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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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Tuesday Jun 30, 2015

Art and Country

  • 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

Charlottesville Municipal Band 93rd Summer Concert Series #3

  • June 30, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 8:00 pm
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-295-9850

93rd Season of Family Friendly Concerts at the Paramount Theater on the downtown mall in Charlottesville. FREE admission, general seating. Musical Instrument Petting Zoo for the kids before the concert. The theme for this program: Family NIght

Charlottesville Municipal Band’s 93rd Summer Concert Series – Concert #3

  • June 30, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

PROGRAM, Concert #3: Family Night Stephen R. Layman, Music Director Star Spangled Banner – John Stafford Smith On the Mall – Edwin Franko Goldman Fuego del Alma – Carl Strommen Blue Ridge Reel – Brian Balmages Fantasy on Childhood Songs – David W. Moore A Day at the Circus – James Curnow Legends of Rock – arr. Paul Murtha Star Trek – The Motion Picture – Jerry Goldsmith / arr. Jerry Nowak The Hubble Space Telescope – Vincent O... View More

Drumheller’s Orchard Open for the Season

  • June 30, 2015 - September 22, 2015
  • Times: 9AM to 5PM
  • Location: Drumheller's Orchard
  • Address: 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane, Lovingston, Virginia 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-5036

Drumheller’s Orchard Open for the Season with peaches, peaches and more peaches! 9AM to 5PM. We are a 5th generation family farm in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia. Open Monday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM, Sunday 12Noon to 5PM. Enjoy our homemade peach ice cream throughout peach season! 434-263-5036.

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival

  • June 30, 2015 - July 04, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival is a six-week celebration of more than fifty special events held along the Jefferson Heritage Trail (JHT), between Thomas Jefferson's two homes of Monticello and Poplar Forest. Walk in Jefferson's footsteps and capture the historic flavor of his era as interpreted in the 21st century, just a short drive from Charlottesville, Richmond and Northern Virginia. Held from Memorial Day to July 4th, the trail will be a hub of events that promise to inspire, entertain... View More

LUV - Heritage Theatre Festival

  • June 30, 2015 - July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Performances: 6/30 -  8pm; 7/1 -  8pm; 7/2 -  8pm; 7/3 - 8pm; 7/5 - 8pm Performed in the Ruth Caplin Theatre, on Grounds at U.Va. By Murray Schisgal Directed by Bryan Garey College chums Harry and Milt are serendipitously reunited on a suspension bridge from which Harry is preparing to jump. A study in opposites (Harry is a would-be beatnik and Milt is the very picture of prosperity), the pair find common ground in their misery. When Milt confesses t... View More

Monty Python's Spamalot

  • June 30, 2015 - July 03, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: June 30 - July 3: 7:30 p.m.; July 5 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

The Heritage Theatre Festival presents MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle - Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle A new musical lovingly ripped off from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Directed by Robert Chapel Culbreth Theatre June 30 - July 5 This Tony Award-winning Broadway smash offers the Python gang's signature del... View More

Pick Your Own Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm!

  • June 30, 2015 - July 08, 2015
  • Times: Mon-Sat 8AM to 6PM
  • Location: Critzer Family Farm
  • Address: 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-4772

Pick Your Own Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm! Open Monday - Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Peaches are in! 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! 540-456-4772  

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Seaman’s Orchard

  • June 30, 2015 - July 06, 2015
  • Times: M-F 8AM-7PM, Sat 8AM-4PM, Sun 12:30PM-5PM
  • Location: Seaman’s Orchard
  • Address: 415 Dark Hollow Road, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-8130

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Seaman’s Orchard. Monday through Friday 8AM to 7PM, Saturday 8AM to 4PM, and Sunday 12:30PM to 5PM. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with sweet fresh blueberries! We have pick-your-own and pre-picked upon request. We offer containers to use when picking or you may bring your own. Sold by the pound if you pick them and by the quart if they are pre-picked. We ask that you call ahead to reserve pre-picked. For updated picking inf... View More

STITCHES HANDCRAFT GROUP

  • June 30, 2015 - August 25, 2015
  • Venue: Crozet Library
  • Times: 4:30pm
  • Location: Crozet Library
  • Address: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932-0430
  • Phone: 434-823-4050

Come one, come all.  Bring any handwork project you're working on or are interested in learning, and join this group for an hour of handcrafting sharing. Ages 8 and up.  No registration required.  Drop-ins are always welcome.  

Traditional Session

  • June 30, 2015
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

All are welcome to come play or listen to traditional Irish music each Tuesday! Newcomers always welcome. Here's Céad Míle Fáilte to friend and to rover That's a greeting that's Irish as Irish can be It means you are welcome A thousand times over Wherever you come from, Whosoever you be

Medicare and Healthcare Advocacy Night

  • June 30, 2015
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: FOCUS Women's Resource Center
  • Address: 953 2nd St. SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-2222

Free one-on-one consultation on: --Medicare and Medigap insurance --Health & well-being concerns (physical, social, mental, emotional health issues) --Care coordination questions Last Tuesday each month at 5:30 p.m. FOCUS Women’s Resource Center, 953 2nd St. SE Pre-registration required. Call 434-293-2222

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • June 30, 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

Wednesday Jul 01, 2015

Barney J. Conrath: A Photography Retrospective in Black & White

  • July 01, 2015
  • Venue: FIREFISH Gallery
  • Times: 5:30 - 8:00
  • Address: 108 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-1777

Barney J. Conrath: A Black & White Photography Retrospective. Please join us for in intimate evening with the artist. His work captures the eerie majesty of nature and the gritty power of man made machines. Barney was inspired to finally show his work in a gallery setting after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Profits from the exhibit will be donated to the UVA School of Medicine.

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival

  • July 01, 2015 - July 04, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival is a six-week celebration of more than fifty special events held along the Jefferson Heritage Trail (JHT), between Thomas Jefferson's two homes of Monticello and Poplar Forest. Walk in Jefferson's footsteps and capture the historic flavor of his era as interpreted in the 21st century, just a short drive from Charlottesville, Richmond and Northern Virginia. Held from Memorial Day to July 4th, the trail will be a hub of events that promise to inspire, entertain... View More

Lord Nelson / Chuck Burns & Ty Rone / B. Forrest & the Bodhi Band / Grandaddy’s Gravy

  • July 01, 2015
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Lord Nelson is a rock and roll band from foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Embracing a driving southern rock identity, they perform original songs about the land and people they grew up around. Inspiration comes from a variety of artists and genres for this 5-piece resulting in a unique sound that features three-part vocal harmonies, soaring horn lines, and funk-laden rock beats. Chuck Burns & Ty Rone – In August of 2013 a chance meeting between Chuck Burns and Ty Ro... View More

LUV - Heritage Theatre Festival

  • July 01, 2015 - July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Performances: 6/30 -  8pm; 7/1 -  8pm; 7/2 -  8pm; 7/3 - 8pm; 7/5 - 8pm Performed in the Ruth Caplin Theatre, on Grounds at U.Va. By Murray Schisgal Directed by Bryan Garey College chums Harry and Milt are serendipitously reunited on a suspension bridge from which Harry is preparing to jump. A study in opposites (Harry is a would-be beatnik and Milt is the very picture of prosperity), the pair find common ground in their misery. When Milt confesses t... View More

MIX at IX @ 6- Arts Inspired Happy Hour Every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm

  • July 01, 2015
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: IX Art Park
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 929 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Get your M.O. to Al Hamraa at IX. Join us for an arts-inspired cocktail hour this Wednesday (and every Wednesday) we’re hosting a forum of art, ideological parlee and occasional Gregorian chants. It's LIVE FACEBOOK!! Plus, Homemade Hummus, Grape Leaf Dolmas & Moroccan Meatballs and $4 Sangrias

Monty Python's Spamalot

  • July 01, 2015 - July 03, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: June 30 - July 3: 7:30 p.m.; July 5 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

The Heritage Theatre Festival presents MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle - Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle A new musical lovingly ripped off from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Directed by Robert Chapel Culbreth Theatre June 30 - July 5 This Tony Award-winning Broadway smash offers the Python gang's signature del... View More

Pat Olwell and Friends

  • July 01, 2015
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 3pm-6pm
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

Legendary flute maker and player brings together a group of friends to perform an afternoon of instrumental irish tunes. No cover.

Pick Your Own Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm!

  • July 01, 2015 - July 08, 2015
  • Times: Mon-Sat 8AM to 6PM
  • Location: Critzer Family Farm
  • Address: 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-4772

Pick Your Own Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm! Open Monday - Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Peaches are in! 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! 540-456-4772  

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Seaman’s Orchard

  • July 01, 2015 - July 06, 2015
  • Times: M-F 8AM-7PM, Sat 8AM-4PM, Sun 12:30PM-5PM
  • Location: Seaman’s Orchard
  • Address: 415 Dark Hollow Road, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-8130

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Seaman’s Orchard. Monday through Friday 8AM to 7PM, Saturday 8AM to 4PM, and Sunday 12:30PM to 5PM. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with sweet fresh blueberries! We have pick-your-own and pre-picked upon request. We offer containers to use when picking or you may bring your own. Sold by the pound if you pick them and by the quart if they are pre-picked. We ask that you call ahead to reserve pre-picked. For updated picking inf... View More

Pub Quiz Night

  • July 01, 2015
  • 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!

Scars on 45

  • July 01, 2015
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 7pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: Southern
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

After Scars On 45's EP "Give Me Something" came out in early 2011, the rock group found themselves on a journey they hadn't intentionally started. The foursome, who hail from Bradford, England, had created the album with no real plan of being an actual band, just four friends making music together for a few years prior. Signing with Chop Shop/Atlantic, which scored a song placement on "Grey's Anatomy," solidified that fact that Scars On 45 would be a band and would tour and w... View More

Lester Seal's Family Jam

  • July 01, 2015
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville Music Showcase Presents: Lester Seal’s Family Jam – After his previous success, Lester Seal is returning to Rapture with his musical “family” for another night of great jams. 21+ // Free

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