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Central Virginia is full of interesting cities and attractions including Richmond, the "Capital of the Confederacy" as well as the state capital. And don't miss Paramount's Kings Dominion Theme Park just north of Richmond.

Also in Richmond:

White House of the Confereracy
Museum of the Confereracy
Virginia Musueum of Fine Arts
Tredeger Civil War Visitors Center
Virginia State Capital
Numerous Art Galleries and Antique shops

In an ironic twist, Richmond is also known as "the birthplace of black capitalism", so the region is layered in American history. Some examples of this include the home of Maggie Walker, the first female bank president in America, also the daughter of a former slave. Also explore the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitors Center, which features over 1400 acres of civil war sites and has an exhibition on the role of African Americans during the War between States. If modern is more your style, visit the Virginia Museum of fine arts; home to various national art  treasures.

Other Historical Sites in Central Virginia include many presidential estates in and around Charlottesville:

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland
James Madison's Montpelier
Patrick Henry's Red Hill

The National D-Day Memorial was built in Bedford to honor the community that lost more solders per capita than any other during the invasion of Normandy during World War II.

Central Virginia offer everything from ballooning and camping to horseback riding and tennis, 11 State Parks and beautiful gardens.

For cultural interests, see the spectacular Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, tour more than 20 Vineyards & Wineries, and enjoy events such as heritage festivals, steeplechase races and arts and crafts fairs.

 

Events within the Central region:

Poetry and Jazz Tasting

Event City: Richmond
Event Details:
Begin with tasting of V'est le Vin's wine as well as a menu of tapas. The poetry portion will feature local writers of all experience and publication levels that can ask the jazz band to improvise accompaniment to their work. These memorable nights are on the 5th of March, the 2nd of April and the 7th of May from 7 to 9 in the evening.
Event Dates:
Mar 05, 2015 to May 07, 2015

Event Time:
7:00-9:00PM

Event Contact Phone:
(804) 649-9463

Event Web Site:
http://bit.ly/rivercitypoetry

The Harlem Globetrotters

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
The Harlem Globetrotters’ iconic family show features some of the greatest basketball wizards on the planet. With amazing ball handling skills, incredible rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family.
Event Dates:
Mar 12, 2015 to Mar 22, 2015

Event Time:
7:00 pm

Event Web Site:
http://www.johnpauljonesarena.com/event_details.asp?id=656

Fleetwood Mac: On With the Show

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
Multi Grammy-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Fleetwood Mac mark the 35th anniversary of the release of their classic Rumours album (1977), one of the most successful albums in recorded history. The current Fleetwood Mac lineup includes Mick Fleetwood and John McVie – both original members since 1967, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who joined the band in 1975. Fleetwood Mac is currently performing with their five star lineup including the returning songbird Christine McVie who rejoined the band following a 16 year absence.
Event Dates:
Mar 15, 2015 to Mar 15, 2015

Event Time:
8:00 p.m.

Event Contact Phone:
888-575-8497

Event Web Site:
http://www.johnpauljonesarena.com/event_details.asp?id=658

2015 Festival of the Book

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
This 21st annual, 5-day festival of literary events will honor book culture and promote reading and literacy. Readings, panel discussions and book signings are held throughout the area during the festival. Admission to everything (except for special luncheons and receptions) is free and open to the public. There are usually about 150 total programs, including adult and children's programming.
Event Dates:
Mar 18, 2015 to Mar 22, 2015

Event Web Site:
http://vabook.org/

Paramount Presents: Lily Tomlin

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards.
Event Dates:
Mar 19, 2015 to Mar 19, 2015

Event Time:
8:00 p.m.

Event Contact Phone:
434-979-1333

Event Web Site:
http://www.theparamount.net/2014/paramount-presents-lily-tomlin/

Appomattox 150th Memorial Day

Event City: Appomattox
Event Details:
Many come to Appomattox to experience the past, but on the 10th of April make sure to come by the Appomattox Center for Business and Commerce. That day marks the beginning of a tour through the civil war age with 'living historians'. These fountains of knowledge will be available in 6 different 'stations': Station 1 = Civilian Life Station 2 = Medical Station 3 = Confederate Soldiers (officers & enlisted) Station 4 = Union Soldiers (officers & enlisted) Station 5 = Cavalry (Union and Confederate) Station 6 = Sutlers (period merchants) You'll be requested to pay $25 in advance and $35 when you reach the gate of the station area.
Event Dates:
Apr 10, 2015 to Apr 13, 2015

Event Time:
10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Event Contact Phone:
(434) 352-3910

Event Web Site:
appomattox150th.com

TASTE OF MONTICELLO WINE TRAIL FESTIVAL

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
The Monticello Wine Trail Festival will feature more than 25 participating regional wineries and vineyards, including: Afton Mountain Vineyards, Barboursville Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards, Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Chestnut Oak Vineyard, Delfosse Vineyards and Winery, Democracy Vineyards, Early Mountain Vineyards, First Colony Winery, Flying Fox Vineyard, Gabriele Rausse Winery, Glass House Winery, Grace Estate Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, Keswick Vineyards, Kilaurwen Winery, King Family Vineyards, Loving Cup Vineyard and Winery, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Reynard Florence Vineyard, Stinson Vineyards, Stone Mountain Vineyards, Trump Winery, and Veritas Vineyard & Winery. The 2015 schedule of events is as follows: Saturday, April 11: Tasting event at nTelos Wireless Pavilion featuring 25 local wineries and live entertainment. An exclusive VIP ticket is available and offers catered food and an opportunity for sampling exclusive wines from each winery. Time: 1-5 p.m. (VIP ticket holders gain early entry at Noon).
Event Dates:
Apr 11, 2015 to Apr 11, 2015

Event Time:
1:00 - 5:00 PM

Event Web Site:
http://monticellowinetrailfestival.com/

Farmville Wine Festival

Event City: Farmville
Event Details:
Enjoy the area's premiere wines at a good price in a beautiful city park while benefiting a good cause! The wine festival is held as a benefit for the local Meals on Wheels. This event will be held in Riverside Park in the city of Farmville, rain or shine, so don't be concerned about cancellation possibilities due to it being in a park.
Event Dates:
Apr 18, 2015 to Apr 18, 2015

Event Contact Phone:
(434) 392-8797

Event Web Site:
www.farmvillewinefestival.com

Historic Garden Week

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
Visitors will not have to venture far from Charlottesville city limits to encounter the unique properties on this year’s Albemarle-Charlottesville tour. There is something to please everyone, from historic estates to restored Gillette gardens to prized modern landscape architecture. An Albemarle Garden Club member originally owned one home on the tour, and her gardens reflect a lifetime of collecting treasured trees, shrubs, and plants. A private modern home seamlessly relates to the landscape and showcases native and non-native specimens in gloriously colorful, expansive borders and beds. And on a grander scale, stately manor homes – one dating back to the mid 19th century and one in the early 20th – capture the essence of refined country living in Central Virginia. Advance Tickets: $40 pp. Online here or at local ticket outlet locations by check only, payable to “HGW-Charlottesville.” Available from March 14 through April 11 at the following locations in Charlottesville: The Boar’s Head Inn Store, Caspari, New Dominion Book Shop, The Senior Center, The Virginia Shop, and J.McLaughlin.
Event Dates:
Apr 19, 2015 to Apr 20, 2015

Event Time:
Noon to 5:00 PM

Event Contact Phone:
804-644-7776

Event Web Site:
http://www.vagardenweek.org/main/tourdetails?id=245

BECK at Ntelos Wireless Pavilion

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
Previously nominated for Album of the Year in 1997 for his sophomore album Odelay and again in 2000 for Midnite Vultures, Beck has proven the third time is indeed the charm: Morning Phase has taken top honors at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. It is the first Album of the Year Grammy win of Beck’s 20+ year career.
Event Dates:
May 20, 2015 to May 20, 2015

Event Time:
7:00 PM

Event Contact Phone:
1-877-CPAV-TIX

Event Web Site:
http://www.thenteloswirelesspavilion.com/events/detail/beck

LOOK3 - Festival of the Photograph

Event City: Charlottesville
Event Details:
In June, LOOK3 will transform Downtown Charlottesville into a vibrant art space with exhibitions, talk, projections, events, and workshops.
Event Dates:
Jun 10, 2015 to Jun 13, 2015

Event Contact Phone:
434.977.3687

Event Web Site:
look3.org/2015