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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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Monday Apr 27, 2015

Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents Russ Warren: WORKS

  • April 27, 2015 - May 03, 2015
  • Times: Monday-Friday 9-5 pm, Saturday-Sunday 1-5 pm
  • Location: Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School
  • Address: 898 Woodberry Forest Rd, Woodberry Forest, VA 22989
  • Phone: 434-882-2620

Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2014 27 March – 3 May 2015 Gallery Talk by the Artist, Sunday, 19 April, 2 p.m. Closing Reception, Sunday 3 May, 2 – 4 p.m. Woodberry Forest School is pleased to present the traveling exhibition Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2015 from March 27 through 3 May 2015. The show will travel to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in October 2015. Warren, a professor of art at Davidson College from ... View More

Bring Your Own Bottle Recycling Initiative at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • April 27, 2015 - April 30, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewery/Restaurant/Shopping Village
  • Times: 11:30 am- 11pm
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewery
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

Starting April 1 and running the entire month, in celebration of Earth Day, Wild Wolf Brewing Company will be a recycling location for glass bottles (22 oz.) or larger. For every 5 bottles received, Wild Wolf Brewing Company will give (1) dining dollar that can be used toward a meal at Wild Wolf. The bottles will be put into Wild Wolf’s LOVE the Earth glass garden for the month long event – the goal is to spell “LOVE” with the bottles. At the end of the month they will b... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • April 27, 2015 - 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

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • April 27, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Red and the Romantics

  • April 27, 2015
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 7pm-10pm
  • Location: The Whiskey Jar
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-249-9268

Songwritter Erik Red Knierim sings his original music, accompanied by Steve Riggs on upright bass with Betty Jo Dominick on accordion and back up vocals. The trio will serenade you into the evening on the Downtown mall Charlottesville, Va. Come enjoy the warm southern atmosphere and down home cookin!

Tempo Fundraiser for SARA

  • April 27, 2015
  • Venue: Tempo Restaurant
  • Times: Dinner Time
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 117 5th Street SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-244-0217

Tempo and the UVA Jazz Band, directed by John D’Earth, are holding a free event on Monday, April 27 as a way to raise donations and awareness of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA). The band will start playing at 8pm. Chef Brice Cunningham will be offering delicious small plates at the bar in exchange for donations - 100% of the donations for these dishes will go to SARA! Donation boxes will be available on the bar so please bring cash or checks. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverag... View More

Tempo Fundraiser for SARA

  • April 27, 2015
  • Venue: Tempo Restaurant
  • Times: Dinner Time
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 117 5th Street SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-244-0217

Tempo and the UVA Jazz Band, directed by John D’Earth, are holding a free event on Monday, April 27 as a way to raise donations and awareness of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA). The band will start playing at 8pm. Chef Brice Cunningham will be offering delicious small plates at the bar in exchange for donations - 100% of the donations for these dishes will go to SARA! Donation boxes will be available on the bar so please bring cash or checks. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverag... View More

ATM Unit

  • April 27, 2015
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(AP) CHARLOTTESVILLE – Practices for bassassin Dane Alderson’s new trio have been moved to a secret facility said to be located miles below the streets of Belmont. UN inspectors worry the group (which also features guitarist Mark Miller and drummer Mike Taylor) has harnessed Jazz Fusion Reaction (JFR), which gives off heat approaching that of the core of the Earth. FEMA released a memo last week urging Charlottesville residents, “…the safest to be during an ‘Alder... View More

Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

Art and Country

  • April 28, 2015 - 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

Audubon to the present day: The Art of Natural History

  • April 28, 2015 - June 21, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942
  • Phone: 540-832-7679

The gallery exhibit features original work by masters of Natural History Art from the 1700's to the presents. Works exhibited from John James AUDUBON'S "Birds of America", hand colored botanical engravings by James SOWERBY and William CURTIS, and works by the present day most celebrated, award winning Bird artist :Ron LOUQUE. All original period works just as the artists created them, no reproductions. Additional works by William ROSCOE, John LATHAM, John KEULEMANS, Ferdinand VIETZ, Lo... View More

Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents Russ Warren: WORKS

  • April 28, 2015 - May 03, 2015
  • Times: Monday-Friday 9-5 pm, Saturday-Sunday 1-5 pm
  • Location: Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School
  • Address: 898 Woodberry Forest Rd, Woodberry Forest, VA 22989
  • Phone: 434-882-2620

Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2014 27 March – 3 May 2015 Gallery Talk by the Artist, Sunday, 19 April, 2 p.m. Closing Reception, Sunday 3 May, 2 – 4 p.m. Woodberry Forest School is pleased to present the traveling exhibition Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2015 from March 27 through 3 May 2015. The show will travel to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in October 2015. Warren, a professor of art at Davidson College from ... View More

Bring Your Own Bottle Recycling Initiative at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • April 28, 2015 - April 30, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewery/Restaurant/Shopping Village
  • Times: 11:30 am- 11pm
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewery
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

Starting April 1 and running the entire month, in celebration of Earth Day, Wild Wolf Brewing Company will be a recycling location for glass bottles (22 oz.) or larger. For every 5 bottles received, Wild Wolf Brewing Company will give (1) dining dollar that can be used toward a meal at Wild Wolf. The bottles will be put into Wild Wolf’s LOVE the Earth glass garden for the month long event – the goal is to spell “LOVE” with the bottles. At the end of the month they will b... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • April 28, 2015 - 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

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • April 28, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Special Event: An Evening with Dave Rawlings Machined

  • April 28, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 7pm; Show 8pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

About Dave Rawlings Machine: Dave Rawlings is an award winning guitar player, singer, songwriter, and producer best known for his work with Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Ryan Adams. His Machine's debut album A Friend Of A Friend was released in 2009 on Acony Records. He was voted 2012 Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year. The Dave Rawlings Machine will provide a night of distinctive picking, high lonesome songs, and many other fine acoustic entertainments. Hide

Traditional Session

  • April 28, 2015
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

All are welcome to come play or listen to traditional Irish music each Tuesday! Newcomers always welcome. Here's Céad Míle Fáilte to friend and to rover That's a greeting that's Irish as Irish can be It means you are welcome A thousand times over Wherever you come from, Whosoever you be

James Monroe's 257th Birthday

What have you learned about James Monroe lately? Join us during the afternoon of Tuesday, April 28th to celebrate the 257th anniversary of James Monroe’s birth. Colonel Monroe himself will be on grounds to speak with visitors, answer questions, and accept birthday wishes. Revised in 2013, the house tour at Ash Lawn-Highland emphasizes Monroe’s many and varied contributions to our nation's early history through more than 50 years of public service and more elected public offices than... View More

Medicare and Healthcare Advocacy Night

  • April 28, 2015
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: FOCUS Women's Resource Center
  • Address: 953 2nd St. SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-2222

Free one-on-one consultation on: --Medicare and Medigap insurance --Health & well-being concerns (physical, social, mental, emotional health issues) --Care coordination questions Last Tuesday each month at 5:30 p.m. FOCUS Women’s Resource Center, 953 2nd St. SE Pre-registration required. Call 434-293-2222

Travis Elliott & Friends

  • April 28, 2015
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-9526

Charlottesville singer-songwriter and alt rocker Travis Elliott will be in the Rapture lounge every Tuesday night this month. By teaming up with Kristen Bowden on keys, Drex Weaver on “percush” and different special guests each week, Elliott will be able to choose tracks from his extensive solo career as well as some pretty radical covers. 21+ 

Wednesday Apr 29, 2015

Art and Country

  • April 29, 2015 - 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

Audubon to the present day: The Art of Natural History

  • April 29, 2015 - June 21, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942
  • Phone: 540-832-7679

The gallery exhibit features original work by masters of Natural History Art from the 1700's to the presents. Works exhibited from John James AUDUBON'S "Birds of America", hand colored botanical engravings by James SOWERBY and William CURTIS, and works by the present day most celebrated, award winning Bird artist :Ron LOUQUE. All original period works just as the artists created them, no reproductions. Additional works by William ROSCOE, John LATHAM, John KEULEMANS, Ferdinand VIETZ, Lo... View More

Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents Russ Warren: WORKS

  • April 29, 2015 - May 03, 2015
  • Times: Monday-Friday 9-5 pm, Saturday-Sunday 1-5 pm
  • Location: Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School
  • Address: 898 Woodberry Forest Rd, Woodberry Forest, VA 22989
  • Phone: 434-882-2620

Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2014 27 March – 3 May 2015 Gallery Talk by the Artist, Sunday, 19 April, 2 p.m. Closing Reception, Sunday 3 May, 2 – 4 p.m. Woodberry Forest School is pleased to present the traveling exhibition Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2015 from March 27 through 3 May 2015. The show will travel to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in October 2015. Warren, a professor of art at Davidson College from ... View More

Bring Your Own Bottle Recycling Initiative at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • April 29, 2015 - April 30, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewery/Restaurant/Shopping Village
  • Times: 11:30 am- 11pm
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewery
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

Starting April 1 and running the entire month, in celebration of Earth Day, Wild Wolf Brewing Company will be a recycling location for glass bottles (22 oz.) or larger. For every 5 bottles received, Wild Wolf Brewing Company will give (1) dining dollar that can be used toward a meal at Wild Wolf. The bottles will be put into Wild Wolf’s LOVE the Earth glass garden for the month long event – the goal is to spell “LOVE” with the bottles. At the end of the month they will b... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • April 29, 2015 - 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

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • April 29, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

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