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10 things to do around Fredericksburg this weekend

Whether you’re looking for a quiet evening with your loved one, or affordable family fun, the Fredericksburg region has a great slate of happenings this weekend. Here are some of our picks. And if you don’t see anything that interests you here, try our events calendar for more events.

1. Sunset cemetery tour

National Cemetery on Lafayette Blvd.

National Cemetery on Lafayette Blvd.

History at Sunset Tour: “Where Valor Sleeps: Explorations in Fredericksburg National Cemetery,”  meet at Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. Led by Donald Pfanz. Bring a lawn chair. 7 p.m. Free

2. “Libations at the Depot,”

 It’s part of the First Friday celebration in downtown Culpeper at the Museum of Culpeper History. The museum is located at 113 South Commerce St., Culpeper. You can expect music, regional wines and nibbles. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $9, designated drivers $4. 540/829-1749.

3. Cheer on the Redskins 

Redskins safety Ryan Clark / AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Redskins safety Ryan Clark / AP Photo/Alex Brandon

It’s not football season yet but you can still cheer on Washington’s football team. Training camp started in Richmond and Saturday is fan appreciation day. Here’s more information. Gates open at 9 and practice is at 1 p.m. At noon, fans are permitted to get autographs from the players and there will be contests and giveaways. This resumes again after the 1 p.m. practice.

4. Attend a Luau

Celebrate summer with a family Luau at the Massad Family YMCA Waterpark, It’s located at  212 Butler Road in Falmouth and will be held 6-10:30 p.m Saturday. Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple couple (includes food and adult beverages). In case of rain, it will be held Sunday,: Aug., 5-9:30 p.m. Contact Holly at 540/371-9622, ext. 1015.

5. Go out for a nice dinner

Vivify is one of 17 downtown restaurants participating in Fredericksburg’s summer restaurant week. / File / The Free Lance-Star

Summer Restaurant Week in Fredericksburg For 10 days, 17 participating restaurants welcome anyone with an appetite to dine at a special price. Restaurant Week will boast a 2 selections for $20 deal, with each restaurant offering a different spin on the offer. It starts Friday and lasts for 10 days.

6. Enjoy a tax-free weekend

Start shopping for school supplies. We know, it’s only the first weekend in August, but this is the time to take advantage. It’s the annual no-tax weekend in Virginia.

7. Check out an art exhibit.

“I Love a rainy Night” by Sharon Blanchard

“I Love a rainy Night” by Sharon Blanchard

This year will be the fifth annual community art show hosted by Ponshop, and the second year that the artists used vinyl records as a medium. It’s free and runs through Aug. 30 at Ponshop Studio and Gallery on Caroline Street.

8. Meet a local author 

King George resident Mary Behre will debut  her book "Guarded" Saturday at Barnes and Noble in Fredericksburg.

King George resident Mary Behre will debut her book “Guarded” Saturday at Barnes and Noble in Fredericksburg.

 King George resident Mary Behre will be hosting the launch party for her second paranormal–mystery–romance novel “Guarded” on Saturday at Barnes and Noble in Fredericksburg. She’ll also do a reading, sign copies and answer questions.

9. Add a furry friend to your family 

Starla, a 6-year-old  brown tabby, who loves to curl up on laps and enjoys play sessions.

Starla, a 6-year-old brown tabby, who loves to curl up on laps and enjoys play sessions.

There are dozens of animals in local shelters waiting to find their forever homes. Find yours here. 

10. Go to a wine festival

Photo courtesy of Lake Anna winery

Photo courtesy of Lake Anna winery

Sip wine and dance to tropical beats at the Lake Anna Caribbean Wine Festival. The festival is at Lake Anna Winery and will feature six different wineries, a Caribbean band, and food vendors. It will run 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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