In Charlottesville, we take the typical and make it outstanding, and the same can be said for the Charlottesville festival scene. Of course, Charlottesville festivals include interesting local vendors, live music, and yummy food, but the festivals in Charlottesville often involve much more. These events help expand horizons and unite the community, all while providing access to top-quality artists, craftspeople, food vendors, and musicians. Below is a list of some of the best can’t-miss festivals in Charlottesville:
Soul of C’ville
Charlottesville’s beloved IX Park hosts the Soul of C’ville, an inclusive and exciting event that showcases black excellence in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The festival has expanded to 3 full days and includes a varied list of musicians and dancers, documentaries and films, fashion displays, and so much more. Nearly fifty vendors will participate in the event, and you’ll have the chance to contribute to the community canvas. This is a very special event you won’t want to miss.
Virginia Festival of the Wheel
If you are obsessed with automobiles, this is the perfect festival for you! This year’s theme is “Cars of the Autobahn”, featuring Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, in addition to a selection of other classic cars. Proceeds go to the UVA Cancer Center Patient Care Fund. This upscale event hosted by the Boar’s Head Inn is the perfect way to spend time with your favorite car enthusiast.
Fall Into Fun Festival
Take a scenic drive to nearby Crozet to visit Chile’s Orchard for this annual event that celebrates everything we love about Fall! Chile’s opens the pumpkin patch up so that you can pick your own pumpkins and apples, but that’s not all! After you’ve picked out the perfect pumpkin, you’ll want to browse the shop for yummy autumn-themed treats like pumpkin donuts and apple butter and enjoy the entertainment. Bring the whole family and “fall” into the fun!
Virginia Clay Festival
A short drive North of Charlottesville to Stanardsville will bring you to the Virginia Clay Festival in Greene County. This festival is one of the best pottery and ceramic festivals on the East Coast, featuring talented artisans, delightful Irish music, and hands-on demonstrations. The glorious Greene County scenery provides a backdrop for one of the most diverse collections of pottery available for purchase. This is the perfect festival to find a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone.
Crozet Art Festival
The Crozet Art Festival continues to be a favorite for art lovers in Virginia and beyond. The juried artists offer an amazing variety of high-quality fine art and crafts amid the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Live music and outstanding food vendors gather along with artists offering fine jewelry, art photography, paintings, graphic arts, pastel art, pottery, ceramic arts, clothing, home décor, accessories, and so much more.
Virginia Film Festival
Charlottesville’s famed Virginia Film Festival attracts an international and celebrity crowd. The event has drawn attention as one of the most in-depth and passionate celebrations of film in America. Over 5 days, the festival presents an inspiring, diverse collection of films and events that feature remarkable guests from the world of film including Spike Lee, Shirley MacLaine, Colin Firth, Oliver Stone, Matthew Broderick, Will Forte, Mia Wasikowski, Sandra Bullock, and many more. The Virginia Film Festival provides a chance for movie lovers to connect with the people who make the films that mean so much to them.
Find your perfect festival! Charlottesville offers a wealth of opportunities to find the event that is right for you.