Summer is winding down and we at Foxfield Inn, like much of the rest of Charlottesville, are ready to welcome the fall with scarf-clad arms. In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” From the colorful fall foliage to the autumnal menus, we invite you to discover new life in Charlottesville this October.
Events at Monticello
Can’t get enough Thomas Jefferson in your life? Consider adding one of these great programs to your visit to Monticello:
10/4 Montalto Hawk Watch
10/7 and 10/15 TOM Talk: Thomas Jefferson and the Culture of the Earth
10/9 and 10/11 Natural History Walk
10/17-10/18 Archaeology Open House
10/18 Apple Tasting
10/18 Center for Historic Plants Open House
10/23 and 10/25 Edible Native Fruits and Nuts
10/30 Falling Leaves and Winter Trees Walk
Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery
In case enjoying the beautiful scenery at Blue Mountain Brewery isn’t reason enough to sip a cold craft brew, you won’t want to miss Oktoberfest at this local brewpub which will include releases of new and limited edition beers and a festive, seasonal menu. Prost!
Third Anniversary Weekend at Trump Winery
Celebrating its third year, Trump Winery will offer extended tastings of their wines and host live music. May we suggest this as a perfect stop after a morning of apple picking at nearby Carter Mountain Orchard?
October 3, 4-7pm at McGuffey Art Center
Get a jump on your Halloween or masquerade ball costumes at this free drop-in workshop with Australian artist Ricardo Idagi. A fun stop on a date night before dining on the Downtown Mall.
Fall Fiber Festival and Sheepdog Trials at Montpelier
October 4-5, 10am-5pm
If you’ve always wanted to visit James Madison’s home, the Fall Fiber Festival would be a great time to do so. Crafts, demonstrations, and sheepdog trials will bring Montpelier’s beautiful grounds to life.
Swannanoa Palace Open House
Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-5:30pm
This palace, modeled after the Roman Villa de Medici, is stunning to tour any time of year, but with the leaves changing in October, we bet the views on Afton Mountain will be breathtaking.
Every weekend in October, 8am-7pm
Fresh apples, apple cider, apple donuts, hayrides, pumpkins, and the works. If you wanna do fall right, you’ve got to make a stop at this mountaintop orchard.
Last Comic Standing at the Paramount
October 10, 8pm
Whether you’re a fan of NBC’s Last Comic Standing or just want a good laugh, don’t miss out on this stop of the comedy tour. Tickets can be purchased online in advance here.
Events at John Paul Jones Arena
10/10-10/12 Martha’s Market (Boutiques and vendors benefiting women’s healthcare at Martha Jefferson Hospital)
10/16 Eric Church The Outsiders World Tour
10/18 UVa President’s Speaker for the Arts presents Kevin Spacey
10/25-10/26 Cirque du Soleil presents Dralion
The Festy Experience at Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company
Live music, great beer, and fabulous autumnal views make The Festy at the concert grounds at Devil’s Backbone October’s most popular concert experience. Drop in for a day or camp the whole weekend. Tickets information available here.
Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival at Claudius Crozet Park
October 11-12, 10am-5pm
If you are visiting this weekend and appreciate handcrafted arts, you must stop by this festival. Browse dozens of stalls where artisans display their unique crafts, beautiful art, and occasionally whimsical pieces. Take home a special piece for yourself or start your holiday shopping early.
Jazz Ensemble at UVa’s Old Cabell Hall
October 24, 8pm
Under the direction of John D’earth, himself a legend in today’s jazz circles, the UVa Jazz Ensemble has evolved into an exciting group of talented musicians whose concerts are consistently among the most enjoyable to attend.
Public Exhibition of the Historical Buddha’s relics at City Space (Downtown)
Relics and artifacts of the Historical Buddha will be on display for peoples of all faiths and cultures to admire and reflect upon. The exhibition is free and might make an interesting stop while you stroll the Downtown Mall.
Spirit Walk – Court Square/Oakwood Cemetery (Downtown)
October 25-26, 6-9pm
We couldn’t list Charlottesville’s October events without sneaking in a little bit of the spooky and macabre. In the spirit of Halloween, discover the city’s darker, lesser-known stories on this animated ghost tour.
October is the most popular month to visit Charlottesville, so be sure to book your stay as soon as possible. Even if you just drive down for the day, let us know how we at Foxfield Inn can make your October visit to Charlottesville special.
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed and Breakfast