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October 9, 2019

Best Bets: 40th Oktoberfest, 24th annual farm tour

The 40th annual Oktoberfest at St. John in Warrenton and the 24th annual Fauquier Farm Tour.
St. John’s Oktoberfest
4 to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
271 Winchester St., Warrenton

The 40th annual fall celebration will include authentic German food and drink, live German music, homemade baked goods, carnival games and rides, indoor craft fair, a white elephant sale, vendors and live music. The event raises funds for St. John’s elementary school, aid to the needy in our community, youth programs and other parish needs. Free admission.

Street Music
5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
Main Street, Warrenton

Local musicians, including students, invited to play acoustic (non-amplified) music along Main Street as the beginning of “Street Busking,” which has become popular in towns and cities across the nation and in neighboring communities. Sponsor: Experience Old Town Warrenton. More info: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and/or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Lost in Yonkers”
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13
Fauquier Community Theatre
4225 Aiken Drive, Vint Hill

The community theatre continues a three-weekend run of Neil Simon’s comedic drama that won Pulitzer and Tony awards. The action gets filtered through the eyes of two Bronx “wise guys,”15-year-old Jay (Cameron Dean) and his brother, Arty (Jake Miller), two years younger. In 1942 New York City, Jay and Arty must live temporarily with their unwelcoming Grandma Kunitz (Catherine Stuart) while their newly-widowed father Eddie (Jim Constable) has to take a job on the road to pay off his wife’s medical debt from a loan shark. A steely Jewish refugee from Germany, Grandma lives above her candy store in Yonkers, but there’s nothing sweet about her. Tickets: $16 for seniors and students and $18 for adults. or 540-349-8760.

Fauquier County Farm Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
Six featured stops around the county

The 24th annual, self-guided tour features Lakeside Dairy near Midland, Messick Farm Market near Bealeton, Greenfield Farms Alpacas near Catlett, Molon Lave Vineyards near Warrenton, Powers Farm & Brewery near Casanova and the “Fauquier Agriculture Celebration” at Fauquier High School. The tour brochure also lists farmers’ markets, vineyards, orchards, corn mazes and breweries. Free.

2019 Children’s Festival
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
C.M. Crockett Park
10066 Rogues Road, Midland

The Fauquier County Department of Parks and Recreation hosts the annual celebration, designed especially for children. It will include boat rides, sandbox games, crafts such as pumpkin painting and face painting, pony rides, moon bounces, local entertainment, funnel cakes with homemade ice cream, historical exhibits and other fun activities. For more information, email or call 540-422-8874. $10 per vehicle park admission.

The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
Flatbeds and Tailfins
300 E. Main St., Remington

The five-member, D.C.-based group plays classic and progressive bluegrass. Tickets: $25 in advance and $20 at the door; free for children younger than 5.

Fast Eddie and The Slowpokes
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
Gloria’s Listening Room
92 Main St., Warrenton

The five-man group has won the D.C. Blues Society Battle of the Bands and has represented Washington at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The Slowpokes’ playlist draws inspiration from classic Chicago blues o to West Coast Swing and Motown to Muscle Shoals, along with rock ’n’ roll. Tickets: $20 and free for children 12 and younger with parent or guardian.

Fauquier Ghost Stories
2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13
John Barton Payne Community Hall
2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton

Frances Allshouse, former director of the Old Jail Museum in Warrenton and co-author of “Ghosts of the Old Jail,” will share spooky tales and Fauquier legends. Presented by the Fauquier County Public Library. Free.

Rady Park Arboretum
20th Anniversary Celebration

2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13
725 Fauquier Road, Warrenton

Master Gardeners, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the town and county parks departments maintain the arboretum with more than 60 species of trees and shrubs. A Virginia Department of Forestry grant help establish the park in 1999. Sunday’s celebration will include guided tours, information about future improvements, children’s activities and refreshments. Free.

Other options

> Weekend activities at Sky Meadows State Park

> John Patrick on Saturday at Wort Hog Brewing

> Cabin Creek on Saturday night at Old Bust Head Brewing

> Flying Circus Airshow on Sunday near Bealeton

> David Grier on Sunday night at Gloria’s Listening Room

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