With a population of around 201,000, the Charlottesville area combines small-town charm with the attractions of a much larger metropolitan area— concerts, lectures, bookstores, theaters, movies, and fine dining. Minutes away are some of the most beautiful mountains, rolling farmlands, and free-running rivers and streams to be found anywhere in the United States. This unbeatable mixture of lively urban scene, rural warmth and ambiance, and stunning landscape helps explain why Charlottesville consistently ranks among the nation’s best places to live.
A collection of student shops, bookstores, cafes, and night spots, known as “the Corner,” stretches along University Avenue. The Corner is a hub of student life at the University
The Historic Downtown Mall
The Downtown Mall is a vibrant collection of more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants (many with outdoor cafes) housed in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street. Enjoy dining alfresco (in season) at a number of fine restaurants, shop at any of the unique boutiques or meander by flowing fountains. Enjoy attending a movie or play in one of the many fine theaters, or simply relax under magnificent oak trees along the red bricked mall.
Fridays After Five (Summer)
From April through October, Charlottesville celebrates Fridays After Five downtown, with free live music at its amphitheater, the Charlottesville Pavilion. There is a wonderful community atmosphere and it is a great way to see all that Charlottesville culture has to offer. In addition to the music, there are special events at the numerous art galleries and book stores. Fridays after Five is in its 29th season and is a lively and fun Charlottesville live concert series.