What’s Up? September 26-October 2

Thursday and Friday, September 27-28
Haunted Wine Tours at the Winery at Bull Run
15950 Lee Highway (Rt. 29), Centreville. 7 p.m.

Considering more than 22,000 casualties occurred on the Manassas Battlefield during the American Civil War, it should come as no surprise that tales of shadowy apparitions, orbs, and unexplained sounds of cannon fire abound in the area. Plan on heading out for a lantern-led walking tour and full wine tasting through the nearby historic and hallowed grounds of The Winery at Bull Run. Tour guides will share true Civil War ghost stories with you… and perhaps you’ll have a haunted encounter yourself! Ages 21+ only, ID required. Thursday and Friday Nights Sept. 20-Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. https://wineryatbullrun.lpages.co/haunted-wine-tours-2018/

Friday-Saturday, September 28-29
Warrenton Oktoberfest
St. John the Evangelist, 271 Winchester St., Warrenton. 4-9 p.m.

There’s always free admission to this longtime Warrenton autumn tradition! A classic Oktoberfest including inflatables, rides (Friday night), carnival games with prizes, German food and music, Moo-Thru ice cream truck, outdoor grilled food, silent auction, white elephant sale, beer garden, craft vendors, and much more!!! This year, there will be the addition of the Oktoberfest Escape Room hosted by TORCH Drama Club. Crack codes, decrypt ciphers, and unlock your way into glory or out of terror at the TORCH-run Escape Rooms! Live music entertainment will include Adam Melia of Nashville Standard on Saturday, playing songs from the roots of American music with 1950s era country, blues, and rock ‘n roll. And, of course,  it’s not an authentic Oktoberfest without an authentic German Hofbräuhaus band! An annual favorite, the Low ‘n’ Brows will be performing 28-29 Sept. starting at 5pm each night. Come dance to the music of the best German oompah band around. https://www.facebook.com/events/259656874651373/

Friday-Sunday, September 28 -30
Steel Magnolias
Fauquier Community Theatre, 4225 Aiken Dr., Warrenton

Head out to see a local production of this timeless classic on its opening weekend. The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and many acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, this play is filled with laughter through tears. The characters show their underlying strengths—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad. The show will run from September 28-October 14, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30
Rappahannock County Farm Tour
Rappahannock County. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year, the Rappahannock County Farm Tour is a free, two-day, self-guided tour offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our working farms. There will be 14 venues on this year’s tour, with a wide range of farms and experiences from beekeeping to llamas to organic vegetable farms, not to mention goats, chickens, cows, horse-drawn carriage rides, as well as local artisans selling their wares. It’s a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and see real, working farms surrounded by the pristine beauty of Rappahannock County, whose early settlers were small farmers; officially founded in 1833, it has long been deeply rooted in agriculture. For more information on each of the participating farms, please visit our website at www.RappFarmTour.org.

Saturday, September 29
Steins, Wines & Spirits
Manassas Museum, 9431 West St, Manassas. 12-6 p.m.

Hosted by Rotary Club of Manassas and Historic Manassas, Inc., the Manassas Steins, Wines & Spirits Festival is a unique opportunity to sample your choice of beverage while listening to live music at the Manassas Museum in Historic Downtown Manassas. Taste local craft beers, farm wines, and distilled spirits, all while enjoying great food from some of the best food vendors in northern VA. Taster tickets include admission for one (21+) and 8 tickets for tasting, beer, wine or spirits. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased. Non-taster tickets get you admission for one (13+) into the festival to listen to the live bands. The oyster tent will be returning from last year! https://www.facebook.com/events/673917616318971/

Sunday September 30
Hop ‘n Hog Culpeper Block Party
Downtown Culpeper, 12-5 p.m.

Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) is proud to serve up Hop N Hog the Culpeper Block Party. Hop N Hog will take place on September 30, 2018, from Noon – 5:00 PM in Downtown Culpeper directly in front of the Depot. This event will feature live music, savory regional BBQ, specialty foods, local artists, lawn games, a selection of wines, and of course great brews. You won’t want to miss CRI’s NEW signature Block Party, happening in Downtown Culpeper, winner of the Great American Main Street award!  www.culpeperdowntown.com, https://www.facebook.com/events/2119233941649223/

Activities and events in the region include classes and workshops for a variety of activities and interests. Yoga, theater and writing classes are available throughout the area, as are various trades skills workshops that you can find here

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