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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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Wednesday Sep 02, 2015

Art and Country

  • September 02, 2015 - 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

First Wednesday at King Family Vineyards

  • September 02, 2015
  • Venue: King Family Vineyards
  • Times: 5pm - 8pm
  • Location: King Family Vineyards
  • Address: 6550 Roseland Farm Lane, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-823-7800

First Wednesday - September 2nd Join us Wednesday, September 2nd for our monthly First Wednesday. Grab a glass of your favorite King Family Vineyards wine and enjoy local food and music as the sun sets behind the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Food will be served by the folks from Morsel Compass and Spice Sea Gourmet, along with music by the very talented Gina Sobel.  Our Tasting Room will be open for bottle and glass sales until 8:00 p.m. and food will be served from 5:00 to ... View More

L.Y.A.O. Comedy Showcase ft. Wham City Comedy Presented by Hot 101.9

  • September 02, 2015
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 7pm; Show 9pm
  • Location: Southern Cafe & Music Hall
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Wham City Comedy is a collective from Baltimore, Maryland known for incorporating video, improvisation, and crowd participation into absurdist presentational performances. They have opened for Dave Harmon, Tig Notaro and Reggie Watts.  Wham City recently wrote, directed, and produced the critically acclaimed viral hit Unedited Footage Of A Bear for Adult Swim.  

Mango Yoga Present SUP Yoga

  • September 02, 2015
  • Venue: Montfair Resort Farm
  • Times: 9:00 AM
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 2500 Bezaleel Dr., Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-960-0681

A 90-minute SUP yoga class on the lake. A brief intro to the basics of stand up paddling followed by a peaceful yoga practice on the water. Consider bringing a lunch and sticking around to enjoy the beauty of this amazing location. Showers available. Board rental included. Bring your own board (BYOB) rate available. Explore balance, strengthen your core and your sense of serenity on this fun and enlightening floating adventure. Class size limited to 7 board rentals. Must have yoga experience and... View More

Midnight Snack w/ No Doubtfire

  • September 02, 2015
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville Music Showcase Presents: Midnight Snack – Midnight Snack is a blend of old-school psychedelic rock and funk with new-school art rock. Their goal is to spread love and positivity with addictive recordings and powerful live performances. No Doubtfire – Local mystery group performs a surprise set! 21+ // Free!

MIX at IX @ 6- Arts Inspired Happy Hour Every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm

  • September 02, 2015
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: IX Art Park
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 929 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Get your M.O. to Al Hamraa at IX. Join us for an arts-inspired cocktail hour this Wednesday (and every Wednesday) we’re hosting a forum of art, ideological parlee and occasional Gregorian chants. It's LIVE FACEBOOK!! Plus, Homemade Hummus, Grape Leaf Dolmas & Moroccan Meatballs and $4 Sangrias

Pick Your Own Apples at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 02, 2015 - November 09, 2015
  • Times: Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Pick Your Own Apples at Dickie Brothers Orchard. 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. Large variety of apples available. Cider, sweet potatoes, apple butter, jam, and more. Check website for product availability and seasonal hours. 434-277-5516.

Pub Quiz Night

  • September 02, 2015
  • Venue: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 609 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-202-8387

Weekly Pub Quiz Night at The TIn Whistle! Join us each week for a chance to flex your mind muscles and win awesome prizes!

Southern Living Idea House 2015 - Bundoran Farms

  • September 02, 2015 - December 27, 2015
  • Times: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12pm - 4pm; Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Location: Balwin Center - Bundoran Farms
  • Address: 5005 Edge Valley Road, North Garden, Virginia 22959

Welcome to the 2015 Idea House    "Your home should be the most comfortable place you can imagine," says Bunny Williams. And beautiful, of course. Welcome to our 2015 Idea House, designed by Rosney Co. Architects of Charlottesville, and set in the nine-year-old, 2,300-acre conservation community of Bundoran Farm. We asked Bunny to do what she does best, so we could document every idea and tip needed for you to create the gracious home of your dreams. Read on for the frank... View More

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • September 02, 2015
  • 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

Thursday Sep 03, 2015

An Evening with The Mavericks

  • September 03, 2015
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:30PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-TIXX(8499)

*VIP Tickets Include: -Soundcheck Party -Early Entry -Commemorative poster About The Mavericks: The Mavericks are back. The country-steeped garage band with a Cuban American lead singer that had emerged from Miami in 1989 with their sultry debut that was equal parts innocence, intensity, and vintage influences has reunited in 2012 after an eight-year hiatus. Time has a way of melting when you're busy living life – and two decades have passed since their polyrhythmic brand of post-moder... View More

Art and Country

  • September 03, 2015 - 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

Court Square Walking Tours

  • September 03, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thurs/Fri - 5:30 pm; Sat - 10 am
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

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: Thursday and Fridays: 5:30 pm. Saturdays: 10:00 am. These Court Square Walking tours will also occur on first Sunday of each month through October.

Late Summer Arboretum Walk

  • September 03, 2015 - September 05, 2015
  • Venue: Saunders-Monticello Trail and Kemper Park
  • Times: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Saunders-Monticello trail
  • Area: Monticello Area
  • Address: Route 53 near Route 20, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-9822

Join naturalist Jerry Therrien on a tour of the summer happenings with plants at the Saunders-Monticello Trail Arboretum. The Arboretum contains around 200 different varieties of native plants of Albemarle County. Learn different aspects of the native flora, including the edible varieties that are fruiting as summer wanes.

Pick Your Own Apples at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • September 03, 2015 - November 09, 2015
  • Times: Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 Dickie Road, Roseland, Virginia 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-5516

Pick Your Own Apples at Dickie Brothers Orchard. 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. Large variety of apples available. Cider, sweet potatoes, apple butter, jam, and more. Check website for product availability and seasonal hours. 434-277-5516.

Southern Living Idea House 2015 - Bundoran Farms

  • September 03, 2015 - December 27, 2015
  • Times: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12pm - 4pm; Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Location: Balwin Center - Bundoran Farms
  • Address: 5005 Edge Valley Road, North Garden, Virginia 22959

Welcome to the 2015 Idea House    "Your home should be the most comfortable place you can imagine," says Bunny Williams. And beautiful, of course. Welcome to our 2015 Idea House, designed by Rosney Co. Architects of Charlottesville, and set in the nine-year-old, 2,300-acre conservation community of Bundoran Farm. We asked Bunny to do what she does best, so we could document every idea and tip needed for you to create the gracious home of your dreams. Read on for the frank... View More

Trivia Night at James River Brewery

  • September 03, 2015 - October 01, 2015
  • Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: James River Brewery
  • Area: Scottsville
  • Address: 561 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-286-7837

Join us at James River Brewery in Scottsville every Thursday at 7pm for Trivia Night (hosted by Geeks Who Drink). Bring your team and test your knowledge.

Wolfbane Productions: A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • September 03, 2015 - September 12, 2015
  • Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Times: 8pm Showtimes
  • Area: Other
  • Address: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-944-4053

Wolfbane Productions is now debuting their 90’s pop adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, onstage now through September 12, 2015. This outdoor event is playing at the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 22967. This high energy musical rendition of William Shakespeare’s classic, comedic tale is sure to make audiences sing, dance, and cheer from their seats. Featuring nostalgic hits from your favor... View More

Yappy Hour at Clifton Inn

  • September 03, 2015 - October 01, 2015
  • Venue: Clifton Inn
  • Times: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Phone: 434-971-1800

Every Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Clifton has gone to the dogs! Bring your four legged companion to Clifton for Yappy Hour! Join us on our Terrace where you can both meet and greet, play and walk our trails on our 100 acre property.** Beer and wine will be available, as well as complimentary snacks for the people AND the pups! 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Caring for Creatures. For more details please call (434) 971-1800. **Ruff and Ready Rules: ... View More

Floor Signing Party & Grand Opening

  • September 03, 2015
  • Venue: Charlottesville Ballet
  • Times: 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Area: Route 29 North
  • Address: 1885 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: 434-973-2555

Join Charlottesville Ballet for the grand opening of our newly renovated and expanded facility! The Floor Signing Party on September 3 from 5:30-7:30pm will unveil our two new studios and includes food (sponsored by Trader Joe's), dancing, and family fun! Celebrate our “Building The Future” capital campaign - all attendees can sign their names onto the wooden sprung floor by purchasing a “donation sharpie” and make their mark in CB history! Please R.S.V.P. at www.Charlo... View More

Matthew McAllister to Perform in the Starr Hill Tap Room

  • September 03, 2015
  • Venue: Starr Hill Brewery
  • Times: 5pm-8pm
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 5391 Three Notched Road, Crozet, VA 22932-3104
  • Phone: 434-823-5671

Join us, Matthew, and the Wing It food truck for a relaxing Sunday filled with local beer, music, and food! Matthew McAllister is an independent folk singer/songwriter born and raised in Charlottesville. Whether touring, busking on his hometown street corner, or beneath stage lights, Matthew tries to play his music with sincerity and passion, and hopes that listeners are moved by it.

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • September 03, 2015
  • 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

Friday Sep 04, 2015

Art and Country

  • September 04, 2015 - 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

Big Daddy Karaoke at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub

  • September 04, 2015
  • Times: 8PM to 11PM
  • Location: Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub
  • Address: 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 434-996-6992

Big Daddy Karaoke at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub 8PM to 11PM. 434-996-6992.

Carly Moffa Duo

  • September 04, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

Pop/Country singer/songwriter from Nashville brings her beautiful music to Wild Wolf All Ages // Free!

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