The Arts & Music Scene

Music lovers enjoy big-name shows as well as local talent, like the Dave Matthews Band, at the John Paul Jones Arena, the Charlottesville Pavilion and the Paramount Theatre. In addition to theatre troupes, the Historic Downtown Mall is home to music venues like the The Southern, The Jefferson Theater, Live Arts Theatre, UVA’s Summer Heritage Theatre Festival, Play On!, and the nearby American Shakespeare Theatre. Don't miss Artwalk on the first Friday of every month, inviting art lovers to browse galleries and exhibits. Be sure to visit the following arts and music venues on your next trip to Charlottesville.

American Shakespeare Center

The American Shakespeare Center rediscovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare's theatre, language and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. The ASC's Blackfriars Playhouse, the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre, is open year-round for Shakespeare productions, which have been hailed by The Washington Post as "shamelessly entertaining" and by The Boston Globe as "phenomenal... bursting with energy." Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005.

Artisans Studio Tour

Celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us! Forty artisans will showcase their work in 22 studios throughout the region. Celebrate Craft in Central Virginia from November 8 & 9, 2014, 10 am – 5 pm. We will have: free event showcasing 40 artisans in 22 area studios, award-winning craftsmen whose work has met rigorous standards, and unique opportunity to understand the working process of each artisan. There will be a chance to purchase the highest quality pottery, fabric, furniture, jewelry, stained glass, leather bags, clothing, and woodwork, and delicious snacks from local food artisans!

Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion

Located on the east end of the Historic Downtown Mall, the Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion is the city's premier outdoor venue for live performance. Open since July of 2005, it features premium seating, a spacious lawn, and professional stage and sound, all within easy walking distance of downtown Charlottesville's many restaurants and other attractions. The Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion presents acclaimed live musical acts and is host to the Friday's After Five free concert series from April through September.

Monticello Artisan Trail

The Monticello Trail includes the beautiful landscapes of Nelson County and Albemarle County. Travel the Monticello Trail and discover the beauty of the mountains and valleys that local artisans call home. A wonderful place to explore with family and friends, it will surely create lasting memories.

P. Buckley Moss

P. Buckley Moss Art Galleries in two convenient locations: 223 Gilbert Street in Blacksburg; and 329 West Main Street in Waynesboro. Visit website for more information and opening hours.

Paramount Theater

Built in 1931, Charlottesville's Paramount Theater has held a starring role both now and in the past. Once a home for movies and community events, The Paramount's doors were closed for thirty years before recent restoration returned the theater's former glory. The Paramount Theater boasts 1,040 seats in a hall with excellent sight lines and acoustics. The Paramount's state-of-the-art facility provides a wonderful opportunity to see world-class artists perform in an intimate setting. Located on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, the Paramount Theater hosts a variety of music, dance, drama, Broadway, comedy and family performances each season.


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