Weekend Planner: Holiday Open House, Ben & Jerry, Craft Fairs and More

Weekend events in the Fredericksburg area, Nov. 9 - 11, 2012

Kick off the Holiday Season with a variety of activities this weekend. Enjoy arts, music and shows throughout the Fredericksburg area. 

Electro Acoustic Barn Dance

  • Where: University of Mary Washington Campus and Downtown Fredericksburg
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 8 - Saturday, Nov. 10
  • Why Go: This three day festival of electronic music and art hosts a series of concerts that include composers, artists and scholars from around the world. 
  • Price: FREE 

Preschool Palette: Autumn Fun Workshop

  • Where: Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
  • When: Friday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.
  • Why Go: Preschoolers aged 2-5 are introduced to art and art museums in this age appropriate class. 
  • Price: $8 (Members $5)

Old Towne Carriages Ghost Tours

  • Where: 706 Caroline Street
  • When: Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m. 
  • Why Go: Experience the ghostly legends of old town Fredericksburg in a unique way!
  • Price: $15 per Adult and $7 per Child  

Friday Night Wine Tasting

  • Where: The Virginia Wine Experience
  • When: Friday, Nov. 9, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
  • Why Go: New wine is featured each week, with the bottle sold at a discounted price
  • Price: FREE


  • Where: Central Rappahannock Regional Library
  • When: Friday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
  • Why Go: Stage Door Productions presents a funny and new take on the Cinderella story by Kids on Stage. 
  • Price: $10

Craft Fair

  • Where: Riverbend High School
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Why Go: This craft fair hosts a number of big-name vendors, and benefits the Program for Teen Parents. Proceeds go towards the Childcare Assistance Fund, which supplements the cost of childcare, allowing teen parents an opportunity to complete high school. 
  • Price: FREE

Female Biker Empowerment Conference

  • Where: Dorothy Hart Community Center
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m.
  • Why Go: A conference and networking opportunity for women who enjoy motorcycling. Many workshops are included throughout the day. 
  • Price: $35

Urban Trail Ride

  • Where: Old Mill Park
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Why Go: Bring your own horse and enjoy a ride through the streets of historic downtown Fredericksburg.
  • Price: $20 per horse and rider, registration required

Swashbuckling Pirate Party Adventures

  • Where: Wiggle Worms at 885 Spotsylvania Mall
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: Children can dress up as pirates and join in a day of pirate adventures with games, songs and dance.
  • Price: $30, pre-registration required

Mary’s Shelter Arts and Craft Benefit 2012

  • Where: Mary’s Shelter
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Shop for artisan pieces created by local artists to help support Mary’s Shelter
  • Price: FREE

Downtown Holiday Open House

  • Where: Downtown Fredericksburg
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, all day
  • Why Go: Get a jump on holiday shopping, and experience the lights, music and decorations downtown
  • Price: FREE

Advanced Gingerbread How-To

  • Where: George Washington’s Ferry Farm 
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Why Go: Do you already know the basics of making a gingerbread house? This workshop will teach veteran builders new and complex techniques to add to their next creation. 
  • Price: $15 per person, ages 15 & up, children must be accompanied by adult

Second Saturdays at the Museum

  • Where: Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: See the Fiber Art series at the Museum, and learn to make yarn sculptures and how to finger knit to make handmade holiday gifts. 
  • Price: FREE

Concert in Lights Kick-Off

  • Where: The Village at Towne Center
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. 
  • Why Go: Synchronized lights and music begin the holiday season at The Village at Towne Center. Emmy award winning television host Todd Newton will kick off the event.
  • Price: FREE

Fredericksburg Forum Featuring Ben & Jerry 

  • Where: University of Mary Washington, George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream will give a presentation entitled “An Evening of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility, and Radical Business Philosophy.”
  • Price: $35 - $65

Brock’s Bartenders Ball Charity Event

  • Where: Brock’s Riverside Grill
  • When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m.
  • Why Go: Eight local bars will compete for $1,000 and the title of Best Bar in this custom theme design challenge. All proceeds go toward the Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation. 
  • Price: $50 


Master Piper Dick Hensold at Picker’s Supply Concert Hall. Friday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m., $10.

Bringing Blues Back to the ‘Burg at 909 Saloon. Friday, Nov. 9, 9 p.m., $5. 

Idiomatics at Colonial Tavern, Friday, Nov. 9, 9 p.m., $5. Peter, Laurie & Friends, Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 p.m., $5.

Denim-n-Lace at The Recreation Center, Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m., FREE.

Un Mundo at The Otter House, Friday, Nov. 9, 10 p.m., $5. Buster Brown and the Get Down, Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 p.m., $5. 


Trees of Hope at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. See 100 holiday trees decorated by local artists. Proceeds benefit Hope House, which helps homeless mothers and children. Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, 12 - 5 p.m., $7 for adults, $2 for students, children 6 and under, FREE

6”x6”x6” at Liberty Town Arts Workshop. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 - 4 p.m., FREE

All Members Exhibition at Art First Gallery. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., FREE

From Recycled Cereal Box to One of a Kind Art Journal at Artful Dimensions Gallery, Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m., $45.

Altered Books From Start To Finish at Artful Dimensions Gallery, Create a discarded volume into an individual work of art. Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m., $45. 

Beading Class at Artful Dimensions Gallery, Learn how to make a cuff bracelet using beads, buttons and other objects. Friday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m., $60.

REDUX: Repurposed Materials Exhibition at duPont Gallery at the University of Mary Washington, Friday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 - 4 p.m., FREE

Contemporary Work in Fiber at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington. Friday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 - 4 p.m., FREE

“From Piedmont to the Bay - A Pastel Journey” by Kathleen Willingham at Brush Strokes Gallery. Friday, Nov. 9, Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., FREE

“Ave, Patina” by Patte Ormsby and Juried Show “Light and Shadow” at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. Friday, Nov. 9, 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, 12 - 4 p.m., FREE

Picturing the Civil War at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, 12 - 5 p.m., $7 for adults, $2 for students, children 6 and under, FREE

“Glimpses of Holland” at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, Friday, Nov. 9, Saturday Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., $10, free for up to two students ages 18 and under with paying adult, additional students $5 each.

Editor's Note:  Know of other events?  Tell us in the comments section below.  You can also publish them for free as an announcement and as a listing under Events.

Susan Larson November 09, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Shaun S. shares this (via Facebook): Hello can you let every one know that Santa will be at Corky's Surplus down town on Saturday Nov. 10 from 11-2. He is a Marine Santa.
Susan Larson November 09, 2012 at 05:31 PM
And don't forget Saturday morning's walking tour of the historical 1862 Dahlgren Raid into Fredericksburg. More information here: http://patch.com/A-zmyf
D.J. November 10, 2012 at 04:37 PM
My family has decided that the open House in Downtown Fredericksburgis is the cat's meow. Checking out all the windows, Hot chocolate and a visit to the Toy store followed up wih a good meal. We love open house weekend. All my 3 girls and baby brother.


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