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Five Things to Do in Charlottesville in August

Ever since you were a kid and had summers off from school, doesn’t it seem that, of all the seasons, summers seem to pass by the most quickly? With summer rushing by, we want to make sure that you don’t miss anything that is happening! Here is our list of things to do in August near Charlottesville VA. Don’t wait until the last minute to book your stay! We are busy, too, and we don’t want you to miss out!

Albemarle County Fair

August 4 – 6
James Monroe’s Highland, 2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville VA

Summer memories are created at county fairs, and the Albemarle Fair is back! It will be full of traditional livestock judging, craft exhibits, live music, and food trucks! Plan for three days of old-fashioned fun, and come to see entries of cakes, pies, soap, and all kinds of art.

Virginia Theater Festival

August 3 – 7
Culbreth Theater, 109 Culbreath Rd, Charlottesville VA

Returning with the first live performances since 2019 is the newly re-named Virginia Theater Festival (formerly the Heritage Theater Festival). Productions this summer include an updated version of “Little Women” by playwright Kate Hamill and in August, the one-woman show “No Fear and Blues Log Gone: Nina Simone.” All productions are affiliated with the University of Virginia.

C’ville Band Summer Concerts

C’ville Band Plays the Paramount  |  August 2
The Paramount Theater, 215 E Main St, Charlottesville VA

Centennial Celebration Concert  |  August 16
Ting Pavilion, 700 E Main St, Charlottesville VA

As one of the oldest continuously operating amateur community bands in the US, the C’ville Band has scheduled several summer concerts of symphonic music. There are 2 in August!

Rivanna Roots

August 13 & 25
Rivanna River Company, 1518 High St, Charlottesville VA

The Rivanna Roots concert series extends through the entire summer and takes place on the banks of the Rivanna River. Bring a chair or blanket, and enjoy this family-friendly event — or make it an entire day with a river cruise!

Charlottesville City Market

Charlottesville City Market, 100 Water St, Charlottesville VA

The Charlottesville City Market is its oldest open-air market! Come and peruse fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, and authentic cultural foods made on location.

Botanical Garden Butterfly Walks

August 13 & 27
Botanical Gaden of Piedmont, 950 Melbourne Rd, Charlottesville VA

The Botanical Garden of Piedmont is offering several guided butterfly walks. Learn about not only the butterflies you will see but also the plants that go with them.

Wind Down Wednesdays/Thursday Evening Sunset Series

Wednesdays and Thursdays
Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carter Mountain Trail, Charlottesville VA

Carter Mountain Orchard offers two evenings of live music each week during the summer months. Enjoy the fresh cider doughnuts, food trucks, wine, and hard cider. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down!

VA Festival of the Wheel

August 26 – 28
Boar’s Head Resort, 200 Ednam Dr, Charlottesville VA

This year’s festival theme is “Cars of the Autobahn.” You’ll see car classes like Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and others! The VA Festival of the Wheel this year will support the UVA Cancer Center Patient Care Fund. There are three days of fun events.

There is certainly something for everyone on this list of things to do in August near Charlottesville VA! Before summer comes barrelling to a close, choose your favorites and take in all that August has to offer! Pick a date, book your room, and enter our magical world of fireflies, firepits, and breakfast outdoors!

(Updated July 2022)



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