After a COVID cancellation last year, a 30-year spring tradition is returning. Leesburg’s Flower and Garden Festival will be held April 17 -18 at Ida Lee Park.

Amid still evolving crowd size limits, the town has moved the event from the downtown historic district to a more controlled setting with room for approximately 70 vendors to safely spread out. The festival will be set up in the parking lots near the outdoor pool and soccer fields.

Although the event is still free to attend, crowd sizes will be controlled through a requirement for visitors to obtain tickets in advance. 

Tickets will be available online starting Thursday, April 1 for Leesburg residents and open to the general public on Saturday, April 3. Everyone will need a ticket to enter, regardless of age. 

There will be three ticketed sessions each day: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will follow all Virginia Department of Health guidelines in order to provide a safe environment for festival attendees, vendors, and staff.  To help with social distancing and mask wearing mandates, several regular festival features will not be offered this year. There will be no children’s area, food vendors, or beer garden. Attendees are also being asked to keep their pets at home as they will not be allowed inside the festival area.

Parking will be available in the Ida Lee parking field, accessed from North King St. /Rt. 15. Accessible parking will be available at the recreation center in a dedicated lot.

To obtain tickets or for more information go to flowerandgarden.org.