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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 Oct 31, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • October 31, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 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

  • October 31, 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

Black Comedy

  • October 31, 2014 - November 02, 2014
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Friday and Saturday: 8PM; Sunday: 2:30PM
  • Location: Four County Players
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923-0001
  • Phone: 540-832-5355

As part of their 42nd Season, Four County Players is proud to present the riotous comedy, BLACK COMEDY, by Peter Shaffer. In one hilarious act, the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; when the lights are to be on, the stage is the dark. Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d'arte "borrowed" from the absent antique collector next door, hoping to impress his fiancée’s pompous father and a wealthy... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • October 31, 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

Crow Jane

  • October 31, 2014
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 10:30 PM
  • Location: The Whiskey Jar
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-1549

Matthew Willner heads up a bluesy 4-piece at Downtown Charlottesville’s favorite booze-soaked bar. 21 + // FREE!!

Disc-O-Ween w/ Moon

  • October 31, 2014
  • Venue: Threepenny Cafe
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Threepenny Cafe
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 420 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-995-5277

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. Come in costume, as we’re sure everyone else will be, and, for a change, howl WITH the MOON this Halloween! 21+ // FREE // 10pm

Eli Cook Live at Rapunzel's

  • October 31, 2014
  • Times: 8PM to 11PM
  • Location: Rapunzel's
  • Address: 924 Front Street, Lovingston, Virginia 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-6660

Eli Cook live at Rapunzel’s. 8PM. Simply the best blues guitarist and vocalist of his generation. Dress up if you want, it is, after all, Halloween. Fee.  434-263-6660.

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • October 31, 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

Halloween Party at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Halloween Party at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 5PM. Halloween shenanigans, spooky brews are in order for Halloween! Sport your best Halloween costume and have a pint with us! Live music by Mississippi Leghound starts at 8PM. 434-361-1001

Halloween with SuperUnknown!

  • October 31, 2014
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:30 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-9526

The only thing better than hearing all of your favorite 90s grunge and alternative rock tunes is hearing the ones that you forgot about, too!! 21+ // FREE!!

Howl at the Moon Party at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Howl at the Moon Party at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 8PM to 11PM. Costume contest with prizes awarded for most eco-friendly, funniest and most newsworthy. What an appropriate night to enjoy a pint of our Howling Pumpkin Ale. There will be additional drink specials throughout the night and some howling good food! Live music by Apple Butter Soul. 434-361-0088.

Kendall Street Company with Louis Smith back at Crozet Pizza BBB

  • October 31, 2014
  • Venue: Crozet Pizza
  • Times: 10:30 - 1:30am
  • Location: Crozet Pizza - 20 Elliewood Avenue
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 20 Elliewood Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 757-641-3050

Kendall Street Company with Louis Smith is back at Crozet Pizza BBB. This band is "Remarkable in the Best Way." They perform extraordinary covers and originals "More than Right!"

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • 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.

Night of The Disco Dead Halloween Dance Party & Costume Ball ft. DJ Deke Shipp

  • October 31, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 9pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Presented by Hot 101.9 They. Won't. Stop. Dancing. DJ Deke Shipp brings you Night of The Disco Dead presented by Hot 101.9, a Halloween dance party celebrating all things ghoulish... and groovy. Doors at 9 PM on Friday, October 31 for Charlottesville's biggest and best costume ball. You can expect diabolically cheap drink specials and devilishly good prizes for the most outstanding costumes. Tickets are only $5, ages 18+, and zombies are welcome!  

Sanctum Presents: Hallowe'en Bash ft. Oh So w/ DJs Cadybug & Dee Facto

  • October 31, 2014
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 9:00 PM
  • Location: Main Street Annex
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sanctum Presents Halloween With: OH SO w/ DJ CADY BUG & DJ DEE FACTO Sanctum, a dark alternative dance party for everyone, returns to the Annex for the second time in October for a special Halloween edition. ALL AGES // $6

The Bridge PAI Reading Series

  • October 31, 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

TRIX@IX: Halloween Concert at The IX Art Park

  • October 31, 2014
  • Times: 6pm-1am
  • Location: The IX Art Park
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 922 2nd St. SE, Charlottesville, VA

Tricks and treats! The concert to be at this Halloween. In the new events space at the IX Art Park. (Think Trax.) With a killer lineup. (You thought CHIX was hot?) • Chamomile and Whiskey • We Are Star Children • Shagwüf featuring Sally Rose • EurythmIX featuring Lauren Hoffman • Girl Choir Treats? Open your sack: • Projections by Aaron Farrington • Champion Brewery Beers • Food Trucks • Costume Contest $10 at the door, $8 presale ... View More

UVA Press Warehouse Sale

  • October 31, 2014
  • Times: Oct. 31, 10am-6pm AND Nov. 1, 10am-2pm
  • Location: UVA Press Warehouse
  • Address: 500 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Attention book lovers, bargain hunters, and history buffs: It's time for this year's University of Virginia Press Warehouse Sale! Come by on Friday, October 31st from 10am-6pm and Saturday, November 1st from 10am-2pm for a great selection of first-quality books on Virginiana, History, Literature, African American Studies, the Founding Fathers, the Civil War, and MUCH MORE! The sale will take place at the UVA Press Warehouse, 500 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, 3 blocks west of McCormick &... View More

4th Annual Halloween Bash at Glass House Winery Featuring Toma Que Toma & Beleza

  • October 31, 2014
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 6pm - 10pm
  • Area: Free Union
  • Address: 5898 Free Union Road, Free Union, VA 22940
  • Phone: 434-975-0094

Dig out the costumes and join us in the tropics at Glass House Winery for our 4th Annual Halloween Bash. The costume theme is "Creative Duct/Duck Tape Costumes" - prizes will be awarded! We will have live musical performances by Toma Que Toma and Beleza, including flamenco dancing! Friday, October 31st, 6 to 10pm. Picnics welcome, indoor and outdoor seating available (no outside alcohol permitted). Glass House Winery wines and chocolates, and an assortment of packaged meats, cheeses... View More

Starr Hill Tap Room Halloween Party

  • October 31, 2014
  • Venue: Starr Hill Brewery
  • Times: 5:00 PM
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 5391 Three Notched Road, Crozet, VA 22932-3104

Stop by Starr Hill on Halloween night for a party full of tricks and treats! Lots of Halloween music, food, and costumes will make for a night to remember! Kid friendly food, drinks, and games will also be available! Stop by for some trick or treating with the kiddos and grab a treat for yourself, like a pint of our ALL NEW Shakedown Chocolate Cherry Stout!

The Art of Mark King

  • October 31, 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".

Saturday Nov 01, 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

  • November 01, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 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

  • November 01, 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

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

  • November 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.

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