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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 Apr 18, 2015

A Continental Art Experience

  • April 18, 2015 - April 19, 2015
  • Times: 11 am - 5 pm
  • Location: European Fine Art Limited
  • Area: Ivy
  • Address: 740 Garthfield Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-296-0774

A continental art experience, featuring internationally recognized French artists, will be held in Charlottesville for 4 days. This collection of art is the equal of any major city gallery. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind art experience in a personal setting. We are located 15 minutes from Downtown and UVA on the Monticello Wine Trail. Sample local wines, enjoy the countryside and fine French art in a gorgeous setting. Neighboring homes will be open for Historic Garden Week on Sunday.

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.

Adventure Triathlon at James River State Park presented by Devils Backbone

  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 8AM to 4PM
  • Location: James River State Park
  • Address: 104 Green Hill Drive, Gladstone, VA 24553
  • Phone: 434-361-1001

Adventure Triathlon at James River State Park presented by Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 8AM to 4PM. Looking for a great adventure? Search no further! James River State Park and Devils Backbone Brewing Company have 'Crafted an Adventure' for you! We start off with a mass kayak start from Bent Creek Landing for approximately 6 miles to James River State Park's Canoe Landing. Then you will transition to our Mountain Bike (no hybrids/no kidding) course for approximately 8 miles of singletrack an... View More

Art and Country

  • April 18, 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

Audubon to the present day: The Art of Natural History

  • April 18, 2015 - June 21, 2015
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Area: Regional - Orange County
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942
  • Phone: 540-832-7679

The gallery exhibit features original work by masters of Natural History Art from the 1700's to the presents. Works exhibited from John James AUDUBON'S "Birds of America", hand colored botanical engravings by James SOWERBY and William CURTIS, and works by the present day most celebrated, award winning Bird artist :Ron LOUQUE. All original period works just as the artists created them, no reproductions. Additional works by William ROSCOE, John LATHAM, John KEULEMANS, Ferdinand VIETZ, Lo... View More

Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents Russ Warren: WORKS

  • April 18, 2015 - May 03, 2015
  • Times: Monday-Friday 9-5 pm, Saturday-Sunday 1-5 pm
  • Location: Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School
  • Address: 898 Woodberry Forest Rd, Woodberry Forest, VA 22989
  • Phone: 434-882-2620

Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2014 27 March – 3 May 2015 Gallery Talk by the Artist, Sunday, 19 April, 2 p.m. Closing Reception, Sunday 3 May, 2 – 4 p.m. Woodberry Forest School is pleased to present the traveling exhibition Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2015 from March 27 through 3 May 2015. The show will travel to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in October 2015. Warren, a professor of art at Davidson College from ... View More

Bring Your Own Bottle Recycling Initiative at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • April 18, 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

City Market

  • April 18, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Times: 7 am - 12 noon
  • Location: Water Street
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 100 Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-970-3371

City Market offers fresh produce, herbs, plants, grass fed meats, crafts, and baked goods from local vendors every Saturday, April - December.  The market features over 100 vendors every Saturday morning.  SNAP customers customers can redeem their benefits at the market for fresh produce. City Market is located in downtown Charlottesville at the corner of Water Street & 2nd Street. Physical Address:  100 Water St., Charlottesville, VA  22902 Hours of Ope... View More

Comedy Night!

  • April 18, 2015
  • Venue: C'ville Coffee Co.
  • Times: 7pm - 9pm
  • Location: Cville Coffee
  • Address: 1301 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-817-2633

A benefit event to benefit Building Bridges!

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • April 18, 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

Eats & Beats at Keswick Vineyards

  • April 18, 2015 - June 27, 2015
  • Venue: Keswick Vineyards
  • Times: 12pm - 3pm
  • Location: Keswick Vineyards
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
  • Phone: 434-244-3341

Eats & Beats Wine is all about taste, smell and atmosphere, so what better way to enjoy great Virginia wine than with some delightful Eats & Beats at Keswick Vineyards every Saturday from April 18th - June 27th! April 18th – 12pm – 3pm – Vernon Fischer Versatile and lively acoustic guitar with a diverse repertoire ranging from classical to modern favorites. Food truck: Piedmont Smokehouse April 25th – 12pm – 3pm – Jordan Perry Performing a blend... View More

Genius Loci: The Virtues of Place

  • April 18, 2015 - April 25, 2015
  • Venue: Chroma Projects
  • Times: Open Saturday afternoons from 1-4
  • Area: Pantops
  • Address: 107 Vincennes Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
  • Phone: 434-806-9667

Exhibition of landscapes by two painters who approach their subject matter from different perspectives. Joan Elliott captures the intricacies of nature from an intimate point of view, with every fine vine and twig sparkling with light. Jeanette Cohen takes a distant vantage point portraying the merging land, water and sky in gorgeous blue mist.

Keswick Vineyards Eats & Beats

  • April 18, 2015
  • Venue: Keswick Vineyards
  • Times: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
  • Phone: 434-244-3341

Beats: Vernon Fischer / Eats: Piedmont Smokehouse Guitarist, singer, and band leader Vern Fischer has performed extensively as a soloist and with his bands at country clubs, Five Star Diamond hotels and resorts, restaurants and homes in the Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia areas since 1974 for weddings, receptions, dances, concerts and dinners entertaining audiences of all ages and backgrounds that have included numerous dignitaries and celebrities. His divers... View More

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

  • April 18, 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

Live Music at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub

  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 6:30PM to 9:30PM
  • Location: Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub
  • Address: 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-996-6992

Live Music at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub 6:30PMPM to 9:30PM. 434-996-6992.

Local Magic Barn Party at Oak Ridge Carriage House

  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 6PM
  • Location: Oak Ridge Carriage House
  • Address: 2300 Oak Ridge Road, Arrington, Virginia 22922
  • Phone: 434-263-4000

Local Magic Barn Party at Oak Ridge Carriage House 6PM. Presented by Blue Ridge Medical Center benefiting our Rural Health Outreach Program. Dinner, auction, and dancing.434-263-4000.

Lotus

  • April 18, 2015
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: Doors 6pm; Show 7pm
  • Location: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 877-272-8849

***Don't miss the exclusive pre show evening with Lotus at the Jefferson Theater on Friday, April 17! Kick off the weekend with an intimate live performance for only an additional $10 after purchasing your ticket to the main event, Lotus live at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Saturday, April 18.*** Lotus has crafted a unique musical style outside of simple genre limitations. On a given weekend the band could be the only group with guitars at an all electronic music festival and then the ... View More

Lucian Freud Etchings

  • April 18, 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

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative with Live Music

  • April 18, 2015 - April 25, 2015
  • Times: 8AM to 12Noon
  • Location: Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative
  • Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, 22958
  • Phone: 434-760-6655

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative 8AM to 12PM. Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring live music, fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more.  Open every Saturday through October.

Oakland Museum Opens for the Season

  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 10AM to 4PM
  • Location: Oakland Mueum
  • Address: 5365 Thomas Nelson Highway, Arrington, VA 22922
  • Phone: 434-263-8400

Oakland Museum Opens for the Season. Open Saturday 10AM to 4PM and Sunday 1PM to 4PM. Exhibits include The Camille Room: The 1969 disaster in the wake of Hurricane Camille, The Best Hope: History of Nelson County Public Schools,and Cuttin' on the Lights: Rural electrification in the late 1930s.   434-263-8400.

Renee Ruth Duo live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Renee Ruth Duo live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 7PM to 10PM. 434-361-0088.

Run for Autism 5k

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. and now affects 1 in 68 children. Established in 1996, the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) is dedicated to helping people overcome the challenges of autism through innovative, evidence-based programs in education, outreach and adult services. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. We are committed to serving people across the autism spectrum, across the lifespan and across th... View More

Spring Wildflower Walk

  • April 18, 2015 - April 25, 2015
  • Times: 9am - 12noon
  • Location: Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9800

This vigorous, three-hour, five-mile hike through the Monticello woodlands to the Rivanna River is a perennial favorite. Enjoy early spring botanical treasures—trout lilies, Virginia blue bells, spring beauties—and an intimate view of wild Monticello. Be prepared to walk the entire distance. Wear sturdy, waterproof shoes for muddy, steep, uphill slopes.

Tedeschi Trucks Band live at The Blue Ridge Bowl at Lockn’ Farm

  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 6PM
  • Location: The Blue Ridge Bowl at Lockn’ Farm
  • Address: Oak Ridge Road, Arrington, VA 22922
  • Phone: 1-800-594-8499

Tedeschi Trucks Band with The Congress live at The Blue Ridge Bowl at Lockn’ Farm 6PM. Rain or shine. The Lockn’ Music Festival is excited to present a special performance by Tedeschi Trucks Band on Saturday April 18th at the new Blue Ridge Bowl at Lockn' Farm. Tedeschi Trucks Band are among the signature acts to bring their fire and spirit to the Lockn’ Music Festival. After performing at Lockn’ in 2013 and 2014, they’ll be back in September for year three, which m... View More

Third Saturdays w. Bill Adams at Albemarle CiderWorks

  • April 18, 2015 - December 19, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Times: 3-5 pm
  • Area: Route 29 South
  • Address: 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden, VA 22959
  • Phone: 434-297-2326

We're very happy to announce a new 3rd Saturdays series with Bill Adams! Join local finger pickin' blues man Bill Adams in the Orchard Room every 3rd Saturday, from 3-5 pm. Bill plays the blues, and old-time music creating very unique fingerstyle guitar arrangements. He is an active member of the Charlottesville Contradance Dance Society board, and of WTJU Charlottesville 91.1 FM where he is host of Walking Blues. All music rain or shine. No cover charge, cider and light picnic fare availabl... View More

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