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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, orchard outings and the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Charlottesville celebrates its unique cultural capital with events throughout the year.


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Saturday Apr 19, 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.

Backyard Revolution Children’s Program at Nelson Farmers Market

  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 8AM to 12Noon
  • Location: Nelson Farmers Market
  • Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, Virginia 22958
  • Phone: 434-244-2399

The Backyard Revolution Children’s Program at the Log Cabin at Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative 8AM to 12PM. Young pioneers will plant eggshell seedlings, weave baskets and celebrate our sacred planet with Earth Day inspired activities.

Charlottesville Parks and Rec Fitness Challenge

  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 8:00am-10:00am
  • Location: Venable Elementary School
  • Address: 406 14th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-970-3086

Join Charlottesville Parks and Recreation for this fun fitness challenge. Get your family and friends moving by running or walking this enjoyable 2 mile course with some added challenges. All fitness levels are encouraged to participate. Funds raised will be donated to the City Elementary Schoolyard Gardens and the "Move 2 Health" initiative. Early registration guarantees a t-shirt!

Collecting American Histories: The Tracy W. McGregor Library at 75

  • April 19, 2014 - July 31, 2014
  • Times: 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture
  • Phone: 434-982-2865

“Collecting American Histories: The Tracy W. McGregor Library at 75″ features rare and significant broadsides, books, prints, and letters that illuminate many aspects of the American experience spanning from the early settlement of Virginia; to the clash of European powers over the North American continent; and to the servants and slaves on whose backs the American economy depended. Cost:FREE

Court Square Walking Tours

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 begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902). Cost is $5/person. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the start of the tour. To schedule a group tour, please contact ACHS at 43... View More

Downtown Mall Walking Tour

The exploration of the pedestrian mall looks at the architecture and traces the emergence of Charlottesville in the early 1900's as a commercial center. Tours begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902). Cost is $5/person. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the start of the tour. To schedule a group tour, please contact ACHS at 434-29-1492 or at info@alb... View More

Easter Extraveganza

  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 2:00PM till 4:00PM
  • Address: 355 William Mills Dr, Stanardsville, VA 22973
  • Phone: 434-985-4434

Grace Retirement Village will host an Easter Extraveganza. Fun for all the family. We will host an Easter Egg hunt, arts and crafts, a moonbounce, music, food and drink and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. This event is open to all the community and is free

Foodies over Fifty at Clifton

  • April 19, 2014 - April 30, 2014
  • Venue: Clifton Inn
  • Times: 6pm-8:30pm
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-971-1800

Clifton Inn's special Chef's Seasonal Tasting Menu is 50% off for all foodies over fifty. The tasting menu is a unique culinary experience with 10-12 perfectly planned courses to delight all foodies. Bring your friends and family and they will enjoy 50% off the menu as well.

Hatton Ferry

  • April 19, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: Hatton Ferry
  • Times: Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Address: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2014 operating season Saturday April 19. Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, a historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge; donations appreciated as the operation of the ferry relies solely on donations given to ride the ferry and from the kind generosity of other supporters. Under ideal conditions, a round-trip crossing takes about 30-45 minutes. No more than tw... View More

Hatton Ferry Picnic

  • April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Hatton Ferry
  • Times: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Address: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2014 operating season Saturday April 19. This will be the fifth year the ferry has been run by the non-profit Hatton Ferry after VDOT decided to end their association with the ferry. The operation of the ferry relies solely on donations given to ride the ferry and from the kind generosity of other supporters. In an effort to raise the much needed funds, the Hatton Ferry Committee will be sponsoring a picnic on opening day, April 19, from 11 am -2 pm. Advance ti... View More

having-been-there by Nici Cumpston

  • April 19, 2014 - May 18, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

In the spring of 2014 the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will exhibit the work of Nici Cumpston, a Barkindji artist and curator from Adelaide. having-been-there is a series of images created by Cumpston to document the evidence of Aboriginal occupation in Australia before European settlement. Tree engravings, ring trees, and remnants of stone tools abound in Barkindji land. These act as subtle signifiers of the ancestors that once lived in and created the country, and of food and... View More

Iconography in Maplewood Cemetery

  • April 19, 2014 - April 26, 2014
  • Times: 3:00 pm
  • Location: Maplewood Cemetery
  • Address: Maple Street and 8th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Cemeteries are virtual encyclopedias of symbolism. Engravings on tombstones, mausoleums and memorials tell us just about everything there is to know about a person- date of birth and death as well as religion, ethnicity, occupation, community interests, and much more. Join ACHS for a tour through Charlottesville's oldest public cemetery to learn about the language of cemetery symbols. Tour begins at the entrance of Maplewood Cemetery, Maple Street at 8th street NE. Cost is $5/person. Tickets can... View More

Joseph Cornell and Surrealism

  • April 19, 2014 - June 08, 2014
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

This international loan exhibition focuses on the work of Joseph Cornell, the American pioneer of collage, montage, and assemblage art in the decades of the 1930s and 1940s. These years span both Cornell’s emergence and maturation as an artist and the heyday of surrealism in the United States. The exhibition will comprise some one hundred objects by Cornell and other artists and it will be accompanied by a significant publication featuring original essays by American and European scholars.

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

  • April 19, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Venue: James Madison's Montpelier
  • Times: 10:00 AM —11:30 AM
  • 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.

Spring Arboretum Walk

  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: Kemper Park, Saunders-Monticello Trail Head
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9822

To help celebrate Historic Garden Week, join naturalist Jerry Therrien at the Saunders-Monticello Trail Arboretum. The Arboretum contains around 200 hundred different varieties of native plants of Albemarle County. Learn different aspects of the native varieties as spring comes into flower. Reservations: Required.

The Wild Feathers

  • April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 8:30pm, Show 9pm
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-5590

Long before it got broken up into a million sub-genres, rock & roll was just rock & roll. Pure, true, organic. Six strings, booming harmonies and the call of the open road. It’s a singularly American tradition that Nashville’s The Wild Feathers are full-force dedicated to not only preserving but also – more importantly - evolving. Their sound melds the five unique voices of Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns and Preston Wimberly, and Ben Dumas, taking inspiration from... View More

UVa Earth Week 2014: One HellUVa Planet

  • April 19, 2014 - April 23, 2014
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Location: Various

Earth Week aims to unite UVa students in a week-long promotion of environmental consciousness leading up to Earth Day, April 22nd. Our mission is to involve as many organizations as possible on a student, local, and global level in order to create a maximum impact on the awareness and enactment of sustainability.

Afton After Hours with Bet Williams and the Family Band at Afton Mountain Vineyards

  • April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Afton Mountain Vineyards
  • Times: 6PM to 8:30PM
  • Address: 234 Vineyard Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8667

A Special Afton After Hours with Bet Williams and the Family Band live at Afton Mountain Vineyards 6PM to 8:30PM. Pizza available from Blue Ridge Pizza Company.  Fee. Rain or shine. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Picnics allowed. Route 631 (Off Route 6) 540-456-8667

Austerbrau Oyster Roast at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Austerbrau Oyster Roast at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 11:30AM . Join us for raw, roasted or grilled oysters from Rappahannock River Oyster Company with special shuckers.  Jason and the folks from the oyster company collaborated & brewed Smoked Kolschbier  Austerbrau for the roast. It is a subtly smoky citrus balanced and compliments one of nature’s gifts - the oyster!  Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001

Baseball vs. UNC

  • April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Davenport Field
  • Times: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Davenport Field
  • Address: 434 Lannigan Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-924-8821 or 800-542-UVa1

Bel Monte Endurance Runs

  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 06:30am
  • Location: Royal Oaks Cabins
  • Address:, Love, VA
  • Phone: 434-218-0402

Beautiful course in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 95% trails! Beautiful finisher medallions to all finishers. Prime start/finish location at Royal Oaks on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Easter Brunch & Celebration

  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location: The Market at Grelen
  • Address: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset, VA 22972
  • Phone: 540-672-7268

Fun for ALL ages! Please come celebrate the season with a delicious farm fresh brunch at The Market at Grelen! After a leisurely meal on our gorgeous patio, kids will enjoy an Easter egg hunt in the berry fields and surrounding grounds. Please note that there will be age-appropriate hunts for various age groups. *Weather permitting, brunch will be on the patio. In the case of cold or wet weather, it will be served in the cozy greenhouse.

Easter Celebration at Wintergreen Resort

  • April 19, 2014 - April 20, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

Easter Celebration at Wintergreen Resort. 10AM to 5PM.  Bring the family to Wintergreen Resort during Easter for our annual egg-stravganza! It's an entire weekend of festivities, with a traditional Easter egg hunt and Easter bonnet parade, craft workshops and egg decorating. Create a new tradition with Easter Sunday brunch at The Copper Mine restaurant. 434-325-2200

Japan Week Spring Festival

  • April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Fashion Square Mall
  • Times: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Address: 1600 E Rio Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join us for free activities and performances! Watch and learn traditional songs and dance. Anime, Manga, Calligraphy and Judo demos. Origami craft art and more! Special guests: Taiko drum performance by Nen Daiko. Sponsored by UVA Japanese Program & East Asia Center.

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