$55 for Two Passes to Wine Festival at Monticello ($110 Value)
The Wine Festival at Monticello will take place on the West Lawn of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello on May 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. General-admission passes grant participation in a variety of activities, including self-guided Monticello house tours of the restored vineyard and wine cellar, live music, and tastings of celebrated vintages from local wineries, such as Barboursville Vineyards, White Hall Vineyards, Wisdom Oak Winery and Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard. Customer can pre-order fruit-and-cheese picnic boxes from the Café at Monticello for an added $30 (each box feeds two).
Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello
In an annual event hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, community members gather to listen to lectures on gardening, view cooking demonstrations, swap seeds, and taste local heirloom produce.
Monticello's columns and two-story windows form the backdrop as vendors and gardening experts discuss sustainable farming and healthy-food preparation throughout the estate’s West Lawn, vegetable garden, and LEED-certified visitor center. The master gardeners and chefs share sustainable gardening tips with a full day of workshops, while patrons sample fresh produce at the tasting tent and munch on barbecue, crêpes, and donuts at vendor tents. Throughout the day, local musicians strum guitars, and kids' programs keep miniature gardeners occupied with old-fashioned hoop-rolling games and a garden scavenger hunt.