Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
August 8, Saturday
STARRY NIGHTS: THE DICKENS
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Join for live music, wine and the big outdoors! Bring family, friends, blankets, lawn chairs and dancing shoes for an unforgettable night under the stars. Space is unlimited and tickets can be purchased the night of the event, though reserve ahead of time for table and buffet. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.  7-11pm.  $Prices vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000. 
 
August 8, Saturday
THE PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
Come see the 41st Anniversary Tour of Prairie Home Companion for 2½ hours of Sweet Harmony & Garrison Keillor with Piano Master Richard Dworsky and Fred Newman. Doors open at 6pm. The nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  7pm.  $Prices vary.  Email: nteloswirelesspaviliontix@ticketstoday.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
July 16-August 13
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
Grab a blanket & meet up at the amphitheater. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The 2015 music line-up is as follows: July 16-Little Walter and the Convictions; July 23-Jeremy Staubus; July 30-Bryan Elijah Smith & the Wild Hearts; August 6-Gabby Haze; August 13-Bootsie Daniels Band. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
August 15, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FEST
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
An all-day event on the mountain featuring Balsam Range, The Honey Dewdrops, The Virginia Ramblers, and Kim and Jimbo Cary & Pete and Ellen Vigour. The Carys and the Vigours will be leading jamming sessions throughout the day. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is by wristband. Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort.  12-7pm.  $30 adults, $10 ages 10-17, free under 9.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
August 15, Saturday
TINS FOR TUNES CONCERT SERIES AND FOOD DRIVE
Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery.
Live music event to collect non-perishable items for our local food pantry. Admission discounted if you bring a non-perishable donation for the food pantry. Music by the Atkinsons. Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Afton.  5-9pm.  $10 adults; $5 if you bring at least 1 non-perishable food item (per person); Kids 18 and under are Free.  Email: info@cardinalpointwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
 
Fridays in August
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: AUGUST LINE-UP
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
August's concerts feature: August 7-Soul Transit, August 14-Jon Spear Band, August 21-Big Foot County, August 28-Major and the Monbacks. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvillepavilion.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
August 28, Friday
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES
The Legend of Zelda Symphony is continuing the World Tour in Charlottesville. Based on one of the most popular and beloved video game series of all time, the tour features live orchestral performances of themed music from Nintendo's 29-year-old The Legend of Zelda franchise. John Paul Jones Arena.  7:30pm.  $42-$137.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-4960. 
 
September 1, Tuesday
NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers fully affirm a current place in the long winding continuum of the California Sound, born of folk, rock, country, psychedelia, blues, and pop, as ageless, adventurous, and ever-adaptive as the Golden State itself. Doors open at 6pm. The Southern Cafe & Music Hall.  8pm.  $15.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-5590. 
 
September 4 & 11, Fridays
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: SEPTEMBER LINE-UP
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
September's concerts feature: September 4-Will Overman Band, September 11-The Skip Castro Band. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
 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. 
 
July-November, second Saturdays & Sundays
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT THE ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Who doesn't love pancakes? Join us the second Saturday & Sunday of each month for breakfast with family and friends at the orchard! All you can eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping, plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/OJ. Check website for times. Chiles Peach Orchard.  9-11am.  $6.99 for adults, $3.99 per child 12 & under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
Early August-early September
PICK YOUR OWN GRAPES
Kipps Family Grape and Fruit Farm.
Grape varieties include Concords, French hybrids and an assortment of other reds, whites and blues. Please call ahead for availability. Kipps Grapes.  8am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: kippsgrapes@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-4171. 
 
July 11-August 9
BLACKBERRY SEASON BEGINS
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.
Pick your own blackberries on our beautiful farm. No thorns! Blackberries priced by the quart. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.  9am-5pm.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1266. 
 
July 1-August 19, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US!
Chiles Orchards.
Come Grow With Us sessions includes story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and small container for pick-your-own fruit, and a snack. There's something new to do every week! The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome! Please arrive by 10:15am to register. No drop offs. Cost: $7.00 per participating child (Punch cards are available: Participate in 3 sessions, get the 4th free!) Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am.  $7 or $9 with wagon ride.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
Now-August
PICK YOUR OWN BERRIES & FRUITS
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Pick your own thornless blackberries and peaches. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
Now through mid-September, Mondays-Fridays
"PEACHES N CREAM" PACKAGE
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Educational Presentations are available per group (if desired). Additional package details: 1/4 peck bag for Pick Your Own Peaches, self-guided education stations, a sample cup of Peach Frozen Yogurt and a fun packet of puzzles. Chiles Peach Orchard.  $7 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1593. 
 
Mid-June through early September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through early September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches (late July - August), donut peaches (late July - August) and nectarines (July - August). Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-6pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday (through August 25).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
Now-September 24, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
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 Orchard.  6-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September-October
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join the Chiles family for music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple! Carter Mountain Orchard.  8am-7pm the first 3 Saturdays in October; 9am-6pm every day.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
August-October
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples mid-August through late October among scenic views, or get them freshly picked in the Apple Barn all the way through November. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
October 31, Saturday
HALLOWEEN HARVEST AT CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Come enjoy face painting, hayrides, a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest and learn how to "dip and decorate" a caramel apple. Trick or Treat hayride through the Orchard at designated times. Carter Mountain Orchard.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
Now-early November
PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT AT HARTLAND ORCHARD
Hartland Orchard.
Pick sweet and sour cherries (late June), blueberries (all of July) and peaches (early July-early September). Visit the pumpkin patch September-November 1! Hartland Orchard.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-364-2316. 
 
August-early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Choose from 15 kinds of apples in a scenic location. See website for harvest schedule. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
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
 
August 4-8, Tuesday-Saturday
AUGUSTA COUNTY FAIR
Augusta County Fair.
Tractor pulls, petting zoos, hot dog pig racing, laser tag and more! Augusta Expoland.  See website for schedule.  All ages welcome.  Email: acfair@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5627. 
 
August 7-8, Friday & Saturday
BOTETOURT COUNTY FAIR
VCE Botetourt County.
Come out and enjoy 4-H Youth Livestock shows, homemaking exhibits, agricultural demonstrations, a farmers market, food vendors and more! Carnival Grounds, Buchanan.  3-7pm Friday; 9am-5pm Saturday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-473-8260. 
 
August 8, Saturday
EDIBLE FOOD FEST
Orange Downtown Alliance.
Presented by edible Blue Ridge magazine and the Orange Downtown Alliance, the Edible Food Festival is a delicious celebration of the Earth-to-Table movement. Enjoy demos from leading chefs, expert talks, family-friendly fun, live music and more. Downtown Orange.  10am-5pm.  $7 per person, ages 12 and under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2540. 
 
August 3-8, Monday-Saturday
WARREN COUNTY FAIR
Warren County Fair Association.
Come enjoy events including beauty pageants, 4-H events, tractor pulls, a demolition derby, vendors and more! See website for schedule. Warren County Fairgrounds, Front Royal.  $Prices vary.  Email: wcfair@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-635-5827. 
 
August 9, Sunday
32ND ANNUAL CARYTOWN WATERMELON FESTIVAL
Martin's.
3,000 watermelons, 60 musicians, over 100 exhibitors and one of the largest kids' areas of any festival on the east coast. 3126 West Cary Street, Richmond.  10am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-304-6870. 
 
July 31-August 9, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family! See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Email: jeremy@virginiaaau.net . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
August 15, Saturday
END OF SUMMER BLOCK PARTY
Come soak up the last moments of summer with a downtown block party at Amazement Square featuring a sidewalk chalk art contest, hands-on crafts, activities and summer family fun. Amazement Square.  10am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
August 14-15, Friday-Saturday
TRISTEN FEST
Enjoy live music, food, drinks and kids' activities at this festival in memory of Greene County resident Tristen Roach. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Heavenly Acres Campground, Stanardsville.  Directions: 4400 Byrd Mill Road.  $10 per day; Free for kids 15 & under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stacy Roach .  Email: countrypoorband@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 566-1762. 
 
August 14-16, Friday-Sunday
NEW KENT COUNTY FAIR
Come out and enjoy pageants, Richmond Bubble Soccer, a talent competition, food, games and much more! See website for schedule. New Kent High School.  $Free admission, $5 parking.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 20-22, Thursday-Saturday
FLUVANNA COUNTY FAIR
Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation.
Rides, midway games, live music and food vendors. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra, VA.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 14-22
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY FAIR
Come out for the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia. The annual event in Manassas includes livestock exhibits, home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music and a variety of midway shows. See website for schedule. Prince William County Fairgrounds.  Times vary.  Email: info@pwcfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-368-0173. 
 
August 17-22, Monday-Saturday
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FAIR
Rockingham County Fair Association.
The state's largest agricultural fair with rides, competitions, motor sports, animals and more! The theme this year is "For the Kid in All of Us." See website for a schedule of events! Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg.  $Prices vary.  Email: jeff@rockinghamcountyfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0005. 
 
August 23-29, Sunday-Saturday
PAGE VALLEY AGRICULTURAL & INDUSTRIAL FAIR
Come enjoy tractor pulls, karaoke, horse shows, a demolition derby, concerts, games and more! Thursday night is "Kid's Night" and school-age children get in free! See website for schedule of events. 15 Fairlane Drive, Luray.  $Prices vary.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-843-3247. 
 
August 2, 16 & 30, Sundays
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC SERIES (BLUEGRASS)
The event series celebrates the influence of musical roots and genres on Shenandoah Valley frontier culture. This August, we'll be featuring bluegrass bands along with great food and friends. Lee S. Cochron Pavilion at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  5-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-903-3613. 
 
August 28-30, Friday-Sunday
OMEGACON: CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GAMING AND ANIME CONVENTION
OmegaCon supports local and regional gamers with over $4,000 in cash and merchandise prizes for games such as League of Legends, Magic the Gathering and Super Smash Bros. Featuring a variety of fun and diverse musical and industry-related guests, game developers and vendors. John Paul Jones Arena.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-4960. 
 
August 28-September 5
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY FAIR
Come celebrate Chesterfield County's heritage and culture with various grandstand shows, rides, entertainment, food and more! Chesterfield County Fairgrounds.  $10 admission for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children ages 4-12, wristband prices vary.  Email: ccfainformation@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 768-1555. 
 
August 28-September 5
SHENANDOAH COUNTY FAIR
Come out and enjoy tractor pulls, demo derbies, concerts and more! See website for complete schedule of events. 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock.  $Prices vary.  Email: teshelman@shencofair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3867. 
 
July 17-September 6
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
This summer, come and join us at one of the mid-Atlantic region's longest-running outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. See website for dates and times. Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs.  $Prices vary.  Email: info@musicfest.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3396. 
 
September 4-7, Saturday-Monday
SUMMER'S END FESTIVAL
Wintergreen Resort.
Featuring top-level regional live music, 151 breweries and wineries, Arts & Craft shows and much more. Bring the entire family for an end of the summer hurrah. Wintergreen Resort.  See website or call for times and rates.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
September-October
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join the Chiles family for music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple! Carter Mountain Orchard.  8am-7pm the first 3 Saturdays in October; 9am-6pm every day.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
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. 
 
June 13 - Oct., Every Second Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SECOND SATURDAYS 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. The event also features wine tastings, beer tastings, coffee tastings, live music, childrens activities and a chance for those who attend to create their own art. Downtown Scottsville.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Gill.  Email: ngill.tc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-1620. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
August 15, Saturday
CIVIL WAR TRAIL AND FREEDMAN'S FARM WALKING 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 the George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut. Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: Tours begins in the parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Route 20 .  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
Now through October, Thursdays, Saturdays & 1st Sunday each month
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTESVILLE WALKING TOUR
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Take a one-hour tour around Court Square to learn some of Charlottesville's rich history and revisit the time of Thomas Jefferson. Tour leaves from Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Directions: McIntire Building, 200 Second St NE across from Lee Park.  Thursdays & Fridays 5:30pm; Saturdays 10am; Sundays 2pm.  $5 per person .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
Now-October, Saturdays & Sundays
GILMORE CABIN AT MONTPELIER
Montpelier.
Tour the Gilmore Farm, home of George Gilmore, born a slave at Montpelier. Gilmore Cabin, Montpelier, Orange.  11am-5pm.  $Free.  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
 
April-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. 
 
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-September, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Mead Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
July 4-October 10, Saturdays
NELSON FARMER'S MARKET COOPERATIVE
Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring live music, fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8am-12pm.  Email: contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 760-6655. 
 
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-October 31, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Find food, music, crafts and more. Scottsville Pavilion, 125 Fleet Street.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tanya Cornwell.  Email: svillefarmersmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4994. 
 
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August 6, Thursday
HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON: THE MOVIE
Central Library.
Watch Harold and that purple crayon go, go, go! Based on the book by Crockett Johnson. For all ages. Central Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 10-August 6, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week! Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 & under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3213. 
 
August 22, Saturday
SOUND OF MUSIC SING-A-LONG
The Paramount Theater.
A Sound of Music will be screened in full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! The Paramount Theater.  4pm.  $14 adults, $11 ages 12 & under.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 23, Sunday
THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE LEGO MOVIE (PG)
Carpet Plus.
Join the Paramount for the first-ever, full-length theatrical Lego® Adventure! The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $6 adults, $4 ages 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 27, Thursday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
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.  8pm.  $6 for adults, children 3 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
July 11 & August 8, Saturdays
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
August 8, Saturdays
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Check out Amazement Square's reduced admission and extended hours on the second Saturday of every month this summer! Amazement Square .  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
August 15, Saturday
SCHUYLER DAY AT WALTON MOUNTAIN MUSEUM
Walton's Mountain Museum.
Ninth annual celebration with music, tours of the museum and food. 6484 Rockfish River Rd.  10am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 831-2000. 
 
June 2-August 25
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday this summer to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 6-August 29, Saturdays
SATURDAYS AT THE SQUARE
Amazement Square.
Every Saturday this summer features a new program! See website for schedule of themes. Amazement Square.  11am.  $3 per participant plus admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Now-Sept. 7
EXTREME DEEP EXHIBITION
The Mariners' Museum.
Discover wonders at the bottom of the sea with this hands-on exhibition all about deep-sea exploration. The Mariners' Museum.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 20 & September 17
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
Enjoy a "Night at the Museum," your opportunity to explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy food trucks, beer from Devil's Backbone Brewing Company, and music from local bands. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  5-9pm.  $5 for non-members, free for members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
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. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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. 
 
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July 1-October 12
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties, fascinating and showy, transform the Conservatory's North Wing as hundreds feed, flutter and fly around you. 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $Free admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
August 7, Friday
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
Three telescopes at the McCormick Observatory offer amazing views of our galaxy, weather permitting, along with a slide show and tour. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
August 25, Tuesday
FEE FREE DAY AT SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy the park without having to pay an entrance fee to celebrate National Park Service's 99th Birthday. Shenandoah National Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
August 29, Saturday
TUFTON FERN WALK
Monticello.
Peggy Cornett will lead this two-hour cross-country walk through a uniquely pristine, relatively undisturbed, and isolated natural woodland, pointing out the native plants as they go. Meets at Jefferson's Tufton Farm.  9:30-11:30am.  $18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
July 31 & October 30, Fridays
HEIDI'S NIGHT
Charlottesville Astronomical Society.
For students in grades 4-12 and parents interested in Astronomy. Participate in laser tours, classroom activities and night sky viewings. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm.  Contact: Steve Layman.  Email: slayman2528@comcast.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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
 
August 8, Saturday
THE PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
Come see the 41st Anniversary Tour of Prairie Home Companion for 2½ hours of Sweet Harmony & Garrison Keillor with Piano Master Richard Dworsky and Fred Newman. Doors open at 6pm. The nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  7pm.  $Prices vary.  Email: nteloswirelesspaviliontix@ticketstoday.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
August 22, Saturday
SING-A-LONG TO THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Carpet Plus.
The afternoon starts with a vocal warm-up. Ticket prices also include a Magic Moment Fun Bag containing props to be used throughout the show. The Paramount Theater.  4pm.  $14 adults; $11 youth (12 and under).  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
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
 
August 4, Tuesday
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
County of Albemarle.
A community awareness-raising event promoting police-community partnerships, crime prevention activities and neighborhood camaraderie. Fire/rescue vehicles, fishing and fun for the kids. Dorrier Park, Scottsville.  6-8pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 8, Saturdays
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Check out Amazement Square's reduced admission and extended hours on the second Saturday of every month this summer! Amazement Square .  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
August 7-8, Friday-Saturday
MADE 4 KIDS SALE
Victory Worship Center.
Children & teen clothing consignment sale featuring fall/winter clothing, shoes, accessories and baby items. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities. Victory Worship Center, Staunton.  7:30am-6pm Friday; 7:30am-12pm Saturday.  Contact: Crystal Rowe.  Email: made4kidssale@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 886-6249. 
 
July 31-August 9, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family! See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Email: jeremy@virginiaaau.net . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
August 9, Sunday
SUNDAY SUNDOWNS
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in another afternoon of fun, with a cookout, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park Pool. Washington Park Pool.  Directions: 1001 Preston Avenue.  3-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
July 22, Wednesday; August 13, Thursday
OPEN PLAYTIME IN A WALDORF CLASSROOM
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Come build forts, play in costume, roll trucks along beams and boards, cook in the play kitchen and delve into the joy of imaginative play. Bring your preschool and kindergarten-age children to explore our sandbox and swing set with other children. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  10am-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 6.  Contact: Elizabeth Hale.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
August 15, Saturday
END OF SUMMER BLOCK PARTY
Come soak up the last moments of summer with a downtown block party at Amazement Square featuring a sidewalk chalk art contest, hands-on crafts, activities and summer family fun. Amazement Square.  10am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 15-August 15, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
SUMMER SPECTACULAR: SUPERHERO SUMMER
Amazement Square.
Amazement Square is hosting Free programs, hands-on activities and demonstrations included with admission on these special weekdays only! Amazement Square.  11am-12pm & 1-2pm.  $9 per person.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
August 1 & August 22, Saturdays
MUSIC BY THE POOL AT FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Each date features a different band playing reggae and soul-inspired music for Fry's Springs Beach Club's Music by the Pool summer concert series. Family-friendly, pools open for swimming, food and drinks available. 2512 Jefferson Park Avenue.  6-9pm.  $10 (cash only).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jill WIlliams.  Email: fsbcevents@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
June 6-August 29, Saturdays
SATURDAYS AT THE SQUARE
Amazement Square.
Every Saturday this summer features a new program! See website for schedule of themes. Amazement Square.  11am.  $3 per participant plus admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
August 29, Saturday
SOUNDS OF SUMMER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Free community celebration with live music, DJ and free food while it lasts. Tonsler Park.  6-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3271. 
 
August 29, Saturday
SPLASH FOR A CURE
The Ishan Gala Foundation.
CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor of Splash For A Cure's 5K Race and Pool Party! The event will include a 5K race, slip-sliding water-park fun, entertainment and great food put on by the Ishan Gala Foundation to raise money and awareness for the devastating childhood cancer neuroblastoma. See website for ticket pricing. ACAC Adventure Central, 200 Four Seasons Drive.  8-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Megan Young.  Email: info@ishangala.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-5317 . 
 
August 30, Sunday
DIRT CUP WORKSHOP!
Join Executive Pastry Chef Margot Diaz at the Crozet Mudhouse for a wonderful time making these chocolaty treats! Layers of chocolate mousse and cookie crumbles make the earth that the worms (gummy, of course) love to wriggle in. A fun summer time activity for all ages! Mudhouse Crozet.  2-2:30pm.  $10 per person.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Margot Diaz.  Email: margot@mudhouse.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2240. 
 
June 1-August 31
SUMMER SPECTACULAR: $5 THURSDAYS
Amazement Square.
Amazement Square is offering $5 admission every Thursday all summer long! Amazement Square.  $5 per person.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
August 15-September 7
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library! Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
Now-December 27, Saturdays & Sundays
2015 SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE IDEA HOUSE TOUR!
Come tour the 2015 Southern Living Magazine Idea House. This exclusive home will be featured in the August issue of Southern Living Magazine. Bundoran Farm, North Garden.  10am-4pm Saturday; 12pm-4pm Sunday.  $15, children under 12 free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Summit Custom Homes.  Email: Ashleigh@summitofva.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-5600. 
 
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
 
August 4, Tuesday
RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS' CHARLOTTESVILLE COMMUNITY NIGHT
Richmond Squirrels' play against the Fisher Cats. 6pm.  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
 
July 17-August 8
XANADU
Live Arts.
XANADU book by Douglas Carter Beane music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar based on the Universal Pictures Film Screenplay by Richard Danus & Marc Rubel directed by John Davenport musical. See website for dates and times. Gibson Theater.  Directions: 123 East Water Street.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4177. 
 
August 1, 2, 5, 7 & 8
ASH LAWN OPERA PRESENTS: MY FAIR LADY
Ash Lawn Opera.
Lerner and Loewe's treasured musical "My Fair Lady" has been a mainstay of American theater since its hit debut on Broadway in 1956. With a delightful score and witty dialogue this beguiling musical will charm audiences of all ages. The Paramount Theater.  $12-$65.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 6-9, 13-16
MARY POPPINS
ShenanArts.
Catch this live performance based on the Disney movie & P.L. Travers' books. ShenanArts at The nTelos Theatre, Staunton.  7pm Thursday-Saturday; 3pm Sunday.  $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, $10 for children.  All ages welcome.  Email: theatre@shenanarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-712-0001. 
 
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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