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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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Sunday Dec 21, 2014

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • December 21, 2014 - December 28, 2014
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday-Sunday 1-5 PM
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild New Paintings in Oil and Encaustic 21 November – 28 December 2014 Opening Reception Friday, 21 November, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present as the final exhibition of 2014, Annie Harris Massie, Cultivated Wild. The show will run from 21 November through 28 December 2014 with an Opening Reception on Friday, 21 November from 5:30 – 7:30. Lynchburg Virginia artist Massie is well known and wi... View More

Art and Country

  • December 21, 2014 - 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

Bethlehem Village on the Grounds of Hebron Baptist Church

  • December 21, 2014
  • Times: 6PM to 9PM
  • Location: Hebron Baptist Church
  • Address: 66 Tanbark Road, Afton, Virginia 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-6863

Bethlehem Village on the Grounds of Hebron Baptist Church. 6PM to 9PM. Early opening on Sunday, December 21 at 5PM.  A tradition for over a decade. The Village of Bethlehem, a full-fledged modern day reprisal of the first century village of Bethlehem complete with reenactment of Christ’s birth, singing angels, roman guards, an olive press, working looms, carpenter’s, weapon’s and scribe shops, and yes…even live camels and wise men come to life. Much more than just a... View More

Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas at Wintergreen Resort

  • December 21, 2014 - December 30, 2014
  • Times: 10AM
  • Location: Wintergreen Resort
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-8180

Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas at Wintergreen Resort  10AM to 10PM. Celebrate the most magical time of year at Wintergreen with holiday craft workshops, holiday concerts, Santa on the slopes, and story time with Mrs. Claus. Don’t forget fabulous skiing, riding and tubing. Call 434-325-8180 for program details. 434-325-2200 www.wintergreenresort.com

Boar's Head Holiday Tea

  • December 21, 2014 - December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Times: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Boar's Head
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-2230

Enjoy classic Tea Service in the Old Mill Room accompanied with Sandwiches, Jam Filled Cookies, Petit Almond Cake, Fruit Tartlets, and Warm Scones.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • December 21, 2014 - 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

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm.
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection presents Gurari – Saltwater Drinker, an exhibition of works by Melbourne-based artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam), August 29 - December 21, 2014. Gurari brings together nine of Idagi’s sculptural works that serve as a visual memoir of Mer (Murray Island), his home in the Torres Strait. Made of a wide variety of materials, from raffia and feathers to beer cans and wrought iron, the works comment on political and social issues facing Torres Strait Islanders today w... View More

Holiday Evening Tours

  • December 21, 2014 - December 30, 2014
  • Times: 5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6pm
  • Location: Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9800

These small-group house tours, which include the Dome Room, offer visitors an intimate look at how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson's time, plus the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on each date. $45; reserved tickets are required. Please note: Holiday Evening Tours are not recommended for children under age 6. Portions of this tour are not handicapped-accessible.

Holiday Open House at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery

  • December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery
  • Times: 11AM to 5PM
  • Address: 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, Virginia 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1266

Holiday Open House at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery 11AM to 5PM. Taste true to the fruit wines and authentic honey meads, paired with food samples. Shop for gifts in our gift shop. 434-361-1266.

Live Music, Brewery Tours and Steal the Glass at Wild Wolf Brewing

Live Music, Brewery Tours and Steal the Glass at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Brewery tours at 2PM, 3:30PM and 5PM. Steal the Pint Glass 5PM to 10PM excluding holidays (1per customer). Live music: December 7 Eli Cook 2PM to 5PM. December 14 Phil West 2PM to 5PM. December 21 Chad Cash 2PM to 5PM. December 28 Jason Frye 2PM to 5PM. 434-361-0088.

London’s National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men

  • December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 7pm on December 21, 2014; 7pm on March 15, 2015
  • Location: Paramount Theater
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live.  This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award wi... View More

Overdog - Live at Glass House Winery

  • December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 2pm - 5pm
  • 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…at Glass House Winery in Free Union, VA. Sunday, December 21st, Overdog, featuring Stephen Barling, Chris Leva, Stuart Holme, and Paul Rossner, will be performing live from 2 to 5pm. Picnics welcome, indoor and outdoor seating available (no outside alcohol permitted). Glass House Winery wines and chocolates, and an assortment of packaged meats, cheeses, crackers, etc. are available for purchase in the Tasting Room. We open at noon, no reservations, no cover, regu... View More

Release of VDN and Bollicine at Afton Mountain Vineyards

  • December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Afton Mountain Vineyards
  • Times: 11AM to 5:30PM
  • Address: 234 Vineyard Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8667

Release of VDN and Bollicine at Afton Mountain Vineyards. 11AM to 5:30PM. Our new Port-style “VDN” (Vin Doux Naturele) and 2012 brut sparkling “Bollicine” will be released to the tasting list for this day only. The perfect gift or holiday treat awaits! 540-456-8667. Route 631 (Off Route 6)

Sarah White & Sian Richards present "The Country Christmas Show"

  • December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 7pm; Show 7:30pm
  • Location: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Address: 103 S 1st Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
  • Phone: 800.594.84990

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Blue Ridge Area Food Bank The Country Christmas Show is a downtown family tradition. Hosted by the (All New) Acorn Sisters (Sarah White and Sian Richards) who channel the Carter Family in glittery angel wings and anchored by the honest country sound of Jim Waive & the Young Divorcees, the show promises more down home country music than you can shake a stick at, plus more twinkly lights than this side of Belmont on a cold winter's night. As always... View More

Twelve Beers of Christmas at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

  • December 21, 2014 - December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Times: 11:30AM to 10PM (Closing 5PM on December 24)
  • Address: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-361-1001

Twelve Beers of Christmas at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 11:30AM to 10PM.(Closing 5PM on December 24)Naughty or nice we’re featuring a different beer each day for all to enjoy!  On their designated day, the 12 Beers of Christmas pints will be available at a special price. Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001.  

Chad Cash

Chad Cash sings good ol’ fashioned, honest country songs. ALL AGES // FREE

The Art of Mark King

  • December 21, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12pm-5pm
  • Location: Graves Fine Art Galleries
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

"MARK KING LEGACY EXHIBIT" commemorating 35 years representing the Internationally Acclaimed "Champion of Impressionism" who passed away in April at the age of 83.  Featuring his last paintings, including "Fishing Boats at Cassis", "Oceanside", "Portofino", "Virginia Hunt", and his final painting, "Thunderheads".

Monday Dec 22, 2014

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • December 22, 2014 - December 28, 2014
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday-Sunday 1-5 PM
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild New Paintings in Oil and Encaustic 21 November – 28 December 2014 Opening Reception Friday, 21 November, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present as the final exhibition of 2014, Annie Harris Massie, Cultivated Wild. The show will run from 21 November through 28 December 2014 with an Opening Reception on Friday, 21 November from 5:30 – 7:30. Lynchburg Virginia artist Massie is well known and wi... View More

Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas at Wintergreen Resort

  • December 22, 2014 - December 30, 2014
  • Times: 10AM
  • Location: Wintergreen Resort
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-8180

Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas at Wintergreen Resort  10AM to 10PM. Celebrate the most magical time of year at Wintergreen with holiday craft workshops, holiday concerts, Santa on the slopes, and story time with Mrs. Claus. Don’t forget fabulous skiing, riding and tubing. Call 434-325-8180 for program details. 434-325-2200 www.wintergreenresort.com

Boar's Head Holiday Tea

  • December 22, 2014 - December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Times: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Boar's Head
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-2230

Enjoy classic Tea Service in the Old Mill Room accompanied with Sandwiches, Jam Filled Cookies, Petit Almond Cake, Fruit Tartlets, and Warm Scones.

Community Shopping Event for Building Goodness

  • December 22, 2014
  • Times: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Ten Thousand Villages
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 105 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-9470

Ten Thousand Villages Charlottesville, 105 West Main Street, is partnering with Building Goodness Foundation on Monday, December 22nd to spread the message of fair trade and cross-cultural understanding. Building Goodness connects skilled volunteers from the design and construction industry with vulnerable communities at home and abroad. A portion of sales on 2 pm to 6 pm will be donated to Building Goodness to build critically needed schools, clinics, homes, and centers for ecological and econ... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • December 22, 2014 - 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

Holiday Evening Tours

  • December 22, 2014 - December 30, 2014
  • Times: 5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6pm
  • Location: Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9800

These small-group house tours, which include the Dome Room, offer visitors an intimate look at how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson's time, plus the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on each date. $45; reserved tickets are required. Please note: Holiday Evening Tours are not recommended for children under age 6. Portions of this tour are not handicapped-accessible.

Twelve Beers of Christmas at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

  • December 22, 2014 - December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Times: 11:30AM to 10PM (Closing 5PM on December 24)
  • Address: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-361-1001

Twelve Beers of Christmas at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 11:30AM to 10PM.(Closing 5PM on December 24)Naughty or nice we’re featuring a different beer each day for all to enjoy!  On their designated day, the 12 Beers of Christmas pints will be available at a special price. Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001.  

ATM Unit

  • December 22, 2014
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • 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

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