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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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Friday Aug 28, 2015

Art and Country

  • August 28, 2015 - 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

Bold Rock After Hours Live Music at Bold Rock Cider

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 6PM to 8PM
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

Gary Randall live at Bold Rock Cider 6PM to 8PM. We hope to see you there! 434-361-1030

Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month at Starr Hill Brewery

  • August 28, 2015 - August 31, 2015
  • Venue: Starr Hill Brewery
  • Times: Wednesday-Friday, 12pm-8pm. Saturdays, 11am-8pm. Sundays, 12pm-6pm.
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 5391 Three Notched Road, Crozet, VA 22932-3104
  • Phone: 434-823-5671

Starr Hill Brewery is proud to celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month in August! Virginia craft beer and Starr Hill have come a long way since 1999, and it’s thanks to you – fans of great beer. Support local in the Tap Room all month long with: -Our special collaboration beer with Hardywood – “Sunnidalia,” a hoppy wheat beer with copious amounts of German Hull Melon hops and a touch of local wildflower honey. -Live local music. -Local food trucks. -Steal the Pint ... View More

Cheers for Charity at Starr Hill Brewery

  • August 28, 2015 - September 04, 2015
  • Venue: Starr Hill Brewery
  • Times: Wednesday-Friday, 12pm-8pm. Saturdays, 11am-8pm. Sundays, 12pm-6pm.
  • Address: 5391 Three Notched Road, Crozet, VA 22932-3104
  • Phone: 434-823-5671

At Starr Hill Brewery, $1 for every pint of beer sold in our Tap Room, every day, is donated to one of many deserving local non-profit organizations. It’s our way of spreading awareness and support for groups that do so much for our community. The month of August supports the American Heart Association.

Court Square Walking Tours

  • August 28, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thurs/Fri - 5:30 pm; Sat - 10 am
  • 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. These Court Square Walking tours will also occur on first Sunday of each month through October.

Crow Jane

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 10:30 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

There’s no telling which corner of the blues universe this Matthew Wilner-led all-star ensemble might start or finish at, but it’s sure to be a helluva ride. 21+ // FREE!!

DJ Frank Rivera

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Former Club 216 resident DJ brings you a fun and surprising mix of EDM and Top 40. Rapture is the place for Charlottesville Saturday night fun.

Equally Opposite / J. Willz / Keese / Danny Lz

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: The Ante Room
  • Times: 9:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Equally Opposite – Dominick Gordo and Zach Parker go by the name E.O (short for Equally Opposite). E.O is an alternative hip hop duo from Virginia. They formed early 2013, and since then have released their first mixtape “Hometown Fengshui”, and a second one entitled “Little To No Fame”. Gordo and Parker’s rapping styles differ from each other, yet also may compliment each other in an equal way. Their range in taste of music varies, and gives you all types of ... View More

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House

  • August 28, 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. August 14 Koda and Marie, August 21 Gina Sobel, August 28 Chris and Goose. September 4 Greg Ward, September 11 and 18 to be announced, September 25 Paulo Franco. More 2015 performers to be announced  

Friday Nights @ Grace Estate Winery

  • August 28, 2015 - October 30, 2015
  • Venue: Grace Estate Winery
  • Times: 6-9pm
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 5273 Mount Juliet Farm, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-823-1486

Join us afterhours every Friday 6-9pm Live Music, Food Trucks, Corn Hole and plenty of fine wine!

Kendall Street Company with Louis Smith at Crozet Pizza Buddhist Biker Bar

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: Crozet Pizza
  • Times: 10:30 till Close
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 20 Elliewood Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-202-0592

Kendall Street Company performs at the Buddhist Biker Bar

Mercy Creek live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • August 28, 2015
  • Times: 9PM
  • Location: Wintergreen Resort
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Mercy Creek live 9PM at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080.

Music: Best Served Cold feat. The Northerners

  • August 28, 2015 - August 30, 2015
  • Venue: Main Street Arena
  • Times: Friday 28 @ 7pm, Sat. 29 @ 12pm, Sun 30 7pm
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 230 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 865-850-4584

Ice Cold Combos, in collaboration with the popular Virginia band, The Northerners, are creating a one of a kind show that features world class professional ice-skating to live music of The Northerners. What sets this show apart from most ice shows or concerts is the fact that audiences have the chance to be sitting within the show, providing a full 360 surrounding experience. In contrast to ideas of “campy” ice skating dresses, classical music, and fairy ice princesses in which ice... View More

OMEGACON 2015

  • August 28, 2015 - August 30, 2015
  • Times: August 28th-30th
  • Location: John Paul Jones Arena
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 295 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-973-2205

OMEGACON is the east coast's fastest growing gaming convention! There are plenty of vendors, video games, computer gaming, tabletop gaming, board game demos, cosplay, guest appearances, and plenty more. This is Omegacon's third year and we're at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, August 28-30, come join us! Live music too!!

Pick Your Own Apples at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • August 28, 2015 - November 09, 2015
  • Times: Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Pick Your Own Apples at Dickie Brothers Orchard. 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. Large variety of apples available. Cider, sweet potatoes, apple butter, jam, and more. Check website for product availability and seasonal hours. 434-277-5516.

Release of "Celestial Saison"

  • August 28, 2015
  • Times: 3pm - 9pm
  • Location: James River Brewery
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 561 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-7837

Join us for the release of Celestial Saison, a fresh-hopped Belgian-style saison with local Chinook hops. We obtained these hops from Celestial Farm in Schuyler.

Rob Cheatham Trio

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

Rob Cheatham Trio – Gunchux frontman brings along some friends for some serious rock and alt. country jams! All Ages // Free!

Southern Living Idea House 2015 - Bundoran Farms

  • August 28, 2015 - December 27, 2015
  • Times: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12pm - 4pm; Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Location: Balwin Center - Bundoran Farms
  • Address: 5005 Edge Valley Road, North Garden, Virginia 22959

Welcome to the 2015 Idea House    "Your home should be the most comfortable place you can imagine," says Bunny Williams. And beautiful, of course. Welcome to our 2015 Idea House, designed by Rosney Co. Architects of Charlottesville, and set in the nine-year-old, 2,300-acre conservation community of Bundoran Farm. We asked Bunny to do what she does best, so we could document every idea and tip needed for you to create the gracious home of your dreams. Read on for the frank... View More

Wolfbane Productions: A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • August 28, 2015 - September 12, 2015
  • Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Times: 8pm Showtimes
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-944-4053

Wolfbane Productions is now debuting their 90’s pop adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, onstage now through September 12, 2015. This outdoor event is playing at the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 22967. This high energy musical rendition of William Shakespeare’s classic, comedic tale is sure to make audiences sing, dance, and cheer from their seats. Featuring nostalgic hits from your favor... View More

Final Fridays

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

Join us for the Museum's most popular, recurring social event: Final Fridays! Enjoy lively conversation with friends, connect with art, listen to music, and snack on tasty food and beverages. Want a quick introduction to one of our exhibitions? Final Fridays now feature spotlight talks by student docents at 6:00 and 6:45 pm, as well as special programs and performances by student groups. This event is free for Museum members; $3 for non-members.

Fridays After Five: Major and the Monbacks

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: 5:30PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 877-272-8849

Fridays After Five is a free, summer-long concert series held at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in downtown Charlottesville, featuring only the best up-and-coming local and regional talent. With entertainment for the whole family, the event has brought the vibrant Cville community together for the last 28 years. Shows begin at 5:30PM--we can't wait to see you there! About Major and the Monbacks: Hailing from Norfolk, VA, Major and the Monbacks have revived the party infused energy of southern sou... View More

Light House Youth Film Festival

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Party: 6:30 PM - cocktail hour & heavy hors d'oeuvres Films: 8:00 PM - screening of student work More About the Flim Festival: Youth Film Festival (YFF) will showcase a variety of films made over the past year giving students the opportunity to share their work with a much wider audience. The Festival is also our most important fundraiser. Many of our 2014 YFF films have been accepted into national festivals including LA Film Festival and Cine Youth Chicago International Film Festival. P... View More

People's Blues of Richmond & The London Souls

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

About People's Blues of Richmond: People’s Blues of Richmond brings a carnival-like mayhem to their dark, blues-infused psychedelia. Their new album, Good Time Suicide, is a study in excess, brimming with ballads of drugs, vice and murder that sonically recall early Led Zeppelin, only weirder and with a modern sheen. Word is starting to spread about the manic intensity of the band’s live performances as they burn up the road in support of Good Time Suicide, sharing bills with a diver... View More

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • August 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

William Walter and Tucker Rogers - Live Music at Glass House Winery

  • August 28, 2015
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 6-9pm
  • Location: Glass House Winery
  • Area: Free Union
  • Address: 5898 Free Union Road, Free Union, VA 22940
  • Phone: 434-975-0094

Join us in the tropics…William Walter and Tucker Rogers perform live at Glass House Winery in Free Union. Friday, August 28th, 6-9 p.m. As always, picnics welcome, Glass House Winery wines and chocolates, as well as packaged meats, cheeses, crackers, etc., are available for purchase in the Tasting Room. We open at noon and our events are Rain or Shine. (*No outside alcohol permitted.) No Cover, regular tasting fees apply. Invite your friends…a good time for all!

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