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Charlottesville & Albemarle County Feature an Array of Festivals Again this Spring

Taste of Monticello Wine Trail, Dogwood Festival, Tom Tom Founders Festival, Foxfield Spring Races, Historic Garden Week & Festival of Cultures getting ready to engage locals and visitors alike

Charlottesville and Albemarle County will feature a great selection of local festivals in the upcoming weeks. These festivals will celebrate everything from innovation and wine to flowers, steeple chase races and gardens. Here are some of these events not to be missed.

The Dogwood Festival is a staple event that celebrates the arrival of spring in a big way, April 7 through the 24. Featuring an array of events such as a pageant, parade, concert and a long-awaited carnival, this Festival is named in honor of the official flower of the state of Virginia. This year marks the 67th anniversary of the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.

The third edition of the Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival offers wine enthusiasts a celebration of the best of Central Virginia wines. Again this year, the Festival includes various wine focused events over a 3-day span, from April 7 through 9. These events include the Monticello Cup Awards at The Jefferson Theater, winery visits & wine dinners, and a tasting event at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in the heart of Downtown Charlottesville. Featuring more than 25 wineries, this event gives visitors the opportunity to taste a vast variety of local wines, all under one roof. Special VIP packages are available.

Tom Tom Founders Festival returns in 2016 for its fifth anniversary, as the gathering of the year for inventors, creatives, and entrepreneurs in the Mid-Atlantic. The festival is a week of music, art, and innovation held in Charlottesville each April that converges hundreds of bands, start-ups, artists, and visionaries with the purpose of celebrating creative founding. It's a real opportunity to launch ventures amidst ideas and parties in one of America’s most beautiful and historic small cities. Tom Tom will host an impressive musical lineup through block parties and a series of acoustic front porch concerts called Porchella. Not to be missed is the free concert with Boyd Tinsley, Dave Matthews Band violinist, and Crystal Garden. The five days of mostly free performances, workshops, and fun will draw innovators nationwide to Charlottesville from April 11 through 17, transforming the city’s picturesque Downtown Mall into a teeming hub for multi-disciplinary innovation and creativity. Some of Tom Tom’s highlights include four live, free funding competitions, free block parties, The Founders Summit, City as Canvas,and Farm to Table Restaurant Week and, for the first time this year, a Youth Summit. Intrigued? Find out more at

The beginning of Historic Garden Week dates back to 1927, when a flower show organized by the Garden Club of Virginia raised an impressive $7,000 to save some of the trees planted by Thomas Jefferson on the lawn at Monticello. Today, The Garden Club of Virginia operates as a non-profit organization comprised of 47 member clubs and 3,400 volunteers. Garden lovers are invited to take part in the many activities scheduled during Historic Garden Week, April 23-30. All proceeds from this event go toward the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic public gardens. A great event for a great cause!

A true Charlottesville tradition not to be missed is the Foxfield Spring Race, which will be held this year on Saturday, April 30. For over 30 years The Foxfield Racing Association has provided a beautiful setting for the equestrian sport of steeple chasing. The alluring but challenging Foxfield course was designed to attract thoroughbred owners and trainers, and to provide the jockey and his mount with a beautiful ride over rolling lush green turf.

The Festival of Cultures, which celebrates the cultural and linguistic diversity of our local community, will take place on May 14. It is a day of free family-friendly fun with all-day entertainment: music, dance, song, and storytelling. Enjoy hands-on cultural crafts activities, visit cultural exhibits, food, and artisan vendors at Lee Park, Downtown Charlottesville.

The Charlottesville area comes alive, throughout the year, with countless festivals, special events, concerts and more. The official destination website offers a complete calendar of events at

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