Introducing the 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series like you’ve never seen it before!  With bands covering genres from country to yacht rock and alternative bluegrass/rock to ‘80s hair metal, you’ll hear the best live music in Culpeper Downtown this season.  Brought to you by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., the 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series serves as an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Main Street program, with funds reinvested into the community through Downtown events, décor, murals, small business grants and so much more.  In its 21st year, the 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series features not only live music, but also the Kid Central kid’s corner, cold adult refreshments, tasty food trucks and must-see sponsors.  The series will kick off May 16th, in the Depot District of Culpeper Downtown, 5pm to 9pm!

This year’s musical line-up will have you dancing by the time the sun goes down.  May 16th vibe with Fredericksburg’s own Brisk band!  Playing alternative, 90s-2000s hits, with a bluegrass twist, like you’ve never heard before, Brisk will help usher in an exciting 2024 series with their strong vocals and engaging stage performance!

June 20th, what can we say, other than it’s America’s #1 tribute to yacht rock, Three Sheets to the Wind!  We dare you not to get up and dance to the smooth hits everyone knows and loves.  Out of Richmond, Three Sheets to the Wind delivers exciting saxophone solos, energizing performances and sailor hats to boot; you’ll be left begging for more!

July 18th is 100% hair metal with Tëaze, Richmond’s answer for all things spandex and leather! Dressed to impress and killing more than just an air guitar, Tëaze will bring down the house and take you back in time.  Enjoy your cherry pie, while living on the edge in paradise city, otherwise known as Culpeper Downtown; aqua net, tight pants and side ponytails encouraged!

August 15th wraps up the season with a concert like Culpeper Downtown has not yet experienced! Nashville star and Virginia native, Blake Esse, returns to his former hometown to play the essential country hits, from yesterday and today.  A US Navy Veteran, now a singer songwriter burning up Nashville, Blake Esse will deliver a performance making you wish the summer series never ended!  If that is not enough to get you Downtown, prepare to learn a couple of line dances during the band break, with Karen’s Line Dancing!

Bring your lawn chairs, but no pets or coolers.  Mingle with friends and neighbors and be sure to enjoy delicious treats or even dinner from food trucks, Mi Ranchito Mexican, Bowles Southern Fried Soul Food, Garam Masala Chinese & Indian, Law Dawgs Hotdogs, Kona Ice, with Moo Thru Mobile in May and June and Frosty Softy in attendance July and August.  Plus, enjoy adult beverages for purchase, including beer, cider and wine.

Get the kids out of the house and let them burn off some energy while enjoying the Kid Central kid’s corner!  With complimentary face painting by Sandy’s, bouncing balls, hula hoops and more, these concerts are fun for all ages.  Better yet, under 21, get in free!

Be sure to visit with our participating 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series sponsors.  Check in with them throughout the season to learn what they do in our community and how they could service your needs.  A huge thank you to all of our sponsors this season, including the Fraternal Order of Eagles Culpeper, Kid Central, Appleton Campbell Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Be a Culpeper Local/Culpeper County Economic Development, UVA Community Credit Union, Culpeper Media Network, Duckett Corbin Team RE/MAX Gateway, Maloney & Ward Insurance, Oak View National Bank, Peak Roofing Contractors, TechBox, WJMA/SAM-FM, plus Bingham & Taylor, YHB CPA’s & Consultants, Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper Times, The Jones Group CPA’s & Consultants, Cherry Street Building Supply, Xpress Copy & Graphics and the Town of Culpeper with the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

2024 3rd Thursday single concert tickets are just $10, or for a limited time, pick up a $20 season pass!  That’s four concerts for the price of two!  This special is available from now through May 16th, but hurry, after May 16th, season passes increase to $30.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at local outlets, Wysteria Boutique, Oak View National Bank-Culpeper, and the Museum of Culpeper History.  Tickets are also available at the entry gates and are required for those 21 and up!

Whether you love to listen to music, dance all night, eat delicious food, consume adult beverages responsibly, or be a kid in the Kid Central kid’s corner, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc.’s 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series is the place to be!  If interested in being a sponsor or volunteer, email Candice Hayes at