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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.

2018 Art in the Park
at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market

October 6
October 20

Local artists and craftspeople share their handmade goods in the park in conjunction with the Farmers Market. Art in the Park is held the first and third Saturdays at the Farmers Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Hurkamp Park, 500 William Street, Fredericksburg. Free admission, be sure to stop by on your way through the farmers market!
For information call 540-372-1086 or

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Picnic in the Park
Tuesdays in September
11:30am - 1:30pm 
Hurkamp Park

September 11 - Patriot Day - Join us as we honor our first responders! Scott Kurt preforming live music, plus touch a
truck and fun activities!

September 18 - Recycling Day -  Jason Masi performing live music plus touch a truck and interactive recylcing fun for kids!

September 25 - Storybook Day - Dress up as your favorite storybook character! DJ Gravattron will be spinning your favorite
kids’ tunes!

 Live music and children's activities. Bring a picnic lunch or buy one in the park from our vendors. Enjoy the sunshine with your children, friends and co-workers! Click here for our entertainment schedule, vendor information and more. 

A Day of Opportunities Where Everyone Plays!
Sunday, September 30, 2018
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St in Downtown Fredericksburg
FREE for special needs children, young adults and their families!

Join us for a day of adaptive play!  

This is a chance for special needs children and young adults to sample different recreational activities.  There will be play areas set up so visitors can play and see what types of activities interest them.  We will have both indoor and outdoor activities highlighting aquatics, sports, nature, recreation and much more.  

This is a day dedicated to children and young adults with special needs.  We will have information on future special needs programs that will be offered by Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events.  Surveys will be available for input on what types of the programs the special needs community is looking for.

Download the flier for Day of Opportunities

For information please call 540-372-1086.

Halloween Movie Night

Halloween Movie Night

Saturday, October 20, 2018 
Hurkamp Park, 500 William St

FREE admission, public invited. 
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for our family-friendly movie night! It’s going to be out of this world!! Co-sponsored by Fredericksburg Police, Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events, Fredericksburg Parent, Rappahannock Rotary and Fredericksburg Main Street. For information please call 540-372-1086.

Creatures of the Night Hike
Friday, October 26
6:30pm - 8:00pm 
Motts Run Reservoir

Limited space, must pre-register.
$8 (residents/non-residents)  

$30 Family of 4 (residents/non-residents)  
For 5yrs – Adult 
Grab your costumes and walking shoes and join us at the park for a nighttime hike for the whole family. We’ll look and listen for nighttime critters as we seek out trail side treats before returning to hot chocolate, a tasty cup of dirt with worms and a story. Please dress warmly and bring a flashlight! Pre-registration required for everyone. (Kids must attend with paying adult.) For information please call 540-372-1086.

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Happy Halloween Trails 
for all ages
Saturday, October 27
Motts Run Reservoir 
$10 per person, all ages are invited. Limited space, must pre-register.

Come join us before night falls for some non-scary Halloween fun for all ages.  Wear your costumes (no scary costumes please).  Enjoy Halloween activities, games and treats.  For information please call 540-372-1086.


Hollow Trails 13 years and older
Saturday, October 27
6:00pm-10:00pm *Last group enters the trails at 9:40pm
Motts Run Reservoir 
$10 per person, Must 13yrs and older. Limited space, must pre-register.

Can you survive the Hollow Trails?  If you dare to walk the hollow trails we suggest you don’t come alone!  Join us for a scary night of Halloween surprises.  For information please call 540-372-1086.

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Officer James Shelhorse Memorial 
Urban Trail Ride 

Through Historic Downtown Fredericksburg

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (Rain or Shine*)
Old Mill Park 
9:00am - 12 noon

Bring your own horse. REGISTRATION: $20 per horse and rider by November 1st.  $25 per horse and rider after Nov. 1st and on-site.  Registration is first come, first served. We have a maximum capacity of 60 riders. Current negative coggins required.

Sponsored by The United Horsemen’s Association &  Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events.
For more information call 540-372-1086

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Fredericksburg Veterans Day Procession
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 10:00am 

To honor the contributions of our United States Veterans Procession Route: Along Washington Ave. From Mary Ball St. to George St. 

Public (family members and non-veterans) are invited to view the procession along Washington Avenue and then join the Veteran’s Day Commemoration at the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial (George St.). Free admission to the procession and the commemoration. Held rain or shine. 

For information please click here for complete details >

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Paws & Whiskers Bazaar Party
Saturday, November 10
Dorothy Hart Community Ctr, 408 Canal St
Admission is free, public invited.

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Paws and Whiskers Vendor Form

We have combined two great events to make a pet friendly fun time.  Start your holiday shopping with local vendors at the Bazaar.  Bring your dog and/or cat to enjoy a pet perfect holiday party during the Bazaar.  

We will have pictures with Santa, holiday music and treats for both you and your fur baby.  We will have a pet holiday outfit contest and much more.  The proceeds will go to the Fredericksburg SPCA.  Vendor pre-registration is required. Call 540-372-1086.

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Holly Ball
Friday, December 7
Dorothy Hart Community Ctr,  408 Canal St
4yrs and older attend with an adult

$12 adult/child couple until 11/23. Plus $6 each additional person
$15 adult/child couple after 11/23 and door. Plus $8 each additional person

This is a special night out for children and grownups 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!  Please call 540-372-1086 for additional information. 

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Fredericksburg Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:30pm

Held along Caroline and Princess Anne Streets in Downtown Fredericksburg, VA
Free Admission, public invited. Dress for cold weather and wear walking shoes. See our parade map online for more information. Come early and stay late!! Enjoy downtown shops and restaurants before and after!
Sponsored by Huber Motor Cars and the City of Fredericksburg. 

 For more information call (540) 372-1086 or visit

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Family Fun Night 
New Year’s Eve Celebration

Monday, December 31, 2018
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Held at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Ave. Fredericksburg

Featuring INDOORS Entertainment and Activities!

  • Advanced Tickets by Dec. 27: $5 each or $15 family 4-pack 
  • After Dec. 27 and on-site: $7 each or $20 family 4-pack
  • (2 yrs and under free admission)

Featuring live music and entertainment, kids games, bounce castle, food vendors, raffles & prizes. 
PLUS, 9pm Countdown and Ping Pong Ball Drop
For more Information:  (540) 372-1086
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