Williamsburg Events: May 15 – 21, 2017

Posted on Updated on

Check out what’s happening this week in greater Williamsburg. And be sure to sign up for our weekly (or monthly) newsletter!

LPGA Kingsmill Championship
May 15 – 21
Cheer on the world’s best women golfers at the next Kingsmill Championship. The Kingsmill Championship will be contested on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA. Kingsmill is a proven venue that has stood the test of time, having hosted over 30 professional golf events.

Jazz on the James
May 19
Enjoy live jazz that swings with local band Good Shot Judy, craft beer and fine wine, and local food trucks – Offbeat Eats by Two Drummers, FoodaTude…Food with Attitude, and Sinful Treats – all against the stunning vista of the James River at Jamestown Settlement.

Culturefix Presents Honky Tonk Heroes a Classic Country Tribute
May 20
Featuring: Blended Outlaw, from Virginia Beach (with Williamsburg’s own Scott Kale and special guest David Waltrip), Molly Payne & The Mistakes (Richmond, VA) & Curtis Brown (of the Michael Clark Band) & Ben Phelps.

La Tienda Oyster Fiesta
May 18
Come celebrate the opening of our new patio with fresh oysters, live music and tasty tapas! Get a taste of what Williamsburg is talking about – La Tienda’s amazing food from Spain, plus great wines and sangria.

Craft Beer Week Tastings
May 15 – 21
Join us for a celebration of Craft Beer Week! We will be celebrating with free tastings at Hair of the DoG Bottle Shop throughout the week.

National Theatre Live: Who’s Araid of Virginia Woolf?
May 18
Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

Bridles & Bow Ties
May 20
This annual fundraising event which is presented by Riverside Health System includes: tours of the facilities, student spotlights, cocktails, oysters, an elegant seated buffet dinner and a live auction sponsored by TowneBank. The purpose is to share Dream Catchers’ mission and to celebrate the success of our program participants!

Family Fun Fest
May 20
Join James City County Parks & Recreation for the annual Family Fun Fest! The event features Knockerball Hampton Roads, Touch-A-Truck and the Teeny Tiny Farm Petting Zoo. Also enjoy pony rides, inflatable rides, hands-on activities, family entertainment with music and contests too! Grab some lunch provided by our food vendors and visit all of our local craft and business vendors!

100 Years of Glorious Technicolor: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (film)
May 20 & 21
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers. Starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. At the Kimball Theatre.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s Fireworks Finale Concert
May 20
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra wraps up its 33rd season in grand style with Fireworks Finale, a concert featuring guest violinist Elena Urioste. Conducted by Music Director Janna Hymes.

Pedaling the Past – Freedom Park
May 21
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!

Friday Night Flights at Charly’s Airport Restaurant
Fridays through May 26
Enjoy live acoustic music on the patio of Charly’s Airport Restaurant each Friday now through early autumn during Friday Night Flights. The patio provides great views as planes takeoff (you never know what you’ll see!) and there are always delicious specials on homemade bread and slices of pie for dessert.

Suping Sisters
SUPing Sisters is for ladies only! Sorry fellas!! We will meet every Monday at 6:00pm and paddle together for an hour and a half. Each week will be a different place to paddle and explore. This is a great way to work on your paddling technique and also to enjoy some company while paddling. At Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

Revtalk: Immigration and National Identity with Ric Burns
May 21
How do we define who can be an American-and what being an American means? The Chinese Exclusion Act, to be released on PBS this year, examines the economic, cultural, social, legal, racial and political dimensions of the law; the forces and events that gave rise to it; and the effect it has had, and continues to have, on American culture and identity.  A partial pre-release screening of this new documentary by film maker Ric Burns will be followed by a REV Talk and post Q&A.

Tim Seaman at the Gallery at York Hall
May 21
Come out to the Gallery at York Hall and enjoy Tim Seaman perform his Hamered Dulcimer.

Watermen’s Museum Swing Dance
May 15
Join us every third Monday of the month for swing dance.  7:30 – 8 PM for instructions and 8 – 10 PM dancing!

GPS Pirates at York River State Park
May 20
A new way to find treasure.  Geocaching makes use of the Global Positioning System to help you find caches of park information and small gifts.  We will supply you with a GPS unit and the ranger will help you hike off of the beaten path for a unique discovery.  Please call for reservations.

Third Sunday Children’s Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
May 21
In this Third Sunday Children’s Art event, we will have a different art medium every month.  Supplies are included.

Fiddle Music from Jamestown to Yorktown
May 16
What kind of music would the Jamestown settlers have enjoyed? What were Virginians listening to at the end of the Revolution? Take a walk through 174 years of music and history with David Gardner. The award-winning fiddler and music historian has an entertaining story to tell on a collection of historically appropriate instruments.

Williamsburg Women’s Chorus Presents The Earth Sings!
May 16
The Williamsburg Women’s Chorus spring concert will feature music about nature and the abundance of our world. Entitled “Earthsongs” after a set of pieces included in the concert that were written by Florida composer David Brunner, the music will open with the classic treble song by Claude Debussy, Salut printemps, Welcome Spring.

Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
May 15
Come learn how to make jewelry with glass domes and cabochons, metal bezels and ephemera. Create charming and vintage necklaces, earrings, bracelets and even magnets.  Supplies are included.

Their Finest (film)
Through June 8 (select days)
In 1940 London, as the nation is bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). As bombs are dropping all around them, the colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. At the Kimball Theatre

Successful Campaign
May 19
Join the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums for a lively, stirring performance of traditional 18th-century field music! The senior corps will share the stage with a featured guest corps. Meet the talented musicians that make up our Fife and Drum Corps.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through September 30
A favorite event, Yorktown Market Days located on the Yorktown waterfront operates weekly. Featuring over 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists throughout the season, including a variety of homegrown favorites and local art.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
May 20
Over 40 vendors will bring strawberries, asparagus, Spring produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, meats, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market. Live music will be performed by LCV Project

From Revolution to Restoration
May 17
What happened in Williamsburg after the Revolution? Discover how the town survived hard times until it was restored to its former glory in the early 20th century. Program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Architectural Clues to 18th-century Williamsburg.”

The Mischievous Fey
May 18
It’s springtime and the world awakens after a long winter’s sleep. It’s time for the spring lambs, the flowers to bloom and the mischievous Fey to once again roam the Highlands. Enjoy tales of the Spring Festivals and the Fey as told by Master Storyteller Donna Wolf.

Tyke Hike: Woods and Waters
May 20
Is your two to four year old ready for a hike of their own? Would he or she like to learn the basics about birds? Our friendly neighborhood park ranger will lead families around Woodstock Pond and point out the creatures that live in our woods and waters.

High Fiber Festival
May 20
All natural (75%) fiber festival at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano. There will be a variety of vendors featuring yarns, quilts and crafts. Demonstrations include spinning, handweaving and weaving along with animals, children’s activities and food.

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.

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 May 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.

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.

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?

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

Behind Closed Drawers
Through May 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.

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.

Middle School Art Show at On the Hill Gallery
Saturdays through May 28
Celebrating our annual York County Middle School Art Show, May 7 – 28th at On the Hill Gallery. The work will be hung and displayed the same as in a professional gallery.

A Grand Medley of Entertainments
Mondays through June 12
Owen Murdock’s Company gamely tries to present an 18th-century traveling variety show, but their misfortunes provide a comedy of errors for the entire family to enjoy. A colonial entertainment so amusing that even Colonel Washington would have laughed!

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.

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

To add your event to the Williamsburg Weekends and main event calendars, you must register for an account.