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10 things to do around Fredericksburg this weekend

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The weather outlook this weekend doesn’t look so great for this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit inside and do nothing. Here are a few suggestions for things to do around the Fredericksburg region. You can always find a full listing of events in the Weekender section’s calendar. There’s even a separate calendar full of activities just for kids.

1. The beard is back.

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After a wildly successful event last year, the Love for the Beard event returns this weekend. It’s a beard and mustache competition and the winners walk away with bragging rights. It costs $25 to enter, but it’s free for spectators. Check out some of the entries from last year’s brouhaha here. The event raises money for the Ron Rosner YMCA. It begins Saturday at 2 p.m. at Spotyslvania Towne Centre.

2. Relive history

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The battle at Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9th, 1862. / Currier & Ives

The Battle of Cedar Mountain in Culpeper is remembered on its 152nd anniversary. A four hour walking tour includes an interpretation of significant action that took place during the battle. The organizers ask that you bring a flashlight. It begins at 4:30 p.m. The tour beings at 9465 General Winder Road in Rapidan.

3. Listen to the sounds of summer 

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Enjoy the tunes of Eric Brace & Peter Cooper in downtown Fredericksburg’s Market Square Friday night. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and is free.

4. Take in a play 

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Central Rappahannock Region Library presents “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” beginning today and running through Sunday. The play was written by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) in 1993 and is equal parts whimsy and philosophy. You can catch it at the headquarters branch Friday at 7, Saturday at 1 and 7, and Sunday at 1.

5. Take a sunset tour

Grab a flashlight  and take in the last installment of the History at Sunset tour. This week’s event is called “We Wished for Night: Campfire Program at Chatham” and it’s hosted by Peter Maugle and Andrea DeKoter. It’s at 120 Chatham Lane and begins at 7 p.m. Friday.

6. Nosh in Orange

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The popular Edible Food Fest returns to Orange Saturday, featuring top chefs, speakers, a marketplace and live music. Admission is $7 but it’s free for the younger-than-12 set. Come hungry because there will lots to taste.

7. Put on your dancing shoes 

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Join UMW’s Philharmonic Orchestra for a Dance Party Concert. This concert for children will feature The Laurie Berkner Band. The show begins Saturday at 3 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at philharmonic.umw.edu.

8. Sip on a pint 

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Enjoy some of Virginia’s best craft beers while learning about where they came from. Saturday night is the premiere of the film “From Grain to Growler” at Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond. Two of the region’s breweries, Rusty Beaver and Adventure Brewing, are featured in the film. Following the film, brewers will discuss changes in the industry.

9. See the circus 

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The Flying Circus Airshow will be in Bealeton. There will be a parachute jumper, vintage biplane and plane rides. The show begins at 2:30 p.m. and the rides begin at 11:30 a.m. Ticekts are $15 for adults and $7 for children 5-12, under 5 free. For more information, visit flyingcircusairshow.com. It’s at 5114 Ritchie Road in Bealton.

10. Escape to a B&B

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Or, just pretend you’re having your own staycation. We talked to area bed and breakfast owners about what they tell visitors to do while they’re visiting the region.

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