joomla counter

Fredericksburg Area Events

VBS (Vacation Bible School) 2019

roar vbs logo LoRes RGBHull’s Memorial Baptist Church

Panda Mania
When: July 7 – 11; 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: 420 Enon Rd, F’burg, 22406
https://hullsbaptist.org/vbs_registraton 

The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg

Roar
When: July 7 – 11, 9 am – 12 pm
Where: 810 Princess Anne St, F’burg, 22401
https://vbspro.events/p/events/7710ec 

Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church

Roar
When: July 8 – 12; 9 am – 12pm
Where: 1732 Brooke Rd, Stafford
www.andrewchapelumc-staffordva.com/ 

Trinity Bible Church

The Incredible Race
When: July 8 - 12; 5:30 - 8 pm
Where: 6331 Campus Dr, F'burg, 22407
www.tbc-va.org 

incredible race logoHartwood Presbyterian Church

The Incredible Race
When: July 8- 12
Where: 50 Hartwood Church Rd, F’burg, 22406
https://hartwoodpresbyterian.com/vbs/ 

New Post Church

Power Up!
When: July 9 – 12; 6 – 8 pm
Where: 9400 Thornton Rolling F’burg, 22408
http://fredwes.com/ 

Spotsylvania Church of Christ

Deep Sea Discovery
When: July 14 – 17; 6 – 8:30 pm
Where: 10609 Piedmont Dr, F’burg, 22407
www.spotsycofchrist.com 

Stafford County Christian Church

The Incredible Race
When: July 14 – 18; 5:45 – 8:30 pm
Where: 1813 Mountain View Rd, Stafford
Go.kidcheck.com

InTheWild logoChancellor Baptist Church

Roar
When: July 15 – 19; 5:15 – 8:30 pm
Where: 11324 Gordon Rd, F’burg 22407
https://vbspro.events/p/events/chancellorbaptist2019 

Wilderness Baptist Church

Roar
When: July 15 -19; 9 am-12:15 pm
Where: 9701 Plank Rd Spotsy, 22553
https://vbspro.events/p/events/b16742 

Fredericksburg Baptist Church

Roar
When: July 15 - 18; 9 am - 12 pm
Where: 1019 Princess Anne St, F'burg, 22401
http://fredericksburgbaptistchurch.org/ 

Colonial Baptist Church

In the Wild
When: July 15 - 19; 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: 2726 Jeff Davis Hwy, Stafford
www.cbcca.org/colonial-vbs 

New Life in Christ Church

When: July 15 - 19; 9 am - 12 pm
Where: 11925 Burgess Ln, F’burg, 22407
www.nlicc.org 

New City Fellowship

When: July 15 - 19; 9 am - 12:30 pm
Where: 200 Prince Edward St. F’burg, 22401
www.newcityfellowship.org 

Richland Baptist Church

In the Wild
When: July 15 – 19; 9 am – 12:30 pm
Where: 2482 Warrenton Rd, F’burg, 22406
www.richlandbaptist.com/vacation-bible-school-1

Hillcrest United Methodist Church

To Mars & Beyond
When: July 22 – 26; 9 am – 12:30 pm
Where: 2208 Lafayette Blvd, F’burg, 22401
https://hillcrestumc.com/ 

 

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

2019 Fredericksburg Music Blast

The Fredericksburg Rappahannock Rotary Club presents the

FXBG Music Blast

The Music Blast “All Things Country” is an annual event brought to you by the Fredericksburg Rappahannock Rotary Club. Rotary strives to make the world a better place, and funds raised from the Fredericksburg Music Blast will be used wisely to invest in noble efforts in Fredericksburg and beyond.

The main focus of this event is to bring the community together and give back to the local not-for-profit community. As the host of this fantastic community concert, we are honored to have sponsors partner with
us. They show our community the passion of local business owners by living the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” and supporting our local non-profits that are so important for a healthy and vibrant Fredericksburg.
On Saturday, April 27, prepare for an incredible country music experience at The Fredericksburg Fairgrounds. The Fredericksburg Music Blast includes a variety of seven country music acts, including headliners Radio Romance and Sam Grow and several feature acts including Fredericksburg’s own Karen Jonas.

The Fredericksburg Music Blast will take the audience on an all day celebration of American life and “All Things Country”! During the shows, concert goers will enjoy a magical experience: they will feel the driving energy of country music and explore the power of love and loss and everyday American life through the artists’ lyrics. The 2019 Fredericksburg Music Blast will be an event you will never forget!

The line-up of musicians is incredible: Radio Romance, Sam Grow, Scott McMillen, Karen Jonas, Whiskey Revival, Emma Zinck Band, and Enya Agerholm. General Admission tickets are an unbelievable value at $20, and there is a $5 discount for military and first responders.

So come out and join us on stage as we give checks to local not-for-profits and honor them for their work in our community. If you are interested in supporting this event please visit our website www.fxbgmusicblast.com and click on the link: “Get Involved.”

We would like to give a special thanks to Kevin Breen of Coldwell Banker Elite as our title sponsor for this event and Thunder 104.5 for their partnership on making this a success!

More information about the Fredericksburg Music Blast can be found at: www.fxbgmusicblast.com

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Easter and Spring Events 2019

Events, dates & times are subject to change. Please make sure to always check with the event site before heading out.

Blossom Kite Festival. March 30, 10 am- 4:30pm. Head to the Washington Monument grounds for a day of kite-flying and kite-related activities including demonstrations, competitions, a Kite Club Display Area and Activity Tents where kids can make their own kites to fly. Witness the Rokkaku Battle or the Hot Tricks Showdown, or simply relax and enjoy the colorful, high-flying spectacle! Where: Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW. FREE! www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org 

Easter Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest. April 6 & 7, 10 am – 5 pm. The Easter Bunny has hidden over 20,000 treat-filled eggs and we need you to help us find them! While hunting for eggs, harvest a few marshmallows to enjoy by the bonfire. After collecting your eggs, enjoy playing in our five-acre play area, visit with our new spring baby animals, take a wagon ride, and rejoice that it is spring! Where: Great Country Farms, Bluemont, VA. Cost: $10/person in adv or $12/door. Buy tickets: greatcountryfarms.csasignup.com. More info: www.greatcountryfarms.com/festivals-events/egg-hunt-and-marshmallow-harvest 

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Central Park. April 7, 11 am – 3 pm. A scavenger hunt with goodie bags for the first 500 finishers, arts & crafts, face painting, princesses, & visit with the Easter Bunny! Cost: Free! No tickets necessary! Where: Central Park Funland

Spring Forward Festival. April 7, 1 – 4 pm. Children and their families are invited to spend the afternoon on the lawn of Brompton, a few blocks from the UMW campus, for spring crafts, games, and egg hunts. Cost: Free and open to all!

Lunch with the Easter Bunny: Stafford. April 10, 10:30 am. Join the Easter Bunny & his friends for songs, crafts, games, lunch and lots of fun! Cost: $12/kids and $4/adults. Where: Rowser Building, Stafford. Register: www.StaffordParks.com 

Preschool Easter Egg Hunt. April 12, 10 am. Join the Easter Bunny for a special egg hunt just for the little ones! Don't forget your basket! For ages 5 and under! Where: Rowser Building, Stafford. Cost: $5. www.staffordparks.com 

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny-Spotsy. April 13, 9:30 – 11:30 am. Join us for a fun-filled morning with breakfast, crafts & photos with the Easter Bunny! Be sure to bring your Easter Basket... we will be HOPPING outside for an Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs! Where: Marshall Center, 8800 Courthouse Rd, Spotsy. Cost: $10/residents (1 child and 1 adult). $20/Nonresidents. Register with Spotsy Parks & Rec.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. April 13, 10 am - 12 pm. Vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor create the look of nation's premier springtime parade. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, celebrity entertainers, marching bands from across the country, and performers burst down Constitution Avenue in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Ave between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org 

29th Annual Multicultural Fair. April 13, 10 am – 5 pm. The whole family will enjoy this entire day devoted to multicultural entertainment, children’s activities, international and American food, and ethnic craft vendors. Where: UMW, 1301 College Ave, F’burg. Cost: Free! https://students.umw.edu/multicultural/fair/ for more information

Eggsplosion! April 13, 11 am – 3 pm. Join us for egg hunts, amusements, and special guests at our annual Eggsplosion. Enjoy games, prizes, and a performance by Rocknoceros! Cost: $10 preregistration/$12 day of registration. Where: Curtis Memorial Park, F'burg, 22406. Register: www.staffordparks.com 

Easter Egg Hunt & Egg-lympics. April 13, 12 – 5 pm. Children ages birth to 12 will enjoy hunting for candy filled Easter eggs, meeting the Easter Bunny, playing bunny themed games and creating unique crafts. Where: Widewater State Park, Aquia and Potomac Picnic Areas. Cost: Free event but $5 parking fee to enter the park.

Dog Easter Egg Hunt. April 13, 1 pm. Come dressed to enter our doggie costume contest to compete for prizes!! Bring your dogs and come join the fun at our annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt. All dog parents must sign release acknowledging their dog(s) are current on shots and are healthy. Where: Memorial (Kenmore) Park. Cost: $5 for up to 2 dogs, Pre-registration is requested. On-site registration will be available only if space remains. www.fredparksrec.com 

Caledon Easter Egg Hunt. April 13, 1 – 3 pm. Celebrate the new life of spring as Caledon kicks off its first annual Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your family and a basket for each kid. There will be age groups for kids 12 and under, but fun for everyone. Cost: $2/car. Call 540-663-3861 to sign up. Where: Caledon State Park, King George

Highway's Annual Easter Egg Hunt. April 13, 1 – 4 pm. There will be 3 separate hunts based off ages. In addition, there will be bounce houses, small games, face painting, cake walk and more! Cost: Tickets will only $2 and all proceeds will go to Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge. Rain date will be April 20. Where: Highway Assembly of God, 2221 Jeff Davis Hwy, F’burg.

Easter Egg Hunt @ Hillcrest United Methodist Church. April 13, 5 – 7 pm. Join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt! We will have 4 egg hunts based on ages. Also, crafts, cookie decorating, face painting. Where: Hillcrest United Methodist Church. Cost: Free!

Easter @ Braehead Farm. April 14, 15 & 20. 9 am – 6 pm. Take a hay ride, visit with the Easter Bunny (Bring your cameras), gather Easter eggs, do a scavenger hunt, play in the Family Playgrounds. Cost: $9/person. Ages 2 and under are free! www.braeheadfarm.com 

Sensory-Kindness Bunny Time. April 14, 9:30 am. Families of children with disabilities know that a trip to a shopping mall can be challenging—crowded stores, loud music and long lines can make the experience especially difficult. Paragon Autism Services will be onsite with fun crafts for your little one too! Where: Spotsy Town Centre, Center Court. Please use Main Entrance by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt. April 14, 12- 5 pm. Hop down to Great Country Farms for an Easter egg hunt just for adults! Dirt Farm Brewing, Bluemont Vineyard & Great Country Farms have hidden thousands of treat-filled Easter eggs with some amazing prizes. Cost: $20. Where: Great Country Farms, Bluemont, VA. Buy tickets: www.cellarpass.cm 

Egg Hunt @ Morais. April 14, 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Children of all ages are welcome Have your little ones run around with the Easter Bunny and find as many Easter Eggs around the winery! Cost: $5. Only children need tickets. Where: Morais Vineyards, Bealton.

8th Annual Beeping Egg Hunt. April 14, 2 – 4 pm. This free event provides an opportunity for visually impaired and blind children, along with their families, to participate in an audible egg hunt. Bring your basket and join us for an egg hunt, miniature animal petting zoo, refreshments, sensory crafts and activities. RSVP to Michelle Crow-Dolby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540-654-1851. Where: Gari Melchers Home and Studio, 224 Washington St, Falmouth.

Easter Weekend @ Wilderness Presidential Resorts. April 19 – April 21. We've got a fun weekend of Easter events lined up for our guests and members. Bonfires, egg hunts, egg dyeing, Easter crafts, Peeps bingo, magic show and more! Where: Wilderness Presidential Resort, 9220 Plank Rd, Spotsy

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Belvedere. April 19 & 20, 9 am – 3pm. Bring the family and help us celebrate Easter with Belvedere Plantation! Bunny breakfast, egg hunt, resurrection trail, candy cannon, farm activities and more! Cost: $9.95 Online/$11.95 at the Gate: Children 2 and under free! www.belvedereplantation.com/eggstravaganza 

2019 YoungLives Rabbit Run. April 20, 8 am. Join at the Spotsylvania Courthouse Village for our annual 5K Rabbit Run, 1mi Hop, and 1/4mi Bunny Chase for kids 5 and under and egg hunt following all races! Register: tinyurl.com/RabbitRun2019. Where: 9010 Old Battlefield Blvd, Spotsy.

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Carter Mountain. April 20, 10 am – 7 pm. Easter Egg Hunts and activities for children up to age 12, plus visits with the Easter Bunny, lots of crafts, activities, hayrides, lunch, special egg hunts for adults, and a good time! Eat an apple cider donut, enjoy a glass of wine or hard cider, and celebrate Spring! Where: Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville. www.chilesfamilyorchards.com 

Patricia Thinks She is the Easter Bunny Carriage Ride. April 20 & 21. Olde Towne Carriages has a couple of confused horses! They are fuzzy and think they are the Easter Bunny! Come ride in a big Easter basket 15 minutes, great photo opportunity, get some Easter goodies and participate in bunny trivia! Where: Fredericksburg Visitor Center. Cost: $5. www.oldetownecarriages.com/holiday-rides 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Stratford Hall. April 20. 10 am – 1pm. The Easter Bunny will make his annual appearance at Stratford Hall for our popular free Easter Egg Hunt. Children will be grouped by age from 2 (accompanied by parents) to 12. A special prize awaits those who find a “golden egg.” Enjoy hot dogs, cupcakes, and drinks. Cost: Free and open to all! www.stratfordhall.org 

Leeslyvania Annual Easter Egg Hunt. April 20, 2:30 pm. Hunt for prize-filled Easter eggs. Kids can color eggs, play games and make crafts. Learn about the history of the Easter egg and why it became a holiday tradition. Where: Leeslyvania State Park, Woodbridge. 703-583-6904.

Dominion Energy Family Easter @ Maymont. April 20. 10 am- 3 pm. The whole family will enjoy exciting games and activities, visits with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment, food trucks and more! Tickets required for most activities. Crafts, Face Painting, Easter Games, Basket Making, Planting Station, Inflatable Slides, Inflatable Games, Temporary Tattoos, Egg-On-Spoon Hopstacle Course, food vendors, live entertainment and more! Cost: Tickets are $2 each. Where: Maymont, Carriage House Lawn, Richmond. www.maymont.org/experiences/annual-events/dominion-family-easter 

Peek A Bloom w/ Peter Rabbit. April 20 & 21, 1 – 4 pm. Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days) during Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit. Concert on Bloemendaal Lawn (Saturday only; 2-3 p.m.) Easter Brunch in the Robins Tea House by reservation (Sunday). Also enjoy A Million Blooms! Tons of activities for kids! Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond. Cost: Regular Garden admission. www.lewisginter.org/event/peter-rabbit 

Spring Fling & Egg Hunt. April 20, 9 am – 12pm. Join us for food, drinks, music, games, activities, vendors, an egg hunt, and even a visit from a very special bunny! Where: Fred Field House. Cost: Free! www.Fredfieldhouse.com

Easter Brunch @ Potomac Point Winery. April 21, 10:30 am – 2 pm. Celebrate Easter at Potomac Point’s Annual Easter Brunch! This family styled event will take place in both our Richland Ballroom & Patio (weather permitting). Pre-purchased tickets required, limited seating available: www.potomacpointwinery.com 

Rick’s Easter Celebration. April 21, 12 pm. Bring your family to Rick's this year to celebrate Easter on the river! We will be offering brunch specials all day and an Easter Egg Hunt for kids of all ages at 2pm! Where: Rick’s on The River, King George

Easter May & Earth Optimism Celebration. April 22, 10 am – 2 pm. Families are invited to enjoy egg hunts, live music, food trucks and games while discovering how they can help save species. This free event includes hands-on learning opportunities featuring Smithsonian conservation success stories, special animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and meet and greets with scientists and conservation partners working to protect wildlife around the world. Where: National Zoo, DC. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/easter-monday-earth-optimism-celebration 

Earth Day. April 27, 11 am – 4 pm. Dozens of environmental exhibitors, live music, great food, birds of prey, pony rides, hands on activities, and much more for the whole family! Learn what you can do to reduce your impact on the planet while having FREE fun. Where: Old Mill Park. Cost: Free! www.earthdayfred.com 

Spring Open House @ Belmont. April 28, 10 am – 5 pm. The public is invited to tour the house, studio and galleries of the famous American painter Gari Melchers. Stroll the restored gardens and woodland trails, visit the Fannie Roots House on the property to hear about the latest restoration efforts, join a Preschool Palette class in the kitchen classroom and explore the museum shop. Where: 224 Washington St, Falmouth. Cost: Free! For more info: 540-654-1843

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Easter and Spring Events - 2018

Events, dates & times are subject to change. Please make sure to always check with the event site before heading out.

Breakfast With the Easter Bunny. Mar 10. 10 am. Get ready for the best Breakfast EVER at Malawi’s Pizza. Cost: $7/person. This includes one 8" Pizzetta with Scrambled Eggs and Cheese and a Small Fountain Beverage with Free Refills. Space is limited, first come first served. (no registration required).Where: Malawi’s Pizza, The Village at the Spotsy Towne Center. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

Easter Bunny Photos. Mar 10 - 31. At the Spotsy Towne Centre, Center Court. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

St. Patty's Day Ice Cream Party. March 15. 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Gymnastics, crafts, and ice cream sundaes. Cost: $15. For ages 6 mos - 5 yrs. Pre-registration required. Where: Stafford Gymnastics, 500 Nelms Cir, F'burg, 22406. www.staffordparks.com senc

St. Paddy's Day Party. Mar 16. 10 - 11 am. Put on your green and celebrate this special day when everyone is Irish Crafts, songs, games and special treat. Where: Rowser Building, Stafford. Cost: $10. www.staffordparks.com

Fredericksburg Spring Home & Garden Show. Mar 16 - 18. Times vary. Featuring beautiful outdoor area displays to walk through, the latest trends in home and gardening, as well as ​advice from hundreds of the area’s top professionals - all under one roof. ​So much to see and DO!​ Cost: $9/Adv or $10/Door. Ages 12 and under are free! Where: F'burg Expo Center. www.fredericksburghomeshow.com 

Sensory Friendly Egg Hunt. Mar 17. 1 - 3 pm. Children will turn their collected colored eggs in for a sensory prize bag. Spots are limited so please pre-register. Ages 3 - 12 yrs. Where: Rowser Building, inside. Cost: $3. www.staffordparks.com

Easter Crafts and Cute Kids Cuts with JCP Salon. Mar 17. 12 - 4 pm. Kids cuts for only $10! Plus crafts and face painting. Where: Spotsy Towne Centre, Food Court. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

Kegs, Eggs and St. Patty's Day. Mar 17. Festive Music, Bagpipes, Field Events, Strong Man/Woman Competition, Beer Mile, Food trucks, Special Beer Releases, kegs, and eggs. Fun for Adults and Kids! Where: Maltese Brewing Company, 11047 Pierson Drive #B, F'burg. For more info check out Maltese's Facebook page.

St Patrick's 5k Mud Run & 1 Mile Fun Run. Mar 17. 9 - 11:30 am. Blast through obstacles and mud at Millers Farm Market! Our event is for all ages, family friendly! Sign up today at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/LocustGrove/StPatrickMudRun. Where: Miller's Farm, 12101 Orange Plank Rd, Locust Grove. For more info: www.facebook.com/StPatrickMudRun 

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival. Mar 17. 12 - 4 pm. The 16th Annual Jeff Fitzpatrick St. Patrick's Day Parade starts off at NOON, includes fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching band, community organizations, Irish dancers, horses, military equipment and local pageant winners. The parade ends at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where we will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Festival including local vendors, live music and entertainment, family-friendly activities, food from local food trucks, and of course, plenty of beer. We will be collecting food for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank! Ample parking. Where: A. Smith Bowman Distillery, 1 Bowman Dr, F'burg.

Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt. Mar 17. 7 - 9 pm. Help us celebrate that Jesus is the light of the world with a Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt! Crafts, Face Painting, Snacks, 1000 Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs! All Ages welcome! Where: Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 2208 Lafayette Blvd, F'burg. Cost: Free!

Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny. Mar 18. 7 - 9 pm. Bring your fuzzy friends to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Please use the main entrance near Dick’s Sporting Goods, all pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. The FXBG SPCA will be onsite accepting donations. For pricing visit STC website. Where: Spotsy Towne Centre. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny-Spotsy Parks & Rec. Mar 24. 9:30 - 11 am. Join us for breakfast, crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny then HOP outside to the Marshall Center Front Lawn for an Easter Egg Hunt with OVER 1,000 EGGS!!! **Pre-registration is required**. Register January 22-March 16 at Spotsylvania Parks & Recreation. Where: Loriella Park, 10910 Leavells Rd, F'burg

Eggsplosion. Mar 24. 11 am - 3 pm. Enjoy a day of activities (train rides, moon bounce, games & prizes!) including an egg hunt. Price includes all activities (except for food). Adults are free! For ages 10 and under. Cost: $10/adv or $12/gate. Where: Curtis Park, Stafford. www.staffordparks.com

Annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt. Mar 24. 1 - 3 pm. Dogs on leash hunt for prizes, treats and toys! Costume contest too. Your registration of $5 allows up to two dogs to join in the fun! Pre-registration requested. All dog parents must sign release acknowledging their dog(s) are current on shots and are healthy. Where: Memorial (Kenmore) Park. www.FredParksRec.com 

Easter @ Braehead Farm. March 24, 25, & 31. 9 am - 6 pm. Join us for a visit with the Easter Bunny in the egg patch and have an Easter egg hunt! Also, hayrides and a scavenger hunt with prizes. Lunch and concessions available for purchase. Cost: $9/person. Where: 1130 Tyler St, F'burg, 22401. www.braeheadfarm.com 

Sensory Friendly Bunny Mar 25. 9:30 - 10:30 am. Families of children with disabilities know that a trip to a shopping mall can be challenging. The Spotsylvania Towne Centre wants to give children with special needs time with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, March 25 from 9:30-10:30am. The disAbility Resource Center will have a fun craft for your little too! Where: Spotsy Towne Centre. Pricing varies. Visit STC website for details. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Funland. Mar 25. 12 - 3 pm. Get ready for a hoppin' good time! Free Admission! Free Arts & Crafts with Creative Art Studio! Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt (Easy, Aimed for ages 2-5). Bunny Scavenger Hunt (Hard, Aimed for ages 5-12) . FREE Face Painting with Face Painting By Ivy! Fun Prizes! Visit with the Easter Bunny. Visit Funland's Facebook page for up to date info. Where: Central Park Funland

Children's Easter Egg Drop. Mar 25. 1 - 4 pm. This year Morais Vineyards is bringing you and your children an Easter Egg Helicopter Drop! A helicopter will fly over the field on the property and drop over 3,000 marshmallows. Once the helicopter flies away, children will race in the age appropriate zones and collect as many marshmallows as they can grab. Your children will then trade in their marshmallows for prizes! Where: Morais Winery, Bealton. Cost: Free but register online.

Beeping Egg Hunt. Mar 25. 2 - 4 pm. Belmont's 6th annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired or blind children and their families. Bring your basket and join us for an egg hunt, refreshments, miniature animal petting zoo, crafts and more . Free! Where: Gari Melchers Home and Studio, 224 Washington St, Falmouth, 22405. Please RSVP to Michelle Crow-Dolby at 540-654-1851.

Preschool Egg Hunt. Mar 26. 10 am. Bring a basket and join the Easter bunny for a hunt just for the little ones. Where: Rowser Bldg, Stafford. Pre-registration required. Hunt will be held indoor in case of rain. For ages 5 and under only. Cost: $5. www.staffordparks.com

Spring Holiday for Kids. Mar 28. 5 - 6 pm. Celebrate spring with some "eggciting" holiday crafts. Cost: $10. Pre-registration required. Where: Rowser Building, Stafford. www.staffordparks.com

Easter Egg Decorating. Mar 28. 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Join in the fun and make a mess at our place learning some new and old way to dye your eggs. Bring up to 2 dozen boiled eggs at room temp. For ages 3 - 12 yrs. Cost: $10. Where: Rowser Building, 1739 Jeff Davis Hwy, Stafford. www.staffordparks.com

Lunch With the Easter Bunny. Mar 30. 10:30 am - 12 pm. Join the Easter Bunny and his friends for songs, crafts, food and fun! Cost: $12. Must purchase in advance. Includes activities and lunch for one child. Parents may buy lunch for $4. Where: Rowser Bldg, 1739 Jeff Davis Hwy, Stafford. www.staffordparks.com or 540-658-5116.

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Kings Dominion. March 30 - Apr 1. Egg scavenger hunt, crafts, and photo opportunities with Eggward the Easter Bunny and more! http://kingsdominion.com/play/events/easter-eggstravaganza  

Easter Weekend Events. Mar 30 - Apr 1. Times vary. Bonfire, egg dying, pictures with the Bunny, egg hunts, hayrides, magic show and more! Where: Wilderness Presidential Resort

Peek A Bloom with Peter Rabbit. Mar 31 - Apr 1. 1 - 4 pm. Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days) during Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit. Concert on Bloemendaal Lawn (Saturday only; 2-3 p.m.) Easter Brunch in the Robins Tea House by reservation (Sunday). Join us for activities in the Children’s Garden, including drawing with sidewalk chalk, hula hooping, and making garden hats out of materials such as bags and ribbons. Cost: Regular Garden admission. Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. www.lewisginter.org/event/peter-rabbit 

Colonial Beach Easter Egg Hunt. Mar 31. 10 am. Bring the kids and come on out for the Annual Colonial Beach Easter Egg Hunt on Town Hill. Free!
1 Mile Hop & 1/4 Mile Bunny Chase. March 31. Bring the whole family out for a fun morning of running/walking and hunting for eggs! There is a race for all ages! At the Spotsy Courthouse Village Pavilion, 1900 Block of Old Battlefield Blvd. Off of Courthouse Rd. and Brock Rd. Register at http://tinyurl.com/RabbitRun2018

Dominion Family Easter. March 31. 10 am - 3 pm. Experience one of Richmond’s favorite Easter events! The whole family will enjoy exciting games and activities, visits with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment, food trucks and more. Fees vary for activities. Where: 2201 Shields Lake Dr, Richmond. www.maymont.org 

Easter Eggstravaganza & Scavenger Hunt. March 31. 10:30 am - 12 pm. Join us on a scavenger hunt to see what the Easter Bunny may have left as he hopped through the woods here at Lake Anna State Park! We'll explore the differences between a wild Cottontail Rabbit & a domestic pet bunny. After the scavenger hunt, be sure to come into the newly renovated Visitor Center to make a neat craft to take home and of course, claim your prize for completing the scavenger hunt! The fun & candy abound where Nature meets Technology! Lake Anna State Park, 6800 Lawyers Rd, Spotsy, 22551. Free! www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/lake-anna.shtml 

Easter Egg Hunt @ Stratford Hall. March 31. More info TBA. Where: 483 Great House Rd, Stratford Hall, VA. www.stratfordhall.org 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Leesylvania State Park. March 31. 2:30 pm. Hunt for prize-filled Easter eggs. Kids can color eggs, play games and make crafts. Learn about the history of the Easter egg and why it became a holiday tradition. Free! 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr, Woodbridge, 22191. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/leesylvania.shtml 

Blossom Kite Festival. Mar 31. 10 am - 4:30 pm. Head to the Washington Monument grounds for a day of kite-flying and kite-related activities including demonstrations, competitions, a Kite Club Display Area and Activity Tents where kids can make their own kites to fly. Witness the Rokkaku Battle or the Hot Tricks Showdown, or simply relax and enjoy the colorful, high-flying spectacle! Where: Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW. FREE! www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org 

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Carter Mountain. March 31. 10 am - 5 pm. Egg Hunts and activities for children up to age 12, plus visits with the Easter Bunny, lots of crafts, activities, hayrides, lunch, special egg hunts for adults, and a good time! Eat an apple cider donut, enjoy a glass of wine or hard cider, and celebrate Spring! Where: Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trl, Charlottesville

Easter Monday @ The National Zoo. Apr 2. 10 am - 2 pm. Please join us for special family-focused activities and live entertainment. We'll have a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and animal demonstrations as well as visits from the Easter Panda! Free! Rain or shine. www.nationalzoo.si.edu 

Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Craft Faire. April 7 & 8. Times Vary. The Craft Shows offer a wide variety of quality handmade items. From artwork and pottery, to bath and body products, unique jewelry, woodworking and gourmet foods; you will find whatever you need. Where: F'burg Expo Ctr. Cost: $8. Ages 12 and under: Free! www.fredericksburgartsandcraftsfaire.com 

Spring Forward Festival. Apr 8. 1 - 4 pm. Children and their families are invited to spend the afternoon on Brompton Lawn at UMW. Event includes spring related crafts, games, and a large egg hunt. Community members are asked to accompany their children and egg hunt participants must be 11 years old or younger.

Annual Multicultural Fair. April 14. 10 am - 5 pm. Featuring multicultural entertainment, children's activities, international and American food and ethnic craft vendors. UMW Fredericksburg campus, Ball Circle. Free! 540- 654-1044.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. April 14. 10 am - 12 pm. One of DC's largest spectator events, the energy-filled Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW. Vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor create the look of nation's premier springtime parade. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, celebrity entertainers, marching bands from across the country, and performers burst down Constitution Avenue in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. Cost: Starting at $20 for Grandstand Seating. Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Ave between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org 

Earth Day On the Rappahannock. April 21. 11 am - 4 pm. Enjoy the 15th annual Earth Day Festival along the beautiful Rappahannock River! We’ll have dozens of environmental exhibitors, live music, great food, birds of prey, hands-on activities, and so much more for the entire family! Come learn what you can do to reduce your impact on the planet while having great, FREE, fun. Bring your own water bottle for re-fills! Rain date: April 28th. Free! Where: Old Mill Park

Spring Open House @ Gari Melcher's Belmont. Apr 22, 10 am - 5 pm. Enjoy the restored gardens in bloom, the art of Gari Melchers and the history of Belmont. The Spring Open House is a great opportunity to share Belmont with family and friends. Free! Where: 224 Washington St, Falmouth, 22405.

Earth Day Celebration @ Caledon State Park. April 22. 3 - 5 pm. This Earth Day, have you considered the natural resources you use? Wood, fuel, wildlife, wind, solar, and minerals all impact our lives today as well as the lives of our ancestors. Join us on Earth Day as we discover the importance of conservation of the natural resources around us. We will have a party for our beautiful planet complete with games and refreshments. Where: 11617 Caledon Rd, King George. Free! www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml 

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Parade of Homes - Fredericksburg Area Builders Association

FABA ATE home

FABA Parade logo

If you’re planning to build a home, this year’s Parade of Homes, hosted by FABA (Fredericksburg Area Builders Association), needs to be on your radar. Nineteen homes will be showcased and everything from tiny homes to million-dollar estates will be available to tour. Spend the weekend getting amazing home inspiration and talking with the builders themselves. It’s like walking through HGTV right in your hometown!

We sat down with Scott Hine and Chrissy Urian of FABA to get the rundown on Parade of Homes and why it’s the absolute builder event of the season.

Q: What is Parade of Homes?
Parade of Homes is the big showcase of the year for area builders. This event in particular gives them the opportunity to show off what they do. This year, we have 15 builders and 19 homes entered. The homes run the gamut from tiny homes to million-dollar homes. We have single family homes, 55+ homes and townhouses. It's anything and everything you want to see, at all different price points. The homes are located all over the greater Fredericksburg area. The Parade of Homes takes place the first two weekends in October. Judging takes place the final week.

Q: How do I get info on the houses? Do I just show up?
Every home entered is open to the public for tours, during the first two weekends in October. You’ll need to go to the website fredparade.com, or grab our booklet (available on newsstands around town), or pick up Fred Parent’s September issue, for the map. The houses’ descriptions and images will also be in the magazine and booklet, and continuously updated on the website. We’re also very excited about our new app called Fredericksburg Parade of Homes. This year, it’s dedicated totally to Fredericksburg’s Parade of Homes. It will have a map, pictures, descriptions of each home and more!

Q: What is the awards ceremony like? Is it open to the public?
It is open to public, but by ticket only. You can purchase tickets on our website www.FredParade.com. Select the “Celebration” button on the main menu, then select “Join the Celebration”. You may also purchase tickets by calling FABA at 540-898-2730. It’s always a lot of fun! We’ll have hors d’oeuvres and drinks, but the main event is the announcement of the winners. Builders are judged by volunteers within the industry. The categories are determined by what types of homes are entered. We’ll need 3-4 homes for each category, at the very least. What’s interesting is that this year we have a smaller number of entries than we’ve seen in the past. Many builders have already sold the homes they planned on entering! It’s a great problem to have! That being said, we won’t know what the categories are until opening week when all the entries are accounted for.

Winners receive a large plaque, the iconic blue ribbon and of course the recognition of being Best in Class! The most prestigious award is the Pinnacle Builders Award. It’s awarded to the builder who was most engaged with the association when building their home. One of the things FABA tries to do is help build the association and support the industry. The rising tide raises all ships. The Pinnacle Builders Award can go to any builder, regardless of their entry.

Q: Are the houses an example of what the builders normally do, or is Parade of Homes seen as an opportunity to be creative?
All of the above! The entries you’ll tour range from traditional model homes to $2.5-million custom homes. We do get some very unique homes entered, which is really fun! Some builders go all out to showcase their range. Others will enter a house from their catalog, to showcase a home and features they excel at building. You get the best of both worlds.

Q: If I see a model I like, it should be pretty easy to get the builder’s information, call them and ask, “I really like your entry. Can I get it built?” Right?
Yes! One of the best reasons for people to attend this event is because the builders are on site. They’ll be all hands on deck these two weekends. It’s a great time! It’s good to just get out there and see what’s being done, so you can get a better idea of what you like, and see who’s building it. Many smaller builders don’t have six models available, but they build a phenomenal house. So this is also a chance to meet these smaller builders, who might be the perfect fit for what you are looking for.

FABA parade home2

Q: If I go to the event and fall in love with a $1.2-million home, it wouldn’t be crazy to approach the builder and ask if they build a home in my price range, right? The same goes with location?
Correct. Most builders can build all price points and styles. Some builders work in a tight location circle. Parade of Homes participants are building all over Fredericksburg. Some may go little beyond into Northern Virginia. A lot of builders will offer semi-custom homes. Which is where they have preset floor plans and you choose through available options and prices. Some are pure custom builders, where each home is one of a kind, with a unique price. Many build both. The possibilities are endless! The main thing is to talk to the builders.

Q: What message do you want to send our readers about Parade of Homes or about building a new house?
If you’re building a home, you’re going to be in a relationship with the builder for months. You need to know that you can work together. Some builders are more hands on and some are more hands off. Get to know them a little and make sure your personalities are compatible.

There really is no better time for prospective new home buyers than these two weekends, because of the concentration of builders and styles available. If you just see one model home on your way home from work, you don’t really get a good sense of what that builder can do. Just get out there and see the homes, and remember to talk to the builders!

The bottom line? Parade of Homes is an unparalleled opportunity to meet area builders and see what they can do! This is the time of year to pick a builder. If you plan on building, you should plan on coming to this event.

We’ll be on site chatting LIVE on Facebook with Scott Thursday, September 14, at 11 a.m.! Come join the conversation as we explore a Parade of Homes house!

See the digital edition version of this article INCLUDING the map of the homes!

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Pouches' Community Corner

Rappahannock Area Court Appointed Special Advocates

CASA is an advocacy center serving children in the Greater Fredericksburg area comprised of Fredericksburg City and the counties of King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Its mission is to advocate for and locate permanent homes for abused and neglected children who are navigating the court system.

CASA

Read more...