It’s that time of year when we teeter on the edge of summer and some of us long to leap into fall. Is it summer or autumn? Perhaps it’s the best of both with warm days, cool evenings, and a lovely blend of seasonal flavors available.
Explore Culpeper by way of a road trip sparked by your love of wander, or as we like to call it, wanderlove. Your efforts will be rewarded with delightful events, palate pleasing sipping and dining, and gorgeous scenery.
September 10 – Tap 29 Brewery at Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery is releasing The Autobahn, a limited edition Oktoberfest beer. Be among the first to try it between noon and 7 p.m. Described as “an amber lager, rich in caramel and toasty biscuit notes,” which means it’s going to be an incredible fall beer! Order up a Mega Charcuterie Pretzel appetizer as the perfect pairing.
September 11 – What’s that noise? Whoooo could it be? Join Ranger Melissa for the Owl Prowl at Lenn Park Pavilion to learn all about the variety of owls living in and around Culpeper. Owl sightings are guaranteed, but you’re pretty likely to hear one or two. This free program is for ages 8 to 15 accompanied by an adult. Both must register.
September 11 – Live music with a cold beverage and a good friend or two is an excellent way to close out a week. Catch Tamara Mae & Friends at Davis Street Pier from 10 until midnight. They’ll be playing original and some other fun stuff you’ll know. If you’re a fan or visiting later in the month, Tamara Mae will play solo (TMD Live) at Old Trade Brewery on September 18 from 7 to 10 p.m.
For more great downtown music look to Grass Rootes, Davis Street Pier, Far Gohn Brewery, and Beer Hound Brewery for upcoming shows.
September 11 – For great music, wine, and beer in wide open spaces, head to Prince Michel Winery and Tap 29 Brewery where The Unsuitables will be playing from 5 to 8 p.m. and first responders are honored and remembered on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Discounts will be given with a valid ID and special guests from FDNY will be present.
Additional Live Music at Tap 29:
September 12 – Try something new and fun like Bark in the Park & 5K Dog Jog, a brand new event built for everyone and four-legged friends, too. Walk, jog, or all-out run the 5K course through Yowell Meadow Park before enjoying lunch from a local on-site food truck and perusing the tables of area vendors. Entertainment by Bailey Hayes will keep the afternoon bopping along from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
September 12 – Virtual Meditations from the Mat is a virtual group book discussion offered by Pranapiloga, led by Char Ploetz, and based on Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison. Attendees are asked to ingest the short daily readings and then come together virtually for discussion and meditation. Join from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
September 12 – Salem Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a drive-in movie event to show “The Greatest Showman.” The parking lot will open at 7:30 p.m. and concessions will be available. Enjoy from your car or bring a lawn chair, provided you can main a good distance from others enjoying the show. A donation of $15 per car is welcome.
September 15 – Give the kids a weekly creative outlet in a virtual environment by registering them for Art Jam: Modern Art History Academy. The class for kids ages 6 to 10 includes a packet of everything needed for creating their own masterpiece using the elements of art. Registration is required and packet pick-up will be coordinated. Class will meet each Tuesday through November 3.
September 16 – Painting is an excellent creative outlet for adults, and at Wine & Design it’s your time to shine. Bring a friend for paint-and-take “Mountain Autumn Views” at 6:30 p.m. Purchase a bottle of wine to share and plan to wear a mask, please.
September 16 – While not a beginner’s quilting class, the Kaleidoscope Pinwheel class offered by Culpeper County Parks & Recreation is fairly simple and includes step-by-step instructions for creating a kaleidoscope quilt based on the techniques of Bethany Reynolds, author of Magic Stack n Whack Quilts. Registration is required. Class is offered Wednesdays through October 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own sewing machine.
September 17 – If you can’t tell the difference between Virginia Creeper and Poison Ivy, you might consider registering for the free Woody Plant ID Class Part II. With the help of agents from Virginia Cooperative Extension, participants will learn how to identify trees, vines, and shrubs, which will certainly save you from an unexpected itch. Tune in from 5 to 6 p.m. for this virtual event.
September 17 – Kids need a great stretching out and can certainly benefit from a bit dedicated time to sit quietly and focus. Culpeper County Parks & Recreation is offering a Kids Yoga time at the Community Room on Main Street. Each Thursday through October 8, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. children ages three to five years old are welcome to join Miss Kaori. Please bring a mat. Registration is required.
September 17 – Music Together® Culpeper is a time of enrichment for preschoolers and the adults in their life. Together you’ll swing, sway, and sing with your precious tot through a musical experience at the Culpeper Community Room. This event will be held each Thursday through November 12 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Registration is required.
September 19 – Stretch, meditate, and center yourself during Yoga at Mountain Run Winery. It’s the best way to spend an hour and clears your mind from the busy week while prepping your body for the week ahead. After your “Feel Good Flow” class, enjoy a glass of wine and chat with friends. Bring your own mat water, sunscreen, bug spray, and layer your clothing for the unpredictable temperatures. 10 to 11 a.m. Suggested donation of $10 to $20 goes to local charities.
September 19 – One of the most exciting events of the year is Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour. This 23rd annual event will be a weekend chock full of fun.
A few tasty morsels of what’s in store:
- Participate in Daniel Boone Days at Andora Farm
- Peruse the antique tractors at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises and Kildee Farms
- Shop for homemade honey, salsas, and hard cider at Bees & Trees Farms
- Tour Belmont Farm Distillery and enjoy the live music
- Enjoy a drive through the hardwoods and taste the mineral water at Berry Hill Farm & Mineral Springs
- Fjord demonstrations and driving Ironwood Farm
- Lavender tours and demonstrations at The Bothy Farm
- Polo clinic and hay rides at Liberty Hall Plantation
- Press your own apple cider at Mountain Run Winery
- … and more! Download the Brochure and Map
September 19 – Kayakers, let’s go! Shove off from the public boat ramp at Mountain Run Lake Park at 9:45 a.m. for a guided Mountain Run Kayak Tour with Friends of the Rappahannock River Steward October Greenfield. Along your journey you’re sure to see plenty of wildlife and will learn about water quality and natural ecology. Your registration includes kayak rental, a paddle, and lifejacket. Plan to bring your own snacks, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat. This event is for ages 12 and older with some paddling experience.
September 25 – The Cattle Drive Weekend at Andora Farm is a monthly opportunity to work and drive cattle with Tom Seay. Bring your horse for a full weekend of riding in the beautiful outdoors of Culpeper. Your registration and fee includes horse stall, hook up, parking, all meals, lessons with Tom Seay, trail rides, and team penning instruction and participation.
September 27 – The Summerduck Run Farm Horse Show is a hunter show with lunch and schooling breaks. Get out to enjoy the riders and impressive horsemanship.
If the road leads you to Culpeper (and we hope that it does), let this list be a jumping off point from which great adventures unfold. We’re happy to send you a copy of our Visitors Guide and invite you to continue looking around our site for more inspiration and information.