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8 quick ideas for your weekend around Fredericksburg

1. Concert in Lights kicks off at Spotsylvania Towne Centre

The annual holiday tradition continues this year, with the first show set for Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The synchronized light / music shows will take place each night through the holiday season at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30.

2. Rock musical opens at UMW

“Spring Awakening, with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, revolves around the lives of school children in 19th-century Germany who are struggling to comprehend the changes in their bodies and the consequences of searching for the answers on their own,” according to a release from the school.

(Here’s one review tweeted about an early performance:)

Click here for more details.

3. Take a rare tour of Crow’s Nest

The annual fall field day at Crow’s Nest in Stafford County is set for Saturday.

You must make a reservation ahead of time by calling 804/786-7951. (As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, there were about a dozen spots left.)

The tours are open just two days a year since the preserve isn’t completely open to the public because of lack of funding. The event is free, and will take place rain or shine.

You can find more details here.

4. Camp Out, Rock Out, Knockout Homelessness

Spotsylvania County Schools will hold its third annual “Camp Out, Rock Out, Knockout Homelessness” this weekend, Nov. 9 and 10.

The event includes a variety of family-friendly activities.

Click here for more details.

5. Fredericksburg Urban Trail Ride set for Saturday

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and takes riders through downtown, beginning at Old Mill Park.

It’s a treat to watch the horses trot through the streets of Fredericksburg and a great way to kick off a fall morning in the city.

Riders can register in advance or on site for $20.

6. Downtown Holiday Open House

Downtown is beautiful this time of year and it’s a great time for a stroll.

But the real goal here is to get you into the retail stores and restaurants to launch the holiday shopping season.

What to expect: Music, decorations, lights (in the evening) and, of course, Santa.

7. Second Saturday Family Day at the museum

Event Saturday at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center is titled ‘Technology and Innovation.’

It will include demonstrations, a take-home craft and exploration of museum exhibits for free.

Find more details here.

8. Go west

Sperryville is a gateway to Shenandoah National Park. Why not make a day of it – stop for an early lunch at the Thornton River Grille (this week’s restaurant review) and then take in a day hike in the park.

Related: Griffin Moores took these pictures in the park a couple of weeks ago. No doubt most of them have fallen by now, but it’s still a beautiful time of year for a hike.

Click here to view MORE EVENTS around the region set for the coming week.

What did we miss? Tell us in the comments below.


  • Freddie

    The photo of the lights looks like its from Hollywood Studios in WDW, during the Osbourne Festival of Lights! I’m pretty sure that it is….

    • Stacey Burns Feindt

      That is not what it looked like last year! That’s for sure. Very misleading.

  • Vivien Ferrell

    Don’t miss the SPCA Paws and Whiskers Shopping Bazaar from 11am-4pm at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street. Dogs welcome. Check out the treasures on the Silent Auction. Pet lovers MUST go! Make your holiday shopping list and find all the great buys for pet lovers and shoppers!