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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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Wednesday Jun 29, 2016

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd

  • June 29, 2016 - August 14, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

What is a shadow? In a literal sense, it is the obscured imprint cast by light hitting an object in its path. But besides these silent and shaded doubles, what other parts of our lives have been left in darkness? This exhibition explores the metaphorical “shadows” of the tragedies, ideologies, and controversies of the past that still influence contemporary societies across the globe. Using works that address the legacy of specific issues such as war, slavery, poverty, and sexism, Cas... View More

Charlottesville Tom Sox Home Game

  • June 29, 2016
  • Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark at Charlottesville High School
  • Address: 1400 Melbourne Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Come support the Charlottesville Tom Sox as they go up against the Strasburg Express. Both teams are a part of the Valley League whose history dates back to the 1890s. They are made up of top collegiate players who are hoping to be recruited into major league teams. Come cheer on these young men at this or any of their home games this summer! The season runs from the beginning of June through the end of July.

Crozet Artisan Depot: WAHS Ceramics Show & Sale

  • June 29, 2016 - June 30, 2016
  • Venue: Crozet Artisan Depot
  • Location: Crozet Artisan Depot
  • Address: 5791 Three Notched Road, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-205-4795

We are very proud and excited to be featuring the work of students from the Western Albemarle High School Ceramics department. The work will be available for viewing and for purchase from June 6-30. This is a great opportunity for students to get recognition and support for their artwork. Students will have a true gallery experience by being involved in the pricing and display of their work, and having the chance to sell their work alongside other artists. Also available will be fabulous, high q... View More

Fearsome Ink: The English Gothic Novel to 1830

  • June 29, 2016 - August 15, 2016
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
  • Address: 160 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
  • Phone: 434-243-1776

From 1765 to 1830 English readers eagerly embraced the novels and chapbook “shilling shockers” comprising the new genre of Gothic fiction. Today these editions are rare survivals, yet this profusion of “fearsome ink” has profoundly influenced the world’s literary and popular culture. Drawing from the Sadleir-Black Collection and the recently acquired Maurice Lévy Collection—jointly the world’s finest holding of English Gothic fiction—this e... View More

Free Yoga at the UVA Amphitheater

  • June 29, 2016 - August 03, 2016
  • Times: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: Mcintire Amphitheater, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join yoga instructors from UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center and Common Ground Healing Arts at the UVA Amphitheater for a fun and restorative evening of yoga for all ages and abilities. Please bring your own mat or towel. Be sure to check the CSC Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UVaCSC) to get the latest updates on weekly highlights, instructors, and any potential cancellation due to inclement weather.

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • June 29, 2016 - October 26, 2016
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 6PM to 8:30PM
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery. 6PM to 8:30PM. Held in our event hall (the original brewpub space). June 22 Erin Lunsford, June 29 Paulo Franco. More performers to be announced. 540-456-8020.

Masters of Contemporary Art

  • June 29, 2016 - October 28, 2016
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 306 E Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8087

The gallery will be exhibiting limited edition original prints and exhibition posters made by the artists' hand. Mediums include screenprints, stone lithography, drypoint etching, and more. Artists exhibited include Ellsworth Kelly, Salvador Dali, Georges Braque, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Sam Francis, Philip Pearlstein, John Chamberlain, Andy Warhol, Gerald Laing, Joan Miro, Josef Albers, and more. All welcome. Mon-Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 pm.

Opening for Ed Kashi Photographs: Syria Before the Storm

  • June 29, 2016 - July 03, 2016
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thurs - Sunday 1 - 5 and by appointment
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde is honored to present in conjunction with the Look 3 Festival of the Photograph "Syria before the Storm: Photographs by Ed Kashi." This will be a multi-dimensional exhibition featuring the photographs of award-winning photojournalist Ed Kashi at Les Yeux du Monde in addition to a presentation by Don Belt, Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur on Sunday, 19 June at 4 p.m in CitySpace in Charlottesville to officially close the week long Look 3 Festival of the Photograph. On assi... View More

Opens: Andy Warhol: Icons

  • June 29, 2016 - September 18, 2016
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

In 2014, The Fralin was the beneficiary of a gift of several works of art by Andy Warhol from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Among these were silkscreens from the significant series Saint Apollonia and Cowboys and Indians, both created by Warhol during the 1980s. In 2016, The Fralin is pleased to present these pieces within the entire larger series of prints, revealing the diverse range of subjects that captivated the iconic artist. The exhibition will pay special tribute to th... View More

Opens: Art Lovers

  • June 29, 2016 - August 14, 2016
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Welcome to The Fralin’s “Summer of Love.” In celebration of this most enduring of emotions, we present a selection of works from the collection that encompass its myriad interpretations by artists throughout the centuries. From allegorical and mythological narratives to contemporary commentaries on same-sex partnerships, this exhibition aims to elicit emotion, yes, but also meditation on the implications of adoration in all its forms. Whether they be cardinal sins or hedonistic... View More

Pub Quiz Night

  • June 29, 2016
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

Weekly Pub Quiz Night at The TIn Whistle! Join us each week for a chance to flex your mind muscles and win awesome prizes!

Quiet Fire

  • June 29, 2016
  • Venue: The Bebedero
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 313 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Quiet Fire – “Quiet Fire deftly weaves the improvisational excitement of jazz with exotic elements of Eastern folk themes and trance music, conjuring a fresh new sound both mysterious and beautiful. Each tune on Jarjuna is distinctive in it’s own way, constructed to take advantage of the unusual instrumentation, and the wide the variety of styles and sounds put forth by the talented band members.” — Gary Funston, WTJU All Ages / Free / Early Show

Scottsville's Hidden Gem: Musician Butch Taylor

  • June 29, 2016
  • Times: 6PM-8PM
  • Location: Victory Hall Theater
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 401 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-987-2495

Introducing Scottsville’s hidden gem, the legendary keyboardist and gifted producer, Butch Taylor! Taylor is perhaps most widely known for his regular appearances as a keyboardist with the Dave Matthews Band. Taylor continues to play with other popular groups such as Robert Jospé Express, John D'earth, and Carbon Leaf. Additionally, Taylor is a talented composer, writer, and is the chief engineer and producer at Ravensworth Studios. Taylor will be discussing his behind the scene ... View More

Shakespeare by the Book: Four Centuries of Printing, Editing, and Publishing

  • June 29, 2016 - December 31, 2016
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-243-1776

Marking 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, this exhibition celebrates the vibrant, complex, and sometimes contentious history of bringing his works into print. From early editions to contemporary artists’ books, from massive folios to micro-miniature editions, the exhibition offers visitors a glimpse into the varied riches of the Library’s Shakespeare collections. The exhibition will be on display until December 31, 2016. From October 1-26, UVA will host a First Folio as the ... View More

SUP Paddleboard Yoga

  • June 29, 2016 - October 12, 2016
  • Venue: Montfair Resort Farm
  • Location: Montfair Resort Farm with Mango Yoga Adventures
  • Address: 2500 Bezaleel Dr., Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-960-0681

SUP Paddleboard Yoga every Wednesday now through October 12, 2016 at Monfair Resort Farm with Mango Yoga Adventures! Class size is limited to 7 boards, unless you choose the BYOB (bring your own board rate option). Pre-registration is absolutely required as space is limited. Must sign up 12 hrs before class. Sign-ups are through the schedule on the http://www.mangoyogaadventures.com/ website. Cost is $35/person which includes board rental. People must be able to swim and ... View More

The Bonza Spring Sale

  • June 29, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Bonza is Australian slang for ‘great’. For one week only, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is selling all of its bonza merchandise at a 10% discount to community members, and a 15% discount to Kluge-Ruhe members! Support Australian Aboriginal artists in remote communities and your local non-profit museum at the same time by shopping for Mother’s Day gifts, Father’s Day gifts, or even Christmas gifts. Unlike the average retail chain, we are the only shop in the US ... View More

The Currys

  • June 29, 2016
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville Music Showcase presents The Currys – have developed their brand of homegrown, harmony-rich Americana through summers of writing and performing on the Florida Gulf Coast. Brothers Jimmy and Tommy Curry and cousin Galen Curry began with acoustic performances in local restaurants and oyster bars, but over time the trio gained a regional following, performing regularly at festivals and venues around the Southeast. In August of 2012, The Currys headlined a tour across Ireland w... View More

Waterside Wednesdays featuring Jon Spear and Dara James @ Glass House Winery

  • June 29, 2016
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 6:15-8:30pm
  • Area: Free Union
  • Address: 5898 Free Union Road, Free Union, VA 22940
  • Phone: 434-975-0094

**WATERSIDE WEDNESDAYS** - NEW seasonal music series at Glass House Winery, running from mid May through June (and possibly further)! June 29th - featuring music by Jon Spear and Dara James. ~ Open to the public, no cover. ~ Wine will be available for bottle sales beginning at 5:15 pm (no tastings) ~ Music is live from 6:15 to 8:30 pm, down at the dock. Waterside, of course. ~ Picnics are encouraged (no outside alcohol permitted). ~ Grills for those that are interested in cooking on site.... View More

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • June 29, 2016 - August 07, 2016
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9:30am-11:00pm
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Come to the 2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival where our theme this July is “Expect the Unexpected.” From our much-anticipated Classics concerts to our not-to-be missed Wild Wednesdays, experience some of the world’s greatest music played by distinguished guest artists and our fully professional orchestra in the setting of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, theatre, film, literature, history, food, and wine. We&rsquo... View More

Yimardoowarra: Artist of the River Exhibition

  • June 29, 2016 - August 21, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 5:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

This exhibition is a career survey of the Aboriginal Australian elder Loongkoonan. At 105 years of age, Loongkoonan is one of Australia’s oldest living contemporary artists. Yimardoowarra: Artist of the River charts the extraordinarily dense late-life career of an Indigenous woman who has brought a century of memory, tradition, and spirituality to her art practice. Curated by Henry F. Skerritt. Cost:FREE

Art Lovers

  • June 29, 2016 - August 01, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: All day
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Welcome to The Fralin’s “Summer of Love.” In celebration of this most enduring of emotions, we present a selection of works from the collection that encompass its myriad interpretations by artists throughout the centuries. From allegorical and mythological narratives to contemporary commentaries on same-sex partnerships, this exhibition aims to elicit emotion, yes, but also meditation on the implications of adoration in all its forms. Whether they be cardinal sins or hedonistic... View More

Opens — Casting Shadows

  • June 29, 2016 - August 14, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd April 15—August 14, 2016 What is a shadow? In a literal sense, it is the obscured imprint cast by light hitting an object in its path. But besides these silent and shaded doubles, what other parts of our lives have been left in darkness? This exhibition explores the metaphorical “shadows” of the tragedies, ideologies, and controversies of the past that still influence contemporary societies across th... View More

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • June 29, 2016
  • 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

Thursday Jun 30, 2016

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd

  • June 30, 2016 - August 14, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

What is a shadow? In a literal sense, it is the obscured imprint cast by light hitting an object in its path. But besides these silent and shaded doubles, what other parts of our lives have been left in darkness? This exhibition explores the metaphorical “shadows” of the tragedies, ideologies, and controversies of the past that still influence contemporary societies across the globe. Using works that address the legacy of specific issues such as war, slavery, poverty, and sexism, Cas... View More

Court Square Walking Tours

  • June 30, 2016 - October 29, 2016
  • Times: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 200 Second St., NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Stroll around Historic Court Square, familiar to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Learn about the early years of Albemarle and Charlottesville, its citizens, businesses, and buildings. Tours begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902). Cost is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased from your guide at the start of the tour. To schedule a group tour, please email admin@albemarlehistory.org. Please wear comfortable... View More

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