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.
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.
Grace Church Farm Tour
On June 6, 2018, 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.
Make the wine festival part of your weekend plans! Orange Uncorked Wine Festival at Montpelier, a premier spring event, features Virginia wineries, arts and crafts, specialty food vendors, live music, and more! Held on May 5 - 6, 2018 (Saturday 11 AM-6 PM; Sunday 11 AM-5 PM). Tasting tickets at the gate are $25, Designated Drivers tickets at the gate are $5, Youth tickets (ages 13-20) at the gate are $5, and children 12 and under are free. Advance ticket sales are no longer available. Visit the website for more information.
Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival
Whether you want a catered lunch and exclusive wine tastings, or the freedom to picnic and taste great Virginia wines at your leisure, the Taste of Monticello Wine Trail has it. It runs from May 7 to 12 and the tasting event will be on May 12 at the Sprint Wireless Pavilion, located conveniently on Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Mall. The festival brings together the best vineyards the Commonwealth of Virginia has to offer for an unforgettable afternoon of wine sampling, live entertainment and Wine University Course Offerings offered throughout the day.
Virginia Festival of the Book
Join March 21-25, 2018 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.
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