• Events

    Find Your Heart in Old Town Warrenton

    Feb. 2, 2019  10 am - 2 pm (and 3 pm Raffle)

    Presented by Old Town Warrenton Merchants


    A scavenger hunt for ceramic hearts in more than 20 businesses in Old Town! Start at VonCanon General Store at 92 Main Street. You will receive a list of stores to visit; find your hearts; jot down the word or draw a quick sketch of what the heart looks like; and then return to VonCanon to add your ballot to the raffle drawing. The raffle occurs at 3 pm at VonCanon.


    *Please remember as you search for the hearts to be polite to the business owners and their customers.

    Restaurant Week (Winter)

    March 4-10, 2019

    From March 4 -10, participating restaurants and bakeries in Warrenton will offer special prix-fixe meals for lunch and dinner for $10, $20 and $30. 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:


    - Black Bear Bistro & Brick Oven

    - Cafe Torino

    - Claire's at The Depot

    - Deja Brew Café

    - Denim & Pearls

    - Gateau Bakery Cafe & Tea Room

    - Great Harvest Bread

    - Haute Cakes Pastry Shop

    - Molly’s Irish Pub

    - Natural Market

    - Pizzarama

    - Shawn's BBQ

    - Taj Palace

    - Wort Hog Brewery



    March 24, 2019

    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 October

    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.


    The Saturday Farmer's Market is located in the parking lot on 5th and Lee Streets in Old Town. The Wednesday market is located at the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF) at 800 Waterloo Road.

    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.


    2019 Schedule

    May 3: Plant your Roots in Warrenton

    June 7: Fitness Fun

    July 5: Salute to our Services

    August 2: Dog Days of Summer

    September 6: Art Attack

    October 4: Pumpkin Roll


    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 experience@oldtownwarrenton.org



    May 18, 2019 10 am - 4 pm

    Admission is free for this one-day craft fair that draws 25,000-30,000 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

    Spring (Date TBA)

    Join us in Old Town Warrenton to celebrate Spring!
    *Fun for the entire family
    *Artists & Performers
    *Live Music on both ends of Main St
    *Restaurant Specials
    *In-Store Special
    *Enter to win a gift basket

    Event is presented by Fauquier Arts Council in partnership with Old Town Merchants, Warrenton Health, Parks & Recreation.

    Father's Day Car Show

    Date TBA

    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, but starting this year for 2018 the Car Show will now be 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.

    Summer Concerts on the Green

    Saturday Evenings (Dates TBA)

    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 4, 2019

    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.

    Date TBA

    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

    From August 6 -12 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.

    Participating restaurants and bakeries. Please visit the establishments' websites for menus (coming soon) and operating hours.

    - Denim & Pearls: $15 lunch special, $25 & $35 dinner specials

    - Gateau: all-day specials - $15, $25 & $35

    - Ciao Bella Celebrations (Partnering with Haute Cakes Pastry Shop): $15 lunch with dessert special
    - Black Bear Bistro & Brick Oven- TBA
    - Molly’s Irish Pub - TBA
    - Great Harvest Bread - TBA (will be offering special bakery packages)



    Warrenton Ghost Tours

    October 18, 19, 25 & 26th

    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 26, 2019

    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 27, 2019

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

    Warrenton Windows

    Date TBA

    Participating merchants invite local children to decorate special canvases placed on shop windows for Halloween. This event serves as a food drive for the Fauquier FISH food pantry. Awards are given for best painting in a number of categories.

    Gingerbread House Competition

    November 23 & 24

    Presented by EOTW and Gateau Bakery Cafe & Tea House


    Old Town Warrenton is excited to present a festive Gingerbread House Competition. "House" is used loosely, any structure made of gingerbread can be entered. Completed entries are to be submitted as detailed.


    Visit the registration site for more information.


    Christmas Parade On Main St.

    December 6, 2019

    Come join the Town of Warrenton for the magical Christmas Parade down Main Street. There are twinkling lights, fire trucks, pups in costume, trumpets and drums playing the sounds of the holiday, elves with candy and fireworks!

    Weekends beginning Saturday November 30, 2019

    Experience the splendor and tradition of Christmas in Old Town Warrenton with the award-winning Gum Drop Square and Santa’s Secret Shop, which will open early this year on Saturday Nov. 30. Santa will be on hand for photo-ops and hearing your wish list! (Take your own photo with Santa, or have a photo taken for a cash donation). Children can shop for family gifts, with the help of happy elves, at the workshop!


    Main Street will be closed to traffic on Fridays during GumDrop Square where Old Town merchants will be hosting entertainment, musicians and more!


    If you are interested in sponsoring, review our sponsorship packages.



    Birthday Bash

    On your birthday!

    Old Town Warrenton wants to celebrate your birthday with you! Plan to come to Old Town on your birthday (must be the exact day of your birthday) and stop in any of the participating merchants to start your birthday celebration. Birthday Celebrators will receive a sticker and bag that participating merchants will fill with goodies for you. It is our way of wishing you a very Happy Birthday! Look for this window cling to find a participating business.


    This opportunity is a way for residents to meet their local businesses. Please be respectful when visiting local merchants while participating in the Birthday Bash. Enjoy and Happy Birthday!