2022 Free Entrance Days at the 

National Park Service (NPS)

Every year, the National Park Service sets aside some days throughout the year in which they do not charge admission to any of their sites. We are fortunate to live next to so many National Parks – many of which don’t charge admission ever (think Lincoln Memorial.) But, for day trips to parks like Great Falls, Harper’s Ferry, and Shenandoah it might be helpful to know about these dates.

2022 Free NPS Admission Days:


Also, families of fourth graders can visit most parks free all school-year with the Every Kid in a Park Pass. And, active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes.

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Spring 2022 Consignment Sales in Loudoun County, Virginia

Consignment sales are where some of the best deals can be found for children’s clothes, baby gear, toys, and more. You can fill an entire closet for a fraction of the price of purchasing new.

I realize that most my readers will be satisfied with sales in Loudoun County, but I’ve also posted a few that in neighboring counties that might be worth the drive for you. Before you jump in the car, please check out the sales’ websites for detail. Some have admission to the sale, others restrict children, and many have a half price selling period – all good to know.

Consignment sales are also a great way to make some extra money selling your gently used stuff. For example: that baby swing in the basement that none of your kids would sit in for more than a few minutes could bring you in big bucks. This list is also good to get you started if you’re thinking about becoming a consignor. Remember, busier longer sales might give your items more shoppers, but smaller sales give you less competition.

Leesburg Holiday Parade, Saturday, December 11, 2021

Leesburg’s annual holiday parade will start at 6:00 pm on Saturday night. It will move from Ida Lee Drive, along King Street through the heart of downtown and finish at Fairfax Street. 

Traffic on King Street will be closed at 5:30pm. For more details about the Holidays in Leesburg activities, please call 703-777-1368 or visit www.leesburgva.gov/holidaysinleesburg.


Leesburg Holiday Tree Ceremony, Friday, December 3, 2021

The Town of Leesburg holiday tree lighting ceremony will be held on First Friday again this year at the Town Hall (25 W Market St.) and all are invited to attend.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a holiday message from Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk, followed by the lighting of the tree and Town Green. The band Lost Locals will perform popular holiday songs. Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Reindeer will also visit the event.

During the event, W. Market Street will be closed from Wirt to King streets. Traffic exiting the Town Hall parking garage will be allowed to go east on W. Market Street or exit on Loudoun Street.

This event is free and open to the public. It will also be broadcasted live on the Town’s Facebook page. For more information and updates, visit www.leesburgva.gov/holidaysinleesburg.


Douglas Hawkins


Richard Soto

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Academies of Loudoun 2021 Holiday Plant Sale

The annual holiday plant sale to support Loudoun students in plant science and biotechnology will be held at a new location this fall. Previously held at Monroe Technology Center, the sale is now at the new Academies of Loudoun school.

As in past sales, shoppers can expect to find part of the school transformed into a make-shift garden center, packed with poinsettias, cyclamen, Christmas cactus, arrangements, and so much more.


*Accepts credit cards, cash, and checks

Academies of Loudoun

42075 Loudoun Academy Dr., Leesburg, VA 20175

December 1

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 2

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 3

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Leesburg's 31st Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Dec 4-5, 2021

December 4, 2021, 9am – 4pm

December 5, 2021, 10am – 4pm

Ida Lee Park Recreation Center., Leesburg, Virginia

Admission & parking, FREE!

Face masks required.

Leesburg 31st Annual Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show, December 4-5, 2021

The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present the 31st Annual Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts show at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on December 4 and 5, 2021. Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Fine arts and crafts exhibitors will be selling their handcrafted items in the basketball courts, hallway, group fitness room and lower level. Local and regional artisans will be selling hand-made items including candles, glass items, carved wood, jewelry, seasonal décor, table linens, and more.

Admission to the show and parking is free. Face masks are required for entrance. For more information, call Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368 or visit www.leesburgva.gov/holidaysinleesburg.


Leesburg Halloween Parade 2021

Leesburg Kiwanis to Host 65th Annual Halloween Parade on October 31, 2021

The 65th annual Leesburg Halloween Parade, hosted and organized by the Leesburg Kiwanis Club, will be held on October 31, 2021, through downtown Leesburg. 

One of the oldest Halloween parades in the eastern United States, first held in 1957, the parade will begin at 6:00 p.m., starting in the front field at Ida Lee Park and proceeding down King Street to Fairfax Street.

King Street will be closed to traffic from Battlefield Parkway to Catoctin Circle, beginning at 5:30 p.m. No cross traffic will be allowed across King Street during the parade. The street will be reopened once clean-up operations by the Town’s Public Works Department are completed. Motorists should plan on alternate travel routes during this time and follow the designated detours.

Those attending the event are encouraged to bring food donations for Loudoun Hunger Relief, who will collect items towards the end of the parade. Please visit www.loudounhunger.org for a list of most needed items.

For more information about the parade, including participation guidelines and registration forms, please visit www.leesburgkiwanis.org.


Requested donation canned goods for Loudoun Hunger Relief



Downtown Parking info at https://www.leesburgva.gov/visitors/getting-here/downtown-parking



33rd Annual Leesburg Car Show October 2, 2021

The Academies of Loudoun will present the 33rd annual Leesburg Car Show on Saturday, October 2 in downtown Leesburg from 12 to 4 p.m.

Historically, the Leesburg Car Show has placed an emphasis on displaying “classic” cars (25+ years). While all high-quality vehicles are welcome to participate (regardless of age), only classic class cars will be eligible for the specialty awards. 

Downtown streets will close at 10 a.m. for car show staging at the following locations:

  • King Street from North to Loudoun streets
  • Market Street from Church to Wirt streets
  • Cornwall Street from King to Wirt streets

The awards ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of King and Market streets. Downtown streets will reopen to the public by 5 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and refunds provided within 30 business days. All proceeds will benefit the students and staff at the Academies of Loudoun. For more information, including how to register your vehicle for the show, visit www.lcps.org/carshow or call 571-252-2080.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

12pm – 4pm

Downtown Leesburg, Virginia

Downtown Leesburg during annual car show
2018 Leesburg Car Show in Downtown Leesburg, VA. Crowded streets during annual car show to support students at Academies of Loudoun.


Airshow Returns to Leesburg Airport on September 25, 2021

The Leesburg Executive Airport will be hosting a thrilling air show this fall. There will be a variety of experimental and antique aircraft. Other tarmac attractions include aviation-related displays, exhibits, an inflatable for the kids, and a variety of food and beverage vendors.

Beginning at 1 p.m., the skies above Leesburg will come alive with daring aerobatic performances. Featured performers include the Commemorative Air Force, Paul Dougherty, The Flying Circus, Kevin Russo and the Jersey Jerks, Mark Meredith, and Scott Francis. This year’s announcer will be Howdy McCann with David Schultz Airshows.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

11:00am – 4:00pm

Admission is free.



Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mills Rd.

Segra Field, 42095 Loudoun United Drive.

Shuttles will run continuously from 10:45am until 4:30pm. Masks are required to ride the shuttles.

Airport parking reserved for those with DMV issued disabled permit. Accessible shuttles and parking are available at the two other parking locations.


For more info: https://leesburgairshow.com

Little Flower Consignments 2021 Fall Sale: Early Shopping Pass Giveaway

With two sales each year, once in the spring and again in the fall, Little Flower Consignments is one of the largest children’s consignment sales in Loudoun County. At the sale you will find gently used baby and children’s clothing, baby gear and furniture, accessories, toys, maternity, and more. Everything is priced far below retail.

We are giving away two free early admission passes to the Little Flower Consignments Spring Sale. Contest runs September 18th through September 21st. Passes are good for EARLY ADMISSION to the sale.  Visit our Facebook page to enter. Winner will be selected at random and notified on September 22.

There are a few changed to the sale this year. Masks will be required. There will be no children allowed at the sale to comply with capacity limits. No shopping bags will be offered, so bring your own. Make sure to visit the sales page for all the details. 


Saturday, October 2, 2021


St. Theresa’s School
21370 St Theresa Ln, Ashburn

Public Sale Saturday: 9am – 12pm

Half-Price Saturday: 12:30 – 2pm

$5 Stuff-a-Bag: 4 – 5pm

Early admission pass holders: 7:30 am

No strollers permitted inside sale area. No children, other than infants in soft carriers, will be admitted this year.


Eligibility: Little Flowers Consignment Early Shopping Pass Giveaway is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. The contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Sponsor: The contest is sponsored by Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals and Little Flower Consignments, both located in Loudoun County, Virginia. The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning prize is contingent upon being compliant with these official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

Contest Period: The contest begins on September 18, 2012 and ends on September 21, 2012 at 11:59PM. Entries that are submitted before or after the contest period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the contest only online through Facebook.

How to Enter: Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LoudounMomDiscountsDeals) and follow the directions provided. Limit one (1) entry person, per Facebook account, and per household for the duration of the contest period. Entries received from any person, account, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of the sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

Prize Drawing: On or about September 22, 2021, Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals will select potential winners in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals will attempt to notify the potential winners via Facebook messenger on or about September 22, 2021. If the potential winners cannot be contacted within two (2) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.

Winner Notification: The potential winners will be notified by Facebook messenger. Each winner will be required to respond within two (2) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her early shopping pass.

Prize: Two prizes given away. Each is an early admission pass to the Little Flowers Consignment Sale on October 2, 2012; one (1) pass for winner. Early admission begins at 7:30 am the first day of the sale.

General Conditions: If the contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason including, but not limited to, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, Internet failures and disruptions, and ISP problems, or any other causes, which, in the sponsor’s sole judgment, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest, the sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion and determination of fairness, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest and to select winners from eligible entries received prior to such action, in accordance with these official rules. Sponsors may disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, operation of the contest, or violates these official rules.