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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
May 24, Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT
Charlottesville High School.
The award-winning Charlottesville High School Orchestra will perform an evening of music. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Rd.  7:30-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: laura.thomas@ccs.k12.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2726. 
 
May 25, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: RED AND THE ROMANTICS
Sprint Pavilion.
With Sweet Afton. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
June 3, Sunday
KATE MORAN AND THE RAINBOW AT C'VILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Springs Beach Club.
The family concert will benefit Jefferson Area CHIP. Bring your suits and enjoy swimming and FSBC's grounds before and after the 5pm show. Suggested age infant to 7 years old. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  5pm.  $10/person or $35/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
June 3, Sunday
SMOKEY ROBINSON - UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
The Paramount.
The legendary, GRAMMY Award-winning, singer-songwriter, record producer, record executive, and co-founder of Motown Records William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. takes to The Paramount’s stage for an evening of his greatest hits this summer. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $49.50-$250.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
June 9, Saturday
CHILDREN'S CHOIR OF VIRGINIA BENEFIT CONCERT
Children's Choir of Virginia.
The Children's Choir of Central Virginia will be holding a benefit concert for the Saint Jude Children's Hospital with all of the proceeds going directly to the hospital. Tickets are available online and at the door. Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1901 Thomson Road.  2pm.  $10, under 2 free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 9 & 10, Saturday & Sunday
DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE
The Wayne Theatre.
Come for an evening of song celebrating the most beloved music of animated films, a concert for the entire family and the kid at heart. Performances by Hank Fitzgerald, Liz Leone, Jeremy Douylliez, Blair Wingfield, Cj Desantis, Danielle Nichole, Mary Elam, Anna Phyllips and Chris Estey. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm Saturday & 2pm Sunday.  $15, $5 children.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
June 10, Sunday
UNCLE DEVIN AT C'VILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come at 4pm to enjoy FSBC's pools, grounds and cafe. The show starts at 5 pm. A rising leader in the childrens music industry, Uncle Devin is Parents Choice winner that provides kids with an interactive musical experience that use percussion instruments to cultivate their minds. This show will benefit the Foothills Child Advocacy Center. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-7pm.  $$10/person or $35/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
June 19, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
Thursdays in June
GROOVIN' AT THE GREENWAY
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Come to the park for a free concert every Thursday in June. Constitution Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
May 27-September 30, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
May 22 & June 26, Tuesdays
TODDLERS IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum.
Families are invited to a new program for toddlers 12-24 months and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. Registration is required. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-10:45am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
March 10-August 25
18TH ANNUAL VSA VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT
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. The opening reception will take place March 10 from 6:30-8pm. Carver Recreation Center.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1730. 
 
April 20-September 5
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 opening reception April 20.  Contact: Beryl Solla.  Email: bsolla@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5376. 
 
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
 
May 26, Saturday
STRAWBERRY FEST AT LIBERTY MILLS
Liberty Mills Farm.
Sample everything strawberry from strawberry sundaes made with farm fresh ice cream to chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry salsa and more. Visit with local vendors and participate in fun contests. Liberty Mills Farm.  Directions: 9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset. Located just north of Montpelier off of Route 20.  9:45am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-882-6293. 
 
May 28, Monday
MEMORIAL DAY MAY FAIR
Frontier Culture Museum.
Experience Living History activities at the Museum's many exhibits; enjoy lunch on the Museum's Pavilion with live musical entertainment; and visit the Artisan Fair in the Courtyard throughout the day. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $Pay What You Will.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
June 2, Saturday
HORTON'S SUMMER READING LIST
Horton Vineyards.
Throughout the summer Horton Vineyards will have Virginia authors on site for readings, book sales and book signing. Grab a glass of wine from the tasting room and spend the afternoon with fascinating Virginia authors. This first event features Judy Tarver, author of Expert Witness: Wrongful Death. Horton Vineyards.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
June 9, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL FOOD TRUCK BATTLE AT HORTON VINEYARDS
Horton Vineyards.
The food truck battle will feature 10 food trucks for you to vote on. Each truck will have a $5 sampler to try. Bring a tent, chairs and spend the afternoon filling up on fresh, local food and Horton wine. Horton Vineyards.  12-4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
June 9, Saturday
GRACE CHURCH HISTORIC FARM TOUR
Grace Episcopal Church.
Tour historic farms with different offerings and events at each location including shopping, food, music, Bounce & Pay, pony rides, 4-H judging and presentations, antique cars, dressage demos, jumping and sidesaddle demos, antiques, horses and children activities and more. No pets please. Grace Church.  Directions: Rt. 22 in Keswick.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: gracefarmtour@gracekeswick.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
Now-June 9
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES
Critzer Family Farm.
Through June pick your own strawberries. Don't forget the homemade ice cream. If bringing more than 10 children it's best to notify the farm at least 1 week in advance for better accommodations. Critzer Family Farm.  Directions: 9388 Critter Shop Rd., Afton.  8am-6pm Monday-Saturday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-4772. 
 
Now-June 10
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES AT SEAMANS' ORCHARD
Seamans' Orchard.
Pick your own strawberries. Pre-picked fruit upon request. Sold by the pound if you pick them and by the quart if they are pre-picked. Please call ahead to reserve pre-picked fruit. Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 415 Dark Hollow Rd., Roseland.  8am-7pm Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday, 12:30-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: Apeyton73@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-8130. 
 
Late April-Mid June
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Pick your own strawberries or purchase ready picked! Chiles Peach Orchard.  Directions: 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.  Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
June 16, Saturday
HORTON'S HOLE IN ONE
Horton Vineyards.
Celebrate Dads at Horton Vineyards. Pack the car with the entire family and bring a picnic lunch. You are welcome to bring a pop up tent and chairs to spend the afternoon. There will be outdoor lawn and table top games. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
June 15-17, Friday-Sunday
POLLAK VINEYARDS 10 YEAR PARTY
Pollak Vineyards.
Come celebrate the 10-year anniversary during this huge 3-day party featuring many fun activities for the whole family, along with special food and live music. Pollak Vineyards, Greenwood.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8844. 
 
June 23, Saturday
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
DuCard Vineyards.
Benefit for Madison County Animal Shelter. Bring the pooch for pet contests including best costume, frisbee catch and agility with prizes and more. Lovable pets available for adoption, too. Plus music on the patio by Grass Fed (2-5pm). No cover but donations accepted. Food available for purchase from Two Brothers Southwest Grill. DuCard Vineyards.  12-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
June 16 & 23, Saturdays
PICK YOUR OWN CHERRIES AT SAUNDERS BROTHERS FARM MARKET
Saunders Brothers Farm Market.
Come pick your own sweet cherries. and take a wagon ride. Bring lunch and enjoy beautiful Nelson County views. Saunders Brothers Farm Market.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
May 22-August 29, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US
Chiles Family Orchards.
These children's sessions include story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and a small container for pick-your-own fruit and a snack. The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome. No drop offs. Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am, arrive by 10:15 to register.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
May 24-August 30
TAILGATE THURSDAYS AT STINSON VINEYARDS
Stinson Vineyards.
Stinson Vineyards will fire up the grills and host live music on the patio every Thursday. Bring your own food to grill, or purchase meats from the tasting room farm stand, and enjoy a fun, laid back night at the vineyard. Don't forget to pack lawn games and picnic blankets. Children and leashed dogs are welcome! Stinson Vineyards.  6-9pm.  $Free admission.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April-September, Final Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  6-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
May 12-September 8, Second Saturdays
BLM BULL & RODEO
Oakland Heights Farm.
A fun family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing. Make an evening of it with live music, vendors, and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Department. Oakland Heights Farm, Gordonsville.  5:30pm gates open, 6pm music, 7:15 bull riding.  $15 adults, ages 3-13 $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Matt Lamb.  Email: oaklandheightsfarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-222-1824. 
 
June 9-September 8, Second Saturdays
STARRY NIGHTS AT VERITAS VINEYARD & WINERY
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Come spend a night on the lawn listening to great music under the stars. Bring a picnic and buy your favorite Veritas wines, or enjoy the buffet at a table (reservations required). Bring your family, friends, picnics, lawn chairs, and dancing shoes for an unforgettable night in the great outdoors. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.  5pm gates open, 7-11pm band.  Email: tastingroom@veritaswines.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000. 
 
Mid-June through mid-September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through mid-September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches and donut peaches. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-6pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday (through August 25).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
May 3-September 27, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, hayrides, and the best view of a sunset anywhere. It’s free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5:30-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
April 7-November 15, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
April-November, Weekends
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  10am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
May 26-27, Saturday-Sunday
52ND ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK
Staunton Augusta Art Center.
A two-day festival of juried fine art and fine craft, music, food, and kids' activities. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  10am-5pm Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-2028. 
 
May 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
VIRGINIA HOT GLASS FESTIVAL
Sunspots Studios.
Dozens of visiting glass artists bring their work and skills to demonstrate in the hot shop. Two floors of glass art and jewelry and two days of non-stop demos--work created before your eyes. Wine tastings from Barren Ridge Vineyards and lots of glass jewelry. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 South Lewis Street, Staunton.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
May 28, Monday
MEMORIAL DAY MAY FAIR
Frontier Culture Museum.
Experience Living History activities at the Museum's many exhibits; enjoy lunch on the Museum's Pavilion with live musical entertainment; and visit the Artisan Fair in the Courtyard throughout the day. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $Pay What You Will.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
May 25-28, Friday-Monday
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BLUES & BREWS
Wintergreen Resort.
Welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains including microbrew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party and the Annual Tread and Trail Series part 1 featuring The Cliffhanger Mountain Bike Race and Trail Run. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Route 664, Wintergreen.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8180. 
 
June 2, Saturday
15TH ANNUAL SWEET DREAMS FESTIVAL
Augusta County Parks & Recreation.
A free family-friendly event in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Fun activities for kids include contests, a craft tent, rock climbing wall, laser tag and inflatables along with food, entertainment and sporting events for the whole family. Stuarts Draft Park.  9am-4pm.  $Free, Fee for Pancake breakfast.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5727. 
 
May 31-June 2
26TH ANNUAL GRAVES MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Picking, grinning and family fun. See website for acts and event details. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  Various showtimes.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
June 2, Saturday
29TH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
Enjoy a Strawberry Breakfast, as well as strawberry cakes, pies, slushies, and desserts. Lunch will be served as well. There will be great gospel music, a face painter, craft booths, and local cloggers and square dancers. For the car enthusiast there is an antique car show. Sign up to participate in the 5k run/ walk. Proceeds benefit Stanardsville United Methodist Church and local missions. Downtown Stanardsville.  Directions: Court Square.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Carol Hass.  Email: goodallmtnconsultants@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-6158. 
 
June 2, Saturday
FESTIVAL OF THE HOME
IX Art Park / Blue Ridge Builders Association.
This one-day festival will allow you to speak one-on-one with local vendors, in addition to sampling food from local food trucks, listening to music, plenty of kids' activities and even DIY workshops. There will also be local wine, beer and hard cider. Any and all proceeds gathered at the door will be given to AHIP - Home Repair Nonprofit. IX Art Park.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 3, Sunday
11TH ANNUAL BROAD APPETIT FOOD FESTIVAL
Downtown Neighborhood Association.
Bring your appetite and cash and plan on grazing your way down Broad Street. There will be plenty of Virginia wines and beers to wash down the delicious offerings with, as well as great vendors to visit and music to please your ears. West Broad Street (between Henry and Adams), Richmond.  11am-6pm.  $free admission.  Email: info@echelon-events.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 3, Sunday
KIDS & NATURE FESTIVAL
Little Planets / IX Art Park.
Nature-friendly local schools, non-profits, and organizations that share a love of children and the outdoors will come together to bring you wonderful eco-friendly workshops, activities, and entertainment for the whole family. This event will be a fundraiser for a dedicated space for a Little Planets Play area and Exploration Center at IX Art Park and part of the proceeds will also benefit non-profit partner, Wildrock. IX Art Park.  10am-1pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 9, Saturday
SUMMER READING KICKOFF HULLABALOO
Central Library.
Celebrate the start of summer at this annual street party. Snack on donuts, enjoy juggling and face painting, and pick up a JMRL summer challenge sheet. Check out the Friends' mini-book sale and visit with the riders of Books on Bikes, too. JMRL - Central Library.  10am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 9, Saturday
XTREMEFEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Come explore this beautiful region's many adventure sports activities. Climb on the mobile climbing wall, kayak the South River, jump on the air bungee trampoline, marvel at the high flying BMX stunt show, register for giveaways, and enjoy great food and fun for the whole family. Ridgeview Park.  Directions: 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  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. 
 
May 12-June 10, Saturdays & Sundays
VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Virginia Renassiance Faire.
Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children's area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. Lake Anna Winery.  Directions: 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.  10am-5pm, Saturdays & Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
June 12, Tuesday
SCHOOL'S OUT BLOCK PARTY
JMRL - Northside.
Enjoy live music by The Flashbacks, a free Kona Ice sno-cone, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon animals and receive your first summer reading challenge sheet. For all ages. Northside Library.  5:30-7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 15-16, Friday-Saturday
18TH ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
Dating back to 1865, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Friday help honor our ancestors and community leaders. Also experience a Harriet Tubman reenactment performed by Charmaine Crowell-White. On Saturday, join in the "wear your best hat" contest, experience Junkanoo School, performances on the Center stage and more. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  6-8pm Friday, 5-8pm Saturday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
June 16, Saturday
CROZET CAR SHOW
Claudius Crozet Park.
The Crozet Car Show is a community event to bring together car enthusiasts while helping to support local charities. Food trucks will be onsite. Claudius Crozet Park.  9am-1pm.  $Free for spectators, $20 fee for entrants.  Email: crozetcarshow@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 16, Saturday
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Co-sponsored by the Orange County African American Historical Society and The Arts Center in Orange, this historic celebration commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. There will be live music, historical reenactors and storytellers, wagon rides and more. The BBQ Exchange will be on-hand to offer a buffet lunch from 12-3pm for $14 per person. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
June 16, Saturday
WVPT & WHTJ PBS FAMILY DAY
WVPT & WHTJ PBS.
WVPT and WHTJ PBS have merged and they are throwing a party for area families. Enjoy visits with Katerina Kittycat and Cubby, the WVPT Bear. Food trucks, storytelling, a magician, games, balloons, face painting, free children's books and much more. The Park at UVA.  Directions: 1015 Massie Rd..  10am-2pm.  $Free and open to public .  Reservations are required. 
 
June 23, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE WINE FESTIVAL
Lazy Days Winery.
Celebrate local wines, enjoy live music on two stages, great festival foods, local growers, arts and crafts. Wine tasting tickets include a free souvenir glass. Lazy Days Winery.  Directions: 1351 N. Amherst Hwy, Amherst.  11am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-381-6088. 
 
June 23, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL
Central Virginia Blues Society.
Enjoy a day of fabulous blues music with five amazingly talented acts, along with food, libation, vendors and more. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  3-10pm.  $15 general admission.  Email: centralvablues@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 23, Saturday
GYPSY FOOD TRUCK ROUNDUP 2018
Staunton Recreation Parks.
Children's activities including rec equipment, arts & crafts and more. Enjoy live music and relaxation with food available for purchase from amazing vendors. Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand.  11am-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 4-25, Mondays
FAMILY FIESTA IN THE PARK
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Families are invited to come out to enjoy free special entertainment with performances at the Woodland Picnic Shelter with easy access to the playground, pool or a nice walk along the river. See website for performers. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6pm.  $Free, donations accepted.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
June 23, Saturday
SUMMER CELEBRATION AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Fun for the whole family. Come for lawn games, sports demos, kids activities, KILWIN's ice cream & sweets, a BBQ food truck and more. Horton Vineyards.  12-4pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
June 2, July 7 & August 4
MUSIC IN THE BLUE RIDGE
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Come enjoy amazing tunes, brews, and views with pop-up beer tastings, too. You can camp in the new Devils Backbone Camp. Showers, RV hookups, and glamping packages are now available. Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows.  Directions: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland.  5-6pm beer tasting, gates open 4:30pm.  $15 advance, $20 at the gate, free for 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
May 27-September 23, Fourth Sundays
PICNIC ON THE PATIO
Tavern on the Green.
Enjoy food, fun and games in a carnival atmosphere featuring corn hole, volley ball, a bounce house, and more. Each event will feature different vendors, a winery, distillery, & brewery. Pre-order a picnic basket from the Tavern or purchase à la carte as there will be grilling outside with all your picnic favorites. Seating is available on the patio but you can bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to eat on the grass. Tavern on the Green, Zion Crossroads.  12-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  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. 
 
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May 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
MONTICELLO WALKTHROUGH TOURS
Monticello.
The first floor of Monticello is open for guests to explore in a walkthrough format. On these days, guides are stationed in each room to provide a brief overview and are available to answer questions as you explore at your own pace. Additional activities and tours are offered outside on these days. This format is a great option for families and those who wish to explore at their own pace. Monticello.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
Weekends in May
SWANNANOA PALACE OPEN HOUSE
Swannanoa Palace.
Swannanoa Palace, a $2 million, 52-room mansion built in 1912 by Major James Dooley and modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, is open to the public. The 4,000-piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley are sure to impress. Swannanoa Palace.  Directions: 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton.  11:15am-5pm.  $8 entry fee, $10 includes guided tour, kids under 12 free.  For more info call: 540-885-5653. 
 
May 28, Monday
MEMORIAL DAY MAY FAIR
Frontier Culture Museum.
Experience Living History activities at the Museum's many exhibits; enjoy lunch on the Museum's Pavilion with live musical entertainment; and visit the Artisan Fair in the Courtyard throughout the day. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $Pay What You Will.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
May 29, Tuesday
PATRICK HENRY'S 282ND BIRTHDAY
Red Hill.
Enjoy a piece of complimentary birthday cake while you tour the property. A Naturalization Ceremony will also take place at 11am. Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial.  9am-5pm.  $General Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-7463. 
 
May 30 & 31, Wednesday & Thursday
VICTORY HALL OPERA AND MONTICELLO PRESENTS: MONTICELLO OVERHEARD
Monticello / Victory Hall Opera.
Enjoy an immersive sensory experience that brings to life Monticello as Thomas Jefferson knew it, and include the sounds and songs that Jefferson, his family and the enslaved community encountered both on the mountaintop and elsewhere. Limited seating for this exclusive, one-of-a-kind event. Monticello, Entrance Hall.  6:15pm & 7pm.  $110 per person, $195 per couple.  Email: contact@victoryhallopera.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-9978. 
 
June 2, Saturday
WOODSON'S MILL OPEN HOUSE
Woodson's Mill.
Come to this historic landmark that still stone-grinds its grains and produces natural flours and meals by hand. Woodson's Mill, Roseland.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-803-1794. 
 
June 2-3, Saturday-Sunday
THE BRITISH INVASION 1781
Monticello.
Relive the turbulent days of the American Revolution. Witness Jack Jouett's legendary ride to warn Jefferson and the capture of Monticello by British soldiers. Experience musket firing demos, military drills, soldier's encampments ad more. Monticello.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
May 12-June 10, Saturdays & Sundays
VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Virginia Renassiance Faire.
Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children's area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. Lake Anna Winery.  Directions: 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.  10am-5pm, Saturdays & Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
June 16, Saturday
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Co-sponsored by the Orange County African American Historical Society and The Arts Center in Orange, this historic celebration commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. There will be live music, historical reenactors and storytellers, wagon rides and more. The BBQ Exchange will be on-hand to offer a buffet lunch from 12-3pm for $14 per person. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
June 16 & 17, Saturday & Sunday
LOOK CLOSER: OPENING WEEKEND
Monticello.
In conjunction with national Juneteenth events, Monticello will unveil exhibitions and newly restored spaces, including the opening of the South Wing and Sally Hemings' quarters. Monticello will welcome the largest reunion of descendants of Monticello's enslaved families in modern history and host an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. Monticello.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
June 17, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY AT POPLAR FOREST
Poplar Forest.
Give dad something he's not expecting for Father's Day--a free tour of Thomas Jefferson's private retreat. Admission is free for fathers all day. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
May 28-July 13
ARCHAEOLOGY WALKING TOURS: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SITE
Monticello.
Take a walking tour with Monticello archaeologists. See hidden parts of the plantation and learn how archaeology informs our understanding of the lives of those who lived and worked at Monticello. The tour will visit the ongoing excavation of an early-19th-century domestic site that was once home to enslaved agricultural laborers. Monticello.  Directions: Tour meets at Plantation Model.  1:30pm.  $Free with any day pass.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
June 10 & September 2, Sundays
THE DOGS OF MONTPELIER LANDSCAPE WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Enjoy Montpelier’s trails and grounds with your canine companion, while learning about the history and folklore of dogs at Montpelier. James Madison's Montpelier.  2pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
May 12, June 16, July 14, August 18, September 15 & October 27, Saturdays
DIG IT! MONTPELIER ARCHAEOLOGY TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
These monthly tours highlight the many different components of the archaeological discovery process, including Locating, Excavating, Analyzing, and Reconstructing archaeological sites on the property. Come see sites that have been located by the archaeology department, and explore the ongoing excavations and analysis being conducted. James Madison's Montpelier.  1-2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 31-October 27, Saturdays
JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM
James Madison's Montpelier.
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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May 25, Friday
FARM MARKET OPENS AT SAUNDERS BROTHERS FARM MARKET
Saunders Brothers Farm Market.
2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
May 5-28
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at incredible prices. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford (in Shenandoah Valley btwn Harrisonburg and Staunton).  Directions: take I-64 west to I-81 north, exit 240 on Rt 682, go east, following signs.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
June 16, Saturday
1ST ANNUAL RUMMAGE, CRAFT AND VENDOR SALE
IX Art Park / Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Come browse and shop at this inaugural event, which will be held rain or shine. IX Art Park.  9am-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 20 & June 17, Sundays
PRINTS, PLATTERS & PINTS
WTJU.
Prints, Platters & Pints is a free event, open to the public, children, and pets. Come peruse handmade wares and a great selection of vinyl and vintage goods. Enjoy a drink or a bite to eat on the patio at Champion Brewery while listening to WTJU DJ's spinning wax all day long. A live band will follow the craft fair. Champion Brewery.  1-8pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Zoe Krylova.  Email: zoekrylova@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-760-3098. 
 
Saturdays in May & June
NELSON FARMER'S MARKET COOPERATIVE
Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring live music, fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8am-12pm.  Email: contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-760-6655. 
 
June 23-July 19
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at prices you won't believe! The Green Valley Book Fair is a discount book outlet store featuring over 500,000 new books at incredible bargain prices. 2192 Green Valley Lane, Mount 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 27-September 8
FEATURED FARMER FRIDAYS
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Each Friday, come to a mini farmers’ market in the Tasting Room Veranda with local farmers to showcase and sell their products. Come every Friday to celebrate our local food and farmers. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  11am-5pm.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
April 28-September 29, Saturdays
MADISON FARMERS' MARKET
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come to the Farmers Market to shop, eat and browse. Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.  8am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May-September, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
New farmers market at Hollymead Town Center. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May-October, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Opening day in 2018 is May 2. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
Late April-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May 5-October 13, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 434-823-1092. 
 
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. 
 
April 7-November 3, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy local produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, jams, and hand-crafted items in historic Scottsville. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Deb Smith.  Email: market@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-9267. 
 
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May 26, Saturday
OUTDOOR MOVIE: COCO
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring the entire family, a picnic, your blanket and chairs and enjoy a free showing of Disney Pixar's Coco. Food and popcorn available for purchase. Rain location is Cochran Pavilion. Dod Ampitheater, Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Rd., Staunton.  Doors open at 7:30pm, movie at sunset.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
June 2, Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILMS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Enjoy a short film fest of picture book stories. A snack and juice box will be provided. Northside Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 10, Sunday
ROMAN HOLIDAY
The Paramount.
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn star in this classic film. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adult, $5 youth.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
June 17, Sunday
DISNEY'S CINDERELLA [G]
The Paramount Theater.
Families can see Disney's Cinderella on the big screen. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 youth, $9 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
June 23, Saturday
FAMILY FILM FUN: BLACK PANTHER
JMRL- Central Library.
Come to the library for a big screen family showing of Black Panther. Bring your blankets and pillows. Popcorn will be provided. JMRL- Central Library.  2-4:15pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 16-August 18, Third Saturdays
SILVER SCREEN SATURDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Wonder Woman (PG-13) in June and July and Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) in August. Northside Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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April 6-June 10
ART OF PROTEST
The Fralin Museum.
Art of Protest highlights the ways in which artists have both documented and participated in the protests of the 20th century. Whether these protests were carried out in the streets or represented in subversive works of art, the objects displayed in this show reflect the struggle towards equality that characterized the mid-twentieth century. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
May 8 & June 12, Tuesdays
BABIES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
A program specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions (12 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.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
June 20, Wednesday
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
Fralin Museum of Art.
Start with a book, and then go look. Children enjoy a story read by arts educator Aimee Hunt and explore an artwork through observation, movement, play, and simple hands-on projects. Recommended for 2-4 year olds and their grownups. Registration is required for each session. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Rd.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
February 17-July 8
THE HORSE IN ANCIENT GREEK ART
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
From myth and legend to warfare, sport, and transportation, the horse played an integral role in ancient Greek culture. This exhibition presents a rich equine history through the stunning imagery on ancient pottery, coins and other objects. Scenes of centaurs and satyrs, warring chariots, and horse races celebrate the horse in Greek art as a symbol of wealth, power and status Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-340-1400. 
 
June 6 & July 11, Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Gordon Avenue children's librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related story times incorporating movement, songs, and puppets with a variety of exciting books. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
May 18-August 12
20TH CENTURY STILL LIFES
The Fralin Museum of Art.
From the painterly explorations of naturalistic form found in the work of William Merritt Chase, to the collage techniques of Picasso and Braque, to the deceptively banal reality in Carrie Mae Weems's photography, artists throughout the 20th century have engaged with this genre. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Closed Mondays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
June 9-September 3
NAPOLEON: POWER AND SPLENDOR
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
More than 200 works of art (many of which have never before been exhibited in the United States) reveal the intricacies of Napoleon's daily life and the range of works commissioned by and for him. This exhibition of international loans includes major masterpieces of painting, an array of sumptuous decorative arts, sculptures, engravings and more. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Email: info@vmfa.museum. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-340-1405. 
 
May 18-September 30
IN MY ROOM: ARTISTS PAINT THE INTERIOR 1950-NOW
The Fralin Museum.
After the Industrial Revolution, however, modern art erupted with the landscape's inversion: the interior. Notably, modern artists began depicting windows into other rooms instead of painting views of the outside world. Artists continued to paint indoor spaces throughout the 20th century for a variety of psychological, interpersonal, and biographical reasons. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Times vary. Closed Mondays..  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
May 24-January 27, 2019
REFLECTIONS: NATIVE ART ACROSS GENERATIONS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Reflections: Native Art Across Generations brings together historic Native American art drawn from the collections of The Fralin Museum of Art with the work of several distinguished contemporary Native artists. This exhibition establishes connections between past and present creative traditions and forms, exploring the idea of legacy and the meanings and inspirations that works of art carry through the generations. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Closed Mondays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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May 26-27, Saturday-Sunday
ROSE SOCIETY SHOW
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
At the Rose Show enjoy displays of specimen roses and get advice from consulting experts. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  1-4pm Saturday, 11am-3:30pm Sunday.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
March 31-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. 
 
April 6 & June 1, Fridays
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30pm, 8:15-9:30pm viewing.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
June 2, Saturday
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
Shenandoah National Park Association.
Both new hikers and experienced backpackers are invited to join guided hikes and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day. With over 500 miles of trails, Shenandoah is a paradise for hikers. 9am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
June 2, Saturday
POND ECOLOGY WORKSHOP
Rivanna Conservation Alliance.
Pond ecology tells us a lot about the health of aquatic life, the environment and water quality. And, tadpoles are great fun to catch, examine and release. Explore eight different ponds in this workshop at the Scheier Natural Area with workshop leader Ida Swenson, an RCA Member, Master Naturalist and educator. Please register for this free event. Scheier Natural Area, Palmyra.  2-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rivanna Conservation Alliance.  Email: exec@rivannariver.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-4873. 
 
June 9, Saturday
GRACE CHURCH HISTORIC FARM TOUR
Grace Episcopal Church.
Tour historic farms with different offerings and events at each location including shopping, food, music, Bounce & Pay, pony rides, 4-H judging and presentations, antique cars, dressage demos, jumping and sidesaddle demos, antiques, horses and children activities and more. No pets please. Grace Church.  Directions: Rt. 22 in Keswick.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: gracefarmtour@gracekeswick.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 10, Sunday
SUMMER WOODS HIKE
Rivanna Conservation Alliance.
Summer is a wonderful time to explore the woods, its flora, fauna and the peace that comes with experiencing nature. Scheier Natural Area.  Directions: 917 Long Acre Road, Palmyra.  4-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rivanna Conservation Alliance.  Email: dandersen64@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-310-6464. 
 
June 16, Saturday
RICHMOND DAYLILY SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
See hundreds of daylilies at their finest in a whole spectrum of shapes and colors on display and on sale. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond.  1-4pm for show, 9am-sold out for sale.  $Included with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
June 16-17, Saturday-Sunday
FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Dads and other caregivers deserve more than one day to feel special. Enjoy laid-back activities and crafts in the Children’s Garden Saturday and live music and a cookout (food available for purchase) at Bloemendaal House on Sunday. Garden admission also includes our Butterflies LIVE! exhibit and Origami in the Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
June 7-September 13, Second and Fourth Thursdays
FIDOS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed pets during the second and fourth Thursdays of each month's Flowers After 5. Water Play in the Children's Garden will be available weather permitting. A suggested pet admission price of $2 benefits the SPCA. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 7-September 14, Thursdays
FLOWERS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on the second and fourth Thursdays of June, July, August and Thursday September 13 to allow leashed pets at "Fidos After 5." Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 27-September 30, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
April 6-October 14
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. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
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 MCCORMICK 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: 434-243-1885. 
 
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
 
May 28, Monday
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW
Richmond Coliseum.
Come out for a double main event. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor vs. Intercontinental Champion The Miz. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  7:30pm.  $15+.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
May 30, Wednesday
PAW PATROL LIVE!
Families are invited to an all-new action-packed, music-filled production based on the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol. The new live stage show follows the heroic pups as they embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure. John Paul Jones Arena.  10am & 6pm.  Contact: JPJA Marketing.  Email: jpj-mkt@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
May 31, Thursday
JAMESTOWN: A NEW WORLD
This performance is open to the public. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  7pm. 
 
May 30 & 31, Wednesday & Thursday
VICTORY HALL OPERA AND MONTICELLO PRESENTS: MONTICELLO OVERHEARD
Monticello / Victory Hall Opera.
Enjoy an immersive sensory experience that brings to life Monticello as Thomas Jefferson knew it, and include the sounds and songs that Jefferson, his family and the enslaved community encountered both on the mountaintop and elsewhere. Limited seating for this exclusive, one-of-a-kind event. Monticello, Entrance Hall.  6:15pm & 7pm.  $110 per person, $195 per couple.  Email: contact@victoryhallopera.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-9978. 
 
June 2, Saturday
CVILLE FIGURE SKATING CLUB EXHIBITION
Charlottesville Figure Skating Club.
Want to see some great figure skating right here in Charlottesville? The Charlottesville Figure Skating Club is holding its end-of-season exhibition. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Figure skaters of all ages and levels will perform short programs. Main Street Arena, 230 West Main Street.  Directions: Main Street Arena (formerly the Charlottesville Ice Park) is located on the Historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Arena sits directly across the pedestrian walking mall from the Omni Hotel. Several parking options are available. The arena validates for two hours at the Market Street and Water Street garages. .  11:45am-1:45 p.m..  $Free.  Contact: Megan Rowe.  Email: mbrowe74@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-996-1669. 
 
June 5, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT SERIES KICKOFF
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The Charlottesville Municipal Band will open its 96th Summer Season of free concerts. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy food from local vendors. Claudius Crozet Park.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 10, Sunday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT I
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Works by Bach and Telemann. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University.  Directions: 1191 Park Rd., Harrisonburg.  3pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 15, Friday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT II
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Concert features music by Beethoven, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Johanne Sebastian Bach. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University.  Directions: 1191 Park Rd., Harrisonburg.  7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 16, Saturday
COMPASS CREATIVE DRAMATICS PRESENTS BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The Paramount Theater.
As their books disappear off the shelves, Beauty and her team of local librarians set out to rescue them. There, they find the Beast and his henchmen searching to cure the curse that has transformed them all into animals. Beauty and the Beast learn that it’s only by working together that they can save the day.​ Compass Creative Dramatics is a Chicago-based touring company. The Paramount Theater.  11am & 2pm.  $10.50 adult, $5.50 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
June 16, Saturday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT III
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Performance includes music by Bach, Morricone, and Leonard Bernstein. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University.  Directions: 1191 Park Rd., Harrisonburg.  7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 10-17
26TH ANNUAL SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival is a week-long summer music festival devoted to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the music of Bach and a featured composer, country, era or people. The event includes: three featured concerts with orchestra, soloists, and choir; six chamber music concerts; a Leipzig Service; and open rehearsals infuse the Valley with unequaled musical richness. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg.  12pm.  $Free; suggest $5 donation.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 21, Thursday
ROCKSTAR MAGIC OF CHRIS & NEAL
JMRL- Northside Library.
Carolina's most popular magicians will astonish the audience with their stunning illusions and passion for the dramatic. Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 22, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET ACADEMY'S STORYBOOK WORKSHOP
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
This story-based workshop with two instructors will explore the beautiful ballet while teaching flexibility, cooperation, and musicality. Discover classical ballets, ballet terms, and even music and scenery. Bring your ballet feet and step into the wonderful world of dance. Ages 6-9. Required registration begins May 24. Gordon Ave Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 23, Saturday
JASON LEJUGGLER'S JUGGING SHOW
JMRL- Northside Library.
This juggling show will amaze audiences of all ages. Northside Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 4-25, Mondays
FAMILY FIESTA IN THE PARK
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Families are invited to come out to enjoy free special entertainment with performances at the Woodland Picnic Shelter with easy access to the playground, pool or a nice walk along the river. See website for performers. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6pm.  $Free, donations accepted.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
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 31, Saturday
JOB FAIR AND CAMP EXPO AT ACAC
ACAC.
Hiring for all Waterpark positions, lifeguards, and summer camp counselors. Flexible hours, fun, lively environment, and opportunity to work plenty of hours. Bring two forms of ID. Summer camp staff will be on hand to give tours of our facilities and preview of all the fun camp activities that will happen this summer. You will also be able to register for summer camp. Featuring Chick-fil-a, raffle prizes, and more fun things happening all day. ACAC Adventure Central.  10am-2pm.  $Free to members.  Email: erikat@acac.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-978-7529. 
 
May 11, 18 & 25, Fridays
THREE FRIDAYS: FREE CONCERT SERIES
IX Art Park / Accessible Music Project.
Come boogie down with some of the areas best talent. There'll be face painting, food trucks and refreshments. Throwback Games will be in the house with giant Nintendo controllers, Bubble Bobble & Super Mario! Three Fridays kicks off outside at 6pm w/ music provided by local favorites Rock Hits 92.3. IX Art Park.  6pm.  $Free .  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 26, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL CELEBRATE ROCKFISH AND CASH RAFFLE
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Music, food, games and family-friendly fun with no admission fee with cash raffle. Blue Mountain Pavilion.  5-9pm.  $Free and open to the public.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
May 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
MONTICELLO WALKTHROUGH TOURS
Monticello.
The first floor of Monticello is open for guests to explore in a walkthrough format. On these days, guides are stationed in each room to provide a brief overview and are available to answer questions as you explore at your own pace. Additional activities and tours are offered outside on these days. This format is a great option for families and those who wish to explore at their own pace. Monticello.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
May 30, Wednesday
DREAM LIGHT FESTIVAL "ILLUMINATE THE FUTURE"
IX Art Park / Albemarle County Public Schools.
Explore an immersive experience filled with music, art, and entrepreneurial design from members of A3 House and the Let 'Em Shine Project funded by a grant from John Legend. IX Art Park.  5-7:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-207-2355. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
June 3, Sunday
KATE MORAN AND THE RAINBOW AT C'VILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Springs Beach Club.
The family concert will benefit Jefferson Area CHIP. Bring your suits and enjoy swimming and FSBC's grounds before and after the 5pm show. Suggested age infant to 7 years old. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  5pm.  $10/person or $35/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
June 7, Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLE CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT SERIES
Guitar Charlottesville.
Rafael Scarfullery performs. The Haven.  Directions: 112 Market Street.  7pm.  $10 (Suggested donation. None will be turned away).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rafael Scarfullery.  Email: rafael@rafaelscarfullery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-851-0674. 
 
June 9, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL JUNIOR STEP & DANCE COMPETITION
Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition.
The best of each genre, step and dance teams will collide on the stage competing. The Junior Edition is for school age competitors with no professional or college teams allowed. The winners will receive automatic entry into the main show at the Paramount Theater in November. Non-stop, high-energy fun. V. Earl Dickinson Building.  4pm, doors open at 3:30pm.  $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  Email: daneandstep@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-0650. 
 
June 6-9, Wednesday-Saturday
FIREMAN'S CARNIVAL AT ROCKFISH VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
Come out for a night of family fun with food, games, thrilling rides and much more. Pit Cooked chicken on Friday and Saturday. Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department.  Directions: 11100 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton.  6-10pm Wednesday & Thursday, 6-11pm Friday & Saturday.  For more info call: 540-456-6465. 
 
May 31-June 9, Thursdays-Saturdays
SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
Poplar Forest.
Bring your friends out to the plantation for an evening of theatre under the stars on Jefferson's south lawn. Bring a picnic dinner, sample a selection of local libations and experience the magic of Shakespeare's verse. Poplar Forest.  7:30pm.  $15 adults, $12 youth 6-17 or students (with college ID), $5 ages 5 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
June 10, Sunday
UNCLE DEVIN AT C'VILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come at 4pm to enjoy FSBC's pools, grounds and cafe. The show starts at 5 pm. A rising leader in the childrens music industry, Uncle Devin is Parents Choice winner that provides kids with an interactive musical experience that use percussion instruments to cultivate their minds. This show will benefit the Foothills Child Advocacy Center. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-7pm.  $$10/person or $35/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
June 11, Monday
SUMMER KICKOFF CELEBRATION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Gather your first round of summer reading then step outside and enjoy sweet summer treats and fun. Pick up your first Summer Reading Challenge sheet. Rain cancels. JMRL- Crozet Library.  5:30-6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
June 13, Wednesday
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Kickoff summer fun with ice cream, music by the Jim Howe Jazz Trio, and face painting at the library. Gordon Ave Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 16, Saturday
9TH ANNUAL TRASHY RIBS & BREWS FESTIVAL
Orange Downtown Alliance.
Bring your friends and family and party in the street for a music, ribs and craft beer festival. There are tables and chairs but you are welcome to bring your own folding chairs. Children delight in the dance music and playing in Robertson Fountain. It’s a free party with outstanding music, delicious homemade food, signature ribs, and robust local craft beers. Orange Train Station.  Directions: 122 E. Main St., Orange.  5-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@theoda.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2540. 
 
June 16, Saturday
STONEWALL HARLEY-DAVIDSON'S 26TH ANNUAL BIKE SHOW
Stonewall Harley-Davidson.
There will be food vendors, craft vendors, merchandise, a bikini bike wash, entertainment and lots of fun for all ages. Stop in and see us or call 540-672-5550 for more details. Stonewall Harley-Davidson, Orange.  9am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5550. 
 
June 17, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY AT OLD HOUSE
Old House Vineyards.
Pack Dad, a picnic, poles, and enjoy an afternoon of live music, wine and spirit tastings, wood oven pizzas, cigars and fishing in the pond with the worms already provided. Old House Vineyards.  Directions: 18351 Corkys Lane, Culpeper.  12-6pm.  Email: info@oldhousevineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-1320. 
 
June 17, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY PICNIC
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Celebrate dad as you enjoy a ride to Whittaker Station out of the Cass depot on a steam-powered train. Once at Whittaker, enjoy live music, a cookout, games and more before your train returns. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, West Virginia.  11am.  $51 adult, $49 senior, kids 4-11 $41, kids 3 and under free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-686-7245. 
 
June 17, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY PIG ROAST & BBQ BONANZA
First Colony Winery.
Play a selection of yard games in the field. Grab a table on the patio, or bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a fun-filled Father's Day at First Colony. This is a family-friendly event with live music, BBQ, sides and desserts and fun. First Colony Winery.  12-5pm.  $12.50.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@firstcolonywinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7105. 
 
June 15-17, Friday-Sunday
FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
This Father's Day start a new tradition and celebrate this special holiday at Wintergreen Resort. Lots of family fun has been planned including a spa treatment just for the guys. Wintergreen Resort, Nellysford.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
May 20 & June 17, Sundays
PRINTS, PLATTERS & PINTS
WTJU.
Prints, Platters & Pints is a free event, open to the public, children, and pets. Come peruse handmade wares and a great selection of vinyl and vintage goods. Enjoy a drink or a bite to eat on the patio at Champion Brewery while listening to WTJU DJ's spinning wax all day long. A live band will follow the craft fair. Champion Brewery.  1-8pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Zoe Krylova.  Email: zoekrylova@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-760-3098. 
 
May 22 & June 26, Tuesdays
TODDLERS IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum.
Families are invited to a new program for toddlers 12-24 months and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. Registration is required. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-10:45am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
June 13-July 26, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP 'N STOMP
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 and should be for either day's session. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 27-July 28, Fourth Saturdays except in June
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 10, July 8 & August 5, Sundays
SUNDAY SUNDOWNS
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in an afternoon of fun, with a cookout, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park Pool. Washington Park Pool.  Directions: 1001 Preston Avenue.  4-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3260. 
 
June 23 & August 18, Saturdays
SOUNDS OF SUMMER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Free community celebration with live music, fun and free food as long as supplies last. Belmont Park & Azalea Park.  6-8pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3260. 
 
June-August
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Adults, teens, and kids can all participate in the same program, using the same process. Pick up your first challenge sheet from any library branch or download it from the JMRL website. Complete the reading challenges with a friend or family member and earn prizes. All JMRL branches.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 26-September 1, Saturdays
SUMMER CELEBRATION SERIES AT BOAR'S HEAD
Boar's Head Inn.
Starting at dusk, see family-friendly movies on a giant, 12-foot inflatable screen while you relax on your most comfortable blanket or lawn chair. Beforehand, jam under the stars to your favorite band. Bring a friend and enjoy an array of food and beverage options suitable for kids and adults. Boar's Head Inn.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7105. 
 
Now-September 7, Fridays
$5 AFTER FIVE: LATE-PLAY NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Play late on Fridays at the Museum from spring into the end of summer. No registration required. Virginia Discovery Museum.  $5 per family.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
First Full Weekends
FREE ADMISSION TO VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Bank of America / Virginia Discovery Museum.
The first full weekend of the month, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust credit and debit cardholders will get free admission to the Museum. Virginia Discovery Museum.  For details, please click this link. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
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 Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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May 26, Saturday
16TH ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM
Autism Society Central Virginia.
This family-friendly race includes entertainment, food, exhibitors and a Kid's Fun Zone. The 5K Run/Walk is one of the Autism Society Central Virginia's primary sources of income, raising over $1360,000 in 2017. Innsbrook Pavilion, Richmond.  8am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-257-0192. 
 
May 26, Saturday
RAMBLIN' RABBIT 5K
Blue Ridge Rotary Club.
Proceeds from the Rotary Ramblin' Rabbit 5K will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. There will be prizes for top overall finisher and top finisher in each age category. This is a family event with music and food. Runners and walkers welcome. PVCC.  7:30am, registration at 6:30am.  $30 for adults, $15 for 2-12 years old.  Email: information@notussports.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-1708. 
 
May 26, Saturday
UEFA CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE FINALS: REAL MADRID CF VS. LIVERPOOL FC
The Paramount Theater.
UEFA Champion League Finals are back on the big screen. Watch live in HD as the two-time defending champion Real Madrid takes on the English side Liverpool at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. Concessions will be available during the event and may be taken into the auditorium for the screening. The Paramount Theater.  2:45pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
May 27, Sunday
FIRST POLO MATCH OF THE YEAR
King Family Vineyards/Roseland Polo Club.
The Roseland Polo Club kicks off the 2018 polo season on Memorial Day weekend. King Family Vineyards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  $Free.  Email: info@kingfamilyvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7800. 
 
June 2, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL 4 OUR FREEDOM 5K
ParadeRest.
The race benefits nonprofits that provide services and support to members of the military, veterans and their families in the community. University of Virginia Research Park.  8am.  Contact: Tom Freshwater.  Email: tfreshwater@paraderestva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 2, Saturday
WAYNESBORO TRI FOR THE Y
Tom Sox.
The course venue is the peaceful, family friendly, Ridgeview Park with a 50-meter pool. Funds generated by this event support the Cid fund which gives scholarships for those that normally could not afford YMCA membership or childcare programming. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  8am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 3, Sunday
BRUCE BARNES MILE
Charlottesville Track Club.
The fastest and most scenic mile course that happens to be all downhill. Families and kids are all welcome. Greenwood Community Center, Crozet.  $Donations.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 4, Monday
TOM SOX SEASON OPENER
TomSox.
Charlottesville's summer league baseball is back. Come cheer them on. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 5, Tuesday
TOM SOX V. PURCELLVILLE
Tom Sox.
TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 7, Thursday
TOM SOX V. STRASBURG
Tom Sox.
TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 8, Friday
TOM SOX V. WAYNESBORO
Tom Sox.
TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 9, Saturday
XTREMEFEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Come explore this beautiful region's many adventure sports activities. Climb on the mobile climbing wall, kayak the South River, jump on the air bungee trampoline, marvel at the high flying BMX stunt show, register for giveaways, and enjoy great food and fun for the whole family. Ridgeview Park.  Directions: 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  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. 
 
June 12, Tuesday
TOM SOX V. WOODSTOCK
Tom Sox.
Tox Sox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 14, Thursday
TOM SOX V. HARRISONBURG TURKS
Tom Sox.
TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 16, Saturday
UNITED WAY RELAY
United Way.
The United Way Relay is a fun, family-friendly race that supports equitable access to local health care. Runners and walkers of all abilities, age 8+, register in teams of 4. Each team member will run 1/2 mile (2 laps). The Relay has four divisions: Family/Friends, Business/Organization, Walking and Competitive. Families are encouraged to form teams. Albemarle High School.  7:30am.  $30.  Contact: Caroline Emerson.  Email: cemerson@unitedwaytja.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-1701. 
 
June 17, Sunday
TOM SOX V. HARRISONBURG TURKS
Tom Sox.
Bring Dad out to see the Sox on his special day. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 20, Wednesday
TOM SOX VS. WINCHESTER ROYALS: HEALTHCARE WORKER APPRECIATION NIGHT
Tom Sox.
Healthcare workers and their families get in free. Your ID is your family game ticket. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 21, Thursday
TOM SOX VS. FRONT ROYAL CARDINALS
Tom Sox.
TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 22, Friday
8TH ANNUAL VINE TO WINE 5K
Corkscrew Racing and Barren Ridge Vineyards.
Spectacular mountain views, gender-specific tech shirts, live music, finisher tasting glass and fun post-race parties paired with spirit samplings from Virginia's best wineries, breweries and cideries. Walker-, stroller- and dog-friendly. Barren Ridge Vineyards.  Email: info@corkscrewracing.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 23, Saturday
WILDROCK'S TREE HUGGER TRAIL RUN/HIKE
Wildrock.
Run a 4.3 mountain trail (prizes will be awarded for each age category) or do a later 1.3 family loop to find 20 Hug Me signs on trees along the trail. Magic Bowl Food Truck and free Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream will be available afterward. The playscape will be open for post-race fun. Funds support the On Solid Ground Outreach program. Wildrock, Crozet.  8am or 11am runs.  $25 per participant or family.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
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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June 2, Saturday
QUEENS WHO READ
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate the differences that make each of us special at this fun family event. Local drag artist Dreama Belle will share stories that celebrate diversity and inclusion at a special storytime. Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 12, Tuesday
THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN PIANO
JMRL- Central.
Grab your spurs and journey to the Wild West with Sciencetellers where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is about to strike again. When the Sheriff vanishes, two kids must foil the heist. This wild adventure story also explores the science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure, and more. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 20-July 26, Wednesdays or Thursdays
SUMMERTIME STORIES
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays intended for 2 to 5 year olds, but all are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Note: Due to space limitations, this storytime cannot accommodate special groups. Northside Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 16-August 25, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
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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