Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
May-August, Thursdays
DINNER AND MUSIC AT GRELEN NURSERY
Grelen Nursery.
The Market is open late with a buffet grill, cheese plates and live music on the patio. Grelen Nursery.  Directions: 15111 Yager Road, Somerset.  5:30-8pm.  Email: questions@grelennursery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
June 16-July 28
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
Grab a blanket & meet up at the amphitheater. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The 2016 music line-up is as follows: June 16: Little Walter and the Convictions and Delicious Dishe Food Truck, June 23: Sun-Dried Opossum and My Takito Food Truck, June 30: The Findells and Cravingz Food Truck, July 14: Gabby Haze and Delicias Marina Food Truck, July 21: Erin & the Wildfire and Farm Fresh Fixin's Food Truck, July 28: Brian Patrick Band and Cravingz Food Truck Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
August 13, Saturday
11TH ANNUAL BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FEST
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
The Virginia Piedmont is known for its beauty, its history, its crystal clear streams and hardwood forests, but it is also the home of a rich musical tradition. Drawing on a Scots-Irish heritage, the Blue Ridge settlers created what we now call old time, bluegrass and Americana music. Join us to enjoy this uniquely American sound when Wintergreen Performing Arts will present its 11th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest. Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort.  12-7pm.  $30 adults, $10 ages 10-17, free under 9.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
August 16, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES: SMALL TOWN RODEO
James Monroe's Highland & The Front Porch.
Local food and alcohol vendors will be on-site. Plan to buy or pack a picnic and experience the beauty of James Monroes Highland at dusk. Bring your family out with blanket and chairs in tow to enjoy music by Small Town Rodeo. The band wrangles a perfect mix of bluegrass, outlaw country, classic rock, americana and newer roots music to please cowboys and city slickers alike. James Monroe's Highland.  6-9pm.  $Earlybird tickets (online only): $8 individual/$20 family. Door prices: $10/ $25..  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
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August 13, Saturday
FENCING FOR THE WIN
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Join us for a fencing demonstration with Blue Ridge Fencing Center. They will be demonstrating the Olympic sport of fencing, including historical techniques and some hands on fun. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 18, Thursday
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM WITH MY DARLING FURY
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
Explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville! Featuring local beer, cider and wine, as well as Charlottesville's best soul food trucks. Live music by My Darling Fury. This event has a Kids Zone with Australian-themed children's activities, as well as a Flat Chat Tour, a ten-minute discussion about an artwork on view by a museum staff member. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  5-9pm.  $5, Members Free.  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
 
Now-November, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAY
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Newly repaired with displays donated to understand both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
May-September, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fruit when it's a little cooler, shop in our Country Store, grab some donuts, cider and lite fare and then head into the Carter Mountain Wine Shop for wine (tastings by the glass or by the bottle). Perch on the decks to listen to free live music and catch an amazing sunset. Carter Mountain Orchard.  6-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
Now-early November
PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT AT HARTLAND ORCHARD
Hartland Orchard.
Pick sweet and sour cherries (late June), blueberries (all of July) and peaches (early July-early September). Visit the pumpkin patch September-November 1! Hartland Orchard.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-364-2316. 
 
Mid-June through early September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through early September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches (late July - August), donut peaches (late July - August) and nectarines (July - August). Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-6pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday (through August 25).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
August 6, Saturday
HILL TOP BERRY FARM & WINERY BLACKBERRY HARVEST AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.
It's an all day event- fun for everyone. Pick your own blackberries (or let the kids) while you enjoy a glass of your favorite Hill Top wine. Winetasting, food and live music. Admission includes logo glass, wine tasting and live music. Food available for purchase. There will be vendors on site with a variety of wares for sale. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1266. 
 
July 9-August 7
BLACKBERRY SEASON BEGINS
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.
Pick your own blackberries on our beautiful farm. No thorns! Blackberries priced by the quart. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.  9am-5pm.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1266. 
 
August 20, Saturday
THRILL OF THE GRILL CORNHOLE CHALLENGE
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Calling all "Grill Masters"! Show off your grilling skills and take the BBQ challenge. To keep the grilling field fair, competitions will be held at the Professional, Amateur, and Youth levels, with awards given for each division. Love to play cornhole? We'll have competitions going on all day. It's all in good fun, and we’ll have prizes too! Carter Mountain Orchard.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833 . 
 
August-early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Choose from 15 kinds of apples in a scenic location. See website for harvest schedule. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Monday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
July-November, second & fourth Saturdays & Sundays
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT THE ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Who doesn't love pancakes? Join us the second Saturday & Sunday of each month for breakfast with family and friends at the orchard! All you can eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping, plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/OJ. Check website for times. Chiles Peach Orchard.  9-11am Saturdays, 10am-12pm Sundays.  $6.99 for adults, $3.99 per child 12 & under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
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. 
 
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July 9-August 7
WINTERGREEN SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND ACADEMY
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Come to the 2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival where our theme this July is Expect the Unexpected. From our much-anticipated Classics concerts to our not-to-be missed Wild Wednesdays, experience some of the worlds greatest music played by distinguished guest artists and our fully professional orchestra in the setting of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, theatre, film, literature, history, food, and wine. Wintergreen Resort Park.  9:30am-11pm.  $various.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julianne Akins.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
July 28-30, Thursday-Saturday
ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL
The City of Charlottesville.
Celebrate the rich heritage of people of African ancestry and their contributions to the community, the nation and the world. Enjoy arts displays, parade and community health fair. See website for schedule. Washington Park and Carver Recreation Center.  Contact: Ruby.  Email: globalmresources@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825- 0115. 
 
July 25-July 30, Monday-Saturday
FREDERICK COUNTY FAIR
Horse shows, beauty pageants, petting zoo, concessions, carnival rides and more! See website for admission prices and schedule. Frederick County Fairgrounds, Clear Brook.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-667-8739. 
 
July 29-30, Friday-Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds.  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave, Louisa.  Contact: Sylvia Rigsby .  Email: president@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
July 27-30, Wednesday-Saturday
ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL FAIR & HORSE SHOW
Come out for some family fun with carnival rides, games and contests such as the Lip Sync contest, Water Wars and the Cornhole Tournament! See website for admission costs and schedule. Virginia Horse Center .  Directions: 487 Maury River Road, Lexington .  Email: dwork@horsecenter.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-464-2950. 
 
July 30, Saturday
STAUNTON FOLK FESTIVAL
Sunspots Studios, WQSV, Union Bank, Staunton Downtown Development Assn.
Performances will include singer-songwriter, Nathan Moore, the Heifetz Institute Hootenanny performers, Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling, and bluegrass banjo legend, Alan Munde of Texas. Bring a chair. No glass containers or alcohol. Sunspots Pavilion.  12-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Bring a chair  Contact: Doug Sheridan.  Email: doug@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
July 28-31, Thursday-Sunday
NIGHT SKIES FESTIVAL
National Park Service.
Night Skies Festival - Celebrate the valuable resource of dark skies through guest presentations by astronomy experts, Ranger Programs, and viewing the beautiful night skies Shenandoah National Park protects. Big Meadows Area.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 999-3500 . 
 
August 4-6, Thursday-Saturday
ALBEMARLE COUNTY FAIR
Albemarle County Fair.
This three-day agricultural celebration is full of festive, family fun in a historic setting. Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children's rides, contests and programs for the entire family! James Monroe Highland.  4-10pm Thursday, 10am-10pm Friday and Saturday.  $5, children under 6 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@albemarlecountyfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-2725. 
 
August 2-6, Tuesday-Saturday
AUGUSTA COUNTY FAIR
Augusta County Fair.
Tractor pulls, petting zoos, hot dog pig racing, laser tag and more! Augusta Expoland.  See website for schedule.  All ages welcome.  Email: acfair@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5627. 
 
August 6, Saturday
C-WELL FESTIVAL
barre.[d] studio.
The first annual outdoor celebration of health and wellness and wholeness. Browse health and lifestyle inspired tents. Wellness practitioners will offer services including therapeutic massages, acupuncture, physical therapy consultations, chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling and blood pressure screenings. There will be free classes all day, including barre, yoga, barre.[d] TOTS, kids dance class and hula hooping. Plus, dont miss the family games and giveaways! Lee Park.  10am-2pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Hanna Dobbels.  Email: info@barredstudio.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4349732030. 
 
August 1-6, Monday-Saturday
WARREN COUNTY FAIR
Warren County Fair Association.
Come enjoy events including beauty pageants, 4-H events, tractor pulls, a demolition derby, vendors and more! See website for schedule. Warren County Fairgrounds, Front Royal.  $Prices vary.  Email: wcfair@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-635-5827. 
 
August 4-7, Thursday-Sunday
FAIRFAX COUNTY 4-H FAIR AND CARNIVAL
Carnival rides, farm animals, tractor pulls, fair food, interactive exhibits and more! See link for schedule of events. Frying Pan Park .  Directions: 2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon .  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-324-7329. 
 
July 29-August 7, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family! See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Email: jeremy@virginiaaau.net . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
August 12, Monday
KID'S FUN TIMES
CharlottesvilleFamily.
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August 11-13, Friday-Saturday
TRISTEN FEST
Enjoy live music, food, drinks and kids' activities at this festival in memory of Greene County resident Tristen Roach. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Heavenly Acres Campground, Stanardsville.  Directions: 4400 Byrd Mill Road.  $10 per day; Free for kids 15 & under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stacy Roach .  Email: countrypoorband@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 566-1762. 
 
August 14, Sunday
32ND ANNUAL CARYTOWN WATERMELON FESTIVAL
Martin's.
3,000 watermelons, 60 musicians, over 100 exhibitors and one of the largest kids' areas of any festival on the east coast. 3126 West Cary Street, Richmond.  10am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-304-6870. 
 
August 12-14, Friday-Sunday
NEW KENT COUNTY FAIR
Come out and enjoy pageants, Richmond Bubble Soccer, a talent competition, food, games and much more! See website for schedule. New Kent High School.  $Free admission, $5 parking.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 9-15, Tuesday-Saturday
GREENE COUNTY FAIR
Entertainment, food, concerts, animal shows, contests and more! See website for schedule and prices. Greene County Fairgrounds .  Directions: Located on Route 230 (Madison Road) off of Route 33 Business in Standardsville .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Marie Durrer .  Email: tammydurrer@yahoo.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-7622. 
 
August 15-19, Monday-Friday
BEACH PARTY BASH
B&O Railroad Museum.
Discover your end of summer adventure with fun hands-on activities that keep kids entertained and engaged. Activities include story time, sand fun, boat building, potato sack races, a bounce house, games, appearances by Ana, Elsa and Olaf and more! B&O Railroad Museum.  10am-2pm.  $18 adults, $16 seniors, $12 children, Members free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 410-752-2490. 
 
August 20, Saturday
ANNUAL RIVERFRONT CHALK FESTIVAL & ART CONTEST
Amazement Square & American National Bank and Trust Company.
Come enjoy live music, food trucks, and activities! Additional crafts and activities will be stationed inside the museum and will require museum admission or membership. This event is presented by American National Bank and Trust Company. Join us to transform the downtown parking lot into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of art! Prizes will be awarded for Adult and Youth categories from $500 and Gift Cards! Participating artists will designated a 4′ x 4′ paved space to use as their canvas. Space is limited, so register today online. Amazement Square.  10am-2pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
August 17-20, Thursday-Saturday
FLUVANNA COUNTY FAIR
Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation.
Rides, midway games, live music and food vendors. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra, VA.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 20, Saturday
MOUNTAIN JAMBOREE
Massanutten Resort.
Fireworks show will begin at 10pm. Food vendors, kid's corner, beer & wine garden & more! Massanutten Resort.  5-10pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-9441. 
 
August 12-20
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY FAIR
Come out for the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia. The annual event in Manassas includes livestock exhibits, home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music and a variety of midway shows. See website for schedule. Prince William County Fairgrounds.  Times vary.  Email: info@pwcfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-368-0173. 
 
August 15-20, Monday-Saturday
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FAIR
Rockingham County Fair Association.
The state's largest agricultural fair with rides, competitions, motor sports, animals and more! See website for a schedule of events! Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg.  $Prices vary.  Email: jeff@rockinghamcountyfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0005. 
 
August 26, Friday
ANNUAL LIGHT HOUSE YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
Light House Studio.
Enjoy some popcorn and mingle with Light House participants before the screening of the year's best works. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $26-$77.50.  Email: deanna@lighthousestudio.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6992. 
 
August 20-27, Sunday-Saturday
PAGE VALLEY AGRICULTURAL & INDUSTRIAL FAIR
Come enjoy tractor pulls, karaoke, horse shows, a demolition derby, concerts, games and more! Thursday night is "Kid's Night" and school-age children get in free! See website for schedule of events. 15 Fairlane Drive, Luray.  $Prices vary.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-843-3247. 
 
July-August, Sunday
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC SERIES
Frontier Culture Museum.
The event series celebrates the influence of these musical roots genres on American frontier culture. The event provides a casual environment, and features dinner theater seating with food & beverage vendors. Lee S. Cochron Pavilion at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  5-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-903-3613. 
 
August 26-September 3
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY FAIR
Come celebrate Chesterfield County's heritage and culture with various grandstand shows, rides, entertainment, food and more! Chesterfield County Fairgrounds.  $10 admission for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children ages 4-12, wristband prices vary.  Email: ccfainformation@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 768-1555. 
 
August 26-September 3
SHENANDOAH COUNTY FAIR
Come out and enjoy tractor pulls, demo derbies, concerts and more! See website for complete schedule of events. 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock.  $Prices vary.  Email: teshelman@shencofair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3867. 
 
July 15-September 14
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
This summer, come and join us at one of the mid-Atlantic region's longest-running outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. See website for dates and times. Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs.  $Prices vary.  Email: info@musicfest.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3396. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 13 - Oct., Every Second Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SECOND SATURDAYS ART WALK
Scottsville Arts and Culture Committee.
Scottsville Second Saturdays is a monthly art walk that transforms Scottsvilles main street into an arts district. More than 100 pieces of local art are on display at area businesses. The event also features wine tastings, beer tastings, coffee tastings, live music, childrens activities and a chance for those who attend to create their own art. Downtown Scottsville.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Gill.  Email: ngill.tc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-1620. 
 
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Now through October, Thursdays, Saturdays & 1st Sunday each month
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTESVILLE WALKING TOUR
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Take a one-hour tour around Court Square to learn some of Charlottesville's rich history and revisit the time of Thomas Jefferson. Tour leaves from Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Directions: McIntire Building, 200 Second St NE across from Lee Park.  Thursdays & Fridays 5:30pm; Saturdays 10am; Sundays 2pm.  $5 per person .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
July 5-September 2
KIDS ARE FREE FOR THE SUMMER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check in at the Visitor Center. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 672-2728 x 450. 
 
July 28, Thursday
LET'S GO DIG WITH AN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Monticello.
Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock outdoor excavation, where they will learn proper field techniques, including excavation, screening and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $12, Children 5-12 $9, Under 5 Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
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 Fridays, January-May & September-December
TODDLER TIME WITH MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions are invited to a delightful introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson through interactive stories, engaging activities, crafts and free play. Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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April-November, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Alril 16-October 31, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Find food, music, crafts and more. Scottsville Pavilion, 125 Fleet Street.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tanya Cornwell.  Email: svillefarmersmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4994. 
 
August 25-27, Thursday-Saturday
MOMMA BEAR CONSIGNMENT SALE
Momma Bear Sale.
Save on Back to School shopping! Come shop for all of your children's fall and winter needs at Momma Bear Sale! Fall and winter clothing and shoes, toys, books and DVDs, games and puzzles, strollers, bicycles, kids room décor, Halloween costumes and more! Old Northside Library.  11am-6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May-September, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Mead Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
April 9-November 19, Saturdays
NELSON FARMER'S MARKET COOPERATIVE
Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring live music, fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8am-12pm.  Email: contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 760-6655. 
 
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June 7-August 3, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week! Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 & under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3213. 
 
July 21 & 28
HARRY POTTER FILM SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate the publication of the new Harry Potter book by watching some of the Harry Potter movies. July 21: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) July 28: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 29, Friday
MOONLIGHT MOVIES: AMERICAN GRAFFITI
Virginia Film Festival.
George Lucas' coming-of-age film about cruising and the rock and roll culture of 1962 is told in a series of vignettes about a group of teenagers and their adventures over one evening. Based on Lucas' own teenage years in the early 1960s in Modesto, the film features Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and Paul Le Mat as they race around in a Chevrolet Impala. Come early to enjoy an assortment of food trucks, hard cider available for purchase from Bold Rock, and a live DJ from WTJU. IX Art Park.  8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5277. 
 
August 2 & 4, Tuesday & Thursday
FREE FAMILY FILM SERIES: ET
Violet Crown Cinema and the Virginia Discovery Museum.
Grab the popcorn, sit back and relax, and keep cool this summer with a free Family Film Series. After the movie, families can enjoy half-price same-day admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum when they redeem their ticket stub at the museum's check-in desk. Violet Crown Cinema.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 529-3000 . 
 
August 7, Sunday
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
The Paramount Theater.
The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one - her jealous stepmother, the Queen! When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs - Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of a true love's kiss can save her! The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 4 & 11, Thursday
HARRY POTTER FILM SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate the publication of the new Harry Potter book by watching some of the Harry Potter movies. August 4: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) August 11: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 12, Friday
MOONLIGHT MOVIES: HOOK
Virginia Film Festival.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Hook brings to life the beloved story of Peter Pan with a twist. In a sequel to J.M. Barrie's novel Peter and Wendy, an adult Peter (Robin Williams) has forgotten all about his childhood. But when his old enemy Hook kidnaps his children, Peter must leave his life as a corporate lawyer behind to go on a journey back to Neverland to save them. Come early to enjoy a spectacular mountainside sunset, food from the Carter Mountain Grill, adult beverages available for purchase from the Bold Rock Hard Cider Cellar, and a live DJ from WTJU. Carter Mountain Orchard.  8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5277. 
 
August 14, Sunday
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
The Paramount Theater.
A joyous and affectionate musical salute to the frenetic (and for the stars, terrifying) time when movies were first learning to talk The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 16 & 18, Tuesday & Thursday
FREE FAMILY FILM SERIES: THE WIZARD OF OZ
Violet Crown Cinema and the Virginia Discovery Museum.
Grab the popcorn, sit back and relax, and keep cool this summer with a free Family Film Series. After the movie, families can enjoy half-price same-day admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum when they redeem their ticket stub at the museum's check-in desk. Violet Crown Cinema.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 529-3000 . 
 
August 28, Sunday
CITIZEN KANE
The Paramount Theater.
A confident young man, Charles Foster Kane, takes the reins of a newspaper and builds an empire. Beginning his journalistic life in the pursuit of justice for those who had no voice, the lure of his growing power in society and politics quickly takes hold. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 26, Friday
ANNUAL LIGHT HOUSE YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
Light House Studio.
Enjoy some popcorn and mingle with Light House participants before the screening of the year's best works. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $26-$77.50.  Email: deanna@lighthousestudio.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6992. 
 
Monthly on Saturdays
BOOKS ON THE BIG SCREEN
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for these book-to-movie adaptations. Popcorn and drinks provided. JMRL- Northside Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. Films rated G. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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July 30, Saturday
UNDER THE BIG TOP
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Step Right up! Under the Big Top will bring elements of music, movement, art, math and reading to a day filled with circus fun. Children will practice their gross motor skills as they walk the tightrope, exercise their literacy skills with Miss Sheri the Clown during story time, practice fine motor skills with a "popcorn pickup" game, and test their scientific knowledge to create "Elephant Toothpaste." Other activities include balloon twisting, carnival games and music! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
August 6, Saturday
STORYBOOK SATURDAY
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Who's the fairest of them all? Seymour the Dinosaur, of course! Storybook Saturday invites visitors to meet their favorite literary characters, participate in an interactive story time (complete with dress up!), create their own storybook in the art studio and even take dancing lessons with a princess! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
August 20, Saturday
MOON BOUNCE MANIA
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Bounce your way over to CMoR Central for Moon Bounce Mania! Moon Bounces of all shapes and sizes will be available for children of all ages and abilities! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
Now-September 9, Fridays
5 AFTER FIVE
Virginia Discovery Museum.
The newly renovated children's museum is extending its Friday hours admission is reduced to $5 per person. Explore flight and gravity in the hands-on STEM Lab, build with the big blue blocks in the Construction Zone, compose your own tunes in the interactive Sound & Music Studio, and so much more, as you discover VDM's new space with the whole family! Virginia Discovery Museum.  5-8pm.  Contact: Matt Berman.  Email: marketing@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian, Glynis Welte, will share stories, engaging the museum's youngest art patrons. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Rd.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
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. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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April 15-October 9
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
July 28, Thursday
LET'S GO DIG WITH AN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Monticello.
Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock outdoor excavation, where they will learn proper field techniques, including excavation, screening and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $12, Children 5-12 $9, Under 5 Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
August 11, Thursday
LET'S GO PLANT A FALL GARDEN
Monticello.
Young gardeners (ages 11 and under) will learn how to plant "fruits, roots and leaves" for Thanksgiving dinner in this two-hour, hands-on workshop with Vegetable Gardener Pat Brodowski. Monticello.  9:30am.  $12 adults, $9 children 5-11, Free for children 4 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
August 18, Thursday
TUFTON FERN WALK
Monticello.
Peggy Cornett will lead this two-hour cross-country walk through a uniquely pristine, relatively undisturbed, and isolated natural woodland, pointing out the native plants as they go. Meets at Jefferson's Tufton Farm.  9:30-11:30am.  $18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
August 19, Friday
BUTTERFLY WALKS
McIntire Botanical Garden.
Led once again by Master Naturalist Dr. Nancy Weiss, the walks will introduce you to a variety of common butterlies native to the Piedmont region, such as Cabbage Whites, Summer Azures, Orange Sulphurs and Skippers. Along the way, experience the parkland's varied topography and plants. You'll become more butterfly-savvy and derive a sense of possibilities for the acreage that will be developed into the McIntire Botanical Garden in the future. McIntire Botancial Garden.  10:30am-12pm.  $Free.  Email: mailto:sewellhorticulture@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-2375. 
 
August 5 & 19, Friday
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
Three telescopes at the McCormick Observatory offer amazing views of our galaxy, weather permitting, along with a slide show and tour. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
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. 
 
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July 23-24, 27, 29-30
SOUTH PACIFIC
Ash Lawn Opera.
Music by RICHARD RODGERS Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II and JOSHUA LOGAN Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener An ever-topical story of love in the time of war, and one of the most heralded musicals of all time. Since its premiere in 1949, it has won countless awards, including the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards both for its original run and its 2008 revival. The Paramount Theater.  2pm & 7:30pm.  $25-$75.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-4500. 
 
July 28, Thursday
PIRATES OF THE PANS (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Northside Library.
Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
August 2, Tuesday
JUGGLER JONATHAN AUSTIN
JMRL- Central Library.
What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 4, Thursday
JUGGLER JONATHAN AUSTIN
JMRL- Northside Library.
What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
August 5, Friday
MUSIC ON THE STEPS
JMRL- Central Library.
Lunch to the rhythm as the Charlottesville Municipal Band's Brass Quintet serenades you while you munch. Rain location: McIntire Room. For the whole family. JMRL- Central Library.  12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 13, Saturday
BROADWAY AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
A Broadway-themed musical revue featuring 60 young performers from Charlottesville and the surrounding area alongside visiting Broadway Guest Artists. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $20 adults, $15 12 and under, $50 VIP.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 16, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES: SMALL TOWN RODEO
James Monroe's Highland & The Front Porch.
Local food and alcohol vendors will be on-site. Plan to buy or pack a picnic and experience the beauty of James Monroes Highland at dusk. Bring your family out with blanket and chairs in tow to enjoy music by Small Town Rodeo. The band wrangles a perfect mix of bluegrass, outlaw country, classic rock, americana and newer roots music to please cowboys and city slickers alike. James Monroe's Highland.  6-9pm.  $Earlybird tickets (online only): $8 individual/$20 family. Door prices: $10/ $25..  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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May-October, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS
Keswick Vineyards.
Most Sundays from May through October Keswick Vineyards is host to Yappy Hours! A family oriented event where local animal shelters and societies will bring their dogs in need of homes to play with patrons and other dogs. A portion of sales in the tasting room are donated to the visiting shelter, and guests are always encouraged to bring their own animals. The new dog park makes for a great space to let animals run free and get exercise while you enjoy your Virginia wine and enjoy the country-side views. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
July 26, Tuesday
VIRGINIA THOMPSON PASTE PAPER WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
Like finger painting for grownups, paste paper involves creating brilliant, richly colored and textured designs with non-toxic paste pigments on paper using hands, simple tools and found objects. Students complete 3 large sheets that can be used to cover books, wrap gifts, and make notecards, wall art and more. For ages 13-adult. Required registration begins July 12. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 30, Saturday
BEACH BLAST 2016
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
A fundraiser for the Nelson County Community Fund and Rockfish Valley Community Center. Live music by Soul Transit Authority. Food and brews by Blue Mountain Brewery. Showcase of area nonprofits, Facepainting, dunk tank, and more! Rockfish Valley Community Center.  4-9pm.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
July 25-July 30, Monday-Saturday
FREDERICK COUNTY FAIR
Horse shows, beauty pageants, petting zoo, concessions, carnival rides and more! See website for admission prices and schedule. Frederick County Fairgrounds, Clear Brook.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-667-8739. 
 
July 29-30, Friday-Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds.  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave, Louisa.  Contact: Sylvia Rigsby .  Email: president@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
July 27-30, Wednesday-Saturday
ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL FAIR & HORSE SHOW
Come out for some family fun with carnival rides, games and contests such as the Lip Sync contest, Water Wars and the Cornhole Tournament! See website for admission costs and schedule. Virginia Horse Center .  Directions: 487 Maury River Road, Lexington .  Email: dwork@horsecenter.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-464-2950. 
 
July 30, Saturday
UNDER THE BIG TOP
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Step Right up! Under the Big Top will bring elements of music, movement, art, math and reading to a day filled with circus fun. Children will practice their gross motor skills as they walk the tightrope, exercise their literacy skills with Miss Sheri the Clown during story time, practice fine motor skills with a "popcorn pickup" game, and test their scientific knowledge to create "Elephant Toothpaste." Other activities include balloon twisting, carnival games and music! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
August 4, Thursday
LET'S GO COOK
Monticello.
Join Monticello's garden curator Eleanor Gould for a fun, hands-on, family-friendly cooking class. Young cooks and their favorite grownups will begin by harvesting fruits and vegetables from the Monticello gardens. The class will then help prepare both sweet and savory recipes that were favorites of the Jefferson family. The reward will be to eat what's been made and take home the recipes. Monticello.  9:30-11:30am.  $12, Children 5-12 $9, Under 5 Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
August 5, Friday
MARIO KART 8 JUNIOR TOURNAMENT
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Are you awesome at Mario Kart? Do you rule the Rainbow Road? Come show off those driving skills. All gaming materials will be provided. Players may remain for the entire tournament and cheer on their friends. For grades 1-5; children under 12 must have a caregiver present. Registration required and begins July 22. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 4-7, Thursday-Sunday
FAIRFAX COUNTY 4-H FAIR AND CARNIVAL
Carnival rides, farm animals, tractor pulls, fair food, interactive exhibits and more! See link for schedule of events. Frying Pan Park .  Directions: 2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon .  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-324-7329. 
 
July 29-August 7, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family! See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Email: jeremy@virginiaaau.net . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
August 7, Sunday
SUNDAY SUNDOWNS
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in another afternoon of fun, with a cookout, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park Pool. Washington Park Pool.  Directions: 1001 Preston Avenue.  3-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
August 8-19
JEFFERSON SCHOOL DANCE CAMP
JSAAHC.
Keith Lee Dances-dance camp for boys and girls, 8 years and older (and adults). American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey trained choreographer, Keith Lee teaches ballet and contemporary dance technique. Camp culminates with a performance. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  10am-3pm.  $550.  Recommended for ages 8 to 70.  Contact: Andrea Douglas.  Email: director@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8720. 
 
August 11, Thursday
SPORTS TRIVIA
JMRL- Central Library.
Grab a team of 3-5 people and test your sports IQ. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. For all ages. Team captains, please register starting July 28. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 11- 14
FAMILY CAMP WITH SHARIFA OPPENHEIMER
Heartmoor Farm Education Centre.
Using her new workbook, How to Create the Star of Your Family Culture, You will envision the star of your familys culture, studying your own familys rhythm, your familys work together and play together. You will inquire into your childs life, looking carefully at art, stories, and the nature of play itself. Heartmoor Farm Education Centre.  4pm.  Contact: Elizabeth Hale.  Email: eghale9@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-2961. 
 
August 9-15, Tuesday-Saturday
GREENE COUNTY FAIR
Entertainment, food, concerts, animal shows, contests and more! See website for schedule and prices. Greene County Fairgrounds .  Directions: Located on Route 230 (Madison Road) off of Route 33 Business in Standardsville .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Marie Durrer .  Email: tammydurrer@yahoo.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-7622. 
 
August 15-19, Monday-Friday
BEACH PARTY BASH
B&O Railroad Museum.
Discover your end of summer adventure with fun hands-on activities that keep kids entertained and engaged. Activities include story time, sand fun, boat building, potato sack races, a bounce house, games, appearances by Ana, Elsa and Olaf and more! B&O Railroad Museum.  10am-2pm.  $18 adults, $16 seniors, $12 children, Members free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 410-752-2490. 
 
August 20, Saturday
BARKS & BARRELS
First Colony Winery.
Bring your friendly dog out for a day of fun. Frisbees, balls and other doggie toys are available to play ibn the field. Leashed dogs are permitted in the tasting room. Live music and Cote Rotie food truck on site. First Colony Winery.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7105. 
 
August 20, Saturday
MOON BOUNCE MANIA
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Bounce your way over to CMoR Central for Moon Bounce Mania! Moon Bounces of all shapes and sizes will be available for children of all ages and abilities! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
August 20, Saturday
SOUNDS OF SUMMER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Free community celebration with live music, DJ and free food while it lasts. Tonsler Park.  6-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3271. 
 
August 20, Saturday
TINS FOR TUNES FOOD DRIVE AUGUST
Cardinal Point Winery & Vineyards.
Featuring The Atkinsons The Atkinsons meld roots, country, mountain, and rock music into their own style of rambling swing rock & roll. Heartfelt story-telling is at the core of The Atkinsons and is complemented with three-part harmonies layered over mandolin, fiddle, drums, bass, and electric guitars. With influences ranging from Old 97s to Green Day to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Drive By Truckers, the sound ends up being quite a musical stew. Food Truck: Spiked Cardinal Point Winery & Vineyards.  5-9pm.  $10 for adults at the door, $5 if you bring at least one non-perishable food donation for our local food pantry.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
 
August 26, Friday
MADE 4 KIDS SALE
Victory Worship Center.
Children & teen clothing consignment sale featuring fall/winter clothing, shoes, accessories and baby items. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities. Victory Worship Center, Staunton.  7:30am-12pm.  Contact: Crystal Rowe.  Email: made4kidssale@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 886-6249. 
 
August 25-27, Thursday-Saturday
MOMMA BEAR CONSIGNMENT SALE
Momma Bear Sale.
Save on Back to School shopping! Come shop for all of your children's fall and winter needs at Momma Bear Sale! Fall and winter clothing and shoes, toys, books and DVDs, games and puzzles, strollers, bicycles, kids room décor, Halloween costumes and more! Old Northside Library.  11am-6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 13-September 5
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library! Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
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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Thursdays in July
ALL-COMERS SUMMER TRACK MEET
Charlottesville Track Club.
A summer tradition since 1975 - the Charlottesville Track Club will host a series of races from 100 meters - 5,000 meters for all ages and all abilities. Special events for children as well as parent/child and sibling relays. Race day signup only. UVA Track at Lannigan Field.  6-8pm.  $2 (nonmember); $1 (ctc member).  All ages welcome.  Email: charlottesvilletrackclub@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
August 3, Wednesday
SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS WITH JAY JAMES
JMRL- Central Library.
Just in time for the Olympics, come hear popular sports personality Jay James discuss the highlights and challenges of working in the sports media world. For all ages. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 6, Saturday
DERBY DAMES TAKE ON CAROLINA ROLLERGIRLS
Charlottesville Derby Dames.
Charlottesville Derby Dames Belmont Bruisers and All Stars take on the Carolina Rollergirls from Apex, NC! This will be an epic double header at the Main Street Arena on the historic Charlottesville DowntownMall. Advance tickets are available at Blue Moon Diner or your favorite derby girl. Charity info coming soon. Want to be one of our charities? Email us at contact@charlottesvillederbydames.com today! Main Street Arena.  3pm.  $12 in advance, $15 at the door, children's discount.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 13, Saturday
FENCING FOR THE WIN
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Join us for a fencing demonstration with Blue Ridge Fencing Center. They will be demonstrating the Olympic sport of fencing, including historical techniques and some hands on fun. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
 StorytimesGo to top of List
 
July 5, 12, 19 & 26, Tuesdays
DREAMTIME STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Pull on your jammies and cozy up with a snuggly as you listen to stories sure to bring you sweet dreams. We'll share rhymes, music, and dreamy tales to get us ready for a good night's sleep. For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 6, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: DINOSAURS LOVE UNDERPANTS
Barnes and Noble.
The mystery of dinosaur extinction is solved! Scientists have plenty of theories about why dinosaurs are extinct, but the UKs bestselling authorillustrator team of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort knows the real answer: The dinos were wiped out in an Underpants War! This wacky celebration of underpants is perfect for reading aloud, and the hilarious antics of T. rex and the gang are endlessly entertaining. Featuring fun, vibrant art and short, rhyming text, Dinosaurs Love Underpants is a prehistoric pleasure parents and kids will want to read again and again 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. 
 
August 6, Saturday
STORYBOOK SATURDAY
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Who's the fairest of them all? Seymour the Dinosaur, of course! Storybook Saturday invites visitors to meet their favorite literary characters, participate in an interactive story time (complete with dress up!), create their own storybook in the art studio and even take dancing lessons with a princess! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
August 13, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: MILK GOES TO SCHOOL
Barnes and Noble.
First days of school are tough, and making new friends is even tougher. Milk's dad gave her a sparkly new backpack and told her that she was the creme de la creme, but most of the other kids don't seem to agree. In fact, some of her new classmates think Milk is just little a bit spoiled. . . . 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. 
 
August 20, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: MIRA FORECAST THE FUTURE AND THE BOT THAT SCOTT BUILT
Barnes and Noble.
We have two special books for this storytime! 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
FUN FOR THE YOUNG WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum.
Start with a book and then go look! Arts-related story time led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte incorporates movement, play, and puppets, and Museum docents encourage young children to explore current exhibitions. 3-4 year olds and their grownups The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-11am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumeducation@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
July 23-24, 27, 29-30
SOUTH PACIFIC
Ash Lawn Opera.
Music by RICHARD RODGERS Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II and JOSHUA LOGAN Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener An ever-topical story of love in the time of war, and one of the most heralded musicals of all time. Since its premiere in 1949, it has won countless awards, including the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards both for its original run and its 2008 revival. The Paramount Theater.  2pm & 7:30pm.  $25-$75.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-4500. 
 
July 28-31 & August 4-7
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Black Box Players.
Joseph is an approximately 90 min musical extravaganza based on the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis. It features many different genres of music as well as dancing and a whole lot of fun! Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (434) 218-3148. 
 
August 13, Saturday
BROADWAY AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
A Broadway-themed musical revue featuring 60 young performers from Charlottesville and the surrounding area alongside visiting Broadway Guest Artists. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $20 adults, $15 12 and under, $50 VIP.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 26-28
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.
Black Box Players.
Features all of your favorite roles and some of the most popular Disney songs ever written! This classic fairy tale story tells of Belle, a young girl in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self! Many fun roles for all ages in this beloved "tale" that is "as old as time"! Black Box Players.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. 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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