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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, orchard outings and the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Charlottesville celebrates its unique cultural capital with events throughout the year.



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Friday Aug 01, 2014

Albemarle County Fair

  • August 01, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Venue: Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of President James Monroe
  • Times: Thursday, July 31st 4 - 10 pm | Friday, August 1st 10 am - 10 pm | Saturday, August 2nd 10 am - 10 pm
  • Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Don’t miss the Albemarle County Fair at Ash Lawn-Highland, the Home of James Monroe, from Thursday, July 31st through Saturday, August 2nd! This three-day agricultural celebration is full of festive, family fun in a historic setting. Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children’s rides, contests, and programs for the entire family! Admission is just $5, and free for children under 6 years of age. For more information, or to submit an entry for the ... View More

Art and Country

  • August 01, 2014 - June 30, 2015
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa
  • 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 the ... View More

Art Drinks

  • August 01, 2014
  • Venue: Crozet Pizza
  • Times: 5:30-7:30pm
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 20 Elliewood Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join PCA for Art Drinks at Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar! Art Drinks is a monthly casual networking event where you can mingle with other arts enthusiasts and creative professionals in the Charlottesville area. This event is FREE and open to the public. Plus, you'll have the chance to win exciting prizes in the arts raffle! The raffle is free to enter and the drawing takes place at 6:30pm, with community arts announcements welcome from anyone in the crowd immediately afterward.

Art Lover's Event

  • August 01, 2014
  • Venue: Graves Fine Art Gallery
  • Times: 6:00 pm to 9:00pm
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942
  • Phone: 540-832-7679

First Friday - Art Lovers Event: "Open Gallery Night" Every first Friday of the Month. Evening event featuring original works of art from antiquity to the present. Meet fellow art lovers, appreciate fine art, expand your cultural horizons in a fun and friendly atmosphere, music and light refreshments.Artist exhibited from Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Robert Indiana to Mark King, George Morland and Ron Louque.

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

  • August 01, 2014
  • 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.

Blackberries at Dickie Brothers Orchard

  • August 01, 2014 - August 15, 2014
  • Times: Call ahead.
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2552 Dickie Road, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Blackberries at Dickie Brothers Orchard.  Blackberries for sale – pre-picked only.  Call ahead to order and pick up. 434-277-5516.

Blackberries, Peaches, and Plums at Critzer Family Farm!

  • August 01, 2014
  • Times: 8AM
  • Location: Critzer Family Farm
  • Address: 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-4772

Blackberries, Peaches, and Plums at Critzer Family Farm! Open Monday- Saturday 8AM to 5PM. Specials on flowers and hanging baskets. Also available: fresh vegetables, plants for your vegetable garden, and jams and jellies. Don't forget the Homemade Ice Cream!

Blackberry Season at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery

  • August 01, 2014 - August 10, 2014
  • Venue: Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery
  • Times: 9AM to 5PM
  • Address: 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1266

 Blackberry Season at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.  Pick your own blackberries.  Extended hours for blackberry season 9AM to 5PM daily.  Route 612 (off Route 151)  434-361-1266.

Court Square Walking Tours

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: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm Saturdays: 10:00 am Sundays: 2:00 pm

Eli Cook with Nick Pollock

  • August 01, 2014
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 877-272-8849

FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE - BUD LIGHT CONCERT SERIES Psychedelic Blues - Free Show The legendary Son House (1902-1988) was known to say "Blues is a feelin'". Eli Cook's music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the fore-front of modern Blues and Rock. Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churche... View More

Firefighters Appreciation Community Square Dance

  • August 01, 2014
  • Times: 7:30-10PM
  • Location: Rockfish Volunteer Fire Department
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 11100 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-361-2470

Grand Squares of Nelson square dance group is inviting everyone to attend this community dance. As a guest for the evening you will get to see experienced square dancers dance to live callers Dave Terrell and Chuck Chesteen. During the breaks, the visitors will participate in mixers, line dancing and beginners introduction to square dancing.No charge; donations for the Afton firehouse accepted at the doorn. Refreshments will be served.

First Fridays

  • August 01, 2014
  • Times: 5-9 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Charlottesville
  • Phone: 434-971-2787

Don't miss this fun evening of gallery opening receptions throughout downtown!

Fridays After Five

  • August 01, 2014 - September 12, 2014
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-245-4910

Fridays After Five, presented by Bud Light, continues to be Charlottesville’s favorite live concert series. 2014 will be the 27th year of free live music and fun.  The first event will kick off at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on April 18th and will run each Friday thereafter ending on September 12. Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share in the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our commu... View More

Heritage Theatre Festival - Avenue Q

  • August 01, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Times: Evenings at 8pm; Saturday Matinee at 2pm
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Area: University Area

From one of the authors of The Book of Mormon, and in the same irreverent and sometimes offensive spirit, this puppet-powered musical is a timeless look at the follies and foibles of young adulthood. Recent college grad, Princeton, searches for his purpose in life in his new home on Avenue Q (he couldn't afford Avenue A, so he kept going). There, he is surrounded by a (literally) colorful group of neighbors who offer new insights to the challenges of making your way in the modern world. The sh... View More

Heritage Theatre Festival - One Man, Two Guvnors

  • August 01, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Times: Evenings at 7:30pm; Saturday Matinee at 2pm
  • Location: Culbreth Theatre
  • Area: University Area

Mistaken identities, overactive appetites of every kind, sharp satire , intricate plot twists and cascading laughter create the perfect setting for merry mayhem in this Tony Award-winning British farce. Francis Henshall's oversized appetites lead him to juggle a pair of bosses who share a propensity for criminal activity, and, it turns out, so much more. His efforts to keep the two apart bring about an escalating series of comedic contortions that have won raves from fans and critics alike aro... View More

Justified live at Wild Wolf

Justified live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 8PM to 11PM.  434-361-0088.

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • August 01, 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.

Oakwood Cemetery Tours

  • August 01, 2014 - August 29, 2014
  • Times: Fridays @ 7:00 pm
  • Location: Oakwood Cemetery
  • Address: Oak Street @ 1st Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Opened in 1864, Oakwood Cemetery is one of Charlottesville’s public cemeteries where remains of many area citizens now rest, both prominent and unknown. ACHS invites you to join them on a tour to uncover the stories of these citizens or learn the significance of the symbols on the graves in Oakwood Cemetery. Tour begins at the entrance on Oak and 1st Street S. Schedule: Fridays @ 7:00 pm

Pick your Own Peaches at Chiles Orchard

Come pick your own peaches. Fresh is best! Open M-Sat 9A-6P, Sun 10A-5P. Ready-picked fruit is also available at the Farm Market. After picking enjoy our homemade fudge, fresh ice cream and homemade waffle cones, cider slushies, and cider donuts! “Like” Chiles Peach Orchard on Facebook!

Sanctum ~ Dark Alternative Dance Party

  • August 01, 2014
  • Times: 9:00pm
  • Location: Main Street Annex
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 Water Street West, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Monthly event returns with D.J. Cadybug (host of WNRN’s Subculture Shock) and DJ Gigabyte (of gaming and anime convention OmegaCon.) spinning the best of Goth, Industrial, Drum and Bass, Trip Hop, Electro, Shoegaze, Cyberstomp and all other assorted kinds of spooky. There will also be console video games to play and a weekend pass to OmegaCon give-away! ( All Ages!

SHREK: The Musical

  • August 01, 2014 - August 10, 2014
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sunday matinees at 2:30PM
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923-0001
  • Phone: 540-832-5355

SHREK: The Musical Book & Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire Music by Jeanine Tesori Directed by Mendy St. Ours Musical Direction by Ben Griffin Choreography by Geri Carlson Sauls Produced by Edward Warwick White Based on the Oscar-winning movie, SHREK: The Musical brings the hilarious and heartwarming story of everyone’s favorite green ogre to new life — with a wonderful score full of memorable songs! In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre sho... View More

We are Tiwi

  • August 01, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • 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

This group exhibition brings together artists from Jilamara Arts and Crafts and Munupi Arts and Crafts, two art centers located roughly sixty miles north of Darwin off the northern coast of Australia. The carved and painted Pukumani poles from the forests of Bathurst and Melville Islands – the land of the Tiwi people – have inspired international collectors, curators and artists for a century or more. Tiwi culture, history and traditional stories are vividly expressed through lines, ... View More


  • August 01, 2014 - August 22, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aboringinal Art Museum
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

WE ARE TIWI - May 30 - August 24, 2014 On May 30 the Kluge-Ruhe Collection will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibitions. We Are Tiwi is a series of works by acclaimed artists from Munupi Art Center & Jilamara Arts & Crafts in the remote Tiwi Islands off the northern coast of Australia. Also opening this month is a new exhibition of work from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.  

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival

  • August 01, 2014 - August 03, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: Times vary based on performance
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958

229 events and performances in 28 days! Check our website for daily schedules.

Albemarle County Fair

  • August 01, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Times: July 31st: 4pm-10pm; August 1st & 2nd: 10am-10pm
  • Location: The Fairgrounds at Ash Lawn-Highland
  • Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
  • Phone: 434-242-4996 or 424-293-2725

The Albemarle County Fair Board is gearing up for the upcoming Albemarle County Fair on July 31 through August 2. Hours of operation will be Thursday, July 31 from 4pm until 10pm; Friday, August 1 from 10am until 10pm; Saturday, August 2 from 10am until 10pm. The Albemarle County Fair will be held using indoor and outdoor exhibit space including the pavilion and grounds of Ash Lawn-Highland located in Charlottesville. This event promises traditional family fun in a historic setting. In addition ... View More

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