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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 Jul 02, 2015

Court Square Walking Tours

  • July 02, 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.

Groovin' at The Greenway

  • July 02, 2015
  • Times: 6pm-8pm
  • Location: Constitution Park Dominion Shelter
  • Address: 100 McElroy St, Waynesboro, VA 22980
  • Phone: 540-942-6735

Free Music Series on Thursday nights from 6-8pm. Come show us how you get your funk on as Righteous Friendz demonstrate the best local Reggae.

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival

  • July 02, 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

Junk Orchestra

  • July 02, 2015 - August 06, 2015
  • Times: 6:45pm - 8:15pm
  • Location: Tabor Presbyterian Church
  • Address: Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5804 Tabor Street, Chiles Pickford Fellowship Hall, Crozet, Virginia 22932
  • Phone: 434-987-5517

Crozet Community Orchestra You got Rhythm? Who doesn't? You got Junk? Who doesn't? Want to turn your rhythm and junk into music? Lets do it this summer in Crozet! Led by Philip Clark. Thursdays June 18 - Aug 6, 2015 (No meeting on June 25 or July 16) 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm at Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5804 Tabor Street, Crozet, in the Chiles Pickford Fellowship Hall. All ages, seniors welcome. $10 per session (a limited number of scholarships available for financial need). Bring something... View More

LUV - Heritage Theatre Festival

  • July 02, 2015 - July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Performances: 6/30 -  8pm; 7/1 -  8pm; 7/2 -  8pm; 7/3 - 8pm; 7/5 - 8pm Performed in the Ruth Caplin Theatre, on Grounds at U.Va. By Murray Schisgal Directed by Bryan Garey College chums Harry and Milt are serendipitously reunited on a suspension bridge from which Harry is preparing to jump. A study in opposites (Harry is a would-be beatnik and Milt is the very picture of prosperity), the pair find common ground in their misery. When Milt confesses t... View More

Monty Python's Spamalot

  • July 02, 2015 - July 03, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: June 30 - July 3: 7:30 p.m.; July 5 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

The Heritage Theatre Festival presents MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle - Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle A new musical lovingly ripped off from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Directed by Robert Chapel Culbreth Theatre June 30 - July 5 This Tony Award-winning Broadway smash offers the Python gang's signature del... View More

Pick Your Own Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm!

  • July 02, 2015 - July 15, 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 Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm! Open Monday - Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Peaches are in! 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  

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Seaman’s Orchard

  • July 02, 2015 - July 13, 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 Blueberries 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 blueberries! 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-picked. For updated picking inf... View More

Trivia Night at James River Brewery

  • July 02, 2015 - October 01, 2015
  • Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: James River Brewery
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 561 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-7837

Join us at James River Brewery in Scottsville every Thursday at 7pm for Trivia Night (hosted by Geeks Who Drink). Bring your team and test your knowledge.

Yappy Hour at Clifton Inn

  • July 02, 2015 - October 01, 2015
  • Venue: Clifton Inn
  • Times: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-971-1800

Every Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm 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.** Beer and wine will be available, as well as complimentary snacks for the people AND the pups! 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Caring for Creatures. For more details please call (434) 971-1800. **Ruff and Ready Rules: ... View More

Thursday Concert & Dinner

  • July 02, 2015
  • Times: 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Location: The Market at Grelen
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 15091 Yager Road, Somerset, VA 22972
  • Phone: 540-672-7268

Join us for a night of live music and food, and enjoy the spectacular view of our 600 acre nursery! Featuring popular singer Tara Mills, and a buffet dinner prepared by our Chef, Matt Turner. We also offer wine and beer from nine different VA wineries, and eight breweries! In addition, we have a selection of local beer, wine, and hard cider on draft. This event is rain or shine--we'll move to our Event tent in bad weather. $5 Concert Fee; $15 dinner (pre-register); $20 dinner (walk-in) *pr... View More

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • July 02, 2015
  • Times: Until 4pm daily
  • Location: Sunspots Studios
  • Area: Regional - Augusta County
  • Address: 202 South Lewis Street, Stauton, VA 24401
  • Phone: 540-885-0678

See glassblowers at work daily at Sunspots Studios in Staunton. Open seven days a week, you can bring the whole family to watch glassblowers reveal their craft for free until 4pm. The spacious gallery is full of locally-made and in-house art glass, local and fair trade accessories, and jewelry. Sunspots is also an authorized retailer of Pandora, Alex and Ani, and Endless jewelry lines. For a more hands-on experience, step into the glass studio and help the artist create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake... View More

Friday Jul 03, 2015

Court Square Walking Tours

  • July 03, 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.

Evil Eye / Horsefang / Ferrigno / Lamaze

  • July 03, 2015
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 9:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Evil Eye – Evil Eye, is a four piece, heavy rock band, based in Charlottesville, VA. Formed around 2011, the band quickly learned a bunch of cover songs. But before long they had enough solid originals, that they decided to look at the wave of the music business and say, “hey but, let’s party”. Horsefang – Melodic doom from the rolling hills of the Monticello area. Ferrigno – The members of Ferrigno formerly played under the name The Skinny Lads. When the g... View More

First Fridays

  • July 03, 2015
  • Times: 5-9 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Charlottesville
  • Phone: 434-971-2787

Don't miss this fun evening of gallery opening receptions throughout downtown!

Fourth of July Jubilee at Wintergreen Resort

  • July 03, 2015 - July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9AM to 10PM
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

Fourth of July Jubilee at Wintergreen Resort.9AM to 10PM. It’s a birthday party and we’re celebrating the red, white and blue! We’ll have music, a block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games for the entire family and of course, Fireworks! See the mountain light up on Saturday, July 4th.  Craft fair will take place Saturday-Sunday.  434-325-2200

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House

  • July 03, 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.  July 3 Bell Avenue Blues Band, July 10 Chris and Goose, July 17 Jacob Allen, July 24 Gary Randall, July 31 Tara Mills More 2015 performers to be announced  

Fridays After Five

  • July 03, 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

Jefferson's Virginia Summer Festival

  • July 03, 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

LUV - Heritage Theatre Festival

  • July 03, 2015 - July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Performances: 6/30 -  8pm; 7/1 -  8pm; 7/2 -  8pm; 7/3 - 8pm; 7/5 - 8pm Performed in the Ruth Caplin Theatre, on Grounds at U.Va. By Murray Schisgal Directed by Bryan Garey College chums Harry and Milt are serendipitously reunited on a suspension bridge from which Harry is preparing to jump. A study in opposites (Harry is a would-be beatnik and Milt is the very picture of prosperity), the pair find common ground in their misery. When Milt confesses t... View More

Monty Python's Spamalot

  • July 03, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: June 30 - July 3: 7:30 p.m.; July 5 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

The Heritage Theatre Festival presents MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle - Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle A new musical lovingly ripped off from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Directed by Robert Chapel Culbreth Theatre June 30 - July 5 This Tony Award-winning Broadway smash offers the Python gang's signature del... View More

Open Music Jam

  • July 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015
  • Times: 7pm - 9pm
  • Location: James River Brewery
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 561 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-7837

Join us for an Open Music Jam (Open Mike Night) at James River Brewery. This takes place on the First and Third Friday of every month from 7-9pm at the brewery. Come bring an instrument, or just come to listen and enjoy.

Pick Your Own Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm!

  • July 03, 2015 - July 15, 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 Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm! Open Monday - Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Peaches are in! 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  

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Seaman’s Orchard

  • July 03, 2015 - July 13, 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 Blueberries 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 blueberries! 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-picked. For updated picking inf... View More

Slym Pykins

  • July 03, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

Slym Pykins – Coming out from Staunton VA, this tight-knit acoustic trio plays Rock, Country, Southern Rock, and Folk classics. All Ages // Free

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