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Posted: May 24, 2018

Updated: May 24, 2018


One of the best parts of summer is listening to live music! The Fredericksburg Region is a great place to catch an acoustic show or a concert under the stars. Regardless of genre or venue preferences, we have something for just about everyone. So open your calendar and get ready to rock (or soft rock if that’s more your thing.)!


“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”― Charles Darwin




SuperNova International Ska Festival- May 26th- 27th, from 1pm- 10pm.

Spotsylvania County’s 1781 Brewing is home to this year’s SuperNova International Ska Festival! Enjoy over a dozen ska bands at “the largest ska party in America.” This is a rain or shine event. Outside food and drinks are not permitted, they will be available for purchase. Please no pets. Parking is free and tickets to the event are available for purchase on their website.

Performances by:

  • The Pietasters
  • The Suicide Machines
  • MU330
  • Rhoda Dakar sings The Bodysnatchers
  • Western Standard Time with Greg Lee from Hepcat
  • Roddy Radiation
  • Eastern Standard Time
  • Adam Flymo Birch & The Versions
  • Dr. Ring Ding
  • Chris Murray Combo
  • Spring Heeled Jack
  • The Steady 45s
  • Danny Rebel
  • The Scotch Bonnets
  • Hub City Stompers
  • Duppies, Matamoska
  • The Crombies
  • Sgt Scagnetti
  • Matt Wixson's Flying Circus
  • The Loving Paupers
  • DJ Chuck Wren and Duncan Shifter




Music On The Steps- Mondays, June, July, & August, from 7:00-8:00, except July 2.

One of the top places to catch an awesome low-key performance is on the steps of the downtown library (Fredericksburg Branch)! Be sure to bring folding chairs/blankets. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts move into the theater. This event is free.

Upcoming performances:

  • June 4: Gaye Adegbalola with John Freund
  • June 11: Moch Pryderi
  • June 18: Dixie Power Trio
  • June 25: Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy


  • July 9: The Acoustic Onion
  • July 16: Don Brown's Soul Experience
  • July 23: Lafayette Station
  • July 30: The Kingbolts


  • August 6: Hazel Run
  • August 13: Elby Brass
  • August 20: Southern Explosion Band
  • August 27: Semilla Cultural


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Sounds of Summer Concert Series - Fridays, June - August, from 7:00pm- 9:00pm.

This beloved Fredericksburg Area Museum concert series is returning for 2018! Spend Friday evening hanging out, dancing, and simply enjoying live music with friends, in downtown’s Market Square. This event is free and needs to be on your Summer Bucket list. We suggest getting dinner at your favorite downtown restaurant first, and stopping somewhere for dessert afterwards.

Upcoming performances:






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Celebrate Virginia After Hours- Did you know that Fredericksburg had a concert venue? “Celebrate Virginia After Hours is the premier outdoor concert series in Fredericksburg, VA bringing the best live music right to your backyard!" If you love country music, the summer line up is definitely up your alley. Check out the concert schedule and buy tickets on their website. Season passes are also available. All concerts will go on as scheduled rain or shine.



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Picnic in the Park- Every Tuesday, from 11:30am - 1:30pm, in May, June, and September

This one is for local families! Picnic in the Park, formerly Music in the Park, started in 1997 and quickly grew into one of Fredericksburg’s favorite activities. Bring the kids to Hurkamp Park for a small concert, food trucks and children’s activities. Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and lunch. This event is free and is a great opportunity for the whole community to gather together and enjoy music, downtown Fredericksburg, and each other.

Upcoming performances:

  • May 1 - Wil Gravatt & James Byram
  • May 8 - Kyle Davis
  • May 15 - Laurie Rose Griffith & Peter Mealy
  • May 22 - Scott Kurt


  • June 5 - Karen Jonas
  • June 12 - Big Daddy Shag
  • June 19 - Gerry Maddox
  • June 26 - Becky Y Slam


  • September 11 - TBA
  • September 18 - TBA
  • September 25 - TBA



Rock The River FXBG- Saturday, June 2nd.

Start your summer off at the Rappahannock River with great music and good times. Rock The River FXBG takes place in Old Mill Park, and features a beer garden with local breweries, several food trucks, outdoor activities, and of course music! Check out their website for event details and to purchase beer garden tickets.

Performances by:

  • Karen Jonas, 12:00pm- 1:30pm
  • Feathered Fish, 4:00pm - 5:45pm
  • Swift Technique, 6:00- 8:00pm


Food Trucks:

Juan More Taco, Kona Ice, Poppa Bear's Kettle Korn, Carytown Burger's and Fries, 716 Pizza Slice, Dan's Ice Cream & Food,Homestead Creamery, Martina's Cantina, Sweet Sno, Frenchman Food Truck, Funnel Cake Café,Mandala Pies, Donny Smooth's Dawg House, Chick-Fil-A, Xquizit Coffee, DC Slices, The UFO Truck, and Uncle Dave's Kettle Korn.



Spencer Devon, Adventure, Parkway, Twisted Ales, Caboose, Old Bust Head, Brew Republic, Escutcheon, Bold Mariner, Steam Bell Beer Works, Seven Arrows, Alewerks,The Craft of Brewing, Restless Moons Brewing, Castleburg, Vasen Brewing



Music on the Green- Every Thursday Evening August 2 – September 27, 7:00pm to 9:00pm  

Enjoy dinner at The Village at Towne Centre, in Spotsylvania County, and follow it up with a live outdoor performance (on the stage near Malawi’s Pizza). Music features an eclectic mix of Jazz, Country, Classic Rock, Funk and more. You can also register-to-win a $25 Gift Card to Saxon Shoes! In case of inclement weather, Music on the Green will be at Splitsville.

  • August 2 - Brian Lenair -  Top 40's | Old School Party
  • August 9 - The Kevin Howard Project - Smooth Jazz
  • August 16 - The Deja Gruv Band -  R&B
  • August 23 - Rico Amero and Friends - Old School Funk| Rock
  • August 30 - Redfootz Presents The Red Sessions  - R&B


  • Sept 6 - I & I Riddim - Reggae
  • Sept 13 - Anthony "Swamp Dog" Clark  - Blues
  • Sept 20 - Soigne' - R&B
  • Sept 27 - FAYCEZ U KNOW - R&B


Stafford Songfest Sundays- every third Sunday, June - August,  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Join the fun at Celebration Stage, in John Lee Pratt Memorial Park! Bands include vintage rock, classic country, and rhythm & blues. Outside food is permitted and encouraged. This is a great picnic opportunity! Alcohol, however, is not permitted. Admission is $10.00 per car.  Concessions will be available. This is a rain or shine event.  Visit for more information.

  • June 17- Cabin Hill
  • July 15- Elby Brass
  • August 19- English Channel



Freedom Fest 2018 at 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Co. - August 4-5th, 11:00am - 7pm

Be part of the FIRST innagural FreedomFest at 6 Bears & A Goat! Event will feature local musicians, area breweries, food trucks, vendors and more. Details to come. 

"Freedom Fest is a celebration of local craft beer, music, community and patriotism."



Father's Day Fest at Potomac Point Winery -  June 17th, ,12:00pm - 4:00pm

We have a hunch that your dad would love beer, wine, and live music this Father's Day. So why not give him what he wants? Father's Day Fest will feature music by Lenny Burridge, craft beer from Maltese Brewing Co., Potomac Point Winery wine, BBQ, outdoor activities, and more!  Be sure to bring folding chairs and/or a blanket.




Written by Brenda Sapanghila

Date Updated: 
May 24, 2018