Looking for some fun activities in the Charlottesville area? We're curating a list of CarderHoward-approved local favorites just for you!



Virginia festival of the book

Another reason Charlottesville is a fantastic place to call home - the myriad of large festivals we host throughout the year, every year. 2018 marks the 24th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, which runs from March 21-25. The festival is the largest of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, and has attracted an upwards of 20,000 attendees for the last 13 years. Featuring book signing events, workshops, children's programs and traditional readings, the festival presents a captivating list of authors year after year. All events are open to the public, and most are free to attend! Click here to learn more. 


Spring is here and we're sharing some of our favorite things (and things to do) with the arrival of the season. Once April hits, we're itching to get outside. Garden season, Rosé season, and warm temperatures beckon us to spend time exploring our own backyard. If you haven't ventured out to The Market at Grelen in Somerset, do yourself a favor and take a drive! This place has something for everyone - beautiful vistas, a garden shop, trails, a café, and much more. Stinson Vineyards has great views and even better wines, so play hooky and enjoy a day in Crozet!


Historic garden week in virginia 

April 21-28, 2018  Statewide

Each April, visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens. Events and tours are offered throughout the state. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia's historic public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program, and a Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project with Virginia State Parks.

Click here to learn more about the event, and find the tour closest to you.

20th Annual Bill Howard Golf Tournament

Alzheimer's Association
Bill Howard Golf Tournament 

May 3, 2018  Birdwood Golf Course & Spring Creek Golf Course

Held annually in honor of Bill Howard Senior, this event is near and dear to our hearts. Over the last 20 years, Bill and his dedicated event committee have raised over $1,000,000 for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Please join us in support, and have fun while raising money for a great cause.

Click here to learn more about the event.



roseland polo at
king family vineyards

Did you know that in 1995 owners David and Ellen King originally bought the property King Family Vineyards now rests on for a polo field? David's love for the sport, which he has played since 1980, continues as each Sunday from Memorial Day - October with weekly matches. Bring a tent/canopy, comfortable chair, and your tailgate favorites and plan to spend the afternoon sipping King Family varietals and learning about the sport of polo. Click here to learn more.

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yappy hour at keswick vineyards

Pups and wine - what's not to love? Bring your four-legged friend and enjoy the varietals and views at Keswick Vineyards! Each week a different shelter will bring their dogs to socialize and enjoy the country as well. Every Sunday from May-October.  Click here to learn more.

carter mountain orchard thursday evening sunset series


Each Thursday evening May - October, Carter Mountain stays open late and offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the Virginia sunset from one of the best spots in town. Complete with food, live music, wine, and hard cider, it's the perfect way to wind down the week and ease into your weekend. Visit their website for complete information, musical lineup and more. 


Heritage Harvest Festival

Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival

Inspired by Thomas Jefferson's love of agriculture and sustainable living, the Heritage Harvest Festival takes places on the lawn of Monticello each September. Events include a variety of demonstrations and exhibits featuring culinary, gardening, and preservation. The festival, now in its 11th year, is a draw for notable authors and speakers. Visit for complete information.



Discover your local crush each October during Virginia wine month! The Charlottesville area is home to over 30 wineries, so you could try a new one each day throughout the month! Jefferson Vineyards is one of our favorites, and we recommend you make a day of it and visit Monticello, and Carter Mountain Orchard, both just a short drive from the winery. Check out the Virginia Wine website to learn more about our local vineyards and wineries. Share your experiences on social media using #OctoberVaWineMonth and let us know about your adventures. Cheers!


Held annually each November, this Charlottesville tradition is celebrating its 30th year in 2017. Featured stars include Spike Lee and William H. Macy. The four-day festival includes hundreds of film screenings, talks, galas, and a variety of events. Click here to learn more, and reserve your tickets. See you at the movies!


Apple and pumpkin picking, beautiful views, and don't forget the apple cider donuts!

Click here to learn more on their website.




Christmas movies at The Paramount, quaint shops and delightful restaurants are just a few reasons to visit the Downtown Mall during the holiday season. Events spanning from the Grand Illumination through First Night Virginia attract natives and visitors alike to enjoy Charlottesville dressed up in its seasonal best. 

CarderHoward LOVE Tip:
Visit in the evening to see the beautiful tree illuminated,
casting a joyous glow over the mall!




monticello evening holiday tours

Enjoy the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark, historically decorated for the season.  Refreshments and live music included. Click here to learn more.


restaurant week

January 2019

A bi-annual tradition encouraging residents and visitors alike to get out and experience a new eatery while supporting a good cause, Charlottesville Restaurant Week is the cure to your Winter doldrums. 

Wondering about Carol and Glenda's favorites for this event?    

 Bang!       Bizou       C&O        Zocalo

Click here to visit the Charlottesville Restaurant Week website and view all of the participating restaurant menus. Share your faves with us throughout the week on our Facebook page! Bon appétit!



It may be cold outside, but the heat is on at John Paul Jones Arena as UVA Men's and Women's Basketball is in full swing. Plus, nothing gets the blood flowing like rooting for the home team! Click here for the: Men's Schedule  |  Women's Schedule