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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.

Father Daughter Dance

Father & Daughter Dance

Friday, February 2, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm

at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street

Girls ages 4 - 12 yrs
Pre-registration: $12 per couple ($6 ea. add’l daughter)
At the Door: $15 per couple ($8 each add’l daughter)

Attention Dads!! Our Annual Valentine’s Dance is a chance for fathers, stepdads, grandpas, and uncles to treat their little sweethearts to an evening of dress-up, fun and dancing. It’s a magical evening for dads and daughters alike. Girls must be between 4 -12 yrs old. Light refreshments will be served. Attire is everything from dress casual to fancy. Sorry no moms allowed. Pre-registration required.

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

Ice-breaker Bass Tournaments
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:00am until Weigh- In @ 3:00pm

$50 entry fee per team

The Weekend Bassers Fishing Club will hold two winter open Ice-Breaker Fishing Tournaments at Motts Run Reservoir! Proceeds will benefit the Kids’ Fishing Derby June 2nd. Boat rental available. Bring own fishing gear. Motts Run Reservoir will be open to the public and renting boats during the event. 
For more info call: Ray Thomas (540-898-7542) or Dickie Musselman (540-785-8087)

Childrn's Art Show

Children’s Art Show

Entry forms and artwork due: March 5-9, 2018 

Exhibit Open to the public: March 22-24, 2018 

Call for all child artists 4 years old through 12th grade who like to make all kinds of art… We want to see YOU and your masterpiece in our annual Children’s Art Show! There is a $5 entry fee for the first 2 pieces, $5 entry fee for each additional (up to max of 4 artworks per child). 
Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation.  For information, call 540-372-1086 or email us now. Entry form will be available online here soon.

Fine Arts Show Call for Artists

Fredericksburg Fine Arts Show & Sale
Call for Artists: Entry Deadline Monday, February 26, 2018

Public Invited to Champagne Reception on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6:00pm-8:00pm
Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg

Free admission to come browse and shop!  Explore the amazing talents of more than 80 local artists and more than 300 paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media and more. 

Exhibit Hours: 
Friday, March 16 - 10:00am - 9:00pm 
Saturday, March 17 - 10:00am - 8:00pm 
Sunday, March 18 - 10:00am - 4:00pm 
Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation and the Woman’s Club of Fredericksburg. 
Proceeds benefit the Thurman Brisben Center

Questions? Call 540-372-1086 or email us now for details. Click here for registration form and show details.

Fredericksburg Farmers Market at Hurkamp Park
Spring season opening! 
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:00am – 2:00pm
Hurkamp Park, 500 William Street, Fredericksburg

For information call 540-372-1086 or

Annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24 at 1:00pm
Memorial (Kenmore) Park

$5 for up to 2 dogs, pre-registration is requested.
On-site registration will be available only if space remains.

Come dressed to enter our doggie costume contest to compete for prizes!! Bring your dogs and come join the fun at our annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt. This is a great way to get out and play with your favorite furry friend. Your registration of $5 allows up to two dogs to join in the fun! Dogs must be at least 12 weeks old. A small dog area will also be available for dogs under 15lbs. Pre-registration requested. All dog parents must sign release acknowledging their dog(s) are current on shots and are healthy.

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

Mother & Son Dance 
Friday, May 4 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg

Pre-registration: $12 per couple ($6 ea. additional son) 
Tickets at the Door: $15 per couple ($8 each additional son)
Join us for our annual Mother & Son Dance as a fun way to appreciate the most special women in our lives. Boys 4-12 years old are invited to take their moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters or beloved friends on a special Mother’s Day date! We will have professional photographer A.G. Green taking optional portraits for those of you who would like a memento of this special night. Attire is everything from dress casual to fancy. Be ready for a fun evening out together! Sorry no dads allowed. Pre-registration is required. 

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


2018 Art in the Park
at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market

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!

May 5 & May 19 
June 2 & June 16 
July 7 & July 21 
August 4 & August 18 
September 1  & September 15 
October 6 & October 20

For information call 540-372-1086 or


Fredericksburg Earth Day on the Rappahannock
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:00am-4:00pm
Old Mill Park,  2201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Free admission, public invited.
Enjoy the 15th annual Earth Day Festival along the beautiful Rappahannock River! We’ll have dozens of environmental exhibitors, live music, great food, birds of prey, hands-on activities, and so much more for the entire family! Come learn what you can do to reduce your impact on the planet while having great, FREE, fun. Bring your own water bottle for re-fills! Rain date: April 28th.

For information, call Linda Bailey, 372-1086 x 213 or

Night Catfishing at Motts Reservoir

Friday, May 18, 2018
Friday, June 8, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018
Friday, July 13, 2018
Friday, July 27, 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018

7:00pm – 1:00am at Motts Run Reservoir, 6600 River Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Advanced prices: $3 child, $5 Adults
Day of prices: $5 child, $8 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 information call Motts Reservoir at 540-786-8989 or email us now for details.


Kids’ Fishing Derby at Motts Run Reservoir 
Saturday, June 2, 2018
7:30am-10am Registration on site 
8:30-11am Tournament 
11am-12:15pm Weigh-In & Awards 

FREE! Ages 4-16 years Fishing, boat rental, games, prizes, vendors, hiking, picnicking…fun for the entire family! (VA Game Dept. ‘Free Fishing Weekend’ – no license required!) VOLUNTEERS & SPONSORS NEEDED! 

For information, call Linda Bailey at 372-1086 x213 Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation and the Weekend Bassers.
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