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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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Monday Jul 25, 2016

“On the Farm with Mr. Monroe” Foreign Language Camp: July Session

  • July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016
  • Venue: James Monroe's Highland
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-8000

Highland, home of President James Monroe, in a partnership with the Speak! Language Center and the Alliance Française of Charlottesville, is once again hosting the foreign language camp On the Farm with Mr. Monroe. Designed for children ages 5-10, the language camp now includes either French or Spanish instruction! Classes will be held Monday through Friday, July 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.* This five-day camp, held at James Monroe’s historic estate, will include French or S... View More

2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • July 25, 2016 - August 07, 2016
  • Times: Event times vary
  • Location: Dunlop Pavilion
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy at Wintergreen Resort.  Presented by Wintergreen Performing Arts. 8AM. Classical music played by a fully professional orchestra and guest artists in the setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine.  434-325-8292. 

Boxwave

  • July 25, 2016
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Boxwave – “The Richmond-based rock duo Boxwave features John Mustachio on bass and Brad Ellsworth on percussion in a minimal act that strives to invigorate the often ignored rhythm section. Spartan and unassuming, Ellsworth provides enthusiastic backing to Mustachio’s gritty playing in a guerrilla rock attack that fuses funk and jazz into extravagant, melodic flights. The pair appears to have just picked up what was found on the stage, and yet they confidently cover Rush’... View More

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd

  • July 25, 2016 - August 14, 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

What is a shadow? In a literal sense, it is the obscured imprint cast by light hitting an object in its path. But besides these silent and shaded doubles, what other parts of our lives have been left in darkness? This exhibition explores the metaphorical “shadows” of the tragedies, ideologies, and controversies of the past that still influence contemporary societies across the globe. Using works that address the legacy of specific issues such as war, slavery, poverty, and sexism, Cas... View More

Charlottesville Tom Sox Home Game

  • July 25, 2016
  • Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark at Charlottesville High School
  • Address: 1400 Melbourne Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Come support the Charlottesville Tom Sox as they go up against the Harrisonburg Turks. Both teams are a part of the Valley League whose history dates back to the 1890s. They are made up of top collegiate players who are hoping to be recruited into major league teams. Come cheer on these young men at this or any of their home games this summer! The season runs from the beginning of June through the end of July. Refer to the calendar on the Tom Sox website for any schedule changes or themed night... View More

Fearsome Ink: The English Gothic Novel to 1830

  • July 25, 2016 - August 15, 2016
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
  • Address: 160 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
  • Phone: 434-243-1776

From 1765 to 1830 English readers eagerly embraced the novels and chapbook “shilling shockers” comprising the new genre of Gothic fiction. Today these editions are rare survivals, yet this profusion of “fearsome ink” has profoundly influenced the world’s literary and popular culture. Drawing from the Sadleir-Black Collection and the recently acquired Maurice Lévy Collection—jointly the world’s finest holding of English Gothic fiction—this e... View More

Fourth Monday Bluegrass Jam

  • July 25, 2016
  • Times: 7-9pm
  • Location: The Front Porch
  • Area: Pantops
  • Address: 1462 Richmond Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-242-7012

Open Bluegrass jam! All ages and experience levels welcome! $5 Donation

Masters of Contemporary Art

  • July 25, 2016 - October 28, 2016
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 306 E Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8087

The gallery will be exhibiting limited edition original prints and exhibition posters made by the artists' hand. Mediums include screenprints, stone lithography, drypoint etching, and more. Artists exhibited include Ellsworth Kelly, Salvador Dali, Georges Braque, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Sam Francis, Philip Pearlstein, John Chamberlain, Andy Warhol, Gerald Laing, Joan Miro, Josef Albers, and more. All welcome. Mon-Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 pm.

Opens: Andy Warhol: Icons

  • July 25, 2016 - September 18, 2016
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

In 2014, The Fralin was the beneficiary of a gift of several works of art by Andy Warhol from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Among these were silkscreens from the significant series Saint Apollonia and Cowboys and Indians, both created by Warhol during the 1980s. In 2016, The Fralin is pleased to present these pieces within the entire larger series of prints, revealing the diverse range of subjects that captivated the iconic artist. The exhibition will pay special tribute to th... View More

Opens: Art Lovers

  • July 25, 2016 - August 14, 2016
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Welcome to The Fralin’s “Summer of Love.” In celebration of this most enduring of emotions, we present a selection of works from the collection that encompass its myriad interpretations by artists throughout the centuries. From allegorical and mythological narratives to contemporary commentaries on same-sex partnerships, this exhibition aims to elicit emotion, yes, but also meditation on the implications of adoration in all its forms. Whether they be cardinal sins or hedonistic... View More

Shakespeare by the Book: Four Centuries of Printing, Editing, and Publishing

  • July 25, 2016 - December 31, 2016
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-243-1776

Marking 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, this exhibition celebrates the vibrant, complex, and sometimes contentious history of bringing his works into print. From early editions to contemporary artists’ books, from massive folios to micro-miniature editions, the exhibition offers visitors a glimpse into the varied riches of the Library’s Shakespeare collections. The exhibition will be on display until December 31, 2016. From October 1-26, UVA will host a First Folio as the ... View More

The Bonza Spring Sale

  • July 25, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Bonza is Australian slang for ‘great’. For one week only, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is selling all of its bonza merchandise at a 10% discount to community members, and a 15% discount to Kluge-Ruhe members! Support Australian Aboriginal artists in remote communities and your local non-profit museum at the same time by shopping for Mother’s Day gifts, Father’s Day gifts, or even Christmas gifts. Unlike the average retail chain, we are the only shop in the US ... View More

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • July 25, 2016 - August 07, 2016
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9:30am-11:00pm
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Come to the 2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival where our theme this July is “Expect the Unexpected.” From our much-anticipated Classics concerts to our not-to-be missed Wild Wednesdays, experience some of the world’s greatest music played by distinguished guest artists and our fully professional orchestra in the setting of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, theatre, film, literature, history, food, and wine. We&rsquo... View More

Yimardoowarra: Artist of the River Exhibition

  • July 25, 2016 - August 21, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 5:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

This exhibition is a career survey of the Aboriginal Australian elder Loongkoonan. At 105 years of age, Loongkoonan is one of Australia’s oldest living contemporary artists. Yimardoowarra: Artist of the River charts the extraordinarily dense late-life career of an Indigenous woman who has brought a century of memory, tradition, and spirituality to her art practice. Curated by Henry F. Skerritt. Cost:FREE

Art Lovers

  • July 25, 2016 - August 01, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Times: All day
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Welcome to The Fralin’s “Summer of Love.” In celebration of this most enduring of emotions, we present a selection of works from the collection that encompass its myriad interpretations by artists throughout the centuries. From allegorical and mythological narratives to contemporary commentaries on same-sex partnerships, this exhibition aims to elicit emotion, yes, but also meditation on the implications of adoration in all its forms. Whether they be cardinal sins or hedonistic... View More

Red and the Romantics

  • July 25, 2016
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 7pm-10pm
  • Location: The Whiskey Jar
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-249-9268

Songwritter Erik Red Knierim sings his original music, accompanied by Steve Riggs on upright bass with Betty Jo Dominick on accordion and back up vocals. The trio will serenade you into the evening on the Downtown mall Charlottesville, Va. Come enjoy the warm southern atmosphere and down home cookin!

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • July 25, 2016
  • Times: Until 4pm daily
  • Location: Sunspots Studios
  • Area: Regional - Augusta County
  • Address: 202 South Lewis Street, Stauton, VA 24401
  • Phone: 540-885-0678

See glassblowers at work daily at Sunspots Studios in Staunton. Open seven days a week, you can bring the whole family to watch glassblowers reveal their craft for free until 4pm. The spacious gallery is full of locally-made and in-house art glass, local and fair trade accessories, and jewelry. Sunspots is also an authorized retailer of Pandora, Alex and Ani, and Endless jewelry lines. For a more hands-on experience, step into the glass studio and help the artist create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake... View More

Walk the Moon - Work This Body Tour

  • July 25, 2016
  • Venue: Sprint Pavilion
  • Times: Doors open at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902

WALK THE MOON's new album, 'TALKING IS HARD', is a bold statement from the band known for their blissful, quirky brand of rock and roll. Fueled by years on the road and now emerging from months in the studio, WALK THE MOON are clearly unafraid to bear their hearts and their ambition. Formed in Cincinnati by singer/keyboardist Nicholas Petricca, WALK THE MOON built up a devoted following on the strength of their ecstatic live show and their undeniably infectious single "Anna Sun."... View More

Tuesday Jul 26, 2016

“On the Farm with Mr. Monroe” Foreign Language Camp: July Session

  • July 26, 2016 - July 29, 2016
  • Venue: James Monroe's Highland
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-8000

Highland, home of President James Monroe, in a partnership with the Speak! Language Center and the Alliance Française of Charlottesville, is once again hosting the foreign language camp On the Farm with Mr. Monroe. Designed for children ages 5-10, the language camp now includes either French or Spanish instruction! Classes will be held Monday through Friday, July 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.* This five-day camp, held at James Monroe’s historic estate, will include French or S... View More

2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • July 26, 2016 - August 07, 2016
  • Times: Event times vary
  • Location: Dunlop Pavilion
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy at Wintergreen Resort.  Presented by Wintergreen Performing Arts. 8AM. Classical music played by a fully professional orchestra and guest artists in the setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine.  434-325-8292. 

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd

  • July 26, 2016 - August 14, 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

What is a shadow? In a literal sense, it is the obscured imprint cast by light hitting an object in its path. But besides these silent and shaded doubles, what other parts of our lives have been left in darkness? This exhibition explores the metaphorical “shadows” of the tragedies, ideologies, and controversies of the past that still influence contemporary societies across the globe. Using works that address the legacy of specific issues such as war, slavery, poverty, and sexism, Cas... View More

Chickapig Tuesdays

  • July 26, 2016
  • Times: 7 pm
  • Location: Kardinal Hall
  • Address: 722 Preston Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-987-2094

Quickly becoming a tradition here at Kardinal Hall, Chickapig is every Tuesday night! Join us for a hilarious night and see for yourself what the fuss is all about. >>>>PLAY ON A GIANT BOARD<<<< Observation while beer drinking is welcome! Kid friendly . Boards for sale to take home Come prepared for poop jokes . Tutorials available Disclaimer: We have seen at least 3 romances spark during Chickapig Tuesday. https://www.facebook.com/Chickapig

Fearsome Ink: The English Gothic Novel to 1830

  • July 26, 2016 - August 15, 2016
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
  • Address: 160 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
  • Phone: 434-243-1776

From 1765 to 1830 English readers eagerly embraced the novels and chapbook “shilling shockers” comprising the new genre of Gothic fiction. Today these editions are rare survivals, yet this profusion of “fearsome ink” has profoundly influenced the world’s literary and popular culture. Drawing from the Sadleir-Black Collection and the recently acquired Maurice Lévy Collection—jointly the world’s finest holding of English Gothic fiction—this e... View More

Free Mindfulness Meditation

  • July 26, 2016 - August 02, 2016
  • Times: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Location: OpenGrounds
  • Address: 1400 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join the Contemplative Sciences Center every Tuesday, from May 31st through August 2nd for free Mindfulness Meditation at OpenGrounds. Each class will begin with 30 minutes of guided meditation followed by discussion and snacks. This is a free drop in class open to everyone. For more information on weekly themes or any other event updates, please go to the CSC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UVaCSC/ Parking Options: The Corner Parking Lot 1501 University Avenue; Enter off of Unive... View More

Masters of Contemporary Art

  • July 26, 2016 - October 28, 2016
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 306 E Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8087

The gallery will be exhibiting limited edition original prints and exhibition posters made by the artists' hand. Mediums include screenprints, stone lithography, drypoint etching, and more. Artists exhibited include Ellsworth Kelly, Salvador Dali, Georges Braque, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Sam Francis, Philip Pearlstein, John Chamberlain, Andy Warhol, Gerald Laing, Joan Miro, Josef Albers, and more. All welcome. Mon-Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 pm.

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