Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
January 17, Saturday
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
John Paul Jones Arena.
7:30pm.  $36.75-56.75.  All ages welcome.  Contact: John Paul Jones Arena.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-800-JPJ-TIXS. 
 
January 17, Saturday
PETER AND THE WOLF CHS ORCHESTRA CONCERT
CHSO.
Enjoy this classic tale in a narrated, 45-minute, family-friendly performance. Instrument "petting zoo" afterwards. CHS MLK Performing Arts Center.  2pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2726. 
 
January 17, Saturday
WINTER SONGS: A CONCERT TO UPLIFT AND EMPOWER YOUNG WOMEN
Shelter for Help in Emergency.
Hundreds of young women vocalists from area schools will gather to share music for this community concert. Burley Middle School. 
 
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
 
January 10, Saturday
MY MONTICELLO: AN EXHIBITION OF STUDENT ART
Monticello.
This exhibition includes artwork from over 300 third-grade students from Charlottesville public schools who visited Monticello on a mission to explore Jefferson's gardens. Participating students will receive free family passes to visit Monticello during exhibition weekends in January. Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center, Monticello.  1-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
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
 
November 26-December
LONG MEADOW TREE FARM
Choose from White and Scotch Pine, Norway and Blue Spruce, Concolor and Douglas Firs. Pre-cut Fraser firs, handmade wreaths and table arrangements also available. Waynesboro.  10am-dark, seven days a week.  For more info call: 540-649-4307. 
 
November 27-December 23, Wednesdays-Sundays
BEES & TREES FARM
Cut your own tree, then enjoy complimentary cider while you browse the Christmas shop. Enjoy s'mores around the fire pit and photo ops in the historic sleigh. Santa visits Dec. 14, 1-4pm. Choose from Canaans, fresh-cut Frasers, Norway Spruce, Leyland Cypress, and Scotch and White Pines. Wreaths and garlands made on the spot. 18028 Carrico Mills Rd, Elkwood.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-9020. 
 
November 28-December 23
CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Francisco Farms.
Cut your own Blue Spruce, White Pine, Canaan Fir or select from pre-cut Fraser Fir. 343 Bethel Green Rd, Staunton.  Mon-Fri 2-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-3008. 
 
November 29-December 23
STONEHEARTH CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm.
Cut your own White, Scotch and Red Pines, and Canaan Firs. Also crafts, wreaths and garland for purchase. Saws, twine and tree shaker available. Kids get candy canes and a free coloring book. Hot chocolate and cider. Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm.  Directions: Madison.  9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday; call for weekday hours.  For more info call: 540-547-2576. 
 
November 29-December 24
DAVIS CREEK TREE FARM
Davis Creek Tree Farm.
Choose and cut White Pines, Concolor Firs and Canaan Firs. Saw and twine available. Davis Creek Tree Farm.  Directions: Lovingston.  Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-8762. 
 
November 28-December 24
GREENE MEADOWS TREE FARM
Greene Meadows Tree Farm.
Choose from White Pine, White Spruce and Canaan Fir or fresh, pre-cut Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir. Fresh wreaths, centerpieces, swags and garland. Visit with lambs and calves in the petting zoo, sip a complimentary cup of cider or hot chocolate and enjoy a candy cane with a coloring book. Greene Meadows Tree Farm.  Directions: Stanardsville.  Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-1999. 
 
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
 
November 21-December 31, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN AT BUSCH GARDENS
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of six-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  Check website for times.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
December 31, Wednesday
FIRST NIGHT VIRGINIA
Charlottesville First Night Virginia.
Celebrate the new year with a community arts fest with performers, a creation station and fun zone for kids and more! See website for full event schedule. Downtown Mall.  3pm-12am.  $various prices.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@firstnightva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-8269. 
 
December 31, Wednesday
NEW YEAR'S AT NOON CELEBRATION
Amazement Square.
Wear your pajamas and ring in the New Year with a "bug drop" at 12 noon, complete with confetti, sparklers, party hats, noisemakers and a bubble wrap dance floor. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  10am-3pm.  $5 members, $10 non-members.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
November 28-January 12
GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy a sparkling tradition of more than half a million lights throughout the garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  5-10pm (closed Dec. 24 & 25).  $See website for admission costs.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
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
 
December 18-23
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Tour the museum by lantern light and see the holiday traditions of the past. Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride from the Old World to the American farms. Refreshments and live music will be offered following the tour at the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  6-8pm.  $15 adults; $8 kids.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fcmv.virginia.gov. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 28, Sunday
WOODROW WILSON'S BIRTHDAY OPEN HOUSE
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.
Talk with costumed interpreters and enjoy period music as you tour Wilson's birthplace, decorated for the holidays. Enjoy light refreshments and crafts and activities for children. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.  Directions: I-81 to Exit 222, turn right onto RTE. 250 W into Staunton. Turn Right on Coalter St.  11am-3pm.  $2, children under six are free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@woodrowwilson.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0897. 
 
December 12-13, 19-20, 21-23, 26-30
HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
These small-group house tours, which include the Dome Room, offer visitors an intimate look at how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson's time, plus the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark. Not recommended for children under age 6. Monticello.  5:30pm, 5:45pm & 6pm.  $45.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
January 17, Saturday
EVERYBODY LOVES MRS. MADISON
Montpelier.
Opening day for an exhibit of Dolley Madison, the original presidential spouse to be called "First Lady," in letters and pictures. Montpelier.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
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
 
Nov 22, 25-26 and Dec 19-24, 31
HOLIDAY SEAFOOD SALE
Anderson's Seafood.
Pre-order your holiday seafood and meats including lobster, crab, salmon, oysters, shrimp, turkey and soups. 1215 Seminole Trail.  10am-6pm.  Email: acfh199@cs.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 990-9176. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
December 26, Friday
BOOKS ON THE BIG SCREEN: TALE OF DESPEREAUX
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.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 27, Saturday
JOYOUS KWANZAA FILM AND DISCUSSION
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
Free screening of the first feature film on Kwanzaa, "The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration" from Director M. K. Asante, Jr.. Discussion to follow film. This event is free and open to the public. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Auditorium.  3-5pm.  Contact: Mia Logan.  Email: admin@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8722. 
 
December 28, Sunday
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: FROZEN
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. 
 
December 30, Tuesday
MORNING AT THE MOVIES: THE SNOWMAN
JMRL - Central Library.
Based on the favorite winter book by Raymond Briggs Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 30, Tuesday
MOVIE MADNESS: MALEFICENT (PG)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Bring a pillow or blanket, get comfy and munch popcorn with this favorite Disney villain. Gordon Avenue Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 11, Sunday
THE MUPPET MOVIE (PG)
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $4-6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
January 13, Tuesday
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES - WINNIE THE POOH
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. 
 
January 18, Sunday
GONE WITH THE WIND (PG)
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $4-6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
January 20, Tuesday
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: THE LEGO MOVIE
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. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
December 18-23
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Tour the museum by lantern light and see the holiday traditions of the past. Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride from the Old World to the American farms. Refreshments and live music will be offered following the tour at the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  6-8pm.  $15 adults; $8 kids.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fcmv.virginia.gov. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
November 21-January 4
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Closed Mondays. Maymont, Richmond.  12-5pm, half-hourly; last tour at 4:30pm.  $5 suggested donation.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
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
 
January 18, Sunday
WINTER BIG WOODS WALK
Montpelier.
Hike through the National Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood forest composed of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. Guests will learn about ecology, conservation, and Madison's role as an early environmentalist. The trail is a gentle mile loop. Montpelier.  Directions: Meet at the Visitor Center.  2pm.  $Admission plus $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
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. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
December 23-31
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the most magical time of year at Wintergreen with holiday craft workshops, Santa on the slopes, story time with Mrs. Claus and New Year's Eve Celebrations. Don't forget skiing, riding and tubing. Wintergreen Resort.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
December 31, Wednesday
NOON YEAR'S EVE
Science Museum of Virginia.
Ring in the New Year at the Museum! Watch the ball drop (2,015 bouncy balls!), enjoy a juice toast, make your own noisemaker and much more. 2500 West Broad St, Richmond.  10am-1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
November 24-January 1
GYPSY HILL PARK CELEBRATION OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Gypsy Hill Park.
Enjoy a drive through the 214 acre park aglow with charming night time scenes, most homemade by local organizations and businesses. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  5-11pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 8, Thursday
AN EVENING OF POETRY WITH CROZET THIRD GRADERS
Crozet Library.
Celebrate poetry as you enjoy listening to selected published and original poetry recited by local students. Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 18-22
ANNUAL MLK COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. King. This year's featured speaker is National Correspondent at The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates. The celebration includes films, seminars and other performances. Contact: UVa Office for Diversity & Equity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2079. 
 
January 19, Monday
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation and Alex-Zan.
A community celebration honoring Dr. King and his message that all people matter. Guest speakers, singers, light refreshments. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  1-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
January 22, Thursday
WINNIE THE POOH TEA PARTY
Northside Library.
Dress as your favorite Hundred Acre Wood character for a special tea time with the cuddly old bear. Grades K-5. Registration required. Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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
 
December 18, 21, 30
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Cleveland State (Dec. 18), Harvard (Dec. 21), and Davidson (Dec. 30). John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
December 25, Thursday
CROZET 5K JINGLE JOG
Crozet Running, Crozet Pediatric Dentistry, Hamer & Hamer Orthodontics, Piedmont Pediatrics.
Pre-register at Crozet Running and Crozet Pediatric Dentistry between Dec. 19-24. Walkers, runners, strollers, bikes and pets on leashes are welcome. Old Trail Village, Crozet.  11am.  $donation for food bank or SPCA.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 1, Thursday
NEW YEAR'S DAY 5K
Charlottesville Track Club.
Celebrate the New Year with a 5K in Free Union! The race is a fairly flat, out and back 3.1 mile course. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. Age group awards. Please bring a canned food item to benefit the Emergency Food Bank. Free Union.  Directions: see directions on website.  10am late registration, 11am race.  $15 through December 20; $20 December 21-31; $40 onsite registration.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charlottesville Track Club.  Email: training@cvilletrackclub.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
January 8, 15, 25, 29
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
UVA Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Wake Forest (7pm on Jan. 8), Boston College (7pm on Jan. 15), Georgia Tech (2pm on Jan. 25) and NC State (7pm on Jan. 29). John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 15-17, Thursday-Saturday
SPECIAL OLYMPICS XPERIENCE TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Special Olympics Virginia.
Xperience Special Olympics tennis at its best at this three-day tennis extravaganza. Sign up to volunteer to cheer as well. The Boar's Head Sports Club.  Directions: 200 Wellington Drive .  $Free.  All ages welcome.  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. 
 
 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
 
December 5-27
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE
American Shakespeare Center.
The traditional holiday classic brought to life onstage. Expect to be right in the middle of this beloved tale with new twists, surprises, and a production filled with music and cheer for the whole family. Children 3 and older are welcome but parental discretion for spooky noises and creepy faces advised. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 South Market St., Staunton.  Various times.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733, 1-877-MUCH-ADO. 
 
December 5-January 10
LES MISERABLES
Live Arts.
The story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. The world's longest running musical will be deconstructed, reimagined, and rescaled to the intimate, 160-seat Gibson Theater. Gibson Theater.  Directions: 123 East Water Street.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4177. 
 
January 15, Thursday
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Stage Left Drama Club.
Walker Elementary and Buford Middle School students perform. Buford Middle School Auditorium.  Directions: 1564 Dairy Road.  6:15 doors open; 6:30 show.  $Free.  Contact: Rod or Kristina Durrer.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2412. 
 
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 20-22
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. 
 
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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