When the weather’s warm, you can take in some excellent performances in the great outdoors here in the Fredericksburg region. From the Beach Boys to Shakespeare to drive-in movies, it’s time to get off the couch and into the fresh air for some great entertainment.
Here are some concerts and performances to put on your calendar:
Celebrate Virginia After Hours – This outdoor concert series brings big names in country, rock and pop to the Fredericksburg region. Bring a lawn chair and blankets or treat yourself to upgraded tickets in the Gold Circle. Find all the details on this popular series here, and check out the schedule for 2016:
- Tyler Farr – July 1
- Eli Young Band – July 8
- George Thorogood and the Destroyers – July 28
- The Beach Boys – July 29
- Vince Neil – Aug. 19
- ZZ Top – Sept. 15
- Boyz II Men – Sept. 24
Stafford Songfest Sundays – Every Sunday from June through November, you can find live music on the Celebration Stage at John Lee Pratt Memorial Park in Falmouth. Admission is $10 per car; pack a picnic or take advantage of concessions available at the event. Here’s the schedule for the 2016 season:
- Sunday, June 19- Harley Boone (Contemporary County)
- Sunday, July 17 - Moonshine (Rock 'n' Roll/Blues)
- Sunday, Aug. 21 - Red Light Rodeo (Bluegrass/Alt-Country)
- Sunday, Sept. 18- The Mashup (Mashups...but with a Live Band!)
Lake Anna Sunset Concert Series – You can’t beat a lakeside sunset view with some live music in the summer. Bring a chair or blanket to these free concerts, and enjoy adult beverages, soda water and food concessions. These concerts are held at the pavilion at Anna Point Marina at 5:30 p.m. on June 4, July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 4.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series – The Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, with help from sponsors, is bringing back this popular Friday-night music event in Downtown Fredericksburg’s historic Market Square. This 15-week free concert series begins on June 3, with shows running from 7-9p.m. On First Friday concerts, Adventure Brewing will have its beers for sale to those 21 and older. Find the full lineup of shows here.
Picnic in the Park – From preschoolers to business people, the crowd at this popular Downtown Fredericksburg lunchtime concert series includes every age group. Picnic in the Park runs every Tuesday in May, June and September from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. It’s a free event where you can purchase lunch, shop at the Farmer’s Market and mingle with members of the community. Find the full lineup of musical acts here.
Bluemont Concerts – These outdoor summer concerts are a longstanding tradition in this region. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays in July and August, you can find a remarkable range of musical acts performing at Maury Stadium in the heart of Fredericksburg. These family-friendly concerts are truly a community event. Find the full listing of musical acts here.
A Smith Bowman Distillery’s 5th Annual Father’s Day Fest – Live music is an important part of this annual celebration of dads, held this year on June 18 at the A. Smith Bowman Distillery. You’ll also find distillery tours, food trucks, local beer and wine, cigars and more at this free event.
Performances and Movies
Stage Door Productions presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest – Enjoy this classic in two outdoor locations. Performances will be held June 16 and 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the pavilion at Spotsylvania Courthouse Village, and June 24 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Hurkamp Park in Downtown Fredericksburg. Find more information here.
Drive-In Movies at Dominion Raceway – Experience Spotsylvania’s new Dominion Raceway in a completely new way. The track will put on a handful of drive-in movie nights this summer. These family-friendly events are a chance to watch a movie in the great outdoors. Dominion will show Jurassic World on June 9 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 23. Events start at 6 p.m.; admission is $6 for adults, and $3 for kids 4 to 11.
Looking for more entertainment at Dominion Raceway? Check out Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos on June 3.
Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore – This annual tradition is back for its 13th year at the historic Kenmore mansion in Downtown Fredericksburg. See “Hamlet” performed on June 11, 12, 18 or 19. Shows are at 7 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults; $5 for students. These performances are set in an eighteenth-century style, as if a young George Washington is in the audience. Bring a lawn chair and come early to picnic on the lawn or to take advantage of tours of Kenmore from 5:45 until 6:45 p.m.