Valor “Thin Blue Line” Flag or “Thin Red Line” Flag — with proceeds donated to the Loudoun First Responders Foundation. A percentage of bottle sales will also be donated. As if we needed another reason to buy some of the very best vino!

Breaux Battle of the Vintages

Here in DC’s Wine Country, we can all agree that it’s never not wine time. The only thing left to settle then is which year was prime time for the vine. Play sommelier at the Battle of the Vintages: 2014 vs. 2015 to help Breaux Vineyards decide once and for all! That’s right, it’s finally time to break out your best wine descriptors — including, but not limited to the following: “tannic,” “cherry tobacco” and “hints of leather.” With your ticket, score a mini vertical and horizontal tasting: sip on both the 2014 and 2015 vintages of Breaux’s Merlot, Meritage and Nebbiolo. Find out whether your palate prefers “oak nuances” or traces of “sweet toasty oak” — may the best wine win!

 

This one goes out to all the lovers... of the arts

Miguel Aubertin

Here in Loudoun, we regard planning the perfect weekend as an art form. So, give creative control of your calendar over to your inner artiste and make time this weekend to #getcultured. 

Music lovers, allow the smooth sounds of the ever-chill Miguel Aubertin to whisk you away to St. Lucia (by way of Loudoun) during Music Under the Stars. Feel the rhythm and escape into the night as you sway to reggae, swig regional brews and swirl 868 Estate wine by the glass — unless wine slushies are more your style. Hit the food trucks for an authentic taste of the islands with Jamaican curried chicken skewers over mango rice… then hit the fire pit for an authentic taste of Americana with s’mores!

Legwarmers New

From the Lawn at 868 Estate Vineyards to Shadow Lake at Tarara Winery, there are plenty of venues for beautiful music this weekend in Loudoun. Stretch out those neon scrunchies and zip into your acid-washed jeans for The Legwarmers on Saturday night! The ultimate 80s tribute band is bringing you bigger hair than you remember and the biggest tunes no one can forget from everyone’s favorite decade. Feel like the star of a music video as you get your groove on under the twinkling stars. But music isn’t the only artistic medium to explore this weekend…

Sanctuaries

Ever find yourself seeking a spiritual connection with the environment? Do you, like us, crave the serenity of the countryside to brush away the frantic beat of today’s society? Find your peace amongst pieces of art by Jacquelyn Jouvenal. You are cordially invited to attend the reception for her "Sanctuaries" Exhibit Reception at The Byrne Gallery, where you can explore her expressive paintings that pay homage to our local landscape’s wild beauty. With oil and pastel, her en-plein-air masterpieces will paint still life into your day off from busy work. Renewed appreciation for your natural surroundings, guaranteed.

 

Loudoun by Numbers

Annual Polo Classic

It’s time to get back in the saddle once again for the National Sporting Library & Museum’s 8th Annual Polo Classic! Gather your polo gang and gallop over to Great Meadow for a day of fine equine sports. Whether you’re lunching in the Founder’s Pavilion or animatedly cheering players on from the sidelines, you’re in for a good time — reign or shine. Personally, we can’t wait to get our tailgate on… or, is it “ponytail-gating”? 

downtown leesburg

Last, but not least… it’s Leesburg’s First Friday this week! Make your way downtown to experience all the historic town has to offer. Specialty shops, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants will stay open late, many offering free refreshments and/or special sales. And with live music throughout the evening, art exhibits, wine tastings and more, you’ll want to keep the fun going ‘til it ain’t Friday no more. What we’re trying to say is, if this is your first visit to First Friday, it sure won’t be your last!  

 

 

 

OTHER EVENTS INCLUDE:

2018 Pumpkin Release - September 7 at Dirt Farm Brewing

Live Music with The Snarky Sisterz - September 7 at Bogati Winery  

StageCoach Bandits Improv Comedy Show - September 7 at StageCoach Theatre Company

LoCo Nights - September 7 at Phase 2 Brewing

 

The Wine Barre - September 8 at at Tarara Winery

Yoga in the Vines - September 8 at The Wine Reserve at Waterford

Cooking Class: Virginia Apple Harvest Pastry Class - September 8 at Salamander Resort & Spa

Groovalicious Funks Bunkers - September 8 at Bunkers Sport Cafe

Live Music with Todd Brooks - September 8 at Two Twisted Pots Winery

 

Windy City Sunday - September 9 at Old Ox Brewery

Ken Wenzel at North Gate Vineyard - September 9 at North Gate Vineyard