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Fredericksburg Weekend Calendar Featuring St. Patrick’s Day Events

By Susan Larson

Fredericksburg area events for the weekend of March 13 – 15, 2015.

Fredericksburg First Friday Art Walk
Rescheduled to Friday, March 13, 6 – 9 p.m.
Downtown Fredericksburg
Open house receptions at the art galleries in downtown Fredericksburg.
Three Samples:
“The Art of Fly Fishing” at Water Street Writing and Arts Studio, 915 A Sophia St.
Mark Wright’s Exhibition “About Time” at Odd Box Studios, 526-1 Wolfe St.
“Art, Distilled” by Barbara Harris at Art First Gallery, 824 Caroline St.
Free. See a list of galleries, parking and trolley information at https://fredericksburg.today/first-friday-2

Children’s Art Show and Workshop
Friday, March 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg
Art Show features works by children age 4 through 12th grade.
Free
Art Workshop is Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$6 workshop participation fee for each child.
Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation

Fredericksburg Spring Home and Garden Show
Friday, March 13, 1 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy., Fredericksburg
On Saturday meet Animal Planet’s Tree House Master Pete Nelson, who can teach you how to design and build your own tree house.
The Guru of Gardening WTOP’s Mike McGrath will be on hand Saturday and Sunday with his famous gardening seminars.
Adults At Door: $10 | Adults Online: $9
Seniors (60+) At Door: $9 | Seniors (60+) Online: $8
Children 12 & Under: Free

St. Patrick’s Dance
Friday, March 13, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Fredericksburg Elks Lodge #875, 11309 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg
Featuring “The Entertainers,” winners of the 2014 Carolina Beach Music Award.
BYOB. A light fare will be served.
$35 per person. Proceeds benefit the Rappahannock Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade in Fredericksburg
Spotsylvania County Business Park, 3300 Dill Smith Dr. Fredericksburg
11 a.m. Irish songs. Irish dancers. Shamrock face painter .
12 p.m. Parade begins. Includes fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching band, community organizations, Irish dancers, horses, military equipment and local pageant winners. Parade ends at Blue & Gray Brewing.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Corned beef, sandwiches with Fred Red mustard OUTSIDE for $5.00 Proceeds from food sales benefit local Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept’s.. $3.00 hot dogs for kids
Ample parking. This event is in the Spotsylvania County Business Park, a mile from downtown Fredericksburg. The brewpub on site has a full Irish menu inside.

Shamrock the Block
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Shamrock the Block returns to the Boulevard for the second year in a row. Shamrock the Block is a free St. Patrick’s Day party with plenty of beer, food, music and kids’ activities. There will be plenty of green beer, as well as craft beer and brands of the Boulevard breweries. New this year, you can try small plates from more than 20 Richmond restaurants and food trucks, as well as the traditional fare. Bands this year include These Wild Plains, Dirty Bangs, Tigerman Woah and Jackson Ward. Street parking available or park at the Diamond. Free entry, pay as you go. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the Boulevard from Leigh Street to Broad Street in Richmond.

Shockoefest
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Shockoefest celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in Shockoe Bottom for the second year in a row with music, food from local restaurants and beer. This year there will also be Irish dancing, bagpipers, a free kids’ area and live music with headliner RPG. Free to enter, pay as you go. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 17th and 18th Streets. Richmond.

Information Technology Convergence Center Digital Auditorium Grand Opening
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. – midnight.
UMW Information Technology Convergence Center
A day of presentations, performances and film screenings featuring faculty, staff and student groups.
Free

Michael Feinstein Presents “The Sinatra Project” with the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestral, celebrating the centennial of Frank Sinatra (1915- 2015)
Saturday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.
Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and preserving its legacy. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to preserving the art form for future generations.
UMW George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m
Tickets start at $35.

Baby Farm Animal Stories and Petting Zoo
The Children’s Museum of Richmond Fredericksburg location, 1275 Jefferson Davis Hwy.,
Celebrate National Reading Month in March with special story times, character visits and arts and crafts at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Sunday. In addition, Sunday, March 15, will feature a baby farm animals petting zoo from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., to coincide with that day’s reading of the Little Golden Book “Baby Farm Animals.”
CMoR Members: FREE
Children and Adults (Age 1- 59) : $8.00
Under 1: Free
Seniors: $7.00

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