Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
April 20, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: CHAMOMILE AND WHISKEY
Sprint Pavilion.
With Nic and Joe. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
April 22, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND 2018 OPENING CONCERT
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
Come out and enjoy the Dogwood Festival Spring Concert. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 22, Sunday
JOHN KELLY AT BATESVILLE MARKET
Batesville Market.
Local singer-songwriter John Kelly plays his original Americana-colored tunes. Batesville Market.  1-3:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 25, Wednesday
CHS CHOIR SPRING CONCERT
CHS Orchestra.
MLK Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2726. 
 
April 27, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: ADAR
Sprint Pavilion.
With Shagwuf. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
April 29, Sunday
CASTING CROWNS
John Paul Jones Arena.
The Christian music group Casting Crowns will perform. Featuring special guests I AM THEY. John Paul Jones Arena.  6pm.  $$23.50-$75.00.  Contact: JPJA Marketing.  Email: jpj-mkt@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-43-4960. 
 
April 29, Sunday
CROZET CHORUS PRESENTS SUN, MOON AND STARS
Crozet Chorus.
Dr Crozet Baptist Church.  4pm.  $Free.  Email: sandra.hodge@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
JEFFERSON CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: OUT OF THE DEEP: RUTTER'S REQUIEM
Jefferson Choral Society.
The Jefferson Choral Society perform's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Mass in C Minor. Timberlake United Methodist Church, Lynchburg.  7:30pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday.  $20 adult, $10 students, Free age 11 and under.  Email: jeffersonchoral@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-528-5700. 
 
April 29, Sunday
PVCC CHORUS SPRING CONCERT
PVCC .
Audiences of all ages will enjoy the repertoire of this annual event. The concert is a gift from the College to music lovers in Central Virginia. Piedmont VA Community College, Dickinson Building.  Directions: Exit 121 off of 64 (20 south).  3-4:15pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: MIGHTY JOSHUA
Sprint Pavilion.
With Footwerk. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
May 6, Sunday
CHS SPRING BAND CONCERT
Charlottesville High School.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2410. 
 
May 8, Tuesday
MAVIS STAPLES & THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
Sprint Pavilion.
Come see the legendary Mavis Staples and "gospel titans" The Blind Boys of Alabama. Sprint Pavilion.  7pm, doors open at 6pm.  $Varies.  Email: sprintpaviliontix@ticketstoday.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-272-8849. 
 
May 11, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: SARAH WHITE
Sprint Pavilion.
With Small Town Rodeo. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
May 12, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT
Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra.
Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church.  Directions: 120 W. High St.  3pm.  $5 suggested minimum donation.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charles Winkler.  Email: njk4x@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1617. 
 
May 18, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: C'VILLE'S PURPLE ALLSTARS -TRIBUTE TO PRINCE
Sprint Pavilion.
With Supervixen. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
May 20, Sunday
FAMILY JAMS AT FRY'S SPRINGS: 123 ANDRES
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Families are invited to Fry's Springs Beach Club for a fun family concert with GRAMMY-award winning 123 Andres. All proceeds from the show will go to ReadyKids. While the concert begins at 5pm, people can come and swim starting at 4pm. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  5pm show, 4pm doors.  $10 per person or $35 per family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
January 19-May 13
CAROL MCGREGOR: REPOSITORIES OF RECOGNITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
In this exhibition, Wathaurung artist Carol McGregor explores the ways Aboriginal people have been both romanticized and suppressed. By embroidering on tea towels and sewing together possum skins, she questions which objects serve as true containers of Indigenous identity, and which are misrepresenting it on a mass scale. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0234. 
 
March 10-August 25
18TH ANNUAL VSA VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT
VSA Arts of Charlottesville/Albemarle.
This annual show featuring works by dozens of area artists promotes experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. Works will be on display and for sale until August 25. The opening reception will take place March 10 from 6:30-8pm. Carver Recreation Center.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1730. 
 
April 20-September 5
ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION & 7TH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE CHOW DOWN
PVCC Arts.
This annual event features work by the best and brightest of PVCC's student artists from the most recent academic year. Media include printmaking, painting, ceramics, graphic design, drawing and sculpture. With plenty of chocolate to sample while viewing art, this event has become one of PVCC's most popular throughout the year. Come for the chocolate, stay for the art. PVCC Dickinson Building.  5-7pm opening reception April 20.  Contact: Beryl Solla.  Email: bsolla@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5376. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
April 14, 15, 17 & 20
BLOSSOMS AND BEES - CHILDREN'S SESSION
Chiles Peach Orchard.
This drop-in program includes strawberry blossom and honey bee education, tractor-pulled wagon ride around the strawberry patch, a strawberry plant to take home, a sample of strawberry frozen yogurt and honey sample. An adult must be present and will pay $3 for the wagon ride. Groups are asked to please email in advance. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  10:30am & 3:30pm.  $6 per child.  Email: groups@chilespeachorchard.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 28, Saturday
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier will commemorate Arbor Day - an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care - with free activities all day. Meet world-renowned birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist Drew Lanham, who will also give a talk and sign copies of his book; learn from master gardeners and naturalists; tour the gardens and grounds and more. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  Varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 8-29, Saturdays & Sundays
CAROMONT FARM OPEN HOUSE & SNUGGLE SESSIONS
Caromont Farm.
Come for a "Snuggle Session" and Open House with a pop-up shop selling cheese and cheese-centric bites and Caromont swag on certain Saturdays and Sundays in April - see site for exact dates. Take tours of the farm, meet representatives from other local businesses, and of course, see baby goats. Reserve slots for all of those in your party and try to carpool if possible. This is a casual day. Come anytime between 11am and 4pm. Caromont Farm, Esmont.  11am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-831-1393. 
 
May 5, Saturday
22ND FLUVANNA COUNTY OLD FARM DAY
Fluvanna County.
Displays of historic farm equipment, demonstrations by heritage craftsmen, crafts, hayrides, contests and music, plus great food and vendors. Proceeds benefit the Fluvanna Historical Society and a fund to create a permanent Farm Heritage Museum. Pleasant Grove Park.  Directions: 1731 Thomas Jefferson Hwy, Palmyra.  9am-4pm.  $5, kids free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@oldfarmday.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-589-9405. 
 
May 5, Saturday
SPRING POP-UP MARKET
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Local artisans and vendors of vintage, repurposed, and upcycled items will participate. Get your Mother's Day shopping done in advance, and enjoy the outdoor market. Free admission and parking. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8031. 
 
May 11, Friday
PLAY! WITH YOUR FOOD: FROM SEED TO TABLE
Full Circle.
Join Full Circle's Child Development Specialists on the farm, connecting healthy eating with healthy play. Children 3 years of age and older with their caregivers can explore nature, feed the farm animals, make delicious recipes from veggies and herbs picked from the garden, learn to compost, and more. Springfield Farm, Earlysville.  3:30-5:30pm.  $15 suggested donation.  Contact: Full Circle.  Email: info@fullcirclechild.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-6450. 
 
May 12, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
James Monroe's Highland.
Experience arts and crafts outdoors at the home of the Fifth President of the United States. Participate in a historic dance workshop, painting, nature photography, and more. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds afterward. An Outdoor Art Creator or Outdoor Art Explorer badge is included with the program fee. Program is available to Brownies and Juniors. Girls MUST attend with an adult (over 18) who stays with them at the event. James Monroe's Highland.  10am-12pm .  $10, free to adult chaperones.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Registration required by April 21  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: education@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
May 13, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY OPEN PICNIC DAY AT MONTFAIR
Montfair Resort Farm.
Make up a picnic and bring your Mom out to enjoy the day in nature at Montfair. Hike Montfair's nature trails, spread a blanket in the field with a gorgeous mountain view, fish and canoe in the lake and play yard games on Monfair's gorgeous lake-front lawn. Montfair Resort Farm.  10am-6pm.  $$18.  Contact: Leora Vincenti.  Email: montfair@montfairresortfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-5202. 
 
Late April-Mid June
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Pick your own strawberries or purchase ready picked! Chiles Peach Orchard.  Directions: 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.  Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
April-September, Final Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  6-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
May 12-September 8, Second Saturdays
BLM BULL & RODEO
Oakland Heights Farm.
A fun family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing. Make an evening of it with live music, vendors, and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Department. Oakland Heights Farm, Gordonsville.  5:30pm gates open, 6pm music, 7:15 bull riding.  $15 adults, ages 3-13 $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Matt Lamb.  Email: oaklandheightsfarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-222-1824. 
 
May 3-September 27, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, hayrides, and the best view of a sunset anywhere. It’s free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5:30-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
April 7-November 15, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
March 24-April 21
69TH ANNUAL DOGWOOD FESTIVAL
City of Charlottesville.
The Dogwood Festival features a carnival, pageant, parade, fireworks, nighttime movies in the park, a dance and more. Throughout Charlottesville.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-9824. 
 
April 21, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL RVA EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Feed RVA.
Bigger than ever with new activities and old favorites. Enjoy live music, vendors, food and drink, demos and plenty of educational information and activities. Manchester.  12-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-225-9843. 
 
April 21, Saturday
BRIDGE DAY STAUNTON
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more. Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-7728. 
 
April 21, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. The theme of the parade is "Candy Land" and candy will fly along the parade route for the first time in decades. Downtown Mall.  10:50am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 21, Saturday
EARTH DAY STAUNTON
Earth Day Staunton.
Enjoy hands-on exhibits & activities, native plant sales, free saplings, live native wildlife programs by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, face painting and more. Solar panels, and a solar telescope for viewing our local star, will be on-site. See a live bee hive. Touch a local fish. Meet a bat. Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  Contact: Caroline.  Email: caroline@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
April 21, Saturday
HOOVER RIDGE WOOL & WINE FESTIVAL AND SHEEP DOG TRIALS
Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority.
The festival will be in conjunction with the annual sheepdog trials featuring dogs and their handlers from all over the country and Canada. Enjoy local wine tastings and wool vendors. The event will be held rain or shine. Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority.  10am-4pm.  Email: events.mcparksrec@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 21, Saturday
NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER PARK DAY
Shenandoah National Park Service.
A full day of fun activities to celebrate the NPS and get kids of all ages connected to their national park. Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) unless otherwise noted. Shenandoah National Park.  Directions: Byrd Visitor Center, Dickey Ridge Visitor Center.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 21, Saturday
SPRING OYSTER FESTIVAL AT DUCARD
DuCard Vineyards.
Nomini Bay Oyster Farm will be providing the freshest and most delicious oysters from the Northern Neck: raw, steamed, grilled, and grilled with toppings. Fresh grilled crab cakes will also be available. Enjoy the country, bluegrass, oldies, and rock & roll of the Bennie Dodd Band and some beautiful mountain and vineyard views. DuCard Vineyards.  12-5pm.  $10 advance, $15 at the door.  Contact: Scott Elliff.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
April 22, Sunday
17TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE EARTH WEEK ECOFAIR
Charlottesville Earth Week.
Learn about local environmental organizations and businesses. Enjoy workshops, live music, book swap, local brews, speakers, kid-friendly entertainment, and more. IX Art Park.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 22, Sunday
17TH ANNUAL EARTH WEEK ECO FAIR
IX Art Park.
Live music, kids' activities, and all your favorite earth-friendly businesses and nonprofits. Be part of the fun and community and learn more about ways to protect the planet and fight climate change. IX Art Park.  11am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tatyanna Patten.  Email: tlpattencho@gmail.com. For more info call: 434-806-4060. 
 
April 5-22
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL CARNIVAL
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Come enjoy fun-filled amusement rides at the Dogwood Festival Carnival. McIntire Park.  Directions: Free parking at Charlottesville High School.  5:30-10:30pm weekdays, 1-11pm Saturday, 1-8:30pm Sunday.  $20 Armbands, $1 individual tickets.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-9824. 
 
April 17-22
QUEEN CITY PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
Beverley Street Studio School Gallery.
Artists will paint Staunton's historic streets and rolling Augusta County landscapes during this five-day festival, which will also feature evening lectures, artist demonstrations, the Paint Staunton Day event for local artists of all ages and skill levels, and a high-quality show of artwork created by twenty-nine professional plein air painters from the Mid-Atlantic region. Beverley Street Studio Gallery, Staunton.  5-8pm Saturday, 10am-12pm Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-8636. 
 
April 28, Saturday
RAMPS AND RAILS
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Enjoy local arts, crafts, and live music at this unique festival and take a popular 1-hour train ride. Trains depart Elkins. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.  11am, 1pm & 3pm.  $15, under 3 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-686-7245. 
 
April 28, Saturday
RIVERFEST
Riverfest Waynesboro.
Activities include reptile shows, stream safari, fish and fun rodeo, farmer's market, canoe rides, kids arts & crafts, stream electro-fishing and the Great South River Duck Race. Rain or shine. No pets allowed. Constitution Park, Main St. downtown Waynesboro at the South River.  Directions: Exit 99 off Interstate 64. Take US 250W to Main St., Waynesboro.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: riverfest@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7738. 
 
May 5, Saturday
40TH ANNUAL HEART OF VIRGINIA FESTIVAL
Town of Farmville.
This annual family-oriented event includes arts, crafts, food, 10k run and 5k walk. The festival offers live music, antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more. Downtown Farmville.  Directions: Main and High Streets, Farmville.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@heartofvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 395-2744. 
 
May 5, Saturday
43RD ANNUAL BATESVILLE DAY 2018: RACE, PARADE & FAIR
Batesville Community Club (Ruritans).
Come out for the famous 10K race, the biggest little parade around featuring the Henley Middle School Marching Band, the Albemarle Morris Men, the Crozet Lions Club Broom Brigade, kids and bikes and pets, as well as a village fair with a cake walk, games and free books for the kids plus food by the Batesville Market, a raffle of an '87 Dodge Ram Pickup and two hours of rompin stompin blues provided by the Central Virginia Blues Society. Batesville,Batesville.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: coordinator.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL MSC TRUCK TOUCH
Montessori School of Charlottesville.
This event provides children with the unique opportunity to explore vehicles of all types-public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery and more-all in one place. Touch, climb on, and ask questions about favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. There will also be food trucks and other kid-friendly activities. Proceeds benefit the Montessori School of Charlottesville Scholarship Fund. IX Art Park.  10am-2pm.  $5, $20 per family.  Email: trucktouchcville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Saturday
PETPAWLOOZA
City of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Department.
This is a fun day for our furry friends and their owners, fans, and future owners. There's contests and prizes geared toward your pooch. Pet related vendors and information booths for pet adoption and rescue agencies. Back this year, come watch three high energy performances by the Marvelous Mutts Stunt Show at 10:15am, 11:45am and 1:15pm. Coyner Springs Park.  10am-2pm.  Contact: Stephanie Seltzer.  Email: events@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
May 5-6, Saturday & Sunday
28TH ANNUAL ORANGE UNCORKED WINE FESTIVAL AT MONTPELIER
Montpelier.
The best wineries in Central Virginia come to one place for family fun and tastings. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the festival has arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and children's entertainment, kite flying, and carriage rides all day. Co-hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Rain or shine. James Madison's Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  11am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, 12-20 $5, under 12 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
May 6, Sunday
VIRGINIA FOLKLIFE APPRENTICESHIP SHOWCASE
James Monroe's Highland/ VA Folklife Program.
Join Virginia's folk masters and their apprentices for a celebration of traditional music, food and crafts at James Monroe's Highland. James Monroe's Highland.  12-5pm.  $Free.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
May 12, Saturday
15TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF CULTURES
Adult Learning Center/ Charlottesville City Schools/ CharlottesvilleFamily.
A fun-filled celebration of the cultural and linguistic diversity in the greater Charlottesville community. The day features a family-friendly roster of performances; cultural exhibits, crafts and delicious food for sale. Over 25 different nationalities are represented. The event is open to the public. Washington Park.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Zakira Beasley.  Email: Zakira@festivalofcultures.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-960-5656. 
 
May 12, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL FRONT PORCH SPRING BLOCK PARTY AND MUSIC SALE
The Front Porch.
Third Street will be closed off for this family-friendly event, with food, live music from The Pollocks and a raffle for great prizes, including instruments and free music classes. Proceeds benefit the school's scholarship program. The Front Porch.  Directions: 221 East Water St..  12-6pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Contact: Emily Morrison.  Email: emily@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-242-7012. 
 
May 12, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tandem Friends School.
Don't miss the annual Mother's Day Music Festival featuring music, food and drink for sale and fun activities for all ages. Tandem Friends School.  2-8pm.  $7, mothers get in free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mark Goldstein.  Email: mgoldstein2@tandemfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-1303. 
 
May 12 & 13, Saturday & Sunday
38TH ANNUAL CROZET SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Over 100 juried fine art and craft exhibitors show and sell their work at this fun family-friendly event. Live music, great food and activities for the kids including bouncy castles, face painting, t-shirt upcycle art project and more. Claudius Crozet Park.  Directions: Route 250 West to Crozet and follow signs.  10am-5pm.  $7 adults, kids 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: festival@crozetfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-326-8284. 
 
May 19, Saturday
GORDONSVILLE FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
Join in the fried chicken contest or the fruit, cream or custard pie contests for a chance to win a cash prize. The event also features a wine garden and numerous craft and artisan vendors. Gordonsville Fire Company Fair Grounds.  11am-5pm.  $Free.  Email: dsolomon@gordonsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-1735. 
 
May 19, Saturday
THE SPRING KIDS FESTIVAL
Spring Kids Festival.
Celebrate spring and bring the kids out to this fun fest. Historic Orange Train Station.  10am-3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 19 & 20, Saturday & Sunday
26TH ANNUAL MONACAN INDIAN NATION POWWOW
Monacan Indian Nation.
Special performances by Native American singers and dancers from across North America. Enjoy Native American crafts and food. Fun for the entire family. Rt. 130, 6 Miles West of Rt. 29, Elon.  10am-9pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday.  $10 adults, $5 seniors & kids 5-12, free kids under 5.  Contact: Chief Dean Branham.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-946-0389. 
 
May 20, Sunday
5TH ANNUAL FAMILY BIKE FEST
Blue Wheel Bicycles.
Bring your family to enjoy: Strider Course, a Bike Decoration Station, and Bike Handling Skill Courses for riders of all ages. Blue Wheel Bicycles will provide free helmet and bike safety checks for all participants. IX Art Park.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Bring your bike and helmet.  Contact: Scott Paisley.  Email: scott@bluewheel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1870. 
 
May 18-20, Friday-Sunday
DOMINION RIVERROCK OUTDOR SPORTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Dominion Power.
Enjoy the nation's largest outdoor sports and music festival, bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown's Island for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond's urban riverfront. The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding and dog jumping. Brown's Island, Richmond.  Email: info@sportsbackers.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-285-9495. 
 
May 12-June 10, 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.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
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. 
 
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April 21, Saturday
BRIDGE DAY STAUNTON
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more. Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-7728. 
 
April 28, Saturday
LUNCH WITH JAMES MONROE
James Monroe's Highland.
In honor of James Monroe's 260th birthday, have lunch with Monroe reenactor Dennis Bigelow, who will share first-person accounts from his life and answer audience questions. Box lunches included with registration featuring a specialty sandwich plus bottled water, grapes, chips and fresh baked dessert. Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of James Monroe.  12-1pm.  $25.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
May 12, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
James Monroe's Highland.
Experience arts and crafts outdoors at the home of the Fifth President of the United States. Participate in a historic dance workshop, painting, nature photography, and more. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds afterward. An Outdoor Art Creator or Outdoor Art Explorer badge is included with the program fee. Program is available to Brownies and Juniors. Girls MUST attend with an adult (over 18) who stays with them at the event. James Monroe's Highland.  10am-12pm .  $10, free to adult chaperones.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Registration required by April 21  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: education@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
May 13, Sunday
MOMS ARE FREE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
House tours are free for all moms accompanied by a paying adult or child. Take any of our daily tours, enjoy lunch at the Exchange Cafe, peruse the museum shop and galleries in the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and explore 8+ miles of walking trails. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  $Free for moms.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
May 13, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY AT POPLAR FOREST
Poplar Forest.
Give mom a special treat this Mother's Day with a free tour of Poplar Forest. Admission is free for mothers all day. Forest, VA.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
May 13, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY TEA & TOURS
Agecroft Hall.
Spend the afternoon with Mom at Agecroft Hall. Explore Agecroft Hall's gardens and grounds. Mom's get in free. Agecroft Hall, Richmond.  12:30-5pm.  $Free.  Contact: Katie Reynolds.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-353-4241. 
 
May 11, 12 & 18
HAMILTON TOUR TAKEOVER
Monticello.
During this 60-minute participatory tour, guests explore Monticello while considering the monumental clash of ideas at the heart of our nation's founding. Following, guests are invited to participate in a moderated discussion considering the question: are we living in a Jeffersonian or Hamiltonian world today? Monticello.  5:30pm & 5:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
May 12-June 10, 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.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
March 31-October 27, Saturdays
JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM
James Madison's Montpelier.
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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April 21, Saturday
CRAFT CVILLE
IX Art Park.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 21, Saturday
UPFRONT--SPRING FLING
Charlottesville Ballet.
A celebration of spring with dance, wine and hors d'oeuvres and in-studio shopping from favorite local boutiques and artists. Charlottesville Ballet also presents an exclusive performance featuring exciting new works and family favorites from the CB repertory. CB Studio Theatre.  3pm, 4:30pm & 7pm performances.  $25 adults, $20 students, seniors, military, $15 children.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
March 25 & April 21, 22, Saturdays & Sundays
JUNIOR LEAGUE RUMMAGE SALES
Junior League of Charlottesville.
The Junior League of Charlottesville will rummage sales featuring new and gently used clothing and goods donated by members and friends of the League. 9 Canterbury Rd. in March, 674 Hillsdale Dr. in April.  7am-1pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: jlcvillerummage@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 21 & 22, Saturday & Saturday
TANDEM FRIENDS ANNUAL TAG SALE
Tandem Friends School.
Don't miss the annual fun in the Tandem Friends gym, as it is turned overnight into a department store full of clothes, shoes, housewares, sports equipment, electronics, art, toys, books and more. There is even a separate boutique of designer clothes and collectibles. Loads of fun, not to mention the endless bargains. Tandem Friends School Gym.  7:30am-4pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Deborah Arenstein.  Email: deborah.arenstein@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-1303. 
 
April 28, Saturday
MADISON FARMERS' MARKET: CHILDREN'S FINGERPRINTING
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come to the Farmers Market where the Madison County Sheriff's Department will do children's fingerprinting and household water testing. Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.  8am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 28 & 29, Saturday & Sunday
7TH ANNUAL RURITAN PLANT/YARD/BAKE SALE
White Hall Ruritan Club.
Plants, all from local gardens, include flowering plants, shrubs, trees, tomatoes and other vegetables/berries/herbs. Yard Sale items range from jewelry to decorations to household items to furniture. From antique to like-new. Proceeds will fund local scholarships, educational opportunities, and improvements to White Hall's century-old Community Building. White Hall Community Building.  8am-1pm Saturday, 12-3pm Sunday. 
 
May 5, Saturday
SPRING FLING EVENT AT COVESVILLE ANTIQUES
The Covesville Store.
Come out for a special sales event with antiques for the garden, porch, inside and out. The Covesville Store.  Directions: 5930 Covesville Store Rd., Covesville.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9496. 
 
May 5-28
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at incredible prices. 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. 
 
Saturdays in May & June
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: 434-760-6655. 
 
May-September, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
New farmers market at Hollymead Town Center. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May-October, 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. Opening day in 2018 is May 2. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade 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: 434-970-3371. 
 
Late April-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May 5-October 13, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 434-823-1092. 
 
April-October, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 7-November 3, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy local produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, jams, and hand-crafted items in historic Scottsville. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Deb Smith.  Email: market@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-9267. 
 
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April 20, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "THE POST"
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star in this drama. V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Beryl Solla.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5362. 
 
April 22, Sunday
CINEMA UNDER THE STARS
UVA's Clean Water Working Group.
Enjoy a free outdoor screening of Disney's Moana as part of UVA's Bicentennial celebration and UVA Sustainability's Earth Week. The movie will be preceded by a short video highlighting the history of water at UVA, starting from 200 years ago with the founding of the University. The El Tako Nako food truck will be present for snacks and meals, and free popcorn will be available. The grassy field in front of UVA's Observatory Hill Dining Hall (rain location Ern Commons).  8PM - 10PM.  Contact: Clay Kulesza.  Email: cfk8df@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-245-9403. 
 
April 22, Sunday
THE MALTESE FALCON [NR]
The Paramount Theater.
See the classic film starring Humphrey Bogart. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 youth, $7 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
April 22, Sunday
WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Films that tell stories about the planet, the wild lands, the people of the communities who love them, play in them and defend them. Remarkable places that inspire wonder, highlight issues and provide solutions. Visulite Cinema.  Directions: 12 N. Augusta St., Staunton.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 23, Monday
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE (2017)
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Movie night at Crozet Library with this recent film rated PG-13. Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
April 25, Wednesday
WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Wild Virginia / Violet Crown Cinema.
Films that tell stories about the planet, the wild lands, the people of the communities who love them, play in them and defend them. Remarkable places that inspire wonder, highlight issues and provide solutions. Violet Crown Cinema.  Directions: 200 W. Main.  $15-25.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-1553. 
 
May 12, Saturday
NOTTING HILL [PG-13]
The Paramount Theater.
Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant star in this romantic comedy. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $5 youth, $7 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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April 21, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: THE ART OF PROTEST
Fralin Museum of Art.
These popular programs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities that make the Museum's exhibitions accessible to children. Children should have an adult accompanying them. 1–3 pm: 5–7 year olds and their grownups 3–5 pm: 8–12 year olds and their grownups Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  10am-12pm mixed 5-12, 1-3pm 5-7, 3-5pm 8-12.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 26-April 29, 2018
A PAINTER'S HAND: THE MONOTYPES OF ADOLPH GOTTLIEB
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974), best known as one of the original Abstract Expressionist artists, was one of the leading artists of his generation and was responsible for forging a new identity for American art in the mid-20th century. The group of monotypes in this exhibition provides a unique look at his final body of work. The Fralin Museum of Art.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
January 26-April 29, 2018
FROM THE GROUNDS UP: THOMAS JEFFERSON'S ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
The Fralin Museum of Art.
One of Jefferson's most important legacies was his role as a designer and advocate for the creation of an iconic architectural identity for our fledgling country that still endures today. Jefferson’s architectural vision for the United States will be explored in a special exhibition featuring drawings, prints, paintings, photographs and building and construction artifacts, among other archival materials. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
February 7-May 2, First Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Gordon Avenue children's librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related story times incorporating movement, songs, and puppets with a variety of exciting books. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
May 5, Saturday
STAR WARS DAY
Amazement Square.
At a children's museum not so far away, children can enjoy Star Wars games, crafts, and challenges. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  10am-1pm.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
May 12, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: INDIVIDUAL IDENTITIES
Fralin Museum of Art.
Age-appropriate, interactive tours with hands-on art activities. Reservations required. Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  10am-12pm mixed ages 5-12, 1-3pm ages 5-7, 3-5pm ages 8-12.  $Free.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 12-May 20, 2018
FEMININE LIKENESS: PORTRAITS OF WOMEN BY AMERICAN ARTISTS
The Fralin Museum.
This exhibition showcases portraits of women by American artists from the collection of The Fralin Museum of Art. Spanning the period from the early Republic through the 1950s, the show includes a diverse selection of paintings by prominent portrait painters. The images on view reveal changing aesthetic investments in the representation of femininity, beauty, status and individual identity. The Fralin Museum.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592 . 
 
April 6-June 10
ART OF PROTEST
The Fralin Museum.
Art of Protest highlights the ways in which artists have both documented and participated in the protests of the 20th century. Whether these protests were carried out in the streets or represented in subversive works of art, the objects displayed in this show reflect the struggle towards equality that characterized the mid-twentieth century. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
February 17-July 8
THE HORSE IN ANCIENT GREEK ART
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
From myth and legend to warfare, sport, and transportation, the horse played an integral role in ancient Greek culture. This exhibition presents a rich equine history through the stunning imagery on ancient pottery, coins and other objects. Scenes of centaurs and satyrs, warring chariots, and horse races celebrate the horse in Greek art as a symbol of wealth, power and status Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-340-1400. 
 
May 18-August 12
20TH CENTURY STILL LIFES
The Fralin Museum of Art.
From the painterly explorations of naturalistic form found in the work of William Merritt Chase, to the collage techniques of Picasso and Braque, to the deceptively banal reality in Carrie Mae Weems's photography, artists throughout the 20th century have engaged with this genre. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Closed Mondays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
May 18-September 30
IN MY ROOM: ARTISTS PAINT THE INTERIOR 1950-NOW
The Fralin Museum.
After the Industrial Revolution, however, modern art erupted with the landscape's inversion: the interior. Notably, modern artists began depicting windows into other rooms instead of painting views of the outside world. Artists continued to paint indoor spaces throughout the 20th century for a variety of psychological, interpersonal, and biographical reasons. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Times vary. Closed Mondays..  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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April 21, Saturday
FEE FREE DAY AT SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy the Park without having to pay an entrance fee in observance of National Park Week. Shenandoah National Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 21, Saturday
NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER PARK DAY
Shenandoah National Park Service.
A full day of fun activities to celebrate the NPS and get kids of all ages connected to their national park. Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) unless otherwise noted. Shenandoah National Park.  Directions: Byrd Visitor Center, Dickey Ridge Visitor Center.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 5, 12, 14 & 21, Thursdays & Saturdays
SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
This three-hour, five-mile hike through the woodlands of Monticello to the Rivanna River is a perennial favorite of hikers and native plant enthusiasts alike. Be prepared for a strenuous trek, muddy slopes and uphill climbs, and an intimate view of the wild Monticello, particularly the lovely plant communities along the river. Wear sturdy shoes. Meets at The Shop at Monticello, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  9am-12pm.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9880. 
 
March 24-April 28
PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION GARDEN
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, 3,000+ pinwheels will be "planted" in the Terrace Lawn, each representing a child served this year by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia's Healthy Families program. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Opening Hours.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 5, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation & Monticello Bird Club.
Join Janet Paisley of the Monticello Bird Club for a bird walk. Beginners always welcome. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area. Binoculars available to share. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Rd.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
May 6, Sunday
MOTHER NATURE HIKE AT SCHEIER
Rivanna Conservation Alliance.
Come celebrate Mother Earth and all the beautiful nature that can be found at the Scheier Natural Area in Fluvanna County. Scheier Natural Area, Palmyra.  1-3:00pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rivanna Conservation Alliance.  Email: dandersen64@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-310-6464. 
 
May 6, Sunday
MUSHROOM ID AND FORAGING
The Living Earth School.
Folks requested this class for years and it's finally available. Fungal expert, Charlie, leads you through the identification and ethical harvesting of these elusive delicacies. For adults and mature teens. Living Earth School, Afton.  10am-3pm.  Recommended for ages 13 to 99.  Email: livingearthva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7339. 
 
May 11, Friday
NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Visit on National Public Gardens Day and enjoy free tours of historic Bloemendaal House from 11am-3pm. (included in Garden admission) Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 12, Saturday
BOAT-BUILDING PICNIC FUNDRAISER
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Enjoy the picnic lunch on the terrace in support of the summer boat-building program for kids. Fundraiser guests and their children can help build bird and animal prows for the kayaks, and participate in building a model for the boats that will be made this summer. There will also be sign-ups for building your own wooden boat for the River Renaissance flotilla this coming fall. Weather permitting, there will be rides in wooden pirogues on the river. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.  Directions: Darden Towe Park.  11am-2pm.  $25 adults, $5 kids.  Contact: Alexandria Searls.  Email: alexandriasearls@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-996-7282. 
 
May 13, Sunday
MOMS ARE FREE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
House tours are free for all moms accompanied by a paying adult or child. Take any of our daily tours, enjoy lunch at the Exchange Cafe, peruse the museum shop and galleries in the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and explore 8+ miles of walking trails. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  $Free for moms.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
May 11-13, Friday-Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
A 3-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom and loved ones. Enjoy the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, live music, Children's Garden's activities, shopping, dining and more. Sunday's concert will be held at Bloemendaal House from 1-4pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 18, Friday
NIGHT SKIES AT SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution. Join amateur astronomers as they present a provocative presentation on controlling light pollution as you gaze at the heavenly stars through telescopes. Free to all park visitors, a blanket, chair and flashlight are recommended. Big Meados Area (mile 51 inside Rapidan Camp Gate).  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-2222. 
 
March 31-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. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 6 & June 1, Fridays
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30pm, 8:15-9:30pm viewing.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
April 6-October 14
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.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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April 20 & 21, Friday & Saturday
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, JR.
Tandem Friends School.
The Tandem Friends 6th grade presents Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Tandem's 6th grade will delight you with their commitment to this story as they sing, dance and act their way into the hearts of the community. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Tandem Friends School.  7pm.  $8 adults, $6 students and seniors.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lydia Horan.  Email: lhoran@tandemfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-1303. 
 
April 22, Sunday
6TH ANNUAL KUNG FU KICK-A-THON
Laughing Dragon Kung Fu.
This event includes performances of Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, and Kung Fu, as well as giving an opportunity to put the code of martial ethics into practice by raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Laughing Dragon Kung Fu.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: info@laughingdragonkungfu.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-0318. 
 
April 26, Thursday
DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY ON TOUR
Altria Theater.
Inspired by favorite Disney Junior series, the interactive concert tour includes songs from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, as well as newest hit series Vampirina and Puppy Dog Pals. The live concert will also include a brand-new interactive experience featuring Disney Junior's Muppet Babies. Altria Theater, Richmond.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
May 5, Saturday
SHOPKINS LIVE! BFF DAY
Busch Gardens.
Audiences are immersed in the world of Shopville through creative onstage characters, custom designed theatrical costumes and interactive performances. With eye-popping choreography and original pop songs, this is a must see show for the family. Busch Gardens.  Directions: Williamsburg.  $Free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
May 12, Saturday
15TH ANNUAL SPRING GALA
Albemarle Ballet Theatre.
Albemarle Ballet Theatre presents The Pied Piper of Hamelin along with excerpts from the classical ballet Le Corsaire. This family-friendly production is sure to delight audience members of all ages. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  1pm & 5pm.  $18 adults, $14 students/seniors.  Email: dance@aballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-8888. 
 
May 12, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tandem Friends School.
Don't miss the annual Mother's Day Music Festival featuring music, food and drink for sale and fun activities for all ages. Tandem Friends School.  2-8pm.  $7, mothers get in free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mark Goldstein.  Email: mgoldstein2@tandemfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-1303. 
 
May 12, Saturday
ON STAGE: ARIAS & DUETS
Maymont / Virginia Opera.
Pack a picnic and bring the family for an evening of outdoor musical relaxation at its finest with vibrant voices of the Opera and Broadway. Adam Turner, Virginia Opera’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, will be your musical guide for an enjoyable performance of unforgettable favorites. Registration required. Rain date: Sunday, May 13. Maymont Mansion Lawn, Richmond.  7-8:30pm.  $Free .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
May 11 & 12, Friday & Saturday
THE SOUND OF MUSIC AND NEWSIES
Alpha and Omega Theatre.
Alpha and Omega Theatre invites you to a tribute to The Sound of Music and Newsies, featuring songs and dances from these blockbuster musicals. Maple Grove Christian Church.  Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm & 7pm.  $Free.  Special Needs Accommodation: Due to mature themes, only 6 years old and up will be admitted.   Contact: Alpha and Omega Theatre.  Email: aotcharlottesville@yahoo.com. For more info call: None. 
 
May 13, Sunday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: THE GRUFFALO LIVE ON STAGE
The Paramount Theater.
Join Mouse on an adventure through the deep dark wood in Tall Stories musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Celebrate Mother's Day with a Tea Party after the show featuring the Gruffalo himself. The Paramount Theater.  4-5:30pm.  $15.75 adult, $10.75 youth.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
May 12 & 13, Saturday & Sunday
SPRING MUSICAL & BENEFIT SHOW
Monticello High School.
Monticello High School, Auditorium.  8pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 18, Friday
FINALS CONCERT
Virginia Glee Club.
Enjoy a concert by the Virginia Glee Club. UVA Chapel.  8-9pm.  Email: gleeclubmanager@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-207-8421. 
 
May 18, Friday
THE MODERN GENTLEMEN
The Wayne Theatre.
For well over a decade, the group formed by Frankie Valli, have developed their own signature sound blending their modern voices together with four part, tight harmonies performing the classic hits of pop, rock, and doo-wop. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  8pm.  $42+.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
May 19 & 20, Saturday & Sunday
PAW PATROL LIVE! "THE GREAT PIRATE ADVENTURE"
Altria Theater.
An all-new action-packed, music-filled production based on the animated preschool series PAW Patrol. The new live stage show follows the heroic pups as they embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure. Altria Theater, Richmond.  10am & 2pm each day.  $21-$102.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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March 31, Saturday
JOB FAIR AND CAMP EXPO AT ACAC
ACAC.
Hiring for all Waterpark positions, lifeguards, and summer camp counselors. Flexible hours, fun, lively environment, and opportunity to work plenty of hours. Bring two forms of ID. Summer camp staff will be on hand to give tours of our facilities and preview of all the fun camp activities that will happen this summer. You will also be able to register for summer camp. Featuring Chick-fil-a, raffle prizes, and more fun things happening all day. ACAC Adventure Central.  10am-2pm.  $Free to members.  Email: erikat@acac.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-978-7529. 
 
April 20, Friday
3RD ANNUAL PAINT STAUNTON ART COMPETITION
Beverley Street Studio School.
Area plein air artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to compete within three categories, Professional, Amateur, and 16 and Under for a total of $1000 in cash prizes and the opportunity to capture the timeless beauty of historic downtown Staunton. Sunspots Outdoor Pavilion.  Directions: 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton .  8am registration, 9:30am-12:30pm competition, pop-up show/sale 2-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rachel Salatin.  Email: bsssschool@verizon.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-8636. 
 
April 21, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL DOGWOOD PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.
Come out to enjoy pancakes with Kiwanis, support a great cause, and then head on over to the Dogwood Festival Parade. Proceeds support Benjamin Hair Just Swim for Life Foundation, whose mission is to "waterproof our community" so that all children have basic swimming skills and are safe around water. First Baptist Church, 735 Park Street.  7:30-11am.  $5 minimum ticket donation, under 6 free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 21, Saturday
9TH ANNUAL NELSON COUNTY 5K
Enjoy an easy 3.1 mile walk or run on the roads around the Nelson County High School. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Nelson County. Event open to ages 7 and up. Medals will be awarded for top three in the categories Female, Male, and Student. Prizes for top finisher by age categories and a drawing for prizes to be held at the end of event. Rain or shine. Nelson County High School, Lovingston.  7:30-8:30am check-in.  $20-35.  All ages welcome.  Email: spudmom28@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-465-1544. 
 
April 21, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. The theme of the parade is "Candy Land" and candy will fly along the parade route for the first time in decades. Downtown Mall.  10:50am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 21, Saturday
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS ENGINEERING DAY AT UVA
Society of Women Engineers/UVA.
The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia presents a program designed to give high school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demonstrations, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students. The session aims to showcase the many diverse, exciting and creative fields that make up engineering. $25.  Email: uvasweoutreach@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 21, Saturday
PAPER PLANE CHALLENGE
Kids Give Back.
Kids and adults can enter a paper plane flying contest for most accurate, longest flight time and furthest distance. Proceeds benefit Angel Flight and each donation enters you to win the grand prize, a plane ride for 2 around Charlottesville. 5th Street Station.  10am.  $10 suggested donation per family. 
 
April 21, Saturday
YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY
Piedmont YMCA.
Looking for ways to awaken a child's imagination and inspire healthy choices in time for summer? Come out for Healthy Kids Day for a day of movement, activity and healthy eating. Fun for the whole family. Brooks Family YMCA.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 22, Sunday
6TH ANNUAL KUNG FU KICK-A-THON
Laughing Dragon Kung Fu.
This event includes performances of Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, and Kung Fu, as well as giving an opportunity to put the code of martial ethics into practice by raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Laughing Dragon Kung Fu.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: info@laughingdragonkungfu.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-0318. 
 
April 22, Sunday
ANNUAL HIGHLAND SHEEP SHEARING AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
Tom Stanley will demonstrate the New Zealand sheep shearing method at this educational, agricultural event. There will also be traditional wool carding and spinning demonstrations for the family following the shearing. If the weather is favorable, visitors are encouraged to enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds. Bring your own or choose from our selection. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-12pm.  $5 per person, under 6 free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
April 22, Sunday
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 in the field. Food from Good Waffles & Co. will be available. Fluvanna SPCA will be bringing dogs and puppies for adoption as well. First Colony Winery.  12-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7105. 
 
April 17-22
FRIENDS OF THE STAUNTON LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE
Friends of the Staunton Library.
Browse the selection of 5,000+ books, with paperbacks priced at only 25-50 cents and hard covers only $1. Saturday and Sunday are bag days. Fill a bag for $3 on Saturday or $1 on Sunday. After 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday, books are free to students, teachers and nonprofits. 1 Churchville Ave., Staunton.  6-8:30pm Tues, 9am-8:30pm Wed-Thurs, 9am-4:30pm Fri-Sat, 1-4:30pm Sun.  Email: cacoop@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3902. 
 
April 22, Sunday
HOPE GROWS CELEBRATION
Camp Holiday Trails.
The Hope Grows Celebration will be a fun and inspiring family-friendly event featuring delicious food, drinks from King Family Vineyards and live music. Come have fun and learn about Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children and teens with medical needs. Enjoy lots of kid-friendly activities including a bounce slide, barn tour, fire truck rides, face painting and more. King Family Vineyards, Crozet.  3:30pm.  $85 adult, kids 5 and above $10, under 4 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: heather@campholidaytrails.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3781. 
 
April 22, Sunday
HUMAN FOOSBALL TOURNAMENT
Jefferson Area CHiP.
This is a uniquely fun event for the whole family and a great team building activity for any work or social group. Enjoy some friendly and/or fierce competition, food, beer, games, music, prizes and a (hopefully) perfect spring day. Proceeds benefit CHIP. Rain date is April 29. Washington Park.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 20-22, Friday-Sunday
P. BUCKLEY MOSS BARN SHOW
P. Buckley Moss Museum.
Pat will be at her home, The Barn, to meet her collectors and personalize prints each day. You are invited to bring purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Barn for her to sign and personalize. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Waynesboro gallery during these three days can be personalized. The Barn.  Directions: 18 Providence Lane, Waynesboro.  11am-5pm Friday & Saturday at The Barn, 11am-3pm Sunday at the Waynesboro Gallery.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-6473. 
 
April 22, Sunday
WINE, PONIES AND VINEYARD TOURS
Knights Gambit Winery.
To celebrate this beautiful earth, you are invited for a special vineyard tour, wine tasting and pony grooming activities for the kids. Please RSVP so the right amount of ponies can be brought out. Knight's Gambit Winery.  Directions: 2218 Lake Albemarle Rd.  2-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Maya Proulx.  Email: hopeslegacy@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-5688. 
 
April 23, Monday
NATIONAL PICNIC DAY
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April 26, Thursday
JAYME STONE'S FOLKLIFE
Prism Coffeehouse.
Jayme Stone's Folklife is a versatile gathering of musicians who prove folk songs are perennials for the people. Come see the band on one of only twor stops in Virginia on their current tour. C-ville Coffee.  7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.  $17 advance, $19 at the door.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 26, Thursday
PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
JMRL - Central Library.
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by hunting for poetry-related clues in the library and taking photos of them. Participants who find the most clues win a prize. Picture-taking equipment will be provided. Grades 6-12. Central Library.  6-7pm.  $Free.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
April 26, Thursday
POETRY ON THE STEPS
JMRL - Central Library.
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with open mic poetry night beneath the towering oaks on the library steps. Read originals or old favorites, or just come to listen. Refreshments will be served. Rain site: Children's Room. Central Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
April 27, Friday
GRAND CAVERNS SIGNATURE 5K
Grand Caverns Park.
A certified 5K course, it is "Virginia flat" and fast. All runners (and walkers) welcome. Even your supporters will have fun (and food). All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new playground at the Grand Caverns Park. Grand Caverns Park, Grottoes.  6:30-8:30pm.  Email: mike@grandcaverns-5k.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 28, Friday
1ST ANNUAL ROSE GARDEN TEA PARTY
New Dominion Bookshop.
Celebrating National Independent Bookstore Day, New Dominion Bookshop will offer children's story times and activities, a scavenger hunt, in-store giveaways and guest booksellers. New Dominion Bookshop.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
April 28, Saturday
HIGHLAND RUSTIC TRAILS GRAND OPENING
James Monroe's Highland.
Celebrate the grand opening with music from The Front Porch Roots Music School, games, refreshments, a ribbon cutting, and group hikes, beginning around 11am, to explore the trails. James Monroe's Highland.  10am-12pm .  $Free and open to the public.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
April 28, Saturday
RAMPS AND RAILS
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Enjoy local arts, crafts, and live music at this unique festival and take a popular 1-hour train ride. Trains depart Elkins. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.  11am, 1pm & 3pm.  $15, under 3 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-686-7245. 
 
April 28, Saturday
SPRING RACES AT FOXFIELD
Foxfield.
Races featuring the country's finest horses, riders and trainers. The Spring Race will benefit CHiP, Children's Health Improvement Program. Popular with college students and other revelers last year's race drew over 25,000 guests. Rain or shine. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road.  9am gates open, 1pm first race, 5:30pm gates close.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-9501. 
 
April 28, Saturday
WIZARDING WINERY AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Complete with quidditch demonstrations, themed outdoor and indoor games, shop among the different vendors, make your own wand stations and much more. Bavarian Chef will be onsite from 11am-4pm serving up their best dishes. Cocoa & Spice and Kilwins of Charlottesville will be serving themed treats. Medieval Fantasies Company will be dressed and walking through the crowds. Horton Vineyards.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gorduonsville.  12-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
April 29, Sunday
VIRGINIA LOVES ANIMALS SCAVENGER HUNT
Caring for Creatures.
Human and animal teams, equipped with a smart phone, will physically search on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville and virtually search on the internet for answers to scavenger hunt clues. Registration will be in front of the I Love CVille Welcome Center located at 406 East Market Street. Downtown Mall.  12-4pm, 10am-12pm registration.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 28-May 3, Wednesday or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Please register for only Wednesdays or Thursdays. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
May 4, Friday
BLUEBIRD PROJECT PARADE
Foster Care Adoption Awareness Coalition.
As part of National Foster Care Awareness Month and Charlottesville's First Friday ArtWalk, volunteers with the Foster Care Adoption Awareness Coalition will parade down the pedestrian mall with 247 bluebirds in hand. Each bluebird is handcrafted by local artists and represents a child from the community in foster care. Bluebirds will then be on display in front of Piedmont CASA and available for a donation. A silent auction will take place for 35 of the birds. Downtown Mall.  Directions: Parade begins at Sprint Pavilion and ends at The Haven.  5pm talk, 5:30pm parade.  Contact: Marnie Allen.  Email: allenmar@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 4, Friday
COPS 4 KIDS DAY
Charlottesville Police Foundation.
At Cops 4 Kids Day, hundreds of children enjoy the K9 police dog demonstration, forensics van tour, SWAT team gear show, a visit with McGruff the Crime Dog, relay races through a bouncy maze with police officers, a police/teen basketball tournament, food by Wayside Chicken, ice cream, music, bubbles and prizes. Boys and Girls Club, Cherry Ave.  4-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18. 
 
May 4 & 5, Friday & Saturday
DOGWOOD TRACK CLASSIC
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
The Dogwood Track Classic is the oldest and most prestigious track meet in the south. The Dogwood Track Classic is also known as the premier high school track meet on the east coast. Schools come from all over Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington D.C. and beyond to compete. UVA's Lannigan Field.  11am.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- All Branches.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
May 5, Saturday
HOW-TO FESTIVAL
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in to any 15-30 minute session and learn about a variety of topics from how to raise chickens in the city or brew a perfect cup of coffee to how to prepare for a zombie invasion or learn quick, cool graphic design tricks. See the 3D printer in action and pick up a free comic book as well. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
May 5, Saturday
NELSON DOWNRIVER RACE
Nelson Area Paddlers/ Nelson County Parks and Recreation.
This 8-mile race on the lower Tye River is suitable for experience canoe and kayak paddlers. After the race, enjoy a picnic social. Lower Tye River, South Powell's Island Road, Arrington.  9:30am-3pm, 9:30-11am registration, 11am-3pm race.  Email: eharper@nelsoncounty.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-7130. 
 
May 5, Saturday
SPRING POP-UP MARKET
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Local artisans and vendors of vintage, repurposed, and upcycled items will participate. Get your Mother's Day shopping done in advance, and enjoy the outdoor market. Free admission and parking. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8031. 
 
April 27-29 & May 4-6
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
B&O Railroad Museum.
Little Engineers and families take a 25-minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities and family fun. B&O Railroad Museum.  Directions: 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore.  9am-4pm Fridays, 8:30am-6pm Saturdays, 8:30am-5:30pm Sundays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 866-468-7630. 
 
May 8, Tuesday
3D PRINTING 101
JMRL- Northside Library.
Curious about the library's 3D printer? Join library staff as they demonstrate how to create an object using Tinkercad or select an object using Thingverse and then print it. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
May 10, Thursday
6TH ANNUAL BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE
Big Brothers Big Sisters.
This Superhero-themed fundraising event supports mentoring kids in the Charlottesville area. Form a team of six adults, eat, drink, win prizes, bid on auction items, meet celebrity guests, visit the photo booth, partake in three hours of unlimited bowling and help a great cause. AMF Kegler's Lanes.  6:30-9:30pm.  Contact: Lisa Claytor.  Email: lclaytor@blueridgebigs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0882. 
 
May 7-11, Monday-Friday
DIGITAL INCLUSION WEEK: LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY OPEN HOUSE
JMRL- Central Library.
Come see how a 3D printer operates, learn how to use wifi hotspots and find out which other devices the library has available to use or check out. Central Library.  3-5pm Monday & Thursday, 2-4pm Tuesday, 5-7pm Wednesday, 11am-1pm Friday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
May 12, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
James Monroe's Highland.
Experience arts and crafts outdoors at the home of the Fifth President of the United States. Participate in a historic dance workshop, painting, nature photography, and more. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds afterward. An Outdoor Art Creator or Outdoor Art Explorer badge is included with the program fee. Program is available to Brownies and Juniors. Girls MUST attend with an adult (over 18) who stays with them at the event. James Monroe's Highland.  10am-12pm .  $10, free to adult chaperones.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Registration required by April 21  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: education@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
May 12, Saturday
COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Bring a lawn chair and a side dish to share, test your corn hole skills, kids enjoy face painting and temporary tattoos along with a bounce house, inflatable slides and playground. Plenty of live entertainment as well. Rain or shine. Rosenwald Community Center, Waynesboro.  1-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 12, Saturday
ESCAPE ROOM
JMRL- Northside Library.
A forgetful Hogwarts professor has given you and your friends detention. Will you escape using your wits and magical learning or will you be trapped? The escape room accommodates up to 4 participants at a time and takes 30 minutes. Ages 11 to adult. Registration required. Northside Library.  Various time slots.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 99.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
May 12, Saturday
FAMILY PROM
Carver Recreation Center.
Come make some special memories with your family at Carver Recreation Center while you enjoy an evening of dancing, light refreshments and photo booth. Youth 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Carver Recreation Center.  6-8pm.  $3 city resident, $4 non-resident.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
May 12, Saturday
FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING
UVA Cancer Center.
Take this opportunity to be screened by a physician and bring in a baseball cap or visor to exchange for a new sun hat while supplies last. Doctors will screen questionable lesions and sun-exposed skin but do not offer further diagnostic or therapeutic services. Participants are given a chance to make a follow-up appointment with the dermatologists if they so desire. UVA Primary Care Center Dermatology Clinic.  Directions: 1221 Lee St.  8am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: js2qy@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-223-9173. 
 
May 12, Saturday
KIDS MATTER DAY
Staunton Recreation Parks.
This event is designed to inform parents and guardians on ways to keep kids safe while showcasing various community resources. After attending the designated number of stations in the gym and parking lot area your child can participate in the Kids Matter Day attractions area as a reward. Gypsy Hill Park Gymnasium, Staunton.  10am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3945. 
 
May 12, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY TEA
Maymont.
Dress in your favorite spring fashions and enjoy afternoon tea in a picturesque setting. A time-honored tradition with mothers, daughters and special friends on the mansion porch as elegant Victorian ladies, distinguished gentleman and attending servants see to every detail. Tea sandwiches, little cakes, special music and a mansion visit too. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  2-4pm.  $25 per person; $20 for members.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x329. 
 
May 12, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY TEA AT HORTON VINEYARDS
Horton Vineyards.
Come and enjoy a sitting of tea with an extensive menu of savory and sweet delights, exquisitely prepared by Jack's Shop Kitchen accompanied by a glass of Horton wine and an individual pot of tea. There will be one seating at 2:00 PM. Weather permitting the event will be held outside among the vines, rain location will be indoors. Horton Vineyards.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville.  2-4pm.  $35 adults, $25 under 21.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
May 12, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND: MUSIC, PLANT SALE & MORE
DuCard Vineyards.
Bring Mom for Music on the Patio from Scuffletown (6-9pm) to kick off the Second Saturday Concert Series. You can also enjoy the delicious fare for sale by North Cove Mushroom food truck all day. A Plant Sale featuring plants from the Madison Garden Club is also sure to please. Also appearing will be renowned glass engraver Patty Sevre. DuCard Vineyards.  12-9pm.  $No cover.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
May 13, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy a three-course price-fixe brunch for Mother's Day. Make reservations online. Guests are asked to arrive 30-45 minutes ahead of their brunch reservation time. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va.  10am, 11:30am, 1pm & 2:30pm seatings.  $35 adult, $15 children ages 2-10.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 18-20, Friday-Sunday
FREE GENERAL ADMISSION FOR UVA CLASS OF 2018
Monticello.
Family letters show that Jefferson often invited U.Va. students to Monticello. Following in Mr. Jefferson's tradition, UVA grads are invited to celebrate their graduation by walking the other lawn with family and friends. All weekend long the U.Va. Class of 2018 gets FREE general admission to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello! Please note: Please show your U.Va. student ID to receive Shop and admission discounts. Monticello.  9am-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
April 10-May 22, Tuesdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET'S SPECIAL DAD-DANCE CLASS
Charlottesville Ballet.
Dads take classes with an instructor for four weeks with daughters joining them for the last three weeks to complete a team dance. New or experienced dancers welcome. Charlottesville Ballet Studios at 1885 Seminole Trail.  7:30-8:15pm.  $25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nina Staeben.  Email: nstaeben@charlottesvilleballet.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-2555. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
January 27-July 28, Fourth Saturdays except in June
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Full Weekends
FREE ADMISSION TO VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Bank of America / Virginia Discovery Museum.
The first full weekend of the month, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust credit and debit cardholders will get free admission to the Museum. Virginia Discovery Museum.  For details, please click this link. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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April 21, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL DAY 5K: RACE WITHOUT A TRACE
Viridiant.
Run, walk or stroll down the newly completed Virginia Capital Trail and see the beauty of the James River and its downtown surroundings. After crossing the finish line, youÂÂ’ll be steps away from the Richmond Earth Day festival's live music, vendors, food and drink, demos and plenty of educational information and activities. Leashed dogs and strollers welcome. Downtown Richmond.  11am-12:30pm.  $25 advance.  Email: admin@viridiant.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-225-9843. 
 
April 21, Saturday
RICHMOND EARTH DAY 5K RACE WITHOUT A TRACE
Viridiant.
A family-friendly, community-focused race, showing off the best the city has to offer. Run, walk or stroll down the newly completed Virginia Capital Trail and see the beauty of the James River and its downtown surroundings. Learn easy ways to help the environment along the course and finish just half a mile from the RVA Earth Day Festival. Turning Basin of Canal Walk, Richmond.  11am-12:30pm.  $30.  Email: admin@viridiant.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-225-9843. 
 
April 21, Saturday
TEAM SIERRA EARTH DAY 5K
Team Sierra.
Proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit the Sierra Club, an environmental organization dedicated to explore, enjoy and protect our planet. All you have to do is run and you will be helping the Earth. Participants will receive a race T-shirt and a tree seedling to take home with you. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  9am start, 7-8:30am packet pickup.  $25.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 21, Saturday
THE HARD CIDER RUN 5K
Albemarle CiderWorks.
The course features one long, gradual hill. Make it up and it's smooth sailing to the finish line where a cold, hard cider awaits. Albemarle CiderWorks.  8am packet pickup, 10am races begin.  $35-50.  Contact: Chloe.  Email: chloe@sourfishevents.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-297-2326. 
 
April 22, Sunday
INAUGURAL ROSE 5K
Trump Winery.
Run for a reason! Participate in the Inaugural Rosé 5K to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with 100% of proceeds being donated. This walk/run event is the perfect pairing for runners and wine lovers alike. Only 200 spots available so register now. Trump Winery.  10am-12pm.  Contact: Trump Winery.  Email: info@trumpwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3895. 
 
April 22, Sunday
MICHAEL'S MILE: NOW IN COLOR
Orange County Parks & Recreation.
This event is a fun run with the goal of raising funds for the Michael's Gift Youth Activity Scholarship Program and the OCPR Foundation. The run will feature color powder. Booster Park, Orange.  1:30-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5435. 
 
April 27, Friday
GRAND CAVERNS SIGNATURE 5K
Grand Caverns Park.
A certified 5K course, it is "Virginia flat" and fast. All runners (and walkers) welcome. Even your supporters will have fun (and food). All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new playground at the Grand Caverns Park. Grand Caverns Park, Grottoes.  6:30-8:30pm.  Email: mike@grandcaverns-5k.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 28, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL MONTALTO CHALLENGE 5K
Monticello.
An exhilarating 5K race from the base of the Saunders-Monticello Trail to the top of Montalto. The demanding, all-uphill course offers thrilling views of Monticello, Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. All proceeds go the Monticello Fund, which supports the maintenance of the Trail at Monticello. No pets. The Saunders-Monticello Trail.  7:15-10am.  $35-55.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9822. 
 
April 28, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL ANDREW 5K FUN RUN
Andrews8.
Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  $10-25.  Email: info@andrews8.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-0051. 
 
April 28, Saturday
CVILLE WALK 4 LIFE 2018
The Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia.
This is an easy, 1.5 mile walk that is stroller-friendly, so bring the whole family. Enjoy a continental breakfast, music, face painting, entertainment and more. First Baptist Church .  Directions: 735 Park St.  8:30-11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Minter.  Email: stephanie@virginiapregnancy.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-4516. 
 
May 5, Saturday
28TH ANNUAL DISCOVERY DASH
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Enjoy a morning of great family exercise and fun-filled races for kids ages 3 to 12, including quarter-mile, half-mile, and mile runs; a sibling race; parent-child relays; a community-wide school relay; and even a scramble for the littlest ones! Each runner receives a Dash T-shirt. Monticello High School.  7:45-10am.  $15.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
May 5, Saturday
BAND ON THE RUN 5K RACE
CHS Band and X-Country.
Calling all students, staff, families and community members to support and participate in the Band on the Run 5K Run/Walk. Beginning and ending at the CHS Curtis E. Elder track, the Band on the Run 5K will take runners and walkers of all ages on a 3.1-mile course. Proceeds from this family-friendly event will benefit the CHS Band and Cross-Country programs. Charlottesville High School.  8-11am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ben Ford.  Email: bford@rivarch.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Saturday
BATESVILLE 10K
Batesville Community Club.
A challenging, uphill course that occurs as part of the 43rd annual Batesville Day. 7am registration, 8am race, 9:30am awards.  Email: events@batesville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE SOAP BOX CLASSIC
Blue Ridge Soap Box Classic.
Each year, young competitors in the Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby race down Main Street in hopes of winning this exciting race. Register by April 4. All registrants must attend a mandatory clinic April 4. See site for details. Main Street and Church Street, Downtown Waynesboro.  7:30am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Anthony Marshall.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-1507. 
 
May 4 & 5, Friday & Saturday
DOGWOOD TRACK CLASSIC
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
The Dogwood Track Classic is the oldest and most prestigious track meet in the south. The Dogwood Track Classic is also known as the premier high school track meet on the east coast. Schools come from all over Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington D.C. and beyond to compete. UVA's Lannigan Field.  11am.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SCOOT 5K & 1-MILE FUN RUN/WALK
Scottsville Elementary PTO.
Enjoy a 5k or 1-mile kids walk/run to benefit Scottsville Elementary's PTO. After the race, enjoy the local Farmers Market and historic downtown Scottsville. Dorrier Park, Scottsville.  8am.  $Varies.  Contact: Lindsay Snoddy.  Email: scottsvillescoot@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Saturday
UMS RESERVOIR RUN
University Montessori School.
A fun family-friendly event. This scenic out-and-back course travels down beautiful Reservoir Road. The mixed pavement, hard packed dirt course is hilly, but the serene setting makes for a low-stress, enjoyable run. The 5k is open to participants 12 and older. The kids race is meant to be fun and manageable for all ages. It is a half-mile out and back course on Reservoir Road. Proceeds benefit the Financial Aid fund. University Montessori School.  8:30am kids race, 9am 5k.  Contact: Heather Heisig.  Email: ums@universitymontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-0583. 
 
May 6, Sunday
AN EVENING AT BARREN RIDGE VINEYARDS
Barren Ridge Vineyards.
Enjoy an elegant evening in the country with cocktails, fancy hors d'oeuvres, dinner, wine (of course), and entertainment. Barren Ridge Vineyards.  6pm.  Reservations are required. 
 
May 6, Sunday
HOOFIN' IT FOR HORSES 5K TRAIL RUN AND OPEN HOUSE
Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
This run is open to all age groups and all fitness levels. A fun Field Dash will be held after the 5K for children 8 and under. All proceeds will benefit the horses and donkeys at Hopes Legacy. After the trail run, stay and meet the 4-legged friends. From 10AM to 2PM, Hopes Legacy will hold its first public Open House from 10AM to 2PM. Take advantage of educational programs, food trucks, music, and kids games. 2080 Castle Rock Road, Afton.  7am race, 10am-2pm open house.  $Free open house / race cost varies.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Open terrain  Contact: Rosi Beachy.  Email: development@hopeslegacy.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-989-2949. 
 
May 10, Thursday
6TH ANNUAL BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE
Big Brothers Big Sisters.
This Superhero-themed fundraising event supports mentoring kids in the Charlottesville area. Form a team of six adults, eat, drink, win prizes, bid on auction items, meet celebrity guests, visit the photo booth, partake in three hours of unlimited bowling and help a great cause. AMF Kegler's Lanes.  6:30-9:30pm.  Contact: Lisa Claytor.  Email: lclaytor@blueridgebigs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0882. 
 
May 12, Saturday
13TH ANNUAL RIVANNA RIVER REGATTA CANOE & KAYAK RACE
Charlottesville Area Paddlers.
A 6.2 mile downriver race for all paddler classes to promote recreate, conservation and sportsmanship through paddling on the Rivanna. Charlottesville.  Contact: Merrill Bishop.  Email: rambishop1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-3072. 
 
May 12, Saturday
17TH ANNUAL RUN & REMEMBER 5K
Hospice of the Piedmont.
A 5K Run/Walk to benefit Hospice of the Piedmont. After the race enjoy prizes and food. Keswick Club.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  8am, registration begins 6:30am.  Email: info@hopva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-3568. 
 
May 12, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL CROZET RUNNING TRAIL 5K
Crozet Running.
Enjoy the beauty of Mint Springs Park in this 5k race, which is the first of a 4-race Summer Trail Running series in the Charlottesville area. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  8am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 12, Saturday
LEARN TO ROW DAY
Rivanna Rowing Club.
Come see the feet of boats. Club members will show you the boathouse, teach the stroke on rowing machines and give you a chance to row the stable 16-person training barge. No experience necessary. Open to ages 13 and up. Rain or shine. Boathouse at 276 Woodlands Rd.  9am & 11am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 12, Saturday
RED HILL 5K AND 1-MILE COLOR FUN RUN
Red Hill Elementary School.
The 5K race will remain the beautifully, hilly 3.1 mile course as years past. The newly added color run will be a memorable way to promote physical activity and fun with color powder stations throughout a 1-mile loop, which can be completed at your own pace. All proceeds raised by this event will directly benefit our Red Hill students. 3901 Red Hill School Road, North Garden, VA 22959,3901 Red Hill School Road, North Garden, VA 22959.  8:30am.  $varies.  Contact: Ashley Mawyer.  Email: ashleyjean214@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-5332. 
 
May 18, Friday
SUPERHERO 2.5K FUN RUN
Get your family moving together with this 2.5K family fun run (or walk). Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given out. Register early to guarantee a t-shirt. Pen Park.  Directions: 1400 Pen Park Rd.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3572. 
 
May 19, Saturday
5K CHICKEN RUN
Town of Gordonsville.
A fun-filled 5K run/walk through the streets of historic Gordonsville. A rain or shine event. A portion of the fees will go to much-needed renovations for Dix Memorial Pool and its grounds. Downtown Gordonsville.  8-9:30am registration, 10am race.  $15 advance, $20 after April 24.  Email: dsolomon@gordonsville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 20, Sunday
5TH ANNUAL FAMILY BIKE FEST
Blue Wheel Bicycles.
Bring your family to enjoy: Strider Course, a Bike Decoration Station, and Bike Handling Skill Courses for riders of all ages. Blue Wheel Bicycles will provide free helmet and bike safety checks for all participants. IX Art Park.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Bring your bike and helmet.  Contact: Scott Paisley.  Email: scott@bluewheel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1870. 
 
May 20, Saturday
JAMES SUN COLOR RUN
WAHS Leadership.
Bring the family for a 2-mile color run through the school campus to commemorate the life of former Western student James Sun. All ages are welcome. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Western Albemarle High School, Crozet.  9am, 8-8:30am registration.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: WAHS Leadership.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-8700. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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January 6-May 5, First Saturdays
TUNES & TALES
JMRL- Northside Library.
Families are invited for stories, music and movement. Northside Library.  Directions: West Rio Rd.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 26-May 21, Monthly on Final Mondays
SPANISH MOVES WITH ALI
JMRL - Central Library.
This bilingual session will get kids moving while learning Spanish and enjoying stories and rhymes. Central Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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April 14, 15, 20 & 21
LION KING JR
DMR Adventures.
Belmont Arts Collaborative.  Directions: 221 Carlton Rd., Suite 3.  7pm Friday, 3pm & 7pm Saturdays, 6pm Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5376. 
 
April 26 & 27, Thursday & Friday
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS THE TEMPEST
Theatre CHS.
Charlottesville High School Black Box Theatre.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7pm.  $10 adults, $5 students.  Email: theatrechsboxoffice@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2410. 
 
May 3-5, Thursday-Saturday
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS "CHICAGO"
CHS.
Blackbox Theatre at CHS.  7pm.  Email: david.becker@charlottesvilleschools.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2410. 
 
April 6-May 13
PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL
Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Pinkalicious is in love with the color pink. So much so that after an incident involving pink cupcakes, she transforms to become pink from head to toe. This pinkish problem can only be solved by Pinkalicious herself as she becomes confident and embraces who she is. The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn, Richmond.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-282-2620. 
 
May 10-13, Thursday-Sunday
SPRING MUSICAL: LEAP OF FAITH
Monticello HS Drama.
Monticello High School.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-249-2491. 
 
May 11-13 & 18-20, Fridays-Sundays
BLACK BOX PLAYERS PRESENTS "ANNIE"
Black Box Players.
Families are invited to enjoy this classic musical which showcases some of Broadway's most memorable songs including Tomorrow, Maybe, Fully Dressed Without A Smile, Together At Last and others! Burnley Moran Elementary School.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Email: maryanne@blackboxplayers.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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