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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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Sunday Aug 02, 2015

Antique Car Show

  • August 02, 2015 - October 11, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 6-8pm
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewery
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

One Sunday every month come out to Wild Wolf Brewing Company for a display of vintage and classic cars. Meet the owners and get a chance to look at these gems up close! Our front parking lot will be chock full of beautiful motoring machinery shining in the Virginia sun. Be sure you bring your motorhead mates for a relaxed evening of smooth suds and automobile appreciation. Or, take the kiddos out for a chance to see real life hot wheels while enjoying our awesome food. It’s fun for all a... View More

Ash Lawn Opera Presents: My Fair Lady

  • August 02, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 2pm
  • Location: Pramouunt Theater
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

Approx. 3 hr. August 1 at 7:30PM August 2 at 2PM August 5 at 7:30PM* August 7 at 7:30PM August 8 at 2PM *Mid-Week Discount Available **Premier Ticket includes an intermission reception in the Founder's Lounge. Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner | Music by Frederick Loewe Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's Play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture "PYGMALION" Lerner and  Loewe's treasured musical My Fair Lady has been a mainstay of A... View More

Blackberry Season at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery

  • August 02, 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.

Blue Ridge Fruit Company Open For the Season in Afton

  • August 02, 2015 - November 08, 2015
  • Times: Saturday 10AM to 4PM ---- Sunday 1PM to 6PM
  • Location: Blue Ridge Fruit Company
  • Address: 8063 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-6778

Blue Ridge Fruit Company Open in Afton. Blue Ridge Fruit Co. is a new venture for our family.   Customers of our family farm, Dickie Bros. Orchard have asked us to open another location where they can purchase our products a little closer to where they travel most.  Since the customer is always right, we decided to give it a whirl. Beginning August 1st, we will have a weekend fruit stand open in Afton, right in the heart of the Nelson's Route 151. Open weekends August through Nove... View More

Court Square Walking Tours

  • August 02, 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

  • August 02, 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

First Sundays with Sabra Guzman

  • August 02, 2015 - December 06, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Times: 3-5 pm
  • Location: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Address: 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden, VA 22959
  • Phone: 434-297-2326

Local favorite Sabra Guzman struts her solo stuff in the Orchard Room today, 3-5 pm. Sabra is well known for her solid guitar and bass skills, her unique vocal stylings, and her captivating stage presence. Sabra brings a musicianship and her unique approach to all projects, regardless of genre or instrumentation. She takes her instrumental and vocal cues from Mother Maybelle Carter, Alice Gerrard, The Louvin Brothers and many others, and has spent time working on traditional ballad singing wi... View More

John Paul Allen live at Democracy Vineyards

  • August 02, 2015
  • Venue: Democracy Vineyards
  • Times: 2PM to 5PM
  • Address: 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston, VA 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-8463

John Paul Allen live 2PM to 5PM at Democracy Vineyards.434-263-8463.

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • August 02, 2015 - August 30, 2015
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 2:30PM to 5PM
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery 2:30PM to 5PM. August 2 Bryan Elijah Smith, August 9 Lisa Miller and the Juke Joint Junkies, August 16 Moon, August 23 Firecracker Jam, August 30 Erin and the Wildfire. 540-456-8020.

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing

  • August 02, 2015 - August 30, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: Open 11:30AM to 10PM
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.  2PM to 5PM. august 2 Jon Spear. August 9, 16, 23, 30 to be announced. 434-361-0088

Much Ado About Nothing

  • August 02, 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

Roseland Polo

  • August 02, 2015 - October 11, 2015
  • Venue: King Family Vineyards
  • Times: 1:00PM
  • Location: King Family Vineyards
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 6550 Roseland Farm Lane, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-823-7801

We invite guests who visit our Tasting Room on Sunday to join us fieldside to watch polo.  Polo matches are held every Sunday, from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October, weather and field conditions permitting.  Matches are free and begin at 1:00 pm.

Southern Living Idea House 2015 - Bundoran Farms

  • August 02, 2015 - December 27, 2015
  • Times: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12pm - 4pm; Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Location: Balwin Center - Bundoran Farms
  • Address: 5005 Edge Valley Road, North Garden, Virginia 22959

Welcome to the 2015 Idea House    "Your home should be the most comfortable place you can imagine," says Bunny Williams. And beautiful, of course. Welcome to our 2015 Idea House, designed by Rosney Co. Architects of Charlottesville, and set in the nine-year-old, 2,300-acre conservation community of Bundoran Farm. We asked Bunny to do what she does best, so we could document every idea and tip needed for you to create the gracious home of your dreams. Read on for the frank... View More

Sunday C'ville Tours

  • August 02, 2015 - September 13, 2015
  • Times: 2pm
  • Location: Senior Center - Charlottesville
  • Address: 1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-974-6538

The Senior Center, Inc. of Charlottesville' Sunday C'ville Tours Sign up Today! Call (434) 974- 6538----- Senior Center members - $35.00: Guests - $40.00. Children 12 & under free. Tickets may be purchased the day of with cash, check, or credit card. To purchase in advance-or for more info-call (434) 974-6538. Tours depart the Senior Center promptly at 2 p.m. (Please arrive at 1:30 p.m.) Running approximately 3 to 4 hours, each tour comprises 3 stops where Rick Britton wi... View More

Take a ride on the Hatton Ferry

  • August 02, 2015 - October 25, 2015
  • Venue: Hatton Ferry
  • Times: Saturday from 9am - 5pm; Sunday from Noon to 5pm
  • Location: Hatton Ferry
  • Address: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Location: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, Virginia Date: April 18th - October 25th: Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sundays 12:00 pm - 5:00pm Cost: Free; donations requested The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2015 operating season Saturday April 18th. Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, an historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States, April 18th through October 24h. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge; donations appreciated a... View More

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

  • August 02, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2:30PM
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923-0001
  • Phone: 540-832-5355

Music & Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinken Conceived by Rebecca Feldman Additional Material by Jay Reiss Directed by Noal Bastian Vocal Direction by Thomas Dixon Musical Direction by J. Tara Scott Choreographed by Geri Carlson Sauls Produced by Linda Hogan ‚ÄčAn eclectic group of six tweens vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the kids spell their way through a series of words hoping to never... View More

Yappy Hours at Keswick Vineyards

  • August 02, 2015 - November 01, 2015
  • Venue: Keswick Vineyards
  • Times: 12pm - 3pm
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
  • Phone: 434-244-3341

Please join us for our weekly “Yappy Hours” every Sunday while the weather stays nice! Bring your four-legged friends to play while you socialize with other animal lovers. On select Sundays, local animal rescue groups will be there with their friends that they have available for adoption! For Halloween, we'll have a special Howl-o-ween Yappy Hours with games for kids and a costume contest with prizes for the best dressed pets!

2015 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • 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.

Ash Lawn Opera Presents: My Fair Lady

  • August 02, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 2:00PM
  • Location: The Paramount Theater
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

Eliza Doolittle, a spirited but impoverished woman in Edwardian London, enlists the help of eccentric professor Henry Higgins to improve her station in life, but things do not go quite as she had planned. Sharin Apostolou (Glimmerglass Opera, Portland Opera), who was praised by The New York Times for her “bright [and] confident” performance in Glimmerglass Festival’s Carousel (2014) makes her Ash Lawn Opera debut as the exuberant Eliza; she will match wits with Curt Olds (Arizo... View More

Handsome Molly

  • August 02, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Times: 3-5 pm
  • Location: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Area: Route 29 South
  • Address: 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden, VA 22959
  • Phone: 434-297-2326

Handsome Molly plays traditional Irish, Scots and English dance tunes and songs at Albemarle CiderWorks this Sunday, 3-5 pm. Musicians Rachael Blake, Andy Cleveland, Craig DuBose, Kelly Kennedy make up this handsome quartet, and when it comes to trad music of the isles, they really know their stuff. Bring your dance shoes and a thirst! 3-5 pm rain or shine, no cover charge. Picnics welcome; cider and light fare available for purchase.

Tara Mills & Jimmy Stelling at the James River Brewery

  • August 02, 2015
  • Times: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Location: James River Brewery
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 561 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-7837

Join us at the James River Brewery for a return engagement of Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling to the beer garden. Tara and Jimmy will bring their mix of bluegrass, traditional country, and Americana to Scottsville

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • August 02, 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

Monday Aug 03, 2015

Blackberry Season at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery

  • August 03, 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.

Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month at Starr Hill Brewery

  • August 03, 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

Dickie Brothers Orchard Open for the Season

  • August 03, 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

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