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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 Oct 22, 2014

Annual Pumpkin Carving Party at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • October 22, 2014
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 3PM to 7PM
  • Address: 9519 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Pumpkin Carving Party at Blue Mountain Brewery. 3PM to 7PM. Bring the whole family for some Fall pumpkin carving fun! We will provide pumpkins, tools & decorations.  Take your pumpkin home! The event is free and our full & kids menu will be available.   540-456-8020  

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • October 22, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 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

  • October 22, 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

Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion

  • October 22, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: John Paul Jones Arena
  • Times: 7:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm and 5:00pm
  • Address: 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-243-4960

After 15 years performing around the world, Dralion will make its finale curtain call in January 2015. Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbo... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • October 22, 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

  • October 22, 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

Kendall Street Company with Louis Smith at Rapture

  • October 22, 2014
  • Venue: Rapture
  • Times: 10:30 - 1:30am
  • Location: Rapture
  • Address: 303 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 757-641-3050

Kendall Street Company with Louis Smith at Rapture. This Alternative Rock/ Jam/ Folk Band is "Remarkable in the Best Way'. They perform extraordinary covers and originals "more than right!'

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

  • October 22, 2014
  • 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

Pumpkin Carving Party

  • October 22, 2014
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 3pm-7pm
  • Location: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-8020

Bring the whole family for some Fall pumpkin carving fun! We will provide pumpkins, tools, and decorations. Bring your pumpkin home! This event is free and our full menu and kids menu will be available.

STS9

  • October 22, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 7pm; Show 8pm
  • Location: Jefferson Theater
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Since forming in Atlanta 15 years ago, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has experienced a meteoric rise to the forefront of the international music scene. STS9 is Hunter Brown (guitar/sequences), Jeffree Lerner (percussion), David Phipps (keyboards/synths) and Zach Velmer (drums) and Alana Rocklin (bass). STS9 truly does it all: from headlining stages at the countries biggest festivals, to selling out shows around the country as an acoustic set-up in opera houses or as an elect... View More

Total Joint Surgery Information Class (Free)

  • October 22, 2014 - November 26, 2014
  • Times: Total Joint Surgery Class (Free)
  • Location: Pantops Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy
  • Address: 1490 Pantops Mountain Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Are you ready for a total joint surgery? Come learn about the surgery, pre-surgical rehab, post-surgical rehab, and safety. James Collins, PT CSCS has +15 years experience in treating patients with degeneration and arthritis. Join us for this free informational session. Call Pantops Physical Therapy (434) 245-6472 to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Class is held on the last Wednesday of the month. Time is 5:00pm

Adrian Belew Power Trio

  • October 22, 2014
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 7:30pm; Show 8pm
  • Location: The Southern Cafe & Music Hall
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Adrian Belew (born Robert Steven Belew, December 23, 1949, in Covington, Kentucky) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is perhaps best known for his work as a member of the progressive rock group King Crimson (which he has fronted since 1981) and for his unusual impressionistic approach to guitar playing (involving arresting, yet frequently melodic sounds more akin to animals and machines than to standard instrumental tones). Widely rec... View More

The Art of Mark King

  • October 22, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves Fine Art Gallery
  • 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".

Thursday Oct 23, 2014

Apples Are In at Dickie Brothers Orchards

  • October 23, 2014 - November 21, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-Seasonal Hours
  • Location: Dickie Brothers Orchard
  • Address: 2685 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

  • October 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

Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion

  • October 23, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Venue: John Paul Jones Arena
  • Times: 7:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm and 5:00pm
  • Address: 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Phone: 434-243-4960

After 15 years performing around the world, Dralion will make its finale curtain call in January 2015. Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbo... View More

Community Emergency Response Team Training

  • October 23, 2014 - November 06, 2014
  • Times: 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Location: TBA
  • Address: TBA, Charlottesville, VA
  • Phone: 434-970-1798

The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management is offering FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) emergency preparedness training beginning in September. This 9-week course, held from 6:30pm – 9:00pm each Thursday from September 11 through November 6, educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organiza... View More

Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

  • October 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

  • October 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

Meet the Madisons Tour

  • October 23, 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.

Steve Poltz

  • October 23, 2014
  • Venue: Southern Cafe and Music Hall
  • Times: Doors 7:30pm; Show 8pm
  • Location: The Southern
  • Address: 103 S 1st. St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 800-594-8499

Wine Gala Social at The Fresh Market

  • October 23, 2014
  • Times: 7:30-9:30
  • Location: The Fresh Market
  • Area: Route 29 North
  • Address: 100 Albemarle Square, Charlottesville, VA 22901

The Wine Gala is a private charity event to benefit the JLC, co-hosted by The Fresh Market (the store will be closed to the public during the event, only ticket holders will be admitted). The event will feature several upscale tasting stations including various wines and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Special discounts on wine will be offered to our special guests during event hours. A silent auction with arts and crafts will be available as well. Please, reserve your space now as tickets are limited and... View More

St. Paul & The Broken Bones with Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

  • October 23, 2014
  • Venue: Jefferson Theater
  • Times: Doors 8:00 PM; Show 9:00 PM
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises. Half The City is the compelling full-length Single Lock/Thirty Tigers debut of the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in... View More

The Art of Mark King

  • October 23, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Graves Fine Art Gallery
  • 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".

Friday Oct 24, 2014

20th Annual Spirit Walk - Oakwood Cemetery

  • October 24, 2014
  • Times: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Oakwood Cemetery
  • Address: Entrance on Oak Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

As the air begins to cool and the trees shed their leaves, the spirits of former citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County gather one last time before consigning themselves to the earth for the long, cold winter. Join the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society on its 20th Annual Spirit Walk to meet these memorable residents from our community’s past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you. On Friday, October 24th, and Sunday from 6-9 pm, meet f... View More

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