The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled yet another big summer event: The Tarara Summer Concert Series has been called off for the rest of the year.
Northern Virginia Magazine last year named the Best Music Festival, and USA Today named Tarara Winery one of the top 10 wineries with music in the country. In 2018, Visit Loudoun named it the Annual Event of the Year at its annual tourism awards. Most years, the concerts bring thousands of people out to the winery’s lakeside stage for favorites like Gonzo’s Nose, The Legwarmers or Reflex.
“Over the past few months, we’ve kept a watchful eye over the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact,” wrote Bow Tie Strategies President Rusty Foster, who produces the series, in an email announcing the cancellation. “We were definitely optimistic that conditions would improve and that re-opening guidelines would be put in place for us to lead a semi-normal life. Unfortunately, conditions are not in our favor and it would be irresponsible for us to move forward with the 2020 Tarara Summer Concert Series.”
Previously, organizers had hoped to give the series a delayed start in August.
Instead, ticket holders are getting refunds, while season pass holders and people who have reserved a private tent can either get a refund or transfer their purchase to the next season.
In the meantime, the concert series is taking part in the Community Tee Project. For each $19 Tarara Summer Concert Series T-shirt purchase, $10 will go to Loudoun Hunger Relief, which Foster wrote has “moved mountains” to help the hungry during the pandemic. The other $9 goes to the cost of the shirts, which are purchased from local sporting goods store Cheers Sports.