This Weekend in Fredericksburg: May 26-28

May 24, 2018 | Blog, Communities, Events, Holiday

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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).

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