This page offers an overview of our annual events. For details and specific dates, visit our Upcoming Events page or call (434) 293-8000.
February – African-American History Month events
African-American History Month is commemorated at Ash Lawn-Highland with craft demonstrations as well as academic events, such as thoughtful discussions and lectures.
March – Virginia Festival of the Book
Ash Lawn-Highland partners with the Virginia Festival of the Book in an ever-popular annual book talk on a subject relating to James Monroe and his long career in public service. (Did you know, for example, that Monroe held more elected offices than any other president?)
April – Annual Sheep Shearing
Don’t miss Ash Lawn-Highland’s annual Sheep Shearing, an educational, agricultural event for all ages. Watch as our sheep don their new spring coats, try your hand at wool carding and spinning, and learn about fiber processing during the Monroe era. You’ll even get to meet our lambs!
April – Historic Garden Week
Stroll past Ash Lawn-Highland’s flower, herb and vegetable gardens during Historic Garden Week in Charlottesville. Ash Lawn-Highland’s flower gardener will be on site to answer questions and discuss gardening at the historic home.
April 28 – Commemoration of James Monroe’s Birthday
What have you learned about James Monroe lately!? Ash Lawn-Highland commemorates James Monroe’s birthday with topics relevant to Monroe’s participation in important aspects of early American history, including the Revolutionary War, the expansion of the United States, national defense, and the establishment of American foreign policy.
June 30 – Celebration of Elizabeth Kortright Monroe’s Birthday
The celebration of Elizabeth Monroe’s birthday is a light-hearted social event, during which our visitors get a glimpse into Mrs. Monroe’s role in her husband’s political career.
July 4 – Celebration of Independence Day
Celebrate this day of national importance at the home of a Revolutionary War veteran. Our festivities feature live music and patriotic interpretive activities. Visitors are welcome to bring picnic lunches.
August – Albemarle County Fair
Ash Lawn-Highland is proud to host the annual Albemarle County Fair, with a wonderful offerings of home arts, agricultural produce, exhibits, locally raised animals, children’s rides, and historic craft demonstrations. Using indoor and outdoor exhibit space, this event promises traditional family fun in a historic setting.
October – James Monroe 5K
Part of the American Heritage race series held by Notus Sports, the James Monroe 5K winds around and through Monroe’s historic estate offering a challenging course with scenic views.
October – Artisan Open House
Meet the artisans whose work is featured in our Museum Shop’s Artisan Room, participate in demonstrations, and hear live music at this fun, family, fall celebration.
November 11 – Veteran’s Day
Honor our veterans at the home of James Monroe, one of only three U.S. presidents to fight in the American Revolution. Veterans receive free admission.
November – Museum Open House
Ash Lawn-Highland holds an open house on a Sunday in November to welcome all local residents with free admission and special program offerings for all ages. The interpretive program varies each year.
During the month of December, Monroe’s home is decorated for the holidays. Take in the charming house interiors and enjoy greenery and botanical arrangements that highlight the carefully restored historic home!