30+ Things to Do in Middleburg in August

— We’re kicking off August with one of the biggest sales of the year, our 11th annual Upscale Sidewalk Sale. The sale will be held Aug. 4-5 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Aug. 6 as posted by shops and coincides with Virginia’s tax-free weekend. We’ve also got some fun free community events in August, including the National Night Out on Aug. 1, the Doc Saffer Summer Series on Aug. 18 and Open Late at the National Sporting Library & Museum on Aug. 25.

Here’s our roundup of the events you won’t want to miss this month:

Andre Pater National Sporting Library and Museum Middleburg VA

Andre Pater (Polish/American, born 1953) “Demonstrative,” 2014, oil on canvas, 28 x 22 inches. Private Collection, © Andre Pater.

1. “Andre Pater: In a Sporting Light” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Through Aug. 13

This is your last chance to catch the Andre Pater exhibit at the National Sporting Library & Museum! The retrospective exhibition and accompanying catalog present an in-depth analysis of Pater’s mastery of the use of light and insightful understanding of animal anatomy and behavior.

“Go beyond the mere image, and the painting becomes a ‘matter of light,’” notes sporting art authority and National Sporting Library & Museum Board Member Lorian Peralta-Ramos of Pater’s work. “Horses, colorful jockeys’ silks, hounds, and cattle are all textures and as surfaces, each have their own particular reflective properties.”

Works from collections across the country are represented in the museum’s retrospective exhibition, “Andre Pater: In a Sporting Light.” The bold and vibrant compositions of contemporary sporting artist Andre Pater (Polish-American, b. 1953) are often compared to those of the great 20th-century British sporting artist Sir Alfred Munnings.

2. National Night Out at the Middleburg Community Center: Aug. 1 | 6-8 p.m.

The Middleburg Police Department and the Middleburg Community Center are joining in celebrating the 5th Annual National Night Out.

There will be food, entertainment, music, demonstrations, prizes, games and much more!

Click here for details.

National Sporting Library & Museum Middleburg VA3. Gallery Talk at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Wednesdays | 2-2:30 p.m.

Each week, NSLM’s Clarice & Robert H. Smith educator or museum curators will give attendees a personalized sneak peek at traveling exhibitions, permanent collections, and the fascinating stories behind the works in the museum’s art collections. No two tours are alike, so come back for more! Reservations are not required and admission is free. Bring your friends! Gallery talks are every Wednesday at 2 p.m.

4. Middleburg’s 11th Annual Upscale Sidewalk Sale: Aug. 4-6

Hunt for some wonderful bargains for yourself and your loved ones this weekend while experiencing the small town charm of Middleburg during our 11th annual Sidewalk Sale on Aug 4-6! The sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday as posted by shops.

The sale coincides with Virginia’s tax-free weekend. From Aug. 4-6, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, shoes, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and select energy-efficient products without paying state and local sales taxes on those items. You can find out more about what items qualify for the tax exemption here.

This event is sponsored by Middleburg Bank, the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Business and Professional Association.

Salamander Resort & Spa Middleburg VA5. Date Night Outdoor Cinema at Salamander Resort & Spa: Aug. 4

The typical dinner and a movie date night just got upgraded. Bring your blankets and chairs and sit under the stars for a one-of-a-kind outdoor movie date night. With Salamander’s delicious picnic baskets and wine available for purchase, it is guaranteed to be a night to remember. On August 4th, fall into love with Harry and Sally as you see their love story unfold. Not your average date night movie or chick flick, When Harry Met Sally is the romantic comedy that appeals to everyone. Make sure to stock up on popcorn and wine and enjoy every bit of this original film. Movie starts at 8:45 p.m.

Can’t make it? The next date night outdoor cinema will be a Sept. 1 showing of “You’ve Got Mail” (PG).

Greenhill Winery and Vineyards Middleburg VA6. Concert on the Lawn at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards: Fridays | 6-8 p.m.

Enjoy live music on Greenhill’s lawn while sipping your favorite wines!

The lineup for August includes:

  • Aug. 4: Terbush & Hannah
  • Aug. 11: Garrett Hoffman
  • Aug. 18: Alan Gant
  • Aug. 25: Daniel Heffington

7. Dog Days of August at Three Fox Vineyards: Aug. 5 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bring your favorite dog companion. Prizes for the Best Dressed, Owner/Dog Look-alike and Best Vino Dog. Talk of the Mountain Seafood will have their famous half-pound jumbo lump crab cake and Boardwalk fries for sale. Jordan Sullivan, an independent consultant for LuLaRoe will be here.

8. Middleburg Farmers Market: Saturdays | 8 a.m.-noon

The Middleburg Farmers Market runs May 6-Oct. 28, every Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon in the gravel parking lot behind the Middleburg Community Center. Call 540-687-5152 for more info.

9. Cardio Training for Riders at Salamander Resort & Spa: Aug. 5 | 9:30-11 a.m.

Learn techniques to increase your stamina so you can maintain balance in ever-changing conditions when riding. $45 per person. For reservations, please call 540-326-4060.

Slater Run Vineyards10. Slater Run Vineyards Open to Public: Aug.5 & 6 | Noon-6 p.m.

Enjoy tastings, tours and beautiful views of hunt country. They’ll be open from noon- 6 p.m. on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month from May through October.

Come see where they make the wine and grow the grapes!

$12 per tasting
Glass and bottle sales available
Charcuterie and cheese plates available

Can’t make it this weekend? They will be open at the winery the following dates:
September 2nd and 3rd
October 7th and 8th

11. Cooking Classes at Salamander Resort & Spa: Saturdays | 2-4 p.m.

Learn how to cook from the experts at Salamander Resort. $79 per person. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070.

Here’s the schedule for August:

  • Aug. 5 | Summer Pies & Tarts: Sugar is in the air as local berry season is in full swing! Learn how to create your own delicious pies and tarts just in time for your summer get-togethers and picnics.
  • Aug. 12 | Rotisserie Class in the Culinary Garden: Join Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf for this special cooking class to learn everything you need to know for creating delicious meals in the rotisserie. Weather permitting.
  • Aug. 19 | Summer Sangria & Punch Class: Launch your taste buds into summer with tips and tricks to making your own sangria and adult-friendly punch this summer. Cheers!
  • Aug. 26 | Mason Jar Desserts: Delicious meets adorable in our favorite new culinary trend: dessert in jars. You’ve seen it on Pinterest and our Gold Cup menu, but now see it on your dinner table as Salamander’s pastry team walks you through the steps of layering, how to safely bake in mason jars and much more.

12. Live Music at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards: Aug. 5, 6, 13, 19, 20 & 26

Enjoy live music while sipping your favorite Greenhill wines!

The lineup for August includes:

  • Aug. 5: Terbush & Hannah, plus Jessica Endara at the Manor House
  • Aug. 6: Terbush & Hannah
  • Aug. 13: Jessica Endara
  • Aug. 19 & 20: Alan Gant
  • Aug. 26: Jason Masi

Twilight Polo Great Meadow13. Twilight Polo at Great Meadow: Saturdays | 5:30-11 p.m.

It’s Saturday night. Looking for affordable fun for everyone? Whether you’re a family of 4, on a hopeful date, looking to wine and dine clients, or just looking for THE place where everyone will be, Twilight Polo is for you.

First, arena polo is super fast and right under your nose. Secondly, everyone watches from an elevated berm that is tree-lined and covered with a lush carpet of grass. Bring a blanket and basket for a personal party, or reserve a railside box for 6. You’ll be arm and arm with friends like you, looking for a hot time on a cool night. Bring the kids! They love the massive tug ‘o war in the arena at half time. Cheer for our mascot, Polo Bear, who leads the kids on a 2-lap race around the arena! Plan to stay late. After the feature match, everyone dances in the pavilion to the DJ.

And throughout each evening Greenhill Winery will be on-site with a selection of wines available for your purchase and enjoyment. What could be more perfect? Virginia wine in Virginia horse country while cheering your favorite polo team!

New customer appreciation pricing! $30 per car at the gate; $25 online in advance!

Held every Saturday evening (weather permitting) through Sept. 23.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The first game begins at 6 p.m.

Greenhill Winery Vineyards Middleburg VA yoga14. Vineyasa at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards: Aug. 6 & 20 | 10-11:30 a.m.

Join Amy Rizzotto, owner and founder at Move Well DC and Yoga Heights, at Greenhill Winery for an hour of yoga, plus breakfast and mimosas.

15. Loudoun Quakers, Abolition and the Underground Railroad with the Mosby Heritage Area Association: Aug. 6 | 2-4 p.m.

This program begins at the 200-year-old Goose Creek Meetinghouse with Dr. Glenn Crothers, author of Quakers Living in the Lion’s Mouth, The Society of Friends in Northern Virginia, 1730-1865. Dr. Crothers will speak on the topic of Northern Virginia Quakers, abolitionism and the Underground Railroad. Eric Larson from the Loudoun County Courthouse will also be on hand with copies of county court documents, including papers found on fugitive bondsman “Harry,” which led to the 1828 arrest of Quaker Yardley Taylor. Also on display will be copies of the 1849 court documents from the arrest of prominent Quaker Samuel Janney.

Following Dr. Crothers’ talk, you will tour Springdale, the home of Samuel and Elizabeth Janney. Known as a “loyalfighter for the mistreated,” Janney operated a girls boarding school at Springdale in the decades leading up to the Civil War. The home was also long rumored to be a stop on the Underground Railroad and during the war it saw use as a hospital for men on both sides. In more recent times, Springdale has become a popular bed and breakfast.

Directly across from the meeting house is the Goose Creek burial ground, where Yardley Taylor, Samuel Janney and other Quakers active in the abolitionist movement are buried. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the 1815 Oakdale schoolhouse, a one-room school that served the Quaker and African-American communities in Lincoln.

Refreshments will be available following the house tour.

Tickets are $30 for Mosby Heritage Area Association members and $40 for non-members and can be purchased online or by calling 540-687-6681.

16. Sunday Sketch with Rebecca Graham at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Aug. 6 | 2-4 p.m.

Enjoy a free sketching session in the museum galleries! Supplies (pencils, paper, sketch boards, and clipboards) will be provided for attendees. This week’s featured artist is local artist and instructor Rebecca Graham (tentative).

The program is free and open to the public of all ages. Participants will receive free admission to the museum. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Register to Anne Marie Barnes, Clarice & Robert H. Smith educator, at abarnes@nationalsporting.org or 540-687-6542 x25.

Salamander Resort and Spa Middleburg VA17. Sounds of Salamander at Salamander Resort & Spa: Sundays | 4-7 p.m.

Summer never sounded so good! This summer Salamander Resort is introducing “Sounds of Salamander” every Sunday on their outdoor terrace at Gold Cup. Feast on their new al fresco menu, delicious desserts and seasonal beverages while enjoying sensational views of the Virginia countryside and taking in the sounds of an acoustic guitar on their terrace. This weekly event is the place to be and be seen every Sunday this summer! Menu prices vary.

American Roots Revue Buchanan Hall18. American Roots Revue Concert at Buchanan Hall: Aug. 6 | 5-7 p.m.

Join us at Buchanan Hall for the American Roots Revue Concert Series! Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets.

Can’t make it this month? The Bumper Jacksons will be performing on Sept. 3.

19. Music & Nature Yoga at Salamander Resort & Spa: Aug. 12 | 10-11:15 a.m.

Whether you are a music lover, a yoga lover or both, this workshop is a wonderful way to relax and go deeper in both body and mind. Follow your instructor on a hike to our dedicated yoga clearing in the woods for a tranquil class with a long Savasana set to live music; 75-minutes. Open to the public. $40 per person. For reservations, please call 540-326-4060.

20. Coffee with the Curator at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Aug. 12 | 10-11:30 a.m.

Enjoy an informal coffee reception followed by a tour of NSLM’s newest exhibition, At Rest and In Motion: The Horse and the Camera, 1870 to 1960, From the Judith and Jo Tartt, Jr. Photography Collection. $5 admission, free to NSLM members. Please RSVP to Anne Marie Barnes, the Clarice & Robert H. Smith educator, at abarnes@nationalsporting.org, 540-687-6542 ext. 25.

21. Wine, Wings, and Wildlife: A Family Day at 50 West Vineyards: Aug. 12 | Noon-5 p.m.

They’re going WILD at 50 West Vineyards! Bring the family out to one of Loudoun’s prettiest places and learn how they are working to conserve and restore wildlife habitat for Monarch butterflies, Eastern bluebirds and other native wildlife. Enjoy live music, food truck cuisine, 50 West’s award-winning Virginia wine, and a variety of fun wildlife activities for you and the kids sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Events:

  • 1-4 p.m.: Live Wild Animal Meet and Greet & Loudoun Wildlife Tracks ID Challenge
  • 1:30-2 p.m. at the 50 West Monarch Waystation: Milkweed Safari and Monarch Butterfly Talk with 50 West’s Monarch Ambassador, 12-year-old Carter Steadman.
  • 2:30-3 p.m.: Children’s Storytime: Meet special wildlife puppet guests!
  • 3:30-4 p.m.: Bluebird Spotlight. You’ll take a brief walk along the grapevines and peek inside 3 of their 15 Eastern Bluebird nest-boxes to learn about native birds and bluebird monitoring. Baby birds on board!

Live Music: Shane Gamble from 1-4 p.m.

Featured Restaurant: Roots 657 from noon-5 p.m.

50 West Vineyards Middleburg VA22. Live Music at 50 West Vineyards: Aug. 12, 13, 26 & 27 | 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Enjoy live music while sipping your favorite 50 West wines!

Here’s the schedule for August:

  • Aug. 12: Shane Gamble
  • Aug. 13: Jason Masi
  • Aug. 26: Laurence McKenna
  • Aug. 27: Pete Lapp

Three Fox Vineyards Middleburg VA23. Live Music at Three Fox Vineyards: Aug. 12 & 19 | 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Listen to live music while sipping your favorite Three Fox wines!

Richard Giersch will be playing hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s on Aug. 12, and Movin’ On will be playing classic rock on Aug. 19.

24. Doc Saffer Summer Series at the Middleburg Community Center: Aug. 18

Enjoy dinner, games and a poolside viewing of “Finding Dory.” Dinner and games at 6 p.m. Movie starts at dusk. The Doc Saffer Summer Series is a series of three free family events made possible by the Luminescence Foundation.

Slater Run Crabfest Upperville VA25. Crabfest 2017 at Slater Run Vineyards: Aug. 19 | Noon-4 p.m.

Enjoy all-you-can-eat crabs at the winery! A portion of sales will benefit Upperville Outreach, whose primary mission is to provide holiday food baskets to families in our community who need help.

Tickets are $45 per person ($15 for kids 12 and under) and include the following menu items:

  • Adults: all-you-can-eat crabs, corn on the cob, coleslaw, watermelon, brownies
  • Kids: hot dogs, corn on the cob, coleslaw, watermelon, brownies

RSVP required to Adale Henderson at adale@slaterrun.com or 540-592-3042.

Slater Run Vineyards wines will be available for glass and bottle sales as well.

26. National Whiskey Sour Day at Salamander Resort & Spa: Aug. 25

Stop by for this delicious holiday and taste a selection on Whiskey Sour cocktails so special they only come around once a year. From classic to modern, Gold Cup has a whiskey sour for you to celebrate this holiday.

27. Open Late at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Aug. 25 | 6-8 p.m.

Please bring your chairs and join us for great music from the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, family fun, and food from Hammerdown BBQ on the National Sporting Library & Museum lawn. Concerts and museum admission are free and open to the public 6-8 p.m. Picnics are welcome but no glass containers or outside alcohol is permitted. Cash bar featuring wine from Greenhill Winery & Vineyards and beer.

Salamander Resort and Spa Middleburg VA28. Quattro Goombas Winery Dinner at Salamander Resort & Spa: Aug. 25 | 6:30-10 p.m.

With a focus on experience and quality, Quattro Goomba incorporates traditional old world methods that have been passed on by their ancestors over many generations. Their artisan wines are hand-crafted on-site in limited quantities. Experience these blends paired perfectly with a meal cultivated by Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf. For all reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $150 per person. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Three Fox Vineyards29. Tuscan “Fer Agosto” at Three Fox Vineyards: Aug. 26

Come shut down the stress and celebrate the end of summer! Come celebrate the final weekend of summer with Three Fox loafing Tuscan-style! Bring your picnic, your family or friends and have a ball. Play bocce or corn-hole. Check out their picnic meadow and hammocks or stroll their woodland trails or the banks of Crooked Run. Talk of the Mountain Seafood will have their famous half-pound jumbo lump crab cake and Boardwalk fries for sale.

50 West Vineyards Middleburg VA30. PaellaDeliciosa at 50 West Vineyards: Aug. 26

Looking for some delicious paella? PaellaDeliciosa will be at the vineyard on Saturday, Aug. 26.

31. Talk of the Mountain Seafood at Three Fox Vineyards: Aug. 27

Talk of the Mountain Seafood will have their famous half-pound jumbo lump crab cake and other delicious treats for sale.

32. 4-Year Anniversary at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards: Aug. 28 | Noon-7 p.m.

Celebrate Greenhill’s 4-year anniversary with your favorite Greenhill wines!