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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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Friday Sep 19, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 19, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-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 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

BGF Battle of the Bands

  • September 19, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: 7-11pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-973-0993

The 2014 Building Goodness Foundations (BGF) Battle of the Bands and Rockin’ Auction is BGF’s annual fundraiser, providing support for the work that we do year-round while also giving you a fun night out on the town! Guests will rock the night away while enjoying delicious food and drink and rallying around five local bands, including Lord Nelson and others. You can vote early and often for your favorite band and the one that raises the largest total will win the battle – and b... View More

Court Square Walking Tours

  • September 19, 2014 - September 28, 2014
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am; Sundays: 2:00 pm
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Join ACHS for a stroll around the Court Square familiar to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Learn about the early years of Charlottesville, its citizens, businesses and buildings. Tours will begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902). Schedule: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am; Sundays: 2:00 pm

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • September 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

Free Movie Friday, "X-Men: Days of Future Past"

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy travel through time to join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle that must change the past - to save the future. PVCC's Student Art Club sponsors Free Movie Friday on the big screen in the comfortable and spacious Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building.

Mary Ann Strandell: Re-Material

  • September 19, 2014 - September 27, 2014
  • Venue: Second Street Gallery
  • Times: Reception Time 6pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Second Street Gallery
  • Address: 115 Second Street, SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-7284

First Friday Opening Reception September 5 Member Preview 5-6 pm Public Opening 6-7:30 pm Artist Talks 6:30 pm Mary Ann Strandell's paintings and installations feature iconic references to landscapes, architecture, popular culture, interior design, and the natural world. Her practice includes paintings that combine utopic concepts from the California Moderne with Asian- inspired Chinoiserie and three-dimensional ‘lenticular' works, which are often large scale and site... View More

Maybe Tomorrow live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Maybe Tomorrow live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.8PM to 11PM.  434-361-0088.

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • September 19, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Venue: James Madison's Montpelier
  • Times: 9:00 a.m.
  • Address: 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
  • Phone: 540-672-2728

Enjoy an extended Montpelier mansion tour before the rush of the crowds. This special 90–minute experience allows you to focus on the in–depth details that reveal the Madisons’ style, taste, friendships, and accomplishments. Available by reservation (48-hours in advance) on Thursdays through Sundays, April through October.

Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • September 19, 2014 - October 05, 2014
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 11AM-9PM
  • Location: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Make plans to join us for a week of live music, German menu specials, games, tastings, and more. Details on our website at www.bluemountainbrewery.com.

Red and White Square Dance at Rockfish River Elementary School

  • September 19, 2014
  • Times: 7:30PM to 10PM
  • Location: Rockfish River Elementary School
  • Address: 200 Chapel Hollow Road, Afton, Virginia 22920
  • Phone: 434-361-2470

Red and White Square Dance Sponsored by the Grand Squares of Nelson at Rockfish  River Elementary School 7:30PM to 10PM. Donation. Live square dance caller and refreshments. Alternating Plus and Mainstream with Lines during breaks.   434-361-2470. 

Renee Ruth live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

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

Renee Ruth live 9PM at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080

Senior Center’s September Yard Sale

  • September 19, 2014 - September 20, 2014
  • Times: Fri 5 PM - 7 PM; Sat 8 AM - 1 PM;
  • Location: Senior Center
  • Address: 1180 Pepsi Pl, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-974-7756

The Senior Center's annual Fall Yard Sale is here and everyone is sure to find a must-have treasure! It all kicks off with a preview sale on Friday, September 19th from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 at the door. OnSaturday, September 20, 2014, 8:00 AM – 1:00 pm the event is free. 1180 Pepsi Place Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 Name: Kimberly Haynes Email: kimberly@seniorcenterinc.org Phone: 434.974.7756 FAX: 434.974.7510

Silverback Distillery Open in Afton

  • September 19, 2014 - October 17, 2014
  • Times: Monday through Saturday 11AM - Sunday 1PM
  • Location: Silverback Distillery
  • Address: 9374 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-7070

Silverback Distillery produces ultra premium vodka, gin, whiskey and bourbon. Surrounded by Mountains and bracketed by the Rockfish River, Silverback Distillery produces distinct and flavorful spirits through a perfect mix of Virginia grains, pure water and American craftsmanship. Open daily: Monday – Thursday 11AM to 6PM, Friday 11AM to 7PM, Saturday 11AM to 6PM,  Sunday 1PM to 6PM. 540-456-7070.     

The Bridge PAI Reading Series

  • September 19, 2014
  • Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Bridge Pai
  • Address: 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-5669

The third Friday of each month, a poet and a prose writer share their work at the Bridge PAI in downtown Charlottesville. There are many current and former UVa writing students on the lineup; see the website for details. This month features Mark J. Brewin Jr. and Alexander Lumans. Bring your glorious self and your cherished chums over to the Bridge for a night of literary good times. Future Readers: June 20, 2014: Sarah McCartt-Jackson & Emma Rathbone July 18, 2014: Sarah ... View More

The Charlottesville Jazz Society and The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center present K

The Charlottesville Jazz Society and The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center present Ku-umba Frank Lacy and 10³²K The Charlottesville Jazz Society is pleased to announce the first concert in a new series to be held at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Friday September 19th at 8:00 pm. Veteran trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy will perform with his New York based 10³²K trio, featuring Kevin Ray on bass and Andrew Drury on percussion. Their debu... View More

The Sobel 4tet live at Rockfish Valley Community Center

  • September 19, 2014
  • Times: 7:30PM
  • Location: Rockfish Valley Community Center
  • Address: 190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, Virginia 22920
  • Phone: 434-361-0100

The Sobel 4tet live at Rockfish Valley Community Center. 7:30PM in the Rockfish Lounge. Fee. Refreshments available.   434-361-0100. 

Wildlife Photo Contest to Benefit Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary

  • September 19, 2014 - September 30, 2014
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Monday-Saturday
  • Location: The Great Frame Up
  • Area: Miscellaneous / Independent of Region
  • Address: 1860 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-973-8588

The Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary is holding its first annual Wildlife Photo Contest to further its mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wild animals in Virginia. All local photographers are invited to enter 8x10” photos of Virginia wildlife and landscapes (for a $20 suggested donation directly to Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary) in person at The Great Frame Up,1860 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, during the month of September. All entries will be professionally judged by local photogr... View More

Festival of Squash

  • September 19, 2014 - September 22, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-7424

Join us at McArthur Squash Center (MSC) in September for our second Festival of Squash. Our 2013 inaugural event was a high hit with pro players, amateur players, Boar's Head Sports Club members, and fans of squash all over, and this year promises to be even better. The Festival features five great tournaments running simultaneously.

Moon

  • September 19, 2014
  • Venue: Threepenny Cafe
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 420 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

With musical influences from John Mayer and Michael Jackson, to Phish, Elton John, Lettuce, Dave Matthews Band and more, Moon delivers a unique,dynamic, and dynamite performance each and every time that will leave you wanting more! MOON is a funky fresh new band from Virginia that plays pop, funk, and RnB.

The Art of Mark King

  • September 19, 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".

The Judy Chops - Live at Glass House Winery

  • September 19, 2014
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 7 - 9:30pm
  • Area: Free Union
  • Address: 5898 Free Union Road, Free Union, VA 22940
  • Phone: 434-975-0094

Join us in the tropics…at Glass House Winery in Free Union, VA. Friday, September 19th, The Judy Chops will be performing live from 6 to 9pm. A Taste of Home Southern Cuisine Food Truck plans to be set up out front during this event! Picnics welcome, indoor and outdoor seating available (no outside alcohol permitted). Glass House Winery wines and chocolates, and an assortment of packaged meats, cheeses, crackers, etc. are available for purchase in the Tasting Room. We open at noon, n... View More

Saturday Sep 20, 2014

Aboriginal Art Tour

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Collection each Saturday at 10:30 am for a free, guided tour of the museum's current exhibitions. No reservations required.

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 20, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-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 20, 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

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