Are you attending our 2023 Santa Experience and are looking for local activities in and near Warrenton?! Well, look no further! We’ve put together a list of fun things you can find to do with the family if you’re coming from out of town. Maybe you’ve never been to Warrenton before and are unfamiliar with the area. No worries at all – we did the research for you so you don’t have to!
Right outside of Warrenton (in Marshall, VA), but totally worth the drive! Field & Main provides hearth-inspired, locally sourced, globally inspired cuisine available for dinner and to-go. We offer indoor dining and private outdoor cabana seating – both of which provide a comfortable atmosphere ideal for a relaxing dinner, date night, or private group celebration. Field & Main provides hearth-inspired, locally sourced, globally inspired cuisine available for dinner and to-go. There is indoor dining and private outdoor cabana seating.
Closed Sunday & Monday. In a casual yet elegant atmosphere set in a century old historic train station, Claire’s passion is great food and service. Offering contemporary American cuisine – local, seasonally focused – with a Southern flair.
A menu featuring rustic Italian dishes in a cozy dining room with stone walls & lounge seating.
Founded in 2021, O’Brien’s is a refreshingly unique Irish Pub in Warrenton, VA. Come on by, grab a delicious drink, a bite to eat and get the quality time with your friends that you deserve.
Combining the best of farm fresh local and organic ingredients with old-fashioned family value, Black Bear Bistro serves up generous portions of great food at very reasonable pricing. All dishes are prepared to order using the finest produce, herbs, cheeses, breads and meats. Meals are complemented by excellent Virginia wines plus on tap are a great selection of Virginia brewed draft beer selections… or try one of our signature martinis – all served by a friendly, attentive staff!
Thai eatery with modern decor offering plenty of vegetarian choices, plus a large drinks menu.
From hand-crafted burgers to traditional dishes of the past, our homegrown ingredients highlight the crisp crackle of every bite. As we honor the old country, today’s modern fusion of flavor finds its way in to every plate. Young or Old, there’s something delicious for everyone.
Retro dining car–style diner serving up American favorites like burgers & omelets.
Family-owned operation since 2001 preparing homemade Italian meals & pastries for breakfast & lunch.
Jaripeo is the festival of Mexican ancestry which is part of the festivities held in many towns. In addition to bulls, and indispensable element of a Jaripeo are the music, screams, applause bravery and adrenaline: all essential elements of one of the most original and colorful traditions of México.
El Agave Mexican Restaurant has been serving the freshest, most authentic Mexican cuisine in and around Northern Virginia for years. Using the highest quality ingredients available, each dish is expertly crafted from scratch and served hot.
Beginning November 24 through December 30th, 2023. Stroll through the 1/2+ mile of lights at Maple Tree Farm while meeting your favorite Holiday characters, sipping a hot beverage, and listening to the melodies of the most magical season of all. Campfires, delicious treats, two trains, puppet and light shows add to the fun.
November 10th-January 7th. Every year from November until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn off your headlights and just follow the magical glow.
Santa will be at Gumdrop Square the first 3 weekends in December! They can take photos with him, tell him what they want for Christmas, etc. The kiddos can even shop for their friends and family members at Santa’s Secret Shop!
There will be live music all day on November 10th from 2-8pm. Blue Pig BBQ food truck will be on site.
Saturday, November 11th from 8:00am to 1:00pm! The Bethel Holiday Bazaar is an event full of beautiful hand-made crafts, vintage items, holiday decorations, jewelry, a cookie walk, and much, much more for sale.
November 11th from 11:00am-12pm. Celebrate the end of Children’s Book Week with a special Superhero-themed Storytime! We’ll read books, sing songs, make crafts, and have fun with a special guest…
November 11th 6-8pm. Join us for a night with the talented members of our Warrenton community. Poets, comedians, singers, musicians, and storytellers, are all welcome to perform!
Friday December 1st at 6pm on Main Street (right around the corner from our studio). This parade has kicked off the holiday season, bringing thousands of residents from the region to Warrenton, for many years. It features over 100 local businesses and nonprofit organizations with floats, decorated vehicles, pets, and marchers.
December 2nd 3-4:30pm. A swingin’ big band show celebrating the holidays, featuring the Silver Tones Swing Band and special guests!
December 2nd 5pm-7:30pm. Experience your favorite holiday songs performed on stage by Mark Milovats, America’s Premier Showman, and his dancing ensemble – with Olympians and World Class Skaters on Ice!
December 3rd 11am-4pm. Join us for a Magickal shopping experience. This market will feature 40+ vendors selling their unique wares all in one place. A great place to find those out of the ordinary gifts for yourself or your loved ones this holiday season. There will also be vendors offering various types of readings, Reiki healing, and more.
December 2nd & 3rd. This one-hour program features Selections from The Nutcracker by Duke Ellington and Tchaikovsky, Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, Snowy Day by Boys II Men and everyone’s favorite – Sleigh Ride! Children are invited to come at 2:00 PM for a musical adventure where they can discover the instruments of the orchestra and learn rules of concert etiquette. Each attendee will be invited to participate in a “sound scavenger hunt” during the LSO’s Joy concert.
December 3rd 9:30am-4pm. Join us for a wonderful day enjoying a holiday parade, artisan market and kids activities. This event will have food and drink, kids activities, a parade, Santa, and an artisan market.
Year-Round Local Activities in and Near Warrenton
You can take a stroll through the park’s walking paths and arboretum. Or, you can even relax on one of the benches and just take in the beautiful scenery and wildlife around the park’s stream! A lot of people will pack picnics and have a picnic under a tree. There’s also a slide and a playground set. You could also bring bikes and go biking on the walking path!
The jail buildings now feature displays concerning the history both of the jails and Fauquier County as a whole. Some of the featured exhibits at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail include:
- The Civil War
- WWI & WWII
- Maximum Security Cell Block
- John S. Mosby
- Black Horse Cavalry
- A Colonial Kitchen
- Warrenton Businesses
Located in historic Warrenton, Virginia, on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Operating continuously in various forms since 1984. We offer the collecting and antiquarian community a wide selection of used furniture, mirrors, paintings, glassware, comics, sports memorabilia, advertising art, books, coins, primitives, stamps, trains, bottles, equestrian art, paper, china, silver, Civil War to 1950’s collectibles and much more. The readers of Warrenton Lifestyle magazine as a “Best of Warrenton” recipient have recognized Fox Den for ten consecutive years.
This trail goes from downtown to the trailhead of the Stafford Farm Trail! It’s 2.22 miles long and is a perfect walking path. There’s two bridges, an uncovered old railroad turntable, and a retired caboose. There’s plenty of benches along the way and it’s a great way to wear the kids out before a long car ride!
Need to let the kids get some energy out without having to go outside? This indoor attraction is a great option! The WARF is a client favorite to take their kiddos after a session with me as a reward for being so good! They have a 68,000 gallon leisure pool with a water slide, lazy river, vortex and a zero depth entry fr easy entrance by toddlers, seniors and those in wheelchairs! There’s also a fitness room and they host fitness classes.
Want to explore a little? This is a little bit of a hike, but worth it if you’d like to show the kiddos the Blue Ridge Mountains! You can go hiking, look at the beautiful trees and leaves, and explore! There’s fields of wildflowers, quiet wooded hollows, cascading waterfalls, and spectacular vistas.
Escape Vint Hill is an Escape Room in a historic mansion.
Our tasting room is open for wine tasting April through early December. We are always available for sales.
Just 15 minutes away from the studio, you can go enjoy Old Bust Head’s craft beer! They have a shop, delicious food, and they host events such as Open Mic Night, Food Trucks, and more!
Love wine? Well, then you’re going to love the next few options! Mediterranean Cellars is only 10 minutes from the studio! They are a boutique winery that grows, processes, ages, bottles, and sells their own wines.
Molon Lave Vineyards is absolutely beautiful and is on 50 acres of land 12 minutes south of the studio. Their winery has soft music and gentle lighting, which is perfect for gatherings and relaxation!
Vint Hill Winery is located in the historic barns at Vint Hill Farm Station, 15 minutes east of the studio (on the way home to DC). They have a wine shop, wine club, and they even host events like live music! There’s even an option to work in small groups and learn how to craft wine.