If you live in the Charlottesville area, you’ll never run out of interesting things to do. The Spring season brings an abundance of festivals, activities and celebrations. Our most well-known is the annual Festival of the Book, which takes place this year from March 21-25. More than 20,000 people each year attend from more than 30 states. It’s your opportunity to meet the authors, discuss important current issues, and attend events for those who aspire to become authors.
Entrepeneurs, artists, historians and civic leaders come from around the world to share in the Tom Tom Founders Festival in Charlottesville. This is a gathering of innovators who convene to exchange ideas and solutions about civic culture in our country. The Tom Tom Founders Summit takes place this year from April 11-14 and you’ll find ticket information and participation details in the link above.
You’ll enjoy learning about the connections that build great companies, inspire creative thinking and create change in communities across the nation. These are 4 days of conversations and workshops and parties that give you exclusive access to America’s leading innovators.
From March 9-11, the Richmond Spring Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival will allow you to see some of fine artists and purchase their creations. It’s a huge show, prepare to spend the day!
Also on March 10-11, you can sample the menu from the Spring Oyster Festival at Early Mountain Vineyards. In addition to the fresh shucked oysters, you’ll have wonderful wines, crab cakes, clam chowder, and live music. This event takes place from noon till 5:00 pm.
Charlottesville celebrates its dogwood blossoms each year with its weeks-long Dogwood Festival. During this time from the end of March until the end of April, there are parades, fireworks, carnivals, pageants…. and the beauty of a city in bloom.
The whole family will enjoy a day at the annual Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival, held this year on May 12-13. Grab an ice cream cone and shop through the wonderful wares from talented local artists and craftsmen. Pottery, jewelry, woodworking, sculpting…. and it’s on Mother’s Day too!
The Virginia Wine Expo takes place in Richmond and runs through March 4th. In addition to the wine and spirits you’ll be able to sample foods from over 30 of Virginia’s best chefs too.
Take advantage of the Public Night at the McCormick Observatory on Friday March 2nd. Viewing is from 7:00-9:00 at the McCormick Observatory on McCormick Rd in Charlottesville, and if the skies are clear you’ll have views that would make your astronomy teacher jealous.
I would gladly accept any extra Parrothead ticket to see Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers Band on Saturday, March 31st at the John Paul Jones arena at 8:00 pm.
You can save Saturday June 9th for the Louisa Street Festival, where you can sample farm produce, hear great music, and shop from local artists. There’s a lot going on June 9th…. you might also want to take in the Beer Bourbon and Barbeque Festival in Richmond that day too.