Ominous skies and persistent rain couldn’t keep Loudoun from celebrating a spring weekend.
Thousands from in and around Loudoun partook in one of many outdoor festivities offered throughout the county April 22. Across Loudoun, citizens could enjoy bird watching, beer tasting, plant shopping and dozens of other activities that carried on despite the weather.
Flower and Garden Festival Remains a Loudoun Staple
Rain couldn’t keep thousands from coming to the annual Leesburg Flower and Garden festival. While organizers think they may fall short of last year’s two-day total of 35,000 attendees, thousands on April 22 brought umbrellas and rain jackets to historic downtown Leesburg to explore the vendor options of dozens of craftsmen and gardeners in one of the mainstays of the town’s event calendar. Many more came out under clearer skies April 23.
“I’m thrilled with the turn out considering the weather,” said Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department Event Planner Barb Smith. “I think the people who come out in this kind of weather are here to buy, which is very nice. There’s a lot to be happy about.”
One Loudoun Kicks-Off Inaugural Live Well Loudoun Festival
While the Flower and Garden Festival is continuing it’s decades-long run, One Loudoun is hoping to make its own mark on the spring events calendar. Bringing together more than 150 vendors, food trucks and musical acts, the festival promotes well-rounded living in the heart of the healthiest county in Virginia. Hundreds had come to uptown One Loudoun by early afternoon of the all-day event, taking part in yoga classes, healthy cooking demonstrations and an 8K run.
On Earth Day, Heron Fest Celebrates Loudoun’s Ecological Beauty
Even in fast-growing Eastern Loudoun, some of nature’s majesty is not hard to find. Hosted by the new Kincora development, the sixth-annual Heronfest once again allowed guests to experience the natural habitat of the Great Blue Heron in one of the largest rookery’s in Virginia. Like other events around Loudoun, patrons could also enjoy drinks and live music.
“It’s a chance for the public to witness all that, and to enjoy even a wet day,” said Kincora developer Michael Scott.