Stroll around historic downtown Leesburg on the First Friday of each month (except January), to enjoy numerous live music performances throughout the town, art exhibits, wine tastings, lectures, signings, and so much more!
Over 45 specialty shops, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants are open until 9pm or later,
many offering free refreshments and/or special sales.
Upcoming First Friday dates for your calendar:
December 4, 2015
February 5, 2016
March 4, 2016
April 1, 2016
- 7:00-10:00 Maddy Curtis! Leesburg Brewing Company is featuring mezzo-soprano, Maddy Curtis, a recent graduate of Catholic University, where she studied Opera. Maddy is quite versatile, singing in all assortments of genres, having been in over thirty musicals since she played Gretel in The Sound of Music at age five and she’s been hooked to the stage and performing ever since. She was even on Season 9 of American Idol and went to Hollywood. Her singing styles range from jazz to musical theater, from folk to classical to everything in between.
Location: 2 W. Loudoun St.
- 7:00-9:00 Crooner Tunes! Blue Mountain Café is hosting vocalist, Frank Lombardi, of Crooners Entertainment, performs songs in the classic stylings of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Nat King Cole and Michael Bublé. Frank croons throughout Northern Virginia at private events, country clubs, and weddings.
Location: 26 S. King St.
- 7:00-9:00 Live Music. Trinity House Café is featuring live music by the Acoustic Alchemy, which is a quartet of violin, drums and guitars, playing an array of jazz, blues and folk tunes with both male and female vocals.
Location: 101 E. Market St. (corner of Market and Church St.)
- 7:00-9:00 Lola Cookies are Back! Very Virginia Shop is featuring Lola Cookies and Treats and their world famous Ginger Chocolate Chip cookie! Plus sample some delicious Virginia-made gourmet foods. Also live music with Vaman Kamath, playing the ancient Tubla, a percussion instrument (similar to bongos) which is often used in the traditional music of India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. Stop by to hear some music that is totally different!
Location: 16 S. King St.
- 6:30-8:30 Rock-n-Roll. Coldwell Banker is featuring live music with the Fifth Street Jazz band, from Arlington, playing a variety of jazz music ranging from early-era swing to funk and contemporary pieces. These musicians have been playing for years individually and now as a group have large scopes of experience to create the groove and energy, necessary for an entertaining and lively atmosphere. Also family friendly activities such as a craft room for kids and a refreshment room.
Location: 25 S. King St.
- 6:00-9:00 Music on the Porch. Sugar Magnolia is hosting an outdoor concert on their front porch with rock guitarist, Brad Horan, playing a variety of rock, blues, folk and some country just to mix it up a little.
Location: 1 W. Loudoun St.
- 6:30-8:30 Acoustic Rock Concert. Sona Bank is featuring Frayed Knots, a five piece band, playing a wide range of acoustic tunes from rock and folk to bluegrass and blues. The band consists of members of the St. James Episcopal Church and a popular local favorite. Light refreshments served.
Location: 1 E. Market St.
- 6:00-9:00 Grand Opening. Be Beauty is hosting an open house with a ribbon cutting event earlier in the day and with a grand opening party celebration throughout the evening with Wild Hare Cider tasting and free chair massages. Stop by to learn how you can make your own custom lip gloss and foundations and hear about the special events and classes that they offer. Come check out their new look and the great new things they have addition to the fantastic Smooch! Studio makeup and skincare, that you've come to know and love.
Location: Market Station (upper level - near Tuskies)
- 6:30-8:30 Celebrating Veterans! IndED Academies is hosting an event celebrating and supporting our veterans and active duty military personnel. Local WWII Veteran, Stanley Caulkins of Caulkins Jewelers will be present as well as someone from the local American Legion Post, who will be distributing poppies for in honor of Veteran’s Day. Stop by for a quick tour of their learning library and learn more about their children’s program entitled “What it means to be a citizen.”
Location: 7 Loudoun St. SE November 2015 FF for Website
- 6:00-9:00 Wine Tasting. The Loudoun County Visitors Center is hosting a wine tasting event with the Barns of Hamilton Station.
Location: Market Station – Lower Level.
- 6:00-9:00 Red White and Blues. MacDowell Brew Kitchen is featuring Red White & Blues, a blues and rock band from Purcellville featuring Rich DiStefano, Jim Donlon, Jeff Munzell and Eric Werling. They play classic rock, blues, country and anything with a little twang in it.
Location: 202-B Harrison St.
- 7:00-9:00 Vocalist. The Old Town Grill is featuring the classically-trained vocalist Christina Summers, who sings Broadway tunes and ballads.
Location: 15 S. King St.
- 6:30-8:30 Jazz Concert. The Georgetown Café is hosting an outdoor concert on their back patio with The Felonious Monks, a lively seven piece jazz band playing all kinds of jazz and blues tunes.
Location: 19 S. King St.
- 7:00-9:00 Jessica! Georgetown Café is hosting live music with singer/guitarist, Jessica Endara, playing acoustic pop and rock tunes inside the café.
Location: 19 S. King St.
- 6:00-1:00 Live Music. King's Tavern and Wine Bar is hosting locally acclaimed Andy Hawk and his Train Wreck Endings band from 6-8:30, consisting of several local music legends. Afterward, from 9-1am, it's open mike night featuring a wide array of musicians.
Location: 19 S. King St.
- 6:00-9:00 Artist P. Buckley Moss and Music. Medlin Art Gallery is showcasing the work of nationally acclaimed artist, P. Buckley Moss, with a large selection of her originals, prints, ornaments & other Holiday gift items. Ms. Moss will meet collectors of her art and autograph anything purchased at this special show. Musical entertainment will be provided by classical guitarist, Hart Wells. Refreshments served.
Location: 2 E. Loudoun St.
- 6:00-8:00 Artisan Demonstration. The Loudoun Museum is featuring an artisan demonstration with local artist, Jessica Wilson, and her landscape paintings. Also open is the Children's Discovery Room, where today's youngster can enjoy a special hands-on history experience, exploring what life was like for children in the 1820's. Free Admission.
Location: 16 Loudoun St. SW
- 6:30-8:30 New Art! Loudoun Street Studios is hosting an open house showcasing the art of three fabulous local painters – Holly Peterson, who paints landscapes and still life in oils, along with Libby Stevens and Remington Restivo, who are both in the Loudoun Sketch Club and feature Loudoun County scenery in their paintings. Light refreshments served.
Location: 2 E. Loudoun St. Upper Level.
- 6:00-9:00 Photos, Wine and Music. Photoworks is featuring a cool photography exhibit, along with the acoustic guitar duo known as GLAURIE, consisting of singer/songwriters, Glenn Stern and Laurie Mangold, playing a wide array of classic rock songs. Plus wine tasting with Lost Creek Winery.
Location: 2A W. Loudoun St.
- 7:00-9:00 Book Signing. Books and Other Found Things hosts monthly "meet the author" events with local authors available to discuss and sign copies of their books.
Location: 13 W. Loudoun St.
- 6:00-9:00 Live Music. Crooked Run Brewing, downtown’s cool little pub, is hosting Chris the DJ, spinning the tunes, while you enjoy the finest locally made beers.
Location: Market Station-Lower Level.
- 7:00-10:00 Old Dominion Trio. Palio Steak and Seafood Restaurant is featuring live music the Old Dominion Trio, playing a wide array of contemporary jazz tunes.
Location: 2 W. Market St. November 2015 FF for Website
- 4:00-7:00 Open House. Blossom and Bloom Thrift Store is holding an open house with special deals and light refreshments.
Location: 110 W. Market St.
- 7:00-9:00 Moonlit Mile. Pittsburgh Rick’s is hosting Moonlit Mile, a duet playing a mix of classic and modern rock, country and pop. Moonlit Mile is an acoustic duet comprised of Valerie Irons (vocals/percussion) and Timothy James (guitar/vocals).
Location: 116 E. Market St.
- 6:00-9:00 Open Mike. Groove Music Lessons and Recording Studio is hosting an open mike night for Leesburg First Friday. Stop by this new business to welcome them to downtown.
Location: 205 Edwards Ferry Road
- 6:00-9:00 Rock Music. Shoe's Cup and Cork is featuring the live music with vocalist, Larisa Mangione with her husband Chris, on guitar, playing a wide array of jazz tunes.
Location: 17 N. King St.
- 6:00-9:00 Open House. Mesh Omnimedia, Loudoun's premier creative agency, is hosting an open house with wine tasting by Notaviva Vineyards and lively music by reggae artist, Miguel Aubertin.
Location: 24 N. King St.
- 5:00-8:00 Open House. Strategy Revolution, a multi-level marketing service company, is hosting a fun open house event, featuring chair massages (by to be announced) and also showcasing a fabulous jewelry line. Light refreshments.
Location: 101 N. King St.
- 6:30-9:00 Hard Swimmin' Fish. The Cajun Experience is featuring live music with the blues trio, The Hard Swimmin' Fish, who have been making music together for over 15 years, playing a range of styles covering the country blues of Mississippi to the urban blues of Chicago and to the funk infused blues of New Orleans.
Location: 14 E. Loudoun St
- 6:00-9:00 Fall Favorites. The Hopps Art Lounge is hosting a unique collection of art with the theme of Fall Favorites, in which all the artists will be showcasing their favorite pieces. Owner, Kevin Dunn will have his piece of Orsen Wells, as well as other favorites on display. Local artists include: Morgan Bronson, Doris Kidder, Natalie Adams Paragrive, Matt Crooks, Matt Slusher, Sammie Zephyr Sheedy, Liam Harrison, Kirsten Miller Starling, Louie Haas, Kathleen Howsare, Paula Dea Creo Bannerman, Mark Anthony Pacheco, Michael Ohhdreamer Taulton, Bryan Knight, Dan Mihalko, Shane Bronson, Meagan Mullins, Carol Buswell, Kara Banker, and Jeff Patterson. Light refreshments.
Location: 18 S. King St. (upper level)
- 6:00-9:00 Rudy! King Street Coffee is featuring live music by local musician and Loudoun County High School teacher, Gary Rudinsky, playing a wide array of rock music, along with some of his musical friends. Also, be sure to check out the art on display on their walls by a local artist.
Location: 110 S. King St. 1
- 0:00-1:00 Music and Art. Chimole is featuring music indoors with a Latin beat with the band, Grupo Ritmo K-Liente along with an art exhibit that showcases and promotes art from Honduras, with a wide array of paintings and pottery from various Honduran artists.
Location: 10 S. King St November 2015 FF for Website
- 6:00-9:00 Music with Wine. The Leesburg Vintner is hosting monthly wine specials with wine by the glass, along with live from 7-9 with singer/guitarist, Cindy McConnell, who has performed acoustic folk/rock covers for more than 10 years.
Location: 27 S. King St.
- 7:00-9:00 David Davol. Doener Bistro is hosting acoustic guitarist/singer, David Davol, highlighting the Folk-Rock style of the 60's and 70's. He also performs selections of modern Country and Western music, as well as Rock and Alternative tunes. Pick your favorite hits from his 400 song request list.
Location: 202 Harrison St.
- 6:00-9:00 Antique Open House. Leesburg Antique Emporium is hosting an open house with special deals on antiques and other collectibles.
Location: 32 S. King St.
- 6:00-9:00 Chicago Happy Hour. Windy City Red Hots is celebrating a "Chicago Happy Hour," in downtown Leesburg with cold beers. Also showcasing authentic Chicago style - Hot Dogs, Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage, Pizza Puff and Chili-Cheese Fries. Stop by to get a quick bite of Chicago, without traveling 700 miles.
Location: 28 S. King St.
- 6:00-9:00 Open House. The 24 Hour Watch and Clock Repair Store, a new shop on Market Street, is hosting an open house to showcase their specialty watch, clock, and jewelry repairs.
Location: 18 W. Market St.
- 6:00-8:30 Art Open House. Gleedsville Art Publishers is hosting an art open house featuring paintings and drawings by local artists such as Catherine Thomas, Sue Kelleher, Bill Schmidt, Antony Andrews and Grant Hacking.
Location: 5 W. Loudoun St.
- 6:00-9:00 Antique Open House. Weathered Elegance, which is one of downtown's fabulous antique and home decor shop, will be hosting an open house with specials and refreshments. Stop by to check out this shop which specializes in repurposed items.
Location: 2 W. Loudoun St.
- 6:00-9:00 Sunflowers! The Sunflower Shack is hosting an open house featuring local art by Jill Perla, who is known for her awesome floral paintings. Stop by to say hello to Peggy, and check all her unique treasures. They offer a wide array of home décor, antiques, jewelry and unique gifts.
Location: 209 E. Loudoun St.
- 5:00-8:00 Open House. The Guest Room is hosting an open house showcasing their wide array of fine furniture, most of which is made in the United States. Also, offering complimentary refreshments.
Location: 201 E. Loudoun St.
- 6:00-9:00 Friday Night Sew-cial.
Finch Sewing Studio is featuring a sew-cial, which is a fun place to work on sewing projects with others and to get help from one of the studio's expert staff. They have the sewing machines and tools on site and are happy to help you get started on a new project or with a project you bring from home.
Location: 102 W. Location St.
- 6:00-9:00 Artist Exhibit. The Leesburg Commission on Public Art is featuring the art of the lead instructor from the Leesburg School of Photography, Thomas Ramsay and the premier of his Expressions of Light exhibit.
Location: 25 W. Market St.
- 8:30 Blame Canada! The Tally Ho Theater is presenting a concert by Blame Canada, which is a band of Rush fans from the Great White Northern Virginia area, who put on a good show for other Rush fans. Whether you're just a casual fan ("Rush is that guy with the big nose who sings Tom Sawyer, right?), or a total Rush nerd like each of us is, there's a pretty good chance that you'll like us. We don't look like Rush or smell like Rush, but we play their tunes and in our best moments will sound just like them. We play old Rush, new Rush and plenty in between. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Location: 19 W. Market St.