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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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Saturday Oct 25, 2014

#WubWubKulture Dance Partyft. DJs 2SLY, BVSSLUV & Special Guests

  • October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 9pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

WahooWUBWUB and Kulture join forces on Saturday, October 25 to bring you an epic evening of locally sourced dance music including Central VA's finest, 2SLY, up and comer BVSSLUV as well as special guests from WahooWUBWUB. The night promises to be a combination of great EDM and high energy as we grow the Charlottesville dance music scene! Admission is only $5 and ages 18+. More about WahooWUBWUB: UVA's only Electronic Dance Music culture and lifestyle student organization, WUBWUB as it is ... View More

12th Annual Songwriters Contest at Rapunzel’s.

  • October 25, 2014
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Rapunzel's
  • Address: 924 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-6660

12th Annual Songwriters Contest 8PM at Rapunzel’s. A whole evening of original songs, performed by the original writers, competing for cash prizes.  Fee.  434-263-6660

Aboriginal Art Tour

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Collection each Saturday at 10:30 am for a free, guided tour of the museum's current exhibitions. No reservations required.

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • October 25, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 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

  • October 25, 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

Black Comedy

  • October 25, 2014 - November 02, 2014
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Friday and Saturday: 8PM; Sunday: 2:30PM
  • Location: Four County Players
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923-0001
  • Phone: 540-832-5355

As part of their 42nd Season, Four County Players is proud to present the riotous comedy, BLACK COMEDY, by Peter Shaffer. In one hilarious act, the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; when the lights are to be on, the stage is the dark. Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d'arte "borrowed" from the absent antique collector next door, hoping to impress his fiancée’s pompous father and a wealthy... View More

Black Dress Party

  • October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Main Street Annex
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Afterdark Entertainment Presents: ~ SEXY BLACK DRESS PARTY ~ Hosted by MC ARMANI Music by DJ C-ROC & THA FLA-VA SQUAD DJz 21+ // Discount for Ladies w/ College ID and Ladies in Black Dress // $10 Til Midnight

Boxwave

  • October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Threepenny Cafe
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Threepenny Cafe
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 420 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-295-5277

“The Richmond-based rock duo Boxwave features John Mustachio on bass and Brad Ellsworth on percussion in a minimal act that strives to invigorate the often ignored rhythm section. Spartan and unassuming, Ellsworth provides enthusiastic backing to Mustachio’s gritty playing in a guerrilla rock attack that fuses funk and jazz into extravagant, melodic flights. The pair appears to have just picked up what was found on the stage, and yet they confidently cover Rush’s “Tom Saw... View More

Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion

  • October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: John Paul Jones Arena
  • Times: 7:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm and 5:00pm
  • Address: 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-243-4960

After 15 years performing around the world, Dralion will make its finale curtain call in January 2015. Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbo... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • October 25, 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

Eli Cook live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Eli Cook (solo) live 9PM at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080

Fall Foliage Open House at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery

  • October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery
  • Times: 11AM to 5PM
  • Address: 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1266

Fall Foliage Open House at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. 11AM to 5PM. We will be pairing samples of food with our wines and meads. The wonderful folks from Hunter Gatherer Game Dinners will be here providing samples of their products that we sell in our shop and they will show you how to pair them with our wines and meads on Saturday October 25. NorthWest Ventures will be here sampling their straight from Alaska smoked salmon on Saturday as well. We also have a bar set up strictly for honey ta... View More

Gameday Cookout & Pig Roast

  • October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Oakhurst Inn
  • Times: 3 hours before each kickoff
  • Location: Oakhurst Inn
  • Address: 100 Oakhurst Circle, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-872-0100

Come celebrate the Virginia Cavaliers home football games with us at the Oakhurst Inn every Saturday home game.  Enjoy smoked pork right off our grill with all the fixings, and our world famous Wahoo punch. The fun starts 3 hours before kickoff outside at the Oakhurst Cafe.

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • October 25, 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

Halloween Dance at Massies Mill Ruritan Club with City Limits Band

  • October 25, 2014
  • Times: 8PM to 1AM
  • Location: Massies Mill Ruritan Club
  • Address: 5439 Patrick Henry Highway, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-8586

Halloween Dance at Massies Mill Ruritan Club. Doors open 8PM. Live music 9PM by City Limits Band. Fee. All proceeds are donated to community groups and causes.  Club building phone: 434-277-8586 (during meetings or events). Club president phone: 434-277-8325.

Harvest Fest at Wintergreen Resort

  • October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8180

Harvest Fest at Wintergreen Resort. 10AM to 8PM. We’ll be celebrating the bounty of this colorful season with golf, tennis, fun at Discovery Ridge, hiking, spa and tempting dining options. Check out the special fun on top of the mountain including campfire and storytelling, and the Spooktacular Workshop with pumpkin carving and cookie decorating. 434-325-8180.

Hatton Ferry

  • October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: Hatton Ferry
  • Times: Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Address: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, a historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge; donations are appreciated as the operation of the ferry relies solely on donations given to ride the ferry and from the kind generosity of other supporters.  Under ideal conditions, a round-trip crossing takes about 30-45 minutes. No more than two cars and six people can be taken at one time. The Ha... View More

Jan Smith at Albemarle CiderWorks

  • October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Times: 3pm - 5pm
  • Location: Albemarle CiderWorks
  • Address: 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden, VA 22959
  • Phone: 4343297.2326

Join us for an afternoon of live music with Jan Smith! From her Amazon.com page: "Charlottesville, Virginia-based recording artist Jan Smith crafts American roots music that observes personal experience through the details of the natural world." Sample Jan's music here

John Tracy live at Democracy Vineyards

  • October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Democracy Vineyards
  • Times: 2PM to 5PM
  • Address: 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston, VA 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-8463

John Tracy live at Democracy Vineyards.  2PM to 5PM. Cruise-In with the Antique Automobile Club of America-Lynchburg Chapter.  434-263-8463

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour

  • October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Times: Friday: 6-7pm opening ceremony, 7-8pm viewing; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Location: City Space
  • Address: 100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
  • Phone: 434-305-6815

"People who never heard about the Buddha told us about feeling something they have never experienced before. They said this event gave them a new perspective for what they want for their lives."  A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is touring the world. The relics were found from among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. The relics embody the master's spiritual qualities of c... View More

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • October 25, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Venue: James Madison's Montpelier
  • Times: 9:00 a.m.
  • Address: 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
  • Phone: 540-672-2728

Enjoy an extended Montpelier mansion tour before the rush of the crowds. This special 90–minute experience allows you to focus on the in–depth details that reveal the Madisons’ style, taste, friendships, and accomplishments. Available by reservation (48-hours in advance) on Thursdays through Sundays, April through October.

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative with Live Music

  • October 25, 2014
  • Times: 8AM to 12Noon
  • Location: Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative
  • Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, 22958
  • Phone: 434-244-2399

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative 8AM to 12PM. Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring live music, fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. Live music: October 4 Gene and Gayla Mills, October 11 James River Cut Ups, October 18 Oh Wow Boy! October 25 Halloween, vendor treats and live music by Worm Patterson and All Problems Solved. Open every Saturday through October. 434-244-2399.

Persimmon and Pomegranate Festival at Edible Landscaping

  • October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Edible Landscaping
  • Times: 9AM to 4PM
  • Address: 361 Spirit Ridge Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-361-9134

Edible Landscaping’s Persimmon  and Pomegranate Festival 9AM to 4PM. Enjoy tours, lectures, music and more.  Ask your questions and sample the ripe fruit!  434-361-9134

Pink Lady and Gold Rush Day at Saunders Brothers Farm Market

  • October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Saunders Brothers Inc.
  • Times: 9AM to 5PM
  • Address: 2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River, VA 22964

Pink Lady and Gold Rush Day at Saunders Brothers Farm Market! 9AM to 5PM. Live Music by The Ridge Runners. 434-277-5455.

Public Exhibition of The Historical Buddha's Relics

  • October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Times: 10/24: 6pm-8pm; 10/25: 10am-7pm; 10/26: 10am-5pm
  • Location: City Space
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-305-6815

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free public exhibition of the historical Buddha's relics will be on display at City Space in Charlottesville October 24, 25 & 26. The exhibition provides a chance for people to connect directly with some of the greatest spiritual Masters of all time and to reflect on their own potential for a kinder and more loving heart. This public exhibition is multi-faith, multi-cultural and free to attend. Friday Oct. 24: 6pm to 7pm Opening Ceremony, 7pm to 8pm Viewing o... View More

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