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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 May 03, 2015

Art and Country

  • May 03, 2015 - 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

Audubon to the present day: The Art of Natural History

  • May 03, 2015 - June 21, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942
  • Phone: 540-832-7679

The gallery exhibit features original work by masters of Natural History Art from the 1700's to the presents. Works exhibited from John James AUDUBON'S "Birds of America", hand colored botanical engravings by James SOWERBY and William CURTIS, and works by the present day most celebrated, award winning Bird artist :Ron LOUQUE. All original period works just as the artists created them, no reproductions. Additional works by William ROSCOE, John LATHAM, John KEULEMANS, Ferdinand VIETZ, Lo... View More

Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents Russ Warren: WORKS

  • May 03, 2015
  • Times: Monday-Friday 9-5 pm, Saturday-Sunday 1-5 pm
  • Location: Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School
  • Address: 898 Woodberry Forest Rd, Woodberry Forest, VA 22989
  • Phone: 434-882-2620

Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2014 27 March – 3 May 2015 Gallery Talk by the Artist, Sunday, 19 April, 2 p.m. Closing Reception, Sunday 3 May, 2 – 4 p.m. Woodberry Forest School is pleased to present the traveling exhibition Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2015 from March 27 through 3 May 2015. The show will travel to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in October 2015. Warren, a professor of art at Davidson College from ... View More

Court Square Walking Tours

  • May 03, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thurs/Fri - 5:30 pm; Sat - 10 am; Sun - 2 pm
  • 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. Sundays: 2:00 pm.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • May 03, 2015 - 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

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • May 03, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • May 03, 2015 - May 31, 2015
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 2:30PM to 5PM
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery 2:30PM to 5PM. May 3 Chris and Goose. May 10 Zuzu’s Hot 5. May 17 Darcy Dawn and Co. May 24 Erin and The Wildfire. May 31 Tara Mills.540-456-8020.

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing

 Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 2PM to 5PM.  May 3 David Tewksbury. May 10 Jacob Allen. May 17, May 24, May 31 To be announced. 434-361-0088.

Montpelier Wine Festival

  • May 03, 2015
  • Venue: James Madison's Montpelier
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

The Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event for the whole family. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the "Father of the Constitution," the Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts; speciality food vendors; live music; "cooking with wine" classes; children's entertainment and rides; and tastings all day. Visit www.montpelierwinefestival.com for more information.

Swannanoa Palace Open House

  • May 03, 2015
  • Times: 11:15AM to 5:30PM
  • Location: Swannanoa Palace
  • Address: 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton, Virginia 22920

Swannanoa Palace Open House 11:15AM to 5:30PM. Major James Dooley, an executive with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, completed construction of the $2 million Swannanoa in 1912. Dooley, who owned the Maymont estate in Richmond, built this 52-room marble palace as a token of love for his wife, Sally May. More than 300 artisans were hired to create the palace as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. They used the highest quality materials available. Visitors today can still see the de... View More

The Addams Family Musical

  • May 03, 2015
  • Times: Performances will be at 8.00pm on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd, and at 3.00pm on Sunday, May 3rd. There will be an opening preview Thursday, April 30th at 8pm
  • Location: Albemarle High School
  • Area: Route 29 South
  • Address: 2775 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-975-9300

Albemarle High School (AHS) Players present Andrew Lippa’s The Addams Family Musical at Albemarle High School’s auditorium in Charlottesville, VA, May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2015. There will also be an opening preview on Thursday, April 30th at 8 pm, and Saturday night's performance includes an optional dinner for an additional fee at 6 pm. The Addams Family Musical, set in Manhattan, follows the hilarious night when daughter Wednesday Addams invites her (normal) boyfriend’s fa... View More

Two Gallants with Blank Range

  • May 03, 2015
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 7pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: Southern Cafe
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

On February 3rd, the San Francisco based guitar-drum duo Two Gallants are set to release their 5th studio album, We Are Undone, on ATO Records. While singer and guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel have stayed true to the two-person format since their acclaimed 2004 debut, The Throes, their sound has evolved considerably over the intervening years. Following 2012's The Bloom and the Blight, We Are Undone is the band's second release on ATO. Thematically, the album ranges from songs ... View More

RYAN ADAMS With Jenny Lewis

  • May 03, 2015
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: DOORS 6:00 PM SHOW 7:00 PM
  • Location: Ntelos Wirelss Pavilion
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 877-CPAV-TIX

“…his most accessible, muscular work since 2001’s Gold… Adams at his most direct and least self-conscious” — TIME Top 10 Albums of 2014 In the wake of multiple GRAMMY nominations, Coachella and JazzFest confirmations and year-end best-of accolades for his recently released self-titled album, Ryan Adams has added another run of headline and festival dates to his current tour. The new dates include a two-night return engagement at Nashville’s hall... View More

Monday May 04, 2015

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • May 04, 2015 - 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

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • May 04, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Red and the Romantics

  • May 04, 2015
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 7pm-10pm
  • Location: The Whiskey Jar
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-249-9268

Songwritter Erik Red Knierim sings his original music, accompanied by Steve Riggs on upright bass with Betty Jo Dominick on accordion and back up vocals. The trio will serenade you into the evening on the Downtown mall Charlottesville, Va. Come enjoy the warm southern atmosphere and down home cookin!

May the Fourth Be With You Ep.II

  • May 04, 2015
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

In a galaxy far far away, there was a concert… A Celebration of the Music of Science Fiction, featuring songs about aliens, robots, lasers, time travel, and everything in-between; soundtrack themes from movies; and campy pop tunes played by bands in movies. It was all fair game. These brave musicians stepped up to the task: Cloud City – A collaboration between Larissa Moore (of The Lusionistics) and Morgan Moran (of Phoenix Noir), this mighty two-piece will rock you until you can... View More

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Art and Country

  • May 05, 2015 - 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

Audubon to the present day: The Art of Natural History

  • May 05, 2015 - June 21, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942
  • Phone: 540-832-7679

The gallery exhibit features original work by masters of Natural History Art from the 1700's to the presents. Works exhibited from John James AUDUBON'S "Birds of America", hand colored botanical engravings by James SOWERBY and William CURTIS, and works by the present day most celebrated, award winning Bird artist :Ron LOUQUE. All original period works just as the artists created them, no reproductions. Additional works by William ROSCOE, John LATHAM, John KEULEMANS, Ferdinand VIETZ, Lo... View More

Cinco de Mayo at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Cinco De Mayo at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 11:30AM to 10PM. Our chef is creating a special menu in honor of Cinco de Mayo. We’re serving crispy Gold Leaf Lager battered fish with pickled jalapenos and cabbage slaw tacos! Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001.  

Cinco de Mayo at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Cinco de Mayo at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 5PM to 11PM. Join the fiesta at Wild Wolf this Cinco de Mayo with authentic food specials, craft beer and more! 434-361-0088.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • May 05, 2015 - 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

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • May 05, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Let's Mosaic Ladies!

  • May 05, 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!

Traditional Session

  • May 05, 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

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