Family Events & Festivals

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 Babysitting EventsGo to top of List
 
October 15, Saturday
PUMPKIN PAINTING PARENT SURVIVAL NIGHT AT THE LITTLE GYM
The Little Gym.
Parents can enjoy a much-needed night out on the town, knowing their kids are safe and having a blast painting pumpkins with friends and participating in fun activities with the watchful supervision of trained professionals. The Little Gym.  6:45-9:45pm.  $25 members, $10 each additional child; $30 non-members, $12 each additional child.  All ages welcome.  Email: tlgcharlottesvilleva@thelittlegym.com. For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
October 9, Sunday
UVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents Violinist David Sariti. Directed by Kelly Sulick, the programs offer a wide range of works that are sure to entertain, educate and enthrall. Old Cabell Hall, UVa.  3:30pm.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
October 30, Sunday
UVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents the Albemarle Ensemble. Directed by Kelly Sulick, the programs offer a wide range of works that are sure to entertain, educate and enthrall. Old Cabell Hall, UVa.  3:30pm.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
October 31, Monday
CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN CONCERT
Westminster Organ Concert Series.
A short concert of spooky organ music for Halloween, followed by an upclose demonstration of the organ. Westminster Presbyterian Church.  3:30-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: wheelchair-accessible  Contact: Jonathan Schakel.  Email: music@westminsterva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 963-4690. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
Exhibition Open Through Summer 2017
ART AND COUNTRY EXHIBITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with "country," their homeland. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
October 1, Saturday
APPLE AND PEAR TASTING AND FALL PANSY SALE
Saunders Brothers Market.
Last chance to stock up on fall pansies, posies and perennials! The Orchardist will share the orchard's bounty with you in a taste sampling with live music! Saunders Brothers Farm Market.  9am-5pm .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5455. 
 
October 1 & 2, Saturday & Sunday
19TH ANNUAL CULPEPER HARVEST DAYS FARM TOUR
Culpeper Office of Economic Development.
Fifteen area farms participate in this fun annual event! Pony rides, meeting the farm animals, hay rides, live music, horse shows, border collie demonstrations, farm and distillery tours, pumpkin patches and much more. Each farm will offer its own entertainment and events. Tour begins at Welcome Center at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 10 & 11, October 8 & 9, Saturday & Sunday
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES AT SILVER CREEK ORCHARD
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards, Inc.
Pick your own Red and Golden Delicious, Empire, Jonathan, Virginia Gold, Mutsu, Early Fuji and Jonagold apples in beautiful Nelson County at the Blue Ridge Mountains. Containers are provided. Silver Creek Orchard, Tyro.  9am-4pm Saturday, 11-4pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@scso.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 1 & 15, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way! Enjoy live music while kids pick pumpkins, play games, create crafts, explore the corn maze and visit with the clown. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 15, Saturday
FARM ANIMAL DAY
Saunders Brothers Market.
A day on the farm with cows, sheep, goats, chickens and horses and some might even be babies! Watch demos of wool-spinning and horse care with a professional farrier. Saunders Brothers Market, Piney River.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 15 & 16, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This fall's Apple Festival will offer food vendors, crafters, fresh baked goods, hayrides, apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, apple butter, fresh cider, country hams, pumpkins, bouncy houses and a Kids' Corner! Live music both days! Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: webcontact@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
September 24-25, October 15-16, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE FESTIVALS AT DRUMHELLER'S ORCHARD
Come enjoy apples, apple butter, apple cider, honey, country hams, cookbooks, pumpkins, baskets, baked goods and more while you take a hayride, explore the pumpkin patch, corn maze, kids zone, or try your luck at slinging an apple! Vendors will offer funnel cake, pork skins, apple dumplings, Brunswick stew etc. Drumheller's Orchard, Lovingston.  9am-5pm .  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 15-16, Saturday & Sunday
FALL FESTIVAL TASTING EVENT AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm and Vineyard.
Artisans, archery tag, pumpkins and the release of 2015 Cabernet Franc plus games for the kids and more! Adventure Farm and Vineyard,Adventure Farm and Vineyard.  $free admission.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Andrea Matheson.  Email: andrea.matheson@adventurefarm.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
October 16, Sunday
MAKE A NEW FARM FRIEND!
James Monroe's Highland.
Enjoy an afternoon with some special furry guests! Friends from Foxboro Farms will introduce several of their BFFs (Best Farm Friends) including bunnies, a goat, and a donkey. Of course all of your old Farm Friends will be here as well! Pack a picnic lunch, bring a blanket, and enjoy the afternoon at James Monroes Highland! James Monroe's Highland,James Monroe's Highland.  2-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
October 22, Saturday
FIRST ANNUAL BOLD ROCK FALL FOLIAGE FEST & SEASONAL CIDER RELEASE PARTY
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Live music, hay rides, apple bobbing, and a variety of additional fall-themed activities and delicious food from South Fork Food Truck! Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford.  11am-8pm.  $Free admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1030. 
 
October 22-23, Saturday & Sunday
BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME FESTIVAL AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm and Vineyard.
Knockerball, pumpkins and games for the kids! Adventure Farm and Vineyard,Adventure Farm and Vineyard.  $free admission.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Andrea Matheson.  Email: andrea.matheson@adventurefarm.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
October 15, 22, 29, Saturdays
HENLEYFEST
The annual Henleyfest will offer hay rides, cider making, live music, food trucks, apple cider donuts, Henley Orchard donuts baked into tasty baked goods made by Albemarle Baking Company, Hotcakes, and Greenhouse Coffee, and apple picking. Come see the miniature pony pull her carriage, too! Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7848. 
 
September 24-October 30, Weekends
BELVEDERE'S FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Belvedere Plantation.
Pick your own pumpkins from the patch (day or night) or select pre-picked from the market store. Frolic in the fall weather with the corn maze, wagon rides, campfire, tons of pies in the market, Dangerfield Downs, Ziplines, Straw Jump, Pumpkin Cannon, Trike Train Pumpkin Mountain Slide, Spider Web, Pedal Carts, Extreme Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillow, Barrel Train, Pony Rides and Flower Cutting. Belvedere Plantation.  Directions: 1410 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-4478. 
 
September 10-October 30, Weekends
FALL FESTIVAL WEEKENDS AT HARTLAND
Hartland Farm & Orchard.
Get lost in the corn maze, root for your favorite pig in the pig races, take a hayride, ride down the 60-foot tall slide and more. Caramel apples for an extra fee. Hartland Farm & Orchard.  Directions: 3205 Hartland Lane, Markham.  10-6pm Saturday, 12-6 Sunday.  $10; free for 3 & under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-364-2316. 
 
October 1-31
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join the Chiles family for music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple! Carter Mountain Orchard.  8am-7pm the last 3 Saturdays in October; 9am-6pm every day.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September-October
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples September through late October among scenic views, or get them freshly picked in the Apple Barn all the way through November. Enjoy hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts year-round. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 24-October 31
CELEBRATE FALL AT ROUND HILL FARM
Round Hill Farm.
Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a hay-bale maze and pyramid, corn maze, farm animals, moon bounces and the tire-swing playground! Off-road adventure rides, pony rides, pumpkins, barrel train rides and face painting for an additional fee. Round Hill Farm.  3-6pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-8245. 
 
September 24-October 31, Saturdays & Sundays
CREATIVE WORKS FARM
Skeeter's Night corn maze, games, pumpkins and more. Saturdays 10am-4pm, Sundays 12-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-471-1659. 
 
October 1-31, Saturdays
FALL FAMILY FUN DAYS
Layz S Ranch.
Find lots of family fun with a hay ride, corn maze, hay maze, giant slide, corn slide, corn pit, face painting and farm animals. 2253 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra.  10-4pm.  $7 person, age 2 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@layzsranch.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 591-0898. 
 
September-October
HENLEY'S ORCHARD
Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley's grows more than 25 varieties of apples with a low-spray method--including regional darling the Albemarle Pippin. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 1-4pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7848. 
 
August 27-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  3-7pm Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.  $8 weekdays, $10 weekends, children 2 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
Now-October
PICK YOUR OWN PUMPKINS
Critzer Farm.
Pick your own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, including special pumpkins like Cinderella and Peanuts pumpkins. Plus enjoy pumpkin ice cream! 8am-6pm Monday-Saturday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-471-0475. 
 
Mid September-October
PICK YOUR OWN PUMPKINS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Pick your own from the pumpkin patch, or buy them in the market. Chiles Peach Orchard.  Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
October
PUMPKIN PATCH AT SEAMANS' ORCHARDS
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards, Inc.
Pick your own pumpkin or buy a pre-picked one! Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchards, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-2523. 
 
October 1-31, Saturdays & Sundays
SARAH'S PUMPKIN PATCH
Pick your own pumpkins, hayrides, mazes, corn hole and more. Off of Caves Ford Lane, Orange.  Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 12-5pm.  Email: sarahspumpkins@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-8267. 
 
October 1-31, Saturdays & Sundays
SINKLAND FARMS 25TH PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Corn maze, wine tastings from area wineries, hayrides, live music on two stages, horseback trail and pony rides, pumpkin chunkin', children's activities and much, much more! Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 1-5pm.  $10 adult, $5 ages 2-16, free under 2.  Email: sinklandfarms@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-382-4647. 
 
October 31, Monday
THE GREAT PUMPKIN PARTY
Wear your costume and trick or treat at the farm all day! Enjoy pumpkin painting, pumpkin games, smashing pumpkins and all sorts of pumpkin treats on this final day of the farm's fall season. Back Home on the Farm, Harrisonburg.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Rd, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
September 6-November 1
PUMPKIN PATCH AT MILMONT GREENHOUSES
Pick the perfect pumpkin from the patch. Weekdays 8am-5:30pm, Saturdays 8am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-8408. 
 
September 10-November 6
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 25-acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities/games. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  $12 weekend, $10 weekdays, free for 4 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
August-early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Choose from 15 kinds of apples in a scenic location. See website for harvest schedule. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Monday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
July-November, Second & Fourth Saturdays & Sundays of the Month
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT THE ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Who doesn't love pancakes? Join Chiles Peach Orchard the second and fourth 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.  $7.49 for adults; $4.29 per child 12 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
July 31-November 20, Sundays
SUNDAY FUNDAYS AT DELFOSSE VINEYARDS & WINERY
Delfosse Vineyards & Winery.
Bring your fishing poles and fish the stocked pond, enjoy new fun games each week, listen to wonderful musicians and enjoy the bistro menu. Delfosse Vineyards & Winery.  1-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-6100 . 
 
Now-November, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAYS
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.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
DICKIE BROTHERS ORCHARD
Pick your own apples at one of the oldest same family-owned and operated farms in the country! Dickie Brothers Orchard grows 20 varieties of apples along with peaches, pumpkins, and more. Dickie Bros. Orchard, Roseland.  Times vary by month.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
November 1-30
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter's Mountain Orchard.
During September, October, and November, we celebrate apples. Pick your own apples or buy them already picked. November is a great time to visit us with typically smaller crowds and great weather. Foliage viewing is at peak in the early part of the month! Apple picking typically continues through at least mid-November, and weekend hayrides are offered until the weather turns too cold. Carter's Mountain Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Now-November
SHOWALTER'S ORCHARD
Saturdays at Showalter's include pick your own pumpkins and apples, hard cider tastings, freshly pressed onsite sweet cider, and cider slashes or hot cider depending on temperature. Orchard is open Monday-Saturday. Showalter's Orchard, Timberville.  9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-896-7582. 
 
November 25-December 20
CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
Pre-order a Virginia tree and choose from a selection of handmade wreaths and swags. Santa visits on November 26! The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
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
 
October 1, Saturday
FAMILY FUN DAY AT DUCARD VINEYARDS
DuCard Vineyards.
Games and special events for the kids! Live music and local food available for purchase too. No cover charge. DuCard Vineyards.  12-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
October 2, Saturday
12TH ANNUAL FALL OYSTER FEST AT EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Early Mountain Vineyards & Chatham Vineyards.
Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of Early Mountain wines, various chowders, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail and, of course, plenty of oysters! Early Mountain Vineyards.  Directions: 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  11-6pm.  $15 adults, $5 for children, $20 week of event/at the door, $12 members.  Email: cheers@earlymountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
October 1-2, Saturday-Sunday
FALL FIBER FESTIVAL AND SHEEP DOG TRIALS
Montpelier.
Come for fun at the 29th Annual Fall Fiber Festival featuring animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations, a fleece sale, fiber and crafts vendors, live music, and much more! Montpelier.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.  $5 adults, 16 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fallfiberfestival.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23-October 2
STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA
State Fair of Virginia.
Come see Virginia's finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more! The Meadow Event Park, Doswell.  Directions: I-95 exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  Vary.  $Ticket prices vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-994-2800 . 
 
September 30-October 2, Friday-Sunday
ZINC. VINTAGE MARKET
Shop everything vintage at this 3-day festival! Antiques, repurposed salvage, furniture, jewelry, linens, art, live music, food trucks, wine, beer, coffee and kids zone! Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  9am-6pm Friday and Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6409. 
 
October 8, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME 5K & FAMILY FESTIVAL
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
A 5K run/walk and family festival showcasing and celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in the Greater Richmond, Charlottesville and Central Virginia communities. Enjoy family activities, live music, with special guest Sujeet Desai! fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch, exhibit displays and more! All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.Dogs on leashes with responsible owners are welcome! Innsbrook Pavilion, Glen Allen.  8:30am-1pm.  $Family Festival is Free; 5K admission $30, 1 mile walk/fun run $20, 2 & under $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Terri Lancaster.  Email: dsagrdirector@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-525-7731. 
 
October 8, Saturday
ANNUAL ORANGE COUNTY HEAD START FAMILY FUN DAY
Orange County Head Start.
Live Country Western music, carriage rides and Native American Dancers will highlight this free event. Enjoy the petting zoo, a K-9 exhibit, a corn hole tournament, children's face painting and numerous children's games, including an egg relay, bucket and sack races and a hoola hoop contest. Stay for the 2pm drawing to win a John Deere Gator! Booster Park, Orange.  11am-4pm .  $free.  Contact: Becky Phillips.  For more info call: 540-661-4470. 
 
October 8, Saturday
MASSANUTTEN FALL FESTIVAL
Massanutten Resort.
Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors, scenic chairlift rides, kids' activities, beer & wine garden and more! Massanutten Resort.  11:30am-5:30pm.  $Rates vary.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@massresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-9441. 
 
October 8, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring the whole family to enjoy games on the museum's German farm, traditional food and music. Adults can visit the Beer Garden in the Cochran Pavilion. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  12-6pm, gates open at 11:30.  $12 adults, ages 6-12 $7, 6 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
October 8-9, Saturday & Sunday
BOATS AND BUTTERFLIES FESTIVAL
LCEC.
Join in the annual celebration of the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center's hand-made wooden boats and monarch migration. Learn about pollinators, make butterfly art, and take a quiet boat ride on the Rivanna River, weather permitting. Darden Towe Park.  10am-4pm.  $Regular admission, free ages 3 and under.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 8-9, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor of this popular and fun family outing of live music, entertainment, Virginia wine and craft beer by the glass, children's activities and painting classes, food and artists and crafters showcasing their work in a wide variety of mediums for sale. Everything from pottery to puppets! Free parking. No pets permitted. Claudius Crozet Park.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $6 adults, $5 seniors, free for 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-8284. 
 
October 8-9, Saturday-Sunday
FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL ART SHOW
Shenandoah Valley Art Center.
Each October the streets of downtown Waynesboro are transformed into an impressive showcase of 150 fine artists featuring paintings, jewelry, glass, pottery, sculpture and more! Enjoy live music, craft beer and gourmet fare from the food trucks! Downtown Waynesboro.  $free admission and parking.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-466-0850. 
 
October 7-9, Friday-Sunday
THE FESTY EXPERIENCE
The Festy Experience with three days of concerts, pristine fall camping, outdoor activities including hosted bike rides, trail runs, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and wonderful craft food and beer. Fun for the entire family! Nelson County Preserve, Arrington.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Delia Stephenson.  Email: delia@theartistfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 220-4000. 
 
October 7-10, Friday-Monday
COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
Fall will be in full swing. Enjoy a long weekend of fall activities including a cake donut and apple cider social, along with chairlift rides to enjoy the color. The third and final races of the Tread and Trail Series, Trail Run and Mountain Bike Race take place! Wintergreen Resort.  9am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
October 15, Saturday
24TH ANNIVERSARY DAY AT WALTON'S MOUNTAIN MUSEUM
Walton's Mountain Museum.
An annual celebration with bagpipes, live gospel music, children's inflatable games, horse & wagon rides, crafters and food vendors. Walton's Mountain Museum.  Directions: 6484 Rockfish River Road, Schuyler.  10am-3:30pm.  Email: waltonmt@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 831-2000. 
 
October 1 & 15, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way! Enjoy live music while kids pick pumpkins, play games, create crafts, explore the corn maze and visit with the clown. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 15, Saturday
CHILI & BREWFEST
Orange Chamber of Commerce.
Chili and craft beer tastings, area food and craft vendors, children's activities and live music! Orange County Fair Grounds, Orange.  Directions: Old Gordonsville Road.  1-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: finance@orangevachamber.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
October 15, Saturday
DRAGON DASH 5K AND FUN RUN/WALK
North Branch School.
Support North Branch School and its fitness program by participating in a 1-mile fun run/walk or 5k race! Enjoy refreshments, a grab bag drawing, results, and fun festival following the runs! Children under 6 can participate in a shorter "Dragon Parade" walk. North Branch School, Afton.  8am fun run/walk, 8:30am 5k race.  $Varies.  Contact: Bonnie Holliday.  Email: nbsgiving@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8450. 
 
October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, Saturdays & Sundays
GRAVES MOUNTAIN APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Enjoy the days of yesteryear watching apple butter being cooked in kettles over an open fire at one of our area's largest festivals. Pick apples and enjoy bluegrass music, cloggers, hayrides, horse rides and a craft fair with over 70 arts and crafts vendors. A hay maze and a few farm animals complete the fun. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
October 22, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.
Enjoy Virginia's largest celebration of authentic regional traditions with musical performances and storytelling, workshops, artisans, mule jumping, folk games, heirloom fruits and vegetables, farm machinery demos, hundreds of vintage cars, the museum's operating moonshine still and more! Ferris College, Ferrum.  Directions: 10 miles west of Rocky Mount, Va., on Rt. 40.  10am-5pm.  $10 adults, $5 ages 5-15/seniors ages 60 and older.  All ages welcome.  Email: bri@ferrum.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-365-4412. 
 
October 22, Saturday
FALL HARVEST & LEAF PEEP FESTIVAL
DuCard Vineyards.
Celebrate the season with a party! Great live music from Tara Mills Band and Scuffletown, local BBQ and burgers for sale from Pig & Steak Restaurant, vineyard tours, and more. Come join the fun! No cover. DuCard Vineyards.  Directions: 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison).  11am-6pm.  $Free.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
October 23, Sunday
MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI FALL FESTIVAL
Mountaintop Montessori.
Join us for the annual Mountaintop Montessori Fall Festival. Seasonal activities, games and crafts. Enjoy mountain views and healthy grilled items served by the Mountaintop PA. 440 Pinnacle Place, Charlottesville.  1-5pm.  $Free admission, tickets for food and activities available.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Austin Robey.  Email: ARobey@mountaintopmontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
October 23, Saturday
TRUNK OR TREAT
ACAC.
Decorate your trunks, kids and their families dress up and park and children trick or treat car to car! Crafts and games in the arena! Registration required. ACAC Adventure Central.  Directions: 200 Four Seasons Drive, Charlottesville.  3-6pm.  $20 non-members per family/car; free to members.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvspecialevents@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-7529. 
 
October 29, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL HARRY POTTER HALLOWEEN
The entire town of Scottsville joins the fun and transforms into the village of Hogsmeade. Valley Street, Scottsville.  12-10pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: scottsvillemagicministry@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 29, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Live music, local food and beers for purchase; games and prizes. Bring canned goods to benefit FeedMore. Sponsored by Meriwether Godsey. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  11am-4pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
October 29, Saturday
PERSIMMON AND POMEGRANATE FESTIVAL
Edible Landscaping.
Music, food, plants sale and more! Leashed pets are welcome. Edible Landscaping, Afton.  Directions: 361 Spirit Ridge Lane, Afton.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ediblelandscaping.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-9134. 
 
August 27-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  3-7pm Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.  $8 weekdays, $10 weekends, children 2 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 13 - Oct., Every Second Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SECOND SATURDAYS ART WALK
Scottsville Arts and Culture Committee.
Scottsville Second Saturdays is a monthly art walk that transforms Scottsvilles main street into an arts district. More than 100 pieces of local art are on display at area businesses. The event also features wine tastings, beer tastings, coffee tastings, live music, childrens activities and a chance for those who attend to create their own art. Downtown Scottsville.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Gill.  Email: ngill.tc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-1620. 
 
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October 15, Saturday
CIVIL WAR TRAIL & FREEDMAN'S FARM WALKING TOUR AT MONTPELIER
Montpelier.
Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade, carving a path through the archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of George Gilmore. Born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810, he became a farmer and landowner after Emancipation. Montpelier Station Train Depot, Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: Begins in parking lot across from the Depot.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
October 16, Sunday
MAKE A NEW FARM FRIEND!
James Monroe's Highland.
Enjoy an afternoon with some special furry guests! Friends from Foxboro Farms will introduce several of their BFFs (Best Farm Friends) including bunnies, a goat, and a donkey. Of course all of your old Farm Friends will be here as well! Pack a picnic lunch, bring a blanket, and enjoy the afternoon at James Monroes Highland! James Monroe's Highland,James Monroe's Highland.  2-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
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.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
October 28, Friday
HAUNTED HENRICUS, JR.: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE AFTERNOON
Henricus Historical Park.
Join Henricus's Education Department for stories, a treats tour and a make & take 17th century craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by October 26 by phone. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  3-4pm.  $5 per child, $5 per adult.  Recommended for ages 2 to 8.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
October 21, 22 & 29, Friday & Saturday
22ND ANNUAL SPIRIT WALK
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Visit haunts of the past and hear stories from memorable residents of our community's past. This popular tour typically sells out. Spirit Walk will meet at Court Square on the 21st, Maplewood Cemetery on the 22nd and the Old Jail on the 29th. Downtown Charlottesville.  Varies.  $Varies.  Contact: Christina Swanson.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
October 28 & 29, Friday & Saturday
HAUNTED HENRICUS: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
Henricus Historical Park.
Storytellers relive old English and Virginia Indian legends and folklore by the fireside. Listen to early colonists recount tales from their homeland. Capture the essence of what a colonist felt between 1607-1622 in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and uncertain peril. Light refreshments served. Tours not appropriate for children under 6. Registration required. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  7-8:30pm.  $8 adults, $6 youth ages 6-12.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
October 29, Saturday
SAMHAIN SOIREE!
Backyard Revolution.
Don your Halloween costume and make merry as you honor the traditions of this primitive festival with mask making, gourd and apple carving and more! Nelson County Farmers Market, Nellysford.  all day.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Adrienne Young-Ramsey.  Email: adrienne@backyardrevolution.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-8069. 
 
September-October, Fridays & Saturdays
GHOSTS OF STAUNTON
Black Raven Paranormal.
Choose from several ghost tours for spooky tales along with historic facts. Paranormal investigators share favorite investigative techniques. Reservations recommended. Various starting locations.  8pm.  $12 adults, $6 ages 6-12.  Email: ghostsofstaunton@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-448-2743. 
 
October, Fridays & Saturdays
HAUNTS OF QUEEN CITY
Black Raven Paranormal.
Tales and stories of the unusual in Staunton. Various starting locations.  7pm.  $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12.  Email: ghostsofstaunton@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-448-2743. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Fridays, January-May & September-December
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions are invited to a delightful introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson through interactive stories, engaging activities, crafts and free play. Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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October 1, Saturday
ROCKFISH RIVER GALLERY OF FINE ART AND EXQUISITE CRAFTS 2ND ANNUAL GALLERY SHOWCASE
Showcase of local artists featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, baskets, wood carvings, furniture, candles, scarves, glass-work and more! Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 294-4668. 
 
September 30-October 2, Friday-Sunday
ZINC. VINTAGE MARKET
Shop everything vintage at this 3-day festival! Antiques, repurposed salvage, furniture, jewelry, linens, art, live music, food trucks, wine, beer, coffee and kids zone! Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  9am-6pm Friday and Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6409. 
 
October 1-2 & 8-9
52ND ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES
Blue Ridge Home Builders Association.
Visit area homes to see the latest in building innovations. 12-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 8-9, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor of this popular and fun family outing of live music, entertainment, Virginia wine and craft beer by the glass, children's activities and painting classes, food and artists and crafters showcasing their work in a wide variety of mediums for sale. Everything from pottery to puppets! Free parking. No pets permitted. Claudius Crozet Park.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $6 adults, $5 seniors, free for 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-8284. 
 
May 2-mid October, 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: 823-1092. 
 
October 23, Sunday
ARTISAN CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR
Charlottesville Derby Dames.
The 1st Annual Artisan Craft & Vendor Fair features handcrafted products from over 30 artisans. Get your holiday shopping done early while supporting the Charlottesville Derby Dames! Xanadu Warehouse, Ruckersville.  10am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Information.  Email: contact@charlottesvillederbydames.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 26-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. 1650 Ashwood Blvd. at the Forest Lakes South Pool and Tennis Center.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-2733. 
 
April 16-October 29, 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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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October 8, Saturday
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Come see the film as part of the Nelson Memorial Library's matinee series. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
October 9, Sunday
DISNEY'S ALADDIN
The Paramount Theater.
Come see the film on the big screen! The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 under 12, $7 12 and up.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 21, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Piedmont Virginia Community College Student Art Club.
Set in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite, played by Meryl Streep, who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Main Stage Theatre in V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30-9:30pm.  $Free.  Email: bsolla@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5362. 
 
October 27, Thursday
A BALLERINA'S TALE (2015)
JMRL- Central Library.
JMRL- Central Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 28, Friday
FAMILY HALLOWEEN MOVIE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Come and enjoy Hocus Pocus (1993)--a Halloween movie favorite! Gordon Avenue Library.  11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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October 15, Saturday
24TH ANNIVERSARY DAY AT WALTON'S MOUNTAIN MUSEUM
Walton's Mountain Museum.
An annual celebration with bagpipes, live gospel music, children's inflatable games, horse & wagon rides, crafters and food vendors. Walton's Mountain Museum.  Directions: 6484 Rockfish River Road, Schuyler.  10am-3:30pm.  Email: waltonmt@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 831-2000. 
 
October 25, Tuesday
ART SPEAKS! WORLD LANGUAGE TOURS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
As part of Global Week at the University, the Fralin will be offering museum tours in multiple languages. The Fralin Museum of Art.  12:30pm.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
October 28, Friday
BOO BASH!
Virginia Discovery Museum/Baggby's.
Get in the Halloween spirit at the Virginia Discovery Museum this Friday with the party that's too cute to spook! Don your most creative costumes as you explore the witch's creaky, old cabin; meet the mad scientists; give Boo Bowling a spin; and win prizes in a variety of crafts and games. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall.  6-7:30pm.  $10.  Recommended for ages 2 to 8.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
October 29, Saturday
HALLOWEEN AT THE SQUARE
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
Amazement Square will deliver some not-so-scary scares during its Halloween celebration. Come dressed up for classic halloween activities ending in a Halloween parade! Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  10am-12:30pm.  $3 plus museum admission.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
October 2-November 2
ABORIGINAL ARTIST DAMIEN SHEN
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
Australian Aboriginal artist Damien Shen will visit the museum in coordination with his exhibition, On the Fabric of the Ngarrindjeri Body, currently on view. When not teaching classes at UVA or doing programs, the artist will be working in the museum's breezeway on new work. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  $Free.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu.. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
September 30-February 12
ANN GALE: PORTRAITS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Portraits, painted from models in the studio, by American figurative painter Ann Gale, professor of Painting at the University of Washington. Largely composed of oil paintings, with a few preparatory sketches. The Fralin Museum of Art,The Fralin Museum of Art.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4349061022. 
 
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. 
 
October 2, Sunday
ROSEFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
See the Louise Cochrane Rose Garden in full bloom and a performance by the Latin Ballet of Virginia at 12:15 pm. and 1:45 p.m. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  12-3pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
October 16, Sunday
BIG WOODS WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Hike through the National Landmark Forest--a rare hardwood climax forest composed of towering poplars, stately oaks and sprawling beeches. Learn about ecology, conservation and Madison's role as an early environmentalist. The mile trail is a gentle loop. Dogs on leash permitted. James Madison's Montpelier.  2pm.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
October 22, Saturday
FALLING LEAVES AND WINTER TREES WALK
Monticello.
This two-hour ramble through Monticello's forest during the waning days of the fall foliage display will concentrate on identifying trees by their bark fruit, seeds, buds, and habit. Jerry Therrien and Peggy Cornett will lead this adventure along Jefferson's original woodland passages. Binoculars are recommended. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for muddy slopes and uneven terrain. Monticello, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  9:30-11:30am.  $18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
October 23, Sunday
WARRIOR HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
This first annual hiking event will benefit Warrior Expeditions, a nonprofit organization helping veterans have a smooth transition back into civilian life. Hike the Grelen Trails for as many miles as you want, picking up tokens along the way. Turn them in at the end for a chance to win prizes. More miles equals more tokens and better chances at winning. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  12-4pm.  $25-60, Children 6 an under free with adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
October 23, 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.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
October 28, Friday
FAN MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY PUBLIC NIGHT
UVA Department of Astronomy.
Open to the public only twice a year, the Fan Mountain Observing Station offers free public observing nights. Tickets must be requested in advance and are fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis starting September 1. Fan Mountain Observing Station .  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
October 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
FAMILY CAMP-OUT
Maymont Estate.
Take an evening hike through the estate in search of native nocturnal creatures. Enjoy s'mores and stories around the campfire. Following a night in your tent on Maymont's grounds, enjoy a continental breakfast and a morning hike. Ages 4 and older; one adult must register for every four children. Maymont, Richmond.  6pm Saturday-9am Sunday.  $40 per person/$30 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
October 29 & November 5, Saturdays
OWL PROWL
Monticello.
Join seasoned birder Jerry Therrien for an evening of listening to the hoots, wails and shrieks of owls and learning about their habitats. Kemper Park Trailhead, Monticello Trail.  5:30-7:30pm.  $18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
Second Monday and Last Thursday of each month
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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October 9, Sunday
CELTIC FIDDLE FESTIVAL
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Called "three of the finest folk violinists anywhere" by The Washington Post, Kevin Burke of Ireland, Christian Lemaitre of Brittany and Charlie McKerron of Scotland perform. The Haven.  7-9:30pm.  $25 at the door, $20 in advance.  Email: brimstunes@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 409-9631. 
 
October 14, Friday
UVA CAVALIER MARCHING BAND OPEN REHEARSAL
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows, weather permitting. Parking is available at Culbreth Road Parking Garage, the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, and the Central Grounds Parking Garage. There is limited street parking on University Avenue. Carr's Hill Field.  Directions: at the corner of Emmet and Ivy roads.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
October 15, Saturday
DAY OF THE DEAD LATIN BALLET
A celebration of life! El Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that brings communities together to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed. State Theatre of Culpeper, Culpepper.  Directions: Halsey Auditorium.  7pm.  $10, $30 Family Four-Pack.  Email: tix@culpepertheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-829-0292. 
 
October 18, Tuesday
THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE
John Paul Jones Arena.
The Price Is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show from Plinko, to Cliffhangers, to The Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase. John Paul Jones Arena.  7:30pm.  $31-61.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-575-8497. 
 
October 21, Friday
8TH ANNUAL PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR
Music Resource Center.
Come dressed in your Prince-inspired get-up and dance the night away. This year will feature a live "Band-a-oke" competition with guest performers and returning house band E3! Proceeds support scholarships for students to attend MRC programming. Music Resource Center.  8-11:55pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-5478. 
 
October 21, Friday
UVA CAVALIER MARCHING BAND OPEN REHEARSAL
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows, weather permitting. Parking is available at Culbreth Road Parking Garage, the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, and the Central Grounds Parking Garage. There is limited street parking on University Avenue. Carr's Hill Field.  Directions: at the corner of Emmet and Ivy roads.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
October 14, 23 & 25
VIGIL FOR THE BARD
UVA Special Collections Library/UVA Drama Department.
Undergraduate and graduate drama students perform lightly staged sonnets, monologues and the witches' scene from "Macbeth." Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, UVA.  4pm October 14, 2pm October 23, 6pm October 25.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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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October 1, Saturday
11TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK
Junior League of Richmond.
The Junior League of Richmond presents its annual Touch a Truck event. Children can see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as meet the personnel who protect, serve, and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display include tractors, backhoes, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, and helicopters. The event also features special performances, food trucks, face painting, bounce castles, games, and a raffle. Richmond International Raceway.  Directions: 602 E Laburnum Ave.  10am-3pm.  $5/ea or $15/four family tickets.  Contact: Liz Anderson.  Email: touchatruck@jlrichmond.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-250-5450. 
 
October 1, Saturday
2016 CHARLOTTESVILLE CURESEARCH WALK
Join us as we celebrate and honor children from the Charlottesville area who have been affected by children's cancer. This special day will include prizes, music, food, and fun activities for the entire family! The Park at UVA 1015 Massie Rd.  9am registration, 10am-1pm.  $10 for ages 16 and up.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jennifer Murphy.  Email: jennifer.murphy@curesearch.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 240-235-2211. 
 
October 1, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL CENTRAL VIRGINIA STAR PARTY
Dark Skies, Bright Kids and the Charlottesville Astronomical Society.
Enjoy hands-on astronomy activities, planetarium shows, and observations of the night sky with a guided telescope. Night sky tours begin at sundown. Bring a picnic to enjoy under the stars! Albemarle CiderWorks.  6-10pm.  $Free.  Contact: Dark Skies, Bright Kids.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-7494. 
 
October 1, Saturday
JOURNEYS FALL FAMILY DAY
Hospice of the Piedmont.
For families who have been affected by the death of a loved one, this camp offers activities and creative expression to encourage bonding and communication while memorializing their loved one. Camp Holiday Trails.  8:45am-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
October 1-2, Saturday & Sunday
PUMPKIN PATCH AT WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY
Wild Wolf Brewing Company.
Find the perfect pumpkin at Wild Wolf's pumpkin patch! Wild Wolf Brewing Company.  Directions: 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0088. 
 
October 7, Friday
CITY SERVICES FAIR
Come to the Downtown Mall to meet and talk with staff from dozens of City departments and partner agencies about a wide scope of services and programs. Interactive displays, exciting demonstrations, educational tours, special guests and more! Downtown Mall.  10am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: dickler@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3129. 
 
October 8, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME 5K & FAMILY FESTIVAL
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
A 5K run/walk and family festival showcasing and celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in the Greater Richmond, Charlottesville and Central Virginia communities. Enjoy family activities, live music, with special guest Sujeet Desai! fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch, exhibit displays and more! All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.Dogs on leashes with responsible owners are welcome! Innsbrook Pavilion, Glen Allen.  8:30am-1pm.  $Family Festival is Free; 5K admission $30, 1 mile walk/fun run $20, 2 & under $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Terri Lancaster.  Email: dsagrdirector@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-525-7731. 
 
October 8, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL STAR WARS READS DAY
JMRL - Central Library.
May the force be with you as the library celebrates all things Star Wars. Come in costume for a chance at prizes. There will be crafts, music, food and fun for all ages. No registration required. Central Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 8, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BABY EXPO
Oldfields Photography.
Expectant and new moms join for an afternoon of great fun for the whole family! Meet a variety of vendors specializing in wellness, play, baby and clothing stores, party suppliers, photographers, and more. Kids will have an opportunity to participate in storytime, music and singing activities, and facepainting. Lot's of amazing giveaways and prizes to be won. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  1-4pm.  $5.  Contact: Kelly Williams.  Email: cvillebabyexpo@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-560-1957. 
 
October 8, Saturday
SHAKESPEARE'S FIRST FOLIO TOUR FAMILY DAY
UVA Special Collections Library/UVA Drama Department.
One of the most famous books in the world, this first book publishing of William Shakespeare's plays will be on display. An accompanying exhibition, Shakespeare By the Book, gives people a look at the library's own notable holdings. On Family Day, come listen to UVA Drama sonneteers, learn to dole out Shakespearean insults and compliments, try out at one of the actor's workshops devoted to Shakespeare's work, or craft Shakespearean props at the many craft tables! Enter a raffle for tickets to that evening's performance of Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors." Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, UVA.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 9, Sunday
CIRCIX
IX Art Park.
The circus is coming to IX! Acrobats, clowns, entertainers including stilt walkers, jugglers, fire breathers and Opal performing sword swelling, the human blockhead and the bed of nails! Plus food, games and fun for all! IX Art Park.  5-8pm.  $10 adults, $5 kids under ten.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 9, Sunday
CVILLE PIE FEST
A pie judging and tasting event, C'ville Pie Fest proceeds will go to charity. Bakers of all ages are encouraged to enter the judged pie competition. Crozet Mudhouse.  1-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 9, Sunday
LIVE MUSIC ON THE PATIO AT DUCARD
DuCard Vineyards.
Music on the Patio with Travis Elliott. DuCard Vineyards.  2-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
October 8-9, Saturday & Sunday
NATURAL PET ESSENTIALS CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAYS
Natural Pet Essentials.
Natural Pet Essentials wants to show its customer appreciation by offering storewide sales, specials, goody bags, raffle prizes and more! Plus, Ziggy the Traveling Pig will be there! Natural Pet Essentials.  Directions: 3440 Seminole Trail.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-9779. 
 
October 9, Sunday
UNIVERSITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL 17TH ANNUAL FALL FUN FAIR
University Montessori School.
Join in an afternoon of fun, decorating pumpkins, searching for a needle in a haystack, indulging in the trail mix bar and taking pictures in the photo booth. Tickets are required for activities, games and the chili dinner. Open to the public. University Montessori School,University Montessori School.  Directions: Parking at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  3-6pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@universitymontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-0583. 
 
October 12, Wednesday
TOUR THE PARAMOUNT THEATER!
The Paramount Theater.
Join us for a free historical backstage tour! Learn about The Paramount's beginnings in 1931! Discover the movers and shakers behind The Paramount's construction, movie palace architecture, and the behind the scenes details of the two-year long restoration! See the backstage Wall of Fame, where hundreds of artists have left their autographs and more! The Paramount Theater.  12pm & 5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 14, Friday
HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE LITTLE GYM
The Little Gym.
Join in a Spooktacular Halloween Party! For an evening of Treats (no tricks), parents and children ages 4 months to 2 years old are invited from 6-6:45pm. For some Fantastic Fun for children ages 3 to 12 years old, stop by from 7-8pm. The Little Gym.  6:45pm ages 0-2, 7pm ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  Email: tlgcharlottesvilleva@thelittlegym.com. For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
October 15, Saturday
13TH ANNUAL PANCAKES FOR PARKINSON'S
Michael J Fox Foundation.
Enjoy pancakes and entertainment on the Lawn! Donations taken to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. University of Virginia's South Lawn.  9am-2pm (subject to change).  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 15, Saturday
EFFORT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL & PRESCHOOL PTO TRICKY TRAY RAFFLE AND AUCTION
Effort Christian School and Preschool PTO.
Effort Christian School and Preschool PTO hosts its 1st Annual Tricky Tray Raffle and Auction featuring fabulous prizes from local businesses as well as some very unique items and experiences only found here! Food will be available. Effort Church Family Life Center, Palmyra.  Directions: 7820 Thomas Jefferson Parkway.  3pm.  $Free. Raffle tickets optional.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Maria Clark.  Email: jcmrva1008@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-893-6351. 
 
October 15, Saturday
JUST REWARDS DAY FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
Senior Center, Home Instead Senior Care, JABA, UVA Health System.
This annual celebration of family caregivers includes workshops, massages, door prizes, lunch, and entertainment. Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place.  10am-2pm, doors open at 9:30am.  $Free.  Email: Christine.shaw@homeinstead.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 327-6283. 
 
October 14-16, Friday-Sunday
23RD ANNUAL MARTHA'S MARKET
Women's Committee, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
The Women's Committee of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital will be hosting the 23rd Martha's Market with a special preview party the evening of Oct. 13. The event benefits women's health care in central Virginia. More than 75 unique boutiques from across the country transform the arena into a beautiful marketplace with something for everyone. John Paul Jones Arena.  9:30am-7pm, Friday; 10am-6pm, Saturday; 10am-4pm, Sunday.  $10, Children 13 and under free.  Email: MJH_Foundation@sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-8258. 
 
October 18, Tuesday
THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE
John Paul Jones Arena.
The Price Is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show from Plinko, to Cliffhangers, to The Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase. John Paul Jones Arena.  7:30pm.  $31-61.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-575-8497. 
 
October 19, Wednesday
PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Bring the whole family for some pumpkin carving fun. Pumpkins, tools, and decorations provided. Take your pumpkin home! Full and kids' menus available. Blue Mountain Brewery.  Directions: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
October 21, Friday
FLOATING PUMPKIN PATCH
Crozet Parc YMCA.
Pick your pumpkin out of the pool! Includes food, music and Halloween-themed games and activities. Crozet PARC YMCA.  6-7:30pm.  $2 for members, $4 non-members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
October 22, Saturday
BOOK SIGNING AT LAZY S RANCH
The Lazy S Ranch.
Local children's books authors and illustrator of "Stray" and "The Dog who Barks at the Moon" are doing a book signing to benefit Caring for Creatures. There will also be music and a raffle. The Lazy S Ranch.  1-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Denise Wall.  Email: walldm@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-7414. 
 
October 22, Saturday
CVILLE REPAIR CAFÉ
Cville TimeBank.
At a Repair Café, folks bring their broken stuff to be repaired by volunteers for free! A team of volunteer fixers will be on hand to repair household appliances, clothing, jewelry, toys, bikes and more! Sit down, watch the repair, and learn how fun & simple or complex and fascinating fixing things can be. Enjoy FREE snacks and live music, plus arts & crafts for kids. IX Art Park.  12-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ann Marie Hohenberger.  Email: annmarie.hohenberger@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 981-2004. 
 
October 8, 15 & 22, Saturdays
FALL RAIL EXCURSIONS
Old Dominion Chapter - National Railway Historical Society.
Experience the relaxation of bygone days, traveling by train in reclining seat coaches or open-air sightseeing cars. The vintage diesel train will wind through the beautiful hills, farmland and forests of Central Virginia. Enjoy the Tom Mix Rangers reenacting a scene from the Old West on October 8 and 15. Dillwyn, VA.  Directions: Dillwyn Depot (Buckingham Branch Railroad office).  $28 adults, $14 children 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kim Young.  Email: kimyoungmarshall77@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 304-634-9016. 
 
October 23, Sunday
GOBLINS AND GOURDS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin decorating and fun in the Children's Garden. Tastings from Relay Foods and Edible Education available as well! See demonstrations on natural dye, pumpkin and gourd carving, wood carving, blacksmithing and broom-making! Fun for the whole family. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  1-4pm.  $Free with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
October 1-23
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library! Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
October 29, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL HARRY POTTER HALLOWEEN
The entire town of Scottsville joins the fun and transforms into the village of Hogsmeade. Valley Street, Scottsville.  12-10pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: scottsvillemagicministry@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 29, Saturday
HALLOWEEN AT DEVILS BACKBONE BASECAMP BREWPUB & MEADOWS
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Come out for the annual Halloween party! Enjoy fun games, activities, a craft station, a "wizarding" trivia contest, s'mores, and much more! Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows.  Directions: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland.  12-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: webcontact@dbbrewingcompany.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
October 29, Saturday
HALLOWEEN AT THE SQUARE
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
Amazement Square will deliver some not-so-scary scares during its Halloween celebration. Come dressed up for classic halloween activities ending in a Halloween parade! Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  10am-12:30pm.  $3 plus museum admission.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
October 29, Saturday
SAMHAIN SOIREE!
Backyard Revolution.
Don your Halloween costume and make merry as you honor the traditions of this primitive festival with mask making, gourd and apple carving and more! Nelson County Farmers Market, Nellysford.  all day.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Adrienne Young-Ramsey.  Email: adrienne@backyardrevolution.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-8069. 
 
October 29, Saturday
SHARING PHILOSOPHY WITH KIDS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join Marietta Mccarty, author of Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, as she discusses the importance of simple pleasures, gratitude and quite times. Adults will be given tools to encourage their kid's curiosity. For kids age 5-9 with their grown-ups. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 9.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 29, Saturday
TRICK OR TREAT IN DOWNTOWN STAUNTON
Children can visit the Staunton Downtown Development Association Witch and follow the pumpkins to participating stores to trick-or-treat. Participating Downtown Staunton stores.  10am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3867. 
 
October 30, Sunday
2ND ANNUAL HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join us for our one of our newer traditions! Our family-oriented event will be fun for young and old! And, we'll still have plenty of apples to pick! Pumpkin carving contest, Halloween parade and contest, caramel apple dipping station, trick-or-treat, hayrides and more! Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833 . 
 
October 30, Saturday
A HAUNTING HALLOWEEN
Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation.
Take part in a Pumpkin Painting Contest, Halloween-themed crafts and games, costume contest and more. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra.  Directions: 1730 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra.  6-9pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 842-3150. 
 
October 30, Sunday
FREE RIDES ON THE GYPSY EXPRESS
Gypsy Hill Park Express.
On the last day of its 2016 operating season Gypsy Express, Virginia's hometown mini-train, will offer free rides! Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  1-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 30, Sunday
SPOOKY PARTY
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Children's Museum of Richmond invites little ones to give their Halloween costumes a trial-run at this annual event. All locations will offer Halloween-themed activities, games and art projects. Enjoy special performers, DIY face painting workshops, and tricks and treats! All CMoR Locations, Richmond, Short Pump, Chesterfield, Fredericksburg.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
October 30, Sunday
TRUNK OR TREAT
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
A fun and safe event for children and families, all children are invited to dress up and trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk! There will be hotdogs, crafts, petting zoo and more! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are asked to not wear masks. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  4-6pm.  $free.  Contact: Rachel Miller.  Email: rachelmiller@cvaumc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5806. 
 
September 11-October 30, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
Keswick Vineyards.
Every Sunday 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.  Directions: Tasting Room.  12-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
October 31, Monday
DOWNTOWN HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT EXTRAVAGANZA
ODA.
An evening of Halloween festivities for trick or treaters of all ages. Main Street will be closed off allowing safe entertainment and candy giveaways to children of all ages. Many local businesses and organizations handing out candy to our little munchkins. Bring the family for a memorable Halloween celebration! West Main Street, Orange.  4-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2540. 
 
October 31, Monday
HALLOWEEN HOOPLA
Whole Foods/Ivy Publications.
Adults and children are invited to dress in their Halloween best for an evening full of family fun at CMoR Central. Trick or Treat through the kid-size neighborhood complete with spooky decorations. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities and crafts and more! CMoR Central.  4-8pm.  $4 for adults, children free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7063. 
 
October 31, Monday
TRICK OR TREAT AT THE LIBRARY
JMRL.
Children are invited to stop by any JMRL branch for a special treat. Each child will receive a coupon for a free children's book from the upcoming Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale. JMRL branches.  all day.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 1-31, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
TWIZTED CREATIONZ HAUNTED ATTRACTION
Creative Works Farm.
Just north of Waynesboro, get scared at this trail haunt with indoor and outdoor scenes. All benefits go to Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with chronic illnesses and other special needs. Waynesboro.  Directions: Off Purple Cow Road.  Dark-11pm Friday & Saturday, dark-10pm Thursday.  $15.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 29-November 22
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
An annual competition challenging youth in grades 3-12, University students and adults to submit original poetry and prose compositions inspired by works on view in the Museum. This year's selections will be drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, and three new exhibitions. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too! Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 3pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
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October 8, Saturday
"PIT OF DREAMS" MUD BOG
Rockfish Valley Fire and Rescue.
Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire and Rescue's "Pit of Dreams" mud bog! First truck in the mud at noon. Food for purchase. Family fun. No pets or alcohol allowed. 11100 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton.  9am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6465. 
 
October 8, Saturday
15TH ANNUAL ALL-TERRAIN 5K & ANNUAL 5TH KIDS' FUN RUN
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Join in a family-friendly all-terrain 5K Run or Walk. Prizes are awarded for all age groups. Kids can participate in the Kids' Fun Run following the race at 9:15am. Prizes awarded to all Fun Run participants. Charlottesville Catholic School.  8am.  $Varies.  Email: info@cvillecatholic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-0400. 
 
October 8, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST 5K TRAIL RUN
Monticello Boy Scouts.
Run alongside the Rivanna River and Heritage Trail in Fluvanna County. Open to children and adults of all ages. All proceeds will assist youth and their families to allow them to participate in local scouting programs. Pleasant Grove, Fluvanna County.  8am.  $20.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-6675. 
 
October 8, Saturday
7TH ANNUAL CROZET TRAILS CREW 5K
Crozet Trails Crew.
Run, jog, walk this unique 5k to benefit future trails in Crozet. A Kids Run is included and adult winners will have a trail bridge named in their honor! Admission to Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival included. Claudius Crozet Park.  8am-12pm.  $20-$25.  All ages welcome.  Email: jessica@crozettrailscrew.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 8, Saturday
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
Alzheimer's Association.
Join the Alzheimer's Association in their annual walk to support Alzheimer's research. There's no fee to register, but each participant is expected to fundraise. Albemarle County Office Building.  Directions: 401 Mcintire Road.  8am registration; 9:30am walk.  All ages welcome.  Email: csimpson@alz.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-6122 ext. 109. 
 
October 9, Sunday
FALL CLASSIC HALF MARATHON & 10K
Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports.
Experience Charlottesville in its Fall glory. One of the most scenic courses in the east, trailing through some of the most historic Charlottesville neighborhoods and along the Rivanna River. Lee Park, Downtown Charlottesville.  7am.  $Various costs.  Email: francesca@badtothebone.biz. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-0402. 
 
October 15, Saturday
5K FUN RUN AT DEMOCRACY VINEYARDS
Democracy Vineyards.
Benefitting Relay for Life, enjoy breakfast fare provided by The Breakfast Guy food truck before the run! Then stick around for Fun Nite Art with artist Tammy Hornek. Democracy Vineyards, Lovingston.  9am.  Email: info@democracyvineyards.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-8463. 
 
October 15, Saturday
DRAGON DASH 5K AND FUN RUN/WALK
North Branch School.
Support North Branch School and its fitness program by participating in a 1-mile fun run/walk or 5k race! Enjoy refreshments, a grab bag drawing, results, and fun festival following the runs! Children under 6 can participate in a shorter "Dragon Parade" walk. North Branch School, Afton.  8am fun run/walk, 8:30am 5k race.  $Varies.  Contact: Bonnie Holliday.  Email: nbsgiving@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8450. 
 
October 18, Sunday
MEET THE TEAMS DAY
UVA.
The UVA men's and women's basketball teams, men's and women's swimming & diving teams along with the wrestling team will hold a Meet the Teams event. Fans will have an opportunity to meet the players, get autographs and register for raffle prizes including men's basketball tickets. John Paul Jones Arena.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-8821. 
 
October 23, Sunday
WARRIOR HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
This first annual hiking event will benefit Warrior Expeditions, a nonprofit organization helping veterans have a smooth transition back into civilian life. Hike the Grelen Trails for as many miles as you want, picking up tokens along the way. Turn them in at the end for a chance to win prizes. More miles equals more tokens and better chances at winning. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  12-4pm.  $25-60, Children 6 an under free with adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
October 30, Sunday
DANGER! ZOMBIES! RUN! 5K
Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports.
Escape the undead as a human, or chase humans as a zombie and turn them into zombies by taking their life (ribbon on their backs). Historic Downtown Mall.  8:30am .  $Various costs.  Email: francesca@badtothebone.biz. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-0402. 
 
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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October 7, Friday
BOOK PRESENTATION: "A TIME TRAVEL ADVENTURE THROUGH SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK"
Author Jeff Alt presents "A time Travel Adventure Through Shenandoah National Park." Crozet Library.  3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 99.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 22, Saturday
BOOK PRESENTATION: "A TIME TRAVEL ADVENTURE THROUGH SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK"
Author Jeff Alt presents "A Time Travel Adventure Through Shenandoah National Park." Gordon Library.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 22, Saturday
GHOST STORIES OUTSIDE ... IN THE DARK
Staunton Public Library.
Joan Swift, Susan Clark and others bring chills with their stories so bring a blanket to sit on or wrap up in! These tales of horror are not for the faint of heart or those under 8. Hot cider and cookies too. Staunton Public Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Contact: Melissa.  Email: library@ci.staunton.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3902. 
 
September 12-October 25, Mondays or Tuesdays
2'S AND 3'S TOGETHER
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read and Play." Registration is required and begins August 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 9:30am, Tuesdays 10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 12-October 25, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins August 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 11:30am, Tuesdays 9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 15-October 27, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 15-November 3, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger sibling. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 15-November 3, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 15-November 17, Thursdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME FALL SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Ten to 15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages 6-24 months with a caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 14-November 17, Wednesdays or Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. JMRL- Northside Library.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 15-November 17, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
A fun-filled, participatory half-hour of stories, songs, and rhymes that encourage your 2-year-old's emerging literacy skills. For children who are already age 2 with a favorite adult. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 14-November 17, Wednesdays or Thursdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 17 & 24, December 19, Mondays
BOOKS AT BEDTIME
JMRL - Greene.
Come in your pajamas, snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal and listen to bedtime stories! On October 24, wear your costume if you choose and enjoy refreshments! Ages 7 and under with siblings welcome! Greene County Library.  6:30-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
September 12-October 24, November 21-December 19, Mondays
READING RUMPUS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 3-January 7, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
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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October 28-29, November 12 & 13, Fridays & Saturdays
PVCC THEATRE PRESENTS MACBETH
PVCC Fine and Performing Arts.
One of Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedies, Macbeth explores the devastating effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. Maxwell Theatre.  7:30pm Friday, 2:30pm Saturday.  $5.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5378. 
 
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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