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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 Aug 30, 2014

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.

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • August 30, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 8AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2552 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Come visit Dickie Brothers Orchard which has been in our family since England's King George II granted the land to our family in 1750.Yes, it's true, our family has been farming this land for over two centuries...264 years!PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES daily (visit our website for current varieties).You must arrive before 4:00PM to harvest your own apples.Prepicked apples available.We also have Sweet Potatoes, Apple Butter, Apple Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Cobbler/Crisp Mixes, Peanuts, Decorative Gourds and A... View More

Art and Country

  • August 30, 2014 - 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

Asian Pear Day at Saunders Brothers Farm Market

  • August 30, 2014
  • Venue: Saunders Brothers Inc.
  • Times: 9AM to 5PM
  • Address: 2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River, VA 22964
  • Phone: 434-277-5455

Asian Pear Day at Saunders Brothers Farm Market! If you’ve never tried an Asian pear, you are in for a treat! Come by to sample one and you will be a believer! 9AM to 5PM. Live music by The Dancing Strings. 434-277-5455.

Bill Adams at Albemarle CiderWorks

  • August 30, 2014
  • 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

Currently residing in Charlottesville, Va. 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. Check him out at Music rain or shine, cider and light fare available.

Birth of Democracy Festival at Democracy Vineyards

  • August 30, 2014
  • Venue: Democracy Vineyards
  • Times: 12Noon to 6PM
  • Address: 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston, VA 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-8463

Birth of Democracy Festival at Democracy Vineyards – The annual festival featuring new wine releases, live music, and vendors. Chicken and BBQ available from the Nelson Ruritans. Paulo Franco live 12Noon to 3PM. Ragtop live 3PM to 6PM. Fee. Festival 12PM to 6PM. Followed by the annual harvest blessing at 6:15PM (no charge).

Court Square Walking Tours

Join ACHS for a stroll around the Court Square familiar to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Learn about the early years of Charlottesville, its citizens, businesses and buildings. Tours will begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902). Schedule: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm Saturdays: 10:00 am Sundays: 2:00 pm

DJ Sir RJ’s Pre-Labor Day Celebration

  • August 30, 2014
  • Venue: Main Street Annex
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Main Street Annex
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 219 W Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Boogie Fromtheville & Magnus Music Present: DJ SIR RJ’S PRE-LABOR DAY CELEBRATION w/ music by DJ Next2None & DJ Sir RJ w/ special guests Pretty Unique Models 21+ // Ladies $10 // Guys $15

Downtown Mall Tour

Join ACHS on an exploration of the pedestrian mall looks at the architecture and traces the emergence of Charlottesville in the early 1900's as a commercial center. Tours will begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902). Schedule: Saturdays at 11:30am

First Colony Winery Harvest Festival Day One

  • August 30, 2014
  • Venue: First Colony Winery
  • Times: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: First Colony Winery
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 1650 Harris Creek Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-979-7105

Two Days of Fun - Good food, good music, wine, and fun activities for the entire family. It’s been a long year, the grapes have been harvested, and it’s time to celebrate! Haven’t you ever wondered what it’s like to stomp grapes a la Lucy and Ethel in Italy? Join us Labor Day weekend to experience it yourself. Enjoy a hearty harvest lunch from the Bavarian Chef, live music from 2 Wishes on Saturday and Mills Family Band on Sunday, wine tasting, grape stomping... View More

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • August 30, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm.
  • Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection presents Gurari – Saltwater Drinker, an exhibition of works by Melbourne-based artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam), August 29 - December 21, 2014. Gurari brings together nine of Idagi’s sculptural works that serve as a visual memoir of Mer (Murray Island), his home in the Torres Strait. Made of a wide variety of materials, from raffia and feathers to beer cans and wrought iron, the works comment on political and social issues facing Torres Strait Islanders today w... View More

Hatton Ferry

  • August 30, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: Hatton Ferry
  • Times: Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Address: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, a historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge; donations are appreciated as the operation of the ferry relies solely on donations given to ride the ferry and from the kind generosity of other supporters.  Under ideal conditions, a round-trip crossing takes about 30-45 minutes. No more than two cars and six people can be taken at one time. The Ha... View More

L.G. and Friends

  • August 30, 2014
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 10:30 PM
  • Location: The Whiskey Jar
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-1549

Bassist Lesly Gourdet, known around town for laying down tasteful bass lines in the Blue Ridge Blues Band as well as for the Porch Cats, brings a group of friends to the Whiskey Jar for blues, jazz, R&B, and a little rock n’ roll! 21+ // FREE

Labor Day Spectacular at Wintergreen Resort

  • August 30, 2014 - September 01, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

Summers End Festival at Wintergreen Resort 10AM to 5PM  Wintergreen’s Labor Day Spectacular features the Summers End Festival, featuring top level regional live music, 151 breweries and wineries,  Arts & Craft show, chairlift rides and much more. Bring the entire family for an end of the summer hurrah. 434-325-2200

Labor Day Weekend at Trump Winery

  • August 30, 2014 - August 31, 2014
  • Venue: Trump Winery
  • Times: 11am-6pm
  • Address: 3550 Blenhiem Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-3895

Join us for the last days of summer this holiday weekend at the Tasting Room. Enjoy free live music from 1-4PM Saturday and Sunday on the terrace, as well as menu and wine specials.

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • August 30, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Venue: James Madison's Montpelier
  • Times: 9:00 a.m.
  • Address: 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
  • Phone: 540-672-2728

Enjoy an extended Montpelier mansion tour before the rush of the crowds. This special 90–minute experience allows you to focus on the in–depth details that reveal the Madisons’ style, taste, friendships, and accomplishments. Available by reservation (48-hours in advance) on Thursdays through Sundays, April through October.

Much Ado About Nothing at Grace Episcopal Church

  • August 30, 2014 - August 31, 2014
  • Times: August 30 at 7:30PM - August 31 at 5PM
  • Location: Grace Episcopal Church
  • Address: 1934 Crabtree Falls Highway, Massies Mill, VA 22954
  • Phone: 434-277-8926

Much Ado About Nothing at Grace Episcopal Church presented by the Hamner Theater. Saturday August 30 at 7:30PM. Sunday August 31 at 5PM. Both performances will be held outdoors on the grounds. No charge. Donations benefit the Hamner Theater. Bring a folding chair or blanket.   434-277-8926.

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative with Live Music

  • August 30, 2014
  • Times: 8AM to 12Noon
  • Location: Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative
  • Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, 22958
  • Phone: 434-244-2399

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative 8am -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. Live music: August 2 Jason Burke, August 9 James River Cut-Ups, August 16 John Tracy, August 23 Rockfish Gap, August 30 Kim and Jimbo Cary. Open every Saturday May through October.

Pick your Own Peaches at Chiles Orchard

Come pick your own peaches. Fresh is best! Open M-Sat 9A-6P, Sun 10A-5P. Ready-picked fruit is also available at the Farm Market. After picking enjoy our homemade fudge, fresh ice cream and homemade waffle cones, cider slushies, and cider donuts! “Like” Chiles Peach Orchard on Facebook!

Popup Cheese Shop with Flora Artisanal Cheese at Afton Mountain Vineyards

Popup Cheese Shop with Nadjeeb from Flora Artisanal Cheese at Afton Mountain Vineyards  12PM to 4PM in the Pavillion. Grab a glass in the tasting room and join Nadjeeb in the Pavilion, where he can suggest the perfect cheese to enjoy here or take home.  Route 631 (Off Route 6) 540-456-8667

Riverview Cemetery Tours

  • August 30, 2014
  • Times: Saturdays at 3 pm
  • Location: Riverview Cemetery
  • Address: 1701 Chesapeake St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Overlooking a dramatic bend in the Rivanna River, Riverview is the only privately-owned cemetery to lie within the boundaries of the City of Charlottesville. Within this cemetery are residents from all walks of life; from the distinguished family of a Major General of the Civil War to an unidentified traveler found on a boxcar. The grave markers in Riverview are as diverse as its inhabitants, featuring a variety of styles and symbols reminiscent of the late 19th century through present day. J... View More

Romp, Stomp, and Chomp Harvest Celebration at Wintergreen Winery

  • August 30, 2014 - August 31, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Winery
  • Times: 12PM to 6PM
  • Address: 462 Winery Lane, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-2519

Romp, Stomp, and Chomp Harvest Celebration at Wintergreen Winery. 12Noon to 6PM. Want to stomp grapes like Lucy? Here’s your chance! Grape stomping, wine, music, riverside picnics and fun for all! Live music August 30 by John Wyant 2PM to 6PM. Live music August 31 by Jen Tal of the Design 2PM to 6PM. Family-friendly scenic setting. Light picnic fare available. No outside alcohol. Fee. 434-361-2519.

Scottsville Farmers Market

  • August 30, 2014 - October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Scottsville Farmers Market
  • Times: 9am - 1pm
  • Location: Scottsville Farmer's Market Pavilion
  • Address: Fleet Street (Route 20), Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-9267

Weekly on Saturday, until Oct 25, 2014 Fresh produce and locally grown/produced goods!

Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Wolfbane Productions Presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 8PM. See the grounds at Devils Backbone transformed into a living set and enjoy Macbeth outdoors. Bring a chair or blanket.  Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001

The Curry Trio

Scaling down their full band performance for more intimate gigs, the Curry Trio places added emphasis on harmony and songs while maintaining the same energy that is bringing the boys a heightening degree of acclaim on both local and national stages. All Ages // FREE!!

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