By Visit Loudoun
Great Falls resident Chris Dunlavey, owner of Major League Rugby team Old Glory DC, grew up playing rugby. When he founded Old Glory in 2018, the plan was to play the team’s home games in the nation’s capital. COVID put all kinds of limitations on that. Then he got a call from MLS soccer team DC United who told him about a modern, 5,000-capacity pro sports stadium in Leesburg where their feeder team, Loudoun United, play.
“We came to see it and fell in love,” said Dunlavey. “It’s the perfect capacity for a new team, it has all the right dimensions for rugby, the players love it and the fans are close to the field with great sight lines.” Lo and behold when the 2021 MLR home season began in March (a 30-23 victory over Rugby Atlanta), Loudoun County had its own pro rugby team.
“Loudoun is such a wonderful community,” said Dunlavey. “Our D.C. fans love coming out here and we’re picking up new fans from out west all the time.”
The regular MLR season runs through July 17 with at least three home games to come. Go Glory!
If rugby is not your game, Loudoun United soccer stars will play through mid-July at Segra Field while the DC area’s female soccer stars, Washington Spirit, have two games at Segra Field in July.
Of course, it’s not only pro sports that will keep you entertained in Loudoun this summer.
Beer fans will love Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery’s Land Beer Fest on June 12, a celebration of the farm to fermentation methods of the innovative brewery, while on June 13, 868 Estate Vineyards hosts musical acts such as Jason Masi and Juliana MacDowell to benefit Cancer Can Rock. For more summer sounds, the Tarara Summer Concert Series starts in July.
On Saturday, June 19, participate in the inaugural Juneteenth Celebration at Ida Lee Park, a day-long event commemorating the end of slavery and featuring music from the legendary Chuck Brown Band. Staying in Leesburg, the Artmobile, a mobile interactive gallery aboard a nearly 100-foot-long bus, brings landscape paintings from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) to Virginia Village over July 4 weekend. July 10, meanwhile, sees the start of the fourth season of Polo in the Park at Morven Park International Equestrian Center—horsey fun for all the family on summer Saturdays.
We have whiskey lovers covered, too. The annual Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow takes place at Oatlands Historic House & Gardens on Aug. 14. Sample artisan craft spirits and signature cocktails from up to 10 Virginia distilleries including our very own Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Venture to Middleburg Aug. 19-22 for “The Family Reunion” at Salamander Resort & Spa: a multiday celebration of diversity in the hospitality industry, featuring chefs such as Kwame Onwuachi and Nina Compton.