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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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Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • March 31, 2015 - April 05, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00-5:00
  • Area: Regional - Louisa County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

Graves International Art will be exhibiting museum grade works focusing on modern subjects from the 20th Century. The Exhibition will differ in medium from Original Painting to Original Silkscreens. One can expect to see original works created by the hand of such artists as, though not limited to, Robert INDIANA, Pierre Marie BRISSON, Jim DINE, and Salvador DALI.

Art and Country

  • March 31, 2015 - 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

Contemporary Gallery: Because of Them We Can

  • March 31, 2015 - April 11, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Times: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm . Sat, 10 am – 3 pm
  • Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-260-8720

Because of Them We Can began in 2013 as photo campaign by artist Eunique Jones Gibson. Intended to run through Black history month, Gibson snapped artistic photos of children dressed as iconic trailblazers and today’s inspirational heroes. Gibson’s images are meant to refute stereotypes and remind people of their greatness. Since then, the campaign has grown into a non-profit media company whose mission is to educate and connect a new generation to heroes who have paved the wa... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • March 31, 2015 - 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

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • March 31, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Lucian Freud Etchings

  • March 31, 2015 - April 19, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12-5pm
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art athe University of Virginia
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

Lucian Freud Etchings   January 16 - April 19, 2015  Curated by Jennifer Farrell In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human for... View More

Traditional Session

  • March 31, 2015
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

All are welcome to come play or listen to traditional Irish music each Tuesday! Newcomers always welcome. Here's Céad Míle Fáilte to friend and to rover That's a greeting that's Irish as Irish can be It means you are welcome A thousand times over Wherever you come from, Whosoever you be

Winter Wonderland Winery Passport

  • March 31, 2015
  • Venue: Keswick Vineyards
  • Times: all day
  • Location: Keswick Vineyards
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
  • Phone: 434-244-3341

It’s that time of year again… when the air gets crisp, the fires get warm, and the red wine flows. The Winter Wonderland Passport is back! Purchase your passport and tour the warm and cozy tasting rooms of Keswick Vineyards, Glass House Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, Trump Winery and Grace Estates Winery all for one low price of $25! The passport is good until the end of March.

March Madness at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • March 31, 2015 - April 06, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewery/Restaurant/Shopping Village
  • Times: 11:30 am- 11pm
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewery
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Our staff is pumped for March Madness! Every time one of our staff picked teams win, you win with fantastic food and drink specials. We’ll be playing the NCAA tournament games all day on our 3 large screens. Make Wild Wolf your March Madness headquarters!

Medicare and Healthcare Advocacy Night

  • March 31, 2015
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: FOCUS Women's Resource Center
  • Address: 953 2nd St. SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-2222

Free one-on-one consultation on: --Medicare and Medigap insurance --Health & well-being concerns (physical, social, mental, emotional health issues) --Care coordination questions Last Tuesday each month at 5:30 p.m. FOCUS Women’s Resource Center, 953 2nd St. SE Pre-registration required. Call 434-293-2222

Travis Elliott & Friends

  • March 31, 2015
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-9526

Charlottesville singer-songwriter and alt rocker Travis Elliott will be in the Rapture lounge every Tuesday night this month. By teaming up with Kristen Bowden on keys, Drex Weaver on “percush” and different special guests each week, Elliott will be able to choose tracks from his extensive solo career as well as some pretty radical covers. 21+ //

Tuesday Evening Concert Series Presents Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano

  • March 31, 2015
  • Venue: Old Cabell Hall
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Cabell Hall Auditorium
  • Address: 112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Internationally accalimed German violinist Augustin Hadelich, and Van Cliburn silver medalist, Joyce Yang, perform works by Stravinsky, Schumann, Franck, Saraste, and Jurtage.

Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • April 01, 2015 - April 05, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00-5:00
  • Area: Regional - Louisa County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

Graves International Art will be exhibiting museum grade works focusing on modern subjects from the 20th Century. The Exhibition will differ in medium from Original Painting to Original Silkscreens. One can expect to see original works created by the hand of such artists as, though not limited to, Robert INDIANA, Pierre Marie BRISSON, Jim DINE, and Salvador DALI.

Art and Country

  • April 01, 2015 - 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

Barney J. Conrath: A Photography Retrospective in Black & White

  • April 01, 2015
  • Venue: FIREFISH Gallery
  • Times: 5:30 - 8:00
  • Address: 108 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-1777

Barney J. Conrath: A Black & White Photography Retrospective. Please join us for in intimate evening with the artist. His work captures the eerie majesty of nature and the gritty power of man made machines. Barney was inspired to finally show his work in a gallery setting after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Profits from the exhibit will be donated to the UVA School of Medicine.

Bring Your Own Bottle Recycling Initiative at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • April 01, 2015 - April 30, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewery/Restaurant/Shopping Village
  • Times: 11:30 am- 11pm
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewery
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

Starting April 1 and running the entire month, in celebration of Earth Day, Wild Wolf Brewing Company will be a recycling location for glass bottles (22 oz.) or larger. For every 5 bottles received, Wild Wolf Brewing Company will give (1) dining dollar that can be used toward a meal at Wild Wolf. The bottles will be put into Wild Wolf’s LOVE the Earth glass garden for the month long event – the goal is to spell “LOVE” with the bottles. At the end of the month they will b... View More

Contemporary Gallery: Because of Them We Can

  • April 01, 2015 - April 11, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Times: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm . Sat, 10 am – 3 pm
  • Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-260-8720

Because of Them We Can began in 2013 as photo campaign by artist Eunique Jones Gibson. Intended to run through Black history month, Gibson snapped artistic photos of children dressed as iconic trailblazers and today’s inspirational heroes. Gibson’s images are meant to refute stereotypes and remind people of their greatness. Since then, the campaign has grown into a non-profit media company whose mission is to educate and connect a new generation to heroes who have paved the wa... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • April 01, 2015 - 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

Kluge-Ruhe: "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press"

  • April 01, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.
  • Location: Kluge Ruhe Aborigional Art Museum
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

On January 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will open a new exhibition titled New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press. This selection of fourteen prints is the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the c... View More

Lucian Freud Etchings

  • April 01, 2015 - April 19, 2015
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: 12-5pm
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art athe University of Virginia
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-924-3592

Lucian Freud Etchings   January 16 - April 19, 2015  Curated by Jennifer Farrell In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human for... View More

MIX at IX @ 6- Arts Inspired Happy Hour Every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm

  • April 01, 2015
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: IX Art Park
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 929 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Get your M.O. to Al Hamraa at IX. Join us for an arts-inspired cocktail hour this Wednesday (and every Wednesday) we’re hosting a forum of art, ideological parlee and occasional Gregorian chants. It's LIVE FACEBOOK!! Plus, Homemade Hummus, Grape Leaf Dolmas & Moroccan Meatballs and $4 Sangrias

Pat Olwell and Friends

  • April 01, 2015
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 3pm-6pm
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

Legendary flute maker and player brings together a group of friends to perform an afternoon of instrumental irish tunes. No cover.

Pub Quiz Night

  • April 01, 2015
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

Weekly Pub Quiz Night at The TIn Whistle! Join us each week for a chance to flex your mind muscles and win awesome prizes!

2015 Spring Roots Tour ft. Tribal Seeds with The Movement & Leilani Wolfgramm

  • April 01, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 7:00 PM, Show 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Jefferson Theater
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-245-4980

From San Diego, California, award¬ winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics, vocals, guitar) and Tony¬ Ray Jacobo (producer, keyboards, back up vocals), Tribal Seeds now boasts six members, including: Carlos Verdugo (drums), Victor Navarro (bass), E.N Young (keyboards, back up vocals) & Ryan Gonzo (guitar,... View More

March Madness at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • April 01, 2015 - April 06, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewery/Restaurant/Shopping Village
  • Times: 11:30 am- 11pm
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewery
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Our staff is pumped for March Madness! Every time one of our staff picked teams win, you win with fantastic food and drink specials. We’ll be playing the NCAA tournament games all day on our 3 large screens. Make Wild Wolf your March Madness headquarters!

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