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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 Jul 05, 2015

Court Square Walking Tours

  • July 05, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
  • Times: Thurs/Fri - 5:30 pm; Sat - 10 am; Sun - 2 pm
  • 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. Sundays: 2:00 pm.

Crozet Independence Day Celebration

  • July 05, 2015
  • Times: Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Location: Claudius Crozet Park
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 1075 Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet, VA 22932

Come join our annual old-fashioned, small town Independence Day celebration. The Crozet Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) parade starts at 5:00 PM at Crozet Elementary School and goes down Crozet Avenue through downtown Crozet to Claudius Crozet Park. The celebration begins at Claudius Crozet Park after the parade, where there will be live music by local band, LockJaw, free children’s games and amusements, including a bounce-houses, slides, and laser tag, as well as pony rides. Traditi... View More

Fourth of July Jubilee at Wintergreen Resort

  • July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: 9AM to 10PM
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-2200

Fourth of July Jubilee at Wintergreen Resort.9AM to 10PM. It’s a birthday party and we’re celebrating the red, white and blue! We’ll have music, a block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games for the entire family and of course, Fireworks! See the mountain light up on Saturday, July 4th.  Craft fair will take place Saturday-Sunday.  434-325-2200

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery

  • July 05, 2015 - July 26, 2015
  • Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Times: 2:30PM to 5PM
  • Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery 2:30PM to 5PM. July 5 Tara Mills and Friends, July 12 LT and The Great Scotts, July 19 Brackish Water Jamboree, July 26 Haze and Dacy. 540-456-8020

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing

  • July 05, 2015 - July 26, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: Open 11:30AM to 10PM
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-361-0088

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. July 5 Ryan Garst 2PM to 5PM and Firecracker Jam 7PM to 10PM, July 12 Jacob Paul Allen 2PM to 5PM, July 19 Keith McFaden 2PM to 5PM, July 26 to be announced 2PM to 5PM. 434-361-0088

LUV - Heritage Theatre Festival

  • July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Ruth Caplin Theatre
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

Performances: 6/30 -  8pm; 7/1 -  8pm; 7/2 -  8pm; 7/3 - 8pm; 7/5 - 8pm Performed in the Ruth Caplin Theatre, on Grounds at U.Va. By Murray Schisgal Directed by Bryan Garey College chums Harry and Milt are serendipitously reunited on a suspension bridge from which Harry is preparing to jump. A study in opposites (Harry is a would-be beatnik and Milt is the very picture of prosperity), the pair find common ground in their misery. When Milt confesses t... View More

Pick Your Own Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm!

  • July 05, 2015 - July 15, 2015
  • Times: Mon-Sat 8AM to 6PM
  • Location: Critzer Family Farm
  • Address: 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-4772

Pick Your Own Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm! Open Monday - Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Peaches are in! Specials on flowers and hanging baskets. Also available: fresh vegetables, plants for your vegetable garden, and jams and jellies. Don't forget the Homemade Ice Cream! 540-456-4772  

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Seaman’s Orchard

  • July 05, 2015 - July 13, 2015
  • Times: M-F 8AM-7PM, Sat 8AM-4PM, Sun 12:30PM-5PM
  • Location: Seaman’s Orchard
  • Address: 415 Dark Hollow Road, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-8130

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Seaman’s Orchard. Monday through Friday 8AM to 7PM, Saturday 8AM to 4PM, and Sunday 12:30PM to 5PM. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with sweet fresh blueberries! We have pick-your-own and pre-picked upon request. We offer containers to use when picking or you may bring your own. Sold by the pound if you pick them and by the quart if they are pre-picked. We ask that you call ahead to reserve pre-picked. For updated picking inf... View More

Red, White, and CRU

  • July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Trump Winery
  • Times: 11am-5pm
  • Address: 3550 Blenhiem Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-984-4855

Join us Independence Day weekend for our Red, White and CRU celebration! We will have live music from 1-4PM Saturday and Sunday, as well as menu and wine specials. Wear your patriotic attire and receive 10% off all purchases. - See more at: http://www.trumpwinery.com/calendar/event/red-wine-and-cru/#sthash.nO9bwuTw.dpuf

Roseland Polo

  • July 05, 2015 - October 11, 2015
  • Venue: King Family Vineyards
  • Times: 1:00PM
  • Location: King Family Vineyards
  • Area: Crozet
  • Address: 6550 Roseland Farm Lane, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Phone: 434-823-7801

We invite guests who visit our Tasting Room on Sunday to join us fieldside to watch polo.  Polo matches are held every Sunday, from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October, weather and field conditions permitting.  Matches are free and begin at 1:00 pm.

Ryan Garst

  • July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing company
  • Times: 2:00 PM
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

Ryan Garst is a singer/songwriter with a huge ambition to share music for people’s personal enjoyment as well as serving various charities. He has released one full-length album and he works with multiple musicians and singers from the Shenandoah valley, including playing guitar and vox with The Travelin’ Hillbillies. His styles of writing and playing are limitless but include such genres as blues, funk, jazz, and bluegrass. All Ages // FREE // 2pm

Swannanoa Palace Open House

  • July 05, 2015
  • Times: 11:15AM to 5:30PM
  • Location: Swannanoa Palace
  • Address: 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton, Virginia 22920
  • Phone: 540-942-5201

Swannanoa Palace Open House 11:15AM to 5:30PM. Major James Dooley, an executive with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, completed construction of the $2 million Swannanoa in 1912. Dooley, who owned the Maymont estate in Richmond, built this 52-room marble palace as a token of love for his wife, Sally May. More than 300 artisans were hired to create the palace as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. They used the highest quality materials available. Visitors today can still see the de... View More

Take a ride on the Hatton Ferry

  • July 05, 2015 - October 25, 2015
  • Venue: Hatton Ferry
  • Times: Saturday from 9am - 5pm; Sunday from Noon to 5pm
  • Location: Hatton Ferry
  • Address: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Phone: 434-296-1492

Location: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, Virginia Date: April 18th - October 25th: Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sundays 12:00 pm - 5:00pm Cost: Free; donations requested The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2015 operating season Saturday April 18th. Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, an historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States, April 18th through October 24h. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge; donations appreciated a... View More

Yappy Hours at Keswick Vineyards

  • July 05, 2015 - November 01, 2015
  • Venue: Keswick Vineyards
  • Times: 12pm - 3pm
  • Area: Keswick
  • Address: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
  • Phone: 434-244-3341

Please join us for our weekly “Yappy Hours” every Sunday while the weather stays nice! Bring your four-legged friends to play while you socialize with other animal lovers. On select Sundays, local animal rescue groups will be there with their friends that they have available for adoption! For Halloween, we'll have a special Howl-o-ween Yappy Hours with games for kids and a costume contest with prizes for the best dressed pets!

Monty Python's Spamalot

  • July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Heritage Theatre Festival
  • Times: 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Area: University Area
  • Address: 109 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • Phone: 434-924-3376

The Heirtage Theatre Festival presents MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT. Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle - Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle A new musical lovingly ripped off from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Directed by Robert Chapel Culbreth Theatre June 30 - July 5 This Tony Award-winning Broadway smash offers the Python gang's signature... View More

Sue Harlow

  • July 05, 2015
  • Venue: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Times: 3-5 pm
  • Location: Albemarle Cider Works
  • Area: Route 29 South
  • Address: 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden, VA 22959
  • Phone: 434-297-2326

Join Sue Harlow in the Orchard Room for an afternoon of live and local music. Sue Harlow is an Americana-Folk Singer/Songwriter whose haunting vocals delve into the depths of what makes people real...emotions, losses, loves, and hopes. Sue's songs draw on the particular part of the Americana genre that tells stories of how it really is, and really was, and touches on the places in people's lives that they can relate to. Music 3-5 pm, rain or shine, no cover charge. Cider and light picnic fare ... View More

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • July 05, 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

Monday Jul 06, 2015

Pick Your Own Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm!

  • July 06, 2015 - July 15, 2015
  • Times: Mon-Sat 8AM to 6PM
  • Location: Critzer Family Farm
  • Address: 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
  • Phone: 540-456-4772

Pick Your Own Blackberries and Raspberries at Critzer Family Farm! Open Monday - Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Peaches are in! Specials on flowers and hanging baskets. Also available: fresh vegetables, plants for your vegetable garden, and jams and jellies. Don't forget the Homemade Ice Cream! 540-456-4772  

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Seaman’s Orchard

  • July 06, 2015 - July 13, 2015
  • Times: M-F 8AM-7PM, Sat 8AM-4PM, Sun 12:30PM-5PM
  • Location: Seaman’s Orchard
  • Address: 415 Dark Hollow Road, Roseland, VA 22967
  • Phone: 434-277-8130

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Seaman’s Orchard. Monday through Friday 8AM to 7PM, Saturday 8AM to 4PM, and Sunday 12:30PM to 5PM. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with sweet fresh blueberries! We have pick-your-own and pre-picked upon request. We offer containers to use when picking or you may bring your own. Sold by the pound if you pick them and by the quart if they are pre-picked. We ask that you call ahead to reserve pre-picked. For updated picking inf... View More

Red and the Romantics

  • July 06, 2015
  • Venue: The Whiskey Jar
  • Times: 7pm-10pm
  • Location: The Whiskey Jar
  • Area: Downtown Mall Area
  • Address: 227 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-249-9268

Songwritter Erik Red Knierim sings his original music, accompanied by Steve Riggs on upright bass with Betty Jo Dominick on accordion and back up vocals. The trio will serenade you into the evening on the Downtown mall Charlottesville, Va. Come enjoy the warm southern atmosphere and down home cookin!

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates- Monday Evening Book Group

  • July 06, 2015
  • Venue: Crozet Library
  • Times: 7:00pm
  • Location: Crozet Library
  • Address: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932-0430
  • Phone: 434-823-4050

The Monday Evening Book Club The devastating effects of work, adultery, rebellion, and self-deception slowly destroy the once successful marriage of Frank and April Wheeler, a suburban American couple.

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival

  • July 06, 2015 - August 02, 2015
  • Venue: Wintergreen Resort
  • Times: Times vary based on performance
  • Area: Regional - Nelson County
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy at Wintergreen Resort.  Presented by Wintergreen Performing Arts. Hear great classical music in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine. 434-325-8292.   

2015 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

  • July 06, 2015 - August 02, 2015
  • Times: Event times vary
  • Location: Dunlop Pavilion
  • Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, VA 22958
  • Phone: 434-325-8292

Come to Wintergreen Resort this July 6 through August 2 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wintergreen Performing Arts! The 2015 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival features our first class professional orchestra and guest artists playing some of the world’s greatest classical music in the setting of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine.

Watch Live Glassblowing

  • July 06, 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

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

Drumheller’s Orchard Open for the Season

  • July 07, 2015 - September 22, 2015
  • Times: 9AM to 5PM
  • Location: Drumheller's Orchard
  • Address: 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane, Lovingston, Virginia 22949
  • Phone: 434-263-5036

Drumheller’s Orchard Open for the Season with peaches, peaches and more peaches! 9AM to 5PM. We are a 5th generation family farm in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia. Open Monday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM, Sunday 12Noon to 5PM. Enjoy our homemade peach ice cream throughout peach season! 434-263-5036.

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