A program of

10:00 AM
Sesame Street Screening

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, join VPM PBS and the Virginia Film Festival for a 60-minute screening of favorite clips from this iconic, award-winning children’s television series. Made up of a colorful community of monsters, birds, grouches, and humans, Sesame Street is a place where everyone counts.

Doors open at 9:30 AM. Arrive early to save your seat and enjoy a special stage appearance by Walkaround Elmo from Sesame Street. Members of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia will take the stage before the screening with a live performance.

™/© 2019 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved.

11:15 AM–1:30 PM
Interactive Arts Festival

  • Claymation Animation Station with Light House Studio
  • Sesame Street-themed Halloween bag decorating with VPM PBS KIDS®. Learn about fun PBS KIDS® programming and participate in a free Sesame Street-themed raffle!
  • Dream cape creation with DMR Adventures
  • Live performances by the Charlottesville Ballet, DMR Adventures, UVA Salsa Club, and Hoos in Treble
  • Balloon Twisting & Face Painters by Expressions
  • Mox Box Photo Booth
  • WTJU Live DJ
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Local Food Trucks
  • And More!

11:30 AM1:00 PM
Musical Instrument Petting Zoo with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

With a soaring melody or an image-invoking sound effect, films come to life. Soundtracks introduce characters, create moods and emphasize plot lines. Meet the instruments of an orchestra one-on-one and try making sounds that remind you of your favorite movie in a hands-on Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. With help from UVA music faculty and students from the Charlottesville Symphony, miniature Mozarts and budding Beethovens – and grownups – can hear, see, touch and play many different instruments found in the orchestra.

11:30 AMNoon
1:15 PM
Walkaround Elmo Photo Opportunity

Say hello to our special guest, Walkaround Elmo! Families will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with Walkaround Elmo from Sesame Street. Photo opportunities are first come first serve.

™/© 2019 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved.

Volunteer at Family Day

VAFF is looking for UVA students and community members to help with Family Day 2019 on Saturday, October 26. Read about the various volunteer roles and sign up through the form below.

2019 Family Day Volunteer Form

Support Outreach and Education

The Virginia Film Festival strives to engage community members of all ages and backgrounds through hands-on programs, year-round events, and partnerships with local groups. This work would not be possible without the support of our community members, individual donors, and corporate sponsors.

To help VAFF continue our mission, please consider making a donation and volunteering for the upcoming Festival.

VAFF Administrative Offices
617 West Main Street, 2nd Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22903

UVA Arts Box Office
109 Culbreth Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Hours: Noon – 5:00 PM M-F
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