It’s hard to believe, but summer is quickly drawing to a close! It felt like it would be this hot forever. September is a beautiful (and typically cooler) month in the Charlottesville area. Enjoy a variety of events, perfect for visitors and locals alike. Here are a few good reasons to plan a visit to Charlottesville & Albemarle County this September:


1. Heritage Harvest Festival – September 22, 2018

Thomas Jefferson was a man of many talents – one of which was gardening! Learn more about Jefferson’s exceptional green thumb on September 22 at the 12th annual Heritage Harvest Festival, which takes places at his home of Monticello. This fun, affordable, family-friendly festival includes hands-on workshops, garden tours, fruit and vegetable tastings, and plenty of activities perfect for kids of all ages. To learn more about the Heritage Harvest Festival, click here.

(Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello - Photo Credit: Broken Banjo Photography)


2.) Cville Pride Festival – September 15, 2018

The 7th annual Cville Pride Festival is a free, family-friendly event, which offers up the chance to celebrate and experience the diversity and vibrancy of the local LGBTQ community! This festival takes place on September 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Sprint Pavilion on the east end of the Downtown Mall. Attendees can expect awesome bands with plenty of live music, a hip-hop showcase, singer-songwriters, breakdancers, plus a children’s area complete with a giant moon bounce, games, face-painting, balloons, and much more. There will also a beer and wine garden, food trucks, and more than 50 vendors representing area businesses and organizations, plus plenty of pride merchandise! For more information about the Cville Pride Festival and Pride Week events, click here.

3.) Festival of Squash – September 21 – 23, 2018

The sport, not the vegetable. The Festival of Squash is set to take place at the Boar’s Head Sports Club from September 21-23 and has become a major fixture on the U.S. Squash calendar! Top-ranked pros will compete in the PSA Harrow Charlottesville Open, while hundreds of amateurs will compete in the U.S. Squash-sanctioned skill level championships.


4.) Tomtoberfest – September 29, 2018

The Tom Tom Founders Festival doesn’t just limit its celebrations to the month of April. Come to IX Art Park on September 29th for this massive fall block party that celebrates local founders with concerts, food trucks, entrepreneurs, and art! There will be a tech mixer where you can mingle with 100+ of the area’s most innovative companies and community members. Click here for more information and details about this year’s Tomtoberfest!


5.) Virginia Spirits Month – All Month!

It’s no secret that the Charlottesville area is home to an incredible variety of wineries, breweries, and cideries—but did you know that a few distilleries have popped up in recent years? This makes the Charlottesville area the perfect place to enjoy Virginia Spirits Month, which takes place through the entire month of September! From Vitae Spirits to Ragged Branch Distillery in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, to other regional distilleries, there are a wide range of options from which to choose. Just be sure to enjoy Virginia Spirits Month safely and responsibly!


6.) Carter Mountain Sunset Concert Series – Thursdays in September

The Thursday Evening Sunset Concert Series continues to run strong in September at Carter Mountain Orchard. This sunset series will take place each Thursday evening through the end of September, giving visitors and locals a few more opportunities to enjoy live music, food, beverages, and those delicious apple cider donuts! To learn more about the remaining concerts left in the 2018 series, click here!

Carter Mountain Sunset

(Thursday Evening Sunset Concert Series - Photo Credit: Travel. Experience. Live.)


7.) UVA Football Games – September 15, 22

Best for last. This is shaping up to be a great football year here in Charlottesville. Bronco’s Hoos beat Richmond 42-13 in their season opener and hope to carry that momentum into their road debut against Indiana. Catch the Hoos at home on the 15th versus Ohio or on the 22nd against Louisville. For more information about the upcoming 2017 football season, click here. Tech looks stellar this year, but who knows… we’re overdue, aren’t we?

UVA Football

(University of Virginia Football Game at Scott Stadium)


We look forward to welcoming you this September! This list is nothing but a sampling of the many fun, exciting things to check out in the Charlottesville area. Check out our calendar of events for more ideas regarding things to do, attractions, and places to stay.