Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
April 30, Thursday
ABBA THE CONCERT
Paramount Theater.
The closest to ABBA you'll get with this tribute show. Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $24.50-54.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
May 7-August, Thursdays
DINNER AND MUSIC AT GRELEN NURSERY
Grelen Nursery.
The Market is open late with a buffet grill, cheese plates and live music on the patio. Grelen Nursery.  Directions: 15111 Yager Road, Somerset.  6pm.  Email: questions@grelennursery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
May 10, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY AT AGECROFT HALL
The gardens have free admission to celebrate moms. Agecroft Hall: Windsor Farms.  Directions: 4305 Sulgrave Road .  12:30-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-737-3767. 
 
May 10, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY CONCERT
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Serenade your mom with a concert in a gorgeous garden setting. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va.  1-4pm concert.  $Free with regular admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
April-November, 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. 
 
May 10, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Take mom out for breakfast at the orchard. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  9am-12pm.  $6.99 12+, $3.99 under 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
May 14-September 24, Thursdays
SUNSETS ON CARTER MOUNTAIN
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fruit when it's a little cooler, shop in our Country Store, grab some donuts, cider and lite fare and then head into the Carter Mountain Wine Shop for wine (tastings by the glass or by the bottle). Perch on the decks to listen to free live music and catch an amazing sunset. Carter Mountain Wine Shop.  6-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit - these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
May 2, Saturday
HEART OF VIRGINIA FESTIVAL
Town of Farmville.
This annual family-oriented event includes arts, crafts, food, 10k run and 5k walk. The festival offers something for everyone - bands performing, antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more! Downtown Farmville.  Directions: Main and High Streets, Farmville, VA 23901.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@heartofvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 395-2744. 
 
May 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday
MONTPELIER WINE FESTIVAL
Montpelier.
The Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event for the whole family. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the "Father of the Constitution," the Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts; specialty food vendors; live music; children's entertainment and rides; and wine tastings all day. Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  11am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $15 in advance, $25 at the gate. Ages 12 to 20: $5. Under 12: free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
May 2, Saturday
RIVERFEST
Riverfest Waynesboro.
Activities include reptile shows, stream safari, fish and fun rodeo, farmer's market, canoe rides, kids arts & crafts, stream electro-fishing and the Great South River Duck Race! Constitution Park, Main St. downtown Waynesboro at the South River.  Directions: Exit 99 off Interstate 64. Take US 250W to Main St., Waynesboro.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: riverfest@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7738. 
 
May 2, Saturday
TRUCK TOUCH
Montessori School of Charlottesville.
Children can touch, climb on, and ask questions about their favorite trucks, including public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, and delivery vehicles in a safe, supervised environment. Accompanying personnel will teach the children about the equipment displayed and how they help our community. Food trucks and other kid-friendly activities too. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Ix Art Park.  10am-2pm.  $5, or $20 per family. 12mths and under are free..  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 3, Sunday
SPRING FAIR!
Free Union Country School.
Start spring right with pony rides (11:30-1:30), live music, big slide, food, games and lots of fun activities for the whole family! Rain date May 10. Free Union Country School.  Directions: West on Barracks Rd, right on Free Union Rd to #4220. Follow the signs.  11am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-1700. 
 
May 9 & 10, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Live music, entertainment, food and artists and craftspeople showcasing their work for sale. From pottery to puppets! Claudius Crozet Park.  Directions: Route 250 west to Crozet and follow signs.  10am-5pm.  $6 adults, kids free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-8284. 
 
May 9, Saturday
FESTIVAL OF CULTURES
CCS Adult Learning Center.
The Charlottesville Festival of Cultures is a fun-filled celebration of the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community. It features a family-friendly roster of international music and dance performances; cultural exhibits; hands-on activities for kids; artisan crafts; local resource information; cooking classes; plus delicious ethnic food for sale. Over 25 different nationalities are represented. The event is free and open to the public. Lee Park, downtown Charlottesville.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Zakira Beasley.  Email: Zakira@festivalofcultures.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2817. 
 
May 9, Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE'S ART WALK
Scottsville Arts and Culture Committee.
Scottsville Second Saturdays is a monthly art walk that transforms Scottsvilles main street into an arts district. More than 100 pieces of local art are on display at area businesses, plus wine tastings, beer tastings, coffee tastings, food trucks, live music, children's activities and a chance for those who attend to create their own art. Downtown Scottsville.  3pm-dark.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Gill.  Email: ngill.tc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-1620. 
 
May 10, Sunday
BANDFAIR XIII
North Branch School.
Music by Andy Waldeck & friends, Lord Nelson, Blake Hunter, and a special performance by the Virginia Acrobatic Studio & Moonlight Circus. Children's activities, wine, food, silent auction, and a wine raffle round out the day. Proceeds benefit North Branch's financial assistance & scholarship programs. Cardinal Point Winery.  1-6pm.  Email: info@north-branch-school.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8450. 
 
May 16, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL QUETZAL KITE FESTIVAL
Quetzalfest.
Join several thousands of your closest friends and neighbors for a free fun day of kites, sun, and fun. There will be free face painting and kites for kids (until they run out). Kite flyers from Richmond Air Force and Wings Over Washington kite clubs will be on hand with demonstrations and fun for the whole family. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra.  $free.  Email: levine@yellowchicken.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-5982. 
 
May 16, Saturday
BATESVILLE DAY AND 10K RACE
Batesville.
40th Annual Batesville Day will have events for the entire family, sponsored and presented by members of the greater Batesville community. Food trucks, games, live blues music. Register to participate in the parade and activities in the field. Batesville Day Field.  7am registration, 8am race, 11am parade, 12-2pm fair.  Email: events@batesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7321. 
 
May 15-17, Friday-Sunday
23RD ANNUAL MONACAN INDIAN POWWOW
Monacan Indian Nation, Elon.
See dancers, drummers and craftspeople as they celebrate and share their heritage. Also on hand will be painters, carvers, basketmakers and great food. Elon, Va.  Directions: Rt. 130, 6 Miles West of Rt. 29 in Elon, VA.  Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.  $8 adults; $6 seniors and children under 12; children 5 and under free.  Contact: Tribal Office.  Email: MNation538@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-0389. 
 
May 23 & 24, Saturday & Sunday
ART IN THE PARK
Staunton Augusta Art Center.
A two-day festival of quality artwork, live music coming from the bandstand every hour, and food provided by a variety of vendors. Young aspiring artists are welcome to participate in a children's art activity area. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  10am-5pm Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 22-25, Friday-Monday
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BLUES, BREWS & BBQ
Wintergreen Resort.
Welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains including micro-brew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party and more. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Route 664, Wintergreen.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
May 9-June 7, Saturdays & Sundays only
VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Virginia Renassiance Faire.
Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children's area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. Lake Anna Winery.  Directions: 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.  10am-5pm, Saturdays & Sundays.  $10 for ages 6 and up; 5 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
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 28, Tuesday
JAMES MONROE'S 257TH BIRTHDAY
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Celebrate the 257th anniversary of James Monroe's birth. Colonel Monroe himself will be on grounds to speak with visitors, answer questions, and accept birthday wishes. Residents of Charlottesville and the following counties receive the local rate of $8: Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, Orange, and Rockingham. Ash Lawn-Highland.  12-4pm.  Contact: Brittany Harton.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
May 1, Friday
SPRING HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Visit our wonderful exhibits and historical interpreters and enjoy great hands-on learning and interactive education. Visitors can expect to see activities such as cooking, gardening, woodworking, flax and wool spinning, rare-breed animals, schoolhouse lessons, and more. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Avenue, Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $7/adults, $5/ages 6-17, free for children 5 & under; $2 off tickets bought before April 30.  Contact: Sarah Puckett.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
May 10, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY AT POPLAR FOREST
Poplar Forest.
Give mom a special treat this Mother's Day with a FREE tour of Poplar Forest! Admission is free for mothers all day. Forest, VA.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April through November, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 21-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association and Piedmont Environmental Council.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Ashwood Blvd. at the South Recreational Facility in Forest Lakes.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tamerahammond@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 2, Saturday
ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE
Master Gardeners and Tree Stewards.
Shop a huge selection of perennials, annuals, vegetable, trees, native plants, and houseplants at fabulous prices. Experts on hand to answer questions. Green Elephant Table of garden tools, decorative items, books, garden décor, etc. FUN FREE activities for kids. Bring your cart or wagon and stock up. Delivery assistance to your vehicle. IX Complex, 955 Second St. SE.  9am-12pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 2-mid-October, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 823-1092. 
 
May 2, Saturday
PIEDMONT MASTER GARDENERS ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Piedmont Master Gardeners and Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards.
A huge selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, trees, houseplants and more. Experts on hand to answer questions. Green Elephant Table of garden tools, decorative items, books, garden décor, etc., plus activities for kids. Delivery assistance to your vehicle. IX Complex, 944 Second St. SE.  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May-September, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Mead Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
May 9, Saturday
FLEAVILLE
fleaVILLE is an outdoor market showcasing the best and brightest of Charlottesville's creative community. IX Art Park.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: fleaVILLE.  Email: fleavilleva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 718-594-2891. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
April 30, Thursday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA: FINDING NEMO
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie. Tickets include a bag of popcorn! Food trucks, Early Mountain Vineyard wine, and movie snacks for sale. Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  8pm.  $6, children 3 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
May 3, Sunday
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: THE BOXTROLLS
JMRL.
Bring the family along with pillows and blankets to watch a fabulous film on the big screen while munching on free fresh popcorn. Central Library.  2pm.  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 2, Saturday
STAR WARS DAY
Amazement Square.
At a children's museum not very far away, children of all ages will harness the force as they train to achieve the title of Jedi Knight. Full of exciting Star Wars games, crafts, and challenges, you can travel to the stars without ever leaving planet Earth! Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg.  10am-2pm.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
May 10, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAM: WHAT IS A LINE?
Fralin Museum of Art.
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
 
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 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
 
May 1 & 2, Friday & Saturday
PVCC DANCE CONCERT
Piedmont Virginia Community College Dance.
PVCC Dance presents a concert of original works developed by students and faculty. Expect high energy and unique artistic collaborations. PVCC, V. Earl Dickinson Building, Maxwell Theatre.  7:30pm.  $10 adults, $6 students/seniors.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
May 9, Saturday
A LITTLE MAY MUSIC WITH THE VIRGINIA CONSORT
The Virginia Consort.
The Virginia Consort will be presenting a concert of audience favorites. With additional pieces from the Youth Chorale. First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street.  7:30pm.  $20 adults, $15 students.  Recommended for ages 6 to 100.  Email: consort2@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1565. 
 
May 10, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT
Charlottesville High School.
The award-winning Charlottesville High School Orchestra will perform an evening of music. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: laura.thomas@ccs.k12.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2726. 
 
May 15-16
CHS DESSERT THEATRE
7pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Saturday.  $5-$8.  Email: theaterchsboxoffice@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2725. 
 
May 21-22 TBA
CHARLOTTESVILLE SWANS SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING WATER SHOW
Charlottesville Swans.
Did you know Charlottesville has a competitive synchronized swimming team for girls ages 6 through high school? Come out to see the award winning local team perform in a water show celebrating generations of music. Concessions and raffle. Fairview Swim & Tennis Club.  Directions: 707 Belvedere Blvd, Charlottesville.  tba.  $Donation.  All ages welcome.  Email: samanthaelhart@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-1236. 
 
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
 
April 30, Thursday
POETRY ON THE STEPS
Central Library.
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with open mic poetry night. Central Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 8, Friday
MOTHER-SON DANCE
Charlottesville Parks And Recreation.
Moms, grandmothers and aunts, bring your favorite "young prince" for an evening of dancing and fun! Pre-registration is a must and there are a limited number of slots, so please register early. Registration opens April 20. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  Directions: 233 4th Street,.  6:30-8:30pm.  $20 per couple.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
May 9, Saturday
FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB SEASON KICK-OFF PARTY
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
A party in FSBC's historic ballroom to celebrate the beginning of the season. There will be food trucks, music, games and more. 2512 Jefferson Park Avenue.  5:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
May 8-10, Friday-Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY DINNER TRAIN
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Enjoy a wonderful four-course dinner en route to the High Falls of Cheat. Trip also includes a free souvenir wine glass and gift for Mom. Elkins, West Virginia.  5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 866-651-4296. 
 
May 10, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY SUNDAY BRUNCH
Boar's Head Inn.
Come for a traditional brunch in the Old Mill Room or a family-style brunch in the Pavilion. Boar's Head Inn.  11am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
May 13, Wednesday
TOTS & DOTS AT THE LIBRARY
Central Library.
Join staff from the UVA Aboriginal Art Museum for art exploration and activities. Registration required. For ages 2-5 with an adult. Central Library.  10:30am.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 16-17
FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB OPEN HOUSE
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
2512 Jefferson Park Avenue.  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
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 29, Wednesday
BOYD TINSLEY COMMUNITY KIDS FESTIVAL
Quickstart Tennis.
Kids between ages 6 and 18 are welcome to attend. Come on out and hit with the pros!!! Boar's Head Sports Club.  4-5:30pm. 
 
May 2, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE PARKS & REC FITNESS CHALLENGE
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
The All-STAR Fitness Challenge open course starts and ends on the Venable campus, but winds through the nearby scenic UVA neighborhoods. Every family member is encouraged to participate, with strollers welcome. Pets are not allowed on the course. Throughout the run, there will be various mandatory and optional fitness challenges to complete in order to compete for prizes. Venable Elementary School. 
 
May 2, Saturday
FLUVANNA SPCA 5K RUN/WALK
Fluvanna SPCA.
Prizes awarded for top male and female finishers overall, per age group, best racing outfit/costume. most family members participating together, largest team, best animal themed costume, and best child costume. Benefits the Fluvanna SPCA's no-kill shelter. Lake Monticello Golf Course, Palmyra.  7am.  $15-$25.  Email: events@fspca.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 591-0123. 
 
May 2, Saturday
GREATER RICHMOND WALK FOR WISHES
Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Celebrate the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. Participants will enjoy a short 2 mile walk, as well as many other family-fun activities, music, face painting, balloon art, food and more. Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd, Henrico.  8am-12pm.  $Participation is free, fundraising is encouraged.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Chelsea Robinson.  Email: crobinson@va.wish.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-217-9474. 
 
May 2, Saturday
MJ5K RUN, WALK AND KIDS' DASH
MJH Foundation.
This family-oriented 5K meanders through the Martha Jefferson Hospital campus and Peter Jefferson Place with scenic mountain views at every turn. The course is designed to accomodate runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the Kids Dash on the Lorenzoni Run loop around the Amphitheater on the hospital front lawn. Martha Jefferson Hospital Campus.  8am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-8258. 
 
May 9, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL RIVANNA RIVER CANOE & KAYAK RACES
A 6.2 mile downriver race for all paddler classes. Charlottesville, VA.  Directions: Starting line: under the Route 29 bridge just north of the DoubleTree Hotel/Sams Club on the upstream side of the bridge off Rio Mills Road. Finish line: Darden Towe Park.  8:30am.  $15.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 9, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE SOAP BOX CLASSIC
Blue Ridge Soap Box Classic.
Each year, young competitors in the Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby race down Main Street in hopes of winning this exciting race. Eleventh Street and Pine Avenue, Downtown Waynesboro.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-1507. 
 
May 9, Saturday
GIRLS GOT GAME!
SuperStarters Sports, 4 Sporty Girls, Albemarle County Parks & Recreation .
Afternoon of sports clinics, girl power and fun for 4th - 8th grade girls! Sports include tennis, golf, soccer, field hockey and volleyball. Girls Got Game inspires girls to be healthy, lifelong participants in sports & physical activity. Special activities for moms too to celebrate Mother's Day! Darden Towe Park.  1:00-5:00pm.  $10 before 4/24; $15 after 4/24.  Recommended for ages 9 to 13.  Contact: Ellen Markowitz.  Email: drcoachellen@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 917-834-5717. 
 
May 9, Saturday
RUN AND REMEMBER 5K
Hospice of the Piedmont.
A 5K Run/Walk to benefit Hospice of the Piedmont. Keswick Hall.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  8am.  Contact: Sally Birckhead.  Email: sallysbirckhead@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-0296. 
 
May 9, Saturday
VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM'S 25TH ANNUAL DISCOVERY DASH
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Over a dozen fun-filled races including a scramble for the little ones and exciting parent-child relays. Schools throughout the area are welcome to enter teams of runners for the school relay. There will be trophies, raffle prizes, yummy food, and great exercise. Register to run by May 4. Monticello High School Track.  See website for event times.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
May 23, Saturday
MONTPELIER 5K
The Montpelier 5K benefits the Montpelier Foundation which is committed to presenting and preserving the legacies of James and Dolley Madison. It will be held on the beautiful and historic grounds of Montpelier, the home of James Madison. The race is a road course that winds throughout the historic grounds of Montpelier and ends in front of the stunning mansion. James Madison's Montpelier.  All ages welcome. 
 
May 24, Sunday
FIRST POLO MATCH OF THE YEAR
King Family Vineyards/Roseland Polo Club.
The Roseland Polo Club kicks off the 2015 polo season! King Family Vineyards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  1-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7800. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
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April 30-May 3
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Albemarle High School.
The award winning Albemarle High School Players present this spooky, ooky t.v. family classic. Dinner theater tickets available for Saturday night. See website for details. Albemarle High School.  Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-1004. 
 
May 8-10, 15-17
PETER PAN
Black Box Players.
Visit Neverland with Peter, Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael & John. 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. 
 
May 8-10, Friday-Sunday
WEST SIDE STORY
Monticello HS Drama.
Monticello High School.  $7-15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-2491. 
 
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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