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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 Jan 31, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • January 31, 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.

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.

Apres-Ski at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

  • January 31, 2015 - February 28, 2015
  • Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Times: 3PM to 5PM
  • Address: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-361-1001

Apres-Ski at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 3PM to 5PM. The Brewpub will offer a carefully selected menu of appetizers and cocktails to warm you up after a day on the slopes, trail hike, winter camping – outdoor fun!  Enjoy! Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001.

Art and Country

  • January 31, 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

Corey Smith

  • January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 8pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

In today's country music climate, there is an abundance of artists and songwriters champing at the bit to tell you just how "country" they are. But none represents the genuine rural lifestyle quite like Corey Smith. Born and raised in the bucolic town of Jefferson, Ga., just a few miles northwest of the musical hotbed of Athens, Corey has carved out a successful career by writing and singing not about the idealized country imagery of trucks and bonfires, but by depicting truthfully t... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • January 31, 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

Darcy Dawn Duo live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9:30PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Darcy Dawn Duo live 9:30PM to Midnight at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080

Family Fun Festival at Wintergreen Resort

  • January 31, 2015 - 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

Firecracker Jam live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 3PM to 6PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Firecracker Jam live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort 3PM to 6PM. 434-325-8080.

Freight Paid live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Freight Paid live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 7PM to 10PM.  434-361-0088.

Griff's Room Band 9pm

  • January 31, 2015
  • Venue: World of Beer
  • Times: 9pm-midnight
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 852 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-970-1088

Two acoustic guitars and a violin cover a wide variety of pop, rock, indie, folk and bluegrass music, alongside original material.

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • January 31, 2015 - April 04, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thursday - Saturday
  • Location: Albemarle Charlottesville HIstorical Society
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Charlottesville and Albemarle County boast an unusually rich and striking history, built over a period of 250 years by men and women, well-known and unknown, remarkable and ordinary, who called Charlottesville home. Their history and the history of this area have been preserved in the structures and monuments that give Charlottesville its character. Learn about these men and women and the houses, storefronts, schools, places of worship, public buildings, in which they passed their lives and view... View More

Jazz Session at Rapunzel’s

  • January 31, 2015
  • Times: 8PM to 11PM
  • Location: Rapunzel's
  • Address: 924 Front Street, Lovingston, Virginia 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-6660

Jazz Session 8PM to 11PM at Rapunzel’s. Free. 434-263-6660.

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

  • January 31, 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

Lucian Freud Etchings

  • January 31, 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

Owl Prowl

  • January 31, 2015
  • Times: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Saunders-Monticello Trail
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9822

Join seasoned birder trail ranger Jerry Therrien for an evening listening to the hoots, wails, and shrieks of owls and learning about their habits. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, binoculars, and flashlights.

Spring Vegetables: Squential Planting Part 1

  • January 31, 2015 - February 07, 2015
  • Venue: Monticello
  • Times: 10am - 12pm
  • Location: Monticello - Jefferson's Tufton Farm
  • Address: 1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9819

Meets at Jefferson's Tufton Farm        Sat, January 31, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Sat, February 7, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pmReservations:  Required This first in a three part series will help the home vegetable gardener maximize yields using sequential planting methods. Join Amy Jeffries at the Center for Historic Plants' propagation facility for this two-hour, hands-on workshop full of gardening tips and practical advice for spring garde... View More

Will Overman live at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub

  • January 31, 2015
  • Times: 7:30PM to 10PM
  • Location: Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub
  • Address: 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-996-6992

Will Overman live at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub 7:30PM to 10PM. 434-996-6992.

Winter Wonderland Winery Passport

  • January 31, 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.

Charlottesville Restaurant Week

  • January 31, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Phone: 434-817-2749 x51

The tables are set, and the three-course menus are fixed at many of the finest restaurants, as culinary enthusiasts prepare to please their palates without draining their wallets during our fair city's amazing semi-annual event, Restaurant Week. Modeled on similar events in other cities, this is seven days of good food and good fun, Diners get to choose from each participating restaurant's special prix fixe menu and enjoy three courses -typically an appetizer, an entree, and dessert - for... View More

2001: A Space Odyssey [G]

  • January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: The Paramount Theater
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

Rated G 2 hrs., 22 minutes Referred to variously by different critics as “succeeding magnificently on a cosmic scale” (Roger Ebert) and “somewhere between hypnotic and immensely boring” (New York Times), 2001 has become since its 1968 release one of the most revered movies in motion picture history. The ambiguous story shows different epochs in Man’s evolution, each one being touched and guided by mysterious black obelisks: one on earth, one on the Moon and one in... View More

Caring For Creatures Fundraiser

  • January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Studio Baboo "A Big Little Bead Store"
  • Times: 11:00-5:30
  • Location: Studio Baboo "A Big Little Bead Store"
  • Area: Route 29 North
  • Address: 1933 Commonwealth Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-244-2905

Studio Baboo “a big little bead store” will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, January 31, 2015 to benefit Caring For Creatures. Sign up to make or purchase a pair of “Best Buddy” earrings designed by Barbara Tilley and we’ll donate 100% of the project fee to Caring For Creatures. Caring For Creatures is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation located in Palmyra, VA where rescue and re-home abandoned, elderly and disabled dogs and cats.

Corey Smith at The Jefferson Theater

  • January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: 9:00 pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-245-4980

Country singer-songwriter Corey Smith returns to Charlottesville for an exclusive show at the Jefferson Theater. Doors 8:00 pm All ages 

Freight Paid

  • January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewery/Restaurant/Shopping Village
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewery
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Local group plays classic rock, blues, and original songs. All Ages 

Lord Nelson with Adam’s Plastic Pond & Koda’s Drunken All Stars

  • January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Happy Hour 6:00 PM, Show 8:30 PM
  • Location: The Southern Café & Music Hall
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-5590

Lord Nelson is a rock and roll band from foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Embracing a driving southern rock identity, they perform original songs about the land and people they grew up around. Inspiration comes from a variety of artists and genres for this 5-piece, resulting in a unique sound that features three-part vocal harmonies, soaring horn lines, and funk-laden rock beats. Brothers Kai Crowe-Getty(guitar, vocals) and Bram Crowe-Getty (drums), and Henry Jones (trombone, vocals... View More

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