60+ Things to Do in Middleburg in July

— July starts with a bang in Middleburg, thanks to the 4th of July, but the summer fun continues all month long. The Middleburg Library has special events throughout July as part of its summer reading program, plus there’s live music, sculpture and art workshops, Great Meadow International, an ice cream social for dogs, a lanternlit historic tour, an escape room adventure, and much more. Here’s our roundup of the events you won’t want to miss this month:

1. A Place to Be’s “Human Tales” at The Hill School: July 1

Come see A Place to Be’s brand new musical, “Human Tales!” Written by A Place To Be Co-Founder Tom Sweitzer, “Human Tales” explores what would happen if a fairy tale character read about humans!


2. July 4th Celebration at Three Fox Vineyards: July 1-4

Celebrate our independence with Three Fox. Bring a picnic or make one from what they have and enjoy it with their award-winning wines. Show your military ID, VFW , or similar cards and get discounts on wine and merchandise purchases. They are open for special holiday hours on Tuesday, July 3, and Wednesday, July 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.! All bottles are 10% off so stop by and grab your favorite wine to complement and BBQ party of fireworks show!


3. Wild Rumpus Circus at Middleburg Library: July 3 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Aerial artistry, fantastic stilt characters, rapid-fire juggling and hilarious clowning with Alfredo Tortellini. Sponsored by the Loudoun Library Foundation. Space may be limited. For all ages.


4. Middleburg Community Center 4th of July Celebration: July 4

Enjoy your 4th of July at the Middleburg Community Center! Activities, parade, food and fireworks will be provided.


Salamander Resort 4th July BBQ

5. Independence Day BBQ & Celebration at Salamander Resort & Spa: July 4 | 3-10 p.m.

Celebrate the 4th of July at Salamander Resort & Spa with great views of the fireworks and a classic BBQ with all the fixings and sides you love including mouth-watering ribs, grilled chicken, housemade cole slaw and much more!

Live entertainment will be provided by the Floorboards starting at 7 p.m.! The Floorboards are an American roots rock ensemble hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The band marries rock ‘n’ roll and country roots with the sights and sounds of southern mountain towns. Since forming in Roanoke in 2012, The Floorboards have toured extensively throughout the East Coast, sharing stages with Dwight Yoakam, Trampled by Turtles, Darryl Scott, Tim O’Brien, Yarn, Los Colognes, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Will Overman, and many more.

$62 per person, $30 per child. Prices do not include tax and gratuity. Reservations required. For dining reservations, please call 540-326-4070.


Great Meadow 4th of July

6. Wegmans Great Meadow 4th of July Celebration: July 4 | 4 p.m.

Enjoy a day of fun, family & fireworks at the 2018 Wegmans Great Meadow 4th of July Celebration!

Gates open at 4 p.m. There will be a huge variety of children’s activities included with your general admission purchase. To list a few: rock wall for climbing, pony rides ($5), moon bounces, slides, the famous rain machine, lasertag, and more! Throughout the day enjoy a choreographed air performance, polo exhibitions, and rocketry demonstrations. A row of food vendors will be on site serving up everything from BBQ to fried dough. The grand finale comes at dark with one of the metropolitan area’s biggest fireworks shows!

Seating options range from corporate tents to general admission.


July 4th Middleburg VA

6. VIP Independence Day Celebration at Salamander Resort & Spa: July 4 | 5-10 p.m.

Escape the crowds and witness the fireworks from the privacy of Salamander’s intimate culinary garden. They will treat you to an exclusive BBQ with Chef Ryan Arensdorf on the resort’s new Big Green Egg and an open bar featuring Moët & Chandon Champagnes and Belvedere Vodka cocktails. Free parking also included. $110 per person; must be 21 years of age or older. Prices do not include tax and gratuity. Reservations required. For dining reservations, please call 540-326-4070.


Great Meadow International

7. Great Meadow International: July 6-8

The FEI Nations Cup Eventing series celebrates the cooperative heritage of the international eventing community. As the only North American leg of the series, Great Meadow will again host this high caliber of team eventing in the United States for the third year in a row.

Located in the heart of horse country, Great Meadow is one of the most scenic equestrian parks in the world. They offer something for everyone. Whether you are hosting a five-star corporate event, out on a family adventure, or just a diehard eventing fan, Great Meadow International should be a fixture on your yearly calendar.


8. Summer Art Workshop at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Fridays | 10 a.m.-noon

Summer is cool at NSLM! Summer Art Workshops are free art activities for kids aged 5 and up. Learn about color theory, shape, proportion, and more while having fun and getting messy!

Each week will feature a different activity inspired by the artwork and books in NSLM’s collections. Summer Art Workshops are every Friday in July, 10 a.m.-noon.

July 6: Sculpture silhouettes

July 13: Watercolor batik prints

July 20: Making marbled paper with shaving cream

July 27: Handprint foxes


9. Escape Room: Vineyard Edition at 50 West: July 7 | 1-4:45 p.m.

You have entered the barrel room and the door closes. You find a note that says the barrels will burst unless you solve the mystery. Save the next vintage of wine and you will be rewarded!

50 West Presents:
ESCAPE ROOM: Vineyard Edition

Saturday, July 7
45-minute sessions start at 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m.

Join us for a wild wine theme escape room! Your ticket includes a glass of wine after your session and 10% off your purchase that day.

Bring a group of friends! Each session can accommodate 8 guests.

Tickets are $35 per person. Purchase yours here!


10. The Artists in Middleburg Sculpture Workshop at the National Sporting Library & Museum: July 9-13 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Artists in Middleburg and the National Sporting Library & Museum present an intensive week-long workshop with expert sculptor and instructor Goksin Carey. The workshop is open to all levels of experience from beginner to professional. Everyone is welcome — no previous experience in sculpture is necessary. Students of all levels work together at their own pace and receive individualized instruction from Carey. Attendees will learn the landmarks of the equine anatomy on a sculptural form, the positive and negative elements, and to sculpt “inside out.” The student’s “eye” will continue to be developed by sculpting through observation and understanding the ABC’s of equine sculpting: A- Anatomy, B- Bio-mechanics, C- Conformation.

Space is limited to 10 students, who are accepted on a a first-come, first-served basis.

The workshop fee is $460, with a $200 non-refundable deposit required at the time of registration. In addition, a $140 fee for materials is due on the first day of the class. Provided materials include: plastalina clay, full horse armature and sculpting tools.

For more information or to register, please visit AiM’s website or call the gallery at 540-687-6600.


11. Sprout on the Green Charity Golf Tournament at River Creek Club: July 9 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Round up friends, neighbors, colleagues and business partners and tee off for a cause at the 2018 Sprout on the Green Charity Golf Tournament! What could be better than 18-holes along the picturesque Potomac River, an open beverage cart, awesome food, huge prizes and a bountiful raffle?

We have an answer for that! Knowing that your support provides essential services to hundreds individuals with different abilities means your enjoyment is for a purpose! A great day of golf is awesome, but changing lives, creating opportunities and supporting your community while doing so is even better! So join us!

Register as an individual, couple or create your foursome today!

The tournament includes a goody bag, BBQ lunch, complimentary beverage cart throughout the course, dinner and awards with great prizes!


12. Reptiles Alive Show at Middleburg Library: July 10 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.

A great introduction to the world of reptiles. Learn snake secrets and laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales. Featured animals may include a boa or python, tortoise, lizards and other amazing animals. Sponsored by the Loudoun Library Foundation. Space may be limited. For all ages.

13. Biz Buzz at the Aldie General Store & Cafe: July 10 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Biz Buzz is a monthly networking event held by the Middleburg Business and Professional Association on the second Tuesday of the month, except in January. These events bring local business owners and professionals together to network, provide local businesses with an opportunity to showcase their facilities and services, and help to spread the word about interesting news and events in the Middleburg community. Members free, non-members $10. Hosted by the Aldie Heritage Association and the Aldie General Store & Cafe.


John Frederick Herring, Sr. (British, 1802-1877), “The Final Lengths of the Race for the Doncaster Gold Cup,” 1826, oil on canvas, 23 ¾ x 35 ¾ inches, Photo: Katherine Wetzel. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

14. A Lifetime of Collecting: The Paul Mellon Collections at VMFA at the National Sporting Library & Museum: July 12 | 6-8 p.m.

Paul Mellon was one of the greatest art collectors and philanthropists of the 20th century He spent a lifetime creating a masterful collection of art including British, French, and American paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and books and manuscripts.

Join Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as he discusses Paul Mellon’s journey from his first purchase of a British painting in 1936, Pumpkin with Stable-lad, by George Stubbs to the remarkable collections of British Sporting Art and French Impressionist works in VMFA’s permanent collection now on tour internationally.

$5 admission, free to NSLM members. For more information contact Anne Marie Paquette: apaquette@nationalsporting.org or 540-687-6542, ext. 25.


15. Summertime BBQ on the Big Green Egg at Salamander Resort & Spa: July 14 | 2 p.m.

Learn from Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf as he instructs the class on how to make the flawless summer time BBQ featuring “beer butt chicken” and the perfect burger on the resort’s new kamado-style ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker. $79 per person. Reservations required; please call 540-326-4070.


16. Ice Cream Social at Kriser’s Natural Pets: July 14 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bring your pup to Kriser’s Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 14. Try a delicious frozen pup-sicle made with Primal Goat Milk. PLUS, get their summer recipes for cool & hydrating nutritious treats!


American Roots Revival

17. American Roots Revival at Buchanan Hall: July 15 | 4-8 p.m.

American Roots Revival brings to life the pioneering genres of our American musical traditions by showcasing current original roots music songwriters and performers. From Appalachian folk and country, to the blues and gospel, to Jazz, the American Roots Revival celebrates the diverse musical landscape that birthed a uniquely American sound. On July 15, enjoy folk music by The Fly Birds with Jiamie Pyles.


18. Casey Carle’s BubbleMania! at Middleburg Library: July 17 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.

A fun and interactive program that blends humor, education and bubbles. Learn how bubbles form, why they are spherical, how to make a cube bubble and the science of bubble bursting. Sponsored by the Loudoun Library Foundation. Space may be limited. For all ages.


19. Cardboard Regatta at Middleburg Community Center: July 20

Build your own cardboard boat and race it across the MCC pool! Free dinner. Starts at 6 p.m.


Twilight Tastings Salamander Resort and Spa Middleburg VA

20. Twilight Tastings at Salamander Resort & Spa: July 21 | 6 p.m.

Save the date for Salamander’s annual Twilight Tastings celebration of locally brewed beer and blended wines. This much-anticipated festival is bigger and better this year with local wineries, breweries and whiskies ready for tasting. Salamander’s world-class Equestrian Center again will be filled with the different refreshing libations while guests dance under the stars to live music and indulge in their culinary team’s delicious offerings including BBQ baby back ribs, country-style mac & cheese, Key lime mousse verrines and so much more.

Live entertainment will be provided by the Floorboards! The Floorboards are an American roots rock ensemble hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The band marries rock ‘n’ roll and country roots with the sights and sounds of southern mountain towns. Since forming in Roanoke in 2012, The Floorboards have toured extensively throughout the East Coast, sharing stages with Dwight Yoakam, Trampled by Turtles, Darryl Scott, Tim O’Brien, Yarn, Los Colognes, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Will Overman, and many more.

$85 all-you-can-enjoy beverage tastings and food, $45 all-you-can-enjoy food. Prices do not include tax & gratuity.

To purchase your tickets, please click here.


21. Legends by Lanternlight: Warrenton, the War, and After: July 21 | 7:30-9 p.m.

Partnering with the Fauquier Historical Society, the members of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group, in a twilight-lanternlight walking tour, will bring alive the memorable experiences of downtown Warrenton during the American Civil War through costumed first-person interpretations in the historic downtown. Learn how our preserved landscape still tells us stories.

The program will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Fauquier Historical Society. Participants will view the Civil War experience of Warrenton and how the war affected life in the Fauquier County seat. The period-dressed Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group will offer their story-telling ability against the backdrop of historic Warrenton, featuring stories of John Quincy Marr, the first officer killed during the Civil War; stories of Warrenton’s enslaved population and their reactions to war; John Mosby’s famous Fairfax Courthouse Raid; the aftermath of war in Warrenton, and more.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased here in advance or at the door. Walking is involved; dress comfortably. For more information: 540-687-6681 or kpawlak@mosbyheritagearea.org.

This program is sponsored jointly by the Mosby Heritage Area Association and the Fauquier Historical Society.


22. American Folktales & Songs performed by Hampstead Stage Company at Middleburg Library: July 24 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join us on a great adventure as we travel from sea to shining sea discovering great American legends and bringing classic folktales to life. Sponsored by the Loudoun Library Foundation. Space may be limited. For all ages.


23. National Scotch Day Dinner with Glenmorangie at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill: July 27 | 6:30 p.m.

Happy National Scotch Day! To celebrate, Salamander is teaming up with Glenmorangie so you can taste your way through signature and reserve scotches and pair them with an exquisite menu built exclusively for these scotches by Salamander Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf. Whether you are an avid scotch sipper or looking for your first experience, this is the event for you. $150 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations required; please call 540-326-4070.


24. Twilight Jumpers at Great Meadow: July 27

Twilight Jumpers at Great Meadow is an evening event held on a series of Friday nights under the lights at Great Meadow. 2018 Dates for the series are May 25, June 22, July 27 and Aug. 31.

Modeled after Great Meadow’s highly successful Twilight Polo event, Twilight Jumpers offers two invitational classes each night. Proceeds benefit the High Performance Equestrian Foundation.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The first class ($500 Child/Adult Amateur Class at 1.05m) begins at 7 p.m. The second class ($5,000 at 1.30m) will start at 8:30 p.m. The class size is limited to 20 competitors, by invitation only. The evening features top competition, intense tailgating, and dancing in the pavilion after the competition.

Whether you want to compete, reserve a rail side box for 6, tailgate, or just picnic on the grass for $40/carload, it’s a great way to support a worthy non-profit organization and enjoy the show jumping at Great Meadow!

Want to sponsor the show or have a ringside box or tailgate spot for the 2018 season? Want to compete? Call 540-454-6673 today!

For more information on the event, email equestrianfoundation@gmail.com or call 540-454-6673.


National Sporting Library and Museum Middleburg VA Open Late

25. “Open Late” Concert at the National Sporting Library & Museum: July 27 | 6-8 p.m.

Join us for the “Open Late” summer concert series at the National Sporting Library & Museum. Bring a picnic blanket and your dancing shoes for a fun-filled evening of music by the Bryan Shepherd Country Band. Concerts are FREE and open to the public, and you can take advantage of free museum admission at the same time!


26. Sausage & Charcuterie Class at Gentle Harvest: July 28 | 1-3 p.m.

Join us for a two-hour walk through class with Marylisa Lichens where you will learn all about popular charcuterie including beef carpaccio, pork sausage and salmon gravlax. During the class, Marylisa will share the basic techniques involved in preparing great charcuterie at home from seasoning and developing flavor profiles in sausage, to the technical skills involved in slicing beef Carpaccio. At the end of the class, you will also taste some delicious charcuterie! Click here to register.


27. Meet the Author: Hallmark Channel Inspiration Suzi Weinert at Middleburg Library: July 28 | 2-3:30 p.m.

Learn how author Suzi Weinert’s “female intuition” led to the Garage Sale Mysteries book series, and what it was like for them to become twelve Hallmark Channel movie adaptations starring Lori Loughlin. Meet her before this summer’s movie premier! Book sale and signing. For adults.


28. Freddy Fossil’s Dino Show at Middleburg Library: July 31 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Unearth a world of fun as Freddy Fossil teaches you about dinosaurs and fossils with life-size dinosaur puppets and museum quality fossils. It’s pre-hysterical! Sponsored by the Loudoun Library Foundation. Space may be limited. For all ages.

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