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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 Sep 18, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 18, 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

  • September 18, 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

Big Blue Door

  • September 18, 2014
  • Venue: C'ville Coffee Co.
  • Times: 8pm - 10pm
  • Location: Cville Coffee
  • Address: 1301 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-817-2633

Locals share true stories inspired by the theme 'Stranger In a Strange Land.' Sean McCord and Joel Jones host. Dinner and Table service begins one hour before showtime!

Big Blue Door Storytelling Jam

TRUE STORIES Every third Thursday of every month starting July 19 we are proud to present our BIG BLUE DOOR JAM, a show of true 6-8 minute stories on changing themes in changing venues! Our inaugural show will be at The Bridge PAI. Starting in August we’ll begin to open the show to volunteers both as storytellers and as teams of judges. So if you want to tell a true story in August come July 19 to sign up, and if you want to volunteer to judge future shows come July 19 to see our format! J... View More

Community Emergency Response Team Training

  • September 18, 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

Court Square Walking Tours

  • September 18, 2014 - September 28, 2014
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am; Sundays: 2:00 pm
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

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: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am; Sundays: 2:00 pm

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • September 18, 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

Greensky Bluegrass

  • September 18, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 7pm; Show 8pm
  • Location: The Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

A quintet from Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass has been touring the country for over 11 years playing their distinct tunes.  Greensky is known for  incorporating rock n roll, dobro tone, and distortion pedals into their music, giving the audience much more than a traditional bluegrass show.  

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • September 18, 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

  • September 18, 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.

Mosaic Lessons

  • September 18, 2014
  • Venue: FIREFISH Gallery
  • Times: 5:30 - 8:00
  • Address: 108 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-1777

Come join in the fun of mosaics. Learn to make a mosaic mirror, flower pot or tray with glittering ceramic tiles. No experience necessary! Classes are taught by local art educator Eileen Butler. Ages 8- 108. Bring a drink or snack to share- BYOB & BYOS(nack)! $20 + the cost of supplies. To sign up: issimaart@gmail.com. Space is limited so early sign up recommended. ***Perfect for "Ladies Night Out", Bachelorette Parties, etc...

Night at the Museum with Red and the Romantics

Join us for Night at the Museum, your opportunity to explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food and music in Charlottesville! With food trucks, beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and music from local band Red and the Romantics, this event is not to be missed. This summer, Night at the Museum also offers a kid's table with fun activities and a play area for babies and toddlers. Not a member? Now is your chance to become one! A special membership offer of $25 per h... View More

Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • September 18, 2014 - October 05, 2014
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 11AM-9PM
  • Location: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • 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.

Thursday Evening Sunset Series

  • September 18, 2014 - September 25, 2014
  • Venue: Carter Mountain Orchard
  • Times: 6-9pm
  • Location: Carter Mountain Orchard
  • Address: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-977-1833

Sunsets at Carter Mountain Orchard and Vineyard brings the community together on Thursdays—May through September—with live music, food, and wine as the sun sets. Visit our website to see who is performing this week! Take in the Charlottesville views from the hillside or one of the two large decks. And come hungry! The Mountain Grill offers a family friendly food selection. Top off dinner with a delectable desert from the Bakery, maybe a fresh cider donut or some refreshing ice cream!... View More

Wildlife Photo Contest to Benefit Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary

  • September 18, 2014 - September 30, 2014
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Monday-Saturday
  • Location: The Great Frame Up
  • Area: Miscellaneous / Independent of Region
  • Address: 1860 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-973-8588

The Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary is holding its first annual Wildlife Photo Contest to further its mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wild animals in Virginia. All local photographers are invited to enter 8x10” photos of Virginia wildlife and landscapes (for a $20 suggested donation directly to Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary) in person at The Great Frame Up,1860 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, during the month of September. All entries will be professionally judged by local photogr... View More

Yappy Hour at Clifton

  • September 18, 2014 - September 25, 2014
  • Venue: Clifton Inn
  • Times: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-971-1800

Clifton has gone to the dogs! Bring your four legged companion to Clifton for Yappy Hour! Join us on our Terrace where you can both meet and greet, play and walk our trails on our 100 acre property.** Select beer and wines are $5 each along with complimentary homemade Clifton dog treats and a amuse bouche for the owners. Enjoy our special Yappy Hour Tasting Menu with 10-12 courses, 50% off for $75 per person. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Caring for Creatures. For more details please... View More

Festival of Squash

  • September 18, 2014 - September 22, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-7424

Join us at McArthur Squash Center (MSC) in September for our second Festival of Squash. Our 2013 inaugural event was a high hit with pro players, amateur players, Boar's Head Sports Club members, and fans of squash all over, and this year promises to be even better. The Festival features five great tournaments running simultaneously.

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

  • September 18, 2014
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 12:30 PM
  • Location: The Paramount Theater
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-295-5395

Celebrating its 15th season, the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival will once again bring unparalleled chamber music to Central Virginia. This year is described as the festival's "most ambitious yet" as the shows will both pay tribute to chamber-musical history and explore the future of chamber music. This FREE lunchtime concert is open to the public!  

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

  • September 18, 2014
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Paramount Theater
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-295-5395

Celebrating its 15th season, the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival will once again bring unparalleled chamber music to Central Virginia. This year is described as the festival's "most ambitious yet" as the shows will both pay tribute to chamber-musical history and explore the future of chamber music. Tonight's Show: Yehudi Wyner Concordance John Zorn Passagen David Ludwig Aria Fantasy for Piano Quartet Johannes Brahms Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in G major, ... View More

The Art of Mark King

  • September 18, 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".

Third Thursday Music Series

  • September 18, 2014
  • Venue: Trump Winery
  • Times: 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Address: 3550 Blenhiem Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Enjoy FREE live music in the Tasting Room from 6-8PM on the third Thursday of every month. Tastings, glass pours, and bottles of wine will be available for purchase. Come and join us for a relaxing night of good music and great wine!

Friday Sep 19, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 19, 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

  • September 19, 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

BGF Battle of the Bands

  • September 19, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: 7-11pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-973-0993

The 2014 Building Goodness Foundations (BGF) Battle of the Bands and Rockin’ Auction is BGF’s annual fundraiser, providing support for the work that we do year-round while also giving you a fun night out on the town! Guests will rock the night away while enjoying delicious food and drink and rallying around five local bands, including Lord Nelson and others. You can vote early and often for your favorite band and the one that raises the largest total will win the battle – and b... View More

Court Square Walking Tours

  • September 19, 2014 - September 28, 2014
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am; Sundays: 2:00 pm
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

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: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am; Sundays: 2:00 pm

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