Williamsburg Events: May 1 – 7, 2017

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Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue in the ‘Burg Festival
May 7
The Muscarelle Museum of Art invites you to the third annual Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue in the ‘Burg! The event will feature five kinds of BBQ and over twenty-five sauces prepared on site by Craig Reeves of The Catering Company, contemporary Bluegrass, and a selection of craft beer from The Virginia Beer Company!

Yorktown’s Annual “Blues, Brews & BBW” Festival”
May 6
Join us for Yorktown’s fourth annual Blues, Brews & BBQ, a festival on the river. Enjoy down-home blues musicians, incredible micro brews, amazing BBQ and other gourmet foods for purchase.

KIDsiderate Concert Series at Busch Gardens
Select Dates in May
Start spring on a high note when some of today’s most popular acts for kids take the stage at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. This KIDsiderate® concert series will have kids singing and dancing along in the Globe Theatre in England. Schedule: Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve! – May 6; The KIDZ BOP Kids – May 13; Teen Stars Live – May 20 & 21.

Yorktown Garden Stroll
May 6
As you stroll the Yorktown village streets to visit 10 private gardens, music from the Fifes & Drums of York Town will help you imagine Yorktown as it once was – a thriving tobacco port that witnessed the last battle of the American Revolution.

Yorktown’s Art at the River Juried Art Show
May 7
Artwork by over 50 talented artists at the fourth annual juried art show on the beautiful Yorktown waterfront. Painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, and many other innovative and creative artists.

7th Annual Wine & Run for the Roses
May 6
Laugh! Libate! Lift your paddle for a great cause! Don’t miss the premier social event in Williamsburg! The Muscarelle Museum of Art Foundation presents the 6th Annual Wine & Rune for the Roses Auction on Derby Day.

A Celebration of May: An Immersive Palace Garden Party
May 5
Take time to go back to an 18th-century Palace Garden Party “of the mind and the heart.” Thomas Jefferson, the last governor to reside at the Palace, opens the gates and invites residents of the colonial community-both gentry and tradespeople alike-to a fun-filled May celebration on the Palace grounds.

Pedal the Parkway
May 6
Enjoy the 20th Annual Pedal the Parkway on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cycle, run or hike along the shores of the scenic James River from Jamestown to Williamsburg, or vice versa. This event is FREE and will be held rain or shine. All participants must register and all cyclists must wear helmets.

Carrot Tree Kitchens International Dinner Nights: Germany
May 3
Join Carrot Tree Kitchens for their International Dinner Nights! Let Carrot Tree take you on a trip around the world without ever getting up from the dinner table! The Wednesday, April 12 dinner will highlight Greece.

Triangle Arts & Culture League Art & Garden
May 5-6
TACL-VA.org art&garden is a two day celebration for art and garden lovers. Talks by landscape designers, southern lifestyle writers, horticulture experts, flower designers and artists Proceeds benefit the public art projects of the Triangle Arts and Culture League, Inc. a 501 c 3 non-profit.

Burning of the Socks: Canoe & Kayak Season Kick Off
May 6
Celebrate the 2017 canoe and kayak season with a Chesapeake Bay sailing tradition.  Bring a new pair of socks to donate to a local charity.   Take off your socks and burn them with the rangers. Then join us for a guided trip into Taskinas Creek and the York River.

Proclamation Bicycle Ride
May 4
Ride begins at 8:15 a.m. from Jamestown Beach Event Park. Each year the Governor proclaims May is “Bike Month” in Virginia. Join us in Richmond at the Capitol to collect the writ. From there, ride back to James City County where the proclamation will be presented to our local governments officials. Shuttle service provided to Richmond; bikes will be blanketed and transported via box truck.

Pedaling the Past – Jamestown
May 7
Speeding past interpretive signs and wondering at their significance? Hop on your bike or one of ours for a guided tour of local historic sites and tales and tastes immersing you in the past! Helmets, water and snack included.

Free Comic Book Day!
May 6
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Comic Cubicle where you can pick up a free comic book and look around at their large variety of comic books, comic book supplies and much more!

The Williamsburg Choral Guild Presents From Broadway to Stage & Screen
May 6 & 7
Your toes will be tapping and your heartstrings will be pulled in this concert full of fun! Enjoy popular Broadway, stage and screen selections, including works by Lerner & Loewe, Bernstein & Sondheim, Gershwin, Lehár, Harburg & Lane and others.

John Blair Mountain Bike Ride
May 6
Take a ride on the 12 mile John Blair Mountain Bike Trail at York River State Park. The Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association (EVMA) will lead trips led according to skill level.

Hazel Camp at the Gallery at York Hall
May 6
Come out to the Gallery at York Hall and see the watercolor exhibit and demo by local artist Hazel Camp.

York County High School Student Art Exhibit
May 7
A special exhibit of selected artwork by high school students from York, Tabb, Grafton and Bruton High Schools.

Past Plantations Tour
May 6
Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation. Our staff archaeologist has made discoveries of forts, slave quarters, workshops, and relics of the colonial past.

Mother’s Day Expo at Williamsburg Premium Outlets
May 6-7
Shop a variety of specialty retailers and vendors at the Mother’s Day Expo at Williamsburg Premium Outlets on May 6 and 7. Discover the perfect gift for Mom with this weekend long celebration filled with in-store activation’s, beauty demos, a vendor expo and much more!

Rally ‘Round the Banjo: A Civil War Soldier’s Playlist
May 4

When the Civil War began, Northern and Southern soldiers didn’t have iPods or boom boxes to bring to camp, but they did have musical instruments and their favorite music. Join historian and musician Carson Hudson as he explores the “playlists” of the 1860s.

Dream Logic/A Life with No Limits
May 6
A Life With No Limits is inspired by the life and work of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and is created in the company’s signature style blending dance, theatre, and acrobatics.  Composer, Sophia Serghi, created original music for the work.  At the Kimball Theatre.

Colonial Williamsburg Employee Arts & Crafts Show
May 6 -7
Colonial Williamsburg employees, volunteers and retirees combine to present and sell handmade gifts. Luxuriant jams and handmade paintings are only a portion of the fabulous items available for personal enjoyment or as a special gift for that certain someone.

Art Adventures for Autism
May 6
Families with children on the autism spectrum are invited to explore folk art and decorative arts at the Art Museums. This sensory friendly event will allow kids with ASD to enjoy the galleries in their own way. Special tours, hands-on activities and crafts will be available. Space is limited and reservations are required.

David Mitchell at the Gallery at York Hall
May 5 – 7
Featuring local photographer, David Mitchell, and view his beautiful photographs.

Mysterious Moonlight Canoe Tour
May 6
There is no better way to enjoy the full moon than from a canoe on the beautiful Taskinas Creek. We’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of the marsh at night as we paddle slowly up the placid creek.

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Fridays & Saturdays through May 27
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for schedule. Full pub menu including fresh seafood. Live entertainment on weekends. Lunch and dinner overlooking the York River.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
Friday May 5 – 26
Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Behind Closed Drawers
May 5 – 26
Drop in to get a close look at “Printed Fashions.” Then, peer into the textile study drawers to examine additional clothing and needlework from our collections. See a side of fashion others might miss.

Franz (film)
May 3 – 11
A film by Francois Ozon.  In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers.  French/German with subtitles. At the Kimball Theatre. 

Wilson (film)
May 3 – 18
A poignant love letter to the people who raise us and the times that form us. Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s is raising her adolescent son, Jamie at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.  Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. At the Kimball Theatre.

Magical Strings: Harps and Dulcimers Migrate From Europe to America
May 2
Instruments with many strings have ancient origins and have evolved through various cultures, traveling with early settlers to America’s shores.  Philip and Pam Boulding, composers, instrument builders and teachers, share lively traditional arrangements of Celtic music and soulful compositions, augmented by stories of their world travels and the instruments they play and build.

Tuesdays through May 30
Explore the hidden stories behind the objects on display. Discover who made the object, and why–and how it wound up in our collection. Why do some of our artifacts have such unique stories.

Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Through May 31
Celebrate Spring – Come and see beautiful handmade quilts by local quilters.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.

Six Mead Sundays

Try ALL SIX of our meads, instead of only four. Every Sunday. Mead tastings are always free.

Show at On the Hill Gallery
April 8 – May 6 (Saturdays)
Join us for a reception held April 8 for artist, Mike Kravchak titled “Portraits of the Bay” from 6 to 8 pm.   The show will be in the Gallery from April 8 thru May 6. Mike works in watercolor, and his subject matter reflects the Chesapeake Bay, its working boats and watery landscapes.

Busting Myths!
Tuesdays through May 30
Was the pineapple really the symbol of 18th-century hospitality? Were quilts really used as coded messages for the Underground Railroad? Were people shorter in the 1700s? Learn to discern truth, myth, and reality on this guided tour.

Mondays through Mary 29
Explore quilts from the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries, while learning about the lives of quilters Amelia Lauke, Anna Jane Parker, Rita Mae Pettway, and others.

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

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