Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
July 27, Sunday
SARAH MCLACHLAN - CHARLOTTESVILLE FREE CLINIC BENEFIT
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
With over 25 years in the recording industry, Sarah McLachlan is a multi-platinum singer and songwriter best known for her intimate vocals and relatable lyrics. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  6pm doors, 7pm show.  $39-$69.  Email: kathryn@cvillefreeclinic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-272-8849. 
 
July 29, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT NO. 5
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
It's Family Night! Songs from "The Lion King," "Star Wars," cartoons and more. Members of the band will host a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo from 7:30-7:45pm at the foot of the stage. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
July 23 & 30, Wednesdays
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Grab a blanket & meet up with family and friends on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm at the amphitheater, where good music comes naturally. This FREE music series is sure to have you shake, rattle n rolling. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Family Friendly. Rain or Shine. 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. 
 
August 12, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT NO. 6
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
Performers "Celebrate the Big Bands" at the final summer concert of the season. Lobby ensemble at 7:15pm and instrument petting zoo for kids 7:30-7:45pm. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
August 6 & 13, Wednesdays
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Grab a blanket & meet up with family and friends on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm at the amphitheater, where good music comes naturally. This FREE music series is sure to have you shake, rattle n rolling. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Family Friendly. Rain or Shine. 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. 
 
August 16, Saturday
9TH ANNUAL BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FEST
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Wintergreen Performing Arts will present the voices of the Blue Ridge through its 9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest. This year the Fest features Nothin' Fancy, Sierra Hull, the Virginia Ramblers, and Kim and Jimbo Cary & Pete and Ellen Vigour. The Carys and the Vigours will be leading jamming sessions throughout the day. Food will be available for purchase. Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort.  12-7pm.  $25 adults, $10 ages 6-17, free under 6.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
August 17, Sunday
AN EVENING WITH OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
Maymont.
Country/bluegrass favorites in concert on the Carriage House Lawn. Children 10 and under permitted with paying adult. Maymont Estate, Richmond.  5:30pm.  $32.50 advance, $39 door.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
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 23, 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 26 & 27, 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. 
 
August 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday
25TH ANNUAL HOMEMADE PEACH ICE CREAM DAYS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come celebrate the Queen of Fruits with a special homemade treat! The Crozet Lions Club will be making and selling homemade peach ice cream, a local favorite! Chiles Peach Orchard .  Directions: 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.  9am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
July-November
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT THE ORCHARD
Chiles Orchards.
Who doesn't love pancakes? Join family and friends on the second weekend of each month for breakfast at the Orchard. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/oj. 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. 
 
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
 
July 7-August 3
WINTERGREEN SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: AMAZONAS
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Choose from more than 200 events and performances highlighting South American 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 26, 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. Washington Park.  Contact: Ruby.  Email: globalmresources@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825- 0115. 
 
July 24-26, 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 26, 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-5pm; pancake breakfast at 6:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5727. 
 
July 26 & 27, 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 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 31-August 2, Thursday-Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Enjoy the 4-H shows, petting zoo, fair contests and games. Opening concert Thursday night with Chamomile and Whiskey. Fireman's Fairgrounds.  Directions: From Ch'ville take I-64E to exit 143 Route 208. Turn right on Route 208. Follow to stoplight at Route 33. Turn left on Route 33. Turn right on Fredericksburg Avenue. Fairgrounds are just over the railroad tracks.  Email: president@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
August 2, Saturday
BLACKBERRY HARVEST FESTIVAL AT HILL TOP BERRY FARM & WINERY
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.
Hill Top's Annual Blackberry Harvest and Music Festival is an all day event! Pick your own blackberries (or let the kids) while you enjoy a glass of your favorite Hill Top wine. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.  Directions: 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford.  $10 per adult includes wine and food pairing.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1266. 
 
July 29-August 2, Tuesday-Saturday
GREENE COUNTY FAIR
Greene County.
This family extravaganza features carnival rides, auctions, petting zoo, cornhole tournament, live entertainment, contests and more. Greene County Fairgrounds, Stanardsville.  Directions: Route 29N to Ruckersville, left onto Route 33W, right onto Route 33 Bus, right onto Route 230 (Madison Road). Continue until you see the fairgrounds on the right.  Tuesday-Friday 5:30-11pm, Saturday 4-11pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 2, Saturday
TOY TRAIN SHOW
The Virginia Train Collectors.
Fun event for the entire family. Come see toy trains in action! Holiday Inn Monticello.  9am-3pm.  $5 for non-members.  Contact: Russell Youens.  Email: jryouens@verizon.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-342-6023. 
 
August 5-9, Tuesday-Saturday
AUGUSTA COUNTY FAIR
Augusta County Fair.
Carnival rides, tractor pulls, demo derby, motocross, live music, and fireworks. Augusta Expoland.  Directions: 279 Expo Road, Fishersville.  See website for schedule.  All ages welcome.  Email: acfair@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5627. 
 
August 9, Saturday
EDIBLE FOOD FEST IN ORANGE
Orange Downtown Alliance.
Celebrate food from earth to table with local and artisan foods, tastings, local beer, cider and wine, chef demos, children's activities and music in downtown Orange! Downtown Orange.  10am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2540. 
 
August 9, Saturday
SUMMER BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL
Shenandoah Concerts.
A strong line-up of great Blues musicians, great local food, as well as many special release and limited-edition brews to enjoy. Frontier Culture Museum.  Email: info@shenandoahconcerts.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-324-3215. 
 
August 10, Sunday
CARYTOWN WATERMELON FESTIVAL
3,000 watermelons, 60 musicians, over 100 exhibitors, one of the largest kids' areas of any festival on the east coast, and all of the great Carytown style. 3126 West Cary Street, Richmond.  10am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 304-6870. 
 
August 11-16, Monday-Saturday
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FAIR
The state's largest agricultural fair with rides, competitions, motor sports, animals and more! Don't miss Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Plain White T's, Old Crow Medicine Show and Steep Canyon Rangers in concert. Rockingham County Fairgrounds.  Directions: 4808 South Valley Pike, Route 11, Harrisonburg.  See website for times.  $General admission: $5 adults, $2 ages 7-12, free for 6 & under; grandstand event prices vary.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0005. 
 
August 21-23, Thursday-Saturday
FLUVANNA COUNTY FAIR
Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation.
Rides, midway games, live music and food vendors. Sponsored by Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra, VA.  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. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
April 12-October
HISTORIC COURT SQUARE WALKING TOUR
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Various historical tours around Court Square, the Downtown Mall and local cemeteries. Directions: McIntire Building, 200 Second St NE across from Lee Park.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@albemarlehistory.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
July 24 & 31, Thursday
THE SECRET LIFE OF A VICTORIAN HOUSE
Maymont.
Explore Maymont Mansion and learn what it was like to live and work at the estate 100 years ago. The Dooleys' housemaid brings the mansion to life during a family-friendly tour of the upstairs and downstairs of this grand home. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  12:30-1:15pm.  $5 per person.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
August 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring your family, picnic basket, lawn chairs, and a sense of historical adventure. Dine on the grounds, then take a walk down to the museum's historic farms to experience living history presentations. Frontier Culture Museum.  6-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
June 7-September 1
MONTICELLO FAMILY-FRIENDLY TOURS
Monticello.
These special guided tours of Thomas Jefferson's house are designed especially for families with children ages 6 to 11. The 35-minute tours feature hands-on opportunities in every room and provide a glimpse of what life was like for the children who lived at Monticello in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Monticello.  10am-3pm, hourly.  $Regular day passes: $25 adults, $16 children 12-18, $8 children 5-11, free for children under 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 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. 
 
April 15-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 3-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 26, Saturday
FLEAVILLE
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 Project, entrance on the corner of Monticello Avenue and 2nd St. SE.  Directions: Across from the ACAC gym downtown -- enter the IX on 2nd St. SE and drive straight back.  11am-3pm.  $Free!.  All ages welcome.  Contact: fleaVILLE.  Email: fleavilleva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 718-594-2891. 
 
August 23, Saturday
FLEAVILLE
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 Project, entrance on the corner of Monticello Avenue and 2nd St. SE.  Directions: Across from the ACAC gym downtown -- enter the IX on 2nd St. SE and drive straight back.  11am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: fleaVILLE.  Email: fleavilleva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 718-594-2891. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
August 1, Friday
FAMILY FILM FRIDAYS - THE LEGO MOVIE
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Bring a beach towel or blanket and catch an afternoon movie. Popcorn provided. Gordon Avenue Library.  2pm.  $free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 2, Saturday
DIVE-IN MOVIE
ACAC.
"Despicable Me 2". Includes movie on the inflatable screen, popcorn, glowsticks and extended evening hours at the waterpark. Movie begins at dusk. ACAC Waterpark.  $free for full members, $15 per family for fitness members, $20 per family for non-members.  Email: aubreyv@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-7529. 
 
August 2, Saturday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SCOTT STADIUM: FROZEN
Virginia Athletics Department.
Guests of all ages are invited to join Virginia Athletics for a fun night out to view the Disney hit "Frozen" on the 'Hoo Vision scoreboard at Scott Stadium. Sit in the stands or bring blankets to sit on the field. Park and enter through west gate. Scott Stadium.  7pm, gates open at 6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
August 5 & 6, Tuesday and Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" and "Rio 2". 10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 15, Friday
DIVE-IN MOVIE: THE LITTLE MERMAID
Crozet Parc YMCA.
Picnic in the park followed by dive-in movie "The Little Mermaid" at the pool. Bring food, field games, and a float for the pool. Claudius Crozet Park & Pool.  Picnic 6:30-8:30pm, movie starts 8:30pm.  $Free for members, $3 youth/seniors, $5 adults, $15 max per family.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg, VA.  5-8pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
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
 
May 2-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 with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
July 24, Thursday
LET'S GO PAINT AND SKETCH
Monticello.
Flower gardener Debbie Donley will provide the tools and inspiration for budding artists and their favorite grown-ups to discover their inner talents amid the natural woodland setting of the Saunders-Monticello Trail. All materials are provided for this family-friendly, morning-long workshop. Monticello Trail trailhead.  9:30-11:30am.  $24/adults, $8/youth, free for children under 5.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
August 7, Thursday
LET'S GO COOK
Monticello.
Young cooks and their favorite grownups will begin by harvesting fruits and vegetables from the Monticello gardens. The class will then help prepare both sweet and savory recipes that were favorites of the Jefferson family. The reward will be to eat what's been made and take home the recipes. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.  9:30-11:30am.  $18/adults, $8/youth, free for children under 5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
August 1 & 15, 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. 
 
August 22, Friday
WHO'S AWAKE? A FAMILY NIGHT HIKE
Maymont.
Ever wonder who stays awake while you sleep? Meet some of Maymont's nighttime residents and learn about their nocturnal adaptations through experiments, games and a hike of the grounds. Owls, skunks and many other creatures of the dark will help shed some light onto their mysterious ways. Ages 4 & older; adult must accompany children 15 & under. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  7:30-9:30pm.  $8 per person/$6 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 333. 
 
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
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
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July 6, 13, 27, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
Keswick Vineyards.
Warm weather and spring fever means the return of "Yappy Hours" at Keswick Vineyards! Every Sunday, you're invited to bring food, friends, and your furry loved ones to relax on the scenic lawn overlooking the vineyards with a refreshing, chilled bottle of wine. You can also visit with local shelters and their lovable animals, play bocce ball and soak in the sun. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  $Free.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
August 10, Sunday
SUNDAY SUNDOWNS
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in an afternoon of fun, food, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park. Washington Park Pool.  Directions: 1001 Preston Avenue.  3-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
August 9 & 10, Saturday & Sunday
WILD WEST WEEKEND MOUNTAIN RAIL ADVENTURE
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Go on a railroad adventure with steam-driven Old #3 engine and a cast Western characters. Durbin Depot, West Virginia.  Departures at 10am and 2:30pm both days.  $35 ages 12-64, $32 seniors, $25 ages 4-11, free under 4.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 866-651-4296. 
 
August 23, Saturday
FOURTH ANNUAL CENTRAL VIRGINIA STAR PARTY
Dark Skies, Bright Kids and the Charlottesville Astronomical Society.
Bring your curiosity and view spectacular astronomical objects through telescopes and learn about the solar system, the night sky, galaxies, and the universe with fun hands-on activities. If it is cloudy or raining, the event will be on August 30. (To check if weather will permit the primary date, call 924-7238 after August 21.) Free glowstick for each child while supplies last. Albemarle CiderWorks.  6-10pm.  $Free.  Contact: Dark Skies, Bright Kids.  Email: dsbk@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-7494. 
 
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 7, 14, 21, 28, 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. 
 
July 24, Thursday
MICHIE TAVERN DOWNTOWN MILE AND HEALTHY LIVING EXPO
Notus Sports.
Composed of four different mile races, including the Team Relay, the Middle School Mile, the Family Non-Competitive Run, and the Elite Michie Tavern Mile, this event has a race for everyone! Benefits the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. Yoga Expo will host a variety of vendors and post-race yoga at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. Downtown Mall and nTelos Wireless Pavillion.  Packet Pick-Up: 5pm, Races: 6:30.  $50/Family of Four, $15 per extra person.  Contact: Savannah Bentley.  Email: sbentley@notussports.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-638-2472. 
 
July 26, Saturday
SUMMER RUNNIN' NIGHT TRAIL RUN
Too hot to run in the sun? Run the trails at Devils Backbone. Bring your headlamp and trail running shoes. Post-race grill out and live music. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  8pm Night Lite Kids Run, 9pm 5k/10k adult run.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1001. 
 
June 8-July 27, Sundays
FAMILY OPEN BASKETBALL
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Sundays in June & July from noon-2pm will be designated as Family Open Gym Basketball. There must be both youth and adult (18+) in each group in the gym. This is a great time for families to recreate together! From 2pm-6pm open basketball is available for any age group on Sundays. There is a $2 daily fee for Adults over 18. Youth 17 and under are free. Fees do not apply to Recreation Access Pass holders. Carver Recreation Center.  12-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
August 17, Sunday
MEET THE TEAM DAY: UVA FOOTBALL
Virginia Athletics Department.
Players and coaches will be available for photos and autographs. Meet Cavman, Sabre the horse and spirit teams. Free posters and magnets. The first 500 youth in attendance will receive a free Nike mini football. Door prizes include season tickets. John Paul Jones Arena.  1-2:30pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 14, Sunday
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB CYCLING CHALLENGE
The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge.
Registration now open with discount until June 30. Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 25-, 50-, 75-, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, out and back from Old Trail Swim Club to Chiles Peach Orchard. After-party festivities with lunch, drinks, and live music. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.  8am start.  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.
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
July 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS
Hamner Theater Summer Shakespeare.
Family-friendly outdoor productions of "Much Ado About Nothing". July 26, 7:30pm Carver Recreation Center. July 27, 5pm Lee Park. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets. Rain cancels. $free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 31, August 2, 3, 6, 8
ASH LAWN OPERA: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Ash Lawn Opera.
Fiddler on the Roof has been a hit since it opened on Broadway in 1964, winning nine Tony Awards, spawning four Broadway revivals, and inspiring a three-time Academy Award winning film adaptation in 1971. Set in Tsarist Russia, this timeless tale of the triumph of humor and love over hardship is an experience you will want to share with your entire family. The Paramount Theater.  $12-$65.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 31, Thursday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie, Shrek (rated PG). The lawn will be ready for you to pick the perfect spot at 7pm. Showtime 8:30pm. 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.  7-11pm.  $6, children 3 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
August 1-17, Fridays-Sundays
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS
Hamner Theater Summer Shakespeare.
Family-friendly outdoor productions of "Much Ado About Nothing". August 1-3 Tonsler Park. August 8-10 Belmont Park. August 15-17 Washington Park. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets. Rain cancels. 7:30pm Fridays & Saturdays, 5pm Sundays.  $free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 18-August 10
SHREK THE MUSICAL
Four County Players.
Your favorite story of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Lord Farquaad and Gingy set to music. Mainstage at Four County Players.  Directions: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville.  Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
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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