5 Ways to Welcome Spring in Charlottesville, Virginia
Of all the times to visit Charlottesville, spring may be a favorite. They say April showers bring May flowers – in Virginia that means the bloom of the flowering Dogwood, the fragrance of Cherry Blossoms and the colorful landscape of meandering fields of wildflowers. As the weather warms, Downtown Mall restaurants begin to set up patios, setting the stage for ambient evenings dining al fresco amid the musical gifts of Fridays after Five. But those are only a few of the many reasons to get outdoors in Charlottesville this spring. The Rivanna River is ready and waiting for kayaking and canoeing adventures, and of course, there is no shortage of beautiful rustic trails to traverse on a springtime hike.
If you are looking for ways to enjoy the changing seasons, here are 5 ways to welcome the arrival of spring to Charlottesville.
This year marks the 65th annual Dogwood Festival, which kicks off Friday, March 21st with the dogwood tree sale. The trees tend to go quickly, so if you have your eye on a red, pink or white dogwood, it is best to stop in early. Then stay tuned for fun family-friendly events throughout the spring, including the popular Dogwood Carnival that opens April 10th and the Grand Feature Parade on April 26th.
The Foxfield Spring Races are also being held on April 26th this year, so you may have to choose between the Race and the Dogwood Festival Parade. While we can’t help you decide, we are certain that either choice will be a fun and memorable experience. The Foxfield Races are a Virginia tradition and provide a perfect way to participate in a longtime Charlottesville equestrian institution of steeplechasing, all while enjoying a beautiful spring afternoon amid the Blue Ridge Mountain landscape.
Patio Dining at the Downtown Mall and Fridays after Five
As spring begins, the acclaimed restaurants of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall move outdoors, with patio dining in the pleasant evening atmosphere of the ambient venue. Adding to this laid-back al fresco vibe is the start of another Charlottesville tradition – Fridays After Five. A live concert series with a schedule of local talents with a variety of musical styles. This free event begins weekly on Fridays at5:30 and is the perfect way to wind down and start off the weekend right!
Historic Garden Week
From April 26-May 3rd, Charlottesville residents and visitors are welcomed into 250 of Virginia’s gorgeous gardens, including homes and historical landmarks during Historic Garden Week. This event is the perfect way to enjoy the aesthetic pleasures of Charlottesville in the springtime, when the colorful and fragrant blooms of spring are in full view. The Historic Garden Week website offers multiple suggested itineraries, including one that focuses on the Shenandoah Valley, so that you can get the most out of this 8-day event. And, one of Frank Hardy, Inc.'s latest Charlottesville, VA Real Estate listings Esmont will be taking part in the festivities.
There are a boundless number of ways to enjoy the outdoors in Charlottesville this spring. Whether hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, golfing, or horseback riding (to name a few), there is no better place than Charlottesville, and no better time than this spring, to get out there and enjoy the natural bounty that Albemarle County has to offer.