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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 May 30, 2015

2015 FA Cup Final

  • May 30, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 12:30PM
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

12PM Doors Open 12:30PM Kick Arsenal vs. Aston Villa The 2014–15 FA Cup is the 134th occurrence of the FA Cup, the main domestic cup in English football and the oldest knockout competition in the world. The match will be contested between defending Champions Arsenal and Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

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.

Art and Country

  • May 30, 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 30, 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

Capt. Ron live at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub

  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: 6PM TO 9PM
  • Location: Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub
  • Address: 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-996-6992

Capt. Ron live at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub 6PM to 9PM. 434-996-6992.

Celebrate Rockfish! at Rockfish Valley Community Center

  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: 5PM to 9PM
  • Location: Rockfish Valley Community Center
  • Address: 190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-361-0100

Celebrate Rockfish! at Rockfish Valley Community Center . 5PM to 9PM. Celebrate Rockfish is a free event featuring live music by Bootsy Daniels' Soulful Experience, food by Paulie's Pigout and Claudia Gibson Catering, local brews by Blue Mountain Brewery, and games of kickball, volleyball, cornhole, and more.  The event is the culmination of our 50-50 cash raffle fundraiser. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Treasure Chest Thrift Store, or in the RVCC Office.  The drawing for the ... View More

City Market

  • May 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Times: 7 am - 12 noon
  • Location: Water Street
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 100 Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-970-3371

City Market offers fresh produce, herbs, plants, grass fed meats, crafts, and baked goods from local vendors every Saturday, April - December.  The market features over 100 vendors every Saturday morning.  SNAP customers customers can redeem their benefits at the market for fresh produce. City Market is located in downtown Charlottesville at the corner of Water Street & 2nd Street. Physical Address:  100 Water St., Charlottesville, VA  22902 Hours of Ope... View More

Court Square Walking Tours

  • May 30, 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 30, 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

Eats & Beats at Keswick Vineyards

  • May 30, 2015 - June 27, 2015
  • Venue: Keswick Vineyards
  • Times: 12pm - 3pm
  • Location: Keswick Vineyards
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
  • Phone: 434-244-3341

Eats & Beats Wine is all about taste, smell and atmosphere, so what better way to enjoy great Virginia wine than with some delightful Eats & Beats at Keswick Vineyards every Saturday from April 18th - June 27th! April 18th – 12pm – 3pm – Vernon Fischer Versatile and lively acoustic guitar with a diverse repertoire ranging from classical to modern favorites. Food truck: Piedmont Smokehouse April 25th – 12pm – 3pm – Jordan Perry Performing a blend... View More

Eats & Beats at Keswick Vineyards

  • May 30, 2015 - October 24, 2015
  • Venue: Keswick Vineyards
  • Times: 12-3pm
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
  • Phone: 434-244-3341

Wine is all about taste, smell and atmosphere, so what better way to enjoy great Virginia wine than with some delightful Eats & Beats at Keswick Vineyards every Saturday? May 30th – Sue Harlow Food truck: The Bavarian Chef June 6th – Rockfish Gap Bluegrass Food truck: Blackjack Mobile Soul Food Kitchen June 13th – John Tracy Food Truck: Piedmont Smokehouse June 20th – Paulo Franco Food truck: Mouth Wide Open June 27th – David Gilmore Food truck: Mors... View More

Fresh Vegetable Sampling at Saunders Brothers Farm Market!

  • May 30, 2015
  • Venue: Saunders Brothers Inc.
  • Times: 9AM to 5PM
  • Address: 2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River, VA 22964
  • Phone: 434-277-5455

Vegetable Sampling at Saunders Brothers Farm Market! 9AM to 5PM. We grow our own fresh, healthful veggies on our farm and bring them directly to you at the market. Try them with some of our fantastic sauces or salad dressings! Live music. 434-277-5455.

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival

  • May 30, 2015 - July 04, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival is a six-week celebration of more than fifty special events held along the Jefferson Heritage Trail (JHT), between Thomas Jefferson's two homes of Monticello and Poplar Forest. Walk in Jefferson's footsteps and capture the historic flavor of his era as interpreted in the 21st century, just a short drive from Charlottesville, Richmond and Northern Virginia. Held from Memorial Day to July 4th, the trail will be a hub of events that promise to inspire, entertain... View More

Les Yeux du Monde presents Russ Warren: Zaragoza 8 May – 7 June 2015

  • May 30, 2015 - June 07, 2015
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday - Sunday, 1-5 pm
  • Location: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Russ Warren: Zaragoza 8 May – 7 June 2015 Les Yeux du Monde presents Russ Warren: Zaragoza from 8 May – 7 June 2015. There will be an opening reception on Friday, 8 May from 5:30 – 7:30 and a lunch with the artist on Wednesday, 20 May at noon (reservations required, $15, free for Collectors Club). This show will highlight large multi-panel paintings that Warren has created in the past two years, inspired by his favorite Spanish painters, Diego V... View More

Mountain Cove Music Festival at Mountain Cove Vineyards

Mountain Cove Music Festival at Mountain Cove Vineyards. 1PM to 6PM. Live music lineup: 1PM Eli Cook, 2:30PM Sarah White, 3PM Vaden Cox and Friends, 5PM Dancing Lion Drums. Tickets available at the event. Wine is available in the tasting room. Food provided by Mouth Wide Open food truck. Picnic baskets are allowed. No outside alcohol. No Pets. Rain or Shine.  Mountain Cove Vineyards Off Hwy 29 to Rt. 718 to Rt. 651. 434-973-0627.

Music at the James River Brewery

  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Location: James River Brewery
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 561 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 432-286-7837

Scott Ward will be playing favorites from the past (Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett) along with some Irish tunes for audience participation. Come to the brewery for fun in the relaxing shade of the beer garden.

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative with Live Music

  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: 8AM to 12Noon
  • Location: Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative
  • Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, 22958
  • Phone: 434-760-6655

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 May 23 Kim and Jimbo Cary, May 30 The Accidentals. Open every Saturday through October. 434-760-6655.

Old Albemarle CountyJail Tours

  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 409 High Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

The Old Albemarle County Jail is the fifth jail constructed by Albemarle County in 1876 .  The jail complex consisting the original stone section, a brick addition, the jailer's house, sally port  and the surrounding wall served the county until 1974. The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society proposes to restore and rehabilitate the jail complex - an important contributing component to the Charlottesville and Albemarle Court House Historic Districts while providing ... View More

Pick Your Own Strawberries and Cherries at Seaman’s Orchard

  • May 30, 2015 - June 14, 2015
  • Times: M-F 8AM-7PM, Sat 8AM-4PM, Sun 12:30PM-5PM
  • Location: Seaman’s Orchard
  • Address: 415 Dark Hollow Road, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-8130

Pick Your Own Strawberries and Cherries at Seaman’s Orchard. Monday through Friday 8AM to 7PM, Saturday 8AM to 4PM, and Sunday 12:30PM to 5PM. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with sweet fresh strawberries and cherries! We have pick-your-own and pre-picked upon request. We offer containers to use when picking or you may bring your own. Sold by the pound if you pick them and by the quart if they are pre-picked. We ask that you call ahead to reserve pre-pic... View More

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Critzer Family Farm!

  • May 30, 2015 - June 07, 2015
  • Times: Mon-Sat 8AM to 6PM
  • Location: Critzer Family Farm
  • Address: 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-4772

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Critzer Family Farm! Open Monday - Saturday 8AM to 6PM. 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! 540-456-4772  

Scott Ward at James River Brewery

  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: 4:00pm - 6:00 pm
  • Location: James River Brewery
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 561 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-7837

Join us at James River Brewery for Scott Ward in the taproom. Scott will be playing a mixture of classics (Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Jimmy Buffett) as well as some Irish favorites.

Sunsets Become Eclectic at Jefferson Vineyards

  • May 30, 2015 - September 12, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson Vineyards
  • Times: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-3042

Watch the sun go down while enjoying live music and delicious wine from Jefferson Vineyards. Visit jeffersonvineyards.com for full schedule. Our Policies: WINE: Our wine tent, situated on our hillside, close to the stage, will sell an assortment of Jefferson Vineyards wines (bottles and glasses). FOOD: Outside food is permitted, we ask you to please clean up afterwards. Our neighbors at SALT (An artisan market) will have a stand that sells sandwiches, next to our wine ... View More

Swannanoa Palace Open House

  • May 30, 2015 - May 31, 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

Take a ride on the Hatton Ferry

  • May 30, 2015 - October 25, 2015
  • Venue: Hatton Ferry
  • Times: Saturday from 9am - 5pm; Sunday from Noon to 5pm
  • Location: Hatton Ferry
  • Address: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Location: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, Virginia Date: April 18th - October 25th: Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sundays 12:00 pm - 5:00pm Cost: Free; donations requested The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2015 operating season Saturday April 18th. Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, an historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States, April 18th through October 24h. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge; donations appreciated a... View More

Virginia Women in History

  • May 30, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

This exhibit explores the often overlooked contributions of women to Virginia history. Eight women are honored in this exhibition who have had an impact on local, national, and international history. Come celebrate these women from the past and present who have served their Virginia communities. This is a traveling exhibition courtesy of the Library of Virginia with support from the Virginia Business & Professional Women’s Foundation Fund.

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