Things To Do in Hunt Country This Spring 

Middleburg is the nations Horse & Hunt Capital, it’s a place where residents and visitors can meet for recreation and entertainment. Middleburg has a full schedule of events that occur both in the downtown area and nearby. There is something for every age and interest from sporting, food, music, art and more.



Book signing at Crème de la Crème in Middleburg: April 23–24

White House garden historian Linda Jane Holden is hosting a two-day book signing at Crème de la Crème in Middleburg April 23–24 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Check out this article from Middleburg Life for more details!



“Spring Bouquet 2021” at The Byrne Gallery: March 3-28

The Byrne Gallery is proud to present “Spring Bouquet 2021,” an exhibition by local artists of floral works at the gallery. Each artist uses a different medium in their floral paintings and expresses color in their own unique way.

Karen Coleman uses the mediums of watercolor and colored pencil on paper to render her sometimes delicate, sometimes bold floral and botanical compositions. Cathleen Lawless turns to oil on canvas to convey her delight in the new season while Robert Thoren uses oil
to capture local landscapes and florals with plein air paintings. Carolyn Marshall Wright chooses water-based media to convey the energy of spring.

The exhibition is open to the public and everyone is cordially invited to attend.



“Birds! Birds! Birds!” at The Artists in Middleburg: March 13-April 11

Whether a tiny, fluttering hummingbird or an impressive swooping eagle, birds of every feather fascinate and excite us! Join The Artists in Middleburg for their newest exhibit and see for yourself.



“A Saxophone Serenade” The Middleburg Concert Series presents The Washington Saxophone Quartet, the most widely broadcast saxophone group in the country: March 21

WETA classical music host, co-host of Center Stage From Wolf Trap, and on-stage emcee for Chanber Music at the Barns at Wolf Trap Rick Keinfeldt brings his Washington Saxophone Quartet to Middleburg. This group’s recordings have been aired nationwide daily on NPR’s “All Things Considered” since 1997. Listeners are surprised that they are hearing four saxophones, as the instruments evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz saxophone section. The group plays a wide repertoire from early music to newly commissioned works. They have played throughout the U.S., in China, and in the Caribbean and have made numerous recordings. The concert is underwritten by a grant from the Virginia Federation of the Arts. A “meet the artists” reception will follow.



Chateau Maris French Wine Dinner at Market Salamander: March 20 | 7-10 p.m.

Join Market Salamander for this special taste of French terroir. Chateau Maris is a French winery known for its sustainable production of fine wines. Experience a menu curated by Chef Jason Deaver with French dishes paired harmoniously with these one-of-a-kind French wines.

$109 per person. Not inclusive of tax and gratuity. Advanced reservations are required. To reserve, please call 540-687-9726 by Sunday, March 14.



March Wellness Weekend at Salamander Resort & Spa: March 20-21

Kickstart your wellness with a weekend of exercise classes to energize and refocus your body and mind. The weekend consists of weight training, gentle yoga, cardio and meditation for a well-rounded wellness experience. Register for classes individually for $50, or register for all four wellness sessions and receive 20% off.

Advanced registration required. To register, please call 540-326-4060.



“Panel Discussion: Thoughts on Steeplechase Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: March 25 | 6-7 p.m.

Steeplechase and other equestrian pursuits have long been a part of Middleburg culture. Over the years, the sport itself has been adapting to the evolving demographics and changing landscape. Most recently a new hurdle, in the form of a global pandemic, has had a significant impact on steeplechasing. Join Bill Gallo, National Steeplechase Association Director of Racing; Punkin Lee, Race Chairman for the Virginia Fall Races; Don Yovanovich, long-time industry professional and trainer; and Will O’Keefe, Race Meet Announcer, as they discuss their views on steeplechase’s past, present, and future at home in Virginia and nationally.

This is a free program presented on Zoom and Facebook Live.

Sign up for your free Zoom link by emailing vpeacock@nationalsporting.org.



Easter Cake Class at Salamander Resort & Spa: March 27 | 1-3 p.m.

Hop on over and join Salamander Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves to learn how to bake and decorate your very own Easter-themed cake. The recipes covered in this class include lemon pound cake, whipped white chocolate cheesecake, and French macaron.

$79 per guest, excluding tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. Please call 540-326-4070 to reserve.



“Thrill of the ‘Chace: Steeplechase in Art” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Through March 28

First run from church steeple to church steeple in Ireland in the 1750s, steeplechasing, its early alternate spelling “steeplechacing,” has developed a rich history around the globe. Jumping fences, leaping ditches, and streaking across the countryside in brightly colored silks, skilled jockeys and their mounts have won the hearts and minds of spectators and artists across centuries. Now run on courses ranging from Aintree, England, to Middleburg, Virginia, the excitement and passion of this sport has been immortalized in countless pieces of art. “Thrill of the ’Chace” showcases paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the National Sporting Library & Museum’s permanent collection and venues from across the country.

The museum is currently open on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. For tickets, more information, and visitor requirements, please click here.



“A Horse of Course: The Equine Image in Art” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Through March 28

“A Horse of Course: The Equine Image in Art” is a traveling educational exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Virginia Statewide Partnership Program. It features 12 photographic reproductions of iconic works in the VMFA’s permanent collections. Also on view are a selection of books from the National Sporting Library & Museum’s collection inspired by the imagery.

The museum is currently open on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. For tickets, more information, and visitor requirements, please click below.



The Middleburg Spring Races: May 1

The Middleburg Spring Races have become the quintessential event to welcome spring to Virginia, synonymous with the blooming of the daffodils and dogwoods. Surrounded by Virginia’s famous hunt country, the tradition continues on Saturday, May 1st, 2021. Join us as we “Race to Give.



Help Cats and Dogs Get Their WAG Back On. Washington Area Animal Adoption Group’s Spring Dog Jog Is Back! May 2

The Washington Area Animal Adoption Group (WAAAG) Spring Dog Jog animal-rescue fundraiser is set to return May 2 at 10AM at Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Va.

The Spring Dog Jog is a 5K run and family fun walk that serves as one of WAAAG’s key annual fundraisers, helping the Veteran founded, all-volunteer group give homes and loving care to dogs and cats in need. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was held virtually in 2020. This makes the 2021 event even more important to WAAAG’s mission—and we are looking for a huge turnout as a result!

Registration is open at www.waaag.org starting at $35 per entrant—kids under 8 and all dogs are free! Register by April 16 to get your official event t-shirt!



Art in the Burg: May 15

Join the Middleburg Arts Council during their biannual celebration, featuring artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists. Art lovers will get the opportunity to purchase original works without gallery fees. While you’re here, visit Middleburg’s many restaurants and quaint shops. The event occurs on the third Saturday in May and September and is held in downtown Middleburg.



“APRIL ALLEGRO” AT THE BYRNE GALLERY: April 1 – May 2

The Byrne Gallery is proud to present “April Allegro,” recent still life and landscape oil paintings by well-known Virginia plein-air painter, Robert Thoren. This new exhibition for the month of April features impressionistic landscapes that showcase the seasonal beauty of Northern Virginia. There will be a special reception for the artist on April 10 from 4 – 7 p.m., and all are invited to attend. The exhibit will begin on April 1 and continue through May 2. It is open to the public.



FOXES ON THE FENCE: April 1 – May 17

Join the Middleburg Arts Council during their biannual celebration, featuring artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists. Art lovers will get the opportunity to purchase original works without gallery fees. While you’re here, visit Middleburg’s many restaurants and quaint shops. The event occurs on the third Saturday in May and September and is held in downtown Middleburg.



WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL: April 9

Join the Land Trust of Virginia and Goose Creek Association at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, to be held virtually in 2021! Enjoy an evening of entertainment and connect with others as you screen films that feature the people, places, wildlife, and initiatives making a splash in nature and conservation today. The program will be live streamed, and ticket holders will have access to all films via video-on-demand for 24 hours following the event.



BLUEMONT IN BLOOM: April 10

Enjoy the Bluemont Vineyard driveway, lined with cherry trees in bloom. Take your adventure off-road into the Apple Blossom orchard where Henway Hard Cider will be hosting a pop-up Bloom Bar. The Pecking Order will feature our “Hatch” hard cider, blood orange cider and rosé cider to enjoy by the pint. Growlers will be available for additional purchase on-site, so you can take home your favorite Springtime sippers.This is the perfect opportunity to snap those spring instagrammable moments or gather your loved ones and update your family photos. Additional dates include April 11, 17, and 18.



EQUINE/ANIMAL SCULPTURE WORKSHOPS WITH THE ARTISTS IN MIDDLEBURG: April 15

Goksin Carey continues her monthly sculpting classes on Zoom! She meets with students who have taken at least her first workshop, in-person, every Thursday, from 1-5 p.m. Cost is $200 per month. Register online or call 540-270-6165.



ALL LEVELS OUTDOOR YOGA AT LOST BARREL BREWING: April 18

Join Natalie for a fresh-air, 1-hour, all-levels yoga class at Barrel Brewing! Each class is a unique sequence. After class feel free to continue your day by eating, drinking, and hanging out at Lost Barrel Brewing! Cost is $16 per person. Check in begins at 10:45 a.m.



HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK: April 23-24

The Virginia Hunt Country, nestled in the rolling hills of the Piedmont just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the location of this tour featuring private properties in The Plains and Delaplane, all of which are being featured for the first time on Historic Garden Week. Ashleigh and White Hall, both Greek Revival houses, visitors will be delighted by the diversity of these grand estates and landscapes that celebrate the open spaces of this part of Virginia. Purchase tickets online.



BOOK SIGNING AT CRÈME DE LA CRÈME IN MIDDLEBURG: April 23–24

White House garden historian Linda Jane Holden is hosting a two-day book signing at Middleburg’s Crème de la Crème. Visitors may purchase copies of “The Gardens of Bunny Mellon,” “Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon,” and the Bunny Mellon Garden Journal, a beautiful notebook for journalists and garden designers that includes inspirational quotes and sketches from Mrs. Mellon. Stop by for a chance to meet the author and purchase her books in person.



BROOK TROUT: GEMS OF THE PIEDMONT AT THE NATIONAL SPORTING LIBRARY & MUSEUM: April 29

Join us for a talk about the state of Virginia’s brook trout and hear from the Piedmont Environmental Council about their work with partner organizations, local landowners, and state and federal agencies to insure the survival of this iconic species. Claire Catlett and Celia Vuocolo from PEC will be sharing their adventures in trout conservation. Free for NSLM and PEC members and $10 for non-members. One participant will be randomly selected to win a sample of dry flies perfect for the Piedmont area! This is a virtual program.



CLARKE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET GRAND OPENING: May 1

The 2021 market season begins May 1! See the farmers you know and love, and shop fresh produce, meat, eggs, tea and coffee, plants, home baked goods, local honey, salves and soaps, and so much more! 



VIRGINIA GOLD CUP: May 29

Race day activities include terrier races, shopping, hat contests, tailgate contests, and some of the best steeplechase racing you’ll find anywhere. We are working with the State of Virginia and public health authorities on a safe environment for a physical event in 2021. 



Submit your events to laura@middleburglife.com