Each spring, historic Leesburg, Virginia kicks off the season with the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, and in 2018, the events will take place on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, which also happens to be Earth Day.
The Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival showcases the city's many lush landscapes and gorgeous gardens during a two-day family-friendly event that features food, music, children's entertainment, crafts, and a landscape design contest. More than 100 vendors will also display landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers, herbs, and special gardening demonstrations.
Held rain or shine, the festival will be held on King, Market, and Cornwall Streets in downtown Leesburg, Virginia from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Located just about an hour outside Washington, D.C., this annual spring event makes for a great day or weekend trip during your April vacation to the nation's capital.
Entertainment Highlights and General Information
Among the many features of the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, the music on the Main Stage and the hourly entertainment at the Children's Stage are local favorites.
The Main Stage is located at the Loudoun County Courthouse and will feature local and regional bands performing a range of music from relaxing reggae tunes to classic rock favorites. FeelFree, Take Four Quintet, Sub Radio, Tejas Singh, and Ken Wenzel are among the performers for 2018. Additionally, the Main Stage will also host the Tree City Awards and the People's Choice Awards presentations over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Children’s Stage will feature hourly entertainment to keep youngsters enthralled at the west end of Cornwall Street. Performances in 2018 include the Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, Celtic Rhythm, Bach 2 Rock, the Magic of Benjamin Corey, and "Reptiles Alive!" There will also be a variety of kids' activities available on-site including the popular "animal painting" contest.
During the event, free parking will be available at the Town of Leesburg parking garage on Loudoun Street (between Wirt and King Streets) and the Loudoun County parking garage at the intersection of Loudoun and Harrison Streets. Additional parking will be available at Ida Lee Park, and a free shuttle will be available to transport visitors from there (and elsewhere in the city) to the festival grounds.
Visiting Historic Leesburg, Virginia
Leesburg is within an hour Washington, D.C. and offers a wide variety of local attractions, making it an excellent day trip or weekend getaway from the nation's capital. If you're planning on visiting during the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, the city will be overrun with the celebrations, but other times of the year there are many great attractions to experience without the crowds.
With a population of over 42,000—many of whom commute to D.C. for work—Leesburg is home to several historic sites including a number of fully restored, early 19th century homes and 21 registered sites on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Marshall House, Exeter Plantation, and Morven Park, the estate of Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis are all located within the Leesburg area.
Accommodations in Leesburg include Best Western, Comfort Suites, Clarion Inn, Hampton Inn, the Leesburg Colonial Inn, and the Lansdowne Resort and Spa, and there are plenty of great restaurants to enjoy during your stay.