Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
May-August, Thursdays
DINNER AND MUSIC AT GRELEN NURSERY
Grelen Nursery.
The Market is open late with a buffet grill, cheese plates and live music on the patio. Grelen Nursery.  Directions: 15111 Yager Road, Somerset.  5:30-8pm.  Email: questions@grelennursery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
May 6-8, Friday-Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Mother's Day Weekend Celebration is a three-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom and loved ones. Enjoy the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, live music, Children's Garden activities, shopping, dining and more. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 8, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY AT AGECROFT HALL
Agecroft Hall.
The gardens have free admission to celebrate moms. Agecroft Hall: Windsor Farms.  Directions: 4305 Sulgrave Road .  12:30-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-737-3767. 
 
May 24, Tuesday
SPRING CONCERT
Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia.
The Spring Concerto Concert will feature our Concerto Competition winner, Oliver Dubon, performing Gregson's Tuba Concerto with The Youth Symphony. Join us for our final concert which will include Mozart's 40th Symphony, Bach's Concerto for Two Violins and Marquez's Danzon #2. Our Evans Orchestra will bring us show and movie tunes which will include our Junior Strings! Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  7pm.  $15 adults; 18 years & under free.  Email: manager@yocva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-7776 . 
 
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Now through summer 2016
ART AND COUNTRY EXHIBITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with "country," their homeland. 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place, Charlottesville.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
March 15-May 19
FACULTY ART EXHIBITION
Charlottesville City Schools.
Charlottesville City Schools Faculty Art Exhibition. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2971. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
Now-November, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAY
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Newly repaired with displays donated to understand both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
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. 
 
May 7, Saturday
FLUVANNA COUNTY OLD FARM DAY
Fluvanna County.
Will feature displays of historic farm equipment, demonstrations by heritage craftsmen, educational activities for kids and toe-tapping music, plus great food and vendors. Proceeds benefit the Fluvanna Historical Society and a fund to create a permanent Farm Heritage Museum. Pleasant Grove Park.  Directions: 1731 Thomas Jefferson Hwy, Palmyra, Virginia.  9am-4pm.  $5, Kids Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 390-1218. 
 
May 7-8, Saturday & Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY IS EXTRA SPECIAL AT CARTER MOUNTAIN
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Surprise the mom in your life with a trip to Carter Mountain on Mother's Day weekend! Start the morning with our Pancake Breakfast (serving til noon). Then, children can enjoy our craft area (no charge) to make a special gift for mom. We'll have bouquets of spring flowers, already in a mason jar with a ribbon, as a grab and go. Then, take mom over to Prince Michel's wine tasting room, or Bold Rock's Hard Cider Cellar, both located right on our mountain, for a refreshing and delicious beverage, and enjoy family time together (we'll have plenty of sweet cider for the kids!). Carter Mountain Orchard.  Opening Hours.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
May 14-15 & 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
BERRYLICIOUS PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right - we'll even do the dishes! Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping (strawberries in May!), served with a side of sausage, and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat til you're full, then stroll our farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard.  Saturday 8-11am, Sunday 9am-12pm.  $7.49, $4.29 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
May 17, Tuesday
WINE & DESIGN ON WHEELS
Chile's Peach Orchard.
Back by popular demand - we will host a series of Wine and Design on Wheels here at the peach orchard! Enjoy our beautiful orchard for an evening event sure to be a lot of fun! Food, wine, and hard cider available for purchase on-site. Each event will take place on our deck (in event of inclemate weather, we'll move inside). Chile's Peach Orchard.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-3112. 
 
May 20, Friday
CELLAR AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD OPENING PARTY
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Join Bold Rock Hard Cider to celebrate the opening of our newest seasonal location at Chiles Peach Orchard in beautiful Crozet, VA! Enjoy all of our hard ciders on tap, fresh strawberries from Chiles Peach Orchard, a wide variety of wines from Prince Michel Vineyards & Winery and great rock and soul tunes from Major & The Monbacks! Chiles Peach Orchard.  11am-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1030. 
 
June 4, Saturday
ANTIQUE AND GARDEN FIELD AND MARKET DAY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Calling all lovers of shabby chic, architectural wares, and garden accessories - this day is for you! We'll have vendors set up all day with great vintage goods. No admission fee! Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit - these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
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May 6-7, Friday-Saturday
SPRING PLANTFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden's plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by Garden volunteers. All proceeds benefit the Garden's educational mission. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm Friday, 9am-3pm Saturday.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 7 & 8, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Live music, entertainment, food and artists and craftspeople showcasing their work for sale. From pottery to puppets! Claudius Crozet Park.  Directions: Route 250 west to Crozet and follow signs.  10am-5pm.  $6 adults, kids free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-8284. 
 
May 7, Saturday
HEART OF VIRGINIA FESTIVAL
Town of Farmville.
This annual family-oriented event includes arts, crafts, food, 10k run and 5k walk. The festival offers something for everyone - bands performing, antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more! Downtown Farmville.  Directions: Main and High Streets, Farmville, VA 23901.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@heartofvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 395-2744. 
 
May 7, Saturday
KIDS CRAFT FOR A CAUSE
Panera Bread.
Sell your homemade crafts to benefit UVA Children's Hospital! All ages are welcome, and the event is food allergy-friendly. Join us for fun, music, games and more crafting! Barracks Road Shopping Center.  11am-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 7-8, Saturday & Sunday
MONTPELIER WINE FESTIVAL
Montpelier.
The best wineries in Central Virginia come to one place for family fun and tastings. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the Festival has arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and children's entertainment and rides all day. Co-hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Visit the website for the full schedule of events at Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  11am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $15 in advance, $25 at the gate. Ages 12 to 20: $5. Under 12: free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
May 7, Saturday
QUE PASA FESTIVAL
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Get ready for one of Virginia's largest celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, and the largest Latin food & culture festival in Central Virginia. Hundreds of food festival vendors, live musicians and dancers, artisans, and corporate supporters come out to this event promoting education and global awareness of the Hispanic heritage that contributes to Virginia's fascinating diversity. Canal Walk, Richmond.  11am-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 378-4099. 
 
May 7, Saturday
TRUCK TOUCH
Montessori School of Charlottesville.
The Second Annual Montessori School of Charlottesville (MSC) Truck Touch will provide children with the unique opportunity to explore vehicles of all types-public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery and more-all in one place. Those young and those young at heart will have a chance to touch, climb on, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. There will also be food trucks and other kid-friendly activities. Ix Art Park.  10am-2pm.  $5, or $20 per family. 12 months and under free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 7-June 5, Saturdays & Sundays
VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Virginia Renassiance Faire.
Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children's area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. Lake Anna Winery.  Directions: 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.  10am-5pm, Saturdays & Sundays.  $10 for ages 6 and up; 5 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
May 14, Saturday
BATESVILLE DAY 2016
Batesville Community Service Club (Ruritans).
41st annual celebration with a 10K race, the biggest little parade, a village fair with a first-time-ever tug-o-war, games and free books for the kids - plus, food by Two Brothers Southwestern Grill and two hours of rompin stompin blues provided by the Central Virginia Blues Society! Batesville.  8am race, 11am parade, 12pm fair.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: organizer.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 16, Saturday
BATESVILLE DAY AND 10K RACE
Batesville.
41st Annual Batesville Day will have events for the entire family, sponsored and presented by members of the greater Batesville community. Food trucks, games, live blues music. Register to participate in the parade and activities in the field. Batesville Day Field.  7am registration, 8am race, 11am parade, 12-2pm fair.  Email: events@batesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7321. 
 
May 14, Saturday
FESTIVAL OF CULTURES
Adult Learning Center, Charlottesville City Schools.
The Charlottesville Festival of Cultures is a fun-filled, family-friendly celebration of the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community. Over 25 different nationalities are represented through live international music and dance performances; cultural exhibits; kids' passports and hands-on activities; artisan crafts; local resource information; plus delicious ethnic food for sale. This year's line-up of performers includes the renowned Andrés Flores, a master of the lyrical Son Jarocho music from Veracruz, Mexico that blends indigenous, Spanish and African traditions. The event is free and open to the public. Lee Park.  Directions: Market and 2nd Street NE.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Zakira Beasley.  Email: Zakira@Festivalofcultures.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2817. 
 
May 14, Saturday
OYSTER ROAST
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Live music by Mississippi Leg Hound. Tickets include bucket of oysters and a Devils Backbone Souvenir Glass and Keychain Devils Backbone Brewery.  12-5pm.  $25 online, $30 at the door, Children 12 and under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1001. 
 
May 15, Sunday
FAMILY BIKE FEST
Blue Wheel Bicycles.
Bring your family to enjoy Strider Course, a Bike Decoration Station, and Bike Handling Skill Courses for riders of all ages. Adult Commuting 101 will be held from 11:30 to 12:30. Coaches and members from the Cutaway Girls Mountain Bike Team and Blue Wheel Bicycle employees will be assisting your kids. Books on Bikes will be hosting a kids reading circle. There will be babysitting provided for adults participating in Commuting 101. The IX Center - 941 2nd St. SE, Charlottesville,The IX Center - 941 2nd St. SE, Charlottesville.  10am-2pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Bring your bike and helmet.  Contact: Scott Paisley.  Email: scott@bluewheel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1870. 
 
May 15, Sunday
VIRGINIA FOLKLIFE APPRENTICESHIP SHOWCASE
VA Folklife Program.
The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship showcase has a new date and new location! Join Virginia's folk masters and their apprentices this spring for a celebration of traditional music, food, and crafts at Ash Lawn-Highland, home of James Monroe, just outside of Charlottesville. Charlottesville Wine & Country Living are a proud sponsor of this event. Ash Lawn-Highland.  12-5pm.  $Free.  Email: folklife@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
May 20, Friday
CELLAR AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD OPENING PARTY
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Join Bold Rock Hard Cider to celebrate the opening of our newest seasonal location at Chiles Peach Orchard in beautiful Crozet, VA! Enjoy all of our hard ciders on tap, fresh strawberries from Chiles Peach Orchard, a wide variety of wines from Prince Michel Vineyards & Winery and great rock and soul tunes from Major & The Monbacks! Chiles Peach Orchard.  11am-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1030. 
 
May 21-22, Friday-Sunday
24TH ANNUAL MONACAN INDIAN POWWOW
Monacan Indian Nation, Elon.
See dancers, drummers and craftspeople as they celebrate and share their heritage. Also on hand will be painters, carvers, basketmakers and great food. Knight's Inn.  Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.  $8 adults; $6 seniors and children under 12; children 5 and under free.  Contact: Tribal Office.  Email: MNation538@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-0389. 
 
May 21, Saturday
CROZET CAR SHOW
Old Village Trail.
The Crozet Car Show is a community event to bring together car enthusiasts while helping to support local charities. The 2016 charity is The Albemarle County Police Foundation. Old Village Trail.  9am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-8100. 
 
May 21, Saturday
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
Do you like strawberries? Then be sure to come to Greene County for the 27th anniversary of their Annual Strawberry Festival in the heart of historic Stanardsville. The event features the famous Strawberry Breakfast, as well as strawberry cakes, pies, slushies, and desserts. Lunch will be served as well. Enjoy your strawberries while listening to great gospel music, having your face painted, browsing craft booths, or watching local cloggers and square dancers. For the car enthusiast there is an antique car show. Sign up to participate in the 5k run/ walk. Proceeds will benefit Stanardsville United Methodist Church and local missions. Downtown Stanardsville.  Directions: Court Square.  7am.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Carol Haas.  Email: goodallmtnconsultants@gmail.com. For more info call: 434-985-6158. 
 
May 21, Saturday
XTREMEFEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Come explore this beautiful regions many adventure sports activities. Climb on the mobile climbing wall, kayak the South River, jump on the air bungee trampoline, marvel at the high flying BMX stunt show, register for giveaways, and enjoy great food and fun for the whole family. New this year- 100 Zip Line and Knockerball! Ridgeview Park.  Directions: 700 S. Magnolia Avenue, Waynesboro, VA.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Seltzer.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
May 27-30, Friday-Monday
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BLUES, BREWS & BBQ
Wintergreen Resort.
Welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains including micro-brew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party and more. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Route 664, Wintergreen.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
May 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
ART IN THE PARK
Staunton Augusta Art Center.
A two-day festival of quality artwork, live music coming from the bandstand every hour, and food provided by a variety of vendors. Young aspiring artists are welcome to participate in a children's art activity area. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  10am-5pm Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 885-2028. 
 
May 28, Saturday
STRAWBERRY FEST
Liberty Mills Farm.
Sample everything strawberry from strawberry sundaes, to chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry salsa and more. Visit with local vendors and participate in fun contests including a Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest, Hat Contest and Berry Recipe and Baking Contests. Strawberry picking while supply lasts! Liberty Mills Farm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
June 2-4, Thursday-Saturday
GRAVES MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Picking, grinning and family fun. Graves Mountain Lodge.  Directions: Syria, VA.  Various showtimes.  $35-$105.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 13 - Oct., Every Second Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SECOND SATURDAYS ART WALK
Scottsville Arts and Culture Committee.
Scottsville Second Saturdays is a monthly art walk that transforms Scottsvilles main street into an arts district. More than 100 pieces of local art are on display at area businesses. The event also features wine tastings, beer tastings, coffee tastings, live music, childrens activities and a chance for those who attend to create their own art. Downtown Scottsville.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Gill.  Email: ngill.tc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-1620. 
 
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April 15 & May 20
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions are invited to a delightful introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson through interactive stories, engaging activities, crafts and free play. Specially designed for children ages 18 months - 4 years and their adult caregivers. Advance registration required. Offered on third Fridays, January through May and September through December. Monticello.  9-10am.  $$10/child.  Contact: Rachel Baum.  Email: rbaum@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9804. 
 
May 7, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
James Monroe's Highland.
Girl Scout Day will feature hands-on activities such as a historic dance workshop with the Regency Society of Virginia, flower sketching with Marcia Mitchell, silhouette making, historic games, paper marbling and other activities. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward or purchase Highland Fare from the Museum Shop. James Monroe's Highland.  10am-12pm .  $10 per Girl Scout.  Special Needs Accommodation: Pre-registration is required and closes Friday, April 29th  Contact: Nancy Stetz.  Email: education@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-68000. 
 
May 7-8, Saturday & Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND AT MOUNT VERNON
Mount Vernon.
Stroll through Mount Vernon's magnificent gardens in bloom. Lady Washington will give lavender sachets to all mothers (while supplies last). Mrs. Washington, the ultimate matriarch whose impression on Mount Vernon can be seen centuries later, is portrayed by Mary Wiseman. She brings more than 30 years of interpretive experience to the role of America's first First Lady. Celebrate mom with a special meal at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant on May 8! Relax at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. Reservations are accepted using Open Table. If you need inspiration for a Mother's Day present, The Shops at Mount Vernon have everything from gourmet gifts to gardening accessories. Mount Vernon.  8am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (703) 780-2000. 
 
May 8, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY AT POPLAR FOREST
Poplar Forest.
Give mom a special treat this Mother's Day with a FREE tour of Poplar Forest! Admission is free for mothers all day. Forest, VA.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
May 8, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY TEA & TOURS
Agecroft Hall.
Spend the afternoon at Agecroft Hall. Enjoy live music by Susan DePhillip while drinking tea and dining on a variety of savory sandwiches and sweets. Then take a guided tour of the grand rooms of the museum’s first floor and the Tudor Kitchen. Special emphasis will be placed upon 17th century music and entertainment. Agecroft Hall.  3:30-5:30pm.  Contact: Katie Reynolds.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-353-4241. 
 
May 29, Sunday
PATRICK HENRY'S 277TH BIRTHDAY
Red Hill.
Celebrate Patrick Henry's birthday by visiting his home and eating complimentary cake! Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 376-2044. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
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April-November, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 7-30
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at prices you won't believe! Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford (in Shenandoah Valley btwn Harrisonburg and Staunton).  Directions: take I-64 west to I-81 north, exit 240 on Rt 682, go east, following signs.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
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June 5, Sunday
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (PG)
The Paramount Theater.
(1981) 115 minutes Steven Spielberg's riotously thrilling and entertaining adventure film returns to The Paramount! Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) takes on a group of Nazis who are searching for the Ark of the Covenant, which Adolf Hitler believes will make his army invincible. The film co-stars Karen Allen as Indiana's former lover, Marion Ravenwood; Paul Freeman as Indiana's nemesis, French archaeologist René Belloq; John Rhys-Davies as Indiana's sidekick, Sallah; Ronald Lacey as Gestapo agent Arnold Toht; and Denholm Elliott as Indiana's colleague, Marcus Brody. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $4.50 youth 12 and under, $6.50 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Films rated G. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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May 14, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAM: PORTRAYING AMERICAN HISTORY
Fralin Museum of Art.
Reservations required. Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm 5-7 yr olds and 3-5pm 8-12 yr olds.  $15-$20 per adult/child pair.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
May 14, Saturday
STAR WARS DAY
Amazement Square.
At a children's museum not very far away, children of all ages will harness the force as they train to achieve the title of Jedi Knight. Full of exciting Star Wars games, crafts, and challenges, you can travel to the stars without ever leaving planet Earth! Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg.  10am-2pm.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian, Glynis Welte, will share stories, engaging the museum's youngest art patrons. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Rd.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
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March 26-June 1
A MILLION BLOOMS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Spring arrives with magnificent splendor! See a succession of breathtaking blooms that color the landscape with beauty. Enjoy entertaining activities, exhibits and family events. Play and learn in the Children's Garden, browse the Garden Shop, dine with friends or relax with a good book in a scenic retreat. 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $8-13.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 15-October 9
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
May 6, Friday
NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Visit on National Public Gardens Day and enjoy free tours of historic Bloemendaal House from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (included in Garden admission). Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
May 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
KIDS GO FISH WEEKEND
Monticello.
During this weekend, kids ages 16 and under will be allowed to fish the Saunders-Monticello Trail Pond. Bring your own fishing poles and equipment. Adults must accompany children. Parkway managers and rangers will be on hand to supervise the event. Free; no registration required. Event is during regular trail hours. Saunders-Monticello Trail Pond.  6am-9pm.  $Free.  Email: trail@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
May 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
RICHMOND ROSE SOCIETY SHOW
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Displays of specimen roses and advice from consulting experts. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Opening Hours.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
June 4, Saturday
BUTTERFLY WALKS
McIntire Botanical Garden.
Led once again by Master Naturalist Dr. Nancy Weiss, the walks will introduce you to a variety of common butterlies native to the Piedmont region, such as Cabbage Whites, Summer Azures, Orange Sulphurs and Skippers. Along the way, experience the parkland's varied topography and plants. You'll become more butterfly-savvy and derive a sense of possibilities for the acreage that will be developed into the McIntire Botanical Garden in the future. McIntire Botancial Garden.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-7831. 
 
June 4, Saturday
TWILIGHT HIKE
Shenandoah National Park Lodging.
Hike into the "Big Meadow" at dusk through the dramatic changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the incredible spread of the night sky with its multitude of stars. At 3,500 feet, you are high above the haze and light pollution of the mid-Atlantic, making it a truly unforgettable experience. Led by the Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Distance covered is less than 2 miles. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited and often fills quickly. Big Meadows Lodge Lobby.  7-10pm.  $10 adults, $8 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
May 4, 6, 9-13
SEUSSICAL JR.
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Presents Seussical Jr. Please join for a spectacular event! Wednesday, May 4th - 6:30pm - Main Street Arena Friday, May 6th - 3:00pm - Our Lady of Peace (sold out) Monday, May 9th - 6:00pm - Sts. Peter & Paul, Palmyra Tuesday, May 10th - 6:30pm - Senior Center Thursday, May 12th - 6:30pm - Church of the Incarnation Friday, May 13th - 6:30pm - Church of the Incarnation $5 at the door.  Contact: Rich Barnett.  For more info call: 434-964-0400. 
 
May 7, Saturday
CITY-WIDE NIGHT OF WORSHIP
Charlottesville Worship Collective.
The Charlottesville Worship Collective presents: Live at The Paramount, A City-Wide Night of Worship. "This will draw churches together from all over Central Virginia for the purpose of uniting the body of Christ in worship and adoration of Jesus." There will be songs from individual artists in the Charlottesville Worship Collective. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
May 7, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tandem Friends School.
Face painting, food and drinks for sale, lawn games, petting zoo, crafts for kids, environmental activities led by the Tandem Earth Committee. Beer tasting garden for adults (additional fee applies). Plenty of room for picnics on the lawn; bring your own chairs or blankets. Bands performing include Soul Transit Authority (featuring Dan Sebring), Bricker and the Benders, Robin Wynn, Tandem 5th Grade Band, Quaker Notes, Tandem Tadpoles, Thmoke, Tandem Playwrights and more. Tandem Friends School, 279 Tandem Lane.  11am-3pm.  $5 - Mothers free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mark Goldstein.  Email: mgoldstein2@tandemfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1303 x355. 
 
May 7, Saturday
YOUNG ARTISTS' RECITAL
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival presents outstanding teenage musicians from around the state in solo and ensemble settings. Martin Chapel at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 1181 Smith Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA.  3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
May 13-15, 20-22
SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
Black Box Players.
Seussical the Musical weaves together Dr. Seuss's most famous stories. The show follows the adventures of Horton, an elephant who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. He soon discovers that within this tiny speck exists the smallest planet in the universe! Traveling everywhere from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott's Pool, some of the characters fall in love, some have desperate adventures, and some even save the world! Burnley Moran Elementary School.  7pm, Sundays 3pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 14, Saturday
A LITTLE MAY MUSIC WITH THE VIRGINIA CONSORT
The Virginia Consort.
The Virginia Consort will be presenting a concert of audience favorites. With additional pieces from the Youth Chorale. First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street.  7:30pm.  $20 adults, $15 students.  Recommended for ages 6 to 100.  Email: consort2@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1565. 
 
May 15, Sunday
WWE LIVE!
WWE Live Returns to JPJ! See All Your Favorite WWE Superstars In Action Including: Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose Alberto Del Rio Demon Kane Bray Wyatt Kevin Owens United States Champion Kalisto And Many More! John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $15 - $100.  Contact: Receptionist.  Email: jpj-mkt@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
May 22, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT
Charlottesville High School.
The award-winning Charlottesville High School Orchestra will perform an evening of music. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: laura.thomas@ccs.k12.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2726. 
 
May 22, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SWANS SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING WATER SHOW
Charlottesville Swans.
Did you know Charlottesville has a competitive synchronized swimming team for girls ages 6 through high school? Come out to see the award winning local team perform in a water show celebrating generations of music. Fairview Swim & Tennis Club.  Directions: 707 Belvedere Blvd, Charlottesville.  6:30pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: samanthaelhart@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-1236. 
 
June 4, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY PRESENTS: POPS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
he Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia presents Pops at the Paramount! Conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin, the orchestra performs a program of hits from the worlds of film, Broadway and television. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $25-$95.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
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May-October, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS
Keswick Vineyards.
Most Sundays from May through October Keswick Vineyards is host to Yappy Hours! A family oriented event where local animal shelters and societies will bring their dogs in need of homes to play with patrons and other dogs. A portion of sales in the tasting room are donated to the visiting shelter, and guests are always encouraged to bring their own animals. The new dog park makes for a great space to let animals run free and get exercise while you enjoy your Virginia wine and enjoy the country-side views. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
May 6-8, Friday-Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Mother's Day Weekend Celebration is a three-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom and loved ones. Enjoy the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, live music, Children's Garden activities, shopping, dining and more. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 7, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- All Branches.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 7, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- Central Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 7, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-8737. 
 
May 7, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- Northside Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
May 7, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY DINNER TRAIN
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Show Mom how much you care on board the Mountain Explorer. Enjoy a delicious 4 course meal and the comfort of this enclosed, climate controlled ride as you travel to the scenic High Falls of Cheat. Departs the Elkins depot at 5:30 p.m. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.  $79, Parlor Car $89.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-686-7245. 
 
May 7-8, Saturday & Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY IS EXTRA SPECIAL AT CARTER MOUNTAIN
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Surprise the mom in your life with a trip to Carter Mountain on Mother's Day weekend! Start the morning with our Pancake Breakfast (serving til noon). Then, children can enjoy our craft area (no charge) to make a special gift for mom. We'll have bouquets of spring flowers, already in a mason jar with a ribbon, as a grab and go. Then, take mom over to Prince Michel's wine tasting room, or Bold Rock's Hard Cider Cellar, both located right on our mountain, for a refreshing and delicious beverage, and enjoy family time together (we'll have plenty of sweet cider for the kids!). Carter Mountain Orchard.  Opening Hours.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
May 7, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY TEA
Maymont.
Enjoy this time-honored tradition with your mother, daughter or special friend on the mansion porch as elegant ladies, distinguished gentlemen and attending servants see to every detail. Following tea and treats in this picturesque setting, guests are invited to visit the Mansion for special family-friendly tours that highlight the whirl of the Gilded Age social season and the "Elegant Entertaining at Maymont" exhibition. Register online by May 6. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA.  2-4pm.  $18 per person; $15 for members.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
May 7, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND: MUSIC, PLANT SALE & MORE
DuCard Vineyards.
Join us with Mom for Music on the Patio with Erin Lunsford and her soulful voice as she blends her way through folk, blues, rock and country melodies. We’ll also be hosting a Plant Sale featuring plants from the Madison Garden Club - sure to please the most precious mom! Choose a bottle of wine to pair with it and what mom wouldn’t be pleased with that! DuCard Vineyards.  12-5pm.  $No cover.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 923-4206. 
 
May 8, Sunday
FRENCH CREPES FOR MOTHER'S DAY
Delfosse Vineyard and Winery.
Savory Crepes: Sauteed salmon with mango sauce, Bratwurst with caramelized red peppers and onions with dijon sauce, or Asian chicken with snow peas, carrots, broccoli and scallions on top. Sweet Crepes: Pears with almond mascarpone with triple berry sauce, Nutella and Bananas, or French style Crepe, plain sugar and a sprinkling of Grand Marnier. Reservations not required but if you're bringing a large group please let us know. Delfosse Vineyard and Winery.  1-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-6100. 
 
May 8, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY AT EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Join us at Early Mountain Vineyards as we celebrate Mother's Day!We will be offering two all day Mother's Day specials in our Market Place as well as our delicious new Spring menu! Market Place specials will be a savory chicken crepe and a salmon filet with mixed greens! We will also have a Mother's Day special flight! Pack up the family and plan to spend a fun filled day at Early Mountain! See you soon! Early Mountain Vineyards.  11am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 948-900. 
 
May 8, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH
The Market at Grelen.
Stroll the gardens, hike the trail, plan your summer planting and enjoy a farm fresh brunch by Grelen's chef, Matt Turner, on the patio.* Please choose one seating time. Menu coming soon! The Market at Grelen.  11:30am-2:30pm.  $18 adults, $13 ages 6-11 .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 672-7268. 
 
May 8, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH
Restoration Restaurant.
Join us for our special Mother's Day Brunch. Interactive chef stations, and 3 courses. Restoration Restaurant.  11am & 1:30pm.  $37 adults, $16 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1841. 
 
May 8, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY SUNDAY BRUNCH
Boar's Head Inn.
Come for a traditional brunch in the Old Mill Room or a family-style brunch in the Pavilion. Boar's Head Inn.  11am-2pm.  $58 per adult, $25 per child.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
May 11, Wednesday
BABY BOOT CAMP'S 9TH BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Kira Sullivan.
Baby Boot Camp is turning NINE and we want to celebrate with you! Help us celebrate nine years of fun, friendship and fitness with a festive, free class, followed by snacks and cake! We'll have a present relay, Baby Boot Camp trivia, and prizes! This class is free to the community so please grab a friend and come join us! Pen Park.  9:20am.  $Free.  Contact: Kira Sullivan.  Email: kira.sullivan@babybootcamp.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 953-6888. 
 
May 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come try out Fry's Spring Beach Club's three pools and 7 acres of grounds before we officially open on Memorial Day weekend. Members and non-members welcome. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 20, Friday
DOLLEY MADISON'S 248TH BIRTHDAY
James Madison's Montpelier.
Celebrate the anniversary of Dolley Madison's birthday with special tours and cupcakes! Per Montpelier tradition, those named Dolley receives complimentary admission. James Madison's Montpelier.  Opening Hours.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 672-2728 x 450. 
 
May 21, Saturday
MIMI'S RUN 5K
Mimi's Kitchen.
3.1 miles for LOVE, Health & Charity. Every dollar raised through Mimis Run will go directly to the UVA Heart and Vascular Center, contributing to their efforts to discover new and better medications and therapies for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. By helping our local hospital, we can impact the health of patients around the world. Let's all get moving together for heart health and help one another live longer, stronger, healthier lives. The race course is as flat and festive as they come  perfect for runners and walkers of all ability levels. Kids & dogs are encouraged, as this will be a fun family event. Trump Winery- Charlottesville, VA.  8:30am.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jamie Schwartz.  Email: mimisrun5k@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-6715. 
 
May 21-22, Saturday-Sunday
FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come try out Fry's Spring Beach Club's three pools and 7 acres of grounds before we officially open on Memorial Day weekend. Members and non-members welcome. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  12-6pm.  $Free.  Contact: Robin.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 24, Tuesday
CRADLE TO COLLEGE: PROTECTING YOUR KIDS
Winget-Hernandez, Attorneys at Law .
Cradle to College: Protecting Your Kids (even when they aren't kids anymore)! At this estate planning workshop, refreshments and door prizes will be available, and parents are encouraged to bring their graduating seniors to the workshop. Space is limited, so it is recommended to email or call to reserve your spot. Best Western Zion Crossroads.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Email: info@winget-hernandez.com. For more info call: 589-2958. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too! Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
June 3-5, Thursday-Saturday
VIRGINIA SHAKESPEARE INITIATIVE: "OTHELLO"
Poplar Forest.
Bring your friends out to the plantation for an evening of theatre under the stars on Jefferson's south lawn. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is partnering with the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative in a statewide celebration of William Shakespeare's work in observance of the 400th anniversary of his death. Bring a picnic dinner, sample a selection of local libations and experience the magic of Shakespeare's verse. Poplar Forest.  7pm.  $15 adults, $12 students, $5 ages 5 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
June 4, Saturday
ANTIQUE AND GARDEN FIELD AND MARKET DAY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Calling all lovers of shabby chic, architectural wares, and garden accessories - this day is for you! We'll have vendors set up all day with great vintage goods. No admission fee! Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
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May 7, Saturday
BAND ON THE RUN 5K RACE
CHS Band and X-Country.
Calling all students, staff, families and community members to support and participate in the inaugural Band on the Run 5K Run/Walk. Beginning and ending at the CHS Curtis E. Elder track, the Band on the Run 5K will take runners and walkers of all ages on a 3.1 mile course through the Foxbrook and Greenbrier residential neighborhoods. Proceeds from this family friendly event will benefit the CHS Band and X-Country programs, which have partnered to launch the 5K and hope to make it a popular spring tradition. Charlottesville High School.  8am.  $20-$25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ben Ford.  Email: bford@rivarch.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 7, Saturday
RUN AND REMEMBER 5K
Hospice of the Piedmont.
A 5K Run/Walk to benefit Hospice of the Piedmont. Keswick Hall.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  8am, registration at 6:30am.  Contact: Sally Birckhead.  Email: sallysbirckhead@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-0296. 
 
May 8, Sunday
CYCLOFEMME
A global women's cycling day to honor the past, celebrate the present, empower the future of women in cycling. Come ride with us! Worldwide.  11am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 11, Wednesday
BABY BOOT CAMP'S 9TH BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Kira Sullivan.
Baby Boot Camp is turning NINE and we want to celebrate with you! Help us celebrate nine years of fun, friendship and fitness with a festive, free class, followed by snacks and cake! We'll have a present relay, Baby Boot Camp trivia, and prizes! This class is free to the community so please grab a friend and come join us! Pen Park.  9:20am.  $Free.  Contact: Kira Sullivan.  Email: kira.sullivan@babybootcamp.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 953-6888. 
 
May 14, Saturday
11TH ANNUAL RIVANNA RIVER CANOE & KAYAK RACES
A 6.2 mile downriver race for all paddler classes. Charlottesville, VA.  Directions: Starting line: under the Route 29 bridge just north of the DoubleTree Hotel/Sams Club on the upstream side of the bridge off Rio Mills Road. Finish line: Darden Towe Park.  8:30am.  $15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-3072. 
 
May 14, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL SCOTTSVILLE SCOOT
Scottsville Elementary School PTO.
Fifty percent of the proceeds raised by this event will be donated to the Physical Education Department at Scottsville Elementary School. With these funds the Physical Education Department will provide students in grades PreK-5 the opportunity to experience new physical activities and sports that are typically limited by such as small annual budget. The remaining proceeds from this event will benefit Scottsville Elementary School students by funding educational and enrichment opportunities (assemblies, field trips, and classroom projects) community outreach for those in need, and special classroom supplies. Dorrier Park, Scottsville VA.  8am & 8:45am.  $15-$40.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jennifer Shiflett.  Email: scottsvillescoot@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 14, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE SOAP BOX CLASSIC
Blue Ridge Soap Box Classic.
Each year, young competitors in the Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby race down Main Street in hopes of winning this exciting race. Eleventh Street and Pine Avenue, Downtown Waynesboro.  7:30am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-1507. 
 
May 14, Saturday
RED HILL 5K RUN/WALK, KIDS FUN RUN RELAY
Red Hill Elementary School PTO.
Lace up your running shoes for a great cause and enjoy some of the best views in Albemarle County and run/walk for the children of Red Hill Elementary. The race will be run on Red Hill School Road and runners will have a chance to find out why the school is called "Red Hill"! Prizes for winners, raffle prizes and snacks, too. Red Hill Elementary School.  $25 adults (ages 16+), $15 kids.  Contact: Patricia Perkins.  Email: redhillroar@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-5332. 
 
May 14, Saturday
UMS RESERVOIR RUN
University Montessori School.
Join us for a fun family-friendly event! We kick off the day with a kids race at 8:30, followed by the 5k at 9AM. This scenic out-and-back course travels down beautiful Reservoir Road. The mixed pavement, hard packed dirt course is hilly, but the serene setting makes for a low-stress, enjoyable run! The 5k is open to participants 12 and older. The kids race is meant to be fun and manageable for all ages. It is a half-mile out and back course on Reservoir Road. We will be celebrating our community and empowering the children to have fun, spend time outdoors and support each other. Children 11 and under are invited to participate in this run. The proceeds from this event benefit our Financial Aid fund. University Montessori School.  8:30am.  $25/$30.  Contact: Heather Heisig.  Email: ums@universitymontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-0583. 
 
May 15, Sunday
FAMILY BIKE FEST
Blue Wheel Bicycles.
Bring your family to enjoy Strider Course, a Bike Decoration Station, and Bike Handling Skill Courses for riders of all ages. Adult Commuting 101 will be held from 11:30 to 12:30. Coaches and members from the Cutaway Girls Mountain Bike Team and Blue Wheel Bicycle employees will be assisting your kids. Books on Bikes will be hosting a kids reading circle. There will be babysitting provided for adults participating in Commuting 101. The IX Center - 941 2nd St. SE, Charlottesville,The IX Center - 941 2nd St. SE, Charlottesville.  10am-2pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Bring your bike and helmet.  Contact: Scott Paisley.  Email: scott@bluewheel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1870. 
 
May 21, Saturday
MIMI'S RUN 5K
Mimi's Kitchen.
3.1 miles for LOVE, Health & Charity. Every dollar raised through Mimis Run will go directly to the UVA Heart and Vascular Center, contributing to their efforts to discover new and better medications and therapies for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. By helping our local hospital, we can impact the health of patients around the world. Let's all get moving together for heart health and help one another live longer, stronger, healthier lives. The race course is as flat and festive as they come  perfect for runners and walkers of all ability levels. Kids & dogs are encouraged, as this will be a fun family event. Trump Winery- Charlottesville, VA.  8:30am.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jamie Schwartz.  Email: mimisrun5k@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-6715. 
 
May 21, Saturday
XTREMEFEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Come explore this beautiful regions many adventure sports activities. Climb on the mobile climbing wall, kayak the South River, jump on the air bungee trampoline, marvel at the high flying BMX stunt show, register for giveaways, and enjoy great food and fun for the whole family. New this year- 100 Zip Line and Knockerball! Ridgeview Park.  Directions: 700 S. Magnolia Avenue, Waynesboro, VA.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Seltzer.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
May 28, Saturday
KESWICK HUNT CLUB 5K
Keswick Hunt Club.
Run or walk a beautiful and challenging 5K trail course in the heart of Keswick. Kids 12 & under run free in the Kids’ Mile or Kids’ Scramble if registered before May 21st. A complimentary “Hunt Breakfast” featuring a wine tasting by Barboursville Vineyards follows the races. Castalia Farm, Keswick.  5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-9405. 
 
May 28, Saturday
RAMBLIN' RABBIT 5K
Blue Ridge Rotary Club.
The Rotary Ramblin' Rabbit 5K is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club which has been serving our local, national, and international community since 1983. Rotarians are your friends, neighbors and associates who have made a commitment to service above self in their personal and professional lives. Proceeds will benefit The Ben Hair Just Swim For Life Program at the new Brooks Family YMCA and the Blue Ridge Mountain Rotary Club Foundation! PVCC.  7:30am, registration at 6am.  $30 for adults, $15 for 2-12 years old.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 30, Sunday
FIRST POLO MATCH OF THE YEAR
King Family Vineyards/Roseland Polo Club.
The Roseland Polo Club kicks off the 2016 polo season! King Family Vineyards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  1-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7800. 
 
June 4-5, Saturday-Sunday
BIKE MS: COLONIAL CROSSROADS
National MS Society - Blue Ridge Chapter.
The fun-filled event will feature non-stop music, an engaging program and catered meals. Through national efforts and our nationwide network of chapters, Bike MS rides attract a range of new and seasoned cyclists who share a love of cycling and helping others. Each Bike MS ride raises critical funds to drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. Starts and ends at Pollak Vineyards.  Email: deirdre.kelly@nmss.org . For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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May 6, Friday
YOGA POGA SHMOGA BOOK READING & SIGNING
bend Yoga.
Written by renowned wellness advocate Sonia Jones, and illustrated by acclaimed artist Todd Dakins, YOGA POGA SHMOGA! dives headfirst into the power and fun of yoga, showing how it takes one person to open a world of mindfulness to the larger community. Yoga for children has gained popularity in recent years. 3.1% of American children now practice yoga, which has been shown to reduce stress, help focus and build self-esteem in children. bend Yoga.  Directions: 420 E Main Street, Suite B, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  5:30pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kelly Cox.  Email: kelly@bendcville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-2363. 
 
May 7, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- All Branches.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 7, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-8737. 
 
May 7, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- Northside Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
May 7, Saturday
IN CELEBRATION OF MOTHER'S DAY STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
In celebration of Mothers Day, read about becoming an expert grandma sitter in How to Babysit a Grandma followed by Mom School. In Mom School a little girl imagines where her mom picked up all her amazing skills, like fixing a bike tire and baking cupcakes. Join us afterward to make a card for your mom or special caregiver. Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
May 21, Saturday
THANKORAMA STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Join us for a ThankoRama Storytime featuring The Thank You Book by beloved Author Mo Willems. Enjoy a reading of the book and activities afterwards that help remind children that thanking those who do things for you can be so much fun! Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
May 28, Saturday
OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD
Barnes and Noble.
To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this special Storytime explores Our Great Big Backyard. #1 New York Times bestselling authors' former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager have created an exuberant picture book tribute to our national parks and the importance of connecting with nature. Coloring and activities to follow. Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum.
Start with a book and then go look! Arts-related story time led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte incorporates movement, play, and puppets, and Museum docents encourage young children to explore current exhibitions. 3-4 year olds and their grownups The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-11am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumeducation@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
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May 29, Thursday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA: THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie. The lawn will be ready for you to pick the perfect spot at 7pm. Showtime 8:30pm. Tickets include a bag of popcorn! Food trucks, Early Mountain Vineyard wine, and movie snacks for sale. Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  7-11pm.  $6, children 3 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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