Spring art exhibitions have sprung up all over the region! It’s time to say goodbye to your winter induced cabin fever and get inspired by local art. We’ve chosen 10 must see shows from the area, but there are definitely more cropping up. Be sure to watch the Visit Fred website and social media platforms for new listings and information.
Spring Art Exhibitions and Shows
Wild and Scenic Film Festival, March 31-What better way to kick off the season than with a film festival celebrating nature?
“The Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes you to the world’s most beautiful places, introduces you to the amazing creatures that inhabit them and the adventurous and courageous people who work to protect them. The festival highlights short, inspirational, environmental, wildlife and outdoor adventure movies suitable for people of all ages. Shake off the winter blues.”
Children’s Art Show, March 22-24 - This is for the little guys and the grown ups who love them! This kids-only show has artwork from children 4 years old through 12th grade.
Fredericksburg Photography Show- June 21 – June 24- Last year there were more than 350 entries by over 70 Photographers! We can’t wait to see the entries this year!
Second Annual Sophia Street Pottery Throwdown- June 9th - This one day pottery festival will be held on the 1100 block of Sophia Street, in downtown Fredericksburg, and will feature approximately 20 local and regional potters. “Additionally, a series of demonstrations by artists and hands on opportunities to work with clay will be hosted throughout the day, and live music from Larry Hinkle & Friends! Free admission.”
Not a Spring event, but the Spotsy Arts Festival ( Aug 11 ) needs to be on your radar!
“Each second weekend in August the shade covered lawns of the Spotsylvania Court House are transformed into a massive indoor/outdoor art gallery for 200+ artists and artisans from across the region and all around the United States. This juried festival will feature original creations from pottery to paintings; jewelry to photography; woodworking to sculpture and much more by highly successful and skilled artists as well as the works of new and emerging local artists and artisans.”
Spring Arts and Crafts Faire, Apr 07- Apr 08, 2018. This is the areas largest arts and crafts show with over 150 vendors in attendance! Find handmade artisan items like pottery, jewelry woodworking, leather, gourmet foods and more!
After Hours at Belmont, May 17 - Enjoy the studio and galleries of American artist Gari Melchers, with a local craft beer or wine in hand from Stafford County’s 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company and Potomac Point Winery. There will be live music and two food trucks in attendance as well!
The Virginia Renaissance Faire, May 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 June 2-3, Jun 9-10, This is a fun way to not only support local artisans, but to become a part of the art itself! Come dressed in period clothing and play the role of a renaissance person. This is also a great family activity!
Art in the Park at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, Art in the Park is held the first and third Saturdays of the month, at Hurkamp Park. Browse the booths of local artisans while enjoying a leisurely morning at the Farmers Market! You can find everything from paintings, to jewelry, to scones. This is a great chance to support local artists and farmers alike. Art in the Park is a very kid and dog friendly event.
Spotsylvania Courthouse Villiage Food Truck Rodeo, because food IS art. Apr 07,- Be sure to dress comfortably. As with any food truck event, the lines can get long (but it’s always worth it). In addition to food trucks and vendors, there will be music and a performances by the Courthouse School of Ballet and Christian Youth Theater.
Written by, Brenda Sapanghila