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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 at Foxfield and nearby Montpelier, orchard outings and the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Charlottesville celebrates its unique cultural capital with events throughout the year.

Each week we compile a list of just a few of the big events happening in the area. Feel free to use our weekly "What's Happening" as an additional easy resource to keep up with what's going on in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. To view the current "What's Happening," click here.

See below for a full list of all events happening in the area. 

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Thursday Jul 30, 2015

Almost, Maine

  • July 30, 2015 - August 01, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Almost, Maine  By John Cariani     Directed by David Dalton     Ruth Caplin Theatre - July 23 - August 1 Stuck in a no man's land that is  not quite in Canada and not quite in the United States, the residents of Almost,  Maine are forever betwixt and between. On a clear, moonless winter  night beneath the dancing Northern Lights, its residents are falling in and out  of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised, ... View More

Blackberry Season at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery

  • July 30, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • 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 and Winery 9AM to 5PM daily. Pick your own blackberries on our beautiful farm. No thorns! Blackberries priced only by the quart. 434-361-1266.

Body in Motion

  • July 30, 2015 - August 01, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12pm - 5pm
  • Location: UVa Fralin Museum
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

The Body in Motion - Exhibition through  - August 2, 2015 Curated by the U.Va. Museums Internship Class under the guidance of M. Jordan Love, Academic Curator, The Fralin Museum of Art   Interns: Christopher Askew, Melissa Brashear, Sydney Collins, Brenna Darrouch, Sean Kim, Riley McCall, Esra Park, Kathryn Scully, Madeline Smith, Holly Zajur U.Va.'s Museums Internship Class has been given the unique opportunity to curate an exhibition. After searching the Museum's perma... View More

Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month at Starr Hill Brewery

  • July 30, 2015 - August 31, 2015
  • Venue: Starr Hill Brewery
  • Times: Wednesday-Friday, 12pm-8pm. Saturdays, 11am-8pm. Sundays, 12pm-6pm.
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 5391 Three Notched Road, Crozet, VA 22932-3104
  • Phone: 434-823-5671

Starr Hill Brewery is proud to celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month in August! Virginia craft beer and Starr Hill have come a long way since 1999, and it’s thanks to you – fans of great beer. Support local in the Tap Room all month long with: -Our special collaboration beer with Hardywood – “Sunnidalia,” a hoppy wheat beer with copious amounts of German Hull Melon hops and a touch of local wildflower honey. -Live local music. -Local food trucks. -Steal the Pint ... View More

Court Square Walking Tours

  • July 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thurs/Fri - 5:30 pm; Sat - 10 am; Sun - 2 pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Join ACHS for a 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 will begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902). Schedule: Thursday and Fridays: 5:30 pm. Saturdays: 10:00 am. Sundays: 2:00 pm.

Dickie Brothers Orchard Open for the Season

  • July 30, 2015 - August 28, 2015
  • Times: Wednesday through Sunday 10AM to 5PM
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 Dickie Road, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Dickie Brothers Orchard Open for the Season. Pick your own peaches. Prepicked peaches, plums, and apples. Nectarines will be ripe the second week of August. McIntosh, HoneyCrisp and Gala apples as well as Damson plums will be ready in August.  Hours of operation: Wednesday – Sunday 10AM - 5PM. 2685 Dickie Rd., Roseland, VA, 22967. Off Route 56 West (2 miles west of Rt. 151 on Rt. 56 West - Turn Left on Dickie Rd. (just before Massies Mill) and follow signs to the Orchard. 434-277-5516... View More

I Love a Piano

  • July 30, 2015 - August 01, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: Evening 7:45pm; Matinee 2pm
  • Location: Helms Theatre
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

I Love a Piano Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin            Conceived by Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley            Directed by Reneé Dobson            Helms Theatre July 21 - August 1 Join us as we celebrate a true American treasure with I Love a Piano, featuring an evening's worth of songs by the legendary composer Irving Ber... View More

Junk Orchestra

  • July 30, 2015 - August 06, 2015
  • Times: 6:45pm - 8:15pm
  • Location: Tabor Presbyterian Church
  • Address: Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5804 Tabor Street, Chiles Pickford Fellowship Hall, Crozet, Virginia 22932
  • Phone: 434-987-5517

Crozet Community Orchestra You got Rhythm? Who doesn't? You got Junk? Who doesn't? Want to turn your rhythm and junk into music? Lets do it this summer in Crozet! Led by Philip Clark. Thursdays June 18 - Aug 6, 2015 (No meeting on June 25 or July 16) 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm at Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5804 Tabor Street, Crozet, in the Chiles Pickford Fellowship Hall. All ages, seniors welcome. $10 per session (a limited number of scholarships available for financial need). Bring something... View More

Much Ado About Nothing

  • July 30, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • Times: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Aldersgate United Methodist Church
  • Address: 1500 Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-288-0095

LOVE ONE ANOTHER DEEPLY AND FROM THE HEART. THAT’S THE THEME OF SHAKESPEARE’S PLAY “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”, CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST COMEDIES OF ALL TIME. THE BLACK BOX PLAYERS AND ALDERSGATE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ARE OFFERING EIGHT PERFORMANCES STARTING THURSDAY JULY 30 THROUGH SUNDAY AUGUST 9. THIS “RATED G” VERSION IS A PERFECT WAY TO INTRODUCE CHILDREN TO SHAKESPEARE AND BEST OF ALL…. TICKETS ARE FREE! VISIT BLACKBOXPLAYERS... View More

Trivia Night at James River Brewery

  • July 30, 2015 - October 01, 2015
  • Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: James River Brewery
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 561 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-7837

Join us at James River Brewery in Scottsville every Thursday at 7pm for Trivia Night (hosted by Geeks Who Drink). Bring your team and test your knowledge.

Violet

  • July 30, 2015 - August 01, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: Evening 7/28-7/31; Matinee and Evening 8/1
  • Location: Culbreth Theatre
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Violet     Book by Brian Crawley     Music by Jeanine Tesorie     Lyrics by Brian Crawley     Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts Directed by Robert Chapel Culbreth Theatre July 28 - August 1 Violet is a touching musical tale  of hopes, love, and healing that follows a young  woman who leaves her sleepy North Carolina town for Tulsa, Oklahoma with plans  to meet a televangelist whom she hopes can&nb... View More

Yappy Hour at Clifton Inn

  • July 30, 2015 - October 01, 2015
  • Venue: Clifton Inn
  • Times: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-971-1800

Every Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm 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.** Beer and wine will be available, as well as complimentary snacks for the people AND the pups! 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Caring for Creatures. For more details please call (434) 971-1800. **Ruff and Ready Rules: ... View More

Albemarle County Fair

Make sure to attend this year's Albemarle County Fair, returning to Ash Lawn-Highland this summer for the fourth consecutive year, from Thursday, July 30th through Saturday, August 1st. This festive “Old-Time Country Fair” offers traditional family fun in a historic setting. A three-day agricultural celebration includes farm animals, children's rides and activities, food, craft and culinary competitions, live music, historic crafters, the Albemarle County Fair Queen pageant, and pr... View More

2015 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • July 30, 2015 - August 02, 2015
  • Times: Event times vary
  • Location: Dunlop Pavilion
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Come to Wintergreen Resort this July 6 through August 2 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wintergreen Performing Arts! The 2015 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival features our first class professional orchestra and guest artists playing some of the world’s greatest classical music in the setting of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine.

Albemarle County Fair Queen Pageant

Who will be the next Albemarle County Fair Queen? The 2015 pageant will be held July 30th. Little, Petite, Junior, and Teen Miss ACF include ages 4-15. They will compete in Sunday best only. Photogenic is optional. Queens receive a beautiful crown, satin embroidered sash, flowers, and queen’s t-shirt. Runners-up and photogenic winners will be awarded as well. All non-placing contestants will receive a participation award on stage. Entry fee is only $35. Miss ACF must be 16-22 years of ag... View More

Little Naturalists

  • July 30, 2015
  • Venue: Ivy Creek Foundation/Hugh Carr Farm
  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • Location: Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building
  • Address: 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-973-7772

Introduce your three to five year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Little Naturalists is twice a month on the second Monday and the last Thursday except November and December.

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • July 30, 2015
  • Times: Until 4pm daily
  • Location: Sunspots Studios
  • Area: Regional - Augusta County
  • Address: 202 South Lewis Street, Stauton, VA 24401
  • Phone: 540-885-0678

See glassblowers at work daily at Sunspots Studios in Staunton. Open seven days a week, you can bring the whole family to watch glassblowers reveal their craft for free until 4pm. The spacious gallery is full of locally-made and in-house art glass, local and fair trade accessories, and jewelry. Sunspots is also an authorized retailer of Pandora, Alex and Ani, and Endless jewelry lines. For a more hands-on experience, step into the glass studio and help the artist create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake... View More

Friday Jul 31, 2015

Albemarle County Fair

Make sure to attend this year's Albemarle County Fair, returning to Ash Lawn-Highland this summer for the fourth consecutive year, from Thursday, July 30th through Saturday, August 1st. This festive “Old-Time Country Fair” offers traditional family fun in a historic setting. A three-day agricultural celebration includes farm animals, children's rides and activities, food, craft and culinary competitions, live music, historic crafters, the Albemarle County Fair Queen pageant, and prog... View More

Almost, Maine

  • July 31, 2015 - August 01, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Almost, Maine  By John Cariani     Directed by David Dalton     Ruth Caplin Theatre - July 23 - August 1 Stuck in a no man's land that is  not quite in Canada and not quite in the United States, the residents of Almost,  Maine are forever betwixt and between. On a clear, moonless winter  night beneath the dancing Northern Lights, its residents are falling in and out  of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised, ... View More

Blackberry Season at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery

  • July 31, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • 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 and Winery 9AM to 5PM daily. Pick your own blackberries on our beautiful farm. No thorns! Blackberries priced only by the quart. 434-361-1266.

Body in Motion

  • July 31, 2015 - August 01, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12pm - 5pm
  • Location: UVa Fralin Museum
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

The Body in Motion - Exhibition through  - August 2, 2015 Curated by the U.Va. Museums Internship Class under the guidance of M. Jordan Love, Academic Curator, The Fralin Museum of Art   Interns: Christopher Askew, Melissa Brashear, Sydney Collins, Brenna Darrouch, Sean Kim, Riley McCall, Esra Park, Kathryn Scully, Madeline Smith, Holly Zajur U.Va.'s Museums Internship Class has been given the unique opportunity to curate an exhibition. After searching the Museum's perma... View More

Bold Rock After Hours Live Music at Bold Rock Cider

  • July 31, 2015
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 6PM to 8PM
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

Moon live at Bold Rock Cider 6PM to 8PM. We hope to see you there! 434-361-1030

Bricker and the Benders

  • July 31, 2015
  • Venue: World of Beer
  • Times: 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 852 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-970-1088

Since conception, the twins have lived in the doghouse behind the chicken coop. Thats where the music was born. Live, feel, and be the groove.

Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month at Starr Hill Brewery

  • July 31, 2015 - August 31, 2015
  • Venue: Starr Hill Brewery
  • Times: Wednesday-Friday, 12pm-8pm. Saturdays, 11am-8pm. Sundays, 12pm-6pm.
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 5391 Three Notched Road, Crozet, VA 22932-3104
  • Phone: 434-823-5671

Starr Hill Brewery is proud to celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month in August! Virginia craft beer and Starr Hill have come a long way since 1999, and it’s thanks to you – fans of great beer. Support local in the Tap Room all month long with: -Our special collaboration beer with Hardywood – “Sunnidalia,” a hoppy wheat beer with copious amounts of German Hull Melon hops and a touch of local wildflower honey. -Live local music. -Local food trucks. -Steal the Pint ... View More

City Lights with Gary Bibb live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill

  • July 31, 2015
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: Stoney Creek Bar and Grill
  • Address: 1354 Stoney Creek West, Nellysford, Virginia 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8110

City Lights with Gary Bibb live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill. 7PM.  www.wintergreenresort.com 434-325-8110.

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