Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
February 25-26, Saturday & Sunday
JEFFERSON CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: THE '60S: MUSIC THAT ROCKED THE WORLD
Jefferson Choral Society.
A concert by the Jefferson Choral Society featuring music from the 1960s. Timberlake United Methodist Church, Lynchburg.  7:30pm February 25, 4pm February 26.  $20 adult, $15 students, Free age 12 and under.  Email: jeffersonchoral@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 528-5700. 
 
February 28, Tuesday
YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia.
St. Anne's Belfield's Greenway Rise Auditorium.  Directions: 2132 Ivy Rd..  7pm.  $15 adults, free for children under 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-7776. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
March 3, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS #BLACKOWNEDCVILLE
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Photography exhibit by local documentary filmmaker and photographer Lorenzo Dickerson. This exhibit, featuring photos of contemporary, black-owned Charlottesville businesses is part of the 2017 NEA Big Read. Refreshments will be served. JMRL - Central Library.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 20-29
ART CONNECTION 2017: DIVISION-WIDE ART SHOW
Charlottesville City Schools.
Come and see why Charlottesville City Schools are known throughout the commonwealth of Virginia for their exemplary K-12 Fine Arts programs. Charlottesville High School.  open weekdays from 9am-3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Exhibition Open Through Spring 2017
ART AND COUNTRY EXHIBITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with "country," their homeland. 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
 
March 5-May 13, Select Sundays & Saturdays
CAROMOUNT FARM OPEN HOUSE & SNUGGLE SESSIONS
Caromont Farm.
Enjoy a casual day sharing in the beauty of the farm and in the company of the baby goats. A pop-up shop selling cheese, tours of the farm, and other local business representatives will be available. Slots are limited. Check website for specific dates. Caromont Farm Kitchen, Esmont.  11am-4pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 831-1393. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
March 3, Friday
5TH ANNUAL ARTFEST IN THE WEST
Western Albemarle Schools.
Art Fest is a showcase of both the fine and performing arts programs in the western feeder pattern schools. Support the students and enjoy performances from the HMS Jazz Band, the WAHS Jazz Band, the WAHS Orchestra and WAHS Choir members. Displays of school art will also be showcased. Western Albemarle High School.  6-9pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 11, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL RICHMOND BLUEGRASS JAM
Thirty of the region's best bluegrass and Americana bands play on three stages for 12 straight hours at this free, family-friendly event. Proceeds will support the creation of a new Fisher House facility in Richmond, a home away from home for families of veterans and active-duty soldiers recuperating at Richmond's McGuire Veterans Medical Center. Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen.  12pm-12am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Tuesday
POETRY & PROSE CELEBRATION
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Open to participating students and their family and friends, this event features readings of original works by area middle and high school students who participated in the 2017 Poetry & Prose Contests. Omni Hotel.  7-8:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 23-25, Thursday-Saturday
DOGWOOD TREE SALE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Your purchase of a dogwood tree will help benefit the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival. White, pink and red dogwoods available while supplies last--most years sell out by noon. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  Directions: Parking lot near Burger King.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
March 22-26, Wednesday-Sunday
ANNUAL VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary. Programs include traditional author readings, book signings, StoryFest day of children's authors, panels on publishing and workshops on bookbinding. Various venues.  $Most events are free.  All ages welcome.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-6890. 
 
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
 
February 25, 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. 
 
February 25, Saturday
CIVIL WAR TRAIL AND GILMORE FARM WALKING TOUR
James Madison's 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 .  Directions: Tours begins in the parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Route 20 .  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
Daily in February
SLAVERY AT MONTICELLO TOURS
Monticello.
Guided outdoor tours focus on the experience of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the Monticello plantation. 12pm & 2pm.  $Included with admission.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
March 16, Thursday
JAMES MADISON'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Montpelier.
Commemorate the 266th birthday of America's fourth president and Father of the Constitution with the U.S. Marine Corps Band and Color Guard during this annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Madison Family Cemetery. Remarks made by William Anthills, director and CEO of UVA's Miller Center of Public Affairs. Afterward, Mr. Madison will accept birthday wishes at the mansion. A special in-depth tour highlighting Madison's role as Father of the Constitution will be offered at 11am and 3pm. Montpelier.  Directions: Ceremony begins at Madison Family Cemetery.  1:30pm ceremony, 11am & 3pm in-depth tours.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
February 24, Friday
OPEN HOUSE & POP-UP BOUTIQUE
MACAA.
The Monticello Area Community Action Agency, or MACAA, will host a combination open house and pop-up boutique to introduce the agency's work on behalf of low-income residents while raising money for its programs. The boutique will feature men, women and children's clothing. MACAA Offices.  Directions: 1025 Park St.  5:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Harriet Kaplan.  Email: hkaplan@macaa.org. For more info call: 295-3171 x3044. 
 
March 18, Saturday
CITY MARKET ARTS AT CARVER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Arts vendors come inside to Carver Recreation Center with local unique handcrafted wares. Carver Recreation Center.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kylie Cempre.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
March 11 & 13-18
HERE WEE GROW AGAIN!
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
This semi-annual kids' consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church's outreach efforts. Come find a bargain! The "Choose Your Charity" event is on March 8. The $5 admission cost on that day goes to the charity of your choice! Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 East Rio Road.  9am-3pm Saturdays, 10am-6pm Weekdays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5806. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
February 23, Thursday
"COLOR LINE OF SCRIMMAGE"
JMRL - Central Library.
JMRL - Central Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 27, Monday
GOOD HAIR
JMRL- Crozet Library.
JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 5, Sunday
TOY STORY [G]
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  11:30am & 2pm.  $7 adult, $5 kids 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
March 17, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "HIDDEN FIGURES"
PVCC.
A team of brilliant African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions. Rated PG. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
March 20, Monday
BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Free movie night. Rated PG-13. Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Final Thursdays
CENTRAL LIBRARY FILM SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
January 26: The Count of Monte Cristo; February 23: Color Line of Scrimmage with director Lorenzo Dickerson; March 30: My Architect; April 27: Night Bird Song; May 25: Birders: The Central Park Effect JMRL- Central Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
February 3-27
"NOT MADE IN CHINA" EXHIBIT
New City Arts.
Charlottesville artist Steve Taylor's exhibition of new paintings. Welcome Gallery.  Directions: 114 3rd St. NE.  12-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-5277. 
 
Second Saturdays
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
March 4, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation & Monticello Bird Club.
Join David White of the Monticello Bird Club for a bird walk. Beginners welcome. Binoculars available to share. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-9:30am.  $Free.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
Second Monday and Last Thursday of each month
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. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
February 24, Friday
CELEBRATION OF DANCE
National Dance Week Foundation.
Celebration of Dance is a family-friendly event that will showcase a variety of dance styles and dance groups from the local community. The event concludes with the announcement of the National Dance Week Foundation poster contest winners. Carver Recreation Center.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Maria Daniel.  Email: jdanceministry@gmail.com. For more info call: 970-3086. 
 
March 4-5, Saturday-Sunday
SNOW WHITE AND THE PRINCE
The Wayne Theatre.
The "Spotlight Stage" theatrical program presents this piece after eight weeks of learning all about musical theater. Historic Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center.  7-9pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 9, Thursday
ALEXANDER WHO IS NOT ... GOING TO MOVE
The Wayne Theatre.
A musical revue based on contemporary children's books for children in preschool up to third grade. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 11, Saturday
PUSH PHYSICAL THEATRE
The Wayne Theatre.
Award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre brings its performers to Waynesboro for an event that resembles a live action movie. Enjoy the dancers physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused acrobatic high-jinx. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  8pm.  $26 advance, $28 Day of Show.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 14, Tuesday
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
The Wayne Theatre.
A musical revue based on contemporary children's books. Grades 3-8. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 18, Saturday
CHOPINIANA & NEW WORKS
Charlottesville Ballet.
An eclectic evening of dance featuring selections from the 20th century romantic ballet Chopiniana and newly commissioned contemporary works as well. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  4pm.  $20 adults, $15 children, seniors, students and military.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
February 25, Saturday
HIDDEN FIGURES: NASA AFRICAN AMERICAN MATHEMATICIANS
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and NASA research mathematician Katherine Johnson did groundbreaking work on Project Mercury, Apollo 11 and other projects. Katherine Moore, Johnson's daughter, will discuss her mother's life and share videos. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
February 25, Saturday
IT'S CHILI IN FEBRUARY
First Colony Winery.
Enjoy a piping hot bowl of chili or soup (vegetarian and vegan soups available) with all the fixings, rolls, cookies, and First Colony wines. Live music from 1:00 to 4:00. Space is limited. First Colony Winery.  12-5pm.  $20, $8 kids before Feb. 22.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7105. 
 
February 25, Saturday
PAMPERED PETS FAMILY FUN EVENT
Pampered Pets.
Join us at the Pampered Pets for a family fun playtime with your leashed dogs. There will be a hands-on dog toy making station, training demos, refreshments and a raffle for free Pampered Pets services. Pampered Pets.  Directions: 601 Concord Ave.  1:30-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-7387. 
 
February 25, Saturday
UNCLE DEVIN SHOW
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Uncle Devin will give dynamic performances highlighting the history of percussion. Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.  11am & 1pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7003. 
 
March 3, Friday
20TH ANNUAL RISING STAR AWARDS
Piedmont Council for the Arts.
Celebrate the area's most talented high school students at the Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Awards. These awards are named after the much­ beloved UVA drama professor and former PCA board member who devoted a large part of his life to encouraging the talents of young artists, writers and performers. The Haven.  7-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvillearts.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 3, Friday
LITTLE PLANETS PLAYROOM GRAND OPENING
Little Planets opens its new play space for babies and toddlers. Front Porch Music School Building.  Directions: 221 Water St. E.  10am-12pm.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4714. 
 
January-March, 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.  6-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
March 11, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE POLAR PLUNGE FEST
A frosty above-ground pool awaits. Take a plunge for charity and strut your stuff during the Plunge Costume Contest. Students are welcome to join in the "Cool School Challenge" or "Coollegiate Challenge." The Shops at Stonefield.  Directions: 2100 Hydraulic Rd.  12-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: nrappaport@specialolympicsva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-726-3023. 
 
March 14, Tuesday
BOLT AGAINST DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Region Ten and the Virginia ABC prevention and education department.
BOLT (Being Outstanding Leaders Together) Against Drugs and Alcohol is an event for Charlottesville-area middle school students and their parents. Susan Bruce, the Director of UVA's Gordie Center for Alcohol Abuse Prevention will be presenting to the parents along with Sara Robinson from Region Ten's Child and Family Team. For the students, David Flood, a national motivational speaker will present. A free Bojangles dinner will be served. Registration is required. Monticello High School.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Contact: Kate Modica.  Email: katherine.modica@regionten.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-1464. 
 
January 11-March 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP 'N STOMP WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Winter registration begins January 3. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 18, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: MAPPING THE MOON
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. The Fralin Museum of Art.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Fralin Education Department.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
March 18, Saturday
NANODAYS AT UVA 2017
SEAS and nanoSTAR Institute.
Nanodays is an annual event is held in conjunction with UVa's Engineering Open House. This family-friendly, fun, free event will be at Wilsdorf Hall on Whitehead Road opposite the football stadium. All ages can enjoy hands-on nano, giant nanotubes, lab tours, nano games, design competition and the popular Oobleck pit! Wilsdorf Hall, University of Virginia.  9am-3pm.  $Free.  Special Needs Accommodation: Handicap accessible  Contact: Jerry Floro.  Email: jaf9r@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1730. 
 
March 19, Sunday
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS ENGINEERING DAY AT UVA
Society of Women Engineers/UVA.
Register for an afternoon of activities with the Society of Women Engineers at UVA. Designed to give middle school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demos, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students. UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Directions: Meets at Mechanical Engineering building.  $8.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 23, Thursday
FAMILY ART DROP-IN
JMRL - Northside Library.
Celebrate the Big Read selection by listening to '80s music and decorating a foam frame for a treasured family photo. For kids up to age 12. Northside Library.  3:45-5:15pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 25, Saturday
KITES AND FLIGHTS
First Colony Winery.
Bring your kite to First Colony Winery (or let us provide you with a kite kit) and enjoy a day of kite flying with your family. Food will be available for purchase, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. Admission is free. For $10 the winery will provide kite-making supplies and an instructor to help kids create their own, personalized kite! 2 Brothers food truck will be on site as well. First Colony Winery.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Martha Hayman.  Email: info@firstcolonywinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7105. 
 
March 29-April 27, Wednesday or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Please register for only Wednesdays or Thursdays. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too! Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
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. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 3pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@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. 
 
Third Tuesdays
SILENT DINNER POTLUCK
JMRL - Louisa County.
No talking during this silent dinner. A great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. Please consider bringing dessert of a side dish to share. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: louisa@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
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February 24-26, Friday-Sunday
MARDI GRAS WEEKEND
Wintergreen Resort.
Enjoy Wintergreen's annual Mardi Gras celebration! Wintergreen Resort.  Opening Hours.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
February 27, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. NORTH CAROLINA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against North Carolina. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
March 2, Thursday
THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
John Paul Jones Arena.
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family  creating memories that will last a lifetime. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Receptionist.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For more info call: 243-4960. 
 
March 10, Friday
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
Richmond Coliseum.
Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  7pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@richmondcoliseum.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
March 18, Saturday
2017 CHARLOTTESVILLE TEN MILER AND KIDS RUN
In addition to the 10 miler for adults, the day offers kids races of 1/4, 1/2, and 1 mile. This year's primary beneficiaries are 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, Foothills Child Advocacy Center and Literary Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle. Email: info@cvilletenmiler.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
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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March 11, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME: LEGO BATMAN MOVIE EVENT
Barnes and Noble.
Celebrate the release of The LEGO® Batman Movie. Kids can collect two limited edition trading cards (while supplies last) featuring characters from the movie. Enjoy giveaways, make and play themed moments with LEGO® bricks and blocks plus much more. 1035 Emmet Street.  4pm.  $Free.  Special Needs Accommodation: None  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
March 18, Saturday
ALL KINDS OF FAMILIES STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
JMRL partners with the Charlottesville Pride Festival in celebrating the beautiful diversity in all our families. We'll read stories, sing, dance, and create a rainbow craft. Best for families with children ages 6 and under, but everyone is welcome. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 23-March 21, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins January 10. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 11:30am, Tuesdays 9:30am.  $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. 
 
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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February 24-26, Friday-Sunday
SWEENEY TODD - SCHOOL EDITION
Miller School.
The Miller School of Albemarle puts on an adapted version, made directly with Stephen Sondheim, of Sweeney Todd. Miller School.  Directions: 1000 Samuel Miller Loop.  7pm Friday & Saturday, 2:30pm Sunday.  Contact: Kim Kelley-Wagner.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4805. 
 
March 8, Wednesday
RICHMOND BALLET AT PVCC
PVCC.
The Richmond Ballet performs new works and classical ballet. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $23 Adults, $17 Seniors/Students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3900. 
 
March 14, Tuesday
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
The Wayne Theatre.
A musical revue based on contemporary children's books. Grades 3-8. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 30
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS: "A RAISIN IN THE SUN"
Theatre CHS.
Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  Email: theatrechsboxoffice@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2725. 
 
December
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE
American Shakespeare Center.
The traditional holiday classic brought to life onstage. Expect to be right in the middle of this beloved tale with new twists, surprises, and a production filled with music and cheer for the whole family. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 South Market St., Staunton.  Various times.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
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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