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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 Jul 27, 2016

“On the Farm with Mr. Monroe” Foreign Language Camp: July Session

  • July 27, 2016 - July 29, 2016
  • Venue: James Monroe's Highland
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-8000

Highland, home of President James Monroe, in a partnership with the Speak! Language Center and the Alliance Française of Charlottesville, is once again hosting the foreign language camp On the Farm with Mr. Monroe. Designed for children ages 5-10, the language camp now includes either French or Spanish instruction! Classes will be held Monday through Friday, July 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.* This five-day camp, held at James Monroe’s historic estate, will include French or S... View More

2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • July 27, 2016 - August 07, 2016
  • Times: Event times vary
  • Location: Dunlop Pavilion
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy at Wintergreen Resort.  Presented by Wintergreen Performing Arts. 8AM. Classical music played by a fully professional orchestra and guest artists in the setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine.  434-325-8292. 

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd

  • July 27, 2016 - August 14, 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

What is a shadow? In a literal sense, it is the obscured imprint cast by light hitting an object in its path. But besides these silent and shaded doubles, what other parts of our lives have been left in darkness? This exhibition explores the metaphorical “shadows” of the tragedies, ideologies, and controversies of the past that still influence contemporary societies across the globe. Using works that address the legacy of specific issues such as war, slavery, poverty, and sexism, Cas... View More

Fearsome Ink: The English Gothic Novel to 1830

  • July 27, 2016 - August 15, 2016
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
  • Address: 160 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
  • Phone: 434-243-1776

From 1765 to 1830 English readers eagerly embraced the novels and chapbook “shilling shockers” comprising the new genre of Gothic fiction. Today these editions are rare survivals, yet this profusion of “fearsome ink” has profoundly influenced the world’s literary and popular culture. Drawing from the Sadleir-Black Collection and the recently acquired Maurice Lévy Collection—jointly the world’s finest holding of English Gothic fiction—this e... View More

Free Yoga at the UVA Amphitheater

  • July 27, 2016 - August 03, 2016
  • Times: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: Mcintire Amphitheater, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join yoga instructors from UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center and Common Ground Healing Arts at the UVA Amphitheater for a fun and restorative evening of yoga for all ages and abilities. Please bring your own mat or towel. Be sure to check the CSC Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UVaCSC) to get the latest updates on weekly highlights, instructors, and any potential cancellation due to inclement weather.

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • July 27, 2016 - October 26, 2016
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 6PM to 8:30PM
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery. 6PM to 8:30PM. Held in our event hall (the original brewpub space).  540-456-8020. July 27 Pat Anderson August 3 Koda Kerl August 10 Who Shot John August 17 Matt Johnson August 24 Jacob Allen August 31 Greg Ward September 7 David Tewksbury September 14 Matthew Howard September 21 The Old-Time Snake Milkers More performers to be announced  

Masters of Contemporary Art

  • July 27, 2016 - October 28, 2016
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 306 E Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8087

The gallery will be exhibiting limited edition original prints and exhibition posters made by the artists' hand. Mediums include screenprints, stone lithography, drypoint etching, and more. Artists exhibited include Ellsworth Kelly, Salvador Dali, Georges Braque, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Sam Francis, Philip Pearlstein, John Chamberlain, Andy Warhol, Gerald Laing, Joan Miro, Josef Albers, and more. All welcome. Mon-Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 pm.

Opens: Andy Warhol: Icons

  • July 27, 2016 - September 18, 2016
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

In 2014, The Fralin was the beneficiary of a gift of several works of art by Andy Warhol from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Among these were silkscreens from the significant series Saint Apollonia and Cowboys and Indians, both created by Warhol during the 1980s. In 2016, The Fralin is pleased to present these pieces within the entire larger series of prints, revealing the diverse range of subjects that captivated the iconic artist. The exhibition will pay special tribute to th... View More

Opens: Art Lovers

  • July 27, 2016 - August 14, 2016
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Welcome to The Fralin’s “Summer of Love.” In celebration of this most enduring of emotions, we present a selection of works from the collection that encompass its myriad interpretations by artists throughout the centuries. From allegorical and mythological narratives to contemporary commentaries on same-sex partnerships, this exhibition aims to elicit emotion, yes, but also meditation on the implications of adoration in all its forms. Whether they be cardinal sins or hedonistic... View More

Pints with Ponies at Stable Craft Brewing

  • July 27, 2016
  • Times: 5 pm - 7 pm
  • Location: Stable Craft Brewing
  • Area: Regional - Augusta County
  • Address: 375 Madrid Road, Waynesboro, VA 22980
  • Phone: 540-490-2609

Pints with Ponies at Stable Craft Brewing | Wednesday Nights | 5-7 pm Come visit with the horses of our farm and enjoy a farm fresh beer and a juicy burger from our taproom. We will provide carrots and the know how to feed the Clydesdales and other horses of our farm. A fun event for all. (Children must be supervised by an adult for this event) Stable Craft Brewing, a new farm brewery in Waynesboro. Home to hop fields and horses, Stable Craft currently host weddings, rehearsals and company r... View More

Pub Quiz Night

  • July 27, 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!

Quiet Fire

  • July 27, 2016
  • Venue: The Bebedero
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 313 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Quiet Fire – “Quiet Fire deftly weaves the improvisational excitement of jazz with exotic elements of Eastern folk themes and trance music, conjuring a fresh new sound both mysterious and beautiful. Each tune on Jarjuna is distinctive in it’s own way, constructed to take advantage of the unusual instrumentation, and the wide the variety of styles and sounds put forth by the talented band members.” — Gary Funston, WTJU All Ages / Free

Shakespeare by the Book: Four Centuries of Printing, Editing, and Publishing

  • July 27, 2016 - December 31, 2016
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-243-1776

Marking 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, this exhibition celebrates the vibrant, complex, and sometimes contentious history of bringing his works into print. From early editions to contemporary artists’ books, from massive folios to micro-miniature editions, the exhibition offers visitors a glimpse into the varied riches of the Library’s Shakespeare collections. The exhibition will be on display until December 31, 2016. From October 1-26, UVA will host a First Folio as the ... View More

Steal The Prize

  • July 27, 2016
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville Music Showcase presents: Steal The Prize bring their groove-driven rock outfit back to Charlottesville. Branching psychedelic rock and country-western atmospheric epics, these guys pack a hefty amount of influences into a night of music. FREE / 21+

SUP Paddleboard Yoga

  • July 27, 2016 - October 12, 2016
  • Venue: Montfair Resort Farm
  • Location: Montfair Resort Farm with Mango Yoga Adventures
  • Address: 2500 Bezaleel Dr., Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-960-0681

SUP Paddleboard Yoga every Wednesday now through October 12, 2016 at Monfair Resort Farm with Mango Yoga Adventures! Class size is limited to 7 boards, unless you choose the BYOB (bring your own board rate option). Pre-registration is absolutely required as space is limited. Must sign up 12 hrs before class. Sign-ups are through the schedule on the http://www.mangoyogaadventures.com/ website. Cost is $35/person which includes board rental. People must be able to swim and ... View More

The Bonza Spring Sale

  • July 27, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Bonza is Australian slang for ‘great’. For one week only, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is selling all of its bonza merchandise at a 10% discount to community members, and a 15% discount to Kluge-Ruhe members! Support Australian Aboriginal artists in remote communities and your local non-profit museum at the same time by shopping for Mother’s Day gifts, Father’s Day gifts, or even Christmas gifts. Unlike the average retail chain, we are the only shop in the US ... View More

Tying in the Taproom at Starr Hill Brewery with Albemarle Angler

  • July 27, 2016
  • Venue: Starr Hill Brewery
  • Times: 6pm-8pm
  • Address: 5391 Three Notched Road, Crozet, VA 22932-3104
  • Phone: 434-823-5671

Nothing belongs on the tying bench like a good craft brew! We’re partnering with Albemarle Angler to put on a series of fly tying classes the last Wednesday of every month. We will be tying innovative and effective patterns for our region. Seating is limited and going fast. To sign up, please call Albemarle Angler at 434.977.6882. No experience necessary.

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • July 27, 2016 - August 07, 2016
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9:30am-11:00pm
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Come to the 2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival where our theme this July is “Expect the Unexpected.” From our much-anticipated Classics concerts to our not-to-be missed Wild Wednesdays, experience some of the world’s greatest music played by distinguished guest artists and our fully professional orchestra in the setting of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, theatre, film, literature, history, food, and wine. We&rsquo... View More

Yimardoowarra: Artist of the River Exhibition

  • July 27, 2016 - August 21, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 5:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

This exhibition is a career survey of the Aboriginal Australian elder Loongkoonan. At 105 years of age, Loongkoonan is one of Australia’s oldest living contemporary artists. Yimardoowarra: Artist of the River charts the extraordinarily dense late-life career of an Indigenous woman who has brought a century of memory, tradition, and spirituality to her art practice. Curated by Henry F. Skerritt. Cost:FREE

Art Lovers

  • July 27, 2016 - August 01, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: All day
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Welcome to The Fralin’s “Summer of Love.” In celebration of this most enduring of emotions, we present a selection of works from the collection that encompass its myriad interpretations by artists throughout the centuries. From allegorical and mythological narratives to contemporary commentaries on same-sex partnerships, this exhibition aims to elicit emotion, yes, but also meditation on the implications of adoration in all its forms. Whether they be cardinal sins or hedonistic... View More

Opens — Casting Shadows

  • July 27, 2016 - August 14, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd April 15—August 14, 2016 What is a shadow? In a literal sense, it is the obscured imprint cast by light hitting an object in its path. But besides these silent and shaded doubles, what other parts of our lives have been left in darkness? This exhibition explores the metaphorical “shadows” of the tragedies, ideologies, and controversies of the past that still influence contemporary societies across th... View More

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • July 27, 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

Ash Lawn Opera: South Pacific

  • July 27, 2016
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: The Paramount Theater
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The 2016 summer season concludes with South Pacific, an ever-topical story of love in the time of war, and one of the most heralded musicals of all time. Since its premiere in 1949, it has won countless awards, including the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards both for its original run and its 2008 revival. South Pacific tells two love stories, both threatened by prejudice and war, during the American occupation of a beautiful island oasis.

Thursday Jul 28, 2016

“On the Farm with Mr. Monroe” Foreign Language Camp: July Session

  • July 28, 2016 - July 29, 2016
  • Venue: James Monroe's Highland
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-8000

Highland, home of President James Monroe, in a partnership with the Speak! Language Center and the Alliance Française of Charlottesville, is once again hosting the foreign language camp On the Farm with Mr. Monroe. Designed for children ages 5-10, the language camp now includes either French or Spanish instruction! Classes will be held Monday through Friday, July 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.* This five-day camp, held at James Monroe’s historic estate, will include French or S... View More

2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • July 28, 2016 - August 07, 2016
  • Times: Event times vary
  • Location: Dunlop Pavilion
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy at Wintergreen Resort.  Presented by Wintergreen Performing Arts. 8AM. Classical music played by a fully professional orchestra and guest artists in the setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine.  434-325-8292. 

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