A first of its kind festival kicks off in Charlottesville Friday. While you enjoy some blue grass and brews at the event, the money you spend will go towards books.
The Blues and Brews Festival takes place Friday at the Barracks Road Shopping Center. The event will feature food, live blue grass music, and of course beer. There will also be merchant specials and giveaways at the event. Some prizes up for grabs are an iPad 3 and merchant gift cards.
The purpose behind the festival is to kickoff the opening of the new courtyard at the shopping center. The street in front of the fountain by Five Guys and Panera will be shut down. Tickets are $20, which gets you a keepsake sampler glass and unlimited food and Virginia craft beer samples.
There's also entertainment for the little ones. Pumpkins will be available to paint for those 12-years-old and under while supplies last.
"We have a new fountain, new seating, new pavers, new landscaping, it's opened up. We're really excited to have this event to showcase this new landscape and new area," said Sarah North, the marketing manager for Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the Virginia Festival of the Book, which takes place in March.
The Blues and Brews Festival runs from 6 to 9 P.M. at the courtyard of the Barracks Road Shopping Center.