Below is a list for what’s happening this week in the Greater Williamsburg area. Get this information straight to your inbox by signing up for one of our e-newsletters (weekly or monthly).
May 23 – 30 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens
May 27 – 29
A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park.
Art Escape Weekend
May 27 – 29
Williamsburg area art galleries and restaurants welcome you to a special Spring Arts weekend celebration! Whether your taste is traditional, folk, contemporary or cutting edge, you will find paintings, pottery, wood, jewelry, metal, glass and mixed media throughout the region. Participating locations include: A Touch of Earth, Colonial Folk Art, Linda Matney Art Gallery, MAD About Chocolate, Quirks of Art, and Auntie M’s American Cottage!
Wine on the Rhine at Busch Gardens
May 27 – 30
Enjoy the Rhine River Cruise* while listening to live music and enjoying fruit, cheese, a chocolate truffle, and your choice of alcoholic beverage. *Food, beverages, and Wine on the Rhine (reservations required) are available for an additional fee.
Virginia Symphony presents: Stories of Women Composers
From the classical to the modern periods, you will hear beautiful music written by women whose sound still continues to inspire, impact, and engage those who hear it.
NPS Memorial Day Weekend
May 28 – 30
The Yorktown National Cemetery, which is part of Colonial National Historical Park, annually commemorates Memorial Day with participation from volunteers stationed at Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown to set flags in the 1,596 marked graves in the cemetery and the park conducts a formal commemoration program the Sunday prior each year.
Memorial Day Commemorative Program
Gather for a modern service honoring military veterans who died while serving their country. A procession with Fife and Drum support will proceed from the Palace to Bruton Parish Church and the French gravesite.
Memorial Day Ceremony at York Hall
York County Historical Committee Memorial Day Ceremony, 12 pm. Posting of colors, historical re-enactors, guest speaker, and the placing of flowers.
Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Day Service
Grace Church Memorial Day Ceremony, 10 am. Ceremony followed by the playing of “Taps” and replacement of flags “with Honors” of the 83 known veterans.
Science Under Sails Series
Join Yorktown Sailing Charters in the Science Under Sail series. VIMS will host three different voyages this May. The School of Marine Science (SMS) at VIMS is the graduate school in marine science for the College of William & Mary.
Beyond the Trenches: Vietnam Combat Art
May 24 – June 17
A traveling exhibit of 39 prints of original artwork housed at the US Army Center of Military History in Washington DC. Thanks to League of Roanoke Artists, Roanoke County, City of Roanoke, City of Salem, Town of Vinton, Stonewall Jackson Chapter/AUSA and local sponsor Middle Peninsula Insurance.
The Mind of Aggie Robertson: A Retrospective
May 27 – 29
Colonial Folk Art Studio & Gallery is bringing a retrospective of famed artist Agnes “Aggie” Robertson (1911-2001) to Williamsburg.
The Virginia Symphony presents a concert featuring a brass quintet. Books relating to a special topic will be on display and there will be a Q&A session with the musicians after the concert.
The Fifes and Drums at York Town
The Fifes and Drums of York Town perform at the Nelson House.
Colonial Ballroom Dance Lesson
May 25 – 28
What did the Founding Fathers do for fun in the 16th and 17th centuries? They danced! Come by Williamsburg Distillery for a free English Country Dance lesson this week with Traci Greene, dance instructor!
Quirks of Art Presents Joyce Fitz Studio
May 13 – 26
Limited time only trunk show with Joyce Fitz Studio who specializes in accessories made from polymer clay! Mid May Quirks of Art will transform into a paradise of natural wonders and colorful creatures that you can adopt!
Spring Lecture Series at the Mariners’ Museum
Spring Lecture Series: Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse. Presented by Eric Jay Dolin. For 300 years, America’s lighthouses have kept countless ships from wrecking, saved untold lives and contributed mightily to the growth and prosperity of the nation.
Canoeing with the Stars
Get away from the bright lights of the city and spend an evening with us looking at the night sky. At York River State Park.
Yorktown Market Days
Located on the Yorktown waterfront, the market begins its 10th season and will operate weekly on Saturdays through October 29. The market hosts more than 35 local farmers, vendors and artists throughout the season with a variety of homegrown favorites and local art. The market features fresh produce, meat and seafood; baked goods, cut flowers, coffee, and live entertainment.
Freedom Park Nature Walk
Join us for a walk through Freedom Park on the last Saturday of each month to learn about birds, plants, butterflies and anything else we may see! Each month will focus on a different topic led by a local expert.
Jamestown Sunset Paddle
Join Chesapeake Experience on a scenic guided paddle on the historic Powhatan Creek, near Jamestown at sunset!
Creek Pick Your Paddle
Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with us. You may even encounter a variety of wild creatures! Learn something new and exciting as you paddle up the creek or down the river; and don’t worry, we provide you with a paddle of your choice (canoe or kayak
Live Music at Water Street Grille
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout May. This week: Damn Jankes Live (Friday)!
Auntie M’s American Cottage May Workshops
Come join Auntie M’s fun and unique workshop. The workshop moderator leads you through various fun filled art program to enhance your creativity through one-of-a-kind workshop.
Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Through May 28
The Gallery at York Hall opens this season with a quilt exhibit from our local senior citizens from the Senior Center of York. In addition to the quilt exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale. See website for hours.
For all events visit the Main Calendar (Visit Williamsburg).
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