September in Hunt Country

Flat lay of a planner open to the month of "September". Fresh cut heirloom tomatoes, foraged mushrooms, a cute baguette and a basin of salt surround the planner.

Dear Friends,

Fall is well on it’s way and we have a bunch of events this month focused on food, wine and local makers here in Hunt Country. We hope you can get to them all!



Scout Guide volumes stacked on one another in different shades of dark blue atop a beautifully upholstered, antique chair. Red flowers frame the books on the right hand side.


Three women flanked by cowboys on horses in western tack at the entrance of a party barn.

American Conservation Film Festival Screening
September 13th | 6-8pm | Oak Spring Garden Foundation | Details
Join The Oak Spring Garden Foundation for a screening of two award winning films from the American Conservation Film Festival: I Am Salmon and Common Ground. The screening will be held in the Granary. Light refreshments will be provided and guests are encouraged to bring snacks!

Sprout’s Annual Gallop Gala
September 16th | 6-11pm | Sprout Center | Details
Step into a world of imagination and color as you “Paint the Night” with Twizzler! Immerse yourself in creativity, optimism and inspiration with Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center. Enjoy delicious drinks and dinner, a live artist, engaging auctions, and a lively band that will have you dancing the night away! Dress to impress. Wear your bright, bold and beautiful colors. Black tie optional. Valet parking.

Garden Gathering: Plan & Prepare Your Fall Garden
September 16th | 9:30am-11am | Nature Composed | Details
If you’ve visited the shop you’ve likely admired Nature Composed’s wattle fence structures. In this gathering, Jenn Pineau, owner, and her team will educate the participants about choosing the right materials, and demonstrate how to make a wattle fence, as well as trellis structures. Leave with the know how to build your own at home!

A closeup shot of pink and red dahlias.
Dahlias from the gardens of Nature Composed. Photo by Gregorio Photography for The Scout Guide Hunt Country.

Town of Middleburg Oktoberfest
September 16th | 11am-7pm | Middleburg, VA | Details
Join in on the fun at Middleburg’s 3rd Oktoberfest Celebration! Festivities will take place on South Madison and Federal Streets. Enjoy two biergartens, traditional German and festival food, local beer, wine and cider, live music, and festive games. The event will also feature artwork from local and regional artists for purchase along Artists’ Alley on Federal Street. Come browse and buy fine art, pottery, jewelry, wearable art and more.

2023 Loudoun 40 under 40 Banquet and Awards
September 21st | 6:30-7:30pm | Bluemont Vineyards | Details
Join Loudoun 40 Under 40 as they honor the county’s up-and-coming business and community leaders at the tenth annual 40 Under 40 banquet! This year’s banquet will be held at the breathtaking Bluemont Vineyard in Bluemont, Virginia. Enjoy fantastic networking, incredible views of Western Loudoun, and a delicious dinner prepared by paired with local wine and beer. The evening begins with a cocktail reception with live music, followed by the awards ceremony featuring photography and videography by 2014 honoree Aliyah Dastour of Alimond Photography, and finally, a buffet dinner. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email Katie Wilson at [email protected].

The 44th Annual Old Town Warrenton Fall Festival
September 23rd | 9am-4pm | Warrenton, VA | Details
Main Street in Historic Old Town Warrenton transforms with arts, music, crafters, strolling entertainment and festival food during the 44th Annual Old Town Warrenton Fall Festival, on Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern United States, this event is a perfect family day, offering something for everyone!

A closeup shot of a seafood dish in a stylized white plate with a deep dip in the middle.
A seafood dish at the Blue Rock. Photography by Deb Lindsey.

Bunny and Paul: The Mellon Legacy in the Virginia Piedmont
September 24th | 4:30pm-8pm | Rokeby Farm | Details
Gather at the beautiful Rokeby Farm for a special evening to learn how Bunny and Paul’s  passions developed into a proud legacy in the Virginia Piedmont. Although they shared many of the same interests, they each uniquely contributed to establishing Oak Spring as we know it today and had a far reaching impact on conservation, equestrian sports, gardening, and the arts. 

Autumn Equinox Seafood Bash
September 24th | 2pm | Blue Rock VA | Details
Join the Blue Rock in Warrenton, Virginia for food paired with wines from all around the world, all perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon spent with family and friends. Rob McFarlane from Potomac Wines and Spirits will be introducing the wines, each paired with a different course from the kitchen. They’ll have plenty of room outdoors for everyone to mix and mingle, along with lawn games and live music. The ticket price will include a 2oz pour of each of the 5 wines, along with a 5oz glass of your favorite wine from the lineup!

A Taste of Marshall
September 28th | 6-8pm | Marshall, Virginia | Details
Head to Marshall, Virginia for a restaurant-led community picnic featuring some of the best culianry expertise and flavors in Hunt Country! Participating restaurants include Field & Main, The Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Blue Pig BBQ, Cupcake Heaven, Half Past Moon Coffee Buzz and more!

Oktoberfest at Lost Barrel Brewing
September 30th | 11:30am-9pm | Lost Barrel Brewing | Details
Join Lost Barrel Brewing for Oktoberfest 2023 featuring all things local! Craft breweries, delicious food, vendors and live music!


Interior of the Blue Rock Inn in Washington, Virginia. This photo highlights one part of the dining room and bar.
A sneak peek at one of the cozy dining areas at the Blue Rock. Photography by Jen Chase.

Dinner at The Blue Rock 
Treat yourself and a loved one to dinner at the stunning Blue Rock in the rolling hills of Washington, Virginia. As the evenings grow chillier, toasting with a carefully-picked glass of wine and indulging in something delicious and artfully made is the ultimate early-fall pleasure. The Blue Rock boasts stunning views and culinary expertise!

Crème de la Crème 
Everyone needs and loves gorgeous coffee table books! They can be a conversation starter, intriguing centerpiece and a work of art. “Sweet Floral Life” catalogues the how-to’s of arranging flowers in a way that makes them living art. This book, and many other glorious coffee table dwellers, can be found at Crème de la Crème Boutique.

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

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