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The weekend in Fredericksburg: What you need to know

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The unofficial start to summer may have been last weekend, but the real deal is just now arriving.

Temperatures are expected to hover around 90 degrees through Sunday.

With that in mind, we lead our weekend list with some options for cooling off.

1. Hit the pool. Here’s a sample of swimming pool options throughout the Fredericksburg region. If your plans include the river or lakes, please read this first.

2. Check out the The Free Lance–Star and Cox Classic Soapbox Derby. The kids will race down the William Street hill in downtown Fredericksburg all day long on Saturday. Don’t know anyone in the derby? So what? Bring a lawn chair, something cool to drink and some community spirit. Here’s what you need to know before arriving.

3. Take in the Sounds of Summer event in Market Square downtown at 907 Princess Anne St. The Friday evening event will feature New Orleans Jazz and blues music by Scott Ramminger and the Crawstickers, as well as activities for children. Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. Free. Starts at 7 p.m.

4. Check out the Great Rappahannock Canoe Race on Saturday. Gather at Old Mill Park. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. (Spectating begins whenever you arrive.) Races run throughout the day and include the canoe-poling national championship and Paddle for a Cause fundraiser. americancanoe.org

5. Can’t get enough of the river? Then also take in the Celebrate the Rappahannock “Paddle Green” event, which takes place Saturday at the Riverfront Park downtown at Sophia and Wolfe streets. Event features on-water canoe, kayak and stand-up paddle-board instruction; races for all ages; riverside cleanup; and a film festival. Sponsored by American Canoe Association. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. americancanoe.org

6. Want to get out of the ‘Burg. Hit “SummerFest 2013″ at Barnesfield Park in King George County. The Saturday event features live music, food, games, petting zoo, hot rods, moon bounce, pony rides and a movie. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket. Sponsored by King George Parks & Recreation.

7. Never underestimate the arts community in Fredericksburg. Check out the ‘Decade of Creativity’ event at LibertyTown Arts Workshop on Saturday. It’s downtown at 916 Liberty St. The 10-year anniversary celebration will include hands-on activities and woodworking demonstrations. Also check out Chinese watercolor, pottery, portrait face-offs, spinning and weaving. Refreshments will be available. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 371-7255 for more information.

8. We suspect there is at least one car show every weekend between April and October around here, but there is only ONE 56th Annual Antique Automobile Show. That’s right. Just one! You can check it out Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Fredericksburg along Caroline and Hanover streets. Event will feature a display of antique cars, Model-T assembly presentation, vendors and an awards ceremony. Free.

9. Fredericksburg officials are working hard trying to bring a minor league baseball team (and stadium) to the city. Curious as to what it might be like? Check out a Richmond Flying Squirrels game.

The team plays three games this weekend. Find the one that’s right for you.

10. This isn’t an actual event, but traffic around here is always an event, right? Check out this map of Fredericksburg road closures for the weekend as a result of other events.

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