Springtime Fun in Culpeper

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Springtime Fun in Culpeper


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 overnight campers.

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 that?

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!