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Calendar Of Events

One sign of a vibrant community is a calendar packed with events, and Charlottesville is no exception!

Each year, major annual festivals and events draw thousands of visitors, starting with First Night Virginia, a fun and safe New Year's Eve celebration on the Downtown Mall. Music, food, fireworks, performing arts and more draw people of all ages: families with infants, senior citizens, teens and adults alike. In the spring, the Virginia Festival of the Book offers five days of mostly free events celebrating reading and the culture around books - not simply as a consumer passion but as an in-depth exploration of literature. Authors, editors and others give readings, engage in panel discussions and mingle with residents and visitors throughout the community.

The 4th of July celebration and naturalization ceremony at Monticello honors America's Declaration of Independence each summer at the home of its author.

In the fall, the Virginia Film Festival celebrates the power of cinema to inspire, enlighten and entertain, extending a broad cultural and intellectual reach across a wide variety of topics. Outside the city, Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive is filled with "leaf-peepers," bird-watchers and outdoor enthusiasts drinking in the beauty of fall foliage.

While these annual events draw tens of thousands to the area, they're just the beginning of the community-focused culture of Charlottesville's charm. From weekly "Fridays after Five" gatherings on the Downtown Mall to the buzzing City Market each Saturday morning to steeplechase racing, orchard outings and the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Charlottesville celebrates its unique cultural capital with events throughout the year.

 

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Thursday Jul 24, 2014

25th ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL

  • July 24, 2014 - July 26, 2014
  • Times: Different times on different days
  • Location: Locations Vary
  • Phone: 434-825-0115

  "Where We Were (Past); Where We Are (Present); and Where We Are going (Future) 25 Years of History and Heritage." See daily events on each day!  July 23-26!

25th Annual African American Cultural Arts Festival

  • July 24, 2014
  • Times: 6pm - 9pm
  • Location: Burley Middle School
  • Address: 901 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-825-0115

Chihamba's 25th Annual African American Cultural Arts Festival "A Taste of Ghana" A pallet pleasing West African cultural experience And Guest Speakers, Valarie H. Gregory and Latif Tarik ***

Art and Country

  • July 24, 2014 - June 30, 2015
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Art and Country is a diverse selection of thirty-four works on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark drawn from the Kluge-Ruhe’s permanent collection. The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with “country,” their homeland. Many artists represent features of the landscape to communicate their ongoing connection to their ancestral land and the Dreaming. Other artists raise awareness about the ... View More

Blackberries, Peaches, and Plums at Critzer Family Farm!

  • July 24, 2014 - August 01, 2014
  • Times: 8AM
  • Location: Critzer Family Farm
  • Address: 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-4772

Blackberries, Peaches, and Plums at Critzer Family Farm! Open Monday- Saturday 8AM to 5PM. Specials on flowers and hanging baskets. Also available: fresh vegetables, plants for your vegetable garden, and jams and jellies. Don't forget the Homemade Ice Cream!

Blackberry Season at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery

  • July 24, 2014 - August 10, 2014
  • Venue: Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery
  • Times: 9AM to 5PM
  • Address: 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1266

 Blackberry Season at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.  Pick your own blackberries.  Extended hours for blackberry season 9AM to 5PM daily.  Route 612 (off Route 151)  434-361-1266.

Brews with a View

  • July 24, 2014
  • Venue: Second Street Gallery
  • Times: 6:30-10 pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 115 Second Street, SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-7284

If your idea of a good time is a cool brew, a couple of good bands and a laid back vibe, we have just the place for you. Join us on our rooftop at the City Center for Contemporary Arts for a night of music with Jim Waive and The Northerners. Brews provided by our friends at Blue Mountain Brewery. Proceeds from this event support Second Street Gallery's contemporary art exhibitions and community outreach here in Charlottesville. Tickets are $15 and beer is included in the price of admission. ... View More

Collecting American Histories: The Tracy W. McGregor Library at 75

  • July 24, 2014 - July 31, 2014
  • Times: 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture
  • Phone: 434-982-2865

“Collecting American Histories: The Tracy W. McGregor Library at 75″ features rare and significant broadsides, books, prints, and letters that illuminate many aspects of the American experience spanning from the early settlement of Virginia; to the clash of European powers over the North American continent; and to the servants and slaves on whose backs the American economy depended. Cost:FREE

Court Square Walking Tours

Stroll around the Court Square familiar to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Learn about the early years of Charlottesville, its citizens, businesses, and buildings. Tours begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902). Cost is $5/person. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.albemarlehistory.org/ or at the start of the tour. To schedule a group tour, please contact ACHS at 43... View More

Heritage Theatre Festival - Avenue Q

  • July 24, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Times: Evenings at 8pm; Saturday Matinee at 2pm
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Area: University Area

From one of the authors of The Book of Mormon, and in the same irreverent and sometimes offensive spirit, this puppet-powered musical is a timeless look at the follies and foibles of young adulthood. Recent college grad, Princeton, searches for his purpose in life in his new home on Avenue Q (he couldn't afford Avenue A, so he kept going). There, he is surrounded by a (literally) colorful group of neighbors who offer new insights to the challenges of making your way in the modern world. The sh... View More

Heritage Theatre Festival - One Man, Two Guvnors

  • July 24, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Times: Evenings at 7:30pm; Saturday Matinee at 2pm
  • Location: Culbreth Theatre
  • Area: University Area

Mistaken identities, overactive appetites of every kind, sharp satire , intricate plot twists and cascading laughter create the perfect setting for merry mayhem in this Tony Award-winning British farce. Francis Henshall's oversized appetites lead him to juggle a pair of bosses who share a propensity for criminal activity, and, it turns out, so much more. His efforts to keep the two apart bring about an escalating series of comedic contortions that have won raves from fans and critics alike aro... View More

Heritage Theatre Festival - Shear Madness

  • July 24, 2014 - July 26, 2014
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: Evenings at 7:45pm; Saturday Matinee at 2pm
  • Location: Helms Theatre
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Looking for an evening where the scissors are sharp and the comedy is sharper? Get ready for the Charlottesville debut of a record-breaking comedy sensation. For more than 25 years, millions of audience members have been sucked into the ever-shifting comedic vortex of this uproarious tale of law and disorder, becoming armchair detectives tackling a murder above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. Thanks to up-to-the-minute improvisational humor, no two shows are ever the same, adding t... View More

Maplewood Cemetery Tours

  • July 24, 2014 - October 18, 2014
  • Times: Thursdays at 7:00 pm / Saturdays at 3:00 pm
  • Location: Maplewood Cemetery
  • Address: Maple Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

ACHS offers two themed tours of Maplewood Cemetery: The Interred of Maplewood and Iconography in Maplewood. Take a tour of Charlottesville's oldest public cemetery and learn about the residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County who now call Maplewood Cemetery home or learn about the symbols that mark the graves that provide insight to the person’s life. Tour begins at the entrance of Maplewood Cemetery, Maple Street at 8th street NE. Cost is $5/person. Tickets can be purchase... View More

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • July 24, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Venue: James Madison's Montpelier
  • Times: 9:00 a.m.
  • Address: 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
  • Phone: 540-672-2728

Enjoy an extended Montpelier mansion tour before the rush of the crowds. This special 90–minute experience allows you to focus on the in–depth details that reveal the Madisons’ style, taste, friendships, and accomplishments. Available by reservation (48-hours in advance) on Thursdays through Sundays, April through October.

Michie Tavern Downtown Mile and Healthy Living Expo

  • July 24, 2014
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: First race begins at 6:30 pm
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Michie Tavern Downtown Mile is the second annual mile race in Downtown Charlottesville. Through four different mile races, the event will attract a wide range of businesses in the Corporate Relay, families in the Middle School Mile and Family Run, and elite runners for the main event, who exemplify healthy living in our community. The event will benefit the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society while showcasing the history of running and healthy lifestyle in the community. Throughout ... View More

Michie Tavern Downtown Mile and Runners Love Yoga Healthy Living Expo

  • July 24, 2014
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: Registration begins at 4:30, first race at 6:30. Expo is 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-531-5421

One mile run though the closed streets of Downtown Charlottesville. Races include a Family race, a Team Relay, a Middle School Mile, and a competitive elite race. The Healthy Living Expo features vendors at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion.

Pick your Own Peaches at Chiles Orchard

Come pick your own peaches. Fresh is best! Open M-Sat 9A-6P, Sun 10A-5P. Ready-picked fruit is also available at the Farm Market. After picking enjoy our homemade fudge, fresh ice cream and homemade waffle cones, cider slushies, and cider donuts! “Like” Chiles Peach Orchard on Facebook! www.facebook.com/ChilesPeachOrchard

Thursday Evening Sunset Series

  • July 24, 2014 - September 25, 2014
  • Venue: Carter Mountain Orchard
  • Times: 6-9pm
  • Location: Carter Mountain Orchard
  • Address: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-977-1833

Sunsets at Carter Mountain Orchard and Vineyard brings the community together on Thursdays—May through September—with live music, food, and wine as the sun sets. Visit our website to see who is performing this week! Take in the Charlottesville views from the hillside or one of the two large decks. And come hungry! The Mountain Grill offers a family friendly food selection. Top off dinner with a delectable desert from the Bakery, maybe a fresh cider donut or some refreshing ice cream!... View More

We are Tiwi

  • July 24, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

This group exhibition brings together artists from Jilamara Arts and Crafts and Munupi Arts and Crafts, two art centers located roughly sixty miles north of Darwin off the northern coast of Australia. The carved and painted Pukumani poles from the forests of Bathurst and Melville Islands – the land of the Tiwi people – have inspired international collectors, curators and artists for a century or more. Tiwi culture, history and traditional stories are vividly expressed through lines, ... View More

WE ARE TIWI - Art from JLAMARA AND MUNUPI ARTISTS

  • July 24, 2014 - August 22, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aboringinal Art Museum
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

WE ARE TIWI - May 30 - August 24, 2014 On May 30 the Kluge-Ruhe Collection will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibitions. We Are Tiwi is a series of works by acclaimed artists from Munupi Art Center & Jilamara Arts & Crafts in the remote Tiwi Islands off the northern coast of Australia. Also opening this month is a new exhibition of work from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.  

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival

  • July 24, 2014 - August 03, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: Times vary based on performance
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958

229 events and performances in 28 days! Check our website for daily schedules.

Yappy Hour at Clifton

  • July 24, 2014 - September 25, 2014
  • Venue: Clifton Inn
  • Times: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-971-1800

Clifton has gone to the dogs! Bring your four legged companion to Clifton for Yappy Hour! Join us on our Terrace where you can both meet and greet, play and walk our trails on our 100 acre property.** Select beer and wines are $5 each along with complimentary homemade Clifton dog treats and a amuse bouche for the owners. Enjoy our special Yappy Hour Tasting Menu with 10-12 courses, 50% off for $75 per person. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Caring for Creatures. For more details please... View More

Charlottesville Restaurant Week

  • July 24, 2014 - July 26, 2014
  • Venue: Charlottesville Restaurant Week
  • Times: Daily, Contact Restaurants for times!
  • Location: Various Restaurants
  • Address: Charlottesville, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-817-2749 x 51

Eat like a king for just $16, $26 or $36 Saturday, July 19th - Saturday, July 26th The tables are set, and the three-course menus are fixed at many of the finest restaurants, as culinary enthusiasts prepare to please their palates without draining their wallets during our fair city's amazing semi-annual event, Restaurant Week. You can now make your Charlottesville Restaurant Week reservations with the click of button! Any Charlottesville Restaurant Week participants  th... View More

Heritage Theatre Festival

  • July 24, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: Various times & dates. Check website.
  • Location: Culbreth Theatre, Helms Theatre, Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Since 1974, the Heritage Theatre Festival has been in residence during the summer months as the University of Virginia's professional theatre. Leading directors, designers, technicians, and actors from across the country form the company each year to produce a season of musicals and plays.  The summer 2014 season includes, Throughly Modern Millie, Shear Madness, Avenue Q, One Man Two Guvnors, and An Evening with Groucho. No play performances on June 22, 23, 24, ... View More

Stinson Vineyards: Tailgate Thursday!

  • July 24, 2014
  • Venue: Stinson Vineyards
  • Times: 6:00 pm
  • Address: 4474 Sugar Hollow Road, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-823-7300

It's time to start looking forward to a summer full of Tailgate Thursdays! Once again this year we'll have the grills going, music playing, and wine flowing every Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Enjoy music from Nate Brauer! Plan to bring a picnic and the kids and dogs as we welcome back warm weather!

Friday Jul 25, 2014

25th ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL

  • July 25, 2014 - July 26, 2014
  • Times: Different times on different days
  • Location: Locations Vary
  • Phone: 434-825-0115

  "Where We Were (Past); Where We Are (Present); and Where We Are going (Future) 25 Years of History and Heritage." See daily events on each day!  July 23-26!

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