Warrenton is part of the beautiful backdrop of tradition that shaped the nation in which we live. Strong agricultural roots keep Warrenton connected to the rich history of the area, providing a link to the past and an appreciation for how it shapes our present and our future. The annual events that Warrenton residents celebrate year after year reflect this deep respect for nature and heritage. Below are just a few of our favorites:
- Historic Garden Week
- Virginia Gold Cup
- Warrenton Restaurant Week
- Warrenton Farmers Market
- Old Town Fall Festival
- Warrenton Ghost Tours
- Warrenton Christmas Parade
Historic Garden Week
The landscape surrounding Warrenton is a beautiful blend of water and mountain views provided by the Rappahannock River as it winds toward the ocean. Rappahannock County is dotted with apple orchards and vineyards, woodlands and hay fields, and beautiful pastures filled with horses and cattle, a glorious testament to the enduring beauty of the area. Thanks to Garden Week, you can tour some of the most beautiful properties in the country and enjoy lovely views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rolling countryside.
Virginia Gold Cup
There is nothing more thrilling than the sound of thundering hoofbeats on the turf… Pack a picnic basket or buy some yummy treats at the Tavern Tents and get ready to enjoy a day of thrilling steeplechase racing and the Virginia Gold Cup! This beloved annual event includes terrier races, shopping, hat contests, tailgate contests, and a chance to watch some of the best steeplechase racing up close. Use your phone to bet on the ponies, or just sit back and enjoy the spectacle!
Warrenton Restaurant Week
Warrenton, like many Virginia cities, has become a favorite among foodies thanks to its elevated fine dining options and some super tasty southern classics. If you’ve always wanted to explore Warrenton’s culinary landscape, Restaurant Week is a perfect fit! Participating restaurants and bakeries in Old Town Warrenton feature a special prix-fixe menu for lunch and dinner twice annually. A favorite event among Warrenton residents, this week of yummy food at affordable prices is a highly anticipated opportunity to “taste the town”.
Warrenton Farmers Market
The Warrenton Farmers Market is open year-round with two markets – the general Farmers Market which begins in the spring and concludes after the fall harvest, and the Winter Market, offering crafts and farm products throughout the winter months. There is a lot more available than produce! The Warrenton Farmers Market is a great place to connect with your community and the agricultural industry in our area. Keep up with new offerings and updates on their Facebook page.
Old Town Fall Festival
Main Street comes alive on Fall Festival day when the streets are filled with artisans and crafters offering fine arts, candles, handmade jewelry, tee shirts, wood furniture, and stained glass. Learn about the businesses and organizations that serve our community as you shop and enjoy an abundant selection of delicious food offerings – don’t forget to get some shaved ice!
Warrenton Ghost Tours
Old Town Warrenton is home to many stories from the past… and perhaps a few ghosts! Listen to some spooky talks as you tour the haunted streets of Old Town. Early tours are available for younger children, leaving the later hours to the brave souls who think they can handle an encounter with a specter. Are you ready to meet a ghost?
Warrenton Christmas Parade
The traditional Friday evening community parade through Old Town Warrenton brings the magic of Christmas to thousands of spectators as it travels down historic Main Street. Santa is always a part of the parade, and he assists in the illumination of the Warrenton Christmas tree. Warrenton’s beloved Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) provides an excellent opportunity to find something special for a loved one during the holidays, or simply enjoy the delicious food and drink available in the open-air stalls. Musicians and singers fill the air with music and make the holiday spirit contagious! You’ll want to make this a new holiday tradition for your family.
Warrenton offers a wide array of traditions and community events – these are just a small sample of all the wonderful annual events you can enjoy in our city! To stay up to date with even more events in our community, check in regularly with our Events in Warrenton! We regularly post happenings we think our residents would love. Find the perfect event for you and your family.