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:
May 6, 2016
June 3, 2016
July 1, 2016
- 6:30-8:30 CHICAGO. Sona Bank is hosting Heritage Drama, performing songs from their upcoming performance of the musical phenomenon, CHICAGO, featuring an all-star cast of Leesburg students. Heritage Drama will be performing the entire musical at Heritage High School on April 14-16 and April 22-23. Don’t miss your chance to see a sneak peek on First Friday, as Heritage High School is the first school in Loudoun County to present this Kander and Ebb hit!
Location: 1 E. Market St.
- 7:00-9:00 Crooner Tunes. King Street Oyster Bar is featuring a sneak peek preview inside their new restaurant, which will be opening soon. Enjoy the tunes of vocalist, Frank Lombardi, of Crooners Entertainment, who performs songs in the classic stylings of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Nat King Cole and Michael Bublé.
Location: 12 S. King St.
- 6:30-8:30 Guitarist, Anthony Semiao. Senor Ramon Taqueria, downtown’s newest casual restaurant, is hosting live music by guitarist/singer, Anthony Semiao, performing a range of classic rock tunes.
Location: 15 Loudoun St. SE
- 7:00-9:00 Deep Creek Band. Trinity House Café is hosting live music with the teen band, Deep Creek playing an array of classic rock tunes. The band members, Jared, Justin, Mason and Nick are talented, versatile and dedicated musicians with a tremendous passion for music. Every time they play, they receive many accolades and continue to increase their following of loyal fans. Stop by Trinity House Café, which is an outreach of the John Paul II Fellowship, to check out this band playing First Friday for the first time.
Location: 101 E. Market St. (corner of Market and Church St.)
- 7:00-9:00 Jazz Tunes. Blue Mountain Café is featuring Generational 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.
Location: 26 S. King St.
- 6:00-9:00 Rock Band. MacDowell Brew Kitchen is hosting live music by Natural Selection, playing musical styles from classic rock-n-roll, to soul, blues, country, and folk. Natural Selection's trademark vocal arrangements produce a full-bodied mixture of sound that fills any space, from small to large.
Location: 202-B Harrison St.
- 7:00-9:00 Another Folk Singer. Very Virginia Shop is featuring singer/guitarist, Peregrine North, singing acoustic folk tunes and some alternative rock. Also enjoy Lola Cookies and Treats and their world famous Ginger Chocolate Chip cookie! Plus sample some delicious Virginia-made gourmet foods.
Location: 16 S King St.
- 6:30-8:30 Three Musketeers. The Loudoun Valley High School Drama students will be roaming all around downtown to promote their upcoming production of the classic story, The Three Musketeers. So be on the lookout for fair maidens and sword men from long ago.
Location: All Around Downtown
- 6:30-9:30 Julia! Leesburg Brewing Company is hosting locally acclaimed singer/guitarist, Julia Kasdorf, whose powerful vocals are well known from her ten years with the country band, One Horse Town. She now has a successful solo career with a focus on Americana standards, pop tunes and of course, rock-n-roll.
Location: 2 W. Loudoun St.
- 6:00-9:00 Clothes Line Project. Resourceful Woman is hosting a "Clothes Line Project" event, which is a visual display of t-shirts in recognize of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Location: 11-A Loudoun St. SW
- 6:00-9:00 Public Art Open House. The Friends of Leesburg Public Art is hosting an open house featuring live music by Tom O'Neil and the artwork of several local artists, such as Patsy Babcock, John Detrich, Kevin Dunn, Elizabeth Dame, Doris Kidder, Elise Nicely, Kathy Kupka, Jill Perla, Jim Sisley, Kim Richards, Dana Jansen, Larr Kelly, Sue Stipek, Paul Gesswein, Jessica Wilson, Carol Vaughn, Lisa Zadravec, Ute and Juan Gil, along with the Leesburg Senior Center Vintage Potters. The venue is sponsored by Landmark Group Commercial and refreshments sponsored by Thomas Dunlap of Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC, with samples by Lost Rhino.
Location: 199 Liberty St. SW
- 6:00-8:00 Courthouse History Exhibit. The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is featuring a history exhibit showcasing home brew-sale and production of liquor in Loudoun County from 1757 to 1933. Visit inside the old 1894 Courthouse to see this presentation which will display court records of the legal and not so legal consumption and sale of alcohol from long ago.
Location: 18 East Market St.
- 6:30-8:30 Rock-n-Roll. Coldwell Banker is featuring live music with the band, Brit Men and Robin, playing a mixture of music. Also family friendly activities such as a craft room for kids with face painting. Plus Coldwell Banker is hosting two health and beauty vendors, Nerium and It Works.
Location: 25 S. King St.
- 6:30-8:30 Classical Music. Black Shutter Antiques is hosting Matthew Bosek, on acoustic guitar, playing a wide array of classical music along with some pop songs with a twist.
Location: 1 Loudoun St. SE
- 6:00-9:00 New Art Gallery! The Cooley Gallery is celebrating the re-opening of their art gallery at its beautiful new location and featuring new pottery, watercolor paintings glass pieces along with other amazing art. Stop by to check out their new gallery and pick up information on their other upcoming events and art classes.
Location: 9 N. King St.
- 7:00-10:00 Piano Music. Palio Steak and Seafood Restaurant is featuring live music by Martin Gallegos, who is a professional pianist with a Master's Degree in piano performance from George Mason University. He teaches piano at all levels and performs recitals for public and private events.
Location: 2 W. Market St.
- 7:00-10:00 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
- 6:30-8:30 Rock Duo. Pangle and Associates is hosting live music by acoustic guitar duo known as GLAURIE, consisting of singer/songwriters, Glenn Stern and Laurie Mangold, playing a wide array of classic rock songs.
Location: 109 S. King St.
- 6:00-9:00 Rudy! King Street Coffee is featuring live music by local musician, Gary Rudinsky, playing a wide array of classic rock tunes. Plus, be sure to check out all the cool artwork on display on the walls by a local artist.
Location:110 S. King St.
- 6:00-9:00 Wine Tasting. The Loudoun County Visitors Center is hosting an open house with an local artist, along with some light refreshments.
Location: Market Station – Lower Level.
- 7:00-9:00 Tim James Outdoor Concert. The Georgetown Café is featuring live music on their back patio with singer/guitarist, Timothy James, playing some acoustic rock tunes from the past four decades.
Location: 19 S. KingSt.
- 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. KingSt.
- 6:00-9:00 Art Open House. Medlin Art Gallery is hosting an Art Open House showcasing a large selection of antique prints, maps and original artwork from such nationally-known artists as Mort Kunstler, Mary Hope Worley, Paul Landry, John Paul Strain and P. Buckley Moss. Refreshments served.
Location: 2 E. Loudoun St
- 6:00-9:00 Guitar Tunes. Sugar Magnolia is hosting singer/guitarist, Jessica Endara, playing soulful pop and R&B songs, along with some of her own original tunes. Jessica is a student at Potomac Falls High School, who was recently accepted to the Berklee College of Music.
Location: 1 W. Loudoun St.
- 6:00-9:00 Open House. The Jean Whisperer is hosting an open house event, showcasing a wide array of jeans and other accessories such as boots, belts, scarves and jewelry. Also visit upstairs, for the newest boutique in downtown, Whisper Wear, which features active wear.
Location: 1 W. Loudoun St.
- 6:30-8:30 Local Artists! Loudoun Street Studios is showcasing live art demonstrations along with 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 feature Loudoun County scenery in their paintings. Light refreshments served.
Location: 2 E. Loudoun St. Upper Level.
- 6:00-9:00 Photos, Music and Wine. Photoworks is hosting a community building photography show, featuring Jay Tamangan and his photographs from two recent events; the Vigil for a Diverse and United Community and the Martin Luther King March, both which were held in historic downtown Leesburg. Also enjoy the award-winning wines of Lost Creek Vineyard. Plus live music by
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.
- 6:30-8:30 Letters of Emancipation. The Loudoun Museum is featuring a history exhibit entitled, From Loudoun to Liberia: Letters of Emancipation. Also tea tasting in the cabin and the Children's Discovery Room is open, where today's youngsters can enjoy a hands-on history experience, exploring what life was like for children in the 1820's. Free Admission.
Location: 16 Loudoun St. SW
- 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.
- 6:00-10:00 Live Music. Crooked Run Brewing, downtown’s littlest cool pub, is featuring new craft beers along with some cool music tunes. Stop by to try some of the finest locally made beers, crafted on-site by the owner, Jake.
Location: Market Station-Lower Level.
- 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.
- 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 Cruise Preview with Wine. Mesh Omnimedia, Loudoun's premier creative agency, is hosting an open house with wine tasting by Notaviva Vineyards along with a preview of the Taste of Bordeaux Wine and Waterway River Cruise, which will sail on November 18th.
Location: 24 N. King St.
- 10:00-1:00 Music and Art. Chimole is featuring music indoors with aLatin 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.
- 6:00-9:00 Music with Wine. The Leesburg Vintner is hosting monthly wine specials with wine by the glass, along with live music 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'sand 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 and showcasing authentic Chicago style - Hot Dogs, Polish Sausages andChili-Cheese Fries. Stop by to get a quick bite of Chicago, without traveling 700 miles.
Location: 28 S. King 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 cool shop, which specializes in repurposed items.
Location: 2 W. 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 Open House. Be Beauty is hosting a sip and shop event with Lydia Best of KEEP Collective Designer. Stop by to check out all the newest trends in makeup while Christina shows you the best make-up solutions and check out the hottest new personalized jewelry line, KEEP Collective.
Location: Market Station (upper level - near Tuskies)
- 6:00-8:00 Anita! The Best Rack Around, downtown's specialty bra and lingerie boutique, is hosting Anita, an international lingerie line since 1886. You can get a fitting with their special guest, Joyce Rylander from Anita.
Location: Market Station - Upper Level, near Tuskies
- 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 anew project or with a project you bring from home.
Location: 102 W. Location St.
- 6:00-9:00 Juice Party! Zootie’s Vapors & Arcades is hosting an open house featuring over 50 new e-liquids. Stop by to check out this new place to hang out in downtown Leesburg and play some video arcade games.
Location: 19 Wirt St.
- 6:30-8:30 Open House. IndED Academies is hosting an open house event with Mine Craft games for the kids to play. Also take a quick tour of their learning library and learn more about their other upcoming children’s programs.
Location: 7 Loudoun St. SE
- 6:00-9:00 Student Art Exhibit. The Leesburg Commission on Public Art is hosting a new exhibit on the second floor of Town Hall featuring the mixed media artwork of students from Moorefield Station Elementary School. An opening reception is planned from 6-7pm, as part of the monthly Leesburg First Friday celebration of the arts. The student’s artwork will be on display through May.
Location: 25 W. Market St.
- 5:00-9:00 Mary Kay Makeup. The Other Kind of Jewelry Store is hosting a complimentary Lip and Lash Bar, with Mary Kay Consultant, Ali Corser, who will be doing a prize drawing at 8:30. Stop by to see free demos and for some free samples.
Location: 14 S. King St.
- 4:00-9:00 Grand Opening. The Awakenings Spa Boutique is hosting their grand opening event with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4pm, officiated by the Town of Leesburg Mayor Dave Bulter. The evening will feature wine tasting by Creek’s Edge Winery along with entertainment by The Master of Magic, Cam of Spades. Spin the wheel and win massage sessions, airbrush tanning and more. Stop by to welcome Awakening’s Healing team to downtown Leesburg and see their beautiful new massage suites.
Location: 15 N. King St. #203
- 8:30 Living Colour. The Tally Ho Theater is presenting a concert by New York's Living Colour, whose debut album, Vivid, was issued in the summer of 1988. The band's striking video for their anthem "Cult of Personality" was all over MTV, pushing their album, Vivid to the up the charts to platinum certification. Living Colour also took home their first of several Grammy Awards, as "Cult" won Best Hard Rock Performance at the 1989 ceremony, and the band supported played a string of dates, opening stadiums for the Rolling Stones' U.S. tour in that year.
Location: 19 W. Market St.