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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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Friday May 29, 2015

Art and Country

  • May 29, 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 29, 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

Bold Rock After Hours Concert at Bold Rock Cider

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 7PM to 9PM
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

Bold Rock After Hours Concert at Bold Rock Cider. Live music by Gold Top Country Ramblers. 7PM to 9PM. Come enjoy some tunes at the Cidery! Doors open at 7PM. Cover charge. We hope to see you there! 434-361-1030.

Court Square Walking Tours

  • May 29, 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 29, 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

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House

  • May 29, 2015 - September 25, 2015
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Barrel House
  • Times: 5PM to 9PM
  • Location: Blue Mountain Barrel House
  • Address: 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA 22922
  • Phone: 434-263-4002

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House. Live Music Outside every Friday 6PM to 8PM. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy panoramic mountain views. Food truck open 5PM to 9PM.  Open 7 days a week 11AM for tastings, tours, pints and beer to go. 434-263-4002.  May 22 Jelly Street Jazz, May 29 Darcy Dawn Duo June 5 Greg Ward, June 12 Jason Burke and Bill Staton, June 19 Erin and The Wildfire, June 26 Paulo Franco. More 2015 performers to be announced  

Fridays After Five

  • May 29, 2015 - September 11, 2015
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902

Fridays After Five is a FREE concert series every Friday, April 17 - September 11. Fridays After Five, presented by Bud Light, continues to be Charlottesville's favorite live concert series. 2015 will be the 28th year of free live music and fun. Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our community. The spring and summer schedule features local artists of myria... View More

Hopeless Pyromaniacs live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 7PM to 10PM
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Hopeless Pyromaniacs live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 7PM to 10PM. 434-361-0088.

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival

  • May 29, 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

Katherine Shaver and Friends live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill

  • May 29, 2015
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: Stoney Creek Bar and Grill
  • Address: 1354 Stoney Creek West, Nellysford, Virginia 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8110

Katherine Shaver and Friends live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill. 7PM. 434-325-8110.

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

  • May 29, 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

Pick Your Own Strawberries and Cherries at Seaman’s Orchard

  • May 29, 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 29, 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  

Salad Days

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

[Not Rated] 102 min. Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Thank you to sponsor WTJU 91.1 FM

The Bridge PAI Reading Series

  • May 29, 2015
  • Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Bridge Pai
  • Address: 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-5669

The third Friday of each month, a poet and a prose writer share their work at the Bridge PAI in downtown Charlottesville. There are many current and former UVa writing students on the lineup; see the website for details. This month features Mark J. Brewin Jr. and Alexander Lumans. Bring your glorious self and your cherished chums over to the Bridge for a night of literary good times. Future Readers: June 20, 2014: Sarah McCartt-Jackson & Emma Rathbone July 18, 2014: Sarah ... View More

Virginia Women in History

  • May 29, 2015 - 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.

2015 Mike London Women's Football Camp

  • May 29, 2015
  • Times: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Location: George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility at The McCue Center
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 290 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-982-5923

You are invited to attend the 2015 Mike London Women's Football Camp on Friday, May 29th, 2015 from 7:00pm until 9:30pm in the George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility. This evening event will include instructional presentations by the coaching staff and select players. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in drills designed to teach football skills such as blocking, tackling, throwing, catching, and punting. Online registration will open May 1st, please visit www.mikelondonfootball... View More

Beleza - Live Music at Glass House Winery

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 6-9pm
  • 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… Beleza performs live at Glass House Winery in Free Union. Friday, May 29th, 6-9 p.m. As always, picnics welcome, Glass House Winery Wine and Chocolates as well as packaged meats, cheeses, crackers, etc., available for purchase in the Tasting Room. We open at noon and our events are Rain or Shine. (*No outside alcohol permitted.) No Cover, regular tasting fees apply. Invite your friends…a good time for all!

DJ 2Tru

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

DJ 2Tru – Born in South Carolina, and having spent a considerable amount of time honing his craft in Japan, DJ 2Tru has gained attention on the east coast as well as the far east. Constantly trying to push the envelope, 2Tru is committed to make his fans sweat on the dancefloor. “There is nothing better than finishing a tune and seeing the reaction from a crowded dancefloor,” he beams. 21+ // FREE

Fridays After Five: Abbey Road

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: 5:30PM
  • Location: nTelos Wireless Pavillion
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 877-272-8849

Abbey Road...The Ultimate Rock and Roll Party Band! The audience will be on its feet! You will be dancing, singing, clapping, and sometimes staring with the band members on stage!  With precise musical detail, exceptional vocals and harmonies, vintage and replica instruments and whimsical crowd interaction...Abbey Road is truly cross-generational appealing to fans from 7 to 70.  Not a typical tribute band!....Abbey Road is much more fun than that! From "I Wanna Ho... View More

Grandaddy's Gravy

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: World of Beer
  • Times: 9pm-midnight
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 852 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-970-1088

Long-time friends Preston Luce, Will Leggett and Harrison Holland combine elements of their individual musical backgrounds in a melee of electronic and acoustic funk, bluegrass, electronic and jam to move your feet and intrigue your brain.

Heidi's Night at McCormick Observatory

  • May 29, 2015
  • Times: 9:00 - 10:30
  • Location: McCormick Observatory
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 400 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-978-4164

The Charlottesville Astronomical Society will hold its 6th Heidi’s Night Event for Families with students in grades 4 – 12 at the McCormick Observatory on Friday, May 29 from 9:00 – 10:30. The event includes a classroom presentation, observing through 6”, 14” and 26” telescopes and a laser tour of the night sky. The event honors the memory of CAS member Heidi Winter, former executive secretary to the Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory who pas... View More

Mitch Wise / Siamese Floater / Lee Bangah / St. Clair / Jaewar

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 9:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Mitch Wise – Independent rap, funk and hip hop from Cville’s underground scene. Siamese Floater – Cville’s Alex Tanson explores a variety of sounds and noise with his chillwave, downtempo project, Siamese Floater. Lee Bangah – In a 2004 Cville Weekly magazine covering local hip-hop, writer John Borgineyer stated: “LeeBangah learned to craft beats and soundscapes, the best of which induce a spin-tingling chill. older rappers influenced him that now flow effor... View More

Take Two

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 10:30 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Inspired by the music their parents played, Take Two is mandolin driven old-time stringband music from central Virginia. 21+ // FREE // 10:30 PM

The Hopeless Pyromantics

  • May 29, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

The Hopeless Pyromantics – Transcending genres at the same time they’re defining them, The Hopeless Pyromantics draw on a variety of styles and influences, crafting sounds that evoke an array of emotions all while remaining undeniably danceable. All Ages // Free

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