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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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Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

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

  • April 15, 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

Foodies over Fifty at Clifton

  • April 15, 2014 - April 30, 2014
  • Venue: Clifton Inn
  • Times: 6pm-8:30pm
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-971-1800

Clifton Inn's special Chef's Seasonal Tasting Menu is 50% off for all foodies over fifty. The tasting menu is a unique culinary experience with 10-12 perfectly planned courses to delight all foodies. Bring your friends and family and they will enjoy 50% off the menu as well.

having-been-there by Nici Cumpston

  • April 15, 2014 - May 18, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

In the spring of 2014 the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will exhibit the work of Nici Cumpston, a Barkindji artist and curator from Adelaide. having-been-there is a series of images created by Cumpston to document the evidence of Aboriginal occupation in Australia before European settlement. Tree engravings, ring trees, and remnants of stone tools abound in Barkindji land. These act as subtle signifiers of the ancestors that once lived in and created the country, and of food and... View More

Jim Howe Trio with The Charlottesville Jazz Society's monthly Artist/Educator Series

  • April 15, 2014
  • Venue: Escafe
  • Times: 7pm - 9pm
  • Address: 215 Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

On Tuesday April 15th The Charlottesville Jazz Society's monthly Artist/Educator series continues at Escafe Restaurant with The Jim Howe Trio. Jim Howe is a popular area drummer, and his trio includes guitarist Bert Carlson, who brings a wide variety of sounds and styles to the group. Rounding out the trio is bassist Peter Matthews. Music is from 7 to 9 pm. $5 cover charge will be credited back toward food or drink purchase. Reservations are recommended. This series will continue on the third Tu... View More

Joseph Cornell and Surrealism

  • April 15, 2014 - June 08, 2014
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

This international loan exhibition focuses on the work of Joseph Cornell, the American pioneer of collage, montage, and assemblage art in the decades of the 1930s and 1940s. These years span both Cornell’s emergence and maturation as an artist and the heyday of surrealism in the United States. The exhibition will comprise some one hundred objects by Cornell and other artists and it will be accompanied by a significant publication featuring original essays by American and European scholars.

Moon Taxi w/ The Revivalists

  • April 15, 2014
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: 7:30pm doors, 8:00pm show
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-5590

For the members of Moon Taxi, their third album, Mountains Beaches Cities, represents the idea of exploration – searching both the world and themselves for new experiences. The Nashville rock group, who had honed in on a notably compelling aesthetic with their previous album Cabaret, focused on extending the sonic landscape they’d created in earlier recordings, but this time around they amp up the speed and turn up the volume – creating an overall bigger sound. The album was s... View More

STOMP

  • April 15, 2014
  • Venue: John Paul Jones Arena
  • Times: 7:30 PM
  • Address: 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Charlottesville premiere at John Paul Jones Arena on April 15, 2014. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.

UVa Earth Week 2014: One HellUVa Planet

  • April 15, 2014 - April 23, 2014
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Location: Various

Earth Week aims to unite UVa students in a week-long promotion of environmental consciousness leading up to Earth Day, April 22nd. Our mission is to involve as many organizations as possible on a student, local, and global level in order to create a maximum impact on the awareness and enactment of sustainability.

Yappy Hour at Clifton

  • April 15, 2014 - October 01, 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

Baseball vs. Radford

  • April 15, 2014
  • Venue: Davenport Field
  • Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Location: Davenport Field
  • Address: 434 Lannigan Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-924-8821 or 800-542-UVa1

Mystery Dinner Theatre at Devils Backbone

Mystery Dinner Theatre at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 6:30PM. Clever By Half Productions presents Murder on the Mountain. The entire dinning pub area is the stage and you'll be right in the heart of the action as the play unfolds around you.  We'll feature a live interrogation where you, the audience get a chance to question the suspects and catch the killer!  To make your reservation for the evening, please contact 434-361-1001 or email manager@dbbrewingcompany.com. Your reservat... View More

Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

An Evening with: Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola

  • April 16, 2014
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: 7:30pm doors, 8:00pm show
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-5590

CHARLIE HUNTER Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead, the renowned guitarist/composer Charlie Hunter's new duo recording with drummer Scott Amendola, is an album that's easy to get behind. A complete departure from last year's Public Domain—a true solo album—and the previous year's Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid—which incorporated two trombones and trumpet into Hunter's instrumental arsenal—Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ah... View More

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

  • April 16, 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

Foodies over Fifty at Clifton

  • April 16, 2014 - April 30, 2014
  • Venue: Clifton Inn
  • Times: 6pm-8:30pm
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-971-1800

Clifton Inn's special Chef's Seasonal Tasting Menu is 50% off for all foodies over fifty. The tasting menu is a unique culinary experience with 10-12 perfectly planned courses to delight all foodies. Bring your friends and family and they will enjoy 50% off the menu as well.

GriZ w/ Michael Menert

  • April 16, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: 8PM doors, 9PM show
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-245-4980

Grant Kwiecinski (aka GRiZ) is has blown up quickly. At 23 years old, GRiZ has asserted his place in the music world with his sax-infused sounds that find heart and soul within the beat of the dancefloor. A musically trained ear from the start, GRiZ played the alto saxophone since elementary school and took piano and saxophone lessons his entire life. He recently supported Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic on their respective tours, which then led to his own headlining tour — all... View More

having-been-there by Nici Cumpston

  • April 16, 2014 - May 18, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

In the spring of 2014 the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will exhibit the work of Nici Cumpston, a Barkindji artist and curator from Adelaide. having-been-there is a series of images created by Cumpston to document the evidence of Aboriginal occupation in Australia before European settlement. Tree engravings, ring trees, and remnants of stone tools abound in Barkindji land. These act as subtle signifiers of the ancestors that once lived in and created the country, and of food and... View More

Joseph Cornell and Surrealism

  • April 16, 2014 - June 08, 2014
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

This international loan exhibition focuses on the work of Joseph Cornell, the American pioneer of collage, montage, and assemblage art in the decades of the 1930s and 1940s. These years span both Cornell’s emergence and maturation as an artist and the heyday of surrealism in the United States. The exhibition will comprise some one hundred objects by Cornell and other artists and it will be accompanied by a significant publication featuring original essays by American and European scholars.

Protecting Your Digital Indetity

  • April 16, 2014
  • Times: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Location: CitySpace
  • Address: 100 5th St, North East, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 855-601-8844

A Charlottesville Chamber Business Academy Event Learn How Your Personal and Business Information is Quietly Captured, Used and Sold — Plus Practical Ways to Take Better Control of Your Digital Footprint. Every web search, tweet, download or other action you take in the digital realm creates a portrait of your identity. And the digital identities we create every day have value — to us and to companies with which we interact. Join fellow business and technology leaders in Central Virg... View More

UVa Earth Week 2014: One HellUVa Planet

  • April 16, 2014 - April 23, 2014
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Location: Various

Earth Week aims to unite UVa students in a week-long promotion of environmental consciousness leading up to Earth Day, April 22nd. Our mission is to involve as many organizations as possible on a student, local, and global level in order to create a maximum impact on the awareness and enactment of sustainability.

Yappy Hour at Clifton

  • April 16, 2014 - October 01, 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

2014 IWL Film Series: Japanese Film (Okuribito ã?Šã??ã‚Šã?³ã?¨) - Departures

  • April 16, 2014
  • Times: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Location: Wilson Hall

Film Title: Okuribito ã?Šã??ã‚Šã?³ã?¨ (Departures) Discussion Led by: Tomoko Marshall Film Synopsis: Life takes us on an unexpected journey. When disaster strikes, a new beginning will take place, as birth comes from death. It can bring a family closer with true emotions without any boundaries, sometimes rightfully painful and sometimes unexpectedly joyful. After his orchestra is abruptly disbanded, an impulsive yet talented young c... View More

GriZ w/ Michael Menert and Late Night Radio

  • April 16, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: 8PM doors, 9PM show
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-245-4980

Grant Kwiecinski (aka GRiZ) is has blown up quickly. At 23 years old, GRiZ has asserted his place in the music world with his sax-infused sounds that find heart and soul within the beat of the dancefloor. A musically trained ear from the start, GRiZ played the alto saxophone since elementary school and took piano and saxophone lessons his entire life. He recently supported Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic on their respective tours, which then led to his own headlining tour — all ... View More

Open Jam at Rapunzel's

  • April 16, 2014 - April 30, 2014
  • Times: 6:30PM to 9:30PM
  • Location: Rapunzel's
  • Address: 924 Front Street, Lovingston, Virginia 22949

Open Jam 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Rapunzel’s. Free.   434-263-6660

Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Big Blue Door Storytelling Jam

TRUE STORIES Every third Thursday of every month starting July 19 we are proud to present our BIG BLUE DOOR JAM, a show of true 6-8 minute stories on changing themes in changing venues! Our inaugural show will be at The Bridge PAI. Starting in August we’ll begin to open the show to volunteers both as storytellers and as teams of judges. So if you want to tell a true story in August come July 19 to sign up, and if you want to volunteer to judge future shows come July 19 to see our format! J... View More

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

  • April 17, 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

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