Things to Do in Charlottesville in April

WOW!  Looking at all the events occurring here in April it was incredibly hard to pick just a few for you to attend.  April is definitely a busy month in the Charlottesville area – not to mention the gorgeous weather that usually occurs then.  Plus all the flowers including the dogwoods are in bloom.  So here are my picks for the month:

  1. Hops & Headlamps Tour of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel: April 1st & 2nd.  This sounds like a really fun event.  You’ll meet up at one of the local wineries, cideries or breweries.  Then you’ll be shuttled to the tunnel to explore and learn from local historians.  Then back to the winery, cidery or brewery for a tasting.  Reservations are required.  Saturday & Sunday
  2. Quilt Show 2017:  April 1st & 2nd.  If you love quilts or are curious on how they are made you must see this exhibit.  There will be over 150 quilts of traditional and contemporary designs.  Saturday & Sunday
  3. First Friday’s ArtWalk:  April 7.  Before having dinner at one of downtown Charlottesville’s great restaurants check out the art galleries which are open from 5:00-7:00.  Explore the exhibits from some of the area’s finest creative artisans covering fine art, folk art, contemporary, classical, local & imports.  Friday
  4. Tom Tom Founder’s Festival:  April 10th – April 16th.  This festival offers a lot!  There will be talks, music events, farm-to-fork cooking demos & tastings, art, science and technology, workshops and parties.   It explores new ideas that will take us to a better future.  Monday – Sunday
  5. Founders Day and Jefferson Birthday Celebration: April 13th.  The 274th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s will be celebrated on the West Lawn of Monticello.  While Jefferson was not known to celebrate his birthday this is a great event to honor the author of the Declaration of Independence.  Keynote speaker will be Chef Alice Waters who is this years recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership.  Thursday
  6. Sheep Shearing at James Monroe’s Highland: April 22.  This annual event will demonstrate New Zealand sheep shearing method, wool carding and spinning.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds.  Saturday
  7. Sue Harlow at Albemarle CiderWorks: April 29th.  You will enjoy this singer/songwriter’s haunting vocals while sipping on some of the best ciders in the area.  Saturday

These are just a handful of the many activities that you can enjoy in the Charlottesville area in April.  Hope to see you at one of them!

Dan & Kathryn

 

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