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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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Sunday Nov 23, 2014

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • November 23, 2014 - December 28, 2014
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday-Sunday 1-5 PM
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild New Paintings in Oil and Encaustic 21 November – 28 December 2014 Opening Reception Friday, 21 November, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present as the final exhibition of 2014, Annie Harris Massie, Cultivated Wild. The show will run from 21 November through 28 December 2014 with an Opening Reception on Friday, 21 November from 5:30 – 7:30. Lynchburg Virginia artist Massie is well known and wi... View More

Art and Country

  • November 23, 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

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • November 23, 2014 - 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

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • November 23, 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

Holiday Wreath and Decor Workshop at Pharsalia

  • November 23, 2014
  • Times: 2PM to 4:30PM
  • Location: Pharsalia
  • Address: 2333 Pharsalia Road, Tyro, Virginia 22976
  • Phone: 434-277-5231

Holiday Wreaths and Décor Workshop at Pharsalia. 2PM to 4:30PM. Workshop speaker: Foxie Morgan. Have fun being creative with the bounty of the season and bring home a festive arrangement for your home! This is a great class to do with friends. Please bring your favorite gloves and clippers. We will provide the rest! Dress for the season in layers as we will be working in the greenhouse. Fee. Workshop materials, coffee, tea, and treats included in the fee. Register in advance.  434-27... View More

John Tracy live on the Deck at Cardinal Point Vineyard

  • November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Cardinal Point Vineyards
  • Times: 2PM to 5PM
  • Address: 9423 Batesville Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8400

John Tracy live on the Deck at Cardinal Point Vineyards and Winery. 2PM to 5PM. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon, sipping some of our wonderful wines, and enjoying live music on our deck. Delicious Dish Food Truck will be on site or you can bring a picnic or purchase some cheese and crackers in the tasting room.540-456-8400.

Jon Spear live at Democracy Vineyards

  • November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Democracy Vineyards
  • Times: 1PM to 4PM
  • Address: 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston, 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-8463

Jon Spear live at Democracy Vineyards 1PM to 4PM. 434-263-8463.

Little Women

  • November 23, 2014 - December 14, 2014
  • Venue: Four County Players
  • Times: Fridays and Saturdays: 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

One of the most cherished stories of all time, Little Women makes a triumphant return to Four County Players for the first time since 2002 with a brand new adaptation by Miller Murray Susen. The March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—along with their beloved Marmee, are awaiting Father’s return from the Civil War. As they try to make the most of a humble Christmas season, they learn together that family is the greatest gift of all.​​ ​​Running weekends starting November 21 thro... View More

Live Music at Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Gary Randal live 12Noon and Tony Bruno live 6PM at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664.  434-361-1001. 

Live Music, Brewery Tours and Steal the Glass at Wild Wolf Brewing

Live Music, Brewery Tours and Steal the Glass at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Brewery tours at 2PM, 3:30PM and 5PM. Steal the Pint Glass 5PM to 10PM excluding holidays (1per customer). Live music: November 2 Phil West 2PM to 5PM. November 9 David Tewsbury 2PM to 5PM. November 16 Sam Cregger 2PM to 5PM. November 23 Alex Arbaugh 2PM to 5PM. November 30 Jason Frye 2PM to 5PM. 434-361-0088.

Pet Holiday Photo Night!

  • November 23, 2014
  • Times: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: Charlottesville Fashion Square
  • Address: 1600 E. Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-973-9332

Bring your furry friend to have his/her picture taken with Santa at Charlottesville Fashion Square! Capture true holiday magic with your best friend and Santa Claus himself!

PVCC Chorus Fall Concert

Enjoy an afternoon of choral music with the PVCC Chorus as they present their annual concert featuring a wide variety of music genres including folk songs, classical, popular and much more.

Cider Week Virginia

  • November 23, 2014
  • Location: Various Locations

Join the hard cider revival! Special events will be happening daily at various locations. Don't forget to visit our 4 area cideries and celebrate this Virginia tradition! Visit ciderweekva.com for more details.

CiderFest

  • November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Castle Hill Cider
  • Times: 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Address: 6065 Turkey Sag Road, Keswick, VA 22947

Our 3rd annual CiderFest. An all-day celebration from 10am to 6pm. Local music, cider tastings and food from area chefs. Featuring Erin and the Wildfire and We Are Star Children.

Local Vocals - Live at Glass House Winery

  • November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Glass House Winery
  • Times: 2 - 5pm
  • 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. Sunday, November 23rd, the Local Vocals will be performing live from 2 to 5pm. 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

London’s National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men

  • November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 7pm
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award winner Anna... View More

Mistletoe Market 2014

  • November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Times: 11am-4pm
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Please join us for the Junior League of Charlottesville's 11th annual holiday market! Nearly 60 merchants have been hand picked for your shopping pleasure featuring handcrafted goods, speciality items, children's gifts, and more. This years' events will include a Mimosas & Mistletoe preshop party, Cookies with Santa children's event, live entertainment on Santa's Stage, as well as raffles, door prizes, and the popular pick-a-prize. Refreshments will be available at the Claus Cafe. Tickets... View More

The Art of Mark King

  • November 23, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12pm-5pm
  • Location: Graves Fine Art Galleries
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

"MARK KING LEGACY EXHIBIT" commemorating 35 years representing the Internationally Acclaimed "Champion of Impressionism" who passed away in April at the age of 83.  Featuring his last paintings, including "Fishing Boats at Cassis", "Oceanside", "Portofino", "Virginia Hunt", and his final painting, "Thunderheads".

The Wizard of Oz

  • November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Paramount Theater
  • Times: 2pm
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

This beloved 1939 movie needs little introduction! Produced under Leo the Lion's MGM banner, in its 75th anniversary year it remains the most well-known and commercial adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The film stars Judy Garland; Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, with Charley Grapewin and Clara Blandick; the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins; and of course,Terry the dog as Toto. Notable for its use of Te... View More

Wind Ensemble

  • November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Old Cabell Hall
  • Times: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Location: Old Cabell Auditorium
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

The McIntire Department of Music presnts the UVA Wind Ensemble on Sunday November 2nd at 3:30pm in Old Cabell Hall on the historic Lawn.  The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. William Pease and assistant director Andrew Koch, features 45 of the most talented musicians from every school at the University.  Recent concerts have included works from the musical Les Miserables, performed with Broadway performer Ivan Rutherford, Erik Ewazen’s “Hymn to the Lost and ... View More

Monday Nov 24, 2014

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • November 24, 2014 - December 28, 2014
  • Venue: Les Yeux du Monde
  • Times: Thursday-Sunday 1-5 PM
  • Address: 841 Wolf Trap Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-973-5566

Les Yeux du Monde presents Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild New Paintings in Oil and Encaustic 21 November – 28 December 2014 Opening Reception Friday, 21 November, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present as the final exhibition of 2014, Annie Harris Massie, Cultivated Wild. The show will run from 21 November through 28 December 2014 with an Opening Reception on Friday, 21 November from 5:30 – 7:30. Lynchburg Virginia artist Massie is well known and wi... View More

ATM Unit

  • November 24, 2014
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • 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 to be during an ‘Alder... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • November 24, 2014 - 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

Fall 2014 Reading and Open House

  • November 24, 2014
  • Venue: WriterHouse
  • Times: 7:00PM
  • Address: 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1922

Writers who participated in the fall class session will read brief selections of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Open houses are also a great way to meet other writers and find out about WriterHouse.

The Art of Mark King

  • November 24, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves International Art
  • Times: 12pm-5pm
  • Location: Graves Fine Art Galleries
  • Address: 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

"MARK KING LEGACY EXHIBIT" commemorating 35 years representing the Internationally Acclaimed "Champion of Impressionism" who passed away in April at the age of 83.  Featuring his last paintings, including "Fishing Boats at Cassis", "Oceanside", "Portofino", "Virginia Hunt", and his final painting, "Thunderheads".

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