What’s happening…and what’s not

What’s happening…and what’s not

In an effort to contain the growing coronavirus/COVID-19 threat, a lot is shifting. Schools are closed, government proceedings are different, local venues are cancelling and postponing events, and local shops and restaurants are closing or pivoting to different business models. We’ll keep you updated as best we can on this page.

On Monday, March 30, Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order, which mandates that individuals remain in their place of residence except for food, supplies, work, medical care, and exercise. And when out, people should follow best social distancing practices and stay at least six feet away from others.

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Last updated: Tuesday, March 31, 12:08pm


The University of Virginia

Classes and in-person events on Grounds and in town are cancelled; events at John Paul Jones Arena are postponed through the weekend; ACC has suspended the spring athletic season; and more.

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Classes scheduled for March 16 and 17 have been cancelled, and most will move online effective Wednesday, March 18. All events scheduled to be held on the main campus and at satellite locations are cancelled or postponed, through April 4.

  • All public meetings of city  boards and commissions are cancelled except for City Council; the public is encouraged to take advantage of remote participation options and to not attend the meeting in person.
  • All city-sponsored events and activities, including Parks & Rec activities, are cancelled.
  • The public libraries will be open until 6pm on Monday, March 16, and then closed through the end of March. The library directs patrons to their digital resources at  jmrl.org/on-download.htm.


The Front Porch

All operations (concerts and lessons) are suspended until further notice. March and April concerts will be rescheduled, and spring music classes are still set to begin April 13. Private music lessons are available through Skype. Beginning Friday, March 20, in conjunction with WTJU 91.1 FM, The Front Porch will be broadcasting live concerts every Tuesday and Friday night.

IX Art Park

Events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

The Jefferson Theater

The Swing into Spring event scheduled for March 15 has been postponed until May 31; March and many April shows are either cancelled or postponed. Check with the venue about other events as bands continue to update their tour dates.

Melody Supreme

Per a Facebook post, the downtown record shop will limit its in-store hours, as well as the number of customers allowed in the store at one time. Customers can shop remotely for curbside pickup or mail delivery.

The Music Resource Center

Will remain closed as long as Charlottesville City Schools are closed.

The Paramount Theater

No events for the remainder of March. Check the theater’s website for the most up-to-date information about which events have been cancelled for good, and which will be rescheduled.

Prism Coffeehouse at C’ville Coffee

Three upcoming concerts have been postponed, and the organization offers information about ticket refunds and concert safety.


According to a March 15 Facebook post, “closed indefinitely.”

Sidetracks Music

As of March 20, the shop is closed to browsing, but they’ll deliver or mail CDs and records to your door.

The Southern Cafe & Music Hall

Many events are postponed or cancelled. Check with the venue about other events as bands continue to update their tour dates.


The station continues to broadcast via 91.1 FM Charlottesville and online at wtju.net. Beginning Friday, March 20, in conjunction with The Front Porch, the station will be broadcasting live concerts every Tuesday and Friday night.



Charlottesville Tango

All March events cancelled.



American Shakespeare Center

Staunton-based theater organization cancels all in-house and traveling performances through May 31.

Live Arts

All meetings, events, programming, and production is suspended as of March 18. Production for Sweat and The Children, scheduled to run at the theater between April and May 2020, are postponed until next season. The building is also closed to the public for eight weeks.

The Paramount Theater

No events for the remainder of March. This includes Charlottesville Ballet performances, concerts, film screenings, and more. Check the theater’s website for the most up-to-date information about which events have been cancelled for good, and which will be rescheduled. 



Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

The local library system will close at 6pm on Monday, March 16, and remain closed through the end of the month. This applies to all JMRL facilities, including library branches in Charlottesville, Crozet, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, Northside, Scottsville, and the Bookmobile. All library materials due in March will have their due dates changed to April after 6pm on Monday, March 16.

New Dominion Bookshop

The shop is closed, but customers can shop remotely. Books will be available for curbside pickup or local delivery. All events, except book clubs, postponed through the end of March.

Virginia Festival of the Book

All events cancelled. (But you can still read the books.)


Museums and Galleries

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

Per a press release issued on Monday, March 16, The Bridge announced it has closed its gallery, ceased after-school programming, and cancelled all social programs until further notice, though it will be holding a “quarantine haikus” event online. The organization has also postponed its REVEL 2020 fundraiser, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2.

The Fralin Museum of Art

Closed to the public until further notice.

James Monroe’s Highland

Closed until April 3.

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Closed through the month of March. “We hope to roll out new ways of enjoying our programs should the pandemic continues in our region,” said the March 17 announcement.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

The Kluge-Ruhe is closed, but people can explore the collection online.

McGuffey Art Center

All public events, classes, and First Friday art openings are currently postponed until at least March 27.

New City Arts Welcome Gallery

Closed for now.

Second Street Gallery

Closed for now, but staying engaged via social media.


Food + Drink

As local restaurants close, some are shifting to take out, see an ongoing list of closures and adjustments at Charlottesville 29.

BBQ Exchange Porkapalooza

The annual Porkapalooza event, originally scheduled for March 28 + 29, has been postponed. The restaurant remains open at this time.

IX Art Park

The winter farmer’s market will be held this Saturday, March 21, as scheduled.

Loaves and Fishes

Local food pantry remains open, but has cancelled all volunteer shifts. Staff will hand out pre-packaged boxes of food to those in need. Donations are still being accepted to help buy food.



Charlottesville Ten Miler

Canceled this year.

Saunders-Monticello Trail

Closed temporarily. Will reopen March 30 if public health conditions allow.



Charlottesville/Albemarle SPCA

Per a press release issued March 17, the shelter is operating by appointment only, and public spay and neuter services are on pause. Rummage store temporarily closed.

Meals on Wheels

Still delivering, and taking extra preparation and delivery precautions. Because delivery volunteers will not interact with clients receiving meals, the organization will call clients via phone to check on their well-being. Meals on Wheels is in need of phone brigade volunteers to call and check in on clients.



Caromont Farm

Goat-snuggling season has been postponed.

Festival of Cultures

The 17th annual festival, scheduled for May 9, has been cancelled.

Tom Tom Festival

Event postponed until September 21-27, 2020; individual ticket sales also postponed.











Tuesday Evening Concert Series


All events cancelled.






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