Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
September 5 & 12
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: SEPTEMBER LINE-UP
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
These free Friday concerts feature primarily local and regional artists performing from rock and blues to salsa and reggae. September's concerts feature the following: September 5-Tropikiimba, September 12-The Skip Castro Band. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
April-November 23, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAY
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Newly repaired with displays donated to understand both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
September 1, Monday
MEET YER EATS FARM TOUR
Market Central.
Buy a car pass, plan your route and go! One car pass gains entry to all farms, on your own schedule. Each farm will have its own schedule of activities on the day of the Farm Tour. Tickets available online and at the Market Central booth at City Market. 10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@marketcentralonline.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-3957. 
 
September 12-14, Friday- Sunday
SOMERSET STEAM & GAS PASTURE PARTY
Somerset Steam & Gas.
This family-friendly event features antique tractors, a tractor pull, flea market, cloggers, arts & crafts, live bands and delicious food! Fairfield View Dairy Farm.  Directions: Route 231, Somerset.  $7/day or $10/3-day pass.  Email: info@somersetsteamandgas.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-3429. 
 
September 20, Saturday
NATIONAL EAT AN APPLE DAY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
It's apple season! Bring in your homemade goodies for a chance to win a prize. They'll judge the entries at 3pm; please arrive by 2:30pm. You might want to bring copies of your recipe too to share. No charge to enter the contest. Carter Mountain Orchard.  3pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 27, Saturday
JOHNNY APPLESEED'S BIRTHDAY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Wish Johnny Appleseed a Happy Birthday at Carter Mountain Orchard. We'll sing Happy Birthday (Johnny would be 240 years old on September 26) and enjoy an apple cider donut together. Immediately afterwards, we will have story time with Johnny. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 575 Thomas Jefferson Parkway.  10:30am or 12:30pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE HARVEST AND APPLE BUTTER MAKING FESTIVAL
Drumheller's Orchard.
Take the family on a hayride and enjoy a wide selection of apples and cider, country music, moonbounce, sand art, pumpkin patch, corn maze, crafts and food. Kids will love trying their luck with the old-fashioned apple slingshot! Drumheller's Orchard.  Directions: 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane, Lovingston.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: webcontact@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
September 6-October 26
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: 3064 Hartland Lane, Markham.  $10; free for 3 & under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-533-6901. 
 
Weekends in October
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 first 3 weekends; 9am-6pm the last weekend.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 20-November 1, Fridays & Saturdays
FALL FAMILY FUN DAYS
Layz S Ranch.
Find lots of family fun with a hay ride, corn maze, hay maze, hay pyramid with giant slide, corn slide, corn pit, apple sling shot, face painting and farm animals. 2253 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra.  4-7pm Fridays; 10am-6pm Saturdays.  $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. 
 
August 30-November 2
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Check out the three miles of path through the corn maze and answer trivia along the way. Pick your own pumpkin, race pigs, ride the carousel and more! Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 3231 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
September 13-November 2
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities/games. Liberty Mills Farm.  Directions: 9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset.  $10 for ages 5 & up, free for 4 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
July-November
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT THE ORCHARD
Chiles Orchards.
Who doesn't love pancakes? Join family and friends on the second weekend of each month for breakfast at the Orchard. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/oj. Chiles Peach Orchard 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.  9-11am.  $6.99 per person ages 12+, $3.99 per person under 12.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit - these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
August 29-September 1
SUMMER'S END FESTIVAL
Wintergreen Resort.
Live music, breweries & wineries, arts & crafts show, chairlift rides and fun for the entire family. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Route 664, Wintergreen.  See website or call for times and rates.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Wintergreen Activities.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
September 6, Saturday
ORANGE STREET FESTIVAL
Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
Held in the center of downtown Orange, this annual festival features food, crafts, local businesses displaying their wares and a great atmosphere for all. Main Street in Orange.  10am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
September 12-13
HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Monticello and the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
The Heritage Harvest Festival is an annual celebration of gardening, sustainable agriculture and local food, held at the home of Thomas Jefferson. Come by for tastings, workshops, hands-on demonstrations and a variety of tours and exhibits. Kid's activities run all day. Extra fee for premium workshops & lectures. West Lawn of Monticello.  $Various costs.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
September 13, Saturday
AUTISM AWARENESS FESTIVAL
AGM Events.
Wine tasting, live music, craft and food vendors, silent auction, facepainting, games and more. Benefits Moss-Nuckols Elementary School Autism Program. Weston Farm Vineyard and Winery.  Directions: 206 Harris Creek Rd, Louisa VA.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Angie Gerald-McPherson.  Email: info@agmevents.net. For more info call: 540-223-8484. 
 
September 13, Saturday
PAC'N THE STREETS FESTIVAL
Staunton Performing Arts Center.
This nostalgic, family-friendly street fair includes food vendors, artisan booths, strolling street performers and children's activities. Staunton Performing Arts Center area.  Directions: East Beverly Street between Market and Augusta.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-3211. 
 
September 19 & 20, Friday & Saturday
BLUE RIDGE CYCLING FESTIVAL
A weekend event for families to cycle together and experience Nelson County. Several routes have been selected for all types of riders including off road, kids' rides and a challenging metric century. Enjoy live music and tastings of Nelson at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Any profits of the weekend will be donated to the Nelson County Community Fund which supports schools, organizations and individuals in need. Roseland, VA.  $15-$149.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 20, Saturday
GO GREEN FEST
Dixon Disposal and Snow's Garden Center.
Doggies and kitties from the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA will be on hand for cuddling and petting and adopting. Free food and drinks, games, bounce house and giveaways to all of the attendees. Snow's Garden Center.  Directions: 875 Avon Street Extended.  10am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 20 & 21, Saturday & Sunday
GOOD TIMES, TASTES & TRADITIONS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Celebrate the traditions of the 5 featured countries (America, England, Germany, Ireland and West Africa). Live music, interactive seminars, a children's activity tent, a variety of food vendors, a wide array of artist and craft booths, and the ever-popular wine and beer tastings with souvenir glasses. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 27, Saturday
18TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL
This festival is one of the oldest and most well established of its kind and attracts up to 6,000 attendees each year. Lee Park .  Directions: 201 East Market Street, near Central Library.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cvillevegfest.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 27, Saturday
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Harrisonburg International Festival.
A day of family fun that celebrates the many cultures that make up the Harrisonburg community featuring international foods, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and intercultural learning opportunities and the World Bazaar featuring traditional folk art. Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg.  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Handicapped Accessible  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-433-6228. 
 
September 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
FALL INTO FUN FESTIVAL
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Welcome Autumn with lots of fun activities! Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way, enjoy wagon rides, play games, enjoy good food, pick your own apples and pumpkins and more! Chiles Peach Orchard.  9am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission; some activities have a fee.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 28, Sunday
FOXFIELD FAMILY DAY AT THE RACES
Foxfield.
In addition to the steeplechase races, there will be Bounce-N-Play, pony rides and the Kid to Kid Children's Tent for the kids. This year's beneficiary will be the American Red Cross. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road. Enter through East Gate.  10am-5pm.  $Ticket prices vary (see website); free for kids 8 & under.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
September 26-28, Friday-Sunday
MISTY MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Misty Mountain Music Festival.
The 4th Annual Misty Mountain Music Festival showcases original Virginia-based bands alongside local businesses and artisans. This family-friendly camping event offers something for all ages as you sit back and relax to the areas best folk, bluegrass, country and rock! Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  $donations.  Email: john@mistymountainmusicfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-647-8900. 
 
September 28, Sunday
WVPT FESTIVAL OF FAMILY FUN
WVPT.
This fun family event will feature games, activities, entertainment, healthy snacks, storytelling and free new and used books for each child. Plus, say hello to Cubby the WVPT Bear and his PBS Kids friends! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. John Paul Jones Arena.  12-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-437-2462. 
 
September 26-October 5
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, Caroline County.  Directions: I-95 exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  see website for event times.  $Ticket prices vary; check website.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-994-2800 . 
 
Weekends in October
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 first 3 weekends; 9am-6pm the last weekend.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
August 30-November 2
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Check out the three miles of path through the corn maze and answer trivia along the way. Pick your own pumpkin, race pigs, ride the carousel and more! Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 3231 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  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. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
April 12-October
HISTORIC COURT SQUARE WALKING TOUR
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Various historical tours around Court Square, the Downtown Mall and local cemeteries. Directions: McIntire Building, 200 Second St NE across from Lee Park.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@albemarlehistory.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
June 7-September 1
MONTICELLO FAMILY-FRIENDLY TOURS
Monticello.
These special guided tours of Thomas Jefferson's house are designed especially for families with children ages 6 to 11. The 35-minute tours feature hands-on opportunities in every room and provide a glimpse of what life was like for the children who lived at Monticello in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Monticello.  10am-3pm, hourly.  $Regular day passes: $25 adults, $16 children 12-18, $8 children 5-11, free for children under 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
September 14, Sunday
BICENTENNIAL OF THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Commemorate the 200th anniversary of our national anthem with family activities including historic crafts, silhouette photography and meet and greet with Caroline, American Girl doll War of 1812 heroine. Ash Lawn-Highland.  Directions: Take Rt 53 from Rt 20 near I-64, 2 1/2 miles past Monticello on Rt 795.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
September 20, Saturday
CONSTITUTION DAY CELEBRATION
Montpelier.
Celebrate the 227th signing of the U.S. Constitution with family, friends, and the Taste of Freedom Wine Festival on the historic grounds of James Madison's Montpelier! Live music, balloon rides, mansion tours, and children's activities will be offered throughout the day. Tastings from Virginia wineries, breweries, ciderhouses will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. General admission is $10/car. Tasting tickets are $20/person in advance or $25/person at the gate. Montpelier.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April through 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. 
 
April 15-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association and Piedmont Environmental Council.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Ashwood Blvd. at the South Recreational Facility in Forest Lakes.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tamerahammond@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 3-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. 
 
May-September, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Mead Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
September 4, Thursday
SOCA SEMI-ANNUAL EQUIPMENT SALE & EXCHANGE
SOCA.
The SOCA Equipment Sale & Exchange is a great way to obtain used gear at unbeatable prices. Turn in used equipment and get a further discount. Recycle usable shoes, balls, shin guards, etc. All Exchange items must be clean and in good condition. South Fork Soccer Park.  Directions: 1685 Polo Grounds Road, Charlottesville.  4-7pm.  Email: soca@socaspot.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5025. 
 
September 13 & 15-20
HERE WEE GROW AGAIN!
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
This semi-annual kids' consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church's outreach efforts. $5 "Choose Your Charity" event on September 10. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 East Rio Road.  9am-5pm Saturday; 10am-6pm Monday-Friday (Closed Sunday).  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5806. 
 
September 13-21
LOLLIPOP SHOP SALE
Lollipop Shop.
Find bargains on gently used kids' clothing, strollers, cribs, toys and furniture at this semi-annual sale. Location TBA.  10am-6pm, 1-6pm Sundays.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 27, Saturday
FLEAVILLE
fleaVILLE features a carefully-curated mix of vendors offering jewelry, art, crafts, vintage and contemporary clothing, handmade items, home goods and antique furniture. The market also hosts food trucks, music and kids' activities, like face painting. IX Project, entrance on the corner of Monticello Avenue and 2nd St. SE.  Directions: Across from the ACAC gym downtown -- enter the IX on 2nd St. SE and drive straight back.  11am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: fleaVILLE.  Email: fleavilleva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 718-594-2891. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
September 7, Sunday
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: DISNEYNATURE BEARS
JMRL - Central Library.
Join Central Library for free fresh popcorn and fabulous films on the big screen. JMRL has chairs, but bring a blanket or pillows if you want to lounge on the floor. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 9, Tuesday
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES - EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Films rated G. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 12, Friday
LIGHT HOUSE YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
Light House Studio.
Enjoy some popcorn and mingle with Light House participants before the screening of the year's best works. Jefferson Theater.  Directions: 110 E. Main St..  $26-$129.  Email: deanna@lighthousestudio.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6992. 
 
September 14, Sunday
WEST SIDE STORY
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $4 youth, $6 adults.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 30, Thursday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie, Hocus Pocus. Tickets include a bag of popcorn! Food trucks, Early Mountain Vineyard wine, and movie snacks for sale. Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  7pm.  $6, children 3 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
September 20 & 21, Saturday & Sunday
FAMILY ART JAM: CONTINUOUS NARRATIVE IN GOUACHE AND GOLD
Fralin Museum of Art.
Discuss the delicate style of traditional Indian court painting in Realms of Earth and Sky as well as the multiple appearances of figures within a composition as a storytelling device. Children will use fine brushes and opaque gouache to tell a story. Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm 5-7 yr olds and 3-5pm 8-12 yr olds.  $15-$20 per adult/child pair.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
September 27, Saturday
MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Smithsonian Magazine.
Smithsonian Magazine announced its tenth annual Museum Day Live! will take place Saturday, September 27, 2014. On this day, over 1,000 museums nation wide will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC by opening their own doors for free. Tickets for two people can be downloaded beginning on August 1st at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets/. Over 1000 museums nationwide.  All day.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lauren Deutschman.  Email: lauren@high10media.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (212) 918-2046 ext. 1013. 
 
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg, VA.  5-8pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
May 2-October 12
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties, fascinating and showy, transform the Conservatory's North Wing as hundreds feed, flutter and fly around you. 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
September 19, Friday
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. Register online by September 17. Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  6pm Friday-9am Saturday.  $40 per person/$30 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
September 20, Saturday
SENIOR FIELD DAY
Grandparents and local seniors are invited to participate in a community game day playing low impact, high fun, minute-to-win-it style games with their grandchildren or other young friends ages 1-12.  No registration required. Free. Washington Park Lower Recreation Field.  10am-12:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 21, Sunday
BLUE MOUNTAIN SUNRISE LIVE AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Bring folding chairs or blanket, enjoy live music, tour the pioneer farm and log cabins. Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
September 27, Saturday
FEE FREE DAY AT SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy the park without having to pay an entrance fee to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Shenandoah National Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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September 10, Wednesday
SESAME STREET LIVE: LET'S DANCE
Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties and Elmo, Abby, Ernie and Cookie Monster. John Paul Jones Arena.  10:30am and 6:30pm.  $15-$25.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-JPJ-TIXS. 
 
September 17, Wednesday
SHAWN COLVIN & STEVE EARLE
The Paramount Theater.
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters together in concert. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  $31-$51.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
September 5, 12 & 26, Fridays
UVA MARCHING BAND OPEN REHEARSAL
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Come hear the UVA Marching Band Open Rehearsal at Carr's Hill Field. Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime show. WaHooWa! Carr's Hill Field.  Directions: on the corner of Emmett and Ivy Roads.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5347. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
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August 31 & September 1
"ROMP, STOMP & CHOMP" HARVEST CELEBRATION
Wintergreen Winery.
Want to stomp grapes? Here's your chance! Grape stomping, wine, music, riverside picnics and fun for all! Family-friendly scenic setting. Light picnic fare available. Wintergreen Winery.  1-6pm.  $10 adult, children free.  Email: info@wintergreenwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-2519. 
 
September 6, Saturday
POOCHAPALOOZA-CHARLOTTESVILLE
The Table Food Company.
A celebration of all-things-dog! Games, contests, and prizes. Adoptable pooches waiting for new homes. A pet groomer and local vet will be on site offering vaccinations. Tonsler Park.  12pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Michele Graham.  Email: michele@thetablefoodcompany.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-3819. 
 
September 17, Wednesday
AUTHOR AND YOUNG ADULT NOVELIST JANE SMILEY READING
Sweet Briar College English Department.
Jane Smiley, author of numerous novels, including Pulitzer Prize winner, A Thousand Acres, will be reading from her new novel Some Luck and speaking about the craft of fiction writing which she addressed in her book Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel. Memorial Chapel, Sweet Briar College.  8pm.  $FREE.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Contact: Nell Boeschenstein.  Email: nboeschenstein@sbc.edu. For more info call: 249-3900. 
 
September 20, Saturday
CHILI COOK-OFF AND FALL FUN
Layz S Ranch.
Chili tastings plus lots of family fun with a hay ride, corn maze, hay maze, hay pyramid with giant slide, corn slide, corn pit, apple sling shot, face painting and farm animals. 2253 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra.  10am-6pm.  $10/adults, $8/age 3-10, age 2 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@layzsranch.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 591-0898. 
 
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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September 13, Saturday
SPECIAL OLYMPICS AREA 3 10K RUN & 2 MILE WALK
This 6.2 mile run features prizes for the best male and female overall, as well as age group place prizes, and grab bags. Meriwether Lewis Elementary School.  8am.  $20-$30.  Email: David.Zentmyer@ccs.k12.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-2391. 
 
September 14, Sunday
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB CYCLING CHALLENGE
The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge.
Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 25-, 50-, 75-, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, out and back from Old Trail Swim Club to Chiles Peach Orchard. After-party festivities with lunch, drinks, and live music. Register by September 12. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.  8am start.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 19 & 20, Friday & Saturday
BLUE RIDGE CYCLING FESTIVAL
A weekend event for families to cycle together and experience Nelson County. Several routes have been selected for all types of riders including off road, kids' rides and a challenging metric century. Enjoy live music and tastings of Nelson at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Any profits of the weekend will be donated to the Nelson County Community Fund which supports schools, organizations and individuals in need. Roseland, VA.  $15-$149.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 20, Saturday
SENIOR FIELD DAY
Grandparents and local seniors are invited to participate in a community game day playing low impact, high fun, minute-to-win-it style games with their grandchildren or other young friends ages 1-12.  No registration required. Free. Washington Park Lower Recreation Field.  10am-12:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 27, Saturday
ANNUAL IN THE PINK TENNIS TOURNAMENT
The Women's Committee of MJH.
The Womens Committee of Martha Jefferson Hospital presents its annual doubles tennis tournament. Women, men and teens of all playing abilities are encouraged to participate. Proceeds benefit Marianne's Room at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Nine area tennis venues.  9am-12pm.  $25-$100.  Recommended for ages 13 to 99.  Contact: MJH Foundation/Lauri Wilson.  Email: LTWILSON@sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-8173. 
 
September 27, Saturday
TOFURKY TROT
5k for all fitness levels as part of the Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival. T-shirt included. McGuffey Park.  10am.  $12.50-$30.  Email: cvilletofurkytrot@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 6, 13, 27, Saturday
UVA HOME FOOTBALL GAMES
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home! Sept. 6-Richmond, Sept. 13-Louisville, Sept. 27-Kent State. Scott Stadium.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-8821. 
 
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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September 6, Saturday
GRANDPARENTS STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Storytime and activities for grandparents and kids. Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center, 1035 Emmet Street.  11am.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
September 13, Saturday
AMERICAN GIRL BOOK GROUP: CAROLINE
Barnes & Noble.
Special guest from Ash Lawn-Highland will discuss Caroline and what life was like during the War of 1812. Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center, 1035 Emmet Street.  10am.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
September 13, Saturday
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Celebrate 50 years of Maurice Sendak's beloved classic. Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center, 1035 Emmet Street.  11am.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-8356. 
 
September 20, Saturday
CURIOUS GEORGE'S CURIOSITY DAY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Celebrate our favorite mischevious monkey with stories, activities and giveaways. Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center, 1035 Emmet Street.  11am.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-8356. 
 
September 24, Wednesday
STORYTIME! AT THE HERITAGE CENTER
Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center.
Come and experience lively storytelling, songs, movement and activities as we delve into books exploring and celebrating African-American culture. These stories will jumpstart and enliven family and community conversation about our local and national culture. Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center 233 4th Street 2nd Floor.  Directions: Entrance is on Commerce St, one-block north of West Main Street.  3:30-5pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 8.  Contact: Mia Haruko Logan.  Email: admin@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8722. 
 
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.
 
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September 12-14, Friday- Sunday
DEAR EDWINA JR.
Black Box Players.
Follow the adventures of plucky advice-giver Edwina Spoonapple as she directs the neighborhood kids in her weekly extravaganza. This 60-minute show is for the entire family. Burnley-Moran School Auditorium.  Directions: 1330 Long St.  7pm Friday & Saturday; 3pm Sunday.  $9.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-7600. 
 
September 25, Thursday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie, The Sandlot (rated PG). The lawn will be ready for you to pick the perfect spot at 7pm. Showtime 8:30pm. Tickets include a bag of popcorn! Food trucks, Early Mountain Vineyard wine, and movie snacks for sale. Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  7-11pm.  $6, children 3 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
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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