Warm weather is a perfect invitation to travel and enjoy the
countryside. In and around downtown Culpeper you’ll be pleased to find special
winery and brewery events, unexpected delights, live music, festivals, and
more. Set out on a scenic drive our way and see what fun awaits.
Throughout April and May, Cattle Drive Weekends are
annual spring events hosted at Andora Farm with Tom Seay and Kristen Biscoe,
host and co-host of television show “Best of America by Horseback.” Guests are
treated to country meals at the Seay table when they’re not working and driving
cattle. There’s a stall for your horse and a full bathhouse available for your
use. No experience required.
Bring on the wine! The Montpelier
Wine Trail Spring Festival is scheduled for April 20 at Mountain Run
Winery. Taste from six wineries while live music rings out. Peruse the wares of
local craft vendors while enjoy the flavors of Burnt Ends BBQ.
For a wide sampling of craft beer, head to the Gnarly Hops & Barley
Festival April 28 in downtown Culpeper. More than 70 brews will be
available for tastings, and there will be incredible food, of course. Bring an
umbrella because this shindig is rain or shine.
May 1 is one of the happiest days for lake lovers as LakePelham Adventures opens for the season. Rent kayaks, paddle boats, and aqua
cycles, or rent the gazebo for a special event.
We and the farmers and makers are eager for May 4 to arrive.
That’s the day Culpeper
Downtown Farmers Market opens for the season, and there are sure to be
great tastes and pretty items available. While it’s too early for ripe
tomatoes, it’s the perfect time to snag a tomato plant to take home. Flowers,
freshly baked bread, cheese, jams, jellies, meats, eggs, and more should be
plentiful on opening day and thereafter.
May 4 is a booming day, as it turns out. Visitors to Belmont Farm Distillery will have a chance to meet the distillers themselves that day. Master
Distiller and Belmont Farm owner Chuck Miller will host a meet-and-greet with
Tim Smith of “Moonshiners” on Discovery.
Bring your camera and enjoy a tasting and tour between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Belmont’s
tasting room opens for the season April 6.
May 4 is also the 10th Annual Wicked Bottom 5K
which shotguns from Lenn Park at 8:30 a.m.
Take a run or cheer on your favorite runner. It’s a family-friendly environment
with door prizes, yoga, wine tasting, and more. If walking is more your speed,
there’s a Downtown Culpeper Walking Tour that highlights the architecture and
history of Davis Street. Meet the group at the Museum of Culpeper History
to begin the tour.
Live Action Role Playing (LARP) is alive and well in
Culpeper. May 11 is the LARP Adventures
Rites of Spring event featuring “battle, puzzles and games of skill,
quests, feasting and revelry.” Truly, it’s a unique experience to “live the
adventure” as a character of your own creation. Daytrippers are welcome, as are
The Third Thursday Summer Concert Series kicks off May 16 –
an early start to get you in that summertime frame of mind. En’Novation opens
the season with their classic R&B and soul covers. Expect to hear favorites
from The Temptations, Prince, Rick James, Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars, and more!
Car nuts will go crazy for the fourth-Saturday Cruise-In
for Heroes hosted at Bruster’s. Not only will you see an array of both
classic and tricked-out cars, but it’s all for a good cause. These monthly
cruise-ins benefit Fisher House Foundation, an organization providing “comfort
homes” for military families who need to be near loved ones while they receive
treatment in military or Veterans Affairs hospitals.
An additional cruise-in is slated for June 1 at Mountain Run
Winery. It’s the VW Cruisers Car Show that is also a festival environment. “V-Dubs in the
Vineyard” features live music by Someone Else’s Problem and great food by
The Donut Kitchen and Boy Scout Troop 2020. Roll your eye candy car in for a
$20 entry fee or pay $10 per carload just to come see these beauties. Make a
weekend of it by camping Friday and/or Saturday at the winery. How cool is
Bourbon, Bluegrass, and Barbecue is a summer series offered
by Belmont Farm Distillery.
Don’t miss the first event of the summer on June 8. Sample Bourbon, take a tour
of the distillery, enjoy the food, and relax with great live Bluegrass music.
Take a glance through our calendar
of events to unearth more spring events, like live music at our breweries
and wineries. We’ll see you soon!