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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 30, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • October 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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

David Tewksbury

  • October 30, 2014
  • Venue: Threepenny Cafe
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Threepenny Cafe
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 420 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-995-5277

Songs about hope and pain, friendship and beauty, sorrow and doubt, love and longing. All Ages // FREE!! //8PM

Falling Leaves and Winter Trees

  • October 30, 2014 - November 01, 2014
  • Times: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22092
  • Phone: 434-984-9800

Reservations: Required.  This two-hour ramble through Monticello's forest during the waning days of the fall foliage display will concentrate on identifying trees by their bark fruit, seeds, buds, and habit. Jerry Therrien and Peggy Cornett will lead this adventure along Jefferson's original woodland passages. Binoculars are recommended. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for muddy slopes and uneven terrain.

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • October 30, 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

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • October 30, 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 30, 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 Orleans Legends: Preservation Hall Jazz Band/Allen Toussaint

  • October 30, 2014
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 8:00PM
  • Area: Miscellaneous / Independent of Region
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

“When I meet someone like Allen Toussaint – that for me is like meeting, you know, someone the equivalent of the Dalai Lama, because for me, he influenced the way I played the piano. He’s a historical part of rock-and-roll.” —Elton John “At Carnegie Hall the Preservation Hall Jazz Band showed how easily it could hop from era to era. It could work like a rhythm-and-blues horn section or a tightly arranged little big band if need be, but it could also swi... View More

HooReads! Reception with Ken Elzinga

  • October 30, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Times: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-2703

HooReads! is an exciting new global reading program for alumni, families, and friends focusing on a recent U.Va. faculty book. The first HooReads! will focus on The Mystery of the Invisible Hand: A Henry Spearman Mystery by Marshall Jevons, U.Va.’s esteemed Economics Professor Kenneth G. Elzinga. On October 30th, Ken Elzinga will be at the Boar’s Head Inn for a reception, discussion, and signing of his latest book (fear not if you haven’t read the previous mysteries in the Hen... View More

The Art of Mark King

  • October 30, 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".

7th Annual Doggie Howl-O-Ween

  • October 30, 2014
  • Venue: Main Street Arena
  • Times: 5:00-8:00pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 230 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville, Georgetown Veterinary Hospital, Travel by Patty Benford, Sammy Snacks, Main Street Arena, Yellow Cab, Virginia National Bank, Brown Subaru, Payne Ross & Associates, and the Charlottesville Newsplex are pleased to announce the 7th Annual Doggie Howl-O-Ween on Thursday, October 30 on the Historic Downtown Mall! Proceeds of Doggie Howl-O-Ween benefit the Amanda Benford Cure for Canine Cancer Research. Doggie Howl-O-Ween will take plac... View More

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!"

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