Frequently Asked Questions

Guests attending Ascendant will park at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) and then ride a shuttle bus to Monticello.

Buses will run between PVCC and Monticello throughout the morning and return shuttles will run throughout the day. If you would like to be on the mountaintop for the entire program, we recommend registering for a morning shuttle no later than 8:45am.

The final shuttle bus returning to PVCC will leave Monticello at 5:00pm.


Those with government-issued disabled parking permits will be allowed to park at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at Monticello.

All guests will go through a security screening station at Monticello and not at PVCC. All bags, purses, backpacks, diaper bags, waist packs, etc., will be examined for prohibited items.

Prohibited items include:

  • All weapons, including firearms, knives, or sharp objects.
  • Placards, signs, or banners, including flags on poles, that cannot be stowed in a small bag.
  • Clothing that contains offensive or abusive language or symbols is not permitted.
  • Bags and containers larger than 11” X 15” X 6” (28 X 38 X 15 CM).

Please leave all prohibited items in your vehicle at PVCC. Those arriving at the Monticello visitor center with prohibited items will be required to shuttle back to their vehicle before being admitted to the event.

House tours will be offered during and after this event. Separate ticket required. Explore our tour options and purchase your tickets here.

Several local food truck vendors will be on site throughout the event to provide drinks, snacks, and lunch options for purchase. In addition, the Farm Shop located under the North Terrace on the mountaintop and the Farm Table café at the Visitor Center will be open.

Guests are encouraged to bring umbrellas if rain is in the forecast. Should there be a thunderstorm, guests will be asked to seek shelter off of the West Lawn, at the direction of Monticello staff and security.

Only certified service animals are allowed on the property on June 18.

This program is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

With Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Ford Foundation

Mellon Foundation

Mitchell and Emily Rales

Mrs. Nancy Cain Marcus Robertson and Mr. Sanford Robertson

John A. Griffin Foundation, Inc.