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Hatton Ferry Opening Day Picnic - April 19, Saturday
Hatton Ferry.
Get a sense of history by crossing the river on the last pole-operated ferry in America. The Hatton Ferry committee will be sponsoring a fundraising picnic of stew, salad and a beverage (hot dogs will also be available). At 1 pm, the ferry committee will unveil a new exhibit on the history of the ferry, the James River and river transportation. On Route 625, outside Scottsville.  11am-2pm.  $10-$12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Civil War Trail and Gilmore Farm Tour - April 19, Saturday
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 George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, and consider life after slavery for newly emancipated families. Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: Tours begins at Civil War Trail Parking Lot on Rt. 20 across from Train Depot.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
Easter Weekend with Peter Rabbit - April 19 & 20, Saturday and Sunday
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days 1-4pm). Concert on the lawn at Bloemendaal House (Saturday, 2-3pm); Easter Brunch in the Tea House by reservation (Sunday). Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.  1-4pm.  $regular admission.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
Fee Free Days at Shenandoah National Park - April 19-20, Saturday-Sunday
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy the Park without having to pay an entrance fee in observance of National Park Week. Shenandoah National Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
Annual Highland Sheep Shearing - April 19, Saturday
Ash Lawn-Highland.
The sheep at Ash Lawn-Highland are ready to shed their wool! Join us for our annual sheep shearing event. With 53 years of sheep shearing experience, Peter Darnell will demonstrate the New Zealand sheep shearing method to onlookers. Plus, meet Ash Lawn-Highland's newest additions: three lambs! Ash Lawn-Highland, 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  Directions: Take Route 53 Route 53 past Michie Tavern, Monticello, and Salt. After Jefferson Vineyards, turn right onto State Route 795/James Monroe Parkway. Continue  mile. Ash Lawn-Highland is on the right..  10am-12pm.  $5 or complimentary with the purchase of a house tour.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ash Lawn-Highland.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports 5K Run - April 19, Saturday
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports.
Launched as before at the Devils Backbone Brewing Company and onto Beech Grove Rd., this year's event features a 5K/8K option, in a mass start over one course. At the Cub Creek Road turnaround, 8K runners will travel further to a second turnaround point. The race will begin promptly at 9:30am. Early registration is now closed, but you can still register online through April 17. The course is paved the entire way. All proceeds benefit WAS, a local nonprofit organization that teaches adaptive skiing, snowboarding, and kayaking to people with disabilities. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  Directions: 200 Mosby's Run, Roseland.  $20-$35.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Angela Flannery.  Email: 5krun@mail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 465-5920. 
 
Easter Sunday - April 20, Sunday
Boar's Head Inn.
Come for a traditional brunch in the Old Mill Room or a family-style brunch in the Pavilion, cookie decorating and tea, family photos with the Easter bunny, jelly bean contest and more. Boar's Head Inn.  11am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
Easter Sunday Brunch at DelFosse - April 20, Sunday
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.
Eater Bunny, egg hunt and crepes! DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.  1-5pm.  Email: finewines@delfossewine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-6100. 
 
Shakespeare's Birthday Party - April 20, Sunday
American Shakespeare Center.
This April, Shakespeare turns 450 and you're invited to his birthday party. Head to the Blackfriars Playhouse for a free, family-friendly celebration with music; door prizes; games; and, of course, cake. American Shakespeare Center, The Blackfriars Playhouse.  4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
William Fitzsimmons with Leif Vollebekk - April 22, Tuesday
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.
Growing up with two blind parents, sound became extremely important in communicating and relating to one another. After growing up around music, William Fitzsimmons set it aside to pursue his education. He received his masters in counseling and worked as a psychotherapist for several years before turning to songwriting. William truly writes the kind of songs that most songwriters dream about; brilliant, heavy, complex and intensely personal...the songs are nothing short of breathtaking. The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.  5pm dinner service, 8:30pm show.  $15 advance, $17 day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
Tycho - April 22, Tuesday
The Jefferson Theater.
For nearly a decade, Tycho has been known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen, but with the release of Awake - his second LP for Ghostly International - the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band. Reaching an entire new realm of sonic possibilities this time out, Awake is situated in the present, reaching Hansen's vision of Tycho like never before. The Jefferson Theater.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $15/ advance; $15/day of show.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
Spring for the Arts! - April 23, Wednesday
Piedmont Council for the Arts.
This annual celebration to support PCA featuring a gallery exhibit, performances, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction. CitySpace.  5:30-8pm.  $50 for PCA members; $65* for non-members; *Includes a complimentary one-year membership for new members.  Email: info@charlottesvillearts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-2787. 
 
Rodney Atkins - April 23, Wednesday
The Paramount Theater.
Concert including new single "Doin' It Right" from his album due in stores early next year. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  8pm.  $29.50-$55.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
Dogwood Festival Chicken BBQ - April 24, Thursday
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival/Pepsi.
Enjoy some tasty chicken barbecue or hot dogs for sale at the park. Includes baked beans, bread, coleslaw, chips & Pepsi products. Free parking at Charlottesville High School. Fireworks at dusk. McIntire Park.  5:30pm until all gone.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
Dogwood Festival Flower Show - April 24, Thursday
Dogwood Garden Club.
See beautiful floral designs and photography, view lovely home grown garden flowers and planters, learn about daffodils and the dogwood, experience the latest in garden landscaping with commercial exhibits and listen to a lecture series. Virginia Department of Forestry Building.  Directions: 900 Natural Resources Drive.  1-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-9900. 
 
Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings - April 24, Thursday
The Paramount Theater.
This singer-songwriter duo will be performing songs from their entire catalog over the course of two acoustic sets at these special "evening with" concerts. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $37.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
The Carolina Chocolate Drops - April 25, Friday
The Jefferson Theater.
This Grammy-award winning traditional African-American string band returns to Charlottesville in time for their new T-Bone Burnett-produced album. The Jefferson Theater.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $22-$25.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
Final Fridays at the UVa Art Museum - April 25, Friday
UVA Art Museum.
Enjoy lively conversation with friends, connect with art, listen to music and snack on tasty food and drink. UVA Art Museum.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free for members and UVA students, $3 non-members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
President James Monroe's 254th Birthday - April 26, Saturday
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Two days before Monroe's actual birthday, we'll take a step back in time to 1814. Visitors will come across a small War of 1812 Virginia Militia Unit practicing their drill, discussing events of the day, and explaining Mr. Monroe's role in the war. Civilians will also discuss current events and everyday family life during that time. Costumed interpreters will perform open hearth cooking demonstrations with traditional cake and syllabub, an old-fashioned treat, and discuss how birthdays were celebrated during that time. Ash Lawn-Highland.  9am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9539. 
 
Dogwood Festival Parade - April 26, Saturday
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. Downtown Mall.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
Spring Race at Foxfield - April 26, Saturday
Foxfield.
Explore the exciting world of steeplechase racing at Foxfield. Each race meet includes six to eight races featuring the country's finest horses, riders and trainers. The Spring Race will benefit WVPT. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road.  9am gates open; 5:30pm gates close.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
Nickel Creek - April 26, Saturday
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek, Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals), officially reunites for the first time since its 2007 self-described "indefinite hiatus." nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  $35-$55.  Email: info@charlottesvillepavilion.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-CPAV-TIX. 
 
Park to Park Half Marathon - April 26, Saturday
City of Waynesboro.
Experience the best views in the Shenandoah Valley on this 13.1 mile point to point course connecting Waynesboro's Ridgeview Park to Augusta County's Stuarts Draft Park. Gently rolling hills, mountain vistas and beautiful serene river crossings make this Park to Park course a must do spring race. The race will be completely supported with fully stocked aid stations and a post race party at the finish line. Portion of the proceeds from this year's race will be donated to Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. 700 Magnolia Avenue, Waynesboro.  Directions: Ridgeview Park to Stuarts Draft Park.  7am.  $50-February 1; $60-March 1; $70 April 10; $80 race day.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
The Newsplex Healthy Living Expo - April 26, Saturday
UVA Children's Hospital.
The Healthy Living Expo is a great opportunity to learn tips from experts to lead a healthier and happier life. There will be live presentations from DIY expert Danny Lipford, a contributor to CBS This Morning. Also, taste plenty of samples of yummy and healthy food! Main Street Arena, Charlottesville.  10am-3pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stacia Harris.  Email: stacia.harris@newsplex.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 220-7543. 
 
The Met Live in HD: Cosi fan tutte - April 26, Saturday
The Paramount Theater.
Mozart's beloved opera about sisters, lovers, a fiesty maid, all testing the ties of love. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  1pm; pre-opera lecture 12:15pm.  $18-24.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concerts - April 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. To purchase tickets, visit the Arts Box Office at www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu. Old Cabell Hall on Saturday, Charlottesville High School on Sunday.  8pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday.  $10-38.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
Annual Meritage Vertical - April 26, Saturday
Jefferson Vineyards.
An afternoon of award winning Meritage wines. Six vintages will be paired with a selection of hors d'oeuvres. Jefferson Vineyards.  Directions: 1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway.  3-5pm.  $50/person.  Email: info@jeffersonvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3042. 
 
Historic Garden Week - April 26-May 3
Garden Club of Virginia.
This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. More details on the website. Email: historicgardenweek@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-644-7776. 
 
10th Annual Kiwanis Dogwood Pancake Breakfast - April 26, Saturday
Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.
"Pancakes on Parade Day" Proceeds of this fun family-friendly event benefit Children, Youth & Family Services, Inc. (CYFS). CYFS has served the Charlottesville area for over 90 years. Our programs are all about getting kids ready--ready to learn, ready for relationships, and ultimately ready for life. First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street, Charlottesville VA 22902.  Directions: two blocks north of the parade route on East High Street.  7:30-11am.  $5 donation, kids under six free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jim Hart.  Email: jhart46201@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-2094. 
 
Historic Garden Week: Orange County Tour - April 26, Saturday
Garden Club of Virginia.
Gordonsville tour includes three private homes and gardens as well as special events and amazing cuisine. 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Bridge Day Staunton - April 26, Saturday
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more! Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Rodney Crowell - Partially Reserved Seated Show - April 27, Sunday
The Jefferson Theater.
Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Rodney Crowell has had his hands in a lot of musical pies over the years. His songs have been recorded by the top names in American music and he is a Grammy Award-winning musician who is widely known for his contributions to the Americana and Alt-Country genres. An icon in multiple genres and decades of music, Rodney Crowell still has his hands in a multitude of projects but his passion for performing across the world in unwavering. The Jefferson Theater.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $General admission: $20 in advance, $23 day of show / Reserved ticket: $22 advance, $25 day of show.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
Virginia Hot Glass Festival - April 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
Sunspots Studios.
Glass artists from around the region gather for the area's only annual art festival devoted to hot glass artistry. Demonstrations of glass blowing, flame working, and other glass art making are ongoing throughout the weekend. Each artist will be exhibiting and selling their work, including hand-blown glass, paperweights, marbles, beads, and art glass jewelry. Handicapped accessible. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 South Lewis Street, Staunton.  Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.  $Free.  Contact: Caroline Sheridan.  Email: caroline@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
Archaeological Expedition Program - April 27-May 3, August, September, and October
Montpelier.
The Montpelier Archaeology Expedition programs offer interested members of the public a week-long opportunity to become a member of the archaeological research team. Expeditions have been offered for more than two decades with many of the same volunteers returning year after year. Montpelier, Orange.  Contact: Matt Reeves.  Email: mreeves@montpelier.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Open House - April 27, Sunday
Tour open studios and visit working writers, artists and composers while exploring the beautiful Mt. San Angelo grounds. Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Directions: 154 Mt. San Angelo Drive, Amherst, VA.  4-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-7236. 
 
TOM TALK: A Conversation in the Garden with Thomas Woltz - April 28, Monday
Monticello.
An elegant garden party with celebrated landscape architect and author Thomas Woltz on the West Lawn of Monticello. Drawing on his work from Monticello, Woltz will speak about how modern design methods can improve ecology and reveal cultural and historic landscapes. Includes informal tours of Monticello and the gardens, fine Virginia wines and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center's Jordan Classroom.  6-8pm.  $65.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
Restoring Monticello's Kitchen Road - April 28, Monday
Monticello.
Gardiner Hallock, Monticello's architectural historian, will outline "Reuniting Monticello's Mountaintop Landscape," which will reestablish the link between the ornamental landscape surrounding the house and its connection to the functioning plantation. A tour of the site to follow. Monticello.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9811. 
 
Historic Garden Week: "The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants" - April 29, Tuesday
Monticello/Historic Garden Week.
Peggy Cornett explores the plants that define our horticultural heritage. A tour of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants' garden and nursery at Tufton Farm follows the lecture, where plants will be available for sale. Bring your Historic Garden Week and receive 10% off all purchases! Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center, Monticello.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
Thomas Jefferson's Fruit & Vegetable Gardens at Monticello - April 29, Tuesday
Monticello.
Join Gabriele Rausse, Director of Gardens and Grounds, for a lecture on Jefferson's exceptional vegeteable garden and fruitery, including present-day efforts to restore and preserve Jefferson's horticultural legacy, followed by a walking tour of Monticello's gardens. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, Garden Center.  10am.  $free.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
The Werks - April 30, Wednesday
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.
As a result of their eclectic individual influences, The Werks produce a dance party that can be appreciated by a majority of musical tastes. Known for fusing psychedelic shredding guitar, wailing organ of jam and classic rock with funk slap bass, synthesizers, and modern dance beats, The Werks create their own style of music. Their unique style of performing is affected and manipulated by the energy of the audience, guaranteeing that each show will be different and memorable. The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.  5pm dinner service, 9pm show.  $10 advance, $12 day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
PVCC Dance Concert - May 1-3, Thursday-Saturday
Piedmont Virginia Community College Dance.
PVCC Dance presents a concert of original works developed by students and faculty. Expect high energy and unique artistic collaborations. PVCC, V. Earl Dickinson Building, Maxwell Theatre.  7:30pm Thursday-Friday; 2:30pm & 7:30pm Saturday.  $5 general admission.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes! - May 1-4, Thursday-Sunday
The Greatest Show On Earth is back and bigger than ever with life-size Circus Super Heroes putting on a dazzling display of strength, courage, honor and bravery, committed to inspire Children Of All Ages! Opening night and kids 12 and under tickets are $10. John Paul Jones Arena.  $20-$35.  Contact: Liz Flynn.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-4960. 
 
15th Annual Bill Howard Golf Tournament and Kentucky Derby Party - May 1 & 2, Thursday & Friday
The Alzheimer's Association.
Long-time Charlottesville commercial real estate agent Bill Howard started the tournament after his father died from Alzheimer's disease. Shotgun start golf tournament on Thursday with starts at 8am and 1pm. Derby Party and silent auction, featuring Big Ray and the Kool Kats, Friday 7pm. Birdwood Golf Course, Omni Hotel.  $See website for details.  Email: alzcwva@alz.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-6122. 
 
Fridays After Five: May Line-Up - Fridays in May
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
These free Friday concerts feature primarily local and regional artists performing from rock and blues to salsa and reggae. May 2-Three Sheets to the Wind, May 9-Michael Coleman Band, May 16-The Art Wheeler Band, May 23-The Chickenhead Blues Band, May 30-Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  Directions: east end of the mall.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
May Day Celebration - May 3, Saturday
Frontier Culture Museum.
Enjoy a spring afternoon of live music around the Old World sites, a May Pole, a small fishing rodeo, vendors. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Rd, Staunton, VA off I-81 North near intersection of I-64 in Staunton.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
Heart of Virginia Festival - May 3, Saturday
Town of Farmville.
This annual family-oriented event includes arts, crafts, food, 10k run and 5k walk. The festival offers something for everyone - bands performing, antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more! Downtown Farmville.  Directions: Main and High Streets, Farmville, VA 23901.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@heartofvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 395-2744. 
 
Riverfest 2014 - May 3, Saturday
This FREE annual event takes place riverside at Constitution Park in Waynesboro, VA. Activities include Reptile World shows, Stream Safari, presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, Fish and Fun Rodeo, Farmer's Market, Canoe Rides, Kids Arts & Crafts, Stream Electro-fishing and is capped off by the Great South River Duck Race! Constitution Park, Waynesboro, VA.  Directions: From Charlottesville: 64W to Exit 99. Turn left into 250 toward Waynesboro. Continue onto Main Street (at the stoplight) and cross the bridge over the South River.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amanda Nicholson.  Email: riverfest@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7738. 
 
30th Annual UVA Children's Hospital Walk for Kids - May 3, Saturday
UVA Children's Hospital.
Join in this annual Charlottesville family tradition and 5K walk to benefit UVA Children's Hospital. The event features fun and games for the whole family, including a picnic and prizes. The flat, 3-mile walk is family and pet-friendly, with a 1/4 mile option for the smallest walkers. Proceeds from the event will support construction of the Battle Building at UVA Children's Hospital. The Park at UVA.  Wee Walk 9am; Walk for Kids 9:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-8432. 
 
Montpelier Wine Festival - May 3 & 4, Saturday & Sunday
Montpelier.
The Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event for the whole family. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the "Father of the Constitution," the Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts; specialty food vendors; live music; children's entertainment and rides; and wine tastings all day. Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  11am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $15 in advance, $25 at the gate. Ages 12 to 20: $5. Under 12: free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
Montalto Challenge 5K - May 3, Saturday
Monticello.
Join for an exhilarating 5K race from the base of the Saunders-Monticello Trail to the top of Montalto. The demanding, all-uphill course offers thrilling views of Monticello, Charlottesville, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. All proceeds go the Monticello Fund, which supports the maintenance of Saunders-Monticello Trail. The Saunders-Monticello Trail.  8am.  $35-$45.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
Que Pasa Festival - May 3, Saturday
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Get ready for one of Virginia's largest celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, and the largest Latin food & culture festival in Central Virginia. Hundreds of food festival vendors, live musicians and dancers, artisans, and corporate supporters come out to this event promoting education and global awareness of the Hispanic heritage that contributes to Virginia's fascinating diversity. Canal Walk, Richmond.  11am-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 378-4099. 
 
Design House 2014 - May 3-18
Shelter for Help in Emergency.
Working to end domestic violence in our community, Design House 2014, provides more than a house tour. With 7,000 square feet remodeled by designers, the Shelter for Help in Emergency presents an opportunity for inspiration on many levels. Come learn all the latest trends in home decorating and design and help victims of domestic violence at the same time. New this year: a Design and Gift Boutique with items on sale from local designers. Farmington Country Club home.  Directions: Parking and shuttle at Westover Farm, 555 Old Garth Rd.  10am-4pm Wednesday-Saturday, closed Tuesdays, open til 7pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  $20 per person.  Email: CvilleDesignHouse@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Mountain Cove Music Festival - May 4, Sunday
James River Brewery, Mad Hatter Foods and Sidetracks Music.
Bring your lawn chairs and blanket for this all-day music festival with several local bands. Wine, beer and food will be for sale. Mountain Cove Vineyards.  Directions: 1362 Fortune's Cove Lane, Lovingston.  noon-dark.  $14.  Contact: Nathan Pinto.  Email: info@mountaincovemusicfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-0627. 
 
Fun Night - Square Dance Club of Charlottesville - May 7, Wednesday
Virginia Reelers.
Modern Western Square Dancing, line dancing and group dance mixers. You do not need to know anything about square dancing. We will teach you everything you need to know. Snacks and door prize. If you don't have fun you get your donation back! Have a night out and try something new for Spring! Woodbrook Elementary School.  Directions: Woodbrook Elementary School - 100 Woodbrook Drive, 29 North, turn East on Woodbrook Drive by Kohr's and across from Lowe's..  7-9pm.  $donations $3 adults; $1 ages 9 -18.  Recommended for ages 9 to 99.  Contact: Amy Shifflett.  Email: amymbs@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-1735. 
 
Farmers in the Park - May-September, Wednesdays
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. 
 
Charlottesville Community Spring Job Fair - May 7, Wednesday
Office of Economic Development.
Employers from a wide variety of industries such as healthcare, retail, government, hospitality, social services, staffing, and education will be hiring for hundreds of jobs. Wear interview clothing and bring at least 50 copies for your resume. John Paul Jones Arena.  10am-3pm.  Contact: Hollie Lee.  Email: leeh@charlottesville.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3117. 
 
WVPT Spring Auction - May 8-20
WVPT Public Television.
Find amazing deals on hundreds of items. Bid online for the pieces you like best. Email: WVPTAuction@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-265-1055. 
 
Annual Naturalization Ceremony at Red Hill - May 9, Friday
Red Hill- Patrick Henry National Memorial.
Visit the Patrick Henry National Memorial and watch the final step in the process of becoming a US citizen. Buildings will be open for visitors, and events begin with living history demonstrations at 9am, followed by a ceremony and reception at 11am. Seating is limited, so arrive by 10:30am. 9am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 376-2044. 
 
Visit the Victorians - May 10, Saturday
Maymont.
Feel like an honored guest as you visit the Dooleys' home on this special afternoon. Guests are graciously welcomed to Maymont by Victorian ladies and gentlemen and invited to the Mansion for family-friendly tours that highlight the whirl of Major and Mrs. Dooley's social season. Enjoy games, music and people from the past who encourage you to join in fun activities on the mansion lawn. Chat with the Dooleys' head gardener and other conscientious staff who show first hand what it took to maintain a millionaire's home and estate during the Gilded Age. Carriage rides available for a fee. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  12-5pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival - May 10 & 11, Saturday & Sunday
Claudius Crozet Park.
Live music, entertainment, food and artists and craftspeople showcasing their work for sale. From pottery to puppets! Claudius Crozet Park.  Directions: Route 250 west to Crozet and follow signs.  10am-5pm.  $6 adults, free for children 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: CrozetArts@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2211. 
 
Mother's Day Tea - May 10, Saturday
Maymont.
Enjoy this time-honored tradition with your mother, daughter or special friend on the mansion porch as elegant ladies, distinguished gentlemen and attending servants see to every detail. Following tea and treats in this picturesque setting, guests are invited to visit the Mansion for special family-friendly tours that highlight the whirl of the Gilded Age social season and the "Elegant Entertaining at Maymont" exhibition. Register online by May 8. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA.  2-4pm.  $18 per person; $15 for members.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
Virginia Renaissance Faire - May 10-June 8, Saturdays & Sundays only
Virginia Renassiance Faire.
Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children's area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. Lake Anna Winery.  Directions: 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.  10am-5pm, Saturdays & Sundays.  $9 for ages 6 and up; 5 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
Square Dance with Ragged Mountain String Band - May 10, Saturday
Albemarle CiderWorks.
Join us for an opportunity to kick up your heels and swing your partner. Caller Grant Honeycutt of Richmond, VA puts you through the paces; we'll start off with some instruction geared towards beginners, then get fancy as the dance floor heats up. No partner necessary, libations and snacks available in the tasting room, or bring a picnic. Rain or shine! Albemarle CiderWorks.  Directions: 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden. On U.S. Route 29, just south of Charlottesville, about 8/10 miles north of State Route 692. From Ch'ville, proceed exactly 8 miles south from I-64 and turn right onto Rural Ridge Lane.  3-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 297-2326. 
 
Charlottesville Festival of Cultures - May 10, Saturday
Celebrate the diversity in our community with music and dance, cooking demonstrations, cultural exhibits, crafts and vendors. Receive a passport and "travel the world in Lee Park" by collecting stamps at exhibits. Organized by Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center. Lee Park.  Directions: Lee Park is located between 1st and 2nd streets and between Market and Jefferson streets.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Debra Tuler.  Email: tulerd1@charlottesvilleschools.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2819. 
 
Tastes and Tunes in the Garden - May 10, Saturday
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first National Mothers' Day in 1914, 100 years ago! Celebrate with free admission, live music, wine and beer tastings in the historical gardens at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.  Directions: 20 North Coalter Street, Staunton.  3-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: rrobinson@woodrowwilson.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0897. 
 
Of Ale & History Beer Festival - May 10, Saturday
Belle Grove Plantation.
Sample over 50 beer from the New and Old World, craft vendors, and more. Live music will be provided by Souled Out and Cazhmiere. Belle Grove Plantation.  11am-6pm.  $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Designated drivers $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-869-2028. 
 
Mother's Day Moonlight Walk/Run for Meningitis - May 10, Saturday
Ragged Mountain Running Shop.
Two-mile remembrance walk/run for Charlottesville native and UVA student Jennifer L. Wells. Proceeds will benefit meningitis research. Prizes for overall and age group winners. Monticello High School Track.  Directions: 1400 Independence Way.  8pm.  $20 for adults, $15 for youth ages 10 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-3367. 
 
Wine Festival at Monticello - May 10, Saturday
Monticello.
Discover the regions finest wines and how they compare to the vintages that Jefferson enjoyed. Bring a blanket for picnic seating or reserve a premier table for your friends, family and colleagues. Walk the restored vineyards and wine cellar, meet wine-maker Gabriele Rausse and experience the full splendor of spring. Tickets include tours of Jefferson's Monticello, live music on the West Lawn, and tastings of Virginia's most celebrated local vintages. Ages 21 and older. Monticello's West Lawn.  6-9pm.  $55.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
VCCA presents: The Commission - May 10, Saturday
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
VCCA artists competed to create a multimedia arts installation, and the winning entry will set a creative backdrop for cocktails, the finest food, and conversation at Morven Farm for one night only. The Main House, Morven Farm.  Directions: 791 Morven Drive.  6pm.  Email: kstiffler@vcca.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-7236. 
 
A Little May Music with The Virginia Consort - May 10, Saturday
The Virginia Consort.
The Virginia Consort will be presenting its May concert featuring "The Bach Magnificat." Details on the Virginia Consort website. First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street.  7:30pm.  $20 adults, $15 students.  Recommended for ages 6 to 100.  Contact: Aina Arnold.  Email: consort2@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1565. 
 
Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert - May 10, Saturday
Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra.
Charlottesville's Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Richard Baritaud, will perform its spring concert of string orchestra music. The program will feature violinist Paula Scott performing Vivaldi's Violin Concerto No. 8, in G Major, Opus 7, and will also include Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, as well as works by Mendelssohn, Myslivecek, and Johan Svendsen. Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, 120 W. High St (enter from 2nd St), Charlottesville VA.  Directions: 2 1/2 blocks North of the Downtown Mall..  3pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nick Kuhn.  Email: njk@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-1617. 
 
Hospice of the Piedmont Run and Remember 5K - May 10, Saturday
Virginia National Bank, UVA Health System, Keswick Hall, Home Instead Senior Care, Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, Bailey Printing Inc.
A 5K Run/Walk to benefit Hospice of the Piedmont Hosted for the 13th consecutive year by the Keswick Club, in loving memory of Sally Carle. The race will start at 8 a.m. and day-of registration will open at 6:30 a.m. Packet pick-up will take place Friday, May 9, from 4-7 p.m. at Keswick Hall. All proceeds raised will benefit Hospice of the Piedmont. Keswick Hall.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  8am.  $30.00 individual, $20.00 child (12-18 years old), $15.00 child under 12.  Contact: Sally Birckhead.  Email: sallysbirckhead@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-0296. 
 
9th Annual Rivanna River Canoe & Kayak Races - May 10, Saturday
A 6.2 mile downriver race for all paddler classes. Charlottesville, VA.  Directions: Starting line: under the Route 29 bridge just north of the DoubleTree Hotel/Sams Club on the upstream side of the bridge off Rio Mills Road. Finish line: Darden Towe Park.  8:30am.  $10.  Contact: Merrill Bishop.  Email: 975-3072. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-3072. 
 
Discover Virginia Town & Tasting Festival - May 10, Saturday
Historic Downtown Stanardsville.
Listen to great music, enjoy a variety of food and sip tasty Virginia wine. Children's activities throughout the day as well as a beautiful family-friendly setting. We hope to make this a memorable year so come out, spend the day and enjoy the beautiful scenery with your entire family. 11am-5pm.  $free. $15 wine tasting in advance, $20 wine tasting at the gate.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitorcenter@gatewaytocharlottesville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-6663. 
 
Mother's Day Concert - May 11, Sunday
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Serenade your mom with a concert in a gorgeous garden setting. Brunch is available in the Robins Tea House from 10am-3pm. Children's make-and-take gifts for mom 10am-4pm in the Children's Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va.  1-4pm concert.  $Free with regular admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
Mother's Day Lunch - May 11, Sunday
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Make Mom feel special by treating her to a fried chicken lunch in her honor at Graves Mountain Lodge, nestled deep in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
Mother's Day Concert at Agecroft Hall - May 11, Sunday
Richmond Concert Band.
The Richmond Concert Band will perform their annual Mother's Day concert on the lawn at Agecroft Hall. This year there will a be a special focus on music related to Shakespeare and his works! Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics for this special free concert. Agecroft Hall: Windsor Farms.  Directions: 4305 Sulgrave Road .  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-737-3767. 
 
Mother's Day Sunday Brunch - May 11, Sunday
Boar's Head Inn.
Come for a traditional brunch in the Old Mill Room or a family-style brunch in the Pavilion. Boar's Head Inn.  11am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
Mother's Day Celebration at Barboursville - May 11, Sunday
Barboursville Vineyards.
Enjoy a five course feast paired with Barboursville wines, prepared by Chef Melissa Close Hart. Barboursville Vineyards.  Directions: 17655 Winery Road, Barboursville.  1pm.  $75 per person exclusive of wine, tax and services.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7848. 
 
Mother's Day Champagne Brunch - May 11, Sunday
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.
Come celebrate Mother's Day with savory and sweet French crepes and live music! DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.  1-5pm.  Email: finewines@delfossewine.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-6100. 
 
Roses and Ros for Mother's Day - May 11, Sunday
DuCard Vineyards.
Enjoy a pampered and relaxing Sunday Brunch catered by the Madison Inn Restaurant and featuring the lovely harp music of Vicky Lee. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains serve as your scenic backdrop for this elegant outing. DuCard Vineyards.  Directions: 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison).  11:30am.  $50.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
Mother's Day at Poplar Forest - May 11, Sunday
Poplar Forest.
Give mom a special treat this Mother's Day with a FREE tour of Poplar Forest! Admission is free for mothers all day. Forest, VA.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
Spring Concert - May 11, Sunday
Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia.
Come celebrate Mother's day at this spring concert! Treat your mom and yourself and enjoy YOCVA's biggest concert of the year in the historic, acoustically grand Old Cabell Hall on the grounds at UVA. Featuring the Youth Symphony, the Rita M Evans Orchestra and the Junior Strings. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  2pm.  $15 adults; 18 years & under free.  Email: manager@yocva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-7776 . 
 
Mother's Day Winemaker's Brunch - May 11, Sunday
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Celebrate mothers with a four-course brunch with wine pairings. Veritas Vineyard and Winery, Saddleback Hall.  12pm.  $65 includes meal, wine and gratuity.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000 ext. 108. 
 
Spirit Family Reunion - May 14, Wednesday
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.
Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway stations of New York City, their songs have rung-out in a pure and timeless way. The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.  Directions: 103 South 1st St on the Downtown Mall.  5pm dinner service, 8:30pm show.  $10/advance; $12/day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-5590 . 
 
Bird Walk at Secluded Farm - May 15 & 17
Monticello.
Discover the birds of open fields and mature forests at Secluded Farm with bird expert Jerry Therrien. Learn the basics of bird identification and explore on this three-hour hike. We recommend waterproof shoes, long pants, and binoculars recommended. Monticello Trail trailhead.  7-9:30am.  $18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
20th Annual Monacan Indian Powwow - May 16-18, Friday-Sunday
Monacan Indian Nation, Elon.
See dancers, drummers and craftspeople as they celebrate and share their heritage. Also on hand will be painters, carvers, basketmakers and great food. America's Best Value Inn, Madison Heights.  Directions: Rt. 130, 6 Miles West of Rt. 29 in Elon, VA.  Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.  $7 adults; $5 seniors and children under 12; children 5 and under free.  Contact: Tribal Office.  Email: MNation538@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-0389. 
 
Battle of New Market - May 16-18, Friday-Sunday
Join for the 150th anniversary Battle of New Market reenactment! Enjoy living history at Bushong Farm, Stonewall Brigade Band Concert, artillery demonstrations and more! New Market Battlefield State Historical Park.  Directions: Take Exit 264 off Interstate 81 onto Rt. 211 West. Take immediate right onto Rt. 305 (Collins Parkway), travel to rthe end of the road.  10am-5pm both days.  $10 ages 10 and over; free ages 9 and under.  Email: newmarketevent@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 866-515-1864. 
 
Batesville Day and 10k Race - May 17, Saturday
Batesville.
39th Annual Batesville Day will have events for the entire family, sponsored and presented by members of the greater Batesville community. Register to participate in the parade and activities in the field. Batesville Day Field.  7am registration, 8am race, 11am parade, 12-2pm fair.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7321. 
 
Folk Life Festival - May 17 & 18, Saturday & Sunday
Pharsalia.
Over 50 Period Vendors will be demonstrating or teaching about life in the early 1800s. Traditional, folk, root, old time music of 1800s and early 1900s performers will be playing. We also will have: primitive culture tradesmen, food vendors, house tours, 1800s children's games, hearth cooking, plein air artists, early education demonstrations and hands-on activities, oyster ice cream and much more. Pharsalia.  Directions: Tyro, Virginia.  10am-4pm.  $5-$20, children under 6 free.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5231. 
 
Tins for Tunes Concert Series - May 17, Saturday
Cardinal Point Winery.
Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees in concert. Admission is $10, $5 if you bring at least one non-perishable food donation. Kids 18 and under are free, too. Cardinal Point Winery.  5-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
 
Field Day at Ash-Lawn Highland - May 17, Saturday
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Families and kids of all ages are invited to join us at the Hilltop Pavilion for relay races, games and activities, face painting and balloon making, food truck eats, treats, wine tastings, farm tours, a bounce house, and live bluegrass and country music by local favorite Rockfish Gap. As part of the American Heritage race series, the event will feature the 2nd Annual James Monroe 5k at the historic estate, including a cross-country race and team challenge at 4pm and children's 800-meter dash at 5pm. To register for the race, visit jamesmonroe5k.com. Ash Lawn-Highland.  Directions: located off I-64, exit 121, 2  miles past Jefferson's Monticello at 2050 James Monroe Parkway.  2-7pm.  $10; $5 kids 12 and under; families $25 max.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
Charlottesville High School Orchestra Spring Concert - May 18, Sunday
Charlottesville High School.
The award-winning Charlottesville High School Orchestra will perform an evening of music. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: laura.thomas@ccs.k12.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2726. 
 
Spring Barbeque - May 18, Sunday
King Family Vineyards.
Enjoy some good ol' barbeque from The Barbeque Exchange. Menu: Hickory smoked pulled pork, grilled chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad, house-made rolls, cornbread, pumpkin muffins, whipped honey butter, five signature barbeque sauces, tea & lemonade, assorted cookies & salted caramel brownies. King Family Vineyards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  12-5pm, tasting room and patio open til 7pm.  $16 per person.  Email: info@kingfamilyvineyards.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7800. 
 
University of Virginia Final Exercises - May 18, Sunday
University of Virginia.
Congratulations 2014 graduates! University of Virginia.  For details, please click this link. 
 
The Village People - May 22, Thursday
The Paramount.
Your disco favorites are back. These six talented men combine energetic choreography with outrageous fun and lots of singing and dancing, providing great entertainment. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $24.50-$59.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
Memorial Day Weekend Blues, Brews & BBQ - May 23-26, Friday-Monday
Wintergreen Resort.
Welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains. On Saturday, Blues & Brews is the theme with music being the highlight. We'll top it off with a micro-brew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party, 2nd Annual cliffhanger Mountain Bike Challenge (Sunday, May 25th) and a day at the Lake - Lake Monocan opens for the season! 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. 
 
First Polo Match of the Year - May 25, Sunday
King Family Vineyards/Roseland Polo Club.
The Roseland Polo Club kicks off the 2014 polo season! King Family Vineyards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  1-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7800. 
 
Bob Newhart - May 28, Wednesday
The Paramount Theater.
His comedy career has spanned two successful television shows, fourteen feature films, sold millions of albums worldwide, and still performs to sell-out crowds all over the country. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  8pm.  $39.50-$89.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
Graves Mountain Festival of Music - May 29-31, Thursday-Saturday
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Live music from Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, and many more. Graves Mountain Lodge.  Directions: Syria, VA.  Various showtimes.  $35-$95.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - May 29, Thursday
The Jefferson Theater.
Three months before the scheduled release of the group's highly anticipated fifth studio record, "Give the People What They Want," Sharon Jones, the lead singer and matriarch of the worlds' #1 live soul act, was diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to an extremely gifted medical staff, several months of recovery and the infinite love and support from friends, family and fans, Sharon is back, ready to once again join her Dap-Kings as they share their music with people around the globe. The Jefferson Theater.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $25 Advance / $28 Day Of Show / $18 Cocktail Table Seat.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience - May 30, Friday
The Jefferson Theater.
Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightlywound talent and authenticity. The Jefferson Theater.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $15 in advance, $17 day of show.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
James River Wine & Music Festival - May 31, Saturday
Virginia Wine Lover.
Enjoy wine tastings from 12 award-winning Virginia wineries, continuous live music, food, vendors and arts & crafts. Rebec Vineyards.  Directions: Rt 29N, Amherst, VA.  11am-6pm.  $20 in advance; $25 at gate for wine admission; $5 in advance and $10 at gate for general admission.  Email: frank@brittmarketing.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 385-0600. 
 
Barracks Road Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale - June 5-8, Thursday-Sunday
Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Dazzle with fantastic finds and deals at more than 80 shops and restaurants. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  Sale occurs during each store's hours.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-0100. 
 
Fridays After Five: June Line-Up - Fridays in June
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
These free Friday concerts feature primarily local and regional artists performing from rock and blues to salsa and reggae. June 6-Johnny Sportcoat & the Casuals, June 13-The Corey Harris Band, June 20-Major and the Monbacks, June 27-Indecision. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  Directions: east end of the mall.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4910. 
 
4 The Wounded 5K and Kids Fun Run - June 7, Saturday
University of Virginia Foundation/Charlottesville Track Club.
An on and off-road event. One hundred percent of the race's proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. Kids Fun Run starts at 9am. University of Virginia Research Park.  Directions: Runners & spectators should arrive no later than 7:30am.  8am 5K start.  $30. Kids free.  Special Needs Accommodation: An all-terrain course with an alternate, paved route for handicapped runners  Contact: Katie Murphy.  Email: km9ua@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-4850. 
 
Rassawek Spring Jubilee Heritage Festival - June 7 & 8, Saturday & Sunday
Goochland Chamber of Commerce.
The Heritage Show offers a tree house to explore, horse carriage rides, acoustic music, batteau and steam boats, a fishing derby, 4-H animals, local produce, home-cooked food, artisans and heritage traditions exhibits. The Wine Festival features ten of the regions best wineries, including Rassawek's own Byrd Cellars. See website for more. Visitors can purchase a combined ticket or a ticket to either the Wine Festival or Heritage Show. Rassawek Vineyard in western Goochland County .  Directions: 6276 River Road West, Columbia.  10am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $10-$35, free for 12 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: springjubilee@rassawek.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-396-3098. 
 
TOM TALK: Making a Home Together: Thomas and Martha Jefferson's Early Life at Monticello - June 10 & 12, Tuesday & Thursday
Monticello.
Join Diane Ehrenpreis for a tour of the South Pavilion where young Thomas and Martha Jefferson lived as a newly married couple in 1772. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.  6-7:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
Vampire Weekend - June 10, Tuesday
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
Enjoy classic Vampire Weekend joyfulness and spry humor as they sing about a bustling city of voices and visions from the death of Henry Hudson to the Orthodox girl falling in love at an uptown falafel shop, from Hannah Hunt tearing up the New York Times on a distant beach to the lethal chandelier of "Everlasting Arms", from the ardent yearning of "Don't Lie" to the harmonized voice of hope in "Young Lion". nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  6pm doors, 7pm show.  $41 general admission.  Email: cvillepaviliontix@musictoday.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-272-8749. 
 
Fitz and the Tantrums - June 13, Friday
The Jefferson Theater.
Brimming with imagination, energy, and genre-smashing scope, Fitz & The Tantrums defied the odds to become an indisputable phenomenon, a chart-topping, show-stopping modern pop combo unlike any other. Now, with their spectacular Elektra Records debut, More Than Just A Dream, the Los Angeles-based sextet have ramped up the timeless songcraft and soul sonic force that made them a worldwide sensation. The Jefferson Theater.  8pm doors, 9pm show.  $23/advance; $25/day of show.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
Kids Go Fish Weekend - June 13-15, Friday-Sunday
Monticello.
During this weekend only, kids ages 16 and under will be allowed to fish the Kemper Park Pond. Bring your own fishing poles and equipment. Parkway managers and rangers will be on hand to supervise the event. Monticello Trail, Kemper Park Pond.  Regular trail hours between 9am Friday-5pm Monday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
Bike MS: Tour de Vine - June 14 & 15, Saturday & Sunday
National MS Society - Blue Ridge Chapter.
The fun-filled event will feature non-stop music, an engaging program and catered meals. We will gather for a very special celebration dinner amongst the grapevines with award winning varietals from Pollak Vineyards. Our 25, 50, 75, and 100 mile routes will challenge every skill level. Cycle through Central Virginia's scenic vineyards with rest stops every 8-12 miles. Starts and ends at Pollak Vineyards.  Email: deirdre.kelly@nmss.org . For details, please click this link. 
 
Lynchburg Launch: James River Batteau Festival - June 14, Saturday
This family friendly event will offer: music, launch of the historic batteaux at 11am, art & crafts, kids' activities and games, wildlife, and historic demonstration. All events are free and open to the public! A free trolley will run from Downtown parking areas all day! Percival's Island, Downtown Lynchburg.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 528-3950. 
 
World Cup USA Matches at the Paramount - June 16 and 22
FIFA World Cup games on the big screen! USA vs. Ghana on June 16, 6pm. USA vs. Portugal (Ronaldo!) on June 22, 3pm. Concessions for sale. The Paramount Theater.  $Free.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
10th Annual Pink Ribbon Polo Cup - June 20, Friday
King Family Vineyards.
Watch magnificent horses and see an exciting polo match in this popular annual event. Proceeds benefit local breast cancer programs. King Family Vineyards in Crozet.  11am gates open.  $20 in advance; $25 at the gate.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pinkribbonpolo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-584-8212. 
 
Macbeth - June 20-November 13
American Shakespeare Center.
From the first words of the play until the title character loses his head, Shakespeare's shortest tragedy is also his most unrelenting examination of the dark side of humanity. Driven to bloody deeds by their lust for power, Macbeth and his Lady fight to hold on to their ill-gotten throne, their sanity, and each other by any means necessary. American Shakespeare Center, The Blackfriars Playhouse.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
Annual Pig Roast - June 21, Saturday
First Colony Winery.
Enjoy a traditional whole pig roast with all the delicious accompaniments. Included with admission is lunch, live entertainment, wine tasting, tractor hayrides, and a winery souvenir. A variety of lawn games will also be available. First Colony Winery.  Directions: 1650 Harris Creek Road.  12-5pm.  $25 .  Email: info@firstcolonywinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7105. 
 
An Evening with The Machine Performs Pink Floyd - June 21, Saturday
The Jefferson Theater.
THE MACHINE, America's top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 25 year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out theaters, large clubs and casinos across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. They have also appeared at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Gathering of the Vibes, Buffalo's Artpark, and Germany's Rock of Ages. The Jefferson Theater.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
Movie Night at Sips & Cinema - June 26, Thursday
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13). The lawn will be ready for you to pick the perfect spot at 7pm. Showtime 8:30pm. Tickets include a bag of popcorn! South Fork food truck, Early Mountain Vineyard wine, and movie snacks for sale. Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  7-11pm.  $6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
Ash Lawn Opera: Susannah - July 11, 13, 16
Ash Lawn Opera .
Chosen to represent the best of American music and culture at the Brussels World's Fair Brussels in 1958, Carlisle Floyd's moving and melodious Susannah is one of the most beloved and often produced American operas. Susannah dreams of escaping from her small town in Appalachia. The soaring melodies, reminiscent of Puccini, will be brought to life by principal artists from The Metropolitan Opera and a rousing church revival chorus. Paramount Theater.  Email: info@ashlawnopera.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-0122. 
 
Summer Big Woods Walk - July 13 & 20, Sundays
Montpelier.
Beat the heat at Montpelier! Hike shaded trails on your guided tour of the 200-acre old-growth James Madison Landmark Forest known as the "Big Woods." The forest is designated a National Natural Landmark. Montpelier Visitor Center.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA.  2pm.  $Admission + $5 or $10 alone.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
Sarah McLachlan - Charlottesville Free Clinic Benefit - July 27, Sunday
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
With over 25 years in the recording industry, Sarah McLachlan is a multi-platinum singer and songwriter best known for her intimate vocals and relatable lyrics. The Canadian-born, Grammy and Juno Award winning artist has sold over 40 million albums. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  6pm doors, 7pm show.  $39-$69.  Email: kathryn@cvillefreeclinic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-272-8849. 
 
Albemarle County Fair - July 31-August 2, Thursday-Saturday
Albemarle County Fair.
Get ready for fun at our very own local fair, featuring farm animals, exhibits, baked goods, crafts, family entertainment, 4-H events, livestock, pageant queens and great old-time country fun! Ash Lawn-Highland.  4-10pm Thursday, 10am-10pm Friday and Saturday.  $5, children under 6 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@albemarlecountyfair.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
Ash Lawn Opera: Fiddler on the Roof - July 31, August 2, 3, 6, 8
Ash Lawn Opera.
Fiddler on the Roof has been a hit since it opened on Broadway in 1964, winning nine Tony Awards, spawning four Broadway revivals, and inspiring a three-time Academy Award winning film adaptation in 1971. Set in Tsarist Russia, this timeless tale of the triumph of humor and love over hardship is an experience you will want to share with your entire family. The Paramount Theater.  $12-$65.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link. 
 
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival: Amazonas - July 7-August 3
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Choose from more than 200 events and performances highlighting South American music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine. If you can't travel to Brazil for the World Cup, come to the crest of the Blue Ridge for Amazonas. As usual, there will be something for everyone! Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Wintergreen (see website for directions).  $Rates vary.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest - August 16, Saturday
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Wintergreen Performing Arts will present the voices of the Blue Ridge through its 9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest. This year the Fest features Nothin' Fancy, Sierra Hull, the Virginia Ramblers, and Kim and Jimbo Cary & Pete and Ellen Vigour. The Carys and the Vigours will be leading jamming sessions throughout the day. Food will be available for purchase. Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort.  12-7pm.  $25 adults, $10 ages 6-17, free under 6.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge - September 14, Sunday
The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge.
Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike race 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.  $80-$120, fundraising encouraged.  For details, please click this link. 
 



 

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