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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 Mar 27, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • March 27, 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 27, 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


  • March 27, 2015
  • Venue: C'ville Coffee Co.
  • Times: 7pm - 9pm
  • Location: Cville Coffee
  • Address: 1301 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-817-2633

AZUL "All Blues" John D'earth (trump.) Brian Caputo (drums) Greg Howard (Chapman Stick)

Contemporary Gallery: Because of Them We Can

  • March 27, 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 27, 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

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • March 27, 2015 - April 04, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thursday - Saturday
  • Location: Albemarle Charlottesville HIstorical Society
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Charlottesville and Albemarle County boast an unusually rich and striking history, built over a period of 250 years by men and women, well-known and unknown, remarkable and ordinary, who called Charlottesville home. Their history and the history of this area have been preserved in the structures and monuments that give Charlottesville its character. Learn about these men and women and the houses, storefronts, schools, places of worship, public buildings, in which they passed their lives and view... View More

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

  • March 27, 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 27, 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

Poetry Workshop

  • March 27, 2015
  • Times: 10 to 12 on Friday mornings
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Area: Route 29 North

Ongoing poetry workshop that shares member's poems and offers constructive critique in a friendly and supportive environment. Contact

The Bridge PAI Reading Series

  • March 27, 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 Fantasticks

  • March 27, 2015 - March 29, 2015
  • 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

Enchanting, funny, touching, and full of some of musical theater’s greatest songs—including “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain”—The Fantasticks is the world’s longest-running musical, not to mention one of the most beloved. Rich in beautiful melodies, imagery, and poetic appeal, this charming story of a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall shines with comedy and evokes the true agony and rapture of being young, full of dreams, and ho... View More

Travis Elliot Duo Live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Travis Elliot Duo Live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.7PM to 10PM. To be announced. 434-361-0088.

Winter Wonderland Winery Passport

  • March 27, 2015 - 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 27, 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

It's been a good few years for the relentlessly hard working six piece rock band from Durham, NC, whose sophomore album After It All will be coming out on April 7, 2015. Since the release of their debut album Carry The Fire in the summer of 2012 and 2013's follow-up EP Chasing Twisters, Delta Rae has been profiled everywhere from NPR and Time to Forbes. Rolling Stone proclaimed that "if Fleetwood Mac came up in North Carolina, they might resemble Delta Rae." VH1 hand selected them for ... View More


  • March 27, 2015
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-9526

“Now I’m back to let you know I can really shake ‘em down” Charlottesville’s Retro Soul DJ Duo return to Rapture to dole out the funky breaks and snappy lyrics from 45s and B-Sides culled from decades past. 21+ // 10pm

Kendall Street Company with Louis Smith

  • March 27, 2015
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 8:00 - 11:00pm
  • Location: Main Street Annex
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 757-641-3050

Kendall Street Company headlines, for Common School Movement and Fenton, at the Main Street Annex

March Madness at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • March 27, 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!

Organ Recital by Edoardo Bellotti

  • March 27, 2015
  • Times: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 400 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-963-4690

On Friday, March 27, at 8:00 pm, the Westminster Organ Concert Series continues its 35th concert season with a recital by Italian organist Edoardo Bellotti. Internationally renowned as an improviser and specialist in Renaissance and baroque keyboard music, Mr. Bellotti has taught at universities in Italy and Germany and currently at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. His program will include music by Frescobaldi, Pasquini, Vivaldi, and Bach. This concert is free and open to the pub... View More

Sally Rose Band - Live Music at Glass House Winery

  • March 27, 2015
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 6-9pm
  • Location: Glass House Winery
  • Area: Free Union
  • Address: 5898 Free Union Road, Free Union, VA 22940
  • Phone: 434-975-0094

Join us in the tropics…at Glass House Winery in Free Union, VA Friday, March 27th, the Sally Rose Band will be performing live from 6 to 9pm. Picnics welcome, indoor and outdoor seating available (no outside alcohol permitted). Glass House Winery wines and chocolates, and an assortment of packaged meats, cheeses, crackers, etc. are available for purchase in the Tasting Room. We open at noon, no reservations, no cover, regular tasting fees apply, and our tastings include a sample of ou... View More

The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary

  • March 27, 2015
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: The Paramount Theater
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-1333

Join the Brat Pack for the 30th Anniversary celebration of The Breakfast Club, ranked number 1 by Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 Best High School Movies. For the first time on the big screen in wide release since the 1980’s, gather your pack and head to the cinema for a true fan tribute honoring John Hughes’s most memorable and recognizable work. This 30th Anniversary release includes the completely re-mastered feature that has never been seen before on the big screen p... View More

The Odyssey of Soul

The foundations of African and African-American musical traditions such as blue notes, syncopation and call-and-response styles transformed America’s musical landscape. Discover how these and other stylistic elements shaped our culture with a soulful concert and enlightening presentation by Horace Scruggs. A band of local musicians joins Scruggs onstage for a concert of iconic songs spanning hundreds of years of the African-American musical experience including traditional African songs, s... View More

The Weedeaters

  • March 27, 2015
  • Venue: World of Beer
  • Times: 9pm-midnight
  • Location: World of Beer
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 852 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-970-1088

This local string band plays a wide range of music including blues, bluegrass, old time, and swing

University Singers and Chamber Singers

  • March 27, 2015
  • Venue: Old Cabell Hall
  • Times: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Location: Old Cabell Auditorium
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

The U.Va. University Singers and the UVA Chamber Singers invite you to the spring 2015 concert encompassing a range of a cappella and accompanied works. Led by U.Va. faculty conductor Michael Slon, the spring 2015 concert takes place Friday, March 27th at 8:00 pm in Old Cabell Hall. The University Singers is the premier mixed-voice chorus at UVa, and recently gave acclaimed performances of Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Verdi’s Requiem in Charlottesville. Founded ... View More

Saturday Mar 28, 2015

20th Century Contemporary Masters

  • March 28, 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.

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.

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