The weather is finally getting warmer and the days are getting longer. Which means it’s time to go outside the gates of Marine Corps Base Quantico and check out what the locals in Stafford County have to offer!

Out & About Quantico – Spring Edition

Not to be Missed!

If you don’t do anything else on this list, do not miss the 23rd annual Memorial Day Weekend Luminaria at National Cemetery. This community tradition takes place on the evening of Saturday, May 26. More than 15,300 candles will light the Fredericksburg National Cemetery honoring those who gave their lives for their country. The program runs from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the cemetery. The rain date is Sunday, May 27.

You can enjoy a historical walking tour to view the thousands of lighted candles. Taps will be played every 30 minutes. Due to limited parking, a free shuttle service will operate from the University of Mary Washington parking lot on the corner of William Street and Sunken Road. Handicapped parking will be available in the parking lot behind the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, with another shuttle operating between that point and the cemetery. Pets are not allowed in the cemetery.

Getting Active

5K & Fun Run “With Mom, For Mom, In Honor of Mom”

Saturday, May 12, 9:00 am
Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg. Funds raised benefit Teen Challenge North Central Virginia, Fredericksburg Men’s Home & Beauty for Ashes Women & Children’s Home. Registration starts at 8:00 am. The 5K begins at 9 am, and the Fun Run / Walk begins at 9:05 am.

Fit History: In the Weeds: Natural Spotsylvania

May 19 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park, 120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg – Combine health and history with a new series of “Fit-History” hikes. These ranger-led hikes are designed to cover a lot of ground in addition to a lot of history. This season’s hikes will cover two to three miles per hour.

Gari Melchers Guided Woodland Hike

May 27 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, these informative walks cover a mile of trails in both woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont’s past. Please wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center.

Live Music & Performances

ArtsLIVE! 31st Annual Chamber Music Festival

Tuesday, May 15, Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18 – Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave, Fredericksburg World class musicians and exceptional local students entertain each evening. Tickets are $30 for adults for each evening. Student tickets are free. Seniors (65+) tickets are $25 per evening.

Art After Hours

May 17 – 6:00 pm – Gari Melchers Home and Studio, 224 Washington St, Falmouth  An evening of live music with Karen Jonas Music in the beautiful spring setting of Gari Melchers’ lawn and gardens. Enjoy beer and wine from Stafford County’s 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company and Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery. Juan More Taco FXBG and The Zesty Adventurer will be selling their delicious food. Visit the studio and galleries of American artist Gari Melchers. Free admission. Tickets for beer/wine $5.

Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park has been a popular local tradition for over twenty years! Come out each Tuesday in Hurkamp Park in downtown Fredericksburg beginning in May and running through September (except holiday weeks) 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. This weekly happening features live music and children’s activities. You can bring a picnic lunch or buy one in the park.

The Lineup:
Kyle Davis    May 8
Laurie Rose Griffith & Peter Mealy    May 15
Scott Kurt     May 22
Karen Jonas    June 5
Dave & Zack Guy    June 12
Gerry Maddox    June 19
Becky Y Slam    June 26

“Love ALWAYS…Patsy Cline”

The Riverside Center – May 16 – July 15 – 95 Riverside Parkway, Stafford                                                                                                     

A musical play based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger. The show is complete with down home country humor, true emotion, and even some audience participation. Hear 27 of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight.

4th Annual Rock the River FXBG Celebration

June 2 – 11:30 am – 8:00 pm – Old Mill Park, 2201 Caroline Street – Fredericksburg
The event features live musical performances from Karen Jonas, The Feathered Fish, and Swift Technique. Beer tasting and pint pour tickets are available for purchase.

Fredericksburg Area Museum Sounds of Summer 2018 Concert Series

Beginning June 1 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Fredericksburg Market Square, 1001 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg  The Sounds of Summer concert series features music in historic Market Square every Friday all season.

The Lineup:
Allen and Eddie Dickerson     June 1
The Duskwhales     June 8
Gaye Adegbalola and the Wild Rutz     June 15
The Feathered Fish     June 22
Bunker Hill     June 29


The Arts

Traditional 18th-Century Trades Fair

May 19 – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm – Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Rd – Stratford Hall

Step into the 18th Century by exploring the art and artisanship of pre-industrial trades as seen in colonial America, most predominantly, in the Virginia Tidewater region. See up close blacksmithing, carpentry, and other 18th-century trades.

Sophia Street Pottery Throwdown

June 9 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sophia Street Studios, 1104 Sophia St, Fredericksburg

This one-day pottery festival will feature approximately 20 local and regional potters displaying and selling their work. Additionally, a series of demonstrations by artists and hands-on opportunities to work with clay will be hosted throughout the day. Live music will be provided from Larry Hinkle & Friends. Free admission.

2018 Fredericksburg Photography Show

Thursday, June 21 4pm – 8:30pm – Friday, June 22 4pm – 8:30pm – Saturday, June 23 10am – 5pm – Sunday, June 24 12pm – 5pm – Dorothy Hart Community Center – 408 Canal St, Fredericksburg

Call for Photographers!! Now accepting entries until June 8, 2018. Entry forms are available here.

For History Buffs

Monroe Conversations: First Ladies

May 16 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Monroe Hall, Room 116, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Ave, Fredericksburg  This event was rescheduled due to inclement weather last March. The James Monroe Museum presents a conversation about the role of First Lady in the early 1800s with Elizabeth Monroe (Heidi Stello) and Dolley Madison (Katherine Spivey). Examples of subjects that will be discussed include what aspects of being First Lady did they like the most, and how their roles changed as their husbands’ political positions changed. The conversation will be moderated by Scott Harris, Executive Director of University Museums.

For Teens

Teen Night at Woodlands Pool

2 Northampton Blvd, Stafford – Friday, June 15 and June 29 – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Ages 13-19 – Games, Music, Pizza, Swimming – Cost:$3 a Gate. Food will be available for purchase.

July 4 Celebration

Heritage Festival

4:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Pratt Park – 120 River Road, Fredericksburg  Live music, Food Vendors, Kids’ Activities and Fireworks! Leashed dogs are welcome. No tents and No alcohol. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., parking is limited so come early!

That is our Out & About Quantico – Spring Edition. If you are stationed in the Quantico area or are headed this way on your next PCS, visit for all the latest happenings, base housing info, neighborhood info, school ratings, realtor and moving company recommendations.