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Arts & Culture

Despite having just 1/195th the population of New York City, Charlottesville has an arts & culture scene that amazingly rivals that of any metropolis in the country.  Don't believe us?  Just look at some of the performers who have swung by recently; Sheryl Crow, Lady Gaga, U2, Jay-Z, Kenny Chesney, Elton John, Jimmy Buffet, Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen (twice).  With all those big names, it's easy to forget Dave Matthews created his band while bartending on our Downtown Mall and regularly plays sold out shows in Charlottesville.

The area continues to serve as an incubator for the next big artist to emerge from its thriving local scene, and concert venues of all sizes support the diversity of performers. From the 15,000+ seat John Paul Jones Arena, to the historic Paramount Theater (pictured above) and intimate, one-of-a-kind establishments like The Southern, Charlottesville provides a range of venues that attract both the world's biggest performers and small emerging artists.

On a quieter note, Charlottesville is home to a historic and established arts scene.  After all, it was Georgia O'Keeffe who had quit painting at age 21 before she had moved to Charlottesville.  A few University of Virginia art classes later, and she was on her way to becoming one of America's most revered artists.  Currently, Charlottesville is home to dozens of art galleries and museums that highlight the works of internationally and locally renowned artists. 

Year round, Charlottesville hosts an assortment of festivals and events that are enjoyable for all types and ages.  Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, Anthony Hopkins and thousands of movie buffs have all attended the annual Virginia Film Festival.  The Virginia Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers every year in March to celebrate literature.  Twice a year, people flock into Albemarle Country to witness a premier steeplechase event called the Foxfield Races.  And whether you've got a green thumb or can just barely keep a cactus alive, Historic Garden Week celebrates spring blooms at their finest.  Whether it's inside or outside, Charlottesville has numerous other events and festivals to keep everyone entertained. 

Take a look at our thriving events calendar to see what happenings fit your entertainment needs.  Game on, New York.  

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Crozet Music Festival

  • Claudius Crozet Park
  • Crozet, VA 22932
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Annual music festival featuring dozens of bands, multiple stages, breweries and food vendors all against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 2010 version of the festival featured 50 bands.

The Culbreth Theatre

  • 109 Culbreth Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434)924-3376
  • Region: University Area
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A traditional proscenium seating 595, was built with funds from Dr. David M. R. Culbreth (Med 1877) and named for his mother. The building also houses the Lois Garren Collection of Historic Dress, ... MORE >>

Department of Drama

  • 109 Culbreth Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • (434) 924-3376 | Fax: (434) 924-1447
  • Region: University Area
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The Department of Drama's work is grounded in the idea that theatre is a vital form of artistic expression in today's world. They stress collaboration, solid technique, artistic daring and risk ... MORE >>

V. Earl Dickinson Building for Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences

  • 501 College Drive
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 961-5381
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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State of the art venue includes a 500-seat main stage theatre, the smaller, intimate Maxwell Theatre and the PVCC Gallery. Offers arts programming including dance, theater and music. Ticket prices ... MORE >>

Dogwood Festival

  • McIntire Park
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 961-9824
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Annual festival in April, with fireworks, parade, carnival and more.

Fan Mountain Observatory

  • Fan Mountain Rd
  • Covesville, VA 22931
  • (434) 243-1885 | Fax: (434) 924-3104
  • Region: University Area
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Each April and each October, a public night is held at the Fan Mountain Observing Station, 13 miles south of town. Tickets, which are free, are required for Fan Mountain. Each public night includes ... MORE >>

FIREFISH Gallery

  • 108 2nd Street NW
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 984-1777
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FIREFISH Gallery is unique in that it exhibits new and emerging artists and also fuctions as an art studio to 5 resident artists. We carry affordable art and local, handmade artisan work in our ... MORE >>

First Night Virginia: December 31

  • Charlottesville Downtown Mall
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 975-8269
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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First Night Virginia has become a fixture on the wintertime calendar of central Virginia as an annual community event. The original First Night was celebrated in Boston in 1976. Since then, 200 cities ... MORE >>

Flying Pig Art Center

  • 561 Valley St
  • Scottsville, VA 24590
  • (434) 286-2291
  • Region: Scottsville
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Foxfield Races

  • 2215 Foxfield Track
  • Charlottesville, VA 22905
  • (434) 293-9501 | Fax: (434) 293-8169
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Steeplechase racing. The races began on May 13, 1978 and have been a staple of Charlottesville social life ever since. Each race draws crowds of between 18,000 and 23,000 people, including ... MORE >>

Fralin Museum of Art

  • 155 Rugby Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 924-3592 | Fax: (434) 924-6321
  • Region: University Area
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The Fralin Museum of Art exhibits art from around the world dating from ancient times to the present day. In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum presents an ongoing schedule of changing ... MORE >>

Fridays After Five

  • Charlottesville Pavillion
  • Downtown Mall
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 817-0220 | Fax: (434) 817-0219
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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Hosted by Charlottesville Pavilion, LLC, in the Pavilion on the East End of the Downtown Mall, Fridays After Five continues to be Charlottesville's favorite live concert series. The spring and summer ... MORE >>

Friends of the Library Book Sale

  • 1500 Gordon Ave.
  • Gordon Ave. Library
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 977-8467 | Fax: (434) 977-8467
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Annual Spring Book Sale in early April. Gift-quality books and recordings at great prices. All categories with conitnuous re-stocking. There is also a fall book sale in Nov that provides books in ... MORE >>

The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio

  • 1304 E. Market Street
  • Ste. W
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 977-9009
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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Virginia's only create-your-own glass art studio. Walk in to our open studio any time and create with glass! All ages welcome, no experience required! Classes, workshops, parties. Visit our gift ... MORE >>

Glee Club

  • 112 Old Cabell Hall
  • University of Virginia
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 963-5080 | Fax: (434) 924-6033
  • Region: University Area
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The Virginia Glee Club, founded in 1871, is the oldest musical organization at the University of Virginia, and the University's second oldest organization of any kind, after the Jefferson Literary and ... MORE >>

Graves International Art

  • 205 South Main Street
  • Gordonsville, Virginia 22942
  • 540-832-7679
  • Region: Regional - Louisa County
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Since 1978, Graves International Art sells only original art, hand-made prints and paintings by the world's leading artists. No signed reproductions, only Original works of art from the 1500's to the ... MORE >>

The Helms Theatre

  • 109 Culbreth Rd
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 924-0311
  • Region: University Area
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Theatre for performances by the University of Virginia Department of Drama. The Helms Theatre provides 160-200 seats depending on the show. The Department of Drama's work is grounded in the idea ... MORE >>

Heritage Theatre Festival

  • 109 Culbreth Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903-2446
  • (434) 924-3376 | Fax: (434) 924-1447
  • Region: University Area
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Since 1974, the Heritage Theatre Festival has been in residence during the summer months as the Department of Drama's and the University's professional repertory theatre. Heritage has provided ... MORE >>

Historic Garden Week

  • Throughout Charlottesville-Albemarle
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Each spring, visitors step through the gates of more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House”. In April 2011, the Garden Club ... MORE >>

Jail #5

  • 200 Second Street, NE
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 296-1492 | Fax: (434) 296-4576
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Jail #5 was the fifth jail built in Albemarle County, the other earlier jails no longer stand. The stone jail house was built in 1876 out of the stones from a previous jail that once stood on court ... MORE >>

Jefferson Theater

  • 110 East Main Street
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • 434–245–4980 | Fax: (434) 817-0219
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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Located on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall, The Jefferson Theater was established in 1912 as a live performance theater that played host to silent movies, vaudeville acts and a historic list ... MORE >>

Jefferson Youth Theatre

  • 532 Cleveland Avenue
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 249-2803
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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The Jefferson Youth Theater was founded by Peter Ryan in 1995 to bring the joy of performing theater to children. We have done over forty productions, and worked with over four thousand children. From ... MORE >>

John Paul Jones Arena

  • 295 Massie Rd
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 243-4960 | Fax: (434) 243-4959
  • Region: University Area
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The John Paul Jones Arena is home to University of Virginia’s Men's and Women's Basketball teams and host to a myriad of attractions including concerts, family shows, and community events. The arena ... MORE >>

John Ruseau Water Colors

  • York Place, Suite 10
  • 112 W. Main Street
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 977-3313
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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Prints and originals now available and on display at Oakley's gently used books

Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum

  • 400 Worrell Drive
  • Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • (434) 244-0234 | Fax: (434) 244-0235
  • Region: Pantops
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The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal Art. Working with living ... MORE >>

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