Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
February 5, Thursday
DIANA ROSS
The Paramount.
The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $49.50-$151.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
February 21, Saturday
UVA A CAPELLA SINGFEST 2015
Virginia Glee Club.
The Glee Club hosts multiple a capella groups for an incredible evening of vocal power. Tickets available in Newcomb Hall. McLeod Hall UVA.  7-9pm.  Email: gleeclubmanager@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
February 24, Tuesday
YOUTH ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT
Youth Orchestas of Central Virginia.
Winter concert with the Youth Symphony and The Evans Orchestra. MLK Jr Performing Arts Center.  7pm.  $15 adults, free for children under 18..  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-7776. 
 
March 29, Sunday
LAURIE BERKNER
The Paramount Theater.
Children's favorite brings songs like "We are the Dinosaurs" and "Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)" to town. The Paramount Theater.  3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
February 3-28
ARTREACH: A COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY ART PROJECT
McGuffey Art Center.
ArtReach is an exhibition of over 60 paintings and mosaics by children in the Charlottesville community. First Friday reception on February 6. All proceeds from the sale of art work goes directly back into the community art programs at City of Promise and Monumental Collaborations. McGuffey Art Center.  10am-6pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Renee Balfour.  Email: reneebalfour@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-7973. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit - these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
February 15, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLEFAMILY FUN FAIR & CAMP EXPO
CharlottesvilleFamily.
The annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo helps parents get a jump on camp shopping. Meet exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more! With bounce houses, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, great giveaways and special kids' activities! The Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: 29 N, near Sam's Club.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-4713. 
 
February 21, Saturday
KID*VENTION 2015
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kid*Vention is the Museum's family science festival where kids and families can learn about astronomy, chemistry, environmental science and more through hands-on activities, crafts, and games. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! Key Recreation Center.  10am-3pm.  $5 suggested donation per family.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
February 7, Saturday
SILHOUETTES AT ASH LAWN-HIGHLAND
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Studio Zero Photography will offer adult and child sittings for their modern take on the silhouette. These silhouettes make wonderful Valentine's Day, birthday and anniversary gifts. 30% of proceeds benefit Ash Lawn-Highland. Reservations required. Complimentary house tour included. Ash Lawn-Highland.  11am-5pm.  $30-80.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
February 7, Saturday
VICTORIAN VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.
Have some fun at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and celebrate Valentine's Day with a Victorian Tea, scavenger hunt, crafts and more. For children ages 6-12. Reservations required. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.  Directions: 18 North Coalter St., Staunton.  10am-12pm and 1-3pm.  $25.  Email: museumeducator@woodrowwilson.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0897 ext. 110. 
 
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
 
January 31, Saturday
VALENTINE'S GIFT AND CRAFT FAIR
Events 4 A Cause.
Vendors include Perfectly Posh, Jerky Direct, Origami Owl, Thirty One, Jamberry, Pampered Chef and others. Food truck and raffles. Comfort Inn Monticello, 2097 Inn Dr.  10am-4pm.  Contact: Melissa Bibb.  Email: events4acause@yahoo.com. For more info call: 540-748-2740. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
February 10, Tuesday
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES - CURIOUS GEORGE
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. 
 
February 11, Wednesday
"FOLLOW THAT MONKEY"
Gordon Avenue Library.
Celebrate Curious George with a movie, snacks and fun. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
February 15, Sunday
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: CURIOUS GEORGE
JMRL - Central Library.
Join Central Library for free fresh popcorn and films on the big screen. JMRL has chairs, but bring a blanket or pillows if you want to lounge on the floor. For all ages. Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 15, Sunday
FROZEN SING-A-LONG
The Paramount Theater.
The popular Disney musical will be on the big screen with subtitles to sing along with. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $10 adults, $8 ages 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
February 7, Saturday
MEET THE SYMPHONY (PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS)
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Charlottesville Symphony members bring rhythm to life with storytime and musical activities. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
February 21, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAM: PORTRAYING THE ARTIST
Fralin Museum of Art.
We'll discuss the exhibition, A Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825, and like the work in the exhibition, children and parents will draw each other at work in the studio. Reservations required. Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm 5-7 yr olds and 3-5pm 8-12 yr olds.  $15-$20 per adult/child pair.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
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
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
February 22, Sunday
ARCATTACK
The Paramount Theater.
Part rock concert, part science experiment, this high tech show unveils the science behind the spectacle. Recommended for ages 10 and up. CharlottesvilleFamily is proud to sponsor. Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $19.50, $15.50 students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
February 25, Wednesday
ROSA PARKS & FORGOTTEN FRIENDS
Staunton Public Library.
We are excited to present this brand new production by Bright Star Touring Theatre celebrating the life and work of Rosa Parks and others. This show also celebrates the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth. Geared for Grades 3-adult. Staunton Public Library,Staunton Public Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Staunton Public Library.  Email: library@ci.staunton.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3902. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
GOLDEN APPLE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture.
Nominate your favorite teacher at a public or private school in Albemarle County or the City of Charlottesville for the 12th Annual Golden Apple Award! One winner will be selected from each school. Deadline February 4. Schools in Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5820. 
 
February 6, Friday
CURIOSITY DAY WITH CURIOUS GEORGE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Enjoy crafts, snacks and meet the Man with the Yellow Hat. For children of all ages with accompanying adult. Northside Library.  10:30am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
February 6 & 7, Friday & Saturday
FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Dads (uncles & grandpas too) take your little valentine out for a fun night of dancing! For daughters ages 5 to 12. Register early. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  6:30-8:30pm.  $10/per couple.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
February 8, Sunday
FATHER/DAUGHTER VALENTINE'S DANCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Put on your dancing shoes! Include a raffle, refreshments, a decorate-your-own-cupcake table, a Valentine decorating table, dancing, games and activities led by the dancers of Charlottesville Ballet. This semi-formal event celebrates the parent/child relationship; moms, dads, sons, and daughters are welcome to attend. Charlottesville Ballet.  Directions: 1885 Seminole Trail. Located on the second floor, above Les Fabriques .  1pm or 4:30pm.  $20 Adults, $15 Children.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too! Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
 Sporting EventsGo to top of List
 
January 7, 13, 22, 31
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home against NC State (7pm on Jan. 7), Clemson (8pm on Jan 13), Georgia Tech (8pm on Jan 22) and Duke (TBA on Jan 31). John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
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. 
 
 StorytimesGo to top of List
 
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
 
January 22 and February 8
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: TREASURE ISLAND
The Paramount Theater.
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic is reimagined in this live broadcast from London's National Theatre. For ages 10+. CharlottesvilleFamily is proud to sponsor. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  7pm (Jan 22), 2pm (Feb 8).  $14.50/adult, $12.50/senior, $10.50/student.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
February 20-21, Friday & Saturday
"PIPPIN"
Blue Ridge School.
Blue Ridge School.  7pm Fri, 2pm and 7pm Sat.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-2811. 
 
February 20-22
ALADDIN
Black Box Players.
Enjoy the production from this musical theatre workshop for children 7-16 years old (registration begins Dec. 1). Burnley-Moran School Auditorium.  Directions: 1330 Long St.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-7600. 
 
February 20-22, Friday-Sunday
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
St. Anne's-Belfield School.
St. Anne's-Belfield School.  7:30pm Friday & Saturday; 2pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5106. 
 
February 27-28, Friday-Saturday
"THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE"
Covenant School.
This German modernist play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than its wealthy natural parents. Covenant Upper School.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 220-7329. 
 
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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