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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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Tuesday Sep 01, 2015

Art and Country

  • September 01, 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

Barney J. Conrath: A Photography Retrospective in Black & White

  • September 01, 2015
  • Venue: FIREFISH Gallery
  • Times: 5:30 - 8:00
  • Address: 108 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-1777

Barney J. Conrath: A Black & White Photography Retrospective. Please join us for in intimate evening with the artist. His work captures the eerie majesty of nature and the gritty power of man made machines. Barney was inspired to finally show his work in a gallery setting after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Profits from the exhibit will be donated to the UVA School of Medicine.

Drumheller’s Orchard Open for the Season

  • September 01, 2015 - September 22, 2015
  • Times: 9AM to 5PM
  • Location: Drumheller's Orchard
  • Address: 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane, Lovingston, Virginia 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-5036

Drumheller’s Orchard Open for the Season with peaches, peaches and more peaches! 9AM to 5PM. We are a 5th generation family farm in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia. Open Monday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM, Sunday 12Noon to 5PM. Enjoy our homemade peach ice cream throughout peach season! 434-263-5036.

Forest Lakes Farmers Market

  • September 01, 2015 - October 27, 2015
  • Times: 4pm - 7pm
  • Location: Forest Lakes South Pool & Tennis Center
  • Address: 1650 Ashwood Boulevard, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
  • Phone: 434-977-2033x33

Enjoy and celebrate the seasonal bounty of our region's finest in autumn and winter fruits and vegetables; pastured poultry, beef and pork; farm-fresh eggs; locally-made cheese, butter and yogurt; home-baked breads, cakes, cookies and other sweet treats;  artisan herbal teas; naturally-fermented foods and beverages; homemade jams, jellies and sauces; baking mixes; regionally-sourced seafood; local wines; fresh and dried foods and herbs; honey; specialty foods; and arts and crafts all year... View More

Free Ballroom Dancing Lessons

  • September 01, 2015
  • Times: 8:45 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Location: Newcomb Ballroom - UVa
  • Address: 180 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904

Have you always wanted to learn how to dance? The Ballroom Dance Club at UVa is hosting their semesterly free lessons, for the first time ever in the Newcomb Ballroom! Come by the third floor of Newcomb at 8:45 on 9/1 and 8:00 on 9/9 to get free dancing instruction taught by national Dancesport champion and UVa Class of 2019 dancer Ana-Maria Cernev and other club members! No experience is necessary, but remember to bring socks! Visit our Facebook event or www.ballroomatuva.org for more ... View More

Let's Mosaic Ladies!

  • September 01, 2015
  • Venue: FIREFISH Gallery
  • Times: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Firefish Gallery
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 108 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-1777

Please join us for a fun night of mosaic making! Bring some Spring into your life with mosaic flower pots! Learn how to make a colorful mosaic flower pot- it's fun and easy! No art experience necessary. Adults only. Feel free to bring wine, beer, drinks or snacks to share! $20 plus cost of supplies!

Pat Olwell and Friends

  • September 01, 2015
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 3pm-6pm
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

Legendary flute maker and player brings together a group of friends to perform an afternoon of instrumental irish tunes. No cover.

Pick Your Own Apples at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 01, 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.

Traditional Session

  • September 01, 2015
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

All are welcome to come play or listen to traditional Irish music each Tuesday! Newcomers always welcome. Here's Céad Míle Fáilte to friend and to rover That's a greeting that's Irish as Irish can be It means you are welcome A thousand times over Wherever you come from, Whosoever you be

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

  • September 01, 2015
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 6PM; Show 8PM
  • Location: The Southern Cafe & Music Hall
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

“Our music definitely hearkens another era,” says Nicki Bluhm, “but at the same time, we want it to be contemporary. Reflective of now even though it nods to other times. We want it to be vintage modern.”

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • September 01, 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

Wednesday Sep 02, 2015

Art and Country

  • September 02, 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

First Wednesday at King Family Vineyards

  • September 02, 2015
  • Venue: King Family Vineyards
  • Times: 5pm - 8pm
  • Location: King Family Vineyards
  • Address: 6550 Roseland Farm Lane, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-823-7800

First Wednesday - September 2nd Join us Wednesday, September 2nd for our monthly First Wednesday. Grab a glass of your favorite King Family Vineyards wine and enjoy local food and music as the sun sets behind the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Food will be served by the folks from Morsel Compass and Spice Sea Gourmet, along with music by the very talented Gina Sobel.  Our Tasting Room will be open for bottle and glass sales until 8:00 p.m. and food will be served from 5:00 to ... View More

L.Y.A.O. Comedy Showcase ft. Wham City Comedy Presented by Hot 101.9

  • September 02, 2015
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 7pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: Southern Cafe & Music Hall
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Wham City Comedy is a collective from Baltimore, Maryland known for incorporating video, improvisation, and crowd participation into absurdist presentational performances. They have opened for Dave Harmon, Tig Notaro and Reggie Watts.  Wham City recently wrote, directed, and produced the critically acclaimed viral hit Unedited Footage Of A Bear for Adult Swim.  

Mango Yoga Present SUP Yoga

  • September 02, 2015
  • Venue: Montfair Resort Farm
  • Times: 9:00 AM
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 2500 Bezaleel Dr., Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-960-0681

A 90-minute SUP yoga class on the lake. A brief intro to the basics of stand up paddling followed by a peaceful yoga practice on the water. Consider bringing a lunch and sticking around to enjoy the beauty of this amazing location. Showers available. Board rental included. Bring your own board (BYOB) rate available. Explore balance, strengthen your core and your sense of serenity on this fun and enlightening floating adventure. Class size limited to 7 board rentals. Must have yoga experience and... View More

Midnight Snack w/ No Doubtfire

  • September 02, 2015
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville Music Showcase Presents: Midnight Snack – Midnight Snack is a blend of old-school psychedelic rock and funk with new-school art rock. Their goal is to spread love and positivity with addictive recordings and powerful live performances. No Doubtfire – Local mystery group performs a surprise set! 21+ // Free!

MIX at IX @ 6- Arts Inspired Happy Hour Every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm

  • September 02, 2015
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: IX Art Park
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 929 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Get your M.O. to Al Hamraa at IX. Join us for an arts-inspired cocktail hour this Wednesday (and every Wednesday) we’re hosting a forum of art, ideological parlee and occasional Gregorian chants. It's LIVE FACEBOOK!! Plus, Homemade Hummus, Grape Leaf Dolmas & Moroccan Meatballs and $4 Sangrias

Pick Your Own Apples at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 02, 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.

Pub Quiz Night

  • September 02, 2015
  • 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!

Southern Living Idea House 2015 - Bundoran Farms

  • September 02, 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

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • September 02, 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

Thursday Sep 03, 2015

An Evening with The Mavericks

  • September 03, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:30PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-TIXX(8499)

*VIP Tickets Include: -Soundcheck Party -Early Entry -Commemorative poster About The Mavericks: The Mavericks are back. The country-steeped garage band with a Cuban American lead singer that had emerged from Miami in 1989 with their sultry debut that was equal parts innocence, intensity, and vintage influences has reunited in 2012 after an eight-year hiatus. Time has a way of melting when you're busy living life – and two decades have passed since their polyrhythmic brand of post-moder... View More

Art and Country

  • September 03, 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

Court Square Walking Tours

  • September 03, 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.

Late Summer Arboretum Walk

  • September 03, 2015 - September 05, 2015
  • Venue: Saunders-Monticello Trail and Kemper Park
  • Times: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Saunders-Monticello trail
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: Route 53 near Route 20, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9822

Join naturalist Jerry Therrien on a tour of the summer happenings with plants at the Saunders-Monticello Trail Arboretum. The Arboretum contains around 200 different varieties of native plants of Albemarle County. Learn different aspects of the native flora, including the edible varieties that are fruiting as summer wanes.

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