Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
September 23, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY
Charlottesville Symphony.
The Charlottesville Symphony, under the baton of new Music Director Benjamin Rous, opens its 2017-18 season September 23 with John Adams’ orchestral fanfare and rhythmic showpiece, Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Shawn Earle is the featured soloist in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last completed work, his soulful Clarinet Concerto. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  8-10pm.  $10-45.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
September 24, Sunday
"DOWN UNDER" FALL CONCERT WITH THE RICHMOND CONCERT BAND
Agecroft Hall.
The Richmond Concert Band performs on Agecroft's front lawn. Agecroft Hall, Richmond.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-737-3767. 
 
September 24, Sunday
A CONCERT FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dave Matthews Band.
A concert for Charlottesville and an evening of music and unity with the Dave Matthews Band, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Cage the Elephant and more. Scott Stadium.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 24, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY BEETHOVEN'S SEVENTH
Charlottesville Symphony.
New Music Director Benjamin Rous kicks off his tenure at the Charlottesville Symphony with a concert that showcases the visceral thrill of orchestral music. The program includes Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center.  3:30pm.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
Saturdays in September & October
FREEFALL MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL
WTJU & IX Art Park.
Freefall picks up where Fridays After Five ends but with a unique and funky vibe. Acts include Black Masala, Alligator, The Judy Chops and the Cville Sabroso Latin Music & Culture Festival. See site for lineup. IX Art Park.  5-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 31, Tuesday
CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN CONCERT
Westminster Organ Concert Series.
A short concert of spooky organ music for Halloween, followed by an upclose demonstration of the organ. Westminster Presbyterian Church.  3:30-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: wheelchair-accessible  Contact: Jonathan Schakel.  Email: music@westminsterva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 963-4690. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
September 23, Saturday
ARTCHO
ArtCHO.
Come enjoy this annual festival with art, music, food and fun in a family-friendly environment. High-quality artwork at reasonable prices will be exhibited and local restaurants and musicians will keep you well-fed and entertained. Donations support local charities. 154 Hansen Rd.  12-6pm.  Email: eileen@artcho.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-9759. 
 
Now-December 31
JULIE GOUGH: HUNTING GROUND
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition is comprised of two video installations and 10 prints by Indigenous Tasmanian artist Julie Gough. Gough is interested in how, if and why tragic events are remembered, and from whose perspective. Her residency in late October and November will explore these questions, offering parallels between her experience in Tasmania and local Charlottesville controversies around confederate statues. 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
 
September 22, Friday
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard/Bold Rock.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Bold Rock Tap Room at Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23-24, Saturday-Sunday
6TH ANNUAL FALL INTO FUN FESTIVAL
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Welcome Autumn with lots of fun activities for children and adults. Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way, enjoy hayrides, play games, Paint a Pumpkin, Decorate a Donut, join in the scavenger hunt, enjoy good food, pick your own apples and pumpkins and more. Chiles Peach Orchard.  9am-6pm.  $Free admission and parking; some activities have a fee.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
May-September, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fruit when it's a little cooler, shop in our Country Store, grab some donuts, cider and lite fare and then head into the Carter Mountain Wine Shop for wine (tastings by the glass or by the bottle). Perch on the decks to listen to free live music and catch an amazing sunset. Carter Mountain Orchard.  6-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 29-30, Friday-Saturday
FALL HARVEST WEEKEND
Misty Mountain Camp Resort.
Beans and cornbread dinner cooked over an open fire. Come enjoy the scenery of The Blue Ridge and the changing colors of fall. Build a scarecrow in the scarecrow contest or take a wagon ride, enjoy s'mores by the bonfire or sing some karaoke at this fun family event. Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-647-8900. 
 
Saturdays in September
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
The Market at Grelen.
Every Saturday in September take a free hayride to the orchards where you can pick your own apples. See live apple pressings and enjoy hard cider tastings. Grelen's homemade apple cider will be available for sale. 15091 Yager Rd, Somerset.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
Now-September 30
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES & BERRIES
Critzer Family Farm.
Pick your own apples and berries and don't forget to get some homemade ice cream, vegetables, plants, jams and jellies. Critzer Family Farm, Afton.  8am-6pm Monday-Saturday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-4772. 
 
September 30-October 1, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE FESTIVAL
Drumheller's Orchard.
This fall's Apple Festival will offer food vendors, crafters, fresh baked goods, hayrides, apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, apple butter, fresh cider, country hams, pumpkins, bouncy houses and a Kids Corner. Live music both days. Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 1, Sunday
FAMILY BARN PARTY
The Women's Initiative.
An afternoon of fun, food, drinks and games. Featuring a bull, our bear and a little country fair. All supporting The Womens Initiative. Bellair Farm.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-0047. 
 
October 4, Wednesday
OCTOBER FIRST WEDNESDAY
King Family Vineyards.
Grab a glass of your favorite King Family Vineyards wine and enjoy live music as the sun sets behind the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Food from The Continental Divide, Blue Ridge Pizza Co., Two Brother's Southwester Food Truck and Sliced cake bar. Tasting Room open for bottle and glass sales until 8pm and food will be served 5-8pm. King Family Vineyards.  5-8pm.  Email: info@kingfamilyvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7118. 
 
October 7, Saturday
SECOND ANNUAL OLD CAR DAY AT DICKIE BROTHERS ORCHARD
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Come see some antique cars and enjoy the orchard where there will be pick-your-own apples available. Dickie Bros. Orchard, Roseland.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
October 7-8, Saturday-Sunday
20TH ANNUAL CULPEPER HARVEST DAYS FARM TOUR
Culpeper Office of Economic Development.
Fifteen area farms participate in this fun annual event. Pony rides, meeting the farm animals, hay rides, live music, horse shows, border collie demonstrations, farm and distillery tours, pumpkin patches and much more. Each farm will offer its own entertainment and events. Tour begins at Welcome Center at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: lloy@culpepercounty.gov. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-727-3410. 
 
October 14, Saturday
FARM ANIMAL DAY
Saunders Brothers Market.
A day on the farm with cows, sheep, goats, chickens and horses and some might even be babies. Enjoy live music from Dave Miller from 11am-3pm. Saunders Brothers Market, Piney River.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 9 & 10, October 14 & 15, Saturdays & Sundays
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES AT SILVER CREEK ORCHARD
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards.
Pick your own apples of many varieties including Red and Golden Delicious, Empire, Jonathan, Virginia Gold, Mutsu, Early Fuji, Granny Smith, Pippin and Jonagold in beautiful Nelson County at the Blue Ridge Mountains. Containers are provided. Silver Creek Orchard, Tyro.  9am-4pm Saturday, 11-4pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@scso.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 21, Saturday
21ST ANNUAL APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL
Wade's Mill.
Enjoy a crisp Autumn day at the oldest commercially operating water powered grist mill in the Shenandoah Valley. Local artisans and crafts include wood turning, blacksmithing, pottery and basket weaving. Take a tour of the historic mill and listen to live music while you enjoy food from Puffs BBQ and wine from Rockbridge Vineyards. Wade's Mill, Raphine.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  Email: info@wadesmill.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-348-1400. 
 
October 7 & 21, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way. Enjoy a cider pressing demo, live music, food, crafters, visiting the corn maze, picking your own pumpkin while children play games and visit with Mingo the Clown. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 21 & 22, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This fall's Apple Festival will offer food vendors, crafters, fresh baked goods, hayrides, apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, apple butter, fresh cider, country hams, pumpkins, bouncy houses and a Kids' Corner! Live music both days! Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 21-22, Saturday-Sunday
BATESVILLE APPLE BUTTER DAYS
Batesville Community Service Club.
Batesville's premier fall event to cut wood for fires, haul tents and chairs, peel and slice 60 bushes of apples, stir, fix breakfast, can, label and clean up etc. Long-time regulars have done this each year since 1975 as a fundraising effort and newer locals are invited to join in. The event goes all through Saturday night without stopping until Sunday afternoon. Batesville.  10am Saturday to 2pm Sunday.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 22, Sunday
WINES AND VINES FESTIVAL
Kilaurwen Winery.
Enjoy Kilaurwen wine, great music and tasty food truck fare while you listen to live music by Scuffletown. Bring your chairs and blankets and join with friends and neighbors. Kilaurwen Winery, Stanardsville.  2-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-2535. 
 
June 1-October 26, Thursdays
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
"Mornings with the Minis" is a fun, hands-on learning experience for children 7+ and adults of all ages. The morning sessions are an introduction to miniature horsemanship, small equine activities for pleasure, sport and miniature horse therapy. Sun Ridge.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd., Gordonsville.  9-11:20am.  $20 per person.  Recommended for ages 7 to 77.  Special Needs Accommodation: yes  Contact: Nancy Wheeler.  Email: morningsunminiatures@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
September 30-October 28, Saturdays, Fridays in October
LAYZ S RANCH PUMPKIN PATCH
Layz S Ranch.
Enjoy fall family fun with hay rides, corn maze, corn pit and slide, hay pyramid, hay maze, giant slides and farm animals. New this year are an AquaPod, tightrope, sky island swing and a 90-foot superslide. Layz S Ranch.  10am-6pm Saturdays.  $7, ages 2 and under free, $25 per family.  All ages welcome.  Email: layzsranchevents@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 591-0898. 
 
Saturdays & Sundays in October
PUMPKIN PATCH AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm.
Come pick your pumpkin at Adventure Farm. Adventure Farm.  12-6pm.  Email: info@adventurefarmvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
October 7-29, Saturdays & Sundays
SARAH'S PUMPKIN PATCH
Sarah's Pumpkin Patch.
Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy family fun every weekend in October. Off of Caves Ford Lane, Orange.  10am-5pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  Email: sarahspumpkins@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-8267. 
 
September-October
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples September through late October among scenic views, or get them freshly picked in the Apple Barn all the way through November. Enjoy hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts year-round. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
October 7-October 31
CELEBRATE FALL AT ROUND HILL FARM
Round Hill Farm.
Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a 200-foot zip line, a hay-bale maze and pyramid, corn maze, farm animals, moon bounces and the tire-swing playground! Off-road adventure rides, pony rides, pumpkins, barrel train rides and face painting for an additional fee. Round Hill Farm.  3-6pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends.  $10.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-8245. 
 
September 30-October 31, Saturdays & Sundays
GREENFIELD FALL FESTIVAL
Pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals, toddler play area, giant slide and corn maze. Greenfield Farm.  Directions: 2455 Dairy Road, Ruckersville.  10am-5pm, Saturdays; 1-5pm, Sundays.  $6 adults, children under 2 free with adult admission.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Dianne Branham.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-7653. 
 
September-October
HENLEY'S ORCHARD
Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley's grows more than 25 varieties of apples with a low-spray method--including regional darling the Albemarle Pippin. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7848. 
 
August 26-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
Now-October
PICK YOUR OWN PUMPKINS
Critzer Farm.
Pick your own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Critzer Family Farm, Afton.  8am-6pm Monday-Saturday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-471-0475. 
 
October 7-31
PUMPKIN PATCH AT SEAMANS' ORCHARDS
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards, Inc.
Pick your own pumpkin or buy a pre-picked one. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchards, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-2523. 
 
September 9-November 11
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 25 acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities and games. Flashlight maze from 6-10pm starting September 23. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  $12 maze admission ages 5-12, $14 ages 13 and up; weekday admissions lower.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
Mid-August-Early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Choose from 15 kinds of apples in a scenic location. See website for harvest schedule. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Monday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
Now-November, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
May 13-November 23, Weekends
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  9-11am Saturdays, 10am-12pm Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September-November
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join the Chiles family for music, food, weekend hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie and all things apple. Pick your own apples or buy them already picked. November is a great time to visit us with typically smaller crowds and great weather. Foliage viewing is at peak in the early part of the month! Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
September 22, Friday
8TH ANNUAL TEN MILER FAMILY FESTIVAL
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
Following the Amazing Mile Children's Run, the public is invited to enjoy the family-friendly and free festival. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 23, Saturday
10TH VIRGINIA CHILI, BLUES N' BREWS FESTIVAL
Stable Craft Brewing.
Live music from DuWayne Burnside, Sun Dried Opossum and more blues bands along with two brewing stations, 12+ taps, local and regional brews, free chili tastings, and up to $2,000 of prize money to be won in the chili competition. No pets or outside coolers. Rain or shine. One Lumos Plaza, Downtown Waynesboro.  2:30-9pm.  $10 advance, $15 at the gate.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL BBQ ON THE BEND COMPETITION
James River Reeling and Rafting.
This people's choice competition features eight teams smoking up some of their best pulled pork for you to try and rate. Proceeds benefit the James River Boys & Girls Club. Competitors will be cooking off for a grand prize of $1000. Cookers will begin their smoking on Friday night and the gates will open to the public at 11am on Saturday. Raffle prizes and live music throughout the day. James River Reeling and Rafting.  11am-5pm.  Contact: Ashley Noble.  Email: canoetown@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4386. 
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
6TH ANNUAL TOMTOBERFEST
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Music, beer and food. This massive fall block party is two days of free concerts, food trucks, entrepreneurs and art in Charlottesville's downtown. This year enjoy a giant New Belgium craft beer garden. Emancipation Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tommy.  Email: Tommy@tomtomfest.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 336-0022. 
 
September 23, Saturday
ARTCHO
ArtCHO.
Come enjoy this annual festival with art, music, food and fun in a family-friendly environment. High-quality artwork at reasonable prices will be exhibited and local restaurants and musicians will keep you well-fed and entertained. Donations support local charities. 154 Hansen Rd.  12-6pm.  Email: eileen@artcho.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-9759. 
 
September 23, Saturday
FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Virginia Distillery Co.
Celebrate the arrival of fall with live music by Michael Clem and food by Moe's Original BBQ all day. Virginia Distillery Company, Lovingston.  11am-6m.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-285-2900. 
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
TOMTOBERFEST: MCGUFFEY BLOCK PARTY
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Two days with 11 bands, hundreds of entrepreneurs and artists in Emancipation Park. McGuffey Art Center.  5:15-10:40pm Friday, 12:30-10:30pm Saturday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23-24, Saturday-Sunday
6TH ANNUAL FALL INTO FUN FESTIVAL
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Welcome Autumn with lots of fun activities for children and adults. Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way, enjoy hayrides, play games, Paint a Pumpkin, Decorate a Donut, join in the scavenger hunt, enjoy good food, pick your own apples and pumpkins and more. Chiles Peach Orchard.  9am-6pm.  $Free admission and parking; some activities have a fee.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 24, Sunday
FOXFIELD FAMILY DAY AT THE RACES
CharlottesvilleFamily.
In addition to the steeplechase races, there will be a jack russell terrier race, bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting and the children and teen activities tents, and a performance by the Charlottesville Orchestra. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road. Enter through East Gate.  10am-5pm.  $Ticket prices vary (see website); free for kids 8 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: information@foxfieldraces.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
September 23-24, Saturday-Sunday
VIRGINIA CLAY FESTIVAL
Greene County Tourism.
An art show celebrating the creative possibilities of clay. This gathering of Virginia potters, sculptors and jewelers selling their latest work also features pottery demonstrations, children's area to play with clay, Raku firing and demonstration, old time and traditional Irish music and food trucks. William Monroe Middle School, Stanardsville.  10-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Holly Horan / John Pluta.  Email: noonwhistle@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-6500. 
 
September 30, Saturday
20TH ANNUAL HARRISONBURG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Harrisonburg International Festival.
A day of family fun that celebrates the many cultures that make up the Harrisonburg community featuring international foods, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and intercultural learning opportunities. Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg.  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Handicapped Accessible  Email: internationalfestival@fairfieldcenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0059x5. 
 
September 30, Saturday
24TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Rockbridge Vineyard.
Wine tasting, hayrides, grape stomping and live music. Bring the kids and lawn chairs for a fun day. Rockbridge Vineyard, Rapine.  12-6pm.  $5 admission includes wine tasting, $3 non-tasters.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-377-6204. 
 
September 30, Saturday
ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE VEGAN ROOTS FEST
Vegan Roots Fest.
Come out to this family- and dog-friendly festival will include music and entertainment from local artists and great food, beer, wine and more. Experts will be on hand to talk about nutrition, menus and shopping. Grab a beer or wine and learn about all the ways veganism is for the animals, people and the planet. Washington Park.  12-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cvillevegfest.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 30, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST
Wood Ridge Farm Brewery.
Come for beer, fun, food and German-inspired festivities. Wood Ridge Farm Brewery, Lovingston.  12-7pm.  Email: info@woodridgefarmbrewery.com. For more info call: 434-422-6225. 
 
September 30, Saturday
OKTOBERFESTIE
Starr Hill Brewery.
New and rare German style beers, beer hall and festie tent, bratwurst battle with local chefs, live music with The Folly, games, prizes and more. Proceeds benefit Charlottesville-Alemarle SPCA. Starr Hill Brewery.  12-7pm.  $20 advance; $25 day of event.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5671. 
 
September 29-October 1, Friday-Sunday
OMEGACON: CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GAMING AND ANIME CONVENTION
The End Games / IX Art Park.
Visit the annual convention for live music, a variety of fun and diverse musical and industry-related guests, game developers and vendors. IX Art Park.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 7, Saturday
ANNUAL BOATS AND BUTTERFLIES FESTIVAL
LCEC.
A family day of taking Rivanna River rides on the handmade wooden boats and of learning about the greatest travellers of all: monarch butterflies. Visitors can help make the annual butterfly painting, collaged from butterflies donated by artists one-year-old and up. Lewis & Clark as Naturalists are also discussed. Darden Towe Park.  10am-4pm.  $7.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 7, Saturday
CONSERVATION DISCOVERY DAY
National Zoo.
For curious conservationists, animal lovers, budding biologists or anyone passionate about science and saving the planet. Designed for sixth-graders to undergrads, this event includes hands-on activities, research demos and mini-chats on hot topics in conservation. Career panel discussions open doors and minds to professional possibilities in the field of conservation. Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, D.C..  9am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-3045. 
 
October 7, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring the whole family to enjoy games on the German farm, traditional food, live dancing and live music. Adults can visit the Beer Garden in the Cochran Pavilion. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  12-7pm, gates open at 9am.  $12 adults, ages 6-12 $7, 6 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
October 7, Saturday
OWENS CREEK OYSTER FESTIVAL AT GRAYHAVEN
Grayhaven Winery.
Find the vest of Virginia's culinary specialty right in the heart of central Virginia at this fun day of music, wine and oysters. Gray haven Winery, Gum Spring.  11am-6pm.  $10 general admission, 17 and under free.  Email: max@grayhavenwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-556-3917. 
 
October 7-8, Saturday-Sunday
29TH ANNUAL 2ND STREET FESTIVAL
2nd Street Festival.
Celebrate the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood with this free two-day festival filled with non-stop music and fun. 401 N. 2nd St., Richmond.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-788-6466. 
 
October 7-8, Saturday-Sunday
30TH ANNUAL FALL FIBER FESTIVAL AND SHEEP DOG TRIALS
Montpelier.
The Fall Fiber Festival features animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations, a fleece sale, fiber and crafts vendors, live music, and much more. Rain or shine. Montpelier.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.  $5 adults, 16 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fallfiberfestival.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 5-8, Thursday-Sunday
8TH ANNUAL FESTY EXPERIENCE
The Festy Experience.
The Festy Experience is four days of concerts, camping, local craft food and beer and a series of outdoor activities. Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington.  2-11:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Delia Stephenson.  Email: delia@theartistfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 220-4000. 
 
October 7-8, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor of this popular and fun family outing of live music, entertainment, Virginia wine and craft beer by the glass, children's activities and painting classes, food and artists and crafters showcasing their work in a wide variety of mediums for sale. Everything from pottery to puppets. Free parking. No pets permitted. Claudius Crozet Park.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $6 adults, $5 seniors, free for 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-8284. 
 
October 8, Sunday
FALL OYSTER FESTIVAL AT DUCARD
DuCard Vineyards.
Premium steamed and raw oysters plus delicious crab-cakes from the Nomini Bay Oyster Farm. Music by The Weedeaters. DuCard Vineyards.  Directions: 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison County).  12-6pm.  $10, $15 at the door. Kids free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
October 8, Sunday
OKTOBERFEST
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Open-air German style food, drink, music and fun. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  Directions: Keswick Hall Terraces.  2-5pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
September 29-October 8
STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA
State Fair of Virginia.
Come see Virginia's finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more. The Meadow Event Park, Doswell.  Directions: I-95 exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  Vary.  $Ticket prices vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-994-2800 . 
 
October 14, Saturday
11TH ANNUAL STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME 5K & FAMILY FESTIVAL
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
Celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in Greater Richmond, Charlottesville and Central Virginia communities. Enjoy lots of free family activities, live music, a fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch and scarecrow building area, exhibit displays and more. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. Dogs on leashes welcome. Acca Shrine Center, Richmond.  Directions: 1712 Bellevue Ave.  8:30am-1pm.  $Family Festival is Free; 5K admission varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Terri Lancaster.  Email: info@dsagr.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-447-4713. 
 
October 14, Saturday
AUTUMNFEST
Shenandoah AutumnFest.
Over 40 regional Barbecue teams and "personal choice" competition to see who has the best BBQ. Come for the BBQ and stay for the craft beer and wine, craft and vintage artisans, Shenandoah Downs Harness Racing, Log Splitting competitions, cornhole tournaments, a Cruise-In and more. Shenandoah County Fairgrounds.  11:30am-5pm.  $7 general admission, $20 tasting ticket.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-2542. 
 
October 14, Saturday
FALL FESTIVAL
Our Lady of Peace.
Food, wine and beer tasting, music, kids activities and more. Donations will be accepted for All Blessings Flow, a local nonprofit that collects medical equipment for those in need in Charlottesville, Abemarle and surrounding counties. Our Lady of Peace.  11am-2pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1155. 
 
October 14, Saturday
HAVE A HEART FOR HEAD START FAMILY FUN DAY
Orange County Head Start.
Games, drawings, prizes, live music and vendors to benefit Orange County's Head Start program. Booster Park, Orange.  11am-4pm .  $Free.  Contact: Becky Phillips.  For more info call: 540-661-4470. 
 
October 14, Saturday
MASSANUTTEN FALL FESTIVAL
Massanutten Resort.
Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors, scenic chairlift rides, kids' activities, beer & wine garden and more. Massanutten Resort.  11:30am-5:30pm.  $5 advance, $10 at the gate, under 7 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@massresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-9441. 
 
October 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
27TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA WINE & GARLIC FESTIVAL
Rebec Vineyards.
Wine tasting, gourmet foods, artwork, crafts, lots of live music and children's activities including bounce house and inflatables, Sunshine the Clown, pony rides and a Junior Garlic Queen Contest. Rebec Vineyards, Amherst.  10am-5pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: winery@rebecwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-946-5168. 
 
October 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
45TH ANNUAL FALL FOLIAGE ART SHOW
Shenandoah Valley Art Center.
Each October the streets of downtown Waynesboro are transformed into an impressive showcase of 150 fine artists featuring paintings, jewelry, glass, pottery, sculpture and more. Enjoy live music, craft beer and gourmet fare from the food trucks. Downtown Waynesboro.  $Free admission and parking.  Email: svartcenter@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7662. 
 
October 15, Saturday
OYSTER FEST AT EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Early Mountain Vineyards & Chatham Vineyards.
Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of Early Mountain wines, various chowders, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail and, of course, plenty of oysters. Chef Ryan Collins will partner with the team at Rappahanock Oyster Co. to prepare a delicious menu. Early Mountain Vineyards.  Directions: 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  12-5pm.  Email: cheers@earlymountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
October 13-15, Friday-Sunday
THE RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL
Richmond Folk Festival.
Over 30 performing groups on seven live stages with continuous music and dance performance along with a demonstration area, children's activities and a folk arts marketplace. Regional and ethnic foods and much more. Downtown Richmond Riverfront.  $Free admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-788-6466. 
 
October 7 & 21, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way. Enjoy a cider pressing demo, live music, food, crafters, visiting the corn maze, picking your own pumpkin while children play games and visit with Mingo the Clown. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 21, Saturday
CHILI & BREWFEST
Orange Chamber of Commerce.
Chili and craft beer tastings, area food and craft vendors, children's activities and live music. Orange County Fair Grounds, Orange.  Directions: Old Gordonsville Road.  1-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: finance@orangevachamber.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
October 22, Sunday
FALL FESTIVAL
Mountaintop Montessori.
Enjoy seasonal activities, games and crafts, local food and beer, a gently-used book sale, music and more. Bring a friend. Mountaintop Montessori.  1-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, Saturdays & Sundays
GRAVES MOUNTAIN APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Enjoy the days of yesteryear watching apple butter being cooked in kettles over an open fire at one of the area's largest festivals. Pick apples and enjoy bluegrass music, cloggers, hayrides, horse rides and a craft fair with over 70 arts and crafts vendors. A hay maze and a few farm animals complete the fun. Rain or shine. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
Now-October 29, Saturdays & Sundays
FALL FESTIVAL WEEKENDS
Hartland Farm & Orchard.
Get lost in the corn maze, take a hayride, ride down the 60-foot tall slide mountain, enjoy pumpkin bowling and more. Hartland Farm & Orchard, Markham.  10am-6pm Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-532-0436. 
 
August 26-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
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September 23-24, Saturday-Sunday
HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK PUBLICK AND GODSPEED FROM JAMESTOWN
Henricus Historical Park.
Witness the annual celebration of the 1611 founding of the Citie of Henries with living history reenactments, military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicinal demonstrations, Virginia Indian activities, historical kids games and crafts, storytelling and more. Tour 17th-century ship replica Godspeed from the Jamestown settlement. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
October 7-8, Saturday-Sunday
SCHOOL OF THE MUSKETEER AT HENRICUS
Henricus Historical Park.
Experience an entire weekend learning about military and civilian life as the first Colonists in the New World. Instructors and other support personnel provide an interactive environment in 17th-century life and culture; overnight experience included. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  10am Saturday-4pm Sunday.  $35.  Email: henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
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. 
 
October 21, Saturday
CIVIL WAR HOUSE TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
Through the lens of the Montpelier mansion, trace the sequence of events, decisions, and compromises that led from Madison's work to create the Union, to its near destruction in the Civil War. Discover Madison's view of the Union, his struggle to preserve it, and the greatest challenge it ever faced. James Madison's Montpelier.  11am.  $20, $7 ages 6-14.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
October 21, Saturday
CIVIL WAR TRAIL & GILMORE FARM WALKING TOUR AT MONTPELIER
Montpelier.
Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of the George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut. Montpelier Station Train Depot, Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: Begins in parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Rt. 20.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
Now through October, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
HISTORIC COURT SQUARE WALKING TOURS
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Take a one-hour tour around Court Square to learn some of Charlottesville's rich history and revisit the time of Thomas Jefferson. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Directions: 200 Second St. NE.  5:30pm Thursdays & Fridays, 10am Saturdays.  $5.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
October, Fridays & Saturdays
DARK STAUNTON TOUR: TALES OF MURDER, MYSTERY AND HAUNTS
Black Raven Paranormal.
Tales and stories of the unusual in Staunton including unsolved murders, mysterious secrets and legends. No one under 10 years of age permitted. Reservations are recommended. Corner of New Street and Johnson Street.  9pm, arrive at 8:45pm.  $10 adults.  Email: ghostsofstaunton@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-448-2743. 
 
May 27-October 28, Select Saturdays
MR. MADISON IS AT HOME
James Madison's Montpelier.
On select Saturdays, come visit with James Madison in the Constitution Room after your tour of the House. See website for dates. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 22-October 30, Saturday & Sundays
RIDE THE HATTON FERRY
Hatton Ferry.
Get a sense of history by crossing the river on the last pole-operated ferry in America. Weather permitting. On Route 625, outside Scottsville.  9am-pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  $5 per person, $10 per car.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
September-October, Fridays & Saturdays
GHOSTS OF STAUNTON
Black Raven Paranormal.
Choose from several ghost tours for spooky tales along with historic facts. Paranormal investigators share favorite investigative techniques. Reservations recommended. Various starting locations.  8pm.  $12 adults, $6 ages 6-12.  Email: ghostsofstaunton@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-448-2743. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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September 21-23, Thursday-Saturday
1ST ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE DOWNTOWN STREET FAIR & SIDEWALK SALE
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Retailers will stay open late on Thursday evening with sales and specials. On Friday and Saturday, stores will bring their bargains outside for the "Sidewalk Sale" and restaurants will set up outdoor kiosks to offer small & portable bites. Downtown Mall area.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: dbac@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 13, 16-23
HERE WEE GROW AGAIN!
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
This semi-annual kids consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church's outreach efforts. Choose which of three charities will receive your $5 entry fee at the "Choose Your Charity Event" September 13 from 10am-6pm. Closed Sunday. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5806. 
 
September 23, Saturday
LOCAL FOOD FAIR
Crozet Great Valu.
Stop by Crozet Market for a day of samples and demonstrations from local partners like Three Notch'd Beer, Orange Dot Baking Company, Simply Cheddar, Ula Tortilla and many more. Crozet Market at Great Valu.  11am-3pm. 
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
PICKER'S PARADISE
The Market at Grelen/Shabby Love.
Enjoy live music, shop from vendors selling unique, salvaged, handmade, reclaimed and/or recycled goods, and partake of local cider, beer and wine and great food. The Market at Grelen.  9am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
September 23-24, Saturday-Sunday
VIRGINIA CLAY FESTIVAL
Greene County Tourism.
An art show celebrating the creative possibilities of clay. This gathering of Virginia potters, sculptors and jewelers selling their latest work also features pottery demonstrations, children's area to play with clay, Raku firing and demonstration, old time and traditional Irish music and food trucks. William Monroe Middle School, Stanardsville.  10-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Holly Horan / John Pluta.  Email: noonwhistle@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-6500. 
 
May 6-September 30, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
New farmers market at Hollymead Town Center. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For more info call: 531-2733. 
 
September 30, Saturday
FALL CRAFT MARKET
Staunton Parks & Recreation.
Local crafters of all kinds will set up, show off and sell their work. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  8am-2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 29-October 1, Friday-Sunday
24TH ANNUAL MARTHA'S MARKET
Women's Committee, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
The Women's Committee of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital will be hosting Martha's Market with a special preview party the evening of Sept. 28. The event benefits women's health care in central Virginia. More than 70 unique boutiques from across the country transform the arena into a beautiful marketplace with something for everyone in this annual fundraiser. John Paul Jones Arena.  9am-6pm Friday; 9am-6pm Saturday; 11am-4pm Sunday.  $10, Children 13 and under free.  Email: MJH_Foundation@sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-8258. 
 
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. 
 
October 7-8, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor of this popular and fun family outing of live music, entertainment, Virginia wine and craft beer by the glass, children's activities and painting classes, food and artists and crafters showcasing their work in a wide variety of mediums for sale. Everything from pottery to puppets. Free parking. No pets permitted. Claudius Crozet Park.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $6 adults, $5 seniors, free for 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-8284. 
 
May-October, Thursdays & Saturdays
STONEFIELD GREEN MARKET
The Shops at Stonefield.
Join Stonefield and Central Farm Markets for an open-air market on The Green at Stonefield. The Shops at Stonefield.  4-7pm Thursday, 8:30am-12:30pm Saturday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 13, Friday
ART AFTER DARK: CABARET NOIR
Second Street Gallery.
Come to the Gallery after dark and enjoy current exhibitions, live music by Please Don't Tell and live DJ set by DJ Ladybug, dancing, tarot readings and more. Second Street Gallery.  8pm-12am.  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. 
 
October 14-16, Saturday-Monday
61ST SHENANDOAH ANTIQUES EXPO
August Expoland.
Everything from 18th- and 19th-century English and American antiques, Americana pieces and an expansive range of intriguing, often hard-to-find collectibles at the biggest indoor-outdoor show in the mid-Atlantic. Augusta Expoland.  Directions: 277 Expo Rd., Fishersville.  9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm Monday.  $10 (three-day pass), $5 Saturday (two-day), $5 Sunday.  Email: rmstokes41@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-846-7452. 
 
September 9-October 28, Saturdays
NELSON FARMERS MARKET COOPERATIVE
Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative.
Fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, local honey, jams, crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. Live music on each Saturday. 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8am-12pm.  Email: contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 760-6655. 
 
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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September 28, Thursday
FOOTLOOSE (1984)
JMRL- Central Library.
See the classic '80s film with Kevin Bacon and John Lithgow. Rated PG-13. JMRL - Central Library.  7pm Thursday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 10, Tuesday
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)
JMRL- Northside Library.
Come see the film with the family. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 13, Friday
FRANKENSTEIN & THE WOLF MAN
JMRL- Northside Library.
See two horror movie classics. JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm Frankenstein, 7:30pm The Wolf Man.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 20, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "DETROIT"
Piedmont Virginia Community College Student Art Club.
"Detroit" tells the gripping story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of '67. Rated R. Main Stage Theatre in V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: bsolla@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
October 22, Sunday
SOME LIKE IT HOT
The Paramount Theater.
Come see this classic comedy on the big screen. Rated PG. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adult, $5 youth under 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 31, Tuesday
MONSTER MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE
JMRL- Northside Library.
Back-to-back monster movie classics. Frankenstein (1931) will be followed by The Wolf Man (1941). Light refreshments will be served. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: West Rio Rd.  6pm & 7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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September 23, Saturday
FAMILY ART DAY
Second Street Gallery.
Free hands-on art making activities for all ages. Healthy snacks and refreshments provided. Second Street Gallery.  Directions: 115 Second St. SE.  10am-1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-7284. 
 
September 23, Saturday
RICHMOND TRAIN DAY 2017
Richmond Railroad Museum.
Live entertainment, rides and bounce house, food vendors, railroad history demos, drive the locomotive simulator, model railroads, tour the museum and meet Cinder and Tender live. Richmond Railroad Museum.  9am-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-233-6237. 
 
September 23, Saturday
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Smithsonian Magazine.
For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will open their doors for FREE to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket. Last year, over 1,300 museums across the country participated in this exciting and educational day. $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 14, Saturday
LOOKING INWARD MEDITATIVE TOUR
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Experience the restorative power of art with docent June Heintz for an hour exploration of art through a variety of meditative practices. The Fralin Museum of Art.  11am.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
August 25-December 17
DEALER'S CHOICE: THE SAMUEL KOOTZ GALLERY 1945-1966
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Come see the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1898-1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. Charlottesville Welcome Book is a proud donor. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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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September 23, Saturday
FAMILY LABYRINTH PLAY
Wildrock.
Family Labyrinth Play with labyrinth creator and teacher, Jude Christian. Hear labyrinth stories, play labyrinth games and create your own family labyrinth to take home. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  2:30-4pm.  $Pay What You Can.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Wildrock.  Email: info@wildrock.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
September 23, Saturday
STARGAZING
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
One of our country's first astronomers, Thomas Jefferson considered the study of the stars one of the most important disciplines. Join Dr. Neal Sumerlin for an illuminating look at the night sky from Jefferson's secluded retreat. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  8pm.  $10, Children 11 and under Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 534-8120. 
 
September 24, Sunday
29TH ANNUAL ALBEMARLE COUNTY DEMOCRATS BBQ
Albemarle County Democratic Party.
Enjoy this family-friendly event with the great food, live music and fun for the whole family. Hear from current candidates about the issues that matter to Albemarle families. Vegetarian options available. Pen Park, 1400 Pen Park Road.  3-6pm.  $25, 16 and under eat free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Inofuentes.  Email: inofuentesj@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-4518. 
 
September 23-24, Saturday-Sunday
HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK PUBLICK AND GODSPEED FROM JAMESTOWN
Henricus Historical Park.
Witness the annual celebration of the 1611 founding of the Citie of Henries with living history reenactments, military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicinal demonstrations, Virginia Indian activities, historical kids games and crafts, storytelling and more. Tour 17th-century ship replica Godspeed from the Jamestown settlement. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
September 29, Friday
FAMILY FUN HIKES
Wildrock.
Enjoy season hikes with local high schooler and wilderness guide, Char Tomlinson. Find hidden treasures along the trail and see the season changes in native plant life and animal life. Meet special trees on the property and enjoy the fall colors. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  12:30-1:30pm.  $Pay What You Can.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Wildrock.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
September 30, Saturday
GENTLE WOODLAND PLAY
Wildrock.
Enjoy a mother-child nature connection group for two to four year olds. Local ecotherapist, artist, and yoga/meditation teacher, Linda Cappacchione, invites families to discover nature as a place for family bonding, support, rejuvenation, self-care and creative expression. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  10-11:30am.  $Pay What You Can.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Contact: Wildrock.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
September 30, Saturday
GET TO KNOW YOUR TRAILS
Monticello.
Join a Monticello Trail Ranger for an informal ramble along one of the park's many rustic woodland paths to learn about the trail's history and enjoy the season. Monticello.  9:15-11:30am.  $18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
September 30, Saturday
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
National Park Service.
Visit your National Parks for special holidays and get in free. All National Parks.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 6, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30pm, 8:15-9:30pm viewing.  $Free.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.rog. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
October 7, Saturday
CONSERVATION DISCOVERY DAY
National Zoo.
For curious conservationists, animal lovers, budding biologists or anyone passionate about science and saving the planet. Designed for sixth-graders to undergrads, this event includes hands-on activities, research demos and mini-chats on hot topics in conservation. Career panel discussions open doors and minds to professional possibilities in the field of conservation. Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, D.C..  9am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-3045. 
 
October 8, Sunday
ROSEFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
See the Louise Cochrane Rose Garden in full bloom and enjoy live entertainment there. Winding paths of 1,800 roses offer incredible fragrance and beauty. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  12-3pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
October 7-8, Saturday-Sunday
SCHOOL OF THE MUSKETEER AT HENRICUS
Henricus Historical Park.
Experience an entire weekend learning about military and civilian life as the first Colonists in the New World. Instructors and other support personnel provide an interactive environment in 17th-century life and culture; overnight experience included. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  10am Saturday-4pm Sunday.  $35.  Email: henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
October 13, Friday
FAN MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY PUBLIC NIGHT
UVA Department of Astronomy.
Open to the public only twice a year, the Fan Mountain Observing Station offers free public observing nights. Tickets must be requested in advance and are fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis (up to 6) starting September 1. Fan Mountain Observing Station, Covesville.  7-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
October 14, Saturday
FAMILY FUN HIKES
Wildrock.
Enjoy season hikes with local high schooler and wilderness guide, Char Tomlinson. Find hidden treasures along the trail and see the season changes in native plant life and animal life. Meet special trees on the property and enjoy the fall colors. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  12:30-1:30pm.  $Pay What You Can.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wildrock.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
October 7 & 14, Saturdays
GENTLE WOODLAND PLAY
Wildrock.
Enjoy a mother-child nature connection group for two to four year olds. Local ecotherapist, artist, and yoga/meditation teacher, Linda Cappacchione, invites families to discover nature as a place for family bonding, support, rejuvenation, self-care and creative expression. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  10-11:30am.  $Pay What You Can.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wildrock.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
October 15, Sunday
BIG WOODS WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Hike through the National Landmark Forest--a rare hardwood climax forest composed of towering poplars, stately oaks and sprawling beeches. Learn about ecology, conservation and Madison's role as an early environmentalist. The mile trail is a gentle loop. Dogs on leash are welcome. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Tour begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2pm.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 14-October 15
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
October 22, Sunday
WORKING WOODS WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons' time and today. Dogs on leashes are welcome. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2pm.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
Second Mondays and Last Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Master Naturalist volunteers will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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September 29, Friday
WESTMINSTER ORGAN CONCERT SERIES
Westminster Organ Concert Series.
The Westminster Organ Concert Series begins its 38th season with a recital by organist Annette Richards, a Professor of Music and University Organist at Cornell University, as well as director of the Westfield Center for Keyboard Studies. The concert will be followed by a reception. 400 Rugby Rd.  7:30-9:30pm.  $Free and open to the public.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 4, Wednesday
SHOPKINS LIVE! SHOP IT UP!
Dominion Arts Center.
An ensemble cast of multi-talented performers brings the show to life on stage through urban style music, song and dance. Dominion Arts Center, Richmond.  6:30pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
October 20, Friday
PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR 2017
Music Resource Center.
Party Like a Rock Star at Studio MRC. Enjoy an evening of eccentricity, disco deviance and the most electrifying boogie-down this side of the city. Live “band-a-oke” with guest performers, house band E3, open bar, food and more. Music Resource Center.  8-11:55pm.  Email: musicresourcecenter@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-5478. 
 
October 20, Friday
UVA CAVALIER MARCHING BAND OPEN REHEARSAL
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows, weather permitting. Parking is available at Culbreth Road Parking Garage, the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, and the Central Grounds Parking Garage. There is limited street parking on University Avenue. Carr's Hill Field.  Directions: at the corner of Emmet and Ivy roads.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
October 21, Saturday
BALLETX
The Wayne Theatre.
Philadelphia-based BalletX brings its world-class dancers to Waynesboro The program includes three dances: Beautiful Once, Grant Partita and The Last Glass. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm.  $25.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
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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September 21-23, Thursday-Saturday
1ST ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE DOWNTOWN STREET FAIR & SIDEWALK SALE
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Retailers will stay open late on Thursday evening with sales and specials. On Friday and Saturday, stores will bring their bargains outside for the "Sidewalk Sale" and restaurants will set up outdoor kiosks to offer small & portable bites. Downtown Mall area.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: dbac@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Saturday
7TH ANNUAL CENTRAL VIRGINIA STAR PARTY
Dark Skies, Bright Kids and the Charlottesville Astronomical Society.
Enjoy hands-on astronomy activities, planetarium shows, and observations of the night sky with a guided telescope. Night sky tours begin at sundown. Bring a picnic to enjoy under the stars. Albemarle CiderWorks.  6-10pm.  $Free.  Contact: Dark Skies, Bright Kids.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-7494. 
 
September 23, Saturday
FALL BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH & YARD SALE
Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Center.
Come tour the facility, meet the instructors, learn about different program offerings, observe student demonstrations, enjoy refreshments and do a little shopping. Charlottesville-Albemarle Techical Center (CATEC).  Directions: 1000 E. Rio Rd.  7am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Daphne Keiser.  Email: dkeiser@k12albemarle.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Saturday
PUP-A-PALOOZA WITH AUGUSTA DOG ADOPTIONS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Stop by and visit sweet doggies and friendly humans from Augusta Dog Adoptions. JMRL - Crozet Library.  10am-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 23, Saturday
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Smithsonian Magazine.
For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will open their doors for FREE to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket. Last year, over 1,300 museums across the country participated in this exciting and educational day. $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 22-24, Friday-Sunday
50TH ANNUAL GEM & MINERAL SHOW
Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society.
Exhibits from the Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society illustrating the beauty and fascinating aspects of rocks and minerals from around the world featuring retail sales from regional vendors, panning for gold demos, door prizes and a "treasure hunt" for the kids. Augusta Expo.  Directions: 277 Expo Rd., Fishersville.  2-6pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $3 adults, $2 for students/seniors, 12 and under/in Scouts uniform free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 22-24, Friday-Sunday
QUEEN CITY HARRY POTTER PARTY
Staunton Parks & Recreation.
Downtown Staunton transforms into the village of Hogsmeade from the famed Harry Potter series. Visit wizard shops, attend Hogwarts classes, drink butterbeer and meet magickal creatures all weekend. This year will expand the festival with costume contests for kids and adults (and hopefully pets), Mary Baldwin will offer more classes and a lecture series on themes in YA literature and more. Downtown Staunton.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: bajastaunton@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-9988. 
 
September 27, Wednesday
HOME EDUCATORS' DAY AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Monticello welcomes the homeschool community. Students can explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics at indoor and outdoor hands-on activity stations, take a special guided tour of Monticello, roll hoops and play games on the West Lawn, hike our trails, and more. Reservations are strongly recommended. Monticello.  10am-4pm.  $15 adults advance, $20 adults, $6 students 5 and up, Free for children 4 and under.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
September 30, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL STAR WARS READS DAY
JMRL - Central Library.
Prizes, crafts, games, food and fun for all ages. Costumes encouraged. JMRL - Central Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 30, Saturday
COYNER SPRINGS KITE FLY
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Grab your kite and enjoy professional kite-flying performances, pony and old-fashioned hay rides, pumpkin and kite decorating, Apple Slingin' Contest, art tent and more. If you don't have a kite, not to worry, over 300 kites will be given away. Coyner Springs Park.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
All of September
DINE OUT FOR NO KID HUNGRY
September is Hunger Awareness Month. All month, people can dine out at any of the thousands of participating restaurants across the country where every $1 donated can connect a child struggling with hunger with 10 meals. Thats a big deal in a country where 1 out of 5 kids cant count on their next meal, and its a simple way to make every meal count. Participating restaurants across the country.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mfa Ltd..  Email: kanderson@mfaltd.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 212-528-1691. 
 
September 30, Saturday
MOTHER/DAUGHTER MAKEUP
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Enjoy a special bonding experience as moms, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and friends. Required registration begins September 15. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am-1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 100.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 30, Saturday
ROCKIN' THE RIVANNA AND 5K
Rivanna Conservation Alliance & Community Partners.
Runners meet at Darden Towe and take shuttles to the race start in Riverview. Following the race enjoy or participate in a river parade, river trips with rental equipment available, exhibits, live music, fun and The FLOW Art Festival. Riverview Park and Darden Towe Park.  9am-3pm.  $30 per runner.  All ages welcome.  Email: dodgem@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3260. 
 
Now-October 1
4TH ANNUAL CITY ART BUS COMPETITION
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Submit your design and original artwork by October 1 and see it featured on two city and county buses in 2018. Each artist may submit up to three designs for consideration. Two different designs will be featured. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 1, Sunday
DOGTOBERFEST
ACAC.
Bring your dogs (limit 2) to the waterpark for a swim, goody bag and raffle entry. Enjoy local pet-friendly vendors. Doggies can swim in designated swimming and off-leash areas. All proceeds benefit the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. ACAC Waterpark.  2-4pm.  $10 donation per adult/dog.  Email: megan23@acac.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 5, Thursday
HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
If you're crafty this is the group for you. Come swap ideas, learn new skills, or just enjoy the conversations. Bring a project in progress or the supplies you need to get started. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 5, Thursday
TACKLE BREAST CANCER WITH WILD WING CAFE & ZTA
Charlottesville ZTA Alumnae & Wild Wing Cafe.
Join the Charlottesville ZTA Alumnae Chapter for a special Think Pink event to raise breast cancer awareness. Watch the Patriots take on the Buccaneers, and a portion of all food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased will be donated. All proceeds benefit breast cancer education. Fun for the whole family. Wild Wing Cafe.  6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tiffany Burtnett.  Email: tiffanyburtnett@gmail.com. For more info call: 434-205-4660. 
 
October 6, Friday
A BICENTENNIAL LAUNCH CELEBRATION
UVA Bicentennial / UVA Arts.
A multimedia celebration of UVA's heritage and future with an awe-inspiring spectacle featuring performers from UVA and beyond. The celebration is open to the public, but tickets are required. The Lawn at UVA.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 6, Friday
TREES: LIVING HISTORY AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
Take a tree walk with the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards. Highlands open spaces afford vistas of mature ash, black walnut, maples, oaks, etc. and see a hemlock and towering white oak that date to Monroe's time. Learn to identify trees in the fall using their leaves, bark, nuts, and many other features, as well as how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. James Monroe's Highland.  9-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
October 7, Saturday
12TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK
Junior League of Richmond.
Children can see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as meet the personnel who protect, serve and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display include tractors, backhoes, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, and helicopters. The event also features special performances, food trucks, face painting, bounce castles, games and a raffle. Richmond International Raceway.  Directions: 602 E Laburnum Ave.  10am-3pm.  $5 general admission, $15 family 4-pack online only.  Contact: Liz Anderson.  Email: touchatruck@jlrichmond.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-250-5450. 
 
September 30 & October 1, 7 & 8
53RD ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES
Blue Ridge Home Builders Association.
Visit area homes to see the latest in building innovations. 12-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-8652. 
 
September 29-October 8
OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Ten full days to celebrate the favorite German holiday featuring live music, free tastings, painting events and competitions every day to keep the party going. German menu specials all week add to the fun. Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton.  Varies.  $free.  Contact: Sean Johnson.  Email: Sean@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 456-8020. 
 
October 8, Sunday
POKÉMON: SYMPHONIC EVOLUTIONS TOUR
Altria Theater.
The Pokémon Company International performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in an official Pokémon live orchestral concert. Don't miss an opportunity to also meet up with friends of all ages to catch, battle and trade Pokémon from your favorite games. Altria Theater .  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
October 8, Sunday
UNIVERSITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL 17TH ANNUAL FALL FUN FAIR
University Montessori School.
Enjoy games, activities, crafts with friends while supporting the UMS Financial Aid Fund. There will be face painting, a cider press, a trail mix bar and more. This annual event offers games, nature walks and a chili dinner. Parking is located at the upper lot of Trinity Presbyterian Church (3101 Fontaine Avenue Extended). Open to the public. University Montessori School.  Directions: Parking at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  3-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@universitymontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-0583. 
 
October 11, Wednesday
IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER
City of Charlottesville.
Could you go a day without water? Imagine a Day Without Water with the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority. Information on local water supply and water conservation, giveaways, fun activities and entertainment will be included. Downtown Mall .  11am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jill Greiner.  Email: waterconservation@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3877. 
 
October 14, Saturday
11TH ANNUAL STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME 5K & FAMILY FESTIVAL
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
Celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in Greater Richmond, Charlottesville and Central Virginia communities. Enjoy lots of free family activities, live music, a fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch and scarecrow building area, exhibit displays and more. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. Dogs on leashes welcome. Acca Shrine Center, Richmond.  Directions: 1712 Bellevue Ave.  8:30am-1pm.  $Family Festival is Free; 5K admission varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Terri Lancaster.  Email: info@dsagr.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-447-4713. 
 
October 14, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SUPERHEROES UNITE: 2017 CURESEARCH WALK
Celebrate and honor children from the Charlottesville area who have been affected by children's cancer. This special day will include prizes, music, food, and fun activities for the entire family. The Park at UVA.  Directions: 1015 Massie Rd.  9am registration, 10am start.  $10 for ages 16 and up.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jennifer Murphy.  Email: jennifer.murphy@curesearch.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 240-235-2211. 
 
October 14, Saturday
MASQUERADE BALL
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Come dressed up to this family event in your favorite costume for an evening of fun, food and dancing. Carver Recreation Center.  5-8pm.  $3 resident, $4 nonresident.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3333. 
 
October 17, Tuesday
PUMPKIN PARTY
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Bring the whole family for some pumpkin carving fun. Pumpkins, tools, and decorations provided. Take your pumpkin home. Full and kids' menus available. Live music by Kim & Jimbo Cary between 4pm and 7pm. Blue Mountain Brewery.  Directions: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton.  3-8pm.  $3 per pumpkin.  All ages welcome.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
October 20, Friday
FLOATING PUMPKIN PATCH
Crozet Parc YMCA.
Pick your pumpkin out of the pool. Includes food, music and Halloween-themed games and activities. Crozet PARC YMCA.  6pm.  $2 for members, $4 non-members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
October 20, Friday
HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE LITTLE GYM
The Little Gym.
Join in a Spooktacular Halloween Party. For an evening of Treats (no tricks), parents and children ages 4 months to 3 years old are invited from 5:30-6pm. For some fantastic fun for children ages 3 to 12 years old, stop by from 6:15-7pm. Costumes are optional but encouraged. The Little Gym.  5:30-6pm ages 4 months-3 years, 6:!5-7pm ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  Email: tlgcharlottesvilleva@thelittlegym.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
October 21, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL PANCAKES FOR PARKINSON'S
Michael J Fox Foundation.
Enjoy pancakes and entertainment on the Lawn. Donations taken to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. University of Virginia's South Lawn.  9am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: P4PatUVA@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-9867. 
 
October 21, Saturday
HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS
Piedmont Family YMCA.
Come to the Brooks Family YMCA for Halloween fun. Brooks Family YMCA.  9-10am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rvinson@piedmontymca.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 21, Saturday
JOURNEYS FALL FAMILY DAY
Hospice of the Piedmont.
For families who have been affected by the death of a loved one, this camp offers activities and creative expression to encourage bonding and communication while memorializing their loved one. Children and teens age 5-18 are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Camp Holiday Trails.  8:45am-4:45pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
October 21, Saturday
MUSERY: POETRY IN NATURE
Wildrock.
Join writer and Wildrock Host, Zoe Krylova, to gather together in nature and find the inspiration to write poetry. Listen to the plants, feel the elements against your skin and get in touch with your senses. You'll work on individual and collaborative pieces. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  10:30am to 12:00pm.  $Pay What you Can.  Recommended for ages 8 to 100.  Contact: Wildrock.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
October 22, Sunday
GOBLINS AND GOURDS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin decorating, storytelling and fun in the Children's Garden. Fun for the whole family. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  1-4pm.  $Free with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
September 30-October 23
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
October, Fridays & Saturdays
DARK STAUNTON TOUR: TALES OF MURDER, MYSTERY AND HAUNTS
Black Raven Paranormal.
Tales and stories of the unusual in Staunton including unsolved murders, mysterious secrets and legends. No one under 10 years of age permitted. Reservations are recommended. Corner of New Street and Johnson Street.  9pm, arrive at 8:45pm.  $10 adults.  Email: ghostsofstaunton@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-448-2743. 
 
October 14, 21 & 28, Saturdays
THE AUTUMN LEAF RAMBLER
Old Dominion Chapter - National Railway Historical Society.
Experience the relaxation of bygone days, traveling by train in reclining seat coaches or open-air sightseeing cars. The vintage diesel train will wind through the beautiful hills, farmland and forests of Central Virginia. Enjoy the Tom Mix Rangers reenacting a real western gunfight out of the Old West. Dillwyn.  Directions: Dillwyn Depot (Buckingham Branch Railroad office).  9:30am-1pm.  $30 adults, $18 children 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kim Young.  Email: kimyoungmarshall77@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-231-4324. 
 
May 7-October 29, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
Keswick Vineyards.
Every Sunday through October Keswick Vineyards is host to Yappy Hours! A family-oriented event where local animal shelters and societies will bring their dogs in need of homes to play with patrons and other dogs. A portion of sales in the tasting room are donated to the visiting shelter, and guests are always encouraged to bring their own animals. The dog park makes for a great space to let animals run free and get exercise while you enjoy your Virginia wine and enjoy the countryside views. Keswick Vineyards.  Directions: Tasting Room.  12-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
September 29-October 31, Saturdays-Sundays, Select Weekdays
TWIZTED CREATIONZ HAUNTED ATTRACTION
Creative Works Farm.
Just north of Waynesboro, get scared at this trail haunt with indoor and outdoor scenes. All benefits go to Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with chronic illnesses and other special needs. Creative Works Farm, Waynesboro.  Directions: Off Purple Cow Road.  6:30-10:30pm Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30-9:30pm October 19, 26, 30, 31.  $15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-471-1659. 
 
September 5-November 10
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST & TOURS
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
An annual competition challenging youth in grades 3-12, University students and adults to submit original poetry and prose compositions inspired by works on view in the Museum. This year's selections will be drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, and three new exhibitions. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
July 6-December 7, First Thursdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT SERIES
Guitar Charlottesville.
Come enjoy live classical guitar concerts at The Haven on the first Thursdays of each month except for September 2017 when there will be the Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition on the second Saturday of the month. The Haven.  Directions: 112 Market Street.  7pm.  $10 (Suggested donation. None will be turned away).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rafael Scarfullery.  Email: rafael@rafaelscarfullery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 851-0674. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. 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. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@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. 
 
November 22, Sunday
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Whitesel Music, 108 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA,Whitesel Music, 108 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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September 22, Friday
17TH ANNUAL AMAZING MILE CHILDREN'S RUN
Amazement Square.
This fun run is the perfect way to encourage youth, ages 13 and under, to stay active. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. Amazement Square, Downtown Lynchburg.  6pm.  $15 for online registration, $20 for paper registration.  Recommended for ages 0 to 13.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 22, Friday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against North Carolina. Klockner Stadium.  7-10pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-8821. 
 
September 23, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL GUARDIANS' GAUNTLET 5K OBSTACLE CHALLENGE
Albemarle County Police Foundation.
Run the trails while navigating 15-17 various obstacles while you work with teammates or other racers to successfully complete the course. Families are invited to share in the event, cheer each other on and meet some of the Officers who protect the community. There will be live music and much more for runner supporters. Walnut Creek Park, North Garden.  $65.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 960-3644. 
 
September 23, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL COLOR ME CURED 5K RELAY 4 LIFE
Join in the fifth annual 5k benefiting Relay for Life. Participants enjoy free food and drink, a raffle for giveaways, and get showered in colorful powder while running for the fight against cancer. Nameless Field, UVA.  Email: upcmarketing@virginia.edu.
 
September 23, Saturday
T'AI CHI AT THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Take a T'ai Chi class. JMRL - Central Library.  11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 30, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL HOOS HEAL 5K
Notus Sports.
Family-friendly 5K on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. 4th Annual event that benefits the School of Nursing at UVA. Runners and walkers are welcome. Behind Scott Stadium, University of Virginia.  $25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Glen Slosson.  Email: gslosson@notussports.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-5421. 
 
October 7, Saturday
7TH ANNUAL CROZET TRAILS CREW 5K
Crozet Trails Crew.
Run, jog, walk this unique 5k to benefit future trails in Crozet. A free Kids Run is included and adults will have run the somewhat rugged Crozet Connector Trail. Admission to Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival included. Claudius Crozet Park.  8am-12pm.  $20-$25.  All ages welcome.  Email: jessica@crozettrailscrew.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 7, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. DUKE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  TBD.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
October 8, Sunday
FALL CLASSIC HALF MARATHON & 10K
Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports.
Experience Charlottesville in its Fall glory. One of the most scenic courses in the east, trailing through some of the most historic Charlottesville neighborhoods and along the Rivanna River. Sprint Pavilion, Downtown Mall.  7am start time for both races.  $Various costs.  Email: francesca@badtothebone.biz. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-0402. 
 
October 14, Saturday
16TH ANNUAL ALL-TERRAIN 5K & 6TH KIDS' FUN RUN
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Join in a family-friendly all-terrain 5K Run or Walk. Prizes are awarded for all age groups. Kids can participate in the Kids' Fun Run following the race at 9:15am. Prizes awarded to all Fun Run participants. Charlottesville Catholic School.  8am.  $Varies.  Email: a.kowalski@cvillecatholic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-0400. 
 
October 14, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST 5K TRAIL RUN
Monticello Boy Scouts.
Open to the entire family, with reduced fees for family members and youth runners 14 and under, the race will follow wooded trails and stream crossings on a challenging course that includes parts of the Heritage and Rivanna Trail system. Registration includes a goody bag and post-race snacks. Running shirts are also available. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra.  8am.  $20 adult; $10 youth.  Recommended for ages 6 to 99.  Contact: Race Director.  Email: info@appleharvesttrailrun.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 13-14, Saturday-Sunday
ANNUAL IN THE PINK TENNIS TOURNAMENT
The Women's Committee of MJH.
This is an annual doubles tennis tournament and a Kids In Pink matches and clinic. Women, men and teens of all playing abilities are encouraged to participate. Proceeds benefit Marianne's Room at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Area tennis venues.  6:30-9:30pm Friday, 9am-12pm Saturday.  $Varies.  Recommended for ages 13 to 99.  Contact: Bonnie Hagerman.  Email: bmh9m@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-8258. 
 
October 14, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SUPERHEROES UNITE: 2017 CURESEARCH WALK
Celebrate and honor children from the Charlottesville area who have been affected by children's cancer. This special day will include prizes, music, food, and fun activities for the entire family. The Park at UVA.  Directions: 1015 Massie Rd.  9am registration, 10am start.  $10 for ages 16 and up.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jennifer Murphy.  Email: jennifer.murphy@curesearch.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 240-235-2211. 
 
October 14, Saturday
CLARK BUZZ-BY-BELMONT 5K
Clark Elementary School.
Join this family-friendly run/walk through the Belmont neighborhood. The 5k course through the streets of the historic Belmont neighborhood, starts and finishes at Clark Elementary School. After the race, participants and their fans gather for food, prizes and fun. Proceeds from the race benefit the Clark Educational Opportunity Fund, supporting classroom grants and school programs. Clark Elementary School.  9am-12pm.  $Varies.  Email: cheukb1@charlottesvilleschools.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-1951. 
 
October 14, Saturday
FALL FOLIAGE RACE
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
The race includes a race day t-shirt, fully stocked aid stations, and a post race party with food and drink. Constitution Park, Waynesboro.  8am Kids Fun Dash, 8:15am 5K & 10K .  $Varies.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
October 14, 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 4 flights: Youth (11-14), Young Adult (15-18), Adult (19-45) and Senior (46+). 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. 
 
October 1 & 15, Sundays
2017 RACQUET DAYS AT BOAR'S HEAD SPORTS CLUB
Boar's Head Resort.
Local parents and students of all ages are invited for a free tennis or squash clinic and round-robin play. All age groups are welcome. RSVP by email. Boar's Head Sports Club.  12-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: samantha_storng@boarsheadinn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-6031. 
 
October 21, Saturday
LION TO HOKIE 5K RUN AND 1.5-MILE WALK
Kyle Wesley Anderson Leadership Award Scholarship Fund.
Come run or walk to benefit the Kyle Wesley Anderson Leadership Award Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to Louisa County grads who enroll at Virginia Tech and become Hokies. Louisa County High Football Stadium.  8:30am.  $20.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-465-5038. 
 
October 21, Saturday
SPARC OF HOPE WALK/RUN
Suicide Prevention Awareness Resource Council.
Come participate in this 3-mile run/walk with terrain that includes gravel and earthen paths. Strollers, wheelchairs and leashed pets are allowed. Prizes will be awarded for the team raising the most funds and the team with the most members in attendance. Please plan to enjoy refreshments, visit the ManCave or play a bit of cornhole. East End Farm, Gorduonsville.  $See website for details.  All ages welcome.  Email: admin@sparchope.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1800. 
 
October 21, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. BOSTON COLLEGE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  TBD.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
September 2-November 24
FOOTBALL WEEKENDS AT ALUMNI HALL
The UVA Alumni Association.
Gather at Alumni Hall three hours before kick-off for every home game. These tailgates feature live bands, tap takeovers by local breweries, kids activities, food, drinks and more. Several big-screen TVs let you catch all the college football gamed action too. One-way shuttle service is provided from Alumni Hall to Observatory Hill Dining Hall across from the stadium. The UVA Alumni Association.  Directions: 211 Emmet Street South.  $Free to attend; Food available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Bartus-Dobson.  Email: jcb9ed@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-9042. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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September 23, Saturday
DOG TALES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Listen to great stories about man's best friend and show off your best doggie tricks. Meet Rhonda's dog Bailey. JMRL - Crozet Library.  11am.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 11-October 23, Mondays
READING RUMPUS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 14-November 2, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 11-November 13, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME FALL SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Ten to 15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages 6-24 months with a caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 13-November 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. JMRL- Northside Library.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 13-November 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 2-December 30, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Fridays & Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  10am Fridays, 12pm Saturdays.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For more info call: 295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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October 12-14, Thursday-Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE CATHOLIC SCHOOL PRESENTS: INTO THE WOODS, JR.
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their Tony Award-winning musical featuring favorite characters like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch. This is a lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables suitable for all ages. Order tickets soon as seating is limited. 1205 Pen Park Rd.  6:30pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Email: r.barnett@cvillecatholic.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-0400. 
 
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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