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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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Sunday Feb 01, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • February 01, 2015 - April 05, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00-5:00
  • Area: Regional - Louisa County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

Graves International Art will be exhibiting museum grade works focusing on modern subjects from the 20th Century. The Exhibition will differ in medium from Original Painting to Original Silkscreens. One can expect to see original works created by the hand of such artists as, though not limited to, Robert INDIANA, Pierre Marie BRISSON, Jim DINE, and Salvador DALI.

Art and Country

  • February 01, 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

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

  • February 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.

Celebrate Game Day at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Celebrate Game Day at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 6:30PM. Serving up our hot wings to go with cold brews while watching the Patriots and Seahawks duke it out on the grid iron! Special pricing on wings during the game! Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • February 01, 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

David Tewksbury live at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • February 01, 2015
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 2:30PM to 5PM
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

David Tewskbury live at Blue Mountain Brewery 2:30PM to 5PM.540-456-8020.

Family Fun Festival at Wintergreen Resort

  • February 01, 2015
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9AM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

Family Fun Festival at Wintergreen Resort. 9AM to 6PM. It's a weekend with fun for the whole family with games, races, demo days and s ’mores around the campfire. Throw in skiing, riding, tubing, skating and zipping and it will be your family's favorite vacation. Don’t miss the Slopestyle event on Saturday.It’s the second in the series of five terrain park events. 434-325-2200

First Sundays with Sabra Guzman

  • February 01, 2015 - March 01, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Times: 3-5 pm
  • Location: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Area: Miscellaneous / Independent of Region
  • Address: 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden, VA 22959
  • Phone: 434-297-2326

Local favorite Sabra Guzman struts her solo stuff in the Orchard Room today, 3-5 pm. Sabra is well known for her solid guitar and bass skills, her unique vocal stylings, and her captivating stage presence. Sabra brings a musicianship and her unique approach to all projects, regardless of genre or instrumentation. She takes her instrumental and vocal cues from Mother Maybelle Carter, Alice Gerrard, The Louvin Brothers and many others, and has spent time working on traditional ballad singing wi... View More

Game Day Buffet at Oceanwide Seafood Bar and Grill

  • February 01, 2015
  • Times: 6PM
  • Location: Oceanwide Seafood Bar and Grill
  • Address: 2773 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, Virginia 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0040

Game Day Buffet at Oceanwide Seafood Bar and Grill. 6PM.  All you can eat appetizers, drink specials, and good times! Space limited. Call to reserve your seat today. 434-361-0040.   

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

  • February 01, 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

Koda Kerl and Marie Borgman - Live at Glass House Winery

  • February 01, 2015
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 2-5pm
  • Location: Glass House Winery
  • Area: Free Union
  • Address: 5898 Free Union Road, Free Union, VA 22940
  • Phone: 434-975-0094

Join us in the tropics…at Glass House Winery in Free Union, VA. Sunday, February 1st, Koda Kerl and Marie Borgman, of Chamomile and Whiskey, will be performing live from 2 to 5pm. Picnics welcome, indoor and outdoor seating available (no outside alcohol permitted). Glass House Winery wines and chocolates, and an assortment of packaged meats, cheeses, crackers, etc. are available for purchase in the Tasting Room. We open at noon, no reservations, no cover, regular tasting fees apply... View More

Live Music and Steal the Glass at Wild Wolf Brewing

Live Music and Steal the Glass at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Steal the Pint Glass 5PM to 10PM excluding holidays (1per customer). February 1 The Big Game on the Big Screen! Live music 2PM to 5PM: February 8 Phil West. February 15 Eli Cook. February 22 to be announced.434-361-0088.

Lucian Freud Etchings

  • February 01, 2015 - April 19, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12-5pm
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art athe University of Virginia
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

Lucian Freud Etchings   January 16 - April 19, 2015  Curated by Jennifer Farrell In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human for... View More

Winter Wonderland Winery Passport

  • February 01, 2015 - March 31, 2015
  • Venue: Keswick Vineyards
  • Times: all day
  • Location: Keswick Vineyards
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
  • Phone: 434-244-3341

It’s that time of year again… when the air gets crisp, the fires get warm, and the red wine flows. The Winter Wonderland Passport is back! Purchase your passport and tour the warm and cozy tasting rooms of Keswick Vineyards, Glass House Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, Trump Winery and Grace Estates Winery all for one low price of $25! The passport is good until the end of March.

Wintergreen Women’s Sunday Clinics at Wintergreen Resort

  • February 01, 2015
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 8AM to 11AM
  • Location: Wintergreen Resort
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8065

Wintergreen Women’s Sunday Clinics at Wintergreen Resort. 8AM to 11AM. Women’s Ski & Ride clinics offered on Sunday’s from late January through late-February, are geared for women who want to improve their skiing skills, and taught by Wintergreen’s PSIA female instructors. Sign up for one or all four. Fee. Reduced fee for all four Sunday Clinics. Lift ticket and rental equipment is not included. 434-325-8065.

Super Bowl Mania

  • February 01, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewery/Restaurant/Shopping Village
  • Times: 2pm-10pm
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewery
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Come cheer your favorite team at Wild Wolf Brewing Company! We'll have in-house game specials, and the game on the big screen! Grab a friend and come early to make sure you get a spot by the big screen.

Tavern on the James: Super Bowl XLIX Party

  • February 01, 2015
  • Venue: Tavern On The James
  • Times: Kick Off 6:30pm
  • Location: Tavern on the James
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 280 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-3500

Whether your a Seahawk or a Partiot fan come watch Super Bowl XLIX with us! Kick Off starts at 6:30 

Monday Feb 02, 2015

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • February 02, 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"

  • February 02, 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

  • February 02, 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!

Step Into Mystery

  • February 02, 2015 - September 07, 2015
  • Times: 7:00 to 10:00
  • Location: 3 Notch'd Brewing Company
  • Address: 946 Grady Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-293-0610

A Unique chance to become part of the mystery, not just an observer! You ARE the detective, trying to solve the crime. Upon entering, you will become a character in the event. You don’t just watch the action, you ARE the action. Talk to others and find out what they know. Bribe them if you have to…. Maybe they have the critical piece of information, maybe they don’t… you’ll never know unless you find out what they know… and then you must try to colla... View More

Winter Wonderland Winery Passport

  • February 02, 2015 - March 31, 2015
  • Venue: Keswick Vineyards
  • Times: all day
  • Location: Keswick Vineyards
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
  • Phone: 434-244-3341

It’s that time of year again… when the air gets crisp, the fires get warm, and the red wine flows. The Winter Wonderland Passport is back! Purchase your passport and tour the warm and cozy tasting rooms of Keswick Vineyards, Glass House Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, Trump Winery and Grace Estates Winery all for one low price of $25! The passport is good until the end of March.

Starr Hill Presents: Jason Isbell with special guest Damien Jurado

  • February 02, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 8:00pm
  • Location: The Paramount Theater
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

Starr Hill Presents is proud to announce Jason Isbell, with special guest Damien Jurado, February 2 at the Paramount Theater.  Jason is touring in support of his most release album release, Southeastern.  Southeastern is not a record Jason has made before, and not simply because the glorious storm and drama of his band, the 400 Unit, is absent.  Although, 400 Unit will be joining him on this tour to play these songs of discovery and personal growth. Jason Isbell’s sol... View More

Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • February 03, 2015 - April 05, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00-5:00
  • Area: Regional - Louisa County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

Graves International Art will be exhibiting museum grade works focusing on modern subjects from the 20th Century. The Exhibition will differ in medium from Original Painting to Original Silkscreens. One can expect to see original works created by the hand of such artists as, though not limited to, Robert INDIANA, Pierre Marie BRISSON, Jim DINE, and Salvador DALI.

Art and Country

  • February 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

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