Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
October 12, Sunday
KIDZ BOP "DREAM BIG, SING LOUD!" CONCERT
The Paramount Theater.
Kidz Bop kids sing their kid-friendly versions of today's biggest hits in this high-energy and interactive family show. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $25-$50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 14, Tuesday
GOODNIGHT SONGS PAJAMA PARTY CONCERT
JMRL - Northside Library.
Margaret Wise Brown's poems put to music. Wear your pj's, bring your stuffed animal or blanket, and enjoy bedtime snacks and a concert of lullabies by Tom Proutt and Emily Gary. For families with children ages 3 and up. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 17, Friday
MAMADOUT DIABATE MALIAN KORA CONCERT
UVa McIntire Department of Music.
Mamadou Diabaté is a renowned musician representing the Mandé tradition of West Africa. He comes from an illustrious family of hereditary musicians (jeliw) in Mali, who trace their lineage back to the founding of the Mande Empire in the 13th century. Mamadou is a kora (21-string West African harp) player and vocalist. In 2010, he was awarded a Grammy for his solo album. Same day 3:30pm lecture and demonstration. Old Cabell Hall, UVa.  8pm.  $10, $5 students.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: music@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3984. 
 
October 30, Thursday
NEW ORLEANS LEGENDS: PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND & ALLEN TOUSSAINT
The Paramount Theater.
An evening of music making with these New Orleans legends, pairing up for the first time ever. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $29.50-$75.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 31, Friday
CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN CONCERT
Westminster Organ Concert Series.
Spooky organ music for Halloween, followed by a tour of the pipe organ. This half-hour concert is free and fun for all ages! Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 400 Rugby Road. On Rugby Road next to Beta Bridge, just north of the Rotunda.  3:30-4pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jonathan Schakel.  Email: music@westminsterva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 963-4690. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
April-November 23, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAY
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Newly repaired with displays donated to understand both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
October 4, Saturday
OLD FARM DAY AT PLEASANT GROVE
Fluvanna Historical Society.
Celebrate the region's farming heritage with antique farm equipment, antique cars, arts & crafts, children's activities, demonstrations & exhibits, contests, entertainment and food. Pleasant Grove.  Directions: Rt. 54, Palmyra, VA.  9am-4pm.  $5/adults & teens, free for children 12 & under with paying adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: oldfarmday@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-9405. 
 
October 11, Saturday
APPLE DAY AT PHARSALIA
Pharsalia.
Apple talks and demonstrations, cider pressing, apple butter making, apple treats, manor house tours and more. 2333 Pharsalia Rd, Tyro.  10am-4pm.  $5, children under 6 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5231. 
 
October 4 & 18, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way! Enjoy live bluegrass music while kids pick pumpkins, play games, create crafts, explore the corn maze and visit with the clown. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE HARVEST AND APPLE BUTTER MAKING FESTIVAL
Drumheller's Orchard.
Take the family on a hayride and enjoy a wide selection of apples and cider, country music, moonbounce, sand art, pumpkin patch, corn maze, crafts and food. Kids will love trying their luck with the old-fashioned apple slingshot! Drumheller's Orchard.  Directions: 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane, Lovingston.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 4-26, Saturdays & Sundays
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fun with food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple! With extended hours on Saturdays, 8AM - 7PM (for the first 3 Saturdays in October). Carter Mountain Orchard.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 6-October 26
FALL FESTIVAL WEEKENDS AT HARTLAND
Hartland Farm & Orchard.
Get lost in the corn maze, root for your favorite pig in the pig races, take a hayride, ride down the 60-foot tall slide and more! Caramel apples for an extra fee. Hartland Farm & Orchard.  Directions: 3064 Hartland Lane, Markham.  $10; free for 3 & under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-533-6901. 
 
October 4-26, Saturdays & Sundays
SARAH'S PUMPKIN PATCH
Pick your own pumpkins, hayrides, mazes, corn hole and more! Caves Ford Lane, Orange.  Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 12-5pm.  Email: sarahspumpkins@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-8267. 
 
Weekends in October
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join the Chiles family for music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple! Carter Mountain Orchard.  8am-7pm the first 3 weekends; 9am-6pm the last weekend.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
Mid September-October
PICK YOUR OWN PUMPKINS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Pick your own from the pumpkin patch, or buy them in the market. Chiles Peach Orchard.  Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 20-November 1, Fridays & Saturdays
FALL FAMILY FUN DAYS
Layz S Ranch.
Find lots of family fun with a hay ride, corn maze, hay maze, hay pyramid with giant slide, corn slide, corn pit, apple sling shot, face painting and farm animals. 2253 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra.  4-7pm Fridays; 10am-6pm Saturdays.  $7/person, age 2 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@layzsranch.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 591-0898. 
 
August 30-November 2
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Check out the three miles of path through the corn maze and answer trivia along the way. Pick your own pumpkin, race pigs, ride the carousel and more! Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 3231 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  Weekdays 3-7pm, Saturdays 10-6pm, 7-10pm flashlight mazes, Sundays 12-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
September 13-November 2
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities/games. Liberty Mills Farm.  Directions: 9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset.  $10 for ages 5 & up, free for 4 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
July-November
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT THE ORCHARD
Chiles Orchards.
Who doesn't love pancakes? Join family and friends on the second weekend of each month for breakfast at the Orchard. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/oj. Chiles Peach Orchard 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.  9-11am.  $6.99 per person ages 12+, $3.99 per person under 12.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
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 4, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MINI MAKER FAIRE
MAKE Magazine.
It's time to make some noise, bring out our maker and crafter projects, battle some 'bots, and have some raucous family fun! Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Monticello High School.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1303 . 
 
October 4, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring the whole family to enjoy games on the museum's German farm, traditional food and music. Adults can visit the Beer Garden in the Cochran Pavilion. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: Take I-64 West toward Staunton, then I-81 North, exit 222 and follow signs.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
October 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday
AUTUMN CONSERVATION FESTIVAL
National Zoo.
Chat with world-famous scientists one-on-one and learn about their research and enjoy live music, kid's activities and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Smithsonian's endangered animals. National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal.  Directions: I-81 North to I-66 East. Take the Front Royal/US-522 exit, exit 6. Turn right at the end of the ramp and follow US-522 South/Remount Road through Front Royal and for about two miles south of town. Turn left into the CRC .  10am-3pm.  $30 car pass (allows admission for up to 6 people, additional guests $5/each).  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-3027. 
 
October 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday
FALL FIBER FESTIVAL AND SHEEP DOG TRIALS
Montpelier.
This celebration of rural life includes kids' and adults' workshops, shearing demonstrations, border collies herding sheep, craft vendors, food and music. Montpelier.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.  $5 adults, children under 16 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: fallfiberfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 26-October 5
STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA
State Fair of Virginia.
Come see Virginia's finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more! The Meadow Event Park, Doswell, Caroline County.  Directions: I-95 exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  see website for event times.  $Ticket prices vary; check website.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-994-2800 . 
 
October 11, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL AND CHOCOLATE CHASE 5-K RUN/WALK
First United Methodist Church.
Enjoy a day of chocolate indulgence, great music, and family fun. Chocolate Chase 5K Run/Walk, Kids for Kids half-mile race, chocolate vendors, musical entertainment, children's activities, silent auction, and games for all ages. Proceeds benefit local, national and international charities. Lee Park, Downtown Charlottesville.  8:15am-2pm.  $20 for Chocolate Chase.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jeanne Stanborough.  Email: naturelover10@comcast.net. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 11, Saturday
MASSANUTTEN FALL FESTIVAL
Massanutten Resort.
Enjoy over 50 arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors, chairlift rides, kids' activities, wine tasting and more! Massanutten Resort.  Directions: 1822 Resort Drive, McGayesville.  11am-5pm.  Email: marketing@massresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-207-MASS. 
 
October 12, Sunday
5TH ANNUAL DISCOVEROO -- CANCELED
Virginia Discovery Museum.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
October 11 & 12, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
A popular and fun family outing of live music, entertainment, wine tasting, children's activities and painting classes, food and artists and crafters showcasing their work in a wide variety of mediums for sale. Everything from pottery to puppets! Free parking. No pets permitted. Claudius Crozet Park.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $6 adults, free for under 12.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 11-12, Saturday-Sunday
VIRGINIA WINE & GARLIC FESTIVAL
Rebec Vineyards.
Wine tasting, gourmet foods, artwork, crafts and live music, a petting zoo and inflatable bounce for the kids. Rebec Vineyards, Amherst.  Directions: 2229 North Amherst Highway, off Route 29 between Lynchburg and Charlottesville, 5 miles north of Amherst.  10am-5pm.  $15-$30, children 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: winery@rebecwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-5168. 
 
October 4 & 18, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way! Enjoy live bluegrass music while kids pick pumpkins, play games, create crafts, explore the corn maze and visit with the clown. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 17-18, Friday-Saturday
CROZET SPIRIT WALK AND FALL FESTIVAL
The Field School of Charlottesville.
On a short bus ride and return walking trail, guests are introduced to famous friends who share their history of our community. The tour ends at the Field School where hot apple cider, donuts, baked goods, and the Field Schools famous home-made apple butter are available for purchase. The Field School, Crozet.  6:30-9pm.  $10 for adults, kids under 16 are free.  Contact: Leah Daniel.  Email: lud8a@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 409-1166. 
 
October 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE HARVEST AND APPLE BUTTER MAKING FESTIVAL
Drumheller's Orchard.
Take the family on a hayride and enjoy a wide selection of apples and cider, country music, moonbounce, sand art, pumpkin patch, corn maze, crafts and food. Kids will love trying their luck with the old-fashioned apple slingshot! Drumheller's Orchard.  Directions: 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane, Lovingston.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 4 & 5, 11 & 12, & 18 & 19, 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 our area's largest festivals. Pick apples and enjoy bluegrass music, cloggers, hayrides, horse rides and a craft fair. Hay mazes and even a few farm animals complete the fun. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
October 19, Sunday
MONTANOVA STABLES FOUNDATION FALL FESTIVAL
Montanova Stables Foundation.
Family fun at the horse farm. Music, kids' games, craft vendors, and horse demonstrations. Snacks will be available for purchase, outside food welcome. Pony rides and face painting will be available for an extra fee. A tack and horse ware consignment tent will offer gently used items. All proceeds go to benefit the Foundation's youth programming. 5170 Stony Point Pass, Keswick .  12-5pm.  $5 per person, $15 families.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sally McDowell.  Email: Sally.montanovastables@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-2905. 
 
October 19, Sunday
MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI FALL FEST
Mountaintop Montessori.
Seasonal activities, games & crafts. Enjoy the mountain views and local food. Mountaintop Montessori.  Directions: 440 Pinnacle Place.  1-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886 . 
 
October 25, 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, the museum's new operating moonshine still and more! Ferrum College.  Directions: 10 miles west of Rocky Mount, Va., on Rt. 40.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 25, Saturday
DOWNTOWN SAFE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation & Bama Works.
Costume contest, entertainment and safe trick-or-treating on the Downtown Mall. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  2-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
October 25, Saturday
HALLOWEEN FEST AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
Music, caramel apples, ghost stories, cafe open, a bonfire and night hikes in the berry patch. 15091 Yager Rd, Somerset.  5-10pm.  $see website.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
October 24-26, Friday-Sunday
BOO AT THE ZOO
National Zoo.
With more than 40 not-so-spooky treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. With traditional chocolates, as well as good for you snacks, souvenirs, and other items, thousands of Boo treat bags will be brimming with goodies at the end of the evening. Don't forget your costume! Tickets on sale Sept. 22 for non-members. National Zoo, Washington DC.  5:30-8:30pm.  $20-$30 tickets, $5-10 parking.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-4888. 
 
October 17-19 & 24-26
WINTERGREEN HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
Wintergreen Resort.
Come for a weekend of family-friendly Halloween events with spooktacular activities for all ages. Wintergreen Resort.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
Weekends in October
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join the Chiles family for music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple! Carter Mountain Orchard.  8am-7pm the first 3 weekends; 9am-6pm the last weekend.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
October 10-31, Friday-Saturday
HAUNTED CAMP WEEKENDS
Misty Mountain Camp Resort.
Trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, magic pumpkin patch, hayrides, karaoke, air brush tattoos, best decorated campsite contest 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. 
 
August 30-November 2
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Check out the three miles of path through the corn maze and answer trivia along the way. Pick your own pumpkin, race pigs, ride the carousel and more! Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 3231 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  Weekdays 3-7pm, Saturdays 10-6pm, 7-10pm flashlight mazes, Sundays 12-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
April 12-October
HISTORIC COURT SQUARE WALKING TOUR
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Various historical tours around Court Square, the Downtown Mall and local cemeteries. Directions: McIntire Building, 200 Second St NE across from Lee Park.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@albemarlehistory.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
October 16-17, Thursday-Friday
HAUNTED HENRICUS: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
Henricus Historical Park.
Sit by the fireside and listen to European stories early colonists told as they recounted 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. The harvest is in, the nights grow longer and danger lurks in the shadows. Ages 6 and older. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  7-9pm.  $8 adults, $6 youth ages 6-12.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
October 17-18, Friday-Saturday
ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN HOUSE
Monticello.
Celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month with an open house featuring displays and exhibits on recent discoveries in the field and lab, as well as walking tours of the vanished landscape. Monticello Visitors Center.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
October 24-26, Friday-Sunday
20TH 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. Oakwood Cemetery or Court Square.  $12 adults, $8 for kids 10 & under.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
October 24-26, Friday-Sunday
PUBLIC EXHIBITION OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHAS RELICS
Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour.
A free, public exhibition of historical Buddha relics will be on display. Baby blessings Oct. 25 11am-1pm. City Space.  10/24: 6-7pm; 10/25: 10am-7pm; 10/26: 10am-5pm.  Contact: Leena Rose Miller.  Email: LovingKindnessVA@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 305-6815. 
 
October 28-November 2
VICTORIAN MOURNING OBSESSIONS TOURS
Maymont.
Enter the doors of Maymont Mansion and immerse yourself in the Victorian rituals associated with death and mourning. Period artifacts, original Maymont pieces, mourning fashions, jewelry and keepsakes illustrate the 19th century customs associated with grief and condolence. Somber Victorian ladies and gentlemen lead this unusual tour, filled with macabre beliefs and memorabilia and details about the lives and deaths of Major and Mrs. James H. Dooley. Guided tours available every half-hour. Maymont, Richmond.  12-5pm.  $7.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April through November, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 15-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association and Piedmont Environmental Council.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Ashwood Blvd. at the South Recreational Facility in Forest Lakes.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tamerahammond@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 3-mid-October, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 823-1092. 
 
October 4-5 and 11-12
51ST ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES
Visit area homes to see the latest in building innovations. 12-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 11 & 12, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
A popular and fun family outing of live music, entertainment, wine tasting, children's activities and painting classes, food and artists and crafters showcasing their work in a wide variety of mediums for sale. Everything from pottery to puppets! Free parking. No pets permitted. Claudius Crozet Park.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $6 adults, free for under 12.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 10-12, Friday-Sunday
MARTHA'S MARKET
The Women's Committee of Martha Jefferson Hospital & Wells Fargo.
The 21st annual Martha's Market will feature more than 75 boutiques from across the country, turning the John Paul Jones Arena into a unique marketplace. 15% of every sale goes to support women's healthcare in central Virginia. John Paul Jones Arena.  Friday 9:30am-7pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-4pm.  $10 allows unlimited admission.  Contact: MJH Foundation/Lauri Wilson.  Email: LTWILSON@sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-8173. 
 
October 31, November 1, 3 & 4
DIVINE CONSIGN FALL SALE
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
This biannual consignment sale offers home decor, furniture, and women's accessories, jewelry and shoes. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 East Rio Road.  10am-6pm Friday, 9am-3pm Saturday, 11am-7pm Monday & Tuesday.  Email: cvilledivineconsign@comcast.net. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
October 7, Tuesday
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES - MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Films rated G. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 19, Sunday
CHARLIE CHAPLIN SHORT FILMS
The Paramount Theater.
Presentation on film preservation and screenings of three short Chaplin films The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  2pm.  $7-10.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 4-25, Saturdays
A PART OF THE SKY CALLED ORION
JMU Planetarium.
Full-dome film presentation about Greek, Egyptian and Inupiaq cultures and the different stories told about the same sky. Constellation starball and solar telescopes outside as well. James Madison University, Harrisonburg.  Directions: Exit 243 of I-81. Take Port Republic Rd to US-11 (Main St.). Turn right onto US-11. Turn right onto Grace St. Free parking on the right in front of Miller Hall..  11am & 1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-568-6211. 
 
October 26, Sunday
"GHOSTBUSTERS" AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
Classic movie and ticket price (ten cents) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of the theater. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  2pm.  $.10.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 26, Sunday
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: THE IRON GIANT
JMRL - Central Library.
Join Central Library for free fresh popcorn and fabulous films on the big screen. JMRL has chairs, but bring a blanket or pillows if you want to lounge on the floor. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 30, Thursday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie, Hocus Pocus. Tickets include a bag of popcorn! Food trucks, Early Mountain Vineyard wine, and movie snacks for sale. Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  7pm.  $6, children 3 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
October 1, Wednesday
PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
October 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday
FAMILY ART JAM: EXERCISING YOUR CURATORIAL VOICE
Fralin Museum of Art.
Children will discover the editorial choices made by Life magazine in Gordon Parks' 1948 photo essay, Harlem Gang Leader. Through careful exploration of the many Parks photographs that were not chosen for the magazine, children will curate their own photo essay about Red Jackson and his life. Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm 5-7 yr olds and 3-5pm 8-12 yr olds.  $15-$20 per adult/child pair.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
October 24, Friday
BOO BASH!
Virginia Discovery Museum.
A family-friendly party. Wear your costumes and explore the witch's cabin, meet the mad scientists, try boo bowling and win prizes. Ages 2-8 with an adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall.  6-7:30pm.  $6 members/$8 non-members.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
October 10-25, Friday & Saturday
CREEPY TALES
Frontier Culture Museum.
Start with a folktale or traditional ghost story from Europe and America's past, and add the ambiance of night and authentic surroundings on a lantern-lit tour to around the museum grounds. This popular event is best for older children. Frontier Culture Museum.  7-9pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg, VA.  5-8pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
May 2-October 12
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties, fascinating and showy, transform the Conservatory's North Wing as hundreds feed, flutter and fly around you. 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
October 4, Saturday
LEWIS & CLARK BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL
Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center.
Wooden boat rides in the Rivanna River nearby, guided trail walks and activities including making an egg carton caterpillar, creating your own Monarch butterfly mask, and doing butterfly sculptures. Small fee for some activities. The New Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center at Darden Towe Park.  Directions: Take a left in the park and keep staying left until you go up a hill. Parking is near the Center..  10am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alexandria Searls.  Email: alexandriasearls@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
October 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday
AUTUMN CONSERVATION FESTIVAL
National Zoo.
Chat with world-famous scientists one-on-one and learn about their research and enjoy live music, kid's activities and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Smithsonian's endangered animals. National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal.  Directions: I-81 North to I-66 East. Take the Front Royal/US-522 exit, exit 6. Turn right at the end of the ramp and follow US-522 South/Remount Road through Front Royal and for about two miles south of town. Turn left into the CRC .  10am-3pm.  $30 car pass (allows admission for up to 6 people, additional guests $5/each).  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-3027. 
 
October 10, Friday
FAMILY CAMP OUT: SPOOKY SPECTACULAR
Maymont Estate.
Meet some of Maymont's spooky creatures and celebrate Owl-oween! Explore the grounds on a lantern-lit hike as the (almost) full moon rises. Make s'mores and enjoy stories around the campfire. Following a night in your tent on Maymont's grounds, enjoy a continental breakfast and take a morning hike. Ages 4 and older; one adult must register for every four children. Register online by October 8. Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  6pm Friday-9am Saturday.  $40 per person/$30 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
October 18, Saturday
"FALL COLOR" WALK & TALK
The Market at Grelen.
With 600 acres of land, there are many wonderful areas to explore. Dan will discuss fall color and Q&A is encouraged. Typically 3-4 miles of walking, for ages 9 and up. 15091 Yager Rd, Somerset.  10am.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
October 24, Friday
PUBLIC NIGHT AT FAN MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY
UVA Astronomy Department.
Twice yearly, the public has an opportunity to observe stars and planets through powerful telescopes at Fan Mountain, weather permitting. Tickets are free but required. To obtain tickets (up to six), send a self-addressed stamped envelope with the number of tickets you are requesting to Fan Mountain Public Night, P.O. Box 400325, Charlottesville, VA 22904. Fan Mountain Observing Station.  Directions: 13 miles south of Charlottesville on Route 29.  7-11pm.  $ Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
October 3 & 24, Fridays
UVA 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 show. The rehearsal is free and open to the public. 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: on the corner of Emmett and Ivy Roads.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 4, Saturday
LATIN BALLET OF VIRGINIA'S FIESTA DEL SOL
PVCC.
Experience the rhythms of HIspanic cultures and Latin dance styles in this performance for the entire family. V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $15/adults, $10/seniors & students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5374. 
 
October 21, Tuesday
BOB BROWN PUPPETS CLOWNING AROUND
JMRL - Central Library.
Clown marionettes and their tricks, antics and general silliness. Best for ages 3 & up. Central Library.  Directions: 221 East Market Street.  11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 22-26
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: DRALION
John Paul Jones Arena.
Unique and colorful signature production fusing ancient Chinese acrobatic arts with harmony and nature. John Paul Jones Arena.  $42-$142.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-888-575-8497. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
October 3, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE GOVERNMENT SERVICES DAY
City of Charlottesville.
This annual event gives the community a chance to meet and talk with dozens of City departments and partner agencies about a wide scope of City services and programs with interactive displays, exciting demonstrations, educational tours, special guests and more. Downtown Mall.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: dickler@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3129. 
 
October 3, Friday
HABITAT LEGO BLITZ BUILD
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.
A hands-on, educational opportunity for kids and their families to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Aspiring young construction-enthusiasts (and their parents, too!) can play with over 250 pounds of Legos, while learning about Charlottesville's lack of affordable housing  and how Habitat is working with the community to give a hand-up in alleviating the crisis. Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  4:30-6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lydia Prokosch.  Email: lprokosch@cvillehabitat.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9066 ext 205 . 
 
October 3-5, Friday-Sunday
LEGO KIDSFEST
Lots of fun, hands-on, interactive and educational Lego activities, including individual building and family challenges, life-size models, princess and superhero Lego too. Greater Richmond Convention Center.  Friday 4-8:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-1:30pm and 3-7:30pm.  $22 adults, $20 kids ages 3-17, free for kids 2 & under.  Email: info@legokidsfest.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 4, Saturday
JOURNEYS BEREAVEMENT DAY CAMP FOR CHILDREN
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. Triple C Camp.  8:45am-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
October 4, Saturday
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF RICHMOND'S TOUCH A TRUCK
Junior League of Richmond.
Children can see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as meet the personnel who protect, serve, and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display include tractors, backhoes, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, and helicopters. The event also features special performances, food trucks, face painting, bounce castles, games, and a raffle. Richmond International Raceway.  Directions: 602 E Laburnum Ave.  10am-3pm.  $5/ea or $15/four family tickets.  Contact: Angel Lowe.  Email: touchatruck@jlrichmond.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-643-4886. 
 
October 5, Sunday
CIDER CELEBRATION SPCA FUNDRAISER
Fluvanna SPCA.
A benefit for the Fluvanna SPCA featuring silent auction, food, adoptable pets and family fun events. Castle Hill Ciderworks.  Directions: 6065 Turkey Sag Rd, Keswick.  1-4pm.  $15 advance, $20 at the door.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 591-0123. 
 
October 11, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL AND CHOCOLATE CHASE 5-K RUN/WALK
First United Methodist Church.
Enjoy a day of chocolate indulgence, great music, and family fun. Chocolate Chase 5K Run/Walk, Kids for Kids half-mile race, chocolate vendors, musical entertainment, children's activities, silent auction, and games for all ages. Proceeds benefit local, national and international charities. Lee Park, Downtown Charlottesville.  8:15am-2pm.  $20 for Chocolate Chase.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jeanne Stanborough.  Email: naturelover10@comcast.net. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 11, Saturday
STAR WARS READS DAY
JMRL - Central Library.
May the force be with you as the library celebrates all things Star Wars. Come in costume for a chance at prizes. There will be crafts, music, food and fun for all ages! No registration required. Central Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 11, Saturday
UVA ARCHAEOLOGY FAIR
University of Virginia.
Meet and greet with local field archaeologists, simulated dig, artifact making, scavenger hunt, face-painting, gallery tours, interactive computer visualizations, story-telling by Peter Jones (Tell us a Tale, WTJU 91.1 FM) and more! Free and open to the public, free parking. UVA Main Grounds.  11am-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 12, Sunday
UNIVERSITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL FALL FUN FAIR
University Montessori School.
Enjoy games, activities, crafts, and good times with friends while supporting the UMS Scholarship Fund. There will be face painting, a cider press, a bounce house, and more! University Montessori School,University Montessori School.  3-6pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@universitymontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-0583. 
 
October 15, Saturday
BINGO NIGHT
Scottsville Lions Club.
Bingo, prizes and proceeds go towards eyeglasses and hearing aids for those who can't afford them. Scottsville United Methodist Church.  7pm. 
 
October 22, Wednesday
PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Bring the whole family for some pumpkin carving fun. Pumpkins, tools, and decorations provided. Take your pumpkin home. Full and kids' menus available. Blue Mountain Brewery, 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Martha Hayman.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
October 24, Friday
"CARVING AT CARVER" PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in a family pumpkin carving contest at Carver Recreation Center! Tools will be provided but you must bring a pumpkin. Winning pumpkins will be displayed during the Downtown Safe Halloween Festival. Carvers must have at least one adult and one child (10 & up only) participating. Carver Recreation Center.  6-8pm.  $5 per family.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
October 24, Friday
PUBLIC NIGHT AT FAN MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY
UVA Astronomy Department.
Twice yearly, the public has an opportunity to observe stars and planets through powerful telescopes at Fan Mountain, weather permitting. Tickets are free but required. To obtain tickets (up to six), send a self-addressed stamped envelope with the number of tickets you are requesting to Fan Mountain Public Night, P.O. Box 400325, Charlottesville, VA 22904. Fan Mountain Observing Station.  Directions: 13 miles south of Charlottesville on Route 29.  7-11pm.  $ Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
October 25, Saturday
BOOK SIGNING
Alakazam Toys.
Meet local author Joseph Anthony and illustrator Cris Arbo of "The Dandelion Seed's Big Dream," the tale of a seed's journey over UVA and the Downtown Mall. Alakazam Toys.  1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1717. 
 
October 10-25, Friday & Saturday
CREEPY TALES
Frontier Culture Museum.
Start with a folktale or traditional ghost story from Europe and America's past, and add the ambiance of night and authentic surroundings on a lantern-lit tour to around the museum grounds. This popular event is best for older children. Frontier Culture Museum.  7-9pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
October 25, Saturday
HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL AT PLEASANT GROVE
Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation.
Take part in a Pumpkin Painting Contest, Halloween-themed crafts & games, costume contest and more. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra.  6-8:30pm.  Recommended for ages 2 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 842-3150. 
 
October 25, Saturday
HALLOWEEN IN DOWNTOWN STAUNTON
Children can visit the Staunton Downtown Development Association Witch and follow the pumpkins to participating stores to trick-or-treat. Participating Downtown Staunton stores.  10am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3867. 
 
October 25, Saturday
JUST REWARDS DAY FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
Senior Center, Home Instead Senior Care, JABA, UVA Health System.
This annual celebration of family caregivers includes workshops, massages, door prizes, lunch and free onsite care for family members. Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place.  10am-2:30pm, doors open at 9:15am.  $free.  Email: Christine.shaw@homeinstead.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 327-6283. 
 
October 25, Saturday
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.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 25, Saturday
SPOOKY PARTY
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Have some not-so-spooky fun at your favorite CMoR location! Featuring your little one's favorite princesses, themed games, and give aways! CMoR Central, CMoR Chesterfield and CMoR Short Pump locations.  10am-4pm.  $free with regular museum admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
October 26, Sunday
CARAMEL APPLE DIPPING WORKSHOP
Plunge your local Crozet apple into creamy caramel and decorate with an assortment of goodies! You must prepay for this event. All ages are welcome! Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Crozet Mudhouse.  2-3pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Margot Diaz.  Email: margot@mudhouse.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2240. 
 
October 26, Sunday
DOG FEST
The Animal Connection, Pampered Pets & Sammy Snacks.
Games, free treats, special events for all things canine with special guests and pet related services. Darden Towe Dog Park.  Directions: 1445 Darden Towe Park Rd.  1-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-7048. 
 
October 26, Sunday
DOG FEST
Animal Connection, Pampered Pets and Sammy Snacks.
Celebrate all things dog with games, treats, giveaways, raffles, pet adoption, howl-o-ween costumes and more. Family fun for canines and their companions. Darden Towe Dog Park.  1-4pm. 
 
October 26, Sunday
FREE RIDES ON THE GYPSY EXPRESS
Gypsy Hill Park Express.
On the last day of its 2014 operating season Gypsy Express, Virginia's hometown mini-train, will offer free rides! Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  1-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 26, Sunday
GOBLINS AND GOURDS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Celebrate harvest-time in the Children's Garden with a concert by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin painting, seasonal food tasting, hoop dancing and more! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  1-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
October 24-26, Friday-Sunday
UVA HOMECOMINGS CELEBRATION WEEKEND
University of Virginia.
This year's celebration will include talks, tailgates and other fun activities. Cheer on the Wahoos with football v. UNC, men's soccer v. Wake Forest and volleyball v. N.C. State. University of Virginia.  Email: uvahomecomings@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-9000. 
 
October 26, Sunday
YAPPY HOWL-O-WEEN
Keswick Vineyards.
Dogs, costumes, and support the Charlottesville/Albemarle SPCA. Keswick Vineyards.  Directions: 1575 Keswick Winery Drive.  12-3pm.  Email: info@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
October 27, Monday
DISNEY DAY AT PEACE FROGS TRAVEL/OUTFITTERS
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
From 3-4:30pm bring the Kids in costume to receive goodie bags & other prizes. A special Disney pirate guest will also be around for photos and revelry. From 4:30-6:30pm there will be a presentation by Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters' owner and Disney representative at 5:30pm. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters in The Millmont Shops.  3-6:30pm.  $free.  Contact: Claire Fornaro.  Email: claire@peacefrogstravel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
October 30, Thursday
DOGGIE HOWL-O-WEEN
This annual event includes doggie trick-or-treating, a parade on the downtown mall and a costume contest. Downtown Mall and Main Street Arena.  5-8pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 31, Friday
BABY BOO CAMP AND PUMPKIN PARTY!
Kira Sullivan.
Grab your favorite little goblin and join Baby Boot Camp for a spooky, halloween-themed Baby BOO Camp class, followed by a pumpkin party. Pumpkin-themed exercise class, complete with pumpkin weight lifting and pumpkin weaving. After class, enjoy pumpkin decorating for the kids and yummy, fall snacks. Bring your little one in a costume--yours is optional! Please bring a pumpkin (you decide the weight!) for you to use during class. Pen Park.  Directions: Once you enter Pen Park, turn left by the tennis courts and follow the road to the bottom of the hill.  9:20am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kira Sullivan.  Email: kira.sullivan@babybootcamp.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 953-6888. 
 
October 31, Friday
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. 
 
September 8-November 14
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
This annual competition challenges youth in grades 3-12, University students and adults to submit original poetry and prose compositions inspired by works on view in the Museum. Each year the first-, second-, and third-place-winning entries are published in an anthology. Schedule a tour. Submissions due Nov 21, 5pm. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
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October 5, Sunday
MEET THE TEAM DAY
UVA.
The UVA men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling team will hold a Meet the Team event and open house. Fans will have an opportunity to meet the players and tour the practice court, locker rooms, weight room, a luxury suite and the video services office at John Paul Jones Arena. John Paul Jones Arena.  4-5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-8821. 
 
October 11, Saturday
APPLE HARVEST 5K TRAIL RUN
Monticello Boy Scouts.
This is a 5k trail run along the wooded trails beside the Rivanna River and Heritage Trail in Fluvanna County. The run is open to children and adults of all ages. Participants will receive a wicking shirt and post race snacks. Pleasant Grove, Fluvanna Co..  Directions: Take I-64 east, Take the Zion Crossroads Exit, turn right on Rt. 15, continue to Palmyra, Turn right on Rt. 53, go for about 1 mile- the park is on the right, Look for the signs..  $20.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Randy Seelye.  Email: Currow1@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-4342. 
 
October 11, Saturday
BUZZ-BY-BELMONT 5K RUN/WALK
Clark Elementary School.
This family-friendly celebration of community, achievement, health and fitness is appropriate for all ages and all levels of fitness. Walkers, runners and strollers are welcome. Benefits the Clark Educational Opportunity Fund. Clark Elementary School.  Directions: 1000 Belmont Avenue.  8am race.  $15-$30.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@clark5k.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-3367. 
 
October 11, Saturday
KIDS 4 KIDS CHILDREN'S HALF MILER
First United Methodist Church.
Register your child for the KIds 4 Kids Half Mile Race, where kids run to help other kids! This year, all of the money we raise will be donated directly to the Eben-Nezer School in Ft. Liberte, Haiti. All runners will receive a water bottle and a medal. Adults who want to run can sign up for the FUMC Chocolate Chase 5K, which will start directly after the KIds 4 Kids race. First United Methodist Church.  Directions: Church parking lot is on the corner of High Street and 2nd Street. Near Lee Park..  7:30am.  $15 per child.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  Contact: Paige Lindblom.  Email: chocolatechase5k@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-6193. 
 
October 12, Sunday
FALL CLASSIC HALF MARATHON & 10K
Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports.
Tour some of the most scenic areas of Charlottesville, Virginia during peak fall foliage. The course travels many of Charlottesville's older neighborhoods and, for 2 miles, follows the beautiful Rivanna river paved footpath. Historic Downtown Mall.  7am.  $Various costs.  Email: francesca@badtothebone.biz. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-0402. 
 
October 18, Saturday
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. UVA Research Park.  9am.  $Free; walkers eligible for t-shirt after raising $100.  Contact: Payton Mallonee.  Email: charlottesvilleheartwalk@heart.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-965-6587. 
 
October 26, 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. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-0402. 
 
October 24-26, Friday-Sunday
UVA HOMECOMINGS CELEBRATION WEEKEND
University of Virginia.
This year's celebration will include talks, tailgates and other fun activities. Cheer on the Wahoos with football v. UNC, men's soccer v. Wake Forest and volleyball v. N.C. State. University of Virginia.  Email: uvahomecomings@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-9000. 
 
October 1-30
CHARLOTTESVILLE SOCCER ACADEMY WINTER STARS REGISTRATION
Programs aimed at providing off-season training and playing opportunities for U10-U12 teams and individuals. 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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October 22, Wednesday
STORYTIME! AT THE HERITAGE CENTER
Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center.
Come and experience lively storytelling, songs, movement and activities as we delve into books exploring and celebrating African-American culture. These stories will jumpstart and enliven family and community conversation about our local and national culture. Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center 233 4th Street 2nd Floor.  Directions: Entrance is on Commerce St, one-block north of West Main Street.  3:30-5pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 8.  Contact: Mia Haruko Logan.  Email: admin@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8722. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
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October 5, Sunday
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
The Paramount Theater.
A silly and unexpected take by internationally acclaimed Visible Fictions. Two actors play all the roles. Recommended for ages 8 and older. The Paramount Theater.  4pm.  $8.50 youth, $12.50 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 3-5 & 10-12
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
ShenanArts.
In his classic and beloved novel, E. B. White tells the memorable story of Wilbur, a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte and their chatty animal neighbors. 300 Churchville Ave, Staunton.  7pm Fridays & Saturdays, 3pm Sundays.  $8-14.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Wheelchair seating and ramp  Contact: ShenanArts.  Email: theatre@shenanarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-712-0001. 
 
October 19 & 31
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: FRANKENSTEIN
The Paramount Theater.
National Theatre Live's 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Frankenstein and Jonny Lee Miller as the Monster, returns to cinemas October 19. The actors reverse their roles for the October 31 showing. Use discretion with children. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  7pm.  $10.50-$14.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 21, Tuesday
CYRANO DE BERGERAC
Albemarle High School.
Albemarle High School.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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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