In Charlottesville, typical experiences are often transformed into something outstanding, and of course, our festival scene is no different. Charlottesville festivals include the usual local vendors, live music, and yummy food found at most festivals, but in Charlottesville, there is an extra sparkle that elevates our festival scene. These events help expand our horizons and unite the community while connecting us to top-quality artists, craftspeople, food vendors, and musicians. Below is a list of some of the best festivals in Charlottesville:
Soul of C’ville
Charlottesville’s beloved IX Park is home to the Soul of C’ville, an inclusive and exciting event that showcases black excellence in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The festival takes place over 3 days and includes a diverse list of musicians and dancers, films, fashion shows, and so much more. More than 45 vendors are participating in the event, and you’ll have the chance to contribute to the community canvas.
Virginia Festival of the Wheel
If you are obsessed with cars, you won’t want to miss the Virginia Festival of the Wheel. This year’s theme is “Cars of the Autobahn” and features classic models like Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, in addition to a selection of other classic and historically significant vehicles. This upscale event hosted by the Boar’s Head Inn is the perfect way to spend time with the car enthusiast in your life. Proceeds go to the UVA Cancer Center Patient Care Fund.
Fall Into Fun Festival
Take a scenic drive to Crozet to visit Chile’s Orchard for this annual event that celebrates everything we love about Fall! You can pick your own pumpkin and apples, but there’s more! After you’ve picked out the perfect Jack ‘o Lantern for your porch, you’ll want to browse the shop for yummy fall-themed treats like pumpkin donuts and apple butter, or just relax and enjoy the entertainment. Bring the whole family and “fall” into the fun!
Virginia Clay Festival
Just North of Charlottesville in Stanardsville, you will find the Virginia Clay Festival in Greene County. This is one of the best pottery and ceramic festivals on the East Coast. The festival features talented artisans, delightful Irish music, and hands-on demonstrations. The stunning Greene County scenery provides a backdrop for one of the most diverse collections of pottery available. This is the perfect place if you need to find a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone.
Crozet Art Festival
The Crozet Art Festival continues to be a favorite destination for art lovers from Virginia and beyond. Juried artists present an amazing variety of high-quality fine art and crafts among the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Live music and delicious food vendors congregate with artisans offering fine jewelry, art photography, paintings, graphic arts, pastel art, pottery, ceramic art, clothing, home decor, and so much more.
Virginia Film Festival
Charlottesville’s famed Virginia Film Festival attracts an international crowd. The event is known as one of the most passionate celebrations of film in America. Over 5 days, the festival presents an inspiring, diverse collection of films and events featuring guests from all over the world 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.