Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
January 28, Saturday
VOCALOSITY
The Paramount Theater.
An all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists singing chart-topping hits in new a cappella arrangements. From 10th century Gregorian chant to doo wop, from Beatles tunes to the music of Bruno Mars--nothing is off limits! The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  Email: boxoffice@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
January 29, Sunday
UVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents the Rivanna String Quartet. Directed by Kelly Sulick, the programs offer a wide range of works that are sure to entertain, educate and enthrall. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  3:30pm.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
February 3, Friday
BILL STAINES IN CONCERT
North Branch School.
Folk legend Bill Staines performs. Attendees are invited to bring a dish and join Bill for a potluck supper, which begins promptly at 6:15pm. Tickets available at Greenberry's Coffee and North Branch. North Branch School.  Directions: 221 Mickens Road, Afton.  7pm.  $12/$3 kids advance, $15/$5 kids at the door.  Contact: Anya.  Email: anya@taproots.biz. For more info call: 540-849-0004. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
Exhibition Open Through Spring 2017
ART AND COUNTRY EXHIBITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with "country," their homeland. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
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
 
January 27-29, Friday-Monday
FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
A weekend of fun with games, races, demo days and s'mores around the campfire. Skiing, riding, tubing, skating and zipping will make this a favorite family vacation. Wintergreen Resort.  9am.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
February 12, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLEFAMILY FUN FAIR & CAMP EXPO
CharlottesvilleFamily.
The annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo helps parents get a jump on camp shopping. Meet exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more! With bounce houses, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, great giveaways and special kids' activities! The Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: 29 N, near Sam's Club.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-4713. 
 
February 18, Saturday
KID*VENTION 2017
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Strap on your goggles and slip into your lab coat for an annual family celebration of everything science! Explore a wide variety of scientific fields through hands-on experiments, demonstrations, games and more, as the museum welcomes local exhibitors with expertise in areas like biology, chemistry, physics and zoology. Past exhibitors have helped kids race robots, see their heartbeat, plant a tree and make slime. What will this year's festival include? CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Key Recreation Center.  10am-3pm.  $5 per family.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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
 
February 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday
MAYMONT MANSION'S VIEW FROM THE BACKSTAIRS
Maymont.
Experience Richmond's Gilded Age showplace from the perspective of those who worked there. Guided tours available every half-hour. Baymont Mansion, Richmond.  9am-12pm, 6-9pm.  $7, $4 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x 329. 
 
February 11, Saturday
LET'S GO EXPLORE THE PAST THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY
Monticello.
In honor of Black History Month, join Monticello archaeologists in the Archaeology Lab to discover how the enslaved community lived at Monticello. Designed specifically for children ages 7-11. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  10am-12pm.  $9 children 7-11, $12 adults.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
February 18, Saturday
VICTORIAN HIGH TECH AT MAYMONT
Maymont.
A special behind-the-scenes tour reveals the bells, whistles, hidden panels, knobs, tubes and other technological wonders that made the Dooleys' home one of the most modern in Gilded Age Richmond. Maymont Estate, Richmond.  12:30-1:30pm.  $7, $4 members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x329. 
 
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
 
February 11, Saturday
CITY MARKET ARTS AT CARVER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Arts vendors come inside to Carver Recreation Center with local unique handcrafted wares. Carver Recreation Center.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kylie Cempre.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
December 30, January 6 & 27, Fridays
FIRESIDE FILM SERIES AT BOLD ROCK
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Guests are invited to gather around the fireplace and enjoy a family-friendly movie! Food and hard cider will be available for purchase. The last Friday of the month offers an adult-focused film. December 30 film will be Good Will Hunting. January 6 film is family-favorite Matilda. Bold Rock.  Directions: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1030. 
 
February 10-11, Friday-Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows if you'd like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Registration is requested. Drop-ins always welcome. Ages 2-6. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
February 17, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "HIDDEN FIGURES"
PVCC.
A team of brilliant African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions. Rated PG. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
Final Thursdays
CENTRAL LIBRARY FILM SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
January 26: The Count of Monte Cristo; February 23: Color Line of Scrimmage with director Lorenzo Dickerson; March 30: My Architect; April 27: Night Bird Song; May 25: Birders: The Central Park Effect JMRL- Central Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
January 28, Saturday
SNOW DAYS FESTIVAL
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Meet the 2017 Scholarship Snow Queen and enjoy visits from Anna and Elsa, an appearance by Olaf, winter art projects, science activities about snow, and an instrument petting zoo from the Richmond Symphony. CMoR Fredericksburg.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
September 30-February 12
ANN GALE: PORTRAITS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Portraits, painted from models in the studio, by American figurative painter Ann Gale, professor of Painting at the University of Washington. Largely composed of oil paintings, with a few preparatory sketches. The Fralin Museum of Art,The Fralin Museum of Art.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4349061022. 
 
August 26, 2016-February 12, 2017
FRALIN PRESENTS NEW ACQUISITIONS: PHOTOGRAPHY
The Fralin Museum of Art.
New Acquisitions: Photography, which features photographic works acquired through significant purchases and gifts, highlights a commitment to reflect the diversity and evolution of photography as a medium. Featured works include Danny Lyons's pivotal Civil Rights Series; Shirin Neshat's contemporary and political portraits of loss; and Eadweard Muybridge's late-19th-century motion studies. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
January 29, 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. 
 
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. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
January 26, Thursday
TANDEMONIUM
Tandem Friends School.
The Tandem Friends School Arts Departments takes over C'Ville Coffee for the evening for a celebration of the arts. Listen to student music by our many talented groups, watch student-made films, view student artwork, purchase delicious food and drink from C'Ville Coffee. Come and enjoy a fun and soul-nourishing evening. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: contact@tandemfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1303. 
 
January 27, Friday
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WALDORF SCHOOL WINTERFEST
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Grades 1-8 present a variety of performances including songs, poems, games and orchestral music. Burley Middle School, Rose Hill Dr..  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Amanda Tipton.  Email: cwsoffice@cwaldorf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
February 10, Friday
THE TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
A musical revue based on contemporary children's books. Follow Hubie's imagination as he faces his comical horrific fears and discovers that his new teacher is pleasantly human after all. Other books included in this musical are Dogzilla, Grumpy Bird, I Want My Hat Back, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Love Splat, Splat the Cat and The Grasshopper and the Ant. Historic Wayne Theatre.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
February 11, Saturday
UPFRONT--EVENING OF ROMANCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Bring your valentine and come "up front" in the CB Studio Theatre for a wine & hors d'oeuvres celebration. The intimate performance includes romantic duets and newly commissioned works by Julia Mitchell (Richmond), R. Colby Damon (Philadelphia), and a new contemporary ballet by Maggie Small. Celebrate Valentine's Day at the ballet with an evening of wine, romance, and dance! CB Studio Theatre.  4pm & 7pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-2555. 
 
February 9-12
THE WAYNESBORO PLAYERS PRESENTS: "ALMOST MAINE"
The Wayne Theatre.
On one deeply cold and magical Midwinter night the citizens of Almost--a place not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness--experience the life-altering power of the human heart. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm February 9-11, 2pm February 12.  $18.  All ages welcome.  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. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
January 26, Thursday
TANDEMONIUM
Tandem Friends School.
The Tandem Friends School Arts Departments takes over C'Ville Coffee for the evening for a celebration of the arts. Listen to student music by our many talented groups, watch student-made films, view student artwork, purchase delicious food and drink from C'Ville Coffee. Come and enjoy a fun and soul-nourishing evening. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: contact@tandemfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1303. 
 
January 28, Saturday
OPEN HOUSE AT CARVER AND SMITH AQUATIC
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
A free open house! Use either facility free of charge and experience them for yourself. Carver Recreation Center.  10am-2pm Carver, 1pm-5pm Smith.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kylie Cempre.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
January 28, Saturday
TOT CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!
The PlayGround.
Join us for Chinese New Year (aka Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) crafts, activities, stories and lots of fun play to celebrate the Year of the Fire Rooster. The PlayGround, Staunton.  9am-1pm.  $0-10.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  Contact: The PlayGround.  Email: admin@theplaygroundva.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-255-2896. 
 
16TH ANNUAL GOLDEN APPLE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture.
Nominate your favorite teacher at a public or private school in Albemarle County or the City of Charlottesville! One winner will be selected from each school. Deadline February 2. Schools in Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5820. 
 
February 2, Thursday
THE PREGNANCY CENTER PRESENTS JUMP FOR LIFE
The Pregnancy Centers of Virginia.
Half-price admission at Jump Trampoline Park for anyone who either brings a new baby item to donate or has a screenshot that they posted on social media with the hashtag #Jumpforlife. Bring family and friends to enjoy food and fun with the local Pregnancy Centers. Jump Trampoline Park,Jump Trampoline Park.  2-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rachel Besecker.  Email: gratoefelice@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2355. 
 
February 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday
FATHER/DAUGHTER VALENTINE'S DANCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Put on your dancing shoes! Include a raffle, refreshments, a decorate-your-own-cupcake table, a Valentine decorating table, dancing, games and activities led by the dancers of Charlottesville Ballet. This semi-formal event celebrates the parent/child relationship; moms, dads, sons, and daughters are welcome to attend. CB Studio Theatre, Charlottesville Ballet Studios.  1pm or 4:30pm Saturday or 2pm Sunday.  $20 adults, $15 kids.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
February 11, Saturday
DROP SPINDLE CLASS
James Monroe's Highland.
Led by crafter Russell Hubert, participants will learn how to spin wool using the traditional drop spindle method. Wool used during the drop spindle class will be provided by Highland from its flock of Dorset sheep. Participants learn how this wool is processed from fleece to yarn using early-nineteenth century techniques. No materials or experience needed. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-12pm.  $$10 per person.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Register through Highland's website  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
February 12, Friday
SWEETHEART SOCIAL & DANCE WORKSHOP
Crozet Parc YMCA.
This event begins as a workshop on Salsa, Merengue, East Coast Single Swing and Foxtrot. Little to no dance experience necessary. Comfortable clothes and street/dress shoes recommended--sport sneakers are not. Stay and Play child care is available for members and required a reservation. Following the workshop, the instructor will turn into a DJ for a dance. Crozet YMCA at Claudius Crozet Park.  7-9pm.  $20 per couple member/$30 couple.  Recommended for ages 14 to 99.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
February 11 & 12, Saturday & Sunday
THE LOVE TOUR
Maymont Foundation.
When Queen Victoria married her handsome prince charming in 1840, they set the romantic tone for the 19th century. Visit Maymont Mansion on Valentine's Day weekend as elegantly costumed ladies and gentlemen relate details of this royal love story and the courting customs of the era. Reserve a private ride in a horse-drawn carriage, too! Maymont Mansion.  12-5pm.  $7, $4 for members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x329. 
 
February 18-19, Saturday-Sunday
PORKAPOLOOZA
BBQ Exchange.
The greatest pork fest on earth is back for our 7th anniversary celebration! BBQ Exchange.  Directions: 102 Martinsburg Ave., Gordonsville.  12-8pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January-March, 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.  6-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
January 11-March 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP 'N STOMP WINTER 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. Winter registration begins January 3. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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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January 26, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. VIRGINIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Virginia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 27, Friday
LASER TAG FREE PLAY
Bounce Play-n-Create.
Get trained on the equipment and then battle through the Bounce Room using inflatable obstacles and slides to hide, explore and take out opponents. Ages 8 and up and open to adults. Limit 16. Bounce Play-n-Create.  6-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
January 29, Sunday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL LIVE ON BIG SCREEN
The Paramount Theater.
Watch UVA Men's Basketball live on the big screen! The 'Hoos take on Villanova. Tickets are free but online registration is encouraged. The Paramount Theater.  1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
February 1, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. VIRGINIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Virginia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 2, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. GEORGIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Georgia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 4, Sunday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN
The Paramount Theater.
Watch UVA Men's Basketball live on the big screen! The 'Hoos take on Syracuse. Tickets are free but online registration is encouraged. The Paramount Theater.  12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
February 5, Sunday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. DUKE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Duke. John Paul Jones Arena.  1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 6, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. LOUISVILLE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Louisville. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 12, Sunday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN
The Paramount Theater.
Watch UVA Men's Basketball live on the big screen! The 'Hoos take on the Hokies. Tickets are free but online registration is encouraged. The Paramount Theater.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
February 12, Sunday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. WAKE FOREST
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Wake Forest. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 15, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. DUKE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Duke. John Paul Jones Arena.  9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 16, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. FLORIDA STATE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Florida State. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 17-20, Friday-Monday
PRESIDENTS WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
A long weekend to take advantage of great skiing, riding and tubing! Some of the best conditions are in February. Events include Demo Days by Freestyle, Wintergreen Rail Jam, great music slopeside, live entertainment at The Edge, NASTAR, and plenty of opportunities to spend time with your Valentine! Wintergreen Resort.  Opening Hours.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
February 20, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MIAMI
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Miami. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 24-26, Friday-Sunday
MARDI GRAS WEEKEND
Wintergreen Resort.
Enjoy Wintergreen's annual Mardi Gras celebration! Wintergreen Resort.  Opening Hours.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
February 27, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. NORTH CAROLINA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against North Carolina. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
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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January 31, Tuesday
WELCOME WINTER READING: SNUGGLE UP WITH STORIES
JMRL - Central Library.
Warm up with toasty stories and songs to chase away the winter blues. Wear your pajamas and bring a favorite snuggly for cozy fun. Join the Winter Reading Program and earn a free book for your child. For babies through age 5 with a caregiver. JMR L- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 4, Saturday
LUNAR NEW YEAR
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Come learn about and celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster, with special stories, songs, crafts and nibbles. Partners in this collaboration include Laughing Dragon Kung Fu, The East Asia Center at UVA among others. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11:45am-12:45pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
February 6, Monday
SNUGGLE UP STORYTIME
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Dress cozy, bring a blanket and stuffed friend and enjoy cuddly stories. For babies through age 5 with caregiver. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
February 18, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD
JMRL- Central Library.
A delicious read-aloud time designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 23-March 21, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins January 10. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 11:30am, Tuesdays 9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum.
Start with a book and then go look! Arts-related story time led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte incorporates movement, play, and puppets, and Museum docents encourage young children to explore current exhibitions. 3-4 year olds and their grownups The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-11am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumeducation@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
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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February 16-19, Thursday-Sunday
INTO THE WOODS
Charlottesville High School.
CHS Theatre presents musical Into the Woods. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Rd.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2410. 
 
March 30
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS: "A RAISIN IN THE SUN"
Theatre CHS.
Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  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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