Lazy Sunday afternoons are perfect days for the Charlottesville traveler; time to take in one last view of the mountains of Central Virginia or time to make one last outing or activity before heading home and back to the work week grind. And fall travel is great for catching fall harvest celebrations, fall foliage, pick-your-own-pumpkin patches or local corn mazes.
How might travelers to Charlottesville spend their weekends? There’s almost always something exciting going on. Check out a typical list of Friday, or Saturday events. And then there’s usually an additional special event or two each weekend, as well as all the usual wine-centered weekend events. It’s clear why Charlottesville is an easy-to-please weekend destination; why not make your next lazy Sunday afternoon plans now? Check out below what’s on tap this Sunday, Sept. 30.
Benefitting Computers4Kids, Family Day Foxfield Races is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Children’s tent and pony rides included with admission ($25 general admission; $15 to park). For more information, call 434-293-9501. (NOTE: Avoid the Barracks Road area if you are not attending this event; race day traffic can be problematic.)
Had a lot of fun this weekend already, but want one more little hit before you head back to work on Monday? What about a movie? The Paramount Theater has it covered with their showing of the classic, “How the West was Won,” on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. For more information, call 434-979-1333. Tickets are a deal at $4-$6.
Looking for a little culture this Sunday? Then take your seat in a college auditorium. This Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m., Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) presents The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra. The group is America’s premier orchestra of Russian folk instruments. Experience an afternoon of traditional folk music of Russia and Eastern Europe. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors or students. The concert will be held at PVCC on 501 College Drive. For more information call the PVCC Box Office at 434-961-5376.
The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra continues its opening weekend of concerts with Tchaikovsky’s “Suite from Swan Lake” and dance demonstrations by Terry Dean’s Ballroom Dance Studio. The 2012 Season is themed around dance and the music of dance. The Sunday, Sept. 30, performance will be held at Monticello High School at 3:30 p.m. Tickets, ranging from $10-$28, are available at the UVa Arts Box Office or at the door at the high school; for more information call 434-924-3376.
Not the outdoors type? Spend your Sunday afternoon at Leftover Luxuries. According to their website, this retailer specializes in “bridging the wide gap between Auction Houses and Tag Sales,” offering customers great deals on high end, luxury items. The Pantops Shopping Center location is only open for a short time, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, through Monday, Oct. 8.
Blue Mountain Brewery & Restaurant in Nelson County continues its celebration of Oktoberfest this weekend (and next) with daily live music on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2:30-5 p.m., as well as a Moonbounce for kids both days.
Have a fall renovation project you’re starting? Don’t miss the Parade of Homes event today Sunday, Sept. 30 (and next weekend Oct. 6-7). This Blue Ridge Home Builders Associations’ annual event (PDF map of event locations) allows home owners to check out “before and after” renovation scenarios in local homes, while taking notes for their own next renovation project. Tours of all homes are FREE to the public from 12-5 p.m. each day. Call 434-973-8652 for more information.
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