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September 21, Thursday
BIG BLUE DOOR IMPROV NIGHT
Big Blue Door.
Watch Big Blue Door improv. C'ville Coffee.  7-8pm.  $6.  Contact: Jennifer Jones.  Email: bigbluedoor.stories@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-2858. 
 
September 21, Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Paramount Theater / Maurice Amado Foundation.
Part of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, enjoy a concert at the Paramount. After the concert, stay to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $6-25.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
September 21, Thursday
DREAMS OF FRANCE: A FRENCH-INSPIRED ART SALE
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
Come to a French inspired art sale at Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters with a wine reception and artist demonstration. Meet artist Cindy Perryman, view her most recent paintings of the French countryside and the village of Noyers-sur-Serein, and talk about her next small group painting trip to France. A portion of all proceeds go to the Shelter for Help in Emergency. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Contact: Lisa Sprouse.  Email: lisa@peacefrogstravel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
September 21, Thursday
GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE AT CLARK
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
Come investigate Girl Scouts. Girls, grades K-12, will have fun with activities, songs and stories while parents learn more about Girl Scout programs and volunteer opportunities. Register to be a Girl Scout or stop by to find out about volunteering. (Parents/guardians must attend.) Clark Elementary School Cafeteria.  7-8pm.  $Free.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013 . 
 
September 21, Thursday
MEHNDI
JMRL - Northside Library.
Learn about the origins of this art form from ancient India and witness the preparation of henna paste. The program concludes with an opportunity to create lovely henna tattoos and sends you off with safety and care instructions. Northside Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lindsey Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 22, Friday
17TH ANNUAL AMAZING MILE CHILDREN'S RUN
Amazement Square.
This fun run is the perfect way to encourage youth, ages 13 and under, to stay active. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. Amazement Square, Downtown Lynchburg.  6pm.  $15 for online registration, $20 for paper registration.  Recommended for ages 0 to 13.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 22, Friday
8TH ANNUAL TEN MILER FAMILY FESTIVAL
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
Following the Amazing Mile Children's Run, the public is invited to enjoy the family-friendly and free festival. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 22, Friday
CREATION STATION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers. There will be a different project each week to explore. STEAM ahead with hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 22, Friday
GOODLIFE THEATER: GOING BUGGY!
JMRL - Northside Library.
The library is abuzz with tales of favorite creepy crawlies. Stories from around the world feature puppets, masks, live music, dramatic play and lots of audience participation. Northside Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 22, Friday
GOODLIFE THEATER: GOING BUGGY!
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
School's out so come explore buggy folktales from around the world at this puppet show filled with masks, music and more. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 22, Friday
LEGO AT THE LIBRARY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join other master builders for an hour of open-ended block building fun. The library provides the LEGOs, you bring your imagination! Ages 5-11. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 22, Friday
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard/Bold Rock.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Bold Rock Tap Room at Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 22, Friday
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy, a therapy dog. Lucy is a registered therapy animal with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA who volunteers with her owner/handler, Ellen, as a team. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. Registration is required. Crozet Library.  1-2pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 22, Friday
PRINTERS' BALL AT VABC
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Celebrate the trade paperback publication of Speaking in Faces with the first public unveiling of the trade edition of the book. Enjoy music, food and drinks. Dress up as (or in) your favorite font if you want and compete in the costume contest. Winners of the costume contest win a pair of Raucous Auction raffle tickets. Virginia Arts of the Book Center.  Directions: 2125 Ivy Rd.  5:30-7pm.  Email: info@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
Now-September 22
SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR HOUSTON
Virginia Discovery Museum.
The Virginia Discovery Museum is collecting new school supplies to send to the Houston's Children's Museum school supply drive for kids and schools affected by Hurricane Harvey. New school supplies can be dropped off at VDM through September 22. Virginia Discovery Museum.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
September 22, Friday
STAR WARS READS DAY EVENT PLANNING TEAM
JMRL- Central Library.
Join the Central Teen Advisory Board in planning and preparing for Star Wars Reads Day. Interested teens also have the opportunity to volunteer to help run the event. JMRL- Central Library.  1-3pm.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 22, Friday
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASS
Tinkergarten.
Children aged 18 months to 8 years of age are invited to this free class to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  10-11:15am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 8.  Contact: Ewa Harr.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 22, Friday
TREES: LIVING HISTORY AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
Take a tree walk with the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards. Highlands open spaces afford vistas of mature ash, black walnut, maples, oaks, etc. and see a hemlock and towering white oak that date to Monroe's time. Learn to identify trees in the fall using their leaves, bark, nuts, and many other features, as well as how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. James Monroe's Highland.  9-10:30am.  $Free but registration is required.  Special Needs Accommodation: Registration Required  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
September 22, Friday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against North Carolina. Klockner Stadium.  7-10pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-8821. 
 
September 23, Saturday
10TH VIRGINIA CHILI, BLUES N' BREWS FESTIVAL
Stable Craft Brewing.
Live music from DuWayne Burnside, Sun Dried Opossum and more blues bands along with two brewing stations, 12+ taps, local and regional brews, free chili tastings, and up to $2,000 of prize money to be won in the chili competition. No pets or outside coolers. Rain or shine. One Lumos Plaza, Downtown Waynesboro.  2:30-9pm.  $10 advance, $15 at the gate.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 21-23, Thursday-Saturday
1ST ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE DOWNTOWN STREET FAIR & SIDEWALK SALE
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Retailers will stay open late on Thursday evening with sales and specials. On Friday and Saturday, stores will bring their bargains outside for the "Sidewalk Sale" and restaurants will set up outdoor kiosks to offer small & portable bites. Downtown Mall area.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: dbac@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL BBQ ON THE BEND COMPETITION
James River Reeling and Rafting.
This people's choice competition features eight teams smoking up some of their best pulled pork for you to try and rate. Proceeds benefit the James River Boys & Girls Club. Competitors will be cooking off for a grand prize of $1000. Cookers will begin their smoking on Friday night and the gates will open to the public at 11am on Saturday. Raffle prizes and live music throughout the day. James River Reeling and Rafting.  11am-5pm.  Contact: Ashley Noble.  Email: canoetown@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4386. 
 
September 23, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL GUARDIANS' GAUNTLET 5K OBSTACLE CHALLENGE
Albemarle County Police Foundation.
Run the trails while navigating 15-17 various obstacles while you work with teammates or other racers to successfully complete the course. Families are invited to share in the event, cheer each other on and meet some of the Officers who protect the community. There will be live music and much more for runner supporters. Walnut Creek Park, North Garden.  $65.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 960-3644. 
 
September 23, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL COLOR ME CURED 5K RELAY 4 LIFE
Join in the fifth annual 5k benefiting Relay for Life. Participants enjoy free food and drink, a raffle for giveaways, and get showered in colorful powder while running for the fight against cancer. Nameless Field, UVA.  Email: upcmarketing@virginia.edu.
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
6TH ANNUAL TOMTOBERFEST
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Music, beer and food. This massive fall block party is two days of free concerts, food trucks, entrepreneurs and art in Charlottesville's downtown. This year enjoy a giant New Belgium craft beer garden. Emancipation Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tommy.  Email: Tommy@tomtomfest.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 336-0022. 
 
September 23, Saturday
7TH ANNUAL CENTRAL VIRGINIA STAR PARTY
Dark Skies, Bright Kids and the Charlottesville Astronomical Society.
Enjoy hands-on astronomy activities, planetarium shows, and observations of the night sky with a guided telescope. Night sky tours begin at sundown. Bring a picnic to enjoy under the stars. Albemarle CiderWorks.  6-10pm.  $Free.  Contact: Dark Skies, Bright Kids.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-7494. 
 
September 23, Saturday
ARTCHO
ArtCHO.
Come enjoy this annual festival with art, music, food and fun in a family-friendly environment. High-quality artwork at reasonable prices will be exhibited and local restaurants and musicians will keep you well-fed and entertained. Donations support local charities. 154 Hansen Rd.  12-6pm.  Email: eileen@artcho.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-9759. 
 
September 23, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY
Charlottesville Symphony.
The Charlottesville Symphony, under the baton of new Music Director Benjamin Rous, opens its 2017-18 season September 23 with John Adams’ orchestral fanfare and rhythmic showpiece, Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Shawn Earle is the featured soloist in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last completed work, his soulful Clarinet Concerto. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  8-10pm.  $10-45.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
September 23, Saturday
DOG TALES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Listen to great stories about man's best friend and show off your best doggie tricks. Meet Rhonda's dog Bailey. JMRL - Crozet Library.  11am.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 23, Saturday
EAGLE CREEK/EXOFFICIO TRUNK SHOW + PACKING CLASS 401
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
Packing for Adventure Travel will cover what you need to know about packing a non-wheeled bag for an off-the-beaten path trip that might have restrictions on the size and weight of your luggage. Please RSVP for the packing class. Also, representatives from Eagle Creek and Exofficio will share a wide array of their products in a Trunk Show. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters .  10am-2pm, 11am class.  $Free.  Contact: Lisa Sprouse.  Email: Lisa@peacefrogstravel.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
September 23, Saturday
FALL BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH & YARD SALE
Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Center.
Come tour the facility, meet the instructors, learn about different program offerings, observe student demonstrations, enjoy refreshments and do a little shopping. Charlottesville-Albemarle Techical Center (CATEC).  Directions: 1000 E. Rio Rd.  7am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Daphne Keiser.  Email: dkeiser@k12albemarle.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Saturday
FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Virginia Distillery Co.
Celebrate the arrival of fall with live music by Michael Clem and food by Moe's Original BBQ all day. Virginia Distillery Company, Lovingston.  11am-6m.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-285-2900. 
 
September 23, Saturday
FAMILY ART DAY
Second Street Gallery.
Free hands-on art making activities for all ages. Healthy snacks and refreshments provided. Second Street Gallery.  Directions: 115 Second St. SE.  10am-1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-7284. 
 
September 23, Saturday
FAMILY LABYRINTH PLAY
Wildrock.
Family Labyrinth Play with labyrinth creator and teacher, Jude Christian. Hear labyrinth stories, play labyrinth games and create your own family labyrinth to take home. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  2:30-4pm.  $Pay What You Can.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Wildrock.  Email: info@wildrock.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
September 13, 16-23
HERE WEE GROW AGAIN!
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
This semi-annual kids consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church's outreach efforts. Choose which of three charities will receive your $5 entry fee at the "Choose Your Charity Event" September 13 from 10am-6pm. Closed Sunday. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5806. 
 
September 23, Saturday
LOCAL FOOD FAIR
Crozet Great Valu.
Stop by Crozet Market for a day of samples and demonstrations from local partners like Three Notch'd Beer, Orange Dot Baking Company, Simply Cheddar, Ula Tortilla and many more. Crozet Market at Great Valu.  11am-3pm. 
 
August 26 & September 23, Saturdays
NEW TUTOR TRAINING
Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle.
Help someone in our community improve their reading, writing and English speaking skills. You too can make a difference. Mary Williams Community Center.  Directions: 233 4th St. NW.  9:30am-4:30pm.  Contact: Ellen Osborne.  Email: ellen@literacyforall.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3838. 
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
PICKER'S PARADISE
The Market at Grelen/Shabby Love.
Enjoy live music, shop from vendors selling unique, salvaged, handmade, reclaimed and/or recycled goods, and partake of local cider, beer and wine and great food. The Market at Grelen.  9am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
September 23, Saturday
PUP-A-PALOOZA WITH AUGUSTA DOG ADOPTIONS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Stop by and visit sweet doggies and friendly humans from Augusta Dog Adoptions. JMRL - Crozet Library.  10am-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 23, Saturday
RICHMOND TRAIN DAY 2017
Richmond Railroad Museum.
Live entertainment, rides and bounce house, food vendors, railroad history demos, drive the locomotive simulator, model railroads, tour the museum and meet Cinder and Tender live. Richmond Railroad Museum.  9am-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-233-6237. 
 
September 23, Saturday
SCOTTY MCCREERY
Paramount Theater.
The American Idol winner and country music star comes to Charlottesville. Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $29.75-79.75.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
September 23, Saturday
SHE STARTED IT: ESTEAM SUMMIT FOR GIRLS
ESTEAM for Girls.
Celebrate young women and girls, their talents and skills and challenge them to explore exciting fields, and make new connections. This program, planned and presented by a diverse group of women and community partners, is designed to help build a better future for girls interested in Entrepeneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Albemarle High School.  9am-12pm Grades K-5, 9am-3pm Grades 6-12.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Saturday
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Smithsonian Magazine.
For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will open their doors for FREE to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket. Last year, over 1,300 museums across the country participated in this exciting and educational day. $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Saturday
STARGAZING
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
One of our country's first astronomers, Thomas Jefferson considered the study of the stars one of the most important disciplines. Join Dr. Neal Sumerlin for an illuminating look at the night sky from Jefferson's secluded retreat. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  8pm.  $10, Children 11 and under Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 534-8120. 
 
September 23, Saturday
T'AI CHI AT THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Take a T'ai Chi class. JMRL - Central Library.  11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
TOMTOBERFEST: MCGUFFEY BLOCK PARTY
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Two days with 11 bands, hundreds of entrepreneurs and artists in Emancipation Park. McGuffey Art Center.  5:15-10:40pm Friday, 12:30-10:30pm Saturday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Saturday
YOGA & BAREFOOT ACOUSTIC CAFE
Come to the yogayard for an evening of mindfulness, community, philanthropy and fun. Live music by Larkspur with opener singer-songwriter Kate Bollinger. Proceeds will benefit the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program. This is a barefoot event. Bring your lawn chair or use our yoga mats and bolsters. Come for yoga, come for just the music, or both. NOWyoga.  Directions: 614 Forest St.  5:30-7pm yoga, 7-8:30pm refreshments & music.  Email: nowyogacville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 284-1337. 
 
September 24, Sunday
"DOWN UNDER" FALL CONCERT WITH THE RICHMOND CONCERT BAND
Agecroft Hall.
The Richmond Concert Band performs on Agecroft's front lawn. Agecroft Hall, Richmond.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-737-3767. 
 
September 24, Sunday
29TH ANNUAL ALBEMARLE COUNTY DEMOCRATS BBQ
Albemarle County Democratic Party.
Enjoy this family-friendly event with the great food, live music and fun for the whole family. Hear from current candidates about the issues that matter to Albemarle families. Vegetarian options available. Pen Park, 1400 Pen Park Road.  3-6pm.  $25, 16 and under eat free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Inofuentes.  Email: inofuentesj@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-4518. 
 
September 22-24, Friday-Sunday
50TH ANNUAL GEM & MINERAL SHOW
Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society.
Exhibits from the Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society illustrating the beauty and fascinating aspects of rocks and minerals from around the world featuring retail sales from regional vendors, panning for gold demos, door prizes and a "treasure hunt" for the kids. Augusta Expo.  Directions: 277 Expo Rd., Fishersville.  2-6pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $3 adults, $2 for students/seniors, 12 and under/in Scouts uniform free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23-24, Saturday-Sunday
6TH ANNUAL FALL INTO FUN FESTIVAL
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Welcome Autumn with lots of fun activities for children and adults. Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way, enjoy hayrides, play games, Paint a Pumpkin, Decorate a Donut, join in the scavenger hunt, enjoy good food, pick your own apples and pumpkins and more. Chiles Peach Orchard.  9am-6pm.  $Free admission and parking; some activities have a fee.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 24, Sunday
A CONCERT FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dave Matthews Band.
A concert for Charlottesville and an evening of music and unity with the Dave Matthews Band, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Cage the Elephant and more. Scott Stadium.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 24, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY BEETHOVEN'S SEVENTH
Charlottesville Symphony.
New Music Director Benjamin Rous kicks off his tenure at the Charlottesville Symphony with a concert that showcases the visceral thrill of orchestral music. The program includes Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center.  3:30pm.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
September 24, Sunday
FOXFIELD FAMILY DAY AT THE RACES
CharlottesvilleFamily.
In addition to the steeplechase races, there will be a jack russell terrier race, bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting and the children and teen activities tents, and a performance by the Charlottesville Orchestra. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road. Enter through East Gate.  10am-5pm.  $Ticket prices vary (see website); free for kids 8 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: information@foxfieldraces.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
September 23-24, Saturday-Sunday
HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK PUBLICK AND GODSPEED FROM JAMESTOWN
Henricus Historical Park.
Witness the annual celebration of the 1611 founding of the Citie of Henries with living history reenactments, military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicinal demonstrations, Virginia Indian activities, historical kids games and crafts, storytelling and more. Tour 17th-century ship replica Godspeed from the Jamestown settlement. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
September 22-24, Friday-Sunday
QUEEN CITY HARRY POTTER PARTY
Staunton Parks & Recreation.
Downtown Staunton transforms into the village of Hogsmeade from the famed Harry Potter series. Visit wizard shops, attend Hogwarts classes, drink butterbeer and meet magickal creatures all weekend. This year will expand the festival with costume contests for kids and adults (and hopefully pets), Mary Baldwin will offer more classes and a lecture series on themes in YA literature and more. Downtown Staunton.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: bajastaunton@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-9988. 
 
September 22-24, Friday-Sunday
THE BEST IN BARBOURSVILLE: A 45TH ANNIVERSARY MUSICAL REVUE
Four County Players.
See this on the Mainstage and celebrate 45 years. Four County Players, Barboursville.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
September 23-24, Saturday-Sunday
VIRGINIA CLAY FESTIVAL
Greene County Tourism.
An art show celebrating the creative possibilities of clay. This gathering of Virginia potters, sculptors and jewelers selling their latest work also features pottery demonstrations, children's area to play with clay, Raku firing and demonstration, old time and traditional Irish music and food trucks. William Monroe Middle School, Stanardsville.  10-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Holly Horan / John Pluta.  Email: noonwhistle@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-6500. 
 
September 25, Monday
BANNED BOOKS STARRY NIGHT STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Come in your pjs and cozy up with a lovey to celebrate classic picture books that have been banned or challenged. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 26, Tuesday
COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING
JMRL- Northside Library.
Parents of high-school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to this 90-minute presentation on financial planning options for college. FAFSA information will be covered. Students are also welcome to join. Required registration begins August 21. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 26, Tuesday
R.A.D. (READ AND DISCUSS) TEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Crozet Library.
The Crozet Library leads a diverse range of book clubs for teens. Discussing sci-fi thriller Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 27, Wednesday
HOME EDUCATORS' DAY AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Monticello welcomes the homeschool community. Students can explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics at indoor and outdoor hands-on activity stations, take a special guided tour of Monticello, roll hoops and play games on the West Lawn, hike our trails, and more. Reservations are strongly recommended. Monticello.  10am-4pm.  $15 adults advance, $20 adults, $6 students 5 and up, Free for children 4 and under.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
September 28, Thursday
FOOTLOOSE (1984)
JMRL- Central Library.
See the classic '80s film with Kevin Bacon and John Lithgow. Rated PG-13. JMRL - Central Library.  7pm Thursday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May-September, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fruit when it's a little cooler, shop in our Country Store, grab some donuts, cider and lite fare and then head into the Carter Mountain Wine Shop for wine (tastings by the glass or by the bottle). Perch on the decks to listen to free live music and catch an amazing sunset. Carter Mountain Orchard.  6-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 29, Friday
FAMILY FUN HIKES
Wildrock.
Enjoy season hikes with local high schooler and wilderness guide, Char Tomlinson. Find hidden treasures along the trail and see the season changes in native plant life and animal life. Meet special trees on the property and enjoy the fall colors. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  12:30-1:30pm.  $Pay What You Can.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Wildrock.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
September 29, Friday
SIPS & CINEMA: 50 FIRST DATES
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, enjoy wine and food while you watch the film that begins at dark (around 7pm). Early Mountain Vineyards.  6pm, 7pm movie.  $15, under 21 $8.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
September 29, Friday
STEVE SMITH AND TIM MAY
Prism Coffeehouse.
C'ville Coffee.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2633. 
 
September 29, Friday
WESTMINSTER ORGAN CONCERT SERIES
Westminster Organ Concert Series.
The Westminster Organ Concert Series begins its 38th season with a recital by organist Annette Richards, a Professor of Music and University Organist at Cornell University, as well as director of the Westfield Center for Keyboard Studies. The concert will be followed by a reception. 400 Rugby Rd.  7:30-9:30pm.  $Free and open to the public.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 30, Saturday
20TH ANNUAL HARRISONBURG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Harrisonburg International Festival.
A day of family fun that celebrates the many cultures that make up the Harrisonburg community featuring international foods, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and intercultural learning opportunities. Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg.  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Handicapped Accessible  Email: internationalfestival@fairfieldcenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0059x5. 
 
September 30, Saturday
24TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Rockbridge Vineyard.
Wine tasting, hayrides, grape stomping and live music. Bring the kids and lawn chairs for a fun day. Rockbridge Vineyard, Rapine.  12-6pm.  $5 admission includes wine tasting, $3 non-tasters.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-377-6204. 
 
September 30, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL HOOS HEAL 5K
Notus Sports.
Family-friendly 5K on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. 4th Annual event that benefits the School of Nursing at UVA. Runners and walkers are welcome. Behind Scott Stadium, University of Virginia.  $25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Glen Slosson.  Email: gslosson@notussports.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-5421. 
 
September 30, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL STAR WARS READS DAY
JMRL - Central Library.
Prizes, crafts, games, food and fun for all ages. Costumes encouraged. JMRL - Central Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 6-September 30, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
New farmers market at Hollymead Town Center. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For more info call: 531-2733. 
 
September 30, Saturday
ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE VEGAN ROOTS FEST
Vegan Roots Fest.
Come out to this family- and dog-friendly festival will include music and entertainment from local artists and great food, beer, wine and more. Experts will be on hand to talk about nutrition, menus and shopping. Grab a beer or wine and learn about all the ways veganism is for the animals, people and the planet. Washington Park.  12-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cvillevegfest.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 30, Saturday
COYNER SPRINGS KITE FLY
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Grab your kite and enjoy professional kite-flying performances, pony and old-fashioned hay rides, pumpkin and kite decorating, Apple Slingin' Contest, art tent and more. If you don't have a kite, not to worry, over 300 kites will be given away. Coyner Springs Park.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
All of September
DINE OUT FOR NO KID HUNGRY
September is Hunger Awareness Month. All month, people can dine out at any of the thousands of participating restaurants across the country where every $1 donated can connect a child struggling with hunger with 10 meals. Thats a big deal in a country where 1 out of 5 kids cant count on their next meal, and its a simple way to make every meal count. Participating restaurants across the country.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mfa Ltd..  Email: kanderson@mfaltd.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 212-528-1691. 
 
September 30, Saturday
FALL CRAFT MARKET
Staunton Parks & Recreation.
Local crafters of all kinds will set up, show off and sell their work. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  8am-2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 29-30, Friday-Saturday
FALL HARVEST WEEKEND
Misty Mountain Camp Resort.
Beans and cornbread dinner cooked over an open fire. Come enjoy the scenery of The Blue Ridge and the changing colors of fall. Build a scarecrow in the scarecrow contest or take a wagon ride, enjoy s'mores by the bonfire or sing some karaoke at this fun family event. Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-647-8900. 
 
September 30, Saturday
GENTLE WOODLAND PLAY
Wildrock.
Enjoy a mother-child nature connection group for two to four year olds. Local ecotherapist, artist, and yoga/meditation teacher, Linda Cappacchione, invites families to discover nature as a place for family bonding, support, rejuvenation, self-care and creative expression. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  10-11:30am.  $Pay What You Can.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Contact: Wildrock.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
September 30, Saturday
GET TO KNOW YOUR TRAILS
Monticello.
Join a Monticello Trail Ranger for an informal ramble along one of the park's many rustic woodland paths to learn about the trail's history and enjoy the season. Monticello.  9:15-11:30am.  $18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
September 30, Saturday
MOTHER/DAUGHTER MAKEUP
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Enjoy a special bonding experience as moms, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and friends. Required registration begins September 15. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am-1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 100.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 30, Saturday
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
National Park Service.
Visit your National Parks for special holidays and get in free. All National Parks.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 30, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST
Wood Ridge Farm Brewery.
Come for beer, fun, food and German-inspired festivities. Wood Ridge Farm Brewery, Lovingston.  12-7pm.  Email: info@woodridgefarmbrewery.com. For more info call: 434-422-6225. 
 
September 30, Saturday
OKTOBERFESTIE
Starr Hill Brewery.
New and rare German style beers, beer hall and festie tent, bratwurst battle with local chefs, live music with The Folly, games, prizes and more. Proceeds benefit Charlottesville-Alemarle SPCA. Starr Hill Brewery.  12-7pm.  $20 advance; $25 day of event.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5671. 
 
Saturdays in September
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
The Market at Grelen.
Every Saturday in September take a free hayride to the orchards where you can pick your own apples. See live apple pressings and enjoy hard cider tastings. Grelen's homemade apple cider will be available for sale. 15091 Yager Rd, Somerset.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
Now-September 30
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES & BERRIES
Critzer Family Farm.
Pick your own apples and berries and don't forget to get some homemade ice cream, vegetables, plants, jams and jellies. Critzer Family Farm, Afton.  8am-6pm Monday-Saturday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-4772. 
 
September 30, Saturday
ROCKIN' THE RIVANNA AND 5K
Rivanna Conservation Alliance & Community Partners.
Runners meet at Darden Towe and take shuttles to the race start in Riverview. Following the race enjoy or participate in a river parade, river trips with rental equipment available, exhibits, live music, fun and The FLOW Art Festival. Riverview Park and Darden Towe Park.  9am-3pm.  $30 per runner.  All ages welcome.  Email: dodgem@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3260. 
 
September 29-October 1, Friday-Sunday
24TH ANNUAL MARTHA'S MARKET
Women's Committee, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
The Women's Committee of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital will be hosting Martha's Market with a special preview party the evening of Sept. 28. The event benefits women's health care in central Virginia. More than 70 unique boutiques from across the country transform the arena into a beautiful marketplace with something for everyone in this annual fundraiser. John Paul Jones Arena.  9am-6pm Friday; 9am-6pm Saturday; 11am-4pm Sunday.  $10, Children 13 and under free.  Email: MJH_Foundation@sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-8258. 
 
Now-October 1
4TH ANNUAL CITY ART BUS COMPETITION
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Submit your design and original artwork by October 1 and see it featured on two city and county buses in 2018. Each artist may submit up to three designs for consideration. Two different designs will be featured. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 30-October 1, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE FESTIVAL
Drumheller's Orchard.
This fall's Apple Festival will offer food vendors, crafters, fresh baked goods, hayrides, apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, apple butter, fresh cider, country hams, pumpkins, bouncy houses and a Kids Corner. Live music both days. Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 1, Sunday
FAMILY BARN PARTY
The Women's Initiative.
An afternoon of fun, food, drinks and games. Featuring a bull, our bear and a little country fair. All supporting The Womens Initiative. Bellair Farm.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-0047. 
 
September 29-October 1, Friday-Sunday
OMEGACON: CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GAMING AND ANIME CONVENTION
The End Games / IX Art Park.
Visit the annual convention for live music, a variety of fun and diverse musical and industry-related guests, game developers and vendors. IX Art Park.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 1, Sunday
PABLO SÁINZ VILLEGAS
The Paramount Theater.
Pablo Sáinz Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as his generation's greatest guitarist. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $24.50-44.50.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 25-October 1
RUSS WARREN: PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE
Les Yeux du Monde.
The show focuses on his sculpture and paintings and their literal communication with one another. Warren's latest livestock marker paintings will be on display in the rear gallery as well. An opening reception will take place August 25 from 5-7pm. 841 Wolf Trap Rd.  1-5pm Thursdays-Sundays or by appointment.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5566. 
 
October 1, Sunday
SUNDAY SOUNDS WITH PAT ANDERSON
First Colony Winery.
Enjoy live, local music on the patio. No cover charge. First Colony Winery.  2-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 

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