Rappahannock’s a place to observe more than the seasons of nature — there are seasons year-round of music, theater and other performances, from the intimate Theatre at Washington and RAAC Community Theatre to the Castleton Festival’s summer opera and classical music festival and year-round performances at Castleton Theatre House. Rappahannock is also home to talented performers you’ll often find performing at live music venues around the county.

Castleton Festival

Castleton Festival  was developed as a training ground for tomorrow’s stars and presents recitals, chamber music, jazz, world music, theatre, symphonic concerts, bluegrass, opera and dance.  Artists, singers, musicians, conductors, designers, directors, and stage technicians create and produce world-class performances for onsite and online audiences.

Theatre & Movies

On Gay Street in the center of Washington, the Little Washington Theatre presents musical and dramatic productions, many for just one performance.  In addition, RAAC presents films and community events there from time to time. Excellent acoustics and an intimate atmosphere make it possible to attract professional performers and appreciative audiences.  Check out the current season.

RAAC’s talented community of actors, directors, artists and technicians produces live theater productions and periodically presents workshops, improv sessions and even theater camps for those who wish to learn more about acting, directing, lighting, sound, set design and make-up.

RAAC sponsors 1st Friday at the Movies featuring first-run films as well as Film Talk-Backs, which are showings of films and documentaries followed by a discussion led by subject-matter experts.

Live Music

Gray Ghost Vineyards, Magnolia Vineyards and Narmada Winery in Amissville, Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill, Quievremont Winery in Washington and Central Coffee Roasters and Headmaster’s Pub in Sperryville often host live music on weekends. In 2019, the First John Jackson Blues Festival was held in Woodville. Check the calendar for coming events.

Readings & Talks

Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC) sponsors a variety of readings, talks and story-telling.

On 2nd Fridays, writers and experts from various fields talk about their latest projects.

Soup and Soul presents a local artist describing their art and creative process. Held in host homes, these popular talks are followed by a pot luck dinner.

No Ordinary Person features local residents sharing true (and often riveting) stories from their own lives.

Entertainment Listings

Castleton Festival

671 Castleton View Road
Castleton, VA 22716 USA


Goodlife Theater

3753 Slate Mills Road
Boston, VA 22713 USA

(540) 547-3100


Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton

36 Rock Mills Road
Castleton, VA 22716 USA

(540) 937-4648


RAAC (Rappahannock Association for the Arts & Community)

310 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747 USA

(800) 695-6075


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