Constitution Day Celebration
& Taste of Freedom Wine Festival




Bring your family and friends to Montpelier on Saturday, September 19 for a festival celebrating freedom and the signing of the U.S. Constitution!

Stay tuned to vendor information and event details on Facebook and social media using the hashtag #freedomfest.

Learn, feast, and play at the 2015 Constitution Day Celebration with mansion tours, live music, children's games, and the fourth annual Taste of Freedom Wine Festival, co-hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. 


Taste of Freedom Wine Festival

The Liberty Ride Horse Parade

Mansion Open House

Archaeology Tours & Activity Tent

Children's Activities

Live Music

Local Food, Beer, Wine & Cider


Held rain or shine on the historic grounds of James Madison's Montpelier. Main gate opens at 9:00 AM. Festivities will begin with mansion tours at 9:30 AM. Wine festival begins at 12:00 PM. Live music at 3 PM. Concluding with fireworks at dark.

General admission tickets are $5/person in advance or at the gate. Wine festival tickets include general admission are $25/advance or $30/gate. Children under 14 are free. Online ticket sales and discounted price ends 11:59pm on 9/17.  Buy advance tickets online today!

Picnic blankets and camping chairs are welcome. Dogs are not permitted. Free general admission parking is available in the infield. 

Music: Anne and Her Checkered Past, Kris Dove and the Lonesomes, River Bank Gospel Choir, Albemarle Pipe and Drum Corps

Children's Activities: Colonial Games, Face Painting, Magician, Dancing Dragon, Jugglers, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Living History Demonstrations (Cooking Tent and Gilmore Cabin)

Wineries & Vineyards: Barboursville Vineyards, Democracy Vineyards, Horton Vineyards, Jefferson Vineyards, Kilaurwen Winery, Reynard Florence Vineyard

Beer & Cider: (purchase per glass) Devils Backbone Vienna Lager, Brothers Brewery Hoptimization, Bold Rock Virginia Apple Cider, Bud Light

Food: Bavarian Chef, Brrrrain-Freeze, Grapevine Restaurant, Gregory’s Grill, Mouth Wide Open Food Truck, The Pie Guy, PJ’s Food Concessions, Poppa Bear’s Kettle Korn

Shopping: Tekie Mihret Ethnic Jewelry, Med Spa of Virginia Total Wellness, Destiny Sweets by Carla, Bath Fitter, Blue Moon Under Jewelry, Camryn Limo, Cause 4 Paws/Mary Kay’s Crafts, Cyberbility, Family Ties & Pies, The Green Shed, Home Paramount Pest Control, Hot Jelly Pot, Krecek Kakes Bakery & Coffeeshop, Mike’s Fudge, Passion Sky Creations, Perfectly Posh, Plantation Peanuts of Wakefield, Preppy Palooza, Silpada Designs, The Sommelier’s Palate, SP Unlimited, Virginia wine of the Month Club, Wine Barrel Furnishings, Vacation Village

Detailed Schedule of Activities (subject to change)
9:30 AM-6:00 PM Mansion Open House 
10:00 AM Liberty Ride Horse Parade (departs from mansion front lawn) [SIGN UP TO RIDE!]
11:00 AM-5:00 PM Gilmore Cabin Open House (located across from Montpelier's entrance on Rt. 20)
12:00 PM-5:00 PM Archaeology Tours (every half hour) and Activity Tent
12:00 PM-7:00 PM Taste of Freedom Wine Festival (wine tastings, beer & cider for purchase)
3:00 PM-8:00 PM Constitution Day Celebration (music, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, tethered balloon rides, wagon rides, shopping)

Fireworks at Dark


Constitution Day Celebration

Constitution Day Celebration







Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Authority

In Kind:
Piedmont Power