Festivals & Events
Visit Charlottesville for festivals and events — everything from country fairs and festivals to big name concerts, vineyard events and gallery shows. Come visit during any of our spectacular, annual events: the Albemarle County Fair; the Heritage Harvest Festival; Monticello Wine Festival; apple and pumpkin festivals; Jefferson’s Thanksgiving; Christmas traditions; First Night Virginia; the Festival of the Book; Foxfield Races; winery special events; the Vegetarian Festival; the Chocolate Festival; polo events; the 4th of July Fireworks; golf and tennis tournaments; and the Monticello Naturalization Ceremony. Check out our calendar and the following events on your next trip to Charlottesville.
Charlottesville Sprint Wireless Pavilion
Located on the east end of the Historic Downtown Mall, the Charlottesville Sprint Wireless Pavilion is the city's premier outdoor venue for live performance. Open since July of 2005, it features premium seating, a spacious lawn, and professional stage and sound, all within easy walking distance of downtown Charlottesville's many restaurants and other attractions. The Charlottesville Sprint Wireless Pavilion presents acclaimed live musical acts and is host to the Friday's After Five free concert series from April through September.
Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival
Over 120 of the finest Artists and Craftspeople from around the nation will gather together, rain or shine. Find one of a kind, handmade items including pottery, textiles, leather, glass, wood, metal, photography and fine art. Festive fare, Virginia wine and Virginia draft beer, live entertainment, children's activities, a free raffle, and more! Enjoy a day in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and marvel at the Virginia countryside. Proceeds benefit Claudius Crozet Park. Visit the website for directions and information. Adults $7, Seniors $6 at the gate, under 12 is free. No pets.
For over 30 years The Foxfield Racing Association has provided a beautiful setting for the equestrian sport of steeplechasing. The alluring but challenging Foxfield course was designed to attract Thoroughbred owners and trainers, and to provide the jockey and his mount with a beautiful ride. The Foxfield Racing Association sells reserved parking places in contained areas for the long held and honored tradition of tailgating. Families, friends and guest enjoy a tailgate picnic or purchase food from our onsite vendors. Make plans to join us for the Foxfield Family Day on Sunday, September 24th and the spring race on Saturday, April 29th.
Greenfield farm is a fun and educational activity for people of all ages. Take home a pumpkin, enjoy a beautiful hayride with Blue Ridge Mountain views, a variety of farm animals to pet, a fun hay maze & climb and of course be sure to set aside time to play in the 5-acre corn maze. There is also a kiddie corral area especially for young children. Weekends in October: Saturdays 10am - 6pm, Sundays 1pm - 6pm. Please call ahead of time about appointments during the week.
Heritage Harvest Festival
The annual Heritage Harvest Festival, hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in partnership with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, celebrates Jefferson's legacy in a fun, affordable, family-oriented, educational event promoting gardening, sustainability, local food and the preservation of heritage plants. The 2016 Heritage Harvest Festival will be held in September at Monticello on the West Lawn. Participants will continue to enjoy the traditional tastings, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, family-friendly activities and a variety of garden tours and exhibits. Festival parking available at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Vegan Roots Fest
The annual (formerly Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival) will be held in Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville, Virginia on September 30, 2017 from noon to 7pm. One of the largest vegetarian festivals in the country, the festival has more than 100 exhibitors and thousands of health-conscious visitors. Includes decadent vegan food, beer, wine and cider and great music! Visit the festival's website for more information.
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