What You Need to Know

The Festival takes place in more than 70 venues across Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. The vast majority of programs don’t require a ticket, so you may just show up and enjoy!

Each year, the Festival kicks off on Wednesday and goes full-steam through Sunday (see upcoming Festival dates by year here). During the Festival, your days and nights will be filled with readings and discussions, book signings, film screenings, performances, and more! Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time when traveling between venues.

Looking for specific program details? Click the Schedule menu above to explore by day, topic, or venue (available beginning each year in January, for that year’s upcoming Festival).

Travel and Lodging

If you’re traveling to Charlottesville for the Festival, check out our information on transportation to and within the city and surrounding area. We have also compiled useful information about local food and lodging options, including details about our group rate at the Omni Hotel Charlottesville. A wealth of information and tourism recommendations are also available at VisitCharlottesville.org.

Stay Connected

Make sure you follow the Festival on social media! You can find the Virginia Festival of the Book on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook, and we hope you’ll tag us in your posts.

Until then, we recommend that you subscribe to the Festival’s e-newsletter to receive exclusive updates as we confirm headlining authors for the Festival.

Words of Advice

  • Say hello to that author whose work you admire, and be sure to let them know just how much you loved their most recent book.
  • Take time to talk with the other people you see at Festival programs. Who can predict what will come from the shared love of a particular book?
  • Buy books and get them signed by the author—trust us, you’ll cherish these for years to come.
  • Most importantly, plan to have a fantastic time. That’s what we do!

If you have additional questions about the Virginia Festival of the Book, please visit our FAQ page.