Annual Events


Into the Streets

This event will be held on a Saturday during the fall semester and provides the opportunity for new and returning students to get “into the streets.” Students can choose to participate in one of several community service projects including, but not limited to: building with Habitat for Humanity, yard work with the Fredericksburg Area, HIV/AIDS Support Services, making meals for the homeless shelter, visiting the elderly in the area, and helping out with Friends of the Rappahannock.

Pumpkin Palooza

A Sunday towards the end of October devoted to providing area children with a safe place to trick-or-treat in groups on campus. It is also a chance for students to their local community through volunteering. Themed games, crafts, snacks, and costumes make for a fun way to spend an autumn day! Mary Washington students are invited to help with trick-or-treating, games, and crafts.

Head Start Gift Box Drive

A campus and community-wide effort to provide preschoolers in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania with toys, winter clothes, and hygiene products before the holiday season. Students can come wrap boxes at the annual wrapping party to prepare for the drive. Faculty and students can also check out boxes to till up with items. Gift boxes are given out to Head Start students by our very own Dean Rucker as Santa!

Variety Show

Student and local performers provide entertainment for the UMW community. Items donated from local venues are raffled and auctioned off to audience members. All proceeds from this event go to support the Alternative Spring Break trips with Habitat for Humanity.

Good Neighbor Day

A day where students have the opportunity to do projects in the Fredericksburg community. Projects include doing yard work, fence painting, and general clean-up. This day is a great way to strengthen and encourage the relationship between students and members of the community.

Spring Forward Festival

Held on the Sunday before Easter, children and their families are invited to spend the afternoon at Brompton House. Event includes spring related crafts, games, and a large egg hunt. Student volunteers are needed to help with all of these aspects. Community members are asked to accompany their children and egg hunt participants must be 11 years old or younger.