Autumn is arguably the best time of year in the Charlottesville area. There is always a multitude of festivals and events to enjoy during the colorful fall season. From music and local beverages to block parties and horse races, there is something for everyone!
The Virginia Film Festival is a staple event in Charlottesville! This year will feature some of the most highly anticipated titles in the film world while also showing off the talents of rising stars in the industry. Films will include a carefully-curated selection of classics, documentaries, outstanding foreign films and more - all combining to offer a thought-provoking creative window on some of the most important issues in our world today. The Virginia Film Festival will take place November 3-6. Click here for more information.
Music lovers will not want to miss the 17th season of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, which runs from September 8 - 22. This festival presents the music of classical composers Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven and many others, played by a 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. Concerts will also take place at Live Arts and Piedmont Virginia Community College. Click here for more information.
On September 17, the Charlottesville Pride Community Network will present the 5th annual Cville Pride Festival in Lee Park. The festival aims to create a vibrant, visible and unified LGBTQ community presence in the Charlottesville area. Highlights will include music, dancing, a beer garden, food trucks and much more. Click here for more details.
Tom Tom Founders Festivals returns this fall with a free two-day event from September 23 - 24. The Fall Block Party, Tomtoberfest will take place at Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville. This event brings great bands, public art, a dozen local food trucks and a giant New Belgium beer garden. 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 here.
The annual Foxfield Fall Races will take place on Sunday, September 25. This iconic Charlottesville event kicks off with Jack Russell Terrier races, followed by horse races in the afternoon. This family-friendly event features activities for all ages, including pony rides, face painting and much more. For more details, click here.
Starr Hill Oktoberfest is back at Starr Hill Brewery on October 1. The brewery will be transformed into a German Brauhaus, complete with a Beer Hall and an Oktoberfest tent on the patio. New and limited release German-style beers will be poured and paired with tradional food offerings from local chefs. Click here for more information.
High end fine art and craftwork returns to Crozet during the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival on the weekend of October 8 - 9. Over 100 handcrafters and makers will bring their original work to display and sell at beautiful Claudius Crozet Park. Live music, great food, Virginia beer and wine, and special children's area will also be featured. For more information, click here.
The 7th annual Top of the Hops Beer Festival will take place on November 5th at Spring Pavilion. Tickets include a commemorative sampling glass and two-ounce samples of over 150 world class craft beers. There will be music, food, Brew University, and new this year - a silent disco. This festival is a must for beer lovers! Click here for details.
Fall will bring an array of notable performers to Charlottesville, including Carrie Underwood, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Beck. With awesome music venues like the Sprint Pavilion, John Paul Jones Arena, the Paramount Theater and the Jefferson Theater, these shows promise to provide stellar entertainment for all!
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