Your Community Calendar October 2015
October is a month of autumn celebrations. Click the hyperlinks for more information. Add your event in the comments section.
Fall Opening of St. James House
1 – 4 p.m. October 5 – 10
1300 Charles St., Fredericksburg
An 18th Century Gentleman’s cottage owned by James Mercer, attorney for Mary Washington and a member of the House of Burgesses. Tour the home and view the collections of beautiful antiques and art.
Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for Student (6-18). WHM Members Free
Belvedere Plantation Fall Festival
Weekends through October 31, 2015.
Fridays, 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Closes at 5 p.m. on October 31)
Sundays, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.
Columbus Day Monday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Belvedere Plantation, 1410 Belvedere Dr., Fredericksburg
Pumpkin picking, bonfires, evening hayrides, cornfield maze — more than 25 attractions and activities. The Pumpkin Patch is lighted for night picking Friday and Saturday nights.
See the website for admission packages.
Braehead Farm Fall Festival Weekends
Every Saturday and Sunday in October, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Also open Columbus Day.
Braehead Farm, 1130 Tyler St., Fredericksburg
Hayrides through the decorated forest and around the farm. Corn maze and sunflower walk. Pumpkin decorating. A visit with, “”The Great Pumpkin” will be in the patch from 10-1 and 2-5 for you to visit! Play in the Family Play-Grounds: Hay barn, sand piles, corn pit, swings, farm animals and much more
Admission $9. 2 and under free.
25th Annual Fredericksburg Wine Festival
Saturday and Sunday, Oct 10 and 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pancho Villa Pavilion, Celebrate Virginia, 2150 Gordon Shelton Blvd., Fredericksburg
Taste wines from ten different wineries. Also features a beer garden, food vendors, artisans, crafters and live music.
Ages 21 and up, in advance, $15, at gate, $25; Ages 6 – 20 and designated drivers, $10 at gate; Ages 5 and under, free.
The Richmond Folk Festival October 9 – 11 features more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more.
16th Annual Culpeper Airport Air Fest
Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Culpeper Regional Airport, 12517 Beverly Ford Road, Brandy Station, Va.
This FREE event has something for the entire family. You’ll see restored antiques, classics, military trainers, fighters, helicopters, jets, and model airplanes. The Bealeton Flying Circus along with their spectacular wing-walking event will leave you breathless. See the FARM Club and their unique radio controlled model airplanes. The highlight of this year’s AirFest is the only privately-owned “Harrier” in the world. Kids ages 8-17 can sign up for free airplane rides.
The Now & Then Doll Club Doll & Toy Show and Sale
Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fredericksburg Elks Lodge #875, 11309 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg
A doll display and dealers selling antique to modern dolls. The club is a non-profit organization and a member of the United Federation Of Doll Clubs. Lunch will be available.
$5.50 adults, children $2.50
Journey from Slavery to Freedom Tour at James Madison’s Montpelier
Saturday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m.
James Madison’s Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Highway, Orange
This tour takes visitors on a journey around Montpelier to historic slave sites. Tour guides teach the visitors on the struggles of the enslaved and their trip towards freedom.
Admission: $5 with a group, $10 alone
Light the Night Fredericksburg
Saturday, Oct. 10, 5 – 8 p.m.
Hurkamp Park, 500 Williams St, Fredericksburg
A fundraising campaign of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
45th Annual Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival
Saturdays Oct. 10 – 11, 17 – 18, 24 – 25, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Graves’ Mountain Lodge, 205 Graves Mountain Lane, Syria, VA 22743
Enjoy fun-filled days complete with Graves famous Food, live Bluegrass Music, cloggers, arts & crafts, hay Maze & Hay Mountain, Hayrides, Horseback Rides, apple picking, and more.
Free admission and free parking.
Clifton Day Festival
Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Historic Town of Clifton, 7144 Main St., Clifton
antique dealers, artists, bakers and other street vendors will line the town’s streets. Live bands, antique dealers, artists, street vendors, pony rides, craft demonstrations, children’s activities, a Civil War reenactment and a wide selection of food and beverage choices.
Free admission. Parking is $5.
Culpeper Renaissance’s 7th Annual Restaurant Week
October 12 – 18
Specially priced menu options — $25 per person includes a 3-course dinner of appetizer, entree, and dessert – at downtown Culpeper restaurants.
The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon
Monday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.
National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle
The Silent Drill Platoon of twenty-four men that performs a very unique and difficult drill exhibition.
7th Annual Richmond Oktoberfest!
Friday, Oct. 16, 6 – midnight
Saturday, Oct. 17, 5 p.m. – midnight
Old Dominion Building, Richmond International Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond
The oldest and most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Tourism. Patterned after Munich’s world famous Oktoberfest,the Richmond Oktoberfest combines a great party with the preservation of our German heritage. Eat authentic German food and drink a variety of German & domestic beers. Dance to polkas, waltzes, American standards and more. Kids activities. $12 admission. 15 & under Free
Stafford County Agricultural and Homemaking Fair
Friday – Sunday, Oct. 16 – 18
Mountain View High School, 2135 Mountain View Rd., Stafford
The county fair is back, sporting a demolition derby, amusement rides, demonstrations, farm animals and more. Admission to fair, demonstrations, agricultural area and Motorsports is free. Unlimited ride armbands available for purchase at the fair.
Plein Air Day at Chatham Manor
Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Participating artists will create a work of art in their selected medium that relates in some way to Chatham Manor, its grounds and gardens. The Georgian mansion, its various outbuildings and dependencies, and the historic ground which surrounds it represent a small preserve of Virginia heritage from Colonial times to the 20th Century.
Chatham Manor is located at 120 Chatham Ln, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
“Above the Darkness” Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk and Concert
Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Courthouse Village, 9010 Old Battlefield Blvd., Spotsylvania
The “Above the Darkness” walk takes place to raise awareness about suicide and encourages suicide prevention. All proceeds go towards the Mental Health Association to provide suicide prevention education in schools and within the community. In addition, live bands and dance teams will be at the event, along with other activities for the family.
José Carreras with the UMW Philarmonic
Saturday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
University of Mary Washington, Anderson Center, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg
The concert at UMW will be his first and only U.S. performance in nearly a decade. Carreras is best-known for his record-breaking appearances with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo in the Three Tenors.
Tickets: $55-$400 (http://umwphilharmonic.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=773691)
SPCA Fall Yard Sale
Saturday – Sunday, October 17-18, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1171 Central Park Blvd., Fredericksburg
All proceeds from the sale go back to the SPCA to continue financing their efforts to help animals and pet owners in the area. The SPCA also accepts drop-offs for items to be sold at the sale every weekend at the yard sale site.
Meow and Woof Fest
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2 – 9 p.m.
FredFOTOArts and OddBox Studios, 526-1 Wolfe St, Fredericksburg
A celebration of cats and dogs, is bringing a who’s who of pet celebrities to Fredericksburg on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, to benefit the cat rescue group Meow Stories.
Coco, the Couture Cat and her feline friends will present the latest designs on the runway.
Arden Moore, host of “Oh Behave” on Pet Life Radio and nationally recognized Certified Master Pet First Aid/CPR Instructor and cat and dog behavior expert, will teach pet parents what to do — and what NOT to do — in a pet emergency when minutes count.
Funny cat and dog videos.
Authors including Kate Benjamin, author of “Catification”
Ingrid King, “The Conscious Cat”
8th Annual Capital Alehouse Oktoberfest
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Capital Alehouse, 917 Caroline St., and the 800 and 900 blocks of Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg.
Enjoy live music, German dancing, traditional cuisine and more than 100 craft and imported brews. There is also a child-specific entertainment area, with inflatables, face painting and balloon animals.
$3 cover charge benefits Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street.
Saturday, Oct. 24, starting at 1 p.m.
Careytown, 3126 W Cary St, Richmond
Zombies walk to benefit the American Heart Association, kids make fall crafts at BBGB, trick or treating is welcome in all stores with the pumpkin sign in their windows and Dogma is having a pet costume contest.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
A. Smith Bowman Distillery, 1 Bowman Dr., Fredericksburg
A. Smith Bowman is celebrating Halloween early with this benefit for the disAbility Resource Center. The event sports a spirits tasting, hors d’oeuvres, a live band and dance floor, a costume contest, and an auction.
Haunted Trail at Wilderness Resort
Oct. 24 & 30, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Wilderness Presidential Resort, 9220 Plank Road, Spotsylvania
The Haunted Trail is recommended for people ages 10 and up. Visitors will buy a ticket to get on the haywagon, but when the haywagon drops them off in the middle of a field, they will have to find their way back alone.
2015 Autumn Leaf Spooktacular Excursion
Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rappahannock Railroad Museum, 11700 Main St., Fredericksburg
The last rail excursion of the season will be on October 31. The ride will be Halloween-themed and is seated on a first come, first served basis. The train rides from the Museum’s Deep Run Depot to the end of the county spur and back again.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, 120 Chatham Dr, Fredericksburg
A 3.5 mile hike through the forests and fields of Spotsylvania includes a visit to a site rarely seen by most hikers. In order to get there, some bushwhacking is necessary. The National Park Service suggests that hikers wear sturdy shoes for this trek.
Trick or Treat in Downtown Fredericksburg
“Treats on Streets” in downtown Fredericksburg, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct, 31, 2015. Children can stop by participating stores for a treat.
Trick or Treat in Downtown Culpeper
Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 – 6 p.m.
East Davis Street – Historic Downtown Culpeper
Trunk or Treat
Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, 9119 Dean Ridings Lane, Spotsylvania, VA
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