Things To Do in Charlottesville & Albemarle County
There's always plenty to do in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, no matter the season! Scan below for ideas.
UVa's nationally competitive teams play home games here throughout the school year. Excellence transcends any single team (men's sports won the 2018-2019 Capital One Cup) so look beyond basketball and football when you're scoping schedules.
Consider a hike or scenic drive. The Saunders-Monticello Trail, just off the Thomas Jefferson Parkway, is a local favorite (click here for an overview of the best hikes in the area). Take US-250 to Crozet or Scottsville Road to Scottsville for a better perspective on the area. If you're really feeling adventurous, leave Charlottesville on Barracks Road, which becomes Garth Road, then take a left on White Hall Road--it's the most scenic route to Crozet. You'll pass White Hall, home to Grace Estate Winery and Stinson Vineyards. Sugar Hollow Reservoir, a scenic place to hike or fish, is close to White Hall too. Sticking to I-64 in Albemarle County is not recommended! Local roads are far more memorable.
UVa's grounds and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello are UNESCO World Heritage sites, and though these two sites alone are enough to warrant a visit, they are but highlights of the history here. James Monroe's Highland is right next to Monticello, and neither estate is stagnant, so look out for new exhibits and events. Nearby Michie Tavern, established in 1784, uses 18th Century recipes for all dishes. Consider stopping there for lunch or dinner while you're on the mountain.
You would be hard-pressed to name a city of comparable size capable of attracting the quality and quantity of concerts available year round in Charlottesville. The biggest names (Ariana Grande, Cardi B, the Dave Matthews Band, etc.) favor the John Paul Jones Arena for its acoustics and seat capacity. The Sprint Pavilion is best at displaying great rising or perennial talents like Kacey Musgraves or Mavis Staples. Other great venues include The Paramount Theater, The Jefferson Theater and The Southern Cafe & Music Hall.
Serving locally grown food is so commonplace here that most of our restaurants mention their farm-to-table practices casually, if at all. The quantity and range of high-quality restaurants here will surprise you if you're unfamiliar with the area.