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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 May 28, 2015

Art and Country

  • May 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

  • May 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

Court Square Walking Tours

  • May 28, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thurs/Fri - 5:30 pm; Sat - 10 am; Sun - 2 pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • 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: Thursday and Fridays: 5:30 pm. Saturdays: 10:00 am. Sundays: 2:00 pm.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • May 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

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival

  • May 28, 2015 - July 04, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival is a six-week celebration of more than fifty special events held along the Jefferson Heritage Trail (JHT), between Thomas Jefferson's two homes of Monticello and Poplar Forest. Walk in Jefferson's footsteps and capture the historic flavor of his era as interpreted in the 21st century, just a short drive from Charlottesville, Richmond and Northern Virginia. Held from Memorial Day to July 4th, the trail will be a hub of events that promise to inspire, entertain... View More

Les Yeux du Monde presents Russ Warren: Zaragoza 8 May – 7 June 2015

  • May 28, 2015 - June 07, 2015
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday - Sunday, 1-5 pm
  • Location: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Russ Warren: Zaragoza 8 May – 7 June 2015 Les Yeux du Monde presents Russ Warren: Zaragoza from 8 May – 7 June 2015. There will be an opening reception on Friday, 8 May from 5:30 – 7:30 and a lunch with the artist on Wednesday, 20 May at noon (reservations required, $15, free for Collectors Club). This show will highlight large multi-panel paintings that Warren has created in the past two years, inspired by his favorite Spanish painters, Diego V... View More

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Critzer Family Farm!

  • May 28, 2015 - June 07, 2015
  • Times: Mon-Sat 8AM to 6PM
  • Location: Critzer Family Farm
  • Address: 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-4772

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Critzer Family Farm! Open Monday - Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Specials on flowers and hanging baskets. Also available: fresh vegetables, plants for your vegetable garden, and jams and jellies. Don't forget the Homemade Ice Cream! 540-456-4772  

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Seaman’s Orchard

  • May 28, 2015 - June 07, 2015
  • Times: M-F 8AM-7PM, Sat 8AM-4PM, Sun 12:30PM-5PM
  • Location: Seaman’s Orchard
  • Address: 415 Dark Hollow Road, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-8130

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Seaman’s Orchard. Monday through Friday 8AM to 7PM, Saturday 8AM to 4PM, and Sunday 12:30PM to 5PM. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with sweet fresh strawberries! We have pick-your-own strawberries and pre-picked strawberries upon request. We offer containers to use when picking or you may bring your own. Our strawberries are sold by the pound if you pick them and by the quart if they are pre-picked. A price break is given i... View More

Thursday Evening Sunset Series at Carter Mountain with Local Vocals

  • May 28, 2015
  • Venue: Carter Mountain Orchard
  • Times: 6-9 pm
  • Address: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-977-1833

Sunsets at Carter Mountain Orchard bring the community together on Thursdays—May through September—with live music, food, wine, and good times! This week the Orchard welcomes acoustic trio Local Vocals to the stage. Take in the Charlottesville views from the hillside or one of the Orchard’s two large decks. And come hungry! The Mountain Grill offers a family friendly dinner selection starting at 5 pm. Top off dinner with a delectable dessert from the Bakery, maybe a fresh cide... View More

Virginia Women in History

  • May 28, 2015 - May 30, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

This exhibit explores the often overlooked contributions of women to Virginia history. Eight women are honored in this exhibition who have had an impact on local, national, and international history. Come celebrate these women from the past and present who have served their Virginia communities. This is a traveling exhibition courtesy of the Library of Virginia with support from the Virginia Business & Professional Women’s Foundation Fund.

Yappy Hour at Clifton Inn

  • May 28, 2015 - October 01, 2015
  • Venue: Clifton Inn
  • Times: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-971-1800

Every Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm 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.** Beer and wine will be available, as well as complimentary snacks for the people AND the pups! 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Caring for Creatures. For more details please call (434) 971-1800. **Ruff and Ready Rules: ... View More

An Evening with Pierre Bensusan

  • May 28, 2015
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: DOORS 6:00 PM SHOW 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Southern Café & Music Hall
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-TIXX

Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album "Encore" (2014), "Rose d'Or" of the Montreux Festival for his first album, "Près de Paris" (Switzerland, 1976), "Best World Music Guitar Player " par the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time.   If “World Music” is music th... View More

Memoir of Place: Sue Eisenfeld and Shenandoah National Park

  • May 28, 2015
  • Venue: WriterHouse
  • Times: 7:00PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1922

Eisenfeld's hikes in the Shenandoah National Park over decades compelled her to investigate and write about the history of the creation of the park in the context of her experiences of it, in her book Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal. Free and open to the public.

Vineyard-to-Table Dinner

  • May 28, 2015
  • Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Area: Route 29 South
  • Address: 5022 Plank Rd, North Garden, VA 22959
  • Phone: 434-218-1445

Join us for an evening celebrating our culinary heritage at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. The festivities will begin with welcome cocktails followed by a tour of our Chef's Garden and a cooking demonstration by our Executive Chef Bill Scatena. After the tour and demo, guests will enjoy a three-course wine dinner featuring locally-sourced, seasonal cuisine. This event is part of Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival, a six-week celebration at up to 30 venues along the Jefferson Heritage Trail,... View More

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • May 28, 2015
  • 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

Friday May 29, 2015

Art and Country

  • May 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

  • May 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

Bold Rock After Hours Concert at Bold Rock Cider

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 7PM to 9PM
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

Bold Rock After Hours Concert at Bold Rock Cider. Live music by Gold Top Country Ramblers. 7PM to 9PM. Come enjoy some tunes at the Cidery! Doors open at 7PM. Cover charge. We hope to see you there! 434-361-1030.

Court Square Walking Tours

  • May 29, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thurs/Fri - 5:30 pm; Sat - 10 am; Sun - 2 pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • 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: Thursday and Fridays: 5:30 pm. Saturdays: 10:00 am. Sundays: 2:00 pm.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • May 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

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House

  • May 29, 2015 - September 25, 2015
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Barrel House
  • Times: 5PM to 9PM
  • Location: Blue Mountain Barrel House
  • Address: 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA 22922
  • Phone: 434-263-4002

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House. Live Music Outside every Friday 6PM to 8PM. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy panoramic mountain views. Food truck open 5PM to 9PM.  Open 7 days a week 11AM for tastings, tours, pints and beer to go. 434-263-4002.  May 22 Jelly Street Jazz, May 29 Darcy Dawn Duo June 5 Greg Ward, June 12 Jason Burke and Bill Staton, June 19 Erin and The Wildfire, June 26 Paulo Franco. More 2015 performers to be announced  

Fridays After Five

  • May 29, 2015 - September 11, 2015
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902

Fridays After Five is a FREE concert series every Friday, April 17 - September 11. Fridays After Five, presented by Bud Light, continues to be Charlottesville's favorite live concert series. 2015 will be the 28th year of free live music and fun. Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our community. The spring and summer schedule features local artists of myria... View More

Hopeless Pyromaniacs live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 7PM to 10PM
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Hopeless Pyromaniacs live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 7PM to 10PM. 434-361-0088.

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival

  • May 29, 2015 - July 04, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival is a six-week celebration of more than fifty special events held along the Jefferson Heritage Trail (JHT), between Thomas Jefferson's two homes of Monticello and Poplar Forest. Walk in Jefferson's footsteps and capture the historic flavor of his era as interpreted in the 21st century, just a short drive from Charlottesville, Richmond and Northern Virginia. Held from Memorial Day to July 4th, the trail will be a hub of events that promise to inspire, entertain... View More

Katherine Shaver and Friends live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill

  • May 29, 2015
  • 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.

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