Browse all the content from The Daily Progress' annual Welcome publication. It's the perfect way to introduce yourself to Central Virginia, or, if you know a thing or two about the area, explore something new.

Sports and recreation

To keep fit, for the camaraderie or just for fun, here are several ways to relax by staying active in Central Virginia.

UVa boasts a top-tier athletics program that has captured several national championships across multiple sports.

Services and governments

A rundown of elected state officials relevant to Central Virginia.

In this age of social media and easy digital access, don’t overlook the free institution called the library.


It seems like there's always a celebration going on in Central Virginia whether its music, arts, family, business, food, drink, film or one of many other things to celebrate.

Across the 469 miles that make up the Blue Ridge Parkway, split-rail fences and scenic overlooks connect destinations such as Humpback Rocks, the Peaks of Otter, the Blue Ridge Music Center and the historic Mabry Mill before the parkway continues down into North Carolina, where it ends in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Reaching from its north fork in Greene County to the southern terminus in Albemarle County, its banks once were home to the Monacan Indian Tribe and still provide a lush habitat for a variety of plant and animal species, including humans and dogs with an interest in the great outdoors.

History and culture

The Virginia Film Festival marks its 30th anniversary this year, as the program runs from Nov. 9-12.

Schools, clubs, theaters, festivals and more for the performing arts in Central Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson’s original design for his Academical Village at the University of Virginia put the Lawn and Range at the heart of Grounds to foster the scholastic community.

Charlottesville’s art community unveils a wide-open canvas to art lovers and newcomers alike.

James Monroe’s Highland, the home of the fifth president of the United States, is a marriage of past and present — a new beginning founded on science and history.

For more than 40 years, the heart of the Charlottesville has been centered on the Downtown Mall.

Hamilton might be hot on Broadway, but Jefferson is still the man in Charlottesville.

Where else can you go to watch a horse race, attend a wine festival and learn about the Constitution? Montpelier is a house of presidential importance that has made young and old feel right at home for years.

Central Virginia is packed with history. From Jefferson’s crown jewel, the University of Virginia, to a museum dedicated to one of television’s first families, the Waltons, there is plenty for the whole family to see and do.