Coming into town early or extending your stay? Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend a day in Charlottesville.
* Denotes BAW 2024 sponsor
- Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Stop by Special Collections to take in their current exhibition: Their World As Big As They Made It: Looking Back at the Harlem Renaissance. This exhibit features the visionary works of writers, artists, and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance whose creative and intellectual pursuits reflected the diversity of contemporary discourses that defined Black American identity and political consciousness — and shaped the ideas and arts of a time and place that would profoundly influence future generations.
- Charlottesville Albemarle Visitors Bureau
There’s no better resource for exploring Charlottesville than the Charlottesville Albemarle Visitors Bureau’s website. From hiking to family-friendly activities to vineyard hopping and everything in between, start planning your trip now with the official travel site for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
- Devils Backbone Brewing Company*
You can visit the newly opened Devils Backbone Backyard on Main St. in Charlottesville, the Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub in Nelson County or enjoy one of their award-winning beers at the DJ Round Robin, the Cookout and the Party.
- The Edgar Shannon Library (formerly Alderman Library)
UVA’s main library building underwent a major renovation from 2020-2024 and reopened on January 8, 2024. The beautifully renovated building brings the library up to current standards of safety, accessibility, and service. Review their hours to make your plans to stop by and see what’s changed, or request a tour!
- The Fralin Museum of Art
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia encourages the spirit of curiosity and promotes diversity of thought through the study, care, and celebration of art.
- Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the only museum outside of Australia dedicated to the exhibition and study of Indigenous Australian art.
- Ralph Samson’s American Tap Room*
An upscale sports bar experience in Barrack’s Road — brought to you by local legend, Ralph Sampson (Col ’83). Perfect for a quick bite to eat in between all the events of BAW!
- The Ridley*
Located within The Draftsman Boutique Hotel, The Ridley is Charlottesville’s destination for high-quality American fare, local beer and craft cocktails. The restaurant pays homage to Dr. Walter Ridley, the first Black student to graduate from UVA and receive a graduate degree from any major historically white public university in the South. The Ridley donates a portion of its proceeds to the Ridley Scholarship Program at the UVA Alumni Association.
- The Rotunda
Jefferson modeled the Rotunda after the Pantheon, a second-century temple in Rome. Together with Monticello, the Academical Village is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. But…as a proud UVA graduate, you already knew that, right?
- The UVA Bookstore*
The UVA Bookstore is your one stop shop for all things Wahoo. Pick up UVA Alumni merchandise, the official 2024 BAW t-shirt, books from alumni authors, and more!
The Alumni Association will continue to update this page as events are confirmed. Want to share events and happenings with Black alumni coming to town on April 19–21? Email us at email@example.com!
Thursday, April 18
The Quirk Hotel Rooftop (499 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902)
How do our neighbors in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties who do not have the good fortune of working at UVA or being enrolled as a student benefit from having UVA as a neighbor? Uplift is an initiative of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost that connects the local community with UVA faculty, staff, and alumni. Come through and learn more about how you can make a difference in the Charlottesville community.
Saturday, April 20
Jefferson Theater, 110 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
The UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host the Saturday Night Soiree, a night of music and dancing at the Jefferson Theater. This event is free and open to all in the community. Sign up for our email list to be notified when tickets are available.
The Cavalier football program will host its annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 20 at Scott Stadium. Admission to the event will be free and open to the public. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Broadcast information will be released by the Atlantic Coast Conference later.