Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
March 26, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY
MLK Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.  3:30pm.  $10-45 adults, $10 students.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
April 1, Saturday
ROCK & WORSHIP ROADSHOW
The 9th annual Rock & Worship Roadshow, presented by Compassion International includes artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Francesca Battistelli, Rend Collective, Passion, Family Force 5, Jordan Feliz, along with Derek Minor and Urban Rescue. Enjoy Christian music's most uplifting and entertaining concert series for the whole family. Author and comedian, Tony Wolf, will be the guest speaker and Carlos Whittaker will serve as the tour's host. John Paul Jones Arena,John Paul Jones Arena.  $$10-$95.  All ages welcome.  Contact: John Paul Jones Arena.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-4960. 
 
April 23, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND DOGWOOD FESTIVAL SPRING CONCERT
Municipal Band of Charlottesville.
The Charlottesville Municipal Band presents its Student Concerto Competition Performance. Reserve free tickets at multiple locations around town. See website for details. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  3:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
March 25, Friday
17TH ANNUAL VSA VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION
VSA Arts of Charlottesville/Albemarle.
This annual show featuring works by dozens of area artists promotes experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. Works will be on display and for sale until August 25. Carver Recreation Center.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1730. 
 
March 24-25, Friday-Saturday
2017 VAHOMESCHOOLERS CONFERENCE AND RESOURCE FAIR
VaHomeschoolers.
Join other homeschooling families around the state and engage in Sharing the Keys to Learning. Keynote speaker will be Julie Bogart, creator of the innovative writing program Bravewriter and the popular, fast-growing practice called Poetry Teatime. Exhibitors, a Used Resource Sale, Talent Night, an Ice cream Social, a plethora of Homeschooling Workshops and Family Activities. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  Directions: Richmond.  all day.  $Shop for Free OR variable registration fees.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sarah Kohrs.  Email: confreg@vahomeschoolers.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 922-2029. 
 
March 20-29
ART CONNECTION 2017: DIVISION-WIDE ART SHOW
Charlottesville City Schools.
Come and see why Charlottesville City Schools are known throughout the commonwealth of Virginia for their exemplary K-12 Fine Arts programs. Charlottesville High School.  open weekdays from 9am-3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 14, Friday
ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION & 7TH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE CHOW DOWN
PVCC Arts.
This annual event features work by the best and brightest of PVCC's student artists from the most recent academic year. Media include printmaking, painting, ceramics, graphic design, drawing and sculpture. With plenty of chocolate to sample while viewing art, this event has become one of PVCC's most popular throughout the year. Come for the chocolate, stay for the art. PVCC Dickinson Building.  5-7pm.  Contact: Beryl Solla.  Email: bsolla@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
Exhibition Open Through Spring 2017
ART AND COUNTRY EXHIBITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with "country," their homeland. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
March 25, Saturday
SPRING WREATH DAY
Horton Vineyards.
Materials provided and a glass of wine. Bring friends and family to participate and craft a lovely spring wreath. Horton Vineyards.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville.  All Day.  $25.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
April 13, Thursday
THOMAS JEFFERSON'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Toast Carter Mountain neighbor Thomas Jefferson on his 274th birthday with a complimentary donut and cup of cider (while supplies last). At 1pm, the US Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will give a special performance that will be followed by a history lesson about the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his neighbor George Carter. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
April 15, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL "EGGSTRAVAGANZA" AND EASTER EGG HUNT
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Head to the mountain for Easter! Various age groups and times for each hunt; see website for schedule. Other activities include: visits with the Easter Bunny, adult egg hunt, crafts, hayrides, face painting, wine tasting available, light fare lunch. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  10am-5pm.  $Varies.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
April 15, Saturday
HOP INTO SPRING
Chiles Peaches Orchard.
Sure to become a new family favorite, come celebrate Easter at Chiles. Hop Into Spring events include pancake breakfast, an Easter Egg roll, make and take craft stations, storytime prior to each egg roll, wagon ride and bag of candy to take home. No-charge activities include photo ops with the Easter Bunny, live animals from the Albemarle County 4-H Club and live music by Matt Johnson from 1-4pm. Chiles Peach Orchard.  9am-6pm.  $Prices per event vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 16, Sunday
EASTER SUNDAY WINEMAKERS BRUNCH
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Celebrate spring and Easter at the winery. This family-friendly event includes a wine-paired lunch followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the kids on the lawn. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.  12:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000. 
 
April 22, Saturday
ANNUAL HIGHLAND SHEEP SHEARING
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Discover the New Zealand sheep shearing method at this educational, agricultural event as well as traditional wool carding, spinning, and other activities for the family. Plus, meet the newest lambs to call Ash Lawn-Highland their home. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. 11am-12pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ash Lawn-Highland.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
March 5-May 13, Select Sundays & Saturdays
CAROMOUNT FARM OPEN HOUSE & SNUGGLE SESSIONS
Caromont Farm.
Enjoy a casual day sharing in the beauty of the farm and in the company of the baby goats. A pop-up shop selling cheese, tours of the farm, and other local business representatives will be available. Slots are limited. Check website for specific dates. Caromont Farm Kitchen, Esmont.  11am-4pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 831-1393. 
 
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
 
March 24, Friday
FROM PAGE TO STAGE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Students from Albemarle County Public Schools Post High and Charlottesville High School Parkside will perform an adapted version of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, by A. Wolf, as told to Jon Scieszka. Carver Recreation Center.  1-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
ADVENTURES IN THE MIDDLE: FRIENDSHIPS AND MYSTERIES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Casey Lyall (Howard Wallace, P.I.), Ali Standish (The Ethan I Was Before), and Danette Vigilante (The Trouble With Half a Moon) discuss the characters, friendships, and mysteries that provide the compelling and realistic material for their recent middle-grade novels. Village School.  12-1:30pm.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 25, Saturday
ANNUAL STORYFEST FOR FAMILIES!
Virginia Festival of the Book.
A free, day-long celebration of books and reading, held on and around the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall. Various locations.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 25, Saturday
BACKPACKING ADVENTURES FOR KIDS
Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau / Virginia Festival of the Book.
Outdoor enthusiast and author Jeff Alt (The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park) discusses real-life outdoor know-how and the fictional national park adventures that take place in his series of middle-grade novels. Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center, Crozet.  2-3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6789. 
 
March 25, Saturday
CLIFFORD, WE LOVE YOU
Virginia Festival of the Book.
WVPT celebrates Clifford the Big Red Dog while promoting children's love of reading by presenting an episode of the popular PBS Kids show, based on the series of books by Norman Bridwell. The Paramount Theater.  9:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 23-25, Thursday-Saturday
DOGWOOD TREE SALE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Your purchase of a dogwood tree will help benefit the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival. White, pink and red dogwoods available while supplies last--most years sell out by noon. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  Directions: Parking lot near Burger King.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
March 25, Saturday
EVERYWHERE, WONDER: BOOKMAKING FOR KIDS
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Author and illustrator duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr discuss themes of observation and appreciation in their new children's book--"Everywhere, Wonder"--and lead a hands-on bookmaking activity for children. Village School.  Directions: 215 E. High St.  4-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-4404. 
 
March 25, Saturday
FROM KILLER ROBOTS TO EVIL EMPERORS: TOM ANGLEBERGER & JOHN CLAUDE BEMIS
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Tom Angleberger ("Rocket and Groot") and John Claude Bemis ("Out of Abaton") discuss tales of betrayal, fantastical adventures and other hijinks that make up their novels and illustrated comics. JMRL - Central Library.  4-5:30pm.  $Free.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN
Junior League of Charlottesville.
The Boys & Girls Club will be transformed into a hands-on health and fitness fair, where kids and their families can explore a variety of healthy snacks, cooking stations, fitness demonstrations, and crafts. Cherry Avenue Boys & Girls Club.  Directions: 1000 B Cherry Ave.  9am-1pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sarah Craun.  Email: kidsinthekitchen@jlcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-2937. 
 
March 25, Saturday
STORY TIME FUN WITH THE PLAY PARTNERS PROGRAM OF READYKIDS
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Come enjoy a fun-filled story time that will introduce children to "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?" by Eric Carle. The morning will be filled with lots of songs and creative activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Parents can join in the fun, too, while sipping their coffee. C'ville Coffee.  10-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
STORYFEST! 22ND ANNUAL KIDS' BOOK SWAP
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Bring gently used children's books and trade for new-to-you books. Starting with 50 boxes of books in the morning and swapping until lunchtime. Free and fun. JMRL - Central Library.  10am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 25, Saturday
THE SUPERNATURAL SELF: FANTASY AND INTRIGUE IN YA FICTION
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Jennifer Brody ("Return of the Continuums), Brenda Drake ("Thief of Lies"), Shaun David Hutchinson ("At the Edge of the Universe"), and Eric Smith ("Branded") talk about world-building, character development, mythologies, and their creative process as young adult fiction writers. Village School.  2-3:30pm.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
WILD ABOUT READING
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Learn about Virginia's wildlife through an enlightening program which includes up-close experiences with live animals and story reading. The first 100 children receive a free wildlife-themed book. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11:30am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 22-26, Wednesday-Sunday
ANNUAL VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary. Programs include traditional author readings, book signings, StoryFest day of children's authors, panels on publishing and workshops on bookbinding. Various venues.  $Most events are free.  All ages welcome.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-6890. 
 
April 1, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL SUPPORT VIRGINIA GREEN TOURISM OYSTER ROAST & FESTIVAL
Virginia Green Travel Alliance.
This event will be a celebration of green tourism efforts in Virginia and will feature all-inclusive sampling of sustainably harvested oysters from several Virginia growing regions served raw, roasted and fried; four green-certified wineries; three green-certified microbreweries; and four green-certified restaurants with non-oyster fare. Also features an oyster-shucking demo, an amateur oyster shucking contest, music by Dragon Run, and a silent auction, all next to the beautiful James River in downtown Richmond. American Civil War Center at Tredegar, Richmond.  2-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-986-9119. 
 
April 1, Saturday
THE PERFECT DAY: A FUN FAMILY FESTIVAL
IX Art Park.
Join A.R.E. Camp for a fun-filled day of singing, dancing, laughing, playing and creativity. Face painting, hula hooping, yoga, field games and arts and crafts in the day and several music acts, a square dance and food trucks in the evening. IX Art Park.  1-9pm.  $12 adults, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 1, Saturday
VA TECH POWWOW
Native at Virginia Tech.
See dancers, drummers and craftspeople as they celebrate and share their heritage. Also on hand will be painters, carvers, basketmakers and great food. GLC Lawn & Plaza, Blacksburg (Rain Location: Squires, Old Dominion Ballroom).  12-6pm.  $Free.  Email: native@vt.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 7, Friday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL FIREWORKS
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Celebrate the Dogwood Festival with an array of spellbinding fireworks! McIntire Park.  At dark.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 9, Sunday
ROCKFISH VALLEY KITE FESTIVAL
Rockfish Valley Foundation.
Kite Flying Festival, instructions, demonstrations with Richmond Air Force, games, Rockfish River Duck Race, kite store, vendors, food available for purchase. Parachute races, children's magician and music. Bring a kite, picnic. Free. Free kite to first 200 children. Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center.  11am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@rockfishvalley.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 226-0446. 
 
April 10, Monday
COMMUNITY PICNIC
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Share a meal with your Charlottesville neighbors. To kick-off the Festival, Tom Tom is hosting a giant potluck along the Downtown Mall. Bring your civic group, art group, student organization, business, or family and celebrate the start of Spring with your community. Sign up and bring a dish. IX Art Park.  5-7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 13, Thursday
2ND ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT
Tom Tom Festival, Albemarle County.
A student-planned and student-led experience convening high-school students, educators and civic leaders from across Virginia. Hear inspirational stories from youth-driven speakers and participate in high-energy challenges designed to sharpen your entrepreneurial problem solving. Paramount Theater.  9am-3:30pm.  $39 general public, $19 college student, free for high school students.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 15, Saturday
DOMINION FAMILY EASTER
Maymont.
Visit Maymont for one of Richmond's favorite Easter traditions! Enjoy an egg hunt, live entertainment, great food, crafts and games on Maymont's Carriage House Lawn. Visit the Easter Bunny and participate in a bonnet parade. Maymont Estate, Richmond.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street.  10am-3pm.  $Fees vary for activities.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 310. 
 
April 15, Saturday
DOWNTOWN CHILI SHOWDOWN
Tom Tom Foundation.
As part of the Tom Tom Festival, sample some of the best chili Charlottesville has to offer at this first annual chili cook-off. Sample dishes from leading restaurant chefs and home-cooking heroes and vote for the people's choice award. In addition to chili, Red Shoe Cville will be hosting their 3rd annual Brew Ha Ha! packing the house with local beers that raises money for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville. Main Street Arena.  11am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 15, Saturday
EASTER EGG HUNT AT AMAZEMENT SQUARE
Amazement Square.
Spring is finally here. Celebrate Spring at Amazement Square's Easter Celebration and Spring Festival. Amazement Square.  Directions: 27 Ninth St., Lynchburg.  $Free with museum admission or memebership.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
April 15, Saturday
EGGSTRAVAGANZA EGG HUNT
Staunton Downtown Development Association.
Moonbounce, old-fashioned egg coloring, refreshments, arts and crafts activities, face painting, and surprise entertainers. See website for age-specific egg hunt times. Montgomery Hall Park Soccer Complex.  10am-12pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3945. 
 
April 10-16, Monday-Sunday
6TH ANNUAL TOM TOM FOUNDERS FESTIVAL
Tom Tom Foundation.
Nonstop talks, workshops, panels, installations, concerts and parties. The converging disciplines of music, art, design, business, science and technology connect people and new ideas with the resources necessary to impact the future. The festival takes place during Founders Week and Founders Day is a Charlottesville tradition to celebrate Jeffersons birthday. Like the founding polymath, Tom Tom explores the field to fork movement, new discoveries, technology, education, public art and creative expositions. Downtown Mall.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Whitney.  Email: tommy@tomtomfest.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 919-749-3776. 
 
April 16, Sunday
EASTER EGG HUNT
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Celebrate Easter with a fried chicken lunch and easter egg hunt for the kids. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  Directions: 29N to Rt 231 in Madison, go 5 miles to Banco and turn left on rt. 670 and drive 4 miles to the Lodge.  3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
April 15 & 16,
EASTER FESTIVITIES AT PRINCE MICHEL VINEYARD
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery.
Lots of wonderful events planned for children and adults including kids crafts, potato sack race, egg on a spoon race, adult and kids wheel of fortune, kids Easter goodie bags, and adult wine tastings. Bring a picnic lunch and your family and friends. Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery.  Directions: 154 Winery Lane, Leon.  10am-7pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-800-9463. 
 
April 15 & 16, Saturday & Sunday
PEEK-A-BLOOM WITH PETER RABBIT
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days 1-4pm). Activities in the Children's Garden include hula hooping, making garden hats out of bags and ribbons and more. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  1-4pm.  $regular admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 22, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. Downtown Mall.  10:50am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 22, Saturday
EARTH DAY STAUNTON
Earth Day Staunton.
Enjoy hands-on activities, live native wildlife shows, nature/pollinator crafts, face painting, native plant sale, a live beehive, meet a fish and more. Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  Contact: Caroline.  Email: caroline@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
April 22, Saturday
NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER PARK DAY
Shenandoah National Park Service.
A full day of fun activities to celebrate the NPS 100th Birthday and get kids of all ages connected to their national park! Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) unless otherwise noted. Shenandoah National Park.  Directions: Luray.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
March 25-April 23
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL
City of Charlottesville.
The Dogwood Festival features a carnival, pageant, parade, fireworks, nighttime movies in the park, a dance and more. Throughout Charlottesville.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 6-23
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL CARNIVAL
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Come enjoy fun-filled amusement rides at the Dogwood Festival Carnival. McIntire Park.  Directions: Free parking at Charlottesville High School.  5:30-10:30pm weekdays, 1-11pm Saturday, 1-8:30pm Sunday.  $20 Armbands, $1 individual tickets.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 23, Sunday
EARTH WEEK ECOFAIR
Charlottesville Earth Week/ Ivy Publications.
Learn about local environmental organizations and businesses. Enjoy workshops, live music, book swap, local brews, speakers, kid-friendly entertainment, and more! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Charlottesville Downtown Mall and Pavilion.  11am-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
April 1-2, Saturday-Sunday
BATTLE OF STANARDSVILLE CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT
7th Va Co. F.
Come step into history. Heavenly Acres Campground, Stanardsville.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rick Shifflett.  Email: rick.shifflet529@gmail.com. For more info call: 327-6998. 
 
April 13, Thursday
FOUNDER'S DAY AND JEFFERSON'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Monticello.
Monticello will mark the 274th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth with a celebration and ceremony on the West Lawn, featuring a keynote address by Alice Waters, the 2017 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership. Monticello, West Lawn.  9:45-11am.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
April 13, Thursday
THOMAS JEFFERSON'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Toast Carter Mountain neighbor Thomas Jefferson on his 274th birthday with a complimentary donut and cup of cider (while supplies last). At 1pm, the US Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will give a special performance that will be followed by a history lesson about the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his neighbor George Carter. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
April 1-May 27, Saturdays
THE THOMAS JEFFERSON CENTER FOR HISTORIC PLANTS
Monticello.
Explore inspiring display gardens of historic and native plants in their full spring glory. Then find your favorites and more for sale in the nursery. Knowledgeable nursery staff on hand to answer questions. Monticello Tufton Farm.  Directions: 1293 Tufton Farm.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
March 31-April 2, Friday-Sunday
THE BIZARRE BAZAAR: THE 25TH SPRING MARKET
The Bizarre Bazaar.
Richmond Raceway Complex.  10am-7pm Friday & Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $6.50 adults, $1 children advance, 7 adults, $1.50 children.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-673-7015. 
 
April 8-9, Saturday-Sunday
4TH ANNUAL DOGWOOD DEALS RUMMAGE SALE
Junior League of Charlottesville.
The Junior League of Charlottesville will host Dogwood Deals, a sale featuring new and gently used clothing and goods donated by members and friends of the League. Albemarle Square, next to Fresh Market.  6am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: jlcvillerummage@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 11-April 13
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. 
 
April 22, Saturday
UPFRONT--DANCE DRINK SPLENDOR
Charlottesville Ballet.
A celebration of spring with dance, wine and hors d'oeuvres and in-studio shopping from favorite local boutiques and artists. Ticket holders can also enjoy scenes from The Firebird and other works. Shoppers not attending a performance receive a drink ticket for each purchase made. Patrons attending performance are welcome to complimentary beverages throughout the day. CB Studio Theatre.  12-6pm, 1pm & 4pm performances.  $25 adults, $20 students, seniors, military, $15 children.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
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. 
 
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March 29, Wednesday
"MISS REPRESENTATION"
JMRL - Northside.
Media sells the idea that girls' and women' value is in their beauty and sexuality, not their capacity as leaders. Northside Library.  6:30-8:45pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
April 2, Sunday
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7, $5 kids 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
April 5, Wednesday
WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Wild Virginia.
Films that tell stories about the planet, the wild lands, the people of the communities who love them, play in them and defend them. Remarkable places that inspire wonder, highlight issues and provide solutions. Violet Crown Cinema.  Directions: 200 W. Main.  7pm.  $15-25.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1553. 
 
April 8, Saturday
MOVIE IN THE PARK
Dogwood Festival/ Virginia Film Festival.
Fun for the family at McIntire Park with a free movie. McIntire Park.  8:30 or Dark.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-5656. 
 
April 9, Sunday
THE PRINCESS DIARIES [G]
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7, $5 kids 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
April 23, Sunday
CASABLANCA [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 youth 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
Final Thursdays
CENTRAL LIBRARY FILM SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
January 26: The Count of Monte Cristo; February 23: Color Line of Scrimmage with director Lorenzo Dickerson; March 30: My Architect; April 27: Night Bird Song; May 25: Birders: The Central Park Effect JMRL- Central Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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April 15, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: CHARTING CHANGE
Fralin Museum of Art.
Children and parents will enjoy a tour and activities together. Reservations required. Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm 5-7 year olds with adult, 3-5pm 8-12 year olds with adult.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
March 21-July 18, Third Tuesdays
BABES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
A new program specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions (18 months and younger). Join an educator and fellow parents for lively conversation about works of art on view, with baby coos and cries encouraged. Look and discuss in a supportive environment with time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. Slings over strollers are preferred when possible, and a 1:1 adult to infant ratio, but will work to accommodate parents of twins. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 18.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
March 10-July 23
IMAGINING ANTIQUITY: ITALIANATE PRINTS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
The 18th century, coincident with what is often termed the Age of Enlightenment, was a period of European history that witnessed a resurgence of an interest in antiquity, specifically in the culture of classical Rome. This exhibition, which showcases a collection of prints recently gifted to the Museum and now on public display for the first time, explores a range of artistic responses to this cultural phenomenon, from the depiction of both contemporary and historical landscapes, to Neoclassical visualizations of ancient mythologies and historical events, to images that speak to the rise of antiquarianism. The Fralin Museum of Art.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
Second Saturdays
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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March 25, Saturday
BACKPACKING ADVENTURES FOR KIDS
Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau / Virginia Festival of the Book.
Outdoor enthusiast and author Jeff Alt (The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park) discusses real-life outdoor know-how and the fictional national park adventures that take place in his series of middle-grade novels. Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center, Crozet.  2-3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6789. 
 
March 25-26, Saturday-Sunday
JACK HANNA WEEKEND
Busch Gardens.
Experience the naturally fun wild side of Busch Gardens® when animal expert Jack Hanna brings his animals to the park. With his infectious energy, Jack Hanna makes animal and conservation education entertaining for the whole family. Busch Gardens.  Directions: Williamsburg.  $Free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
March 31, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS HEIDI'S NIGHT
Charlottesville Astronomical Society.
For students in grades 4-12 and parents interested in astronomy. Participate in laser tours, classroom activities and night sky viewings. This event is held regardless of weather conditions. McCormick Observatory.  Directions: 600 McCormick Rd.  8:38-10pm.  Contact: Steve Layman.  Email: slayman2528@comcast.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 960-9404. 
 
April 1, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation & Monticello Bird Club.
Join Jim Nix of the Monticello Bird Club for a bird walk. Beginners always welcome. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area. Binoculars available to share. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Rd.  7:30-9:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
April 1, Saturday
HERITAGE DAY
Graves' Mountain Lodge.
Children 12 and under have a specially designated fishing area in front of Graves' Mountain Lodge on the trout stocked Rose River. Each registered child will receive a free gift, plus children's raffle prizes will be drawn hourly. Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries, Trout Unlimited and National Wild Turkey Federation are only a few of the organizations with exhibits and activities for both adults and children. Craft vendors, and food and drink available for purchase will be on-site. Graves' Mountain Lodge.  All day.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
April 1-2, Saturday-Sunday
VIRGINIA DAFFODIL SOCIETY SHOW
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Hundreds of delightful prize-worthy daffodils and expert growers. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Opening Hours.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 7-9, Friday-Sunday
RICHMOND AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE
Richmond African Violet Society.
Enter the Garden to see Interesting and unusual African violet varieties on display and for purchase. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Show and sale hours vary.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 15 & 16, Saturday & Sunday
PEEK-A-BLOOM WITH PETER RABBIT
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days 1-4pm). Activities in the Children's Garden include hula hooping, making garden hats out of bags and ribbons and more. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  1-4pm.  $regular admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 22, Saturday
GARDENING WITH SEED BALLS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Celebrate Earth Day by creating seed balls using a seed mixture of flowers that will attract butterflies and birds to your garden. Also create a ball to hang from a tree for birds to enjoy. Come prepared to get dirty. All materials provided. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  2pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 22, Saturday
NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER PARK DAY
Shenandoah National Park Service.
A full day of fun activities to celebrate the NPS 100th Birthday and get kids of all ages connected to their national park! Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) unless otherwise noted. Shenandoah National Park.  Directions: Luray.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 22-23
FEE FREE DAYS AT SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy the Park without having to pay an entrance fee in observance of National Park Week. Shenandoah National Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 23, Sunday
RIDE THE DRIVE: CAR-FREE DAY
Shenandoah National Park.
The north district of Skyline Drive will be closed to motorized vehicles to celebrate National ParkRx Day and National Park Week. A portion of Skyline Drive will be closed and only open to bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles. North District of Shenandoah National Park.  7am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 1-29
PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION GARDEN
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, 3,000+ pinwheels will be "planted" in the Children's Garden, each representing a child served this year by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia's Healthy Families program. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Opening Hours.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 1-June 1
A MILLION BLOOMS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Spring arrives with magnificent splendor! See a succession of breathtaking blooms that color the landscape with beauty. Enjoy entertaining activities, exhibits and family events. Play and learn in the Children's Garden, browse the Garden Shop, dine with friends or relax with a good book in a scenic retreat. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
Second Monday and Last Thursday of each month
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Master Naturalist volunteers will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
April 14-October 15
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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March 26, Sunday
DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $15.75 adult, $10.75 under 12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
March 25-26, Saturday-Sunday
JACK HANNA WEEKEND
Busch Gardens.
Experience the naturally fun wild side of Busch Gardens® when animal expert Jack Hanna brings his animals to the park. With his infectious energy, Jack Hanna makes animal and conservation education entertaining for the whole family. Busch Gardens.  Directions: Williamsburg.  $Free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
March 27, Monday
MISS NELSON IS MISSING! MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
A musical revue based on contemporary children's books. Pre-K-Grade 4. A lighthearted musical that reminds us to show appreciation to those we value. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 29, Wednesday
ALL-CITY CHORAL FESTIVAL
Charlottesville City Schools.
Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2971. 
 
April 11, Tuesday
LYLE LYLE CROCODILE
The Wayne Theatre.
The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
April 22, Saturday
KATE TAMARKIN: THE FAREWELL CONCERTS
Charlottesville Symphony/Vesta Gordon.
Kate Tamarkin conducts with Anne-Marie McDermott on piano. Old Cabell Hall & MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center.  8pm Saturday, 3:30pm Sunday.  Email: orchestra@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
April 23, Sunday
STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT
Altria Theater.
Altria Theater, Richmond.  7:30pm.  $69.50-250.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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March 23, Thursday
FAMILY ART DROP-IN
JMRL - Northside Library.
Celebrate the Big Read selection by listening to '80s music and decorating a foam frame for a treasured family photo. For kids up to age 12. Northside Library.  3:45-5:15pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 25, Saturday
KITES AND FLIGHTS
First Colony Winery.
Bring your kite to First Colony Winery (or let us provide you with a kite kit) and enjoy a day of kite flying with your family. Food will be available for purchase, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. Admission is free. For $10 the winery will provide kite-making supplies and an instructor to help kids create their own, personalized kite! 2 Brothers food truck will be on site as well. First Colony Winery.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Martha Hayman.  Email: info@firstcolonywinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7105. 
 
March 25, Saturday
PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY
Old Dominion Performance Arts Studio.
Enjoy this magical event hosted by Old Dominion Performance Arts Studio. Come enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and bring your camera because the Easter Bunny will be there too! Heritage on Main Street.  Directions: Downtown Waynesboro.  8-10am.  $4 for 5 and under. $6 for 6 and up, $8 for a Hungry Bunny Meal.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Hall.  Email: performods@mac.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-324-4049. 
 
March 25, Saturday
STORYTIME MARATHON
Virginia Festival of the Book.
A selection of beloved children's authors and illustrators take turns reading from their books, interspersed with short activities for children ages 3-6. Parents are welcome to join in as well, and drop-ins are encouraged at this informal program. JMRL - Central Library.  2-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 26, Sunday
A CONVERSATION WITH BRYAN CRANSTON
UVA President's Speaker Series for the Arts.
As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, actor Bryan Cranston will join film producer Mark Johnson for a moderated conversation reflecting on his career as an artist and the impact that the arts have on people's lives, education and the world. Tickets are free but required. The first 40 patrons to buy a book at JPJ starting at 1pm will receive a special book signing opportunity with Cranston following the event. John Paul Jones Arena .  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 24-26, Friday-Sunday
SINGLE MOM'S WEEKEND 2017
The Renae Foundation.
Enjoy a full weekend of activities and interactive play with your kids. Some activities will be adult only! Some kids only! And some combined to ensure moms get "me time" too! Options for moms & kids to stay or just attend weekend activities. All families checking in must do so by 7pm. Country Country Inns & Suites.  Directions: 1600 Emmet Street North.  7pm.  $$35 for activities only (no meals), kids under 18 free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Leslie Wright.  Email: partiezbyleslie@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (336) 937-0189. 
 
March 24-26, Friday-Sunday
WALTONS 45TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
Walton's Mountain Museum.
Waltons Mountain Concert, Q&A with the cast, autographs, Jimmy Fortune Concert, Dogwood Tree Planting Ceremony and more. See site for dates and details. Walton's Mountain Museum & Nelson County High School.  Directions: 6484 Rockfish River Road, Schuyler.  Varies.  Email: waltonmt@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-921-3436. 
 
March 28, Tuesday
WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE!
Richmond Coliseum.
See all your favorites including John Cena, WWE Champion AJ Styles, Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Becky Lynch and more. Richmond Coliseum.  7:45pm.  $15-100.  Email: info@richmondcoliseum.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-800-745-3000. 
 
March 22 & 29, Wednesdays
CLOGGING CLASSES
Zabor Dance Studio.
Learn what clogging has evolved into in the modern world as well as where it came from. The purpose of this class is to educate all new and experience dancers to learn a new form of dance that is unique, fun, exciting, invigorating and a great cardio workout. Beginner to advanced classes are available. This type of dance allows the young child to adult to learn together in a setting that is welcoming and can become a family in its own. The Dance Spot.  Directions: 2nd St. SE 3rd Floor.  6pm.  $Free introductory classes.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: None  Contact: Cherylann Ward.  Email: cward0623@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-5365. 
 
April 1, Saturday
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS ENGINEERING DAY AT UVA
Society of Women Engineers/UVA.
The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia presents a program designed to give high school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demonstrations, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students. The session aims to showcase the many diverse, exciting and creative fields that make up engineering. $20.  Email: uvasweoutreach@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 3, Tuesday
BOOK BUFFET
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Try it - you might like it. Feast on fabulous stories about food and families. Check out your favorites. No reservations required, just an appetite for good books. Central Library.  All day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 7, Friday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL FIREWORKS
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Celebrate the Dogwood Festival with an array of spellbinding fireworks! McIntire Park.  At dark.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 8, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL BOW-WOW-WALK
Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
A K-9 2.5K to support the animals and life-saving programs of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. The walk will begin at Lee Park and wind through Charlottesville's historic Downtown Mall neighborhood before returning to Lee Park for a post-walk festival sure to wow the doggie friends. The festival will feature human and doggie entertainment, canine competition, treats for humans and pups, and a pack of animal-friendly sponsors. Lee Park.  8:30am-12:30pm.  $35 Adult Walkers; $25 Junior Walkers; $35 Cat Nappers.  Contact: Ryan Willis.  Email: rwillis@caspca.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5959. 
 
April 8, Saturday
DAY SOIREE: REMEMBERING VINEGAR HILL
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
The Day Soiree is an annual event with festival favorites like live music and local vendors with a community-focused educational goal. This year, the Day Soiree will be "Remembering Vinegar Hill: The Neighborhood Beneath the Pavement." A documentary screening, scavenger hunt, trivia competition, photo exhibit, and more will help to tell the story of Charlottesville's lost Vinegar Hill neighborhood. Day Soiree contest entrant will win a $100 gift card from Wegmans. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  Directions: 223 4th St. NW.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ellen Blackmon.  Email: education@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8723. 
 
April 8, Saturday
EGGSTRAVAGANZA! EASTER EGG HUNT
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
A fun-filled egg hunt with ages under divided on fields by ages 1-3, 4-7 and 8-12. Bring your baskets! Charlottesville High School.  10am.  All ages welcome.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
April 1-9
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE
Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Fundraiser for the programs and special projects of the public library system, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Thousands of high-quality books and other media at great prices. Members of the Friends may attend a Preview Sale on March 31, from 5-7pm. Half-Price days are April 8 & 9. Educators and $5 Bag Day April 10. Gordon Avenue Library.  10am-7pm.  Contact: Bill Davis.  Email: info@jmrlfriends.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 9, Sunday
LITTLE LEGS, HIDDEN EGGS
ACAC.
Children, toddlers through 5th grade, enjoy a kid-friendly race and egg hunt. All children receive a race bib and medal. Old Village Trail.  3-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 8-9, Saturday-Sunday
PORTRAITS WITH BABY CHICKS
King Family Vineyards & Aaron Watson Photography.
To make your portrait session even more Easter festive...we will have baby chicks on site available to be a part of your family portrait! Limited availability so call or email today! King Family Vineyards.  Email: info@aaronwatsonphoto.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8031. 
 
April 15, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL NELSON COUNTY 5K
A scenic 3.1-mile run/walk with prizes awarded to the top three finishers in each category. The race benefits American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. Nelson County High School Track.  7:30-8:30am check-in.  $25 adult, $15 youth ages 6-17.  All ages welcome.  Email: spudmom28@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-465-1544. 
 
April 14 & 15, Friday & Saturday
BREAKFAST & TRAIN RIDE WITH THE EASTER BUNNY
B&O Railroad Museum.
Enjoy the annual Easter Bunny breakfast buffet in the Roundhouse and story time with museum mascot Choo Choo Blue, then take an indoor carousel ride and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Then take an exclusive 20-minute round-trip train ride with the B&O Bunny. B&O Railroad Museum.  Directions: 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore.  8:30am.  $18 adults, $16 seniors, $12 children, Members free.  Contact: Dana Kim.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 410-752-2462 x221. 
 
April 15, Saturday
EASTER EGG HUNT
Hunter Wyant State Farm Insurance.
Hunter Wyant Insurance and Financial Services teams up with the Charlottesville City Police Department again! Come take pictures with the Easter bunny and bring a bag for Easter eggs! Booker T. Washington Park.  11am registration, 11:30am & 12:25pm ages 0-3, 11:50am & 12:40pm ages 4-7, 12:10-1pm ages 8-12 .  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 12.  Contact: Sydney Bush.  Email: sb@hunterwyant.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-3906. 
 
April 15, Saturday
EASTER EGG HUNT & MORE AT DUCARD
DuCard Vineyards.
What would Easter be without an Easter Egg hunt? Or maybe a visit by the Easter Bunny? Live music by 2 Wishes and treats both inside and out. Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1pm. Bring the family for a day of fun. DuCard Vineyards.  Directions: 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan.  12-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
April 15, Saturday
EGG HUNT
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Ridgeview Park.  10-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Seltzer.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
March 25, April 1, 8 & 15
PHOTOS WITH THE EASTER BUNNY
Lollipop Station.
Come get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Lollipop Station.  Directions: 179 E Davis St., Culpeper.  12-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Faith Gil.  Email: info@lollipopstation.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-812-2103. 
 
April 8-15
SPRINGFEST! COWBOYS & CROWNS
B&O Railroad Museum.
This week kids can enjoy Royal Adventure Days April 8 & 9, Wild West Day April 10-13, and Easter Bunny Hoppenings April 14 & 15. B&O Railroad Museum.  Directions: 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 410-752-2490. 
 
April 15, Saturday
UVA RECREATION YOUTH SWIM & TENNIS OPEN HOUSE
UVA's IM-Rec Sports Department.
Come to the University of Virginia's Aquatic & Fitness Center and enjoy a free, family-friendly day of swimming, tennis, games, prizes and pizza! Family fun includes tennis games in the gymnasium, open swimming and an underwater scavenger hunt in the Cavalier's competition pool. Win free youth lessons in swimming or tennis and an Amazon Fire tablet. UVA's Aquatic & Fitness Center.  Directions: 450 Whitehead Rd.  2-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Michael Shipe.  Email: ms4yq@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-5539. 
 
April 16, Saturday
EASTER EGG HUNT AT DEVILS BACKBONE
Easter brunch specials will be served in The Summit and kids can hunt eggs in The Meadows. Both kids and adults get separate chances to hunt for eggs. The first 20 adults can hunt to fill an empty 6-pack. Devils Backbone Brewery Basecamp.  Directions: 200 Mosby's Run, Roseland.  12pm kids hunt, 3pm adult hunt.  $Free, $10 per adult for hunt.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
April 16, Sunday
EASTER FRENCH CREPES AT DELFOSSE
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.
Easter egg hunt at noon. Sweet or savory crepes paired with salad and DelFosse wine. Hot, homemade soup and fresh bread also available. DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.  Directions: 500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber.  12-4pm.  Email: finewines@delfossewine.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-6100. 
 
April 16, Sunday
EASTER SUNDAY WINEMAKERS BRUNCH
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Celebrate spring and Easter at the winery. This family-friendly event includes a wine-paired lunch followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the kids on the lawn. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.  12:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000. 
 
April 20, Thursday
POETRY ON THE STEPS
JMRL - Central Library.
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with open mic poetry night beneath the towering oaks on the library steps. Read originals or old favorites, or just come to listen. Refreshments will be served. Rain site: Children's Room. Central Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 21, Friday
DOGWOOD VIETNAM MEMORIAL REDEDICATION
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Come to the rededication of the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial. McIntire Park East at the "New" memorial.  11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 22, Saturday
BARKS & BARRELS
First Colony Winery.
Bring your friendly dog out for a day of fun. Frisbees, balls and other doggie toys are available to play in the field. Leashed dogs are permitted in the tasting room. Live music from Michael Clem and Spice Sea Gourmet food truck on site from 1-4pm. Fluvanna SPCA will be bringing dogs and puppies for adoption as well. First Colony Winery.  12-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7105. 
 
April 22, Saturday
CARVER SOCK HOP
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
A night of '50s fun and dancing. Carver Recreation Center.  7-9pm.  $10 per family, resident, $15 non-resident.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kylie Cempre.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
April 22, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. Downtown Mall.  10:50am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 22, Saturday
WIZARDING WINERY AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Visit the mystical world of wizards featuring quid ditch demos, themed outdoor and indoor games, a wizards costume contest, make-your-own wand stations and much more. Bavarian Chef and Kona Shaved Ice food trucks onsite. Horton Vineyards.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gorduonsville.  12-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
April 21-23, Friday-Sunday
P. BUCKLEY MOSS BARN SHOW
P. Buckley Moss Museum.
Pat will be at her home, The Barn, to meet her collectors and personalize prints each day. You are invited to bring two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Barn for personalization. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Waynesboro gallery during these three days can be personalized. The Barn.  Directions: 18 Providence Lane, Waynesboro.  11am-5pm Friday & Saturday at The Barn, 11am-4pm Sunday at the Waynesboro Gallery.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 949-6473. 
 
March 29-April 27, Wednesday or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Please register for only Wednesdays or Thursdays. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 28-May 23, Tuesdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET'S SPECIAL DAD-DANCE CLASS
Charlottesville Ballet.
Dads take classes with an instructor for five weeks with daughters joining them for the next three weeks to complete a team dance. New or experienced dancers welcome. Charlottesville Ballet Studios at 1885 Seminole Trail.  7:30-8:15pm.  $25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nina Staeben.  Email: nstaeben@charlottesvilleballet.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-2555. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too! Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
February 6-July 7
FAULKNER: LIFE AND WORKS
UVA Special Collections Library.
An exhibition surveying one of the great archives of American literature: UVA's William Faulkner collections. Opening celebration on February 28 at 5pm. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, UVA.  Directions: Main Gallery, Harrison Institute and Small Collections Library .  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 3pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Tuesdays
SILENT DINNER POTLUCK
JMRL - Louisa County.
No talking during this silent dinner. A great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. Please consider bringing dessert of a side dish to share. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: louisa@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
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March 25, Saturday
SPRING THAW TRAIL RUN AND BIKE RACE
Early Mountain Vineyards/Adventure Enablers.
A fun-filled day of trail running and bike racing. Choose your race 5K, 10K, 1.5-2.5 hour bike ride or a Young Warrior bike ride for kids 16 and under. Early Mountain Vineyards.  Directions: 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  8:30am-1:30pm.  $20-45.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
March 26, Sunday
2017 FIX A LEAK FAMILY 5K
Charlottesville Public Works.
In this family-friendly event, participants will chase a running toilet (literally) through the Pen Park natural trail and along the Rivanna River. During and after the race, there will be music, family activities including balloon animals and face painting, awards, as well as water conservation tips for all in attendance. Pen Park.  9am-12:30pm.  $7-15.  Email: waterconservation@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3877. 
 
April 1, Saturday
CAMP HOLIDAY TRAILS 5K
Camp Holiday Trails.
Camp Holiday Trails is a local, nonprofit organization that provides a camp experience for children with special medical needs. Since 1983, UVA medical students have helped to raise nearly $100,000 for the camp by hosting this annual event. Nameless Field, UVA.  9am.  $12-$25.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 1, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MARATHON/HALF MARATHON/8K ROAD RACE/KIDS' MILE
Charlottesville Running Company.
From a marathon on one of the most scenic marathon courses in the East to a Kids' Mile, there's a race for every member of the family. Registration required. Downtown Charlottesville.  Times vary per race.  Email: francesca@badtothebone.biz. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-0402. 
 
April 1, Saturday
HERITAGE DAY
Graves' Mountain Lodge.
Children 12 and under have a specially designated fishing area in front of Graves' Mountain Lodge on the trout stocked Rose River. Each registered child will receive a free gift, plus children's raffle prizes will be drawn hourly. Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries, Trout Unlimited and National Wild Turkey Federation are only a few of the organizations with exhibits and activities for both adults and children. Craft vendors, and food and drink available for purchase will be on-site. Graves' Mountain Lodge.  All day.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
April 8, Saturday
BE BOLD 4 MILER
Corkscrew Racing.
Great for the fitness focused or that casual runner. Panoramic mountain views, a performance gender-specific shirt, commemorative tasting glass and a post-race party with cider samplings from Bold Rock's locally sourced apples. There will be live music, a post-race awards ceremony and food for purchase from Bold Rock or a local food truck. Bold Rock Nellysford Cider Barn, Nellysford.  9am.  Email: info@corkscrewracing.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1030. 
 
April 9, Sunday
FOUR KINGS 4K
Starr Hill Brewery.
The race follows the Connector Trail to the scenic Crozet Trails. Participants under 21 may register for $4 under the Youth category. Starr Hill Brewery & Tap Room.  Directions: 5391 Three Notch'd Rd., Crozet.  1pm race start, arrive at 12:30pm.  $14.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5671. 
 
April 9, Sunday
MORVEN VOLKSWALK 2017
Cavalier Volkssporting Club/ UVA.
Everyone is invited to participate in this non-competitive fitness walking event. More of a social event and healthy outing than a competition, choose from a 5k or 10k route. Neither trail is wheelchair accessible but they are suitable for strollers. Leashed pets welcome. Morven Farm .  Directions: 791 Morven Dr.  9am-12pm start window, 3pm finish.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cavaliervolkssporting@virginiaedu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3791. 
 
April 15, Saturday
PAINT THE PLAYGROUND - A CHARLOTTESVILLE COLOR RUN
Burnley-Moran Elementary PTO.
Local runners, walkers and families are invited to participate in the first annual color run: Paint the Playground! The race will feature color powder stations throughout the accessible 1-mile loop. The complimentary white race shirt will be a masterpiece by the time you cross the finish line! Celebrate with a dance party, refreshments and raffle. Rain date April 22. Burnley-Moran Elementary School.  8am.  $15, $50 per family, 3 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Burnley-Moran PTO.  Email: burnleymoranpto@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2413. 
 
April 15, Saturday
UVA RECREATION YOUTH SWIM & TENNIS OPEN HOUSE
UVA's IM-Rec Sports Department.
Come to the University of Virginia's Aquatic & Fitness Center and enjoy a free, family-friendly day of swimming, tennis, games, prizes and pizza! Family fun includes tennis games in the gymnasium, open swimming and an underwater scavenger hunt in the Cavalier's competition pool. Win free youth lessons in swimming or tennis and an Amazon Fire tablet. UVA's Aquatic & Fitness Center.  Directions: 450 Whitehead Rd.  2-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Michael Shipe.  Email: ms4yq@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-5539. 
 
April 14-16, Friday-Sunday
EASTER CELEBRATION
Wintergreen Resort.
An Easter Eggstravaganze! Egg decorating, cookie decorating and crafts, peep roast, peep diorama contest, Easter Bonnet Parade and Egg Hunt. Plus, you won't want to miss the Easter Brunch Buffet at The Copper Mine Bistro. Wintergreen Resort.  Opening Hours.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
April 22, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL DAY 5K: RACE WITHOUT A TRACE
Viridiant.
Richmond's Earth Day 5k has a new course along the Virginia Capital Trail with the James River to the side of you the entire way. The event benefits nonprofit Viridiant, formerly EarthCraft Virginia. Downtown Richmond.  11am-12:30pm.  $25 advance, $30 after March 17.  Email: admin@viridiant.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-225-9843. 
 
April 22, Saturday
EARTH DAY 5K AND FAMILY FUN RUN
Rockfish River Elementary School.
The 5k run/walk, described as moderate, is open to kids ages 8 and up and the 1-mile fun run/walk is open to all ages and will take place entirely off-road to ensure safety for even the youngest children to participate. Rockfish River Elementary School.  7:30 registration, 8:30am 5k, 9:30am fun run.  $15 advance, $20 race day ages 8-up, $10 advance, $15 race day 1-mile race all ages.  All ages welcome.  Email: ptoeagles@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 22, Saturday
RUN FOR AUTISM 5K
Virginia Institute of Autism.
Support the Virginia Institute of Autism with a fun morning of running and walking. Families, children and adults with disabilities are welcome! Charlottesville High School.  7:30am kids race, 8am 5k.  $25-45.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Grace Fowler.  Email: run4autism@viaschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8252. 
 
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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March 24, Friday
FROM PAGE TO STAGE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Students from Albemarle County Public Schools Post High and Charlottesville High School Parkside will perform an adapted version of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, by A. Wolf, as told to Jon Scieszka. Carver Recreation Center.  1-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
IT'S ALL ABOUT FAMILY STORYTIME
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Enjoy songs and stories about family. Ages 2-5 with their families. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
April 17-May 23, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins April 4. Gordon Avenue Library.  11:30am Mondays, 9:30am Tuesdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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April 7-9
DANCING WITH MYSELF
Four County Players.
By Leanne Griffin, A Teen Theater Project Production, One Weekend Only! Directed by Jessica Harris Four County Players Cellar.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 832-5355. 
 
April 8
GODSPELL, JR.
DMR Adventures.
Contact: DMR Adventures.  Email: DMRAdventures@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 203-6314. 
 
April 13-15, Thursday-Saturday
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS: "A RAISIN IN THE SUN"
Theatre CHS.
Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7pm.  Email: theatrechsboxoffice@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2725. 
 
December
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE
American Shakespeare Center.
The traditional holiday classic brought to life onstage. Expect to be right in the middle of this beloved tale with new twists, surprises, and a production filled with music and cheer for the whole family. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 South Market St., Staunton.  Various times.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
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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