Only have a couple hours to while away? This list includes easily accessible entertainment options.
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.
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.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Eat and drink at the theater. Employees sometimes dress up in character for the movie.
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.
200 W. Main St.
Located Downtown, the theater offers private bookings for smaller theaters, luxurious cinema chairs and a restaurant that allows you to bring food into the theater.
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.
Check the Charlottesville Family website for seasonal and evergreen activities.
A series of trails in town linking city parks along the Rivanna River. Trail sometimes gets overgrown in summer, but nice in spring, fall and winter. The section behind the Law School follows a gorge behind Darden to University Village. Dogs are allowed off-leash on designated portions of the trail on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.