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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 Feb 05, 2016

Amie Oliver and Liz Rodda Opening Reception

  • February 05, 2016
  • Venue: Second Street Gallery
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Second Street Gallery
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 115 Second Street, SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-7284

"Maps, Planes and Water Marks" by Amie Oliver and "Two Kinds of Luck" by Liz Rodda Opening Reception Artist talks by Oliver and Rodda at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Women for Art Exhibition Fund. Amie Oliver's paintings and drawings catalog the passage of time and the subtle, but profound impact of entropy and the elements on the material world. She considers her art to be like a long and winding river with enough momentum to carry everything in its path to the sea. The ser... View More

Art and Country

  • February 05, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 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 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 the dispossessio... View More

Broadway by the Decade: The 1990s!

  • February 05, 2016 - February 07, 2016
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2:30PM
  • Location: Four County Players
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923-0001
  • Phone: 540-832-5355

Our Cellar cabaret series is officially a hit, selling out every single performance (prior to opening) in each of its past seasons! Now, join us for a third year — this time, tackling the abundance of wonderful music that filled Broadway in the 1990s! From shows like Falsettos to Footloose, from Rent to Ragtime, the decade was full of treasured songs that are destined to be musical theater classics — and several already are! Featuring some of the area’s most talented singers, S... View More

First Fridays

  • February 05, 2016
  • Times: 5-9 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Charlottesville
  • Phone: 434-971-2787

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

Fish and Fowl

  • February 05, 2016 - June 19, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

This exhibition will explore the diverse cultural connotations exemplified by these representations of feathered and scaled animals. How the animals’ physical and evolutionary traits have impacted their meanings is also examined. The exhibition presents sculptures, paintings, and prints from various time periods and across multiple cultures in which avifauna and aquatic species are prominently depicted.

Jacob Lawrence: Struggle...From the History of the American People

  • February 05, 2016 - June 05, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Throughout a career spanning six decades, the artist Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) maintained an unwavering focus on the human condition and created work that gave pointed and consistent expression to the black experience in America. Lawrence first came to prominence in the Harlem workshops of the 1930s and was among the first African Americans to break the color line in the highly segregated world of modern art. Celebrated for his highly original use of flat tempera color patterns in a style... View More

Mercy Creek live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • February 05, 2016
  • Times: 9PM
  • Location: Wintergreen Resort
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Mercy Creek live 9PM at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080.

Navajo Weaving: Geometry of the Warp and Weft

  • February 05, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Diné (The People) are more commonly known as the Navajo. These Athabascan speakers settled between 1,000 and 1,525 CE—along the regions whose political boundaries we recognize today as Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Originally a hunting and gathering culture, archaeological evidence reveals the Navajo possessed weaving skills to make clothing and other utilitarian objects to support their lifestyle. Women were the weavers. They utilized an upright loom strung with a contin... View More

Richard Serra: Prints

  • February 05, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

his exhibition will showcase the prints of contemporary icon Richard Serra. Best known for his large scale public sculpture, Serra has consistently maintained a practice in related media including film, drawing, and printmaking. The exhibition features his earliest graphic attempts in lithography from 1972 through more recent works created in 2015.

Roy Lichtenstein & Company: 20th Century Masters of Contemporary Art

  • February 05, 2016 - May 03, 2016
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 306 E Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8087

Graves International Art, the newest Art Gallery in Charlottesville, is currently exhibiting "Roy Lichtenstein & Company: 20th Century Masters of Contemporary Art". The exhibit features original hand-made prints by world renown artists one would find at such destinations as The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, or the Gagosian Gallery. Exhibited artists include but are not limited to: Roy Lichtenstein, Salvador Dali, John Chamberlain, Edvard... View More

Slavery at Monticello Tours

  • February 05, 2016 - February 28, 2016
  • Venue: Monticello
  • Times: 11:00 & 1:00
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

These guided outdoor tours focus on the experiences of the enslaved people who lived and labored on the Monticello plantation. Included in price of admission. Reservations for this tour are not required. Tours begin on Mulberry Row near the Hemmings Cabin.

The 1963 Danville Civil Rights Movement: the Protests, the People, the Stories

January 22 – April 9, 2016 Artist talk and reception Saturday January 30, 6-8 pm Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm . Sat, 10 am – 3 pm This documentary exhibit with portraits by Charlottesville photographer Tom Cogill and text panels by Emma Edmunds tells the story of the civil rights protests, violence, and protracted legal struggle that gripped Danville, Va., in the summer of 1963, the fall campaign of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the role of the... View More

The Bridge PAI Reading Series

  • February 05, 2016
  • 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

Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson

  • February 05, 2016 - May 01, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson examines the intersecting careers of two remarkable women who rose to prominence during the late eighteenth century. The artist, musician, and educator Maria Cosway, is now best known as the woman with whom Thomas Jefferson fell in love with while serving as American ambassador to France in 1786. The other, Mary Darby Robinson, was a celebrated English actress, former royal mistress, fashion icon, and one of the l... View More

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Warrior Weekend at Wintergreen Resort

  • February 05, 2016 - February 07, 2016
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 10AM
  • Location: Wintergreen Resort
  • Address: Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-2007

The Annual Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Warrior Weekend at Wintergreen Resort . 10AM . Join us for a family filled weekend as we salute our Military personnel.  Active military, veterans and their families are eligible for discounted lift tickets and lodging this weekend.  Please help us pay tribute to our Warriors as they will be present and participating in the Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Wounded Warriors event. 434-325-2007.

Beleza CD Release Party and Carnival at Glass House Winery

  • February 05, 2016
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 6-9pm
  • Area: Free Union
  • Address: 5898 Free Union Road, Free Union, VA 22940
  • Phone: 434-975-0094

Feb. 5th will be quite a special night—a combined CD Release Party for BELEZA and our annual Carnival celebration! Face painting a la Venetian, music, dancing and general merriment! CD release: Beleza Quintet—"Just for Fun" The band: Voice - Madeline Holly-Sales Guitar and Voice - Humberto Sales Bass - Dave Berzonsky Drums - Matt Wyatt Saxophone - Jeff Decker 6-6:45 p.m.: Seating for performance and stories about the new album 7-9 p.m.: Live music continues for da... View More

Jon Spear Band

  • February 05, 2016
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 10:30 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

“A collaboration of some of Central Virginia’s finest blues musicians, brought together by their love of the blues — from searing emotional solos all the way to swing and funk, the Jon Spear Band covers it all.” 21 + // Free

Lester Seal & The Sacred Sound

  • February 05, 2016
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing Company
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

Spiritual ringleader Lester Seal uses his powerful yet soothing vocals and affinity for all things music to create songs and sounds that emanate from Lester’s own Walden-esque experiences and musings, whether atop the Blue Ridge Mountains or on a coastal beach in Costa Rica. If past shows set any precedent, a night with Lester Seal & The Sacred Sound will be much like a variety show, featuring world music, funk, soul and a whole variety of players and talents. All Ages // Free!

Moby & The Dicks / Rob Cheatham / The Good Saloon

  • February 05, 2016
  • Venue: The Ante Room
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Moby & The Dicks – Moby & the Dicks is a rock n’ roll band from Charlottesville Virginia led by charismatic frontman, Moby Brown. Moby Brown was born in Boise and raised in Crozet, Virginia and has been singing and writing original soul and rock music in Central Virginia since 2002. Drawing on influences and inspiration from Otis Redding, Chris Robinson, and Joe Cocker, Moby and his power trio rhythm section are a unique and dynamic performing act. The current Moby & the ... View More

Story Slam: Fight the Power

MC: Page Hill, Story teller extraordinaire! • JSAAHC Members Free • Non-members $5 • Sign up to become a member at the door and get in free! In this election year and in the moment of a new civil rights movement, let’s consider those times that you have endeavored to “fight the power.” In the immortal words of Chuck D: “What we got to say. Power to the people no delay. To make everybody see. In order to fight the powers that be.” S... View More

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • February 05, 2016
  • Times: Until 4pm daily
  • Location: Sunspots Studios
  • Area: Regional - Augusta County
  • Address: 202 South Lewis Street, Stauton, VA 24401
  • Phone: 540-885-0678

See glassblowers at work daily at Sunspots Studios in Staunton. Open seven days a week, you can bring the whole family to watch glassblowers reveal their craft for free until 4pm. The spacious gallery is full of locally-made and in-house art glass, local and fair trade accessories, and jewelry. Sunspots is also an authorized retailer of Pandora, Alex and Ani, and Endless jewelry lines. For a more hands-on experience, step into the glass studio and help the artist create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake... View More

Saturday Feb 06, 2016

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.

An Evening with The Legwarmers

  • February 06, 2016
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 8pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Remember the Eighties? Sure, we all do...but the Legwarmers don't just remember the Eighties - they relive them. It all started back in May 2001 when Gordon Gartrell and Cru Jones had just seen yet another cover band butcher the decade that they loved, so they decided to do something about it. They assembled a group and vowed to give the world's most hedonistic decade the tribute it deserved. Joined by Chet Reno, Lavaar Huxtable, Cyndi Sindee, Capt. Morgan Pondo and Clarence McFly, they locked t... View More

Art and Country

  • February 06, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 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 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 the dispossessio... View More

Birdwood Golf Course Junior Indoor Golf Clinic - Golf Skills for Kids at Boar's Head

  • February 06, 2016 - February 13, 2016
  • Times: Saturdays 9:00am-9:45am
  • Location: Boar's Head Sports Club Gym
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 200 Wellington Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-6083

Birdwood Golf Course Junior Indoor Golf Clinic - Golf Skills for Kids at Boar's Head 6-Week Session at Boar's Head Sports Club Gym Taught by Birdwood Golf Professionals Ages 7 to 10 Each session is $85 per player and has a maximum of 6 participants. Please call Scott Ezell at 434-972-6083 or scott_ezell@boarsheadinn.com for information.

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