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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 Nov 20, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • November 20, 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

  • November 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

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

Bouncing for Turkeys at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Bouncing for Turkeys at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 5PM. We will host 24 hours of continuous trampoline bouncing to raise funds to support the Nelson County Food Pantry. Come out and volunteer! Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • November 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

Fall Dance Concert

  • November 20, 2014 - November 22, 2014
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: Culbreth Theater
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Dance Program of the U.Va. Department of Drama presents the Fall Experimental Dance Concert, November 20-22 at 7:30pm in the Culbreth Theater. For tickets, call the U.Va. Arts Box Office at 434-924-3376 or go online to www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu. Don’t miss this fantastic showcase of student talent.

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • November 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

  • November 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

Mosaic Lessons

  • November 20, 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...

Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show with The Seedz

  • November 20, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 7pm; Show 8pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Satisfaction is the international touring tribute show dedicated to the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band". This glamourous show has been in production and touring since 2001 with over 2000 performance dates to its credit. It is the only full time touring show of it's kind in the world. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast and costuming audiences have ever witnessed. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and supporting cast... View More

U.Va. Department of Drama presents Lanford Wilson's "The Rimers of Eldritch"

  • November 20, 2014 - November 22, 2014
  • Times: 8pm - 10pm
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

The U.Va. Department of Drama presents Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch, November 13-15 & 19-22 at 8pm in the Ruth Caplin Theater. The Rimers of Eldritch portrays the decaying Midwest town of Eldritch in 1965. When a murder is committed in town, the question in not who did it, by why. As the answers are revealed, the town's true morality is called into question in this compelling play about murder and community.  For tickets, call the U.Va. Arts Box Office at 43... View More

Cider Week Virginia

  • November 20, 2014 - November 23, 2014
  • Location: Various Locations

Join the hard cider revival! Special events will be happening daily at various locations. Don't forget to visit our 4 area cideries and celebrate this Virginia tradition! Visit ciderweekva.com for more details.

The Art of Mark King

  • November 20, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • 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

  • November 20, 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 Nov 21, 2014

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • November 21, 2014
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: 21 November – 28 December 2014; Opening Reception Friday, 21 November, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • 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 ... View More

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • November 21, 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

Anniversary Celebration at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Anniversary Celebration at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 5:30PM. Enjoy a celebratory pint of Milestone 6 Dopple Vienna Bock with us on our 6th anniversary. We’ll have complimentary starters and when you order a pint, keep the glass. Cheers! Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • 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

  • November 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

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • November 21, 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

Fall Dance Concert

  • November 21, 2014 - November 22, 2014
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: Culbreth Theater
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Dance Program of the U.Va. Department of Drama presents the Fall Experimental Dance Concert, November 20-22 at 7:30pm in the Culbreth Theater. For tickets, call the U.Va. Arts Box Office at 434-924-3376 or go online to www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu. Don’t miss this fantastic showcase of student talent.

Free Movie Friday, "BoyHood"

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, this film charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film before. It is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting, as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason.

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • November 21, 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

Kendall Street Company with Louis Smith at World of Beer

  • November 21, 2014
  • Venue: World of Beer
  • Times: 10:30 - 1:30
  • Location: World of Beer
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 852 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 757-641-3050

Kendall Street Company with Louis Smith at World of Beer. This Alternative Rock/ Jam/ Folk Band is "Remarkable in the Best Way'. They perform extraordinary covers and originals "more than right!'

Little Women

  • November 21, 2014 - December 14, 2014
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Fridays and Saturdays: 8PM, Sundays at 2:30PM
  • Location: Four County Players
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923-0001
  • Phone: 540-832-5355

One of the most cherished stories of all time, Little Women makes a triumphant return to Four County Players for the first time since 2002 with a brand new adaptation by Miller Murray Susen. The March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—along with their beloved Marmee, are awaiting Father’s return from the Civil War. As they try to make the most of a humble Christmas season, they learn together that family is the greatest gift of all.​​ ​​Running weekends starting November 21 thro... View More

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