Return to Grounds

Come back to the University. The Grounds will bring back memories and there are always new things to discover.  Here are a few resources to help you plan your stay.


The Virginia Room at Alumni Hall

Virginia Room
A place of respite in Charlottesville for alumni. Also called the Alumni Lounge, it is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and is complete with a coffee bar, computer workstation, wireless connection, sitting area and library tables.

Exploring U.Va. and Charlottesville
Information on tours, places to visit, parking, getting around C’ville, and much more.

Spring Events

The VFH Virginia Festival of the Book
A four-day festival for readers and writers of every genre. Meet your favorite mystery writer and listen to readings from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Historical Garden Week in Virginia
Tour private homes and gardens in Charlottesville. This statewide event brings 25,000 visitors to enjoy more than 5,730 tulips, 2,000 floral arrangements and 15 tons of mulch.

The Foxfield Races

Foxfield Steeplechase Races
Grab a nice hat and you’re ready for the Foxfield races held in both spring and fall.

Thomas Jefferson Society
Did you graduate more than 50 years ago? If you did, come every year to a reunion especially for you.

Virginia Reunions Weekend
Reunions weekends offered panels with distinguished faculty, dinners under the stars, concerts and even dance parties. But most important it is an opportunity to reconnect with the people who enriched your student years.

Summer Events

Look3 Festival of the Photograph 
Come downtown for photography exhibitions, workshops and outdoor projections. See an interview with a world-famous photojournalist or a presentation by an artist you’ve been admiring in magazines for years.

Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello
There is no more inspirational place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Monticello, the home of the author of the Declaration of Independence. Since 1963, more than 3,000 people have taken the oath of citizenship there.

Albemarle County Fair
Why should you visit the fair? The rides, the sweet treats or the 4-H club? Or maybe you want to watch the Jack Russell races? Or, if you’re lucky, meet Miss Albemarle Country Fair?

Fall Events

Fall Fiber Festival and Montpelier Sheepdog Trials
See the lifecycle of wool from animal to finished craft. See exhibitors and guest speakers. Attend workshops and a crafts for sale. Then watch the sheepdog trials.

Scott Stadium

Come enjoy the fall weather and numerous activities around Grounds. And, of course, a Cavalier football game.

Halloween on the Lawn

Little ones in costumes walk from Lawn room to Lawn room each Halloween. A real treat of the season.

The Virginia Film Festival
See movies in theater that you could never see at a regular multiplex. Meet filmmakers and even movie stars. Enjoy screenings, talk and parties during this four-day festival.

Winter Events

Charlottesville Restaurant Week
Eat like a king for only $26 during restaurant week. Try fancy restaurants you have never visited before, or new additions to menus you already love.

First Night Virginia
First Night Virginia began in 1983 and over the years, hundreds of thousands of people have attended this fun-filled celebration of the arts on the Downtown Mall.  From fire dancers to rock n’ roll, ballet to jugglers, there’s something for everybody.

Places to stay at the University

The Boar’s Head Inn
A country resort at the University of Virginia, offers 170 guest rooms, four restaurants, and a variety of meeting and banquet spaces.

The Inn at Darden

Pavilion VII, home of the Colonnade Club

Located at the Darden School of Business, the Inn offers an excellent location and convenient amenities.

Cavalier Inn
The Cavalier Inn is located within easy walking distance of the University of Virginia’s Lawn and Rotunda.

Colonnade Club
The University’s Colonnade Club has eight guest rooms available to club members and their guests.

View a full list of local accommodations here.

Things to do in Charlottesville

See a show at the Paramount Theater 
This theater hosts plays, concerts and dance performances. It sometimes even shows classic movies.

Dance the night away at the Pavilion 
On the east side of the downtown mall, the nTelos Wireless Pavilion hosts big concerts in an open air location. During the summer, the concerts are often free during Fridays After Five.

John Paul Jones Arena 
Home to U.Va. basketball, the arena also hosts concerts, shows and circuses.

Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
The only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the study and interpretation of Australian Aboriginal art.

McGuffey Art Center
See artists in their natural environment. This former public school now houses artist studios and exhibition space.

The University of Virginia Art Museum
The museum hosts traveling shows and boasts its own impressive collection.

Rich with history, Thomas Jefferson’s home remains one of Charlottesville most popular tourist destinations.

Birdwood Golf Course at The Boar’s Head 
Enjoy a round of golf in Virginia’s lush landscape.

Go for a hike on Ragged Mountain 
There are many beautiful hiking trails in the Charlottesville area, but Ragged Mountain includes a reservoir. Also, Edgar Allan Poe hiked it.

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