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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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Monday Sep 01, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 01, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 8AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2552 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Come visit Dickie Brothers Orchard which has been in our family since England's King George II granted the land to our family in 1750.Yes, it's true, our family has been farming this land for over two centuries...264 years!PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES daily (visit our website for current varieties).You must arrive before 4:00PM to harvest your own apples.Prepicked apples available.We also have Sweet Potatoes, Apple Butter, Apple Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Cobbler/Crisp Mixes, Peanuts, Decorative Gourds and A... View More

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

  • September 01, 2014
  • 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.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • September 01, 2014 - June 01, 2015
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
  • Address: 170 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
  • Phone: 434-243-1776

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

Labor Day Spectacular at Wintergreen Resort

  • September 01, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

Summers End Festival at Wintergreen Resort 10AM to 5PM  Wintergreen’s Labor Day Spectacular features the Summers End Festival, featuring top level regional live music, 151 breweries and wineries,  Arts & Craft show, chairlift rides and much more. Bring the entire family for an end of the summer hurrah. 434-325-2200

Market Central's Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour

  • September 01, 2014
  • Times: 10AM - 4PM
  • Location: Farms surrounding Charlottesville, VA
  • Area: Other

On Labor Day, over 1, 000 people are expected to hit the backroads surrounding Charlottesville for the Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour, what Beyond the Flavor called, “A farm enthusiast’s ultimate local food field trip.” In its 6th year, the tour highlights producers from the Charlottesville City Market, and 12 farms will open their fields, barns, and greenhouses to visitors this year. By presenting the tour annually, Market Central aims to strengthen the relationships between produc... View More

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

Wilhelm Brothers live at Democracy Vineyards

  • September 01, 2014
  • Venue: Democracy Vineyards
  • Times: 1PM to 4PM
  • Address: 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston, 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-8463

Wilhelm Brothers live at Democracy Vineyards 1PM to 4PM. 434-263-8463.

The Art of Mark King

  • September 01, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves Fine Art Gallery
  • Times: 12pm-5pm
  • Location: Graves Fine Art Galleries
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

"MARK KING LEGACY EXHIBIT" commemorating 35 years representing the Internationally Acclaimed "Champion of Impressionism" who passed away in April at the age of 83.  Featuring his last paintings, including "Fishing Boats at Cassis", "Oceanside", "Portofino", "Virginia Hunt", and his final painting, "Thunderheads".

Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour

  • September 01, 2014
  • Venue: Charlottesville City Market
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Location: Participating Local Farms
  • Address: Water Street & First Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Save the date, and make plans to visit some of the amazing small farms in Central Virginia on Market Central's 6th annual Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour!  Some returning hosts and some new ones in the mix are all looking forward to showing off their farms in 2014.  These producers call the City Market home on Saturday mornings, but on Labor day you're invited to their place!  Buy a car pass - on sale around August 1 either in person at the City Market or online, peruse the map & we... View More

Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 02, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 8AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2552 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Come visit Dickie Brothers Orchard which has been in our family since England's King George II granted the land to our family in 1750.Yes, it's true, our family has been farming this land for over two centuries...264 years!PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES daily (visit our website for current varieties).You must arrive before 4:00PM to harvest your own apples.Prepicked apples available.We also have Sweet Potatoes, Apple Butter, Apple Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Cobbler/Crisp Mixes, Peanuts, Decorative Gourds and A... View More

Art and Country

  • September 02, 2014 - 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

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • September 02, 2014 - June 01, 2015
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
  • Address: 170 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
  • Phone: 434-243-1776

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

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • September 02, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm.
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection presents Gurari – Saltwater Drinker, an exhibition of works by Melbourne-based artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam), August 29 - December 21, 2014. Gurari brings together nine of Idagi’s sculptural works that serve as a visual memoir of Mer (Murray Island), his home in the Torres Strait. Made of a wide variety of materials, from raffia and feathers to beer cans and wrought iron, the works comment on political and social issues facing Torres Strait Islanders today w... View More

Tots & Dots

  • September 02, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

For budding art connoisseurs ages 6 months - 4 years. First Tuesday of each month at 10 am, 11 am, and 1 pm. Registration required. Join the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for this two-part early visual literacy program for children ages six months to four years. The first twenty minutes will feature a brief tour focusing on basic elements of visual art and ways to further stimulate visual and interpretive development in young children. According to early childhood development studies, ... View More

An Evening with Sam Wilson ft. Brian Caputo & Brian Chenault

  • September 02, 2014
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 7:30 PM; Show 8:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sons of Bill guitarist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist sets out on his own for an eclectic evening of acoustic and electric sets. Between Sons of Bill tours and recording sessions, Sam has been writing and recording new music and will be accompanied by good friends Brian Caputo and Brian Chenault. He has spent the last year in the studio with producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) for the upcoming Sons of Bill release "Love and Logic", touring the United States and Europe, and prod... View More

The Art of Mark King

  • September 02, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves Fine Art Gallery
  • Times: 12pm-5pm
  • Location: Graves Fine Art Galleries
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

"MARK KING LEGACY EXHIBIT" commemorating 35 years representing the Internationally Acclaimed "Champion of Impressionism" who passed away in April at the age of 83.  Featuring his last paintings, including "Fishing Boats at Cassis", "Oceanside", "Portofino", "Virginia Hunt", and his final painting, "Thunderheads".

Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 03, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 8AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2552 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Come visit Dickie Brothers Orchard which has been in our family since England's King George II granted the land to our family in 1750.Yes, it's true, our family has been farming this land for over two centuries...264 years!PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES daily (visit our website for current varieties).You must arrive before 4:00PM to harvest your own apples.Prepicked apples available.We also have Sweet Potatoes, Apple Butter, Apple Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Cobbler/Crisp Mixes, Peanuts, Decorative Gourds and A... View More

Art and Country

  • September 03, 2014 - 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

Cirque Italia

  • September 03, 2014 - September 07, 2014
  • Times: Sept3-4-5: 7:30pm; Sep 6: 2:30pm,5:30pm,8:30pm; Sep 7:2:30pm, 5:30pm
  • Location: Sudley Manor Shopping Center
  • Address: 7807 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20109
  • Phone: 941-704-8572

Many people dream of visiting Europe one day, and immersing themselves into its culture.  Now, you will have the chance to experience a traditional event enjoyed in every village, town, and city across the “Old World:” A GENUINE, EUROPEAN TRAVELING CIRCUS WITH A UNIQUE FEATURE NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE IN AMERICA. Cirque Italia has gathered circus performers from around the world for this year’s production. The Cirque Italia owner decided to start a NEW CONCEPT in America wi... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • September 03, 2014 - June 01, 2015
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
  • Address: 170 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
  • Phone: 434-243-1776

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

French Open House

  • September 03, 2014
  • Times: 5:30-7pm
  • Address: 700 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-260-0640

The Alliance Française de Charlottesville is holding an open house! The event will take place September 3rd, from 5:30-7pm at our brand new space located at 700 Harris Street, Suite 105. Light refreshments will be served! Bring a friend and explore our class and event offerings for the 2014-15 year. Join us in celebrating our new home! To RSVP, please go to www.afcville.org/openhouse.

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • September 03, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm.
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection presents Gurari – Saltwater Drinker, an exhibition of works by Melbourne-based artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam), August 29 - December 21, 2014. Gurari brings together nine of Idagi’s sculptural works that serve as a visual memoir of Mer (Murray Island), his home in the Torres Strait. Made of a wide variety of materials, from raffia and feathers to beer cans and wrought iron, the works comment on political and social issues facing Torres Strait Islanders today w... View More

Let's Mosaic Ladies!

  • September 03, 2014
  • Venue: FIREFISH Gallery
  • Times: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Address: 108 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-1777

Please join us for a fun night of mosaic making! Bring some Spring into your life with mosaic flower pots! Learn how to make a colorful mosaic flower pot- it's fun and easy! No art experience necessary. Adults only. Feel free to bring wine, beer, drinks or snacks to share! $20 plus cost of supplies!

The Southern Belles w/ Former Champions

  • September 03, 2014
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-9526

Brimming with an exuberance that wafts through the air in any room they play, Richmond’s Southern Belles never fail to delight the growing number of Charlottesvillians who pack the lounge one special Wednesday each month. 21 + // FREE!!

First Wednesday at King Family Vineyard

  • September 03, 2014
  • Venue: King Family Vineyards
  • Times: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 6550 Roseland Farm Lane, Crozet, VA 22932

Grab a glass of your favorite King Family Vineyards wine and find a cozy seat near the fire during extended hours. Forgot to bring dinner? Enjoy food from one of Charlottesville's premier local food trucks, Blue Ridge Pizza Company, or choose from our gourmet selection of meat, cheeses, hummus, and more! Enjoy live music from Retro Rocks! The Tasting Room will be open for bottle and glass sales until 8:00 p.m. and the patio closes at 8:30 p.m. Food will be served from 5:00 to 8:... View More

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