Charlottesville Design Week

Charlottesville is many things to many people: Jefferson-town, home of the Hoos, the nation’s fastest-growing tech hub, and now? Virginia’s design destination.

For three years, hundreds of the commonwealth’s designers have convened in Cville for a week of mixing, learning, sharing, and showing off. The Charlottesville Design Week, which is almost completely free to attend, has two simple goals:
  1. Help Virginia’s designers develop a strong sense of community
  2. Convince the general public that good design is worth a damn
Whether you push pixels, press ink, set type, build environments, sew dresses, or do basically anything else design-related, you will feel right at home during our little festival.


How many designers do you know?

And i mean really know. 5? 10? If you’re like most people in Virginia, you probably know only a handful of fellow creatives.

It seems that becoming a hermit is an occupational hazard: It’s hard to meet people when you’re pushing pixels, measuring cmyk levels, and cropping photos.

Well… That all changes this October.

The Charlottesville Design Week is all about community. More specifically, it’s all about helping designers like you find one. So, if you want to know more people like yourself, you’ve come to the right place.


TUESDAY, October 8
  Opening Meetup – Tuesday Design Society 6:00pm – 7:30pm VAULT Virginia
WEDNESDAY, October 9
  Firm Crawl 10:00am – 5:00pm Downtown design firms
  Portfolio Review 5:30pm – 8:30pm VAULT Virginia
THURSDAY, October 10
  Design Marathon 8:30am – 5:00pm
  Design Pitches 5:30pm – 6:30pm VAULT Virginia
  Rams Screening 7:15pm – 8:30pm Vinegar Hill Theatre at Lighthouse Studio
FRIDAY, October 11
  Forum 8:30am – 5:00pm Vinegar Hill Theatre at Lighthouse Studio
  Fashion Show 6:00pm – 7:45pm VAULT Viginia
SATURDAY, October 12
  Expo 10:00am – 4:00pm VAULT Virginia
  Workshop Series 10:00am – 4:00pm VAULT Virginia
  Closing Party 7:00pm – 10:00pm Common House
For more details and to register for events go to:
Design is problem solving, it is in everything we see, touch, use. We wear it, we live and work in it, we watch it at the theater, we sit on it, we drive it. Design surrounds us, every day.
VAULT Virginia 300 E Main Street
Vinegar Hill Theatre at Lighthouse Studio 220 W Market Street
Common House 206 W Market Street
When & Where
Tue, Oct 8, 2019 - Sat, Oct 12, 2019
Charlottesville Design Week
Charlottesville, VA