It’s officially summer and we couldn’t be more excited to be outside taking advantage of all Culpeper has to offer. From paddling Lake Pelham to exploring area trails, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your time here without crowds.
Our calendar of events is ripe with live music and ways to get your heart pumping. We encourage you to follow CDC guidelines for proper distancing, hand washing, and masks as you enjoy spending time in Culpeper.
July 3 the first Team Penning Practice of the month at Andora Farm, and it’s a bit of cowboy fun you don’t find many other places. Watch teams compete to see who can pen calves the fastest. It’s not as easy as you might think. Team Penning Practice occurs every Friday evening at 7 p.m. and it’s free to watch.
For more action at Andora Farm, plan to attend a Cattle Drive Weekend July 24-26 or July 31-August 2. It’s an all-inclusive experience of horseback riding, and driving and penning cattle knowing there are meals and a comfortable place to lay your head when you’re done. Primitive camping available, if you like. Horse stalls and hook-ups are first come, first served. Registration required.
July 3 promises to be a great night for music in downtown Culpeper as Tamara Mae & Friends take the stage at Davis Street Pier. The set is chock full of original music, which starts at 10 p.m.
Independence Day: July 4
Culpeper’s 4th of July Celebration will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. and include a patriotic demonstration will occur on the lawn of the Culpeper Courthouse. Later, fireworks will blast off at Rockwater Park. Secure your parking and settle in for the show that’s set to begin at 9:15 p.m.
Head to Belmont Farm Distillery for a meet and greet with Tim Smith, JT, and Chuck Miller. There will be live music, a food truck, tastings, and cocktails for purchase. Bring your chair and plan to spread out. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 parking fee.
State Climb, our local indoor rock climbing gym, is hosting a 4th of July Block Party with music, food, corn hole, and more, and it starts at 11 a.m.
In honor of July 4th, Beer Hound Brewery presents $4 Brews & Dogs for July 4th @ The Hound. Your favorite beer will be served in a souvenir cup you can take with you when you go. Noon to 9 p.m.
If you’re a horse lover, July 7 is a great day to be at Summerduck Run Farm. Watch the Tuesday Afternoon Jumper Series to cheer on both horses and riders.
Calling all non-green thumbs! July 9 is the date you’ve been waiting for. Join in the online event “Houseplants for Beginners” offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension. It’s a free one-hour class but registration is required.
From July 11 to July 18, you’re invited to the Celebrate Local Scavenger Hunt in Culpeper. Create your team of up to four adults (and as many kids as you want) to embark upon a hybrid virtual scavenger hunt. Register to participate and perhaps you’ll win a prize once you conquer the hunt!
Sunday Sunset Sippers ft. Bailey Hayes at Mountain Run Winery will take place July 12, and it’s a fine way to close out a weekend and prepare yourself for the week to come. Enjoy a glass or a bottle while sweet tunes fill the air. Cheers to friends on a Sunday Funday!
Hey Kids! July 13 is Wine and Design's a single-day Art Buzz Kids Summer Camp: Sweet Treats where participants will be painting favorite sugary delights to take home. July 20 is the Wizard Academy camp where kids will create their own wands, galaxy potions, and more. Both camps are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for ages 5 to 12; registration is required.
Art isn’t just for kids. Look to the Wine and Design calendar filled with canvas themes you may like – patriotic, summer, floral, landscapes, animals, etc. As their name implies, wine is available with your art class (additional fee and by the bottle), making it a great girlfriends’ night out or even a date night. Space is limited and registration is required. Food is also available.
July 14 is as fine a day as any to take part in the Virtual Zumba class offered free by Culpeper County Parks & Recreation. Join in at 6:15 p.m. from your personal computer or tablet.
How’s your green thumb? If you’re looking for tips and tricks for growing veggies, join the Virtual Vegetable Growers Series with the next meeting July 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. This session is all about food safety in the midst of COVID-19 and includes Food Scientist Dr. Laura Strawn from Virginia Tech.
If you’re having difficulty with garden pests or simply have an interest in horticulture, tune in July 16 to the Landscape Pest and Problem Walk featuring Curator of Horticulture at Montpelier, Allyson Whailey, and Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Ashley Appling. Registration is required for the free, one-hour Zoom event.
“The Germanna Foundation tells America’s story of liberty through the frontier experience of her settlers and descendants using archaeological, historical, and genealogical research and interpretation,” and they’re hosting the 63rd Annual Germanna Foundation Conference – virtually – July 17 and 18. Six presentations will be made over the two days, which will be recorded and available for playback for paying registrants.
Strategic stretching and breathing exercises are wonderful for your mind and body, and on July 18 you’re invited to participate in just that as Mountain Run Winery hosts an outdoor yoga session with instructors from Pranapiloga. It’s an hour long and registration is required as space is limited. Later at Mountain Run, The Unsuitables will be playing music from 5 to 8 p.m. As they like to say, “wine/song/dance and repeat …”
Learn something new! Tune in to Cooking Virtual: Homemade Cream Cheese & Soft Cheeses on July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by Culpeper County Parks & Recreation and Hobby Hill Farm Fresh LLC, this event will include your supplies by mail and an access code to join the Zoom class. Your supplies will yield five batches of soft cheeses. Only 20 spaces are available and registration closes July 7; don’t wait to sign up.
July 25 is Bourbon, Bluegrass & BBQ, a monthly event at Belmont Farm Distillery featuring great bluegrass music, free Bourbon samples, and of course, excellent BBQ. Distillery tours are also free, and they’d love to have you visit the gift shop to take home a bottle or two of their spirits.
David Gilmore will be playing live at Beer Hound Brewery in downtown Culpeper July 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. You’ll recognize his covers and hopefully you’ll appreciate his originals. Enjoy a pint of Beer Hound craft beer and sing along if you know the song.
If you happen to be strolling Davis Street and hear music, look toward Grass Rootes. Their patio hosts musicians several times per week. Oh, and DO try their ice cream cake. It’s the perfect ending to your day.
For more great live music listening opportunities just outside Culpeper, consider the Friday and Saturday events at Prince Michel Winery’s Tap 29 Brewery in Leon. Plus, their Independence weekend (July 3-5) is packed with back-to-back musicians as well as hot dogs, BBQ, and popsicles for the kids.
Cheers to a laid-back July in Culpeper! If you need assistance while you’re in town, call us at 1-844-490-2577. Check out our Visitor Guide for more travel inspiration, and note that all events listed here are subject to change.