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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 Apr 29, 2016

"Our Town" by the Victory Hall Players

  • April 29, 2016
  • Venue: Scottsville Historic District
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Victory Hall Theater
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 401 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-2806

SCAN Art Center introduces the Victory Hall Players, an educational community theatre program, and their inaugural production of OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder. Performances of 'Our Town' will be held April 22 & 23 at 8pm and April 28, 29 & 30 at 8pm at Victory Hall Theater. Tickets: $15 adults; $10 students; children under 8 years old - FREE "Thornton Wilder's American classic is set against the backdrop of a quintessential, fictional small town, Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. I... View More

15th Annual Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic

  • April 29, 2016 - May 01, 2016
  • Times: Daily
  • Location: Boar's Head Sports Club at Boar's Head
  • Area: Ivy

The Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic is returning for its 15th consecutive year from April 24 to May 1 at the Boar’s Head. Part of the USTA Pro Circuit, the tournament spotlights some of the most talented young players in the game while bringing some of the tennis world’s true stars of both today and tomorrow to Charlottesville. Qualifying round play for the 2015 Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic begins on Sunday, April 24th and Main Draw play opens up on T... View More

Albemarle High School players present Hairspray

  • April 29, 2016 - May 01, 2016
  • Times: April 28th - April 30th at 8:00 pm; May 1st at 3:00 pm
  • Location: Albemarle High School Auditorium
  • Address: 2775 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Albemarle High School Musical Theatre presents Hairspray! Show Dates: April 28th at 8:00 pm April 29th at 8:00 pm April 30th at 8:00 pm (with a 6:00 pm Dinner Theatre) May 1st at 3:00 pm Ticket and Seating Info: www.ahspresents.com

Aqua•litative: Acoustic and Kinetic Translations of California Water Data

  • April 29, 2016 - May 01, 2016
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Location: Elmaleh Gallery, Campbell Hall
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: Bayley Dr, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Water is our most basic yet necessary resource. By looking at a single water-stressed state in our nation, California, we may better appreciate water as resource and understand its political impact on a global scale. By analyzing and rendering multiple historical data sets related to California, Aqua•litative outlines the serpentine narrative of water, politics, and prosperity in the state. Triggered by data, kinetic sculpture translates historical climatological and human geographical inf... View More

Art and Country

  • April 29, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 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 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 the dispossessio... View More

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd

  • April 29, 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 City Craft Brewery Tour

  • April 29, 2016 - May 14, 2016
  • Venue: Three Notch'd Brewing Company
  • Times: 11am Saturday and 12pm Sunday
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 946 Grady Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-218-3565

Charlottesville City Craft Brewery Tour Hop On board the bus for an all inclusive tour and tasting of the best breweries within Charlottesville’s City limits. Guided by an expert local, you'll be introduced to other beer enthusiasts as we visit the following: • Three Notch'd Brewing Company- Wander the hallways to the heart of brewing operations at Three Notch’d Brewing Company.  Learn the complete brewing process as you taste through eight brewer selected... View More

Court Square Walking Tours

  • April 29, 2016 - October 29, 2016
  • Times: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 200 Second St., NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Stroll around Historic Court Square, familiar to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Learn about the early years of Albemarle and Charlottesville, its citizens, businesses, and buildings. Tours begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902). Cost is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased from your guide at the start of the tour. To schedule a group tour, please email admin@albemarlehistory.org. Please wear comfortable... View More

Fish and Fowl

  • April 29, 2016 - June 19, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

This exhibition will explore the diverse cultural connotations exemplified by these representations of feathered and scaled animals. How the animals’ physical and evolutionary traits have impacted their meanings is also examined. The exhibition presents sculptures, paintings, and prints from various time periods and across multiple cultures in which avifauna and aquatic species are prominently depicted.

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House

  • April 29, 2016 - August 26, 2016
  • 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. Performers: April  8 Paulo Franco, April 15 Tara Mills, April 22 Jason Ring, April 29 Jacob Paul Allen May 6 Gary Randal, May 13 Jason Burke, May 20 Greg Ward, May 27 Good Buddy June 3 Pat Anderson, June 10 Tequila ... View More

Full Nelson Friday Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • April 29, 2016
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 6PM to 8PM
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Full Nelson Friday Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery. 6PM to 8PM every Friday at the Afton Brewpub! April 1 Firecracker Jam, April 8 Pat Anderson, April 15 Delta Junction, April 22 Greg Ward, April 29 Rockfish Gap. 540-456-8020.  

Jacob Lawrence: Struggle...From the History of the American People

  • April 29, 2016 - June 05, 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

Throughout a career spanning six decades, the artist Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) maintained an unwavering focus on the human condition and created work that gave pointed and consistent expression to the black experience in America. Lawrence first came to prominence in the Harlem workshops of the 1930s and was among the first African Americans to break the color line in the highly segregated world of modern art. Celebrated for his highly original use of flat tempera color patterns in a style... View More

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

  • April 29, 2016
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 7PM to 10PM
  • Location: Wild Wolf Brewing Company
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 7PM to 10PM. April 1 Nefarious Character, April 8 Randy Johnston Trio, April 15 Jacob Allen and The Rambling Sinners, April 22 Madly Backward, April 29 Gypsy Town.434-361-0088.

Navajo Weaving: Geometry of the Warp and Weft

  • April 29, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Diné (The People) are more commonly known as the Navajo. These Athabascan speakers settled between 1,000 and 1,525 CE—along the regions whose political boundaries we recognize today as Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Originally a hunting and gathering culture, archaeological evidence reveals the Navajo possessed weaving skills to make clothing and other utilitarian objects to support their lifestyle. Women were the weavers. They utilized an upright loom strung with a contin... View More

Open Music Jam

  • April 29, 2016
  • Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: James River Brewery
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 561 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-7837

Every Friday we are hosting an Open Music Night at the James River Brewery in Scottsville. Come bring your instrument and join in the fun. Or just come and listen along.

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Critzer Family Farm!

  • April 29, 2016 - May 21, 2016
  • Times: Mon-Sat 8AM to 6PM
  • Location: Critzer Family Farm
  • Address: 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-4772

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Critzer Family Farm!  Open Monday - Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Closed Sunday.  Specials on flowers and hanging baskets. Also available: fresh vegetables, plants for your vegetable garden, and jams and jellies. Don't forget the Homemade Ice Cream! Field Trips, Birthday Parties, Quality Family Time, Church Outings. Please call us at least 1 week prior to any event involving more than 10 children that you want to have at the farm.  This allows us to better acc... View More

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Seaman’s Orchard

  • April 29, 2016 - May 22, 2016
  • Times: 8AM
  • Location: Seaman's Orchard
  • Address: 415 Dark Hollow Road, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-8130

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Seaman’s Orchard. Monday through Friday 8AM to 7PM, Saturday 8AM to 4PM, and Sunday 12:30PM to 5PM. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with sweet fresh strawberries! We have pick-your-own and pre-picked upon request. We offer containers to use when picking or you may bring your own. Sold by the pound if you pick them and by the quart if they are pre-picked. We ask that you call ahead to reserve pre-picked. For updated picking i... View More

Richard Serra: Prints

  • April 29, 2016 - May 08, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

his exhibition will showcase the prints of contemporary icon Richard Serra. Best known for his large scale public sculpture, Serra has consistently maintained a practice in related media including film, drawing, and printmaking. The exhibition features his earliest graphic attempts in lithography from 1972 through more recent works created in 2015.

Roy Lichtenstein & Company: 20th Century Masters of Contemporary Art

  • April 29, 2016 - May 03, 2016
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 306 E Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8087

Graves International Art, the newest Art Gallery in Charlottesville, is currently exhibiting "Roy Lichtenstein & Company: 20th Century Masters of Contemporary Art". The exhibit features original hand-made prints by world renown artists one would find at such destinations as The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, or the Gagosian Gallery. Exhibited artists include but are not limited to: Roy Lichtenstein, Salvador Dali, John Chamberlain, Edvard... View More

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

  • April 29, 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

Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson

  • April 29, 2016 - May 01, 2016
  • Venue: Fralin Museum of Art
  • Location: The Fralin Museum of Art
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-906-1022

Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson examines the intersecting careers of two remarkable women who rose to prominence during the late eighteenth century. The artist, musician, and educator Maria Cosway, is now best known as the woman with whom Thomas Jefferson fell in love with while serving as American ambassador to France in 1786. The other, Mary Darby Robinson, was a celebrated English actress, former royal mistress, fashion icon, and one of the l... View More

University of Virginia Historical Tour

  • April 29, 2016 - May 03, 2016
  • Times: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, & 2:00 PM
  • Location: UVa Special Collections Library (next to Alderman Library)
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-982-3200

Historical Tours tell the story of the University of Virginia. They run approximately an hour and focus on the University's entire history, from its beginnings under founder Thomas Jefferson, to its transformation to one of the top universities in the country. On this tour, you will get to explore the Academical Village and surrounding areas.  Please note that the Guide Service does not offer tours during UVA's Winter Break, spring recess, during exam periods, or over the summer.

Fridays After Five

  • April 29, 2016 - September 09, 2016
  • Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Times: 5:30-8:30pm
  • Location: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • Address: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902

Fridays After Five, presented by Bud Light, continues to be Charlottesville's favorite live concert series. 2016 will be the 29th year of free live music and fun. The first event will kick off at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on April 15th and will run each Friday thereafter ending on September 9. Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share in the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our community. ... View More

Historic Garden Week at Monticello

  • April 29, 2016 - April 30, 2016
  • Venue: Monticello
  • Location: Monticello
  • Area: Monticello Area

Make Monticello a part your visit when more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks celebrate Historic Garden Week in Virginia, described as “America’s Largest Open House.”

80s music and video dance party with DJ Rick Danger

  • April 29, 2016
  • Venue: FIREFLY
  • Times: 9:30 pm
  • Address: 1304 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Come dance to the best music and videos from the 80's with RVA's own DJ Rick Danger.

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