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THIS WEEK ONLY: July 20 – 26, 2015

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July 31 – August 2
It’s summertime! Enjoy all that Williamsburg, Virginia has to offer such as the Summer of Freedom concert weekend at Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, featuring the Williamsburg Symphonia. Join is July 31 – August 2 for a weekend of themed music, including love-themed music (Friday night), movie-themed  music (Saturday night), and a special Peter and the Wolf concert (Saturday morning)!

The Williamsburg Players present Oliver!
July 24 – August 2
Get your tickets today for this fantastic musical, where YOU are invited to become part of the family! The cast is ready. The crew is ready. The musicians are ready. All we need is YOU! This is a special event and not part of the Player’s season. As such, it requires buying a ticket. The Williamsburg Players have been presenting Community Theater at its Best for over 59 years. Come and See Why!

LAST WEEK! shagging on the Riverwalk” Beach Music Concert Series
Thursdays through Jul 30, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Thursday nights, put on your dancing shoes and join us for this annual concert series featuring a variety of beach music for all ages to enjoy. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Free. 757.890.3500.

Virginia Shakespeare Festival presents: Antony & Cleopatra
Jul 23 – Aug 2, 7:30 pm (Wed-Sat); 2 pm (Sun)
Not quite a “sequel” but we do pick up the Roman world we began with Julius Caesar last year. It is many years later and the triumvirate of Octavius, Lepidus, and Antony are still in power though Antony has deserted Rome (and his wife) for the charms of the “temptress of the Nile”.

ROV Challenges at the Mariners’ Museum
Jul 25 – Aug 29, 1 – 3 pm
Who will be crowned the ROV Challenge Champion? Discover the world of underwater exploration technology as you build a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) and use it to compete in daring challenges! Price: $15 Members/$20 non-members. Families of 3 or more receive a 25% discount! Advanced registration is recommended as space is limited. »

Colonial Heritage Golf Club Junior Golf Camp
Jul 27 – 30, 9 am – 12 pm
Junior will learn etiquette, rules of golf, putting, chipping, pitching, sand play, full swing, and on-course instruction. Age appropriate games will be used to incorporate proper skills and technique needed for golf.

I Gotta Regatta
Jul 27, 10 – 11:30 am
Children ages 18-month to 5th grade are invited to join us each Monday through the summer for an hour and a half of stories, music, crafts and other activities. Have you ever wondered how fast a boat can go? Come find out what it takes to race! For more information: visit the website or call (757)596-2222.

92.3 The Tide and Huka Entertainment present Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Jul 29,  7 pm – 12 midnight
Based out of California. Lukas first picked up the guitar at age 11 to honor a promise he made to his father and was able to teach himself the craft by playing along to classic Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix songs.

Christmas in July Cocktail Party
Jul 30, 5 – 7 pm
With Complementary Holiday appetizers, beer, wine and a holiday inspired cocktail You’re invited to see all that Doubletree by Hilton, Williamsburg can offer you for your next holiday event Read More »

Thursdays by the Lake Summer Concert Series (Hey! Hey! Hooligan)
Jul 30, 6 – 10 pm
Bring a blanket or favorite chair & enjoy live music by some of the area’s hottest bands on the banks of Lake Maury. The Mariners’ Museum Summer Concert Series is every Thursday night June – August. For more information and full band schedule, visit the website or call (757)596-2222.

Live Entertainment at Water Street Grille
Through Aug 28
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout August. See website for complete schedule.

Clifton Cash with Andy Forrester at the Comedy Club of Williamsburg
Jul 31 – Aug 1, 8 – 10 pm
Cliff is performs all over the country with multiple sets and hours of material, he was the winner of Port City’s Top Comic 2013, Comedy Zone’s Almost Famous competition in 2013 and chosen as a semifinalist in Comedy Central’s Up Next competition/talent search.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
Aug 1, 8 am – 12 pm
Kick off National Farmers Market Week at the Williamsburg Farmers Market. The vendors will have lots of summer produce, fruit, flowers, eggs, artisan chocolate, meat, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps and so much more! Andrew Shield will perform from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.

On the Riverfront
Aug 1 & 2, 9 am – 6 pm
Scrape out a Powhatan-style canoe, hear sea chanteys, and learn about life along the Chesapeake Bay through crafts, games and the special exhibition “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe.” Special event part of “Tools of the Trade” theme month in August.

“Tools of the Trade” Theme Month
Aug 1 – 21 (see website for times)
Compare and contrast tools and technology used by people in the 17th and 18th centuries for farming, fishing, hunting, defense, navigation and building through interpretive programs and hands-on activities.

15th Busch Gardens Williamsburg Classic
Aug 1 & 2, 8 am – 9 pm daily
Junior golf tournament for boys & girls that are High School & Middle School age golfers. Tournament is run by the College Prep Golf Tour.

Runaway String Band at Grace Episcopal Church
Aug 2, 5 – 6:30 pm
Singing bluegrass, country, folk and contemporary selections, this popular group will perform in the churchyard at Grace Episcopal Church. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating and pack a picnic supper. Free.

Prince Charming and Snow White Meet and Greet
Aug 2, 2 – 4 pm
Join us for a Royal Meet and Greet! Prince Charming and Snow White will be at Great American Cookies Williamsburg!

Summer Movies on Prince George Street
Aug 2, 8:30 pm
Every Sunday night at Dusk. Tonight’s Movie: Big Hero 6 – sponsored by the William & Mary Bookstore!

Whistle Belly
Aug 2, 12:30 – 5 pm
The Junior Woman’s Club of Williamsburg presents Whistle Belly, a Virginia Craft Beer & More festival crafted by DoG Street Pub. 36 breweries, over 90 beers, local wine, colonial cocktails. Food from DoG Street Pub, Trellis Bar & Grill & Blue Talon Bistro. All you can eat & drink for only $50.

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Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series
Wednesdays through Jul 29, 7 – 9 pm
The annual Summer Breeze concerts in Merchants Square return to Duke of Gloucester Street for the 24th season. Join us each Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a variety of bands from pop to dance to party.

Watermen’s Museum Outdoor Dance or Concert
Fridays through Jul 31
Theme dances Friday nights thru July. Guest and house bands and performers, sea shanty singers, nautical music and displays. Food and beverages available for purchase. Admission varies. See website for theme descriptions.

‘Wood Carving’ Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Come out to the Gallery at York Hall and enjoy beautiful and unique ‘Wood Carving’ exhibit, featuring Doug Zaller, wood carver. In addition to the ‘Wood Carving’ exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale. Closed Mon. Free. Call 757.890.4490 for more information.

Star Spangled Nights at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays through Sep 6
Busch Gardens® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 6. Guests can enjoy patriotic sights during the day and at night, the sky lights up with fireworks choreographed to an original moving soundscape.

Yorktown Battlefield Revolutionary War Artillery Firings
Jul 19 – Nov 8
Volunteers demonstrate the firing of Revolutionary War Cannon and discuss their role during the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. See website for complete details.

Live Entertainment at Water Street Grille
Fridays & Saturdays through Jul 31
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout July. See website for lineup and times.

Aromas Open Mic Night
Thursdays through August 27, 7:30 – 9 pm
Join us each week on Thursdays for Aromas Open Mic night! Sing, read poetry, and join some of the most talented musicians in Hampton Roads for a great time!

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through Sep 26, 9 am – 1 pm
Fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, coffee, specialty cut flowers, quality art, entertainment and much more await you at the Saturday morning Market Days. Free. Visit www.yorktownmarketdays.com for more information. Saturdays, May 16 thru Sept 26, 2015.

Williamsburg Dinner Theatre Presents My Big Fat Greek Murder
Fridays through Sep 11, 7 – 9:30 pm
Grand buffet dinner & a family friendly, audience participatory play. My Big Fat Greek Murder, a Killer Comedy by Nita Hardy. Coupons available.

Cogan’s Deli & Sport Pub Live Music FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
Fridays & Saturdays through Dec 25, 8 – 11 pm
Live music variety(Modern & Classic Rock, R & B, Blues, Americana) each Fri & Sat night less than 10 min from Downtown Williamsburg at Cogan’s Deli & Sports Pub in New Town.

Las Bicicletas Williamsburg #RideWithArt
May 1 – Oct 31
“Las Bicicletas”(TM) is a traveling art exhibition by international artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro. The exhibition’s mission connects people and the environment and promotes health, happiness and art. Forty “bicicletas” sculptures are hosted by the City of Williamsburg from May through October. Can you find them all?

Coffee: The World in Your Cup
Jun 15 – Sep 7
From the plant to your mug, explore the world’s most popular beverage shipped by sea. Guests can see the evolution of coffee, from its origins in Ethiopia, to the hand-picked coffee berries in Costa Rica, all the way to roasting centers across the globe.

Children’s Nature Hunt at Berkeley Plantation
Through Aug 31, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily
Bring the family to Berkeley and learn its amazing history, while searching for treasures along the river shore, gardens and grounds.

RevQuest: The Kings Advance
Apr 7 – Nov 29
Spies needed! The British have invaded Virginia and General Cornwallis is bringing more troops from the south. To thwart the enemy’s attack, Gov. Thomas Jefferson needs you to be his eyes and ears in Williamsburg.

Art in the ‘Burg
Saturdays Bi-weekly through Nov 14, 10 am – 4 pm
Art in the ‘Burg, a new bi-weekly art fair in the Williamsburg Arts District featuring Historic Triangle artists and craftsmen. New artists and craftsmen are always being sought. The event, sponsored by the Williamsburg Arts District Association, is free to the public. Starting May 23rd 2015 and every other Saturday thereafter until November 14, 2015.

Friday Nite Art
Fridays through Aug 29, 6 – 8 pm
Bring yourself – or a group — for a 2-hour lesson with our artist-in-residence and make a ceramic birdhouse, mug and other project. This is a fun bonding time for friends, family or couples.

Frogs! A Chorus of Colors
Mar 14 – Sep 7
Explore TOAD-ally cool creatures and get eyeball to eyeball with live frogs from around the world! View more than 70 live frogs from across the globe, housed in detailed habitats with rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls.

A Celebration of Quilts
Through Jun 30, 2016
Take in this new exhibition in the McCarl Gallery that features dozens of quilts that represent the diversity of quilts made in American from the 18th through 20th centuries. Several of the quilts are new to the collection and have never before been seen by the public.

“Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” Special Exhibition – Jamestown Settlement
Through Sept 2015, 9 am – 5 pm
Objects from The Mariners’ Museum are featured in this special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement tracing the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats. More than 100 objects from The Mariners’ Museum.

Mariners Museum: Coffee: The World in Your Cup
Through Sep 7
From the plant to your mug, explore the world’s most popular beverage shipped by sea. This traveling exhibition tells the fascinating story behind everyone’s favorite pick-me-up, coffee! Visitors can visit an 18th century coffeehouse replica and discover how coffee affects cultures, economies and habitats around the world.

A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South
Through Dec 31, 2015
This wide-ranging new exhibition celebrates the remarkable objects that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and southern backcountry. Created in conjunction with several sister institutions, the exhibition will highlight the aesthetic diversity brought to the region by the varied cultures and ethnic groups.

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