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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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Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • November 26, 2014 - December 28, 2014
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday-Sunday 1-5 PM
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild New Paintings in Oil and Encaustic 21 November – 28 December 2014 Opening Reception Friday, 21 November, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present as the final exhibition of 2014, Annie Harris Massie, Cultivated Wild. The show will run from 21 November through 28 December 2014 with an Opening Reception on Friday, 21 November from 5:30 – 7:30. Lynchburg Virginia artist Massie is well known and wi... View More

Art and Country

  • November 26, 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

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • November 26, 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

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • November 26, 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

Hackensaw Boys with Yarn

  • November 26, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 7:30pm; Show 8:30pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n' roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today's diverse Americana music scene. How does it work? Everybody sings a bit of lead, everybody sings a bit of harmony and most members know when to shut up. Instrumentation includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass, charis... View More

MIX at IX @ 6- Arts Inspired Happy Hour Every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm

  • November 26, 2014
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: IX Art Park
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 929 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Get your M.O. to Al Hamraa at IX. Join us for an arts-inspired cocktail hour this Wednesday (and every Wednesday) we’re hosting a forum of art, ideological parlee and occasional Gregorian chants. It's LIVE FACEBOOK!! Plus, Homemade Hummus, Grape Leaf Dolmas & Moroccan Meatballs and $4 Sangrias

The Flavor Project

  • November 26, 2014
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Richmond, VA funk, soul, latin, hip hop and groove all under a low-fi umbrella of diverse musicality and honest lyrics. On a night that’s historically hopping, the day before Thanksgiving, we are happy to bring such a talented act to Charlottesville for their Rapture lounge debut. Led by Buttafly Vazquez, this 8-piece powerhouse will bring a sound as diverse as the city life can get.

Total Joint Surgery Information Class (Free)

  • November 26, 2014
  • Times: Total Joint Surgery Class (Free)
  • Location: Pantops Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy
  • Address: 1490 Pantops Mountain Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Are you ready for a total joint surgery? Come learn about the surgery, pre-surgical rehab, post-surgical rehab, and safety. James Collins, PT CSCS has +15 years experience in treating patients with degeneration and arthritis. Join us for this free informational session. Call Pantops Physical Therapy (434) 245-6472 to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Class is held on the last Wednesday of the month. Time is 5:00pm

The Art of Mark King

  • November 26, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12pm-5pm
  • Location: Graves Fine Art Galleries
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

"MARK KING LEGACY EXHIBIT" commemorating 35 years representing the Internationally Acclaimed "Champion of Impressionism" who passed away in April at the age of 83.  Featuring his last paintings, including "Fishing Boats at Cassis", "Oceanside", "Portofino", "Virginia Hunt", and his final painting, "Thunderheads".

Thursday Nov 27, 2014

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • November 27, 2014 - December 28, 2014
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday-Sunday 1-5 PM
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild New Paintings in Oil and Encaustic 21 November – 28 December 2014 Opening Reception Friday, 21 November, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present as the final exhibition of 2014, Annie Harris Massie, Cultivated Wild. The show will run from 21 November through 28 December 2014 with an Opening Reception on Friday, 21 November from 5:30 – 7:30. Lynchburg Virginia artist Massie is well known and wi... View More

Annual Thanksgiving Feast

  • November 27, 2014
  • Venue: Holladay House Bed and Breakfast
  • Times: 6p - 9p
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 155 West Main Street, Orange, VA 22960
  • Phone: 540-672-4893

Join our family for our 9th annual Thanksgiving dinner. At 6:30 pm, begin feasting upon free-range turkey, lots of side dishes, desserts and great conversation! Dinner is $39/person. Make a long weekend out of it and do some holiday shopping at unique shops and wineries! Stay with us a second consecutive night, we will take 20% off your second night stay. If you stay with us a third consecutive night, we will take 50% off your third night stay. Both offers cannot be combined. Subject to availa... View More

Art and Country

  • November 27, 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

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • November 27, 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

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • November 27, 2014 - 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

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • November 27, 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

Junk Yard Band w/ Double Faces

  • November 27, 2014
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

THANKSGIVING NIGHT TURKEY BOWL CRANK AFTER PARTY JUNK YARD BAND w/ special guests DOUBLE FACES and featuring DJ FLATLINE 18 & Up 10 pm Doors $20 Genre(s): Gogo / Hip Hop / R&B

Thanksgiving Weekend at Wintergreen Resort

  • November 27, 2014 - November 30, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

 Thanksgiving Weekend at Wintergreen Resort 10AM to 5PM The holiday season of family traditions at Wintergreen begins with Thanksgiving. Traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, holiday workshops and family fun. If Mother Nature is smiling, we hope to have The Plunge and Ridgeley’s Fun Park open for the weekend. It’s also the annual Ski Swap to benefit the Wintergreen Ski Patrol. Great deals on used equipment. 434-325-2200

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

  • November 27, 2014
  • Venue: Shadwells Restaurant
  • Times: 12:00-5:00pm
  • Area: Pantops
  • Address: 1791 Richmond Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-202-2568

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner served at Shadwells Restaurant from 12:00-5:00 on Thanksgiving Day. Appetizer- Choose from Fried Oysters and TJ's Biscuits. Turkey, Dressing, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn Soufflee, Mac & Cheese, Deviled Eggs, Cranberry Sauce. Dessert- Choose from Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Tea, Soft Drinks and Coffee Included. Adults- $36.00 Children ( 10 & Under, no appetizer) $14.00 Reservations suggested. 434-202-2568 Shadwellsrestau... View More

Turkey Day 5K at Wintergreen Resort

  • November 27, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 8AM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

Turkey Day 5K at Wintergreen Resort 22967 8AM to12 PM. Join us for a quick 5K around the Devil’s Knob Golf Course.  Ages Groups:  5 and under, 6-12, 14 – 17, 18 – 64 and 65 and up.  Please be sure to register early to receive the discounted price.  Leashed dogs welcome.  Prizes awarded.  Net proceeds to benefit the Nelson County Community Fund. 434-325-2200  

The Art of Mark King

  • November 27, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12pm-5pm
  • Location: Graves Fine Art Galleries
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

"MARK KING LEGACY EXHIBIT" commemorating 35 years representing the Internationally Acclaimed "Champion of Impressionism" who passed away in April at the age of 83.  Featuring his last paintings, including "Fishing Boats at Cassis", "Oceanside", "Portofino", "Virginia Hunt", and his final painting, "Thunderheads".

Friday Nov 28, 2014

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • November 28, 2014 - December 28, 2014
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday-Sunday 1-5 PM
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild New Paintings in Oil and Encaustic 21 November – 28 December 2014 Opening Reception Friday, 21 November, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present as the final exhibition of 2014, Annie Harris Massie, Cultivated Wild. The show will run from 21 November through 28 December 2014 with an Opening Reception on Friday, 21 November from 5:30 – 7:30. Lynchburg Virginia artist Massie is well known and wi... View More

Art and Country

  • November 28, 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

Bennie Dodd live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Bennie Dodd live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 8PM to 11PM. 434-361-0088. www.wildwolfbeer.com

Bold As Love: A Birthday Tribute to Jimi Hendrix with Eli Cook, Moby & The Dicks and Joe Lawlor & Fr

  • November 28, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 7pm; Show 8pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

For decades, the psychedelic blues-rock of Jimi Hendrix has inspired countless musicians around the world.  His iconic blend of innovative electric guitar work, imaginative song writing and mind-blowing stage performance has remained the ultimate in true rock music genius.   Eli Cook has spent years developing a wide selection of popular and lesser known Hendrix cuts that he will bring to the Jefferson Theater stage on November 28th in an exhilarating tribute show to celebrate Jim... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • November 28, 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

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