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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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Thursday Aug 21, 2014

Art and Country

  • August 21, 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

Big Blue Door Storytelling Jam

TRUE STORIES Every third Thursday of every month starting July 19 we are proud to present our BIG BLUE DOOR JAM, a show of true 6-8 minute stories on changing themes in changing venues! Our inaugural show will be at The Bridge PAI. Starting in August we’ll begin to open the show to volunteers both as storytellers and as teams of judges. So if you want to tell a true story in August come July 19 to sign up, and if you want to volunteer to judge future shows come July 19 to see our format! J... View More

Court Square Walking Tours

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: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm Saturdays: 10:00 am Sundays: 2:00 pm

Maplewood Cemetery Tours

  • August 21, 2014 - August 28, 2014
  • Times: Thursdays at 7:00 pm
  • Location: Maplewood Cemetery
  • Address: Maple Street and 8th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Take a tour of Charlottesville's oldest public cemetery and learn about the residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County who now rest Maplewood Cemetery or learn about the symbols on the graves and tombstones and how those symbols can tell you about the person buried beneath. Tour begins at the entrance of Maplewood Cemetery, Maple Street at 8th street NE. Schedule: Thursdays @ 7:00 pm

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • August 21, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Venue: James Madison's Montpelier
  • Times: 9:00 a.m.
  • Address: 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
  • Phone: 540-672-2728

Enjoy an extended Montpelier mansion tour before the rush of the crowds. This special 90–minute experience allows you to focus on the in–depth details that reveal the Madisons’ style, taste, friendships, and accomplishments. Available by reservation (48-hours in advance) on Thursdays through Sundays, April through October.

Mosaic Lessons

  • August 21, 2014
  • Venue: FIREFISH Gallery
  • Times: 5:30 - 8:00
  • Address: 108 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-1777

Come join in the fun of mosaics. Learn to make a mosaic mirror, flower pot or tray with glittering ceramic tiles. No experience necessary! Classes are taught by local art educator Eileen Butler. Ages 8- 108. Bring a drink or snack to share- BYOB & BYOS(nack)! $20 + the cost of supplies. To sign up: issimaart@gmail.com. Space is limited so early sign up recommended. ***Perfect for "Ladies Night Out", Bachelorette Parties, etc...

Night at the Museum with Erin & the Wildfire

Join us for Night at the Museum, your opportunity to explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food and music in Charlottesville! With food trucks, beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and music from local band Erin & the Wildfire, this event is not to be missed. This summer, Night at the Museum also offers a kid's table with fun activities and a play area for babies and toddlers. Not a member? Now is your chance to become one! A special membership offer of $25 per... View More

Pick your Own Peaches at Chiles Orchard

Come pick your own peaches. Fresh is best! Open M-Sat 9A-6P, Sun 10A-5P. Ready-picked fruit is also available at the Farm Market. After picking enjoy our homemade fudge, fresh ice cream and homemade waffle cones, cider slushies, and cider donuts! “Like” Chiles Peach Orchard on Facebook! www.facebook.com/ChilesPeachOrchard

Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Wolfbane Productions Presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 8PM. See the grounds at Devils Backbone transformed into a living set and enjoy Macbeth outdoors. Bring a chair or blanket.  Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001

Thursday Evening Sunset Series

  • August 21, 2014 - September 25, 2014
  • Venue: Carter Mountain Orchard
  • Times: 6-9pm
  • Location: Carter Mountain Orchard
  • Address: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-977-1833

Sunsets at Carter Mountain Orchard and Vineyard brings the community together on Thursdays—May through September—with live music, food, and wine as the sun sets. Visit our website to see who is performing this week! Take in the Charlottesville views from the hillside or one of the two large decks. And come hungry! The Mountain Grill offers a family friendly food selection. Top off dinner with a delectable desert from the Bakery, maybe a fresh cider donut or some refreshing ice cream!... View More

We are Tiwi

  • August 21, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • 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

This group exhibition brings together artists from Jilamara Arts and Crafts and Munupi Arts and Crafts, two art centers located roughly sixty miles north of Darwin off the northern coast of Australia. The carved and painted Pukumani poles from the forests of Bathurst and Melville Islands – the land of the Tiwi people – have inspired international collectors, curators and artists for a century or more. Tiwi culture, history and traditional stories are vividly expressed through lines, ... View More

WE ARE TIWI - Art from JLAMARA AND MUNUPI ARTISTS

  • August 21, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aboringinal Art Collection
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

WE ARE TIWI - May 30 - August 24, 2014 On May 30 the Kluge-Ruhe Collection will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibitions. We Are Tiwi is a series of works by acclaimed artists from Munupi Art Center & Jilamara Arts & Crafts in the remote Tiwi Islands off the northern coast of Australia. Also opening this month is a new exhibition of work from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Jilamara Arts & Crafts will end on August 22, 2014. Munupi Art Center will end on August ... View More

Yappy Hour at Clifton

  • August 21, 2014 - September 25, 2014
  • Venue: Clifton Inn
  • Times: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-971-1800

Clifton has gone to the dogs! Bring your four legged companion to Clifton for Yappy Hour! Join us on our Terrace where you can both meet and greet, play and walk our trails on our 100 acre property.** Select beer and wines are $5 each along with complimentary homemade Clifton dog treats and a amuse bouche for the owners. Enjoy our special Yappy Hour Tasting Menu with 10-12 courses, 50% off for $75 per person. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Caring for Creatures. For more details please... View More

DuCard Wine Dinner at Boar's Head

  • August 21, 2014
  • Venue: Old Mill Room at The Boar's Head
  • Times: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-2230

Discover why Virginia wine is drawing rave reviews from industry experts as you personally experience the best of Virginia wine country. Get to know Scott Elliff, proprietor of DuCard Vineyards and Bill Justus, Boar’s Head Executive Chef, with a Vintner reception and four course dinner featuring local seasonal foods and ingredients perfectly paired with DuCard wines from Madison County, Virginia. $75 per guest (tax and gratuity additional). Call 434.972.2230 to make your reservations today... View More

Stinson Vineyards: Tailgate Thursday!

  • August 21, 2014
  • Venue: Stinson Vineyards
  • Times: 6:00 pm
  • Address: 4474 Sugar Hollow Road, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-823-7300

It's time to start looking forward to a summer full of Tailgate Thursdays! Once again this year we'll have the grills going, music playing, and wine flowing every Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Enjoy music from Nikki Talley! Plan to bring a picnic and the kids and dogs as we welcome back warm weather!

The Art of Mark King

  • August 21, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves Fine Art Gallery
  • 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".

Third Thursday Music Series

  • August 21, 2014
  • Venue: Trump Winery
  • Times: 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Address: 3550 Blenhiem Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Enjoy FREE live music in the Tasting Room from 6-8PM on the third Thursday of every month. Tastings, glass pours, and bottles of wine will be available for purchase. Come and join us for a relaxing night of good music and great wine!

Friday Aug 22, 2014

Art and Country

  • August 22, 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

Billy Caldwell live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill

  • August 22, 2014
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: Stoney Creek Bar and Grill
  • Address: 1354 Stoney Creek West, Nellysford, Virginia 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8110

Billy Caldwell live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill. 7PM.  www.wintergreenresort.com 434-325-8110. 

Court Square Walking Tours

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: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm Saturdays: 10:00 am Sundays: 2:00 pm

DJ Le Feb

  • August 22, 2014
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-9526

Le Feb brings the strong beats, punishing electro and remixes of your favorite top hits to the Rapture dance floor!! 21+ // FREE!!

Fridays After Five

  • August 22, 2014 - September 12, 2014
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-245-4910

Fridays After Five, presented by Bud Light, continues to be Charlottesville’s favorite live concert series. 2014 will be the 27th year of free live music and fun.  The first event will kick off at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on April 18th and will run each Friday thereafter ending on September 12. Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share in the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our commu... View More

Kendall Street Company is back at Miller's Downtown

  • August 22, 2014
  • Venue: Miller's Restaurant
  • Times: 10:30 pm - 1:30
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 109 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 757-641-3050

Kendall Street Company with Louis Smith are back at Miller's on the Mall. This band is "Remarkable in the Best Way" performing originals and covers "More than Right!"

Lisa Miller and the Juke Joint Junkies live at Wild Wolf

Lisa Miller and the Juke Joint Junkies live 8PM to 11PM at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.  434-361-0088.

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • August 22, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Venue: James Madison's Montpelier
  • Times: 9:00 a.m.
  • Address: 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
  • Phone: 540-672-2728

Enjoy an extended Montpelier mansion tour before the rush of the crowds. This special 90–minute experience allows you to focus on the in–depth details that reveal the Madisons’ style, taste, friendships, and accomplishments. Available by reservation (48-hours in advance) on Thursdays through Sundays, April through October.

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