5 Ways to Fall into Fun this September in Charlottesville, Virginia
The end of summer is bittersweet. We hate to see the long, lazy days of summer go, but fall in Charlottesville is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of this gorgeous Central Virginia city. There are plenty of things to do in Charlottesville this September. Aside from all of the autumn staples – from fishing to foliage – there are a number of events happening that are guaranteed to ease the seasonal transition.
September 4-7, check out the Lockn' Music Festival at Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County, Virginia. This four-day music festival brings together a talented line-up including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson and The Allman Brothers Band, with locally-sourced food and perfect recreation for fall in Charlottesville – biking and hiking. Tickets are on sale now and are sure to go quickly.
September 12-13, head to Charlottesville’s historic Monticello for the 8th annual Heritage Festival, which celebrates the legacy of Thomas Jefferson, an avid gardener and supporter of sustainable agriculture. During this event – a Charlottesville staple – taste heirloom fruits and vegetables and acquire useful gardening tips. An afternoon at Jefferson’s Monticello is always time well spent, and this family-friendly Charlottesville event is the perfect way to prepare for fall.
September 14, Charlottesville’s Clifton Inn offers live bluegrass music, local BBQ by Charlottesville chef Tucker Yoder and local beer from three nearby breweries (Champion, Wild Wolf, & Three Notch'd). There is no better way to spend a fall afternoon than lounging with loved ones on a blanket, noshing on fabulous BBQ and listening to live music. Just 12 minutes from Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, this event is convenient and a perfect way to spend an autumn day in Charlottesville.
September 20, the first Main Street Agriculture festival takes place in Charlottesville – emerging as a celebration of the farm-to-table movement that is such an integral part of Charlottesville dining. With events and demonstrations, live animals, family-friendly activities and, of course, a smorgasbord of fresh, local food, this event is sure to be a hit. Happening on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, this event also seeks to unite the community, getting shops and Downtown Mall vendors involved with the agriculture theme.
September 26 marks the Tom Tom Founders Festival Fall Block Party at the McGuffey Art Center in Downtown Charlottesville. With live music, public art, delicious treats from local food trucks and a beer garden, this event is guaranteed to get you excited for fall in Charlottesville. And it’s free! The Tom Tom Founders Festival Fall Block Party will also celebrate the launch of Founding Cville, which honors artists, innovators and community leaders in Charlottesville by showcasing them on lampposts throughout Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.