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A season full of music, festivals, and exciting events!

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (September 9, 2015) - The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) invites visitors and locals alike to enjoy a multitude of festivals and other fun events in our area this fall.

One of the biggest music festivals on the east coast takes place from September 10-13 in nearby Arrington, Virginia. The 3rd edition of the Lockn' - Interlocking Music Festival will be featuring musical acts such as Carlos Santana, The Doobie Brothers, and Bob Weir to name just a few. Unique to the Lockn' Festival are two side-by-side main stages, providing the opportunity for non-stop, interlocking music. Attendees of this festival will find some of the area's top local chefs serving up their finest dishes on the "Edible Stage," while a "Beer Village" awaits those who crave a local hop-infused craft beer, created by one of central Virginia's many breweries. Family-friendly activities are also available at this event. Find out more details by visiting

Staying on a musical theme, music lovers will also not want to miss the 16th season of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, from September 8 - 20. This fine festival presents the music of classical composers Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven and many others, played by a very diverse group of internationally acclaimed musicians. Concerts will be played at two of Charlottesville's most historic venues - The Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall and Old Cabell Hall at The University of Virginia. There will be a free mid-day concert on September 11th at the Paramount Theater open to the general public and there will also be a more informal and improvisational concert that will take place on September 18th at the Southern Café and Music Hall. For the complete list of concerts and artists, visit

Celebrate the harvest and the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson at the 9th annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello on September 12. Thomas Jefferson, America's "Founding Foodie," championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation and sustainable agriculture. Taste a bounty of heirloom fruits and vegetables and learn about organic gardening and seed-saving during this fun, affordable, family-friendly festival - unlike any other - held on the breathtaking West Lawn of Jefferson's Monticello. Your general admission ticket includes hands-on workshops, garden tours, fruit and vegetable tastings, activities designed for kids, and much more. All day pre-festival workshops are available on September 11th. More information can be found at

The USA Cycling Team has chosen Charlottesville and Albemarle County for their pre UCI World Cycling Championships training camp and on this occasion, the CACVB is hosting two free public events, allowing locals to interact with these elite athletes and get a glimpse into their world.  On September 14, fans can "Ride the Divide with Team USA" at the Paramount Theater; athletes and coaches will discuss endurance training before the screening of "Ride the Divide," a captivating movie about the most daunting endurance cycle race in the world.  Then on September 17, Cycle Fest will be held at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  There will be panel discussions, a cycling-themed expo, as well as bike decorating and other activities for kids.  Team USA will be present!  For more information on these two events, go to  

Beer aficionados are once again invited to gather at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on September 26th for the 6th edition of the popular Top of the Hops Beer Fest. Presented by Starr Hill Brewery and Beer Run, Top of the Hops will showcase the growing popularity of craft beers from around the country and the world in a relaxed and friendly environment. Patrons will have access to two-ounce samples of over 150 craft beers in the Abita, Blue Mountain, Goose Island, and Miller's Downtown Beer Gardens. The festival will also feature the Devil's Backbone Brew University Area where guests will enjoy beer seminars such as Cooking with Beers, Food Pairings and other beer education sessions. Come enjoy the mass of craft beers with live music and games! For more details, visit

The Tom Tom Founders Festival returns this fall with a free two-day event from September 25-26 - the Fall Block Party at the IX Art Park. This event brings great bands, public art, food trucks, a beer garden, and the largest "Fleaville" ever. Step inside for open artist studios and a regional tech mixer. The Block Party also celebrates innovators, artists, and community leaders who create great things in Charlottesville, by featuring their profiles on lamppost banners across the Downtown Mall. More information is available at

Fall will bring an array of notable performers to Charlottesville, including The Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse, Trampled by Turtles, and Stevie Wonder. With awesome venues such as the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, the John Paul Jones Arena, the Paramount Theater and the Jefferson Theater, these shows promise to provide a memorable experience for all!

For a complete list of events, travel information, packages and hotel room reservations, please visit the official destination website for Charlottesville and Albemarle County


About the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB):
In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through, the CVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination.  CACVB's mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets."  CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a second visitor center, the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center downtown Crozet (5791 Three Notch'd Rd), as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.  The official website of the CACVB is  In addition, the organization manages powerful social media channels; ExperienceCharlottesville on Facebook, @VisitCVille on Twitter, CVilleVA on Pinterest, and @CharlottesvilleVA on Instagram and Vimeo.


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