Thank you Dominion Energy!

Thank you to Dominion Energy for your continued support of Culpeper Tells! We are grateful for your partnership which has helped us to grow the festival and offer free storytelling performances at local elementary schools.

Thank you Northern Piedmont Community Foundation!

Culpeper Tells has received a grant from the Meade M. Palmer Memorial Fund through the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. This grant will help offset the costs of the 6 storytelling performances being held at public elementary schools on the Friday before the festival. We offer these performances at no cost to the schools and depend on grants and sponsorships. We are sincerely grateful for the support of this important outreach to the community.

Event schedule

The 2018 festival schedule has been updated! Check it out!

Afternoon session (starting at 1:00 pm)

1:00 pm Afternoon session kicks off with emcee Frank Wells of WJMA and Storytelling Performance by Charlotte Blake Alston

2:30 pm Ed Stivender presents a Storytelling Workshop

Under the direction of Dr. Francelia Butler of the University of Connecticut, Ed has developed this workshop for performers, teachers, librarians, new storytellers and amateur storytellers.  This introduction to the craft includes the 5 rules for success, as well as practical suggestions for getting started. In the course of our explanation issues of censorship, oral tradition, environment and bombing on stage will be discussed.  Practical tips for preparing and presentation will be also discussed.

3:30 pm Story Slam—Toss your name in the hat for a chance to tell a tale and win prizes!

4:30 pm Josh Goforth Storytelling Performance

5:30 pm Afternoon sessions adjourn. Enjoy downtown Culpeper shopping and dining!

Evening performance (starting at 7:30 pm) featuring Josh GoforthCharlotte Blake Alston, and Ed Stivender

Early bird special!

Save $10 with our early bird special—an all inclusive festival ticket! On sale now until January 10.

New venue for 2018!

We are excited to announce that Culpeper Tells 2018 will be held at Culpeper Baptist Church! This great venue has a its own parking lot and is conveniently located in our beautiful downtown, just a short walk from many unique shops and restaurants.

Festival Partners



Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Roy Carter & Fran Cecere

Marshall & Nancy Gayheart

Xpress Copy & Graphics

Bronze Sponsors

Mary Allen

Sara Bossong

Elana & James Clements

Culpeper Farm & Home Center

Culpeper Renaissance Inc.

Butch Davies & Marty Moon

David & Elizabeth Hensley

Susan Keller & Milton Pierce

Koller Financial Services LLC

Christiane Miller

Piedmont Wealth Management

Alan & Peggy Place

Jack & Deborah Schupp


Desy Campbell