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6 Weekend Picks in Fredericksburg and Beyond

Compiled by Susan Larson for Fredericksburg Today and the B Scene on B101.5 FM at 7:35 a.m. Fridays. Image courtesy of YaiSirichai at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair: Sites, Sounds and Tastes of Summer
Through August 9, 2015
Fredericksburg Agricultural Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Ave., Fredericksburg, Va.
Founded in 1738, Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair is the oldest fair in the United States. Celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment, food and fun for the whole family. Monster Truck Show on opening night.
General admission:
Age three and under are free.
Ages 4 to 59, admission is $8.
Ages 60 and older, admission is $6.

First Friday Fredericksburg
Friday, Aug. 7, evening hours
Downtown Fredericksburg, Va.
Downtown galleries and studios host open houses, which highlight featured artists and include refreshments and often live music. Most of these occur from 6 – 9 p.m. Some of the city’s restaurants, businesses and museums join the fun, offering entertainment, exhibits and specials of their own.

4th Annual Edible Food Fest in Orange
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Downtown Orange, Va.
The family-friendly celebration of the farm to table movement and its unique roots in Central Virginia includes demonstrations by the region’s leading chefs, expert talks on farm to table topics, live music and more.
Tickets are $7. Children 12 and under are free.

FredParent’s 2015 Back-to-School Expo and School Supply Drive
Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Center Court at Spotsylvania Towne Centre, 137 Spotsylvania Mall Dr,, Fredericksburg, Va.
Free family fun, including
A Scavenger Hunt
Pretty Little Liars star Keegan Allen autograph signing 1 – 4 p.m.
Lip Sync Battle hosted by Cool Cow Comedy 1:30 p.m.
Bring a donation of school supplies for area children.
Free.

Richmond Jazz Fest
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 and 9, doors open at 11 a.m.
Maymont, 1700 Hampton St., Richmond, Va.
The Richmond Jazz Festival is one of the largest jazz festivals on the East Coast, renowned for its lively atmosphere, appetizing cuisine and lineup of some of the best in jazz, funk and blues.
See the link for tickets and schedules.

32nd Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival
Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cary Street between Nansemond Street and Colonial Avenue in Carytown (a neighborhood in Richmond, Va.)
Each year the Shriners sell watermelon slices, donated by Martin’s, with the proceeds benefiting the Shriners Hospital for children. The festival includes six stages of entertainment and a kids’ zone filled with activities. It’s the largest one day festival in the state of Virginia, according to the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Free admission.

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