Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
April 30, Sunday
JEFFERSON CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: MOZART'S MASS IN C MINOR
Jefferson Choral Society.
The Jefferson Choral Society perform's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Mass in C Minor. Heritage United Methodist Church, Lynchburg.  4pm.  $20 adult, $15 students, Free age 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: jeffersonchoral@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 528-5700. 
 
April 30, Sunday
PVCC CHORUS SPRING CONCERT
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Audiences of all ages will enjoy the repertoire of this annual event. The concert is a gift from the College to music lovers in Central Virginia. PVCC, V. Earl Dickinson Building.  3pm.  $Free; no tickets required.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
April 30, Sunday
UVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents Pianist John Mayhood. Directed by Kelly Sulick, the programs offer a wide range of works that are sure to entertain, educate and enthrall. Old Cabell Hall, UVa.  3:30pm.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
May 6, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT
Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra.
Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church.  Directions: 120 W. High St.  3pm.  $5 suggested minimum donation.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charles Winkler.  Email: skripka87@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5139. 
 
May 13, Saturday
THE KIDZ BOP KIDS
Busch Gardens.
Busch Gardens.  Directions: Williamsburg.  $Free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
May 16, Tuesday
YOUTH ORCHESTRAS OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA SPRING CONCERT
Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia.
Junior Strings, Clarinet Ensemble and Flute Ensemble perform as well. St. Anne's-Belfield's Greenway Rise Auditorium.  Directions: 2132 Ivy Rd.  7pm.  $15 adults; 18 years & under free.  Email: yocva.ed@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-7776. 
 
May 23, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES WITH THE ONLIES & VIVIAN LEVA
James Monroe's Highland & The Front Porch.
Local food and alcohol vendors will be on-site. Plan to buy or pack a picnic and experience the beauty of James Monroes Highland at dusk. Bring your family out with blanket and chairs in tow to enjoy music by The Onlies & Vivian Leva. 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@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
Exhibition Open Through Spring 2017
ART AND COUNTRY EXHIBITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with "country," their homeland. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@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
 
April 29, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
James Monroe's Highland.
Experience arts and crafts outdoors at the home of the fifth president of the United States. Participate in a historic dance workshop, painting, nature photography and more. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the event. An Outdoor Art Creator or Outdoor Art Explorer badge is included with the program fee. Program is available to Brownies and Juniors. Girls MUST attend with an adult (over 18) who stays with them at the event. James Monroe's Highland.  10am-12pm .  $10, free to adult chaperones.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Registration required by April 21  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
May 6, Saturday
FLUVANNA COUNTY OLD FARM DAY
Fluvanna County.
Displays of historic farm equipment, demonstrations by heritage craftsmen, crafts, hayrides, contests and 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.  9am-4pm.  $5, kids free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@oldfarmday.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-9405. 
 
May 3-4 & 10-11
PORTRAITS WITH BABY BUNNIES AT CHILES
Chiles Peach Orchard & Aaron Watson Photography.
Mini sessions just in time for Mother's Day. To make your portrait session even more fun there will be baby bunnies available to be a part of your family portrait. Limited availability so call or email today. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  4-6pm.  $99.  Email: info@aaronwatsonphoto.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8031. 
 
March 5-May 13, Select Sundays & Saturdays
CAROMOUNT FARM OPEN HOUSE & SNUGGLE SESSIONS
Caromont Farm.
Enjoy a casual day sharing in the beauty of the farm and in the company of the baby goats. A pop-up shop selling cheese, tours of the farm, and other local business representatives will be available. Slots are limited. Check website for specific dates. Caromont Farm Kitchen, Esmont.  11am-4pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 831-1393. 
 
May 14, 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 on the patio. The Market at Grelen.  11:30am & 12:30pm.  $20 adult, $15 ages 6-12, kids 5 & under free .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
May 14, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION AT CARTER MOUNTAIN
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Treat your mom, grandma or any special woman in your life to a morning on the mountain. Kick it off with a pancake breakfast. Kids can make a craft or card in the craft station and bouquets of fresh flowers will be available for purchase. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-12pm pancake breakfast, 10am-5pm .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
May 14, Sunday
RICK OLIVAREZ AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm.
Adventure Farm.  Directions: 1135 Clan Chisholm Lane, Earlysville.  2-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
May 27, Saturday
AFTON AFTER HOURS WITH ELI COOK
Afton Mountain Vineyards.
Season Opener of "Afton After Hours" with Eli Cook. Enjoy the start of summer with live music. Food trucks available, picnics welcome. Rain or shine. Bring a chair or a blanket. Wine available for bottle purchase only. Afton Mountain Vineyards.  6-8:30pm.  $5 cover, under 18 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8667. 
 
Late April-Mid June
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Pick your own strawberries or purchase ready picked! Chiles Peach Orchard.  Directions: 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.  Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
April 28, May 26 & June 30, Final 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. 
 
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. 
 
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
 
April 29, Saturday
BRIDGE DAY STAUNTON
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more! Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 29, Saturday
DOWNS WILDLIFE AND WINE FESTIVAL
A day at the Downs Wildlife and Wine Festival to benefit for the Wildlife Conservation Center featuring an evening performance by Bruce Hornsby at the Blue Ridge Bowl. All-day entertainment and wine tastings from Virginia wineries. Infinity Downs Farm.  Directions: 1500 Diggs Mountain Rd., Arrington.  12pm.  Email: info@infinitydowns.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-9000. 
 
April 29, Saturday
RIVERFEST
Riverfest Waynesboro.
Activities include reptile shows, stream safari, fish and fun rodeo, farmer's market, canoe rides, kids arts & crafts, stream electro-fishing and the Great South River Duck Race! Rain or shine. No pets allowed. Constitution Park, Main St. downtown Waynesboro at the South River.  Directions: Exit 99 off Interstate 64. Take US 250W to Main St., Waynesboro.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: riverfest@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7738. 
 
April 30, Sunday
FAMILY FITNESS FAIR AT PANORAMA FARMS
Charlottesville Day School.
A fun, family-friendly event including kids' dashes, cross-country races for kindergarteners through adults, and fun and games for everyone. Held at Panorama Farms, which is home to UVA's Cross Country Course. Panorama Farms, Earlysville.  1-3:30pm.  Email: info@charlottesvilledayschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2371. 
 
May 6, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL MSC TRUCK TOUCH
Montessori School of Charlottesville/ CharlottesvilleFamily.
This event provides 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. Proceeds benefit the Montessori School of Charlottesville Scholarship Fund. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. IX Art Park.  10am-2pm.  Email: trucktouchcville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6, Saturday
BATESVILLE DAY 2017
Batesville Community Service Club (Ruritans).
42nd annual celebration featuring a 10K race, the biggest little parade, a village fair, the Albemarle Morris Men, games and fun. Food provided by The Batesville Market, which will celebrate its grand reopening as well. Central Virginia Blues Society provides the music. See website for schedule of events. Batesville.  8am race, 11am parade, 12pm fair.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: organizer.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6, 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 live music, antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more. Downtown Farmville.  Directions: Main and High Streets, Farmville.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@heartofvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 395-2744. 
 
May 6-7, Saturday & Sunday
27TH ANNUAL 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, kite flying, and carriage rides all day. Co-hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Rain or shine. Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  11am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, 12-20 $5, under 12 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
May 7, Sunday
VIRGINIA FOLKLIFE APPRENTICESHIP SHOWCASE
James Monroe's Highland/ VA Folklife Program.
Join Virginia's folk masters and their apprentices for a celebration of traditional music, food and crafts at James Monroe's Highland. James Monroe's Highland.  12-5pm.  $Free.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
May 13, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF CULTURES
Adult Learning Center/ Charlottesville City Schools/ CharlottesvilleFamily.
A fun-filled celebration of the cultural and linguistic diversity in the greater Charlottesville community. The day features a family-friendly roster of international music and dance performances; cultural exhibits; hands-on activities and passports for kids; artisan crafts; local resource information; plus delicious ethnic food for sale. Over 25 different nationalities are represented. The event is open to the public. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Lee Park.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Zakira Beasley.  Email: Zakira@festivalofcultures.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 960-5656. 
 
May 13, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE CATHOLIC SCHOOL SPRING FLING
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun. Enjoy games, food, bull riding and take a shot sinking CCS faculty in the dunk tank. Charlottesville Catholic School.  1-4pm.  $13 in advance/$15 at the door for ages 3-18.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Monica Jordan.  Email: monicajordan@mac.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 13, Saturday
FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB SPRING FESTIVAL
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Welcome the start of the swim season. Enjoy Fry's Spring Beach Club's pools and grounds, a giant slip n' slide and kayak races in the big pool, thanks to the Rivanna River Company. Kids can enjoy a grounds-wide treasure hunt. The cafe will be open, serving food, beer and wine. At 5pm, We Are Star Children will start playing. Fry's Spring Beach Club,Fry's Spring Beach Club.  1-7pm.  $5 nonmembers.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
May 13, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tandem Friends School.
Don't miss the annual Mother's Day Music Festival featuring music, food and drink for sale and fun activities for all ages (lawn games, petting zoo and crafts for kids). Musical acts include: Will Overman, Sarah White, Crystal Gardens, Eli Cook and Gold Connections. Tandem Friends School, 279 Tandem Lane.  11am-4pm.  $6 advance, $8 day of event, mothers get in 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 13, Saturday
MUSIC & FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
Layz S Ranch.
Four local bands and several food truck along with face painting, bounce house and more to benefit Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia. Layz S Ranch.  Directions: 2253 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra.  12-7pm.  Email: info@layzsranch.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 591-0898. 
 
May 13, Saturday
PETPAWLOOZA
City of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Department.
Enjoy a day at the park with your family and pets with performances by a national doggie stunt show, The Marvelous Mutts. Let your dog compete in musical sits contests, bob for treats and other contests. Dog adoptions, vendors and food will round out ht day. Discounted rabies vaccinations will also be available. Coyner Springs Park.  10am-2pm.  Contact: Stephanie Seltzer.  Email: events@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
May 13 & 14, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Dozens of juried fine art and craft exhibitors show and sell their work at this fun family-friendly event. Live music, great food and activities for the kids including bouncy castles, face painting, t-shirt upcycle art project, petting zoo and more. Claudius Crozet Park.  Directions: Route 250 West to Crozet and follow signs.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $7 adults, kids 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: festival@crozetfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-8284. 
 
May 20, Saturday
28TH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
Enjoy a Strawberry Breakfast, as well as strawberry cakes, pies, slushies, and desserts in the heart of historic Stanardsville. Lunch will be served as well. Enjoy 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 benefit Stanardsville United Methodist Church and local missions. Downtown Stanardsville.  Directions: Court Square.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Carol Haas.  Email: goodallmtnconsultants@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-6158. 
 
May 20, Saturday
CROZET CAR SHOW
Claudius Crozet Park.
The Crozet Car Show is a community event to bring together car enthusiasts while helping to support local charities. All of the proceeds will go to Claudius Crozet Park. Claudius Crozet Park.  9am-1pm.  Email: crozetcarshow@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 20, Saturday
GORDONSVILLE FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
The 5th anniversary of the famous fried chicken festival. Join in the fried chicken contest or the fruit, cream or custard pie contests for a chance to win a cash prize. The event also features a wine garden and numerous craft and artisan vendors. Gordonsville Fire Company Fair Grounds.  11am-5pm.  $Free.  Email: dsolomon@gordonsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-1735. 
 
May 20-21, Saturday-Sunday
25TH ANNUAL MONACAN INDIAN NATION POWWOW
Monacan Indian Nation.
Drum contests, special performances by Native American singers and dancers. Enjoy Native American crafts and food. Fun for the entire family. Rt. 130, 6 Miles West of Rt. 29, Elon.  10am-9pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday.  $8 adults, $6 seniors & kids 5-12, free kids under 5.  Contact: Chief Dean Branham.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-946-0389. 
 
May 21, Sunday
4TH ANNUAL FAMILY BIKE FEST
Blue Wheel Bicycles.
Bike handling skill courses for riders of all ages. Bring the family to enjoy Strider Course, a Bike Decoration Station, and Bike Handling Skill Courses for riders of all ages. Charlottesville Safe Routes to School coordinator, City Police and CAT will be on-site as well as Blue Wheel Bicycle employees. Books on Bikes will be hosting a kids reading circle. IX Art Park.  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 27-28, Saturday-Sunday
51ST ANNUAL 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: 540-885-2028. 
 
May 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
VIRGINIA HOT GLASS FESTIVAL
Sunspots Studios.
Dozens of visiting glass artists bring their work and skills to demonstrate in the hot shop. Two floors of glass art and jewelry and two days of non-stop demos--work created before your eyes. Wine tastings from Barren Ridge Vineyards and lots of glass jewelry. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 South Lewis Street, Staunton.  9am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
May 26-29, Friday-Monday
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BLUES & BREWS
Wintergreen Resort.
Welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains including microbrew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party and the 2nd Annual Tread and Trail Series part 1 featuring Cliffhanger Mountain Bike Race and Trail Run. 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. 
 
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. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
April 28, Friday
LUNCH WITH JAMES MONROE
In honor of James Monroe's 259th birthday, have lunch with Monroe reenactor Dennis Bigelow, who will share first-person accounts from his life and answer audience questions. Box lunches included with registration featuring a specialty sandwich plus bottled water, grapes, chips and fresh baked dessert. Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of James Monroe.  12-1pm.  $25.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
April 29, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
James Monroe's Highland.
Experience arts and crafts outdoors at the home of the fifth president of the United States. Participate in a historic dance workshop, painting, nature photography and more. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the event. An Outdoor Art Creator or Outdoor Art Explorer badge is included with the program fee. Program is available to Brownies and Juniors. Girls MUST attend with an adult (over 18) who stays with them at the event. James Monroe's Highland.  10am-12pm .  $10, free to adult chaperones.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Registration required by April 21  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
April 29, Saturday
BRIDGE DAY STAUNTON
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more! Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 26-29, Wednesday-Saturday
WOOL DAYS AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Learn about wool and flax processing, from shearing to weaving, on the museum's historic farms. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: take I-64 toward Staunton, then I-81 North, exit 222 and follow signs.  9am-5pm.  $Included with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
May 14, 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.  11am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
May 14, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY TEA & TOURS
Agecroft Hall.
Spend the afternoon at Agecroft Hall. Enjoy live music 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.  $24.  Contact: Katie Reynolds.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-353-4241. 
 
May 13-14, Saturday & Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND AT MOUNT VERNON
Mount Vernon.
Join the Mother of our Country, Martha Washington for Mother's Day weekend at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon.  Directions: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon.  9am-5pm.  Email: tickets@mountvernon.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-780-2000. 
 
May 20, Saturday
THE SLAVE DWELLING PROJECT
Poplar Forest.
Join The Slave Dwelling Project for a look at life in the Poplar Forest Slave Quarters. Cooking demonstrations, storytelling and more. 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
April 1-May 27, Saturdays
THE THOMAS JEFFERSON CENTER FOR HISTORIC PLANTS
Monticello.
Explore inspiring display gardens of historic and native plants in their full spring glory. Then find your favorites and more for sale in the nursery. Knowledgeable nursery staff on hand to answer questions. Monticello Tufton Farm.  Directions: 1293 Tufton Farm.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April 29-30, Saturday-Sunday
5TH ANNUAL PLANT/YARD/BAKE SALE
White Hall Ruritan Club.
In addition to baked goods, the White Hall Ruritan Club will be selling flowering plants, shrubs, trees, vegetable plants, berries and herbs. Yard sale items range from jewelry to kitchen items to furniture. Proceeds will fund local scholarships and improvements to White Hall's century-old Community Building. White Hall Community Building.  Directions: 2904 Brown's Gap Turnpike, White Hall.  All ages welcome. 
 
May 4, Thursday
TRUNK SHOW AT HARRIS FINE ART
Harris Fine Art.
Come shop for Mother's Day gifts at the Trunk Show at Harris Fine Art featuring art, Kaftans and clothing by Amanda Talley and jewelry, hardware and home pieces by Addison Weeks. Harris Fine Art.  Directions: 109 1st St. South.  5-10pm.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Email: bryce@harrisfineart.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 404-964-9651. 
 
May 6-29
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. 
 
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 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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April 27, Thursday
"NIGHT BIRD SONG"
JMRL- Central Library.
JMRL - Central Library.  7pm.  Contact: Krista Farrell.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 30, Sunday
WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Films that tell stories about the planet, the wild lands, the people of the communities who love them, play in them and defend them. Remarkable places that inspire wonder, highlight issues and provide solutions. Visulite Cinema.  Directions: 12 N. Augusta St., Staunton.  7pm.  $10-20.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6, Saturday
"LITTLE HEROES" AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your kids to see this endearing film about a girl and her loyal dog. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: West Rio Rd.  2:30-4pm.  $Free.  Email: cnowcville@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
May 25, Thursday
"BIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT"
JMRL - Central.
Central Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Final Thursdays
CENTRAL LIBRARY FILM SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
January 26: The Count of Monte Cristo; February 23: Color Line of Scrimmage with director Lorenzo Dickerson; March 30: My Architect; April 27: Night Bird Song; May 25: Birders: The Central Park Effect JMRL- Central Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
May 6, Saturday
STAR WARS DAY
Amazement Square.
At a children's museum not so far away, children can enjoy Star Wars games, crafts, and challenges. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg.  10am-2pm.  $5 plus admission.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
May 13, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: BEADING BEAUTIFUL BANDS
Fralin Museum of Art.
Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm & 3-5pm.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
Now-July 18, Third Tuesdays
BABES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
A new program specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions (18 months and younger). Join an educator and fellow parents for lively conversation about works of art on view, with baby coos and cries encouraged. Look and discuss in a supportive environment with time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. Slings over strollers are preferred when possible, and a 1:1 adult to infant ratio, but will work to accommodate parents of twins. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 18.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
Now-July 23
IMAGINING ANTIQUITY: ITALIANATE PRINTS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
The 18th century, coincident with what is often termed the Age of Enlightenment, was a period of European history that witnessed a resurgence of an interest in antiquity, specifically in the culture of classical Rome. This exhibition, which showcases a collection of prints recently gifted to the Museum and now on public display for the first time, explores a range of artistic responses to this cultural phenomenon, from the depiction of both contemporary and historical landscapes, to Neoclassical visualizations of ancient mythologies and historical events, to images that speak to the rise of antiquarianism. The Fralin Museum of Art.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
Second Saturdays
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 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. 
 
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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April 1-29
PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION GARDEN
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, 3,000+ pinwheels will be "planted" in the Children's Garden, each representing a child served this year by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia's Healthy Families program. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Opening Hours.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 7, Sunday
MUSHROOM ID AND FORAGING
The Living Earth School.
Folks requested this class for years and it's finally available. Fungal expert, Charlie, leads you through the identification and ethical harvesting of these elusive delicacies. For adults and mature teens. Living Earth School, Afton.  9am-2pm.  Recommended for ages 13 to 99.  Email: livingearthva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7339. 
 
May 12, Friday
NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Visit on National Public Gardens Day and enjoy free tours of historic Bloemendaal House from 11am-3pm. (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 12-14, Friday-Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
A 3-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom and loved ones. Enjoy the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, live music, Children's Garden's activities, shopping, dining and more. Sunday's concert will be held at Bloemendaal House from 1-4pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 1-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. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
Second Monday and Last Thursday of each month
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. 
 
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. 
 
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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April 29, Saturday
"INTO THE WINGS" CHILDREN'S BALLET EVENT
Charlottesville Ballet.
Following a performance of The Firebird, children ages 3-8 are invited on stage. Decorate a craft, learn a dance from The Firebird and take photos with characters from the ballet. An all-inclusive ticket gives your child access to the ballet and this event. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Dr.  1pm & 4pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592 . 
 
April 27 & 29, Thursday & Saturday
MADAGASCAR JR.
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Come see Charlottesville Catholic School's spring musical. Church of the Incarnation.  Directions: 1465 Incarnation Dr.  7pm Thursday & Saturday.  $10, $5 students/seniors.  Contact: Rich Barnett.  Email: r.barnett@cvillecatholic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-0400. 
 
April 29, Saturday
THE FIREBIRD BALLET
Charlottesville Ballet.
The Firebird is a classic Russian fairy tale that combines all the elements of a great story: a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, an evil sorcerer, and magical creatures. After the performance join the dancers for "Into the Wings," a performance perfect for boys and girls ages 3-8. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Dr.  1pm and 4pm.  $Varies.  Email: tickets@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
May 5, Friday
EVENING OF PRAISE FEATURING DANCE AMBASSADORS IDANCE MINISTRY
The public is invited to enjoy song and dance at this event. Additional guests include Ella Marrs, The Men of Mount Zion First African Baptist Church Choir, Matthew 25 Band and more. Covenant Church.  Directions: 1025 Rio Road East.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Maria Daniel.  Email: idanceministry@gmail.com. For more info call: 409-7764. 
 
May 6, Saturday
CHOO CHOO SOUL
Busch Gardens.
All Aboard! Genevieve Goings and Constantine "DC" Abramsonm stars of CHOO CHOO SOUL perform. These ten-year Disney Channel veterans and Parents Choice award-winning duo will deliver a soulful spin for both children and parents to enjoy. Busch Gardens.  Directions: Williamsburg.  $Free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
May 6, Saturday
JACK HANNA'S INTO THE WILD LIVE
The Paramount Theater.
Jungle Jack introduces you to some of the world's most spectacular animals. The Paramount Theater.  4pm.  $24.50, $34.50, $54.50.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
May 13, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tandem Friends School.
Don't miss the annual Mother's Day Music Festival featuring music, food and drink for sale and fun activities for all ages (lawn games, petting zoo and crafts for kids). Musical acts include: Will Overman, Sarah White, Crystal Gardens, Eli Cook and Gold Connections. Tandem Friends School, 279 Tandem Lane.  11am-4pm.  $6 advance, $8 day of event, mothers get in 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 14, Sunday
WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?
Carpenter Theatre.
Current cast members of Whose Line Is It Anyway? set out on a new improv tour. Improvised comedy and song based on audience suggestions and audience participation. All ages welcome. Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center.  7:30pm.  $27-57.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-800-514-3849. 
 
May 21, 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 Rd.  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 12-14, 19-21
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Black Box Players.
The show is perfect entertainment for all ages. Bring the whole family to see Dorothy and the gang in Oz. Burnley Moran Elementary School.  7pm Fridays & Saturdays, Sundays 3pm.  $10.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 23, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES WITH THE ONLIES & VIVIAN LEVA
James Monroe's Highland & The Front Porch.
Local food and alcohol vendors will be on-site. Plan to buy or pack a picnic and experience the beauty of James Monroes Highland at dusk. Bring your family out with blanket and chairs in tow to enjoy music by The Onlies & Vivian Leva. 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@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
May 26, 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.  6:30pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: samanthaelhart@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-1236. 
 
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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March 29-April 27, Wednesday or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Please register for only Wednesdays or Thursdays. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 27, Thursday
SCOTT WAGNER CHIROPRACTIC GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Scott Wagner Chiropractic & Sports Medicine.
The business has moved and is having a Grand Opening Celebration in its new facility! Complimentary eats, beverages, office tours, chiropractic demo's and activities for kids, and an APPLE WATCH GIVEAWAY. Scott Wagner Chiropractic.  Directions: 2109 India Road.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kasey Patterson.  Email: prdrwagner@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-4888. 
 
April 28, Friday
GRAND CAVERNS SPLIT MEDAL 5K CHALLENGE
Grand Caverns Park.
This certified 5k race offers a "Virginia" flat and fast course in and around the park. Enjoy post-race prizes and munchies. Grand Caverns Park, Grottoes.  6:35pm.  $Free.  Email: mike@grandcaverns-5k.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 29, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
James Monroe's Highland.
Experience arts and crafts outdoors at the home of the fifth president of the United States. Participate in a historic dance workshop, painting, nature photography and more. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the event. An Outdoor Art Creator or Outdoor Art Explorer badge is included with the program fee. Program is available to Brownies and Juniors. Girls MUST attend with an adult (over 18) who stays with them at the event. James Monroe's Highland.  10am-12pm .  $10, free to adult chaperones.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Registration required by April 21  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
April 29, Saturday
DIVERSITY IN ACTION CELEBRATION
JMRL - Central Library.
Grab a passport and explore the word with games and activities from different countries and cultures. Fun for the entire family. Central Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 29, Saturday
PEEPAPALOOZA!
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A gallery tour of Peepapalooza creations, with awards for dioramas, snacks and good company. Gordon Avenue Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 29, Saturday
SPRING RACES AT FOXFIELD
Foxfield.
Races featuring the country's finest horses, riders and trainers. The Spring Race will benefit International Neighbors Charlottesville. Popular with college students and other revelers last year's race drew over 25,000 guests. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road.  9am gates open, 1:30 first race, 5:30pm gates close.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
April 29, Saturday
WALK FOR LIFE
The Pregnancy Centers of Central VA.
Walk for Life and support The Pregnancy Centers of Central VA at the annual 2-mile walk. Arrive at 8:30am to enjoy the free family fun: bounce house, continental breakfast, face painting, and more. First Baptist Church, 735 Park St.  9am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: stroller and wheelchair friendly  Contact: Kathy Brown.  Email: Kathy@virginiapregnancy.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-4516. 
 
May 4, Thursday
5TH ANNUAL BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE
Big Brothers Big Sisters.
This Star Wars-themed fundraising event supports mentoring kids in the Charlottesville area. Form a team of six adults, eat, drink, win prizes, bid on auction items, meet celebrity guests, visit the photo booth, partake in three hours of unlimited bowling and help a great cause. AMF Kegler's Lanes.  6:30-9:30pm.  Contact: Chelsea.  Email: cbhimji@blueridgebigs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0882 x100. 
 
May 5, Friday
HOPE GROWS CELEBRATION
A fun, family-friendly evening featuring a Camp Holiday Trails Camp Family as guest speaker. King Family Vineyards, Crozet.  5pm.  $85 adult, kids 5 and above $10, under 4 free.  Email: heather@campholidaytrails.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3781. 
 
May 1-5
NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
Recognize and celebrate your favorite teachers!
 
May 6, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL JUNIOR STEP & DANCE COMPETITION
Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition.
The best of each genre, step and dance teams will collide on the stage competing. Non-stop, high-energy fun. V. Earl Dickinson Building.  7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.  $10 in advance, $13 at the door.  Email: daneandstep@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-0650. 
 
May 6, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL LOUISA COMIC CON
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with fun workshops, special guests, artwork on display, free comics, raffles, costume contests, crafts, a photo booth, prizes and more. Enter the Comic Book Hero Art Contest for all school-aged children. All ages welcome. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  10:30am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
May 6, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is 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 6, Saturday
INAUGURAL HOW-TO FESTIVAL
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in to any 15-30 minute session and learn about a variety of topics from how to raise chickens in the city or brew a perfect cup of coffee to how to prepare for a zombie invasion or learn computer coding. See the 3D printer in action and pick up a free comic book as well. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 28-30 & May 5-7
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: THE FRIENDSHIP TOUR 2017
B&O Railroad Museum.
Enjoy a train ride with Thomas the Train and more! B&O Railroad Museum.  Directions: 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore.  Thursday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:30am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 866-468-7630. 
 
May 7, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY TEA AT HORTON VINEYARDS
Horton Vineyards.
Start your Mother's Day weekend off right with tea at Horton. Limited seating. RSVP recommended. Horton Vineyards.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville.  11am & 2:30pm seatings.  $45 adults, under 18 $25.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
May 7, Sunday
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND STROKE AWARENESS EDUCATION FAIR
UVA Traumatic Brain Injury Quality Support Team & the UVA Stroke Team.
Visit information tables for materials and local resources, blood pressure checks, stroke risk factor screenings and free bike helmets.* A MoxBox photo booth will be available and door prizes will include autographed UVA Athletics memorabilia from various sports. *Limited quantities available on a first-come, first-served basis. One helmet per person and recipient must be present. Sprint Pavilion.  1-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Erica Umback.  Email: emu3v@virginia.edu. For more info call: 760-4525. 
 
May 3-4 & 10-11
PORTRAITS WITH BABY BUNNIES AT CHILES
Chiles Peach Orchard & Aaron Watson Photography.
Mini sessions just in time for Mother's Day. To make your portrait session even more fun there will be baby bunnies available to be a part of your family portrait. Limited availability so call or email today. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  4-6pm.  $99.  Email: info@aaronwatsonphoto.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8031. 
 
May 13, 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. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.  Directions: 315 Railroad Ave., Elkins, West Virginia.  5:30pm departure.  $81, Parlor Car $91.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-686-7245. 
 
May 13, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY TEA
Maymont.
Dress in your favorite spring fashions and enjoy afternoon tea in a picturesque setting. A time-honored tradition with mothers, daughters and special friends on the mansion porch as elegant Victorian ladies, distinguished gentleman and attending servants see to every detail. Tea sandwiches, little cakes, special music and a mansion visit too. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  2-4pm.  $20 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 x329. 
 
May 13, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND: MUSIC, PLANT SALE & MORE
DuCard Vineyards.
Join Mom for Music on the Patio with Haze and Dacey acoustic duo as they play a variety of folk, alt-country, roots rock, country blues and a hint of jazz and swing. DuCard will also host 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 too. DuCard Vineyards.  12-5pm.  $No cover.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
May 14, Sunday
CHEERS TO MOM
First Colony Winery.
Treat the mothers in your life with a glass of wine on this special day. A gift will be given to the first 24 moms through the door. Spend the day with your family enjoying the weather on the patio with a picnic or learn about the winemaking process with a tour. Free admission. First Colony Winery.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 14, Sunday
FRENCH CREPES FOR MOTHER'S DAY
Delfosse Vineyard and Winery.
Treat that special woman in your life to a relaxing afternoon. Take in the view while enjoying freshly made chef-prepared sweet or savory crepes paired with salad and your favorite Delfosse wine. Delfosse Vineyard and Winery.  Directions: 500 Delfossee Winery Lane, Faber.  12-4pm.  Email: info@delfossewine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-6100. 
 
May 14, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY AT AGECROFT HALL
Agecroft Hall.
The gardens have free admission to celebrate moms. Spend the afternoon enjoying the gardens and grounds. Agecroft Hall: Windsor Farms.  Directions: 4305 Sulgrave Rd .  12:30-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-737-3767. 
 
May 14, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY AT EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Come celebrate Mother's Day with a lovely family-centered day with breathtaking views, a delicious brunch menu and fabulous Virginia wine. Reservations are encouraged. Early Mountain Vineyards.  11am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
May 14, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy a three-course brunch for Mother's Day. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va.  10-11:30am; 11:30am-1pm.  $35 adult, $15 children ages 2-10.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 14, 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 on the patio. The Market at Grelen.  11:30am & 12:30pm.  $20 adult, $15 ages 6-12, kids 5 & under free .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
May 14, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION AT CARTER MOUNTAIN
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Treat your mom, grandma or any special woman in your life to a morning on the mountain. Kick it off with a pancake breakfast. Kids can make a craft or card in the craft station and bouquets of fresh flowers will be available for purchase. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-12pm pancake breakfast, 10am-5pm .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
May 13-21, Saturday-Sunday
FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB WEEKEND OPEN HOUSES
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come try out Fry's Spring Beach Club's three pools and 7 acres of grounds before the official open on Memorial Day weekend. Members and non-members welcome. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  Directions: 2512 Jefferson Park Ave .  12-6pm.  $Free.  Contact: Robin.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
March 28-May 23, Tuesdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET'S SPECIAL DAD-DANCE CLASS
Charlottesville Ballet.
Dads take classes with an instructor for five weeks with daughters joining them for the next three weeks to complete a team dance. New or experienced dancers welcome. Charlottesville Ballet Studios at 1885 Seminole Trail.  7:30-8:15pm.  $25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nina Staeben.  Email: nstaeben@charlottesvilleballet.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-2555. 
 
May 22-26, Monday-Friday
FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB OPEN HOUSES
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
2512 Jefferson Park Ave.  4-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
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. 
 
February 6-July 7
FAULKNER: LIFE AND WORKS
UVA Special Collections Library.
An exhibition surveying one of the great archives of American literature: UVA's William Faulkner collections. Opening celebration on February 28 at 5pm. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, UVA.  Directions: Main Gallery, Harrison Institute and Small Collections Library .  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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.  Directions: 221 Water St. E.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 3pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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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April 28, Friday
GRAND CAVERNS SPLIT MEDAL 5K CHALLENGE
Grand Caverns Park.
This certified 5k race offers a "Virginia" flat and fast course in and around the park. Enjoy post-race prizes and munchies. Grand Caverns Park, Grottoes.  6:35pm.  $Free.  Email: mike@grandcaverns-5k.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 29, 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. 
 
April 29, Saturday
FOSTER WALK 2017
Foster Care Alumni of America.
The walk begins at CATEC and goes through the John Warner Parkway trail then loops around at the 1.6-mile mark to CATEC. Coffee, light breakfast refreshments available and a raffle takes place between 11:30am and 12:30pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. CATEC.  Directions: 1000 Rio Rd. E.  9:15-11am walk, 9-11am run, 7-9am check-in.  $Free (donations welcome).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sarah Groom.  Email: sgroom@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-3707. 
 
April 29, Saturday
HOOP DREAMS 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
A fundraiser for RVCC to support basketball court improvements. Basketball tournament will be 3 flights: Youth (under 18) in the morning, Adult (19-45) in the early afternoon and Geezer (46+) in mid-afternoon. Registration deadline April 23. Food and drinks and trophies to the winners of each flight. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  10am-4pm.  $100 per team.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
April 29, Saturday
JAIDA'S JOY 5K
Jaida's Joy.
Two laps around the school with awards for all kids ages 12 & under in the race and all participants who complete the race. All the proceeds fund schools supplies for less fortunate kids in the community. WMMS.  Directions: 148 Monroe Dr., Stanardsville.  7-8am, 8:30am race starts.  $25 in advance, $30 race day 12 & under, $30 advance, $35 on race day 13 & up.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 29, Saturday
MONTALTO CHALLENGE 5K
Monticello.
An exhilarating 5K race from the base of the Saunders-Monticello Trail to the top of Montalto. The demanding, all-uphill course offers thrilling views of Monticello, Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. All proceeds go the Monticello Fund, which supports the maintenance of the Trail at Monticello. The Saunders-Monticello Trail.  7:30-10am.  $35-55.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
April 29, Saturday
VENABLE ALL-STARS FUN RUN FUNDRAISER
Venable Elementary School.
The 1-mile run/walk starts across from Culbreth Parking garage and end at the Lower Garden of Pavilion X. Water and snacks provided at the finish. Venable Elementary School.  Directions: 406 14th St NW. Close to UVA..  10am.  All ages welcome.  Email: emily@charlottesvillemultisports.com. For more info call: 242-0048. 
 
April 30, Sunday
4TH ANNUAL HOOS HEAL 5K
Notus Sports.
Family-friendly 5K on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. 4th Annual event that benefits the School of Nursing at UVA. Runners and walkers are welcome. Behind Scott Stadium, University of Virginia.  10-11:30am.  $25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Glen Slosson.  Email: gslosson@notussports.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-5421. 
 
April 23-30
BOYD TINSLEY TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Boar's Head Inn.
Boyd Tinsley Women's Clay Court Classic returns to Boar's Head for the 16th year. Boar's Head Inn.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 4, Thursday
5TH ANNUAL BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE
Big Brothers Big Sisters.
This Star Wars-themed fundraising event supports mentoring kids in the Charlottesville area. Form a team of six adults, eat, drink, win prizes, bid on auction items, meet celebrity guests, visit the photo booth, partake in three hours of unlimited bowling and help a great cause. AMF Kegler's Lanes.  6:30-9:30pm.  Contact: Chelsea.  Email: cbhimji@blueridgebigs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0882 x100. 
 
May 6, Saturday
27TH ANNUAL DISCOVERY DASH
Virginia Discovery Museum.
On your mark, get set ... go! Enjoy a morning of great family exercise and fun-filled races for kids ages 3 to 12, including quarter-mile, half-mile, and mile runs; a sibling race; parent-child relays; a community-wide school relay; and even a scramble for the littlest ones! Each runner receives a Dash T-shirt. Monticello High School.  7:45-10am.  $15.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
May 6, Saturday
BATESVILLE 10K
A challenging, uphill course that occurs as part of the 42nd annual Batesville Day. 7am registration, 8am race, 9:30am awards.  Email: events@batesville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6, 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. Main Street and Church Street, Downtown Waynesboro.  7:30am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Anthony Marshall.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-1507. 
 
May 6, Saturday
UMS RESERVOIR 5K & KIDS RUN
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 children 11 and under. It is a half-mile out and back course on Reservoir Road. The proceeds from this event benefit University Montessori's Financial Aid fund. 1034 Reservoir Road.  8am 5k, 9am kids race.  Contact: Megan Donovan.  Email: ums@universitymontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-0583. 
 
May 13, Saturday
12TH ANNUAL RIVANNA RIVER REGATTA CANOE & KAYAK RACE
Charlottesville Area Paddlers.
A 6.2 mile downriver race for all paddler classes to promote recreate, conservation and sportsmanship through paddling on the Rivanna. Charlottesville.  Directions: Starting line: under the Rt. 29 bridge at Rio Mills Road. Finish line: Darden Towe Park boat ramp.  8am, mandatory safety meeting at 9:15am, first heat begins at 10am.  $20 adult, $10 age 13-18, $5 kids under 13.  Contact: Merrill Bishop.  Email: rambishop1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-3072. 
 
May 13, Saturday
16TH ANNUAL RUN & REMEMBER 5K
Hospice of the Piedmont.
A 5K Run/Walk to benefit Hospice of the Piedmont. After the race enjoy prizes and food. Keswick Hall.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  8am, registration begins 6:30am.  Email: info@hopva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
May 13, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL SCOTTSVILLE SCOOT
Scottsville Elementary School PTO.
The course, which is open to vehicles, ends near the start line. Race volunteers will assist with traffic control and provide water. The fun run will loop around non-traffic areas near the Farmers Market. Dorrier Park, Scottsville.  8am kids 1-mile run walk, 8:45am 5k.  All ages welcome.  Email: scottsvillescoot@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 13, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL CROZET RUNNING TRAIL 5K
Crozet Running.
Enjoy the beauty of Mint Springs Park in this 5k race, which is the first of a 4-race Summer Trail Running series in the Charlottesville area. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  8am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 13, Saturday
BE BOLD ORCHARD 5K
Corkscrew Racing.
The newest race in the Bold Rock BE BOLD Challenge features panoramic mountain views, post-race party with cider samplings, live music, awards ceremony and food for purchase from Carter Mountain. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-12pm.  $30 early bird, $40 after April 27.  Email: info@corkscrewracing.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
May 13, Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SCOOT 5K & 1-MILE RUN/WALK
Scottsville Elementary PTO.
The 3rd Annual Scottsville Scoot will include a 5k run/walk and 1-mile kids' run/walk through historic Scottsville. Proceeds benefit Scottsville Elementary's PTO. Bring the family for some exercise and enjoy the Scottsville Farmer's Market and downtown Scottsville after the race. Start: Dorrier Park.  Directions: 250 Page Street, Scottsville.  8am.  $10 (fun run), $45 family pack.  Recommended for ages 5 to 99.  Contact: Lindsay Snoddy.  Email: scottsvillescoot@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 19, Friday
SUPERHERO 2.5K FUN RUN
Get your family moving together with this 2.5K family fun run (or walk). Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given out. Register early to guarantee a t-shirt. Pen Park.  Directions: 1400 Pen Park Rd.  6-7:30pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 20, Saturday
INAUGURAL 5K CHICKEN RUN
A fun-filled 5K run/walk through the streets of historic Gordonsville. A rain or shine event. A portion of the fees will go to much-needed renovations for Dix Memorial Pool and its grounds. Downtown Gordonsville.  8-9:30am registration, 10am race.  $15 advance, $20 after April 24.  Email: dsolomon@gordonsville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 20, Saturday
JAMES SUN COLOR RUN
WAHS Leadership.
Bring the family for a 2-mile color run through the school campus to commemorate the life of former Western student James Sun. All ages are welcome! Register by May 1 and T-shirt is guaranteed with registration fee. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Western Albemarle High School, Crozet.  9am.  $15.  All ages welcome.  Contact: WAHS Leadership.  Email: jamessuncolorrun2017@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-8700. 
 
May 20, Saturday
RED HILL 5K & FUN RUN
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." Cash prizes for winners, raffle prizes and snacks, too. Red Hill Elementary School.  8am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Patricia Perkins.  Email: redhillroar@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-5332. 
 
May 21, Sunday
4TH ANNUAL FAMILY BIKE FEST
Blue Wheel Bicycles.
Bike handling skill courses for riders of all ages. Bring the family to enjoy Strider Course, a Bike Decoration Station, and Bike Handling Skill Courses for riders of all ages. Charlottesville Safe Routes to School coordinator, City Police and CAT will be on-site as well as Blue Wheel Bicycle employees. Books on Bikes will be hosting a kids reading circle. IX Art Park.  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 27, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL KESWICK HUNT CLUB FOX TROT 5K
Keswick Hunt Club.
Run or walk a beautiful and challenging 5K trail course in the heart of Keswick. Kids 12 and under run free in the Kids Mile and Kids Scramble. A "Hunt Breakfast" and wine tasting by Barboursville Vineyards will be offered after the races. Please no strollers or dogs. The post-race "Hunt Breakfast" is free for all registered children, runners, hikers and walkers. Castalia Farm.  Directions: 600 Castalia Farm, Keswick.  5pm kids races, 6pm 5K trail race .  $30 advance, $35 after May 21, Kids free, $10 after May 21 (enter FREEKID in promo box).  Email: melissa_zeller@yahoo.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-9405. 
 
May 27, 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 the local, national and international community since 1983. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia eliminate a waiting list of 100 kids at the Southwood Club. PVCC.  7:30am, registration at 6am.  $30 for adults, $15 for 2-12 years old.  Email: information@notussports.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-1708. 
 
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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April 17-May 23, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins April 4. Gordon Avenue Library.  11:30am Mondays, 9:30am Tuesdays.  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. 
 
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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April 29, Saturday
"INTO THE WINGS" CHILDREN'S BALLET EVENT
Charlottesville Ballet.
Following a performance of The Firebird, children ages 3-8 are invited on stage. Decorate a craft, learn a dance from The Firebird and take photos with characters from the ballet. An all-inclusive ticket gives your child access to the ballet and this event. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Dr.  1pm & 4pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592 . 
 
April 26-30, Wednesday-Sunday
ALBEMARLE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS PRESENTS "MARY POPPINS"
Albemarle High School Players.
Albemarle High School Players presents Mary Poppins beginning with a "Pay What You Will" on April 26 at the Final Dress Rehearsal at 8pm. Opening Preview on the 27th, Opening Night the 28th, Dinner Theater April 29 and Final Performance the 30th. Prices vary depending on which performance you attend. Albemarle High School.  8pm.  $Varies according to performance.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Phil Giaramita.  Email: pgiaramita@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-4049. 
 
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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