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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 24, 2014

20th Annual Spirit Walk - Oakwood Cemetery

  • October 24, 2014
  • Times: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Oakwood Cemetery
  • Address: Entrance on Oak Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

As the air begins to cool and the trees shed their leaves, the spirits of former citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County gather one last time before consigning themselves to the earth for the long, cold winter. Join the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society on its 20th Annual Spirit Walk to meet these memorable residents from our community’s past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you. On Friday, October 24th, and Sunday from 6-9 pm, meet f... View More

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society's 20th Annual Spirit Walk

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: October 19 - 6 - 9pm (Court Square); October 29 - 6 - 8pm (Oakwood Cemetery); October 24 - 6 - 8pm (Oakwood Cemetery)
  • Location: Court Square and Oakwood Cemetery
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society's 20th Annual Spirit Walk  Cost: $12 for adults, $8 for children 10 and under  Dates: Friday, October 24th, 6 - 9 pm (Oakwood Cemetery)  Saturday, October 19th,  6 - 9 pm(Court Square)  Sunday, October 20th, 6 - 8 pm (Oakwood Cemetery) As the air begins to cool and the trees shed their leaves, the spirits of former citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County gather one last time befo... View More

Annual Opportunity Ball at Veritas Vineyard and Winery

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Veritas Vineyard & Winery
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Address: 151 Veritas Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8000

Annual Opportunity Ball at Veritas Vineyard and Winery. 6:30PM.Reservations Required. Join us for the Annual Opportunity Ball to benefit the Nelson County Community Fund  The evening starts with a four-course, wine-paired meal in Saddleback Hall and ends with dancing the night away.  Your Halloween Best or Black Tie Optional. Reservations Required. Fee.  540-456-8000 ext. 107.

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • October 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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

Carving at Carver - Pumpkin Carving Contest!

  • October 24, 2014
  • Times: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: Carver Recreation Center
  • Address: 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-970-3053

“Carving at Carver” Pumpkin Carving Contest Charlottesville Parks and Recreation will host a family-friendly pumpkin carving contest on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Carver Recreation Center. Participants must register in advance, and the cost is $5.00 per pumpkin. Pumpkins must be carved on-site by teams of two to four people, with at least one adult and one child in each party. All carved pumpkins will then be judged by popular vote at the Charlottesville Parks an... View More

Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion

  • October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: John Paul Jones Arena
  • Times: 7:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm and 5:00pm
  • Address: 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-243-4960

After 15 years performing around the world, Dralion will make its finale curtain call in January 2015. Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbo... View More

Community Shopping Event for Partners In Health

  • October 24, 2014
  • Times: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Location: Ten Thousand Villages
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 105 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-9470

Ten Thousand Villages Charlottesville, 105 West Main Street, is partnering with Partners In Health on Friday, October 24th to raise money for the organization’s response efforts in Liberia and Sierra Leone to the Ebola outbreak. Partners In Health is a global health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of poor and marginalized people. A portion of sales on October 24th will be donated to Partners in Health. The mission of Partners In Health is to provide a preferenti... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • October 24, 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

Eli Cook live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • October 24, 2014 - October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Eli Cook (solo) live 9PM at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080

Harvest Fest at Wintergreen Resort

  • October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8180

Harvest Fest at Wintergreen Resort. 10AM to 8PM. We’ll be celebrating the bounty of this colorful season with golf, tennis, fun at Discovery Ridge, hiking, spa and tempting dining options. Check out the special fun on top of the mountain including campfire and storytelling, and the Spooktacular Workshop with pumpkin carving and cookie decorating. 434-325-8180.

Katherine Shaver and Friends live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill

  • October 24, 2014
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: Stoney Creek Bar and Grill
  • Address: 1354 Stoney Creek West, Nellysford, Virginia 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8110

Katherine Shaver and Friends live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill. 7PM. 434-325-8110.

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour

  • October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Times: Friday: 6-7pm opening ceremony, 7-8pm viewing; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Location: City Space
  • Address: 100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
  • Phone: 434-305-6815

"People who never heard about the Buddha told us about feeling something they have never experienced before. They said this event gave them a new perspective for what they want for their lives."  A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is touring the world. The relics were found from among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. The relics embody the master's spiritual qualities of c... View More

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • October 24, 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.

Poetry As Documentary

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: WriterHouse
  • Times: 7:00PM
  • Location: WriterHouse
  • Phone: 434-296-1922

This October, poet Kevin McFadden will interview poet Erika Meitner about the idea of poetry as documentary: what happens when you take on an assignment to report on an entire city—in verse? Free & open to the public.

Public Exhibition of The Historical Buddha's Relics

  • October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Times: 10/24: 6pm-8pm; 10/25: 10am-7pm; 10/26: 10am-5pm
  • Location: City Space
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-305-6815

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free public exhibition of the historical Buddha's relics will be on display at City Space in Charlottesville October 24, 25 & 26. The exhibition provides a chance for people to connect directly with some of the greatest spiritual Masters of all time and to reflect on their own potential for a kinder and more loving heart. This public exhibition is multi-faith, multi-cultural and free to attend. Friday Oct. 24: 6pm to 7pm Opening Ceremony, 7pm to 8pm Viewing o... View More

Sharon Van Etten

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 8pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: The Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

A triple threat, Sharon Van Etten is writer, producer, and performer of her music that is both truthful and raw.  Her music is a story of her life and the connection she has with her work is crystal clear during her shows.

The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM Present European Trio Oliver’s Cinema

  • October 24, 2014
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Brooks Hall at the University of Virginia
  • Phone: 434-249-6191

Coming Friday October 24th The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM are pleased to announce the return of virtuoso Dutch trumpet player Eric Vloeimans to Charlottesville. For his third appearance here at UVA’s Brooks Hall, Eric will perform with his new co-operative trio, Oliver’s Cinema (an anagram of his name). Other members of this unusual chamber jazz group are Tuur Florizoone (from Belgium) on accordion and cello player Jörg Brinkmann (from Denmark). Vloeimans’ pl... View More

The Currys

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewery/Restaurant/Shopping Village
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewery/Restaurant
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

“The Currys have developed their brand of homegrown, harmony-rich Americana through summers of writing and performing on the Florida Gulf Coast. Brothers Jimmy and Tommy Curry and cousin Galen Curry began with acoustic performances in local restaurants and oyster bars, but over time the trio has gained a regional following, performing regularly at festivals and venues around the Southeast. In August of 2012, The Currys headlined a tour across Ireland which was the subject of a PBS document... View More

The Design live at Blue Mountain Barrel House

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Barrel House
  • Times: 6PM to 8PM
  • Address: 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA 22922
  • Phone: 434-263-4002

The Design live at Blue Mountain Barrel House. Outside 6PM to 8PM. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy panoramic mountain views. Food available.  Open 7 days a week 11AM to 8PM for tastings, tours, pints and beer to go. 434-263-4002.

Cavalier Marching Band Open Rehearsal

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Carr's Hill
  • Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Carr's Hill Field
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 1717 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3052

Come hear the UVA Marching Band Open Rehearsal at Carr's Hill Field on the corner of Emmett and Ivy Roads. Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime show. The rehearsal is free and open to the public. Call 434.924.3052 for more information. WaHooWa. Cost:free

Emma Leigh ft. the Brian Patrick Band

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 10:30 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Emma Leigh is a well-traveled young singer-songwriter playing modern country yet often writes with an edge of blues and motown. With a sound developed in the Shenandoah Valley that would sound right at home in the heart of Nashville, Emma Leigh is on the rise to become one of the area’s premier country acts. Backed by the roots rock n’ roll Brian Patrick Band, the live show will make you move your feet, stomp your boots, and take a partner for a turn on the dance floor. 21+// FREE

Grits-n-Gravy Soul Dance Party @ Club R2

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

“Now I’m back to let you know I can really shake ‘em down” Charlottesville’s Retro Soul DJ Duo return to Rapture to dole out the funky breaks and snappy lyrics from 45s and B-Sides culled from decades past. 21+ // FREE!!

Hoos Heel - Alumni Perspectives Celebrating UVA and UNC

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Alumni Hall
  • Times: Reception 6:30 PM; Lecture 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 211 Emmet Street South, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-2703

UVA welcomes UNC to Charlottesville for Homecoming Weekend and while we’ll compete on the field on Saturday we’ll kick-off Friday night with a reception and talk inviting alumni from both schools to enjoy an evening of camaraderie celebrating the combined strength of both renowned public institutions. Join us as two accomplished alumni share their collective perspectives as student, alumnus and community resident in these college towns. Special memento awaits those who can claim ... View More

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