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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
June 4, Sunday
CROZET COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Crozet Community Orchestra.
"Music from the Opera" program includes work by Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Mozart and Edvard Grieg. Crozet Baptist Church.  Directions: 5804 St. George Ave.  4-5:15pm.  $Free.  Contact: Denise Murray.  Email: crozetorchestra@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-5517. 
 
June 6, Tuesday
FOUR VOICES TOUR: JOAN BAEZ, MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER & INDIGO GIRLS
Sprint Pavilion.
Sprint Pavilion.  7pm, doors open at 6pm.  $38-$78.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-272-8849. 
 
June 4 & 18, Sundays
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
June 20, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT NO. 2
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The Paramount Theater.  8pm-9:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
June 1-29, Thursdays
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
Grab a blanket & meet up at the amphitheater for live music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the food truck. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16
TINS4TUNES CONCERT SERIES AND FOOD DRIVE
Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery.
Bring 1 non-perishable food item for a discounted entry and support the local food pantry. At these events only, Cardinal Point will offer Blue Mountain beers as well. Check website for each date's band and food truck. Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Afton.  5-9pm.  $10 adults; $5 if you bring at least 1 non-perishable food item (per person); Kids 18 and under are Free.  Email: info@cardinalpointwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
May 26-August 27
THE MYSTERIES THAT REMAIN: MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
One of Australia's most acclaimed indigenous artists, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri was a founder of the Western Desert art movement. This exhibit features paintings on canvas and board from 1971-1990. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 13, Saturday
WESTERN ALBEMARLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ARTWORK SALE
Crozet Artisan Depot.
An opening reception will take place May 13 from 3-5pm. During May, original art work by visual artists and Career & Technical Education students from Western Albemarle High School will be on display and for sale including pottery, digital media, collage, photography and more. Crozet Artisan Depot.  10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4795. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
May 27, Saturday
AFTON AFTER HOURS WITH ELI COOK
Afton Mountain Vineyards.
Season Opener of "Afton After Hours" with Eli Cook. Enjoy the start of summer with live music. Food trucks available, picnics welcome. Rain or shine. Bring a chair or a blanket. Wine available for bottle purchase only. Afton Mountain Vineyards.  6-8:30pm.  $5 cover, under 18 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8667. 
 
May 27, Saturday
STRAWBERRY FEST AT LIBERTY MILLS
Liberty Mills Farm.
Sample everything strawberry from strawberry sundaes made with farm fresh ice cream to chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry salsa and more. Visit with local vendors and participate in fun contests including a Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest and Berry Best Hat Contest. Liberty Mills Farm.  Directions: 9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset. Located just north of Montpelier off of Route 20.  9:45am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
May 29, Monday
MEET YER EATS FARM TOUR
Ivy Publications.
Make plans to visit some of the amazing small farms in Central Virginia on Market Central's 9th 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 now you're invited to their place. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. 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. 
 
June 3, Saturday
FOOD TRUCK BATTLE AT HORTON VINEYARDS
Horton Vineyards.
The first ever food truck battle will feature 10 food trucks for you to vote on. Each truck will have a $3 sampler to try. Bring a tent, chairs and spend the afternoon filling up on fresh, local food and Horton wine. Horton Vineyards.  12-4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
June 4, Sunday
SUNDAY SOUNDS WITH MICHAEL CLEM
First Colony Winery.
Free live music on the patio. Bring a picnic or purchase food with friends, family and your four-legged friends. First Colony Winery.  Directions: 1650 Harris Creek Rd.  2-5pm.  $Free.  Email: info@firstcolonywinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7105. 
 
June 10, Saturday
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery.
A little something for everyone. For the ambitious, take a haywagon tour of the vineyard and a cellar tour with the winemaker. For the more relaxed, chill on the verandah with live music and a pitcher of Sangria. Local favorite Dr. Ho's Humble Pie brings its new food truck. Also, an 8-year old Thomas Jefferson is rumored to attend. Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery.  Directions: 3340 Sutherland Road, North Garden.  11am-5pm.  Email: info@lovingcupwine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-0774. 
 
June 10, Saturday
GRACE CHURCH HISTORIC FARM TOUR
Grace Episcopal Church.
Tour historic farms with different offerings and events at each location including shopping, food, music, Bounce & Pay, pony rides, 4-H judging and presentations, antique cars, dressage demos, jumping and sidesaddle demos, antiques, horses and children activities and more. No pets please. Grace Church.  Directions: Rt. 22 in Keswick.  10am-4pm.  $15 advance, $20 event day, ages 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: gracefarmtour@gracekeswick.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 10, Saturday
MUSIC ON THE PATIO
DuCard Vineyards.
Enjoy live music on the patio featuring a mix of classic rock, country, contemporary and originals by Randy Black Entertainment. A great way to spend the weekend in the mountains with hiking nearby, wine, food, music, and friends. Pets and picnics welcome too! No cover. DuCard Vineyards.  2-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Late April-Mid June
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Pick your own strawberries or purchase ready picked! Chiles Peach Orchard.  Directions: 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.  Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
June 17, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL BOLD ROCK BIRTHDAY BASH
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Fun for all ages bring lawn chairs and make a day of it. Live music by Lawrence, Elby Brass & DJ Thomas Dean. Family-friendly fun with craft and food vendors. Bold Rock Hard Cider.  11am-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1030. 
 
June 17, Saturday
DADS ARE SUPER HEROES
Horton Vineyards.
Come out for this M*A*S*H-themed Father's Day event with the Mouth Open Wide Food Truck. Horton Vineyards.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
June 17, Saturday
STARRY NIGHTS: JIMI SMOOTH & HITTIME
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Come spend a night on the lawn listening to great music under the stars. Bring a picnic and buy your favorite Veritas wines, or enjoy the buffet at a table (reservations required). Bring your family, friends, picnics, lawn chairs, and dancing shoes for an unforgettable night in the great outdoors. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.  Nightfall.  $15 online, $20 at the door, $10 kids 10-16, free under 10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000. 
 
June 24, Saturday
AFTON AFTER HOURS WITH JIMMY O.
Afton Mountain Vineyards.
Food trucks available, picnics welcome. Rain or shine. Bring a chair or a blanket. Wine available for bottle purchase. Afton Mountain Vineyards.  6-8:30pm.  $5 cover, under 18 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8667. 
 
June 24, Saturday
PEACHES ARE RIPE
Saunders Brothers Market.
Summer is officially here with the kickoff of peach season. Live music by Dave Miller. Saunders Brothers Market.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5455. 
 
June 24, Saturday
SUMMER CELEBRATION AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Celebrate summer with yard games for kids and adults and fully loaded picnic totes for sale to help you enjoy the afternoon in the vineyard. Totes include a picnic blanket, two wine glasses, rubber cork, corkscrew and outdoor toys and games. Plus, enjoy treats from Gourmeltz and Smiley's Ice Cream Truck from 11am-5. Horton Vineyards.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
April 28, May 26 & June 30, Final Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  6-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
May-June
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES & CHERRIES
Critzer Family Farm.
Through June pick your own strawberries and cherries. Don't forget the homemade ice cream. If bringing more than 10 children it's best to notify the farm at least 1 week in advance for better accommodations. Critzer Family Farm.  Directions: 9388 Critter Shop Rd., Afton.  8am-6pm Monday-Saturday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-4772. 
 
May-June
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES & CHERRIES AT SEAMANS' ORCHARD
Seamans' Orchard.
Pick your own strawberries and cherries. Pre-picked fruit upon request. Sold by the pound if you pick them and by the quart if they are pre-picked. Please call ahead to reserve pre-picked fruit. Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 415 Dark Hollow Rd., Roseland.  8am-7pm Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday, 12:30-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: Apeyton73@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-8130. 
 
May 23-August 16, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US
Chiles Family Orchards.
Sessions include story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and a small container for pick-your-own fruit and a snack. The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome. No drop offs. Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am, arrive by 10:15 to register.  $7 or $9 with wagon ride.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
Late June through mid-September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches late-June through mid-September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches and donut peaches. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-6pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday (through August 25).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
May-September, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fruit when it's a little cooler, shop in our Country Store, grab some donuts, cider and lite fare and then head into the Carter Mountain Wine Shop for wine (tastings by the glass or by the bottle). Perch on the decks to listen to free live music and catch an amazing sunset. Carter Mountain Orchard.  6-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
June 1-October 26, Thursdays
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
"Mornings with the Minis" is a fun, hands-on learning experience for children 7+ and adults of all ages. The morning sessions are an introduction to miniature horsemanship, small equine activities for pleasure, sport and miniature horse therapy. Sun Ridge.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd., Gordonsville.  9-11:20am.  $20 per person.  Recommended for ages 7 to 77.  Special Needs Accommodation: yes  Contact: Nancy Wheeler.  Email: morningsunminiatures@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
Now-November, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
May 13-November 23, Weekends
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  9-11am Saturdays, 10am-12pm Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
May 27, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL CELEBRATE ROCKFISH AND CASH RAFFLE
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Music, food, games and family-friendly fun with no admission fee. The 50-50 cash raffle has a $5000 grand prize. Blue Mountain Pavilion.  5-9pm.  $20 per ticket, $50 for 3.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
May 27-28, Saturday-Sunday
51ST ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK
Staunton Augusta Art Center.
A two-day festival of quality artwork, live music coming from the bandstand every hour, and food provided by a variety of vendors. Young aspiring artists are welcome to participate in a children's art activity area. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  10am-5pm Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-2028. 
 
May 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
VIRGINIA HOT GLASS FESTIVAL
Sunspots Studios.
Dozens of visiting glass artists bring their work and skills to demonstrate in the hot shop. Two floors of glass art and jewelry and two days of non-stop demos--work created before your eyes. Wine tastings from Barren Ridge Vineyards and lots of glass jewelry. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 South Lewis Street, Staunton.  9am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
May 26-29, Friday-Monday
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BLUES & BREWS
Wintergreen Resort.
Welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains including microbrew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party and the 2nd Annual Tread and Trail Series part 1 featuring Cliffhanger Mountain Bike Race and Trail Run. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Route 664, Wintergreen.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
June 3, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL MIDTOWN BLOCK PARTY
Rotary Club of Charlottesville.
Come join the Rotary Club as they support the launch of the Trailblazer program, a collaboration with City of Promise Charlottesville and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Activities include inflatable challenge course, mechanical bull, music by John D'Earth and Friends, and meeting the Trailblazers. Carnival style foods will be available outside. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  11am-4pm.  Contact: Celia Lankford.  Email: clank63@centurylink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-8901. 
 
June 1-3, Thursday-Saturday
GRAVES MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Picking, grinning and family fun. Acts include Ralph Stanley II, Lonesome River Band, The Seldom Scene, Shenandoah and many more. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  Various showtimes.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
June 10, Saturday
AMHERST COUNTY BATTEAU DAY
Amherst County Parks and Recreation.
Pack a picnic and bring the family for a historic reenactment event. The celebration includes the unveiling of historic markers, living history interpreters, a blacksmith, period musicians, family activities and food vendors. Riveredge Park, Madison Heights.  10am-4pm.  Email: staff@amherstcountymuseum.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-9068. 
 
June 10, Saturday
XTREMEFEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Come explore this beautiful region's many adventure sports activities. Climb on the mobile climbing wall, kayak the South River, jump on the air bungee trampoline, marvel at the high flying BMX stunt show, register for giveaways, and enjoy great food and fun for the whole family. Ridgeview Park.  Directions: 700 S. Magnolia Avenue, Waynesboro, VA.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Seltzer.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
May 13-June 11, Saturdays & Sundays
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.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
June 16-17, Friday-Saturday
ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
Dating back to 1865, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Tours and performances on Friday and a party on the lawn with food and music Saturday. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  6-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8720. 
 
June 17, Saturday
JAMFEST 2017
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Come out and enjoy live music from 13 local acts, food trucks, kids activities, playground and more. Rain or shine. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: 120 Waldorf School Rd.  12-8pm.  $10 adults advance, $15 at the door, kids under 16 free.  Email: cwsoffice@cwaldorf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
June 17, Saturday
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Co-sponsored by the Orange County African American Historical Society and The Arts Center in Orange, this historic celebration commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. There will be live music, historical reenactors and storytellers. The BBQ Exchange will be on-hand to offer a buffet lunch from 11am-3pm. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
June 13-17, Tuesday-Saturday
MID-ATLANTIC POWER FESTIVAL
Mid-Atlantic Power Festival.
An exciting week of MX MotoCross, Demolition Derby, Sand Drag Racing, Truck and Tractor Pulls and Monster Trucks -- And all in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. All this is accompanied by a unique Carnival Midway. See website for details. Directions: Event Field, US Route 33 (1 mile west of US 29), Ruckersville.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@exploregreene.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-0924. 
 
June 17, Saturday
NELSON COMMUNITY DAY FEATURING ROCKN' TO LOCKN' FINALE
Nelson County Preserve.
This annual family-friendly event features local food, craft beer, wineries, family activities, vendors and more. Music from six local Virginia bands as they compete in the Rockn' to Lockn' finale. Fans choose the three winning bands to perform at the 2017 Lockn' Festival. Proceeds benefit the Giving Hope Foundation of Nelson County. Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington.  12-8pm.  Email: info@infinitydowns.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-9000. 
 
June 17-18, Saturday-Sunday
FATHER'S FIELD DAY
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Celebrate all things Dad at Early Mountain Vineyards. Live music and tasty food outside weather permitting. Early Mountain Vineyards.  12-5pm each day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
June 18, Sunday
HAMMERSTOCK FESTIVAL
Grayhaven Winery.
Proceeds benefit construction of a new barn at Grayhaven to house the Central Virginia Blacksmiths Guild's Banton-Smith Center for Blacksmith & Metal Arts. You can enjoy demonstrations, live music, handcrafted treasures, wine tastings, and raffles during Hammerstock, then come back later to see all the new creations. Grayhaven Winery.  Directions: 4675 East Grey Fox Circle, Gum Spring.  11am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-556-3917. 
 
June 11-18
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Martin Chapel at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 1181 Smith Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-421-0244. 
 
June 17-24
32ND ANNUAL SCOTTSVILLE BATTEAU FESTIVAL
Downtown Scottsville.
Spend the day in this charming river town. Watch folks in period costume make their annual trek to the James River. Enjoy live music, shopping, local food and more. Scottsville Riverfront and Canal Basin Square, East Main Street.  11am-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-9267. 
 
June 24, Saturday
SUMMER SOLSTICE WINE FESTIVAL
Lazy Days Winery.
Celebrate local wines, foods and arts and crafts. Kids can play on the moonbounces and visit the petting zoo. Lazy Days Winery.  Directions: 1351 N. Amherst Hwy, Amherst.  11am-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 381-6088. 
 
June 24-25, Saturday-Sunday
14TH ANNUAL STONE TOWER GLENN RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Medieval Fantasies Company.
Emerging from the myst ascending from the Glenn, rise the spires of the Ancient Castle that gives unto this magical place its name, Stone Tower Glenn. Array thyself in your favorite garb and enjoy a weekend of amazing performers, games to test your skills and more wonders than can be enjoyed in a single day. Natural Chimneys Park, Mt. Solon.  Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.  $7 per carload, $10 per bus.  All ages welcome.  Email: sirblackwolf@medievalfantasiesco.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-337-6324. 
 
June 24-25, Saturday-Sunday
LOVEFEST: MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL
IX Art Park & WPVC 94.7FM.
A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Summer of Love with over 30 bands performing. Twenty-one solid hours of music, art and free love. IX Art Park.  12-11pm Saturday, 12-10pm Sunday.  $25 per day, $40 both days, 12 and under free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 5-26, Mondays
FAMILY FIESTA IN THE PARK
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Families are invited to come out to enjoy free special entertainment with performances at the Woodland Picnic Shelter with easy access to the playground, pool or a nice walk along the river. See website for performers. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6pm.  $Free, donations accepted.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
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 1-May 27, Saturdays
THE THOMAS JEFFERSON CENTER FOR HISTORIC PLANTS
Monticello.
Explore inspiring display gardens of historic and native plants in their full spring glory. Then find your favorites and more for sale in the nursery. Knowledgeable nursery staff on hand to answer questions. Monticello Tufton Farm.  Directions: 1293 Tufton Farm.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
May 29, Monday
MEMORIAL DAY MAY FAIR
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring the entire family and experience living history activities, enjoy lunch on the pavilion with live musical entertainment from 12-2pm, and visit the Artisan EXPO in the courtyard throughout the day. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Rd., Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $Pay What You Will.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
May 29, Monday
PATRICK HENRY'S 281ST BIRTHDAY
Red Hill.
Enjoy a piece of complimentary birthday cake while you tour the property. Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial.  9am-5pm.  $General Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-7463. 
 
June 3-4, Saturday-Sunday
THE BRITISH INVASION 1781
Monticello.
Watch as Virginia militia, British Dragoons and Redcoats bring the Revolutionary War to life. Visit soldiers' encampments, meet re-enactors and learn more about this crucial period in American history. Guests are invited to participate in a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the weekend including musket, rifle and cannon demonstrations, kids' military muster and more! Monticello.  9am-3pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday.  $25 adults, $9 children (5-11), under 5 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
June 10, Saturday
AMHERST COUNTY BATTEAU DAY
Amherst County Parks and Recreation.
Pack a picnic and bring the family for a historic reenactment event. The celebration includes the unveiling of historic markers, living history interpreters, a blacksmith, period musicians, family activities and food vendors. Riveredge Park, Madison Heights.  10am-4pm.  Email: staff@amherstcountymuseum.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-9068. 
 
May 13-June 11, Saturdays & Sundays
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.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
June 4-9 & June 12-16
ARCHAEOLOGY WALKING TOURS: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SITE
Monticello.
Join archaeologists on a 50-minute walking tour of rarely seen parts of the plantation and learn how archeology informs the understanding of the lives of those who lived and worked at Monticello. The tour visits the Monticello UVA Archaeology Field School's ongoing excavation of an early 19th-century domestic site. Monticello.  Directions: Tours meet at the Plantation Model near the Cafe.  1:30pm.  $Free with any day pass.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
June 17, Saturday
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Co-sponsored by the Orange County African American Historical Society and The Arts Center in Orange, this historic celebration commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. There will be live music, historical reenactors and storytellers. The BBQ Exchange will be on-hand to offer a buffet lunch from 11am-3pm. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
June 18, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY AT POPLAR FOREST
Poplar Forest.
Give dad something he's not expecting for Father's Day--a FREE tour of Thomas Jefferson's private retreat! Admission is free for fathers all day. 11am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
June 19, Saturday
JAMES RIVER BATTEAU FESTIVAL AT WINGINA
James River Batteau Festival.
A stop in the midst of the Batteau Festival, an 8-day flat boat journey from Lynchburg to near Richmond in the tradition of the Batteaux that once carried good and passengers in early America. Batteaux crew will be attired in period costume and will pull into the Game Commission landing at James River Bridge. James River Bridge, Wingina.  4-10pm.  $Free.  Email: ralph@hipeak.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 528-3950. 
 
June 24, Saturday
CIVIL WAR TRAIL & GILMORE FARM WALKING TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of the George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Tour begins at parking lot across from Montpelier Station Train Depot on Rt. 20.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
June 26, Monday
PLAYING IN THE PAST
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Get moving while you learn how kids in the past worked and played. Learn and play games from long ago with historic interpretations from the Frontier Culture Museum. Ages 6-12. Registration required. Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
May 13-October 14, Second Saturdays
JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM
James Madison's Montpelier.
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
Now through October, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
HISTORIC COURT SQUARE WALKING TOURS
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Take a one-hour tour around Court Square to learn some of Charlottesville's rich history and revisit the time of Thomas Jefferson. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Directions: 200 Second St. NE.  5:30pm Thursdays & Fridays, 10am Saturdays.  $5.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
April 22-October 30, Saturday & Sundays
HATTON FERRY
Hatton Ferry.
Get a sense of history by crossing the river on the last pole-operated ferry in America. Weather permitting. On Route 625, outside Scottsville.  9am-pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  $5 per person, $10 per car.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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May 6-29
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at prices you won't believe! 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 (in Shenandoah Valley btwn Harrisonburg and Staunton).  Directions: take I-64 west to I-81 north, exit 240 on Rt 682, go east, following signs.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
Saturdays in June
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. 
 
June 24-July 17
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at prices you won't believe! The Green Valley Book Fair is a discount book outlet store featuring over 500,000 new books at incredible bargain prices. 2192 Green Valley Lane, Mount Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
May 6-September 30, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
New farmers market at Hollymead Town Center. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For more info call: 531-2733. 
 
May-October, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
April-October, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May-October, Thursdays & Saturdays
STONEFIELD GREEN MARKET
The Shops at Stonefield.
Join Stonefield and Central Farm Markets for an open-air market on The Green at Stonefield. The Shops at Stonefield.  4-7pm Thursday, 8:30am-12:30pm Saturday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6-October 14, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 823-1092. 
 
May 2-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-2733. 
 
April 1-November 18, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Find food, music, crafts and more. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tanya Cornwell.  Email: svillefarmersmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4994. 
 
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May 31, Wednesday
"MA VIE EN ROSE"
Charlottesville NOW / JMRL- Northside Library.
Watch the warm, funny Belgian movie at Northside. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: cnowcville@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 4, Sunday
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 youth 12 and under, $7 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
June 6, Tuesday
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: MOANA
JMRL- Northside Library.
JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: West Rio Rd.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 13-14, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 13-14, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: KUNG FU PANDA 3
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 21 & June 18, Sundays
MOVIE NIGHTS AT DEVILS BACKBONE
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Enjoy (relatively) family-friendly films on the Meadows Lawn at sunset. The Goonies in May and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in June. Devils Backbone Brewery Base Camp.  Directions: Roseland.  5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1001. 
 
June 20-21, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 20-21, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: TROLLS
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 23, Friday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring blanket and pillow if you like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Ages 2-6. Registration required. Drop-ins welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 13-August 9, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week! Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3213. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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June 17, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: TELLING TALES ON TILES
Fralin Museum of Art.
Age-appropriate, interactive tours with hands-on art activities. Reservations required. Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1pm.  $Free.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
Now-July 18, Third Tuesdays
BABES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
A new program specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions (18 months and younger). Join an educator and fellow parents for lively conversation about works of art on view, with baby coos and cries encouraged. Look and discuss in a supportive environment with time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. Slings over strollers are preferred when possible, and a 1:1 adult to infant ratio, but will work to accommodate parents of twins. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 18.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
Now-July 23
IMAGINING ANTIQUITY: ITALIANATE PRINTS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
The 18th century, coincident with what is often termed the Age of Enlightenment, was a period of European history that witnessed a resurgence of an interest in antiquity, specifically in the culture of classical Rome. This exhibition, which showcases a collection of prints recently gifted to the Museum and now on public display for the first time, explores a range of artistic responses to this cultural phenomenon, from the depiction of both contemporary and historical landscapes, to Neoclassical visualizations of ancient mythologies and historical events, to images that speak to the rise of antiquarianism. The Fralin Museum of Art.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
Second Saturdays
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  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. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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April 1-June 1
A MILLION BLOOMS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Spring arrives with magnificent splendor! See a succession of breathtaking blooms that color the landscape with beauty. Enjoy entertaining activities, exhibits and family events. Play and learn in the Children's Garden, browse the Garden Shop, dine with friends or relax with a good book in a scenic retreat. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
June 2, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30pm, 8:15-9:30pm viewing.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
June 3, Saturday
DRAGONFLIES OF IVY CREEK
Ivy Creek Foundation & Monticello Bird Club.
Learn about the dragonflies and damselflies of Ivy Creek. Bring binoculars for better viewing and meet in the Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  11am-12:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
June 3, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation & Monticello Bird Club.
Join Leigh Surdukowski of the Monticello Bird Club for a bird walk. Beginners welcome. Binoculars available to share. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
June 10, Saturday
GRACE CHURCH HISTORIC FARM TOUR
Grace Episcopal Church.
Tour historic farms with different offerings and events at each location including shopping, food, music, Bounce & Pay, pony rides, 4-H judging and presentations, antique cars, dressage demos, jumping and sidesaddle demos, antiques, horses and children activities and more. No pets please. Grace Church.  Directions: Rt. 22 in Keswick.  10am-4pm.  $15 advance, $20 event day, ages 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: gracefarmtour@gracekeswick.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 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.  9-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
June 17-18, Saturday-Sunday
FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Dads and other caregivers deserve more than one day to feel special! Enjoy a whole weekend of fun and relaxation with live music and a cookout, plus remote-control model boats on Sydnor Lake. Garden admission also includes the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
June 4 & 18, Sundays
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
June 24, Saturday
CIVIL WAR TRAIL & GILMORE FARM WALKING TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of the George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Tour begins at parking lot across from Montpelier Station Train Depot on Rt. 20.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
June 3, 10, 24, Saturdays
TWILIGHT HIKING
Shenandoah National Park Lodging.
Hike into the "Big Meadow" at dusk through the dramatic changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the incredible spread of the night sky with its multitude of stars. At 3,500 feet, you are high above the haze and light pollution of the mid-Atlantic, making it a truly unforgettable experience. Led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Distance covered is less than 2 miles. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited and often fills quickly. Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51 on Skyline Drive).  Directions: Meets at the grassy circle in front of the the Lodge lobby.  7pm departure, 9:30-10pm return.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
Second Monday and Last Thursday of each month
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Master Naturalist volunteers will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
June 8-September 14, Second and Fourth Thursdays
FIDOS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed pets during the second and fourth Thursdays of each month's Flowers After 5. WaterPlay in the Children's Garden is open until 8pm during this event weather permitting. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 1-September 14, Thursdays
FLOWERS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on the second and fourth Thursdays of June, July, August and Thursday, September 14 to allow leashed pets at "Fidos After 5." Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 14-October 15
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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May 26, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SWANS SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING WATER SHOW
Charlottesville Swans.
Did you know Charlottesville has a competitive synchronized swimming team for girls ages 6 through high school? Come out to see the award winning local team perform in a water show celebrating generations of music. Fairview Swim & Tennis Club.  Directions: 707 Belvedere Blvd.  6:30pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: samanthaelhart@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-1236. 
 
June 3, Saturday
GUITBIT KIDS CONCERT & BENEFIT
The Jefferson Theater.
Individual performances by Mark Kramer's Guitar students start the evening and the kid's rock band, 14 Stories, ends the night. Kids are free but must have a ticket to enter. The concert benefits Comfort Cases, which provides essential support for foster children. The Jefferson Theater.  5-8pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
June 4, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE WOMEN'S CHOIR SPRING BENEFIT CONCERT
Charlottesville Women's Choir .
Begun in 1984, the Charlottesville Women's Choir continues its tradition of an annual spring benefit concert. Songs are mostly a capella with themes of peace, social justice and environmental awareness. This year's benefit recipient is Virginia Organizing. The Haven.  Directions: Corner of 1st and Market Streets.  4:30-6pm.  $5-15 suggested donation for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12.  Contact: Nancy Chappell.  Email: nancy.chappell71@gmail.com. For more info call: 977-0963. 
 
June 6, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT SERIES KICKOFF
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The Charlottesville Municipal Band will open its 95th Summer Season of free concerts. Western Albemarle High School Auditorium.  8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 6-7, Tuesday-Wednesday
SESAME STREET LIVE: MAKE A NEW FRIEND
Sesame Street Live offers an up-close, interactive experience. Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center, Richmond.  6:30pm Tuesday, 10:30am Wednesday.  $15-$62.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-JPJ-TIXS. 
 
June 11, Sunday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT I
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Works by Bach and Mozart. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University.  Directions: 1191 Park Rd., Harrisonburg.  3pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 16, Friday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT II
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Concert features: Maria Newman, Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra with Scott Hosteled on viola. Carl Philipp Stamitz, Sinfonia Concertante in A Major, No. 11 with Joan Griffing on violin, Diane Phoenix-Neal on viola, and Beth Vanderborgh on cello. Johannes Brahms, Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 with Daniel Lichti on bass baritone. Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University.  Directions: 1191 Park Rd., Harrisonburg.  7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 12-17
25TH ANNUAL SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL NOON CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Bach, Handel, Ravel, Elliott Carter, Frank Bridge, Zygmunt Noskowski, Beethoven, Praetorius, Stravinsky, Eric Ewazen, Ralph Vaughan and more. First Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 17 Court Square, Harrisonburg.  12pm.  $Free; suggest $5 donation.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 17, Saturday
SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT III
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Performance includes: José Sylvester White, La bella cubana. Eleonel Molina, Volver atras. Maria Newman, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, “Abilene," Cinderella (1914), silent film with live orchestral accompaniment. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University.  Directions: 1191 Park Rd., Harrisonburg.  7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 18, Sunday
LEIPZIG SERVICE
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 and Sanctus in G Major, BWV 240. Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University.  Directions: Harrisonburg.  10am-12pm.  $Free (freewill offerings welcome).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Kay Adams.  Email: mary.adams@emu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-432-4367. 
 
June 5-26, Mondays
FAMILY FIESTA IN THE PARK
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Families are invited to come out to enjoy free special entertainment with performances at the Woodland Picnic Shelter with easy access to the playground, pool or a nice walk along the river. See website for performers. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6pm.  $Free, donations accepted.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
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 22-26, Monday-Friday
FRY'S SPRING BEACH CLUB OPEN HOUSES
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
2512 Jefferson Park Ave.  4-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4181. 
 
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. 
 
June 4, Sunday
FRENCH CREPES AT DELFOSSE
Delfosse Vineyards.
Come and celebrate French Crepe Day. Select from a menu of 5 different crepes. Delfosse Vineyards.  Directions: 500 Delfosse Winery Lane, Faber.  12-4pm.  Email: info@delfossewine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-6100. 
 
June 2-4, Friday-Sunday
SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS: KING LEAR
Poplar Forest.
Bring your friends out to the plantation for an evening of theatre under the stars on Jefferson's south lawn. Bring a picnic dinner, sample a selection of local libations and experience the magic of Shakespeare's verse. King Lear was the only play that Jefferson mentioned by name in a letter. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Poplar Forest.  7:30pm.  $15 adults, $12 youth 6-17 or students (with college ID), $5 ages 5 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
June 7, Wednesday
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum.  1-4pm.  $Free.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
June 8, Thursday
LET'S GO COOK
Monticello.
Join Monticello's garden curator Eleanor Gould for a fun, hands-on, family-friendly cooking class. Young cooks and their favorite grownups will begin by harvesting fruits and vegetables from the Monticello gardens. The class will then help prepare simple kid-friendly dishes they can then eat. Monticello.  9:30-11:30am.  $12, Children 5-11 $9, Under 5 Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
June 10, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL JUNIOR STEP & DANCE COMPETITION
Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition.
The best of each genre, step and dance teams will collide on the stage competing. Non-stop, high-energy fun. V. Earl Dickinson Building.  7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.  $10 in advance, $13 at the door.  Email: daneandstep@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-0650. 
 
June 10, Saturday
BBQ BONANZA!
First Colony Winery.
Enjoy live music from Pat Anderson and delicious BBQ. Other food options will also be available for purchase. Play a game of Cornhole, Croquet, Giant Jenga, Giant Dominoes, Lawn Tic-Tac-Toe or Bocce, grab a table on our patio or in the garden, or bring your blanket and lawn chairs. Admission is free. First Colony Winery.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 10, Saturday
SUMMER READING KICKOFF HULLABALOO
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Pick up your first JMRL Summer Reading Challenge sheet, and let the summer begin with some live music, donuts, and face painting at the Central Library's annual street party. Friends' of the Library will hold a mini-book sale and visitors are invited to met riders of the Books on Bikes, too. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 3-4 & 10-11, Saturdays & Sundays
SWANNANOA PALACE OPEN HOUSE
Swannanoa Palace.
Swannanoa Palace, a $2 million, 52-room mansion built in 1912 by Major James Dooley and modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, is open to the public. The 4,000-piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley are sure to impress. Swannanoa Palace.  Directions: 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton.  11:15am-5pm.  $cash or check only fee.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-5653. 
 
June 12, Monday
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Kickoff summer fun with ice cream, music by the Jim Howe Jazz Trio, and face painting at the library. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 12, Monday
SUMMER KICKOFF CELEBRATION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Gather your first round of summer reading then step outside and enjoy sweet summer treats and fun. Pick up your first Summer Reading Challenge sheet. Rain cancels. JMRL- Crozet Library.  5:30-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 15, Thursday
FENCING BY DESIGN
JMRL- Central Library.
A fencing demonstration with the Charlottesville Fencing Association which will demo the art of fencing, including historical techniques and hands-on fun. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 17, Saturday
WEST MAIN TOUCH-A-TRUCK
UVA Children's Hospital.
Explore, touch and learn about many different trucks. The first hour is quiet hour with no horns or loud machinery so that kids with sensory sensitivities and families who prefer a quieter experience can enjoy the event. Battle Building and University Baptist Church.  Directions: West Main Street.  8:30am, 8:30-9:30am Quiet Hour.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 18, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY AT OLD HOUSE
Old House Vineyards.
Pack Dad, a picnic, poles, and enjoy an afternoon of live music, wine and spirit tastings, wood oven pizzas, cigars and fishing in the pond with the worms already provided. Old House Vineyards.  Directions: 18351 Corkys Lane, Culpeper.  12-6pm.  Email: info@oldhousevineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-1320. 
 
June 18, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY COOKOUT AT DELFOSSE VINEYARDS
Delfosse Vineyards and Winery.
Celebrate Father's Day at Delfosse. Delfosse Vineyards and Winery.  Directions: 500 Delfosse Winery Lane, Faber.  12-4pm.  Email: info@delfossewine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-6100. 
 
June 18, Sunday
FATHER'S DAY PICNIC
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Celebrate dad as you enjoy a ride to Whittaker Station out of the Cass depot. Once at Whittaker, enjoy a picnic to celebrate this special day! Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.  11am.  $51 adult, $49 senior, kids 4-11 $41, kids 3 and under free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-686-7245. 
 
June 16-18, Friday-Sunday
FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
This Father's Day start a new tradition and celebrate this special holiday at Wintergreen Resort. Lots of family fun has been planned including a spa treatment just for the guys. Wintergreen Resort, Nellysford.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
June 23, Friday
"DELVE INTO DESIGN" ART PROGRAM
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Join Venable art teacher Melissa Combs in an art class designed to be done by a child AND their adult. See what the power of two can create. Grades K-1 with an adult. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 23, Friday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring blanket and pillow if you like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Ages 2-6. Registration required. Drop-ins welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 24, Saturday
BROOKS FAMILY YMCA COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE
Brooks Family YMCA.
The newest facility's open house includes tour of the facility, sample class schedules and program offerings, healthy food samples, family-friendly activities, bounce house, giveaways and more. Brooks Family YMCA .  10am-1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-9622. 
 
May 27-June 24, Saturdays
FLY FISHING 101
Orvis.
Learn to fly fish for free. Orris provides everything you need in these hour-long classes. Orvis, The Shops at Stonefield.  9-10pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 24, Saturday
SUMMER CELEBRATION AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Celebrate summer with yard games for kids and adults and fully loaded picnic totes for sale to help you enjoy the afternoon in the vineyard. Totes include a picnic blanket, two wine glasses, rubber cork, corkscrew and outdoor toys and games. Plus, enjoy treats from Gourmeltz and Smiley's Ice Cream Truck from 11am-5. Horton Vineyards.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
February 6-July 7
FAULKNER: LIFE AND WORKS
UVA Special Collections Library.
An exhibition surveying one of the great archives of American literature: UVA's William Faulkner collections. Opening celebration on February 28 at 5pm. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, UVA.  Directions: Main Gallery, Harrison Institute and Small Collections Library .  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 21-July 27, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP 'N STOMP
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required and should be for either day's session. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Now-September 8, Fridays
$5 AFTER FIVE: LATE-PLAY NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Play late on Fridays at the Museum from spring into the end of summer. No registration required. Virginia Discovery Museum.  $5 per family.  Recommended for ages 15 to 18.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
May 7-October 29, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
Keswick Vineyards.
Every Sunday through October Keswick Vineyards is host to Yappy Hours! A family-oriented event where local animal shelters and societies will bring their dogs in need of homes to play with patrons and other dogs. A portion of sales in the tasting room are donated to the visiting shelter, and guests are always encouraged to bring their own animals. The dog park makes for a great space to let animals run free and get exercise while you enjoy your Virginia wine and enjoy the countryside views. Keswick Vineyards.  Directions: Tasting Room.  12-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom.  Directions: 221 Water St. E.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. (No Living Lab May 20) Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Tuesdays
SILENT DINNER POTLUCK
JMRL - Louisa County.
No talking during this silent dinner. A great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. Please consider bringing dessert of a side dish to share. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: louisa@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
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May 27, Saturday
15TH ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM
Autism Society Central Virginia.
This family-friendly race includes entertainment, food, exhibitors and a Kid's Fun Zone. The 5K Run/Walk is one of the Autism Society Central Virginia's primary sources of income, raising over $100,000 in 2016. Innsbrook Pavilion, Richmond.  8am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-257-0192. 
 
May 27, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL KESWICK HUNT CLUB FOX TROT 5K
Keswick Hunt Club.
Run or walk a beautiful and challenging 5K trail course in the heart of Keswick. Kids 12 and under run free in the Kids Mile and Kids Scramble. A "Hunt Breakfast" and wine tasting by Barboursville Vineyards will be offered after the races. Please no strollers or dogs. The post-race "Hunt Breakfast" is free for all registered children, runners, hikers and walkers. Castalia Farm.  Directions: 600 Castalia Farm, Keswick.  5pm kids races, 6pm 5K trail race .  $30 advance, $35 after May 21, Kids free, $10 after May 21 (enter FREEKID in promo box).  Email: melissa_zeller@yahoo.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-9405. 
 
May 27, Saturday
RAMBLIN' RABBIT 5K
Blue Ridge Rotary Club.
The Rotary Ramblin' Rabbit 5K is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club, which has been serving the local, national and international community since 1983. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia eliminate a waiting list of 100 kids at the Southwood Club. PVCC.  7:30am, registration at 6am.  $30 for adults, $15 for 2-12 years old.  Email: information@notussports.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-1708. 
 
May 28, Sunday
FIRST POLO MATCH OF THE YEAR
King Family Vineyards/Roseland Polo Club.
The Roseland Polo Club kicks off the 2017 polo season! King Family Vineyards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  1-3pm.  $Free.  Email: info@kingfamilyvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7800. 
 
June 3-4, Saturday-Sunday
BIKE MS: COLONIAL CROSSROADS
National MS Society - Blue Ridge Chapter.
The fun-filled event will feature non-stop music, an engaging program and catered meals. Through national efforts and a nationwide network of chapters, Bike MS rides attract a range of new and seasoned cyclists who share a love of cycling and helping others. Richmond, Smithfield or Williamsburg Routes.  Email: deirdre.kelly@nmss.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-344-4867. 
 
June 3 & 4, Saturday & Sunday
SUNBURN TOURNAMENT
SOCA.
Watch SOCA's recreation teams as they compete in a fun and friendly soccer environment. Participation open to teams participating in SOCA's Recreational League, registration deadline May 10th; open to public to attend. SOCA South Fork field, Darden Towe Park and other facilities.  Email: soca@socaspot.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5025. 
 
June 6, Tuesday
TOM SOX V. WOODSTOCK RIVER BANDITS
TomSox.
Charlottesville's summer league baseball is back. Come cheer them on. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 7, Wednesday
TOM SOX V. NEW MARKET REBELS
Tom Sox.
TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 8, Thursday
2017 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: USA VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
The Paramount Theater.
The two national soccer teams face off. See them live on the big screen at The Paramount. Concessions will be available throughout the game. The Paramount Theater.  7:50pm kickoff.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
June 10, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL BIKE PARADE
Books on Bikes.
Children gather to decorate their bikes with pinwheels, beads, and streamers, then parade to the JMRL Central Branch. Clark Elementary School.  Directions: Meets at Clark Elementary, arrives at JMRL Central before 10:30. .  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 10, Saturday
XTREMEFEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Come explore this beautiful region's many adventure sports activities. Climb on the mobile climbing wall, kayak the South River, jump on the air bungee trampoline, marvel at the high flying BMX stunt show, register for giveaways, and enjoy great food and fun for the whole family. Ridgeview Park.  Directions: 700 S. Magnolia Avenue, Waynesboro, VA.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Seltzer.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
June 11, Sunday
TOM SOX V. COVINGTON LUMBERJACKS
Tom Sox.
TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 12, Monday
TOM SOX V. NEW MARKET REBELS
Tom Sox.
TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 16, Friday
TOM SOX V. WAYNESBORO GENERALS
Tom Sox.
Tox Sox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 17, Saturday
TOM SOX V. HARRISONBURG TURKS
Tom Sox.
TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 23, Friday
VINE TO WINE 5K
Corkscrew Racing and Barren Ridge Vineyards.
Spectacular mountain views, gender-specific tech shirts, live music, finisher tasting glass and fun post-race parties paired with spirit samplings from Virginia's best wineries, breweries and cideries. Barren Ridge Vineyards.  Email: info@corkscrewracing.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 3, 10, 24, Saturdays
TWILIGHT HIKING
Shenandoah National Park Lodging.
Hike into the "Big Meadow" at dusk through the dramatic changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the incredible spread of the night sky with its multitude of stars. At 3,500 feet, you are high above the haze and light pollution of the mid-Atlantic, making it a truly unforgettable experience. Led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Distance covered is less than 2 miles. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited and often fills quickly. Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51 on Skyline Drive).  Directions: Meets at the grassy circle in front of the the Lodge lobby.  7pm departure, 9:30-10pm return.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
June 24, Saturday
UNITED WAY RELAY
The United Way Relay is a fun, family-friendly race that supports equitable access to local health care. Runners, age 10+, register in teams of 4. Each team member will run 1/2 mile (2 laps). The Relay has 3 divisions: Family/Friends, Business/Organization, and Competitive (1/2 mile time of 3:30+). Families are encouraged to form teams! Albemarle High School.  7:30am.  $30.  Special Needs Accommodation: Runners must be at least 10 years old  Contact: Caroline Emerson.  Email: cemerson@unitedwaytja.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1701. 
 
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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June 17, 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 ages 2-5. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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June 1-3 & 8-10
ANIMAL FARM
Live Arts.
Live Arts presents George Orwell's Animal Farm as directed by Megan Hillary. Founders Theater.  Email: tracie@livearts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4177. 
 
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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