Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
May 11, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY CONCERT
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Serenade your mom with a concert in a gorgeous garden setting. Brunch is available in the Robins Tea House from 10am-3pm. Children's make-and-take gifts for mom 10am-4pm in the Children's Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va.  1-4pm concert.  $Free with regular admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 11, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY CONCERT AT AGECROFT HALL
Richmond Concert Band.
The Richmond Concert Band will perform their annual Mother's Day concert on the lawn at Agecroft Hall. This year there will a be a special focus on music related to Shakespeare and his works! Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics for this special free concert. Agecroft Hall: Windsor Farms.  Directions: 4305 Sulgrave Road .  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-737-3767. 
 
May 11, Sunday
SPRING CONCERT
Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia.
Come celebrate Mother's day at this spring concert! Treat your mom and yourself and enjoy YOCVA's biggest concert of the year in the historic, acoustically grand Old Cabell Hall on the grounds at UVA. Featuring the Youth Symphony, the Rita M Evans Orchestra and the Junior Strings. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  2pm.  $15 adults; 18 years & under free.  Email: manager@yocva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-7776 . 
 
May 17, Saturday
TINS FOR TUNES CONCERT SERIES
Cardinal Point Winery.
Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees in concert. Admission is $10, $5 if you bring at least one non-perishable food donation. Kids 18 and under are free, too. Cardinal Point Winery.  5-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
January 16-May 11
BE THE DINOSAUR
Science Museum of Virginia.
Travel back more than 65 million years to discover a lost world - filled with dinosaurs! Check out an animatronic dinosaur and a pterosaur reconstruction as you discover what life was like for dinosaurs. Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.  Email: info@smv.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
April-November 23, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAY
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Newly repaired with displays donated to understand both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: Earlysville Road/Route 743.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Bruce Gatling-Austin.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
April 19, Saturday
ANNUAL HIGHLAND SHEEP SHEARING
Ash Lawn-Highland.
The sheep at Ash Lawn-Highland are ready to shed their wool! Join us for our annual sheep shearing event. With 53 years of sheep shearing experience, Peter Darnell will demonstrate the New Zealand sheep shearing method to onlookers. Plus, meet Ash Lawn-Highland's newest additions: three lambs! Ash Lawn-Highland, 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  Directions: Take Route 53 Route 53 past Michie Tavern, Monticello, and Salt. After Jefferson Vineyards, turn right onto State Route 795/James Monroe Parkway. Continue ½ mile. Ash Lawn-Highland is on the right..  10am-12pm.  $5 or complimentary with the purchase of a house tour.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ash Lawn-Highland.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
April 19, Saturday
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD EASTER EGG HUNT
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Grab your favorite Easter Basket and head to the mountain! Hunts will take place at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start! Three age groups for each hunt: 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 years old. Other activities include: visits with the Easter Bunny, hayrides, face painting, wine tasting available, light fare lunch. Tickets on sale Friday, April 18. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  10am-5pm.  $5 (includes hayride).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
April 19, Saturday
ECO-EASTER EGG HUNT (CANCELLED)
EcoTulips.
*Deer got to their beautiful crop this year.* Visit America's only Organic Tulip Festival! Pick to your heart's content in the U-pick garden for only $1 a stem. Festivities will include wine tastings, local artisans, feathered friends, hayrides and an Easter egg hunt. Free admission. No pets please. See website for full schedule. 1608 Lost Mountain Rd., Aroda (Madison County).  $5 for parking.  Contact: Keriann Koeman.  Email: Keriann@ecotulips.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-6369. 
 
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
 
April 10-27
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL CARNIVAL
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Come enjoy fun-filled amusement rides at the Dogwood Festival Carnival. McIntire Park.  Directions: Free parking at Charlottesville High School.  5:30-10:30pm weekdays, 1-11pm on Saturday, and 1-8:30pm on Sunday.  $Armbands and individual tickets.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 19, Saturday
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S EASTER EGG HUNT & PETTING ZOO
Amazement Square.
This year's annual Spring celebration is going to be bigger and better than ever! Explore all four floors of Amazement Square's exhibitions, slides and tunnels while searching for eggs. Then check out the Spring Festival in the education warehouse for a petting zoo featuring 25 different animals, crafts, an egg drop competition, cupcake decorating, pictures with live bunnies, and much more! Ticket prices include an hour and a half in the museum for the Egg Hunt as well as an hour and a half in the Education Warehouse for the Spring Festival. Amazement Square.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg.  11am-12pm egg hunt; 12-2pm petting zoo.  $10-$15.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
April 19, Saturday
DOMINION FAMILY EASTER
Maymont.
Visit Maymont for one of Richmond's favorite Easter traditions! Enjoy an egg hunt, live entertainment, crafts and games on Maymont's Carriage House Lawn. Maymont.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  10am-3pm.  $Fees vary for activities.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 310. 
 
April 19 & 20, Saturday and Sunday
EASTER WEEKEND WITH PETER RABBIT
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days 1-4pm). Concert on the lawn at Bloemendaal House (Saturday, 2-3pm); Easter Brunch in the Tea House by reservation (Sunday). Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  1-4pm.  $regular admission.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 19, Saturday
ECO-EASTER EGG HUNT (CANCELLED)
EcoTulips.
*Deer got to their beautiful crop this year.* Visit America's only Organic Tulip Festival! Pick to your heart's content in the U-pick garden for only $1 a stem. Festivities will include wine tastings, local artisans, feathered friends, hayrides and an Easter egg hunt. Free admission. No pets please. See website for full schedule. 1608 Lost Mountain Rd., Aroda (Madison County).  $5 for parking.  Contact: Keriann Koeman.  Email: Keriann@ecotulips.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-6369. 
 
April 19, Saturday
EGGSTRAVAGANZA EGG HUNT
Staunton Downtown Development Association.
Easter Egg Hunt in Gypsy Hill Park Gypsy Hill Park.  10-11:30am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 24, Thursday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL CHICKEN BBQ
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival/Pepsi.
Enjoy some tasty chicken barbecue or hot dogs for sale at the park. Includes baked beans, bread, coleslaw, chips & Pepsi products. Free parking at Charlottesville High School. Fireworks at dusk. McIntire Park.  5:30pm until all gone.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 26, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. Downtown Mall.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 26-May 3
HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK
Garden Club of Virginia.
This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. More details on the website. Email: historicgardenweek@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-644-7776. 
 
April 27, Sunday
EARTH WEEK ECOFAIR
Earth Week.
Learn about local environmental organizations and businesses. Enjoy workshops, live music, book swap, local brews, speakers, kid-friendly entertainment, and more! Main Street Arena.  11am-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 27, Sunday
FAMILY FITNESS FAIR AT PANORAMA FARMS
Charlottesville Day School.
Check the website for times for kids dashes, cross-country races and fitness activities for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. 1 mile cross-country race for high school through adult. Part of the Kid's Triple Crown series. Fire truck water frenzy at 2:30pm. Bring your bikes, kites, swimsuits, and picnics. Panorama Farms, Earlysville.  1-5pm.  Email: info@charlottesvilledayschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2371. 
 
April 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
VIRGINIA HOT GLASS FESTIVAL
Sunspots Studios.
Glass artists from around the region gather for the area's only annual art festival devoted to hot glass artistry. Demonstrations of glass blowing, flame working, and other glass art making are ongoing throughout the weekend. Each artist will be exhibiting and selling their work, including hand-blown glass, paperweights, marbles, beads, and art glass jewelry. Handicapped accessible. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 South Lewis Street, Staunton.  Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.  $Free.  Contact: Caroline Sheridan.  Email: caroline@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
May 3, Saturday
HEART OF VIRGINIA FESTIVAL
Town of Farmville.
This annual family-oriented event includes arts, crafts, food, 10k run and 5k walk. The festival offers something for everyone - bands performing, antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more! Downtown Farmville.  Directions: Main and High Streets, Farmville, VA 23901.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@heartofvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 395-2744. 
 
May 3 & 4, Saturday & Sunday
MONTPELIER WINE FESTIVAL
Montpelier.
The Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event for the whole family. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the "Father of the Constitution," the Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts; specialty food vendors; live music; children's entertainment and rides; and wine tastings all day. Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  11am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $15 in advance, $25 at the gate. Ages 12 to 20: $5. Under 12: free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
May 3, Saturday
QUE PASA FESTIVAL
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Get ready for one of Virginia's largest celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, and the largest Latin food & culture festival in Central Virginia. Hundreds of food festival vendors, live musicians and dancers, artisans, and corporate supporters come out to this event promoting education and global awareness of the Hispanic heritage that contributes to Virginia's fascinating diversity. Canal Walk, Richmond.  11am-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 378-4099. 
 
May 3, Saturday
RIVERFEST 2014
This FREE annual event takes place riverside at Constitution Park in Waynesboro, VA. Activities include Reptile World shows, Stream Safari, presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, Fish and Fun Rodeo, Farmer's Market, Canoe Rides, Kids Arts & Crafts, Stream Electro-fishing and is capped off by the Great South River Duck Race! Constitution Park, Waynesboro, VA.  Directions: From Charlottesville: 64W to Exit 99. Turn left into 250 toward Waynesboro. Continue onto Main Street (at the stoplight) and cross the bridge over the South River.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amanda Nicholson.  Email: riverfest@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7738. 
 
May 4, Sunday
SPRING FAIR!
Free Union Country School.
Start spring right with pony rides, live music, big slide, food, games and lots of fun activities for the whole family! Rain date May 11. Free Union Country School.  Directions: West on Barracks Rd, right on Free Union Rd to #4220. Follow the signs.  11am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-1700. 
 
May 10, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE FESTIVAL OF CULTURES
Celebrate the diversity in our community with music and dance, cooking demonstrations, cultural exhibits, crafts and vendors. Receive a passport and "travel the world in Lee Park" by collecting stamps at exhibits. Organized by Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center. Lee Park.  Directions: Lee Park is located between 1st and 2nd streets and between Market and Jefferson streets.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Debra Tuler.  Email: tulerd1@charlottesvilleschools.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2819. 
 
May 10 & 11, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Live music, entertainment, food and artists and craftspeople showcasing their work for sale. From pottery to puppets! Claudius Crozet Park.  Directions: Route 250 west to Crozet and follow signs.  10am-5pm.  $6 adults, free for children 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: CrozetArts@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2211. 
 
May 10, Saturday
DISCOVER VIRGINIA TOWN & TASTING FESTIVAL
Historic Downtown Stanardsville.
Listen to great music, enjoy a variety of food and sip tasty Virginia wine. Children's activities throughout the day as well as a beautiful family-friendly setting. We hope to make this a memorable year so come out, spend the day and enjoy the beautiful scenery with your entire family. 11am-5pm.  $free. $15 wine tasting in advance, $20 wine tasting at the gate.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitorcenter@gatewaytocharlottesville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-6663. 
 
May 10-June 8, Saturdays & Sundays only
VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Virginia Renassiance Faire.
Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children's area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. Lake Anna Winery.  Directions: 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.  10am-5pm, Saturdays & Sundays.  $9 for ages 6 and up; 5 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
May 16-18, Friday-Sunday
20TH ANNUAL MONACAN INDIAN POWWOW
Monacan Indian Nation, Elon.
See dancers, drummers and craftspeople as they celebrate and share their heritage. Also on hand will be painters, carvers, basketmakers and great food. America's Best Value Inn, Madison Heights.  Directions: Rt. 130, 6 Miles West of Rt. 29 in Elon, VA.  Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.  $7 adults; $5 seniors and children under 12; children 5 and under free.  Contact: Tribal Office.  Email: MNation538@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-0389. 
 
May 17, Saturday
BATESVILLE DAY AND 10K RACE
Batesville.
39th Annual Batesville Day will have events for the entire family, sponsored and presented by members of the greater Batesville community. Register to participate in the parade and activities in the field. Batesville Day Field.  7am registration, 8am race, 11am parade, 12-2pm fair.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7321. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
April 12-October
HISTORIC COURT SQUARE WALKING TOUR
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Various historical tours around Court Square, the Downtown Mall and local cemeteries. Learn some of Charlottesville's rich history and revisit the time of Thomas Jefferson. Tour leaves from Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Directions: McIntire Building, 200 Second St NE across from Lee Park.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@albemarlehistory.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
April 16-19, Wednesday-Sunday
WOOL DAYS AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Learn about wool and flax processing, from shearing to weaving, on the museum's historic farms. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: take I-64 toward Staunton, then I-81 North, exit 222 and follow signs.  9am-5pm.  $Included with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
April 19, Saturday
HATTON FERRY OPENING DAY PICNIC
Hatton Ferry.
Get a sense of history by crossing the river on the last pole-operated ferry in America. The Hatton Ferry committee will be sponsoring a fundraising picnic of stew, salad and a beverage (hot dogs will also be available). At 1 pm, the ferry committee will unveil a new exhibit on the history of the ferry, the James River and river transportation. On Route 625, outside Scottsville.  11am-2pm.  $10-$12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 26, Saturday
BRIDGE DAY STAUNTON
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more! Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 26, Saturday
PRESIDENT JAMES MONROE'S 254TH BIRTHDAY
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Two days before Monroe's actual birthday, we'll take a step back in time to 1814. Visitors will come across a small War of 1812 Virginia Militia Unit practicing their drill, discussing events of the day, and explaining Mr. Monroe's role in the war. Civilians will also discuss current events and everyday family life during that time. Costumed interpreters will perform open hearth cooking demonstrations with traditional cake and syllabub, an old-fashioned treat, and discuss how birthdays were celebrated during that time. Ash Lawn-Highland.  9am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9539. 
 
May 2, Friday
SPRING HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Visit our wonderful exhibits and historical interpreters and enjoy great hands-on learning and interactive education. Visitors can expect to see activities such as cooking, gardening, woodworking, flax and wool spinning, rare-breed animals, schoolhouse lessons, and more. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Avenue, Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $7/adults, $5/ages 6-17, free for children 5 & under; $2 off tickets bought before April 30.  Contact: Sarah Puckett.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
May 3, Saturday
MAY DAY CELEBRATION
Frontier Culture Museum.
Enjoy a spring afternoon of live music around the Old World sites, a May Pole, a small fishing rodeo, vendors. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Rd, Staunton, VA off I-81 North near intersection of I-64 in Staunton.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
May 9, Friday
ANNUAL NATURALIZATION CEREMONY AT RED HILL
Red Hill- Patrick Henry National Memorial.
Visit the Patrick Henry National Memorial and watch the final step in the process of becoming a US citizen. Buildings will be open for visitors, and events begin with living history demonstrations at 9am, followed by a ceremony and reception at 11am. Seating is limited, so arrive by 10:30am. 9am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 376-2044. 
 
May 10, Saturday
TASTES AND TUNES IN THE GARDEN
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first National Mothers' Day in 1914, 100 years ago! Celebrate with free admission, live music, wine and beer tastings in the historical gardens at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.  Directions: 20 North Coalter Street, Staunton.  3-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: rrobinson@woodrowwilson.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0897. 
 
May 10, Saturday
VISIT THE VICTORIANS
Maymont.
Feel like an honored guest as you visit the Dooleys' home on this special afternoon. Guests are graciously welcomed to Maymont by Victorian ladies and gentlemen and invited to the Mansion for family-friendly tours that highlight the whirl of Major and Mrs. Dooley's social season. Enjoy games, music and people from the past who encourage you to join in fun activities on the mansion lawn. Chat with the Dooleys' head gardener and other conscientious staff who show first hand what it took to maintain a millionaire's home and estate during the Gilded Age. Carriage rides available for a fee. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  12-5pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
May 11, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY AT POPLAR FOREST
Poplar Forest.
Give mom a special treat this Mother's Day with a FREE tour of Poplar Forest! Admission is free for mothers all day. Forest, VA.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
May 16-18, Friday-Sunday
BATTLE OF NEW MARKET
Join for the 150th anniversary Battle of New Market reenactment! Enjoy living history at Bushong Farm, Stonewall Brigade Band Concert, artillery demonstrations and more! New Market Battlefield State Historical Park.  Directions: Take Exit 264 off Interstate 81 onto Rt. 211 West. Take immediate right onto Rt. 305 (Collins Parkway), travel to rthe end of the road.  10am-5pm both days.  $10 ages 10 and over; free ages 9 and under.  Email: newmarketevent@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 866-515-1864. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April through November, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May-September, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Mead Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
May 8-20
WVPT SPRING AUCTION
WVPT Public Television.
Find amazing deals on hundreds of items. Bid online for the pieces you like best. Email: WVPTAuction@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-265-1055. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
April 25, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "THE LEGO MOVIE"
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
This original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. PVCC's Student art Club sponsors Free Movie Friday on the big screen in the Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building. Piedmont Virginia Community College's V. Earl Dickinson Building, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va 22902.  Directions: On College Drive off of Route 20.  7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 99.  Special Needs Accommodation: wheelchair, stroller accessible  Contact: Beryl Solla.  Email: bsolla@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5362. 
 
May 13, Tuesday
CINDERELLA
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Films rated G. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg, VA.  5-8pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
April 18, May 2 & 16, 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. 
 
April 19, Saturday
BOOTS, CRITTERS, AND MAPS
Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center.
Is the water in the Rivanna River clean enough? What sort of creatures live in the water? Come join the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center at Darden Towe Park to answer these questions. You'll scoop up macroinvertibrate creatures, test the water in the Rivanna River and its tributary, Trevillian Creek, and troop around in the mud with our nets and boots. Afterwards you can make your own river map to remember what you've discovered. Mapping is a Lewis and Clark skill for everyone to learn! Meet us at 10 am on the lower terrace of the new Lewis and Clark building, or come after 10 and follow our signs down to the river. To get to the building, take a left within Darden Towe Park, and follow the road up the hill and down to our new building. We'll have signs to guide you at the park entrance too. See you on the river! Darden Towe Park.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alexandria Searls.  Email: alexandriasearls@gmail.com. For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
April 19 & 20, Saturday and Sunday
EASTER WEEKEND WITH PETER RABBIT
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days 1-4pm). Concert on the lawn at Bloemendaal House (Saturday, 2-3pm); Easter Brunch in the Tea House by reservation (Sunday). Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  1-4pm.  $regular admission.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 19-20, Saturday-Sunday
FEE FREE DAYS AT SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy the Park without having to pay an entrance fee in observance of National Park Week. Shenandoah National Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 19, Saturday
NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
Have you ever put your hand into a bear's footprint? Have you ever tried on a ranger hat? Here's your chance! Shenandoah National Park has some special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day. The program is designed to help children and families connect with parks in ways that engage them in exploring, learning, and practicing stewardship. See website for activity schedule. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  Directions: Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, Mile 4.6 and Byrd Visitor Center, Milepost 51 on Skyline Drive unless otherwise noted.  activities from 9:30am-3pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 24, Thursday
TODDLER TIME
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your toddler to nature with this short talk and trail walk for three- to five-year-olds. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  10am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
May 3, Saturday
RIVERFEST 2014
This FREE annual event takes place riverside at Constitution Park in Waynesboro, VA. Activities include Reptile World shows, Stream Safari, presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, Fish and Fun Rodeo, Farmer's Market, Canoe Rides, Kids Arts & Crafts, Stream Electro-fishing and is capped off by the Great South River Duck Race! Constitution Park, Waynesboro, VA.  Directions: From Charlottesville: 64W to Exit 99. Turn left into 250 toward Waynesboro. Continue onto Main Street (at the stoplight) and cross the bridge over the South River.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amanda Nicholson.  Email: riverfest@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7738. 
 
May 10, Saturday
VISIT THE VICTORIANS
Maymont.
Feel like an honored guest as you visit the Dooleys' home on this special afternoon. Guests are graciously welcomed to Maymont by Victorian ladies and gentlemen and invited to the Mansion for family-friendly tours that highlight the whirl of Major and Mrs. Dooley's social season. Enjoy games, music and people from the past who encourage you to join in fun activities on the mansion lawn. Chat with the Dooleys' head gardener and other conscientious staff who show first hand what it took to maintain a millionaire's home and estate during the Gilded Age. Carriage rides available for a fee. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  12-5pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
April 21, Monday
SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE
The Paramount Theater.
Sid, an inquisitive youngster from the PBS Kids show of the same name, explores the world around him with audience interaction and cooperative problem solving. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  5:30pm.  $15.50 adult, $10.50 youth.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
April 26, Saturday
SNOW WHITE CHILDREN'S BALLET
Charlottesville Ballet.
An hour-long production for families, particularly tailored to children ages 3 to 8. Find yourself transported into an enchanting storybook world with the fairest of them all, the beautiful Snow White! A special $25 all-inclusive ticket gives your child access to both the ballet and private after-party with characters. Enjoy refreshments, take photos with the ballerinas, and create a special craft project. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Dr.  1pm and 4pm.  $15-$25.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Email: tickets@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
May 1-3, Thursday-Saturday
PVCC DANCE CONCERT
Piedmont Virginia Community College Dance.
PVCC Dance presents a concert of original works developed by students and faculty. Expect high energy and unique artistic collaborations. PVCC, V. Earl Dickinson Building, Maxwell Theatre.  7:30pm Thursday-Friday; 2:30pm & 7:30pm Saturday.  $5 general admission.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
May 1-4, Thursday-Sunday
RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY® PRESENTS SUPER CIRCUS HEROES!
The Greatest Show On Earth® is back and bigger than ever with life-size Circus Super Heroes putting on a dazzling display of strength, courage, honor and bravery, committed to inspire Children Of All Ages! Opening night and kids 12 and under tickets are $10. John Paul Jones Arena.  $20-$35.  Contact: Liz Flynn.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-4960. 
 
May 10, Saturday
A LITTLE MAY MUSIC WITH THE VIRGINIA CONSORT
The Virginia Consort.
The Virginia Consort will be presenting its May concert featuring "The Bach Magnificat." Details on the Virginia Consort website. First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street.  7:30pm.  $20 adults, $15 students.  Recommended for ages 6 to 100.  Contact: Aina Arnold.  Email: consort2@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1565. 
 
May 11, Sunday
DISNEY JUNIOR LIVE ON TOUR! PIRATE & PRINCESS ADVENTURE
Mickey and Minnie lead the audience on an exciting adventure that will have families rooting for their favorite pirate Jake and Disney's first little girl princess Sofia. Doc McStuffins, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell also make an appearance. John Paul Jones Arena.  1pm and 4pm.  $20-$35.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Liz Flynn.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-4960. 
 
May 18, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT
Charlottesville High School.
The award-winning Charlottesville High School Orchestra will perform an evening of music. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: laura.thomas@ccs.k12.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2726. 
 
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. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
April 18-20, Friday-Sunday
EASTER IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Resort.
A weekend of festivities, with an Easter egg hunt and parade, craft workshops and egg decorating. Wintergreen Resort.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8003. 
 
April 19, Saturday
EASTER EGG HUNT
The Market at Grelen.
Come celebrate the season with a delicious farm fresh brunch! After a leisurely meal on the patio, kids will enjoy an Easter egg hunt in the berry fields and surrounding grounds. Please note that there will be age-appropriate hunts for various age groups. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
April 19, Saturday
JAPANESE SPRING FESTIVAL
UVa Asia Institute, East Asia Center, Charlottesville Japanese Community.
Free activities and performances celebrating Japanese culture: martial arts demonstrations, Japanese songs, dances, Origami craft art and more! Special Taiko drum performance by Nen Daiko. Fashion Square Mall.  2-4:30pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Haruko Yuda.  Email: harukoyuda@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-7172. 
 
April 20, Sunday
EASTER SUNDAY
Boar's Head Inn.
Come for a traditional brunch in the Old Mill Room or a family-style brunch in the Pavilion, cookie decorating and tea, family photos with the Easter bunny, jelly bean contest and more. Boar's Head Inn.  11am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
April 20, Sunday
EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH AT DELFOSSE
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.
Eater Bunny, egg hunt and crepes! DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.  1-5pm.  Email: finewines@delfossewine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-6100. 
 
April 20, Sunday
SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
American Shakespeare Center.
This April, Shakespeare turns 450 and you're invited to his birthday party. Head to the Blackfriars Playhouse for a free, family-friendly celebration with music; door prizes; games; and, of course, cake. American Shakespeare Center, The Blackfriars Playhouse.  4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
April 24, Thursday
POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY
JMRL Libraries.
Pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to your mom, your little brother, or a librarian - or keep it in your pocket for a rainy day. JMRL Library Branches.  All day.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 24, Thursday
POETRY ON THE STEPS!
JMRL - Central Library.
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with an open mic poetry reading. Refreshments will be served. Sign-up to read begins at 7 pm and will be ongoing throughout the evening. Rain site: Children's Room. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 25, Friday
CALE CARNIVAL
Cale Elementary School PTO.
Enjoy a family-friendly evening of food, games and fun hosted by the Cale Elementary School PTO. Cale Elementary School.  Directions: 1757 Avon Street Extended.  6-8:30pm.  For more info call: 293-7455. 
 
April 25, Friday
CCS' SPRING FLING
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Join us for an evening of family fun at Charlottesville Catholic School - carnival games, pony rides, photo booth, food, and beverages. Buy chances to sink Principal Riley or another CCS favorite in the dunk tank! A magic show will follow the event in the CCS Gym! For more information or to buy tickets for the Spring Fling or the Magic Show (only a limited number are available), email nao1152007@gmail.com. Hope to see you there! 1205 Pen Park Rd.  3:30-6:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 26, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL KIWANIS DOGWOOD PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.
"Pancakes on Parade Day" Proceeds of this fun family-friendly event benefit Children, Youth & Family Services, Inc. (CYFS). CYFS has served the Charlottesville area for over 90 years. Our programs are all about getting kids ready--ready to learn, ready for relationships, and ultimately ready for life. First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street, Charlottesville VA 22902.  Directions: two blocks north of the parade route on East High Street.  7:30-11am.  $5 donation, kids under six free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jim Hart.  Email: jhart46201@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-2094. 
 
April 26, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. Downtown Mall.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 26, Saturday
KOHL'S GROWING UP HEALTHY EXPO
UVA Children's Fitness Clinic and Kohl's.
What portion size should my child be eating? How many minutes of physical activity do different family members need a day? Come out and learn the answers to these questions and more. Parents and children can learn about healthy lifestyles together. The Children's Fitness Clinic at UVA Children's Hospital will be highlighting the Kohl's Growing Up Healthy Program. There will be informational displays on nutrition and exercise, fun hands-on activities, and give-aways. Charlottesville Kohl's Store.  Email: akk8n@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-1607. 
 
April 26, Saturday
YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY
Piedmont Family YMCA.
YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a FREE event that encourages families to get moving, learning and living healthier! Activities include family fitness classes, bounce house, healthy food snacks, and much more! Crozet PARC YMCA.  1-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
May 3, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE RELAY FOR LIFE
Relay for Life.
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Albemarle High School.  4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 3, Saturday
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FIELD DAY
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.
Habitat Field Day invites youth and families to practice teamwork through outdoor activities ranging from limbos to races. The event also offers an opportunity for participants to visit a completed Habitat community and to learn more about affordable housing solutions in the Charlottesville area. Sunrise Housing Community.  Directions: 1412 Carlton Ave. Parking is available in designated spaces in the Skyline lot, opposite the Sunrise Neighborhood Center.  1-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary.  Email: mmaxfield@cvillehabitat.org. For more info call: 293-9066. 
 
May 3, Saturday
WESTMINSTER CHILD CARE CENTER'S SPRING FLING ANNUAL FUND EVENT
Westminster Child Care Center.
Westminster Child Care Center, a licensed, non-profit, non-denominational facility will be hosting its Annual Fund celebration. Bounce house, face painting and local food vendors. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  Directions: 700 E Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902 parking available in Water St. Parking garage.  12-3pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stefani Belew.  Email: stefani.belew@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-7015. 
 
May 9, Friday
ANNUAL NATURALIZATION CEREMONY AT RED HILL
Red Hill- Patrick Henry National Memorial.
Visit the Patrick Henry National Memorial and watch the final step in the process of becoming a US citizen. Buildings will be open for visitors, and events begin with living history demonstrations at 9am, followed by a ceremony and reception at 11am. Seating is limited, so arrive by 10:30am. 9am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 376-2044. 
 
May 9, Friday
MOTHER-SON DANCE
Charlottesville Parks And Recreation.
Moms, grandmothers and aunts, bring your favorite "young prince" for an evening of dancing and fun! Pre-registration is a must and there are a limited number of slots, so please register early. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  Directions: 233 4th Street,.  6:30-8:30pm.  $10 per couple.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
May 10-11, Saturday & Sunday
FRY'S SPRING OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Experience Fry's Spring Beach Club - swimming, tennis, dining, and summer "country club" fun! Fry's Spring Beach Club.  Directions: 2512 Jefferson Park Ave .  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jill Williams.  Email: Williams884@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
May 10, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY TEA
Maymont.
Enjoy this time-honored tradition with your mother, daughter or special friend on the mansion porch as elegant ladies, distinguished gentlemen and attending servants see to every detail. Following tea and treats in this picturesque setting, guests are invited to visit the Mansion for special family-friendly tours that highlight the whirl of the Gilded Age social season and the "Elegant Entertaining at Maymont" exhibition. Register online by May 8. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA.  2-4pm.  $18 per person; $15 for members.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
May 10, Saturday
SQUARE DANCE WITH RAGGED MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
Albemarle CiderWorks.
Join us for an opportunity to kick up your heels and swing your partner. Caller Grant Honeycutt of Richmond, VA puts you through the paces; we'll start off with some instruction geared towards beginners, then get fancy as the dance floor heats up. No partner necessary, libations and snacks available in the tasting room, or bring a picnic. Rain or shine! Albemarle CiderWorks.  Directions: 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden. On U.S. Route 29, just south of Charlottesville, about 8/10 miles north of State Route 692. From Ch'ville, proceed exactly 8 miles south from I-64 and turn right onto Rural Ridge Lane.  3-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 297-2326. 
 
May 11, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY SUNDAY BRUNCH
Boar's Head Inn.
Come for a traditional brunch in the Old Mill Room or a family-style brunch in the Pavilion. Boar's Head Inn.  11am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
May 17, Saturday
FIELD DAY AT ASH-LAWN HIGHLAND
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Families and kids of all ages are invited to join us at the Hilltop Pavilion for relay races, games and activities, face painting and balloon making, food truck eats, treats, wine tastings, farm tours, a bounce house, and live bluegrass and country music by local favorite Rockfish Gap. As part of the American Heritage race series, the event will feature the 2nd Annual James Monroe 5k at the historic estate, including a cross-country race and team challenge at 4pm and children's 800-meter dash at 5pm. To register for the race, visit jamesmonroe5k.com. Ash Lawn-Highland.  Directions: located off I-64, exit 121, 2 ½ miles past Jefferson's Monticello at 2050 James Monroe Parkway.  2-7pm.  $10; $5 kids 12 and under; families $25 max.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
May 17 & 18, Saturday & Sunday
FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL
Pharsalia.
Over 50 Period Vendors will be demonstrating or teaching about life in the early 1800s. Traditional, folk, root, old time music of 1800s and early 1900s performers will be playing. We also will have: primitive culture tradesmen, food vendors, house tours, 1800s children's games, hearth cooking, plein air artists, early education demonstrations and hands-on activities, oyster ice cream and much more. Pharsalia.  Directions: Tyro, Virginia.  10am-4pm.  $5-$20, children under 6 free.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5231. 
 
May 17 & 18, Saturday & Sunday
FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB - OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND!
Check out all that Fry's Spring Beach Club has to offer. Free Open House weekend. Bring the swim suits, tennis rackets, gear up for sand volleyball, or just relax by the pool and enjoy Fry's Spring Beach Club - your everyday getaway! 2512 Jefferson Park Avenue.  12-6pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jill Williams.  Email: fsbcevents@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
May 17, Saturday
MIMI'S RUN 5K
3.1 miles for LOVE, Health & Charity. Every dollar raised through Mimis Run will go directly to the UVA Heart and Vascular Center, contributing to their efforts to discover new and better medications and therapies for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. By helping our local hospital, we can impact the health of patients around the world. Let's all get moving together for heart health and help one another live longer, stronger, healthier lives. The race course is as flat and festive as they come  perfect for runners and walkers of all ability levels. Kids & dogs are encouraged, as this will be a fun family event. Trump Winery- Charlottesville, VA.  8:30am.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jamie Schwartz.  Email: mimisrun5k@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-6715. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too! Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
Fridays & Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
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April 19, Saturday
MOVE YOUR FEET TO THE BEAT 5K
MHS Band.
5K which will begin and end on the track at Monticello High School. All proceeds from this event support the music program at Monticello High School including equipment, new concert uniforms, music, and performing opportunities for the students. Monticello High School.  Directions: 1400 Independence Way, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902.  8am.  $25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rose Van Epp.  Email: StamperRose@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-7832. 
 
April 19, Saturday
PARKS AND REC FITNESS CHALLENGE
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join Charlottesville Parks and Recreation for this fun fitness challenge. Get family and friends moving by running or walking this enjoyable 2-mile course with some added challenges. All fitness levels are encouraged to participate. Funds raised will be donated to the City Schoolyard Gardens. Registration prior to April 1st will guarantee a t-shirt! Check website to see the course and stations. Also, join the training program, every Saturday morning until the Challenge! Training takes place at Venable Elementary School at 8am on Saturdays. Venable Elementary School.  8:00am-9:30am.  $15-$30.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kylie Cempre.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3086. 
 
April 27, Sunday
MADISON HOUSE ATHLETICS FIELD DAY
Madison House.
Madison House, a nonprofit, UVA student volunteer organization, invites you and your family to their 2nd Annual Athletics Field Day. Join them for a day full of food, fun, and hopefully sun! Mad Bowl, UVA.  Directions: between Madison Ln and Rugby Rd.  12-2pm.  $free.  Email: mhfieldday@gmail.com. Reservations are required. 
 
May 3, Saturday
30TH ANNUAL UVA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WALK FOR KIDS
UVA Children's Hospital.
Join in this annual Charlottesville family tradition and 5K walk to benefit UVA Children's Hospital. The event features fun and games for the whole family, including a picnic and prizes. The flat, 3-mile walk is family and pet-friendly, with a 1/4 mile option for the smallest walkers. Proceeds from the event will support construction of the Battle Building at UVA Children's Hospital. The Park at UVA.  Wee Walk 9am; Walk for Kids 9:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-8432. 
 
May 3, Saturday
MONTALTO CHALLENGE 5K
Monticello.
Join for an exhilarating 5K race from the base of the Saunders-Monticello Trail to the top of Montalto. The demanding, all-uphill course offers thrilling views of Monticello, Charlottesville, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. All proceeds go the Monticello Fund, which supports the maintenance of Saunders-Monticello Trail. The Saunders-Monticello Trail.  8am.  $35-$45.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
May 3, Saturday
RED HILL 5K RUN/WALK, KIDS FUN RUN & SCRAMBLE
Red Hill Elementary School PTO.
Lace up your running shoes for a great cause and enjoy some of the best views in Albemarle County and run/walk for the children of Red Hill Elementary. The race will be run on Red Hill School Road and runners will have a chance to find out why the school is called "Red Hill"! Prizes for winners, raffle prizes and snacks, too. Red Hill Elementary School.  $25 adults (ages 16+), $15 kids.  Contact: Patricia Perkins.  Email: redhillroar@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-5332. 
 
May 10, Saturday
9TH ANNUAL RIVANNA RIVER CANOE & KAYAK RACES
A 6.2 mile downriver race for all paddler classes. Charlottesville, VA.  Directions: Starting line: under the Route 29 bridge just north of the DoubleTree Hotel/Sams Club on the upstream side of the bridge off Rio Mills Road. Finish line: Darden Towe Park.  8:30am.  $10.  Contact: Merrill Bishop.  Email: 975-3072. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-3072. 
 
May 10, Saturday
EAGLES FOR EDUCATION 5K
Ruckersville Elementary School.
Assist Ruckersville Elementary School (RES) in creating a new student computer lab. A family-friendly run with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit the website for details on the race. All proceeds will go towards the RES computer lab. Stick around for the Skydiving Exhibition Jump around 10am. Free Kids Fun Run that starts at 10:30am. Register by April 10th and receive a free t-shirt. Dover-Foxcroft Farm.  Directions: 5690 Spring Hill Road, Ruckersville.  7-11am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Melanie Shattan.  Email: mshattan@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 465-9524. 
 
May 10, Saturday
HOSPICE OF THE PIEDMONT RUN AND REMEMBER 5K
Virginia National Bank, UVA Health System, Keswick Hall, Home Instead Senior Care, Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, Bailey Printing Inc.
A 5K Run/Walk to benefit Hospice of the Piedmont Hosted for the 13th consecutive year by the Keswick Club, in loving memory of Sally Carle. The race will start at 8 a.m. and day-of registration will open at 6:30 a.m. Packet pick-up will take place Friday, May 9, from 4-7 p.m. at Keswick Hall. All proceeds raised will benefit Hospice of the Piedmont. Keswick Hall.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  8am.  $30.00 individual, $20.00 child (12-18 years old), $15.00 child under 12.  Contact: Sally Birckhead.  Email: sallysbirckhead@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-0296. 
 
May 17, Saturday
VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM'S 24TH ANNUAL DISCOVERY DASH
Virginia Discovery Museum.
At the 24th Annual Discovery Dash, there will be over a dozen fun-filled races including a scramble for the little ones and exciting parent-child relays. Schools throughout the area are welcome to enter teams of runners for the school relay. There will be trophies, raffle prizes, yummy food, and great exercise. Register to run by May 12. Monticello High School Track.  See website for event times.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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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STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
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May 1-4, Thursday-Sunday
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Albemarle High School.
The hills are alive with The Sound of Music! Make reservations in advance for dinner theatre at 6pm on May 3, directly before Saturday's evening performance, $30. Preview night May 1, $10. Albemarle High School.  8pm Thursday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday.  $18 online, $20 door. Students and seniors: $13.50 online, $15 door.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-800-594-8499. 
 
May 9-11, 16-18
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
Black Box Players.
Fern, Wilbur, Charlotte and Templeton! Don't miss this sweet story of friendship on the farm. A fun show for the entire family! Burnley Moran School Auditorium.  Directions: 1330 Long St.  7pm Friday & Saturday; 3pm Sunday.  $9.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-7600. 
 
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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