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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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Saturday Jul 26, 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 26, 2014
  • Venue: Booker T. Washington Park
  • Times: 10:30am - 7:30pm
  • Location: Booker T. Washington Park
  • Address: 1001 Preston Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-825-0115

"African American Cultural Arts Festival" And "Community Health Fair" Entertainment Featuring: *MC Shad Gill*DJ Marvelous * DJ Footloose *Anointed 2 Praise Mime Ministry*Men Of Evergreen Ministries *Brother Baba Jamal, The Story Man *The Blues Trio *Chihamba*Hula Hoop / Line Dance, and *Reggaeinfinity ***

Aboriginal Art Tour

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Collection each Saturday at 10:30 am for a free, guided tour of the museum's current exhibitions. No reservations required.

Art and Country

  • July 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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.

Chamomile and Whiskey live at Rapunzel’s

  • July 26, 2014
  • Times: 8PM to 11PM
  • Location: Rapunzel's
  • Address: 924 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 22949

Chamomile and Whiskey live 8PM to 11PM at Rapunzel’s. . Fee.434-263-6660

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

  • July 26, 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 or at the start of the tour. To schedule a group tour, please contact ACHS at 434-296-1492 or ... View More

Downtown Mall Walking Tour

The exploration of the pedestrian mall looks at the architecture and traces the emergence of Charlottesville in the early 1900's as a commercial center. 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 or at the start of the tour. To schedule a group tour, please contact ACHS at 434-29-1492 or at info@alb... View More

fleaVILLE at the IX

  • July 26, 2014 - September 27, 2014
  • Times: 11am to 3pm
  • Location: The IX Project, at the entrance located on 2nd St. SE and Monticello Avenue
  • Address: 2nd St. SE and Monticello Avenue, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22902

fleaVILLE at the IX is an outdoor flea market at the IX Project in Charlottesville, VA. The market is designed to support Charlottesville’s vibrant creative community — artists, designers, crafters, collectors and unique small businesses – while also providing a reoccurring community event and gathering space for residents and tourists. fleaVILLE features a carefully-curated mix of vendors offering jewelry, art, crafts, vintage and contemporary clothing, handmade items, home ... View More

Fleetwood Community Center Yard, Craft and Art Sale

  • July 26, 2014
  • Times: 6am to 1pm
  • Location: Old Fleetwood School
  • Address: Rt. 56, Massies Mill, Virginia, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-826-0580

The Fleetwood Community Center Yard, Craft and Art Sale will be on July 26th. Sale runs from 6am to 1pm with breakfast being sold from 7am-9am, Sellers, crafters and artist are needed. Space is $15.00.

Hatton Ferry

  • July 26, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: Hatton Ferry
  • Times: Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Address: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, a historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge; donations are appreciated as the operation of the ferry relies solely on donations given to ride the ferry and from the kind generosity of other supporters.  Under ideal conditions, a round-trip crossing takes about 30-45 minutes. No more than two cars and six people can be taken at one time. The Ha... View More

Heritage Theatre Festival - Avenue Q

  • July 26, 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 26, 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 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

James Painter Trio live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

.James Painter Trio live 8PM to 11PM at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.  434-361-0088.

Linda Sheridan-Nay and Jimmy Catlett live at Democracy Vineyards

  • July 26, 2014
  • Venue: Democracy Vineyards
  • Times: 2PM to 5PM
  • Address: 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston, VA 22949
  • Phone: 434-964-6124

Linda Sheridan-Nay and Jimmy Catlett of Six live 2PM to 5PM in the Tasting Room at Democracy Vineyards. 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston,VA, 22949. 434-964-6124.

Maplewood Cemetery Tours

  • July 26, 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 26, 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.

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative with Live Music

  • July 26, 2014
  • Times: 8AM to 12Noon
  • Location: Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative
  • Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, 22958
  • Phone: 434-244-2399

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative 8AM to 12PM. Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring live music, fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. Open every Saturday May through October. 434-244-2399 

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!

Scottsville Farmers Market

  • July 26, 2014 - October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Scottsville Farmers Market
  • Times: 9am - 1pm
  • Location: Scottsville Farmer's Market Pavilion
  • Address: Fleet Street (Route 20), Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-9267

Weekly on Saturday, until Oct 25, 2014 Fresh produce and locally grown/produced goods!

SHREK: The Musical

  • July 26, 2014 - August 10, 2014
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sunday matinees at 2:30PM
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923-0001
  • Phone: 540-832-5355

SHREK: The Musical Book & Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire Music by Jeanine Tesori Directed by Mendy St. Ours Musical Direction by Ben Griffin Choreography by Geri Carlson Sauls Produced by Edward Warwick White Based on the Oscar-winning movie, SHREK: The Musical brings the hilarious and heartwarming story of everyone’s favorite green ogre to new life — with a wonderful score full of memorable songs! In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre sho... View More

Summer Runnin’ Night Trail Run at Devils Backbone

Summer Runnin’ Night Trail Run at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Too hot to run in the sun?  Run the trails at Devils Backbone during the night! Bring your head-lamp and trail running shoes. 8PM Night Lite Kids Run, 9PM Adult Run– 5K or 10K, Post Race Grill Out on Patio with Live Music. Register at: Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001.

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