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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