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PUMPKIN PATCHES: Where to Pick the Perfect Pumpkin Around Fredericksburg


Wings & Wheels Festival & Air Show, Stafford Regional Airport, 75 Aviation Way, Fredericksburg. Free airplane rides for children; aerobatic performances, food, crafts, more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fall Festival at the Germanna Foundation’s Salubria mansion, Route 3 at Stevensburg in Culpeper County. Food, costume contest, crafts, games, scavenger hunt. All ages. 1-4 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children, $1 discount for wearing a costume. 540/423-1700.

UMW Philharmonic Fiddlestix Instrument Petting Zoo Halloween Special, Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Children invited to wear costume and join parade. Free. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. 540/654-1324;


Pumpkin Derby Workshop, Rowser Building, 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford. Learn how to build a racing pumpkin. Workshop includes axles and wheels. All ages. 6-7:30 p.m. $8 per pumpkin. Registration required,


Silhouette artist Keith Donaldson, Jabberwocky Bookstore, 810 Caroline St. Appointments available 12:30-6 p.m. 540/371-5684;


Planet Spooky Children’s Halloween Event, Kings Dominion, Doswell. Petting zoo, hay maze, pedal tractors, live shows. Included with admission. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. Noon to 5 p.m. 804/876-5000;

“The Frog Prince,” Riverside Children’s Theater, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg. Based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Through Nov. 2 every Saturday, 1 p.m. doors, 2 p.m. performance. $18 for lunch and show. Select Tuesday and Thursday matinées at 11:30 a.m. 540/370-4300;

Braehead Farm Fall Festival, 1130 Tyler St., Fredericksburg. Pumpkins, hay rides, petting zoo, activities for kids. Through Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 weekdays, $7.50 weekends; 2 and under free. 540/899-9848;

Preschool Storytime at the Wilderness Library, 6421 Flat Run Road, Locust Grove. Stories and a craft. 11 a.m. every Thursday. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Free. 540/854-5310;

Family History Adventure Tours, Historic Kenmore, 1201 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg. Special fun activities for families or small groups by reservation. Weekdays 24 hours in advance, weekends one week in advance. Adults and children ages 4-12. 540/371-3363, ext. 24;

Railroad Museum and Train Rides, 11700 Main St., Fredericksburg. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Bring the family, tour restored railroad cabooses and see tools and equipment used by railroad workers. Free; donations accepted. 301/653-7983;


Halloween Carnival and Trunk or Treat, Quaker Steak & Lube, 1300 Central Park Blvd., Fredericksburg. Friday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m. Games, moon bounce, costume contest, more. 540/786-4688;

Downtown Fredericksburg trick-or-treating. Event set for Oct. 26 from noon to 2 p.m. Participating stores will have a flier in their windows with a picture of a pumpkin.

Pumpkin Palooza at UMW On Sunday, Oct. 27, families from the Fredericksburg area are invited to the University of Mary Washington for “Pumpkin Palooza,” a free event with Halloween and autumn crafts and games from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Woodard Campus Center’s Great Hall. Children can dress in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat on campus with UMW students. For more information about “Pumpkin Palooza,” call 540-654-1802.

Healthy Kids 1-Mile Fun Run, Pentagon North Parking Lot. Organized by the Marine Corps Marathon. Participants receive a T-shirt, bib, medal and healthy snacks. Limited registration for children ages 5-12. Saturday, Oct. 26. 703/784-2357;

Fall Harvest Family Days, George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Features wagon rides, wheat-treading, a straw bale maze, apple-roasting, corn-husk doll-making, music and more. Included with general admission. Oct. 26-27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Youth Night Halloween Celebration, Sumerduck Clubhouse, Route 651 Culpeper. Fun and games for kids of all ages. Friday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m. 540/222-7874.

“The British are Coming,” by the American Youth Harp Ensembles, Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Road, Richmond. More than 50 harpists performing a variety of music from classical to Celtic, popular and modern. Friday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children and seniors. 804/353-7001;

Campout in the Park at Motts Run Reservoir, 6600 River Road, Fredericksburg. Families all ages welcome. Hot dog roast, s’mores, French toast breakfast provided as well as games and fun. Friday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m. to Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. $15 per person, $65 for a family of five, pre-registration required. 540/372-1086 ext. 213; or face

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  • Debbie

    Spooky Harvest Festival at Trinity United Methodist Church in King George on Route 3. Friday, 25 October 6pm-8pm. Tour a Mad Scientist lab, get your creepy fortune from our gypsy Esmeralda, play games, eeries snacks, spooky stories – prizes and surprises! Ages: Elementary through Middle School. FREE event.

  • Josh

    Fall Festival at Encounter Church in Fredericksburg, Va. October 20th at 11am. Games, candy, laser tag, moon bounces, pony rides and live music. Also, there is a drawing for a 50inch flat screen tv. Free event. Fun for all ages.