St. Patrick’s Day in Loudoun County

Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Loudoun County 

It began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, but it has become a worldwide celebration of Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and lots and lots of green! If you’re Irish – or Irish-at-heart, here’s where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day right here in Loudoun, on Thursday, March 17th.

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Quattro Goombas Brewery
Breakfast & Brews – starting at 10AM
22860 James Monroe Hwy
Aldie, VA
Visit their Faceboook page for more info!

Bar Louie (One Loudoun)
Shamrock ‘n Roll – March 17th & 18th
Enjoy live music (Friday) & drink specials until 9PM both days!
20586 Easthampton Plaza

The Ashburn Pub
Doors open at 8AM – full menu, two DJ’s, green beer, Jameson specials, giveaways and more!
44110 Ashburn Village Blvd.
Ashburn, VA

Finnegan’s Irish Pub
The party starts at 9AM with a special Irish Breakfast and runs non-stop until 2AM!
44050 Ashburn Village Blvd., #199
Ashburn, VA

Spanky’s Shenanigans Pub
Live music all day, starting at 11AM – $10 cover charge
538 E. Market St.

Leesburg, VA

O’Faolain’s Irish Pub
Kegs & Eggs Breakfast from 8-10AM, Taste of Ireland Lunch from 11AM-2PM, Irish Dinner Buffet from 3-11PM. Live music all day!
20921 Davenport Drive
Sterling, VA

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Monkey Joe’s Dulles
Come Hang out with “Lucky” Joe – Find the lucky coin and win a FREE party!
$5 admission all day.

23521 Overland Dr #120
Sterling, VA

Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you. Sláinte!

Leap Day Around the World

Fun facts about Leap Day from around the globe

First, let’s talk about why we even have an extra day. The whole point of the Leap Year is to help adjust our Gregorian calendar (the 365-day calendar we all use today) to the solar calendar (which lasts 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds). Those extra hours, minutes, and seconds add up and can throw us a little off schedule. So we add the extra day in every 4 years to make sure things like spring and autumn are celebrated with some regularity each year. Although sometimes, that extra day just isn’t enough. Last year scientists called for a “Leap Second” which was added on June 30th at 11:59:60PM. This has happened 26 times since 1972.

Since this day affects just about everyone around the globe, let’s take a look at some fun facts, traditions, and celebrations from around the world.

Grab a Newspaper
jsrealty4u leap year paper franceSince 1980 a satirical newspaper called “La Bougie du Sapeur” (The Soldier’s Candle) has been published in France on February 29th. The paper started out as a joke among friends, but its circulation now tops 200,000 copies! Its name was inspired by a comic book character drawn by the artist Christophe, who was born on the 29th of February. The paper uses content from real news stories and puts a comic twist on them. They have also started publishing a Sunday Edition, which appears about every 28 years!

The editorial team of La Bougie du Sapeur is composed entirely of volunteers. There is no advertising, so the paper counts entirely on its circulation. Often times, the proceeds from the sale of the paper are donated to a charity.

Time to Get Married!JSrealty4u leap proposalIn the past, in many European countries, Leap Day was considered the only acceptable day for a woman to propose marriage to a man. If said man refused, he must then purchase 12 pairs of gloves for the woman (to hide the fact that she isn’t engaged). In Finland, however, the refusing man must purchase the lady fabric for new skirts.

Unlucky Love
In Greece, however, marriage during a Leap Year is considered unlucky! In fact, a recent survey showed that 1 in 5 couples purposely avoided getting married in a Leap Year.

Happy Birthday! 
An estimated 187,000 Americans were born on Leap Day and another 4 million worldwide. The odds of being born on February 29th are 1  in 1,461 – which makes it pretty rare for one Leapling (as they are called) to meet another.

Leap Year Capital of the World
jsrealty4u leap year day celebrateIn February of 1988, the city of Anthony, Texas declared itself the “Leap Year Capital of the World” and started an international Leapling Birthday Club.

The Texas-New Mexico border town now celebrates the February 29th birthdays annually with events lasting 3-4 days, that include festivals and a parade!


Toast the Day
Created by bartender Harry Craddock at the London Savoy Hotel in 1928, the Leap Day cocktail is a the colorful cousin of the martini. We snagged the original recipe, so you can make your own cocktail to celebrate the extra day this year!jsrealty4u leap drink cheers

1 dash of lemon juice
2/3 Gin
1/6 Grand Marnier
1/6 Sweet Vermouth
Shake, pour, and garnish with a lemon peel!

Cheers to a fun Leap Year!


Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. This year, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7th.

Several local, and quite a few “not-so-local” events are sure to have you enjoying some of the last days of the summer.

JS Realty Labor Day Apple BasketEvery weekend in September, from 9AM – 6PM!
18780 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, VA

Live demonstrations and music, a corn maze, freshly pressed cider, freshly picked apples, and more! It’s a great way to end the summer and get ready for fall. For ticket information, visit the Great Country Farm website.

JS Realty Labor Day DiscoSaturday, September 5th
9PM – 2AM

Mick’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge
2866 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Stafford, VA

Food, drinks, and fun! Grab your go-go boots and tie-dye shirts, and get to groovin’ & shakin’ at the disco in honor of their 6th Anniversary!

JS Realty Brambleton Dog LaborSunday, September 6th
2PM – 6PM
Community Center Pool
42645 Regal Wood Drive
Brambleton, VA
Registration Required

Bring the pups out for a swim! The Community Center Pool will be open for the dogs (sorry humans, you have to sit this one out!) as the last swim session of the season. All dogs are welcome to splash in the water for up to 2 hours. $5 Entrance Fee Per Dog, or donation from the FOHA Wish List 

Sully Historic Site Plantation Labor JSRealty4USunday, September 6
11AM – 4PM
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, VA

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the restoration of Sully Historic Site! Enjoy FREE tours, exhibits, activities, and refreshments, along with a ceremony at 1PM.

JS Realty Labor Day Herndon LogoMonday, September 7
11AM – 5PM
Herndon Town Green
777 Lynn Street
Herndon, VA

Labor Day Festival on the Town Green in Historic Downtown Herndon. Presented in collaboration with the Herndon Woman’s Club, the event features nationally and regionally known entertainers on the main stage, unlimited Virginia wine tasting, gourmet food, a Fine Arts show and Virginia microbreweries! For admission and a schedule of events visit their website.

va lovers sign js realtyIf you don’t mind a bit of travelling, there are a number of events in the Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge region, Coastal Virginia, and more. For a list of events, visit the Virginia is for Lovers website and enjoy some Labor Day fun!

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Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 21st. Ditch the usual ties, belts, and tools this year and treat The Man in your life to some good food and a lot of fun on Father’s Day!

The V Brewhouse Eatery JS RealtyThe V Eatery & Brewhouse
44630 Waxpool Road
Ashburn, VA

Dad’s Eat FREE on Father’s Day!
For additional info and reservations click here.

Father Grandfather Son FishingGreat Country Farms
Father’s Day Fish~a~Rama

Fishing Contest & Fly Fishing Demonstrations
9:00AM – 6:00PM

18780 Foggy Bottom Rd
Bluemont, VA 20135

Bring Dad and the whole family out for the annual Father’s Day catch and release fishing contest. Win prizes and enjoy the fly fishing demo and fishing tips. The Roosteraunt concession stand will be serving up plenty of slushies, cider pork BBQ, and hand dipped ice cream.
$8/Child & $10/Adult

CSA & Fan Members, children 2 & under, and guests with a Military ID receive FREE Admission.

JS Realty DuCard WinesFather’s Day Cigar & Wine Pairing
DuCard Vineyards
40 Gibson Hollow Lane

Etlan, VA 22719
12PM – 5:00PM

Join Panacea Cigars as they show how to pair cigars with wines and enjoy wine and cigar combo specials. Also enjoy music by local singer-songwriter Paulo Franco with his unique blend of folk, country, and rock. Treat dad to a day of wine, music, and cigars! No cover.

Beer and Bacon and Pig3rd Annual Bacon Fest!
The Terrace Tent at 868 Estate 

14001 Harpers Ferry Road
Purcellville, VA 20132

Give Dad what he really wants – beer and bacon and a rocking afternoon at 868 Estate! Tickets on sale now!  

Fabbioli Cellars EntranceWood Fired Pizza & Wine!
Fabbioli Cellars
15669 Limestone School Road
Leesburg, VA 20176

All Father’s Day Weekend Fabbioli Cellars is hosting Big Daddy’s Wood fired Pizza. Enjoy some wine and Big Daddy’s fresh, hot pizzas!

JS Realty Lost Rhino OpenLost Rhino Retreat
22885 Brambleton Plaza
Brambleton, VA

Treat Dad to a pint (or 2!) and some great food! Hours are limited, visit the Facebook page for details.


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