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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
June 1-29, Thursdays
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
Grab a blanket & meet up at the amphitheater for live music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the food truck. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
June 30, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE WITH ROOSEVELT DIME
Sprint Pavilion.
Bluegrass, Blues, R&B and opener The 5 and Dimers. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
July 5, Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.  7:30-9pm.  $Free.  Contact: Steve Layman.  Email: slayman2528@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
July 13, Thursday
GROOVIN' AT THE GREENWAY
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Erin and the Wildfire perform a free concert with food and drink available from an on-site food truck. Constitution Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
July 2 & 16, Sundays
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
July 18, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT NO. 3
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The Paramount Theater.  8-9:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
July 20, Thursday
GROOVIN' AT THE GREENWAY
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Southern Explosion performs a free concert with food and drink available from an on-site food truck. Constitution Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
July 23, Sunday
UNCLE DEVIN KIDS CONCERT
Virginia Discovery Museum/Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Jam out with the kids during the Uncle Devin concert at Fry's Spring. Families are invited to come at 4pm to enjoy Fry's Spring's grounds, 3 pools and bar & grill. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  Directions: 2512 Jefferson Park Avenue.  5pm.  $10 per person, $30 per family.  All ages welcome.  Email: fsbcevents@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
July 27, Thursday
GROOVIN' AT THE GREENWAY
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Righteous Friendz perform a free concert with food and drink available from an on-site food truck. Constitution Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
July 7-28, Fridays
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: JULY LINE-UP
Sprint Pavilion.
July's concerts feature July 7-Erin & the Wildfire, July 14-Big Ray and the Kook Kats, July 21-Corey Harris and July 28-The Pollocks. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16
TINS4TUNES CONCERT SERIES AND FOOD DRIVE
Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery.
Bring 1 non-perishable food item for a discounted entry and support the local food pantry. At these events only, Cardinal Point will offer Blue Mountain beers as well. Check website for each date's band and food truck. Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Afton.  5-9pm.  $10 adults; $5 if you bring at least 1 non-perishable food item (per person); Kids 18 and under are Free.  Email: info@cardinalpointwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
May 26-August 27
THE MYSTERIES THAT REMAIN: MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
One of Australia's most acclaimed indigenous artists, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri was a founder of the Western Desert art movement. This exhibit features paintings on canvas and board from 1971-1990. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Email: kluge-ruhe@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
 
April 28, May 26 & June 30, Final Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  6-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
May-June
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES & CHERRIES
Critzer Family Farm.
Through June pick your own strawberries and cherries. Don't forget the homemade ice cream. If bringing more than 10 children it's best to notify the farm at least 1 week in advance for better accommodations. Critzer Family Farm.  Directions: 9388 Critter Shop Rd., Afton.  8am-6pm Monday-Saturday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-4772. 
 
May-June
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES & CHERRIES AT SEAMANS' ORCHARD
Seamans' Orchard.
Pick your own strawberries and cherries. Pre-picked fruit upon request. Sold by the pound if you pick them and by the quart if they are pre-picked. Please call ahead to reserve pre-picked fruit. Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 415 Dark Hollow Rd., Roseland.  8am-7pm Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday, 12:30-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: Apeyton73@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-8130. 
 
July 1, Saturday
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
DuCard Vineyards.
Benefit for Madison County Animal Shelter. Bring the pooch for pet contests including best costume, frisbee catch and agility with prizes and more. Lovable pets available for adoption too. Plus music on the patio by kat and the travelers (2-5pm). No cover but donations accepted. Food available for purchase. DuCard Vineyards.  12-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
July 2, Sunday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT BLUE TOAD
Blue Toad Hard Cider.
Bring kids, friends and dogs and listen to live music while playing games, enjoying the fire pit and fun. Blue Toad Hard Cider at High View Farm, Roseland.  4-10pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 760-9200. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate America's Birthday with a day of good old-fashioned family fun. Enjoy delicious food, and cold and refreshing sweet cider, hard cider and wine. Join the bike parade (decorate your bicycle with patriotic colors and get in on the fun), play games like Water Balloon Toss, 3-Legged Race, Sack Races and a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. Enjoy live music in the evening and hayrides in the afternoon until dark. Local fireworks at 9pm. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-9:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833 . 
 
July 8, Saturday
STARRY NIGHTS: THE ENGLISH CHANNEL
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Featuring Classic British Rock and Pop. Come spend a night on the lawn listening to great music under the stars. Bring a picnic and buy your favorite Veritas wines, or enjoy the buffet at a table (reservations required). Bring your family, friends, picnics, lawn chairs, and dancing shoes for an unforgettable night in the great outdoors. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.  Nightfall.  $15 online, $20 at the door, $10 kids 10-16, free under 10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000. 
 
July 15, Saturday
MUSIC ON THE PATIO
DuCard Vineyards.
Enjoy live music on the patio featuring Bomar & Ritter playing a blend of folk, rock, ballads and blues. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. DuCard Vineyards.  2-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
July 22, Saturday
AFTON AFTER HOURS
Afton Mountain Vineyards.
Food trucks available, picnics welcome. Rain or shine. Bring a chair or a blanket. Wine available for bottle purchase only. Afton Mountain Vineyards.  6-8:30pm.  $5 cover, under 18 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8667. 
 
July 22-23, Saturday-Sunday
7TH ANNUAL OL' FASHIONED PEACH FESTIVAL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
The morning starts with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and lots of peaches. Then games, contests, hayrides, face painting, food, wine and hard cider. There will also be a Royal Peach Court Contest for special prizes with categories for ages 5 and under and 6-12. Both days feature pie eating contests for kids ages 12 and under and adults (13+). Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  9am-6pm Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission & parking.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
July 24, Sunday
SUPER PEACH SUNDAY
Drumheller's Orchard.
Peach tastings, soft serve peach ice cream, peach milkshakes, peach baked goods, and entertainment. Live music. Food available by Lovingston Ruritan Club. Drumheller's Orchard.  11am-5pm.  Email: morgan@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
July 29, Saturday
VINTAGE POP-UP MARKET
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Head up the mountain and check out carefully selected vendors and shop for vintage and homemade finds. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833 . 
 
July 15-August 5
U-PICK BLACKBERRY SEASON 2017
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.
Pick your own blackberries on our beautiful farm. No thorns! Blackberries priced by the quart. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1266. 
 
May 23-August 16, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US
Chiles Family Orchards.
Sessions include story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and a small container for pick-your-own fruit and a snack. The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome. No drop offs. Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am, arrive by 10:15 to register.  $7 or $9 with wagon ride.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
Late June through mid-September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches late-June through mid-September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches and donut peaches. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-6pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday (through August 25).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
May-September, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fruit when it's a little cooler, shop in our Country Store, grab some donuts, cider and lite fare and then head into the Carter Mountain Wine Shop for wine (tastings by the glass or by the bottle). Perch on the decks to listen to free live music and catch an amazing sunset. Carter Mountain Orchard.  6-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
June 1-October 26, Thursdays
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
"Mornings with the Minis" is a fun, hands-on learning experience for children 7+ and adults of all ages. The morning sessions are an introduction to miniature horsemanship, small equine activities for pleasure, sport and miniature horse therapy. Sun Ridge.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd., Gordonsville.  9-11:20am.  $20 per person.  Recommended for ages 7 to 77.  Special Needs Accommodation: yes  Contact: Nancy Wheeler.  Email: morningsunminiatures@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
Now-November, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
May 13-November 23, Weekends
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  9-11am Saturdays, 10am-12pm Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
July 1, Saturday
ALE & EMBERS
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
A celebration of curated beer, rustic small-plate dishes, camping and good times. Eat, drink and camp. A family-friendly event. Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows.  Directions: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
July 1, Saturday
ANNUAL PIG PICK PARTY
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery.
Kickoff the 4th of July weekend with live music, pig roast, fresh made sides from Papa V's Backyard Grill and beer. Families and dogs are welcome. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Goochland.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@lickingholecreek.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-554-5815. 
 
July 1, Saturday
BIRTH OF DEMOCRACY MINI-FESTIVAL
Democracy Vineyards.
The Annual Birth of Democracy Mini-Festival features wine, live music, vendors, food and more. Pop-E-Joe's and The Breakfast Guy bring food for you to enjoy as you shop for local crafts and gourmet foodstuffs from local artisans and entrepreneurs. Democracy Vineyards.  11am-5pm.  $20 early bird admission through 6/29.  Email: info@democracyvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-8463. 
 
July 1, Saturday
CROZET INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & CELEBRATION
Crozet Community Association.
The parade starts at Crozet Elementary through downtown, all the way to Claudius Crozet Park, where there will be live music, free rides and games for kids. Bring a lawn chair if you want to be comfortable as you watch the events. Traditional American Fourth of July fare will be available including BBQ, apple pie, and burgers. Veggie and vegan choices also available. Event culminates with a stupendous fireworks show. Claudius Crozet Park.  5-10pm, 9:30pm fireworks.  $Donations, 12 and under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5899. 
 
June 27-July 1, Tuesday-Saturday
GREENE COUNTY FAIR
Entertainment, food, concerts, animal shows, contests and more! See website for schedule and prices. Greene County Fairgrounds.  Directions: Located on Route 230 (Madison Road) off of Route 33 Business in Standardsville.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Marie Durrer.  Email: tammydurrer@yahoo.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-7622. 
 
June 30-July 3, Friday-Monday
4TH OF JULY JUBILEE
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the red, white and blue with music, a block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games for the entire family and of course, fireworks on Monday the 3rd. The craft fair will take place Saturday through Monday. See website for full schedule. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Nellysford.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
July 3, Monday
SUMMER JAM
Massanutten Resort.
Fireworks, beer & wine garden, food vendors, kid's corner, live music and more. Rain or shine. Massanutten Resort.  5-10pm.  Email: info@massresort.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
CBS19'S PATRIOTISM IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Gates open at 5pm for an evening of family friendly fun with food, local bands and games for kids of all ages including an obstacle course, bounce house and face painting. Fireworks show begins one minute after dark. Free parking is available at Charlottesville High School or take free shuttles from the Albemarle County Office Building. McIntire Park.  5-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Special needs shuttles running from Walker Upper Elementary School  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
GREENE COUNTY 4TH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION
Chamber of Commerce Town of Stanardsville .
Enjoy a parade down historic Main Street, a community festival at Court House Square, live music, lots of food and hot air balloons filling the sky. Plus, a dunking booth, games and entertainment for the kids and a fireworks display at the end. Downtown Standardsville.  Directions: Main Street & Court Square.  10am-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-290-8344. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate America's Birthday with a day of good old-fashioned family fun. Enjoy delicious food, and cold and refreshing sweet cider, hard cider and wine. Join the bike parade (decorate your bicycle with patriotic colors and get in on the fun), play games like Water Balloon Toss, 3-Legged Race, Sack Races and a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. Enjoy live music in the evening and hayrides in the afternoon until dark. Local fireworks at 9pm. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-9:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833 . 
 
July 4, Tuesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Town of Stanardsville.
A fun-filled, free, family-friendly event with magic, hot air balloon rides, three stages of live music and entertainment, children's walk, carnival games, water balloon battle, donut eating contest and much much more. Main Street, Stanardsville,.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Michael Payne.  Email: info@stanardsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-290-8344. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
James Monroe's Highland.
Celebrate the birth of the United States of America and commemorate the anniversary of James Monroe's death on July 4, 1831 wth a performance by the Heifetz International Music Institute. Visitors of all ages can enjoy free grounds admission all day, including a variety of childrens crafts and activities. James Monroe's Highland.  9am-6pm .  $Grounds free and open to the public.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@ahslanwhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
REDS, WHITES AND BLUEGRASS
Keswick Vineyards.
Bluegrass music performed by local band East of Afton. The SpiceSea Gourmet will be here serving up their delicious seafood selections, Two Brothers southwestern grill will be cooking up their flavorful dishes, and Pomme to Go will be bringing their gourmet wine-friendly fare. Bring picnic blankets, chairs, and friends. All ages welcome. Pet-friendly; pets must be on a leash unless they are playing in the fenced-in dog park. Rain or shine. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Karen.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
STANARDSVILLE 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL AND FIREWORKS
Town of Stanardsville.
Historic Stanardsville comes alive with a free, family-friendly community festival featuring nearly a full day of fun and activities including a parade, lively musicians and entertainers, battle of the bands, a people's choice car show, bounce house and games for the entire family. Stanardsville, Virginia.  10am.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@stanardsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-6511. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
VALLEY FOURTH IN HARRISONBURG
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.
Great food, music and entertainment attract thousands of people to downtown for a full day of events, including a beer garden, live music, a marketplace of vendors, children's activities and the annual parade. The day begins with a race and ends with a grand fireworks display. Downtown Harrisonburg.  8am-9:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 8, Saturday
HANOVER TOMATO FESTIVAL
Hanover County.
Come out to this free, family-oriented event with live musical entertainment, rides, games, a petting zoo, over 200 vendors, delicious tomato dishes and much more. 8996 Pole Green Park Ln, Mechanicsville.  9am-4pm Friday-Saturday.  $Free.  Email: hanovertomatofestival@hanovercounty.gov. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-365-7150. 
 
July 8, Saturday
SK8 NELSON FESTIVAL
SK8 Nelson.
A celebration of skateboarding culture in Nelson County with proceeds going to SK8 Nelson maintenance and liability expenses. Festival features MinPin Memorial Skate Jam, Games of Skate and Best Trick Contest, lots of live music (beginning at 5pm), and food and beverages. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  4-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
July 8, Saturday
WAYNESBORO SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Arts & crafts vendors from around the state, cloggers, magicians, live music, amusement rides and lots of great food. 5 & 10K race starting at 8am and grand finale fireworks in the evening. Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro.  8am-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept..  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
June 28-July 9
SALEM FAIR
As the largest fair in the state, Virginia's Salem Fair offers fun for all ages. Come enjoy magic shows, fireworks, petting zoos, jugglers, tigers, carnival rides and more! Free admission and parking. Salem Civic Center Complex.  Directions: 1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem.  4-11pm weekdays, 12-11pm weekends.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-375-3004. 
 
July 15, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL
Central Virginia Blues Society.
Performers at this year's event include Lower Case Blues Band, Revelator Hill, The Bush League, Hard Swimmin Fish, and Parker and Gray. Food, beverages, music and fun. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  3-10pm.  $15 general admission.  Email: centralvablues@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 12-15, Wednesday-Saturday
CAROLINE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Racing pigs, community exhibits, petting zoo, camel rides, games, contests and more. See website for full schedule. Caroline County Agricultural Fair Grounds.  Directions: 8332 Country Fair Lane, Ruther Glen.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-466-1507. 
 
July 12-15, Wednesday-Saturday
MADISON COUNTY FAIR
Madison County Fair.
Enjoy the carnival, home exhibits, livestock and animal shows, kids fun tent, contests and competitions, a magic show, aerialists, demolition derby and more. See website for full schedule. Madison County Fair Grounds.  Email: madisoncountyfairva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-7073. 
 
July 15, Saturday
WATERMELON AND WINE FESTIVAL
DeVault Vineyards.
Bring your blanket, chair and sunscreen. Plenty of food vendors, cold beverages, craft vendors, contests and prizes, fun activities for the entire family, and live music. DeVault Vineyards, Concord.  11am-7pm.  $Prices vary.  Email: devaultvineyards@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 993-0722. 
 
July 14-16, Friday-Sunday
RED WING ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Red Wing Roots .
This family-friendly celebration has multiple stages with dozens of high-quality national and regional bands, kids events and activities, bike rides in the scenic Shenandoah Valley and close access to great hiking and fishing. Natural Chimneys Park, Mt. Solon.  Email: info@redwingroots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5727. 
 
July 22, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL SWEET DREAMS FESTIVAL
Augusta County Parks & Recreation.
A free family-friendly event in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Fun activities for kids include contests, a craft tent, rock climbing wall, laser tag and inflatables along with food, entertainment and sporting events for the whole family. Stuarts Draft Park.  9am-4pm; pancake breakfast at 6:30am.  $Free, Fee for Pancake breakfast.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5727. 
 
July 20-22, Thursday-Saturday
33RD ANNUAL MINERAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Shifflett Family Entertainment Inc.
This family-friendly event of bluegrass music will have food available and camping available. Enjoy 3 days of great music. Raffles, prizes and giveaways will add to the fun to be had by all. Mineral, Va.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: George .  Email: gcshifflett@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-3549. 
 
July 22, Saturday
BLACKBERRY DELIGHT
Shenandoah National Park.
An annual event that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create these special blackberry-infused dishes, and combine it with a full day of live music, dancing, local crafts, pony rides, and kid's activities to make it a fun day for the entire family! Skyland.  Directions: (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive).  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
July 22-23, Saturday-Sunday
7TH ANNUAL OL' FASHIONED PEACH FESTIVAL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
The morning starts with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and lots of peaches. Then games, contests, hayrides, face painting, food, wine and hard cider. There will also be a Royal Peach Court Contest for special prizes with categories for ages 5 and under and 6-12. Both days feature pie eating contests for kids ages 12 and under and adults (13+). Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  9am-6pm Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission & parking.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
July 19-23, Wednesday-Sunday
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
Orange County Fair Association.
This old-timey county fair focuses on rural life without the carnival rides. Each day is packed full of contests, shows, crafts, exhibits and music. See website for full schedule. Orange County Fairgrounds.  Directions: 14500 Old Gordonsville Road, Orange.  All ages welcome.  Email: orangecountyvafair@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-661-5393. 
 
July 29, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR
Chihamba.
Held in conjunction with the 28th Annual African American Cultural Arts Festival, the event offers free health screenings and health information. Food, games and raffle prizes. Booker T. Washington Park.  10am-7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Marie Whitten.  Email: cvillefestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-0115. 
 
July 29, Saturday
28TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Chihamba.
Celebrate the rich heritage of people of African ancestry and their contributions to the community, the nation and the world. Booker T. Washington Park.  10am-7:30pm.  Contact: Marie Whitten.  Email: cvillefestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-0115. 
 
July 28-29, Friday-Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds.  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave., Louisa.  $6, 3-10 years $3, 2 and under free.  Contact: Crystal Clough.  Email: information@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
July 31-August 5
FREDERICK COUNTY FAIR
Horse shows, beauty pageants, petting zoo, concessions, carnival rides and more. See website for admission prices and schedule. Frederick County Fairgrounds, Clear Brook.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-667-8739. 
 
July 28-August 6, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Enjoy the oldest fair in the United States. Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family. See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Contact: C. Travis Bullock.  Email: fredfair123@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
July 8-August 6
WINTERGREEN SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND ACADEMY
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Come to the 2017 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival where the theme is The Fountain of Youth. Hear classical, jazz, pop and Broadway, take cooking classes, go to seminars, concerts at neighborhood wineries, cideries and breweries. Wintergreen Performing Arts produces symphonic and chamber concerts in addition to music education and outreach programs to infuse the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond with music year-round. Wintergreen Resort Park.  $various.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julianne Akins.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8292. 
 
July 21-September 3
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.
This summer, come to one of the mid-Atlantic region's longest-running outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers including Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris and Poco. See website for dates and times. Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs.  Times vary.  $Prices vary.  Email: info@musicfest.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3396. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
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June 30 & July 1, Friday & Saturday
1776, THE CONCERT MUSICAL
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Theatre al fresco returns to Poplar Forest for an evening with the special presentation of 1776--the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Revel in the spirit of the Revolutionary era with Ben (Franklin), Richard Henry (Lee), John (Adams) and Tom (Jefferson); become acquainted with their personal foibles; and celebrate their brilliant contributions to our country's history. Advance reservations suggested. Rain date is Sunday July 2. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  7:30pm.  $17.76 adults, $13 youth/students, $4 children.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 534-8120. 
 
July 1, Saturday
WOODSON'S MILL OPEN HOUSE
Woodson's Mill Open House.
Come to this historic landmark that still stone-grinds its grains and produces natural flours and meals by hand. Woodson's Mill Open House.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2540. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY AT COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
Colonial Williamsburg.
Patriotic programs, hands-on activities, torchlit musical performances and fireworks. Some events will require the purchase of a ticket. Directions: I-64E to exit 238. Follow signs.  9am-9:40pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-965-7254. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
James Monroe's Highland.
Celebrate the birth of the United States of America and commemorate the anniversary of James Monroe's death on July 4, 1831 wth a performance by the Heifetz International Music Institute. Visitors of all ages can enjoy free grounds admission all day, including a variety of childrens crafts and activities. James Monroe's Highland.  9am-6pm .  $Grounds free and open to the public.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@ahslanwhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT POPLAR FOREST
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than at Thomas Jefferson's private retreat? Enjoy live music, dancing, colonial-period entertainment, games, storytelling, archaeology displays,children's activities and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  10am-4pm.  $9 Adults, 14 and under are Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
July 9, Sunday
PALMYRA'S SECOND SUNDAY
Fluvanna Historical Society.
Second Sunday takes place this week at an 1865 log cabin and will feature the Central Virginia Gold Prospectors with a display of gold mining and hands-on mining activities. There will be quilting, spinning and basketmaking demos and much more. Holland Page House.  Directions: 275 Courthouse Rd., Palmyra.  2-5pm.  For more info call: 589-7910. 
 
July 17-21
ARCHAEOLOGY WALKING TOURS: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SITE
Monticello.
Join archaeologists on a 50-minute walking tour of rarely seen parts of the plantation and learn how archeology informs the understanding of the lives of those who lived and worked at Monticello. The tour visits the Monticello UVA Archaeology Field School's ongoing excavation of an early 19th-century domestic site. Monticello.  1:30pm.  $Free with any day pass.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
July 1-2, 8-9, 22-23, Saturdays & Sundays
SWANNANOA PALACE OPEN HOUSE
Swannanoa Palace.
Swannanoa Palace, a $2 million, 52-room mansion built in 1912 by Major James Dooley and modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, is open to the public. The 4,000-piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley are sure to impress. Swannanoa Palace.  Directions: 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton.  11:15am-5pm.  $cash or check only fee.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-5653. 
 
July 29, Saturday
LET'S GO DIG WITH AN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Monticello.
Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock outdoor excavation, where they will learn proper field techniques, including excavation, screening and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $12, Children 5-11 $9, Under 5 Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
July 5-September 1
KIDS ARE FREE FOR THE SUMMER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check in at the Visitor Center. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
June 17, August 26 & September 26
DIG IT! MONTPELIER ARCHAEOLOGY TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
See and experience archaeology in action. James Madison's Montpelier.  1-2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 13-October 14, Second Saturdays
JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM
James Madison's Montpelier.
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
Now through October, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
HISTORIC COURT SQUARE WALKING TOURS
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. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Directions: 200 Second St. NE.  5:30pm Thursdays & Fridays, 10am Saturdays.  $5.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
May 27-October 28, Select Saturdays
MR. MADISON IS AT HOME
James Madison's Montpelier.
On select Saturdays, come visit with James Madison in the Constitution Room after your tour of the House. See website for dates. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 22-October 30, Saturday & Sundays
HATTON FERRY
Hatton Ferry.
Get a sense of history by crossing the river on the last pole-operated ferry in America. Weather permitting. On Route 625, outside Scottsville.  9am-pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  $5 per person, $10 per car.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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June 24-July 17
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at prices you won't believe! The Green Valley Book Fair is a discount book outlet store featuring over 500,000 new books at incredible bargain prices. 2192 Green Valley Lane, Mount Crawford.  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. 
 
July 29, Saturday
VINTAGE POP-UP MARKET
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Head up the mountain and check out carefully selected vendors and shop for vintage and homemade finds. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833 . 
 
June 16-September 1
FEATURED FARMER FRIDAYS
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Do your market shopping just minutes away from downtown Charlottesville with a mini farmers' market where two local farmers will showcase and sell their products. Chef Bill Scalene will work with the farmers to create a Friday special to highlight their locally grown produce. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  11am-5pm.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8063. 
 
May 6-September 30, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
New farmers market at Hollymead Town Center. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For more info call: 531-2733. 
 
May-October, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
April-October, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May-October, Thursdays & Saturdays
STONEFIELD GREEN MARKET
The Shops at Stonefield.
Join Stonefield and Central Farm Markets for an open-air market on The Green at Stonefield. The Shops at Stonefield.  4-7pm Thursday, 8:30am-12:30pm Saturday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6-October 14, 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 2-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-2733. 
 
April 1-November 18, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Find food, music, crafts and more. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  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. 
 
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July 4 & 5, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: RIO 2 & THE BOXTROLLS
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Both movies play each day. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 11, Tuesday
SING (2016)
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows to Northside for a family film and enjoy snacks and a juice box. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 11 & 12, Tuesday & Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS & SING
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Both movies play each day. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 18, Tuesday
MOVIE ON OVER TO CROZET LIBRARY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
An afternoon movie rated G or PG. JMRL provides the popcorn. Registration is requested. JMRL - Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 18 & 19, Tuesday and Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS & RATCHET AND CLANK
Regal Cinemas .
Enjoy a family-friendly flick every week! Both movies play on both days. Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-1607. 
 
July 25 & 26, Tuesday & Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE & THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Both movies play on each day. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 13-August 9, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week! Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3213. 
 
June 28-August 23, Fourth Wednesdays
PAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT
JMRL.
Monthly screenings of a popular film adaptation of a book. Light refreshments are served. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. 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 AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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July 8, Saturday
CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND ACHIEVEMENT
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
Enjoy bush bread and tea, take a tour of current exhibitions and make a wood block print of the Aboriginal flag to take home as part of the museum's commemoration of NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  10am-1pm.  $Free.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
July 15, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: LINGERING IN THE LANDSCAPE
Programs combining age-appropriate tours, interactive tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Fralin Education Department .  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
Now-July 18, Third Tuesdays
BABES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
A new program specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions (18 months and younger). Join an educator and fellow parents for lively conversation about works of art on view, with baby coos and cries encouraged. Look and discuss in a supportive environment with time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. Slings over strollers are preferred when possible, and a 1:1 adult to infant ratio, but will work to accommodate parents of twins. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 18.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
July 5 & 19, Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Start with a book and then go look. Enjoy arts-related story time led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte with movement, play, and puppets. Museum docents encourage young children to explore current exhibitions. Recommended for 3-4 year olds and their grownups. Reservations required. 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. 
 
July 20, Thursday
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM WITH ADAR
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
Explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville. Featuring local beer, cider and wine, as well as Charlottesville's best food trucks. Live music by Adar. This event has a Kids Zone with Australian-themed children's activities, as well as a Flat Chat Tour, a 10-minute discussion about an artwork on view by a museum staff member. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  5-9pm.  $5, Members Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
Now-July 23
IMAGINING ANTIQUITY: ITALIANATE PRINTS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
The 18th century, coincident with what is often termed the Age of Enlightenment, was a period of European history that witnessed a resurgence of an interest in antiquity, specifically in the culture of classical Rome. This exhibition, which showcases a collection of prints recently gifted to the Museum and now on public display for the first time, explores a range of artistic responses to this cultural phenomenon, from the depiction of both contemporary and historical landscapes, to Neoclassical visualizations of ancient mythologies and historical events, to images that speak to the rise of antiquarianism. The Fralin Museum of Art.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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July 1, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Join Leigh Surdukowski of the Monticello Bird Club for a bird walk. Beginners always welcome. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area. Binoculars available to share. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 2, Sunday
PICNIC IN THE PARK
Madison County.
A fun afternoon with a free picnic in the park. Play volleyball in the grass and sand courts, corn hole, kickball or bocce ball. Kids will love the 100-foot slip and slide. Concessions will be available. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  4-8pm. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
FOURTH OF JULY FREE ADMISSION TO LEWIS GINTER
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering free admission to celebrate freedom and show their appreciation to the community. Events include live music, a parade and water play for the kids. Open rain or shine. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
July 8, Saturday
MAYMONT GLOW RUN
Maymont.
Bring your friends and family to this 3-mile walk/run that shows Maymont in a trail of lights. Enjoy after hours to celebrate summer and Maymont. Families should come and get ready to glow in the dark. Festivities begin at 7pm and the race gets underway at 8:30pm with prizes, a DJ and more. Participants receive a t-shirt and glow gear. Proceeds benefit Maymont. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  7-10pm.  $Varies.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
July 9, Sunday
BIG WOODS WALK
Montpelier.
Beat the heat at Montpelier as you hike shaded trails on a guided tour of the 200-acre old-growth James Madison Landmark Forest known as the "Big Woods." The forest is designated a National Natural Landmark. Montpelier Visitor Center.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  2pm.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
July 9, Sunday
BUTTERFLIES AT IVY CREEK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Join Mike Scott for a butterfly walk at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Start by meeting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Center to see Mike's display of the butterflies and an introduction to identification skills. Then continue on the trails with Mike. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  1-2:30pm.  $ Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
July 2 & 16, Sundays
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
July 16, 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 welcome. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2pm.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
July 18, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES WITH LUA
The Front Porch/James Monroe's Highland.
James Monroe's Highland, in partnership with The Front Porch, hosts the 3rd annual Tuesday Tunes, a five-part series of sunset concerts at the home of President James Monroe. Bring the family out with blanket and chairs in tow to enjoy local music. Local food and alcohol vendors will be on-site. James Monroe's Highland.  6-9pm.  $8-$25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
July 19-20, Wednesday-Thursday
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Traveling Players Teen Ensemble presents As You Like It. Skyland's Peak View Stage.  Directions: Shenandoah National Park.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 7 & 21, Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
Three telescopes at the McCormick Observatory offer amazing views of our galaxy, weather permitting, along with a slide show and tour. McCormick Observatory.  Directions: From Emmet Street (Route 29) near UVa and Ivy Road (Route 250) turn onto McCormick, follow signs up the hill.  9-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
July 22, Saturday
BLACKBERRY DELIGHT
Shenandoah National Park.
An annual event that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create these special blackberry-infused dishes, and combine it with a full day of live music, dancing, local crafts, pony rides, and kid's activities to make it a fun day for the entire family! Skyland.  Directions: (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive).  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
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. Master Naturalist volunteers will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
July 29, Saturday
LET'S GO DIG WITH AN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Monticello.
Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock outdoor excavation, where they will learn proper field techniques, including excavation, screening and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $12, Children 5-11 $9, Under 5 Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
June 8-September 14, Second and Fourth Thursdays
FIDOS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed pets during the second and fourth Thursdays of each month's Flowers After 5. WaterPlay in the Children's Garden is open until 8pm during this event weather permitting. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 1-September 14, Thursdays
FLOWERS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on the second and fourth Thursdays of June, July, August and Thursday, September 14 to allow leashed pets at "Fidos After 5." Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 14-October 15
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
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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June 29, Thursday
BILLY JONAS
JMRL - Northside Library.
It's a musical conversation for the young and old where participation is the name of the game. JMRL - Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 29, Thursday
MUSIC ON PARK ST. RECITAL
Charlottesville Opera.
Metropolitan Opera singer Hyung Yun is joined by pianist Jeremy Thomson to perform a selection of favorites. First Baptist Church, 735 Park St.  7:30-8:30pm.  Email: info@charlottesvilleopera.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-4500. 
 
July 13, Thursday
MIX, MINGLE & MUSIC: BOLD BACH AT BOLD ROCK
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Come to Bold Rock Cidery for an evening of Bach. Bold Rock Cidery.  6:30-7:30pm.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
July 18, Tuesday
OPERA IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Opera.
A fun, free, outdoor performance by Charlottesville Opera Principal and Young Artists in the IX Art Park sculptural greenspace. IX Art Park.  7-8pm.  $Free.  Email: info@charlottesvilleopera.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-4500. 
 
July 18, Tuesday
PIRATES OF THE CHESAPEAKE
JMRL- Central Library.
Join the Impressions Theatre as Inspector Clue explores the Chesapeake Bay to try to track down Redbeard the Pirate's missing treasure. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 18, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES WITH LUA
The Front Porch/James Monroe's Highland.
James Monroe's Highland, in partnership with The Front Porch, hosts the 3rd annual Tuesday Tunes, a five-part series of sunset concerts at the home of President James Monroe. Bring the family out with blanket and chairs in tow to enjoy local music. Local food and alcohol vendors will be on-site. James Monroe's Highland.  6-9pm.  $8-$25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
July 25, Tuesday
DRAGONS & DREAMS
JMRL- Central Library.
In a faraway world, two brave villagers try to save an entire kingdom from an Evil Ice Sorceress. Find out about dry ice and changing states of matter through interactive and explosive experiments with fog, bubbles, flying rockets and more. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 22-July 29
KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY
Heritage Theatre.
A madcap comedy featuring five actors portraying 40 characters. Join the adventure as Sherlock Holmes and Watson comb the moors for clues before the Baskerville curse dooms its newest heir. Ruth Caplin Theatre.  Email: heritage@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
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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June 30, Friday
BROOKS FAMILY YMCA GRAND OPENING
Brooks Family YMCA.
The newest YMCA facility celebrates its grand opening. The facility boasts a state-of-the-art wellness center, two pools, basketball courts, walking rack, group fitness classes, child care and more. Mcintire Park.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 30, Friday
FIDDLER'S CONVENTION ON DUCK MOUNTAIN
The Front Porch.
The Orpheus Supertones and Charlottesville locals Uncle Henry's Favorites play some old time music at this family-friendly concert. The Front Porch.  Directions: 221 E. Water St.  7:30-10:30pm.  $15 advance, $18 at the door.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-7012. 
 
June 30, Friday
JMRL'S LIBRARY ON WHEELS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Visit the Bookmobile, which travels around Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. Take a tour, check out library materials and find out how it all works. Crozet Library.  10am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 30, Friday
LIFE-SIZE CLUE: AFTER HOURS
JMRL- Central Library.
Help solve the mystery in the after-hours life-size Clue game using all the rooms in the library. Planned and run by the Central Teen Advisory Board. Best for ages 5+. JMRL- Central Library.  6-8pm (Setup begins at 5pm).  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 27-July 1, Tuesday-Saturday
GREENE COUNTY FAIR
Entertainment, food, concerts, animal shows, contests and more! See website for schedule and prices. Greene County Fairgrounds.  Directions: Located on Route 230 (Madison Road) off of Route 33 Business in Standardsville.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Marie Durrer.  Email: tammydurrer@yahoo.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-7622. 
 
July 1, Saturday
PLAYIN' IN THE PARK INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Orange County.
Enjoy Orange County and celebrate with live acts, music, family activities, inflatables and fireworks. Booster Park, Orange .  5-9pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 2, Sunday
FREE UNION ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
Free Union Homemaker's Association.
Parade begins at the Church of the Brethren and ends at Free Union Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome to participate: walk with your dog or kids, ride in your convertible, ride your horse or lawn mower, play music, play a kazoo etc. Wear red, white and blue too. Start: Church of the Brethren 4152 Free Union Road Free Union, VA 22940 End: Free Union Baptist Church 4282 Millington Road Free Union, VA 22940 Parking: Church of the Brethren (or anywhere you can find!) Participate: Everyone is welcome to participate! Walk - with your dog or your kids or both; ride in your convertible; ride your horse, ride your lawn mower; play music, play a kazoo. Wear patriotic colors! Assemble at the Church of the Brethren at 3:30 pm for instructions. Free Union.  4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ronna Gray.  Email: grayronna@gmail.com. For more info call: 973-3835. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
34TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY 5K RACE
The Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville and The Charlottesville Track Club.
A Charlottesville Holiday tradition since 1983. Award categories for all age groups, including the youngsters (10 & younger). Benefits Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with special health needs. Sutherland Middle School.  7:30-9:30am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jim Hart.  Email: jhart46201@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-2094. 
 
July 4, Monday
9TH ANNUAL PORK & CORK
Barren Ridge Vineyards.
Featuring a catered dinner by Hogback Mountain BBQ, live bluegrass by Datz Us Ramblers and fireworks (weather permitting). Reservations required. Barren Ridge Vineyards.  6:30-10:30pm.  $50 adults, $20 children 5-12, 4 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-248-3300. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
GREENE COUNTY 4TH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION
Chamber of Commerce Town of Stanardsville .
Enjoy a parade down historic Main Street, a community festival at Court House Square, live music, lots of food and hot air balloons filling the sky. Plus, a dunking booth, games and entertainment for the kids and a fireworks display at the end. Downtown Standardsville.  Directions: Main Street & Court Square.  10am-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-290-8344. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Celebrate Independence Day with music, food and fireworks at dark. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  4-9pm.  $free; donations welcome to benefit Madison County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT POPLAR FOREST
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than at Thomas Jefferson's private retreat? Enjoy live music, dancing, colonial-period entertainment, games, storytelling, archaeology displays,children's activities and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  10am-4pm.  $9 Adults, 14 and under are Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT RED HILL
Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation.
Celebrate the fourth with Patrick Henry. This event will feature historical interpretations & tours, kids games, art & craft vendors, live music, fireworks and more! Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial.  Directions: 1250 Red Hill Road, Brookneal.  3-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 376-2044. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
NELSON COUNTY'S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
Calvary Baptist Church.
Bring your church, organization, school, etc. and celebrate the birthday of our great nation on a float, with a marching group, in an antique car, plus more. The children's bicycle parade starts at 10am. Front Street, Lovingston.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  Email: ashtoncsmith@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5010. 
 
July 4, Tuesday
OLD-FASHIONED FUN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Frontier Culture Museum.
Enjoy a traditional Independence Day celebration on the American exhibits featuring readings of the Declaration of Independence, food, music, and contests. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Ave., Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $Special Admission Pay What You Will.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
July 5, Wednesday
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum.  1-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
February 6-July 7
FAULKNER: LIFE AND WORKS
UVA Special Collections Library.
An exhibition surveying one of the great archives of American literature: UVA's William Faulkner collections. Opening celebration on February 28 at 5pm. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, UVA.  Directions: Main Gallery, Harrison Institute and Small Collections Library .  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 8, Saturday
SK8 NELSON FESTIVAL
SK8 Nelson.
A celebration of skateboarding culture in Nelson County with proceeds going to SK8 Nelson maintenance and liability expenses. Festival features MinPin Memorial Skate Jam, Games of Skate and Best Trick Contest, lots of live music (beginning at 5pm), and food and beverages. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  4-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
July 8, Saturday
THE PEOPLE'S PICNIC
IX Art Park.
Music, food, art and all the love you can pack in a day. A picnic that's a potluck of potential. Bring an open mind and whatever you care to share. Everyone is welcome. IX Art Park.  3-7pm.  $Free.  Email: info@ixartpark.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 7-9, Friday-Sunday
P. BUCKLEY MOSS BARN SHOW
P. Buckley Moss Museum.
Pat will be at her home, The Barn, to meet her collectors and personalize prints each day. You are invited to bring purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Barn for her to sign and personalize. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Waynesboro gallery during these three days can be personalized. The Barn.  Directions: 18 Providence Lane, Waynesboro.  11am-5pm Friday & Saturday at The Barn, 12-4pm Sunday at the Waynesboro Gallery.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-6473. 
 
June 28-July 9
SALEM FAIR
As the largest fair in the state, Virginia's Salem Fair offers fun for all ages. Come enjoy magic shows, fireworks, petting zoos, jugglers, tigers, carnival rides and more! Free admission and parking. Salem Civic Center Complex.  Directions: 1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem.  4-11pm weekdays, 12-11pm weekends.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-375-3004. 
 
July 9, Sunday
SUNDAY SUNDOWNS
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in an afternoon of fun, with a cookout, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park Pool. Washington Park Pool.  Directions: 1001 Preston Avenue.  3-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
July 11, Tuesday
FREE SLURPEE DAY
7-Eleven.
Just in time for the summer heat - stop in at any participating 7-Eleven store and get a free Slurpee drink. Participating 7-Eleven stores.  8am-11pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 14, Friday
AFTER-HOURS LIBRARY MINI GOLF
JMRL- Central Library.
See the inside of the library transformed into nine rounds of fun. Enjoy three rounds of golf on each floor ranging from easy to hard. JMRL- Central Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 12-15, Wednesday-Saturday
CAROLINE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Racing pigs, community exhibits, petting zoo, camel rides, games, contests and more. See website for full schedule. Caroline County Agricultural Fair Grounds.  Directions: 8332 Country Fair Lane, Ruther Glen.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-466-1507. 
 
July 15, Saturday
MUSIC ON THE PATIO
DuCard Vineyards.
Enjoy live music on the patio featuring Bomar & Ritter playing a blend of folk, rock, ballads and blues. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. DuCard Vineyards.  2-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
July 20, Thursday
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM WITH ADAR
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
Explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville. Featuring local beer, cider and wine, as well as Charlottesville's best food trucks. Live music by Adar. This event has a Kids Zone with Australian-themed children's activities, as well as a Flat Chat Tour, a 10-minute discussion about an artwork on view by a museum staff member. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  5-9pm.  $5, Members Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
July 20-22, Thursday-Saturday
33RD ANNUAL MINERAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Shifflett Family Entertainment Inc.
This family-friendly event of bluegrass music will have food available and camping available. Enjoy 3 days of great music. Raffles, prizes and giveaways will add to the fun to be had by all. Mineral, Va.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: George .  Email: gcshifflett@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-3549. 
 
July 23, Sunday
UNCLE DEVIN KIDS CONCERT
Virginia Discovery Museum/Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Jam out with the kids during the Uncle Devin concert at Fry's Spring. Families are invited to come at 4pm to enjoy Fry's Spring's grounds, 3 pools and bar & grill. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  Directions: 2512 Jefferson Park Avenue.  5pm.  $10 per person, $30 per family.  All ages welcome.  Email: fsbcevents@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
June 21-July 27, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP 'N STOMP
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required and should be for either day's session. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 28-29, Friday-Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds.  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave., Louisa.  $6, 3-10 years $3, 2 and under free.  Contact: Crystal Clough.  Email: information@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
June 17, 24 & July 22, 29
TRAILBLAZER MUSEUM TOURS
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
Take a tour of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center lead by a Trailblazer, a student guide who have been trained to provide tours of the Heritage Center's historical and contemporary exhibitions. These tours are a chance to learn about African American history-- both locally and nationally-- through unique works of art, historical documents, and remarkable stories. Tours are at 11AM, 12PM, and 1PM on select Saturdays and last approximately 30 minutes. No admission cost; no RSVP required. See the link for the full schedule of tours. 233 4th Street NW.  11am, 12pm & 1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 97.  Special Needs Accommodation: Limited seating  Contact: Ellen Blackmon.  Email: education@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8723. 
 
July 31-August 5
FREDERICK COUNTY FAIR
Horse shows, beauty pageants, petting zoo, concessions, carnival rides and more. See website for admission prices and schedule. Frederick County Fairgrounds, Clear Brook.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-667-8739. 
 
July 28-August 6, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Enjoy the oldest fair in the United States. Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family. See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Contact: C. Travis Bullock.  Email: fredfair123@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
Now-September 8, Fridays
$5 AFTER FIVE: LATE-PLAY NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Play late on Fridays at the Museum from spring into the end of summer. No registration required. Virginia Discovery Museum.  $5 per family.  Recommended for ages 15 to 18.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
May 7-October 29, 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 dog park makes for a great space to let animals run free and get exercise while you enjoy your Virginia wine and enjoy the countryside 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. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom.  Directions: 221 Water St. E.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. (No Living Lab May 20) 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. 
 
Third Tuesdays
SILENT DINNER POTLUCK
JMRL - Louisa County.
No talking during this silent dinner. A great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. Please consider bringing dessert of a side dish to share. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: louisa@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
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June 29, Thursday
BARK IN THE PARK NIGHT
Tom Sox.
Bring your dog to the Tom Sox game or adopt one from the Charlottesvlle-Albemarle SPCA. Doggie wading pools will be available and a portion of a 50/50 raffle will be noted to CASPCA. Dogs must be on fixed leashes at all times - no retractable leashes allowed. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 29, Thursday
TOM SOX V. WINCHESTER ROYALS
Tom Sox.
TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 1, Saturday
FIREBALL DASH & SPLASH
Town of Elkton.
Start with a 1-mile dash from 4th Street to Riverside Park where you pick up your tube and float 1-mile down the Shenandoah River to the finish line. 10am-2pm.  $25.  Contact: Gina.  Email: gina1216@comcast.net.
 
July 1, Saturday
MASCOTS FOR A CURE NIGHT
Tom Sox.
Several local mascots join Tom Sox's own Lewie to entertain during the game. Proceeds from the game will go to the Bradley W. Jackson Foundation fund at UVA Children's Hospital. Some of the participating mascots include CavMan, The Cow from Chick-fil-A and Cosmo the Sheepdog. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 8, Saturday
COSMO THE SHEEPDOG AT TOMSOX FIELD
Tom Sox.
Cosmo the Sheepdog returns for a full game. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 8, Saturday
MAYMONT GLOW RUN
Maymont.
Bring your friends and family to this 3-mile walk/run that shows Maymont in a trail of lights. Enjoy after hours to celebrate summer and Maymont. Families should come and get ready to glow in the dark. Festivities begin at 7pm and the race gets underway at 8:30pm with prizes, a DJ and more. Participants receive a t-shirt and glow gear. Proceeds benefit Maymont. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  7-10pm.  $Varies.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
July 9, Sunday
JEFFERSON SPRINT TRIATHLON & DUATHLON
Charlottesville Multisports.
This family-friendly neighborhood event features a sprint Triathlon and Duathlon as well as a kid's dash for ages 7-12. Crozet Park/YMCA.  7:30am-2pm adults, 11am-2pm kids dash.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 15, Saturday
BEGINNER YOGA
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Stretch you muscles and learn basic yoga moves in this introductory class by Crozet's Santosha Yoga Studio. Ages 14+. Registration requested. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Wednesdays in July
ALL-COMERS SUMMER TRACK MEETS
Charlottesville Track Club.
A summer tradition since 1975 - the Charlottesville Track Club will host a series of races from 100 meters to 5,000 meters for all ages and all abilities. Special events for children as well as parent/child and sibling relays. Race day signup only. Price is per person, not per event. Kids receive a track ribbon for each event. UVA Track at Lannigan Field.  6-8pm.  $2 non-member, $1 ctc member.  All ages welcome.  Email: charlottesvilletrackclub@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 26, Wednesday
ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS NIGHT
Tom Sox.
Join the Alzheimer's Association as the Tom Sox take on the Winchester Royals. Local celebrities and Alzheimer's care partners will be featured during the ceremonial first pitch. Partake in the 50/50 raffle for a chance to win a signed Tony Bennett basketball and/or a signed Brian O'Connor baseball bat. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
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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July 20, Thursday
PICTURE THIS: BUILDING WORLDS WITH STORY & ART
JMRL- Northside Library.
In this interactive program, the whole audience joins Lynn Ruehlmann as she tells stories from around the world while sharing a style of art that is inspired by that part of the world or by the story. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
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. 
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
June 30 & July 1, Friday & Saturday
1776, THE CONCERT MUSICAL
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Theatre al fresco returns to Poplar Forest for an evening with the special presentation of 1776--the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Revel in the spirit of the Revolutionary era with Ben (Franklin), Richard Henry (Lee), John (Adams) and Tom (Jefferson); become acquainted with their personal foibles; and celebrate their brilliant contributions to our country's history. Advance reservations suggested. Rain date is Sunday July 2. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  7:30pm.  $17.76 adults, $13 youth/students, $4 children.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 534-8120. 
 
July 19-20, Wednesday-Thursday
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Traveling Players Teen Ensemble presents As You Like It. Skyland's Peak View Stage.  Directions: Shenandoah National Park.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 14-July 30
PIPPIN
Live Arts.
Come see the Live Arts Teen Theater Company musical. Live Arts.  Email: mike@livearts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4177. 
 
July 28-August 4
COMPANY
Heritage Theatre.
Stephen Sondheim's Tony-award winning musical directed by former Heritage Theatre Festival artistic director Bob Chapel. Culbreth Theatre.  Email: heritage@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
July 27-30 & August 3, 5 & 6
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Black Box Players.
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  7pm nightly, Dinner Theatre August 5.  $Free.  Email: maryannthornton@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-3148. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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