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).


February 21 – 26. 2017

William & Mary Global Film Festival
February 23 – 26
The William & Mary Global Film Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary with four days of films, special guests, workshops, and receptions from February 23 to 26, 2017. The festival will feature a diverse program of films and live events showcasing the work of international filmmakers, the William & Mary community, and emerging student talent from around the globe.

Bourbon Tasting at the Williamsburg Distillery
February 23
The Williamsburg Distillery is hosting a private event for the first tasting of our first 18th century styled bourbon. Although we cannot predict its exact tasting notes, we can foresee a good time!

Botticelli Exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum
February 11 – April 5
Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting between the Medici and the Bonfire of the Vanities. The restless genius of Sandro Botticelli (Florence, 1445-1510) is explored in depth in the most important Botticelli exhibition ever seen in the United States, Botticelli and the Search for the Divine; a major international loan exhibition organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va., in partnership with Italy’s Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi.

Celebrate “World Sword Swallower’s Day” at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
February 25
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums will again be home to a majority of the world’s sword swallowers as they demonstrate their death-defying skills to mark World Sword Swallower’s Day this Saturday.

Destination Recreation Expo
February 25
Your family’s one-stop shop to all Parks & Recreation has to offer! Get a head start on summer at the annual Destination Recreation Expo on Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to noon at the James City County Recreation Center.

Dewey Decibel Concert Series Presents: Magnolia Winds Woodwind Quintet
February 21
The United States Training and Doctrine Command Band has a long and proud heritage of providing world-class performances for the greater Hampton Roads and Historic Triangle regions. At the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Dewey Decibel Concert Series Presents: Higher Ground Big Band
February 24
Higher Ground Big Band Higher Ground is a community outreach group that seeks to uplift and inspire with swing, Latin, and jazz standards as well as modern big band arrangements. At the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Mixed Media Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Through March 31
Come and enjoy Mixed Media Art Show at  the Gallery at York Hall.  You can relish in our revolving exhibit of fine art in all media by local artists for display and sale. Check website for winter hours.

Drum to the Beat
February 26
Come experience the fun of drumming in a group. For centuries, communities around the world have strengthened unity and friendship through rhythm. Join Drum Major Lance Pedigo for this unique experience for all ages and abilities.

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
February 28
Hear what advice Mrs. Custis gets from her Mother before marrying the dashing young Colonel Washington. Her instruction includes a wife’s religious duty as well as her fears for this second marriage. What other advice will Mrs. Jones gives her oldest daughter?

Watermen’s Museum February Events
February 20
This week: 7:30 – 10PM – Swing Dance. See website for more info.

Rejoice and Shout
February 20 & 21
The Elizabethan period was a golden age for the arts. Not only did Shakespeare flourish under Elizabeth, but some of England’s finest songs and dance tunes were composed then. Join Wayne Hill and Lynn and Barry Trott to enjoy music for the winter season from the late 16th and early 17th centuries on lute, cittern, viols, recorders, violin and voice.

Music in the Museums
Thursdays through February 23
Drop by to enjoy live period music played on antique or reproduction instruments as you browse the galleries of the museums. During this self-paced tour, a member of the Governor’s Musick will provide a melodic background with music from the period.

God is My Rock
February 20
Be amazed at what you can learn from Revolutionary War maps during this guided tour and discuss how the new Republic was established, and the critical role played by printed maps.

Black History Month at Colonial Williamsburg
February
Join us in February as we celebrate Black History Month with a full schedule of special tours, programs, films, and more. Although we tell these stories throughout the year, the special focus this month allows us to appreciate just how far we’ve come-and how far we still have to go.

Outside the Box: 150 Years of Cigar Box Instruments and Music
February 21
Homemade instruments have been played in America since the earliest days of our country, but it was the lowly wooden cigar box that became part of a folk music tradition, beginning before the Civil War, continuing through the Depression, and having a revival today. Join historian Carson Hudson as he explains and performs Cigar Box music!

Live Music at Water Street Grille
Friday & Saturday
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. This week: Local Artist Showcase (Friday) and Billy Joe Trio (Saturday).

Moonlight (film)
February 12 – 22, 27 – 28 (see website)
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Journey to Redemption
Tuesdays & Fridays through February 21
Telling the story of enslaved people takes commitment and a calling. Witness the conflicting emotions and challenges experienced by our Actor Interpreters who portray the enslaved and their enslavers.

Highland Tales of the Heart
February 9 & 23
Love is in the air! February has always been a month of love since ancient times and while flowers, poems or lyric ballads may do the trick, sometimes a story of love will last longer than a bouquet. Join Master Storyteller Donna Wolf as she tells the stories that have stirred hearts since the Highlands formed.

To Be Seen as An American
February 22
Meet three black women who didn’t accept society’s limits on what they could accomplish. Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur; Katie Marie was educated but lacked resources; Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The work of these Williamsburg women spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generation to build on.

Six Mead Sundays
January 29
Try ALL SIX of our meads, instead of only four. Every Sunday. Mead tastings are always free. While you’re there, try a simple honey tasting for only $5 a person and shop our retail store!

For all events visit the Main Calendar (Visit Williamsburg). 

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