Loudoun Spring Bucket List 2021

9 Things to Do This Spring

1. Go on an egg hunt.

Most egg hunts this year have either been cancelled or have restrictions on their attendance. This means that if you haven’t already reserved a spot at one of the few in the area, you won’t be joining an organized egg hunt. However, back yard egg hunts are still fun. Consider hiring a neighborhood tween/teen come hide eggs for you to make it even more fun.

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2. Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival.

2021 is Leesburg’s 31st year putting on this wonderful festival. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you’ll enjoy all the beautiful displays. There’s something here for everyone in the family. This year’s festival, held Saturday and Sunday, April 17 & 18, 2021, will look different than years past. Tickets are required for this event. More info on this year’s festival.

Or, enjoy a nice drive west of Loudoun for the Blandy Farm Garden Fair in Berryville, Virginia, May 8 & 9, 2021 on Mother’s Day weekend. Usually held at Blandy Farm, this year’s Garden Fair will be held at the Clarke County Fair Grounds, in order to allow for more social distancing. Tickets are required for this event.

Both events are rain or shine.

3. Fly a kite.

There’s lots of great places to fly a kite in Loudoun County. My favorite is the fields behind Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg. You may want to take a field trip into DC to celebrate kites. The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival is held on March 27-28, 2021. This year the kite festival will happen anywhere where kites can be flown. Register and join virtual workshops to get you in the spirit.

4.Slash in puddles.

This one is for the kids. But, hey!, if you want to do it too . . .

5. Explore a formal garden.

Here in Loudoun County, we have lots of formal gardens to explore and photograph. Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens, Oatlands Plantation, and Morven Park are all great choices in Leesburg. Consider making a donation to these groups in you enjoy their gardens.

Venturing West, and I feel worth the drive, are the Glen Burnie Gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. You will want to make sure you have your camera for this one.

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To the East of us, and also worth the drive, is Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna.

And, I always recommend that any trip into the district of Columbia should include time spent in any of the Smithsonian’s Gardens. My favorite in the spring is the Enid A. Haupt Garden located directly above the National Museum of African Art and Sackler Gallery. Of course, there’s always the National Arboretum, which has its own flowering cherry blossoms without the crowds. 

6. Get Biking.

If you’ve never been biking on the W&OD trail, this spring might be the best time to try it out. The final section of trail between Leesburg and Purcellville is arguably the most beautiful, but is also the steepest and will give you quite a workout if you’re a novice.

7.Go for a Hike.

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Exploring nature can be fun with kids, especially if you make a scavenger hunt out of it. 

8. Blow bubbles.

Here’s another one for the kids, but again, I’m not judging anyone. 🙂

9. Throw a frisbee.

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Since 2010, Franklin Park in Purcellville has been entertaining “disc” throwers with it’s 18-hole disc golf course. Much of the course will be challenging for first timers, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have fun by giving yourself a major handicap.

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Leesburg's 29th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 2021

March 27, 2021

12 pm – 3 pm

Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, Virginia

Admission $5 (must pre-register)

 

29th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ida Lee Park, Leesburg

Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department will host its 29th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 27 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ida Lee Park.

This year, the Easter Bunny will be hiding over 12,000 eggs, for children ages one through six, to find in a modified format.

Each child will search for empty Easter eggs and receive a treat bag at the conclusion of their hunt. One parent will be allowed to assist children ages 2 and under. All other age groups will search for eggs on their own. Masks are recommended for participants 2 to 4 years of age and will be required for those 5 years and older at all times. The Easter Bunny will also be available for socially distanced pictures.

In order to provide adequate social distancing, pre-registration will be required. A fee of $5.00 will be charged for participating children and parents. Non-participating family members are free but must be registered to enter the event. Registration ends at 10 p.m on Friday, March 26, 2021.

The event will be held rain or shine and parking will be available in the front fields located off North King Street (Business Route 15). For more information, or to register, call Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368 or visit www.idalee.org.

 

March 6, 2021

9 am – 4 pm

Freedom Park, 101 Colonel Grenata Cir., Leesburg, Virginia

Admission & parking, FREE!

Town of Leesburg Hosts 24th Annual Spring Bling, Hometown Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Saturday, March 6, 2021

Leesburg’s Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show will be held March 6, 2021 from 9am to 4pm.

The event is outdoors at Freedom Park (101 Colonel Grenata Circle.) – NOTE: New location for 2021!

Handcrafted items will be on display from local and regional artisans. Shop for one-of-a-kind items from unique art and home décor, bath and body items, jewelry, wood crafts, florals, gourmet foods, and other miscellaneous products.

Shoppers must wear a face covering to enter the market. Social distancing and hand washing protocols will be enforced for everyone’s safety.

The crafts show offers a great opportunity to find the perfect gift for upcoming occasions, such as Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations and end-of-school teacher appreciation.  Admission to the crafts show and parking is free.

For more information, please contact the Town of Leesburg’s Park and Recreation Department at 703-777-1368 or visit www.idalee.org