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Where is PrezFest?

A production of the University of Virginia's Miller Center, PrezFest will be held in Charlottesville on UVA Central Grounds from May 21–23, 2019. Morning and afternoon keynote sessions will be held in Old Cabell Hall on the south end of the Lawn. Lunchtime sessions will be held in Newcomb Hall.

How much does PrezFest cost?

You can take part in PrezFest for free simply by registering for the sessions you want to attend. Donors, sponsors, and other partners receive preferred seating and can participate in private events.

Where do I stay?

If you don't live in or near Charlottesville, PrezFest is a great time to visit one of the most livable towns in America. The city has a lively downtown with fantastic hotel and dining options. The countryside around Charlottesville also features assorted bed and breakfasts and inns. Be aware that UVA finals weekend comes immediately prior to PrezFest, which could affect lodging availability. For a comprehensive list of local accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, see

Where do I park?

The most convenient place to park for PrezFest is the Central Grounds Parking Garage. We recommend arriving early due to the high volume of vehicles. Other parking and transportation options make it easy to get around Grounds. From downtown, the city offers a free trolley to Grounds.

What about security?

PrezFest will feature a large number of high-profile guests. Therefore UVA's clear bag policy will be in effect for all sessions in Old Cabell Hall. The policy does not change the items you may bring in, but restricts the type of bag you can use to carry items.

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and cannot exceed 12" x 6" x 12". Clear one-gallon plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar) are also permitted.
  • Small clutch bags/wallets no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" (with or without a handle or strap) can be taken in and will be subject to search.
  • An exception will be made for items necessary for medical reasons after proper inspection.