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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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Monday Sep 22, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 22, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2552 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

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.Yes, it's true, our family has been farming this land for over two centuries...264 years!PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES daily (visit our website for current varieties).You must arrive before 4:00PM to harvest your own apples.Prepicked apples available.We also have Sweet Potatoes, Apple Butter, Apple Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Cobbler/Crisp Mixes, Peanuts, Decorative Gourds and A... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • September 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

New Cider Barn Taproom Opens at Bold Rock Cider

  • September 22, 2014 - October 19, 2014
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 11AM to 7PM
  • Location: Bold Rock Cider Barn Taproom
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

New Cider Barn Taproom Opens at Bold Rock Cider. 11AM to 7PM. The newly constructed taproom and restaurant, located in the farmland of Nelson County, VA, sits next to the Bold Rock bottling facility so you can see firsthand where the magic happens! Enjoying Bold Rock Cider at the taproom will indeed be a full experience. A large rear terrace built with a stage area for live music—overlooks the Rockfish River, as well as plenty of open green space for enjoying the rolling farmland on Bold R... View More

Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • September 22, 2014 - October 05, 2014
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 11AM-9PM
  • Location: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Make plans to join us for a week of live music, German menu specials, games, tastings, and more. Details on our website at www.bluemountainbrewery.com.

Wildlife Photo Contest to Benefit Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary

  • September 22, 2014 - September 30, 2014
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Monday-Saturday
  • Location: The Great Frame Up
  • Area: Miscellaneous / Independent of Region
  • Address: 1860 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-973-8588

The Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary is holding its first annual Wildlife Photo Contest to further its mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wild animals in Virginia. All local photographers are invited to enter 8x10” photos of Virginia wildlife and landscapes (for a $20 suggested donation directly to Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary) in person at The Great Frame Up,1860 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, during the month of September. All entries will be professionally judged by local photogr... View More

Festival of Squash

  • September 22, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-7424

Join us at McArthur Squash Center (MSC) in September for our second Festival of Squash. Our 2013 inaugural event was a high hit with pro players, amateur players, Boar's Head Sports Club members, and fans of squash all over, and this year promises to be even better. The Festival features five great tournaments running simultaneously.

ATM Unit

  • September 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

The Art of Mark King

  • September 22, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves Fine Art Gallery
  • 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".

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 23, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2552 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

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.Yes, it's true, our family has been farming this land for over two centuries...264 years!PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES daily (visit our website for current varieties).You must arrive before 4:00PM to harvest your own apples.Prepicked apples available.We also have Sweet Potatoes, Apple Butter, Apple Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Cobbler/Crisp Mixes, Peanuts, Decorative Gourds and A... View More

Art and Country

  • September 23, 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

Charlottesville Acoustic Jam

  • September 23, 2014 - January 20, 2015
  • Times: Every Tuesday 6:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Location: The Haven - sanctuary
  • Address: 112 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

A multi-genre acoustic jam session for intermediate to advanced musicians interested in a fun, relaxed evening. The songs depend on who shows up. We lean toward Americana/Roots music but acoustic blues is common and there may even be an occasional foray into mandolin fueled acoustic disco or banjo Reggae. A small donation for the Haven is requested

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • September 23, 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

  • September 23, 2014 - 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

Mary Ann Strandell: Re-Material

  • September 23, 2014 - September 27, 2014
  • Venue: Second Street Gallery
  • Times: Reception Time 6pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Second Street Gallery
  • Address: 115 Second Street, SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-7284

First Friday Opening Reception September 5 Member Preview 5-6 pm Public Opening 6-7:30 pm Artist Talks 6:30 pm Mary Ann Strandell's paintings and installations feature iconic references to landscapes, architecture, popular culture, interior design, and the natural world. Her practice includes paintings that combine utopic concepts from the California Moderne with Asian- inspired Chinoiserie and three-dimensional ‘lenticular' works, which are often large scale and site... View More

New Cider Barn Taproom Opens at Bold Rock Cider

  • September 23, 2014 - October 19, 2014
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 11AM to 7PM
  • Location: Bold Rock Cider Barn Taproom
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

New Cider Barn Taproom Opens at Bold Rock Cider. 11AM to 7PM. The newly constructed taproom and restaurant, located in the farmland of Nelson County, VA, sits next to the Bold Rock bottling facility so you can see firsthand where the magic happens! Enjoying Bold Rock Cider at the taproom will indeed be a full experience. A large rear terrace built with a stage area for live music—overlooks the Rockfish River, as well as plenty of open green space for enjoying the rolling farmland on Bold R... View More

Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • September 23, 2014 - October 05, 2014
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 11AM-9PM
  • Location: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Make plans to join us for a week of live music, German menu specials, games, tastings, and more. Details on our website at www.bluemountainbrewery.com.

Ricardo Idagi Artist Talk and Reception

Torres Strait Islander artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam) will present his work and discuss his art practice as a sculptor and a musician. A small reception with refreshments will follow. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Reservations are required; please RSVP by calling (434) 244-0234 or emailing kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu.

Wildlife Photo Contest to Benefit Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary

  • September 23, 2014 - September 30, 2014
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Monday-Saturday
  • Location: The Great Frame Up
  • Area: Miscellaneous / Independent of Region
  • Address: 1860 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-973-8588

The Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary is holding its first annual Wildlife Photo Contest to further its mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wild animals in Virginia. All local photographers are invited to enter 8x10” photos of Virginia wildlife and landscapes (for a $20 suggested donation directly to Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary) in person at The Great Frame Up,1860 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, during the month of September. All entries will be professionally judged by local photogr... View More

Ethan Johns

  • September 23, 2014
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 7:30 PM; Show 8:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

“There’s no sense to stopping now,” Ethan Johns sang on the closing song of his first solo album, 2013’s aptly titled If Not Now Then When? “I may take the long way round.” Those words could serve as the mantra of this renowned producer, multi-instrumentalist and late-blooming artist. “My interest in making music in general—whether it be recording or performing it or helping produce it—always seems to stem from the same place,” Johns no... View More

The Art of Mark King

  • September 23, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves Fine Art Gallery
  • 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".

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 24, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2552 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

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.Yes, it's true, our family has been farming this land for over two centuries...264 years!PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES daily (visit our website for current varieties).You must arrive before 4:00PM to harvest your own apples.Prepicked apples available.We also have Sweet Potatoes, Apple Butter, Apple Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Cobbler/Crisp Mixes, Peanuts, Decorative Gourds and A... View More

Art and Country

  • September 24, 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

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • September 24, 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

  • September 24, 2014 - 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

Mary Ann Strandell: Re-Material

  • September 24, 2014 - September 27, 2014
  • Venue: Second Street Gallery
  • Times: Reception Time 6pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Second Street Gallery
  • Address: 115 Second Street, SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-7284

First Friday Opening Reception September 5 Member Preview 5-6 pm Public Opening 6-7:30 pm Artist Talks 6:30 pm Mary Ann Strandell's paintings and installations feature iconic references to landscapes, architecture, popular culture, interior design, and the natural world. Her practice includes paintings that combine utopic concepts from the California Moderne with Asian- inspired Chinoiserie and three-dimensional ‘lenticular' works, which are often large scale and site... View More

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