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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 May 30, 2016

ATM Unit

  • May 30, 2016
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(AP) CHARLOTTESVILLE – Practices for bassassin Dane Alderson’s new trio have been moved to a secret facility said to be located miles below the streets of Belmont. UN inspectors worry the group (which also features guitarist Mark Miller and drummer Mike Taylor) has harnessed Jazz Fusion Reaction (JFR), which gives off heat approaching that of the core of the Earth. FEMA released a memo last week urging Charlottesville residents, “…the safest place to be during an &lsquo... View More

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd

  • May 30, 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

Fish and Fowl

  • May 30, 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.

Highland's Memorial Day Commemoration

  • May 30, 2016
  • Venue: James Monroe's Highland
  • Times: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-293-8000

Join us on Monday, May 30, for the Highland Memorial Day commemoration! We will have a brass quintet from the Charlottesville Municipal Band playing from 1:00 to 2:30 in the Service Yard and historical games and activities for the family. Admission to the event is included with the purchase of a ticket to tour the house and grounds.

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

  • May 30, 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

Masters of Contemporary Art

  • May 30, 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.

Memorial Day Celebration with Music by The Cows @ Glass House Winery

  • May 30, 2016
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 2-5pm
  • Area: Free Union
  • Address: 5898 Free Union Road, Free Union, VA 22940
  • Phone: 434-975-0094

Memorial Day Monday, May 30th , a day of Patriotic fun festivities and kick off to the start of the summer season at Glass House Winery. Groove to the sounds of The Cows, playing live down at the dock, 2-5pm, No Cover. (*inside the glass house in the case of inclement weather) Let’s honor our men and women who have lost their lives defending our freedom with a show of Patriotic creativity demonstrating true American spirit and pride! We encourage you to decorate your table, inside or o... View More

Memorial Day Weekend at Wintergreen - Blue, Brews, BBQ and Tread and Trail Series

  • May 30, 2016
  • Times: 9AM to 10PM
  • Location: Wintergreen Resort
  • Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

Memorial Day Weekend at Wintergreen Resort with Blue, Brews and BBQ and Wintergreen Tread and Trail Series. 9AM to 10PM. We welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains. On Saturday, Blues & Brews is the theme with music being the highlight. We’ll top it off with a micro-brew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party, and a day at the Lake - Lake Monocan opens for the season! We’ll also have the first races of the Wintergreen Tread & Trail Seri... View More

Opens: Andy Warhol: Icons

  • May 30, 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

  • May 30, 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

Powers and brown

  • May 30, 2016
  • Venue: James River Brewing
  • Times: 4pm-6pm
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 561 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-7837

Powers & Brown specializes in classic country, Celtic, classical and bluegrass.

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

  • May 30, 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

  • May 30, 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

Vicky Lee live at Democracy Vineyards

  • May 30, 2016
  • Venue: Democracy Vineyards
  • Times: 2:30PM to 5:30PM
  • Address: 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston, VA 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-8463

Vicky Lee live at Democracy Vineyards. 2:30PM to 5:30PM.  434-263-8463  

Yimardoowarra: Artist of the River Exhibition

  • May 30, 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

  • May 30, 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

  • May 30, 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

  • May 30, 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

Tuesday May 31, 2016

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd

  • May 31, 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

  • May 31, 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

Fish and Fowl

  • May 31, 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.

Free Mindfulness Meditation

  • May 31, 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

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

  • May 31, 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

Masters of Contemporary Art

  • May 31, 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

  • May 31, 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

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