LEESBURG ─ Through a little magic, as well as partnerships between Loudoun County Public Library and more than a dozen Leesburg businesses, Loudoun County is being transformed into Westeros for Game of Thrones Night at the Rust Library on Saturday, July 21 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Theory discussion room
Iron Throne photo ops
Tarot card reader
The celebration of George R. R. Martin’s works is the library’s premier adults-only after-hours event of the year. Adults 21 and older are invited to an evening of Iron Throne photo ops, trivia, a costume contest, maker demonstrations, live animals and local artists, plus beer, wine and hard-cider from Delirium Café, Casanel Vineyards and Wild Hare Hard Cider available for purchase. Local food trucks Golly Waffles, Ali Baba Kebab and Grubbers will be open for business in the Rust Library parking lot. In addition, South Street Under restaurant is providing raffle prizes during the festivities.
Before and after the free event, attendees are encouraged to “invade” downtown Leesburg, where more than 10 businesses are offering discounts and specials to customers who present their library card Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. Anyone who doesn’t have a card can get one online at catalog.library.loudoun.gov or in person at any branch, including during the event. Click here for an interactive map of the participating businesses.
“We’re so excited to be able to partner with the businesses in downtown Leesburg and truly make this a community effort,” said Susan Van Epps, Division Manager of Programming for Loudoun County Public Library. “We did something similar last year when we hosted Harry Potter Night, and it was really fun to see these crowds of people in costumes taking advantage of all that downtown Leesburg has to offer. This year, we wanted to expand on that and spread out these special offers all weekend long.”
Wildlife Ambassadors and Heeling House, both Loudoun County organizations, will help set the scene by bringing animals such as "Direwolves."
Attendees will also have a chance to discover the library’s free resources for adults, such as music services, online technology training books and classes, business marketing databases and 3D printing.
Free parking and shuttle service: Due to the expected popularity of the event, Loudoun County Commuter Services is offering free shuttle service from the Government Center parking garage in Leesburg to the Rust Library from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to park at the Rust Library and the Leesburg Senior Center at 102 North St., NW. Space may be limited.
Pre-event performance of medieval fighters and artisans: Members of The Barony of Stierbach will battle it out on the Leesburg Annex Field between 6 and 7 p.m. Artisans will demonstrate how various necessities and crafts were created hundreds of years ago. This event is open to all ages. The free shuttle buses will make stops at the field during the performance. The field is steps away from the Rust Library and some of the warriors just might stop by Game of Thrones Night!
Costume contest: The first 25 people to sign up for the Game of Thrones Night costume contest can get posterized! Choose from three different backgrounds, stand in front of our green screen, strike your pose and we'll create an 11x17-inch poster that you can pick up at the branch of your choice in the days after the event. The contest winner will also get a photo shoot. Attendees must sign up by 8:30 p.m. to participate in the contest.
Rally your armies: Let us know you're coming on the Facebook event page.
Businesses providing discounts and specials Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 to customers who present their library card:*
Bike TrAle Brewing
$1 off pints
Books and Other Found Things
10% off purchase
10% off purchase
China King's Restaurant
10% off purchase (dinner only)
Dog Money Restaurant and Brewery
15% off food and beverage
King Street Coffee
Buy-one, get-one-free drinks
King Street Oyster Bar
10% off purchase and $5 drink specials Saturday from 3-6:30 p.m.
MacDowell's Brew Kitchen
$10 Leesburger in Paradise with fries
Rouge Spa & Boutique
10% off purchase
Shoes Cup & Cork
15% off purchase
Very Virginia Shop
10% off one item; free food samples
The Wine Kitchen
5-10% off purchase and specialty cocktails
Game of Thrones Night is made possible by the A.V. Symington Gift Fund and the Loudoun Library Foundation.
*Some discounts may not apply to alcohol.