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Loudoun Ballet

Loudoun Ballet 25th Anniversary Nutcracker Showcase
at AHT Insurance

Julia Kasdorf

Julia Kasdorf
at Trinity House Café

Dario deHoyos doing a glassblowing demo for the Sep 2012 First Friday art walk in Leesburg, VA, photo credit Steve Loya

Glass Blowing Demo at
Allura Glass Studio

Bake Sale

Bake Sale for the Great Falls Sharks softball team
at Leesburg Antique Emporium

The Lost Growlers

The Lost Growlers
at Pangle & Associates

McKenzie Mees

McKenzie Mees
at Medlin Art

Ryan Phillips' Magic Show

Ryan Phillips
at Caulkins Jewelers

Frank Lombardi
at Georgetown Café inside

Cindy McConnell

Cindy McConnell
at Leesburg Vintner

Andy Hawk

Andy Hawk and his Train Wreck Endings at Kings Tavern


Glaurie at
Georgetown Café outside

Christina Summers
at Very Virginia

Drawing of Gary Rudinsky (c) Tim Kozak

Gary Rudinsky at
Hopscotch Coffee

Renee Martin

Renee Martin
Blue Mountain Café


Fast Eddie and Dave Saunders
at Photoworks

Jan and Jeff

Jan and Jeff at
Pittsburgh Rick's

Hard Swimmin' Fish

Hard Swimmin' Fish at the Cajun Experience

David Davol

David Davol
at Doener Bistro


Different performances and special events every month!

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, book 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 5, 2014
February 6, 2015
March 6, 2015
April 3, 2015
May 1, 2015
June 5, 2015

Events for Friday, November 7, 2014

  • 6:00-9:00 Loudoun Ballet Company. AHT Insurance is hosting the Loudoun Ballet Company, to showcase their 25th Anniversary full length professional production of The Nutcracker. Always receiving rave reviews and performing to sold-out audiences, the cast of this year’s production includes over 150 local dancers ranging from 4 years old to over 60. Stop by to learn more about the Loudoun Ballet Company and info about their upcoming productions at Freedom High School in December, as The Nutcracker is truly an annual event for the entire family! Light refreshments.
    Location: 20 S. King St.
  • 7:00-9:00 NEW Restaurant. Pittsburgh Rick's is now open and hosting the popular guitar duo, Jan & Jeff, performing from their wide repertoire of songs, from classic rock to contemporary to bluegrass and old standards. Stop by to try out some of their wide array of Pittsburgh specials,
    Location: 116 E. Market St.
  • Albino Rhino's logo6:30-8:30 Funk Infused. Coldwell Banker is hosting live music with Albino Rhino, a funk infused rock/blues band from Arlington. They write songs about beach life, social justice, and of course, rhinos, and so there is something for everyone within this band's eclectic portfolio. They have become known in the DC area for their raw power, energy, and unforgettable funk, as they put on an exciting live show that inevitably leads to uncontrollable hip-swaying and dancing. The question isn't if, but when, will you #RhinoUp? Refreshments offered.
    Location: 25 S. King St
  • Annie Stencil7:00-9:00 Blues Singer. Palio Ristorante Italiano is featuring singer/pianist, Annie Stencil, who brings her own twist on some classic blues, country, and soul tunes. She'll have you drinking a Martini with Ray Charles and a beer with Johnny Cash. Come see Annie to hear some of your favorite tunes from the 50's, 60's, and 70's.
    Location: 2 W. Market St.
  • 6:00-9:00 Gary is Back! Hopscotch Coffee Roasters is featuring a concert by local musician, Gary Rudinsky playing an array of rock music. Mixed media art work will be on display by artist, John Crider.
    Location: 110 S. King St.
  • 7:00-9:00 Julia Kasdorf. Trinity House Café 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, rockn-roll. Stop by the Trinity House Café, which is an outreach of the John Paul II Fellowship, to check out this new café.
    Location: 101 E. Market St. (corner of Market and Church St.)
  • 6:00-9:00 P. Buckley Moss with Music. Medlin Art Gallery is hosting an opening reception with nationally acclaimed artist, P. Buckley Moss. The show print will be Loudoun Farm, which depicts an Autumn landscape with a barn, such as you might see along the Loudoun countryside. Plus live music with acoustic singer/guitarist, McKenzie Mees, playing an array of pop and rock tunes. Refreshments served.
    Location: 2 E. Loudoun Street
  • In Decision Band6:00-9:00 Rock Concert. MacDowell Brew Kitchen hosts a concert by local rock band, In Decision, playing spirited guitar driven rock, rhythm and blues from the 60s to the present day. Whether serving up covers of rock's legendary pioneers or ripping out the edgier alternative and punk infused barn burners, In Decision is sure to have you singing and dancing along.
    Location: 202-B Harrison St.
  • 7:00-9:00 Broadway Tunes. The Very Virginia Shop is featuring the classically-trained vocalist, Christina Summers, who sings Broadway tunes and some Opera ballads. Also stop by to sample some fabulous foods all made in Virginia.
    Location: 16 S. King St
  • 6:30-8:30 The Lost Growlers. Pangle and Associates is hosting a concert by local rock band, The Lost Growlers, who are a toe tapping, shake-your-moneymaker party rock band. Also art by artist, Aryel Parsons will be on display.
    Location: 109 S. King St.
  • pianist Olivia Stickley7:00-9:00 Piano Music. Sugar Magnolia in their new location on Loudoun Street is featuring live music on their porch with the talented pianist, Olivia Stickley, of Heritage High School, singing an array of hip rock and folk tunes inside the café.
    Location: 1 W. Loudoun St.
  • 7:00-9:00 Crooner Music. Georgetown Café is featuring Frank Lombardi, of Crooners, Inc., performing 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: 19 S. King St.
  • 7:00-9:00 Country Music. Blue Mountain Café is hosting live music with singer/guitarist, Renee Martin playing country songs and some Americana folk tunes.
    Location: 26 S. King St.
  • King Street Kats7:00-9:00 Rockabilly Music. The Old Town Grill is hosting live music by the King Street Kats, a local rockabilly band that plays big guitars and sings high-energy songs - rock-n-roll songs about girls, dancing and cars. The Kats consist of Brad Pierce and Steve Dotson on vocal/guitar, percussionist Kenny Finger, and Joe DeFranco on double bass.
    Location: 15 S. King St.
  • Jonathan Lee6:00-8:30 Wine and Jazz. Sona Bank is hosting jazz and blues guitarist, Jonathan Lee, who has been teaching and performing for over twenty years. Also hosting wine tasting with Casanel Vineyards, featuring their chardonnay, merlot, and Norton rose. Casanel Vineyards, located at the foot of the Catoctin Mountain, offers a peaceful setting surrounded by hardwood forests and a two acre pond, which is an appealing setting to enjoy a glass of one of their award winning wines. Stop by Sona Bank to taste a sample, while enjoying live music. Refreshments served.
    Location: 1 E. Market St.
  • 6:30-8:30 Open House. The Mind Body and Soul Healing Center is having an open house event so you can drop by to learn how they use nature's most pure and potent essential oils to alleviate allergies, naturally repel bugs and ticks (Lyme prevention) and so much more.
    Location: 101A S. King St. outside
  • Phil Kominski6:00-10:00 Phil Kominski. Shoe's Cup and Cork is featuring live music by Phil Kominski, of the The Lloyd Dobler Effect band who has been around for more than 8 years, having toured over forty states and thirteen countries. The band has an impressive list of accomplishments including headlining multiple international Armed Forces Entertainment tours.
    Location: 17 N. King St.
  • 6:00-9:00 Open House with Tea. The Loudoun Museum is featuring their history exhibit, showcasing a variety of artifacts from Loudoun County's past centuries. Plus you can join tea artisan, Lisa Scruggs in the log cabin for samples of her unique tea blends. 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
  • Photography By Luke R. Greer6:00-9:00 Music, Wine and Photos. Photoworks is hosting a photography show of Virginia landscapes by Luke Greer, along with darkroom demonstrations by instructor, Michael Barolet. Plus live music with blues musician, Fast Eddie, and wine tasting by the Lost Creek Winery.
    Location: 2A W. Loudoun St.
  • 6:00-9:00 Book Signings. Books and Other Found Things hosts monthly "meet the author" events with local authors available to discuss and sign copies of their books. The four authors for November are Larry Bud Meyer and his book Mother Fracker; Jenny Cutler Lopez and her book, Who I Am: American Scar Stories, Ian Roberts and his book, Nos Populus and last but not least is Bianca Palmisano and her book, The Empty Spaces. Plus, artist, Alex Thompson and aroma therapy with Kris Alcantera.
    Location: 13 W. Loudoun St.
  • 6:00-9:00 Abstract/Fantasy Art. The Night Gallery is hosting an Abstract and Fantasy Art show featuring artists, Russ Harrison, Jennifer Adamson, Kathleen Howeshare, John Detrich, Liam Harrison and Silk Print aridy Zezhao Nie, as well as new art by owner/artist Kevin Dunn.
    Location: 18 S. King St. (upper level)
  • 6:30-8:30 Magic by Ryan. Caulkins Jewelers is hosting a magic show by Leesburg’s own Ryan Phillips, who is a student at Tuscarora High School and has been entertaining people of all ages for the past two years at birthday parties, stage shows and special events. Don’t miss his amazing and interactive magic show!
    Location: 11 S. King St.
  • 6:00-9:00 Art Exhibit. The Cooley Gallery is featuring a wide range of artwork by locally acclaimed artists, including pottery by former Washington Redskins tight-end, Chris Cooley. This month they are featuring hostess serving platters and dishes just in time for Thanksgiving.
    Location: 12 S. King St.
  • 6:00-9:00 Music and Wine. The Leesburg Vintner is hosting monthly wine specials with wine by the glass, along with live music from 7 to 9 with singer/guitarist, Cindy McConnell, who has performed acoustic folk/rock covers for more than 10 years in Northern Virginia and who happily donates tips from her performances to the "Virginia Greyhound Adoption."
    Location: 27 S. King St.
  • 6:30-9:00 Hard Swimmin' Fish. The Cajun Experience is featuring live music with the blues trio, The Hard Swimmin' Fish, playing a range of styles covering the country blues of Mississippi and The Piedmont, the urban blues of Chicago, and funk infused varieties with roots in New Orleans' second line.
    Location: 14 E. Loudoun St
  • 6:00-9:00 Art Display. Tuscarora Mill will be displaying an array of art work in their restaurant by middle school students, who attend the local YMCA program.
    Location: Market Station.
  • 6:00-9:00 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.
  • 7:00-9:00 Glaurie. Georgetown Café is featuring live music on their outdoor patio with the acoustic guitar duo known as Glaurie, consisting of singer/songwriters, Glenn Stern and Laurie Mangold, playing an array of classic rock songs .
    Location: 19 S. King St.
  • 6:00-7:00 Free Yoga Lesson. Flow Yoga is offering a FREE fun-filled yoga practice, which is open to all experience levels.
    Location: Market Station - 3rd floor.
  • 5:00-8:00 Open House. The 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. Suite 100
  • 6:00-9:00 First Friday for Dogs. The Reign of Cats & Dogs is hosting a fun place for dogs to visit while at First Friday, complete with "Doggie Treats" for man's best friend. If you happen to bring your four-legged friend to First Friday, be sure to stop by.
    Location: 13 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 Bake Sale. Leesburg Antique Emporium is hosting a bake sale by the softball team in Great Falls known as the Sharks! Stop by to support these awesome girls and check out all the awesome antiques inside.
    Location: 32 S. King St.
  • 6:00-8:00 Open House. Blossom and Bloom Thrift Store is hosting open house with specials. Stop by to shop to help support all the good charities that Blossom and Bloom supports.
    Location: 110 W. Market St.
  • 6:00-9:00 Open House. TW Firearms is hosting an open house to showcase their numerous products and services. Stop by to check them out.
    Location: 26 S. King Street - upper level.
  • 8:00-10:00 Glass Blowing. Allura Glass Studio is hosting a live demo of glass blowing by Dario deHoyos, who will be making pendants, ornaments and small sculptures along with a mystery musical guest.
    Location: 209 S. King St.
  • 6:00-9:00 Open House. Smooch Studio, downtown's only custom makeup studio, is hosting an open house event. Stop by to learn about making your own custom lip glosses and foundations and check out all the cool makeup products and classes that they have to offer.
    Location: Market Station (upper level - near Tuskies)
  • 6:00-8:00 Open House. Well and Good Wellness is hosting an open house to showcase their organic beauty boutique complete with wellness coaching and eco spa services. Stop by to meet owner, Lauri Bosserman, a registered nurse and certified holistic health coach and ask about how she can help you by connecting the parts that make up the whole you, including relationships, physical activity, careers and spirituality.
    Location: Market Station in the Log Cabin
  • 6:00-9:00 Open House. Best Rack Around, downtown's specialty bra and lingerie boutique, is having an open house event, so stop by to check all their fabulous items!
    Location: Market Station Suite F (upper level - near Tuskies)
  • 6:00-9:00 Antique Open House. Weathered Elegance, which is downtown's newest 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.
  • 6:00-8:30 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 Open House. The Jeans Whisperer is hosting an open house to celebration their new location which is right next door to their old spot. They offer a wide array of jeans and other accessories such as boots, belts, scarves and jewelry.
    Location: 3 W. Loudoun St.
  • 6:00-9:00 Chicago Happy Hour. Windy City Red Hots is celebrating Chicago in downtown Leesburg with special 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. In honor of their recent opening, they are offering watch battery replacement for only 1.99 on First Friday.
    Location: 18 W. Market St.
  • 8:30 Earth Cry and Desert Dwellers. The Tally Ho Theater is presenting a concert by two bands, Earth Cry and Desert Dwellers. Desert Dwellers consists of Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe; together they are one of the most pioneering and prolific downtempo artists. After the huge success of the DownTemple Dub series, and playing at some of the most prominent international music festivals , Desert Dwellers have been touring the US opening for world renowned Twisted Records artist. Shpongle! The band, Earth Cry is choosing to respond to a calling to create music that heals the planet and its people. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
    Location: 19 W. Market St.
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