Past Events & News

  1. Past Events
  2. Past News


  • Fix a Leak Season: March 14th - May 1st: Fix a Leak Home Scavenger Hunt, Virtual Fix a Leak Family 5K, Rivanna RiverFest


  • Fix a Leak Month: March 1st - 31st, Included the Home Scavenger Hunt, River Scavenger Hunt, and Virtual Fix a Leak Family 5K
  • Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest & Fan Favorite Voting


  • Kid*Vention: February 8th at Key Rec Center
  • Rivanna RiverFest: May 13th was cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest & Fan Favorite Voting


  • Grand Illumination: Friday, December 6th at the Sprint Pavilion  
  • Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest & Fan Favorite Voting
  • FLOW: The Rivanna River Arts Festival: September 28th, 11am - 4pm at Darden Towe Park
  • Imagine a Day without Water Kickoff Event: August 28th, 3 - 5pm at the Shops at Stonefield
  • Westhaven Community Day: Saturday, August 3rd 
  • RiverFest & Fix a Leak Family 5K: May 11th on the Rivanna River
  • Earth Day Celebration: April 22nd, 11am - 2pm outside City Hall 
  • UVA Earth Week Expo: Building Bridges: April 16th, 11am - 2pm at Newcomb Hall
  • Tom Tom Festival: April 13th, 12pm - 5pm at Market Street Park
  • Kid*Vention with the Virginia Discovery Museum at Key Rec Center: Feb 9th 10am - 3pm


  • Kid*Vention: 10am - 3pm, Saturday, February 10th at Key Rec Center
  • World Water Day: March 22nd, Celebrate by hiking at Ivy Creek on March 31st at 2pm
  • UVA Earth Week Expo at Newcomb Hall Ballroom from 11am - 2pm 
  • Earth Day: April 22nd, Celebrate at Charlottesville Eco Fair at IX Art Park on April 22nd from 11am - 4pm
  • Touch the Truck: May 5th at IX Art Park from 10am - 2pm 
  • Drinking Water Week: May 6 - 12
  • Infrastructure Week: May 14 - 21
  • National Public Works Week: May 20 - 26
  • Festival of the Home: June 2nd 10 am - 5 pm at IX Art Park
  • Westhaven Community Day: August 4th 
  • "How Do You Save Water" Art Contest
  • Imagine a Day without Water Downtown Mall Event: October 10th
  • Grand Illumination: November 30th 


  • Virginia Discovery Museum’s Kid*Vention: February 18th
  • Tom Tom Founders Festival: April 15th
  • UVA Earth Week Expo: April 18th- Newcomb Hall
  • UVA Earth Day Water Conservation Table: April 21st- UVA Lawn
  • EcoFair: April 23rd at the Pavilion
  • Drinking Water Week: May 7th - 13th- May 10th: Learn about your drinking water with RWSA at Ivy Creek Natural Area
  • Westhaven Community Day: August 5th, 10am-1pm at 803 Hardy Drive
  • Belmont Bash: September 16th, 2-6pm at Bemont Park
  • Rockin the Rivanna: 10:30am - 3:00pm, September 30th at Darden Towe and Riverview Park
  • UVA Fall Sustainability Festival: October 31st at UVA Hospital
  • "Why Does Every Drop Count" Art Contest: Accepting entries September 12th - October 16th
  • Imagine a Day without Water Event: 11am - 1pm, October 11th on the Downtown Mall
  • Grand Illumination


  • Kid*Vention: Saturday, February 20th @ 10am - 3pm, Key Recreation Center at the East End of Downtown Mall
  • World Water Day: March 22nd At University of Virginia, Clark Hall: 10am - 2pm
  • Blue Ridge Home Builders Association Home Show: April 3rd, 10:00am - 2:00pm, John Paul Jones Arena
  • UVA Sustainability Advocates Water Awareness Day: April 4th, 10:00am - 2:00pm, South Lawn at UVA
  • Fifth Season Spring Gardening Expo: April 9th, 10:00am - 6:00pm, Fifth Season Gardening & Co, 900 Preston Ave
  • Water Conservation’s Earth Day Celebration: April 22nd, Downtown Mall
  • Charlottesville Earth Week- Eco Fair: April 24th, 11:00am - 5:00pm, Downtown mall & Pavilion
  • Celebrate Your Drinking Water Supply: May 5th, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Ragged Mountain Reservoir-  Part of Drinking Water Week May 1st - 7th, 2016: Your Water- to know it is to love it
  • Westhaven Community Day: August 6th, 2016 10am - 1pm-  Music, Food, Dancing, Community Info Fair, Games, Dunking booth, Awards, Sports Physicals and more!
  • Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest: Runs from September 16th - October 14th
  • Imagine a Day without Water: September 16th at the Downtown Mall at Central Place Plaza, Time- 11am - 1pm
  • We will have a fun event to kick off our 2nd Annual Imagine a Day without Water Campaign & Art Contest
  • September 17th: Belmont Bash at Belmont Park, 2pm - 6pm
  • October 2nd: Bike Walk Play! at JPA Neighborhood  
  • October 16th: Fry’s Spring Annual Oktoberfest at Fry’s Spring Beach Club, 3pm - 5pm
  • November 29th: Imagine a Day without Water Awards Ceremony at Albemarle Country Service Authority, 5:30pm - 6:30pm


  • Imagine a Day without Water: October 6th - 8th and Art Contest 
  • City Services Fair: October 23rd 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in front of City Hall on the Downtown Mall
  • Fry’s Spring Oktoberfest: October 25th 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Fry’s Spring Beach club
  • Belmont Bash: October 3rd, 1pm - 5pm at Belmont Park
  • WVPT Kid’s Book Festival: September 26th 11 am - 2 pm, JPJ Arena
  • 17th Annual Westhaven Community Day: August 1st 10 am - 1 pm 
  • EcoFair: April 26nd, 2015 11am - 5pm at Main Street Arena
  • Kid*Vention: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 @ 10am - 3pm
  • Key Recreation Center at the East End of Downtown Mall

Imagine a Day without Water

Imagine a Day without Water is a national campaign to bring awareness around the the value of water. The City of Charlottesville along with other partners have made this campaign into an art contest to engage Charlottesville area youth around the importance of saving and valuing water.
For more information about this campaign and event go to the Imagine a Day without Water Page

Fix a Leak Family 5K

Fix A Leak Family 5K is a fun family event at the end of Fix A Leak Week, a national Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense campaign. The event focuses on tackling water leaks in your home and other water conservation tips, resources, and rebates.
For a more information about this campaign event go to the Fix a Leak Page

National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

The Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1 - 30, is a non-profit national community service campaign. To find out more about the Wyland Foundation visit their website.

April 1st - 30th, 2017

April 1st - 30th, 2016- 3rd Place!

The City of Charlottesville is once again joining other cities across the country in asking our residents to take part in the national Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Mayor Signer has signed Charlottesville up for this challenge, and encourages Charlottesville residents to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of the City of Charlottesville and pledge their commitment at My Water Pledge throughout the month of April.

April 1 - 30th, 2015 - 10th Place!

In 2015, over 3,900 cities in all 50 U.S. states participated contributing more than 391,325 pledges online. The nation pledged to reduce the use of more than 1.5 billion gallons of freshwater.

The City of Charlottesville ranked in the top 10 out of cities populated between 30,000 and 99,999 people for 2015. Charlottesville made over 1854 water saving pledges committing to reduce water use by 7,228,617 gallons of water this year, which is enough water to fill 11 olympic-sized swimming pools. In addition we will use 22,044 fewer single-use plastic bottles, our landfills will be 230,784 pounds less, 35,897,094 pounds of CO2 will be mitigated, and Charlottesville consumers will save $171,844 from their water saving changes!

April 1 - 30th, 2014 - 3rd Place!

Charlottesville ranked 3rd out of cities populated between 30,000 and 99,999 people for 2014

Over 3,600 cities in all 50 U.S. states participated in the 2014 Mayor’s Challenge, and together we pledged to reduce our annual consumption of freshwater by 1.4 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 36 million pounds, and prevent more than 179,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds.