Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
October 20, Friday
DAVID GREELY, JAMES LEVA AND CEDRIC WATSON
Prism Coffeehouse.
From the bayous to the mountains, come experience an exploration of musical kinship. C'ville Coffee.  7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.  $16 in advance, $18 at the door.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2633. 
 
October 22, Sunday
REFORMATION CONCERT
St. Mark Lutheran Church.
In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the choirs of four Charlottesville-area Lutheran churches will hold a joint concert. A reception will follow. St. Mark Lutheran Church.  Directions: 100 Alderman Rd.  4pm.  Email: ernstwrite@yahoo.com. For more info call: 979- 1777. 
 
Saturdays in September & October
FREEFALL MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL
WTJU & IX Art Park.
Freefall picks up where Fridays After Five ends but with a unique and funky vibe. Acts include Black Masala, Alligator, The Judy Chops and the Cville Sabroso Latin Music & Culture Festival. See site for lineup. IX Art Park.  5-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 31, Tuesday
CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN CONCERT
Westminster Organ Concert Series.
A short concert of spooky organ music for Halloween, followed by an upclose demonstration of the organ. Westminster Presbyterian Church.  3:30-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: wheelchair-accessible  Contact: Jonathan Schakel.  Email: music@westminsterva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 963-4690. 
 
November 3, Friday
FAMILY WEEKEND CHORAL SHOWCASE
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Join the University Singers, UVA Chamber Singers, Virginia Women's Chorus and Virginia Glee Club for the traditional Family Weekend Choral Showcase featuring selections from all four groups' 2017 repertoire. The evening will close with a joint performance. Old Cabell Hall.  8pm.  $10, $5 students.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 14, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND BENEFIT CONCERT
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The Charlottesville Municipal Band celebrates its 95th season and a $500,000 anonymous challenge grant with a fall benefit concert featuring classical, popular and jazz selections as well as music from Broadway and the silver screen. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: municipalband@embarq.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
Now-December 31
JULIE GOUGH: HUNTING GROUND
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition is comprised of two video installations and 10 prints by Indigenous Tasmanian artist Julie Gough. Gough is interested in how, if and why tragic events are remembered, and from whose perspective. Her residency in late October and November will explore these questions, offering parallels between her experience in Tasmania and local Charlottesville controversies around confederate statues. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
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
 
October 21, Saturday
21ST ANNUAL APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL
Wade's Mill.
Enjoy a crisp Autumn day at the oldest commercially operating water powered grist mill in the Shenandoah Valley. Local artisans and crafts include wood turning, blacksmithing, pottery and basket weaving. Take a tour of the historic mill and listen to live music while you enjoy food from Puffs BBQ and wine from Rockbridge Vineyards. Wade's Mill, Raphine.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  Email: info@wadesmill.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-348-1400. 
 
October 7 & 21, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way. Enjoy a cider pressing demo, live music, food, crafters, visiting the corn maze, picking your own pumpkin while children play games and visit with Mingo the Clown. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 21 & 22, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This fall's Apple Festival will offer food vendors, crafters, fresh baked goods, hayrides, apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, apple butter, fresh cider, country hams, pumpkins, bouncy houses and a Kids' Corner! Live music both days! Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 21-22, Saturday-Sunday
BATESVILLE APPLE BUTTER DAYS
Batesville Community Service Club.
Batesville's premier fall event to cut wood for fires, haul tents and chairs, peel and slice 60 bushes of apples, stir, fix breakfast, can, label and clean up etc. Long-time regulars have done this each year since 1975 as a fundraising effort and newer locals are invited to join in. The event goes all through Saturday night without stopping until Sunday afternoon. Batesville.  10am Saturday to 2pm Sunday.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 22, Sunday
WINES AND VINES FESTIVAL
Kilaurwen Winery.
Enjoy Kilaurwen wine, great music and tasty food truck fare while you listen to live music by Scuffletown. Bring your chairs and blankets and join with friends and neighbors. Kilaurwen Winery, Stanardsville.  2-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-2535. 
 
June 1-October 26, Thursdays
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
"Mornings with the Minis" is a fun, hands-on learning experience for children 7+ and adults of all ages. The morning sessions are an introduction to miniature horsemanship, small equine activities for pleasure, sport and miniature horse therapy. Sun Ridge.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd., Gordonsville.  9-11:20am.  $20 per person.  Recommended for ages 7 to 77.  Special Needs Accommodation: yes  Contact: Nancy Wheeler.  Email: morningsunminiatures@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
October 28, Saturday
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST FOR KIDS AT SAUNDERS BROTHERS
Saunders Brothers Farm Market.
Help decide which is the next great tasting apple to grow while you listen to live music and watch a Halloween costume contest for the kids. Saunders Brothers Farm Market.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5455. 
 
September 30-October 28, Saturdays, Fridays in October
LAYZ S RANCH PUMPKIN PATCH
Layz S Ranch.
Enjoy fall family fun with hay rides, corn maze, corn pit and slide, hay pyramid, hay maze, giant slides and farm animals. New this year are an AquaPod, tightrope, sky island swing and a 90-foot superslide. Layz S Ranch.  10am-6pm Saturdays.  $7, ages 2 and under free, $25 per family.  All ages welcome.  Email: layzsranchevents@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 591-0898. 
 
Saturdays & Sundays in October
PUMPKIN PATCH AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm.
Come pick your pumpkin at Adventure Farm. Adventure Farm.  12-6pm.  Email: info@adventurefarmvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
October 7-29, Saturdays & Sundays
SARAH'S PUMPKIN PATCH
Sarah's Pumpkin Patch.
Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy family fun every weekend in October. Off of Caves Ford Lane, Orange.  10am-5pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  Email: sarahspumpkins@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-8267. 
 
September 30-October 29, Saturdays & Sundays
SKEETER'S MAZE ADVENTURE AT CREATIVE WORKS FARM
Creative Works Farm.
Find your way through the 5.5-acre maze then hit the gaga ball pit, play on the AirTop, climb on a firetruck, play corn hole, 9-square and other games before you buy your pumpkin. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for children with special needs and at-risk youth. Creative Works Farm, Waynesboro.  Saturdays 10am-4pm, Sundays 12-5pm.  $5, under 2 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-471-1659. 
 
September 30-October 31, Weekends
BELVEDERE'S FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Belvedere Plantation.
Pick your own pumpkins from the patch (day or night) or select pre-picked from the market store. Frolic in the fall weather with the corn maze, wagon rides, campfire, tons of pies in the market, Dangerfield Downs, Ziplines, Straw Jump, Pumpkin Cannon, Trike Train Pumpkin Mountain Slide, Spider Web, Pedal Carts, Extreme Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillow, Barrel Train, Pony Rides and Flower Cutting. Belvedere Plantation.  Directions: 1410 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-4478. 
 
September-October
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples September through late October among scenic views, or get them freshly picked in the Apple Barn all the way through November. Enjoy hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts year-round. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
October 7-October 31
CELEBRATE FALL AT ROUND HILL FARM
Round Hill Farm.
Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a 200-foot zip line, a hay-bale maze and pyramid, corn maze, farm animals, moon bounces and the tire-swing playground! Off-road adventure rides, pony rides, pumpkins, barrel train rides and face painting for an additional fee. Round Hill Farm.  3-6pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends.  $10.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-8245. 
 
September 30-October 31, Saturdays & Sundays
GREENFIELD FALL FESTIVAL
Pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals, toddler play area, giant slide and corn maze. Greenfield Farm.  Directions: 2455 Dairy Road, Ruckersville.  10am-5pm, Saturdays; 1-5pm, Sundays.  $6 adults, children under 2 free with adult admission.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Dianne Branham.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-7653. 
 
September-October
HENLEY'S ORCHARD
Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley's grows more than 25 varieties of apples with a low-spray method--including regional darling the Albemarle Pippin. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7848. 
 
August 26-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
Now-October
PICK YOUR OWN PUMPKINS
Critzer Farm.
Pick your own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Critzer Family Farm, Afton.  8am-6pm Monday-Saturday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-471-0475. 
 
October 7-31
PUMPKIN PATCH AT SEAMANS' ORCHARDS
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards, Inc.
Pick your own pumpkin or buy a pre-picked one. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchards, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-2523. 
 
November 4, Saturday
17TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Albemarle CiderWorks, Cove Garden Ruritans & Vintage Virginia Apples.
Visit with a number of vendors from the local farmers' market, enjoy hay rides over the mountain, cider tasting, workshops with artisans that include demonstrations and tours, Apple Pie Contest and much more. Live music all day rain or shine! Rural Ridge Orchard, North Garden.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 297-2326. 
 
November 4, Saturday
APPLE BUTTER MAKING
Saunders Brothers Market.
Enjoy the good ol' boys apple butter stir. Hot biscuits available for purchase with tubs of home-churned apple butter to go with them. Live music by Kim and Jimbo. Saunders Brothers Farm Market.  11am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5455. 
 
September 9-November 11
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 25 acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities and games. Flashlight maze from 6-10pm starting September 23. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  $12 maze admission ages 5-12, $14 ages 13 and up; weekday admissions lower.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
Mid-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 Monday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
November 11, Saturday
VETERANS THANK YOU DAY
Saunders Brothers Market.
Paul Saunders shares veteran stories told to him by locals and hopes you will come and share your testimony too. Live music by David Matthews of Lovingston from 11am-3pm. Saunders Brothers Market.  10-11am, 11am-3pm music.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Now-November, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
May 13-November 23, Weekends
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  9-11am Saturdays, 10am-12pm Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September-November
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join the Chiles family for music, food, weekend hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie and all things apple. Pick your own apples or buy them already picked. November is a great time to visit us with typically smaller crowds and great weather. Foliage viewing is at peak in the early part of the month! Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  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
 
October 7 & 21, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way. Enjoy a cider pressing demo, live music, food, crafters, visiting the corn maze, picking your own pumpkin while children play games and visit with Mingo the Clown. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 21, Saturday
CHILI & BREWFEST
Orange Chamber of Commerce.
Chili and craft beer tastings, area food and craft vendors, children's activities and live music. Orange County Fair Grounds, Orange.  Directions: Old Gordonsville Road.  1-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: finance@orangevachamber.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
October 22, Sunday
FALL FESTIVAL
Mountaintop Montessori.
Enjoy seasonal activities, games and crafts, local food and beer, a gently-used book sale, music and more. Bring a friend. Mountaintop Montessori.  1-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, Saturdays & Sundays
GRAVES MOUNTAIN APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Enjoy the days of yesteryear watching apple butter being cooked in kettles over an open fire at one of the area's largest festivals. Pick apples and enjoy bluegrass music, cloggers, hayrides, horse rides and a craft fair with over 70 arts and crafts vendors. A hay maze and a few farm animals complete the fun. Rain or shine. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
October 20-22, Friday-Sunday
THREE NOTCH'D OKTOBERFEST
Three Notch'd Brewery.
Come to the German-style beer hall and restaurant to celebrate Oktoberfest. Enjoy a weekend of Marzen beers, big pretzels, spicey mustard, and all your Three Notch'd favorites. Oktoberfest Brunch starts at 10am with Oktoberfest menu and beers served all day. There will be family fun, tasty brews, children's activities and more. Three Notch'd Craft Kitchen & Brewery.  4pm Friday-11pm Sunday.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 28, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Live music, local food (including a kid's menu) and beers for purchase, games and prizes. Bring canned goods to benefit FeedMore. This family-friendly event is rain or shine. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  11am-4pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
October 28, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.
Enjoy Virginia's largest celebration of authentic regional traditions with musical performances and storytelling, workshops, artisans, mule jumping, folk games, heirloom fruits and vegetables, farm machinery demos, hundreds of vintage cars, the museum's operating moonshine still and more. Ferris College, Ferrum.  Directions: 10 miles west of Rocky Mount, Va., on Rt. 40.  $10 adults, $5 ages 5-15/seniors ages 60 and older.  All ages welcome.  Email: bri@ferrum.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-365-4412. 
 
October 28, Saturday
FALL FESTIVAL FOR ADAM'S ROAD TO RECOVERY
Adam's Road to Recovery.
A fundraising event for Adam, who sustained a spinal cord injury this summer. Enjoy exhibitors and artisan vendors, interactive games, live music, silent auction and raffles, face painting, balloons and fire trucks. Glenmore Country Club.  9am-2pm.  Contact: Kaye Campbell.  Email: 1kayecampbell1@gmail.com. For more info call: 531-2500. 
 
October 28, Saturday
FALL HARVEST & LEAF PEEP FESTIVAL
DuCard Vineyards.
Celebrate the season with a party. Live music from Scuffletown, local BBQ and burgers for sale, vineyard tours and more. No cover. DuCard Vineyards.  Directions: 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison).  11am-6pm.  $Free.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
October 6-28, Fridays & Saturdays
HAUNTED CAMP WEEKENDS
Misty Mountain Camp Resort.
Four weeks of fun fall activities for the family including trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, karaoke, air brush tattoos, best decorated campsite contest, campfire karaoke, movies, bonfire and more. Misty Mountain Camp Resort.  Directions: 56 Misty Mountain Road, Crozet.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-647-8900. 
 
October 28, Saturday
HOPS & HOMESTEAD FESTIVAL
Bald Top Brewing Co.
Come enjoy local seasonal produce, fine arts, hand made and hand decorated crafts, homesteading and agricultural demos, live entertainment, food and kids activities. Bald Top Brewing Co., Madison.  12-6pm.  Email: information@ruralmadison.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 28, Saturday
JUBILEE FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC GRAND OPENING & 1ST ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL
Jubilee Family Chiropractic.
Vendor trick-or-treating, Pie Eating Contest, bounce houses, food vendors, prizes, pie-in-the-face fundraiser and more. Enter the Costume Contest in various categories including Best Family Costumes, Best Pet Costume and Most Creative Costume. Support your favorite featured nonprofits: Cville Fire Dept. Burn Camp, Cville Police Dept. Foundation, Virginia Institute of Autism, Fluvanna County Care for Creatures & Kiwanis Club for Kids. Proceeds go to your cause of choice. 1770 Timberwoods Blvd, Ste 103.  4-6:30pm.  $Free Community Event and Free Parking.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Dr Lisa and Corey Williams.  Email: gojubileefamily@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-2620. 
 
October 28, Saturday
OLD TRAIL FALL FESTIVAL
Old Trail Village.
Free fun fall festival. Old Trail Village Center, Crozet.  2-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ben Wilson.  Email: ben@realpropertyinc.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4408. 
 
October 28, Saturday
PERSIMMON AND POMEGRANATE FESTIVAL
Edible Landscaping.
Music, food, plants sale and more! Leashed pets are welcome. Edible Landscaping, Afton.  Directions: 361 Spirit Ridge Lane, Afton.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ediblelandscaping.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-9134. 
 
Now-October 29, Saturdays & Sundays
FALL FESTIVAL WEEKENDS
Hartland Farm & Orchard.
Get lost in the corn maze, take a hayride, ride down the 60-foot tall slide mountain, enjoy pumpkin bowling and more. Hartland Farm & Orchard, Markham.  10am-6pm Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-532-0436. 
 
October 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
HALLOWEEN WEEKEND AT WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY
Wild Wolf Brewing Company.
Have a howling good time with family fun, live music, face paint and much more. Wild Wolf Brewing Company.  Directions: 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0088. 
 
October 27-29, Friday-Sunday
HARVEST FEST
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the bounty of the season with a Halloween twist. Pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, fun around the campfire, movies and time to explore the local orchards, breweries, wineries and cideries. A spooktacular fun time for the whole family. Wintergreen Resort.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8180. 
 
October 29, Sunday
TRUNK OR TREAT
First United Methodist Church.
Get out your favorite costume and come for trunk or treat from one decorated car to the next. Enjoy Halloween-themed games to play, prizes and yummy snacks. All are welcome. 101 E. Jefferson St.  5pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Anika Winterhoff.  Email: cvillefirstumc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6193. 
 
August 26-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
November 4, Saturday
DRAGON DASH 5K AND FUN RUN/WALK
North Branch School.
Support North Branch School and its fitness program by participating in a 1-mile fun run/walk or 5k race. Enjoy refreshments, a grab bag drawing, results, and fun festival following the runs. Children under 6 can participate in a shorter "Dragon Parade" walk. North Branch School, Afton.  8am fun run/walk, 8:30am 5k race.  $Varies.  Email: info@north-branch-school.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8450. 
 
November 4, Saturday
MONTPELIER HUNT RACES
Montpelier Steeplechase and Equestrian Foundation.
Experience world-class steeplechase horse races. Enjoy the Jack Russell Terrier races, kids' stick-horse races and Vendors Row. Montpelier.  Directions: Montpelier Station.  9am-6pm.  $20 general admission, $30 parking, free for ages 12 & under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Martha Strawther.  Email: martha@montpelierraces.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-0027. 
 
November 11, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL HOPS IN THE PARK
Henricus Historical Park.
This popular event features Virginia craft beer, Virginia hops farmers, a Virginia farmers' market and, of course, Virginia history. Brewery reps will be onsite to discuss their beer and the Virginia-grown ingredients. Bring the kids as the education department will host kids activities on the Henricus bluff overlooking the James River. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  12-6pm.  $Free, $2 beer tickets.  All ages welcome.  Email: henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
November 11, Saturday
FAMILY DAY AT THE VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL
Virginia Film Festival.
Families can enjoy free screenings of family-friendly films including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, free arts-inspired workshops led by UVA faculty, students and community groups, drop-in toddler activiites and an outdoor Interactive Arts Festival for crafts, performances, music and food truck fun. Betsy & John Casteen Arts Grounds at UVA, Culbreth Rd.  Various times.  Email: info@virginiafilmfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5277. 
 
November 9-12, Thursday-Sunday
VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL
Virginia Film Festival.
Celebrate the magic of movies and find inspiration with featured documentaries, films and fresh perspectives on timeless classics. Various locations.  Various times.  Email: info@vafilm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
November 17, Friday
GREEK FEST AND BAKE SALE
Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.
Traditional Greek foods served for lunch and dinner with lots of Greek pastries and goodies. Both meals include Greek style green beans, Greek salad, roll, beverage and a Greek cookie. Bake sale items available for purchase. Vegetarian options available. Enter the raffle for great prizes also. Greek Orthodox Hellenic Center.  TBA.  $15 lunch/dinner.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Ann Bournos.  Email: mabournos@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-5337. 
 
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
 
October 21, Saturday
CIVIL WAR HOUSE TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
Through the lens of the Montpelier mansion, trace the sequence of events, decisions, and compromises that led from Madison's work to create the Union, to its near destruction in the Civil War. Discover Madison's view of the Union, his struggle to preserve it, and the greatest challenge it ever faced. James Madison's Montpelier.  11am.  $20, $7 ages 6-14.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
October 21, Saturday
CIVIL WAR TRAIL & GILMORE FARM WALKING TOUR AT MONTPELIER
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 Station Train Depot, Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: Begins in parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Rt. 20.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
Now through October, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
HISTORIC COURT SQUARE WALKING TOURS
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. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Directions: 200 Second St. NE.  5:30pm Thursdays & Fridays, 10am Saturdays.  $5.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
October 27, Friday
HAUNTED HENRICUS, JR.: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE AFTERNOON
Henricus Historical Park.
Join Henricus's Education Department for stories, a treats tour and a make & take 17th-century craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by October 26 by phone. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  3-4pm.  $5 per child, $5 per adult.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Email: henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-318-8797. 
 
October 27-28, Friday-Saturday
23RD ANNUAL SPIRIT WALK
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Visit haunts of the past and hear stories from memorable residents of our community's past. This popular tour typically sells out. Spirit Walk will meet at Maplewood Cemetery on the 27th and in Court Square on the 28th. Downtown Charlottesville.  6pm first tour, 8:30pm last tour.  $Varies.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
October, Fridays & Saturdays
DARK STAUNTON TOUR: TALES OF MURDER, MYSTERY AND HAUNTS
Black Raven Paranormal.
Tales and stories of the unusual in Staunton including unsolved murders, mysterious secrets and legends. No one under 10 years of age permitted. Reservations are recommended. Corner of New Street and Johnson Street.  9pm, arrive at 8:45pm.  $10 adults.  Email: ghostsofstaunton@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-448-2743. 
 
October 27 & 28, Friday & Saturday
HAUNTED HENRICUS: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
Henricus Historical Park.
Storytellers relive old English and Virginia Indian legends and folklore by the fireside. Listen to early colonists recount tales from their homeland. Capture the essence of what a colonist felt between 1607-1622 in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and uncertain peril. Light refreshments served. Tours not appropriate for children under 6. Registration required. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  7-8:30pm.  $8 adults, $6 youth ages 6-12.  Email: henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
May 27-October 28, Select Saturdays
MR. MADISON IS AT HOME
James Madison's Montpelier.
On select Saturdays, come visit with James Madison in the Constitution Room after your tour of the House. See website for dates. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 22-October 30, Saturday & Sundays
RIDE THE HATTON FERRY
Hatton Ferry.
Get a sense of history by crossing the river on the last pole-operated ferry in America. Weather permitting. On Route 625, outside Scottsville.  9am-pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  $5 per person, $10 per car.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
September-October, Fridays & Saturdays
GHOSTS OF STAUNTON
Black Raven Paranormal.
Choose from several ghost tours for spooky tales along with historic facts. Paranormal investigators share favorite investigative techniques. Reservations recommended. Various starting locations.  8pm.  $12 adults, $6 ages 6-12.  Email: ghostsofstaunton@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-448-2743. 
 
November 6, Monday
HOME EDUCATOR DAY AT THE HOME OF THE LAST FOUNDING FATHER
James Monroe's Highland.
Come enjoy additional activities and demonstrations specially geared for home educator families. Take a guided tour, bring a picnic and spend the day at the home of our nation’s 5th president. Admission includes a guided tour. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-5pm.  $5, free for ages 6 and under.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Register online  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
November 10, Friday
VETERAN'S DAY AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
At 1pm, the UVA Army ROTC Cadets and the Buford Middle School band perform as part of a free ceremony in salute to veterans. Family activities will be offered following the ceremony. At 2pm and 3pm, listen to Colonel Monroe as he recounts the American Revolution. From 2-4pm, see a living timeline of vets representing soldiers from the Revolutionary War through Operation Desert Storm. Two WWII Jeeps will also be on display. James Monroe's Highland.  1-4pm.  $Free for active duty & veterans, &14, $8 for local non-military residents.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
November 11, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL HOPS IN THE PARK
Henricus Historical Park.
This popular event features Virginia craft beer, Virginia hops farmers, a Virginia farmers' market and, of course, Virginia history. Brewery reps will be onsite to discuss their beer and the Virginia-grown ingredients. Bring the kids as the education department will host kids activities on the Henricus bluff overlooking the James River. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  12-6pm.  $Free, $2 beer tickets.  All ages welcome.  Email: henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
November 10-12, Friday-Sunday
VETERANS' DAY WEEKEND AT JAMES MADISON'S MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
During Veterans' Day Weekend, Montpelier offers all active/retired military guests free house tours. Hike 8+ miles of walking trails or visit the archaeology lab, Mr. Madison's Temple, and the Madison family and slave cemeteries. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
November 18, Saturday
AFFAIRS OF THE HEARTH AT HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK
Henricus Historical Park.
Explore 17th-century cooking in the daily life of English soldiers, middle-class colonists and Virginia Indians. Demonstrations at the Virginia Indian site features the smoking of meat and making harvest stew and corn cakes. See demos of how soldiers made small rations of their food. All foster children and their families get in free - see site for details. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  10am-5pm.  $8 adult, $6 ages 6-12.  All ages welcome.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
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. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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October 19-22, Thursday-Sunday
BARRACKS ROAD ANNUAL FALL SIDEWALK SALE
Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Sashay into fall, jump-start your holiday shopping and save on fabulous finds at more than 80 shops and restaurants. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  Directions: Emmet Street.  All ages welcome.  Email: snorth@federalrealty.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-9233. 
 
October 28, Saturday
HARVEST FESTIVAL
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come for tasty samples, cooking workshop and demonstrations and vendor sales. Madison Fairgrounds Young Farmers' Pavilion.  8am-12pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 9-October 28, Saturdays
NELSON FARMERS MARKET COOPERATIVE
Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative.
Fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, local honey, jams, crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. Live music on each Saturday. 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8am-12pm.  Email: contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 760-6655. 
 
May 2-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-2733. 
 
November 4, Saturday
RVCC 11TH ANNUAL WINTER MARKETS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Find local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, greenery, arts and crafts and live music. The market coincides with RVCC's pancake breakfast. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  9am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Donna Kincaid.  Email: mountainvision@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1725. 
 
November 11, Saturday
CRAFT FAIR AT ALBEMARLE HIGH SCHOOL
Albemarle High School.
The Albemarle High School Band Boosters is hosting a craft fair with crafters offering photography, jewelry, baskets, knit and crochet items, jams and relishes, soaps and candles, handbags and more. Albemarle High School.  Directions: Cafeteria.  9am-3pm.  Email: ahsbandcraftfair@gmail.com. For more info call: 249-1004. 
 
November 12, Sunday
14TH ANNUAL MISTLETOE MARKET
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Join the Junior League of Charlottesville for its annual holiday shopping event featuring amazing artisans, craft makers and vendors from Charlottesville and surrounding areas. Tons of handcrafted goods, jewelry, specialty items, childrens gifts, home decor, holiday decorations and more. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: mistletoe@jlcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-357-2497. 
 
November 4-12
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE
Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Jumpstart your holiday shopping by browsing books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, games, puzzles and ephemera of all types. A significant number of "valuable and attractive" books will also be on sale. Proceeds benefit programs and services of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  10am-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Peter Manno.  Email: info@jmrlfriends.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-8467. 
 
April 1-November 18, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Find food, music, crafts and more. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  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. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
October 20, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "DETROIT"
Piedmont Virginia Community College Student Art Club.
"Detroit" tells the gripping story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of '67. Rated R. Main Stage Theatre in V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: bsolla@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
October 22, Sunday
SOME LIKE IT HOT
The Paramount Theater.
Come see this classic comedy on the big screen. Rated PG. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adult, $5 youth under 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 27, Friday
MONSTER OF A MOVIE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Come and enjoy Hotel Transylvania (2012) with your family. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 29, Sunday
HOCUS POCUS
Paramount Theater.
Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adult, $5 youth under 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 30, Monday
PASSENGERS (2016)
Crozet Library.
See the recent film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Rated PG-13. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 31, Tuesday
MONSTER MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE
JMRL- Northside Library.
Back-to-back monster movie classics. Frankenstein (1931) will be followed by The Wolf Man (1941). Light refreshments will be served. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: West Rio Rd.  6pm & 7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
November 11, Saturday
FAMILY DAY AT THE VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL
Virginia Film Festival.
Families can enjoy free screenings of family-friendly films including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, free arts-inspired workshops led by UVA faculty, students and community groups, drop-in toddler activiites and an outdoor Interactive Arts Festival for crafts, performances, music and food truck fun. Betsy & John Casteen Arts Grounds at UVA, Culbreth Rd.  Various times.  Email: info@virginiafilmfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5277. 
 
November 12, Sunday
VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS CHARLOTTESVILLE: OUR STREETS
Virginia Film Festival.
A stark look at the devastating events that transpired in Charlottesville in August of this year, there will be much to discuss after this screening. A team of local filmmakers, photographers, and journalists has compiled footage and stills from over 30 cameras, with 20 interviews from first-person witnesses from the fateful Unite The Right rally of August 12th. The Paramount Theater.  4:30pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
November 13, Monday
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
JMRL - Northside Library.
See the classic film free at Northside. JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
November 14, Tuesday
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [2017]
JMRL - Northside Library.
See the hit film Beauty and the Beast [PG]. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
November 17, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "DUNKIRK"
PVCC.
"Dunkirk" opens in May 1940, as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces as Germany advances into France. Trapped on the beaches with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. Rated PG-13. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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October 27, Friday
BOO BASH!
Virginia Discovery Museum/Baggby's.
Dress up in your kookiest costumes as you enjoy a variety of fun carnival games, activities and crafts. Creep through the Witch's cabin, meet the Mad Scientists in their lab, tumble through the spider-web tangle, decorate cookies, and more. Don't forget to stop by the Little Shop of Prizes on your way out to trade in all the tickets you've earned. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall.  6-7:30pm.  $10, +$2 late fee day of.  Recommended for ages 2 to 8.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Now-November 26
HEAR MY VOICE: NATIVE AMERICAN ART OF THE PAST AND PRESENT
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Exploring conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures. A total of 56 works illustrate the ways in which Native American art speaks of a shared knowledge and shared history while also being incredibly diverse in subject matter and medium. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  $Free.  Email: info@vmfa.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-340-1400. 
 
August 25-December 17
DEALER'S CHOICE: THE SAMUEL KOOTZ GALLERY 1945-1966
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Come see the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1898-1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. Charlottesville Welcome Book is a proud donor. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
November 17-December 31
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Closed Mondays. Maymont, Richmond.  12-5pm, tours available every half-hour.  $5 suggested donation.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
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. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday 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. 
 
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October 22, Sunday
WORKING WOODS WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons' time and today. Dogs on leashes are welcome. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2pm.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
October 27-28, Friday-Saturday
FAMILY CAMP-OUT: SPOOKY SPECTACULAR
Maymont Estate.
Take an evening hike through the estate in search of native nocturnal creatures. Enjoy s'mores and stories around the campfire. Following a night in your tent on Maymont's grounds, enjoy a continental breakfast and a morning hike. Ages 4 and older; one adult must register for every four children. Maymont, Richmond.  6pm Friday-9am Saturday.  $40 per person/$30 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
October 28, Saturday
STARGAZING AT POPLAR FOREST
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
One of our country's first astronomers, Thomas Jefferson considered the study of the stars one of the most important disciplines. Join Dr. Neal Sumerlin for an illuminating look at the night sky from Jefferson's secluded retreat. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  8pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (434) 534-8120. 
 
November 4, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation & Monticello Bird Club.
Join Leigh Surdukowski of the Monticello Bird Club for a bird walk. Beginners welcome. Binoculars available to share. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
November 9, Thursday
CASUAL CAMPFIRE RIBBON-CUTTING & S'MORES
Camp Holiday Trails.
Come to a reveal of the new campfire and get a sneak peak at the strategic plan. S'mores and beverages will be served. RSVP by email. Camp Holiday Trails.  5:30-7:30pm.  $20 adults, $5 children 3+, under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Chris Shifflett.  Email: info@campholidaytrails.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3781. 
 
November 11, Saturday
FAMILY FUN HIKES
Wildrock.
Enjoy season hikes with local high schooler and wilderness guide, Char Tomlinson. Find hidden treasures along the trail and see the season changes in native plant life and animal life. Meet special trees on the property and enjoy the fall colors. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  12:30-1:30pm.  $Pay What You Can.  Email: info@wildrock.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
November 12, Sunday
2ND ANNUAL WARRIOR HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
This annual hiking event will benefit Warrior Expeditions, a nonprofit organization helping veterans have a smooth transition back into civilian life. Hike the Grelen Trails for as many miles as you want, picking up tokens along the way. Turn them in at the end for a chance to win prizes. More miles equals more tokens and better chances at winning. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  12-4pm.  $25-60, Children 6 an under free with adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 11-12, Saturday-Sunday
VETERANS' FREE DAY AT SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy the park without having to pay an entrance fee to celebrate Veterans Day. Shenandoah National Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
Second Mondays and Last Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Master Naturalist volunteers will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $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. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
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. 
 
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October 20, Friday
PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR 2017
Music Resource Center.
Party Like a Rock Star at Studio MRC. Enjoy an evening of eccentricity, disco deviance and the most electrifying boogie-down this side of the city. Live “band-a-oke” with guest performers, house band E3, open bar, food and more. Music Resource Center.  8-11:55pm.  Email: musicresourcecenter@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-5478. 
 
October 20, Friday
UVA CAVALIER MARCHING BAND OPEN REHEARSAL
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows, weather permitting. Parking is available at Culbreth Road Parking Garage, the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, and the Central Grounds Parking Garage. There is limited street parking on University Avenue. Carr's Hill Field.  Directions: at the corner of Emmet and Ivy roads.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
October 21, Saturday
BALLETX
The Wayne Theatre.
Philadelphia-based BalletX brings its world-class dancers to Waynesboro The program includes three dances: Beautiful Once, Grant Partita and The Last Glass. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm.  $25.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
November 3, Friday
CASHORE MARIONETTES: LIFE IN MOTION
The Wayne Theatre.
The Cashore Marionettes reinvent the art of puppetry. The show sets scenes from everyday life to compositions by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and more. A matinee offering, Simple Gifts, provides humorous, sophisticated family entertainment. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 7:30pm.  $7.50 matinee, $25 evening performance.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-999. 
 
November 3, Friday
UVA CAVALIER MARCHING BAND OPEN REHEARSAL
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows, weather permitting. Parking is available at Culbreth Road Parking Garage, the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, and the Central Grounds Parking Garage. There is limited street parking on University Avenue. Carr's Hill Field.  Directions: at the corner of Emmet and Ivy roads.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
November 4, Saturday
12TH ANNUAL BEST OF BOTH WORLDS DANCE AND STEP COMPETITION
The Paramount Theater.
Come see a fusion of dance and step teams competing for their share of $2,500 in cash and prizes, as well as bragging rights for the best in this highly competitive event. Some of the top college, high school, and community teams throughout the region will share the stage for one afternoon only. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  3pm, doors open 2:30pm.  $15.25 advance, $18.25 day of show, 5 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
November 11, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY INTERACTIVE CONCERT
Charlottesville Symphony.
In conjunction with the Virginia Film Festival's Family Day, the Charlottesville Symphony will perform an interactive concert prior to the screening of the Family Day featured film, introducing musical themes from the movie. Afterward, everyone is invited to the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo in Helms Theater. Culbreth Theater, UVA Drama Building.  TBA.  Email: orchestra@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3139. 
 
November 15, Wednesday
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: AN ASTROPHYSICIST GOES TO THE MOVIES
Altria Theater.
From Star Wars to Frozen to The Martian. An entertaining and enlightening review of all the science that our favorite movies got wrong, combined with some of the stuff they got right. Incorporates the latest films as well as some classics that you may not have known had any science in them at all. Altria Theater, Richmond.  7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
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. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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October 20, Friday
FLOATING PUMPKIN PATCH
Crozet Parc YMCA.
Pick your pumpkin out of the pool. Includes food, music and Halloween-themed games and activities. Crozet PARC YMCA.  6pm.  $2 for members, $4 non-members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
October 20, Friday
HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE LITTLE GYM
The Little Gym.
Join in a Spooktacular Halloween Party. For an evening of Treats (no tricks), parents and children ages 4 months to 3 years old are invited from 5:30-6pm. For some fantastic fun for children ages 3 to 12 years old, stop by from 6:15-7pm. Costumes are optional but encouraged. The Little Gym.  5:30-6pm ages 4 months-3 years, 6:!5-7pm ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  Email: tlgcharlottesvilleva@thelittlegym.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
October 21, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL PANCAKES FOR PARKINSON'S
Michael J Fox Foundation.
Enjoy pancakes and entertainment on the Lawn. Donations taken to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. University of Virginia's South Lawn.  9am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: P4PatUVA@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-9867. 
 
October 21, Saturday
25TH ANNIVERSARY DAY AT WALTON'S MOUNTAIN MUSEUM
Walton's Mountain Museum.
Come enjoy live music, children's activities, crafters and tour so the museum. Walton's Mountain Museum, Schuyler.  10am-3:30pm.  Email: waltonmt@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-831-2000. 
 
October 21, Saturday
HARVEST DINNER
Gordonsville United Methodist Women.
Come enjoy the annual Harvest Dinner to raise funds for UMW Missions. This year's proceeds will also benefit disaster relief operations through UMCOR. The dinner includes Ham, Turkey, Dressing, Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn Pudding, Cranberry Sauce, Rolls, Dessert and Coffee/Tea. Dine in and Take-out tickets available at the door. Gordonsville United Methodist Church.  5-7pm.  $12 adult and $6 child.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jessica Smith.  Email: 3dgrayce@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-2940. 
 
October 21, Saturday
HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS
Piedmont Family YMCA.
Come to the Brooks Family YMCA for Halloween fun. Brooks Family YMCA.  9-10am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rvinson@piedmontymca.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 21, Saturday
JOURNEYS FALL FAMILY DAY
Hospice of the Piedmont.
For families who have been affected by the death of a loved one, this camp offers activities and creative expression to encourage bonding and communication while memorializing their loved one. Children and teens age 5-18 are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Camp Holiday Trails.  8:45am-4:45pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
October 21, Saturday
MUSERY: POETRY IN NATURE
Wildrock.
Join writer and Wildrock Host, Zoe Krylova, to gather together in nature and find the inspiration to write poetry. Listen to the plants, feel the elements against your skin and get in touch with your senses. You'll work on individual and collaborative pieces. Wildrock.  Directions: 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet.  10:30am to 12:00pm.  $Pay What you Can.  Recommended for ages 8 to 100.  Contact: Wildrock.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5100. 
 
October 21, Saturday
TRICKY TRAY RAFFLE AND AUCTION
ECSP PTO.
Fabulous prizes include restaurant gift cards, tickets to area museums and sports events, kid and adult gift baskets, season tickets and more. Funds raised will improve the children's playground. BBQ food truck and sweet treats will be available. Effort Family Life Center, 7820 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra.  3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: n/a  Contact: Maria Clark.  Email: jcmrva1008@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-893-6351. 
 
October 15 & 22, Sundays
FRENCH CREPE DAY
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.
Take in the view while enjoying a selection of freshly made chef-prepared sweet or savory crepes paired with salad and your favorite DelFosse wine. DelFosse Vineyards and Winery, Faber.  11am-3pm.  Email: info@delfossewine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-6100. 
 
October 22, Sunday
GOBLINS AND GOURDS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin decorating, storytelling and fun in the Children's Garden. Fun for the whole family. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  1-4pm.  $Free with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
September 30-October 23
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. 
 
October 24, Tuesday
LAURA LEE GULLEDGE COMIC WORKSHOP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join local Eisner Award-nominated graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulled for a workshop on writing and drawing comics. Ages 10 to adult. Required registration begins October 3. JMRL - Crozet Librar.  6:30-8pm.  Recommended for ages 10 to 99.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 27, Friday
CARVING AT CARVER
Charlottesville Parks & Recreation.
A family pumpkin carving contest with carving tools provided but you must bring your own pumpkin. Carving teams must have at least one adult and one child participating. Pumpkins will be displayed at the Downtown Safe Halloween Festival. An award will be given to the pumpkin that gets the most votes. Carver Recreation Center.  6-8pm.  $5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
October 27, Friday
HOGWARTS HALLOWEEN
Grace Episcopal Church.
Enjoy Gringots, Diagon Alley, first year classes, Hogwarts Pizza and candy & treats. This is a free event that is open to the public but be sure to bring some treats to share with the kids. RSVP. Grace Episcopal Church.  6pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-3549. 
 
October 27, Friday
KIDS' COSTUME BASH
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Come dressed in your best costume for this night of Halloween fun with themed snacks and kids drinks (included). Activities include mummy wrap, fingerprint ghosts, Halloween spider and magnet painting. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  Directions: Pavilion.  5-7pm.  $10 per child members, $12 child guests.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
October 28, Saturday
17TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HOOPLA
CMoR.
Adults and children are invited to dress in their Halloween best for family fun at CMoR Central. Trick or Treat through the kid-sized neighborhood complete with spooky decorations. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities and crafts and more! Kids get in free but will still need a ticket. CMoR Central, Richmond.  2-7pm.  $4 for adults, children free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7063. 
 
October 28, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
Carter Mountain Orchard.
A family-oriented event that is fun for young and old. And, there are still plenty of apples to pick. Pumpkin carving contest, Halloween parade and contest, caramel apple dipping station, trick-or-treat, hayrides and more. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833 . 
 
October 28, Saturday
9TH ANNUAL CROZET SPIRIT WALK
Field School.
Come to this fun, family-friendly event where a historical play is acted out through the streets of Crozet. This year's walk depicts events from the early 20th century through World War II. Field School, Crozet.  6:30-9pm.  $10, under 15 free.  Email: tracy@fieldschoolcv.net.
 
October 28, Saturday
A HAUNTING HALLOWEEN
Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation.
Take part in a Pumpkin Painting Contest, Halloween-themed crafts and games, costume contest and more. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra.  Directions: 1730 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra.  6-9pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 842-3150. 
 
October 28, Saturday
AFTER HOURS: LIBRARY HAUNTED HOUSE
JMRL - Central Library.
Get a little spooked at the haunted house. Free comics will be handed out as well. Supervision required for kids under 10. Central Library.  6-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 16.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 28, Saturday
ASHTON'S BIRTHDAY WISH COAT DRIVE
Ashton's Birthday Wish.
Live music, face painting, meet & greet with firefighters, photo booth, Halloween costume contest and more. Bring along a new or like-new coat to donate to needy kids in the area. Toy Lift founder Tom Powell will also be accepting new toy donations. Applebees and Bojangles at Pantops.  11am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: ashtonswish@aol.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October, Fridays & Saturdays
DARK STAUNTON TOUR: TALES OF MURDER, MYSTERY AND HAUNTS
Black Raven Paranormal.
Tales and stories of the unusual in Staunton including unsolved murders, mysterious secrets and legends. No one under 10 years of age permitted. Reservations are recommended. Corner of New Street and Johnson Street.  9pm, arrive at 8:45pm.  $10 adults.  Email: ghostsofstaunton@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-448-2743. 
 
October 28, Saturday
DOWNTOWN SAFE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL
BAMA Works / Charlottesville Parks and Recreation .
Costume contests, games, entertainment and safe trick-or-treating on the Downtown Mall. Sprint Pavilion.  2-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 28, Saturday
DOWNTOWN TRICK OR TREAT
Staunton Downtown Development Association / Staunton Parks & Recreation.
Families are invited to visit the Wharf. Kids and their parents will receive a list of participating shops and businesses for trick or treating. Enter the costume contest at Sunspots Pavilion for a chance to win prizes. 10am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3867. 
 
October 28, Saturday
FAMILY VOLUNTEER EVENT
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Celebrate the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods and communities, and raising awareness about of the issue of food insecurity in our region and the impact it has on the community. Tour the Food Bank and then get to work on a volunteer project. Space is limited. Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.  10am-12pm.  $Free, donations accepted.  Contact: Jennifer Clark Robertson.  Email: jclarkrobertson@brafb.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-213-8402. 
 
October 28, Saturday
GHOULS, GOURDS & GRAPES
First Colony Winery.
Enjoy the fall foliage while you enjoy live music from Gina Sobel, hayrides through the vineyard, Spice Sea Gourmet food truck and winery tours. Bring the kids for some pumpkin decorating. Pumpkins will be available to purchase and decorating supplies will be provided. Anyone in costume will receive a discount on all purchases. First Colony Winery.  Directions: 1650 Harris Creek Road. From I-64, take exit 121 to 20S. Travel 10 miles, then take a right onto Harris Creek Road. Winery is at the end of the road.  12-5pm.  $7 for pumpkin, $5 for wine tasting.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Martha Hayman.  Email: info@firstcolonywinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7105. 
 
October 28, Saturday
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR & OPEN HOUSE
Piedmont Family YMCA.
Halloween fun and an open house. Jefferson School City Center.  12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: rvinson@piedmontymca.org.
 
October 28, Saturday
OPEN HOUSE & HALLOWEEN
Jefferson School City Center.
Come to celebrate Halloween and enjoy an open house at the Jefferson School. Jefferson School City Center.  12-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: admin@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8723. 
 
October 27-28, Friday-Saturday
STONY POINT RURITAN ANNUAL HAUNTED BOO HOUSE
Stony Point Ruritan Club.
Fun evening with concessions, conversations and firepit. Stony Point Ruritan Club.  Directions: 2835 Watts Passage.  6-10pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Crystal Buyaki.  Email: caskeens@yahoo.com. For more info call: 973-7026. 
 
October 14, 21 & 28, Saturdays
THE AUTUMN LEAF RAMBLER
Old Dominion Chapter - National Railway Historical Society.
Experience the relaxation of bygone days, traveling by train in reclining seat coaches or open-air sightseeing cars. The vintage diesel train will wind through the beautiful hills, farmland and forests of Central Virginia. Enjoy the Tom Mix Rangers reenacting a real western gunfight out of the Old West. Dillwyn.  Directions: Dillwyn Depot (Buckingham Branch Railroad office).  9:30am-1pm.  $30 adults, $18 children 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kim Young.  Email: kimyoungmarshall77@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-231-4324. 
 
October 28, Saturday
TRUNK OR TREAT
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
A fun and safe event for children and families, all children are invited to dress up and trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk. There will be hotdogs, chips, refreshments, crafts, games, bouncy house, petting zoo and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are asked to not wear masks. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  3-6pm.  $Free.  Contact: Rachel Miller.  Email: rachelmiller@cvaumc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5806. 
 
October 29, Sunday
HALLOWEEN HOOPLA
CharlottesvilleFamily & Whole Foods Market.
Come join us and Whole Foods Market for the 2nd Annual Halloween Hoopla. This fun-filled event will include activities and games (2-4pm), trick or treating in the store (4-5pm), a family-friendly outdoor movie at 6pm (bring a chair) and between 3 and 5pm, a visit from CharlottesvilleFamily's bee, Bumble! We encourage parents and children alike to come in costume! Whole Foods Market.  2-5pm.  For more info call: 984-4713. 
 
October 29, Sunday
HOWWWL-O-WEEN HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
Dogs take part in a fashion and costume contest and then take their owners on a hike along the Grelen trails. Please be sure dogs are on non-retractable leashes. Lunch will be available prior to the event start time. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  1:30pm.  $Free with suggested donation $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
May 7-October 29, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
Keswick Vineyards.
Every Sunday through October Keswick Vineyards is host to Yappy Hours! A family-oriented event where local animal shelters and societies will bring their dogs in need of homes to play with patrons and other dogs. A portion of sales in the tasting room are donated to the visiting shelter, and guests are always encouraged to bring their own animals. The dog park makes for a great space to let animals run free and get exercise while you enjoy your Virginia wine and enjoy the countryside views. Keswick Vineyards.  Directions: Tasting Room.  12-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
October 29, Sunday
YAPPY HOWL-O-WEEN
Keswick Vineyards / Green Dogs Unleashed.
Dress your pups in costumes watch the best-dressed pets win prizes from some wonderful local businesses. The sponsor shelter will be Green Dogs Unleashed, with a portion of the day's proceeds going to them. Costume contest begins around 2pm. Additionally, enjoy trick-or-treat specials. Keswick Vineyards.  Directions: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick.  12-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
October 31, Tuesday
DOWNTOWN HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT EXTRAVAGANZA
Orange Downtown Alliance.
An evening of Halloween festivities for all ages. Main Street will be closed off allowing safe entertainment and candy giveaways to children of all ages. Kids will be greeted as they walk by The Good Witch, The Scarecrow, The Wizard and Roxy the Clown. Cinderella will be there along with live music, dancing, face painting and much more. West Main Street, Orange.  4-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2540. 
 
October 31, Tuesday
HALLOWEEN ON THE LAWN
Students of The University of Virginia.
A long-standing tradition on the historic UVA Lawn. College students hand out goodies and parents don't have to worry about zooming cars. Stop by Edgar Allan Poe's room and say hello to the resident raven. The Lawn/Rotunda.  Directions: The Lawn is the grassy area on the inner side of the famous domed UVA Rotunda.  4-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3736. 
 
Now-October 31
PUMPKIN PATCH AT MILMONT
Milmont Greenhouse.
Pick your own at the pumpkin patch. Milmont Greenhouse, Waynesboro.  8am-5:30pm Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-8408. 
 
September 29-October 31, Saturdays-Sundays, Select Weekdays
TWIZTED CREATIONZ HAUNTED ATTRACTION
Creative Works Farm.
Just north of Waynesboro, get scared at this trail haunt with indoor and outdoor scenes. All benefits go to Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with chronic illnesses and other special needs. Creative Works Farm, Waynesboro.  Directions: Off Purple Cow Road.  6:30-10:30pm Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30-9:30pm October 19, 26, 30, 31.  $15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-471-1659. 
 
November 3, Friday
INLIGHT RICHMOND
1708 Gallery.
Over a hundred local, national and international artists and artist collectives display light-based art and performances across some of Richmond's most unique neighborhoods and sites, from Broad Street to historic Tredegar to the Riverfront Canal Walk. Begins with a community lantern parade. West Broad Street in the Arts and Culture District, Richmond.  6-7pm lantern making, 7pm parade.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 30-November 4, Saturdays
ARTS IN THE PARK
DBAC.
Artists, musicians, businesses and individuals who work or live downtown will share knowledge in free one-hour classes each Saturday. Sessions will be in the morning, afternoon or both depending on weather and what class is being offered. Emancipation Park, Charlottesville.  See website for schedule.  $Free.  Email: dbacville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-7607. 
 
November 4, Saturday
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN NINJAGO PARENTS SURVIVAL NIGHT
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Go out and leave the kids to have dinner and fun at The Little Gym. The Little Gym Charlottesville.  6:45-9:45pm.  $30 first child/members, $35 nonmembers.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
September 5-November 10
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST & TOURS
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
An annual competition challenging youth in grades 3-12, University students and adults to submit original poetry and prose compositions inspired by works on view in the Museum. This year's selections will be drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, and three new exhibitions. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
November 11, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO HOMETOWN HEROES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate Hometown Heroes--fire, rescue, police, and military. A flag ceremony by the local American Legion will start the day. See military and rescue vehicles on display and visit booths honoring and providing services for those who serve and have served. All hometown heroes (with ID) receive discounts all day on all purchases. Carter Mountain Orchard.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833 . 
 
November 11, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO
Charlottesville Symphony.
Faculty, student and community members of the orchestra offer a free musical instrument petting zoo as part of Virginia Film Festival's Family Day. Kids and their parents will have an opportunity to try out the instruments as well. The program is designed to help students make educated choices about the instruments they may choose to play in their school orchestra and band programs. Helms Theater, UVA.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: orchestra@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 11, Saturday
MAGICAL WORLD OF BALLET WORKSHOPS
Virginia Film Festival / Charlottesville Ballet.
As part of the Virginia Film Festival's Family Day, Charlottesville Ballet will teach two free 45-minute workshops. UVA Arts Grounds .  Directions: Drama 115C.  10:30am & 11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 11, Saturday
PERCY JACKSON FALL FESTIVAL AT AMAZEMENT SQUARE
Amazement Square.
Come experience the camp for demigods, inspired by the Percy Jackson book series. Campers will make shields, taste healing ambrosia, practice their catapult skills and collect camp beads. Amazement Square Genworth Education Center, Lynchburg.  10am-1pm.  $6 per nonmember child, adults free with child .  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
November 12, Sunday
YA AUTHOR PANEL & BOOK SIGNING
JMRL - Central.
Local authors SA Hunter, Theresa Kay, MK England and Morgana Villain will answer questions about the writing process and sign their books. JMRL - Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 18, Saturday
LET'S GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ARCHAEOLOGY
Monticello.
Kids and their grown-ups are invited for a sneak peak at the Monticello Archaeology Lab. Work with authentic artifacts and learn how archaeologists puzzle together pieces of the past to learn about the people who lived at Monticello. Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $12 adults, $9 children ages 7-11.  Recommended for ages 7 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
November 18, Saturday
THANKSGIVING SHOPPING AT THE FARMERS' MARKET
Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.
Come sip on potato and leek soup samples while you enjoy an arts and crafts show from the Madison Literacy Council. Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 17-November 28, Tuesdays (except Halloween)
BASIC GOOD MANNERS
Pampered Pets.
Dogs 17 weeks and older are invited to this class covering all the basic good manners that your dog needs to know to be a well-mannered member of the family: sit, down, stand, look, touch, wait, stay, come, leave it, trade, polite greeting and loose leash walking. Games will challenge and teach. You’ll be amazed at what your dog can do. Pampered Pets Training Center.  6-7pm.  $155.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-7387. 
 
July 6-December 7, First Thursdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT SERIES
Guitar Charlottesville.
Come enjoy live classical guitar concerts at The Haven on the first Thursdays of each month except for September 2017 when there will be the Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition on the second Saturday of the month. The Haven.  Directions: 112 Market Street.  7pm.  $10 (Suggested donation. None will be turned away).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rafael Scarfullery.  Email: rafael@rafaelscarfullery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 851-0674. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. 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. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
November 22, Sunday
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Whitesel Music, 108 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA,Whitesel Music, 108 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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October 21, Saturday
LION TO HOKIE 5K RUN AND 1.5-MILE WALK
Kyle Wesley Anderson Leadership Award Scholarship Fund.
Come run or walk to benefit the Kyle Wesley Anderson Leadership Award Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to Louisa County grads who enroll at Virginia Tech and become Hokies. Louisa County High Football Stadium.  8:30am.  $20.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-465-5038. 
 
October 21, Saturday
SPARC OF HOPE WALK/RUN
Suicide Prevention Awareness Resource Council.
Come participate in this 3-mile run/walk with terrain that includes gravel and earthen paths. Strollers, wheelchairs and leashed pets are allowed. Prizes will be awarded for the team raising the most funds and the team with the most members in attendance. Please plan to enjoy refreshments, visit the ManCave or play a bit of cornhole. East End Farm, Gorduonsville.  8am run, 9am speakers, 9:30am walk.  $See website for details.  All ages welcome.  Email: admin@sparchope.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1800. 
 
October 21, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. BOSTON COLLEGE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  TBD.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
October 28, Saturday
2017 RVA TOUR DE CURE
America Diabetes Association.
Choose your distance and walk, run or ride knowing that each mile (fully supported with rest stops, SAG vehicles and more) makes a difference. Check out the vendors before or after your ride or walk, a fun kid zone for any age and the finish festival. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Goochland.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Laura Haemker.  Email: agarelick@diabetes.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-225-8038. 
 
October 28, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL UNCORKED TRAIL 5K
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Celebrate Halloween with a run through the vineyards. This run will treat you to a good time with fellow "Will Run For Wine" enthusiasts. Costumes are optional, but encouraged! Walker, goblin and ghost-friendly. Inclement weather will postpone the race day to Sunday October 29. Early Mountain Vineyards.  9am.  $30-45.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 28, Saturday
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
Alzheimer's Association.
Join the Alzheimer's Association in their annual walk to support Alzheimer's research. There's no fee to register, but each participant is expected to fundraise. Albemarle County Office Building.  Directions: 401 Mcintire Road.  8am registration; 9am walk.  All ages welcome.  Email: csimpson@alz.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-6122. 
 
October 29, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE HEART WALK
American Heart Association.
Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family. Choose from 5K or 3.1 mile noncompetitive walk. Fontaine Research Park.  1pm activities, 2pm walk.  $Free; walkers who raise $100 eligible for t-shirt.  Email: charlottesvilleheartwalk@heart.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-965-6587. 
 
October 29, Sunday
DANGER! ZOMBIES! RUN! 5K
Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports.
Escape the undead as a human, or chase humans as a zombie and turn them into zombies by taking their life (ribbon on their backs). Historic Downtown Mall.  8:30am .  $Various costs.  Email: francesca@badtothebone.biz. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-0402. 
 
November 4, Saturday
21ST ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK FOR SHELTER
Shelter for Help in Emergency.
This run in downtown Charlottesville benefits the Shelter for Help in Emergency, which serves victims of domestic violence. Downtown Mall.  Directions: Race begins at Mudhouse and ends at The Jefferson Theater.  7-7:45am race registration; 8am race starts.  $25-$30.  Email: jspangler@shelterforhelpinemergency.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 963-4676. 
 
November 4, Saturday
DRAGON DASH 5K AND FUN RUN/WALK
North Branch School.
Support North Branch School and its fitness program by participating in a 1-mile fun run/walk or 5k race. Enjoy refreshments, a grab bag drawing, results, and fun festival following the runs. Children under 6 can participate in a shorter "Dragon Parade" walk. North Branch School, Afton.  8am fun run/walk, 8:30am 5k race.  $Varies.  Email: info@north-branch-school.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8450. 
 
November 4, Saturday
MONTPELIER HUNT RACES
Montpelier Steeplechase and Equestrian Foundation.
Experience world-class steeplechase horse races. Enjoy the Jack Russell Terrier races, kids' stick-horse races and Vendors Row. Montpelier.  Directions: Montpelier Station.  9am-6pm.  $20 general admission, $30 parking, free for ages 12 & under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Martha Strawther.  Email: martha@montpelierraces.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-0027. 
 
November 4, Saturday
RESCUE RUN 5K
Madison County Rescue Squad Inc..
Come run or walk and raise money for Madison County's Rescue Squad, a volunteer organization that needs support from the community to run effectively. 1830 Thrift Rd., Madison.  10am.  $25 adult, $5 for 10 and under.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 4, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. GEORGIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  TBD.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 10, Friday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. UNC GREENSBORO
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer the 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm Thursday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 12, Sunday
13TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE MEN'S 4-MILER
University of Virginia Department of Urology / Charlottesville Track Club.
Join other runners for the annual race through UVA grounds starting and finishing at Scott Stadium. Scott Stadium.  7:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9107. 
 
November 12, Sunday
2ND ANNUAL WARRIOR HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
This annual hiking event will benefit Warrior Expeditions, a nonprofit organization helping veterans have a smooth transition back into civilian life. Hike the Grelen Trails for as many miles as you want, picking up tokens along the way. Turn them in at the end for a chance to win prizes. More miles equals more tokens and better chances at winning. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  12-4pm.  $25-60, Children 6 an under free with adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 12, Sunday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. BOSTON COLLEGE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Central Connecticut. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 13, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. AUSTIN PEAY
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 16, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. GEORGIA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Georgia. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 19, Sunday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MONMOUTH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
September 2-November 24
FOOTBALL WEEKENDS AT ALUMNI HALL
The UVA Alumni Association.
Gather at Alumni Hall three hours before kick-off for every home game. These tailgates feature live bands, tap takeovers by local breweries, kids activities, food, drinks and more. Several big-screen TVs let you catch all the college football gamed action too. One-way shuttle service is provided from Alumni Hall to Observatory Hill Dining Hall across from the stadium. The UVA Alumni Association.  Directions: 211 Emmet Street South.  $Free to attend; Food available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Bartus-Dobson.  Email: jcb9ed@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-9042. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.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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September 11-October 23, Mondays
READING RUMPUS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 23, Monday
SPOOKY NIGHT STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Come prepared to hold tight to your lovey and shiver as all things spooky are celebrated in this evening storytime. Spooky variations on favorite rhymes and songs, too. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 28, Saturday
GHOST STORIES OUTSIDE ... IN THE DARK
Staunton Public Library.
Members of the Shenandoah Storytelling Guild will CHILL you with tales of HORROR. These stories are for brave adults and children over the age of 8. Will be held inside if there is inclement weather. Costumes welcome. Hot drinks & cookies will be served. Staunton Public Library.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Melissa.  Email: library@ci.staunton.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3800. 
 
September 14-November 2, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 11-November 13, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME FALL SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Ten to 15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages 6-24 months with a caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
November 13, Monday
READ LOCAL: STORYTIME WITH HANNAH BARNABY
JMRL - Central Library.
Come in your PJs and prepare to cozy up with your snuggly as local author Hannah Barnaby shares a special Starry Nights Storytime featuring her picture books. JMRL - Central Library.  6:30m.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 13-November 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. JMRL- Northside Library.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 13-November 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 2-December 30, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Fridays & Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  10am Fridays, 12pm Saturdays.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For more info call: 295-2552. 
 
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.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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October 19-22, Saturdays & Sundays
WILL & WHIT: THE MUSICAL
DMR Adventures.
Will & Whit is based on the young adult graphic novel by local author Laura Lee Gulledge and features music composed by local musician Ceci Vaughan. See a talented cast of local performers under the direction of Melissa Charles, with music director, Celena Cox, and will be staged in the new black box theater at Belmont Arts Collaborative at oad. Black Box Theater, Belmont Arts Collaborative.  Directions: 221 Carlton Rd.  7pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday; 3pm Saturday; 6pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 25, Wednesday
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS: "BIEDERMANN AND THE FIREBUGS"
Theatre CHS.
A one-act play. Charlottesville High School Black Box Theatre.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7pm.  $10 adult, $5 CHS Student, $15 VIP Front Row.  Email: theatrechsboxoffice@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2725. 
 
October 26-28 & November 3-5
ROMEO AND JULIET - RECONSTRUCTION OF LOVE
PVCC Fine and Performing Arts.
A modern interpretation in this reimagined production where star-crossed lovers are caught between the pull of family relationships and personal desires. The piece includes a range of dance styles accompanied by an original soundscape. Due to limited space, no late seating is allowed. Maxwell Theatre.  7:30pm, 2:30pm November 5.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
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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