Calendar Of Events
One sign of a vibrant community is a calendar packed with events, and Charlottesville is no exception!
Each year, major annual festivals and events draw thousands of visitors, starting with First Night Virginia, a fun and safe New Year's Eve celebration on the Downtown Mall. In late March, the Virginia Festival of the Book offers five days of mostly free events in celebration of reading and the culture around books. The Tom Tom Summit & Festival takes over downtown Charlottesville for a week or so in mid-to-late April. Tom Tom champions creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in America's small cities. It is both a conversation about big ideas and tactical solutions (that's the Summit half) and an ongoing city-wide festival. Expect live concerts, block parties, public art, and artisanal food. The 4th of July celebration and naturalization ceremony at Monticello honors America's Declaration of Independence each summer at the home of its author.
Fall is a busy time of year in Charlottesville, which means there's plenty to do! In October, the Festy brings world-class music and a full slate of mindfulness programming to IX Art Park, two blocks south of the Downtown Mall. The Virginia Film Festival, which usually takes place the first week of November, celebrates the power of cinema to inspire, enlighten and entertain, extending a broad cultural and intellectual reach across a wide variety of topics. For an inside look at the creative lives of professional Virginia artisans, check out the Artisans Studio Tour, typically held the second weekend of November.
While these annual events draw tens of thousands to the area, they're just the beginning of the community-focused culture of Charlottesville's charm. From weekly Fridays after Five concerts on the Downtown Mall to the buzzing City Market each Saturday morning to steeplechase racing at Foxfield, orchard outings and Charlottesville Opera's Summer Season, Charlottesville celebrates its unique cultural capital with events throughout the year.
See below for a full list of all events happening in the area.