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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 Oct 02, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • October 02, 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

  • October 02, 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

Community Emergency Response Team Training

  • October 02, 2014 - November 06, 2014
  • Times: 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Location: TBA
  • Address: TBA, Charlottesville, VA
  • Phone: 434-970-1798

The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management is offering FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) emergency preparedness training beginning in September. This 9-week course, held from 6:30pm – 9:00pm each Thursday from September 11 through November 6, educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organiza... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • October 02, 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

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • October 02, 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

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • October 02, 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.

New Cider Barn Taproom Opens at Bold Rock Cider

  • October 02, 2014 - October 19, 2014
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 11AM to 6PM
  • Location: Bold Rock Cider Barn Taproom
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

New Cider Barn Taproom Opens at Bold Rock Cider. 11AM to 7PM. The newly constructed taproom and restaurant, located in the farmland of Nelson County, VA, sits next to the Bold Rock bottling facility so you can see firsthand where the magic happens! Enjoying Bold Rock Cider at the taproom will indeed be a full experience. A large rear terrace built with a stage area for live music—overlooks the Rockfish River, as well as plenty of open green space for enjoying the rolling farmland on Bold R... View More

Of Montreal

  • October 02, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 8pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: The Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Of Montreal is an American rock band from Athens, GA.  With an ever-evolving sound, Of Montreal is constantly redefining themselves with every studio release.  They gain a lot of influence from music of the 60s and 70s, but they always keep a progressive focus for their music in mind.

Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • October 02, 2014 - October 05, 2014
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 11AM-9PM
  • Location: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • 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.

Billy Brockman

  • October 02, 2014
  • Venue: Threepenny Cafe
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 420 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Billy Brockman is a seasoned guitar veteran, and has run the gamut from rock n roll to country in his many years of performing.

Scythian

  • October 02, 2014
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 8:30 PM; Show 9:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Dubbed by The Washington Post as "DC's most energetic and eclectic band" Scythian (sith-ee-yin) belts out a high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music with one goal in mind; to get people on their feet and dancing. These classically trained musicians are natural showmen who seamlessly blend kicked-up Celtic, folk and world music, and deliver it with a punk-rock sensibility. Combine this with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you've got the ingredients fo... View More

The Art of Mark King

  • October 02, 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".

Friday Oct 03, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • October 03, 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

  • October 03, 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

Art Lover's Event

  • October 03, 2014
  • Venue: Graves Fine Art Gallery
  • Times: 6:00 pm to 9:00pm
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942
  • Phone: 540-832-7679

First Friday - Art Lovers Event: "Open Gallery Night" Every first Friday of the Month. Evening event featuring original works of art from antiquity to the present. Meet fellow art lovers, appreciate fine art, expand your cultural horizons in a fun and friendly atmosphere, music and light refreshments.Artist exhibited from Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Robert Indiana to Mark King, George Morland and Ron Louque.

Broadway's Sparkling Diamonds & Hidden Gems: A Teen Musical Revue

  • October 03, 2014 - October 05, 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

Directed & Choreographed by Geri Carlson Sauls Musical Direction by J. Tara Scott Produced by Tres Wells ​Join us for a special musical revue showcasing some of the area’s best young adult talent, as they present not only some of musical theater’s most treasured songs—Sparkling Diamonds, if you will—but some of its lesser-known, but equally enchanting Hidden Gems. Don’t miss this one-weekend-only show! From Grease to Vanities, from Wicked to Wonderland, you&rsqu... View More

Court Square Walking Tours

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: Fridays: 5:30 pm and Saturdays: 10:00 am

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • October 03, 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

First Fridays

  • October 03, 2014
  • Times: 5-9 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Charlottesville
  • Phone: 434-971-2787

Don't miss this fun evening of gallery opening receptions throughout downtown!

HABITAT LEGO BLITZ BUILD

  • October 03, 2014
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Location: ntelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434.293.9066 ext 205

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.   A hands-on, educational opportunity for kids and their families to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Aspiring young construction-enthusiasts (and their parents, too!) can play with over 250 pounds of Legos, while learning about Charlottesville's lack of affordable housing  and how Habitat is working with the community to give a hand-up in ... View More

Jimmy O live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • October 03, 2014 - October 04, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Jimmy O live 9PM at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080

Let's Mosaic Ladies!

  • October 03, 2014
  • Venue: FIREFISH Gallery
  • Times: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Address: 108 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-1777

Please join us for a fun night of mosaic making! Bring some Spring into your life with mosaic flower pots! Learn how to make a colorful mosaic flower pot- it's fun and easy! No art experience necessary. Adults only. Feel free to bring wine, beer, drinks or snacks to share! $20 plus cost of supplies!

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • October 03, 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.

Monticello Artisan Trail Celebrates American Craft Week

  • October 03, 2014 - October 12, 2014
  • Location: Lovingson
  • Address: Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 22949

Monticello Artisan Trail Celebrates American Craft Week. Virginia has joined the well-established, national event, “American Craft Week” which celebrates the tradition of American craft artisans in artists’ studios, galleries, museums, school, and festivals. 540-886-1684

New Cider Barn Taproom Opens at Bold Rock Cider

  • October 03, 2014 - October 19, 2014
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 11AM to 6PM
  • Location: Bold Rock Cider Barn Taproom
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

New Cider Barn Taproom Opens at Bold Rock Cider. 11AM to 7PM. The newly constructed taproom and restaurant, located in the farmland of Nelson County, VA, sits next to the Bold Rock bottling facility so you can see firsthand where the magic happens! Enjoying Bold Rock Cider at the taproom will indeed be a full experience. A large rear terrace built with a stage area for live music—overlooks the Rockfish River, as well as plenty of open green space for enjoying the rolling farmland on Bold R... View More

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