Your Community Calendar October 2016
A selection of special events for October 2016. Click on the hyperlinks for more details.
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park Fit History Hike
All hikes begin at 10 a.m., and are free.
October 1: Chancellorsville: Hazel Grove and Fairview (2.5 miles, round-trip)
Join historian Peter Maugle to walk the ground of the bloody but crucial fighting on the morning of May 3, 1863. Meet at Hazel Grove, Stop #9 on the Chancellorsville Battlefield.
October 15: Wilderness: Federal Line Trail (7 miles, round-trip)
Join historian Greg Mertz for a sojourn through the Wilderness, along the rarely-walked Federal Line Trail. Meet at the Wilderness Battlefield Picnic Area, between Tour Stops #3 and #4.
October 29: Spotsylvania: Upton’s Attack and the Bloody Angle (3.5 miles)
Join historian Beth Parnicza to learn about two significant attacks by the Union Army against the Confederate Muleshoe Salient. Meet at Upton’s Road, Stop #2 on the Spotsylvania Battlefield.
Week of October 1 – 6
Howlin’ Coyote 10K Trail Race and Wily Pup Kids Trail Dash
Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Rd., King George, Va. 22485
The course takes runners through the shaded park trails and past the Potomac river. Walkers are welcome. This is a dog friendly race. Awards will be given to the top three over all finishers male and female and to the top male and female in each age group. Finishers coins will be awarded. The Wiley Pup Kids Trial Dash fun run is for children ages 5-13. Parents are encouraged to join the pups on the run or to serve as course marshals. Every child participating gets a finisher ribbon. Cold beverages and chili provided after the races.
$5 WIly Pup Kids Trail Dash; $25 Howlin’ Coyote 10K Trail Race
Stafford Fall Family Festival and Great Pumpkin Derby
Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
John Lee Pratt Park, 120 River Rd., Fredericksburg, Va. 22405
Artisans and crafters, hay rides, inflatables, festival food, children’s activities, annual Pumpkin Derby, and musical entertainment.
$10 per vehicle.
Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour
Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Begin your tour at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises, 10220 James Monroe Hwy, (Route 29), Culpeper, Va. 22701
Visit 15 farms highlighting agricultural in Culpeper. There is no charge for entry into any of the farms on the tour, and most of the activities and demonstrations are free. Some of the farms are offering additional concessions, crafts, gift items, amusements, or products for sale. Some of the food sales benefit charity. The farm tour will take place rain or shine. Some activities and individual farms may be closed due to inclement weather.
Fall Opening of St. James’ House
This is a week-long event — Monday, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 8, 1 – 4 p.m.
St. James House, 1300 Charles St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Enjoy a rare chance to tour this 18th century gentleman’s cottage and stroll through its lovely gardens
Washington Heritage Museums Members Free, Non-Members $3
Week of October 7 – 13
Richmond Folk Festival
Friday, Oct. 7, 6 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8, 12 – 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9, 12 – 6 p.m.
Free parking and free shuttles from City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave. All shuttles will stop at two festival locations: one at 2nd Street and one at 7th Street. Buses will leave regularly throughout the day.
The Richmond Folk Festival features over 30 live performances spread onto seven different stages during the weekend that pays tribute to traditional folk music. There are live dance demonstrations, nonstop musical acts, a folk arts marketplace where you can purchase handmade wares, and a wide array of food trucks that serve up delicious menus filled with regional, local, and ethnic dishes. Admission is free.
First Friday History Trivia 2016
Friday, Oct. 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, 908 Charles St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
A history trivia contest in the museum garden, hosted by local celebrity judges. Cash bar, prizes, 50/50 raffle.
Everything but the Garage Sale
Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Indoor garage/yard sale.
$3 admission. Children 12 and under are free.
Via Colori Fredericksburg
Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The intersection of Sophia and Charlotte Streets in downtown Fredericksburg.
Chalk artists create on the street.
26th Annual Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival
Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9, 12 – 5 p.m.
The Village at Spotsylvania Towne Centre, 137 Spotsylvania Towne Centre, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407
Across from Arhaus Furniture and adjacent to Books-A-Million, on The Lawn
Adults $15 online, $25 at the gate.
Star Party at Stratford Hall
October 8, 6 – 11 p.m.
Parking offered at administrative building parking lot.
The Rappahannock Astronomy Club (RAC) will offer an informal discussion on the various types of telescopes and the basics of astronomy, then provide star and planet gazing from a number of telescopes on the Oval. Bring your snacks and flashlights.
The public is advised to call Stratford Hall (804-493-1972) beforehand, if the weather forecast is uncertain and there is a cloud cover that would impede viewing.
Saturday, Oct. 8, 7 – 11 p.m.
A. Smith Bowman Distillery, 1 Bowman Rd., Fredericksburg
disAbility Resource Center’s 2016 Masquerade Gala features dinner, a silent auction, door prizes, and music.
$50 per person
Fredericksburg Fire Department Open House
Sunday, Oct. 9, 1 – 4 p.m. (Rain date Sunday, Oct. 16)
Fredericksburg Fire Department, 601 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Demonstrations, activities and refreshments.
Week of October 14 – 20
Fredericksburg Fall Home and Craft Festival
Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy., Fredericksburg, Va.
The Fall Home Show will feature more than 100 home specialists offering goods, services and advice for your home needs. The craft show features treasures from artisans and crafters.
$6 – $8. Children 12 and under, free.
Traveling by Water in the 18th Century
Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rising Sun Tavern, 1304 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Make your own water craft. Races at 1 and 3.
Members $3, Non-Members $5
Fredericksburg Fall Brewfest
Saturday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Samples of more than 80 beers from 40 craft brewers, wine and whiskey from Virginia wineries and distilleries, live music, home brewing demonstrations, food vendors.
$10 – $60
One-Eyed Zombie Terror Trail 5K
Saturday, Oct. 15, 4 – 6 p.m.
Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Rd., King George, Va. 22485
Chose to either be a survivor or a zombie as you navigate 5 kilometers of forest trails and roads, while negotiating obstacles.
Registration is $25. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics.
Week of October 21 – 27
Stafford County Agricultural and Homemaking Fair
Friday, Oct. 21, 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 12 – 10 pm.
Sunday, Oct. 23, 12 – 8 p.m.
Stafford County Fairgrounds, 2135 Mountain View Road, Stafford, Va. 22556
Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts presents “Dead to the Last Drop”
Friday, Oct. 21, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Fredericksburg Country Club, 11031 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408
Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts presents an Interactive murder mystery by the Rude Mechanicals, directed by Amy Wolfe. The evening will include a buffet dinner, raffle and silent auction.
Haunted Trail at Wilderness Presidential Resort
Fridays, Oct. 21 and 28, 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29, 6:30 p.m.
Wilderness Presidential Resort, 9220 Plank Rd., Spotsylvania, Va. 22553
Take a hay ride out, and find your way back on foot — in the dark. Not recommended for children under 10.
$18. Tickets on sale beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the event. Hay ride begins at 7 p.m.
Kenmore: Behind the Scenes
Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kenmore Plantation, 1201 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Meghan Budinger, Aldrich Director of Curatorial Operations, will lead a tour of the mansion, featuring spaces rarely scene — the cellar, second floor and attic.
There are a limited number of spots available. Make your reservation 540-370-0732 ext 24, or email [email protected]
$12 adults; $6 age 12-17.
Dining with the Lees: 19th-Century Dinner with Nancy Carter Crump
Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Rd., Stratford, Va 22558
Dining with the Lees: a 19th -century mid-day meal will be hosted by culinary historian and author Nancy Carter Crump. Ms. Crump will present a lecture in the duPont Library followed by a tour of the Great House and Old Kitchen, culminating in a meal served in the Stratford Hall Dining Room with cash bar. The meal will be prepared using period recipes from Nancy Carter Crump’s Hearthside Cooking.
$75 Pre-register by October 19 — call Lesley Brooks at 804-493-1966 or e-mail [email protected]atfordhall.org
Halloween Movie Night at Hurkamp Park
Saturday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Hurkamp Park, 500 William St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by “Transylvania” at 7 p.m. Bring your own chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. No rain date.
Co-sponsored by the Fredericksburg Police Department and Fredericksburg Main Street.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m. The rain date is Saturday, Oct. 29.
Eagle Village Shopping Center, 1125 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Family friendly alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Free popcorn and hot chocolate (while supplies last). Trick-or-treat from decorated car trunks. Come in costume, and bring your trick-or-treat bag.
Halloween Weekend, October 28 – 31
Stage Door Productions Presents “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”
Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters Branch, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” a wildly imaginative comedy.
$10 – $15
Mary’s Ribbons Tie One On Luminarias in the Garden”
Friday, Oct. 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles St, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Celebrate the conclusion of 2016’s breast cancer awareness events at the Mary’s Ribbons Tie One On Luminarias in the Garden. Guests will sample craft beer and see the garden illuminated with luminarias.
Members $10, Non-Members $15
Harvest Festival Fly-In
Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Shannon Airport, 3380 Shannon Airport Circle, Fredericksburg, Va., 22408
Bring your kids for Trick-or-Treat aviation style. Watch different types of aircraft fly in, as well as getting up close. Special appearances by the Flying Circus and the Fairfax County Police Motor Squad. Airplane candy drops by Chuck Tippett of the Flying Circus.
Downtown Fredericksburg Trick-or-Treat
Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Head downtown Fredericksburg for Trick-or-Treating at participating businesses, while supplies last. Begin at Riverfront Park, where you’ll find free games and activities, and the map of participating businesses.
Goblins and Goodies
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
Lake Anna State Park, 6800 Lawyers Rd., Spotsylvania, Va. 22551
An afternoon of crafts and candy while we discover some cool facts about some not-so spooky critters. Costume prizes for the most unique and the best use of recycled materials in two age groups; up to 5, and 6 and over. Prizes awarded at 3:30 p.m. — must be present to win.
Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 – 9 p.m.
Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department, 7200 Courthouse Commons Blvd., Spotsylvania, Va. 22551
Food, games, costume contest, hay rides.
Trunk ‘n Treat
Sunday, Oct. 30, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Building, 9119 Dean Ridings Ln., Spotsylvania, Va. 22553
Trick-or-treat from decorated car trunks. Come in costume, and bring your trick-or-treat bag.