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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 Mar 05, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • March 05, 2015 - April 05, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00-5:00
  • Area: Regional - Louisa County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

Graves International Art will be exhibiting museum grade works focusing on modern subjects from the 20th Century. The Exhibition will differ in medium from Original Painting to Original Silkscreens. One can expect to see original works created by the hand of such artists as, though not limited to, Robert INDIANA, Pierre Marie BRISSON, Jim DINE, and Salvador DALI.

Art and Country

  • March 05, 2015 - June 30, 2015
  • 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

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 th... View More

Contemporary Gallery: Because of Them We Can

  • March 05, 2015 - April 11, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Times: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm . Sat, 10 am – 3 pm
  • Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-260-8720

Because of Them We Can began in 2013 as photo campaign by artist Eunique Jones Gibson. Intended to run through Black history month, Gibson snapped artistic photos of children dressed as iconic trailblazers and today’s inspirational heroes. Gibson’s images are meant to refute stereotypes and remind people of their greatness. Since then, the campaign has grown into a non-profit media company whose mission is to educate and connect a new generation to heroes who have paved the wa... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • March 05, 2015 - June 01, 2015
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: Arthur J. Morris Law Library
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3384

Ida Libby Dengrove worked from 1972 to 1987 as a courtroom illustrator for NBC-TV in New York. She sketched some of the most noteworthy trials and notorious offenders of the twentieth century, working at a time when cameras were forbidden in most courtrooms. Using chalk pastels and charcoal pencils on a 14-by-17 sketch pad, she captured John Lennon as a defendant, Jackie Kennedy Onassis as a plaintiff, Mick Jagger as a witness, and Sid Vicious as an accused murdered. She sketched mobsters John G... View More

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • March 05, 2015 - April 04, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thursday - Saturday
  • Location: Albemarle Charlottesville HIstorical Society
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Charlottesville and Albemarle County boast an unusually rich and striking history, built over a period of 250 years by men and women, well-known and unknown, remarkable and ordinary, who called Charlottesville home. Their history and the history of this area have been preserved in the structures and monuments that give Charlottesville its character. Learn about these men and women and the houses, storefronts, schools, places of worship, public buildings, in which they passed their lives and view... View More

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • March 05, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Lucian Freud Etchings

  • March 05, 2015 - April 19, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12-5pm
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art athe University of Virginia
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

Lucian Freud Etchings   January 16 - April 19, 2015  Curated by Jennifer Farrell In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human for... View More

Selections 2015: Pam Black, Peyton Hurt Millikan, Ann Lyne, David Summers, Theo van Groll, Sanjay Vo

  • March 05, 2015 - March 08, 2015
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: 1:00-5:00pm
  • Location: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Selections 2015: Pam Black, Peyton Hurt Millikan, Ann Lyne, David Summers, Theo van Groll, Sanjay Vora 6 February – 8 March 2015 Opening Friday, 6 February 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde will present Selections 2015, a group show with work by artists Pam Black, Peyton Hurt Millikan, Ann Lyne, David Summers, Theo van Groll, and Sanjay Vora from 6 February - 8 March 2015. The show will feature Pam Black’s equine finger paintings, Peyton Hurt Millika... View More

Winter Wonderland Winery Passport

  • March 05, 2015 - March 31, 2015
  • Venue: Keswick Vineyards
  • Times: all day
  • Location: Keswick Vineyards
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
  • Phone: 434-244-3341

It’s that time of year again… when the air gets crisp, the fires get warm, and the red wine flows. The Winter Wonderland Passport is back! Purchase your passport and tour the warm and cozy tasting rooms of Keswick Vineyards, Glass House Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, Trump Winery and Grace Estates Winery all for one low price of $25! The passport is good until the end of March.

Foraging For and Pairing Morel Mushrooms

  • March 05, 2015
  • Venue: Wine Loves Chocolate
  • Times: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Wine Loves Chocolate
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 508 E. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 540-987-8330

Delicate, yet hearty and palette pleasing, mushrooms add texture and flavor to a variety of cuisines and dishes. But which of the thousands of species of mushrooms is edible, and which will kill you? We'll begin to learn this important distinction in class, where we will discuss the basics of mushroom hunting, which mushrooms are edible, and of course, cooking with mushrooms and pairing them with Little Washington Winery wines.

Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Dinner

  • March 05, 2015
  • Venue: Old Mill Room at Boar's Head
  • Times: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Boars Head
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-2230

Old Mill Room Join Page Foley & Anthony Truzzolino from Southern Wine & Spirits for a four-course dinner that pairs uniquely with Glenlivet’s finest 12, 15, Nadurra, and 18 year old Scotches. $95 per guest. 6:00 p.m. Reception 6:30 p.m. Dinner To make a dinner reservation call 434.972.2230

Sanctum w/ Angel Metro and Gopal Metro

  • March 05, 2015
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 9 PM
  • Location: Main Street Annex
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-284-8561

We are delighted to announce that for the March edition of Sanctum we will be joined by Angel Metro and Gopal Metro (of Gild The Mourn), spinning the best and the spookiest from the realms of Dark Alternative music. ALL AGES 

Sister Act

  • March 05, 2015
  • Venue: John Paul Jones Arena
  • Times: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Location: John Paul Jones Arena
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 888-575-8497

Direct from Broadway, SISTER ACT, the hilarious, five-time Tony-nominated musical smash produced by Whoopi Goldberg, is coming to Charlottesville. “To hear people laugh and cheer the way they do at SISTER ACT—a show people think they know but are pleasantly surprised to discover is not what they are expecting—is a magical experience for a producer,” says Producer Whoopi Goldberg. “Happily, audiences across the country are able to get in on the fun as Deloris and her... View More

Friday Mar 06, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • March 06, 2015 - April 05, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00-5:00
  • Area: Regional - Louisa County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

Graves International Art will be exhibiting museum grade works focusing on modern subjects from the 20th Century. The Exhibition will differ in medium from Original Painting to Original Silkscreens. One can expect to see original works created by the hand of such artists as, though not limited to, Robert INDIANA, Pierre Marie BRISSON, Jim DINE, and Salvador DALI.

Art and Country

  • March 06, 2015 - June 30, 2015
  • 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

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 th... View More

Contemporary Gallery: Because of Them We Can

  • March 06, 2015 - April 11, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Times: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm . Sat, 10 am – 3 pm
  • Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-260-8720

Because of Them We Can began in 2013 as photo campaign by artist Eunique Jones Gibson. Intended to run through Black history month, Gibson snapped artistic photos of children dressed as iconic trailblazers and today’s inspirational heroes. Gibson’s images are meant to refute stereotypes and remind people of their greatness. Since then, the campaign has grown into a non-profit media company whose mission is to educate and connect a new generation to heroes who have paved the wa... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • March 06, 2015 - June 01, 2015
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: Arthur J. Morris Law Library
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3384

Ida Libby Dengrove worked from 1972 to 1987 as a courtroom illustrator for NBC-TV in New York. She sketched some of the most noteworthy trials and notorious offenders of the twentieth century, working at a time when cameras were forbidden in most courtrooms. Using chalk pastels and charcoal pencils on a 14-by-17 sketch pad, she captured John Lennon as a defendant, Jackie Kennedy Onassis as a plaintiff, Mick Jagger as a witness, and Sid Vicious as an accused murdered. She sketched mobsters John G... View More

First Fridays

  • March 06, 2015
  • Times: 5-9 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Charlottesville
  • Phone: 434-971-2787

Don't miss this fun evening of gallery opening receptions throughout downtown!

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • March 06, 2015 - April 04, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thursday - Saturday
  • Location: Albemarle Charlottesville HIstorical Society
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Charlottesville and Albemarle County boast an unusually rich and striking history, built over a period of 250 years by men and women, well-known and unknown, remarkable and ordinary, who called Charlottesville home. Their history and the history of this area have been preserved in the structures and monuments that give Charlottesville its character. Learn about these men and women and the houses, storefronts, schools, places of worship, public buildings, in which they passed their lives and view... View More

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • March 06, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Lucian Freud Etchings

  • March 06, 2015 - April 19, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12-5pm
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art athe University of Virginia
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

Lucian Freud Etchings   January 16 - April 19, 2015  Curated by Jennifer Farrell In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human for... View More

Poetry Workshop

  • March 06, 2015
  • Times: 10 to 12 on Friday mornings
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Area: Route 29 North

Ongoing poetry workshop that shares member's poems and offers constructive critique in a friendly and supportive environment. Contact tuchyner5@aol.com

Selections 2015: Pam Black, Peyton Hurt Millikan, Ann Lyne, David Summers, Theo van Groll, Sanjay Vo

  • March 06, 2015 - March 08, 2015
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: 1:00-5:00pm
  • Location: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Selections 2015: Pam Black, Peyton Hurt Millikan, Ann Lyne, David Summers, Theo van Groll, Sanjay Vora 6 February – 8 March 2015 Opening Friday, 6 February 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde will present Selections 2015, a group show with work by artists Pam Black, Peyton Hurt Millikan, Ann Lyne, David Summers, Theo van Groll, and Sanjay Vora from 6 February - 8 March 2015. The show will feature Pam Black’s equine finger paintings, Peyton Hurt Millika... View More

Sheridan's Raid - Civil War Commemoration

  • March 06, 2015 - March 08, 2015
  • Venue: Scottsville Museum
  • Times: 9am until 5pm
  • Location: Scottsville Museum
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 290 Main Street, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-2247

The Civil War is coming to Scottsville - March 6-8, 2015. And you’re invited. One hundred and fifty years ago, Union troops under General Philip Sheridan descended on Scottsville to wreck Confederate supply lines, burning buildings and canal boats, looting food and animals, and destroying the James River and Kanawha Canal. On the weekend of March 6th- 8th, the Scottsville Museum invites you to walk our streets to see stories of the Civil War in rural Albemarle County. All Sheridan&rsqu... View More

Starr Hill Presents: An Evening with Gov’t Mule with Special Guest John Scofield

  • March 06, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 9:00PM
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

Rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an extensive tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the group’s versatility and epic, fearless live performances. No two Gov’t Mule shows are alike, as the band draws on the more than 300 songs in their repertoire (and often a host of special guests) to create a unique experience each and every time. Their steadily expanding fan base knows that the Mule always has something spec... View More

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