Calendar of Events

The museum’s special events are supported by the H. Stewart Jones Charitable Trust; the Paul and Jane Jones Trust, Walter Jervis Sheffield, Trustee; the Fredericksburg Savings Charitable Foundation; the James Monroe Memorial Foundation; and the Friends of the James Monroe Museum.

An electronic version of our Public Programs schedule for Feburary-June 2017 is available here.



bon-harper-by-montes-bradley_001Friday, September 1, 6:00-8:00 PM, First Friday History Trivia Night!
Location: James Monroe Museum

Join us in the garden for History Trivia Night featuring first time Celebrity Quizmaster Sara Bon Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe’s Highland! Admission, participation, and snacks are free. There will be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.



gabriele-rausse-med-monticelloFriday, September 8, 6:00-8:00 PM, Roots of the Founding Fathers: Jefferson, Monroe, and Wine
Location: James Monroe Museum

Join us in the garden at The James Monroe Museum with Gabriele Rausse, Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello, and “Father of Virginia Wine,” for a fascinating look at Thomas Jefferson’s and James Monroe’s shared interest in wine. Having developed an appreciation for wine during time spent in Europe on diplomatic appointments, Jefferson and Monroe both worked to cultivate grapes on their neighboring Virginia farms, with the hope of producing their own wines.  

The presentation will be followed by a wine tasting, including wines from the Gabriele Rausse Winery, and Monroe Merlot, produced by Wilderness Run Vineyard.

$25/person, or $20/person for members of the Friends of The James Monroe Museum. Event is ages 21+ only. Reservations are required. Please contact Lynda Allen at or 540-654-2111 to register.



Saturday, September 16, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM,
28th Annual Fredericksburg Welsh Festival

Location: 900 block of Charles St.

This popular street festival honors the Welsh ancestry of James Monroe (through his mother, Elizabeth Jones). Craft and food vendors; traditional Welsh music; Welsh country dancing, storytelling, and presentations on Welsh culture, language, and history are all part of this downtown tradition. A new vendor to the festival this year is Fredericksburg’s Red Dragon Brewery! The festival is co-sponsored by the Welsh Society of Fredericksburg and the James Monroe Museum. Admission is a suggested donation of $5/adult or $1/child. Download a flyer for the festival to share here.


Family Weekend LogoFriday, September 15-Sunday, September 17
UMW Family Weekend

Location: University of Mary Washington campus

This annual fall event at the University of Mary Washington brings family members and friends to campus to experience a slice of student life. A wide variety of events are planned on campus. You can find a schedule of events here.


If you missed our Presidents’ Day Presidential Press Conference on February 20, 2017 you can watch it here.


PhotographerThe James Monroe Inauguration Bicentennial Celebration was a resounding success! Thank you to all who participated, and to all who attended! If you were unable to join us you can watch the celebration on our YouTube channel here. A photo album of the event is available on Facebook.



Call 540/654-2111 or e-mail Lynda Allen with questions about any of our events!