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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 Oct 23, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • October 23, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Come visit Dickie Brothers Orchard which has been in our family since England's King George II granted the land to our family in 1750.Yes, it's true, our family has been farming this land for over two centuries...264 years!PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES daily (visit our website for current varieties).You must arrive before 4:00PM to harvest your own apples.Prepicked apples available.We also have Sweet Potatoes, Apple Butter, Apple Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Cobbler/Crisp Mixes, Peanuts, Decorative Gourds and A... View More

Art and Country

  • October 23, 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

Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion

  • October 23, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: John Paul Jones Arena
  • Times: 7:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm and 5:00pm
  • Address: 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-243-4960

After 15 years performing around the world, Dralion will make its finale curtain call in January 2015. Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbo... View More

Community Emergency Response Team Training

  • October 23, 2014 - November 06, 2014
  • Times: 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Location: TBA
  • Address: TBA, Charlottesville, VA
  • Phone: 434-970-1798

The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management is offering FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) emergency preparedness training beginning in September. This 9-week course, held from 6:30pm – 9:00pm each Thursday from September 11 through November 6, educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organiza... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • October 23, 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

  • October 23, 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

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • October 23, 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.

Steve Poltz

  • October 23, 2014
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 7:30pm; Show 8pm
  • Location: The Southern
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Wine Gala Social at The Fresh Market

  • October 23, 2014
  • Times: 7:30-9:30
  • Location: The Fresh Market
  • Area: Route 29 North
  • Address: 100 Albemarle Square, Charlottesville, VA 22901

The Wine Gala is a private charity event to benefit the JLC, co-hosted by The Fresh Market (the store will be closed to the public during the event, only ticket holders will be admitted). The event will feature several upscale tasting stations including various wines and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Special discounts on wine will be offered to our special guests during event hours. A silent auction with arts and crafts will be available as well. Please, reserve your space now as tickets are limited and... View More

St. Paul & The Broken Bones with Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

  • October 23, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 8:00 PM; Show 9:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises. Half The City is the compelling full-length Single Lock/Thirty Tigers debut of the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in... View More

The Art of Mark King

  • October 23, 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".

Friday Oct 24, 2014

20th Annual Spirit Walk - Oakwood Cemetery

  • October 24, 2014
  • Times: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Oakwood Cemetery
  • Address: Entrance on Oak Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

As the air begins to cool and the trees shed their leaves, the spirits of former citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County gather one last time before consigning themselves to the earth for the long, cold winter. Join the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society on its 20th Annual Spirit Walk to meet these memorable residents from our community’s past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you. On Friday, October 24th, and Sunday from 6-9 pm, meet f... View More

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society's 20th Annual Spirit Walk

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: October 19 - 6 - 9pm (Court Square); October 29 - 6 - 8pm (Oakwood Cemetery); October 24 - 6 - 8pm (Oakwood Cemetery)
  • Location: Court Square and Oakwood Cemetery
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society's 20th Annual Spirit Walk  Cost: $12 for adults, $8 for children 10 and under  Dates: Friday, October 24th, 6 - 9 pm (Oakwood Cemetery)  Saturday, October 19th,  6 - 9 pm(Court Square)  Sunday, October 20th, 6 - 8 pm (Oakwood Cemetery) As the air begins to cool and the trees shed their leaves, the spirits of former citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County gather one last time befo... View More

Annual Opportunity Ball at Veritas Vineyard and Winery

  • October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Veritas Vineyard & Winery
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Address: 151 Veritas Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8000

Annual Opportunity Ball at Veritas Vineyard and Winery. 6:30PM.Reservations Required. Join us for the Annual Opportunity Ball to benefit the Nelson County Community Fund  The evening starts with a four-course, wine-paired meal in Saddleback Hall and ends with dancing the night away.  Your Halloween Best or Black Tie Optional. Reservations Required. Fee.  540-456-8000 ext. 107.

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • October 24, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Come visit Dickie Brothers Orchard which has been in our family since England's King George II granted the land to our family in 1750.Yes, it's true, our family has been farming this land for over two centuries...264 years!PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES daily (visit our website for current varieties).You must arrive before 4:00PM to harvest your own apples.Prepicked apples available.We also have Sweet Potatoes, Apple Butter, Apple Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Cobbler/Crisp Mixes, Peanuts, Decorative Gourds and A... View More

Art and Country

  • October 24, 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

Black Comedy

  • October 24, 2014 - November 02, 2014
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Friday and Saturday: 8PM; Sunday: 2:30PM
  • Location: Four County Players
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923-0001
  • Phone: 540-832-5355

As part of their 42nd Season, Four County Players is proud to present the riotous comedy, BLACK COMEDY, by Peter Shaffer. In one hilarious act, the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; when the lights are to be on, the stage is the dark. Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d'arte "borrowed" from the absent antique collector next door, hoping to impress his fiancée’s pompous father and a wealthy... View More

Carving at Carver - Pumpkin Carving Contest!

  • October 24, 2014
  • Times: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: Carver Recreation Center
  • Address: 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-970-3053

“Carving at Carver” Pumpkin Carving Contest Charlottesville Parks and Recreation will host a family-friendly pumpkin carving contest on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Carver Recreation Center. Participants must register in advance, and the cost is $5.00 per pumpkin. Pumpkins must be carved on-site by teams of two to four people, with at least one adult and one child in each party. All carved pumpkins will then be judged by popular vote at the Charlottesville Parks an... View More

Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion

  • October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: John Paul Jones Arena
  • Times: 7:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm and 5:00pm
  • Address: 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-243-4960

After 15 years performing around the world, Dralion will make its finale curtain call in January 2015. Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbo... View More

Community Shopping Event for Partners In Health

  • October 24, 2014
  • Times: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Location: Ten Thousand Villages
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 105 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-9470

Ten Thousand Villages Charlottesville, 105 West Main Street, is partnering with Partners In Health on Friday, October 24th to raise money for the organization’s response efforts in Liberia and Sierra Leone to the Ebola outbreak. Partners In Health is a global health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of poor and marginalized people. A portion of sales on October 24th will be donated to Partners in Health. The mission of Partners In Health is to provide a preferenti... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • October 24, 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

Eli Cook live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • October 24, 2014 - October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Eli Cook (solo) live 9PM at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080

Harvest Fest at Wintergreen Resort

  • October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8180

Harvest Fest at Wintergreen Resort. 10AM to 8PM. We’ll be celebrating the bounty of this colorful season with golf, tennis, fun at Discovery Ridge, hiking, spa and tempting dining options. Check out the special fun on top of the mountain including campfire and storytelling, and the Spooktacular Workshop with pumpkin carving and cookie decorating. 434-325-8180.

Katherine Shaver and Friends live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill

  • October 24, 2014
  • 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.

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour

  • October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Times: Friday: 6-7pm opening ceremony, 7-8pm viewing; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Location: City Space
  • Address: 100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
  • Phone: 434-305-6815

"People who never heard about the Buddha told us about feeling something they have never experienced before. They said this event gave them a new perspective for what they want for their lives."  A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is touring the world. The relics were found from among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. The relics embody the master's spiritual qualities of c... View More

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