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.


Virginia Wine Expo

Join us for the 11th annual expo of fine Virginia wine and sumptuous food from across the Commonwealth! The Virginia Wine Expo is simply THE best way to sample and purchase Virginia wines, and of course there's the added bonus of tasting gourmet food from the region's finest restaurants and specialty food purveyors. The event kicks off on February 27 and continues through March 4. Check the web site for a full listing of events and seminars.