Spring Events And Activities In The Fredericksburg Region
Spring has sprung in the Fredericksburg region – though some would argue it’s been spring since January. This is a perfect time to visit Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford. The weather is warm, humidity hasn’t rolled in yet and there’s something new to try just about every weekend.
Grab your calendars and start planning your Fredericksburg getaway, today!
Spotsylvania Restaurant Week – Feb. 29 to March 8 – This is a great opportunity for local restaurant owners, deal hunters and foodies. Check out the amazing list of participating restaurants!
First Saturday Shoreline Cleanup – March 7 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Widewater State Park Widewater is a beautiful and unique place – help keep it clean. Teams of volunteers will be given areas to focus their clean up efforts on. All supplies will be provided. Students needing community service hours will be given documentation of service.
National Park Day 2020 – April 4 – Each year, thousands of history enthusiasts, families, Boy and Girl Scouts, ROTC units and more come together in an effort to help keep our nation’s heritage not only preserved, but pristine. Since 1996, community-minded citizens have taken part in Park Day events at various sites across the country. Activities are chosen by each participating site and can include building trails, raking leaves, painting signs, putting up fences and contributing to site interpretation. In addition to the satisfaction that volunteer work brings, participants receive official Park Day T-shirts, and may have the chance to hear a local historian describe people and events of the past at their site. Park Day can also be used to fulfill the service requirements associated with scout groups, student organizations, training corps programs, many school systems, and more. If you are interested in volunteering or hosting an event, visit our event page or email [email protected] for more information about the next Trust’s next Park Day.
Civil War Civilians’ Civil War Era Tea. April 4, 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Reservations required. The Civil War Civilians of Spotsylvania is a living history organization that has been created for the purpose of researching and recreating the non-military history of the Spotsylvania County area and the Central Virginia Region just prior, during, and following the American Civil War – 1857 to 1867. Join them in a dramatic presentation and dance as well as dainty tea.
Food Truck Rodeo at Courthouse Village April 11 – Amazing food vendors will gather at Merchants Sq, at Spotsylvania Courthouse Village, for the 5th Annual Food Truck Rodeo. Enjoy Music and live entertainment!
Spring Brewfest – April 11 – Enjoy an amazing day of craft beer, music, food and fun. The gates open at 11:00am so come early and stay late to enjoy all the day has to offer! Craft brewers from all over the region will be sampling some of their award winning beers. They will be pouring some of your favorites as well as a sneak peek in to what will be on tap for 2020. There will also be a select number of Virginia wineries and distilleries sampling their award winning beverages.
Earth Day on the Rappahannock April 18 11am – 4pm – This year will be the 17th annual Earth Day Festival along the beautiful Rappahannock River! Enjoy dozens of environmental exhibitors, live music, great food, live animals, hands-on activities, and so much more for the entire family! Come learn what you can do to reduce your impact on the planet while having great, FREE, fun. Bring your own water bottle for re-fills! Hosted by Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events and Friends of the Rappahannock
Garden Week – April 21st , 10:00am – 5:00pm – Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia’s historic public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program, and a Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project with Virginia State Parks.
Spring Open House at Gari Melchers Home and Studio – April 26, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Tour the house, studio and galleries of the famous American painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932). Stroll the restored gardens and woodland trails, visit the Fannie Roots House on the property to hear about the latest restoration efforts, join a Preschool Palette class in the kitchen classroom (1:00pm – 4:00pm), and explore the museum shop. Free admission.
Virginia Renaissance Faire Weekends, May 9th – June 7th 2020, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.- Enjoy music, stage performances, jousting, hound coursing, living history demonstrations, and more! See you at the faire!
Taco and Beer Fest – May 16 – Fredericksburg Fairgrounds – Bring your friends, family and head to Fredericksburg’s premier TACO and BEER event! This amazing festival will feature some of the area’s best restaurants and food trucks, serving up their amazing taco creations along with unlimited craft beer samples, live music, and a Margarita bar. This event proudly supports Frederikson Outreach Coalition and Community Outreach Inc.
Spring Fever 5K and Kids ½ Mile Fun Run – April 4 – 7:00 am – 11:00 am –The Spring Fever 5K is a part of the Stafford Race Series and Fredericksburg Area Running Club Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix Series. Proceeds from the event benefits Stafford Hospital and the patients and families it serves. This is a rain or shine event, refunds are unavailable. T-shirts guaranteed only until March 18.
Great Train Race – May 3 – The largest timed Kids Race in the area! Head downtown for the GTR 1 Mile (timed), George Dashington 1/2 Mile or Caboose Run 1/4 Mile. The Great Train Race is also the first part to the 2020 Rocking Nissan Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids Race Series, when signing up make sure you check the appropriate boxes to sign up for series or just GTR.
Marine Corps Historic Half – May 17th – 7:00 am -Fredericksburg’s most iconic race is arguably the Marine Corps Historic Half. The scenic course tours colonial sites and the quaint downtown of fabulous Fredericksburg, Virginia before scaling Hospital Hill on the way to the stars-and-stripes adorned finish and the US Marines. Along the way, runners pass significant landmarks dating back to the nation’s beginnings and notable neighborhoods that were home to America’s forefathers. The 13.1 mile run boasts a fantastic finisher medal, terrific technical participant shirt and a start ceremony concluding with the shout of a town crier and the blast of a vintage musket.
Spotsylvania Soap Box Derby at Dominion Raceway – May 31- The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934, held in Fredericksburg since 1996. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Registration is now open. Go to visitspotsy.com then events to register.
Easter Eggs Hunts
Dog Easter Egg Hunt – April 4, 2020 at 1:00pm – 1:30 pm – Bring your dogs to join the fun at the annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt! This is a great way to get out and play with your favorite furry friend. Don’t forget to make sure your pup is dressed to enter the doggie costume contest to compete for prizes! $5 registration allows up to two dogs to join in the fun. Dogs must be at least 12 weeks old. A small dog area will also be available for dogs under 15lbs. Pre-registration requested. All dog parents must sign a release acknowledging their dog(s) are current on shots and are healthy.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – April 4, 9:30 -11am – Come to the Marshall Center to share breakfast and get a picture with the Easter Bunny. After breakfast “hop” outside for an Easter Egg Hunt!. Don’t forget your camera, parents. Registration is now open. Reservations required.
Beeping Egg Hunt – April 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Free admission. Reservations required. Since 2011, the Education Department has invited visually impaired or blind children and their families to participate in a Beeping Egg Hunt. This annual event is reminiscent of the Easter parties Corinne Melchers, with her husband’s encouragement, would host for local children each year at Belmont, complete with Punch and Judy shows, egg rolls, fanciful invitations, and plenty of favors. The specially designed plastic eggs were made and donated by volunteers of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. The eggs emit a beeping sound that allows children to retrieve them using their hearing. Sighted siblings can also participate by wearing a blindfold. The event also includes a miniature animal petting zoo, sensory crafts, gallery activities, and Wegman’s – sponsored healthy snacks.