Summer Festivals

Charlottesville knows how to celebrate summer with festivals and events, and this year it's all about the arts and agriculture!

LOOK3 - Festival of the Photograph revels the art of photography in all forms. Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public from June 3 - 26, unless otherwise noted.  Visitors can already admire the TREES exhibition, with gorgeous poster-size photographs hanging from the trees on the historic Downtown Mall. The festival officially kicks off on June 13, and a full event and seminar schedule can be found at

Visual art lovers can also visit The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, where the Andy Warhol: Iconsexhibit is being presented through September 18. In 2014, The Fralin was the beneficiary of a gift of several works of art by Andy Warhol from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In 2016, The Fralin is pleased to present these pieces within the entire larger series of prints, revealing the diverse range of subjects that captivated the iconic artist. Visit for more information.

On June 25, Starr Hill Brewery hosts its first-ever festival, the IPA Jambeeree, celebrating craft beers, India pale ales, and music in Virginia. IPA Jambeeree promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience for craft beer and music lovers with over 15 Virginia Breweries pouring over 50 IPAs. The festival will also include educational brewer sessions, exhibits from local and national hop growers, a home brew competition, local food trucks, games and prizes, and local music on two stages! More details can be found at

Theater enthusiasts are in for a treat as the 42nd edition of the Heritage Theater Festival (HTF) kicks off a five-show season on June 30. HTF has been the residence during the summer months as the University of Virginia's professional theatre, and they have an irresistible line-up of amazing productions again this summer. Visit to view the full performance schedule.

Another staple event is the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, which returns this summer for its 38th season and is presented at the Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall. The Festival will begin with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, the comedic classic full of mistaken identities, deceptive servants, jealous lovers, and sublime music, and the summer continues with five performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize winning musical, South Pacific. Visit for more details.

The Albemarle County Fair will be held August 4 - 6 at on the beautiful historic site of James Monroe's Highland. A fun and festive "Old-Time Country Fair," the 2016 Albemarle County Fair will be a three-day agricultural celebration, complete with farm animals, exhibits, baked goods, crafts, family entertainment, 4-H events, livestock, and grand old-time country fun! In addition to this year's longer hours, 2016 features more fun-filled attractions than before. Visit for more information.

Visit Charlottesville this summer, and you will be sure to find something fun and entertaining for the entire family!