Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
August 20, Sunday
"WINTER IN AUGUST!" SUMMER CONCERT WITH THE RICHMOND CONCERT BAND
Agecroft Hall.
Come hear songs about winter (though not Christmas) on a summer evening. The Richmond Concert Band performs on Agecroft's front lawn. Agecroft Hall, Richmond.  6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-737-3767. 
 
August 20, Sunday
COME TOGETHER C'VILLE BENEFIT CONCERT
The Jefferson Theater.
Come to a concert to benefit the CACF Heal Charlottesville Fund. The Jefferson Theater.  7pm, Doors open at 6pm.  $10.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4980. 
 
August 4-25, Fridays
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: AUGUST LINE-UP
Sprint Pavilion.
August's concerts feature: August 4-Three Sheets to the Wind playing smooth yacht rock classics, August 11-The Believers playing classic blue collar rock, August 18-Killer Deluxe playing vintage retro soul, August 25-Cherry Red playing Rolling Stones classics. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
September 1 & 8, Fridays
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: SEPTEMBER LINE-UP
Sprint Pavilion.
September's concerts feature: September 1-Fusion playing dance party tunes and September 8-Alligator playing classic Grateful Dead. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
September 12, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES WITH BUD'S COLLECTIVE
James Monroe's Highland & The Front Porch.
Bring your family, a picnic and enjoy live music at the home of James Monroe at sunset. Local food and alcohol vendors will also be on-site. James Monroe's Highland.  6-9pm.  $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $20 in advance per family, $25 at the door .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
September 16, Saturday
C'VILLE SABROSO FESTIVAL
WTJU Radio & IX Art Park.
Enjoy a day of Latin American music, culture, dance, food, and art. This is part of Charlottesville Freefall Art & Music Festival, a series of 10 free, family-friendly outdoor concerts bringing community together through shared music experiences. IX Art Park.  11am-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nathan Moore.  Email: wtju@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
July 15, August 19, September 16
TINS4TUNES CONCERT SERIES AND FOOD DRIVE
Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery.
Bring 1 non-perishable food item for a discounted entry and support the local food pantry. At these events only, Cardinal Point will offer Blue Mountain beers as well. Check website for each date's band and food truck. Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Afton.  5-9pm.  $10 adults; $5 if you bring at least 1 non-perishable food item (per person); Kids 18 and under are Free.  Email: info@cardinalpointwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
 
Saturdays in September & October
FREEFALL MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL
WTJU & IX Art Park.
Freewill picks up where Fridays After Five ends but with a unique and funky vibe. Acts include Black Masala, Alligator, The Judy Chops and the Cville Sabroso Latin Music & Culture Festival. See site for lineup. IX Art Park.  5-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
May 26-August 27
THE MYSTERIES THAT REMAIN: MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
One of Australia's most acclaimed indigenous artists, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri was a founder of the Western Desert art movement. This exhibit features paintings on canvas and board from 1971-1990. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
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
 
August 18 & 25, Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
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. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  6-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
Now-August
PICK YOUR OWN BLACKBERRIES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Pick your own thornless blackberries. Peaches are ripe but are only available pre-picked. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
July-August, Wednesday-Sunday
EARLY MORNING PICK-YOUR-OWN
Shabby Love/The Market at Grelen.
Beat the heat and pick your own blackberries in the mornings. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Road, Somerset.  9am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday.  Email: info@themarketatgrelen.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
September 2, Saturday
9TH ANNUAL BAKING CONTEST
Saunders Brothers Farm Market.
Enter your favorite recipes for the following categories: Apple Pie, Peach/Nectarine Pie, Apple "Surprise Us!" Dessert, Peach/Nectarine "Surprise Us!" Dessert, Healthy Fruit Snack (ages 12 and under only) and Savory. . Professional judges will be choosing winners for prizes. One entry per person. Live music from 11am-3pm. 2717 Tye Brook Hwy, Piney River.  9-11:30am, 11am-3pm live music, 6pm market close.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5455. 
 
Early August-Early September
PICK YOUR OWN GRAPES
Kipps Family Grape and Fruit Farm.
Grape varieties include Concords, French hybrids and an assortment of other reds, whites and blues. Please call ahead for availability. Kipps Grapes.  8am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: kippsgrapes@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-4171. 
 
September 9, Saturday
"I AM BRAVE" FRONTIER 5K RACE & FUN RUN AND FAMILY FUN DAY
Frontier Culture Museum.
Help raise money for the Meredith Furr Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. A Family Fun Day with live music, games, face painting, food and more will be held on the Pavilion following the 5K beginning at 10:30am. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  8am race, 9:15am Family Fun Day activities begin.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 7-9, Thursday-Saturday
ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL FAIR AND EXPO
Virginia Horse Center.
Come out to enjoy the fair with pig agility course, animal demonstrations, workshops, farms on parade, costumed critters, cow pie bingo, music fest with live music by Runaway June and Luke Pell with SaraJane McDonald and SWEETFIRE. Beauty pageants will take place on the final day along with an amateur horse pulling championship. Virginia Horse Center, Lexington.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: excitement@rockbridgefairand expo.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 9, Saturday
STARRY NIGHTS: CHAMOMILE AND WHISKEY
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Raucous Folk and Americana with special guests Jim Waive and The Young Divorcees. Come spend a night on the lawn listening to great music under the stars. Bring a picnic and buy your favorite Veritas wines, or enjoy the buffet at a table (reservations required). Bring your family, friends, picnics, lawn chairs, and dancing shoes for an unforgettable night in the great outdoors. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.  Nightfall.  $15 online, $20 at the door (general admission), $10 kids 10-16, free 10 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000. 
 
September 8-10, Friday-Sunday
SOMERSET STEAM & GAS PASTURE PARTY
Somerset Steam & Gas Engine Association.
Come bring the family to the 41st Annual Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party featuring antique tractors, a tractor pull, flea markets, cloggers, arts & crafts, live bands,delicious food and much more! Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset.  $10 per day.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@somersetsteamandgas.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-3429. 
 
September 15, Friday
8TH ANNUAL FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
City Schoolyard Gardens.
Celebrate the harvest of all the City Schoolyard Gardens. An evening of fun, friends, family, music, food and activities with youth-led tours, an apple cider press, a delicious harvest meal and more. Buford Middle School.  5-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Late June through mid-September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches late-June through mid-September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches and donut peaches. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-6pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday (through August 25).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 16 & 17, Saturday & Sunday
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES AT SEAMANS' ORCHARDS
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards.
Pick your own Red and Golden Delicious, Empire and Jonagold apples in beautiful Nelson County at the Blue Ridge Mountains. Containers are provided. Seamans' Orchard, Roseland.  9am-4pm Saturday, 11-4pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-2523. 
 
September 5-19, Monday-Saturday
PICK YOUR OWN GRAPES
Wenger Grape Farms.
Pick your own grapes, particularly Concord or Niagara, or choose from a freshly picked local selection. Call ahead to check availability. Wenger Grape Farms.  Directions: 4094 Stuarts Draft Highway, Waynesboro.  8am until dark.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4956. 
 
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 9 & 10, October 14 & 15, Saturdays & Sundays
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES AT SILVER CREEK ORCHARD
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards.
Pick your own apples of many varieties including Red and Golden Delicious, Empire, Jonathan, Virginia Gold, Mutsu, Early Fuji, Granny Smith, Pippin and Jonagold in beautiful Nelson County at the Blue Ridge Mountains. Containers are provided. Silver Creek Orchard, Tyro.  9am-4pm Saturday, 11-4pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@scso.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
June 1-October 26, Thursdays
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
"Mornings with the Minis" is a fun, hands-on learning experience for children 7+ and adults of all ages. The morning sessions are an introduction to miniature horsemanship, small equine activities for pleasure, sport and miniature horse therapy. Sun Ridge.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd., Gordonsville.  9-11:20am.  $20 per person.  Recommended for ages 7 to 77.  Special Needs Accommodation: yes  Contact: Nancy Wheeler.  Email: morningsunminiatures@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
September-October
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples September through late October among scenic views, or get them freshly picked in the Apple Barn all the way through November. Enjoy hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts year-round. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September-October
HENLEY'S ORCHARD
Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley's grows more than 25 varieties of apples with a low-spray method--including regional darling the Albemarle Pippin. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7848. 
 
August 26-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
September 9-November 11
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 25-acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities and games. Flashlight maze from 6-10pm starting September 23. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  $12 maze admission ages 5-12, $14 ages 13 and up; weekday admissions lower.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
Mid-August-Early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Choose from 15 kinds of apples in a scenic location. See website for harvest schedule. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Monday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
Now-November, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
May 13-November 23, Weekends
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  9-11am Saturdays, 10am-12pm Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
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. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
August 19-20, Saturday-Sunday
FLYING CIRCUS HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
Hot Air Balloon launches/rides in the early mornings and late afternoon/evenings, open cockpit airplane rides before and after the air show and more. Bealeton.  6am-6pm.  $15 Adults, $7 Kids 5-12, free for kids under 5.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@flyingcircusairshow.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-439-8661. 
 
August 18-21, Friday-Monday
NIGHT SKIES FESTIVAL
National Park Service.
Celebrate the valuable resource of dark skies through guest presentations by astronomy experts, Ranger Programs, and viewing the beautiful night skies Shenandoah National Park protects. Big Meadows Area.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
Sundays in August
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC SERIES
Frontier Culture Museum.
The event series celebrates the influence of these musical roots genres on American frontier culture. The event provides a casual environment, and features dinner theater seating with food & beverage vendors. Bands featured include Whitecap Mountain Band (August 6), Bud's Collective (August 13), Commonwealth Bluegrass Band (August 20), Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion (August 27). Lee S. Cochran Pavilion at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  5-7pm.  $12 adults, ages 6-12 $7, under 6 free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-903-3613. 
 
August 26-27, Saturday-Sunday
LATE SUMMER LAWN PARTY
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy a summer afternoon on the lawn at Historic Bloemendaal. Under the tent, partake in an old-fashioned ice cream social and picnic fare against a backdrop of ragtime music and historical bicycle displays and demos. Relax as a barbershop quartet strolls and serenades, try out a lawn game and step inside the Bloemendaal House for informal tours. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Saturday 12-3pm, Sunday 12-4pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
September 2, Saturday
25TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE MOUNTAINS STREET FESTIVAL
Madison Chamber of Commerce.
Come out for this annual festival with live entertainment, shopping, wine tasting, food vendors, pony rides, antique cars and more. Main Street Madison.  Directions: Madison is located just 27 miles north of Charlottesville on Route 29.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-4455. 
 
September 1-2, Friday-Saturday
3RD ANNUAL JAM FISH FESTIVAL
Camping, local and regional bands, food trucks, craft beer, kids activities for two fun-filled days. Music on two stages with food from 106th Street Food and Farm Fresh Fixins and craft beer from Three Notch'd Brewing. 2 Pond Farm, Mount Sidney.  2pm Friday-11:30 pm Saturday.  $20 for Friday or Saturday, $30 for both days.  Email: info@togethersoul.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
August 25-September 2
SHENANDOAH COUNTY FAIR
Shenandoah County Fair Association.
Come out and enjoy tractor pulls, demo derbies, concerts, Monster Truck show, drag races, alligator show, rides and more. See website for complete schedule of events. 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock.  All ages welcome.  Email: teshelman@shencofair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3867. 
 
September 3, Sunday
3RD ANNUAL VIRGINIA FOOD TRUCK BATTLE
Frontier Culture Museum.
Eighteen food trucks and six Virginia breweries from around the state battle it out for "fan favorite." Food, drinks, live music and free children's activities make for a fun family day. The battle benefits The MaDee Project, a nonprofit providing support to pediatric cancer patients and their families. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  11am.  $10 advance ages 6 and up, $15 gate ages 6 and up, free 5 and under; tasting ticket prices vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 3, Sunday
CIDERFEST AT CASTLE HILL
Castle Hill Cider.
Enjoy music, cider and drinks from 6 cideries, food trucks, live music and shopping from local vendors. Castle Hill Cider, Keswick.  11am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-7629. 
 
September 3, Sunday
FIRST COLONY WINERY HARVEST FESTIVAL
First Colony Winery.
Enjoy a hearty harvest lunch and listen to live music. Admission includes lunch, live entertainment, wine tasting, tractor rides, winery tours and grape stomping. First Colony Winery.  12-5pm.  $33-38 for adults, $16 kids 6-12.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Martha Hayman.  Email: info@firstcolonywinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7105. 
 
July 21-September 3
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.
This summer, come to one of the mid-Atlantic region's longest-running outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers including Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris and Poco. See website for dates and times. Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs.  Times vary.  $Prices vary.  Email: info@musicfest.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3396. 
 
September 1-4, Friday-Monday
SUMMER'S END FESTIVAL
Wintergreen Resort.
Featuring top-level regional live music, 151 breweries and wineries, Arts & Craft shows and much more. Bring the entire family for an end of the summer hurrah. Wintergreen Resort.  See website or call for times and rates.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
September 9, Saturday
11TH ANNUAL HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Monticello and CharlottesvilleFamily.
Celebrate the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson, America's first "foodie," with more than 100 educational programs, hands-on workshops, garden tours, fruit and vegetable tastings, an organic, local food marketplace and kids' activities and more. Reservations recommended. West Lawn of Monticello.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
September 9, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL VIRGINIA STREET ARTS FESTIVAL
EN Computers.
Enjoy a fun-filled day of art for all ages. See a mural being painted on a building, and enjoy food trucks, music and beer. There will be painting on the street for kids and other great activities. Basic City Beer Brewery.  Directions: 1010 E Main St., Waynesboro.  12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Elizabeth Vagnoni.  Email: evagnoni@encomputers.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-3129. 
 
September 9, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE CLASSICAL GUITAR FESTIVAL & COMPETITION
Guitar Charlottesville.
Come enjoy classical guitar at this festival and competition. 9am-10pm.  Contact: Rafael Scarfullery.  Email: rafael@rafaelscarfullery.com. For more info call: 851-0674. 
 
September 9, Saturday
ORANGE STREET FESTIVAL
Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
The event will feature over 150 vendors, kids fun zone, live music and beer garden in Taylor Park. Burnt Orange will play the final live performance from 4-6pm after the festival closes. Main Street in Orange.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
September 7-9, Thursday-Saturday
ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL FAIR AND EXPO
Virginia Horse Center.
Come out to enjoy the fair with pig agility course, animal demonstrations, workshops, farms on parade, costumed critters, cow pie bingo, music fest with live music by Runaway June and Luke Pell with SaraJane McDonald and SWEETFIRE. Beauty pageants will take place on the final day along with an amateur horse pulling championship. Virginia Horse Center, Lexington.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: excitement@rockbridgefairand expo.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 9-10, Saturday-Sunday
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK'S 17TH ANNUAL WILDERNESS WEEKEND
National Park Service.
For details, please click this link. 
 
September 8-10, Friday-Sunday
ZINC. VINTAGE MARKET
Zinc. Vintage Market.
Shop everything vintage at this 3-day festival. Antiques, repurposed salvage, furniture, jewelry, linens, art, live music, food trucks, wine and beer. Kids can enjoy the kids zone with a jump pad, face painting, glitter tattoos, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  10am-5pm Friday-Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6409. 
 
September 15, Friday
16TH ANNUAL LIGHT HOUSE YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
Light House Studio.
Enjoy some popcorn and mingle with Light House participants before the screening of the year's best works. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  Email: deanna@lighthousestudio.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6992. 
 
September 16, Saturday
ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE PRIDE FESTIVAL
Cville Pride Community Network.
The 6th Annual Charlottesville Pride Festival offers a kid-friendly, entertainment-packed celebration of diversity and inclusion for all. Kids can enjoy bouncy houses among other things while parents can enjoy the beer and wine garden, food trucks and vendors. Sprint Pavilion.  11am-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amy Marshall.  Email: amymarshall@cvillepride.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 16, Saturday
CONSTITUTION DAY CELEBRATION
James Madison's Montpelier.
Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with family and friends on the historic grounds of Montpelier. Learn, feast and play during this year's celebration. James Madison's Montpelier.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
September 16, Saturday
FALL FRUIT FESTIVAL
Edible Landscaping.
Tours, music, food, lectures, door prizes, plants sale and more! Leashed pets are welcome. Edible Landscaping, Afton.  Directions: 361 Spirit Ridge Lane.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ediblelandscaping.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-9134. 
 
September 15-16, Friday-Saturday
TRISTEN FEST
Enjoy live music, food, drinks and kids' activities at this festival in memory of Greene County resident Tristen Roach. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Heavenly Acres Campground, Stanardsville.  Directions: 4400 Byrd Mill Rd.  $10 per day, free for kids 12 & under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christina Roach.  Email: 01sweetums@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-9456. 
 
September 16-17, Saturday-Sunday
29TH ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Staunton Parks & Recreation.
Come to this annual celebration of black culture and history featuring live music, face painting, cornhole tournament, crafts, kids activities, community resources and health screenings. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  12-6pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-337-7041. 
 
August 26-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
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. 
 
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July 5-September 1
KIDS ARE FREE FOR THE SUMMER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check in at the Visitor Center. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
September 8, Friday
FALL HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Visit our wonderful exhibits and historical interpreters and enjoy great hands-on learning and interactive education. Visitors can expect to see activities such as cooking, gardening, woodworking, flax and wool spinning, rare-breed animals, schoolhouse lessons, and more. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Avenue, Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $7 adults, $5 ages 6-17, free for children 5 & under; $2 off tickets bought before April 30.  Contact: Sarah Puckett.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 16, Saturday
CONSTITUTION DAY CELEBRATION
James Madison's Montpelier.
Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with family and friends on the historic grounds of Montpelier. Learn, feast and play during this year's celebration. James Madison's Montpelier.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
August 26 & September 16, Saturdays
DIG IT! MONTPELIER ARCHAEOLOGY TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
See and experience archaeology in action. James Madison's Montpelier.  1-2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 13-October 14, Second Saturdays
JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM
James Madison's Montpelier.
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
Now through October, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
HISTORIC COURT SQUARE WALKING TOURS
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Take a one-hour tour around Court Square to learn some of Charlottesville's rich history and revisit the time of Thomas Jefferson. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Directions: 200 Second St. NE.  5:30pm Thursdays & Fridays, 10am Saturdays.  $5.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
May 27-October 28, Select Saturdays
MR. MADISON IS AT HOME
James Madison's Montpelier.
On select Saturdays, come visit with James Madison in the Constitution Room after your tour of the House. See website for dates. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 22-October 30, Saturday & Sundays
HATTON FERRY
Hatton Ferry.
Get a sense of history by crossing the river on the last pole-operated ferry in America. Weather permitting. On Route 625, outside Scottsville.  9am-pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  $5 per person, $10 per car.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
September-October, Fridays & Saturdays
GHOSTS OF STAUNTON
Black Raven Paranormal.
Choose from several ghost tours for spooky tales along with historic facts. Paranormal investigators share favorite investigative techniques. Reservations recommended. Various starting locations.  8pm.  $12 adults, $6 ages 6-12.  Email: ghostsofstaunton@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-448-2743. 
 
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. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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August 18-20, Friday-Sunday
ROE'IN FOR A CAUSE
LuLaRoe.
LuLaRoe Multi-Retailer fundraiser benefiting the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Thousands of items for sale from 12 retailers each day. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  Directions: 945 Emmet Street North.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tabitha Johnson.  Email: LuLaRoeTabithaJohnson@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-2522. 
 
August 5-October 28, Saturdays
NELSON FARMERS MARKET COOPERATIVE
Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative.
Fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, local honey, jams, crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. Live music on each Saturday. 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8am-12pm.  Email: contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 760-6655. 
 
June 16-September 1
FEATURED FARMER FRIDAYS
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Do your market shopping just minutes away from downtown Charlottesville with a mini farmers' market where two local farmers will showcase and sell their products. Chef Bill Scalene will work with the farmers to create a Friday special to highlight their locally grown produce. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  11am-5pm.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8063. 
 
September 9, Saturday
CRAFT CVILLE POP-UP MARKET
Craft Cville.
Features a carefully-curated mix of vendors offering jewelry, art, crafts, vintage and contemporary clothing, handmade items, home goods and antique furniture. The market also hosts food trucks, music and kids' activities. IX Art Park.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: fleavilleva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 9, Saturday
LYNCHBURG ART FESTIVAL
Lynchburg Art Club.
EC Glass High School Grounds, Lynchburg.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 528-9434. 
 
September 8-10, Friday-Sunday
ZINC. VINTAGE MARKET
Zinc. Vintage Market.
Shop everything vintage at this 3-day festival. Antiques, repurposed salvage, furniture, jewelry, linens, art, live music, food trucks, wine and beer. Kids can enjoy the kids zone with a jump pad, face painting, glitter tattoos, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  10am-5pm Friday-Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6409. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
May-October, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
April-October, 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-October, Thursdays & Saturdays
STONEFIELD GREEN MARKET
The Shops at Stonefield.
Join Stonefield and Central Farm Markets for an open-air market on The Green at Stonefield. The Shops at Stonefield.  4-7pm Thursday, 8:30am-12:30pm Saturday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6-October 14, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 823-1092. 
 
May 2-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-2733. 
 
April 1-November 18, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Find food, music, crafts and more. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tanya Cornwell.  Email: svillefarmersmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4994. 
 
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August 20, Sunday
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL [PG-13]
The Paramount Theater.
This Italian film won three academy awards including Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
June 28-August 23, Fourth Wednesdays
PAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT
JMRL.
Monthly screenings of a popular film adaptation of a book. Light refreshments are served. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 25, Friday
SIPS & CINEMA: ROCKY
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie, Rocky. Chef Ryan Collns will make fresh Philly Cheesesteaks off the grill. Wine and food available starting at 7:30pm. Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  8pm movie, 7pm doors.  $15, $12 members, $8 under 21.  Email: cheers@earlymountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
August 25, Sunday
THE BLUES BROTHERS [R]
The Paramount Theater.
The Blues Brothers featuring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 27, Sunday
THE LITTLE MERMAID [G]
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 and under.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
September 3, Sunday
FREE MOVIES ON THE GREEN: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Boar's Head Resort.
Movies begin at dusk and on-site drinks and snacks will be served. Open to the public so bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show. Boar's Head Resort.  8:30-10:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 15, Friday
16TH ANNUAL LIGHT HOUSE YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
Light House Studio.
Enjoy some popcorn and mingle with Light House participants before the screening of the year's best works. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  Email: deanna@lighthousestudio.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6992. 
 
September 15, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "THE BIG SICK"
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
September 16, Saturday
FORREST GUMP
The Paramount Theater.
Come see the film on the big screen! Rated PG-13. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $7 adults, $5 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
September 16, Saturday
VILLAGE MOVIE SATURDAYS
Old Trail Village.
Come watch Beauty and the Beast at Old Trail. Old Trail Village, Crozet.  Dusk.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@oldtrailvillage.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-8100. 
 
September 17, Sunday
DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIONS
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 youth 12 and under, $7 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 AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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June 22-August 24, Thursdays
$5 ADMISSION THURSDAY
Amazement Square.
Every Thursday admission is reduced to $5 from $9 for the entire day. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  $5 per person.  Email: ashleigh@amazementsquare.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 16, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: FOREGROUNDING THE FIGURE
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Programs combining age-appropriate tours, interactive tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm for ages 5-7, 3-5pm for ages 8-12.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Fralin Education Department.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
August 25-December 17
DEALER'S CHOICE: THE SAMUEL KOOTZ GALLERY 1945-1966
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Come see the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1898-1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. Charlottesville Welcome Book is a proud donor. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
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. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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August 18-21, Friday-Monday
2ND ANNUAL NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy guest presentations by astronomy experts, NPS Ranger Programs and viewing the captivating night skies Shenandoah National Park protects. The festival will include constellation tours, solar scope viewing, telescope viewing, Junior Ranger programs, audio-visual presentations, hands-on activities, and will culminate in viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Locations throughout Shenandoah National Park.  4pm Friday-2:40pm Monday (solar eclipse).  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
August 19 & 23, Saturday & Wednesday
REGIONAL OWL PELLET DISSECTION
Open Bio Labs.
Learn about the owl's adaptations for survival, which can be discovered through the owl pellet. This workshop will emphasize using the analytical mind to dissect, observe and compare owl pellets from different geographical areas within our country. Examine the different prey found in these pellets and even attempt to create prey skeletons. Open Bio Labs.  11am-1pm.  Recommended for ages 9 to 11.  Email: info@openbiolabs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 878-2355. 
 
August 25, Saturday
FEE FREE DAY AT SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday and get in free. Shenandoah National Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 2, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Enjoy an early morning bird walk with Leigh Surdukowski of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners are welcome and binoculars are available to share. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  Contact: Bruce Gatling-Austin.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
September 4, Monday
GENWORTH FREE COMMUNITY DAY
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
See the popular Butterflies LIVE exhibit, Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas and enjoy food from the Garden Cafe. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
September 9, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AT THE ROCKFISH GAP HAWK WATCH
Rock Fish Gap Hawk Watch.
Each fall over 20,000 raptors migrate through Rockfish Gap. Come count them all and witness this great migration with a fun day of family events including a live raptor show, workshops, exhibits and nature activities. Bring a lawn chair, hat, sunscreen and binoculars. Rain date is September 10. Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch .  Directions: On the Grounds of the Inn at Afton.  10am-3pm.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Vic Laubach.  Email: laubach@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-249-2927. 
 
June 8-September 14, Second and Fourth Thursdays
FIDOS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed pets during the second and fourth Thursdays of each month's Flowers After 5. WaterPlay in the Children's Garden is open until 8pm during this event weather permitting. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 1-September 14, Thursdays
FLOWERS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on the second and fourth Thursdays of June, July, August and Thursday, September 14 to allow leashed pets at "Fidos After 5." Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
September 17, Saturday
"WE THE PEOPLE" TRAIL WALK AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
As part of Constitution Day, walk the 3.5-mile loop trail. Hikers of all ages and skill levels are invited to walk the trail, which is an addition to Montpelier's existing 9+ miles of walking trails through old growth forests and meadows. The trail offers hikers views of Blue Ridge vistas and pastoral landscapes. Park in the Visitor Center parking lot; the trailhead is just below. Dogs on leashes are welcome. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 14-October 15
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.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
Second Mondays and Last Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Master Naturalist volunteers will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
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. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
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. 
 
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September 1, Friday
SPHERUS
PVCC Fine and Performing Arts.
International juggling champion Greg Kennedy, aerial dancers Rachel Lancaster and Christine Morano, and video-projection artist Jeff Bethea combine their talents in a cutting-edge fusion of circus arts, science and multimedia spectacle for a new era. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $15 adults, $12 seniors/students.  Contact: William T. Hurd.  Email: bhurd@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
September 7, Thursday
ALL WHO WANDER: IRC BENEFIT CONCERT
Early Music Access Project.
All Who Wander is a richly diverse program chronicling the struggles of those on difficult journeys and those at home awaiting their return. The program includes 13th-century Cantigas de Santa Maria, 18th-century Scottish tunes, and even a "retro" version of a Bob Dylan tune by Early Access Music Project musicians. The Haven.  7:30-9:30pm.  $25.  Email: info@earlymusiccville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 8, Friday
UVA CAVALIER MARCHING BAND OPEN REHEARSAL
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows, weather permitting. Parking is available at Culbreth Road Parking Garage, the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, and the Central Grounds Parking Garage. There is limited street parking on University Avenue. Carr's Hill Field.  Directions: at the corner of Emmet and Ivy roads.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
September 8 & 10, Friday & Sunday
CVILLE JR. IDOL 2017
This year's Cville Jr. Idol competition features 18 contestants ranging in age from 8 to 14. Vote for your favorite! A chorus of children, teens and adults will also be singing to some of the most memorable songs of the last 30 years in celebration of Black Box Player's 30th birthday! Burnley-Moran Elementary School.  7pm Friday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Email: maryanne@blackboxplayers.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 15, Friday
LAUGHING DRAGON KUNG FU
JMRL- Northside Library.
Laughing Dragon Kung Fu presents a traditional Chinese dragon dance followed by a traditional southern Chinese lion dance. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 15, Friday
UVA CAVALIER MARCHING BAND OPEN REHEARSAL
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows, weather permitting. Parking is available at Culbreth Road Parking Garage, the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, and the Central Grounds Parking Garage. There is limited street parking on University Avenue. Carr's Hill Field.  Directions: at the corner of Emmet and Ivy roads.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
September 16, Saturday
IRISH DANCE & MUSIC PERFORMANCE
JMRL - Central Library.
The Blue Ridge Irish Music School gives a dance and music performance and a short talk about their instruments. JMRL - Central Library.  3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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August 21, Monday
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate America's first total solar eclipse in almost a century. Come early and decorate a solar cookie and learn about the eclipse from a local expert. Get official NASA safety viewing glasses and walk over to Emancipation Park for front row seats at the grand event. Peak viewing time is 2:40-2:45pm JMRL- Central Library.  1:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 22, Tuesday
EXTRAORDINARY STAN LEE TRIBUTE
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount broadcasts this tribute live from Los Angeles. Hosted by Chris Hardwick. The Paramount Theater.  9pm.  $12 adult, $10 student.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
June 22-August 24, Thursdays
$5 ADMISSION THURSDAY
Amazement Square.
Every Thursday admission is reduced to $5 from $9 for the entire day. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  $5 per person.  Email: ashleigh@amazementsquare.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
August 25, Friday
C4K ANNUAL SHOWCASE
Computers4Kids.
This is your chance to see the amazing STEAM projects of Computers4Kids members at the annual showcase. Refreshments and entertainment provided. RSVP please. Computers4Kids.  Directions: 945 2nd St.  5-7pm.  $Free.  Email: lizzie@computers4kids.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-1121. 
 
August 25, Friday
FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT
Maymont Estate.
Explore Maymont's 100 acres in a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels available. Ages 4 and up. Register online. Maymont, Richmond.  10am-12pm.  $15 per family, $12 for members (up to four people).  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
August 25, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. The children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Ages 6-35 months. Registration is requested. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 26, Saturday
9TH ANNUAL SPLASH FOR A CURE & 5K
The Ishan Gala Foundation.
The event will include a 5K race, slip-sliding water-park fun, entertainment and great food put on by the Ishan Gala Foundation to raise money and awareness for the devastating childhood cancer neuroblastoma. A family of four (2 adults and 2 youth) can purchase a family package for $45. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. ACAC Adventure Central.  Directions: 200 Four Seasons Drive.  8-11:30am.  $15 adult, $10 ages 3-12, 2 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Megan Young.  Email: info@ishangala.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 234-4644. 
 
August 27, Sunday
2ND ANNUAL BASIC CITY TAILGATE THROWDOWN
Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.
A fun-filled event featuring craft brew from Basic City Beer Co., food samples and the first beer complimentary for each ticketholder. Along with delicious fare from local food trucks you can enjoy entering to win raffles and listening to fabulous tunes by Kiz Carter and Who Shot John. Plus, watch a cook-off contest between area UVA, JMU and Virginia Tech fan clubs. 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro.  Email: ahudlow@wwrcf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-241-3577. 
 
August 5 & 6, 26 & 27, Saturdays & Sundays
SWANNANOA PALACE OPEN HOUSE
Swannanoa Palace.
Swannanoa Palace, a $2 million mansion built in 1912 by Major James Dooley and modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, is open to the public. The 4,000-piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley are sure to impress. Swannanoa Palace.  Directions: 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton.  11:15am-5pm.  $8, 12 and under free (cash or check only).  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-5653. 
 
September 3, Sunday
ROCKFISH VALLEY FOUNDATION OPENING CELEBRATIONS
Rockfish Valley Foundation.
Celebrate the grand opening of the new Children's Nature Trail with tours, walks on the children's nature trail, giant play pipe and swings, as well as the new "Naturally Nelson" exhibit at the Natural History Center. Attendees can also enjoy a watermelon seed spitting contest, horseshoes, pulpwood throwing and "mud" kitchen. Kona Ice and Lucky Duck Kettle Corn and watermelon will be available. Natural History Center, Nellysford.  Directions: 1368 Rockfish Valley Hwy.  1-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Peter Agelasto.  Email: info@rockfishvalley.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0271. 
 
September 4, Monday
FREE RIDES ON THE GYPSY EXPRESS
Gypsy Hill Park Express.
On Labor Day, Gypsy Express, Virginia's hometown mini-train, will offer free rides! Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  1-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 12-September 4
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. 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.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
Now-September 8, Fridays
$5 AFTER FIVE: LATE-PLAY NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Play late on Fridays at the Museum from spring into the end of summer. No registration required. Virginia Discovery Museum.  $5 per family.  Recommended for ages 15 to 18.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
September 9-10, Saturday-Sunday
HEROES WEEKEND
Back Home on the Farm.
All local military, fire, rescue and police departments are invited to enjoy the farm's activities free of charge. Back Home on the Farm, Harrisonburg.  All Day.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
September 10, Sunday
LAST BLAST OF SUMMER
Nelson County Community Fund / Rockfish Valley Community Center.
This fundraiser for the Nelson County Community Fund and Rockfish Valley Community Center will feature live music by the Bobby Midnight Band, free Knockerball, food and beverages, dunk tank, faceprinting and more. Blue Mountain Pavilion at RVCC.  4-7:30pm.  $10 adults, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 13, Wednesday
QUEER THEORY
JMRL - Central Library.
Celebrate Charlottesville's Pride Festival with this all-ages lecture. James Madison University Professor Dr. Zachary Dorsey explores theories about queer identity and how they interact within society. All walks of life and ages are invited. Central Library.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 14, Thursday
PAINTING & SKETCHING IN THE GARDEN
Monticello.
Join Debbie Donley, Monticello's flower gardener and a professional artist, for a painting workshop in the gardens. She will demonstrate both simple line-drawing and basic watercolor techniques. Monticello.  9:30-11:30am.  $24.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
September 16, Saturday
43RD STREET FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
43rd Street Gallery.
Come to this fine art and craft show featuring 75 of the region's finest artisans. Enjoy a day of art, music and food. Forest Hill Ave. & 43rd St., Richmond.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-233-1758. 
 
September 16, Saturday
BELMONT BASH
Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association.
Celebrate the Belmont & Carlton neighborhood and the people who live there in this free family-friendly celebration. Music, food and fun! Belmont Park.  2-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 16, Saturday
CONQUER CHIARI WALK ACROSS AMERICA
The event supports the thousands of people struggling with Chiari Malformation, a serious neurological disorder. Participation is free. Albemarle High School.  8:30am Registration, 10am Walk Starts.  Contact: Melissa Bibb.  Email: CCWAACharlottesville@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-748-2740. 
 
September 16, Saturday
MORE THAN ONE STORY
JMRL- Northside Library.
More Than One Story is an award-winning card game that builds bridges between people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. Registration required and begins August 26. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 18, Monday
NATURALIZATION CEREMONY AT POPLAR FOREST
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Witness a Naturalization Ceremony welcoming 30 new American citizens in honor of Constitution Day, which commemorates the day in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document they created. Admission to the ceremony is included with general admission to Poplar Forest. Poplar Forest.  11am-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
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. 
 
May 7-October 29, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
Keswick Vineyards.
Every Sunday 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 dog park makes for a great space to let animals run free and get exercise while you enjoy your Virginia wine and enjoy the countryside views. Keswick Vineyards.  Directions: Tasting Room.  12-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
September 5-November 10
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST & TOURS
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
An annual competition challenging youth in grades 3-12, University students and adults to submit original poetry and prose compositions inspired by works on view in the Museum. This year's selections will be drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, and three new exhibitions. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
July 6-December 7, First Thursdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT SERIES
Guitar Charlottesville.
Come enjoy live classical guitar concerts at The Haven on the first Thursdays of each month except for September 2017 when there will be the Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition on the second Saturday of the month. The Haven.  Directions: 112 Market Street.  7pm.  $10 (Suggested donation. None will be turned away).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rafael Scarfullery.  Email: rafael@rafaelscarfullery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 851-0674. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
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. 
 
Third Tuesdays
SILENT DINNER POTLUCK
JMRL - Louisa County.
No talking during this silent dinner. A great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. Please consider bringing dessert of a side dish to share. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: louisa@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
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August 20, Sunday
FUN IN THE SUN SUMMER SOFTBALL CLINIC
Peachtree.
Join in the fun with slip and sliding, relays, bowling (pitching), crow hops, hitting water balloons, monkey in the middle rundown. Open to all skill levels and ages. RSVP to Kristen Hardy by email. Claudius Crozet Park, Lower Field.  1pm.  $Free.  Email: staigerhardy@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
August 20, Sunday
RUN FOR AUTISM 5K & 10K
Organization for Autism Research.
Enjoy a race on the paved trail around Charlottesville. Walkers are welcome. Race Begins/Ends at Riverview Park.  9am 5k, 8:45am 10K.  $Varies.  Recommended for ages 0 to 9.  Email: bishopsevents@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
August 26, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL FIREHOUSE 5K & PANCAKES
Stony Point Volunteer Fire Co. .
Enjoy racing, eating pancakes and playing games. Stony Point Ruritan.  8am race, 8:30-10:30am pancakes.  $25 ($15 for Military/First Responders).  Contact: Cara Metcalf.  Email: info@spvfc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7733. 
 
August 26, Saturday
WALNUT CREEK SPRINT & OLYMPIC TRIATHLONS
Charlottesville Multisports.
Just ten miles south of Charlottesville, this event attracts families, college athletes and experienced racers alike. Walnut Creek Park, North Garden.  8am Olympic Triathlon, 8:40am Sprint Triathlon.  Email: mailto:sewellhorticulture@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-2375. 
 
August 29, Tuesday
RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS' CHARLOTTESVILLE & UVA NIGHT
Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Charlottesville and UVA fans are celebrated and invited to see the fun as the Richmond Flying Squirrels play the Altoona Curve. The Diamond Ballpark, Richmond.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-359-3866. 
 
September 2, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL SEASON OPENER VS. WILLIAM & MARY
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at their home opener! Scott Stadium.  3:30pm.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
September 2, Saturday
WOMEN'S FOUR MILER
Charlottesville Track Club.
Support UVA Cancer Center's Breast Care Program and run in this annual Charlottesville event. Foxfield .  Directions: Garth Road.  8am.  $Varies.  Recommended for ages 10 to 101.  Email: info@womens4miler.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 9, Saturday
"I AM BRAVE" FRONTIER 5K RACE & FUN RUN AND FAMILY FUN DAY
Frontier Culture Museum.
Help raise money for the Meredith Furr Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. A Family Fun Day with live music, games, face painting, food and more will be held on the Pavilion following the 5K beginning at 10:30am. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  8am race, 9:15am Family Fun Day activities begin.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 9, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL PANCAKE 5K
Chiles Family Orchards.
A fundraiser for the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, this annual community event is a scenic out-and-back down Jarman Gap Road. Following the race, enjoy a pancake breakfast. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  7-7:45am registration, 8am race.  $20 adults, $10 kids under 12.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 9, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. INDIANA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos. Scott Stadium.  3:30pm.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
September 16, Saturday
AREA 3 SPECIAL OLYMPICS 10K RUN & 2 MILE WALK
This gently rolling 6.2-mile course features prizes for the best male and female overall, as well as age group place prizes, and grab bags. Meriwether Lewis Elementary School.  8am.  $Varies.  Email: David.Zentmyer@ccs.k12.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-2391. 
 
September 16, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. CONNECTICUT
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  12pm.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
September 17, Sunday
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB CYCLING CHALLENGE
The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge.
Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 25-, 50-, 75-, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, out and back from Old Trail Swim Club to Chiles Peach Orchard. After-party festivities with catered food, drinks, awards, swimming pool, professional pictures and live music. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.  8am start.  Email: stevendale@bgclubva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
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 2-November 24
FOOTBALL WEEKENDS AT ALUMNI HALL
The UVA Alumni Association.
Gather at Alumni Hall three hours before kick-off for every home game. These tailgates feature live bands, tap takeovers by local breweries, kids activities, food, drinks and more. Several big-screen TVs let you catch all the college football gamed action too. One-way shuttle service is provided from Alumni Hall to Observatory Hill Dining Hall across from the stadium. The UVA Alumni Association.  Directions: 211 Emmet Street South.  $Free to attend; Food available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Bartus-Dobson.  Email: jcb9ed@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-9042. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
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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September 11, Monday
QUEENS WHO READ
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate Charlottesville's Pride Festival with this fun family event. Local drag artist Dreama Belle will share stories that celebrate diversity and inclusion at a special storytime. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 19, Tuesday
GOODLIFE THEATER: GOING BUGGY!
JMRL - Central Library.
Stories of favorite creepy-crawly critters from around the world feature puppets, masks, live music, dramatic play and lots of audience participation. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 11-October 23, Mondays
READING RUMPUS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 14-November 2, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 11-November 13, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME FALL SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Ten to 15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages 6-24 months with a caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 13-November 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. JMRL- Northside Library.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 13-November 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 2-December 30, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville 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. 
 
Every Friday
CHILDREN'S STORYTIME
New Dominion Bookshop.
Bring the kids to enjoy storytime at New Dominion Bookshop. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main Street.  10am.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-2552. 
 
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 September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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August 10-13 & 17-20, Thursday-Sunday
SHREK THE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
This Tony Award-winning musical based on the DreamWorks film features all new songs and brings the beloved characters from the film to life on the stage. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm Thursday-Saturday; 3pm Sunday.  $22 adults, $15 students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
August 25-27, Friday-Sunday
MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR.
Black Box Players.
tentative show times/days above. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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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