A spring treat has returned to grocery stores and farmers markets. It’s fat, red and juicy, and tastes good plain or on top of a fancy dessert. It’s strawberry season!

This weekend is the perfect time to celebrate the berry’s return, and the Northern Virginia countryside is the place to do it.

The Delaplane Strawberry Festival is this weekend, and the event — which has happened for the past 20 years — offers a lot more than fruit. Head to Sky Meadows State Park (about an hour’s drive from Washington) for hayrides, music, crafts, storytelling, a petting farm, games and, of course, berries.


This will be the 20th annual celebration of the Delaplane Strawberry Festival, which offers lots of family activities as well as berries. (Bigstock)

Where: Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane

When: Saturday and Sunday (May 25-26), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: $25 per car

For more information: Your parents can call 540-592-3556 or visit www.delaplanestrawberryfestival.com.