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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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Saturday Dec 20, 2014

A Veritas Christmas Carol at Veritas Vineyard and Winery

  • December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Veritas Vineyard & Winery
  • Times: 6PM to 9PM
  • Address: 151 Veritas Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8000

A Veritas Christmas Carol at Veritas Vineyard and Winery. 6PM to 9PM. Stop by the winery during our extended hours and join us for caroling in the tasting room with members of the Virginia Consort! Get into the Christmas spirit and join along as you sip on wine by the glass or bottle and enjoy special tapas plates. ‘Tis the season to be jolly so fa la la la la with us! No reservations required! 540-456-8000.

Aboriginal Art Tour

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Collection each Saturday at 10:30 am for a free, guided tour of the museum's current exhibitions. No reservations required.

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • December 20, 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 Christmas Party at Rapunzel’s

  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Rapunzel's
  • Address: 924 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-6660

13th Annual Christmas Party at Rapunzel’s. 8PM. Featured artists include Eli Cook, Jason Burke, Frank Bechter and Oh, Wow, Boy, Justin Storer and the Working Effective, Worm Patterson and the All Problems Solved Band, and many more. Fee.  434-263-6660. 

Aquanett with Failure to Communicate

  • December 20, 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

Dust off the acid washed jean jacket, tease up your hair, and squeeze in to that spandex - it's time to Rock Till You Drop with the greatest 80's rock band around. Aquanett's brash, melodic heavy metal made the quintet one of the most popular rock acts of the Mid 80s - often imitated but never replicated Aquanett is the closest thing you'll get to true 80's in all it's hair-flying glory without Doc Brown and his DeLorean! Preserved by the volumes of CFCs ingested during their heyday in th... View More

Art and Country

  • December 20, 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

Bethlehem Village on the Grounds of Hebron Baptist Church

  • December 20, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Times: 6PM to 9PM
  • Location: Hebron Baptist Church
  • Address: 66 Tanbark Road, Afton, Virginia 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-6863

Bethlehem Village on the Grounds of Hebron Baptist Church. 6PM to 9PM. Early opening on Sunday, December 21 at 5PM.  A tradition for over a decade. The Village of Bethlehem, a full-fledged modern day reprisal of the first century village of Bethlehem complete with reenactment of Christ’s birth, singing angels, roman guards, an olive press, working looms, carpenter’s, weapon’s and scribe shops, and yes…even live camels and wise men come to life. Much more than just a... View More

Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas at Wintergreen Resort

  • December 20, 2014 - December 30, 2014
  • Times: 10AM
  • Location: Wintergreen Resort
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-8180

Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas at Wintergreen Resort  10AM to 10PM. Celebrate the most magical time of year at Wintergreen with holiday craft workshops, holiday concerts, Santa on the slopes, and story time with Mrs. Claus. Don’t forget fabulous skiing, riding and tubing. Call 434-325-8180 for program details. 434-325-2200 www.wintergreenresort.com

Boar's Head Holiday Tea

  • December 20, 2014 - December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Times: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Boar's Head
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-2230

Enjoy classic Tea Service in the Old Mill Room accompanied with Sandwiches, Jam Filled Cookies, Petit Almond Cake, Fruit Tartlets, and Warm Scones.

Community Dance at Massies Mill Ruritan Club with High and Dry Band Live

  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 8PM to 1AM
  • Location: Massies Mill Ruritan Club
  • Address: 5439 Patrick Henry Highway, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-8586

Community Dance at Massies Mill Ruritan Club 8PM to 1AM. Fee. Minimum age 21. BYOB. Ice and light snacks provided. Net proceeds donated to Nelson County organizations and scholarships.  434-277-8586 (building phone) or 434-277-8325.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • December 20, 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

Darcy Dawn Duo live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Darcy Dawn Duo live 9PM at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080

Delta Backburners live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Delta Backburners live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 8PM to 11PM.  434-361-0088.

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • December 20, 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

  • December 20, 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

Holiday Evening Tours

  • December 20, 2014 - December 30, 2014
  • Times: 5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6pm
  • Location: Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9800

These small-group house tours, which include the Dome Room, offer visitors an intimate look at how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson's time, plus the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on each date. $45; reserved tickets are required. Please note: Holiday Evening Tours are not recommended for children under age 6. Portions of this tour are not handicapped-accessible.

Holiday Market

  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 8:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Location: City Market lot - corner of Water St. and South St.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Phone: 434-970-3371

The popular Holiday Market is returning to downtown Charlottesville for another season! The festive outdoor market features over 90 local vendors with a variety of unique gifts, decorations, food and crafts. All items are handmade, homegrown or home baked by local farmers, artists or bakers. Holiday Market occurs every Saturday, November 29 - December 20 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm in the City Market lot at the corner of Water Street and South Street in downtown Charlottesville. 

Holiday Open House at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery

  • December 20, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery
  • Times: 11AM to 5PM
  • Address: 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, Virginia 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1266

Holiday Open House at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery 11AM to 5PM. Taste true to the fruit wines and authentic honey meads, paired with food samples. Shop for gifts in our gift shop. 434-361-1266.

Last Day of the Season at Saunders Brothers Farm Market

  • December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Saunders Brothers Inc.
  • Times: 9AM to 5PM
  • Address: 2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River, Virginia 22964
  • Phone: 434-277-5455

Last Day of the Season at Saunders Brothers Farm Market! 9AM to 5PM. Last chance to stock up on Farm Market Products for the winter. Stock on last minute gift ideas! 434-277-5455.

Les Miserables

  • December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Live Arts
  • Times: 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 123 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-4177

Les Miserables music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, originial French text by Alain Boubil and Jean-Marc Natel. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Directed by Matt Joslyn, musical direction by Kristin Baltes. About the musical: Set in early 19th-centry France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasent, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. The world's longest runn... View More

Rockfish Valley Community Center Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale

  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 9AM to 1PM
  • Location: Rockfish Valley Community Center
  • Address: 190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-361-0100

Rockfish Valley Community Center Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale. 9AM to 1PM in the tree lot. Also available for sale through the Treasure Chest Thrift Store. Freshly cut North Carolina Fraser Firs. All proceeds from the sale of these trees benefit RVCC. 434-361-0100.

Twelve Beers of Christmas at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

  • December 20, 2014 - December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Times: 11:30AM to 10PM (Closing 5PM on December 24)
  • Address: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-361-1001

Twelve Beers of Christmas at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 11:30AM to 10PM.(Closing 5PM on December 24)Naughty or nice we’re featuring a different beer each day for all to enjoy!  On their designated day, the 12 Beers of Christmas pints will be available at a special price. Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001.  

Vineyard Wonderland: Carriage Rides at Trump Winery

  • December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Trump Winery
  • Times: 12-4 pm
  • Address: 3550 Blenhiem Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-3895

Celebrate the holiday season at Trump Winery! Our picturesque 1,300 acres will be on display for our 1st annual Vineyard Wonderland: Carriage Rides at Trump Winery. A horse-drawn carriage will take you on a scenic journey through our expansive vineyard, making stops for scenic photo opportunities. This rare occasion to experience the vineyard up close will surely put you in the holiday spirit! Each carriage ride is $70, will last 20 minutes, and can accommodate up to four guests. Your ticket inc... View More

Windmill Point Oyster Company at Trump Winery

  • December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Trump Winery
  • Times: 12pm-5pm
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 3550 Blenhiem Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-4855

Windmill Point Oyster Company will be coming to the Tasting Room on Saturday, December 20th from 12-5pm. They will be offering raw oysters with a champagne mignonette. http://www.windmilloysters.com/

Holiday Evening Tours

  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6pm
  • Location: Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9800

These small-group house tours, which include the Dome Room, offer visitors an intimate look at how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson's time, plus the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on each date. $45; reserved tickets are required. Please note: Holiday Evening Tours are not recommended for children under age 6. Portions of this tour are not handicapped-accessible.

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