November 4, 2017

Animal Appreciation & Rescue Festival

Many of you have likely participated in our annual Walk for the Animals in years past. Well, this year the event is evolving in to so much more! The Walk will remain an integral part of the event but we are pleased to announce the debut of our Animal Appreciation & Rescue Festival (AARF for short)!

The event will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9 am to 2 pm at Riverfront Park in Downtown Fredericksburg (600 Sophia Street)!

In addition to the Walk, there will be vendors, food, drink, and activities for kids!

Your favorite local brewery and restaurant, Spencer Devon Brewing, will be there for beer tastings. As well as food from Juan More Taco and a breakfast cart!

The event kicks off at 9 am with coffee, registration, and an SPCA pup meet n’ greet. The Walk around historic Fredericksburg will start at 10am, where we will meander around the streets of downtown and enjoy photo ops and a leisurely stroll with owner and shelter dogs, alike! When we meet back at Riverfront Park, there will be food trucks and beer/wine tastings! We will also enjoy live music from Thunder 104.5 and raffles, along with family fun, children’s crafts with Macaroni Kids Fredericksburg, crafts for pets, and a bite demo put on by Off Leash K9! FXBG 1st Responders will be present to help families create ID kits and give a tour of the rescue vehicle. There will be adoptable animals, vendor booths selling local items, and so much more!


Animal Rescue Groups Wanted: This is a festival to celebrate our furry friends! So what better way to celebrate than with adoptable animals?! Besides Fred SPCA animals, we would LOVE to have other rescue groups present as well! There is NO fee for non-profits who want to participate. Fill out the vendor form below!

Vendors Wanted: As the event takes shape, we are seeking vendors to be a part of our big day. For this event we are focusing on local crafters, artists, entrepreneurs and hand-made goods. 10×10 booth spaces will be available for a $50 fee. We are also looking for a winery to have a presence at the event and complement the beer tastings!


Sponsorship Opportunities Available! We have several sponsorship levels available to ensure that businesses of all sizes can participate in and support our first ever Animal Appreciation & Rescue Festival. For more information, email



Emily McDonald


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