Family Events & Festivals

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July 11, Saturday
SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Waynesboro's biggest celebration of the year- music, food, amusements, arts & crafts and more! Not to mention an awesome fireworks display to cap the day's events. Bring the whole family and make a day of it. Musical performances by Hound Dog Hill, Emma Leigh, Righteous Friendz, Little Walter, and Bootsie Daniels. Ridgeview Park- Waynesboro.  10am-10:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
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May 7-August, Thursdays
DINNER AND MUSIC AT GRELEN NURSERY
Grelen Nursery.
The Market is open late with a buffet grill, cheese plates and live music on the patio. Grelen Nursery.  Directions: 15111 Yager Road, Somerset.  6pm.  Email: questions@grelennursery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
July 11, Saturday
STARRY NIGHTS: ABBEY ROAD - BEATLES COVER BAND
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Live music, wine and the big outdoors! Bring family, friends, blankets, lawn chairs and dancing shoes for a night under the stars. Space is unlimited and tickets can be purchased the night of the event, though if you are interested in sitting at a table and eating the buffet, please reserve ahead of time. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.  Directions: 151 Veritas Lane, Afton.  7-11pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000. 
 
July 14, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT NO. 4
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
Join us for Music from Stage and Screen. The Paramount Theater.  8-9:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
July 16, Thursday
SURFER BLOOD AT THE SOUTHERN CAFE & MUSIC HALL
The band has performed on five continents, toured with heroes like The Pixies and Guided By Voices, played on the Jimmy Fallon Show, at Coachella and giant festivals throughout the world. Doors open at 7pm. The Southern Cafe & Music Hall.  9pm.  $12 in advance, $15 day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-5590. 
 
July 28, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT NO. 5
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
It's Jazz Cub Night. The Paramount Theater.  8-9:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
July 16 - August 13
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Grab a blanket & meet up at the amphitheater. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. July 16: Little Walter and the Convictions July 23: Jeremy Staubus July 30: Bryan Elijah Smith & the Wild Hearts August 6: Gabby Haze August 13: Bootsie Daniels Band Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept..  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
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July 1-31
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS CLUB PHOTO AND ART EXHIBIT
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Come see the wonderful array of bird photos and drawings by members of the Blue Ridge Young Birders Club showing a diversity of species and talent. Third floor of Jefferson Madison Regional Library: Central Branch.  $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. 
 
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
 
April-November, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAY
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Newly repaired with displays donated to understand both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
July-November
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT THE ORCHARD
Chiles Orchards.
July 11th 8A-11A July 12th 9A-12N August 8th 8A-11A August 9th 9A-12N Sept 12th 8A-11A Sept 13th 9A-12N Grandparent's Day - Grandparents get $1 off! Oct 10th 8A-11A Oct 11th 9A-12N Nov 14th 10A-12N Nov 15th 10A-12N Chiles Peach Orchard 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.  9-11am.  $6.99 per person ages 12+, $3.99 per person under 12.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
July 25-26, Saturday-Sunday
ANNUAL PEACH FESTIVAL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Games for children, face painting, contests, hayrides, lunch available and wine tastings. Pick your own peaches too. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  9am-6pm Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission & parking.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
July 11-August 9
BLACKBERRY SEASON BEGINS
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.
Pick your own blackberries on our beautiful farm. No thorns! Blackberries priced only by the quart. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.  9am-5pm.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1266. 
 
July 1-August 19, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US!
Chiles Orchards.
Come Grow With Us sessions includes story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and small container for pick-your-own fruit, and a snack. There's something new to do every week! The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome! Please arrive by 10:15am to register. No drop offs. Cost: $7.00 per participating child (Punch cards are available: Participate in 3 sessions, get the 4th free!) Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am.  $7, or $9 with wagon ride.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
Late June through mid-September, Mondays-Fridays
"PEACHES N CREAM" PACKAGE
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Educational Presentations are available per group (if desired). Additional package details: 1/4 peck bag for Pick Your Own Peaches; Self-Guided Education Stations; Sample cup of Peach Frozen Yogurt; and Fun Packet of puzzles! Chiles Peach Orchard.  $7/person (children and adults).  All ages welcome.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1593. 
 
Mid-June through early September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through early September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches includes white peaches (late July - August), Donut Peaches (late July - August) and Nectarines (July - August). 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: 977-1833. 
 
May 14-September 24, Thursdays
SUNSETS ON CARTER MOUNTAIN
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fruit when it's a little cooler, shop in our Country Store, grab some donuts, cider and lite fare and then head into the Carter Mountain Wine Shop for wine (tastings by the glass or by the bottle). Perch on the decks to listen to free live music and catch an amazing sunset. Carter Mountain Orchard.  6-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
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. 
 
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July 4, Saturday
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Town of Scottsville.
A big 4th of July celebration happens in Scottsville each year starting with a parade and ending with a fireworks show. The fireworks are an especially beautiful display over the river when viewed from the bridge. Town of Scottsville.  Directions: 20 minutes south of Charlottesville on Rt 20.  9am parade.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-9267. 
 
July 4, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE FAMILY FOURTH
Newsplex.
Gates open at 6pm for an evening of family friendly fun with food, local bands, and games for kids of all ages. Fireworks show begins one minute after dark. Free parking is available at Charlottesville High School. McIntire Park.  6-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Special needs shuttles running from Walker Upper Elementary School  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Saturday
REDS, WHITES AND BLUEGRASS
Keswick Vineyards.
Celebrate the 4th of July with some great Red & White Virginia wines and Bluegrass music performed by local band Bent Mountain Trio. Plus pizza, soul food and pie food trucks. Grab your picnic blankets, chairs, and friends. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  $Free.  Contact: Karen.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
July 4, Saturday
STANARDSVILLE 4TH OF JULY PARADE & FESTIVITIES
Greene County Tourism Development Council.
The festive parade down Main Street at 10am will be followed by a patriotic program on the Court House Square with food, games and live music. Main Street, Stanardsville, Greene County.  10am-3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Saturday
VALLEY FOURTH IN HARRISONBURG
Great food, music and entertainment attract thousands of people to downtown for a full day of events, including a barbecue cook-off, beer and wine garden, live music, a marketplace of vendors, children's activities and the annual parade and fireworks finale. Downtown Harrisonburg.  8am-9:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 2-5, Thursday-Sunday
19TH ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY BALLOON RALLY
Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club.
Piloted balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, balloon glow, live music, food and craft vendors, children's activities, antique car show and fireworks on July 4! Virginia Military Institute Parade Ground, Lexington.  $Free admission, activity fees vary.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club.  Email: info@sunriserotarylexva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 3-5, Friday-Sunday
4TH OF JULY JUBILEE
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the red, white and blue with music, a block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games for the entire family and of course, fireworks. See website for full schedule. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Nellysford, VA.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 855-699-1858. 
 
July 5, Sunday
CROZET'S INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & CELEBRATION
Crozet Community Association.
The parade winds through downtown Crozet before ending at Crozet Park. At Crozet Park beginning at 6pm, you'll find live music, a softball double-header, kid's games, a bounce-n-play slide, train, pony rides, raffle and a fireworks show starting at 9:30pm! Downtown Crozet & Claudius Crozet Park, Park Road, Crozet .  5pm parade; 6-10pm celebration.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 8-11, Wednesday-Saturday
CAROLINE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Racing pigs, community exhibits, petting zoo, camel rides, games, contests and more! See website for full schedule. Caroline County Agricultural Fair Grounds .  Directions: 8332 Country Fair Lane, Ruther Glen.  $5 for ages 11 and up, 10 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-466-1507. 
 
July 11, Saturday
WAYNESBORO SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Arts & crafts vendors from around the state, cloggers, magicians, live music, and lots of great food. 5 & 10K race starting at 8am and grand finale fireworks in the evening. Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro.  8am-10pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept..  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
July 1-12
SALEM FAIR
As the largest fair in the state, Virginia's Salem Fair offers fun for all ages. Come enjoy magic shows, fireworks, petting zoos, jugglers, tigers, carnival rides and more! Free admission and parking. Salem Civic Center Complex.  Directions: 1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-375-3004. 
 
July 15-18, Wednesday-Saturday
MADISON COUNTY FAIR
Enjoy the carnival, home exhibits, livestock and animal shows, kids fun tent, contests and competitions, a magic show, aerialists, demolition derby and more. See website for full schedule. The Madison County Fair Grounds.  Email: madisoncountyfairva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-7073. 
 
July 15-18, Wednesday-Saturday
ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL FAIR & HORSE SHOW
Come out for some family fun with carnival rides, games and contests such as the Lip Sync contest, Water Wars and the Cornhole Tournament! See website for admission costs and schedule. Virginia Horse Center .  Directions: 487 Maury River Road, Lexington .  Email: dwork@horsecenter.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-464-2950. 
 
July 16-19, Thursday-Sunday
FAUQUIER COUNTY FAIR
Come out for fun contests like the Antique Tractor Pull, the Corn Shucking Contest, and the Decorated Cake Contest! The fair also features various entertainers, guest musical artists, food vendors and fireworks! See website for full schedule and ticket prices. Fauquier County Fair Grounds .  Directions: 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton.  All ages welcome.  Email: fauquierfair@gmail.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-351-6086. 
 
July 23-25, Thursday-Saturday
ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL
The City of Charlottesville.
Celebrate the rich heritage of people of African ancestry and their contributions to the community, the nation and the world. Enjoy arts displays, parade and community health fair. See website for schedule. Washington Park and Carver Recreation Center.  Contact: Ruby.  Email: globalmresources@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825- 0115. 
 
July 23-25, Thursday-Saturday
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
Orange County Fair Association.
This old-timey county fair focuses on rural life without the carnival rides. Each day is packed full of contests, shows, crafts, exhibits and music. See website for full schedule. Orange County Fairgrounds.  Directions: 14500 Old Gordonsville Road, Orange.  All ages welcome.  Email: orangecountyvafair@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-661-5393. 
 
July 25, Saturday
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; pancake breakfast at 6:30am.  $Free, Fee for Pancake breakfast.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5727. 
 
July 25-26, Saturday-Sunday
ANNUAL PEACH FESTIVAL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Games for children, face painting, contests, hayrides, lunch available and wine tastings. Pick your own peaches too. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  9am-6pm Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission & parking.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
July 27-August 1, Monday-Saturday
FREDERICK COUNTY FAIR
Horse shows, beauty pageants, petting zoo, concessions, carnival rides and more! See website for admission prices and schedule. Frederick County Fairgrounds .  Directions: 155 Fairgrounds Rd, Clear Brook .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-667-8739. 
 
July 28-August 1, Tuesday-Saturday
GREENE COUNTY FAIR
Entertainment, food, concerts, animal shows, contests and more! See website for schedule and prices. Greene County Fairgrounds .  Directions: Located on Route 230 (Madison Road) off of Route 33 Business in Standardsville .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Marie Durrer .  Email: tammydurrer@yahoo.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-7622. 
 
July 31-August 1, Friday-Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds .  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave, Louisa .  Contact: Sylvia Rigsby .  Email: president@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
July 31-August 2, Thursday-Saturday
ALBEMARLE COUNTY FAIR
Albemarle County Fair.
This three-day agricultural celebration is full of festive, family fun in a historic setting. Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children''s rides, contests, and programs for the entire family! Ash Lawn-Highland.  4-10pm Thursday, 10am-10pm Friday and Saturday.  $5, children under 6 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@albemarlecountyfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-2725. 
 
July 30-August 2, Thursday-Sunday
FAIRFAX COUNTY 4-H FAIR AND CARNIVAL
Carnival rides, farm animals, tractor pulls, fair food, interactive exhibits and more! See link for schedule of events. Frying Pan Park .  Directions: 2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon .  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-324-7329. 
 
July 6-August 2
WINTERGREEN SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: 20 YEARS OF MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Choose from more than 200 events and performances highlighting music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine. Wintergreen Resort.  $Rates vary.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
July 31-August 9, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family! See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Email: jeremy@virginiaaau.net . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 13 - Oct., Every Second Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SECOND SATURDAYS ART WALK
Scottsville Arts and Culture Committee.
Scottsville Second Saturdays is a monthly art walk that transforms Scottsvilles main street into an arts district. More than 100 pieces of local art are on display at area businesses. The event also features wine tastings, beer tastings, coffee tastings, live music, childrens activities and a chance for those who attend to create their own art. Downtown Scottsville.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Gill.  Email: ngill.tc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-1620. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
THE SECRET LIFE OF A VICTORIAN HOUSE
Maymont.
The Dooleys' housemaid brings the mansion to life during a family-friendly tour of the upstairs and downstairs of their grand home. Climb the backstairs to discover hidden doors and bells as you experience life and work at the estate 100 years ago. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  12:30-1:15pm.  $6 per person/$4 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
July 4, Saturday
INDEPENDENCE DAY AT ASH LAWN-HIGHLAND
Join us on the Fourth of July to celebrate the birth of the United States of America and commemorate the anniversary of James Monroe's death on July 4, 1831. Visitors of all ages are invited to this free event with live music, a variety of children's crafts and activities, and historic games! Picnics welcome. Ash Lawn-Highland.  Directions: 2050 James Monroe Parkway.  1-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ash Lawn-Highland.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
July 4, Saturday
INDEPENDENCE DAY AT COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
Colonial Williamsburg.
Patriotic programs, music and fireworks! Some events will require the purchase of a separate ticket. Directions: I-64E to exit 238. Follow signs.  10am-9:40pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-965-7254. 
 
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. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April through November, 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. 
 
May 2-mid October, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 823-1092. 
 
May-September, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Mead Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
July 11, Saturday
FLEAVILLE
Features a carefully-curated mix of vendors offering jewelry, art, crafts, vintage and contemporary clothing, handmade items, home goods and antique furniture. The market also hosts food trucks, music and kids' activities, like face painting. IX Art Park .  Directions: Corner of 2nd St. SE and Monticello Avenue. .  10am-2pm.  $Free!.  All ages welcome.  Email: fleavilleva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 11, Saturday
PEACH SUNDAES AT SAUNDERS BROTHERS FARM MARKET
Try some of our delicious peaches on your favorite ice cream. Live music by The Dancing Strings. 2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5455. 
 
June 27-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, VA 22841.  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. 
 
July 4-October 10, Saturdays
NELSON FARMERS 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: 760-6655. 
 
April 21-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association and Piedmont Environmental Council.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Ashwood Blvd. at the South Recreational Facility in Forest Lakes.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tamerahammond@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 2-October 31, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Find food, music, crafts and more. Scottsville Pavilion, 125 Fleet Street.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tanya Cornwell.  Email: svillefarmersmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4994. 
 
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July 7, Tuesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN AND BOOK OF LIFE
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 11, Saturday
VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL: BACK TO THE FUTURE
Virginia Film Festival.
Marty McFly and Doc will fire up the DeLorean with a special outdoor screening of the beloved comedy classic "Back to the Future." Grit Cafe Crozet will be expanding their outdoor patio seating for the night, and they will set up an outdoor stand with drinks, snacks, ice-cream and more for purchase. Old Trail Village Center in Crozet.  Sundown (approximately 8:30pm).  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jenny Mays.  Email: jmays@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5560. 
 
July 14, Tuesday
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES - ADVENTURES OF THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Films rated G. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 14, Tuesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM SECRET OF THE TOMB AND PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 16, Thursday
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: ANNIE (2014)
JMRL - Central Library.
Join Central Library for free fresh popcorn and fabulous films on the big screen. JMRL has chairs, but bring a blanket or pillows if you want to lounge on the floor. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 21, Tuesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: MADAGASCAR 3 AND DOLPHIN TALE 2
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 28, Tuesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: MUPPETS MOST WANTED AND ALEXANDER AND THE VERY BAD DAY
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 30, Thursday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA: INDIANA JONES & THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie. Tickets include a bag of popcorn! Food trucks, Early Mountain Vineyard wine, and movie snacks for sale. Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  8:30pm.  $6, children 3 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
June 10-August 6, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week! Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3213. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
July 11 & August 8, Saturdays
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Check out Amazement Square's reduced admission and extended hours on the second Saturday of every month this summer! Amazement Square .  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 2-August 25
TODDLER TALES
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday this summer 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. 
 
June 6-August 29, Saturdays
SATURDAYS AT THE SQUARE
Every Saturday this summer features a new program! See website for schedule of themes. Amazement Square .  11am.  $3 per participant plus admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Now-Sept. 7
EXTREME DEEP EXHIBITION
The Mariners' Museum.
Discover wonders at the bottom of the sea with this hands-on exhibition all about deep-sea exploration. The Mariners' Museum.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 18, July 16, August 20 & September 17
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
Enjoy a "Night at the Museum", your opportunity to explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy food trucks, beer from Devil's Backbone Brewing Company, and music from local bands. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  5-9pm.  $5 for non-members, free for members.  For details, please click this link. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
July 1-October 12
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties, fascinating and showy, transform the Conservatory's North Wing as hundreds feed, flutter and fly around you. 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $free admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
July 4, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation & Monticello Bird Club.
Join the Monticello Bird Club for a summer bird walk. Beginners always welcome. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  7:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
July 12, Sunday
SUMMER BIG WOODS WALK
Montpelier.
Beat the heat at Montpelier! Hike shaded trails on your guided tour of the 200-acre old-growth James Madison Landmark Forest known as the "Big Woods." The forest is designated a National Natural Landmark. Montpelier Visitor Center.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA.  2pm.  $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
July 3 & 17, Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
Three telescopes at the McCormick Observatory offer amazing views of our galaxy, weather permitting, along with a slide show and tour. McCormick Observatory.  Directions: From Emmet Street (Route 29) near UVa and Ivy Road (Route 250) turn onto McCormick, follow signs up the hill.  9-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
July 19, Sunday
WORKING WOODS WALK
Montpelier.
Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in Madison's time and today. Montpelier Visitor Center.  2pm.  $10 per person/$5 with mansion ticket.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
July 25, Saturday
DRAGONFLY WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation & Monticello Bird Club.
Learn about dragonflies and damselflies. Bring binoculars and meet in the Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
July 26, Sunday
BUTTERFLIES AT IVY CREEK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Join Mike Scott for a butterfly walk at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Start by meeting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Center to see Mike's display of the butterflies and an introduction to identification skills. Then continue on the trails with Mike. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  1pm.  $ Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
July 13-Monday, July 30 Thursday
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation & Monticello Bird Club.
Introduce your three to five year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Master Naturalist Volunteer guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
August 1, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS CLUB MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Join other young birders for our August meeting and learn new and interesting facts about nature in general and birds in particular. Prior to the meeting join in on the First Saturday bird walk at 7:30 am. Ivy Creek Natural Area, Earlysville.  9:30 am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Special Needs Accommodation: Parent accompaniment for kids under 11 years of age  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
June 30-July 5
MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Heritage Theatre Festival.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," this Tony Award-winning Broadway smash serves up a delightfully outrageous take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their legendary quest. Check website for dates and ticket information. Culbreth Theatre.  Email: judym@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
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. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
July 4, Saturday
FOURTH OF JULY FREE ADMISSION TO LEWIS GINTER
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering free admission to celebrate freedom and show their appreciation to the community. Enjoy fun activities in the Children's Garden from 1-4pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Saturday
INDEPENDENCE DAY AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Celebrate Independence Day with music, food and fireworks (around 9pm). Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  4-9pm.  $free; donations welcome to benefit Madison County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
July 4, Saturday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT RED HILL
Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation.
Celebrate the fourth with Patrick Henry. This event will feature historical interpretations & tours, kids games, art & craft vendors, live music, fireworks and more! Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial.  Directions: 1250 Red Hill Road, Brookneal.  3-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 376-2044. 
 
July 4, Saturday
JAMMIN' ON THE JAMES
Jammin' on the James adds to Scottsville's 4th of July celebration with music by Hound Dog Hill. Music starts at 6:00 p.m. Bring a chair, blanket and your family to enjoy our town and the Fire Departments incredible fireworks display. 401 Valley Street.  6-9pm.  $Free.  Contact: Amy Moyer.  Email: amoyer@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-9267. 
 
July 4, Saturday
KIWANIS INDEPENDENCE DAY 5K
Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.
Come out for the Kiwanis Club's 32nd Annual Independence Day 5K Race at Forest Lakes North subdivision. For the tenth straight year, proceeds will benefit Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with special health needs. Register online. Lighthouse Worship Center.  7:30-9:30am.  Contact: Jim Hart.  Email: jhart46201@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-2094. 
 
July 4, Saturday
MONTICELLO'S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & NATURALIZATION CEREMONY
Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
Monticello's annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony features Gov. Terry McAuliffe as the speaker. Following the ceremony, there will be live entertainment, an ice cream festival, children's activities and free first-floor tours of the house until noon. Reservations recommended. West Lawn of Monticello.  Directions: off Route 53.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
July 4, Saturday
NELSON COUNTY "CELEBRATING THE CONSTITUTION" PARADE
Calvary Baptist Church.
Bring your church, organization, school, etc. and celebrate the birthday of our great nation on a float, with a marching group, in an antique car, plus more! The children's bicycle parade starts at 10 AM. Front Street, Lovingston.  10am-12:30pm.  $Free.  Email: office@calvaryinlove.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5010. 
 
July 4, Saturday
OLD-FASHIONED FUN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Frontier Culture Museum.
Enjoy a traditional Independence Day celebration on the American exhibits featuring readings of the Declaration of Independence, food, music, and contests. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Avenue, Staunton. Off I-81 North near intersection of I-64 in Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
July 5, Sunday
FREE UNION INDEPENDENCE PARADE
Free Union Homemaker's Club.
Decorate a wagon, a float, a bike, or a dog to be in the parade. Join Ms. Liberty, Uncle Sam, fire engines & horse people, folks in costume or just waving flags. Enjoy music by local artists! Free Union VA.  Directions: Meet at The Free Union Church of the Brethren parking lot at 3:30pm on Free Union Rd. Parade begins at the church at 4pm and ends at Free Union Baptist Church on Millington Rd..  Contact: Terry Nackley.  Email: terrynack1@gmail.com. For more info call: 973-7361. 
 
July 10, Friday
LITTLE YOGIS: YOGA FOR KIDS
Northside Library.
Enjoy a fun yoga class with child/caregiver led by an instructor from Bend Yoga. Registration required. Northside Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 11, Saturday
ANNUAL VINTAGE CAR, MOTORCYCLE AND TRUCK SHOW
Blue Haven.
Cash prize for best in show and swag for the category winners. Entrance fee for owners and vendors. 10531 Patrick Henry Highway, Roseland.  11am-4pm.  $Free for general public.  Email: info@bluehavenfarmandbb.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 688-4391. 
 
July 8-11, Wednesday-Saturday
CAROLINE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Racing pigs, community exhibits, petting zoo, camel rides, games, contests and more! See website for full schedule. Caroline County Agricultural Fair Grounds .  Directions: 8332 Country Fair Lane, Ruther Glen.  $5 for ages 11 and up, 10 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-466-1507. 
 
July 11, Saturday
FREE SLURPEE DAY
7-11.
Just in time for the summer heat - stop in at any participating 7-Eleven store and get a free Slurpee drink. Participating 7-11 stores.  8am-11pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 11, Saturday
KLUGE-RUHE ABORIGINAL ART COLLECTION DISCUSSION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection announces a new program for high school students in summer 2015. ARTinstead is an eight-session workshop for high school students that will culminate in a public panel discussion on July 11. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  Directions: 400 Worrell Drive.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
July 1-12
SALEM FAIR
As the largest fair in the state, Virginia's Salem Fair offers fun for all ages. Come enjoy magic shows, fireworks, petting zoos, jugglers, tigers, carnival rides and more! Free admission and parking. Salem Civic Center Complex.  Directions: 1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-375-3004. 
 
July 12, Sunday
SUNDAY SUNDOWNS
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in an afternoon of fun, with a cookout, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park Pool. Returning again this summer, The PB&J Fund will host a mini farmer's market activity station that engages families to learn about seasonal produce and healthy eating. Washington Park Pool.  Directions: 1001 Preston Avenue.  3-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
July 14, Tuesday
BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION WITH ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
Live French music, a classic three-course dinner and a fun celebration of France's Bastille Day! Every ticket comes with a free glass of wine! Petit Pois.  4-8pm.  $35 in advance.  Contact: Emily Martin .  Email: director.afcville@gmail.com.
 
July 14, Tuesday
CHICK-FIL-A'S COW APPRECIATION DAY
Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A restaurant will award a free Combo meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) to any customer who comes to a Chick-fil-A restaurant fully dressed like a cow. Each kid fully dressed like a cow can request a free kid's meal. Chick-fil-A.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 16-18, Thursday-Saturday
MINERAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
This family-friendly event of bluegrass music will have food available & camping available. Join us for 3 days of great music. Raffles, prizes and giveaways will add to the fun to be had by all. See website for price (rates vary). Mineral, Va.  All ages welcome.  Contact: George .  Email: gcshifflett@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-3549. 
 
July 15-18, Wednesday-Saturday
ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL FAIR & HORSE SHOW
Come out for some family fun with carnival rides, games and contests such as the Lip Sync contest, Water Wars and the Cornhole Tournament! See website for admission costs and schedule. Virginia Horse Center .  Directions: 487 Maury River Road, Lexington .  Email: dwork@horsecenter.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-464-2950. 
 
July 16-19, Thursday-Sunday
FAUQUIER COUNTY FAIR
Come out for fun contests like the Antique Tractor Pull, the Corn Shucking Contest, and the Decorated Cake Contest! The fair also features various entertainers, guest musical artists, food vendors and fireworks! See website for full schedule and ticket prices. Fauquier County Fair Grounds .  Directions: 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton.  All ages welcome.  Email: fauquierfair@gmail.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-351-6086. 
 
July 21, Tuesday
HUMANITY FROM SPACE
WVPT.
From the perspective of space, trade humankind's journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. 8-10pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 27-August 1, Monday-Saturday
FREDERICK COUNTY FAIR
Horse shows, beauty pageants, petting zoo, concessions, carnival rides and more! See website for admission prices and schedule. Frederick County Fairgrounds .  Directions: 155 Fairgrounds Rd, Clear Brook .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-667-8739. 
 
July 28-August 1, Tuesday-Saturday
GREENE COUNTY FAIR
Entertainment, food, concerts, animal shows, contests and more! See website for schedule and prices. Greene County Fairgrounds .  Directions: Located on Route 230 (Madison Road) off of Route 33 Business in Standardsville .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Marie Durrer .  Email: tammydurrer@yahoo.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-7622. 
 
July 31-August 1, Friday-Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds .  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave, Louisa .  Contact: Sylvia Rigsby .  Email: president@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
August 1, Saturday
TOY TRAIN SHOW
Virginia Train Collectors.
Over 70 vendor tables, operating train layouts, and raffle prizes. Charlottesville Elk's Lodge.  Directions: Route 20N (Stony Point Road), 1/2-mile off Route 250.  9-3pm.  $5/person, 12 and under Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 981-5924. 
 
July 30-August 2, Thursday-Sunday
FAIRFAX COUNTY 4-H FAIR AND CARNIVAL
Carnival rides, farm animals, tractor pulls, fair food, interactive exhibits and more! See link for schedule of events. Frying Pan Park .  Directions: 2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon .  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-324-7329. 
 
July 11 & August 8, Saturdays
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Check out Amazement Square's reduced admission and extended hours on the second Saturday of every month this summer! Amazement Square .  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
July 31-August 9, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family! See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Email: jeremy@virginiaaau.net . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
July 22, Wednesday; August 13, Thursday
OPEN PLAYTIME IN A WALDORF CLASSROOM
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Come build forts, play in costume, roll trucks along beams and boards, cook in the play kitchen and delve into the joy of imaginative play. Bring your preschool and kindergarten-age children to explore our sandbox and swing set with other children. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  10am-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 6.  Contact: Elizabeth Hale.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
June 15-August 15, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
SUMMER SPECTACULAR: SUPERHERO SUMMER
Amazement Square is hosting free programs, hands-on activities and demonstrations included with admission on these special weekdays only! Amazement Square.  11am-12pm & 1-2pm.  $9 per person .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 20, July 4, August 1 & August 22, Saturdays
MUSIC BY THE POOL AT FRY SPRING'S BEACH CLUB
Fry Spring's Beach Club.
Each date features a different band playing reggae and soul-inspired music for Fry's Springs Beach Club's Music by the Pool summer concert series. Family-friendly, pools open for swimming, food and drinks available. 2512 Jefferson Park Avenue.  6-9pm .  $10 (cash only).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jill WIlliams.  Email: fsbcevents@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
June 6-August 29, Saturdays
SATURDAYS AT THE SQUARE
Every Saturday this summer features a new program! See website for schedule of themes. Amazement Square .  11am.  $3 per participant plus admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 1-August 31
SUMMER SPECTACULAR: $5 THURSDAYS
Amazement Square is offering $5 admission every Thursday all summer long! Amazement Square .  $5 per person .  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 27-December 27, Saturdays & Sundays
2015 SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE IDEA HOUSE TOUR!
Come tour the 2015 Southern Living Magazine Idea House. This exclusive home will be featured in the August issue of Southern Living Magazine, and it is absolutely breathtaking. Bundoran Farm. 5005 Edge Valley Rd. North Garden, VA .  10am-4pm Saturday; 12pm-4pm Sunday.  $15, children under 12 Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Summit Custom Homes.  Email: Ashleigh@summitofva.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-5600. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
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July 11, Saturday
ROCKFISH VALLEY FIRE AND RESCUE "PIT OF DREAMS" MUD BOG
First truck in the mud at noon. Food for purchase. Family fun. No pets or alcohol allowed. 11100 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton.  9am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6465. 
 
July 6, 13, 20, 27, Mondays
ALL-COMERS SUMMER TRACK MEET
Charlottesville Track Club.
A summer tradition since 1975 - the Charlottesville Track Club will host a series of races from 100 meters - 5,000 meters for all ages and all abilities. Special events for children as well as parent/child and sibling relays. Race day signup only. UVA Track at Lannigan Field.  6-8pm.  $2 (nonmember); $1 (ctc member).  All ages welcome.  Email: charlottesvilletrackclub@gmail.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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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.
 
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July 17-August 8
XANADU
Live Arts.
XANADU book by Douglas Carter Beane music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar based on the Universal Pictures Film Screenplay by Richard Danus & Marc Rubel directed by John Davenport musical Gibson Theater.  Directions: 123 East Water Street.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4177. 
 
July 21-August 1
I LOVE A PIANO
UVA Heritage Theater Festival.
Celebrate a true American treasure with I Love a Piano, featuring an evening's worth of songs by the legendary composer Irving Berlin. The show follows the life of a single piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the 20th Century to the modern day and features a collection of Berlin's most unforgettable classics inlcuding "Blue Skies," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Puttin' on the Ritz," and "Cheek to Cheek" to name just a few. Helms Theatre.  Email: heritage@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
August 1-2, 5, 7-8
ASH LAWN OPERA: MY FAIR LADY
Ash Lawn Opera.
The Paramount Theater.  $12-$65.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
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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