October in Hunt Country

Dear Friends,

I think we can all agree that October really is one of the most magical months. From the leaves changing to the chill in the air, everything just becomes more vibrant and uplifiting in this gorgeous month. We have lots of equestrian events on the calendar this month (get your tailgates ready!) as well as harvest festivals, fairs and more.




A beautiful barn in historic Waterford, Virginia. Image courtesy of The Waterford Foundation.

Admissions Open House
October 6th | 9am-1pm | Foxcroft School | Details
Join Foxcroft School for a full-day and fun-filled Open House on Friday, October 6th, where you will meet educators and students…and horses and hounds! This will include tours of the 500-acre campus with stables, turf fields, innovations and STEM labs, art studios, dorms and more. The morning will culminate with a Fall Carnival and Fair conducted by Foxcroft’s campus clubs. Pumpkins, apple cider, and a “special treat” food truck will fill the Activities Patio with fun and festivity!

The 79th Annual Waterford Fair
October 6th-8th | 10am-5pm | Waterford | Details
The Waterford Fair is a rite of passage for Fall in Hunt Country! This incredible event is held in the National Historic Landmark of Waterford, Virginia and features a vast array of fine heritage and contemporary craft artisans, living historians, a juried art show, local libations, a historic properties tour and interactive fun for all ages! This is a must-see event in a must-see town.

Natural Floral Design and Arranging
October 7th | 9:30-11:30am | Nature Composed | Details
Join Nature Composed Owner Jenn Pineau as she teaches guests everything they need to know in order to create a lush, all natural, no-foam tabletop arrangement!

Hunt Country Classic Fall Car Show
October 8th | 9:30am-2pm | Willoughby Farm | Details
Hunt Country Classic British Car Show (HCC) showcases around 200 British cars from all eras from all price ranges. A crisp fall day in the beautiful countryside is perfect for enjoying a day viewing classic British cars. There will be live Scottish music with pipes and drums, vendors with car related items, apple grinding for the younger crowd, and of course food and delicious local ice cream!

A shot of horses racing at the Virginia Fall Races. Photography by Douglas Lees.

May Aesthetics Members-Only Event
October 12th | 4-7pm | May Aesthetics
May Aesthetics is hosting a member-only event on October 12th! Current members can bring one guest and participants can sign up at any time before to have access to the event. May Aesthetics is also now offering the Aerolase Neo Elite™ and the PDO AfterGlo™ Micro infusion facial. 

Morven Park International & Fall Horse Trials
October 12th-15th | Morven Park | Details
Morven Park International Equestrian Center is home to one of 6 CCI4*-L competitions in the country. Enjoy an exciting weekend of equestrian sport, where competitors from the Novice level to CCI4*-L come to showcase their equine partnerships over the beautiful grounds of Morven Park.

The 69th Virginia Fall Races
October 14th | 11am-4pm | Glenwood Racecourse | Details
A local favorite Fall event in Hunt Country! Watch as incredibly athletic Thoroughbreds race across the countryside at beautiful Glenwood Racecourse just outside of Middleburg, Virginia. Bring your best tailgating spread as this is not only a horse race, it’s a family friendly, fall-festive gathering!

A closeup shot of a champagne bucket with a bottle of champagne, a brightly colored tablecloth, two champagne glasses
Head to The Town Duck for the perfect tailgate spread! Photography by Gregorio Photography for The Scout Guide Hunt Country.

Chocolate and Cheese Pairing with The Cornichon
October 20th | 6-8pm | 22446 Davis Drive Sterling VA | Details
Join Regina Alvir of The Cornichon for a night of delicious chocolate and cheese pairing! The Conche Chocolate and Cake Studio will be partnering with The Cornichon to bring you an informativ and fun night. This Cheese and chocolate pairing is an evening activity that can be enjoyed by anyone. Whether you’re looking to impress your guests at a party or simply want to indulge in some tasty treats, combining cheese and chocolate can be an exciting adventure. It’s a great way to explore new flavors and combinations, and it can be a fun activity to do with friends and family. Each ticket includes one glass of wine.

The International Gold Cup
October 28th | 11am-4pm | Great Meadow | Details
Another iconic equestrian event in the heart of Hunt Country. The International Gold Cup is a one-of-a-kind spectating event as attendees watch horses race across the rolling hills of this gorgeous venue just outside of The Plains, Virginia.

Garden Gathering: Winterizing Your Garden
October 28th | 9:30-11am | Nature Composed | Details
Prep for the cold months with Nature Composed and Owner Jenn Pineau as Jenn walks participants through the ins and outs of winterizing your garden.

Wine Dinner at Blue Rock
October 29th | 6-9pm | Blue Rock | Details
Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with Blue Rock at the newest installation of their wine dinners! The projects of influential winemaker Ben Jordan will be featured. He was the winemaker for Early Mountain for many years, and now he and his brother have various projects across the Shenandoah Valley, including Lightwell Survey, Commonwealth Crush Wine Co., and Midland Construction. For this dinner, Blue Rock will highlight seven wines across all of his projects reflect the thinking and vineyards sites from each one, guided by Jeff Latchum of Williams Corner Wines. Each of the wines will be paired with dishes from the kitchen.

Buchanan Hall Farmer’s Market
Every Wednesday in October | 4:30-7:30pm | Buchanan Hall | Details
Shop a collection of local produce, meat, dairy, bread, bagels, artisan items, and more! 


Baked artisan bread on a wooden table, close up shot with some grapes on the edges of the frame in a very moody setting
An incredible loaf from The Kitchen Fairy’s stunning tablescape at her Volume 11 photoshoot. Photography by Gregorio Photography for The Scout Guide Hunt Country. Bread by Jackalope Ridge Bakehouse and Microfarm.

The Kitchen Fairy
Planning an intimate fall gathering and want to treat yourself to expertly prepared and artfully curated cuisine? Need some ideas for how the tablescape should look for your Autumn celebration? Look no further than The Kitchen Fairy, an artisanal hospitality company offering private chef and event services!

Marshall Pet Co-Op
Who says shopping for your four-legged bestie isn’t as fun as shopping for yourself? Show your pup some love and head to the Marshall Pet Co-Op, which is stocked with over 150 high-quality pet food brands as well as an array of treats, pet accessories and more.


Aiyana Atelier
Skinvive™ by Juvaderm® is now available at Aiyana Atelier! The first and only hyaluronic acid microdroplet injectable indicated for skin smoothness of the cheeks. An injectable moisturizer for the ultimate glow. Mention TSG Hunt Country at your appointment for a special offer!

For more on living like a local in Hunt Country, be sure to check out our Insider Guides here!