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.



On Gay Street in the center of Washington, the 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.


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.


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.


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.