Festivals and Events
Although Charlottesville is predominantly known for its early American History this vibrant city has a lot more to offer then historic sites and museums. Charlottesville is home to not only Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe but also famous musician, Dave Matthews and actors Jessica Lange and Rob Lowe. The arts and music scene is quite popular along with collegiate sports, breathtaking scenic trails and unique eateries. There is a reason why Charlottesville was placed 21st on the list of best places to live by livability.com and here are a few reasons why.
Downtown Mall is known for not only their quaint boutiques/shops but also interesting eateries. There is definitely something for everyone’s palate when finding a bite to eat. Popular eateries include Citizen Burger Bar, Hamilton’s at First & Main, Whiskey Jar, Downtowne Grille, Christians Pizza and many more. Downtown Mall also is known to host a multitude of well-known artists and musicians who showcase their talent throughout many of the different venues. The Jefferson Theatre was established in 1912 and is the premier music venue with state of the art music system. Artists who have played at Jefferson include Jamestown Revival, Ben Folds, Dave Mathews, and Parachute just to name a few.
Fridays after Five is C’villes favorite live concert series which is held April 14-September 8th at Sprints Outdoor pavilion on the Downtown Mall. The music venue showcases local artists and different musical styles “every Friday after five” where you can also enjoy purchase food/beverages from local non-profits who share in proceeds. Family friendly and best of all its entirely FREE ! Check out the concert line-up at sprintpavilion.com
Charlottesville is also a great place to watch and play sports because of the great weather, natural beauty, several rivers and national parks. Boasting several hiking and cycling trails such as the Rivanna River Park Trails, Shenandoah National Park for hiking, eleven golf courses, various public and private tennis courts, and many collegiate sporting events at The University of Virginia. For those who like to ski, Wintergreen Resort is located 45 minutes away in Nellysford or Masanutten Resort in Elkton, VA.
Wine Lovers look forward to the Monticello Wine Trail Festival which is held mid-April at the Sprint Pavilion where 25 local wineries showcase their award winning wines. Patrons can also enjoy local music, winemaker dinners, and other fun activities. Monticello Wine Trail is also a top activity in Charlottesville which has been inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision of grape growing and winemaking. This wine trail offers 30 local wineries to visit where you relax in the countryside and enjoy the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Carter’s Mountain is a family fun orchard to visit year round but Fall is the most popular time due to the Apple Harvest Festival. This popular festival includes pumpkin patches, hayrides, interactive activities, apple picking, enjoy fresh cider and apple donuts. Peach picking is also popular at Carter’s Mountain and this can be enjoyed June-September.
Whether you enjoy the outdoors or indoors, sports or history Charlottesville has something for everyone to enjoy of all ages. Stop staying cooped up inside! Challenge yourself and family to visit somewhere new in and around Charlottesville. You are bound to discover fun and exciting activities ☺