By Visit Loudoun

Spring has sprung, summer is around the corner and Memorial Day ushers it all in on May 30. Instead of packing the car for a long weekend away, why not staycation in Loudoun? In fact, there are events galore to keep you entertained locally throughout the month and all summer long.

“Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, so kicking it off with live music, food trucks and dancing just seems right,” said Rusty Foster, promoter of the annual Tarara Summer Concert Series, which kicks off at Tarara Winery on May 28 with ’80s cover band The Reflex. Through Saturdays in September, enjoy Tarara wine and local beer at this handsome Lucketts property offering a stunning setting—a concert in the woods with a stage suspended over a lake.

Other Loudoun wineries build up to Memorial Day with their own events. May 21 is 80s DJ Dance Party at 868 Estate Vineyards, with hits from Madonna to Men at Work. Enjoy a glass of the 2019 Vidal Blanc Passito (a gold winner at the recent Governor’s Cup) in between showing off your moves. Two Twisted Posts Winery hosts Kindness Day on May 21: wear a Mr. Rodgers red sweater and get a complimentary tasting. In western Loudoun, Maggie Malick Wine Caves hosts the wildly popular annual Puppypalooza May 21-22 – amazing leaping, swimming and catching tricks from skilled canine competitors. Cheer them on while sipping Maggie’s own recent gold winner: the 2020 Albariño.

Nothing says summer like being active outdoors. Get your heart rate up and wind in your hair on May 7 at the USE Gravel Grinder National Championship, a 100-mile cycle race on dirt roads through Loudoun, starting and finishing at Bluemont Station Brewery & Winery. Separate to the pros in the main race is a 30-mile “Mini G” ride open to all ages. Hop on your bike – or grab a beer and watch the action.

Staying sporty, Fireman’s Field, Purcellville hosts the 16th Annual Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference Diamond Classic Memorial Day weekend, the nation’s longest running women’s baseball tournament.  Order hot dogs and cheer on regional stars DC Thunder and Baltimore Pirates from the bleachers.

The big weekend also sees the grand public opening of the much-anticipated National Botanic Garden in Chantilly– 250 gorgeous acres of landscaped gardens that merge horticulture, architecture, topography and art. The garden celebrates the occasion with the Art, Flowers, and Flavors Festival: three days of painting exhibitions, outdoor sculptures, music, food, beer and chocolate as well as wine tastings from some leading Virginia wineries.

Of course, if the urge to go away Memorial Day weekend is simply too strong, we have you covered there too. Treat the family to a weekend in one of Loudoun’s gorgeous B&Bs, hotels, luxe resorts or park cabins. For a range of options visit visitloudoun.org/stay.

Book early – everyone wants to spend Memorial Day weekend in Loudoun!