What’s Up? February 27 – March 5

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Friday, March 1
Old Town Manassas March MadHatterness
Old Town Manassas, Center St., Manassas | 6 – 9pm

Image Credit: Historic Downtown Manassas

Head to Old Town Manassas on Friday for this fun event! Catch March MadHatterness as you search for specific items hidden throughout participating merchant stores. Once you have found the items, you may then proceed to designated locations to draw a card and begin the poker run portion of the event. The best hand at the end of the night will win a prize. Rules, Maps, Scavenger Item Key, etc. will be made available on March 1st. This event is FREE and open to the public. Find the list of participating merchants here. Share the FB Event!


Saturday, March 2
Culpeper Downtown Carnival 
Downtown Culpeper, East Davis Street, Culpeper | 10am – 8pm

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Join the excitement of Mardi Gras in Downtown Culpeper! This event will feature fun for the entire family including: live music, performing artists, wagon rides, New Orleans inspired food, crafts for children, strolling costumed performers, face painting, and beads and masks for all. Enjoy all day in-store specials and enter for your chance at an amazing Downtown Gift Basket! Entry cards along with the schedule of events are located in shops and restaurants throughout the Downtown Culpeper. Keep up to date with the FB event.


Saturday, March 1
Red Cross History Family Day
Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, 10 Ashby Street, Warrenton | 11am – 1pm

“Ladies of the Piedmont Chapter pose for an image in Northern Fauquier County circa 1915”. Image courtesy of the Fauquier Historical Society.

In honor of National Red Cross month, join the Fauquier Historical Society for the opening of its newest temporary exhibit “Everywhere for Everyone: Fauquier’s Red Cross.” The event is hosted in partnership with the Winchester and Charlottesville Chapters of the Red Cross, and will include children’s crafts, period uniforms, and a Clara Barton impersonator. Visitors will discover the role and actions taken by the citizens of Fauquier County to aid the Red Cross throughout the 20th century and explore the history of the Red Cross with hands-on activities and uniformed re-enactors. Share the FB event!


Saturday, March 2
5th Annual Fauquier County People’s Choice Wine Tasting and Competition
Airlie, 6809 Airlie Rd, Warrenton | Noon – 6:30pm

Swirl. Sip. Judge. Repeat! Fauquier County’s Annual Wine Tasting and Competition is back, inviting wine lovers and enthusiasts to experience the best of local wineries and vote their favorite wines. Hosted in the heart of wine country, the annual Tasting and Competition brings together a robust variety of local winemakers, flavorful food pairings by Airlie’s chefs, and harmonious musical performances. The People’s Choice, tasters will determine which wineries will take home the win for the best in reds, whites, and blends. For tickets, full schedule, and the list of this year’s participating wineries, click here and share the FB event!


Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 31
Philip Carter Winery Barrel Tasting Series
Philip Carter Winery, 4366 Stillhouse Road, Hume | Noon – 2pm

Weekends in March, enjoy guided cellar tours by Philip Carter Winery educators! Ticket includes tour, tasting of several wines in the cellar with wine descriptions, charcuterie picnic basket, and keepsake Philip Carter wine glasses to take home. Tours occur every Saturday and Sunday in March with limited availability. 1 ticket is good for 2 people for one time slot on a specific date. Reservations are required.


Monday, March 4 – Sunday, March 10
Old Town Warrenton Restaurant Week
Old Town Warrenton, 26 S 3rd St, Warrenton | 10am – 10pm

Winter Restaurant Week is coming to Old Town Warrenton! Participating restaurants and bakeries will offer special fixed price 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 and operating hours. Participating restaurants and bakeries can be found here.


Saturday, April 27
6th Annual Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference
Science and Technology Campus of GMU, 10900 University Boulevard, Manassas | 9am – 2pm

Families formed through foster care, adoption, and kinship care will gather for Spring Forward Family Fun Day and Regional Conference. This year’s theme is “Navigating Systems to Build Stronger Families”. Parents, caregivers, and social service and education professionals will choose from sessions presented by experts in education and child welfare. Children will have a blast at GMU’s outdoor experiential learning program “The EDGE”. Keynote speaker Wendy Besmann, founder of Team Up For Families (TUFF), will feature strategies from her book Family Road Map: A Step-by-Step Guide to Navigating Health, Education and Insurance Systems for Families with Special Needs (registrants will receive a copy of this book).

Early bird pricing (until March 3): $5 per parent/caregiver, $15 for children ages 4 & up, $35 per professional. Tickets include admittance to sessions, activities, and a boxed lunch. Children 3 and under are free and childcare is provided. For more information and to register for this event click here.

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