Tax-Free Weekend 2016

Sales Tax Holiday 2016

tax free weekend 2016


August 5 – 7, 2016

The 2016 Virginia three-day tax-free holiday will begin on Friday, August 5, at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, August 7, at 11:59 p.m.

Under Virginia law, the tax rate is generally 5.3% (6% in certain jurisdictions) of the sales price and the tax rate on sales of food for home consumption is 2.5%. During this tax-free holiday weekend, consumers may purchase qualified items exempt of the sales and use tax.
On August 5-7, shoppers are encouraged to buy back-to-school items and take necessary precautions during hurricane season without paying state and local sales tax.

This holiday is not restricted to Virginia residents – anyone can purchase exempt items in Virginia during this holiday weekend, or buy exempt items for immediate delivery to a Virginia address well.

That means that during the sales tax holiday period, consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail or over the phone.

In addition to the specific items exempted, retailers may also choose to offer other items “tax-free” by paying the sales tax themselves during the holiday.

Overview of Exempt Items

School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear:

Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item

< $20 Purchases of certain school supplies, clothing and footwear are exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less. For a Detailed list of school supplies, clothing and footwear click on the link below:


Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:   

Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
Other specified hurricane preparedness items with a sales price of $60 or less per item

For a Detailed list of hurricane preparedness items click on the link below:


Energy Star and WaterSense Items:

Qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star or WaterSense label with a sales price of $2,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Qualifying Energy Star items include dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators

Qualifying WaterSense items include bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories such as aerators and shower heads, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controllers

For a Detailed list of Energy Star and WaterSense items click on the link below:


BBQ Jamboree

Ready, Set…EAT BBQ!

The 6th Annual BBQ Jamboree

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 11am-6pm

BBQ Jamboree

The 6th Annual BBQ Jamboree presented by 93.3 WFLS & Safford of Fredericksburg, is a family fun day for all ages. This years event will feature BBQ Teams preparing their best BBQ to compete in our KCBS sanctioned contest for the top prize and title Grand Champion. They will also be smoking up their best pulled/chopped pork for you to try. That’s right, you will be able to taste a sample from each People’s Choice BBQ Contestant (while supplies last) and then vote for your favorite at the Home Paramount Pest Control Voting Tent!


Some of the other attractions for 2016 will be the Famous Dave’s Rib Eating Contest, Wine & Beer Tasting, Music, and tons of stuff for the kids to enjoy including the Home Depot Kid’s Workshop and the Paint-A-Piggy-Bank! So round up your family and friends, jump in the car and head on down to the BBQ Jamboree at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, can’t wait to see you there!

General Admission Tickets are $10
and Kids 3 and Under are FREE!!
Famous Dave’s Law Enforcement Rib Eatin’ Contest
This event will be held next to the Famous Dave’s tent. Three local Law Enforcement teams will compete to see who can eat the most ribs in 90 seconds. Once the horn sounds to end the contest, all remaining ribs and rib bones will be weighed. The team with the least amount of weight at the end of the competition wins!

Please show your support by visiting Famous Dave’s of Fredericksburg! A special thanks goes out to Famous Dave’s of Fredericksburg General Manager Rob Kelly and his team for making this event possible.

2015 Champions
Caroline County Sheriff’s Office

2014 Champions
Rappahannock Regional Jail

2013 Champions
Rappahannock Regional Jail

2012 Champions
Rappahannock Regional Jail

2011 Champions
Rappahannock Regional Jail

For the Kids:
MOON BOUNCE by Razzle Dazzle
GYROSCOPE by Razzle Dazzle
KIDS WORKSHOP by Stafford Home Depot
PAINT A PIGGY BANK by BBQ Jamboree Staff
KIDS COLORING by BBQ Jamboree Staff

For the Adults:
Enjoy free samples from all of the wineries and breweries listed below from 11am – 5pm. Wine and Beer Products also available for purchase.

Blue Mountain Brewery

A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Mattaponi Winery 

To read more about the Jamboree click here: BBQ Jamboree

Oktoberfest 2016

 Capital Ale House’s Oktoberfest

It’s that time of year again! Capital Ale House’s 12th Annual Oktoberfest returns again this fall with even more beer, brats and lederhosen! Oktoberfest will take place in Downtown Richmond on Saturday, September 26th and in Downtown Fredericksburg on Saturday, October 24th. Celebrations will highlight a vast selection of Virginia and German beers paired with traditional German cuisine.

“Our Oktoberfest is always a good time for everyone,” said Capital Ale House President Matthew Simmons. “Each year we aim to offer attendees the most authentic German experience possible but always adding a Virginia touch. Like last year, we will feature an outstanding selection of local brews for everyone’s enjoyment.”

Oktoberfest 2015

The celebration will take place in the street! The celebration will continue in the street until 10pm with restaurant service continuing until 1:30am.

Capital Ale House Fredericksburg
917 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

Links to buy VIP tickets:

11am Entry:

5pm Entry:

VIP Includes:

Capital Ale House traditional 1-Liter Stein

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest T-Shirt

One large appetizer big enough for the entire table featuring Bavarian style sausages and cheeses.

Four Beer tokens per person good for 2 Steins of beer, or one bottle of wine per person.

Two food tokens Per Person for Traditional German Fare.

Your own server for the table.

Includes Tax and Gratuity.

Spend the day enjoying live music, German dance groups, and over 100 craft and imported brews. A full menu of German food items will also be available, such as giant pretzels with sweet mustard, bratwurst, knockwurst, currywurst, sauerbraten and dumplings with ginger snap gravy, Jaegerschnitzel, German potato salad, red cabbage, spaetzel and sauerkraut.

Families are welcome to enjoy the celebrations. Kids can visit Kinderplatz, a kids area with giant inflateables, face painting, balloon animals and many other family features. Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The festival has a $3 cover charge, with proceeds benefitting the Main Street Program in Fredericksburg. Each guest of legal drinking age can purchase a traditional 1-liter Capital Ale House stein for $4 (while supplies last). Guests are also welcome to bring their own stein.

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