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Weekend Calendar April 1 – 3

Compiled by Susan Larson. Photo provided by the Civil War Trust.

Enjoy the first weekend of April 2016 with this selection of special events in the region. Click the hyperlinks for additional details. When you go, tell them Fredericksburg Today sent you!

National Museum of the Marine Corps Reopening
Friday, April 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle, Va
After being closed for three months for the first part of a major renovation and expansion, the National Museum of the Marine Corps will reopen its doors on April 1, 2016.
The museum is open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., except Christmas. Admission is free.

Virginia Horse Festival
The Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell, Va., 23047
Friday, April 1, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Three-day pass is $20 in advance, $25 at the gate.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate.
Children age 5 to 12 are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate.
Children age 4 and under are free with an adult admission.

First Friday Fredericksburg Art Walk
Join the art galleries and studios of Fredericksburg for the First Friday Art Walk on April 1, 2016. Featured artists and studio hours are listed at the link. Opening receptions are from 6 – 9 p.m., unless otherwise indicated. Free.

Un-Mask Sexual Violence Artesian Mask Gallery
Friday, April 1, 6 – 9 p.m.
Kybecca, 402 William St., Fredericksburg.
RCASA , ArtMart and Kybecca have partnered to display masks created by local artists. The event will feature a signature cocktail and a professional photographer “photo booth” for supporters to model the masks and promote the event on social media.
Free admission.

UWM Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert
Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
University of Mary Washington Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall, 1301 College Ave. in Fredericksburg.
The two groups present a joint concert.
Free.

Saving Battlefields Park Day 2016 at Wilderness
Saturday, April 2, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meet at the National Park Service Wilderness Exhibit Shelter located in Saunders Field on Rt 20.
The Civil War Trust’s Park Day, an annual hands-on volunteer opportunity to help with park maintenance large and small.

Sprellyfest on National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
Saturday, April 2, 12 – 4 p.m.
Market Square, behind Sprelly and the Made in Virginia Store at 920 Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg.
Adrian and Casey Silversmith celebrate the opening of their downtown restaurant with a 12 – 4 p.m. outdoor celebration in Market Square, featuring music, vendors, raffles, a peanut butter churning contest, and other Fredericksburg food companies.
Free admission.

Cadet Conference: Be a Wilderness Soldier
Saturday, April 2, 2 – 4:15 p.m.
The Widow Tapp Farm at The Wilderness Battlefield, Hill Ewell Dr, Spotsylvania Courthouse.
Grab your musket, learn soldiers’ drill, replicate their movements, serve on an artillery crew and see how they camped. Bring someone between the ages of 8 – 18 for the Civil War Trust Generations program. It includes up to .5 miles of walking over uneven terrain.
Free, but register in advance.

Fredericksburg 10th Anniversary Spring Arts & Crafts Faire
Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg.
The Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Crafts Faire features a variety of handmade arts, crafts and gifts.
Admission $6 – $8, kids 12 and under free

Wild & Scenic Film Fest 2016
Sunday, April 3, 12 – 5 p.m.
Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center, 18121 Technology Dr. in Culpeper.
Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is hosting their 5th annual Wild & Scenic Film Fest, featuring short films about outdoor adventures, biodiversity, food, and the protection and restoration of wild lands and water ways. Doors open at noon with local food served, followed by films from 2 to 5 p.m.
Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door; $5 for students. Special prices are available with the purchase of a FOR membership. Tickets can be purchased online at www.riverfriends.org.

UMW’s Spring Forward Festival
Sunday, April 3, 1 – 4 p.m.
University of Mary Washington President’s residence at Brompton, 1119 Hanover St, Fredericksburg. Parking for the event is located at the UMW Tennis Center, 1129 Hanover St.
UMW’s Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) Spring Forward Festival is open to all, and features crafts, games, snacks, and three egg hunts with chances to win a gold ticket prize. Free.

Experiencing Art & Music of French Impressionism
Sunday, April 3, 4 p.m.
University of Mary Washington Pollard Hall, Room 304, 1301 College Ave, Fredericksburg.
Classically trained fifth-year senior Margeaux Ducoing will perform a 30-minute presentation showcasing the French Impressionistic movement through the art and music of the period.
Free.

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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Spring Hours and Tours

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