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Charlottesville City Market Student FavoriteFaculty Fave
Held in the parking lot adjacent to the Downtown Mall
Open Saturdays, beginning the first Saturday of April through the Saturday in November immediately prior to Thanksgiving.
7 a.m. - Noon, April through October
8 a.m. - 2 p.m., November

Local vendors sell produce, meat and poultry products, plants and flowers, arts and crafts and various prepared foodstuffs. Often you can find balloons and facepainting for children as well. The city holds similar markets at Meade and Pen parks, and there is a holiday market. For more information, visit the city's website.

Main Street Arena (Formerly Charlottesville Ice Park)
230 W. Main St., at the Downtown Mall
Open 7 days a week, year round

Public skating, skate rental, skating lessons and hockey leagues. The arena also doubles as a multi-use space for special events, and can be privately rented. See the website or call for more details.

McCormick Observatory

Free to the public on the first and third Friday nights of each month. Telescope viewing, slide show, and museum. Normally held at the McCormick Rd. location (on-Grounds), but once each April and October the public night is at the Fan Mountain Observing Station, 13 miles south of town.


Although Regal and Violet Crown currently dominate the movie scene in Charlottesville, movies are shown at various venues throughout the year, including the Paramount Theater on the mall.

Newcomb Hall Theater
Venue for Cinematheque, a University-sponsored program that shows second-run films for $3 (924-3286). Also home to OFFscreen, a student group that screens independent films and classics. In the Newcomb Hall basement.

Regal Stadium 14 IMAX Theater at Stonefield
1954 Swanson Dr.

The largest theater in Charlottesville, offering stadium seating and IMAX viewing experiences.

Violet Crown
200 W. Main St.

The newest theater in Charlottesville, offering state of the art technology, luxurious cinema chairs and a cafe.


AMF Kegler Lanes
335 Rivanna Plaza Drive (off Route 29 North)
Times vary; Sun-Thu closes at 11 pm; Fri-Sat closes at 1 am

Only bowling alley in Charlottesville. 48 lanes. Prices vary. Full restaurant (Breakers), snack bar, and pool tables. Bowling leagues.

There aren't any true pool halls in town, but try the tables at Rapture (Downtown Mall, 293-9526) or Miller's (Downtown Mall, 971-8511). For cheap pool check out Newcomb Hall's Game Room, on main University Grounds.


Putt-Putt Golf Course
1525 E Rio Road

Family tickets, birthday parties.

Photos courtesy of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau,


A portion of each student's activities fee contributes to a program that provides limited tickets to UVA Music and Drama events and the Virginia Film Festival. It also entitles students to a membership at the Bayly Art Museum and supports exhibitions and programs by students and visiting artists in the Department of Art. See the Performing Arts section for more.


Check out the Law School events page for happenings at the Law School, or the UVA calendar. The University's Arts Page details the latest arts events, which are too numerous to mention here. Also try Monticello Avenue for a calendar of upcoming events and its Arts page for more resources.


Want a more active adventure? Check out the Clubs and Organizations by Sport page for information on skiing, snow tubing, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, ice skating, and more.


The Virginia Film Festival

Charlottesville attracts its share of stars, such as Sissy Spacek, who lives in the area. The stars are never more apparent than at the annual Virginia Film Festival in October. Besides special appearances by such luminaries as Anthony Hopkins, Nicolas Cage, and Roger Ebert, the festival features independent filmmakers like Todd Haynes and actually premieres some movies. Tickets are about the same as regular tickets for students. For details, see: or call 1.800.UVA.FEST. The schedule comes out in mid-September.


First Friday

First Friday is the monthly opening day for all local museums and galleries. The first Friday of the month, year-round, galleries open new exhibits and offer receptions and artist talks between about 5 and 9 pm. See specific gallery listings for exact hours. The University museum now offers a similar event on the fourth Friday of the month.

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