3 Outdoor Concerts and a Festival happening in NoVA this Weekend

Enjoy the weather this weekend by getting your family outside to a concert.

By Shelby Robinson

Now that the weather has taken a turn towards pleasant and the sun stays out longer, live music is back in season. Kick off the spring with local food and local music this weekend.



The Hummingbyrds are a Northern Virginia-based Americana music duo who won the Helen Hayes Award for their theater company, Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue. The Hummingbyrds’ music is somewhere between folk and country, which they describe as “in the tradition of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris.” The Hummingbyrds are worthy of Friday night out, with or without the kids. 

The Hummingbyrds
Photo courtesy of The Hummingbyrds.

Friday, April 25, 7 – 10 p.m.
The Hummingbyrds at MS Grill
Reston Town Center
11900 Market Street
Reston, 20190
No Cover Charge 



Great Grapes is a two-day festival of wine and food. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy live music on the main stage.  There will be two wine gardens and a variety of food and specialty tasting pavilions.  

Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival
Photo courtesy of Great Grapes!

April 26-27, noon – 6 p.m.
Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival
Reston Town Center
11900 Market Street
Reston, 20190
 Ticket Prices Vary


Gary Smallwood was recently named “Loudoun’s Best Musician” in a poll done by Leesburg Today. Smallwood has been playing music since fifth grade and started touring at the age of 16, sometimes barely making it back from a gig in time to catch his bus to school. His experience and passion is obvious and he puts on a show that is entertaining for both adults and kids. Bring your family out to Leesburg for a relaxing afternoon at Lost Creek Vineyards.

Saturday, April 26, 2 – 5 p.m. 
Live Music by Gary Smallwood
Lost Creek Vineyards
43277 Spinks Ferry Road
Leesburg, 20176


Bill Emerson has been called a “Banjo Legend” by the Washington Post and is considered one of the greats in Bluegrass music. Emerson’s band Sweet Dixie is a group of experienced Bluegrass musicians, covering mandolin, fiddle, bass, and guitar. There’s no better place to hear Bluegrass than Virginia and it’s a great show for adults and children alike.

Photo courtesy of Digital Storm/Shutterstock.com.

Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series presents Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
1090 Sterling Road, Herndon