This Weekend in Fredericksburg: June 2-3

This Weekend in Fredericksburg: June 2-3


rock the river

Rock the River

Old Mill Park – 11am-8pm

Join us at Old Mill Park in Downtown Fredericksburg for the fourth annual Rock the River FXBG celebration. Our fourth event is shaping up to be our biggest yet, featuring live musical performances from Karen Jonas, The Feathered Fish and Swift Technique. Rock the River 2018 welcomes two new event partners, including Gravatt Entertainment (Sound & Stage) and wonder (marketing and promotions).

Beer tasting and pint pour tickets will be going on sale shortly! Other event details and times are still being arranged. Be sure to check back here or at for more details as they are decided.

Stuff the Cruiser

Stafford & Spotsylvania Walmart – 10am-3pm

The Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania law enforcement agencies have teamed up with TRIAD and the Healthy Generations Area Agency on Aging (Rappahannock AAA) to collect items to give to seniors in need in the area. Your support will help our local senior citizens who are less fortunate. Please purchase any items listed in the flyer and drop them off at the stores listed on your way out.

Virginia Renaissance Faire

Lake Anna Winery – 10am-5pm

Back and bigger than ever! The faire brings a unique brand of educational interactive family entertainment. Join in the revelry as the little 16th century town of Staffordshire England celebrates the arrival of Elizabeth, Queen of England and her court. Oh yes there are TURKEY LEGS and Live Jousting. check out the website for activities and daily schedules #VaRF

Falling For Freedom

Skydive Orange – 10am-5pm

Join Operation Enduring Warrior and Skydive Orange for this spectacular skydiving event. Held from June 1 – 3, Skydive Orange will coordinate tandem jumps and donate a portion of each registration to OEW. Now is your chance to try what you’ve never tried… or to return to familiar skies!

Not only will a portion of tandem proceeds go to OEW but ALL JUMPS will count, as Skydive Orange will be donating $1 for every airplane slot, so the more licensed jumpers that come out and participate, the better!

TANDEM PRICE: $259 cash / $270 credit – Military discount $15 OFF total balance
Video and Photos: $125 cash / $130 credit

To book your tandem skydive, you may call Skydive Orange at (703) 759-3483 or book online at with a non-refundable $50 deposit per person jumping and you pay the remainder when you arrive. Anyone jumping MUST be at least 18 years old, under 220 lbs and in good physical health.

Mark your calendars, book your jumps and plan an awesome weekend with friends and family. In the past Skydive Orange has worked with OEW and plans on doing as much as we can with this incredible organization in the future. We believe the impact OEW makes on the community is immeasurable.

Plantation Cooking Techniques at Montpelier

Montpelier – 10am-3pm

Learn about foodways of colonial America from Michael W. Twitty, a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of “Africulinaria,” the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies. Twitty will bring the South Yard alive from 10:00am-2:00pm demonstrating cooking techniques and discussing how food moved from garden to table during plantation community life in the Madison era.

At 3:00pm, Twitty will be in the Grand Salon at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center to discuss his James Beard award-winning memoir, “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South.” A book signing will follow.

This Weekend in Fredericksburg: May 26-28

This Weekend in Fredericksburg: May 26-28


hazelwild fundraiser

May 26-27:12th Annual Tattoos for Community

Jack Brown’s Tattoo Revival

This year’s Tattoos For Community will be raising funds for Hazelwild Farm’s Therapeutic Riding Program. This program offers specialized lessons for all ages of riders with a wide range of physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities . These lessons provide invaluable physical and emotional benefits to the riders. Funds raised will go to support Hazelwild in purchasing much needed horses for the Program. You don’t need to get a tattoo to support the cause, there will also be awesome T-shirts for sale!

2 days of Walk-in Tattoos, Huge Bake Sale, Original Art Raffles, Custom Ink T-shirt fundraising campaign, and All the good Vibes you’ll be able to stand! 100% of all proceeds gifted to the Hazelwild Therapeutic Riding Program.  Hazelwild Farm Educational Foundation is loved by many in our community and has served the greater Fredericksburg area for more than 45 years. The foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the academic and physical development of children and adults.


8pm-11pm: Memorial Day Luminarias

Fredericksburg National Cemetery

On the evening of Saturday, May 26, 2018, more than 15,300 candles will light the Fredericksburg National Cemetery for the twenty-third annual luminaria honoring those who gave their lives for their country.

The program extends from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the cemetery which will remain open until the luminaria lights are out. This commemoration includes a historical walking tour to view the thousands of lighted candles. Each honors one of the soldiers buried in the cemetery, situated atop the battlefield landmark of Marye’s Heights. Taps will be played every 30 minutes.

Due to limited parking, a free shuttle service will operate from the University of Mary Washington’s parking lot on the corner of William Street and Sunken Road. Handicapped parking will be available in the parking lot behind the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, with another shuttle operating between that point and the cemetery. Please note that pets are not allowed in the cemetery.

10am-2pm: Visit Strawberry Shortcake at the Farm

Braehead Farm

Farmer Snead at BRAEHEAD FARM has done it again and has turned to his friends for help! This time, he has called his friend STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE! Since Strawberry Shortcake loves strawberries so much, Farmer Snead asked her to help in celebrating the STRAWBERRY SEASON!



PICK STRAWBERRIES! Strawberries are $2.99 a pound to pick your own, or $3.99 a pound already picked in the Braehead Farm Market! Braehead Farm’s Lunch Kitchen will be open and serving STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES, STRAWBERRY LEMONADE, STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE, STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM!

5pm: S’mores with a Bang

Belvedere Plantation

Farm fun and fireworks! Roast S’Mores over a campfire. Kids can make a flag craft to take home and get their faces painted. Try a BBQ Parfait and apple or cherry pie by the slice. Wow! Kaboom!

In addition to seasonal activities, farm attractions include:
Hop on the Jumping Pillow. Whoop it up in the Fun Barn. Meet goats, sheep and chickens in the Olde Barnyard. Wheee down Pumpkin Mountain Slide. Take Pedal Carts for a spin.

Also: Little Farmers’ Corral, Back 40 Games (corn hole, dress a scarecrow, etc.), and the Ball Zone (football, basketball, and baseball). Play Barnyard Bing·Oh! for prizes for a chance to win a Family 4-Pack to our annual Fall Harvest Festival. Tickets are $11.95 online and $14.95 at the gate.

6pm: Paper Product Drive-Concert for Empowerhouse 

Evolving Art Machine

Free food and concert with donation of a paper Product!  Toilet paper, paper towels, pads, typing paper.. etc. Performers include: Soulegacy, Cara Bella, Josh Miller, Lake Alden. Food provided by Castiglia’s!



2pm: Guided Woodland Hike

Gari Melchers Studio

Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, these informative walks cover a mile of trails in both woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont’s past. Please wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center. Free.

9-11am: Coffee with Cabin Creek

Agora Downtown Coffee Shop

Agora Downtown Coffee Shop is hosting an intimate serious of acoustic performances this year. Cabin Creek will be there drinking coffee and performing a mix of original and traditional old time string and Americana tunes.



10:45am: Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Fredericksburg National Cemetery

On Monday, May 28, the National Park Service will join with the community in honoring the nation’s fallen soldiers at the annual commemorative ceremony at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. The program will begin at noon and will last about 40 minutes. This program will culminate a weekend that will include, on Saturday night, the illumination of the National Cemetery with more than 15,000 candles. This year’s keynote speaker will be Kirsten Talken-Spaulding, veteran, daughter of a Navy pilot lost while serving in Vietnam in 1969, and presently the Superintendent at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Talken-Spaulding was commissioned in the US Navy in 1990 and attended Officer Candidate School at the Naval Training Center San Diego. She served as a Navy Chaplain in the reserves. Her father, LCDR Talken began his service in 1958 and was lost at sea while serving aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). While aircraft debris was recovered, his body was not. He was the Kitty Hawk’s last loss in her 1969 cruise. As the daughter of one who made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation, Ms. Talken-Spaulding will reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day, the sacrifice of individuals and families, and the legacy of those men and women who have given all for their nation. For the seventh year in a row, the program will be preceded by a procession through the streets to the National Cemetery. The event recalls a long-ago tradition of Fredericksburg citizens—many of them former slaves—gathering at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) and processing to the National Cemetery on Memorial Day. The re-created 23d United States Colored Troops will lead the way. The procession will depart from Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), 801 Sophia Street at 10:45 a.m. For additional information about Memorial Day activities, call the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center at 540-693-3200 x4040. The Visitor Center and adjacent National Cemetery are located at 1013 Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg, 22401.

2:30pm: Memorial Day Weekend at Rick’s on the River

Rick’s on the River

Join us in celebrating our Military and Armed forces this Memorial Day weekend. All members active and retired of the Military and Armed Forces will receive 20% off all weekend (excludes alcohol). We are kicking off the weekend on Friday with DJ Hatch at 8pm Saturday DJ Hatch at 1pm and NGJB makes their 2018 debut to the Rick’s stage at 8pm Sunday Big Rob at 1pm and the one and only Janitors Band starts at 8pm Monday we will be rounding out the weekend with the Jerry Wimmer Trio at 2:30 Remember “All gave some, and Some gave all” God Bless America

6pm: In Memoriam Concert

Mary Washington Healthcare

“All gave some; some gave all” Join us this Memorial Day for a FREE outdoor concert honoring those who gave their all. The Pops will be performing some of your favorite patriotic pieces including: The Star Spangled Banner, Stars and Stripes forever, and much more! Did we mention it is FREE?? Since there is no actual seating, we do recommend bringing a lawn chair and an umbrella (just in case it rains). Looking forward to seeing you there! ***Location details*** The orchestra will be performing underneath the large awning between Medical Arts Pharmacy and Elite Women’s Health (across from the children’s station).

This Weekend in Fredericksburg: April 28-29

This Weekend in Fredericksburg: April 28-29


james monroe

James Monroe’s 260th Birthday Open House


Join President James Monroe for a celebration of the 260th anniversary of his birth! There will be photo opportunities with the president, music, and refreshments, including birthday cake! Visitors will also have the opportunity to sit for an individual or family silhouette portrait. There will be a fee for the portraits. All other activities for the celebration are free of charge.

Admission to the museum will be free all day in honor of Monroe’s birthday, while the special birthday activities will be from 2:00-5:00 PM only.

Fit History: Chancellorsville History Trail


Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park will once again combine health and history with a new series of “Fit-History” hikes this spring. These ranger-led hikes are designed to cover a lot of ground in addition to a lot of history. This season’s hikes will cover two to three miles per hour. All hikes begin at 10 a.m.

Join historian Frank O’Reilly, and take a hike on one of the park’s most popular trails. Learn about the struggles of soldiers and civilians alike in the tangled wooded landscape. Meet at the Chancellorsville Visitor Center, 9001 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, 22553.

When attending any of our Fit-History programs, please remember to wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and pack a snack. Bug spray and long pants are also suggested.

Rock Lobster Bake & Shake


Join us for a fun evening at Strangeways Brewing — a Lobster Bake, featuring traditional lobster bake fare and live music performed by The Feathered Fish!

Early Bird Tickets are available now through March 28th! Tickets include the lobster meal and a bottle of water. Adult beverages and sodas are available for purchase from Strangeways.

Ticket Prices:
Early Bird Rates (through 4/28) 1 ticket – $25 / 2 tickets – $45
Regular Rates (after 4/28) 1 ticket – $30 / 2 tickets – $55

Proceeds from the ticket sales will go toward supporting the signature programs of the Fredericksburg Area Service League. For more information about the league, visit them online at

Mary Washington House Annual Plant Sale


This year’s Mary Washington House Annual Plant Sale will be on Saturday, April 28, from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Perennials, including varieties from the museum gardens, will be available for sale.  Our head gardener will be on hand to assist with your plant choices.  All proceeds directly benefit the Washington Heritage Museums gardens.


Swing & Salsa Dance Lessons


New 7-week series of beginner & intermediate swing dance lessons at 6pm and 7pm. New! Salsa 1&2 class at 8pm. Week 1 will focus on Salsa basics, followed by new moves we haven’t taught before.. Sunday nights at DanceFXBG. Series starts April 29.  Beginners meet at 6:00pm, Intermediates at 7, Salsa at 8.  Cost: $110/person.

No previous dance experience for the beginner or Salsa class, no partner required. Register online at

8th Annual Moss Free Clinic 5K


Get ready to lace up your running (or walking!) shoes and join us for our 8th Annual 5k Run/Walk to benefit Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic. Presented by Fredericksburg Orthopaedic Associates, P.C., this 5K is family friendly and encourages competitive runners and casual walkers alike on its’ USATF Certified Course that, starting from the *top* of “Hospital Hill”, winds up and around Cowan Blvd. Prizes for top finishers as well as overall in age categories. Post-race beverages, snacks, and live music! Come out and enjoy a spring morning with us and support the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic; building a healthier community … together. Visit for more info.

Organ Recital Series: Afternoon Organ Concert


Join us for an afternoon of organ music featuring St. George’s organists Trystan Bennett, Achim Loch, and John Vreeland.
#stgeorgesmusic For more information, visit:

Free admission. Donations appreciated.

This Weekend in Fredericksburg: March 10-11

This Weekend in Fredericksburg: March 10-11


what the health

9:30am: Plant-Based Brunch, Film & Discussion: “What the Health”

Central Rappahannock Regional Library: Salem Church Branch

What the Health is a groundbreaking film that exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. The film is a surprising investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it. Bring a friend! All are welcome!


fairfax city restaurant week

All Weekend: Fairfax City Restaurant Week

Fairfax Area Restaurants

Take a bite out of Fairfax City! Get to know our diverse, independent and evolving culinary scene. Dine out at participating Fairfax City restaurants March 4 through 10, 2018 for special value 3 course meals and dine-in specials.


spring fling soap class

1pm: Spring Fling Soapmaking Class

The Crafty Cottage

We’ll be making 3 kinds of soap: Spring (Lavender, Spearmint & Orange), Clary Sage, and Rosemary Lemon! All three of these are beautiful for springtime. The Spring soap is a very moisturizing favorite of ours. Clary Sage is one of my personal favorites because I adore Clary Sage which is just so soothing! And Rosemary Lemon is refreshing, cleansing, and aromatic! These are hot process soaps and there will be 3 crock pots brewing at once. This is a demonstration of how to melt, mix, cook, color, flavor, and mold the soap. It will then need to sit molded at least overnight. The soap will need to be picked up the next day, or the next weekend, after sitting in the molds and being sliced. The cost of this class is $30, and you will get the recipes and 1 bar from each batch. This class may be paid for ahead of time via PayPal ( or at the beginning of class.



fredericksburg yoga

11am: Bends and Brews at Adventure Brewing

Adventure Brewing Company (North)

Bend and Brews with Adventure Brewing!

Join Natalie Selent (200hr RYT) and Downward Dogwood at Adventure Brewing for a 1 hour yoga class, followed by Adventure Brewing Beer! (1 beer included in admission price).

Escape the cold and come sweat, stretch and sip some beers with friends inside a nice warm brewery.

Savasana and then a Stonewall Stout?

Backbend and then a Backpack Wheat?

This class will be suitable for all levels and we welcome any and all first timers!


11am: Street Racing Nights at Dominion Raceway

Dominion Raceway

We are back again this year with our friends from Modified DMV and are ready for a bigger and better year than last season. Come out on our true never prepped track for some true street 1/8 mile action. Bring your friends, bring your family, call out your rivals!! See who has the quickest car in a true street scenario where your tire and driving ability actually come into play!!! Don’t worry about you guys and gals that don’t like dig racing we also do low roll races too. Don’t be scared come out and enjoy some racing along with great food at 118 bar and grill located on the 2nd floor!!! $20 to race all day!!! $5 to spectate!!

This Weekend in Fredericksburg: March 3-4

This Weekend in Fredericksburg: March 3-4


polar bear plunge
9am: 11th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

City Dock Park

Are you ready to brave the frigid temperatures of the Rappahannock River?? Register NOW for the annual Polar Bear Plunge benefiting the EOD Warrior Foundation. Check in opens at 9:00 AM and the plunge begins at 11:00 AM.

Early Registration (until 2/15): $25
Registration after 2/15: $35
Early registrants are guaranteed an event shirt.

Follow the link below to register today!

yoga and beer

10:30am: Yoga and Beer

Strangeways Brewing

Join us for an invigorating, hourlong flow, accessible to all levels of yogis. After class, you’ll enjoy a tasty pour of your favorite Strangeways craft beer and great company. Ticket includes yoga and one beer. Namaste & Cheers! Register at!

Yoga taught by Erin Sonn, RYT, owner of eat.YOGA.drink., LLC.

indoor beach party

3pm: 4th Annual Indoor Beach Party

Tim’s at Lake Anna

Wear your best Hawaiian shirt👕 and flip flops👡 to the indoor beach party🏝 ! Take a picture with the Tim’s mermaid 🏖, enjoy some great food 🍗and drink🍹 specials, dance in the limbo contest, win a prize for your beachy attire🏄‍♂️ and listen to 🎵 Island Gerry 🎶 from 7 til 1030 !



historic half lucky road

7am: Lucky Road Historic Half Training Team

Lucky Road Run Shop

Join the Lucky Road Run Shop 2018 Historic Half Marathon Training Team, HHTT. A 12 week program to get you ready complete the MCM Historic Half with ease. Here’s what you’ll get:

* Group Runs Sunday morning starting and finishing at the Lucky Road Run Shop.
* Run along the Historic Half course as much as possible.
* Aide station for our long runs.
* HHTT technical shirt.
* Special Clinics with our local experts and Hoka One One.
* The best group of coaches… that money can’t buy. 🙂

All this, and a bag of chips, for only $60. There’s no better deal in town 😉

Registration will be available soon at the Lucky Road Run Shop.

bridal show under the stars

5-8pm: Bridal Show Under the Stars

Inn at the Old Silk Mill

Save the date for The Silk Mill’s Bridal Show Under the Stars! Runway show, music, food, raffle prizes, meet with local wedding vendors, check out some of our bed and breakfast rooms and view the Silk Mill and Chapel in it’s elegant evening atmosphere! Couples and vendors, register on our website Click on Bridal Show Under the Stars. Can’t wait to see you there!

Come for the History, Stay for the Art

Come for the History, Stay for the Art

Everybody knows about Fredericksburg’s historical significance, but it’s also home to a burgeoning art scene with a myriad of galleries, workshops, and independent artists! Just a hop, skip and a jump (okay, about an hour’s drive) from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Fredericksburg may not be the first city that comes to mind when you’re looking for culture, but the diverse and quasi-underground art scene has been quietly gaining momentum for the past 10 years. Traditional galleries are just steps from experimental studios and quirky shops. Some local favorites are Ponshop, a trendy studio offering build-your-own-terrarium workshops and custom skateboards; Evolving Art Machine, a self-described underground studio and experimental music venue; and LibertyTown Arts, which offers classes and events all year round.

Local businesses in Historic Downtown Fredericksburg 

Fredericksburg celebrates their vibrant artistic community on the first Friday of every month when galleries, restaurants, cafes, shops, and even workout studios open their doors to showcase local artists. In the warmer months, it’s not uncommon to see musicians on the street and a friendly crowd enjoying refreshments as they traipse from business to business downtown. One of the most popular events during the summer is Art Attack, where local artists create en plain air for a day. Tourists and residents alike meander through the streets of downtown, passing historic buildings and overflowing flowerboxes to admire the artists at work. Artists of all kinds are welcome to participate: painters, illustrators, sculptors, musicians, performers–as long as you can do it outside, you’re invited!

Street Art in Downtown Fredericksburg

In the fall, the streets of downtown Fredericksburg become a gallery during the Via Colori chalk street art festival! If it’s too cold to wander around downtown, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a play at the Riverside Theater Company or Stage Door Productions. If you’re more in the mood for a concert, live music of all genres is performed around the city at local restaurants. A great place to hear some up-and-coming local musicians is Art Mart, which hosts art exhibits, concerts, and poetry slams in their new gallery.

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the arts sans the five-hour trip to NYC, Fredericksburg is perfect for a weekend visit.  Famous for being historic and charming, there’s also enough culture here to keep everybody interested. Check in to a cute B&B, grab a coffee from one of our local roasters, and have a leisurely day exploring this little city.