Fredericksburg Today Blue Moon Weekend Calendar

by | Aug 6, 2015 | Events

Compiled by Susan Larson for Fredericksburg Today and the B Scene on B101.5 FM at 7:35 a.m. Fridays. Photo courtesy of the Washington Redskins.

It’s a “once in a blue moon” weekend. That’s because Friday (July 31) will have a second full-moon within the month. This occurs about every three years, because the lunar cycle and the calendar year aren’t perfectly synched. The last blue moon in the Americas was in August 2012. The next one? January 2018.

So here are my top picks for the weekend of July 31 – August 2, 2015. Click the links for more information. Know of another event? List it in the comments section!

Washington Redskins Training Camp
July 30 through August 16
Practices listed on the website are open to the public free of charge. Practice dates are subject to change without notice (especially in the event of inclement weather). Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on all open practice dates, unless otherwise noted. Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets
See the training camp website for your free pass, all details (including where to park) and up-to-the-minute schedule information.

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream
July 30 and 31, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Pavilion at Spotsylvania Courthouse Village, 9010 Old Battlefield Blvd., Spotsylvania
Stage Door Productions presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare’s magical comedy about love and its complications.
Free. Donations accepted.

Wizard World Comic Con Richmond
July 31 through August 2, 2015
Q&A sessions with William Shatner (Capt. Kirk on “Star Trek”), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler on “Dr. Who”), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) and many, many more. Costume contests. Meet and greets. Everything pop culture!
View the various admission packages at http://www.wizardworld.com/admission.html

Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair: Sites, Sounds and Tastes of Summer
July 31 – August 9
Founded in 1738, Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair is the oldest fair in the United States. Celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment, food and fun for the whole family. Monster Truck Show on opening night.
General admission:
Age three and under are free.
Ages 4 to 59, admission is $8.
Ages 60 and older, admission is $6.
Saturday, Aug. 1, is “Military Appreciation Day.” One (1) complimentary daily admission ticket on August 1, with a valid military ID.
Tuesday, Aug. 4, is “Half Off Tuesday.” All general admission tickets are $4.

Blue Moon Hike in Shenandoah National Park
Friday, July 31, 8 p.m.
Meet at the Upper Hawksbill parking lot at mile 46.7 on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park
Rangers will lead a hike to the summit of the highest peak in Shenandoah National Park, Hawksbill Mountain, lit only by the glow of the full moon.
Come prepared with layers of clothing for cool mountain nights, sturdy shoes, and water. Although we’ll be walking by moonlight, it’s a good idea to bring a flashlight or headlamp, too.

History at Sunset: Belle Plain: Gateway to War
Friday, July 31, 7 p.m.
Meet at Belle Plains Boat Club, 984 Belle Plains Rd., Fredericksburg, 22405
Presentation by Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park Chief Historian John Hennessy and Noel Harrison. Bring a lawn chair.

Sounds of Summer Presents Karen Jonas
Friday, July 31, 7 p.m.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series at Market Square — behind Old Town Hall at 1001 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg

Patawomeck Village at Headquarters Library
Saturday, August 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters Branch, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, 22401
Members of the Patawomeck Indians of Virginia tribe will recreate one of their villages on the front lawn of the library — it will be moved inside if it rains.
You’ll hear Patawomeck music, explore a longhouse, sit in a 13-foot canoe, see Patawomeck dancing, pound cornmeal, play Indian football, make crafts, and play drums.


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