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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 31, 2014

Albemarle County Fair

  • July 31, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Venue: Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of President James Monroe
  • Times: Thursday, July 31st 4 - 10 pm | Friday, August 1st 10 am - 10 pm | Saturday, August 2nd 10 am - 10 pm
  • Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Don’t miss the Albemarle County Fair at Ash Lawn-Highland, the Home of James Monroe, from Thursday, July 31st through Saturday, August 2nd! This three-day agricultural celebration is full of festive, family fun in a historic setting. Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children’s rides, contests, and programs for the entire family! Admission is just $5, and free for children under 6 years of age. For more information, or to submit an entry for the ... View More

Art and Country

  • July 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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.

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

  • 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

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: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm Saturdays: 10:00 am Sundays: 2:00 pm

Fiddler on the Roof

  • July 31, 2014
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 7:30 PM
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Fiddler on the Roof has been a hit since it opened on Broadway in 1964 – winning nine Tony Awards, spawning four Broadway revivals, and inspiring a three-time Academy Award winning film adaptation in 1971. Now in its 50th anniversary season, you and your family will want to sing along with one hit tune after another, including “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “To Life,” and “Do You Love Me.” Set in ... View More

Heritage Theatre Festival - Avenue Q

  • July 31, 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 31, 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

Maplewood Cemetery Tours

  • July 31, 2014 - August 28, 2014
  • Times: Thursdays at 7:00 pm
  • Location: Maplewood Cemetery
  • Address: Maple Street and 8th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Take a tour of Charlottesville's oldest public cemetery and learn about the residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County who now rest Maplewood Cemetery or learn about the symbols on the graves and tombstones and how those symbols can tell you about the person buried beneath. Tour begins at the entrance of Maplewood Cemetery, Maple Street at 8th street NE. Schedule: Thursdays @ 7:00 pm

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • July 31, 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.

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

Tess Przyuski

  • July 31, 2014
  • Venue: C'ville Coffee Co.
  • Times: 7pm - 9pm
  • Location: Cville Coffee
  • Address: 1301 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-817-2633

 Tess is a 15-year-old singer-songwriter who has been playing guitar and writing for nearly four years. Her writing is influenced by diverse sources from Tracy Chapman to Florence Welch to Ben Gibbard. This is her first solo performance. Her band The Strangest Angels, with Albemarle High School classmates Emma Umberger and Abby Treece, released their self-titled EP last year.  Dinner and Table service begins one hour before showtime!

Thursday Evening Sunset Series

  • July 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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

Albemarle County Fair

  • July 31, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Times: July 31st: 4pm-10pm; August 1st & 2nd: 10am-10pm
  • Location: The Fairgrounds at Ash Lawn-Highland
  • Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
  • Phone: 434-242-4996 or 424-293-2725

The Albemarle County Fair Board is gearing up for the upcoming Albemarle County Fair on July 31 through August 2. Hours of operation will be Thursday, July 31 from 4pm until 10pm; Friday, August 1 from 10am until 10pm; Saturday, August 2 from 10am until 10pm. The Albemarle County Fair will be held using indoor and outdoor exhibit space including the pavilion and grounds of Ash Lawn-Highland located in Charlottesville. This event promises traditional family fun in a historic setting. In addition ... View More

Heritage Theatre Festival

  • July 31, 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

Binary

  • July 31, 2014
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Thursday July 31st: 4 DJs, 1 MC…One love at Rapture AND Club R2. Binary returns to C’ville this Summer folks, so get ready! This is a two room show featuring Electronic Dance and Downtempo/Chill out music ranging from Electro/Techno Bass and Funk, to Underground Hip Hop, Downtempo, and Dubstep!

Piano Concert IV

  • July 31, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 7:30 PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Fabio and Gisele Witkowski, piano Franz Schubert: Fantasy in f minor, D. 940 (1828) Franz Liszt: Les Préludes, S. 591 (1850-55/1853-58) Aylton Escobar: Seresta “opus um” (1970) Ronaldo Miranda: Variações Sérias (1998) Darius Milhaud: Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit, Op. 58 (1920)

Stinson Vineyards: Tailgate Thursday!

  • July 31, 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 the Blue Ridge Jazz Trio! Plan to bring a picnic and the kids and dogs as we welcome back warm weather!

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Albemarle County Fair

  • August 01, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Venue: Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of President James Monroe
  • Times: Thursday, July 31st 4 - 10 pm | Friday, August 1st 10 am - 10 pm | Saturday, August 2nd 10 am - 10 pm
  • Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Don’t miss the Albemarle County Fair at Ash Lawn-Highland, the Home of James Monroe, from Thursday, July 31st through Saturday, August 2nd! This three-day agricultural celebration is full of festive, family fun in a historic setting. Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children’s rides, contests, and programs for the entire family! Admission is just $5, and free for children under 6 years of age. For more information, or to submit an entry for the ... View More

Art and Country

  • August 01, 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

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