Family Events & Festivals

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 Babysitting EventsGo to top of List
 
July 9, Saturday
SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Waynesboro's biggest celebration of the year- music, food, amusements, arts & crafts and more! Not to mention an awesome fireworks display to cap the day's events. Bring the whole family and make a day of it. Ridgeview Park- Waynesboro.  10am-10:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
May-August, Thursdays
DINNER AND MUSIC AT GRELEN NURSERY
Grelen Nursery.
The Market is open late with a buffet grill, cheese plates and live music on the patio. Grelen Nursery.  Directions: 15111 Yager Road, Somerset.  5:30-8pm.  Email: questions@grelennursery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
July 12, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES: SOUTHWATER
James Monroe Highland.
We are pleased to announce Tuesday Tunes, a three-part series of summertime evening concerts. The second performance in the series is an evening of music by Southwater. The Front Porch Musicians will open. Bring a picnic to enjoy with the family, there will also be local food vendors on-site. James Monroe Highland.  6-9pm.  $8 in advance, $10 at the door, Children 12 and under Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
July 8 & 22, Fridays
MUSIC ON THE STEPS
JMRL- Central Library.
Lunch to the rhythm as ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band and other local groups serenade you while you munch. Rain location: McIntire Room. For the whole family. JMRL- Central Library.  12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 16-July 28
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
Grab a blanket & meet up at the amphitheater. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The 2016 music line-up is as follows: June 16: Little Walter and the Convictions and Delicious Dishe Food Truck, June 23: Sun-Dried Opossum and My Takito Food Truck, June 30: The Findells and Cravingz Food Truck, July 14: Gabby Haze and Delicias Marina Food Truck, July 21: Erin & the Wildfire and Farm Fresh Fixin's Food Truck, July 28: Brian Patrick Band and Cravingz Food Truck Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
July 21, Thursday
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM WITH LOWLAND HUMS
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
Explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville! Featuring local beer and cider, organic wine from Loving Cup Vineyards and Charlottesville's best BBQ trucks. Live music by Lowland Hum. This event has a Kids Zone with Australian-themed children's activities, as well as a Flat Chat Tour, a ten-minute discussion about an artwork on view by a museum staff member. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  5-9pm.  $5, Members Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
Now-November, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAY
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Newly repaired with displays donated to understand both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
May-September, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fruit when it's a little cooler, shop in our Country Store, grab some donuts, cider and lite fare and then head into the Carter Mountain Wine Shop for wine (tastings by the glass or by the bottle). Perch on the decks to listen to free live music and catch an amazing sunset. Carter Mountain Orchard.  6-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
Now-early November
PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT AT HARTLAND ORCHARD
Hartland Orchard.
Pick sweet and sour cherries (late June), blueberries (all of July) and peaches (early July-early September). Visit the pumpkin patch September-November 1! Hartland Orchard.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-364-2316. 
 
Mid-June through early September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through early September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches (late July - August), donut peaches (late July - August) and nectarines (July - August). Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-6pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday (through August 25).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
July 4, Monday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate America's Birthday with a day of good old-fashioned family fun! Enjoy delicious food, and cold and refreshing sweet cider, hard cider, and wine. Join our bike parade (decorate your bicycle with patriotic colors and get in on the fun!), play games like Water Balloon Toss, 3-Legged Race, Sack Races, and our Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest! Enjoy live music throughout the day and evening and offer hayrides until dark. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-9:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833 . 
 
July 9-August 7
BLACKBERRY SEASON BEGINS
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.
Pick your own blackberries on our beautiful farm. No thorns! Blackberries priced by the quart. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.  9am-5pm.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1266. 
 
July-November, second & fourth Saturdays & Sundays
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT THE ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Who doesn't love pancakes? Join us the second Saturday & Sunday of each month for breakfast with family and friends at the orchard! All you can eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping, plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/OJ. Check website for times. Chiles Peach Orchard.  9-11am Saturdays, 10am-12pm Sundays.  $6.99 for adults, $3.99 per child 12 & under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit - these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
July 1-4, Friday-Sunday
4TH OF JULY JUBILEE
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the red, white and blue with music, a block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games for the entire family and of course, fireworks on Sunday the 3rd. See website for full schedule. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Nellysford, VA.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 855-699-1858. 
 
July 2, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL SAVE SK8 NELSON
Rockfish Valley.
Help support Nelson County's skate park. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  5-9pm.  $5/per carload.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
July 2, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL WATERMELON AND WINE FESTIVAL
DeVault Vineyards.
Bring your blanket, chairs, sunscreen and don't forget your family and head over to the Festival of the Summer! The best food venders will be there to appetize your every craving, many shopping stands to satisify your shopping needs, fun activites for the entire family, and music provided by the extremely talented James Otto and Brandon Loving! View below to see our musical and events schedule! Campbell County Public Library will be here with free activities technology demos and giveaways! DeVault Vineyards, Concord.  5-11pm Friday; 2-11pm Saturday.  $Prices vary.  Email: devaultvineyards@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 993-0722. 
 
July 2, Saturday
CROZET INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Crozet Community Association.
The celebration begins at Claudius Crozet Park after the parade, where there will be live music, free childrens games and amusements, including multiple bounce-houses, slides and laser tag. You wont want to miss the pony rides. Bring a lawn chair if you want to be comfortable as you watch the events. Traditional American Fourth of July fare will be available. Event culminates at 9:30 PM with a stupendous fireworks show. Claudius Crozet Park.  5-10pm.  $3 donation per person.  Contact: Tim Tolson.  Email: tfjtolson@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5899. 
 
July 3, Sunday
SUMMER JAM
Massanutten Resort.
Kids activities, Hoop Dance, Food Vendors, Beer Garden, Fireworks and more! All Proceeds benefit Harrisonburg/Rockingham SPCA Massanutten Resort.  5-10pm.  $10.  Email: info@massresort.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Monday
GREENE COUNTY 4TH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION
Chamber of Commerce Town of Stanardsville .
Parade Starts at 10am, Live music, Dancers and Entertainers, Games and Contests, Raffling of a 2016 Toyota Camry Sponsored by Brown Toyota of Charlottesville, Bounce Houses and Inflatable Games, Peoples Choice Car Show, Dunk Tank with Special Guests, Water Balloon Battle of Stanardsville, Concessions Sales Benefit Local Charities. 4th of July Fireworks: Live music starts at 5pm, Drum and Pipe Corps, Bounce Houses and Inflatable Games Downtown Standardsville.  Directions: Main Street & Court Square.  10am-Dusk.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amy Hollis .  Email: hestanardsvilleparade@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-290-8344. 
 
July 4, Monday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate America's Birthday with a day of good old-fashioned family fun! Enjoy delicious food, and cold and refreshing sweet cider, hard cider, and wine. Join our bike parade (decorate your bicycle with patriotic colors and get in on the fun!), play games like Water Balloon Toss, 3-Legged Race, Sack Races, and our Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest! Enjoy live music throughout the day and evening and offer hayrides until dark. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-9:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833 . 
 
July 4, Monday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
James Monroe's Highland.
Join us on the Fourth of July to celebrate the birth of the United States of America and commemorate the anniversary of James Monroes death on July 4, 1831. Visitors of all ages can enjoy free grounds admission all day, including a variety of childrens crafts and activities. James Monroe's Highland.  9am-6pm .  $Grounds free and open to the public.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@ahslanwhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
July 4, Monday
PATRIOTISM IN THE PARK
Gates open at 5pm for an evening of family friendly fun with food, local bands and games for kids of all ages. Fireworks show begins one minute after dark. Free parking is available at Charlottesville High School. McIntire Park.  5-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Special needs shuttles running from Walker Upper Elementary School  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Monday
STANDARDSVILLE 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL AND FIREWORKS
Town of Stanardsville.
Enjoy small town America at its finest this 4th of July as Historic Stanardsville, Virginia comes alive with a free, family-friendly community festival. Enjoy nearly a full day of fun and activities including, but not limited to: a parade, lively musicians and entertainers, battle of the bands, a people's choice car show, inflatable attractions for the kids and games for the entire family, dunk a local politician in the dunk tank, splash some friends in the annual town water balloon fight and spend a memorable day with us in this small town with a big heart. Roads close at 9 AM so come early for best parking. Stanardsville, Virginia.  10am.  $0.00.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Suggest arriving early. Roads close at 9:30 AM.  Contact: The Stanardsville Independence Day Committee.  Email: thestanardsvilleparade@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 5402908344. 
 
July 4, Monday
VALLEY FOURTH IN HARRISONBURG
Great food, music and entertainment attract thousands of people to downtown for a full day of events, including a barbecue cook-off, beer and wine garden, live music, a marketplace of vendors, children's activities and the annual parade and fireworks finale. Downtown Harrisonburg.  8am-10pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 9, Saturday
HANOVER TOMATO FESTIVAL
Hanover County.
Come out to this free, family-oriented event with live musical entertainment, rides, games, a petting zoo, over 200 vendors, delicious tomato dishes and much more. 8996 Pole Green Park Ln, Mechanicsville.  9am.  $Free.  Email: hanovertomatofestival@hanovercounty.gov. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-365-7150. 
 
July 9-August 7
WINTERGREEN SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND ACADEMY
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Come to the 2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival where our theme this July is Expect the Unexpected. From our much-anticipated Classics concerts to our not-to-be missed Wild Wednesdays, experience some of the worlds greatest music played by distinguished guest artists and our fully professional orchestra in the setting of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, theatre, film, literature, history, food, and wine. Wintergreen Resort Park.  9:30am-11pm.  $various.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julianne Akins.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
July 8-10, Friday-Sunday
RED WING ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
South Street Brewery & wnrn.
This family-friendly celebration has multiple stages with dozens of high-quality national and regional bands, kids events and activities, bike rides in the scenic Shenandoah Valley and close access to great hiking and fishing. Natural Chimneys Park, Mt. Solon.  Email: info@redwingroots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5727. 
 
June 29-July 10
SALEM FAIR
As the largest fair in the state, Virginia's Salem Fair offers fun for all ages. Come enjoy magic shows, fireworks, petting zoos, jugglers, tigers, carnival rides and more! Free admission and parking. Salem Civic Center Complex.  Directions: 1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-375-3004. 
 
July 13-16, Wednesday-Saturday
CAROLINE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Racing pigs, community exhibits, petting zoo, camel rides, games, contests and more! See website for full schedule. Caroline County Agricultural Fair Grounds .  Directions: 8332 Country Fair Lane, Ruther Glen.  $5 for ages 11 and up, 10 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-466-1507. 
 
July 13-16, Thursday-Sunday
FAUQUIER COUNTY FAIR
Come out for fun contests like the Antique Tractor Pull, the Corn Shucking Contest, and the Decorated Cake Contest! The fair also features various entertainers, guest musical artists, food vendors and fireworks! See website for full schedule and ticket prices. Fauquier County Fair Grounds .  Directions: 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton.  All ages welcome.  Email: fauquierfair@gmail.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-351-6086. 
 
July 13-16, Wednesday-Saturday
MADISON COUNTY FAIR
Enjoy the carnival, home exhibits, livestock and animal shows, kids fun tent, contests and competitions, a magic show, aerialists, demolition derby and more. See website for full schedule. The Madison County Fair Grounds.  Email: madisoncountyfairva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-7073. 
 
July 23, Saturday
1ST ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL
Central Virginia Blues Society.
There will be five outstanding local bands and one Regional act -- the Dave Chappell Band out of the DC area. Rockfish Valley Community Center in Afton.  4-10pm.  $10 general admission.  Email: centralvablues@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 23, Saturday
BLACKBERRY DELIGHT
Shenandoah National Park.
An annual event that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create these special blackberry-infused dishes, and combine it with a full day of live music, dancing, local crafts, pony rides, and kid's activities to make it a fun day for the entire family! Skyland.  Directions: (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive).  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
July 20-23, Thursday-Saturday
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
Orange County Fair Association.
This old-timey county fair focuses on rural life without the carnival rides. Each day is packed full of contests, shows, crafts, exhibits and music. See website for full schedule. Orange County Fairgrounds.  Directions: 14500 Old Gordonsville Road, Orange.  All ages welcome.  Email: orangecountyvafair@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-661-5393. 
 
July 23, Saturday
SWEET DREAMS FESTIVAL
Augusta County Parks & Recreation.
A free family-friendly event in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Fun activities for kids include contests, a craft tent, rock climbing wall, laser tag and inflatables along with food, entertainment and sporting events for the whole family. Stuarts Draft Park.  9am-4pm; pancake breakfast at 6:30am.  $Free, Fee for Pancake breakfast.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5727. 
 
July 28-30, Thursday-Saturday
ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL
The City of Charlottesville.
Celebrate the rich heritage of people of African ancestry and their contributions to the community, the nation and the world. Enjoy arts displays, parade and community health fair. See website for schedule. Washington Park and Carver Recreation Center.  Contact: Ruby.  Email: globalmresources@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825- 0115. 
 
July 25-July 30, Monday-Saturday
FREDERICK COUNTY FAIR
Horse shows, beauty pageants, petting zoo, concessions, carnival rides and more! See website for admission prices and schedule. Frederick County Fairgrounds, Clear Brook.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-667-8739. 
 
July 29-30, Friday-Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds.  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave, Louisa.  Contact: Sylvia Rigsby .  Email: president@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
July 27-30, Wednesday-Saturday
ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL FAIR & HORSE SHOW
Come out for some family fun with carnival rides, games and contests such as the Lip Sync contest, Water Wars and the Cornhole Tournament! See website for admission costs and schedule. Virginia Horse Center .  Directions: 487 Maury River Road, Lexington .  Email: dwork@horsecenter.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-464-2950. 
 
July 28-31, Thursday-Sunday
NIGHT SKIES FESTIVAL
National Park Service.
Night Skies Festival - Celebrate the valuable resource of dark skies through guest presentations by astronomy experts, Ranger Programs, and viewing the beautiful night skies Shenandoah National Park protects. Big Meadows Area.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 999-3500 . 
 
August 4-6, Thursday-Saturday
ALBEMARLE COUNTY FAIR
Albemarle County Fair.
This three-day agricultural celebration is full of festive, family fun in a historic setting. Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children's rides, contests and programs for the entire family! James Monroe Highland.  4-10pm Thursday, 10am-10pm Friday and Saturday.  $5, children under 6 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@albemarlecountyfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-2725. 
 
July 29-August 7, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family! See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Email: jeremy@virginiaaau.net . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
July 15-September 14
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
This summer, come and join us at one of the mid-Atlantic region's longest-running outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. See website for dates and times. Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs.  $Prices vary.  Email: info@musicfest.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3396. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 13 - Oct., Every Second Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SECOND SATURDAYS ART WALK
Scottsville Arts and Culture Committee.
Scottsville Second Saturdays is a monthly art walk that transforms Scottsvilles main street into an arts district. More than 100 pieces of local art are on display at area businesses. The event also features wine tastings, beer tastings, coffee tastings, live music, childrens activities and a chance for those who attend to create their own art. Downtown Scottsville.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Gill.  Email: ngill.tc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-1620. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
Now through October, Thursdays, Saturdays & 1st Sunday each month
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTESVILLE WALKING TOUR
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Take a one-hour tour around Court Square to learn some of Charlottesville's rich history and revisit the time of Thomas Jefferson. Tour leaves from Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Directions: McIntire Building, 200 Second St NE across from Lee Park.  Thursdays & Fridays 5:30pm; Saturdays 10am; Sundays 2pm.  $5 per person .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
July 4, Monday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
James Monroe's Highland.
Join us on the Fourth of July to celebrate the birth of the United States of America and commemorate the anniversary of James Monroes death on July 4, 1831. Visitors of all ages can enjoy free grounds admission all day, including a variety of childrens crafts and activities. James Monroe's Highland.  9am-6pm .  $Grounds free and open to the public.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@ahslanwhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
July 5-September 2
KIDS ARE FREE FOR THE SUMMER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check in at the Visitor Center. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 672-2728 x 450. 
 
July 9, Saturday
MAYMONT GLOW
Maymont.
Bring your friends and family to this walk/run that shows Maymont in a trail of lights. We're opening the gates after hours to celebrate summer and Maymont. Families should come and get ready to glow in the dark. The race gets underway at 8:30pm with prizes, a DJ spinning your favorite tunes and more. Participants receive a Glow Run RVA t-shirt and glow gear. Proceeds benefit Maymont. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  7-10pm.  $35 adults, $12 ages 8-17, ages 8 and under free.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
July 9, Saturday
YARNING HISTORY OUTDOOR EXHIBITION OPENING
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
"Yarning" is Australian slang for telling a story. Highlighting significant dates from 40,000 BCE to the present, this exhibition is an opportunity to learn about Indigenous art and history. The opening is timed to coincide with NAIDOC Week, a national week of celebration in Australia to commemorate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  10am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234 . 
 
July 23, Saturday
GILMORE CABIN WORKSHOP SERIES: "AFRICAN AMERICAN STORYTELLING"
James Madison's Montpelier.
Master storyteller Sheila Arnold Jones will present a two-fold interactive workshop: She will discuss the art of storytelling and craft historical stories based on participants' interest; and participants will also get a glimpse into her newest story about Polly Gilmore and the Reconstruction Era entitled 12 Years: Rebuild, Restore, and Reverse. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-1pm.  $75.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
July 28, Thursday
LET'S GO DIG WITH AN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Monticello.
Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock outdoor excavation, where they will learn proper field techniques, including excavation, screening and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $12, Children 5-12 $9, Under 5 Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April-November, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Alril 16-October 31, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Find food, music, crafts and more. Scottsville Pavilion, 125 Fleet Street.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tanya Cornwell.  Email: svillefarmersmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4994. 
 
June 25-July 17
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at prices you won't believe! The Green Valley Book Fair is a discount book outlet store featuring over 500,000 new books at incredible bargain prices. 2192 Green Valley Lane, Mount Crawford, VA 22841.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
May-September, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Mead Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
April 9-November 19, Saturdays
NELSON FARMER'S MARKET COOPERATIVE
Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring live music, fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8am-12pm.  Email: contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 760-6655. 
 
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June 7-August 3, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week! Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 & under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3213. 
 
July 8, Friday
MOONLIGHT MOVIES: THE PEANUTS MOVIE
Virginia Film Festival.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of gang are back in this computer-animated film. Based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, the film is written by his son and grandson. This time Charlie Brown is on an adventure to improve his chances with the Little Red-Haired Girl, while Snoopy and Woodstock write a novel about the World War I Flying Ace. Come early to enjoy a spectacular mountainside sunset, food from the Carter Mountain Grill, adult beverages available for purchase from the Bold Rock Hard Cider Cellar, and a live DJ from WTJU. Carter Mountain Orchard.  8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5277. 
 
July 19 & 21, Tuesday & Thursday
FREE FAMILY FILM SERIES: CORALINE
Violet Crown Cinema and the Virginia Discovery Museum.
Grab the popcorn, sit back and relax, and keep cool this summer with a free Family Film Series. After the movie, families can enjoy half-price same-day admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum when they redeem their ticket stub at the museum's check-in desk. Violet Crown Cinema.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 529-3000 . 
 
July 22, Friday
MOVIE ON OVER
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for an afternoon movie (rated G or PG). JMRL will provide the popcorn - YOU bring a friend and some get-comfortable-pillows. Call the Crozet Library for movie details. Registration is requested and begins July 5. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 21 & 28
HARRY POTTER FILM SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate the publication of the new Harry Potter book by watching some of the Harry Potter movies. July 21: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) July 28: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 29, Friday
MOONLIGHT MOVIES: AMERICAN GRAFFITI
Virginia Film Festival.
George Lucas' coming-of-age film about cruising and the rock and roll culture of 1962 is told in a series of vignettes about a group of teenagers and their adventures over one evening. Based on Lucas' own teenage years in the early 1960s in Modesto, the film features Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and Paul Le Mat as they race around in a Chevrolet Impala. Come early to enjoy an assortment of food trucks, hard cider available for purchase from Bold Rock, and a live DJ from WTJU. IX Art Park.  8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5277. 
 
Monthly on Saturdays
BOOKS ON THE BIG SCREEN
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for these book-to-movie adaptations. Popcorn and drinks provided. JMRL- Northside Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Films rated G. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
July 9, Saturday
YARNING HISTORY OUTDOOR EXHIBITION OPENING
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
"Yarning" is Australian slang for telling a story. Highlighting significant dates from 40,000 BCE to the present, this exhibition is an opportunity to learn about Indigenous art and history. The opening is timed to coincide with NAIDOC Week, a national week of celebration in Australia to commemorate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  10am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234 . 
 
July 16, Saturday
BOB THE BUILDER
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Can we fix it? Yes we can! Bob the Builder will take a break from building, digging and hauling to meet with children and families for photos! Events for the day include very special story times, playhouse screenings of Bob the Builder, special crafts and book giveaways, all thanks to our friends at PBS! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
July 23, Saturday
A GALAXY FAR AWAY
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Who's ready for some intergalactic fun? Get immersed in a galaxy far, far, away through music, art, dramatic play and STEAM activities. Children will learn about the planets, stars and solar system. Children will also have the opportunity to train to be a Jedi! Visitors are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite extraterrestrial character! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
July 30, Saturday
UNDER THE BIG TOP
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Step Right up! Under the Big Top will bring elements of music, movement, art, math and reading to a day filled with circus fun. Children will practice their gross motor skills as they walk the tightrope, exercise their literacy skills with Miss Sheri the Clown during story time, practice fine motor skills with a "popcorn pickup" game, and test their scientific knowledge to create "Elephant Toothpaste." Other activities include balloon twisting, carnival games and music! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian, Glynis Welte, will share stories, engaging the museum's youngest art patrons. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Rd.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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April 15-October 9
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
July 9, Saturday
SHARK WEEK WITH UNDER THE SEA
JMRL- Central Library.
Learn about sharks! Discover how they live and what they eat, their importance in marine ecosystems and how they keep the ocean healthy. Visitors include a live baby shark, a shark egg, and one of the shark's close relatives. A stingray? A skate? Come see! JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 10, Sunday
BUTTERFLY WALKS
McIntire Botanical Garden.
Led once again by Master Naturalist Dr. Nancy Weiss, the walks will introduce you to a variety of common butterlies native to the Piedmont region, such as Cabbage Whites, Summer Azures, Orange Sulphurs and Skippers. Along the way, experience the parkland's varied topography and plants. You'll become more butterfly-savvy and derive a sense of possibilities for the acreage that will be developed into the McIntire Botanical Garden in the future. McIntire Botancial Garden.  10:30am-12pm.  $Free.  Email: mailto:sewellhorticulture@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-2375. 
 
July 10, Sunday
SUMMER BIG WOODS WALK
Montpelier.
Beat the heat at Montpelier! Hike shaded trails on your guided tour of the 200-acre old-growth James Madison Landmark Forest known as the "Big Woods." The forest is designated a National Natural Landmark. Montpelier Visitor Center.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA.  2pm.  $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
July 14, Thursday
A VIEW FROM THE TOP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom's most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 1 & 15, Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
Three telescopes at the McCormick Observatory offer amazing views of our galaxy, weather permitting, along with a slide show and tour. McCormick Observatory.  Directions: From Emmet Street (Route 29) near UVa and Ivy Road (Route 250) turn onto McCormick, follow signs up the hill.  9-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
July 16, Saturday
GET YOUR KIDS HIKING!
Shenandoah National Park.
Hiking expert, Jeff Alt teams up with Shenandoah Rangers to guide families on a short hike and program loaded with tips to safely explore the outdoors with your kids. They will share a few simple tips and make recommendations for basic equipment that will make your next trip to the woods fun for everyone! Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51 Skyline Drive.  11am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
July 17, Sunday
WORKING WOODS WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons' time and today. Dogs on leashes are permitted. James Madison's Montpelier.  2pm.  $10 per person/$5 with mansion ticket.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
July 21, Thursday
LET'S GO POND STOMP
Monticello.
This two-hour family-friendly excursion explores the wild plants and critters of the pond along the Saunders-Monticello Trail. Young explorers and their favorite grownups will learn about stream ecology, habitats, flora, and fauna with expert naturalists. Monticello.  9:30-11:30am.  $12, Children 5-12 $9, Under 5 Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
July 23, Saturday
BLACKBERRY DELIGHT
Shenandoah National Park.
An annual event that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create these special blackberry-infused dishes, and combine it with a full day of live music, dancing, local crafts, pony rides, and kid's activities to make it a fun day for the entire family! Skyland.  Directions: (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive).  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
July 28, Thursday
LET'S GO DIG WITH AN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Monticello.
Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock outdoor excavation, where they will learn proper field techniques, including excavation, screening and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $12, Children 5-12 $9, Under 5 Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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July 14, Thursday
BOLD BACH AT BOLD ROCK
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Come to the beautiful new Bold Rock Cidery for an evening of Bach. Get there early for a private tour of the facility, and stay after for our first Patio Party overlooking the valley at sunset. Bold Rock Cidery.  7:30-9pm.  $30 adults, $10 students, 10 and under free.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
July 14-17, Thursday-Sunday
CHUGGINGTON: A TRAINTASTIC ADVENTURE!
B&O Railroad Museum.
Chuggington: A Traintastic Adventure!, brings the show to life as families are immersed into the world of Chuggington. Young Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, complete several challenges, and earn rewards for their participation. Each challenge is scenario-based and represents Chuggington's main themes and characters - Koko, Brewster, and Wilson. The challenges allow Trainees to practice important life skills such as teamwork, safety, and leadership as they work hard to become the best Trainee they can be. B&O Railroad Museum.  Thursday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:30am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 410-752-2490. 
 
July 19, Tuesday
AFTER JACK (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Central Library.
After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America's earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 20, Wednesday
AFTER JACK (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Crozet Library.
After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America's earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 20, Wednesday
AFTER JACK (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America's earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 21, Thursday
AFTER JACK (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Northside Library.
After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America's earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 8 & 22, Fridays
MUSIC ON THE STEPS
JMRL- Central Library.
Lunch to the rhythm as ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band and other local groups serenade you while you munch. Rain location: McIntire Room. For the whole family. JMRL- Central Library.  12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 21-24, Thursday-Sunday
CIRQUE ITALIA
Come experience the magical world of Cirque Italia a show like no other. We are proud to be the first traveling WATER circus in the US! See our Italian singer stack chair upon chair and then balances on top of them on his hands...Our crazy clown, Alex, our astounding JETSKI actBreathtaking Aerial Divas, our Laserman, plus thrilling highwire feats, twin juggling maniacs, elegant chiffons, and more!! Dont forget you also have the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a picture with a MERMAID. Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall.  Thursday-Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30pm, Sunday 1:30 & 4:30pm.  Contact: Cirque Italia.  Email: office.cirqueitalia@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 941-704-8572. 
 
July 28, Thursday
PIRATES OF THE PANS (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Northside Library.
Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
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May-October, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS
Keswick Vineyards.
Most Sundays from May through October Keswick Vineyards is host to Yappy Hours! A family oriented event where local animal shelters and societies will bring their dogs in need of homes to play with patrons and other dogs. A portion of sales in the tasting room are donated to the visiting shelter, and guests are always encouraged to bring their own animals. The new dog park makes for a great space to let animals run free and get exercise while you enjoy your Virginia wine and enjoy the country-side views. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
July 4, Monday
FOURTH OF JULY FREE ADMISSION TO LEWIS GINTER
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering free admission to celebrate freedom and show their appreciation to the community. Enjoy fun activities in the Children's Garden from 1-4pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
July 4, Monday
GREENE COUNTY 4TH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION
Chamber of Commerce Town of Stanardsville .
Parade Starts at 10am, Live music, Dancers and Entertainers, Games and Contests, Raffling of a 2016 Toyota Camry Sponsored by Brown Toyota of Charlottesville, Bounce Houses and Inflatable Games, Peoples Choice Car Show, Dunk Tank with Special Guests, Water Balloon Battle of Stanardsville, Concessions Sales Benefit Local Charities. 4th of July Fireworks: Live music starts at 5pm, Drum and Pipe Corps, Bounce Houses and Inflatable Games Downtown Standardsville.  Directions: Main Street & Court Square.  10am-Dusk.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amy Hollis .  Email: hestanardsvilleparade@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-290-8344. 
 
July 4, Monday
INDEPENDENCE DAY AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Celebrate Independence Day with music, food and fireworks (around 9pm). Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  4-9pm.  $free; donations welcome to benefit Madison County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
July 4, Monday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT RED HILL
Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation.
Celebrate the fourth with Patrick Henry. This event will feature historical interpretations & tours, kids games, art & craft vendors, live music, fireworks and more! Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial.  Directions: 1250 Red Hill Road, Brookneal.  3-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 376-2044. 
 
July 4, Monday
KIWANIS INDEPENDENCE DAY 5K
Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.
Come out for the Kiwanis Club's 32nd Annual Independence Day 5K Race at Forest Lakes North subdivision. For the tenth straight year, proceeds will benefit Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with special health needs. Register online. Lighthouse Worship Center.  7:30-9:30am.  Contact: Jim Hart.  Email: jhart46201@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-2094. 
 
July 4, Monday
OLD-FASHIONED FUN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Frontier Culture Museum.
Enjoy a traditional Independence Day celebration on the American exhibits featuring readings of the Declaration of Independence, food, music, and contests. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Avenue, Staunton. Off I-81 North near intersection of I-64 in Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
July 9, Saturday
YARNING HISTORY OUTDOOR EXHIBITION OPENING
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
"Yarning" is Australian slang for telling a story. Highlighting significant dates from 40,000 BCE to the present, this exhibition is an opportunity to learn about Indigenous art and history. The opening is timed to coincide with NAIDOC Week, a national week of celebration in Australia to commemorate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  10am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234 . 
 
June 29-July 10
SALEM FAIR
As the largest fair in the state, Virginia's Salem Fair offers fun for all ages. Come enjoy magic shows, fireworks, petting zoos, jugglers, tigers, carnival rides and more! Free admission and parking. Salem Civic Center Complex.  Directions: 1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-375-3004. 
 
July 12, Tuesday
HANGING ART DISPLAY
After learning about two artists, one contemporary (glassblower, Dale Chihuly), and one historical (Wassily Kandinsky), Woodbrook Elementary School students used the lesson to create some 100 hangings to give to residents of a Trinity Mission, now called Charlottesville Point Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. All are welcome to share in this event. Charlottesville Point.  1:30pm.  Contact: Karen Cooper.  Email: kcooper@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 15, Friday
COOL COMMUNITY BENEFIT DANCE
Grand Squares of Nelson.
Live square dance caller, tasty snacks & great music! All donations given to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department.  7:30-10pm.  $Donations.  Email: grandsquaresofnelson@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-2470. 
 
July 15, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. The children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Ages 6-35 months. Registration is requested and begins June 24. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 16, Saturday
BOB THE BUILDER
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Can we fix it? Yes we can! Bob the Builder will take a break from building, digging and hauling to meet with children and families for photos! Events for the day include very special story times, playhouse screenings of Bob the Builder, special crafts and book giveaways, all thanks to our friends at PBS! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
July 13-16, Wednesday-Saturday
CAROLINE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Racing pigs, community exhibits, petting zoo, camel rides, games, contests and more! See website for full schedule. Caroline County Agricultural Fair Grounds .  Directions: 8332 Country Fair Lane, Ruther Glen.  $5 for ages 11 and up, 10 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-466-1507. 
 
July 13-16, Thursday-Sunday
FAUQUIER COUNTY FAIR
Come out for fun contests like the Antique Tractor Pull, the Corn Shucking Contest, and the Decorated Cake Contest! The fair also features various entertainers, guest musical artists, food vendors and fireworks! See website for full schedule and ticket prices. Fauquier County Fair Grounds .  Directions: 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton.  All ages welcome.  Email: fauquierfair@gmail.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-351-6086. 
 
July 16, Saturday
TINS FOR TUNES FOOD DRIVE JULY
Cardinal Point Winery & Vineyards.
Featuring The Kokomotions The Kokomotions were formed In the early 80's as a side project by innovator Billy Brockman, new to the area and long musical partner of Billy - Skip Haga, well experienced rhythm section consisting of Steve Riggs and Eddie Hall and wild sax man Ross Aliston. Unexpectedly, with it's high energy, great musicianship, New Orleans flavor and really fun and danceable music, the band immediately became a force in the Charlottesville and surrounding area and turned into a full time band. Skip, Billy and Eddie began writing strong material that fit right in to the band's feel. This continued through the 80's until it's demise. Well, they're back and much more experienced individually, playing the best of the old material and mixing in new. It's just as much fun as it always was, Food Truck: Côte-Rôtie Cardinal Point Winery & Vineyards.  5-9pm.  $10 for adults at the door, $5 if you bring at least one non-perishable food donation for our local food pantry.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
 
July 23, Saturday
A GALAXY FAR AWAY
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Who's ready for some intergalactic fun? Get immersed in a galaxy far, far, away through music, art, dramatic play and STEAM activities. Children will learn about the planets, stars and solar system. Children will also have the opportunity to train to be a Jedi! Visitors are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite extraterrestrial character! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
July 21-23, Thursday-Saturday
MINERAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
This family-friendly event of bluegrass music will have food available & camping available. Join us for 3 days of great music. Raffles, prizes and giveaways will add to the fun to be had by all. See website for price (rates vary). Mineral, Va.  All ages welcome.  Contact: George .  Email: gcshifflett@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-3549. 
 
July 21-24, Thursday-Sunday
CIRQUE ITALIA
Come experience the magical world of Cirque Italia a show like no other. We are proud to be the first traveling WATER circus in the US! See our Italian singer stack chair upon chair and then balances on top of them on his hands...Our crazy clown, Alex, our astounding JETSKI actBreathtaking Aerial Divas, our Laserman, plus thrilling highwire feats, twin juggling maniacs, elegant chiffons, and more!! Dont forget you also have the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a picture with a MERMAID. Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall.  Thursday-Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30pm, Sunday 1:30 & 4:30pm.  Contact: Cirque Italia.  Email: office.cirqueitalia@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 941-704-8572. 
 
July 26, Tuesday
VIRGINIA THOMPSON PASTE PAPER WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
Like finger painting for grownups, paste paper involves creating brilliant, richly colored and textured designs with non-toxic paste pigments on paper using hands, simple tools and found objects. Students complete 3 large sheets that can be used to cover books, wrap gifts, and make notecards, wall art and more. For ages 13-adult. Required registration begins July 12. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 30, Saturday
BEACH BLAST 2016
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
A fundraiser for the Nelson County Community Fund and Rockfish Valley Community Center. Live music by Soul Transit Authority. Food and brews by Blue Mountain Brewery. Showcase of area nonprofits, Facepainting, dunk tank, and more! Rockfish Valley Community Center.  4-9pm.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
July 25-July 30, Monday-Saturday
FREDERICK COUNTY FAIR
Horse shows, beauty pageants, petting zoo, concessions, carnival rides and more! See website for admission prices and schedule. Frederick County Fairgrounds, Clear Brook.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-667-8739. 
 
July 29-30, Friday-Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds.  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave, Louisa.  Contact: Sylvia Rigsby .  Email: president@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
July 27-30, Wednesday-Saturday
ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL FAIR & HORSE SHOW
Come out for some family fun with carnival rides, games and contests such as the Lip Sync contest, Water Wars and the Cornhole Tournament! See website for admission costs and schedule. Virginia Horse Center .  Directions: 487 Maury River Road, Lexington .  Email: dwork@horsecenter.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-464-2950. 
 
July 30, Saturday
UNDER THE BIG TOP
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Step Right up! Under the Big Top will bring elements of music, movement, art, math and reading to a day filled with circus fun. Children will practice their gross motor skills as they walk the tightrope, exercise their literacy skills with Miss Sheri the Clown during story time, practice fine motor skills with a "popcorn pickup" game, and test their scientific knowledge to create "Elephant Toothpaste." Other activities include balloon twisting, carnival games and music! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
July 29-August 7, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family! See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Email: jeremy@virginiaaau.net . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
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July 1, Friday
"STARS AND STRIPES" WORKOUT, PICNIC, AND CRAFT!
Kira Sullivan.
Come celebrate USA with Baby Boot Camp's special "stars and stripes" workout and craft! We'll have a silly, calorie torching, patriotic workout, complete with flag relays and watermelon races! After class, we'll have an adorable craft for the kids and a summer picnic. Please bring a summer salad or dish to share if you're able. Invite your friends--this is a free event to the community! Pen Park.  9:20am.  $Free.  Contact: Kira Sullivan.  Email: kira.sullivan@babybootcamp.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 953-6888. 
 
July 9, Saturday
"PIT OF DREAMS" MUD BOG
Rockfish Valley Fire and Rescue.
First truck in the mud at noon. Food for purchase. Family fun. No pets or alcohol allowed. 11100 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton.  9am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6465. 
 
Thursdays in July
ALL-COMERS SUMMER TRACK MEET
Charlottesville Track Club.
A summer tradition since 1975 - the Charlottesville Track Club will host a series of races from 100 meters - 5,000 meters for all ages and all abilities. Special events for children as well as parent/child and sibling relays. Race day signup only. UVA Track at Lannigan Field.  6-8pm.  $2 (nonmember); $1 (ctc member).  All ages welcome.  Email: charlottesvilletrackclub@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
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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July 2, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: HELLO, MY NAME IS OCTICORN
Barnes and Noble.
Meet Octicorn, the funny, sweet, and disarming character who is a champion for anyone who has ever felt a little bit different. Octicorn is half octopus, half unicorn, half confused . . . which sometimes makes it hard to fit in. 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. 
 
July 9, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: DAISY HEAD MAYZIE
Barnes and Noble.
When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew's head, she is faced with her classmates' taunts, her parents' dismay, and a publicity agent's greed. How poor Mayzie learns that love is more important than fame and fortune makes an endearing morality tale for our timeand for all ages. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, Daisy-Head Mayzie is vintage Seuss! 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. 
 
July 13, Wednesday
STORYCRAFTERS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
July 13 at 10:30am Nationally recognized storytellers stop by to tell tales focusing on the joy of traditional stories and bringing alive all the fun you can have with them. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 13, Wednesday
STORYCRAFTERS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Nationally recognized storytellers stop by to tell tales focusing on the joy of traditional stories and bringing alive all the fun you can have with them. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 16, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: ARE WE THERE YET?
Barnes and Noble.
Let's face it: everyone knows that car rides can be boring. And when things get boring, time slows down. In this book, a boy feels time slowing down so much that it starts going backwardinto the time of pirates! Of princesses! Of dinosaurs! The boy was just trying to get to his grandmother's birthday party, but instead he's traveling through Ancient Egypt and rubbing shoulders with Ben Franklin. When time flies, who knows whereor whenhe'll end up. 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. 
 
July 5, 12, 19 & 26, Tuesdays
DREAMTIME STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Pull on your jammies and cozy up with a snuggly as you listen to stories sure to bring you sweet dreams. We'll share rhymes, music, and dreamy tales to get us ready for a good night's sleep. For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum.
Start with a book and then go look! Arts-related story time led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte incorporates movement, play, and puppets, and Museum docents encourage young children to explore current exhibitions. 3-4 year olds and their grownups The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-11am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumeducation@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
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July 2, Saturday
MISSOULA CHILDREN'S THEATER PRESENTS: ALICE IN WONDERLAND
The Paramount Theater.
An original adaptation based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The story begins with Alice and her older sister Margaret reading together. Margaret becomes frustrated as Alice is curious about absolutely everything. Suddenly, a White Rabbit appears from nowhere. After a quick and nonsensical conversation, Alice follows the rabbit to a strange and wonderful place. Through it all, Alice grows "curiouser and curiouser" as to where she is and even who she is. In the end, the answers she seeks are unimportant. Wonderland is all nonsense, anyway. As the White Rabbit explains, "Nonsense is fun!" The Paramount Theater.  12pm.  $10 adults, $5 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
July 23-24, 27, 29-30
SOUTH PACIFIC
Ash Lawn Opera.
Music by RICHARD RODGERS Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II and JOSHUA LOGAN Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener An ever-topical story of love in the time of war, and one of the most heralded musicals of all time. Since its premiere in 1949, it has won countless awards, including the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards both for its original run and its 2008 revival. The Paramount Theater.  2pm & 7:30pm.  $25-$75.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-4500. 
 
July 28-31 & August 4-7
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Black Box Players.
Joseph is an approximately 90 min musical extravaganza based on the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis. It features many different genres of music as well as dancing and a whole lot of fun! Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (434) 218-3148. 
 
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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