Fredericksburg Events Calendar March 2017
A selection of special events in the Fredericksburg region for March 2017. Check back, as we update this calendar throughout the month. (Last update 8 a.m. Sunday, March 5.)
Culpeper Restaurant Week
March 6 – 12, 5 – 9 p.m. at participating restaurants in downtown Culpeper.
14th Annual Great Lives Lecture Series
7:30 p.m. on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays in UMW’s George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium, 1301 College Ave. in Fredericksburg.
Each lecture concludes with an audience question and answer session with the speaker, and a book signing. Free.
Mar. 2 George Lucas, by Brian Jay Jones
Mar. 14 Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt, by Patricia Bell-Scott
Mar. 16 Queen Liliuokalani, by James L. Haley
Mar. 21 Mark Twain, by Ron Powers
Mar. 23 Nicholas and Alexandra, by Greg King
Mar. 28 The Witches of Salem, by Stacy Schiff
Mar. 30 Andrew Jackson, by H. W. Brands
International Women’s Day at Germanna Community College
Wednesday, March 8, at Germanna’s Fredericksburg Area Campus, 10000 Germanna Point Dr, Fredericksburg
9 a.m. – Women in STEM Panel in Sealy Auditorium.
11 a.m. – A presentation by the Honorable Nancy Rodriguez, Secretary of Administration, Office of the Governor, on The Virginia Women’s Monument. She will give an overview of the 12 women selected to represent 400 years of Virginia history and reflect various spheres of influence and geographic areas of the Commonwealth.
11:40 a.m. Multicultural Dance and Kung Fu Demonstration in the Workforce Lobby & Courtyard
10th Annual Virginia Wine Expo
Wednesday, March 8 – Sunday, March 12, 2017
Don’t miss the all-new Walk-Around Grand Tastings featuring wines from Virginia, Spain, Portugal and Sonoma County, CA. The Expo will handpick wines from Virginia’s premier wineries, many of which do not normally participate in events. All wines will be poured by knowledgeable, wine-savvy representatives or volunteers to enhance your tasting experience. Don’t miss the seminar on whiskey crafting, featuring tastings of an extraordinary portfolio of whiskeys.
Tea and Tour: The Ladies of Kenmore
Saturday, March 11, 2 – 4 p.m. at Kenmore Plantation, 1201 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
A special tea and tour focusing on the many generations of ladies who have called Kenmore home. Enjoy light refreshments while experiencing an 18th-century tea service first hand. Inside the mansion, you’ll tour the first floor, learning the history of the grand 1775 home through vignettes, and meeting some of the extraordinary ladies of Kenmore along the way.
$20. Under age 17, $10. Space is limited. Preregister. Call Vickie Hayes at (540) 370-0732 ext. 27 or email [email protected]
Aquia Evening Lions Monte Carol Night
Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m. at Aquia Harbour’s Harbour Inn, 1417 Washington Dr., Stafford.
Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Cash bar. Games include blackjack, roulette, craps, and Texas Hold ‘Em. Door prizes donated by many local businesses. Auction items range from themed baskets to beautifully framed photography.
Cost is $20 per ticket; advance ticket sales only.
Family Day at the National Museum of the Marine Corps — Astronomy and Celestial Navigation
Saturday, March 11, 5 – 8 p.m., at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle, VA 22172
Before the days of modern navigation equipment we used the stars to navigate. Join our visiting 18th century scientist on an exploration of ancient navigational techniques. Modern telescopes and astronomy experts from the Rappahannock Astronomy Club will be on hand to help us gaze at the stars. This is an outdoor program. Please dress for the weather. Free.
Sunday, March 12, 1 – 4 p.m. Meet at Old Mill Park, 2201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg.
Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), Fredericksburg Clean and Green Commission, Virginia Outdoor Center, Common Ground Church, and River Rock Outfitter are hosting a day of community stewardship along the Rappahannock River and other outdoor spaces in the area.
Be prepared to drive to your assigned clean-up site. Please preregister.
James Madison’s Birthday Celebration
Thursday, March 16, 1:30 p.m.
James Madison’s Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, Virginia 22957
Commemorate the 266th birthday of James Madison featuring a United States Marine Corps Band, Color Guard, and Firing detail, during the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Madison Family Cemetery. Mr. Madison will accept birthday wishes at the House following the ceremony. A special in-depth tour highlighting Madison’s role as Father of the Constitution will be offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Signature tours will be offered every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day at Irish Eyes of Virginia
Friday, March 17, at Irish Eyes of Virginia, 725 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Irish Eyes of Virginia has been the hub of the Irish Community in Fredericksburg for 30 years. Each year Bernadette and Mike travel back home to Ireland to select a host of unique and hard to find treasures from Ireland’s leading artists and craftspeople. Each year on St. Patrick’s Day, they host a celebration that includes Irish coffee. They are open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 12 – 6 p.m. Sunday.
Annual Wearing of the Green at Potomac Point Winery
Friday, March 17, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Potomac Point Winery, 275 Decatur Rd, Stafford, VA 22554
Wear your most festive green attire to come wine and dine. There will be a special Irish bistro menu. Partake in the annual leprechaun toss, and enjoy the festive live music. There will be wine discounts.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival Sponsored by Spencer Devon Brewing
Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Riverfront Park on Sophia Street in downtown Fredericksburg.
Craft beer, live music and Irish heritage presentations.
Adventure Brewing South 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 18, 12 – evening
The 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts off at noon at Adventure Brewing South, 3300 Dill Smith Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408.
The parade features fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching bands, community organizations, Irish dancers, horses, military equipment, and local pageant winners.
The parade ends at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where they’ll be hosting the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which included local vendors, live music and entertainment, family friendly activities, food by the UFO Food Truck, and beer. This event is in the Spotsylvania County Business Park, a mile from downtown Fredericksburg.
National Capital Trackers Model Train Display
Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle, VA 22172
The National Capital Trackers “O” Gauge Train Club will have their model trains on display in Leatherneck Gallery Saturday and Sunday. Come see model railroad locomotives in action. Free.
Friends of the Rappahannock Sixth Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Saturday, March 18, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Daniel Technology Center at Germanna Community College, 18121 Technology Dr., Culpeper, VA
Saturday, March 25, 1 to 5 p.m., at the University of Mary Washington, Dodd Auditorium, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA
Festival tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. School students are free of charge, college students are free with an ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.riverfriends.org
Women’s History Month Speaker Marianne Schnall
Monday, March 20, 7 – 8 p.m. at the University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Ave., Lee Hall, Room 411, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer (O, The Oprah Magazine, TIME.com, In Style, CNN.com, EW.com, the Women’s Media Center, and many others), a featured blogger at The Huffington Post, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated NPR radio show “51 Percent: The Women’s Perspective.” She is also founder and Executive Director of Feminist.com, a leading women’s website and nonprofit organization, and cofounder of EcoMall.com, one of the oldest environmental websites promoting earth-friendly living.
March 22 – 24 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Develop a deeper appreciation for water as a sacred gift, gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between water justice and climate change, and learn what we can do about water issues of access, pollution, drought, and rising tides. In partnership with Trinity Institute.
Virginia Horse Festival and Eighth Annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration
Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Meadow Event Park, 13048 Meadow Farm Rd., Doswell, Va 23047
Everything equine — clinics, demos, trade show, and entertainment.
Honoring Secretariat will be Otto Thorwarth, the professional jockey who played Ron Turcotte in the Secretariat movie; Charlie Davis, Secretariat’s entertaining exercise rider; and Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery and co-author of the award-winning “Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend,” with Leeanne Meadows Ladin.
Big Red on the Big Screen
Saturday, March 25, 7 – 10 p.m. at Meadow Event Park, 13048 Meadow Farm Rd., Doswell, Va 23047
Enjoy the beloved Disney film “Secretariat” at his birthplace with members of the Secretariat team, who will share behind the scenes stories about the making of the movie and about Big Red himself. Popcorn and lemonade/tea included with admission. Also includes a silent auction. Tickets: $25 adult; $10 per child age 5-12; age 4 and under free.
Legacy of the Wilderness: The Bloody Road to Peace With Lee and Grant
Wednesday, March 29, 6 – 8:30 p.m., at Lake of the Woods Clubhouse, 205 Lakeview Parkway, Locust Grove, VA
This dinner and presentation is hosted by Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, in partnership with the Lake of the Woods Civil War Study Group.
For more information, contact Dick Rankin at [email protected] or 540 972-2862.
$25 per ticket
The Weekend Planner March 3 – 6, 2017