Summer fun is in full swing in Culpeper, Virginia, and we’d love to have you join in! From virtual participation to in-person, socially-distanced affairs, there’s something to do nearly every day of the month. Plan a few days away without fear; we’re ready for you when you’re ready for us.
August 1 - Learning to bake bread has been one of the top things people have chosen to do during the pandemic. If you’ve yet to jump on the bandwagon, now is your chance. Tune in to Cooking Virtual: Artisan Bread Basics from 10 a.m. to noon to learn how to bake a beautiful, crusty, artisan bread with Sharon of Hobby Hill Farm Fresh. Registration is required.
August 1 - Welcome the month of August with a chilled bottle of wine and the excellent music of South Canal Street. Mountain Run Winery invites you to spread out, make yourself at home, and enjoy the tunes from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The winery is open from noon until sunset for your early arrival or evening wine-down. Mountain View BBQ will be on hand for tasty meals and snacks.
August 1 – What?! Free Comic Book Summer?! It’s true! Pop in to Multiverse Comics any and every Saturday this month to grab a free comic book from their stash of giveaways. No purchase is necessary; just remember your mask and be respectful of others’ space while you peruse the selection.
August 1 – Those who love the sounds of a banjo, ukele, or guitar will love the patio party at Beer Hound Brewery in downtown Culpeper where Lee Jones Music will perform Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Try a new beer and enjoy the tunes.
August 2 – Sunday Sunset Sippers ft. Get Down Jack is a time of live music, great food, and Mountain Run Winery wine. Spread out to maintain social distance and then relax. The event is 3 to 7 p.m.
August 3 – Your budding artist will have a blast with Art Buzz Kids Summer Camp: The Art of Science. Meshing art and science, your kiddo will have a showcase of their work during the last day of this week-long camp. For ages 5 to 12. Limited seating; reservations required.
August 3 – The Elevate Black Artists Community Art Show exhibit will be available for viewing in person at Elevate Culpeper and virtually the entire month of August. Art by individuals of all ages will be on display.
August 7 – Those with an interest in cattle or pieces of cowboy culture will likely enjoy watching a Team Penning Practice at Andora Farm. Teams compete to separate cattle and “pen” them as fast as they can. How talented are they? Come see for free!
August 7 – We’re happy to have a Virginia State Park ranger on hand at Spilman Park Shelter for a program called “Fur & Skulls,” which will help you learn basic mammal identification skills. Real pelts will be available, but the skulls are “bone clones” rather than the real thing. Come out and learn something! Registration is required by the program is free.
August 8 – Classics and more will be on display at the Phase 3 Car Show at The Ole Country Store & Bakery. Perfectly polished and glimmering in the sun, these stunners may have you salivating for an old school set of wheels of your own.
August 8 – TeddysDeal brings a solo looping set to Beer Hound Brewery. If you’re not familiar with looping, it’s the cool thing some solo artists do that allows them to perform a run on one instrument, record it, and then layer more sounds on top of them, eventually offering a well-rounded song akin to a band rather than a one-man acoustic performance. TeddysDeal does this well; come see and enjoy a craft beer while he does his thing.
August 13 – The Landscape Pest and Problem Walk is a virtual one hour presentation by Virginia Cooperative Extension agent Ashley Appling and Montpelier’s Curator of Horticulture Allyson Whalley. Together they’ll teach you how to diagnose some problems you may find in your own yard as well as how to deal with them. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Free.
August 14 – Meet favorite local singer/songwriter Tamara Mae & Friends at Davis Street Pier! Belting out their own originals from 10 pm to midnight, they’re the perfect pairing with a late night menu and beers among friends. Keep your space and enjoy the music.
August 15 – As much as you might want to bow out with a “namaste in bed” on this fine Saturday morning, gearing up for a great Yoga sesh at Mountain Run Winery is a better idea. And it’s better for you. And there’s wine, so …
August 15 – Covers from 11 genres and six decades will be on the set list for Waking Napster at Beer Hound Brewery. You remember Napster, don’t you? It was that website some of us “allegedly” downloaded our favorite songs from – for free – in the late 90s. But then Metallica got mad and it became a whole thing … anyway, Waking Napster is a local answer to hearing your favorite radio songs: covered. Bring a friend and a mask!
August 15 – Gamers, gamers, gamers! The Koons Madden 20 Video Game Tournament is brought to you by Koons Automotive, Culpeper Police Department, Eastern View High School, and Culpeper County High School. It’s a three-day tourney in which students from EVHS and CCHS compete to win money for their school. The final rounds will pit the students against the General Manager of Koons and a Culpeper police officer.
August 16 – Run like you’ve been stuck at home for five months! It’s the 2020 Devil’s Den 10 Miler featuring the rolling countryside of Culpeper. The Devil’s Den 10 Miler is a Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix Series race and a certified course. There is a virtual option if you’d rather not get in the starting line mix, and you can still earn the same great swag.
August 18 – Your garden is still yielding a wonderful bounty of summer veggies, but it’s time to start considering the fall wind down. Join the Veggie Gardening Series virtual discussion by the Virginia Cooperative Extension to learn how to transition from summer to fall and which plants are best for the cooler weather. Registration for this free event is required.
August 21 – The Country Club of Culpeper is hosting the 18th Annual Chamber Golf Classic, a time for professionals to tee off with staff or clients on the rolling greens. Lunch will be provided on the course, as will drinks and snacks. There will not be an after party this year. Masks are required for this outdoor event, but they are available at registration for those who desire one.
August 22 – Mud Buggin’ is a grand time of playing in the mud at Lenn Park for the purpose of discovering the hidden ecosystems of Mountain Run Creek. You’ll join a Virginia State Park Ranger to explore and hopefully catch a few organisms to discuss their role in their environment. This program is for ages 5 to 10 and is free, but registration is required. Play clothes and shoes are recommended, as they will likely get wet. A hat, water bottle, snack, and sunscreen are also recommended.
August 24 – Movement makes all the difference in physical and mental wellbeing. Try Tai Chi with Culpeper County Parks & Recreation at Lenn Park. The class focuses on the art of Tai Chi and its meditative qualities for all, and all are welcome. The class costs $100 and is offered Mondays and Wednesdays beginning August 24. Click the link above for the full calendar of dates.
August 25 – If you love to paint or draw, you’ll want to check out Drawing & Painting at Lenn Park Activity Room. Join in the fun of water-based paints as well as charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, and more to create a beautiful composition. This event is sponsored by Culpeper County Parks & Recreation and Artists in Bloom.
August 29 – If free Bourbon doesn’t get your attention, we don’t know what will. But now that we do have your attention, Bourbon, Bluegrass, and Barbecue is a Saturday fun day at Belmont Farm Distillery, and it all starts at noon. Bluegrass music sets the atmosphere while you sip free samples of Bourbon and take free tours of the distillery. Excellent barbecue is available for sale.
Wine & Design in-studio classes are back on! Class sizes are reduced, so you’ll want to check their calendar and register early for a class to be guaranteed a seat. Wine by the bottle is available for sale and face masks are required. Opportunities to pick up art kits for at-home use are still available as well.
Weekends are made for music at Prince Michel and Tap 29 Brewery. Enjoy a beverage while favorite acts entertain.
- August 7: Big Gavel Band
- August 8: Mercy Trail | The Jon Spear Band
- August 9: Sharif
- August 14: The Unsuitables
- August 15: Déjà vu | Movin’ On
- August 16: 2Wishes
- August 21: The Joker Band
- August 22: Billy Blue Eyes & The Chicken Fingers | Patchwork Dorothy
- August 23: FarAway
- August 28: Matt Johnson
- August 29: Bailey Hayes | Dan Trull
- August 30: Dave Goorich
As the week winds down, Grass Rootes is a great place to unwind with it. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights feature live music by various local artists on the patio. Nightly specials (including decadent desserts) are worth the visit.
For more great live music in downtown Culpeper, check out Davis Street Pier, open until midnight Wednesday and Thursday, and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Culpeper this month. Please remember CDC guidelines and recognize the mandates from the Commonwealth of Virginia during our current phase: mandatory masks and social distance of six feet or more. Please note that all events are subject to change; inquire directly with host venues for confirmation or questions.