14 Fun Fall Activities
The Fredericksburg region knows how to do Fall right! There are activities and Instagram worthy vistas galore! Want pumpkin patches? We got you. Brewery festivals? Check. Outdoor movies? Yep. It’s all happening right here in Fredericksburg’s historic backyard.
Here is a quick snapshot of just a handful of these local events. Be sure to check out our website for more activities and details!
14 Fun Fall Activities
1) Capital Ale House Oktoberfest, September 30th- An annual Fall favorite! Oktoberfest takes over Caroline Street with German brews, music, food, and Bavarian dancers! The Fritz Polka Band and Johnny Koenig are providing music. This year, kids’ activities will be back (think: face painting, bounces houses). Gates open at 11:30am. General Admission is $3 and benefits the Main Street Foundation! https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1536075?utm_medium=bks
2) Highmark Brewery’s Harvest Moon Festival, September 30- Enjoy locally sourced food, live Bluegrass music, and kids’ activities (12pm-5pm). The festival runs from 12:00pm-9:30pm.
3) Potomac Point Winery’s Annual 11th Annual Harvest Festival, September 30- Festival runs from 11:00am -5:00pm, with a NEW I Love Lucy costume contest! Come dressed to grape stomp for a chance to wine. There will be activities for all ages, shopping vendors, festive foods, grape stomping, guest wineries, and live music! Order lunch from Le Grand Cru bistro, or purchase foods from local food trucks and vendors. Tickets Include: All activities, live music, wine tastings from Potomac Point Winery, guest wineries and brewery!
4) Fredericksburg Dog Mart 319 Anniversary, September 30, at Izaak Walton League-The Fredericksburg Dog Mart is the oldest Dog Mart in the USA. Dogs and kids are welcome at this fun event. Watch and/or Participate in the Annual Dog Show (no experience necessary), enter Kids Fishing Contest (no experience necessary), and learn more about the IWL and Walton Park. Enjoy a fishing pond, shooting ranges, bee apiary, and learn about local conservation efforts. Watch canine experts at work, including search and rescue dogs, service dogs, hunting dogs, and police dogs! http://www.fredericksburgdogmart.com/
5) “Scarecrows are Coming,” Oct 6 -31- It’s the 3rd year of Scarecrows arriving in Downtown Fredericksburg’s shop and restaurant windows. Come out and vote for your favorite scarecrows in four categories: Funniest, Historic, Best Use of Business Theme and Spookiest. Ballots will be available Oct. 6 at participating businesses. You can also vote digitally at FredParent.net.
6) Ferry Farm George Washington’s Boyhood Home Grand Opening, October 7- Come to the Washington house at 1:30pm, for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony! Hear notable speakers, view the reconstructed Washington house, walk the historical landscape, and talk with educators about new educational programs at George Washington’s Ferry Farm! Learn more about this comprehensive project at http://kenmore.org/washingtonhouseconstruction.html.
7) Miller Farms Market Taste of the Market, October 7- Come sample many of the items that are feature at Miller Farms Market. They will be roasting a Pig from Papa Weaver and side dishes will be available. JoJo’s Kitchen will be open serving pumpkin and apple treats. All pumpkins are $.75/lb or $80 for a wheelbarrow load. Pre-picked will be available. The pumpkin patch will be open from 9am-5pm with free hayrides. Event runs from 11:00am- 4om. Free Parking. Free Admission. Free Fresh air. https://millerfarmsmarket.com/taste-of-the-market/
8) The Pumpkining, Oct. 7th- Come to Riverfront Park for Fredericksburg’s biggest pumpkin party! Several pumpkin craft beers will be available. There will also be live music, food trucks, kid’s activities, and more.
9) Downhome Ball, Oct 14th- Downtown Greens and Roxbury Farm and Garden Center is holding its 21st annual“elegant hoedown” from 6pm-11:00pm. Live music will include Harry Wilson with his band, and Infusion. Fun for all ages! A cash bar with wine and locally brewed beer (provided by Spencer Devon Brewing) will be available. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Roxbury Farm and Garden Center, Riverby Books and LibertyTown Arts Workshop.
10) Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oct 20th- The Fredericksburg Arts Commission, UMW Rich Weirdos, Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events, Fredericksburg Main Street Inc., and the Fredericksburg Area Museum are presenting the Rocky Horror Picture Show, in Historic Market Square, at 9:00 PM. The 1975 cult classic combines the film with live performances by the UMW Rich Weirdos Club. The Rocky Horror Picture Show deals with mature subject matter in an immature way. The film is rated “R” and is not recommended for the easily offended. Event is free and open to the public, 18 years and older (ID is required). Seating is limited. Bringing your own chairs is encouraged. Beer and wine will be available for purchase (guests 21 years and older only). All sales benefit the Fredericksburg Area Museum. Props and costumes are welcome, but food and rice is strictly prohibited. In case of rain, this event will be rescheduled for November 3 at 9:00 PM.
11) Movie Night at Hurkamp Park, October 21- Fredericksburg Parent and Family Magazine, The Fredericksburg Police Department, Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events, Fredericksburg Area Museum, Fredericksburg Downtown are showing 2 free movies on starting at 7pm, at Hurkamp Park. The movies are: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” followed by “Hotel Transylvania 2.” Be sure to bring your own chairs and blankets. No rain date! Movies begin at 7:00pm
12) Spooky Stories by The Shore, Oct 21st- Walk the trail of spooks and spiders, to the shore for a roasting-fire, and scary stories! Great fun for the entire family! Dress warmly and bring a flashlight and blanket– amphitheater seating provided. Pre-registration required for everyone (kids must attend with paying adult). 6:40pm-8:00pm at Motts Run Reservoir. $8 per person or $30 Family of 4
13) Treats on the Streets, October 28- Join Fredericksburg Parent and Family Magazine, Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street, and The Fredericksburg Police Department for trick-or-treating at downtown shops, and lots of fun at Riverfront Park! Learn safety tips for trick-or-treating, eat at food trucks, and enjoy fun activities! A map will be available online and in Fredericksburg Parent and Family Magazine with participating businesses. Trick-or-treating runs from 11:00am – 2:00pm, or until the candy runs out!
14) Tribute to Veterans, Nov 11th- The Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour brings an interactive exhibit to museums, libraries, and historic sites throughout Virginia. Modeled on the highly successful Civil War 150 History Mobile tour, Profiles of Honor brings to life the state’s integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. As part of the tour, visitors are invited to bring their own WWI and WWII-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project. This partnership with the Library of Virginia will help preserve the documents and stories of our veterans for generations. The Remembrance Ride will start at Dominion Raceway with 2 laps around the road course followed by a police escorted motorcycle ride from Dominion Raceway to Spotsylvania Courthouse Village. Registration is free. Contact Indian Motors Fredericksburg or Dominion Raceyway for more info. https://www.visitfred.com/events/tribute-to-veterans-0