Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
February 23, Tuesday
YOUTH ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT
Youth Orchestas of Central Virginia.
Winter concert with the Youth Symphony and The Evans Orchestra. MLK Jr Performing Arts Center.  7pm.  $15 adults, free for children under 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-7776. 
 
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Now through summer 2016
ART AND COUNTRY EXHIBITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with "country," their homeland. 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place, Charlottesville.  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
 
February 14, 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 20, Saturday
KID*VENTION 2016
Virginia Discovery Museum.
KidVention is VDM's annual family science festival, bringing 30-40 community organizations together to share exciting activities to spark kids' curiosity about the world around them. Past exhibitors have helped kids race robots, see their heartbeat, plant a tree, and make slime. Last year's event welcomed over 1,000 visitors who also had the chance to take a tour of the stars in VDM's StarLab portable planetarium. What will this year's KidVention bring? CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Key Recreation Center.  10am-3pm.  $5 suggested donation 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. 
 
June 13 - Oct., Every Second Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SECOND SATURDAYS ART WALK
Scottsville Arts and Culture Committee.
Scottsville Second Saturdays is a monthly art walk that transforms Scottsvilles main street into an arts district. More than 100 pieces of local art are on display at area businesses. The event also features wine tastings, beer tastings, coffee tastings, live music, childrens activities and a chance for those who attend to create their own art. Downtown Scottsville.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Gill.  Email: ngill.tc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-1620. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
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
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian, Glynis Welte, will share stories, engaging the museum's youngest art patrons. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Rd.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
February 23, Tuesday
A WINTER WALK THROUGH MAYMONT'S LANDSCAPE
Maymont.
Enjoy river vistas, landscape features and late winter blossoms during this exclusive after-hours tour. Donations acception. Register by February 22. Maymont.  5-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
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. 
 
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
 
February 13, Saturday
UPFRONT- EVENING OF ROMANCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Bring your valentine and join us "up front" in the CB Studio Theatre for a wine & hors d'oeuvres celebration sponsored by The Shebeen. The intimate performance includes the Balcony Pas de Deux from Romeo and Juliet plus Spanish flair with segments from Don Quixote. Don't miss commissioned works by Julia Mitchell (Richmond), Jason Ambrose (St. Petersburg), and a new contemporary ballet by Tom Mattingly (Chicago). Celebrate your Valentine's Day at the ballet with an evening of wine, romance, and dance! CB Studio Theatre.  4-6pm.  $25 adults, $20 for students/seniors/military, $15 for children.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-2555. 
 
February 25, Thursday
FREEDOM SONGS: THE MUSIC OF BLACK HISTORY
Staunton Public Library.
Join Bright Star Touring Theatre for the story of Black music. From work songs of slavery and hymns of the Underground Railroad to the blues of Beale Street and anthems of the Civil Rights Movement, music is an integral part of our nation’s past. In this production actors tell the stories behind both famous and forgotten songs. This production is best for ages 8 and older and will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Staunton Public Library,Staunton Public Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Staunton Public Library.  Email: library@ci.staunton.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3902. 
 
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. 
 
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February 13, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL CITY MARKET ART SHOW
Jefferson School City Center.
Come see your favorite city arts market vendors! Musicians: Banjo Bud 10am-11am, Maggie Muggins Band 12-2pm, Burl Manis 2pm-4pm Jefferson School City Center.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
February 13, Saturday
BE WINE ADOPTION EVENT
Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
Join us for our Be Mine Adoption Event! This fun filled day will feature face painting donated by Nancy's Faces, and appearance by Mr. Freckles and so much more! Draw from our Valentine's Day box for a discounted or waived adoption fee! Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.  11am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5959. 
 
February 13 & 14, 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. Discover the Victorian language of love as depicted in the décor of Maymont Mansion, where romantic swans, red roses and costly indulgences reflect James Dooley's loving devotion to his wife, Sallie. Maymont Mansion.  All day, last tour beginning at 4:30pm.  $7 per person; $4 for members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 333. 
 
February 14, Sunday
VALENTINES DAY COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Crozet Mudhouse.
Join us on the holiday of LOVE! Bring your Valentine or celebrate a friendship! Join Chef Margot Diaz at the Crozet Mudhouse for a wonderful afternoon of Valentines Day cookie decorating! All ages are welcome! $10 for a tray of cookies and all the decorations youll need! Please purchase your tickets ONLINE to reserve your spot!! They fill up quickly so dont wait! You must prepay for this event. Crozet Mudhouse.  2pm - 3pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Margot Diaz.  Email: margot@mudhouse.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434.823.2240. 
 
February 20-21, Saturday-Sunday
PORKAPOLOOZA
BBQ Exchange.
The greatest pork fest on earth is back for our 6th anniversary celebration! News regarding online ticket sales coming soon! BBQ Exchange.  12-7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 26, Friday
WESTERN ALBEMARLE LACROSSE CLUB FUNDRAISER AND AUCTION
Western Albemarle Lacrosse Club.
Join us for the Western Albemarle Lacrosse Club Fundraiser and Auction! Your support for the boys and girls teams, grades 1-12, will help grow the sport for all in our amazing community. This fundraising will support scholarships for younger players, team uniforms, equipment for the high school teams, and more. We will have incredible items up for bidding, great music, entertainment from our coaches, food and cocktails. Tickets include heavy appetizers and one drink. Please go to walaxclub.org for tickets. Please join us and support your local athletes! Restoration Restaurant in Old Trail.  7pm.  $35.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. 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. 
 
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. 
 
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February 12-15, Friday-Monday
PRESIDENT'S WEEKEND
Wintergreen Resort.
A long weekend to take advantage of great skiing, riding and tubing! Some of our best conditions are in February - be sure to book your weekend early. Lots of fun planned, 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! Check out Spa Specials for the one you love. Wintergreen Resort.  Opening Hours.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
February 14, Sunday
FAMILY FUN DAY AT OWN TOUCH INDOOR SOCCER ARENA OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
Superfun.lol.
Superfun.lol and Own Touch Indoor Soccer Arena of Charlottesville are partnering up to create a FUN and exciting event for the whole family! There will be tons of fun attractions and games provided by Superfun.lol and Own Touch will have several fun events going on throughout the day! Bring in a copy of this listing and you will get a FREE extra ride on one of the attractions that Superfun.lol is providing. 126 Commerce Drive, Rucversville, VA 22968.  2-6pm.  $$10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tom Weber.  Email: Tom@owntouchcville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-939-9177. 
 
March 3, Thursday
THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
John Paul Jones Arena.
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family  creating memories that will last a lifetime. John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.  7pm.  $$27.50-$99.50.  Contact: Receptionist.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
March 4-6, Friday-Sunday
MARDI GRAS WEEKEND
Wintergreen Resort.
Join us for the annual Mardi Gras celebration, presented by Wintergreen Adaptive Sports. The weekend will feature the Synchro Skiing event, costume parade and much more. Wintergreen Resort.  Opening Hours.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
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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February 13, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME: LOVE MONSTER AND THE LAST CHOCOLATE
Barnes and Noble.
Monster comes home from vacation and discovers a box of chocolates on his doorstep. He knows he should share it with his friends but what if there's none left for him after everyone has a piece? Join us for a special storytime featuring Love Monster and the Last Chocolate. Activities and coloring to follow. 1035 Emmet Street Charlottesville, Va 22903.  11am.  $Free.  Special Needs Accommodation: None  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4349846598. 
 
February 27, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME: DR. SEUSS'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Barnes and Noble.
Happy Birthday Dr. SEUSS! Join in celebrating the beloved Dr. Seuss's birthday. At this fun celebration you can pin the tail on Horton, decorate your own Cat in the Hat and more. Don't miss out on this fun-filled storytime! 1035 Emmet Street Charlottesville, Va 22903.  11am.  $Free.  Special Needs Accommodation: None  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4349846598. 
 
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.
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
February 18, Thursday
DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE
The Paramount Theater.
The legacy of the beloved "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" lives on with the award- winning television series, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and his friends are hopping aboard the trolley to delight live audiences with DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $15.50-$35.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
February 19-21, Friday-Sunday
SHE LOVES ME
St. Anne's-Belfield School.
St. Anne's-Belfield School.  7:30pm Friday & Saturday; 2pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5106. 
 
March 5, Saturday
DISNEY JUNIOR'S CHOO CHOO SOUL
B&O Railroad Museum.
For one day only the B&O Railroad Museum presents three performances by Disney Jr.'s Choo Choo Soul. Follow the musical adventures of the hip-hop singer, train station manager, Genevieve Goings, and her dancing, beatboxing engineer, DC, as they entertain kids while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABC's and 1-2-3's. B&O Railroad Museum.  10am, 12:30pm, 3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-866-468-7630. 
 
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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