Charlottesville Events

In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is a great place to escape for a weekend away with family, friends, or just yourself! Join your family at the University of Virginia graduation, attend a football game, or soak up the weekend with Charlottesville's many cultural events. There are no limitations as to why Charlottesville is named as one of the "happiest cities in the country."

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Virginia Festival of the Book

Mar 23 2023 - 5:00pm to Mar 26 2023 - 5:00pm
A signature program of Virginia Humanities and the Virginia Center for the Book, the annual Festival of the Book is a five-day event with readers and writers from all genres and backgrounds. The Festival consistently attracts audiences of more than 20,000 from more than forty...Read more
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Dogwood Grand Parade

Apr 15 2023 - 11:00am
The Dogwood Grand Parade signals Spring is here and brings together participants form several surrounding counties. With floats, marching bands, and other entertainment, the parade celebrates the Virginia state flower and honors the community work the Dogwood Foundation aims to support. Visit WebsiteRead more
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Apr 22 2023 - 10:30am
The bow-WOW-walk is celebrating its 10th year of supporting the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. The 5k event winds through the Boar's Head Resort and features human and canine festivities. Grab your pup and sign up now! Event Details: Date: April 22, 2023 Location: Boar's Head Resort VISIT WEBSITERead more
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Tom Tom Festival

Apr 19 2023 - 12:00pm to Apr 23 2023 - 12:00pm
Tom Tom Festival features music, food, and conversation while highlighting community leaders and innovators in the areas of technology, policy creation, art, and entrepeneurship. Attend a town hall or the Downtown Mall Block Party; there's events for all. Visit WebsiteRead more
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Foxfield Races

Apr 29 2023 - 9:00am
Operating since 1977, this bi-annual event brings together sports enthusiasts to celebrate and cheer on steeplechase races. The organization has a mission to foster a community that keeps the tradition of steeplechase racing present while also protecting open space in the countryside. VISIT WEBSITERead more
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Charlottesville Women's Four Miler

Sep 2 2023 - 8:00am
This Charlottesville tradition, and largest all-women's race in Virginia, brings the community together in support of breast cancer care and research. Event Details: Date: September 2nd, 2023 Location: Foxfield Race Course VISIT WEBSITERead more
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Carter Mountain Thursday Evening Sunset Series

May 4 2023 - 6:00pm to Sep 28 2023 - 6:00pm
Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville hosts family-friendly events open to the public. Every Thursday between May and September, head to Carter Mountain for the sunset series. Enjoy live music, food, wine, hard cider, and good times! Thursday Evening Sunset Series Details Thursday evenings from May...Read more
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Virginia Film Festival

Oct 25 2023 - 3:00pm to Oct 29 2023 - 3:00pm
Important Event Dates: September 26th: Program Announced September 28th: Full Schedule Released October 6th: Tickets on Sale Visit WebsiteRead more
Montpelier Hunt Races

Montpelier Hunt Races

Nov 4 2023 - 9:00am
First run in 1929, the Montpelier Hunt Races now features 7 races with lots of options for viewing. Wtih activities for the whole family like best hat and tailgate contests, you'll certainly enjoy this annual event. Stay close by at Kismet Cottage or Stonemont Farm...Read more
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Stargaze at Observatory Hill

Mar 17 2023 - 9:00pm to Nov 10 2023 - 11:00pm
Visit McCormick Observatory at UVA on first and third Fridays (excluding holidays) March - November 9:00pm - 11:00 pm to view celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor. Attendence is FREE but registration ahead of the event is required. Visit WebsiteRead more