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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 Dec 18, 2014

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • December 18, 2014 - December 28, 2014
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday-Sunday 1-5 PM
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild New Paintings in Oil and Encaustic 21 November – 28 December 2014 Opening Reception Friday, 21 November, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present as the final exhibition of 2014, Annie Harris Massie, Cultivated Wild. The show will run from 21 November through 28 December 2014 with an Opening Reception on Friday, 21 November from 5:30 – 7:30. Lynchburg Virginia artist Massie is well known and wi... View More

Art and Country

  • December 18, 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

Bethlehem Village on the Grounds of Hebron Baptist Church

  • December 18, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Times: 6PM to 9PM
  • Location: Hebron Baptist Church
  • Address: 66 Tanbark Road, Afton, Virginia 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-6863

Bethlehem Village on the Grounds of Hebron Baptist Church. 6PM to 9PM. Early opening on Sunday, December 21 at 5PM.  A tradition for over a decade. The Village of Bethlehem, a full-fledged modern day reprisal of the first century village of Bethlehem complete with reenactment of Christ’s birth, singing angels, roman guards, an olive press, working looms, carpenter’s, weapon’s and scribe shops, and yes…even live camels and wise men come to life. Much more than just a... View More

Big Blue Door Storytelling Jam

TRUE STORIES Every third Thursday of every month starting July 19 we are proud to present our BIG BLUE DOOR JAM, a show of true 6-8 minute stories on changing themes in changing venues! Our inaugural show will be at The Bridge PAI. Starting in August we’ll begin to open the show to volunteers both as storytellers and as teams of judges. So if you want to tell a true story in August come July 19 to sign up, and if you want to volunteer to judge future shows come July 19 to see our format! J... View More

Boar's Head Holiday Tea

  • December 18, 2014 - December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Times: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Boar's Head
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-2230

Enjoy classic Tea Service in the Old Mill Room accompanied with Sandwiches, Jam Filled Cookies, Petit Almond Cake, Fruit Tartlets, and Warm Scones.

CASPCA Community Shopping Event and Donation Drive

  • December 18, 2014
  • Times: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Ten Thousand Villages
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 105 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-9470

Ten Thousand Villages Charlottesville, 105 West Main Street, is partnering with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA on December 18, 2014, to raise money and supplies for rescued animals. A portion of sales from 12 pm to 4 pm will be donated to the CASPCA to help care for the homeless animals of Charlottesville. “We are doing a month long drive to help the CASPCA starting November 17th,” Ten Thousand Villages Manager Sallie Slater said. “In addition to donating a portion of the... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • December 18, 2014 - 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

  • December 18, 2014 - 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

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • December 18, 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

Les Miserables

  • December 18, 2014
  • Venue: Live Arts
  • Times: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 123 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-4177

Les Miserables music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, originial French text by Alain Boubil and Jean-Marc Natel. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Directed by Matt Joslyn, musical direction by Kristin Baltes. About the musical: Set in early 19th-centry France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasent, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. The world's longest runn... View More

Mosaic Lessons

  • December 18, 2014
  • Venue: FIREFISH Gallery
  • Times: 5:30 - 8:00
  • Address: 108 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-1777

Come join in the fun of mosaics. Learn to make a mosaic mirror, flower pot or tray with glittering ceramic tiles. No experience necessary! Classes are taught by local art educator Eileen Butler. Ages 8- 108. Bring a drink or snack to share- BYOB & BYOS(nack)! $20 + the cost of supplies. To sign up: issimaart@gmail.com. Space is limited so early sign up recommended. ***Perfect for "Ladies Night Out", Bachelorette Parties, etc...

Twelve Beers of Christmas at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

  • December 18, 2014 - December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Times: 11:30AM to 10PM (Closing 5PM on December 24)
  • Address: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-361-1001

Twelve Beers of Christmas at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 11:30AM to 10PM.(Closing 5PM on December 24)Naughty or nice we’re featuring a different beer each day for all to enjoy!  On their designated day, the 12 Beers of Christmas pints will be available at a special price. Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001.  

Near Mint Showcase

  • December 18, 2014
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

anna sage. – Emo/indie rock from Indy, anna sage. weaves intricate guitar parts through a steady rock of a rhythm section while keeping pop melodic ideas at the forefront. It’s a dance-worthy sound that just as effortlessly encourages a sing-along. The Obsessives – Two-piece indie/punk/alternative act from DC that shows us how less can be more. Post-punk pride captures DIY attitude of the urban sprawl. W.C. Lindsay – Dance-punk and electro pop from the City of Brotherly... View More

Stephen Lee w/ Mister Baby

  • December 18, 2014
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 10:30 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

STEPHEN LEE got his boots wet making sinners out of saints with the PunkRockCountry band, “Who Are the Southern Baptists?” However in January of 2013 Lee released the solo and self-titled Stephen Lee EP, recorded and mixed by Dan ABH of The Lab ALL-AGES, in Alexandria, VA. With a move to Baltimore, Lee released his second solo EP, Too Drunk To Punk. Too Drunk To Punk features faster paced tunes, “Boys Talk,” a self confessional of angst and pessimism towards open mic regu... View More

The Art of Mark King

  • December 18, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • 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".

Third Thursday Music Series

  • December 18, 2014
  • Venue: Trump Winery
  • Times: 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Address: 3550 Blenhiem Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Enjoy FREE live music in the Tasting Room from 6-8PM on the third Thursday of every month. Tastings, glass pours, and bottles of wine will be available for purchase. Come and join us for a relaxing night of good music and great wine!

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • December 19, 2014 - December 28, 2014
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday-Sunday 1-5 PM
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild New Paintings in Oil and Encaustic 21 November – 28 December 2014 Opening Reception Friday, 21 November, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present as the final exhibition of 2014, Annie Harris Massie, Cultivated Wild. The show will run from 21 November through 28 December 2014 with an Opening Reception on Friday, 21 November from 5:30 – 7:30. Lynchburg Virginia artist Massie is well known and wi... View More

Art and Country

  • December 19, 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

Bethlehem Village on the Grounds of Hebron Baptist Church

  • December 19, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Times: 6PM to 9PM
  • Location: Hebron Baptist Church
  • Address: 66 Tanbark Road, Afton, Virginia 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-6863

Bethlehem Village on the Grounds of Hebron Baptist Church. 6PM to 9PM. Early opening on Sunday, December 21 at 5PM.  A tradition for over a decade. The Village of Bethlehem, a full-fledged modern day reprisal of the first century village of Bethlehem complete with reenactment of Christ’s birth, singing angels, roman guards, an olive press, working looms, carpenter’s, weapon’s and scribe shops, and yes…even live camels and wise men come to life. Much more than just a... View More

Boar's Head Holiday Tea

  • December 19, 2014 - December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Times: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Boar's Head
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-2230

Enjoy classic Tea Service in the Old Mill Room accompanied with Sandwiches, Jam Filled Cookies, Petit Almond Cake, Fruit Tartlets, and Warm Scones.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • December 19, 2014 - 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

Darcy Dawn Duo live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • December 19, 2014 - December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Darcy Dawn Duo live 9PM at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080

Gingerbread Express

  • December 19, 2014
  • Venue: Virginia Discovery Museum
  • Times: 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 pm tours Dec 12, 13, 19, 20
  • Address: 524 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-295-9073

Gingerbread Express picks up at the Virginia Discovery Museum with 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm Tours. The popular bus tours of the best citywide holiday light displays are back! Tickets for the Gingerbread Express holiday light tours went on pre-sale November 29th at the Grand Illumination. Tickets are $5 per person. The Gingerbread Express runs Dec. 12th and 13th and Dec. 19th and 20st. Tickets will be available at the Downtown Business Association office (located at 108 5th Street NE) until they se... View More

Grandaddy's Gravy live at Wild Wolf

Grandaddy's Gravy live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 8PM to 11PM.  434-361-0088.

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • December 19, 2014 - 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

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