Downtown Culpeper Carnival

Downtown Culpeper Carnival – an all-day Mardi Gras celebration in the heart of Downtown Culpeper

Saturday, March 1

Join the fun during Mardi Gras in Downtown Culpeper, Virginia! Fun for the whole family! Laissez les bon temps rouler! Come and visit Downtown Culpeper with a festive Mardi Gras celebration of merriment with special events, live music, street performers, and performing artists that are sure to be a treat. Don’t forget about mask decorating! Enjoy the tradition of Mardi Gras with beads and masks for all.

Come and explore downtown, while experiencing the five joys of the Culpeper Downtown Carnival: eat savory, shop, listen, learn, and eat sweet for your chance at an amazing downtown gift basket. Entry Cards with event listings are available throughout downtown. Discover all day in-store specials with many merchants open late til 8pm, and delicious Mardi Gras themed restaurant specials, from sweet French Quarter beignets to savory gumbo, that are sure to please!

Schedule of Events:

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Mask Decorating @ West Locust Street with K Art & Design and the Museum of Culpeper History
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Artist Ahnalisa Parker making ceramic art @ Moving Meadows Farm
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Artist Jill Storey painting @ 145 Art & Design Studio
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Strolling magic performance
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Artist Roque Castro @ Green Roost
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Live music by Aubrey Driggers @ Vinosity
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Artist Sonja Wise @ Pepperberries
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Artist Anna Marie Torre Wright of Prancing Pony Pottery @ Moving Meadows Farm
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Live Jazz with Julie Verba & The Eleven $ Hats @ Raven’s Nest Coffee House
12 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Free Face Painting, live acoustical music of Steve Haug, demos and dancing @ Magickal Things Studio
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Artist Jessie Meehan will paint @ Sara Schneidman Gallery
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Artist Michelle Powell @ Green Roost
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Jewelers & Handwriting analysis Maureen Reese to interpret your handwriting @ The Loft
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Local child artists @ The Gallery at Lollipop Station
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Artist Shirin of Shirin Designs creating jewelry @ Main Street Hair Studio
12 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Fire pit, hot chocolate, and s’mores @ Shenandoah Garden Spot
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Artist Alicia Guy @ The Cameleer
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Costumed strolling street performers
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Crafters making horn books and rag dolls @ Lollipop Station – 171 E. Davis St
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Live music by Scuffletown @ Culpeper Cheese Company
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Live Jazz with The South Paws -@ Raven’s Nest Coffee House
7 p.m. – Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience featuring creole music with accordion @ State Theatre

All day – Restaurant Specialty Menus

Foti’s Restaurant – Mardi Gras inspired cuisine
Hazel River Inn Restaurant – Savory Mardi Gras inspired cuisine
It’s About Thyme, The Copper Fish, and Thyme Market – Etouffee, red beans & rice, jambalaya, po boys (oyster, shrimp, steak), Culpeper beignets – beads for all
Knakal’s – Beignets & King Cake
Piedmont Steak House – Shrimp & chicken creole, fried crawfish tails, specialty Mardi Gras drinks
Raven’s Nest – Gumbo, red beans & rice, pralines, king cake and Chicory Coffee
The Restaurant – Mardi Gras inspired cuisine

All day – Merchant In-store Specials

145 Art & Design Studio – In-store merchandise specials
The Cameleer – a drawing for two tickets to the showing of Lawrence of Arabia at The State Theatre
Clarke Hardware – 10% discount
Culpeper Cheese Company – special Mardi Gras menu featuring wine and beer pairings, enter for a drawing
The Frenchman’s Corner – Samplings of health food, cocoa & chocolate, sidewalk sale and door prizes
Georgie Mae’s Antiques & Collectibles – 10% off Lucky Seven items
Green Roost – enter for your chance to win a gift certificate, cookies-
Harriet’s General – King Cake – whoever finds the baby will win a surprise-
K Art and Design – 10% off all K Boutique scarves
KK Printing & Stationery – 20% off all purple, green & yellow stationery, sweet treats for all
Knakal’s – will have drawing for $20.00 gift certificate
The Loft – 10%-30% off selected items, food samplings
Lollipop Station – free Mardi Gras candies for children
Magickal Things – 20% off all merchandise, king cake
Main Street Hair Studio – 10% off retail and services, in-store raffle for a free haircut and goodie bag of hair care products
Moving Meadows Farm – Fresh Bread special – Buy one get on half price today only!
My Secret Stash – Free gift with $20 purchase, one gift certificate giveaway, coupons for reduced ghost tour
Shenandoah Garden Spot – store wide Mardi Gras madness Sale
Pepperberries – Drawing for prize, Mardi Gras snacks & fun
Sara Schneidman Gallery – Spend over $25 and enter for you chance to win a hand crafted gift
Taste Oil Vinegar Spice – Free tastings of balsamic or olive oil over Brusters ice cream
Vinosity – Complimentary wine & beer tastings

More to come!

Contact: Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. – 540-825-4416 –

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc.