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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 Jan 28, 2015

"Fun February Tours!"

  • January 28, 2015
  • Venue: Omni Charlottesville Hotel
  • Times: February 28, 2015
  • Location: Omni Hotel
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 235 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-806-2402

We love February at Queen Charlottes Tours. Time to get out of the house? Join us for a tour of historic tours and a few warm and toasty Vineyards! What are you waiting for, make your reservation today!

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • January 28, 2015 - April 05, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00-5:00
  • Area: Regional - Louisa County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

Graves International Art will be exhibiting museum grade works focusing on modern subjects from the 20th Century. The Exhibition will differ in medium from Original Painting to Original Silkscreens. One can expect to see original works created by the hand of such artists as, though not limited to, Robert INDIANA, Pierre Marie BRISSON, Jim DINE, and Salvador DALI.

Art and Country

  • January 28, 2015 - 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

  • January 28, 2015 - 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

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • January 28, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Lucian Freud Etchings

  • January 28, 2015 - April 19, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12-5pm
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art athe University of Virginia
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

Lucian Freud Etchings   January 16 - April 19, 2015  Curated by Jennifer Farrell In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human for... View More

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

  • January 28, 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

Twenty!

  • January 28, 2015
  • 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 Twenty! 9 January – 28 January 2015 Opening reception Friday, 9 January, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde is turning twenty in 2015! In celebration and appreciation of the many artists and supporters who have made this milestone possible, the gallery presents Twenty! from 16 January – 28 January. The exhibition will consist of 20 x 20” works of art by artists the gallery has shown since it's inception, such as Dean Dass, John Borden Evans, H... View More

Charlottesville Restaurant Week

  • January 28, 2015 - January 31, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Phone: 434-817-2749 x51

The tables are set, and the three-course menus are fixed at many of the finest restaurants, as culinary enthusiasts prepare to please their palates without draining their wallets during our fair city's amazing semi-annual event, Restaurant Week. Modeled on similar events in other cities, this is seven days of good food and good fun, Diners get to choose from each participating restaurant's special prix fixe menu and enjoy three courses -typically an appetizer, an entree, and dessert - for... View More

Thursday Jan 29, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • January 29, 2015 - April 05, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00-5:00
  • Area: Regional - Louisa County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

Graves International Art will be exhibiting museum grade works focusing on modern subjects from the 20th Century. The Exhibition will differ in medium from Original Painting to Original Silkscreens. One can expect to see original works created by the hand of such artists as, though not limited to, Robert INDIANA, Pierre Marie BRISSON, Jim DINE, and Salvador DALI.

Art and Country

  • January 29, 2015 - 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

  • January 29, 2015 - 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

  • January 29, 2015 - 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

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • January 29, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Lucian Freud Etchings

  • January 29, 2015 - April 19, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12-5pm
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art athe University of Virginia
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

Lucian Freud Etchings   January 16 - April 19, 2015  Curated by Jennifer Farrell In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human for... View More

Owl Prowl

  • January 29, 2015 - January 31, 2015
  • Times: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Saunders-Monticello Trail
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9822

Join seasoned birder trail ranger Jerry Therrien for an evening listening to the hoots, wails, and shrieks of owls and learning about their habits. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, binoculars, and flashlights.

Charlottesville Restaurant Week

  • January 29, 2015 - January 31, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Phone: 434-817-2749 x51

The tables are set, and the three-course menus are fixed at many of the finest restaurants, as culinary enthusiasts prepare to please their palates without draining their wallets during our fair city's amazing semi-annual event, Restaurant Week. Modeled on similar events in other cities, this is seven days of good food and good fun, Diners get to choose from each participating restaurant's special prix fixe menu and enjoy three courses -typically an appetizer, an entree, and dessert - for... View More

Kap Slap

  • January 29, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 8:00 PM, Show 9:00 PM
  • Location: The Jefferson Theater
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-245-4980

Jared Lucas is a 24 year old DJ/Producer based outside of New York City. Initially recognized for his signature EDM/top 40 bootlegs that tailor to the college scene, Kap Slap now begins a new chapter of his career after signing his highly anticipated first single to Ultra Records. Kap Slap approaches the transition to original production with both an appreciation for how far he has come as well as an unbridled anticipation for the auspicious future that awaits him. With his upcoming release o... View More

Meg Wolitzer Fiction Reading

  • January 29, 2015
  • Times: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Location: Newcomb Theater
  • Area: University Area
  • Phone: 434-924-6675

Meg Wolitzer's novels include The Interestings; The Uncoupling; The Ten-Year Nap; The Position; and The Wife. She is also the author of a novel for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman. Wolitzer's short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Cost:Free

Friday Jan 30, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • January 30, 2015 - April 05, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00-5:00
  • Area: Regional - Louisa County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

Graves International Art will be exhibiting museum grade works focusing on modern subjects from the 20th Century. The Exhibition will differ in medium from Original Painting to Original Silkscreens. One can expect to see original works created by the hand of such artists as, though not limited to, Robert INDIANA, Pierre Marie BRISSON, Jim DINE, and Salvador DALI.

Art and Country

  • January 30, 2015 - 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

Celebration of Mary Reese’s Community Service

  • January 30, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 2PM
  • Location: Paramount Theater
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-1001

Join friends from the community to celebrate the life of Mary Reese on Friday, January 30 from 2-3pm at The Paramount Theater. The program for the event will begin promptly at 2:15pm. Along with The Paramount, United Way, WorkSource, Ronald McDonald House, Charlottesville City Schools, and others have organized this event to honor Mary’s legacy of service to organizations and our community. There will be a reception followed by a program with a video tribute to Mary that includes a segm... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • January 30, 2015 - 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

  • January 30, 2015 - January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9:30PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Darcy Dawn Duo live 9:30PM to Midnight at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • January 30, 2015 - 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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