Events To Check Out In Charlottesville This Spring

Events To Check Out In Charlottesville This Spring
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Young woman buying fruit at local farmers market. Fresh organic produce for sale at local farmers marketSpring is on its way and that means it’s time to get out and explore the many fun events Charlottesville has to offer! From outdoor activities to art shows and farmers’ markets, there is something for everyone in this vibrant city. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the upcoming spring events in Charlottesville that you won’t want to miss. Get ready for a season of fun with these spring events in Charlottesville!

Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book is a unique annual event held here in Charlottesville. The festival features a wide variety of programming, including author readings and panel discussions, book signings, immersive outdoor programs, and more. Each year, the festival attracts over 200 authors and more than 20,000 attendees.

This year’s festival will be held from March 23-26, but there are also some preview events ahead of the festival you will want to check out. Some of this year’s exciting programming at the festival include Horror at Holiday Trails, A Mid-Century Fiction Lunch, and Unsung Women. For a full list of programming and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.

Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival

The Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival is one of the area’s most popular spring events. While it’s not exactly in Charlottesville itself, Crozet is centrally located in the Commonwealth and less than 30 minutes from downtown Charlottesville. This event is well worth the drive. The festival features over 150 juried artists and craftspeople from all over the country, as well as live music, food vendors, and children’s activities. The bi-annual festival benefits Claudius Crozet Park, the non-profit recreational area where the event is held.

The Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival will be held May 13-14, 2023 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free for children 12 and under, and parking is available at the Crozet Park & Ride lot. Pets are welcome as well, as long as they are well-behaved and on a leash.

Farmers’ Markets

The Charlottesville farmers market scene is vibrant and ever-growing! In the spring, markets start opening up around town, offering fresh, local produce and products. Here are some of the upcoming farmers’ markets in Charlottesville:

  • The Charlottesville City Market is one of the oldest and largest farmers’ markets in Virginia. It runs from April through October on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm. The market offers a wide variety of local produce, meats, flowers, honey, baked goods, and more.
  • The Crozet Farmers Market is a newer market that started in 2012. It runs from May through October on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. The market has a strong focus on local and sustainable agriculture, with a wide selection of produce, meats, eggs, bread, cheeses, and other products.
  • The Abermale Farmers Market is well-known as a pet-friendly market that is fun for the whole family. Starting in May and running until the end of September, the market is open Saturdays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. At this market, you’ll find fresh flowers, baked goods, delicious fresh produce and meats, hand-crafted goods, and more!
  • The Scottsville Farmer’s Market is another long-running market in Charlottesville (since 2009). It takes place every Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm from May through October. The market offers a wide variety of local produce as well as live music and entertainment.

If the winter has felt like it’s been dragging on forever, there is hope in sight! As we inch further toward spring, warmer weather means more options to get out and take in some vitamin D while exploring the various events around Charlottesville. We hope you have an amazing time on your springtime adventures. We’d love to hear about them. Check us out on Facebook and tell us about your favorite events in Charlottesville.