What’s Up? March 20 – 26

Friday, March 22
9th Anniversary Gala After Party
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas | 8:30 – 11:30pm

Photo Credit: Hylton Center

The highly anticipated “party for a cause” following the annual Gala dinner includes signature bourbon and gin craft cocktails by MurLarkey Distilled Spirits; savory snacks and sweet desserts; a silent art auction with works from regional artists and George Mason University alumni; a jazz lounge in the Didlake Grand Foyer, featuring the smooth sounds of Mason School of Music’s Darden Purcell; and music by one of D.C.’s leading dance bands—Keynote. The 9th Anniversary Gala and After Party celebrates the Hylton Center’s mission to entertain, educate, and enrich the Northern Virginia community by providing diverse and accessible arts experiences in state-of-the-art venues. Attendees at the Gala and After Party will get a sneak peek at construction on the new Education and Rehearsal Wing, and will also have the opportunity to sign up for upcoming hard hat tours.

Tickets are $75 per person ($50 of which benefits the endowment) and can be purchased online here. Parking is available in the lot in front of the building. Attire for this event is black tie optional. For additional details, click here.

Saturday, March 23
John Marshall’s Richmond: A Bus Tour
1461 Atoka Rd., Marshall | 8am – 5pm

As part of Mosby Heritage Area Association’s Year of John Marshall celebration, they are offering a unique bus tour to Virginia’s capital city. Follow in the footsteps of the great Chief Justice as we explore Richmond’s historical sites. Highlights of the tour to include a guided tour of the Virginia State Capitol, where Marshall presided over the infamous Aaron Burr treason trial in 1807, and the John Marshall House where Marshall and his family lived until his death in 1835. It will also include a visit to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture to enjoy the new exhibit John Marshall: Hidden Hero of National Union as well as lunch at the Commonwealth Club.

Tickets are $130 for MHAA Members; $145 for non-Members. The tour will begin and end at the MHAA office located at 1461 Atoka Road, Marshall, Virginia. The bus will depart promptly at 8:00 AM and will return at approximately 5pm. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, March 23
Fauquier Seed Swap
John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton | 11am – 1pm

Swap seeds and plants, mingle with local gardeners, and celebrate the arrival of spring with Outlaw Garden’s 8th Annual Fauquier Community Seed Swap. What is it? A seed swap is exactly what it sounds like. Community members will gather for two hours to swap extra seeds, bulbs, and cuttings with local gardeners. As always, this family-friendly event is free and open to everyone, from life-long gardeners to beginners who have never planted a seed before.

For more details about what/how to bring in your seeds and how much to take home, check out the FB event!

Saturday, March 23
Fab ’50s Sock Hop
Fauquier High School, 705 Waterloo Road, Warrenton | 7 – 9:30pm

The Silver Tones are excited to bring their music to Fauquier High School for a fundraiser swing dance benefiting the FHS Band and Theater Programs! This dance’s theme is swingin’ sock hop and will include a complimentary dance lesson by swing dance teacher, Valerie Pyle, and two hours of live entertainment by the Silver Tones. Come dressed in your best 1950s vintage attire, including poodle skirts, saddle shoes, leather jackets, and slicked-back hair! There will be a prize for best 1950s costume. Beginner dancers are encouraged to attend, and no partner is needed. There will be plenty of seating for those who just want to listen to the great sounds of the Silver Tones and watch the dancing! This dance will include a raffle to win a chance to sing a song with the band plus other great prizes. Guests are encouraged to take parts in a hula hooping contest, limbo contest, and bubble gum blowing contest.

Admission is just $10 per person and includes refreshments. All ages are welcome and this event is open to the public.​ Share the FB event!

Saturday, March 23
Comedy Show with DC Improv
Club Eclipse, 5615 Wellington Road, Gainesville | 8 – 9:30pm

DC Improv and Club Eclipse are partnering to bring back Comedy Night! Meet some of the region’s best comedic talent when they take the stage and bring “A list” talent to Gainesville. Ross Benoit is a Massachusetts native who moved to Northern Virginia at age 6. Eighteen years later, he started doing stand-up comedy. You can see him hosting shows and performing at venues all around the DMV. Brian Parise got his start in DC before moving to New York City, performing on New Faces at Montreal Just For Laughs, and going on to win an Emmy for his writing on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. With over a decade on the NYC scene, Gabe Pacheco has appeared at Caroline’s, The Creek & The Cave, and the Knitting Factory. Audiences love Pete Bergen’s balance of shocking and jaw dropping stories along with vulnerability and self-deprecation. Herbie Gill’s hard work and knack for presenting fresh new material earned him appearances on many stages and programs, including XM Radio, Comcast Cable, TBS’ Daily Riff, PBS, Gilda’s Club, and Local Point TV for ABC. Stick around after the show for DJ and dancing!

Sunday, March 24
Molly’s Irish Pub “Wearin’ of the Green” 5K
Molly’s Irish Pub, 36 Main Street, Warrenton | 7am – 1pm

Photo Credit: Molly’s Irish Pub

Wear your green and walk or run through historic Old Town Warrenton to raise awareness and funds for Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness! Work up a sweat and enjoy some spring weather during this annual community event!

Registration begins at 7am and the race starts at 8am. $35 registration includes a commemorative T-shirt! The pub will open with breakfast immediately following the race. Register here and share the FB event!

Sunday, March 24
Haymarket Gainsville Business Association Marketplace Expo
Club Eclipse, 5615 Wellington Road, Gainesville | 1 – 4pm

Photo Credit: HGBA

The Haymarket Gainesville Business Association (HGBA) in Virginia is hosting its first Marketplace Expo this Sunday! Local businesses and not-for-profits with come together to showcase their products and services. Order food and cocktails while enjoying family friendly entertainment including entertainers, music, and a photo booth. PLUS, all attendees will have the opportunity to win one of 20+ door prizes! Admission is free and open to the public. For more info, click here and share the FB event!

Wednesday, March 27
An Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty
24 Pelham St., Warrenton | 7 – 9pm

Photo Credit: Fauquier Education Farm

The Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program (NPBFP) is offering a free orientation to outline their “An Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty” course. This 6-week course is intended for serious gardeners and beginning farmers who want to sharpen their production skills by broadening their basic level knowledge of the tools and concepts of professional crop production. The program will focus on basic soil health, amending soils, crop selection and planting techniques, weed and pest control, and infrastructure needs. It will include two labs at the Education Farm and a farm tour. For more info, click here!

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.

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