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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 Nov 29, 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.

Annie Harris Massie: Cultivated Wild

  • November 29, 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 29, 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

Breakfast with Santa & Carriage Ride

  • November 29, 2014 - December 06, 2014
  • Venue: Boar's Head
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Boar's Head Inn
  • Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-972-2230

Enjoy a traditional breakfast buffet as children whisper Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear. Let your holiday spirit soar as you glide on horse-drawn carriage through the resort to admire holiday décor. Call 434.972.2230 for reservations.

Brian Buchanan live at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub

  • November 29, 2014
  • Times: 7:30PM to 10:30PM
  • Location: Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub
  • Address: 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-996-6992

Brian Buchanan live at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub 7:30PM to 10:30PM. 434-996-6992.

Celtic Harpist Vicky Lee at Democracy Vineyards

  • November 29, 2014
  • Venue: Democracy Vineyards
  • Times: 1PM to 4PM
  • Address: 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston, VA 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-8463

Celtic Harpist Vicky Lee live at Democracy Vineyards. 1PM to 4PM.  434-263-8463  

Community Dance at Massies Mill Ruritan Club with Diamond Back Live

  • November 29, 2014
  • Times: 8PM to 1AM
  • Location: Massies Mill Ruritan Club
  • Address: 5439 Patrick Henry Highway, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-8586

Community Dance at Massies Mill Ruritan Club 8PM to 1AM. Fee. Minimum age 21. BYOB. Ice and light snacks provided. Net proceeds donated to Nelson County organizations and scholarships.  434-277-8586 (building phone) or 434-277-8325.

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • November 29, 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

Firecracker Jam live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

  • November 29, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9PM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8080

Firecracker Jam live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort 9PM to 12 Midnight. 434-325-8080.

Gary Randal Live at Bold Rock Cider

  • November 29, 2014
  • Venue: Bold Rock Cidery
  • Times: 1PM to 4PM
  • Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-1030

Gary Randal live at Bold Rock Cider. 1PM to 4PM. Le Chic Picnic food truck will be on site. We hope to see you there! 434-361-1030.

Groove Train with DeLorean Time Machine and Cheap Whiskey

  • November 29, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 6:30pm; Show 7:30pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Please note that $2 from each advance ticket sale will benefit The Brighter Future Fund which assists members of the Free Union, VA community currently dealing with health and funeral related expenses.   More About Groove Train: You can't resist the dance floor when Groove Train takes the stage. Groove Train will captivate you with an exciting blend of music from the days of disco, groovy costumes, outrageous hairstyles, and showmanship. Groove Train will take you on a fantastic voy... View More

Group Historical Walking Tours

  • November 29, 2014 - 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

Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • November 29, 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 Market

  • November 29, 2014 - December 20, 2014
  • Times: 8:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Location: City Market lot - corner of Water St. and South St.
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Phone: 434-970-3371

The popular Holiday Market is returning to downtown Charlottesville for another season! The festive outdoor market features over 90 local vendors with a variety of unique gifts, decorations, food and crafts. All items are handmade, homegrown or home baked by local farmers, artists or bakers. Holiday Market occurs every Saturday, November 29 - December 20 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm in the City Market lot at the corner of Water Street and South Street in downtown Charlottesville. 

Holiday Open House at Wintergreen Winery.

  • November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Winery
  • Times: 10AM to 5PM
  • Address: 462 Winery Lane, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-2519

Get in the Spirit Holiday Open House at Wintergreen Winery. Get in the holiday spirit with wine, unique gift shopping, warm hospitality, a festive setting and good cheer! Enjoy wine tasting and holiday refreshments. 10AM to 5PM each day. . 434-361-2519

Holiday Wreath Workshop

  • November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014
  • Times: Times vary, visit monticello.org
  • Location: Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9800

These ever-popular workshops, in their 28th year, produce a gratifying and tangible end product: a beautiful holiday wreath. Janet Miller, Lou Hatch, and Maggie Stemann Thompson will lead participants through the process in these three-hour workshops. All materials (straw wreath forms, pins, wire, etc.) will be provided, including a cornucopia of natural materials. Bring hand pruners. Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center. $75 (all materials included). Reservation Required. Times vary, visit monticell... View More

Jazz Session at Rapunzel’s

  • November 29, 2014
  • Times: 8PM to 11PM
  • Location: Rapunzel's
  • Address: 924 Front Street, Lovingston, Virginia 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-6660

Jazz Session 8PM to 11PM at Rapunzel’s. Free. 434-263-6660.

Little Women

  • November 29, 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

Post-Thanksgiving Party featuring wine, music, food

  • November 29, 2014
  • Venue: Mountfair Vineyards
  • Times: 2-5pm
  • Location: Montfair Vineyards
  • Address: 4875 Fox Mountain Rd, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-823-7605

Get out of house after the Thanksgiving holiday with an afternoon of wine, music, and food. Michael Clem and Tom Marshall will be supplying the live tunes while the Delicious Dishe food truck will be supplying the Cajun-inspired grub.

Rockfish Valley Community Center Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale

  • November 29, 2014 - December 20, 2014
  • Times: 9AM to 1PM
  • Location: Rockfish Valley Community Center
  • Address: 190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-361-0100

Rockfish Valley Community Center Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale. 9AM to 1PM in the tree lot. Also available for sale through the Treasure Chest Thrift Store. Freshly cut North Carolina Fraser Firs. All proceeds from the sale of these trees benefit RVCC. 434-361-0100.

Thanksgiving Weekend at Wintergreen Resort

  • November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

 Thanksgiving Weekend at Wintergreen Resort 10AM to 5PM The holiday season of family traditions at Wintergreen begins with Thanksgiving. Traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, holiday workshops and family fun. If Mother Nature is smiling, we hope to have The Plunge and Ridgeley’s Fun Park open for the weekend. It’s also the annual Ski Swap to benefit the Wintergreen Ski Patrol. Great deals on used equipment. 434-325-2200

The Delta Backburners

  • November 29, 2014
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: The Whiskey Jar
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Delta Backburners make the short trek from Crozet to bring the blues and a little rock n’ roll to the Whiskey Jar! 21+ // FREE

The Duck Brothers

  • November 29, 2014
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: Rapture
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Beat juggling tag team mash ups of Rock, Funk, Old Skool Hip Hop and a little Top 40 for free in Rapture’s cocktail lounge. 21+ // FREE!!

The Misfit Toys live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

The Misfit Toys live 8PM to 11PM at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 434-361-0088.

Vineyard Wonderland: Carriage Rides at Trump Winery

  • November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014
  • Venue: Trump Winery
  • Times: 12-4pm
  • Address: 3550 Blenhiem Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-977-3895

Celebrate the holiday season at Trump Winery! Our picturesque 1,300 acres will be on display for our 1st annual Vineyard Wonderland: Carriage Rides at Trump Winery. A horse-drawn carriage will take you on a scenic journey through our expansive vineyard, making stops for scenic photo opportunities. This rare occasion to experience the vineyard up close will surely put you in the holiday spirit! Each carriage ride is $70, will last 20 minutes, and can accommodate up to four guests. Your ticket inc... View More

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