• Events

    Restaurant Week (Winter)

    January 27, 2020 - February 2, 2020

    From Jan 27 - Feb 2, 2020, participating restaurants in Warrenton will offer special prix-fixe meals for lunch and dinner for $15, $25 and $35. Come support local restaurants and enjoy delicious food and fun experiences. Please visit the establishments' websites for menus (coming soon) and operating hours.

    Participating restaurants and bakeries:


    - Cafe Torino

    - Claire's at The Depot

    - Denim & Pearls

    - Ellie's Place

    - Gateau Bakery Cafe & Tea Room

    - Wild Hare Cider Pub & Garden



    March 2020

    Wear your green and walk or run through historic Old Town Warrenton, VA, while raising awareness and funds for our beloved wounded warriors. All proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, "Healing heroes. One family at a time."


    For race sponsorship information, please email: info@mollysirishpub.com

    Saturdays, 8 am - 12 pm, from April to November

    Wednesdays, 8 am - 12 pm, from May to August

    Saturdays and Wednesdays mean GREAT FOOD at the Warrenton Farmers Market! Featuring all-locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, poultry, pork, beef, eggs, pies, breads and more.


    Join the market at its new location behind 21 Main St along 1st St on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Parking is available behind the Post Office; entrance to parking lots are on N. 3rd St.

    1st Friday

    On the first Friday of May through October

    Come and celebrate 1st Friday in Old Town Warrenton!


    Beginning in May, stroll historic Main Street the first Friday evening of every month until October. Main Street will be closed and converted into a pedestrian park while shops remain open late with wine tastings, sales and special events. There will be music, artists, entertainment and dinner specials! Enjoy local food, live music and our Beer Garden! There are a variety of vendors and experiences for the whole family.


    2020 Schedule - Please be advised that public safety is our number one concern. Due to the global health pandemic, this schedule is likely to change.

    May 1: Dancing in the Streets (cancelled)

    June 5: Love Yourself (cancelled)

    July 3: Salute to America (cancelled)

    August 7: Teachers Rock (cancelled)

    September 4: Paint the Town (cancelled)

    October 2: Oktoberfest (cancelled)


    If you are interested in being a vendor at 1st Friday, please fill out our

    Vendor Application Form.


    If you would like to volunteer or play music at 1st Friday, contact us at events@oldtownwarrenton.org




    Admission is free for this one-day craft fair that draws people from around the region, rain or shine. Located on the edge of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, Warrenton's historic Main Street transforms into a craft festival featuring more than 250 artisans and crafters, food vendors, and entertainers offering something to please everyone in the family.

    Craft offerings include jewelry, handmade toys, photography and fine art, handcrafted items for the home and yard, pottery, hand bags, and personal accessories. Festival food includes hot dogs, hamburgers, barbeque chicken, crab cakes, fresh-squeezed lemonade, gyros, kettle corn, funnel cakes, steak and cheese, and shaved ice treats. Many vendors come from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and West Virginia, but some come from as far away as New Hampshire, Florida, and Michigan to sell their wares at the festival.


    To print out an application and apply to be a vendor, please contact the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce: www.fauquierchamber.org

    Father's Day Car Show

    Date TBA Canceled in 2020

    The Father’s Day Car Show has become a family tradition for many in our area. Several thousand attendees come each year to see all the great cars and enjoy an outing with Dad. This is a great opportunity to enhance your business’s visibility with over 20,000 passionately engaged locals and visitors! As you may know this Car show has been traditionally sponsored by the Greater Warrenton County Chamber, beginning in 2018 the Car Show is now sponsored by the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Fauquier County. Our Fauquier Relay for Life movement has been in existence since 1994 and 100% of all proceeds will be donated to the fight against cancer though the American Cancer Society.


    Please contact christina.ballard@outlook.com for more information.

    Summer Concerts on the Green

    Saturday Evenings (Dates TBA) Cancelled

    Join friends and neighbors for the first in a seven-weekend series of concerts scheduled in Old Town Warrenton. The concert series will commence with the popular band Silver Tones Swing Band.


    For families with young children, a family hour has been added beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5/ea or $4 for Friends of Allegro. Children 5 and under are free. Ticket cost includes family hour activities.


    Hosted by Allegro Community School of the Arts.

    May 2, 2020 (cancelled)

    The Virginia Gold Cup has over the past century made steeplechasing one of the most prestigious sports in America. Former NSA President George Strawbridge calls the Gold Cup’s Great Meadow racecourse, “The crown jewel of American steeplechasing.” Nick Arundel said simply “what this generation and The Virginia Gold Cup is doing at Great Meadow is driven by harmony with its community, its traditions and its environment.”


    Visit Gold Cup website for tickets and additional information.

    June 26, 2020 (Cancelled)

    This is a free family friendly community event that brings together neighbors, friends and local businesses. The event has live music, a family friendly kids zone, free swimming at the WARF, vendors and some local restaurants that you won't want to miss. Did we mention the amazing firework show at dark? Definitely an event not to be missed.


    Gates open at 3 pm, and festivities start at 4 pm. Fireworks are after dusk.

    Restaurant Week (Summer)

    Date TBA *May be impacted by COVID-19

    Participating restaurants and bakeries in Old Town Warrenton will offer special prix-fixe meals for lunch and dinner for $15, $25 and $35. Come support local restaurants and enjoy delicious food and fun experiences.



    Warrenton Ghost Tours

    October 16, 17, 23 & 24th *Register today by contacting the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail.

    Come out and enjoy an hour of ghostly tales as the Fauquier Historical Society’s costumed guides lead you through Old Town Warrenton. Tickets are $15 for adults/children over 12, and $5 for children under 12.

    Tours are limited and sell out quickly so get your tickets early! Due to limited tour sizes all tickets are non-refundable.


    * 6PM tours are specially designed for families with younger children and we strongly encourage families with children to sign up for these.

    ** All tours start at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, located at 10 Ashby Street Warrenton, VA 20186.

    The Great Pumpkin Ride

    October 2020 *May be impacted by COVID-19

    The Great Pumpkin Ride is sponsored by the Fauquier Trails Coalition, a non-profit organization, and is a fundraiser for the construction of new trails throughout scenic Fauquier County. Registration is online only and the field is limited to 1,350 riders.

    There are no ride day registrations. Registration is $60. Learn more details at the Fauquier Trails Coalition website.


    Halloween Parade HappyFest

    October 25, 2020 Cancelled

    In October, children are invited to walk Main Street dressed in their Halloween costumes. Following the parade, participating merchants will distribute candy to children.

    Gingerbread House Competition

    November 28 thru Dec 20 Now virtual!

    Presented by EOTW and Gateau Bakery Cafe & Tea House


    Bringing back the traditional gingerbread contest with a twist!


    We know you'll be spending a little bit more time at home this holiday season so show us what you can do! Submit up to 5 photos of your gingerbread creation in our 3rd Annual Gingerbread Competition! The contestant with the most 'likes' will win and Old Town Gift Card redeemable at over 30 merchants and retailers in Old Town Warrenton, VA!

    Gingerkids (10 years old and under)
    Junior Baker (10-15 years old)
    Amateur Baker
    Professional Baker

    Photo submissions accepted Nov 28 - Dec 12
    Online voting ends Dec 20


    Visit the Facebook event site for more information.


    Christmas Parade On Main St.

    December 4, 2020 6pm

    This year we have reimagined the traditional Old Town parade to a “Reverse Parade” format. Floats will be parked and displayed along Main Street and attendees will drive by and view from the safety of their vehicles. This approach will allow for spacing between parade entries and no direct contact with the public.


    Visit http://www.warrentonchristmasparade.com/ for more info.

    Saturday Dec 5, 2020 - Saturday Dec 19, 2020

    Saturdays 11:00am - 3:00pm *** Sundays 1:00pm - 3:00pm *** Wednesdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Experience the magic of Santa Clause at GumDrop Square in a safe, socially distant atmosphere sponsored by CroppMetcalfe! Santa will be meeting with children of all ages on the stage of the Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance event center. Children will be able to sit by the fire and talk to Santa while parents are welcome to take as many photos as they'd like. Like in years past, children will be able to shop for their friends and family at Santa's Secret Shop located just down the hall at VonCanon's General Store and the Purple Pumpkin. Ticket's will be available for purchase for $2 each upon exiting Gloria's. Individual gifts each cost 1 ticket and will be wrapped and ready to give.


    The entrance to GumDrop Square will be located in the S. 5th St parking lot. We ask for understanding as we will be doing our best to make this a magical experience during trying times. All Executive Orders from the Governor will be followed. Masks will be required while waiting in line and we ask that you help us keep ample space between parties while waiting. The event is subject to change at anytime.


    Bring your camera's and capture the magic! Donations to Experience Old Town Warrenton are encouraged. Help us keep Old Town charming!