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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 Feb 06, 2016

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.

An Evening with The Legwarmers

  • February 06, 2016
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 8pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Remember the Eighties? Sure, we all do...but the Legwarmers don't just remember the Eighties - they relive them. It all started back in May 2001 when Gordon Gartrell and Cru Jones had just seen yet another cover band butcher the decade that they loved, so they decided to do something about it. They assembled a group and vowed to give the world's most hedonistic decade the tribute it deserved. Joined by Chet Reno, Lavaar Huxtable, Cyndi Sindee, Capt. Morgan Pondo and Clarence McFly, they locked t... View More

Art and Country

  • February 06, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 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 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 the dispossessio... View More

Birdwood Golf Course Junior Indoor Golf Clinic - Golf Skills for Kids at Boar's Head

  • February 06, 2016 - February 13, 2016
  • Times: Saturdays 9:00am-9:45am
  • Location: Boar's Head Sports Club Gym
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 200 Wellington Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-6083

Birdwood Golf Course Junior Indoor Golf Clinic - Golf Skills for Kids at Boar's Head 6-Week Session at Boar's Head Sports Club Gym Taught by Birdwood Golf Professionals Ages 7 to 10 Each session is $85 per player and has a maximum of 6 participants. Please call Scott Ezell at 434-972-6083 or scott_ezell@boarsheadinn.com for information.

Birdwood Golf Course Junior Indoor Golf Clinic - Golf Skills for Kids at Boar's Head

  • February 06, 2016 - February 13, 2016
  • Times: 10:00am-10:45am
  • Location: Boar's Head Sports Club Gym
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 200 Wellington Drive, , VA

Birdwood Golf Course Junior Indoor Golf Clinic - Golf Skills for Kids at Boar's Head 6-Week Session at Boar's Head Sports Club Gym Taught by Birdwood Golf Professionals Ages 7 to 10 Each session is $85 per player and has a maximum of 6 participants. Please call Scott Ezell at 434-972-6083 or scott_ezell@boarsheadinn.com for information.

Broadway by the Decade: The 1990s!

  • February 06, 2016 - February 07, 2016
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 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

Our Cellar cabaret series is officially a hit, selling out every single performance (prior to opening) in each of its past seasons! Now, join us for a third year — this time, tackling the abundance of wonderful music that filled Broadway in the 1990s! From shows like Falsettos to Footloose, from Rent to Ragtime, the decade was full of treasured songs that are destined to be musical theater classics — and several already are! Featuring some of the area’s most talented singers, S... View More

Community Breakfast at the Rockfish Valley Community Center

  • February 06, 2016 - December 03, 2016
  • Times: 8:30AM to 10:30AM
  • Location: Rockfish Valley Community Center
  • Address: 190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, Virginia 22920
  • Phone: 434-361-0100

Community Breakfast at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. Breakfast 8:30AM to 10:30AM. Fee. Join us on the first Saturday of each month when volunteers from the community serve up pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, OJ, and coffee. This is a great way to meet your neighbors.  (Members get a discount.) More info at our website. 434-361-0100.       

Community Market at Rockfish Valley Community Center

  • February 06, 2016 - April 02, 2016
  • Times: 9AM to 12Noon
  • Location: Rockfish Valley Community Center
  • Address: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-361-0100

Community Market at Rockfish Valley Community Center 9AM to 12Noon. The indoor community market features local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, plants, greenery, art and crafts. Each market coincides with RVCC’s Pancake Breakfast and the Treasure Chest Bag Day. 434-361-0100. 2016 Music Line Up: February 6 Oh Wow Boy March 5 The Free Radicals April 2 James River Cut-Ups

Cville Hop On Inner City Craft Brewery Tour

  • February 06, 2016 - April 30, 2016
  • Venue: Three Notch'd Brewing Company
  • Times: 11am Saturday and 12pm Sunday
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 946 Grady Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-218-3565

General Information Join those that have already found their favorites and discover your own as you enjoy an all inclusive, behind the scenes, exclusive brewery tour of three inner city breweries Wander the hallways to the heart of brewing operations at Three Notch’d Brewing Company. Learn the complete brewing process as you taste through eight brewer selected favorites in an early access tour and exclusive tasting. Relax family style with a roaring fire to compliment a tasting flight... View More

Fish and Fowl

  • February 06, 2016 - June 19, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

This exhibition will explore the diverse cultural connotations exemplified by these representations of feathered and scaled animals. How the animals’ physical and evolutionary traits have impacted their meanings is also examined. The exhibition presents sculptures, paintings, and prints from various time periods and across multiple cultures in which avifauna and aquatic species are prominently depicted.

Greg Ward live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • February 06, 2016
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 3PM to 6PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, Virginia 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Greg Ward live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 3PM to 6PM. 434-325-8080

Jacob Lawrence: Struggle...From the History of the American People

  • February 06, 2016 - June 05, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Throughout a career spanning six decades, the artist Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) maintained an unwavering focus on the human condition and created work that gave pointed and consistent expression to the black experience in America. Lawrence first came to prominence in the Harlem workshops of the 1930s and was among the first African Americans to break the color line in the highly segregated world of modern art. Celebrated for his highly original use of flat tempera color patterns in a style... View More

Jim Waive at Albemarle Ciderworks

  • February 06, 2016
  • Venue: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Times: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Location: Albemarle Ciderworks
  • Address: 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden, VA 22959
  • Phone: 434-297-2326

Acoustic, solo, and live, local favorite Jim Waive brings his unique country style to the Albemarle CiderWorks tasting room Saturday, 3-5 pm, free

John Spear Band Live at Bold Rock Cider

  • February 06, 2016
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 1PM to 4:30PM
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

Jon Spear Band live at Bold Rock Cider. 1PM to 4:30PM. We hope to see you there! 434-361-1030.

Marshall Artz live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • February 06, 2016
  • Times: 9PM
  • Location: Wintergreen Resort
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Marshall Artz live 9PM at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-8080.

Navajo Weaving: Geometry of the Warp and Weft

  • February 06, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Diné (The People) are more commonly known as the Navajo. These Athabascan speakers settled between 1,000 and 1,525 CE—along the regions whose political boundaries we recognize today as Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Originally a hunting and gathering culture, archaeological evidence reveals the Navajo possessed weaving skills to make clothing and other utilitarian objects to support their lifestyle. Women were the weavers. They utilized an upright loom strung with a contin... View More

Old Albemarle County Jail Tours

  • February 06, 2016
  • Times: Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 409 High Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

The Old Albemarle County Jail is the fifth jail constructed by Albemarle County in 1876 .  The jail complex consisting the original stone section, a brick addition, the jailer's house, sally port  and the surrounding wall served the county until 1974. The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society proposes to restore and rehabilitate the jail complex - an important contributing component to the Charlottesville and Albemarle Court House Historic Districts while providing ... View More

Richard Serra: Prints

  • February 06, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

his exhibition will showcase the prints of contemporary icon Richard Serra. Best known for his large scale public sculpture, Serra has consistently maintained a practice in related media including film, drawing, and printmaking. The exhibition features his earliest graphic attempts in lithography from 1972 through more recent works created in 2015.

Roy Lichtenstein & Company: 20th Century Masters of Contemporary Art

  • February 06, 2016 - May 03, 2016
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 306 E Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8087

Graves International Art, the newest Art Gallery in Charlottesville, is currently exhibiting "Roy Lichtenstein & Company: 20th Century Masters of Contemporary Art". The exhibit features original hand-made prints by world renown artists one would find at such destinations as The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, or the Gagosian Gallery. Exhibited artists include but are not limited to: Roy Lichtenstein, Salvador Dali, John Chamberlain, Edvard... View More

Slavery at Monticello Tours

  • February 06, 2016 - February 28, 2016
  • Venue: Monticello
  • Times: 11:00 & 1:00
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

These guided outdoor tours focus on the experiences of the enslaved people who lived and labored on the Monticello plantation. Included in price of admission. Reservations for this tour are not required. Tours begin on Mulberry Row near the Hemmings Cabin.

The 1963 Danville Civil Rights Movement: the Protests, the People, the Stories

January 22 – April 9, 2016 Artist talk and reception Saturday January 30, 6-8 pm Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm . Sat, 10 am – 3 pm This documentary exhibit with portraits by Charlottesville photographer Tom Cogill and text panels by Emma Edmunds tells the story of the civil rights protests, violence, and protracted legal struggle that gripped Danville, Va., in the summer of 1963, the fall campaign of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the role of the... View More

The Folly @ James River Brewery

  • February 06, 2016
  • Times: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Location: James River Brewery
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 561 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-7837

The Folly is the rock group taking RVA by storm. They mix a variety of music genres to produce their unique sound. Don't miss their live acoustic set at James River Brewery on 2/6 from 4-6pm.

Tony Bruno and Jeff Roberts live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • February 06, 2016
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 7PM to 10PM
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Tony Bruno and Jeff Roberts live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 7PM to 10PM. 434-361-0088.

Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson

  • February 06, 2016 - May 01, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson examines the intersecting careers of two remarkable women who rose to prominence during the late eighteenth century. The artist, musician, and educator Maria Cosway, is now best known as the woman with whom Thomas Jefferson fell in love with while serving as American ambassador to France in 1786. The other, Mary Darby Robinson, was a celebrated English actress, former royal mistress, fashion icon, and one of the l... View More

USSA GS Race at Wintergreen Resort

  • February 06, 2016 - February 07, 2016
  • Times: 8AM to 2PM
  • Location: Wintergreen Resort
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

USSA GS Race at Wintergreen Resort.8AM to 2PM each day on Big Acorn. 434-325-2200.

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