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. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
May 15, 2015-May 29, 2016
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. 
 
June 16, Thursday
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM WITH JUDY CHOPS
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
Explore exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville! Featuring local beer and cider, wine from Delfosse Vineyards and Charlottesville's best taco trucks. Live music by the Judy Chops. Also included are the 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, Member Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
June 25, Saturday
MESS FEST
Science Museum of Virginia.
Put on your play clothes and step into the Splash Zone for slingshot painting, liquid Nitrogen explosions and volcanic eruptions. Can you walk on slime? Join us in the Slime Zone for an oobleck run and make your own ooze to take home! Head over to the Bubble Zone to get sudsy in a kid-friendly foam pit, make enormous super bubbles and see hydrogen bubbles explode. Watch ping pong balls fly into the air, play with air cannons and race C02 cars in the Blast Zone. From bursting smoke bubbles to sticky Mentos Geyser eruptions, come make a mess with us at ​MessFest! Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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. 
 
May 14-15 & 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
BERRYLICIOUS PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right - we'll even do the dishes! Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping (strawberries in May!), served with a side of sausage, and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat til you're full, then stroll our farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard.  Saturday 8-11am, Sunday 9am-12pm.  $7.49, $4.29 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
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. 
 
June 4, Saturday
ANTIQUE AND GARDEN FIELD AND MARKET DAY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Calling all lovers of shabby chic, architectural wares, and garden accessories - this day is for you! We'll have vendors set up all day with great vintage goods. No admission fee! Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
June 11, Saturday
GRACE CHURCH HISTORIC FARM TOUR AND COUNTRY FAIR
Grace Episcopal Church.
Spend an early summer day in the Keswick Hunt Country for a first-hand look at some of its historic farms. In addition, there will be a Country Fair with 4-H animal exhibitions, Master Gardners present to answer questions, artisans, vendors and live music. Grace Church.  Directions: Rt. 22 in Keswick.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: parishadmin.gracekeswick@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-3549. 
 
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. 
 
June 19, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN PICNIC
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Show the father in your life how important he is by planning a special day at the orchard. Are you earlybirds? Enjoy our Pancake Breakfast (serving til 11AM) and have coffee with Dad. If mid-day is more your speed, let us pack your picnic including our own Carter Mountain BBQ and buns, delicious side dishes, and pie to top it off! Dad can enjoy an adult beverage (Bold Rock Hard Cider or Prince Michel wines) and enjoy time with the family on our deck overlooking Charlottesville. Kids, enjoy our craft station and make a homemade gift for Dad. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Opening Hours.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit - these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
May 7-June 5, Saturdays & Sundays
VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Virginia Renassiance Faire.
Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children's area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. Lake Anna Winery.  Directions: 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.  10am-5pm, Saturdays & Sundays.  $10 for ages 6 and up; 5 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
May 27-30, Friday-Monday
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BLUES, BREWS & BBQ
Wintergreen Resort.
Welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains including micro-brew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party and more. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Route 664, Wintergreen.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
May 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
ART IN THE PARK
Staunton Augusta Art Center.
A two-day festival of quality artwork, live music coming from the bandstand every hour, and food provided by a variety of vendors. Young aspiring artists are welcome to participate in a children's art activity area. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  10am-5pm Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 885-2028. 
 
May 28, Saturday
STRAWBERRY FEST
Liberty Mills Farm.
Sample everything strawberry from strawberry sundaes, to chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry salsa and more. Visit with local vendors and participate in fun contests including a Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest, Hat Contest and Berry Recipe and Baking Contests. Strawberry picking while supply lasts! Liberty Mills Farm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
June 2-4, Thursday-Saturday
GRAVES MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Picking, grinning and family fun. Graves Mountain Lodge.  Directions: Syria, VA.  Various showtimes.  $35-$105.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
June 11, Saturday
THE HABITAT STORE'S 13TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!
The Habitat Store .
Enjoy live music, food trucks, kids activities on the porch, and great birthday sales! Let's celebrate 13 years of the best donors, customers and volunteers around! 1221 Harris Street Charlottesville Va 22902.  9am-5pm.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Contact: David Winder .  Email: dwinder@cvillehabitat.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6331. 
 
June 11, Saturday
WINEAPPALOOZA: WINE, FOOD & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
DuCard Vineyards.
It's Baaaack! Our annual wine, music, food, crafts, and just all around fun festival is back for all to enjoy! We'll have two powerhouse bands to entertain throughout the day: The Local Vocals website and Scuffletown website, along with an awesome menu of food from the local Pig & Steak Restaurant as well as numerous craft vendors with fabulous unique items for show and sale! Pets and families welcome! This is one event NOT TO MISS! (Open for "regular" tastings too!). DuCard Vineyards.  Directions: 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan.  12-7pm.  $10/advance; $15/at door (includes souvenir glass and tasting credit).  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
June 18-25
31ST ANNUAL SCOTTSVILLE BATTEAU FESTIVAL
Downtown Scottsville.
Spend the day in this charming river town. Watch folks in period costume make their annual trek to the James River. Enjoy live music, shopping, local food and more. Scottsville Riverfront and Canal Basin Square, East Main Street.  11am-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-9267. 
 
June 19, Sunday
FATHER'S FIELD DAY
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Celebrate all things Dad with us at Early Mountain Vineyard for a Smoked Meat Feast & Festival on June 19th! We will feature an assortment of tasty menu items, created by a collaboration between JM STOCK PROVISIONS and Early Mountain Vineyards. Early Mountain Vineyards.  11am.  $15 early birds, $20 day of, under 21 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 948 9005. 
 
June 25-26, Saturday-Sunday
STONE TOWER GLENN RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Medieval Fantasies Company.
Emerging from the myst ascending from the Glenn, rise the spires of the Ancient Castle that gives unto this magical place its name, Stone Tower Glenn. Array thyself in your favorite garb and join us for a weekend of amazing Performers, Games to test your skills, and more Wonders than can be enjoyed in a single day. Natural Chimneys Park, Mt. Solon.  Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.  $7 per carload.  All ages welcome.  Email: sirblackwolf@medievalfantasiesco.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-337-6324. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 13 - Oct., Every Second Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SECOND SATURDAYS ART WALK
Scottsville Arts and Culture Committee.
Scottsville Second Saturdays is a monthly art walk that transforms Scottsvilles main street into an arts district. More than 100 pieces of local art are on display at area businesses. The event also features wine tastings, beer tastings, coffee tastings, live music, childrens activities and a chance for those who attend to create their own art. Downtown Scottsville.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Gill.  Email: ngill.tc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-1620. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
May 29, Sunday
PATRICK HENRY'S 277TH BIRTHDAY
Red Hill.
Celebrate Patrick Henry's birthday by visiting his home and eating complimentary cake! Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 376-2044. 
 
June 11, Saturday
CIVIL WAR TRAIL & FREEDMAN'S 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. James Madison's Montpelier.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
June 19, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY AT POPLAR FOREST
Poplar Forest.
Give dad something he's not expecting for Father's Day - a FREE tour of Thomas Jefferson's private retreat! Admission is free for fathers all day. 10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April-November, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
May 7-30
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at prices you won't believe! 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 (in Shenandoah Valley btwn Harrisonburg and Staunton).  Directions: take I-64 west to I-81 north, exit 240 on Rt 682, go east, following signs.  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. 
 
June 25-July 17
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at prices you won't believe! The Green Valley Book Fair is a discount book outlet store featuring over 500,000 new books at incredible bargain prices. 2192 Green Valley Lane, Mount Crawford, VA 22841.  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. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
June 3, Friday
MOONLIGHT MOVIES: THE LEGO MOVIE
Virginia Film Festival.
The Lego Movie had record-breaking box office success and quickly became a family-movie favorite when it hit theaters in 2014. Set in the Lego universe, this computer animated adventure stars the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, and many more. Emmet, an "everyman," must help stop the evil tyrant Lord Business, with the help of his friends, in this film for all ages. 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. 
 
June 5, Sunday
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (PG)
The Paramount Theater.
(1981) 115 minutes Steven Spielberg's riotously thrilling and entertaining adventure film returns to The Paramount! Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) takes on a group of Nazis who are searching for the Ark of the Covenant, which Adolf Hitler believes will make his army invincible. The film co-stars Karen Allen as Indiana's former lover, Marion Ravenwood; Paul Freeman as Indiana's nemesis, French archaeologist René Belloq; John Rhys-Davies as Indiana's sidekick, Sallah; Ronald Lacey as Gestapo agent Arnold Toht; and Denholm Elliott as Indiana's colleague, Marcus Brody. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $4.50 youth 12 and under, $6.50 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
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. 
 
June 7-8, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: MAX
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 7 & 8, Tuesday and Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: THE LEGO MOVIE
Regal Cinemas .
Enjoy a family-friendly flick every week! Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-1607. 
 
June 14-15, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: GOOSEBUMPS
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 14-15, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: IRON GIANT
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 17, Friday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows if you'd like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Registration is requested and begins May 31. Drop-ins always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 21-22, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: THE SMURFS 2
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 24, Friday
MOONLIGHT MOVIES: BEACH BLANKET BINGO
Virginia Film Festival.
Released in 1965, this is the fifth film in the "Frankie and Annette" beach party film series directed by William Asher. Linda Evans stars as Sugar Kane, a singer whose agent (Paul Lynde) is using publicity stunts to promote her latest album against her will. Frankie (Frankie Avalon) and a kooky bunch of beach-goers (Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Jody McCrea) take up sky-diving, meet a mermaid, and rescue Sugar Cane from a gang of bikers in their usual summer shenanigans. Buster Keaton and Don Rickles make cameo appearances in this hilarious romp. 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. 
 
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. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
June 18, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAM: FUN WITH FISH AND FOWL
Fralin Museum of Art.
Reservations required. Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm 5-7 yr olds; 3-5pm 8-12 yr olds.  $Free.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
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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March 26-June 1
A MILLION BLOOMS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Spring arrives with magnificent splendor! See a succession of breathtaking blooms that color the landscape with beauty. Enjoy entertaining activities, exhibits and family events. Play and learn in the Children's Garden, browse the Garden Shop, dine with friends or relax with a good book in a scenic retreat. 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $8-13.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
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. 
 
May 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
RICHMOND ROSE SOCIETY SHOW
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Displays of specimen roses and advice from consulting experts. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Opening Hours.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
June 4, Saturday
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.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-7831. 
 
June 4, Saturday
THE TRAIL AT MONTICELLO COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Monticello.
Come join our celebration of the Saunders-Monticello Trail on National Trails Day. There will be a variety of activities for all ages, including a hike, food, music, presentations and more! We will also be dedicating a trail in memory of former Trail Manager Jason Stevens. Registration is recommended. Monticello.  9am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
June 4, Saturday
TWILIGHT HIKE
Shenandoah National Park Lodging.
Hike into the "Big Meadow" at dusk through the dramatic changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the incredible spread of the night sky with its multitude of stars. At 3,500 feet, you are high above the haze and light pollution of the mid-Atlantic, making it a truly unforgettable experience. Led by the Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Distance covered is less than 2 miles. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited and often fills quickly. Big Meadows Lodge Lobby.  7-10pm.  $10 adults, $8 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
June 10, Friday
WHO'S AWAKE? A FAMILY NIGHT HIKE
Maymont.
Ever wonder who stays awake while you sleep? Meet some of Maymont's nighttime residents and learn about their nocturnal adaptations through experiments, games and a hike of the grounds. Owls, skunks and many other creatures of the dark will help accompany children ages 15 and under. Maymont Nature Center, Richmond.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  7:30-9:30pm.  $8 per person/$6 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 324. 
 
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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May 22, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SWANS SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING WATER SHOW
Charlottesville Swans.
Did you know Charlottesville has a competitive synchronized swimming team for girls ages 6 through high school? Come out to see the award winning local team perform in a water show celebrating generations of music. Fairview Swim & Tennis Club.  Directions: 707 Belvedere Blvd, Charlottesville.  6:30pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: samanthaelhart@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-1236. 
 
June 4, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY PRESENTS: POPS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
he Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia presents Pops at the Paramount! Conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin, the orchestra performs a program of hits from the worlds of film, Broadway and television. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $25-$95.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
June 5, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET ACADEMY SPRING PERFORMANCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Charlottesville Ballet Academy presents "Once Upon a Time." Performances by ballet students of all ages. PVCC's Dickinson Building, 501 College Drive.  1:30pm, 4:30pm & 7:30pm.  $10 adults, $5 kids age 12 and under, under 2 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
June 7, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT SERIES KICKOFF
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The eighty member Charlottesville Municipal Band will open its 94th Summer Season of FREE concerts! Music Director Steve Layman has programmed performances by flutist Maggie Archer, winner of the 2016 James W, Simmons Solo Competition and Dr. Genevieve Murphy Scholarship and The Fluvanna Community Singers, under the direction of Horace Scruggs and a percussion section feature. Assistant Conductor Charles Torian will direct four selections including two from the classical repertoire: "Golliwogs Cakewalk" and "Sleeper's Wake." There will be a musical instrument Petting Zoo for the younger members of the audience in front of the stage from 7:15 until 7:30. Western Albemarle High School Auditorium.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 9, Thursday
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
This concert, to benefit the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, features Festival musicians performing music of different styles and eras. Church of Our Saviour, 1165 Rio Rd. E., Charlottesville, VA.  8pm.  $Free, donations welcome.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-421-0244. 
 
June 12, Sunday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT 1
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Featured at this 24th annual event are soloists Christine Fairfield (soprano), Joel Ross (countertenor), Brian Thorsett (tenor), and David Newman (baritone), with the Festival Orchestra and Choir, in Bach Cantatas 8, 18, 68, 103, and 174. Kenneth Nafziger, artistic director/conductor. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University, 1191 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA.  3pm.  $27 (adult), $22 (seniors), and $5 (age 22 and under); $2 higher at the door; discounts available.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 15, Wednesday
PELICAN TRAPPER
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Give yourself the gift of magic! Taylor Lewis presents a variety magic and illusion show. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 15, Wednesday
PELICAN TRAPPER
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Give yourself the gift of magic! Taylor Lewis presents a variety magic and illusion show. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 16, Thursday
PELICAN TRAPPER
JMRL- Northside Library.
Give yourself the gift of magic! Taylor Lewis presents a variety magic and illusion show. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 17, Friday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT 2
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Featured at this 24th annual event are Nathan Medley (world renowned countertenor), Nancy Garlick (recorder), Tommy Tutwiler (countertenor), the Harrisonburg High School Choir, and the Festival Orchestra in music by Vivaldi, Purcell, Handel, Vinci, J.C. Bach, and Nebra. Kenneth Nafziger, artistic director/conductor. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University, 1191 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA.  7:30pm.  $27 (adult), $22 (seniors), and $5 (age 22 and under); $2 higher at the door; discounts available.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 18, Saturday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT 3
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
The Festival Orchestra is featured at this 24th annual event in music with rural overtones: Coplands Appalachian Spring, Thomsons The Plow That Broke the Plains, and Ginasteras Estancia. Kenneth Nafziger, artistic director/conductor. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University, 1191 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA.  7:30pm.  $27 (adult), $22 (seniors), and $5 (age 22 and under); $2 higher at the door; discounts available.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 19, Sunday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL LEIPZIG SERVICE
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Nathan Medley (world renowned countertenor) and the Festival Orchestra and Choir will be featured at this 24th annual event in Bachs Cantata No. 170. Also included are Marvin Mills (organ), Rev. Brett Davis (homilist), and Kenneth Nafziger (artistic director/conductor). The service is modeled on services from J.S. Bachs time. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University, 1191 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA.  10am.  $Free; donations welcome.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 25, Saturday
JUGGLE & TWIST WITH JASON LE BLANC
JMRL- Central Library.
Watch a short performance by juggler extraordinaire Jason Le Blanc, then try your hand at keeping things up in the air without dropping them (Juggling 101), and twisting balloons into the shape of your choice without popping them! (Balloons 101). Registration is required and begins June 11. JMRL- Central Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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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. 
 
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. 
 
June 3-4, Friday-Saturday
ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE AND PACKING 101 CLASS
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
This is one of our biggest sales of the year with discounts up to 75% off luggage, bags, and travel accessories! In conjunction with our Sidewalk Sale, join us on Saturday, June 4th at 11 am for a fun and informational packing demo hosted by a special guest, Rodney Tomlin, from Victorinox. Delve into basic tips and tricks on keeping your luggage organized and packed most efficiently. This class will also highlight packing in a hardsided suitcase. RSVP for the packing demo. Call us any time to schedule a private packing demo catered to your specific needs. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ellen Alford.  Email: ellen@peacefrogstravel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
June 3-5, Thursday-Saturday
VIRGINIA SHAKESPEARE INITIATIVE: "OTHELLO"
Poplar Forest.
Bring your friends out to the plantation for an evening of theatre under the stars on Jefferson's south lawn. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is partnering with the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative in a statewide celebration of William Shakespeare's work in observance of the 400th anniversary of his death. Bring a picnic dinner, sample a selection of local libations and experience the magic of Shakespeare's verse. Poplar Forest.  7pm.  $15 adults, $12 students, $5 ages 5 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
June 4, Saturday
ANTIQUE AND GARDEN FIELD AND MARKET DAY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Calling all lovers of shabby chic, architectural wares, and garden accessories - this day is for you! We'll have vendors set up all day with great vintage goods. No admission fee! Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
June 11, Saturday
THE HABITAT STORE'S 13TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!
The Habitat Store .
Enjoy live music, food trucks, kids activities on the porch, and great birthday sales! Let's celebrate 13 years of the best donors, customers and volunteers around! 1221 Harris Street Charlottesville Va 22902.  9am-5pm.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Contact: David Winder .  Email: dwinder@cvillehabitat.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6331. 
 
June 11, Saturday
TOUCH-A-TRUCK
UVA Children's Hospital, University Baptist Church & Shenanigans.
Explore, Touch and Learn about many different trucks! Battle Building and University Baptist Church.  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 14, Tuesday
PELICAN TRAPPER
JMRL- Central Library.
Give yourself the gift of magic! Taylor Lewis presents a variety magic and illusion show. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 17-19, Friday-Sunday
FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
This Father's Day start a new tradition and celebrate this special holiday at Wintergreen Resort. Lots of family fun has been planned! Wintergreen Resort, Nellysford.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
June 19, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH
Boar's Head Inn.
Treat Dad or Grandpa to a special brunch in the Old Mill Room. Boar's Head Inn.  11am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: contactus@boarsheadinn.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
June 19, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY DINNER
Boar's Head Inn.
Treat Dad or Grandpa to a special dinner in the Old Mill Room. Boar's Head Inn.  5:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
June 19, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY PICNIC
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Celebrate dad as you enjoy a ride to Whittaker Station out of the Cass depot. Once at Whittaker, enjoy a picnic to celebrate this special day! Train departs Cass depot at 11 a.m. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.  $50 adult, $48 senior, $40 12-4 years, under 3 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-686-7245. 
 
June 19, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN PICNIC
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Show the father in your life how important he is by planning a special day at the orchard. Are you earlybirds? Enjoy our Pancake Breakfast (serving til 11AM) and have coffee with Dad. If mid-day is more your speed, let us pack your picnic including our own Carter Mountain BBQ and buns, delicious side dishes, and pie to top it off! Dad can enjoy an adult beverage (Bold Rock Hard Cider or Prince Michel wines) and enjoy time with the family on our deck overlooking Charlottesville. Kids, enjoy our craft station and make a homemade gift for Dad. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Opening Hours.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
June 19, Sunday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL FATHERS DAY BRUNCH
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet following the Bach Festivals Leipzig Service. Purchase tickets online by June 14; no door or phone sales. Northlawn Dining Hall at Eastern Mennonite University, 1301 College Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA,Northlawn Dining Hall at Eastern Mennonite University, 1301 College Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA.  12pm.  $20 (ages 12+), $10 (ages 5-11), free (under 5).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 25, Saturday
MIMI'S RUN 5K
Mimi's Kitchen.
3.1 miles for LOVE, Health & Charity. Every dollar raised through Mimis Run will go directly to the UVA Heart and Vascular Center, contributing to their efforts to discover new and better medications and therapies for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. By helping our local hospital, we can impact the health of patients around the world. Let's all get moving together for heart health and help one another live longer, stronger, healthier lives. The race course is as flat and festive as they come  perfect for runners and walkers of all ability levels. Kids & dogs are encouraged, as this will be a fun family event. Trump Winery- Charlottesville, VA.  8:30am.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jamie Schwartz.  Email: mimisrun5k@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-6715. 
 
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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May 28, Saturday
KESWICK HUNT CLUB 5K
Keswick Hunt Club.
Run or walk a beautiful and challenging 5K trail course in the heart of Keswick. Kids 12 & under run free in the Kids’ Mile or Kids’ Scramble if registered before May 21st. A complimentary “Hunt Breakfast” featuring a wine tasting by Barboursville Vineyards follows the races. Castalia Farm, Keswick.  5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-9405. 
 
May 28, Saturday
RAMBLIN' RABBIT 5K
Blue Ridge Rotary Club.
The Rotary Ramblin' Rabbit 5K is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club which has been serving our local, national, and international community since 1983. Rotarians are your friends, neighbors and associates who have made a commitment to service above self in their personal and professional lives. Proceeds will benefit The Ben Hair Just Swim For Life Program at the new Brooks Family YMCA and the Blue Ridge Mountain Rotary Club Foundation! PVCC.  7:30am, registration at 6am.  $30 for adults, $15 for 2-12 years old.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 28, Saturday
THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA 5K RUN/WALK
Autism Society of Virginia.
This family-friendly race includes entertainment, food, exhibitors and a Kid's Fun Zone. The 5K Run/Walk is one of the Autism Society Central Virginia's primary sources of income, raising over $94,000 in 2015. Innsbrook Pavilion, Richmond.  8am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 257-0192. 
 
May 30, Sunday
FIRST POLO MATCH OF THE YEAR
King Family Vineyards/Roseland Polo Club.
The Roseland Polo Club kicks off the 2016 polo season! King Family Vineyards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  1-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7800. 
 
June 4, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL BIKE PARADE
Books on Bikes.
Children gather to decorate their bikes with pinwheels, beads, and streamers, then parade to the JMRL Central Branch . Clark Elementary School.  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 4-5, Saturday-Sunday
BIKE MS: COLONIAL CROSSROADS
National MS Society - Blue Ridge Chapter.
The fun-filled event will feature non-stop music, an engaging program and catered meals. Through national efforts and our nationwide network of chapters, Bike MS rides attract a range of new and seasoned cyclists who share a love of cycling and helping others. Each Bike MS ride raises critical funds to drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. Starts and ends at Pollak Vineyards.  Email: deirdre.kelly@nmss.org . For details, please click this link. 
 
June 11, Saturday
DERBY DAMES TAKE OF BRANDYWINE ROLLER DERBY
Charlottesville Derby Dames.
Charlottesville Derby Dames Belmont Bruisers and All Stars take on the Brandywine Roller Derby from Chester County, PA! 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. 
 
June 17-19, Friday-Sunday
GREATER LYNCHBURG OFF-ROAD CYCLISTS OUTDOOR FESTIVAL
Greater Lynchburg Off-Road Cyclists.
Bring your entire family out to enjoy a weekend of mountain biking, road biking, gravel road riding, hiking, camping, music, and food. The Sedalia Center has a large covered pavilion, plenty of room for tents, and bathrooms with showers. We will have multiple group rides, hikes, and evening activities and games. Proceeds from this fundraiser go towards local trail development and maintenance. Sedalia Center, Lychburg.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 25, Saturday
MIMI'S RUN 5K
Mimi's Kitchen.
3.1 miles for LOVE, Health & Charity. Every dollar raised through Mimis Run will go directly to the UVA Heart and Vascular Center, contributing to their efforts to discover new and better medications and therapies for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. By helping our local hospital, we can impact the health of patients around the world. Let's all get moving together for heart health and help one another live longer, stronger, healthier lives. The race course is as flat and festive as they come  perfect for runners and walkers of all ability levels. Kids & dogs are encouraged, as this will be a fun family event. Trump Winery- Charlottesville, VA.  8:30am.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jamie Schwartz.  Email: mimisrun5k@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-6715. 
 
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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May 28, Saturday
OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD
Barnes and Noble.
To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this special Storytime explores Our Great Big Backyard. #1 New York Times bestselling authors' former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager have created an exuberant picture book tribute to our national parks and the importance of connecting with nature. Coloring and activities to follow. 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. 
 
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May 29, Sunday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA: THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie. The lawn will be ready for you to pick the perfect spot at 7pm. Showtime 8:30pm. Tickets include a bag of popcorn! Food trucks, Early Mountain Vineyard wine, and movie snacks for sale. Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  7-11pm.  $6, children 3 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
June 25, Saturday
MISSOULA CHILDREN'S THEATER PRESENTS: GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
The Paramount Theater.
With his ship wrecked and his trusty computer JCN on the fritz, brave explorer Gulliver finds himself lost in space with nothing but an Invisible Force to guide him! While transporting from world to world, under the control of the Maniacal Scientist of Lapunta, Gulliver discovers fighting aliens, arrogant Horse Leaders of the foolish Yahoos, larger-than-life royalty (in more ways than one) and robots - all who need just as much help from Gulliver as Gulliver needs from them! Tune in as this sci-fi spin of the timeless tale of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS will take you out-of-this world! The Paramount Theater.  12pm.  $10 adult, $5 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
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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