Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
March 29, Sunday
LAURIE BERKNER
The Paramount Theater.
Children's favorite brings songs like "We are the Dinosaurs" and "Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)" to town. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. The Paramount Theater.  3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
April 12, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND DOGWOOD FESTIVAL SPRING CONCERT
Municipal Band of Charlottesville.
The Charlottesville Municipal Band will present an Ensemble Concert featuring the Simmons/Murphy Concerto Competition winner. Other program highlights include Aaron Copland's Hoe Down from "Rodeo," music by the Beatles and a new arrangement of a lost Thomas Jefferson march by band member Fred O'Bryant. Reserve your free tickets at multiple locations around town. See website for details. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  3:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
April 12, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SPRING CONCERT
Municipal Band of Charlottesville.
The Charlottesville Municipal Band will present an Ensemble Concert featuring the winner of the Simmons/Murphy Concerto Competition/Scholarship winner. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Performing Arts Center.  3:30-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
 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 4, Saturday
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD EASTER EGG HUNT
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Grab your favorite Easter Basket and head to the mountain! Various age groups and times for each hunt; see website for schedule. Other activities include: visits with the Easter Bunny, hayrides, face painting, wine tasting available, light fare lunch. Tickets on sale Friday, April 3. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  $5 (includes hayride).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
April 4, Saturday
EGGSTRAVAGANZA! EASTER EGG HUNT AT CARTER MOUNTAIN
Carter Mountain Orchard.
On Saturday, April 4, grab your family and head up the mountain. We'll have 8,000 eggs for children ages 3-8 to find; hunts are divided into three age groups. Other fun family activities (some fee-based) at our Eggstravaganza event include: Visits with the Easter Bunny, Best Easter Bonnet Contest, Make and Take Easter crafts, Hayrides, Face Painting, and Wine Tasting. Visit the Carter Mountain website for Egg Hunt ticket sales information (sales are limited) and hunt times. Carter Mountain Orchard,Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-5pm.  $FREE to attend, 6$ for Easter Egg hunt & Hayride.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@carterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4349771833. 
 
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. 
 
April 25, Saturday
ANNUAL HIGHLAND SHEEP SHEARING
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Discover the New Zealand sheep shearing method at this educational, agricultural event as well as traditional wool carding, spinning, and other activities for the family. Plus, meet the newest lambs to call Ash Lawn-Highland their home. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. 11am-1pm.  $5 or free with house tour admission.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ash Lawn-Highland.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
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
 
March 20-April 12
NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Washington, D.C..
The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in the nation's capital, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Take a tour, stroll along the mall, ride a Tidal Basin paddle boat, see the parade on April 12! Peak bloom estimated to be April 8-12. Washington, D.C..  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 27, Friday
DOGWOOD TREE SALE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Your purchase of a dogwood tree will help benefit the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival. Various colors and sizes available. While supplies last - most years sell out by noon. parking lot of Barracks Road Shopping Center.  7am.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
March 28, Saturday
EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
Louisa County Parks and Recreation.
Come to the most exciting egg hunt (for ages 1-8) in Louisa County! There will be candy, a special bunny guest and a concession stand. Limited parking; arrive early. No rain date. Louisa Town Park.  Directions: Meadow Avenue, Louisa .  12-1:30pm (egg hunt begins promptly at 12pm).  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-967-4420. 
 
April 4, Saturday
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S EASTER EGG HUNT & PETTING ZOO
Amazement Square.
Easter egg hunt plus meet and greet mini-horses, miniature donkeys, goats, mini-llamas, sheep, chickens, rabbits, and more in the warehouse included with your ticket. Tickets on sale March 1. Amazement Square.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
April 4, Saturday
DOMINION FAMILY EASTER
Maymont.
Visit Maymont for one of Richmond's favorite Easter traditions! Enjoy an egg hunt, live entertainment, crafts and games on Maymont's Carriage House Lawn. Maymont.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  10am-3pm.  $Fees vary for activities.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 310. 
 
April 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday
EASTER WEEKEND WITH PETER RABBIT
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days 1-4pm). Concert on the lawn at Bloemendaal House (Saturday, 2-3pm). Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  1-4pm.  $regular admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 4, Saturday
EGGSTRAVAGANZA EGG HUNT
Staunton Downtown Development Association.
Moonbounce, old-fashioned egg coloring, refreshments, arts and crafts activities, face painting, and surprise entertainers. See website for age-specific egg hunt times. Montgomery Hall Park.  10am-12pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3945. 
 
April 4, Saturday
HERITAGE DAY
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Virginia Game & Inland Fisheries, Trout Unlimited and National Wild Turkey Federation are only a few of the organizations with exhibits and activities for both adults and children. Craft vendors, and food and drink available for purchase. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  8am-3pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
April 5, Sunday
EASTER EGG HUNT
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Celebrate Easter with a fried chicken lunch and easter egg hunt for the kids. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  Directions: 29N to Rt 231 in Madison, go 5 miles to Banco and turn left on rt. 670 and drive 4 miles to the Lodge.  3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
April 9-26
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL CARNIVAL
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Come enjoy fun-filled amusement rides at the Dogwood Festival Carnival. McIntire Park.  Directions: Free parking at Charlottesville High School.  5:30-10:30pm weekdays, 1-11pm on Saturday, and 1-8:30pm on Sunday.  $Armbands and individual tickets.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 12, Sunday
ROCKFISH VALLEY KITE FESTIVAL
Rockfish Valley Foundation.
Kite Flying Festival, instructions, demonstrations with Richmond Air Force, games, Rockfish River Duck Race, kite store, vendors, food available for purchase. Parachute races, children’s magician and music. Bring a kite, picnic. Free. Free kite to first 200 children. Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center.  11am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@rockfishvalley.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 226-0446. 
 
April 11-12, Saturday-Sunday
VIRGINIA FLY FISHING FESTIVAL
Virginia Fly Fishing Festival (LPB Enterprises) 421 W. Main St..
Anglers from across the Mid-Atlantic with nonstop free lectures and tips on where, when, and how to fly fish in the Old Dominion and across the globe as well as wine-tasting and live music. On the banks of the South River in Waynesboro.  9am-5pm.  $20 single day, $35 weekend pass, kids 16 & under free.  Email: director@vaflyfishingfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-402-8338. 
 
April 18, Saturday
EARTH DAY STAUNTON
Earth Day Staunton.
Enjoy hands-on activities, live native wildlife shows, Earth art demonstrations, face painting, native plant sale, free saplings, and more. Byers Street, Downtown Staunton.  9am-12pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 25, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. Downtown Mall.  10:50am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 25 & 26, Saturday & Sunday
VIRGINIA HOT GLASS FESTIVAL
Sunspots Studios.
Glass artists from around the region gather for the area's only annual art festival devoted to hot glass artistry. Demonstrations of glass blowing, flame working, and other glass art making are ongoing throughout the weekend. Children are invited to draw pieces for the blowers in the "Kids' Challenge." Pieces that are successfully created are given to the kids who drew them. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 South Lewis Street, Staunton.  $Free.  Contact: Caroline Sheridan.  Email: caroline@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
April 26, Sunday
EARTH WEEK ECOFAIR
Earth Week.
Learn about local environmental organizations and businesses. Enjoy workshops, live music, book swap, local brews, speakers, kid-friendly entertainment, and more! Main Street Arena.  11am-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 26, Sunday
FAMILY FITNESS FAIR AT PANORAMA FARMS
Charlottesville Day School.
Check the website for times for kids dashes, cross-country races and fitness activities for children and adults. Panorama Farms, Earlysville.  Email: info@charlottesvilledayschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2371. 
 
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 6, Monday
HOMESCHOOL DAY
James Madison's Montpelier.
This day is designed specially for homeschooling families or any family seeking a fun day out! Guided tours, games, exhibits, nature trails, and additional programs allow you and your family to learn and explore together. 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  9am-5pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kyle Stetz.  Email: edteam@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-4034. 
 
April 13, Monday
FOUNDER'S DAY AND JEFFERSON'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Monticello.
Monticello will mark the 272nd anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth with a celebration and ceremony on the West Lawn, featuring guest speaker Rep. John Lewis. Monticello.  10-11am.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
April 18, Saturday
HATTON FERRY OPENING DAY
Hatton Ferry.
Get a sense of history by crossing the river on the last pole-operated ferry in America. On Route 625, outside Scottsville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 15-18, Wednesday-Sunday
WOOL DAYS AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Learn about wool and flax processing, from shearing to weaving, on the museum's historic farms. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: take I-64 toward Staunton, then I-81 North, exit 222 and follow signs.  9am-5pm.  $Included with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
April 25, Saturday
BRIDGE DAY STAUNTON
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more! Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 25, Saturday
CIVIL WAR TRAIL AND GILMORE FARM TOUR
Montpelier.
Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, and consider life after slavery for newly emancipated families. Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: Tours begins at Civil War Trail Parking Lot on Rt. 20 across from Train Depot.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 28, Tuesday
PRESIDENT JAMES MONROE'S 255TH BIRTHDAY
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Celebrate President Monroe's birthday. "President Monroe" will be there to greet visitors. Ash Lawn-Highland.  12-4pm.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9539. 
 
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
 
March 21-29
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE
Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Thousands of good-quality books and other media at great prices! Proceeds benefit the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Gordon Avenue Library (lower level).  Directions: Gordon Avenue intersects Rugby Rd. and 14th St. about 3 blocks from the UVA Corner.  10am-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@jmrlfriends.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-8467. 
 
April 4, Saturday
CARVER INDOOR FLEA MARKET
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Carver Recreation Center.  Directions: 233 4th Street NW .  8am-1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
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 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. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
March 27, Friday
THE BREAKFAST CLUB 30TH ANNIVERSARY
The Paramount Theater.
Classic 80s movie on the big screen, plus post-show retrospective feature. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
April 11, Saturday
WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Wild Virginia.
Short films on the topics of space, whales, butterflies, soccer and snowboarding, plus witness the beauty of nature and learn the creative ways that individuals are making a difference in their communities and the world. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  7pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1553. 
 
April 12, Sunday
MARY POPPINS
The Paramount Theater.
See the Julie Andrews/Dick Van Dyke Disney classic on the big screen. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $6, $4 ages 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
April 19, Sunday
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: THE SECRET GARDEN
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. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
May 13, Wednesday
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian, Glynis Welte, will share stories, engaging the museum's youngest art patrons. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Rd.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
April 18, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAM: BODIES IN MOTION
Fralin Museum of Art.
Children and parents will enjoy a tour and activities together. 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
 
March 1-30
PUBLIC NIGHT AT FAN MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY
UVA Astronomy Department.
Twice yearly, the public has an opportunity to observe stars and planets through powerful telescopes at Fan Mountain, weather permitting. Tickets are free but required. Starting March 1, to obtain tickets (up to six), send a self-addressed stamped envelope with the number of tickets you are requesting to Fan Mountain Public Night, P.O. Box 400325, Charlottesville, VA 22904. Fan Mountain Observing Station.  Directions: 13 miles south of Charlottesville on Route 29.  $ Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
April 1-June 1
A MILLION BLOOMS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Spring arrives with magnificent splendor! See a succession of breathtaking blooms that color the landscape with beauty. Enjoy entertaining activities, exhibits and family events. Play and learn in the Children's Garden, browse the Garden Shop, dine with friends, or relax with a good book in a scenic retreat. 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $8-12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday
EASTER WEEKEND WITH PETER RABBIT
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days 1-4pm). Concert on the lawn at Bloemendaal House (Saturday, 2-3pm). Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  1-4pm.  $regular admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 6, Monday
HOMESCHOOL DAY
James Madison's Montpelier.
This day is designed specially for homeschooling families or any family seeking a fun day out! Guided tours, games, exhibits, nature trails, and additional programs allow you and your family to learn and explore together. 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  9am-5pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kyle Stetz.  Email: edteam@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-4034. 
 
April 18, Saturday
NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
Have you ever put your hand into a bear's footprint? Have you ever tried on a ranger hat? Lot of special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  Directions: Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, Mile 4.6 and Byrd Visitor Center, Milepost 51 on Skyline Drive unless otherwise noted.  activities from 9:30am-3pm.  $free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday
HERITAGE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC BLOEMENDAAL
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Music and activities highlighting the Garden's past. Enjoy tours of Bloemendaal House and imagine its early days as the original Lakeside Wheel Club. Children's activities, flea circus, ice cream and vintage bicycles on display. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  noon-3pm Saturday, noon-4pm Sunday.  $Free with garden admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 13 & 30
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your three to five year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. 10am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
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
 
April 25, Saturday
THE FIREBIRD CHILDREN'S BALLET
Charlottesville Ballet.
The Firebird is a classic Russian fairy tale that combines all the elements of a great story: a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, an evil sorcerer, and magical creatures. This new children’s ballet production includes an interactive presentation where you’ll learn ballet steps and see the beautiful dancers that bring the story to life. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Dr.  2pm and 5pm.  $15-$25.  Email: tickets@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
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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March 27
DANCE MARATHON AT UVA
Dance Marathon at UVA.
UVA students will gather to dance for eight hours to fundraise for the UVA Children's Hospital. UVA Amphitheater.  Directions: On Central Grounds at the University of Virginia.  12-8pm.  Contact: Katherine Kamis.  Email: krk5cv@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-501-1410. 
 
March 28, Saturday
BRUNCH WITH THE EASTER BUNNY
YMCA.
Continental breakfast with the Easter Bunny, including an Easter egg hunt, craft stations and games complete with a family photo opportunity. Bring an Easter basket to collect your eggs. Fundraiser for the YMCA. Vinegar Hill Cafe at Jefferson School City Center.  9-11am.  $5 adults, $2 child, free under age 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-0118. 
 
March 23-29, Monday-Sunday
HISTORIC CAROUSEL IN DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTESVILLE
Downtown Business Association & City of Charlottesville.
Welcome back the Historic Carousel and kick off spring on the Downtown Mall! This community-centered event is a big hit every year, with thousands of riders taking part! Downtown Mall, Central Place.  1-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 28 & 29, Saturday & Sunday
HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
Blue Ridge Home Builders Association.
Over 100 indoor and outdoor home specialists, plus seminars, giveaways and more. John Paul Jones Arena .  9am-5pm.  $free, donations collected for AHIP.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-8652. 
 
March 30, Monday
AWARE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Albemarle County Public Schools.
In conjunction with the Albemarle County Police Department, this AWARE (Always Watch and Recognize Your Environment) symposium will include representatives from the police department, the One Love organization and Trina Murphy as the keynote speaker. The Monticello student chapter of Help Save the Next Girl will present a video. Among the topics discussed will be programs and actions that families can take to protect the safety of their children in the community. Monticello High School.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5877. 
 
April 4, Saturday
ALAZAKAM TOYS 10TH BIRTHDAY
Alakazam Toys.
Celebrate ten years at this downtown mall toy shop with a raffle, sweets, entertainment and prizes for silliest jokes. Downtown Mall.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 4, Saturday
COOKIE DECORATING WITH THE EASTER BUNNY
The Boar's Head Inn.
Join the Easter Bunny for Cookie Decorating. During this fun family event, children of all ages will enjoy icing hundreds of Easter cookies. Reservations required. The Boar's Head Inn.  1-3pm.  $15 per adult, $10 per child age 4-12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
April 4, Saturday
COTTONTAIL EXPRESS
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Bring the kids dressed in their Easter best to meet Peter Cottontail on the Train. Join the Easter parade of animals in a mad search for that hippity, hoppity Bunny. This hop down the rails includes face painting, singing and general merriment. Elkins, West Virginia.  11am and 1pm.  $35-40, children under 4 are free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 866-651-4296. 
 
April 4, Sunday
EASTER BRUNCH
The Market at Grelen.
Come celebrate the season with a delicious farm fresh brunch! The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  11:30am-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
April 4, Saturday
FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB SPRING EGG HUNT
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
3 separate egg hunts on the FSBC grounds: ages 2 & under, 3-6, and 7 and up. Bring your own basket! 2512 Jefferson Park Avenue.  4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
April 3-5, Friday-Sunday
EASTER IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Resort.
A weekend of festivities, with an Easter egg hunt and parade, craft workshops and egg decorating. Wintergreen Resort.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8003. 
 
April 5, Sunday
EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH AT DELFOSSE
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.
Easter Bunny and egg hunt at noon; crepes, sangria, wine tasting for adults. DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.  12-5pm.  Email: finewines@delfossewine.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-6100. 
 
April 5, Sunday
EASTER SUNDAY CUPCAKE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Join Crozet Mudhouse for an afternoon of making Birds Nest Cupcakes. All ages are welcome. Fee includes cupcakes, demonstration and decorations. Purchase tickets in advance. Mudhouse Crozet.  2-3pm.  $10.  Contact: Margot Diaz.  Email: margot@mudhouse.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2240. 
 
April 25, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. Downtown Mall.  10:50am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 25, Saturday
SPRING RACE AT FOXFIELD
Foxfield.
Races featuring the country's finest horses, riders and trainers. The Spring Race will benefit The Paramount Theater. Popular with college students and other revelers. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road.  9am gates open; 5:30pm gates close.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
April 25, Saturday
YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY
Piedmont Family YMCA.
YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a FREE event that encourages families to get moving, learning and living healthier. Activities include family fitness classes, bounce house, healthy food snacks, fun run at 2pm, and more. Crozet PARC YMCA.  1-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
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. 
 
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April 12, Sunday
HOOS HEAL 5K
Notus Sports.
Family-friendly 5K on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. 3rd Annual event that benefits pediatric cancer care and research at the UVA Children's Hospital. Includes a 800 Meter kids run. Runners and walkers are welcome. Includes exercise/stretching session before and after and a visit by CavMan. Scott Stadium, University of Virginia.  7:30 registration/8:30 race.  $$10 - $25.  Recommended for ages 1 to 100.  Contact: Glen Slosson.  Email: info@notussports.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (434) 531-5421. 
 
April 18, Saturday
5K RUN, WALK, & ROLL
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports.
Features run/walk and hand cycle divisions, and all entrants receive a gift bag and a Devil's Backbone food coupon. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  $15-20.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 465-5920. 
 
April 18, Saturday
ORANGE-BLUE SPRING FOOTBALL GAME
UVA Athletics.
Enjoy fun football activities for all ages and a football game featuring UVA's team split in two and competing against each other. Scott Stadium.  Gates open 4pm for activities, kickoff 6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 18, Saturday
RUN FOR AUTISM 5K
Virginia Institute of Autism.
Support the Virginia Institute of Autism with a fun morning of running and walking. Families, children and adults with disabilities are welcome! Charlottesville High School.  7am.  $15-35.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Grace Fowler.  Email: run4autism@viaschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8252. 
 
April 18, Saturday
THE GRACE RACE 2015 5K RUN/WALK
Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Platinum Sponsor.
5K Run/Walk benefits Boys & Girls Club of Augusta County/Waynesboro/Staunton, Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Youth. Race day also includes an auction, raffle, kids Fun Run obstacle course (free to 8 and under) and awards dinner with bluegrass music. Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church, Fishersville.  3pm registration; 4pm start.  $25 ($30 after April 3).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jamie Boyers.  Email: redheadwins@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0746. 
 
April 25, Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SCOOT
Scottsville Elementary PTO.
Fun Run/Walk and 5k to benefit Scottsville Elementary's educational and enrichment opportunities. 250 Page St, Scottsville.  7am.  $10-20.  Email: scottsvillescoot@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.
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
March 27-29
CHS SPRING MUSICAL: "HAIRSPRAY"
Theatre CHS.
Tracy Turnblad and friends revolutionize the dance world and their community. Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7:30pm Friday & Saturday; 3pm Sunday.  Email: theatrechsboxoffice@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2725. 
 
April 16, Thursday
THE GREAT GATSBY
Paramount Theater.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic literary work brought to the stage by the Montana Repertory Theatre. Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $19.50-65.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
April 17, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY! SELMA
PVCC Student Art Club.
Free screening of this award-winning movie. Piedmont Virginia Community College, V. Earl Dickinson Building.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5362. 
 
April 24-26
INTO THE WOODS, JR.
DMR Adventures.
This one-hour, family-friendly, children's theater version of the popular musical features Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch. Burnley-Moran Elementary School.  7pm Fri and Sat, 2:30pm Sat and Sun.  $10.  Contact: DMR Adventures.  Email: DMRAdventures@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 203-6314. 
 
April 26, Sunday
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVOURITES
The Paramount Theater.
Three beloved stories retold through black light staging, puppets and original music. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7.50-12.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
May 8-24
OUR TOWN
Four County Players.
Four County Players, Barboursville.  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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