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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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Wednesday Feb 10, 2016

Art and Country

  • February 10, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 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 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 the dispossessio... View More

Fish and Fowl

  • February 10, 2016 - June 19, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

This exhibition will explore the diverse cultural connotations exemplified by these representations of feathered and scaled animals. How the animals’ physical and evolutionary traits have impacted their meanings is also examined. The exhibition presents sculptures, paintings, and prints from various time periods and across multiple cultures in which avifauna and aquatic species are prominently depicted.

Jacob Lawrence: Struggle...From the History of the American People

  • February 10, 2016 - June 05, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Throughout a career spanning six decades, the artist Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) maintained an unwavering focus on the human condition and created work that gave pointed and consistent expression to the black experience in America. Lawrence first came to prominence in the Harlem workshops of the 1930s and was among the first African Americans to break the color line in the highly segregated world of modern art. Celebrated for his highly original use of flat tempera color patterns in a style... View More

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • February 10, 2016 - February 24, 2016
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 7PM to 10PM
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery 7PM to 10PM. Held in our event hall, the original brewpub space. 540-456-8020.

Navajo Weaving: Geometry of the Warp and Weft

  • February 10, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Diné (The People) are more commonly known as the Navajo. These Athabascan speakers settled between 1,000 and 1,525 CE—along the regions whose political boundaries we recognize today as Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Originally a hunting and gathering culture, archaeological evidence reveals the Navajo possessed weaving skills to make clothing and other utilitarian objects to support their lifestyle. Women were the weavers. They utilized an upright loom strung with a contin... View More

Pub Quiz Night

  • February 10, 2016
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

Weekly Pub Quiz Night at The TIn Whistle! Join us each week for a chance to flex your mind muscles and win awesome prizes!

Richard Serra: Prints

  • February 10, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

his exhibition will showcase the prints of contemporary icon Richard Serra. Best known for his large scale public sculpture, Serra has consistently maintained a practice in related media including film, drawing, and printmaking. The exhibition features his earliest graphic attempts in lithography from 1972 through more recent works created in 2015.

Roy Lichtenstein & Company: 20th Century Masters of Contemporary Art

  • February 10, 2016 - May 03, 2016
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 306 E Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8087

Graves International Art, the newest Art Gallery in Charlottesville, is currently exhibiting "Roy Lichtenstein & Company: 20th Century Masters of Contemporary Art". The exhibit features original hand-made prints by world renown artists one would find at such destinations as The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, or the Gagosian Gallery. Exhibited artists include but are not limited to: Roy Lichtenstein, Salvador Dali, John Chamberlain, Edvard... View More

The 1963 Danville Civil Rights Movement: the Protests, the People, the Stories

January 22 – April 9, 2016 Artist talk and reception Saturday January 30, 6-8 pm Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm . Sat, 10 am – 3 pm This documentary exhibit with portraits by Charlottesville photographer Tom Cogill and text panels by Emma Edmunds tells the story of the civil rights protests, violence, and protracted legal struggle that gripped Danville, Va., in the summer of 1963, the fall campaign of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the role of the... View More

Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson

  • February 10, 2016 - May 01, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson examines the intersecting careers of two remarkable women who rose to prominence during the late eighteenth century. The artist, musician, and educator Maria Cosway, is now best known as the woman with whom Thomas Jefferson fell in love with while serving as American ambassador to France in 1786. The other, Mary Darby Robinson, was a celebrated English actress, former royal mistress, fashion icon, and one of the l... View More

Valentine’s Beer Dinner at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • February 10, 2016
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 7PM to 9PM
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Valentine’s Beer Dinner at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 7PM to 9PM. The Feast of St. Valentine paired with beer. Enjoy a 5 course special dinner paired with Wild Wolf Brewing Company seasonal brews. Reservations required. 434-361-0088

Wednesday Karaoke @ FIREFLY

  • February 10, 2016
  • Venue: FIREFLY
  • Times: 9 pm - 11pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 1304 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 143-420-2105

Sing your heart out with karaoke nights every Wednesday at Firefly! Hosted by Steve at Thunder Music.

Gang of Thieves

  • February 10, 2016
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville Music Showcase Presents: Gang of Thieves is an unstoppable funky rock and roll machine! Hang on to your hats and get ready for an unforgettable live performance when this funky crew comes to town. Hailing out of Burlington, Vermont, the Gang has become the pinnacle of the modern day touring lifestyle, spending up to 9 months on the road each year. 21+ // FREE

Sausage Party: Beer & Sausage

  • February 10, 2016
  • Venue: FIREFLY
  • Times: 5 pm - 9 pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 1304 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-1050

We'll be pairing sausages and beer on February 10th. Sausage is from Organic Butcher of Charlottesville. Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Kolsch Pairing: Lamb Sausage with apple and goat cheese Ommegang Hennepin Saison Pairing: Sweet Italian Sausage with pickled Cherry Pepper Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Sculpin Pairing: Andouille Chocolate Sausage Bites Thin Sliced on grilled baguette toast points Parkway Brewing Company Raven's Roost Porter Pairing: Hot Italian Sausag... View More

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • February 10, 2016
  • 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

Thursday Feb 11, 2016

Art and Country

  • February 11, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 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 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 the dispossessio... View More

Birdwood Golf Course Junior Indoor Golf Clinic - Golf Skills for Kids at Boar's Head

  • February 11, 2016
  • Times: Thursdays from 4:00pm - 4:45pm
  • Location: Boar's Head Sports Club Gym
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 200 Wellington Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-6083

Birdwood Golf Course Junior Indoor Golf Clinic - Golf Skills for Kids at Boar's Head 6-Week Session at Boar's Head Sports Club Gym Taught by Birdwood Golf Professionals Ages 7 to 10 Each session is $85 per player and has a maximum of 6 participants. Please call Scott Ezell at 434-972-6083 or scott_ezell@boarsheadinn.com for information.

FIREFLY Charlottesville Pinball League

  • February 11, 2016 - December 29, 2016
  • Venue: FIREFLY
  • Times: 6 pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 1304 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Come join the Firefly Charlottesville Pinball League! We will play pinball, enjoy craft beer, local food and best of all make new friends. FIREFLY's game room features a lineup of four classic pinball machines from 1985 to 1990, FIREFLY is proud to host a regular league night! Meetings start at 6pm every Thursday evening. All Skills Welcome! Come to learn rules and technique, socialize, drink delicious beverages, and improve your scores! Please e-mail Dan at purdydans@hotmail.com for more ... View More

Fish and Fowl

  • February 11, 2016 - June 19, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

This exhibition will explore the diverse cultural connotations exemplified by these representations of feathered and scaled animals. How the animals’ physical and evolutionary traits have impacted their meanings is also examined. The exhibition presents sculptures, paintings, and prints from various time periods and across multiple cultures in which avifauna and aquatic species are prominently depicted.

Jacob Lawrence: Struggle...From the History of the American People

  • February 11, 2016 - June 05, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Throughout a career spanning six decades, the artist Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) maintained an unwavering focus on the human condition and created work that gave pointed and consistent expression to the black experience in America. Lawrence first came to prominence in the Harlem workshops of the 1930s and was among the first African Americans to break the color line in the highly segregated world of modern art. Celebrated for his highly original use of flat tempera color patterns in a style... View More

Navajo Weaving: Geometry of the Warp and Weft

  • February 11, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Diné (The People) are more commonly known as the Navajo. These Athabascan speakers settled between 1,000 and 1,525 CE—along the regions whose political boundaries we recognize today as Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Originally a hunting and gathering culture, archaeological evidence reveals the Navajo possessed weaving skills to make clothing and other utilitarian objects to support their lifestyle. Women were the weavers. They utilized an upright loom strung with a contin... View More

Richard Serra: Prints

  • February 11, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

his exhibition will showcase the prints of contemporary icon Richard Serra. Best known for his large scale public sculpture, Serra has consistently maintained a practice in related media including film, drawing, and printmaking. The exhibition features his earliest graphic attempts in lithography from 1972 through more recent works created in 2015.

Roy Lichtenstein & Company: 20th Century Masters of Contemporary Art

  • February 11, 2016 - May 03, 2016
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 306 E Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8087

Graves International Art, the newest Art Gallery in Charlottesville, is currently exhibiting "Roy Lichtenstein & Company: 20th Century Masters of Contemporary Art". The exhibit features original hand-made prints by world renown artists one would find at such destinations as The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, or the Gagosian Gallery. Exhibited artists include but are not limited to: Roy Lichtenstein, Salvador Dali, John Chamberlain, Edvard... View More

Shenandoah University "PT & SKI Program" at Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS)

  • February 11, 2016 - February 25, 2016
  • Times: 9:00 am To be determined
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Phone: 540-545-7238

Seeking individuals with spinal cord injuries, amputation, degenerative diseases of the nervous system, MS, muscular dystrophy, CP, spina bifida, or other ambulation challenges, are invited to participate in a program that combines Physical Therapy and Adaptive Skiing. Almost anyone who walks with canes, crutches, or walker, or uses a wheelchair for mobility can participate in this unique program. The Initial Evaluation by a Physical Therapist student, under the supervision of a licensed PT, t... View More

The 1963 Danville Civil Rights Movement: the Protests, the People, the Stories

January 22 – April 9, 2016 Artist talk and reception Saturday January 30, 6-8 pm Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm . Sat, 10 am – 3 pm This documentary exhibit with portraits by Charlottesville photographer Tom Cogill and text panels by Emma Edmunds tells the story of the civil rights protests, violence, and protracted legal struggle that gripped Danville, Va., in the summer of 1963, the fall campaign of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the role of the... View More

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