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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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Friday Jul 31, 2015

Albemarle County Fair

Make sure to attend this year's Albemarle County Fair, returning to Ash Lawn-Highland this summer for the fourth consecutive year, from Thursday, July 30th through Saturday, August 1st. This festive “Old-Time Country Fair” offers traditional family fun in a historic setting. A three-day agricultural celebration includes farm animals, children's rides and activities, food, craft and culinary competitions, live music, historic crafters, the Albemarle County Fair Queen pageant, and prog... View More

Almost, Maine

  • July 31, 2015 - August 01, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Almost, Maine  By John Cariani     Directed by David Dalton     Ruth Caplin Theatre - July 23 - August 1 Stuck in a no man's land that is  not quite in Canada and not quite in the United States, the residents of Almost,  Maine are forever betwixt and between. On a clear, moonless winter  night beneath the dancing Northern Lights, its residents are falling in and out  of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised, ... View More

Blackberry Season at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery

  • July 31, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • Venue: Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery
  • Times: 9AM to 5PM
  • Address: 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1266

 Blackberry Season at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery 9AM to 5PM daily. Pick your own blackberries on our beautiful farm. No thorns! Blackberries priced only by the quart. 434-361-1266.

Body in Motion

  • July 31, 2015 - August 01, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12pm - 5pm
  • Location: UVa Fralin Museum
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

The Body in Motion - Exhibition through  - August 2, 2015 Curated by the U.Va. Museums Internship Class under the guidance of M. Jordan Love, Academic Curator, The Fralin Museum of Art   Interns: Christopher Askew, Melissa Brashear, Sydney Collins, Brenna Darrouch, Sean Kim, Riley McCall, Esra Park, Kathryn Scully, Madeline Smith, Holly Zajur U.Va.'s Museums Internship Class has been given the unique opportunity to curate an exhibition. After searching the Museum's perma... View More

Bold Rock After Hours Live Music at Bold Rock Cider

  • July 31, 2015
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 6PM to 8PM
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

Moon live at Bold Rock Cider 6PM to 8PM. We hope to see you there! 434-361-1030

Bricker and the Benders

  • July 31, 2015
  • Venue: World of Beer
  • Times: 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 852 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-970-1088

Since conception, the twins have lived in the doghouse behind the chicken coop. Thats where the music was born. Live, feel, and be the groove.

Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month at Starr Hill Brewery

  • July 31, 2015 - August 31, 2015
  • Venue: Starr Hill Brewery
  • Times: Wednesday-Friday, 12pm-8pm. Saturdays, 11am-8pm. Sundays, 12pm-6pm.
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 5391 Three Notched Road, Crozet, VA 22932-3104
  • Phone: 434-823-5671

Starr Hill Brewery is proud to celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month in August! Virginia craft beer and Starr Hill have come a long way since 1999, and it’s thanks to you – fans of great beer. Support local in the Tap Room all month long with: -Our special collaboration beer with Hardywood – “Sunnidalia,” a hoppy wheat beer with copious amounts of German Hull Melon hops and a touch of local wildflower honey. -Live local music. -Local food trucks. -Steal the Pint ... View More

City Lights with Gary Bibb live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill

  • July 31, 2015
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: Stoney Creek Bar and Grill
  • Address: 1354 Stoney Creek West, Nellysford, Virginia 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8110

City Lights with Gary Bibb live at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill. 7PM.  www.wintergreenresort.com 434-325-8110.

Court Square Walking Tours

  • July 31, 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.

Dickie Brothers Orchard Open for the Season

  • July 31, 2015 - August 28, 2015
  • Times: Wednesday through Sunday 10AM to 5PM
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 Dickie Road, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Dickie Brothers Orchard Open for the Season. Pick your own peaches. Prepicked peaches, plums, and apples. Nectarines will be ripe the second week of August. McIntosh, HoneyCrisp and Gala apples as well as Damson plums will be ready in August.  Hours of operation: Wednesday – Sunday 10AM - 5PM. 2685 Dickie Rd., Roseland, VA, 22967. Off Route 56 West (2 miles west of Rt. 151 on Rt. 56 West - Turn Left on Dickie Rd. (just before Massies Mill) and follow signs to the Orchard. 434-277-5516... View More

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House

  • July 31, 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 10 Jacob Allen, July 17 Jason Burke and Frank Bechter, July 24 Gary Randal, July 31 Tara Mills. August 7 Firecracker Jam, August 14 Koda and Marie, August 21 Gina Sobel, August 28 Chris and Goose. More 2015 performers to be an... View More

Friday Nights @ Grace Estate Winery

  • July 31, 2015 - October 30, 2015
  • Venue: Grace Estate Winery
  • Times: 6-9pm
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 5273 Mount Juliet Farm, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-823-1486

Join us afterhours every Friday 6-9pm Live Music, Food Trucks, Corn Hole and plenty of fine wine!

I Love a Piano

  • July 31, 2015 - August 01, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: Evening 7:45pm; Matinee 2pm
  • Location: Helms Theatre
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

I Love a Piano Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin            Conceived by Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley            Directed by Reneé Dobson            Helms Theatre July 21 - August 1 Join us as we celebrate a true American treasure with I Love a Piano, featuring an evening's worth of songs by the legendary composer Irving Ber... View More

James Wilson (of Sons of Bill) w/ Mariana Bell

  • July 31, 2015
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

James Wilson is a Charlottesville native, and the sometime front man for the Charlottesville based band Sons of Bill. When he's not on the road James is a writer, a rock radio DJ, a self-proclaimed Faulkner scholar, and smokes too much. Here is a chance to catch a rare and intimate solo performance in his hometown.

Melissa Hansen Band

  • July 31, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Wild Wolk Brewing Company
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

Pop singer pianist brings the full 4-piece out to Wild Wolf for an evening performance. ALL AGES // FREE // 7 pm

Much Ado About Nothing

  • July 31, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • Times: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Aldersgate United Methodist Church
  • Address: 1500 Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-288-0095

LOVE ONE ANOTHER DEEPLY AND FROM THE HEART. THAT’S THE THEME OF SHAKESPEARE’S PLAY “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”, CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST COMEDIES OF ALL TIME. THE BLACK BOX PLAYERS AND ALDERSGATE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ARE OFFERING EIGHT PERFORMANCES STARTING THURSDAY JULY 30 THROUGH SUNDAY AUGUST 9. THIS “RATED G” VERSION IS A PERFECT WAY TO INTRODUCE CHILDREN TO SHAKESPEARE AND BEST OF ALL…. TICKETS ARE FREE! VISIT BLACKBOXPLAYERS... View More

Southern Living Idea House 2015 - Bundoran Farms

  • July 31, 2015 - December 27, 2015
  • Times: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12pm - 4pm; Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Location: Balwin Center - Bundoran Farms
  • Address: 5005 Edge Valley Road, North Garden, Virginia 22959

Welcome to the 2015 Idea House    "Your home should be the most comfortable place you can imagine," says Bunny Williams. And beautiful, of course. Welcome to our 2015 Idea House, designed by Rosney Co. Architects of Charlottesville, and set in the nine-year-old, 2,300-acre conservation community of Bundoran Farm. We asked Bunny to do what she does best, so we could document every idea and tip needed for you to create the gracious home of your dreams. Read on for the frank... View More

Superunknown

  • July 31, 2015
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Superunknown – Charlottesville’s best 90s cover band isn’t so unknown anymore. Veteran musicians from the area, Cory Teitelbaum, Rob Richmond, Morgan Moran, Jamie Booth and Bryce Fletcher consistently rock rooms with all the alt-rock hits and deep tracks from the last decade of the 20th century. From Smashing Pumpkins to Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to Alice in Chains, and Nirvana to Green Day, Superunknown presents authentic renditions of your favorite decade of rock. Like your iPod... View More

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

  • July 31, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2:30PM
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923-0001
  • Phone: 540-832-5355

Music & Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinken Conceived by Rebecca Feldman Additional Material by Jay Reiss Directed by Noal Bastian Vocal Direction by Thomas Dixon Musical Direction by J. Tara Scott Choreographed by Geri Carlson Sauls Produced by Linda Hogan ‚ÄčAn eclectic group of six tweens vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the kids spell their way through a series of words hoping to never... View More

The Bridge PAI Reading Series

  • July 31, 2015
  • Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Bridge Pai
  • Address: 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-5669

The third Friday of each month, a poet and a prose writer share their work at the Bridge PAI in downtown Charlottesville. There are many current and former UVa writing students on the lineup; see the website for details. This month features Mark J. Brewin Jr. and Alexander Lumans. Bring your glorious self and your cherished chums over to the Bridge for a night of literary good times. Future Readers: June 20, 2014: Sarah McCartt-Jackson & Emma Rathbone July 18, 2014: Sarah ... View More

The Dawn Drapes

  • July 31, 2015
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 10:30 PM
  • Location: The Whiskey Jar
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

This Harrisonburg alternative trio employs shimmering guitars, thoughtful lyrics, and a rough-but-meaningful sound. For fans of Wilco and My Morning Jacket. 21+ // FREE // 10:30PM

The Kairos Effect / Hot Air Affair / Gossamer

  • July 31, 2015
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Main Street Annex
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Kairos Effect – Grown from the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, “TKE” seeks to stay true to American rock n’ roll while incorporating the percussive strumming and groovy extracts from their hometown’s own Dave Matthews Band. Peyton Alley’s uplifting aesthetic songwriting intertwined with Josiah Ragland’s American rock-rooted guitar picking develop a noteworthy sound as Tyler Morris’ raw, Grohl-inspired drumming kicks in with Kirtland Gray&r... View More

Violet

  • July 31, 2015 - August 01, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: Evening 7/28-7/31; Matinee and Evening 8/1
  • Location: Culbreth Theatre
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Violet     Book by Brian Crawley     Music by Jeanine Tesorie     Lyrics by Brian Crawley     Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts Directed by Robert Chapel Culbreth Theatre July 28 - August 1 Violet is a touching musical tale  of hopes, love, and healing that follows a young  woman who leaves her sleepy North Carolina town for Tulsa, Oklahoma with plans  to meet a televangelist whom she hopes can&nb... View More

Albemarle County Fair

Make sure to attend this year's Albemarle County Fair, returning to Ash Lawn-Highland this summer for the fourth consecutive year, from Thursday, July 30th through Saturday, August 1st. This festive “Old-Time Country Fair” offers traditional family fun in a historic setting. A three-day agricultural celebration includes farm animals, children's rides and activities, food, craft and culinary competitions, live music, historic crafters, the Albemarle County Fair Queen pageant, and pr... View More

2015 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • July 31, 2015 - August 02, 2015
  • Times: Event times vary
  • Location: Dunlop Pavilion
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Come to Wintergreen Resort this July 6 through August 2 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wintergreen Performing Arts! The 2015 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival features our first class professional orchestra and guest artists playing some of the world’s greatest classical music in the setting of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine.

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