29th annual Discovery Dash
7:45 a.m. Saturday for Toddler Scramble; 8 a.m. for first quarter-mile dash
Monticello High School Track
Virginia’s oldest track race for children offers categories to suit any family, starting with a 7:45 a.m. Toddler Scramble for ages 3 and 4, followed by quarter-mile dashes in sequence for ages 5 and 6, half-mile dashes for ages 7 and 8, and 1-mile dashes for ages 9 and 10 and then for ages 11 and 12. Other events include a race for siblings, a variety of parent-child relays and the Discovery Cup Relay for school teams. Pre-registration is required, and signups will not be available on race day; fees vary. vadm.org; (434) 977-1025, Ext. 102.
Festival of Cultures
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Booker T. Washington Park
The 16th annual opportunity to celebrate the area’s cultural and linguistic diversity is filled with music, dance, storytelling and, of course, international foods. Author Khzir Khan will provide a welcome. There will be hands-on crafts activities, cultural exhibits and lots of vendors. New this year is an oral history studio, provided by WTJU-FM and WCVE News, to capture families’ stories. Listen for music by “Mexilachian Son,” a multimedia project in which Lua Project artists Estela Diaz Knott and David Berzonsky have documented the experiences of immigrants who settled in Virginia. (These pieces also will be performed from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at McGuffey Art Center.) The festival is presented by the Thomas Jefferson Adult & Career Program at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Free. Festivalofcultures.org.
Mother’s Day Tribute
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Ellwood Manor in Locust Grove
At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be readings of letters that Civil War soldiers wrote home to their mothers, grandmothers and wives. Evergreen Shade will provide Civil War-era music between programs. Light refreshments will be served. Friends of Wilderness Battlefield volunteer interpreters will be available all day to answer your questions. Free. fowb.org.
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday
Darden Towe Park’s Boat Launch
Charlottesville and Albemarle County residents will be teaming up to celebrate the river they both treasure. The inaugural spring Rivanna RiverFest actually starts at 10 a.m. at Riveriew Park with the Fix a Leak Family 5K — your chance to chase a running toilet (literally) to help spread the message of water conservation — and the Rivanna River Race, which begins at the U.S. 29 bridge at Rio Mills Road. Both finish lines are at Darden Towe Park, and that’s where all the community celebrations are happening. The Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center will present a special event focusing on underwater photography. Free; registration fees required to participate in the races. rivannariver.org/rivanna-riverfest.
Wheels, Wine and Wonder
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday
King Family Vineyards in Crozet
The Chris Long Foundaton’s annual family-friendly fundraiser offers music by the Bobby Midnight Band, plus food trucks, a photo booth and a dunk tank. A VIP reception with Long and other guests starts at noon. All proceeds will help support the foundation’s work in support of clean water, support for military members, education and literacy. $250-$100; reservations required. chrislongfoundation.org; eventbrite.com/e/wheels-wine-and-wonder-tickets-54996372631.
May Music Madness
2 to 6 p.m. Saturday
Music Resource Center at 105 Ridge St.
Chamomile & Whiskey, Wild Common and The Company will perform for a fundraiser to keep providing music education for young people at the Music Resource Center. Head to the LeRoi Moore Performance Hall for live music, raffles and more. Food trucks also will be there. $15; $12 advance; free for MRC members and for children ages 12 and younger. musicresourcecenter.org.