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 100 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 $6 at the gate, under 12 is free. No pets.

Foxfield Races

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.

Grace Church Farm Tour

On June 13, 2015, spend a delightful, early summer day in the Keswick Hunt Country for a first-hand look at some of the farms. Grace Church will open its doors to visitors; it is considered to be one of the most beautiful, historic churches in Virginia. The original Grace Church was built in 1742 and proudly counts Thomas Jefferson among its early vestry members. In addition to the tour, relax at the country fair, enjoy food, children's activities, pony rides, animals, artisans, vendors, live music and more.

Montpelier Wine Festival

The Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event for the whole family on May 6 & 7, 2017. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the "Father of the Constitution," the Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts; specialty food vendors; live music; children's entertainment and rides; and wine tastings all day. Follow Montpelier Wine Festival news on social media at #montpelierwinefest.

Virginia Festival of the Book

Join March 22-26, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. These 5 days of literary events are free, with the exception of a few ticketed events, and open to the public as we honor book culture and promote reading and literacy. As the largest gathering of authors, writers, and readers in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Book Festival has become an integral part of the community and is presented in a unique partnership of contributors. Programs range from author readings to a StoryFest day for children's authors and characters; from a panel on publishing a novel to a discussion on running a book club.

Virginia Folklife Program

The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship showcase will be held on May 7, 2017 from 12noon to 5pm! Join Virginia’s folk masters and their apprentices this spring for a celebration of traditional music, food, and crafts at James Monroe’s Highland, just outside of Charlottesville. This event is free and open to the public. The Festival will feature the graduating class of masters and apprentices and welcome in the new class, plus many Virginia Folklife apprenticeship program alumni. The full showcase schedule will be announced in April 2017.