Charlottesville Va Parks and Grounds

Annual City Events
Lewis And Clark Bicentennial  starting January 14

Numerous events will be held in many locations in our area for the 200th Anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, some of them taking place at our local parks.
Sunday, January 19th, 11a.m. to 1 p.m.: Presentation of keelboat construction at Darden Towe Park.
Spring Court Days in April

Juried arts and crafts festival with live entertainment. Food vendors on site in Lee Park. By the Charlottesville Downtown Foundation. No admission charge. (434) 296-8548. (2001 Photos)
Annual Dogwood Festival Mid thru Late April

Fireworks, carnival, barbecues at McIntire Park.   In late April, the Grand Feature Parade is performed in Downtown Charlottesville.  No admission charge.  (434) 961-9824. 
(2001 Photo Gallery)
4th Annual Dogwood Blues Festival Late April

Concerts featuring well-known blues musicians. Refreshments available; held at the Downtown Amphitheater. Charlottesville Downtown Foundation. Admission charge. (434) 296-8548.  (2001 Photos)
Fridays After Five™ April - October

Since 1988, the Charlottesville Downtown Foundation presents free concerts at the Charlottesville Downtown Mall's Amphitheater from April through October, on Fridays starting at 5:30 p.m.
National Trails Day June 7, 9a.m. - 12p.m.

Help build a new trail along the Rivanna to connect the County Greenway to the existing Rivanna Trail - find out more at the Rivanna Trails Foundation.
Fourth of July July 4

The 2003 July 4th festivities are in jeopardy due to lack of funds.  Local activist Tom Powell and others are trying to raise $20,000 so that our community can continue to enjoy this annual event.  Here are some news stories: WINA, WINA update, CvilleNews, The Daily Progress.

In 2002, Charlottesville Downtown Foundation presented the  Sparks Fly in July celebration.  Activities started at the Downtown Mall and then the Independence Day Celebration continued from 4p.m. til 10p.m. at McIntire Park. Note: no parking at McIntire allowed for this event -- parking only allowed at Charlottesville High School.

Annual African American Cultural Arts Festival Last Saturday in July at Washington Park

Join Chihamba and the Charlottesville Community at Booker T. Washington Park for a celebration of African American Cultural Arts. This family-oriented festival opens with a grand entrance by the Spiritwalker, dancers, drums and many other exciting performers.  A wide variety of crafts, foods, community organizations and artisans will be found throughout the park.  All are invited to listen to the storyteller, watch the performers, and discover more about local and national African American history and the contributions of African Americans to our community.  Contact:  Leslie Harris-Scott  (434) 980-3164 (2001 photo gallery)
Belmont Bash September

This festival is a community event that celebrates the Belmont neighborhood.  In 2001 it was held at Clark School to coincide with the school's 70th aniversary; in 2000 it was held at Belmont Park.
Fall Court Days October

Juried arts and crafts festival with live entertainment. Food vendors on site. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at Lee Park.
Charlottesville Downtown Foundation. No admission charge. (434) 296-8548.
Lewis and Clark Festival: Activities at Lee Park, music, crafts, re-enactments. Exhibits at Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society and Virginia Discovery Museum. Bus tours of sites associated with Lewis and Clark. Charge for bus tours.  (434) 977-1783; (877) 386-1102.
Spirit Walk Late October

A ghostly evening walking tour of historic downtown Charlottesville, featuring living history interpretations of personalities from Charlottesville's past. Costumed guides lead tour groups by lantern light.  Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. Admission charge.  (434) 296-1492.
Governor Jefferson's Thanksgiving Festival November 21 - 23

Step back in history and mingle with famous statesmen, soldiers, merchants, clergymen and slaves who gather during the American Revolution for a day of public Thanksgiving that was proclaimed by Virginia's Governor Thomas Jefferson.  (2000 Photo Gallery)
In Historic Downtown Charlottesville.  Some events free.  (434) 249-4032 .
The Charlottesville Tradition November 28 -29

An interdenominational holiday festival. Activities include the grand illumination, Santa's arrival, craft vendors, music, charity events and a Santa House and the Gospel Tradition. Downtown Mall and Amphitheater.  Most events are free.
First Night Virginia December 31

A family oriented, alcohol-free community celebration of the arts. Offers a variety of visual, performing and musical arts. 3:00 p.m. - midnight.  Charlottesville Downtown Mall area. Admission charge. (434) 975-8269.

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