With vaccines going out, restrictions winding down, and the weather warming up, spring in Charlottesville presents the perfect opportunity to finally get out of the house with safe, socially distanced outdoor events and festivals, outdoor activities, and more! Here are a few activities and events we are looking forward to this spring in Charlottesville;
Enjoy the beautiful spring foliage and flowers by taking a hike! Charlottesville offers access to countless beautiful walking paths and hiking trails for any skill level. Some of our favorite trails around Charlottesville include:
- Rivanna Trail
- The Saunders Monticello Trail
- Trails in the Ivy Creek Natural Area
- Moormans River Hike
As well as many beautiful trails at the nearby Shenandoah National Park! Shenandoah National Park will be offering Fee Free Days at various dates throughout the year, to allow visitors to enjoy the park for free!
Sunny spring weather creates the perfect occasion for safe, socially distanced outdoor events.
The Festy Music Festival will be hosting outdoor concerts at Charlottesville’s Chisholm Vineyards on various dates from April to June. Enjoy local, regional, and national bands from the comfort of your own reserved pod, or, livestream the concerts from home!
The Annual Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival is back for 2021! Enjoy this perfect Mother’s Day Weekend activity on May 8th and 9th at the Claudius Crozet Park. Over 120 Artists and Exhibitors will be featuring unique handmade and handcrafted works of art.
We’ve all been cooped up this winter and no-one has felt it more than the kids! Spring finally brings the opportunity for them to get outside, release all that pent up energy, and enjoy some activities and events just for them.
The IX Art Park will host their Mermay event on Saturday, May 22nd. Landlubbers of all ages will love this explosion of under-the-sea fun! The event will feature street performers, food trucks, seashell crafts and a nautical photo booth.
On June 5th, saddle up for the quirky riff on horse racing season with IX Art Park’s Hobby Horse Derby. This all-ages derby turns stick horses into the mighty steeds that will take you to the finish line as you compete in racing or dressage.
At Wildrock in nearby Crozet, visitors can enjoy an engaging variety of play and discovery zones nestled throughout the Blue Ridge foothill landscape. Wildrock also offers six sessions of nature immersion Summer Day Camps, with dates from June 28th to August 13th.
Outdoor dining is the best way to dine at (and support!) your favorite restaurant, while staying COVID safe! Enjoy the perfect weather and delicious food with patio dining at Charlottesville’s best restaurants or a picnic at the many wineries in the surrounding area. A few of our favorites include:
- The Local
- Poloton Station
- The Hamiltons’ At First and Main
- Blue Mountain Brewery
- Pippin Hill Winery
- King Family Vineyards
Spring provides countless opportunities to enjoy everything Charlottesville has to offer, way more than we can fit in a blog post! The best way to discover Charlottesville is to explore it yourself and experience it all! So mask up, stay safe, and get out to enjoy spring in Virginia!