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Upcoming Events
Our Parks, Recreation and Events Department hosts and co-sponsors a number of events throughout the year for you and your family to enjoy.


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Soggy Doggy Swim 
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Register at the Dorothy Hart Community Center or if space is available register the day of the event at the Doris E. Buffet Pool. $5.00 for up to two dogs per/owner. Half of proceeds is donated to the Fredericksburg SPCA. Click here for registration form PDF.  Questions? Call 540-372-1086 ext. 217 or email us now for details.


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Picnic in the Park
Tuesdays in Hurkamp Park  at 11:30am - 1:30pm
September 12, 19, 26, October 3
Free and open to the public


Live music and children’s activities. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the sunshine with your children, friends and co-workers. Brought to you by B101.5, COX Communications, Fredericksburg Parent and Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events. For complete details click here. 




Night Catfishing
Friday, September 15 at 7:00pm - 1:00am
at Motts Run Reservoir
$3 children / $5 adults

Come hook your bait and cast your line to catch catfish in the Reservoir. Private boats will be allowed on the water only if they meet proper VDGIF standards for night fishing but all boats must be off the water by 12:30am. For more info call Don Minor 540-786-8989.



Fright Night Fun!
Thursday, October 26  at 5:30pm – 7:30pm
$6 per person **One parent is free with each paying child
For all ages and families at the Dorothy Hart Community Center

Calling all ghastly ghouls, spooky spirits and wicked witches! Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation will celebrate Halloween with a fun filled carnival and costume contests. A family costume contest will take place and allow parents to join in the fun! We will crown one family as “Best in the Burg!” Wear your best costumes to compete in the kids’ costume contest in categories for different age groups: ages 3 to 5 will compete for most original and cutest, ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 11 will compete for most original and funniest. Judging will start at 6:15pm so be on time!

Pre-registration required. Sign up online now. Questions? Call 540-372-1086 or email us for details.



Spooky Stories by the Shore
Saturday, October 21 at 6:40pm-8:00pm
(Raindate 10/22)
$8/$8 (residents/non-res)
$30 Family of 4 (residents/non-res)
For 5 years and older at Motts Run Reservoir.
Walk the trail of spooks and spiders, to the shore for a roasting-fire! Enjoy the enchantment of Halloween as we warm you with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows, then chill you to the bone with spooky stories and other surprises. Great fun for the entire family, so secure your spot of doom soon! Dress warmly and bring a flashlight and blanket-- amphitheatre seating provided.

Pre-registration required for Every BODY (kids must attend with paying adult). Sign up online now.

Questions? Call 540-372-1086 or email us for details.




A Salute to Veterans
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 9:00am - 4:00pm in Downtown Fredericksburg
We honor those who served with a day of community and remembrance.

Schedule of events:
- 9:00am - 10:30am - Veterans’ Breakfast at Dorothy Hart Community Center

- 9:00am - 4:00pm - Profile of Honors Exhibit at Dorothy Hart Community Center

- 9:00am - 4:00pm - Visit the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial

- 9:00am - 4:00pm - Profile of Honors Documenting Project Bring your photographs, letters, and family papers to the Fredericksburg Area Museum where staff from the Library of Virginia staff will be on-site to scan documents.

- 6:00pm - Exhibit Reception at Fredericksburg Area Museum

Special Trolley Shuttle will run 9:00am - 4:00pm for the day’s events. Parking available at Dorothy Hart Comm. Ctr, 408 Canal St, with free Trolley shuttle stops every 15 minutes to Fredericksburg Museum, War Memorial and Dorothy Hart one-day only during this event.

Public is invited, bring the whole family. Free admission. Rain or shine.

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events. For event information call: 540-372-1086 x.307 OR 540-371-3037 x.130  or email us now for details.


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Officer James Shelhorse Memorial Urban Trailride
Historic Downtown Fredericksburg

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 9am - 12 noon

Begins at Old Mill Park Fredericksburg Virginia

> Trailride Flier and Entry Form Here <

Sponsored By:
The United Horsemen’s Association and Fredericksburg
Parks, Recreation and Events




Paws & Whiskers Bazaar 
Saturday, November 4 at 11:00am - 4:00pm
at the Dorothy Hart Community Center
Free Admission

  “Bark” your calendars right “meow”! Featuring vendors with homemade pet themed items, pet food, jewelry, art, treats, fashions, dog beds, biscuits and more. Shoppers are welcome to bring well behaved dogs!

CALL FOR VENDORS: entry forms available online fredparksrec.com. Benefit the Fredericksburg SPCA. Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events. Questions? Call 540-372-1086 or email us for details.


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Now accepting Christmas Parade registrations! View rules and entry information online.
Spaces are limited to 100 entries and fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration is closed after October 10, 2017 or when we reach 100 entrants, whichever comes first.

Parade will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:30pm in downtown Fredericksburg.

Questions? Call 540-372-1086 or www.fredericksburgchristmasparade.com



Story Time & Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 9 at  9:30am – 10:45pm
$7 per/child (residents/non-res)  One adult free with paying child, $2 per each additional adult 
at the Dorothy Hart Community Center
Bring the whole family for a special meal featuring a delicious hot and cold buffet, Christmas story, craft making, and the jolly man in red himself!

For children 2yrs – 12yrs .One adult free with paying child. Pre-registration required. Register online now.

Questions? Call 540-372-1086 or email us for details.




Holly Ball for Families
Friday, December 1 at 6:30-8:30pm
4yrs and older Dorothy Hart Community Center
$12 adult/ child couple until November 27. Plus $6 each additional person. Register online now. 
$15 adult/child couple after Nov. 27th or at the door. Plus $8 each additional person

A special night out for children and grown ups alike. We’ll have music and snacks, our photo booth for selfies and even a professional photographer on hand for those who want something more formal. A dress up night of dancing, fun and memory making!

Register online now. Questions? Call 540-372-1086 or email us for details.



Dog Gone Christmas Party!
Friday, December 15 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Dorothy Hart Community Center $8 (up to two dogs)

Do something special with your dog(s) this holiday season!! Come out and play, eat, sing, and take photos of you and your pets at our Dog Christmas Party. We will have kibble for you and food for your dog ugh strike that we will have food for you and kibble for your dog. Join the Pet/Master Christmas Outfit Contest and more! To benefit the Fredericksburg SPCA. Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Register online now. Questions? Call 540-372-1086 or email us for details.



Holiday Greeting Cards 
On display November 25 until December 26, 2017 in Hurkamp Park. 
Oversized greeting card frames will be on display in Hurkamp Park. Stop by to visit the cards and take a selfie, share with friends, come back and do it again. It’s FREE to visit the cards and take all the photos you’d like. Featuring four card designs: Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Happy Kwanzaa & Happy Holidays. Share Your Pics!! Use #FxbgHolidays2017 when posting on Facebook and Instagram.

Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events. Call 540-372-1086 or visit Downtown31.com



Snowball Fights 
Thursday, December 28 at  6:00pm – 8:00pm
at Riverfront Park
$3 per person or 2 people for $5 to stay and play for the night. All ages are invited to join the fun!

One night only, join us for an evening of snowball fight matches using our fun-to-throw polyester “snowballs.” Held snow or shine. Come dressed for the weather, bring drinking water. Vendors will be available for purchasing refreshments in the park. Children must be supervised by an accompanying adult. Teens and adults, bring your group of friends and we’ll schedule you for an adults-only match if you’re up for the challenge (matches are every 15 minutes). Location: Riverfront Parkin downtown Fredericksburg. Signed waivers are required to play, pick up your waiver at the Dorothy Hart Community Center in advance or complete one on-site at the gate.

Pay at the gate. Questions? Call 540-372-1086 or email us now for details.



Family Fun Night
New Year’s Eve in Riverfront Park
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 6:00pm-9:00pm
FREE Admission, Families welcome!

Live Music and Entertainment 
Kids’ Games & Events
Teen Area & DJ
Gryoscope and Bounce Castle
Food Vendors, Raffles & Prizes
PLUS, Early Countdown and Ping Pong Ball Drop at 9:00pm

Family Fun Night is sponsored by Cox Communications and Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events.

Questions? Call 540-372-1086 or email us now for details.



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Other events and happenings in the City and the Region are available online at VisitFred.com