Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
May-August, Thursdays
DINNER AND MUSIC AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
The Market is open late with a buffet grill, cheese plates and live music on the patio. The Market at Grelen.  5:30-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
September 2 & 9, Fridays
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: SEPTEMBER LINE-UP
Sprint Pavilion.
September's concerts feature: September 2-The Skip Castro Band with Johnny B and the Goodes, September 9-Chamomile & Whiskey with Larkspur Sprint Pavilion.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
September 25, Sunday
FALL CONCERT WITH THE RICHMOND CONCERT BAND
Agecroft Hall.
The annual Fall Concert on the lawn at Agecroft Hall with the theme, "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" Age croft Hall, Richmond.  5:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-737-3767. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
September 24, Saturday
12TH ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY LIVE
Smithsonian Magazine.
On this day, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission everyday, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Last year over 1,300 museums across the country participated in Museum Day Live! Smithsonian Magazine.  Email: museumday@si.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
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
 
May-September, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fruit when it's a little cooler, shop in our Country Store, grab some donuts, cider and lite fare and then head into the Carter Mountain Wine Shop for wine (tastings by the glass or by the bottle). Perch on the decks to listen to free live music and catch an amazing sunset. Carter Mountain Orchard.  6-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
Now-early November
PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT AT HARTLAND ORCHARD
Hartland Orchard.
Pick sweet and sour cherries (late June), blueberries (all of July) and peaches (early July-early September). Visit the pumpkin patch September-November 1! Hartland Orchard.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-364-2316. 
 
Mid-June through early September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through early September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches (late July - August), donut peaches (late July - August) and nectarines (July - August). Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-6pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday (through August 25).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 3, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL BAKING CONTEST
Saunders Brothers Farm Market.
Enter your favorite recipes for the following categories: Apple Pie, Apple Dessert, Peach Pie, and Peach Dessert. Professional judges will be choosing winners. Live music by Kim and Jimbo. 2717 Tye Brook Hwy, Piney River.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5455. 
 
September 5, Monday
MEET YER EATS FARM TOUR
Market Central.
Make plans to visit some of the amazing small farms in Central Virginia on Market Central's 8th annual Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour! There are 11 participating farms--some returning hosts, and some new ones in the mix--and all are looking forward to showing off their farms. Featuring food trucks, farm animals, and demos, there will be fun for the whole family. These producers call the City Market home on Saturday mornings, but on Labor Day you're invited to their place. 11 Farms in Central Virginia.  10am-4pm.  $15.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@marketcentralonline.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 401-374-0019. 
 
September 9-11, Friday-Sunday
SOMERSET STEAM & GAS PASTURE PARTY
Somerset Steam & Gas Engine Association.
Come bring the family to the 40th Annual Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party featuring antique tractors, a tractor pull, flea markets, cloggers, arts & crafts, live bands,delicious food and much more! Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset.  $7 donation day-pass, $10 for 3-day pass.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@somersetsteamandgas.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-3429. 
 
September 10, Saturday
"I AM BRAVE" FRONTIER 5K RACE & FUN RUN AND FAMILY FUN DAY
Frontier Culture Museum.
Help raise money for the Meredith Furr Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. A Family Fun Day with live music, games, face painting, food and more will be held on the Pavilion following the 5K beginning at 10:30am. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 17-18, Saturday-Sunday
JOHNNY APPLESEED'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Wish Johnny Appleseed a Happy Birthday at Carter Mountain Orchard. We'll sing Happy Birthday (Johnny would be 242 years old on September 26) and enjoy an apple cider donut together. Learn how to plant trees, see and feel how pioneer ancestors traveled across America in covered wagons, visit Johnny's camp site. Come and enjoy fiddle and folk music too. Carter Mountain Orchard.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 17 & 18, Saturday & Sunday
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES AT SEAMANS' ORCHARDS
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards, Inc.
Pick your own Red and Golden Delicious, Empire and Jonagold apples in beautiful Nelson County at the Blue Ridge Mountains. Containers are provided. Seamans' Orchard, Roseland.  9am-4pm Saturday, 11-4pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-2523. 
 
September 24-25, Saturday-Sunday
FALL INTO FUN FESTIVAL
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Welcome Autumn with lots of fun activities for children and adults! Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way, enjoy wagon rides, play games, Paint a Pumpkin, Decorate a Donut, join in the scavenger hunt, enjoy good food, pick your own apples and pumpkins and more! Chiles Peach Orchard.  9am-6pm.  $Free admission and parking; some activities have a fee.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 10 & 11, October 8 & 9, Saturday & Sunday
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES AT SILVER CREEK ORCHARD
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards, Inc.
Pick your own Red and Golden Delicious, Empire, Jonathan, Virginia Gold, Mutsu, Early Fuji and Jonagold apples in beautiful Nelson County at the Blue Ridge Mountains. Containers are provided. Silver Creek Orchard, Tyro.  9am-4pm Saturday, 11-4pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@scso.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
September 24-25, October 15-16, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE FESTIVALS AT DRUMHELLER'S ORCHARD
Come enjoy apples, apple butter, apple cider, honey, country hams, cookbooks, pumpkins, baskets, baked goods and more while you take a hayride, explore the pumpkin patch, corn maze, kids zone, or try your luck at slinging an apple! Vendors will offer funnel cake, pork skins, apple dumplings, Brunswick stew etc. Drumheller's Orchard, Lovingston.  9am-5pm .  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
September-October
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples September through late October among scenic views, or get them freshly picked in the Apple Barn all the way through November. Enjoy hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts year-round. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 24-October 31
CELEBRATE FALL AT ROUND HILL FARM
Round Hill Farm.
Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a hay-bale maze and pyramid, corn maze, farm animals, moon bounces and the tire-swing playground! Off-road adventure rides, pony rides, pumpkins, barrel train rides and face painting for an additional fee. Round Hill Farm.  3-6pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-8245. 
 
September 10-October 30, Weekends
FALL FESTIVAL WEEKENDS AT HARTLAND
Hartland Farm & Orchard.
Get lost in the corn maze, root for your favorite pig in the pig races, take a hayride, ride down the 60-foot tall slide and more. Caramel apples for an extra fee. Hartland Farm & Orchard.  Directions: 3205 Hartland Lane, Markham.  10-6pm Saturday, 12-6 Sunday.  $10; free for 3 & under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-364-2316. 
 
August 27-November 1
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  3-6pm Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.  $8 weekdays, $10 weekends, children 2 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
September 10-November 6
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 25-acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities/games. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  $12 weekend, $10 weekdays, free for 4 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
August-early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Choose from 15 kinds of apples in a scenic location. See website for harvest schedule. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Monday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
July-November, Second & Fourth Saturdays & Sundays of the Month
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT THE ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Who doesn't love pancakes? Join Chiles Peach Orchard the second and fourth Saturday & Sunday of each month for breakfast with family and friends at the orchard! All you can eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping, plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/OJ. Check website for times. Chiles Peach Orchard.  9-11am Saturdays, 10am-12pm Sundays.  $7.49 for adults; $4.29 per child 12 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
Now-November, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Newly repaired with displays donated to understand both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
DICKIE BROTHERS ORCHARD
Pick your own apples at one of the oldest same family-owned and operated farms in the country! Dickie Brothers Orchard grows 20 varieties of apples along with peaches, pumpkins, and more. Dickie Bros. Orchard, Roseland.  Times vary by month.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
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-August, Sunday
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC SERIES
Frontier Culture Museum.
The event series celebrates the influence of these musical roots genres on American frontier culture. The event provides a casual environment, and features dinner theater seating with food & beverage vendors. Lee S. Cochron Pavilion at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  5-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-903-3613. 
 
August 26-28, Friday-Sunday
OMEGACON: CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GAMING AND ANIME CONVENTION
Visit the annual convention for a variety of fun and diverse musical and industry-related guests, game developers and vendors. Holiday Inn on Route 29.  $Prices vary.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 27-28, Saturday-Sunday
SUMMER LAWN PARTY
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy a lazy, late summer afternoon on the lawn at Historic Bloemendaal. Under the tent, partake in an old-fashioned ice cream social and picnic fare against a nearby backdrop of ragtime music and historical bicycle displays and demonstrations. Relax as a barbershop quartet strolls and serenades, try out a summer lawn game, and step inside the Bloemendaal House for informal tours. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Saturday 12-3pm, Sunday 12-4pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
September 2-5, Saturday-Monday
SUMMER'S END FESTIVAL
Wintergreen Resort.
Featuring top-level regional live music, 151 breweries and wineries, Arts & Craft shows and much more. Bring the entire family for an end of the summer hurrah. Wintergreen Resort.  See website or call for times and rates.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
August 26-September 3
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY FAIR
Come celebrate Chesterfield County's heritage and culture with various grandstand shows, rides, entertainment, food and more! Chesterfield County Fairgrounds.  $10 admission for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children ages 4-12, wristband prices vary.  Email: ccfainformation@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 768-1555. 
 
September 3, Saturday
ORANGE STREET FESTIVAL
Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
The event will feature over 150 vendors, kids fun zone, live music and beer garden in Taylor Park. Burnt Orange will play the final live performance from 4-6pm after the festival closes. Main Street in Orange.  9am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
August 26-September 3
SHENANDOAH COUNTY FAIR
Come out and enjoy tractor pulls, demo derbies, concerts and more! See website for complete schedule of events. 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock.  $Prices vary.  Email: teshelman@shencofair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3867. 
 
September 3, Saturday
TASTE OF THE MOUNTAINS STREET FESTIVAL
Madison Chamber of Commerce.
Come out for the 24th annual festival with live entertainment, shopping, wine tasting, food vendors, pony rides, antique cars and more. Main Street Madison.  Directions: Madison is located just 27 miles north of Charlottesville on Route 29.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-4455. 
 
September 10, Saturday
PAC'N THE STREETS FESTIVAL
Staunton Performing Arts Center.
This nostalgic, family-friendly street fair includes food vendors, live entertainment, petting zoo, artisan booths, strolling street performers, children's activities and drawings for fun prizes! East Beverley Street between Market and Central.  11am-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-3211. 
 
September 9-11, Friday-Sunday
10TH ANNUAL HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Monticello and CharlottesvilleFamily.
CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor, helping celebrate the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson, America's first "foodie," with more than 100 educational programs, hands-on workshops, garden tours, fruit and vegetable tastings, an organic, local food marketplace and kids' activities and more! Reservations recommended. Patrick O'Connell, chef and proprietor of the Inn at Little Washington, is this year's keynote speaker West Lawn of Monticello.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
July 15-September 14
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
This summer, come and join us at one of the mid-Atlantic region's longest-running outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. See website for dates and times. Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs.  $Prices vary.  Email: info@musicfest.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3396. 
 
September 17, Saturday
1ST ANNUAL BBQ ON THE BEND COMPETITION
James River Reeling and Rafting.
Proceeds to benefit Dixie Youth Baseball League Guests to taste some of the best pulled pork around and voting will commence This is a people's choice competition so you decide the winner! A prize of $500 will go to the grand champion and $250 for 2nd place. Live local music, beer and cider available and raffle items given away throughout the day. James River Reeling and Rafting.  11am-5pm.  Contact: Ashley Noble.  Email: canoetown@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4386. 
 
September 17, Saturday
ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE PRIDE FESTIVAL
Cville Pride Community Network.
The 5th Annual Charlottesville Pride Festival offers a kid-friendly, entertainment-packed celebration of diversity and inclusion for all. Kids can enjoy the bouncy castle, face painting, balloons, a photo booth, arts/crafts, a book nook with readings and free ice cream. Parents can enjoy the beer and wine garden, food trucks and vendors, buy rainbow merchandise, get free goodies and enjoy local bands, singers, drummers and drag shows. Lee Park.  11am-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amy Marshall.  Email: amymarshall@cvillepride.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 17, Saturday
CONSTITUTION DAY CELEBRATION
James Madison's Montpelier.
Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with family and friends on the historic grounds of Montpelier. Learn, feast, and play during this year's celebration with mansion tours, live music, children's games, and fireworks. James Madison's Montpelier.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
September 17, Saturday
FALL FRUIT FESTIVAL
Edible Landscaping.
Tours, music, food, lectures, door prizes, plants sale and more! Leashed pets are welcome. Edible Landscaping, Afton.  Directions: 361 Spirit Ridge Lane, Afton.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ediblelandscaping.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-9134. 
 
September 17, Saturday
GOOD TIMES FESTIVAL
Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy the Shenandoah Valley with local vendors, food trucks, a putt-putt course and live music! Shenandoah Acres Family Campground, Stuarts Draft.  12-9:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Melissa Martin.  Email: events@augusta.va.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-324-1133. 
 
September 24, Saturday
19TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Harrisonburg International Festival.
A day of family fun that celebrates the many cultures that make up the Harrisonburg community featuring international foods, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and intercultural learning opportunities and the World Bazaar featuring traditional folk art. Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg.  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Handicapped Accessible  Email: internationalfestival@fairfieldcenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0059x5. 
 
September 24, Saturday
20TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL
CharlottesvilleFamily & Charlottesville Welcome Book.
CharlottesvilleFamily and Charlottesville Welcome Book are proud sponsors, helping bring the Vegetarian Festival to the community. The festival will include music and entertainment from local artists, cooking demonstrations and information sessions, and of course, some of the region's best vegetarian and vegan food from local food trucks and restaurants. Lee Park.  Directions: 201 East Market Street, near Central Library.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cvillevegfest.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 24-25, Saturday-Sunday
FALL INTO FUN FESTIVAL
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Welcome Autumn with lots of fun activities for children and adults! Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way, enjoy wagon rides, play games, Paint a Pumpkin, Decorate a Donut, join in the scavenger hunt, enjoy good food, pick your own apples and pumpkins and more! Chiles Peach Orchard.  9am-6pm.  $Free admission and parking; some activities have a fee.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 25, Sunday
FOXFIELD FAMILY DAY AT THE RACES
CharlottesvilleFamily.
CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor and will be at the event supporting the event. In addition to the steeplechase races, there will be a jack russell terrier race, Bounce-N-Play, pony rides, face painting and the children's activities tent. Children's activities close at 3pm. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road. Enter through East Gate.  10am-5pm.  $Ticket prices vary (see website); free for kids 8 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: information@foxfieldraces.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
September 23-25, Friday-Sunday
MISTY MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Blue Mountain Brewery.
The 6th Annual Misty Mountain Music Festival is proud to team up with Virginia's best musicians and performers alongside local area food, brews, clothing, art and community. So bring your chair, sit back and relax to the best Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Funk, Soul, Rock and Americana at this family-friendly camping event! Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  12pm.  $TBD.  All ages welcome.  Contact: John Howard.  Email: john@mistymountainmusicfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-888-647-8900. 
 
September 24-25, Saturday-Sunday
VIRGINIA CLAY FESTIVAL
Noon Whistle Pottery, Blue Ridge Pottery, Greene County Tourism.
This art show celebrates the creative possibilities of clay and is a gathering of potters, sculptors and jewelers selling their latest work. All in clay! Enjoy pottery demonstrations, children's area to play with clay, raku firing and demonstration, old time and traditional Irish music, food trucks and more! Downtown Stanardsville / William Monroe Middle School Gym.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Holly Horan / John Pluta.  Email: noonwhistle@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-6500. 
 
September 23-October 2
STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA
State Fair of Virginia.
Come see Virginia's finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more! The Meadow Event Park, Doswell.  Directions: I-95 exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  Vary.  $Ticket prices vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-994-2800 . 
 
August 27-November 1
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  3-6pm Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.  $8 weekdays, $10 weekends, children 2 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 13 - Oct., Every Second Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SECOND SATURDAYS ART WALK
Scottsville Arts and Culture Committee.
Scottsville Second Saturdays is a monthly art walk that transforms Scottsvilles main street into an arts district. More than 100 pieces of local art are on display at area businesses. The event also features wine tastings, beer tastings, coffee tastings, live music, childrens activities and a chance for those who attend to create their own art. Downtown Scottsville.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Gill.  Email: ngill.tc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-1620. 
 
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July 5-September 2
KIDS ARE FREE FOR THE SUMMER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check in at the Visitor Center. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 672-2728 x 450. 
 
September 17, Saturday
CONSTITUTION DAY CELEBRATION
James Madison's Montpelier.
Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with family and friends on the historic grounds of Montpelier. Learn, feast, and play during this year's celebration with mansion tours, live music, children's games, and fireworks. James Madison's Montpelier.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
Now through October, Thursdays, Saturdays & 1st Sunday each month
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTESVILLE WALKING TOUR
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Take a one-hour tour around Court Square to learn some of Charlottesville's rich history and revisit the time of Thomas Jefferson. Tour leaves from Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Directions: McIntire Building, 200 Second St NE across from Lee Park.  Thursdays & Fridays 5:30pm; Saturdays 10am; Sundays 2pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Fridays, January-May & September-December
TODDLER TIME WITH MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions are invited to a delightful introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson through interactive stories, engaging activities, crafts and free play. Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
September 10, Saturday
FLEAVILLE
fleaVILLE features a carefully-curated mix of vendors offering jewelry, art, crafts, vintage and contemporary clothing, handmade items, home goods and antique furniture. The market also hosts food trucks, music and kids' activities like face painting. IX Art Park.  Directions: At the entrance of 2nd St. SE and Monticello Avenue.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: fleaVILLE.  Email: fleavilleva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 718-594-2891. 
 
September 14, 17-24
HERE WEE GROW AGAIN!
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
This semi-annual kids consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church's outreach efforts. Choose which of three charities will receive your $5 entry fee at the "Choose Your Charity Event" September 14 from 11am-7pm. Closed Sunday. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  9am-3pm Saturdays, 10am-6pm Weekdays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5806. 
 
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 2-mid October, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 823-1092. 
 
April 26-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. 1650 Ashwood Blvd. at the Forest Lakes South Pool and Tennis Center.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-2733. 
 
April 16-October 29, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Find food, music, crafts and more. Scottsville Pavilion, 125 Fleet Street.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tanya Cornwell.  Email: svillefarmersmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4994. 
 
April 9-November 19, Saturdays
NELSON FARMER'S MARKET COOPERATIVE
Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring live music, fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8am-12pm.  Email: contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 760-6655. 
 
April-November, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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August 28, Sunday
CITIZEN KANE
The Paramount Theater.
A confident young man, Charles Foster Kane, takes the reins of a newspaper and builds an empire. Beginning his journalistic life in the pursuit of justice for those who had no voice, the lure of his growing power in society and politics quickly takes hold. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
September 1, Thursday
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Celebrate the end of summer by staying for an outdoor movie! Kick back on the Terrace Lawn to watch "The LEGO® Movie." Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  8-10pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
September 9, Friday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. Tickets include a bag of popcorn! Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  7:30-9:30pm.  $10, 13 and under $5.  All ages welcome.  Email: cheers@earlymountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
September 16, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY, "FINDING DORY"
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
In this animated sequel to smash hit "Finding Nemo," lovable, amnesiac blue tang fish Dory decides to go off in search of her long-lost parents. V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
September 18, Sunday
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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Now-September 9, Fridays
5 AFTER FIVE
Virginia Discovery Museum.
The newly renovated children's museum is extending its Friday hours admission is reduced to $5 per person. Explore flight and gravity in the hands-on STEM Lab, build with the big blue blocks in the Construction Zone, compose your own tunes in the interactive Sound & Music Studio, and so much more, as you discover VDM's new space with the whole family! Virginia Discovery Museum.  5-8pm.  Contact: Matt Berman.  Email: marketing@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
September 17, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: POP ART PORTRAITS
Programs combining age-appropriate 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.  1-3pm for ages 5-7, 3-5pm for ages 8-12.  $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. 
 
September 24, Saturday
12TH ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY LIVE
Smithsonian Magazine.
On this day, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission everyday, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Last year over 1,300 museums across the country participated in Museum Day Live! Smithsonian Magazine.  Email: museumday@si.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 24, Saturday
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Smithsonian Magazine.
For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will open their doors for FREE to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket. Last year, over 1,300 museums across the country participated in this exciting and educational day. $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Anne.  Email: anne@high10media.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 212-918-2044. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian, Glynis Welte, will share stories, engaging the museum's youngest art patrons. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Rd.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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April 15-October 9
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
September 5, Monday
GENWORTH FREE COMMUNITY DAY
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Includes entrance to the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit and the award-winning Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
September 10, Saturday
OPEN HOUSE AT THE ROCKFISH GAP HAWK WATCH
Rock Fish Gap Hawk Watch.
Each fall over 20,000 raptors migrate through Rockfish Gap, and we count them all! Come join us as we witness this great migration and enjoy a fun day of family events! Inn at Afton .  Directions: 185 Afton Cir, Afton, VA 2292.  10am-3pm.  $free .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: mary@wildearth.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
September 10, Saturday
STARGAZING
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
The evening begins with a presentation about Jefferson's love of astronomy and a look at the history and future of the Universe. Attendees will then move out to the South Lawn of Jefferson’s retreat home to look at the stars. If the weather cooperates, features like Saturn, the Ring Nebula, and a Globular Cluster will be visible. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  8pm.  $10, Children 11 and under Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
September 17-18, Saturday-Sunday
FAMILY CAMP-OUT
Maymont Estate.
Take an evening hike through the estate in search of native nocturnal creatures. Enjoy s'mores and stories around the campfire. Following a night in your tent on Maymont's grounds, enjoy a continental breakfast and a morning hike. Ages 4 and older; one adult must register for every four children. Baymont, Richmond.  6pm Saturday-9am Sunday.  $40 per person/$30 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
September 21, Wednesday
VOLUNTEER FALL CLEAN-UP
Monticello.
Celebrate Charlottesville's Day of Caring by by joining the staff of the Saunders-Monticello Trail to beautify the park you have come to love. We will clear the rustic trails, clean-up landscape beds in the Saunders-Monticello Trail Arboretum and around the pond, and complete a variety of other projects. Wear work clothes, sturdy shoes, and bring gloves. Please sign up as a volunteer by e-mailing volunteer@monticello.org. Saunders-Monticello Trail.  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
September 24, Saturday
EDIBLE NATIVE NUTS & FRUITS
Monticello.
This exploration of the Saunders-Monticello Trail Fruit and Nut Room will answer your questions about which berries, nuts, and other fruits are edible. Learn about their histories and ways to prepare some of the many native varieties in Albemarle County. Trail Ranger Jerry Therrien and Monticello Vegetable Gardener and foraging epicure Pat Brodowski will share their knowledge and present a tasting of such wild delights as sumac pie and acorn flour cookies. Monticello.  9:30-11:30am.  $18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
Second Monday and Last Thursday of each month
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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September 2, Friday
UVA CAVALIER MARCHING BAND OPEN REHEARSAL
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows, weather permitting. Parking is available at Culbreth Road Parking Garage, the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, and the Central Grounds Parking Garage. There is limited street parking on University Avenue. Carr's Hill Field.  Directions: at the corner of Emmet and Ivy roads.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
September 9, Friday
CVILLE JR. IDOL
This year's Cville Jr. Idol competition features 18 contestants ranging in age from 8 to 14. Vote for your favorite! A chorus of children, teens and adults will also be singing to some of the most memorable songs of the last 30 years in celebration of Black Box Player's 30th birthday! Burnley-Moran Elementary School.  7pm Friday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Email: maryanne@blackboxplayers.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Friday
UVA CAVALIER MARCHING BAND OPEN REHEARSAL
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows, weather permitting. Parking is available at Culbreth Road Parking Garage, the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, and the Central Grounds Parking Garage. There is limited street parking on University Avenue. Carr's Hill Field.  Directions: at the corner of Emmet and Ivy roads.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
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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May-October, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS
Keswick Vineyards.
Most Sundays from May through October Keswick Vineyards is host to Yappy Hours! A family oriented event where local animal shelters and societies will bring their dogs in need of homes to play with patrons and other dogs. A portion of sales in the tasting room are donated to the visiting shelter, and guests are always encouraged to bring their own animals. The new dog park makes for a great space to let animals run free and get exercise while you enjoy your Virginia wine and enjoy the country-side views. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
August 24 & 31, Wednesday
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Wednesday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 4pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
August 13-September 5
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library! Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
September 9, Friday
GRAND OPENING OF THE CLUBHOUSE AT COMPUTERS4KIDS
Computers4Kids.
Please join us for the grand opening of The Clubhouse@C4K. Enjoy light refreshments while meeting C4K members and seeing their projects. 945 Second St. SE.  5-7:30pm.  Email: info@computers4kids.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-1121 ext 5. 
 
September 10, Saturday
100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR ROSE HILL
Rose Hill Neighborhood Association.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Rose Hill neighborhood being annexed into Charlottesville proper, the neighborhood association is hosting a celebration that will feature gospel choir music, recognition of the Jackie Robinson Little League and more. Rain date will be Saturday 24 at the same times. Washington Park.  11am-4pm.  Email: rosehillneighborhood@gmail.com.
 
September 10, Saturday
BE BOLD 5K TRAIL RACE
Corkscrew Racing.
Great for the fitness focused or that casual runner. Panoramic mountain views, a performance gender-specific shirt, commemorative tasting glass and a post-race party with cider samplings from Bold Rock's locally-sourced apples. There will be live music, a post-race awards ceremony and food for purchase from Bold Rock or a local food truck. Bold Rock Nellysford Cider Barn, Nellysford.  9am.  Email: info@corkscrewracing.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1030. 
 
September 17, Saturday
ANNUAL VINTAGE CAR SHOW
Blue Haven.
Cash prize for best in show and swag for the category winners. Entrance fee for owners and vendors. 10531 Patrick Henry Highway, Roseland.  11am-4pm.  $Free for the public.  Email: info@bluehavenfarmandbb.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 688-4391. 
 
September 17, Saturday
BELMONT BASH
Celebrate the Belmont neighborhood and the people who live there in this family-friendly celebration. Music, food and fun! Belmont Park.  2-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 20, Tuesday
MEET THE CHIEF
Join Fluvanna County Sheriff Eric Hess at this community meet-and-greet. Fluvanna County Community Center.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For more info call: 589-8211. 
 
September 8, 15 & 22
FREE VOCAL WORKSHOP
Skyline Harmony Chorus.
Come join Skyline Harmony Chorus for three evenings of vocal instruction. Skyline Harmony is a womens barbershop chorus that specializes in four part harmony! Learn about posture, breathing, phonation, resonation, and receive a short, individualized lesson! Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 E. Rio Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901.  6:45-9pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Joan Henderson.  Email: deljcrobb@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-2146. 
 
September 24, Saturday
COYNER SPRINGS KITE FLY
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Grab your kite and enjoy professional kite-flying performances, a pony and old-fashioned hay rides, pumpkin and kite decorating, Apple Slingin' Contest and more! If you don't have a kite, not to worry, over 300 kites will be given away! Coyner Springs Park.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
September 24, Saturday
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Smithsonian Magazine.
For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will open their doors for FREE to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket. Last year, over 1,300 museums across the country participated in this exciting and educational day. $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Anne.  Email: anne@high10media.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 212-918-2044. 
 
August 16-September 26
MEET THE CHIEF
Join Albemarle County Police Chief Ron Lantz at this community meet-and-greet. Events will be held on August 16 at Crozet Library, August 18 at Yancey Elementary School, August 29 at the Martha Jefferson Hospital Outpatient Care Center, September 12 at Northside Library, and September 26 at Monticello High School. Various Locations.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 28, Wednesday
HOME EDUCATORS' DAY AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Students can explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics at indoor and outdoor hands-on activity stations, take a special guided tour of Monticello, roll hoops and play games on the West Lawn, hike our trails, and more. Monticello.  10am-4pm.  $15 adults, $6 students 5 and up, Free for children 4 and under.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 3pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
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September 3, Saturday
HOOFING WITH THE HERD 5K
Legacy Mustang Preservation.
Come out and hoof with our wild horse herd within their 251 acre breathtaking sanctuary. Natural terrain, gravel roads, rolling green pastures, 3 lakes, and a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Courses include 5K, 1 mile and a Pony Path. Join us for after event party with music, food and hay ride to meet the mustangs. Help Legacy Mustang Preservation preserve the dignity of America's Wild Horses! People Helping Mustangs. Mustangs Helping People. The Scottsville Sanctuary.  8:30am packet pickup, 10am race.  $15-$35.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 10, Saturday
"I AM BRAVE" FRONTIER 5K RACE & FUN RUN AND FAMILY FUN DAY
Frontier Culture Museum.
Help raise money for the Meredith Furr Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. A Family Fun Day with live music, games, face painting, food and more will be held on the Pavilion following the 5K beginning at 10:30am. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 10, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL PANCAKE 5K
Chile's Peach Orchard.
Brought to you by Chiles Peach Orchard and Crozet Running, this community event is a fundraiser for the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad. The race course is a scenic out-and-back down Jarman Gap Road. At the end of the race, join us for our Pancake Breakfast (included in your registration!). This has become a traditional community event, and we are excited to bring it to you again! Chile's Peach Orchard.  8am.  $20 adults, $10 children under 12 years.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583 . 
 
September 17, Saturday
AREA 3 SPECIAL OLYMPICS 10K RUN & 2 MILE WALK
This 6.2-mile run features prizes for the best male and female overall, as well as age group place prizes, and grab bags. Meriwether Lewis Elementary School.  8am.  $Varies.  Email: David.Zentmyer@ccs.k12.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-2391. 
 
September 18, Sunday
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB CYCLING CHALLENGE
The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge.
Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 25-, 50, 75, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, out and back from Old Trail Swim Club to Chiles Peach Orchard. After-party festivities with lunch, drinks, and live music. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.  8am start.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Friday
AMAZING MILE CHILDREN'S RUN
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
This fun run is the perfect way to encourage youth, ages 13 and under, to stay active. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. Outside Amazement Square, Downtown Lynchburg.  6pm.  $15 for online registration, $20 for paper registration.  Recommended for ages 0 to 13.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 3, 24, Saturday
UVA HOME FOOTBALL GAMES
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home! Sept. 3-Richmond, Sept. 24-Central Michigan. Scott Stadium.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-8821. 
 
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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September 17, Saturday
ALL KINDS OF FAMILY STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
JMRL partners with the Charlottesville Pride Festival in celebrating the beautiful diversity in all our families. We'll read stories, sing, dance, and create a rainbow craft. Best for families with children ages 7 and under, but everyone is welcome. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 24, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD
JMRL- Central Library.
A delicious read-aloud time designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 12-October 25, Mondays or Tuesdays
2'S AND 3'S TOGETHER
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read and Play." Registration is required and begins August 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 9:30am, Tuesdays 10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 12-October 25, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins August 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 11:30am, Tuesdays 9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 15-October 27, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. Registration is required and begins August 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 15-November 3, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3, 4 and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger sibling. Registration is required and begins August 25 at 9am. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 15-November 3, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration is required and begins August 25 at 9am. JMRL- Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 15-November 17, Thursdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME FALL SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
10-15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages 6-24 months with a caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 14-November 17, Wednesdays or Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3, 4, and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration for 10 week session is required and begins August 31. JMRL- Northside Library.  Wednesdays 11am, Thursdays 10:15am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 15-November 17, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
A fun-filled, participatory half-hour of stories, songs, and rhymes that encourage your 2 year old's emerging literacy skills. For children who are already 2 with a favorite adult. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 14-November 17, Wednesdays or Thursdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration for 10 week session is required and begins August 31. JMRL- Northside Library.  Wednesdays 10:15am, Thursdays 11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 12-October 24, November 21-December 19, Mondays
READING RUMPUS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 3-January 7, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum.
Start with a book and then go look! Arts-related story time led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte incorporates movement, play, and puppets, and Museum docents encourage young children to explore current exhibitions. 3-4 year olds and their grownups The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-11am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumeducation@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
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August 26-28, Friday-Sunday
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.
Black Box Players.
Features all of your favorite roles and some of the most popular Disney songs ever written! This classic fairy tale story tells of Belle, a young girl in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self! Many fun roles for all ages in this beloved "tale" that is "as old as time"! Black Box Players.  7pm Friday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday.  $10.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
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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