What’s Happening in Williamsburg…

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).


April 25 – May 1

Historic Garden Week in Virginia: Williamsburg Homes and Gardens Tour
April 26
“Art and the Garden” is the tour theme for the 83rd Historic Garden Week in Williamsburg homes and gardens tour.

Yorktown’s Civil War Weekend
April 30 – May 1
Tactical demonstrations, encampments, and a Confederate field hospital interpret the role Yorktown played during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign.

KIDSiderate Concert Series at Busch Gardens: Laurie Berkner
April 30
Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to sing along to some of today’s most popular acts for kids, set to take the stage Saturdays this spring. Our FREE KIDsiderate Concert Series is included with admission, with three performances per day.

Hokule’a in Hampton Roads
April 22 – May 7
Spring 2016 will bring a true world traveler to the Virginia Peninsula. The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a (“Star of Gladness” in Hawaiian) is circumnavigating the globe on a voyage whose goals are as impressive as they are important. Hokule’a was built by the Polynesian Voyaging Society in the 1970s, more than 600 years after any other voyaging canoe existed.

James Riverfest
April 30
Do you know how long a great Atlantic Sturgeon can grow to be, what the original Jamestown Settlement looked like or how to calculate your water footprint? Come find out and learn much, much more at this year’s James RiverFest at the James City County Marina in Williamsburg. Join us for free boat rides, kayaking paddles, bike tours as well as live music!

Pirates Invade Yorktown
April 30 – May 1
Pirates, representing seafaring life in the late 17th and 18th-centuries, invade Yorktown. Visit the encampment, watch the cannon firing demonstrations, and sing with pirates.

Captain Mayhem’s Schooner Soiree
April 30
You’ll cruise with Captain Mayhem and his Pirate crew aboard the Schooner Alliance, Yorktown’s Pirate Ship, for a two hour sunset sail on the York River. There will be live entertainment, cash bar, and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Hokule’a Public Canoe Tours
April 28
The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a (“Star of Gladness” in Hawaiian) is circumnavigating the globe on a voyage.  Hokule’a sailed into Yorktown on Sunday, April 24 and will host multiple public programs, events and public canoe tours while docked at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown until May 8.

National Park Service Civil War Weekend
April 30 – May 1
Tactical demonstrations, encampments, and a Confederate field hospital interpret the role Yorktown played during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. At Yorktown Battlefield.

The Mariner’s Craft Beer Festival
May 1
Great beer, good food and live music! The fourth annual Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival will feature over 50 craft beers in the unique setting of The Mariners’ Museum’s outdoor courtyards.

Spring Lecture Series at the Mariners’ Museum
April 28
Spring Lecture Series: Traditional Polynesian Wayfinding. Hokule’a is a traditional double-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe, currently making a voyage around the globe to spread its message of Malama Honua, or, “to care for the Earth.”

Early American Folk Hymns
April 26
Explore how early Americans celebrated their religious beliefs through music as they moved west and settled in the Appalachian Mountains.

Exploring the Seas Homeschool Day at the Mariners’ Museum
April 29
Join us as we learn about the native populations of Virginia and our Polynesian visitors from Hokule’a. During scheduled programming, participants will learn about Polynesian navigation using only the stars and nature, compare the cultures of the Powhatan and native Hawaiians, and so much more.

Hokule’a Community Outreach and Education Day
May 1
The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a (“Star of Gladness” in Hawaiian) is circumnavigating the globe on a voyage.  Hokule’a sailed into Yorktown on Sunday, April 24 and will host multiple public programs, events and public canoe tours while docked at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown until May 8.

Williamsburg Choral Guild presents Spiritual Expressions in Abundance
April 30 & May 1
This concert honors Musical Theater, Spirituals and Opera Favorites. What fun this array of music categories offers you! Musical Director Jay BeVille and the Williamsburg Choral Guild will trace the expressions of spirituality found in these three musical categories, with some surprises tucked into the program to put a smile on your face and a beat in your heart.

Pirates, Gypsies and Highwaymen
April 30
Gabe Stone, Wayne Hill and Stephen Christoff share songs and stories about Blackbeard, Robin Hood, and many other glamorized outlaws who have captured the imagination of people for hundreds of years.

Children’s Art Class at the On the Hill Gallery
May 1
Children will get excited about this Filly the Horse painting on a 12 x 12 canvas.  Open to children 6+ in age and will include all supplies.

Canoeing with the Stars
April 30
Get away from the bright lights of the city and spend an evening with us looking at the night sky. For an added touch, we’ll enjoy it from a canoe! Reservations are required. At York River State Park.

Paddle Boat Rentals Open at Mariners’ Museum
May 1
Paddle boat rentals open for the season on Sunday, May 1! Bring the family and enjoy a scenic and relaxing morning or afternoon paddling around Lake Maury.

Live Entertainment at Water Street Grille
April 29 & 30
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout April. Located in Yorktown. This week: Don Lindsey (Friday) and Good Shot Judy (Saturday).

River Seining at the York River State Park
May 1
Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.

“Steal the Pint Night” at Water Street Grille
April 28
Featuring The Virginia Beer Co.- Purchase any Virginia Beer Co. on Tap and Receive a souvenir Virginia Brewing Co. Pint Glass.

Elmo Rocks at Busch Gardens
Through May 1
New show! It’s a Rock ‘n Roll sunny day at Busch Gardens® with the hilarious musical show, “Elmo Rocks!” Starring Elmo, Zoe, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, the audience will be captivated by the transformation of the Sesame Street cast into “The Rockin’ Elmo Band!” Children and their families will love dancing and singing along with this high energy rock ‘n roll show. “Elmo Rocks!” will perform in the Globe Theater, select days March 19 – May 1.

Art Show at the Hill on the Gallery
Though April 30
Our featured artist, Melanie Chambers Hartman is a true painter of light.  In her “Fleeting Light” exhibit, she can in a single brushstroke capture that moment just when the light hits her subject.  Join our reception, April 9th from 6 to 8 pm.  The public is invited.  See website for hours.

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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