Weekend Planner: Halloween Fun, Oyster Roast, Thriller Dance and More

Weekend events in the Fredericksburg area, Oct. 26 - 28, 2012.

It's the weekend before Halloween, and Fredericksburg offers many options for activities, events and fun. Click the links for more information.

Packages for Our Troops

  • Where: Central Park Wal-Mart
  • When: Friday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: The Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg will be collecting items to mail to our troops overseas
  • Price: FREE

Halloween Hoopla

  • Where: Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Headquarters Branch
  • When: Friday, Oct. 26, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Why Go: Join other infants and preschoolers in a costume parade, along with stories and songs.
  • Price: FREE

Halloween Ghost Carriage Tour

  • Where: 706 Caroline Street
  • When: Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, 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, Oct. 26, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: New wine is featured each week, with the bottle sold at a discounted price
  • Price: FREE

“Esther: For Such a Time as This” Dinner Theater

  • Where: New Life in Christ Church
  • When: Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theater; Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m., Matinee; Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theater
  • Why Go: With full staging, lighting and orchestra, this performance recounts the story of Esther
  • Price: FREE, tickets required, donations accepted

Spooky Stories by the Shore

  • Where: Motts Run Nature Center
  • When: Friday, Oct. 26, 7- 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: Who doesn’t love ghost stories by the campfire? Hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows will be provided.
  • Price: $5, pre-registration required

Halloween Walk

  • Where: The Griffin Bookshop and Coffee Bar
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Why Go: Walk your own pace over a 3 mile or 6 mile trail while learning about the ghosts of Fredericksburg
  • Price: FREE

Downtown Trick-or-Treating

  • Where: Begin in the 200 block of Hanover Street
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Why Go:  Kids in costume accompanied by a parent or guardian can pick-up trick-or-treat bags from City of Fredericksburg police, play in a moon bounce, enjoy music, then go door-to-door at participating downtown merchants for treats.
  • Price: FREE

Fall Fun Festival

  • Where: Dorothy Hart Community Center
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Why Go: Celebrate fall with game, contests and fun this Saturday.
  • Price: $6 for children, parents are free, pre-registration required

Party In Pink Zumbathon

  • Where: Simply Ballroom
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27,  12 - 2 p.m.
  • Why Go: Local Zumba instructors have teamed up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. 
  • Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Thrill the World Dance

  • Where: Spotsylvania Town Centre
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Be a part of the global effort to break the record of number of people performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at the same time.
  • Price: FREE, participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item

“Pretty Girls Rock” Symposium

  • Where: Strong Tower Ministries
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: This event provides a safe environment for girls 12 and older to talk about issues that matter to them - peer pressure, bullying, social media and more. Adjunct professor Paula D. Royster will be the keynote speaker.
  • Price: FREE

9th Annual Roastin’ at the Rivah Oyster Roast

  • Where: Fredericksburg Fairgrounds
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m.
  • Why Go: Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters and BBQ with proceeds benefiting the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
  • Price: $75, all guests must be 21 years or older

“Halloween on Broadway” Concert

  • Where: Potomac Point Winery
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: The Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg allows adults to enjoy Halloween in a mature environment, enjoying dinner and a concert. Guests are invited to wear costumes.
  • Price: $30, advanced tickets required

Comedy at the Courtyard

  • Where: Courtyard Marriott
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: The show will feature Danny Rouhier from the Holden and Danny show on 106.7 The Fan.
  • Price: $15

Hi Way Wanderers Motorcycle Club Annual Halloween Party

  • Where: Central Station’s Banquet Room
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 p.m.
  • Why Go: Awards for the largest and farthest traveled club, as well as best costume awards for 1st and 2nd place.
  • Price: $10

Guided Woodland Walk

  • Where: Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
  • When: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m.
  • Why Go: Walk trails and learn about the historic ruins of Belmont from Virginia Master Naturalists
  • Price: FREE

Shaylor Warren at Home Team Grill, Friday, Oct. 26, 7 - 9 p.m., FREE

Organ Concert With Guest Organist Paul Skevington at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Friday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., FREE

TJ Morgan & The Mason Branch Bluegrass Band at The Recreation Center, Friday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., FREE

BJ Kocen, Lynn Hollyfield, Bob Sima and Bob Gramann at Picker’s Supply Concert Hall, Friday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., $10 adults, $5 students.

Bittersweet Band at Yak-A-Doo’s, Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m., FREE

Sabor Afrocubana Band at Colonial Tavern, Friday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m., FREE. Joe Vex’s Halloween Hootenanny, Saturday, October 27, 8 p.m., $5

The Transmitters at The Otter House, Friday, Oct. 26, 10 p.m., $5. The WAVOS, Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 p.m., $5.

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

REDUX: Repurposed Materials Exhibition at duPont Gallery at the University of Mary Washington, Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., FREE

Contemporary Work in Fiber at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington. Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 1 - 4 p.m., FREE

“Autumn Layers” by Robyn Ryan at Studio A Gallery, Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., FREE

October Exhibit at Art First Gallery, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., FREE

“Out of the Box” by Nancy Williams at Brush Strokes Gallery, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., FREE

“Exit the Edge” by Maura Harrison and the October Regional Juried Exhibit at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. Friday, Oct. 26, 12 - 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Film Noir Stills Photography Exhibit at Blackstone Coffee. Meet the artist Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., FREE

From Recycled Cereal Box to One of a Kind Art Journal at Artful Dimensions Gallery, Saturday, Oct. 27, 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, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m., $45.

Picturing the Civil War at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28, 12 - 5 p.m., $7 for adults, $2 for students, children 6 and under, FREE

Quilt National at The Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. A traveling exhibit on loan from the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28, 12 - 5 p.m., $7 for adults, $2 for students, children 6 and under, FREE

“Henry Box Brown: Famous Fugitive, Trans-Atlantic Performer” at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont. Jeffrey Ruggles, former Curator of Prints and Photographs from the Virginia Historical Society will talk about Brown’s journey. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m., FREE.

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Susan Larson (Editor) October 27, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I just saw this on Facebook: "Join us for our annual Halloween Party this Saturday, October 27th at 7:00pm! There will be a beginner Cha Cha lesson from 7-8, then social dancing and a costume contest from 8-10. Check out our Events page for more information!" Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio Sounds fun!
RoseMary Baty-Willcox October 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM
I this for this year? If it is, dates are wrong.


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