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Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens
Weekends, May 26 – June 2
A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park.
Historic Trades Fair
Blacksmiths, potters, turners, carvers, spinners and more gather at Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, to showcase historical trades and sell crafts and wares.
The Williamsburg Charity Concert Series Presents Code Blue
Code Blue is a high energy bluegrass band playing everything from traditional bluegrass music to doing their own arrangements their way. Code Blue puts in the hard work and individual experience to provide the best sound so they can please every age group. Sponsored by the James City County Rotary Club.
Soul on a String (film)
Through June 1 (select dates)
After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer he just killed, Taibei, a young lonesome Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a long and difficult mission: to bring it back to the holy mountain of Buddha’s handprint. His journey turns sour as an obstinate woman, Joan, and a psychic yet dumb elf, Pu, soon decide to join him. Not to mention the two violent brothers on his tale, who are on a revenge quest. Shot in some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth, an epic, magical, and visually stunning tale of karmic returns, hate and love, and the eternal power of timeless stories. Tibetan w/ subtitles. At the Kimball Theatre.
Water|Ways at the Virginia Living Museum
May 27 – June 9
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living. The Water|Ways exhibit will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?
Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Saturdays through July 1
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for a schedule.
The Fifes and Drums of York Town
Sundays through June 25
At both the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center (included with admission), the Yorktown waterfront, and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (included with admission). See website for schedule.
Tales from the Road and Folk Art
Antiques appraiser, Ken Farmer will discuss his experiences on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow as a folk art expert. How did the popular television show get its start, and what have been some of the highlights? Throughout his talk Farmer will discuss what folk art is and how perceptions about it are changing as enthusiasts are collecting at every level.
An All-American Tea
You’re invited to a very special tea with Christiana Campbell! Join Mrs. Campbell in a private dining room for an exclusive blend of tea as you dine on a special menu of muffins, scones, sandwiches, and other treats to share with your favorite doll.
Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
In this re-purpose and paint a suitcase art event, bring in an old hard-sided small- to medium-size suitcase with two yards of contrasting or complimentary fabric. All levels of painting are welcome. Some supplies are included. Reservations required.
Past Plantations Tour
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.
Saturdays through June 24
Come celebrate summer with a good old fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking beautiful Gordon Creek.
Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of
Admiral Sir John Lindsay who is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. At the Kimball Theatre.
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.
O&A Day 2017 at Oceans & Ale
Oceans & Ale is celebrating seven years in Williamsburg on Saturday, June 3 with O&A Day. There will be plenty going on when Bell’s Brewery and Founders Brewing Co. come visit Oceans & Ale! There will be red carpet photos, a tasting tent with craft brews and beer infused cocktails, and a special anniversary menu.
Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through September 30
Featuring over 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists throughout the season, including a variety of homegrown favorites and local art. Delicious food, exciting entertainment, beautiful and inspiring artwork, and a view beyond compare. Weekly live music entertainment. Shoppers can enjoy the added bonus of watching local chefs demonstrate the preparation of various dishes on select Saturdays.
‘Stained Glass’ Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Come and enjoy the ‘Stain Glass’ Exhibit 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. See website for gallery hours.
Book Signing at the Gallery at York Hall
Come and meet local author, Andy Lightner. He wrote an entertaining children’s book called “Gavin’s Goggles”.
Auntie M’s American Cottage Art Classes
Come join Auntie M’s fun and unique workshop. The workshop moderator leads you through various fun filled art program to enhance your creativity through one-of-a-kind workshop. Minimum of 4 participants needed.
Member Art Show at On the Hill Gallery
Saturdays through July 3
On the Hill Gallery members will host a “Blue” theme art show. The gallery will be filled with art media with variations of blues created by members.
Virginia State Basketball Championships – Triple Crown
All Teams Welcome! The Virginia State Championship is open to team from any state.
Drinking History: Jefferson and Ginger Beer
Join renowned character historian Bill Barker portraying Thomas Jefferson with Georgia Dunn, owner of the British West Indies Trading Company and direct descendent of Thomas Harriott, the first of the British Explorers to record making beer in the New World, as they share the fascinating history of ginger beer and the prominence of this beverage throughout the country’s history.
Sunset Serenade Weekly Live Music
Fridays through September
Join friends on Friday nights in the garden of Colonial Williamsburg’s Chowning’s Tavern for Sunset Serenades, our weekly live music event featuring the best local folk, Americana, blues, and bluegrass bands. Good food, good friends, and colonial-style libations.
Printed, Painted, Stained and Dyed
Thursdays through June 29
Join a curator to learn about printed textiles for fashion and home on this interactive tour. How were printed fashions made in the 18th century? Discover some of the latest fashions for home back then.
Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.
Free Fishing in Virginia
June 2 – 4
June 2, 3, and 4, 2017 have been designated as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. No fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in freshwater or saltwater, on these days. Plan some time to go fishing and boating; take the family fishing and boating or learn to fish and boat!
Custer’s First Stand: George A. Custer at Williamsburg
Everyone has heard about General Custer and his “Last Stand” at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. But have you ever heard of Lt. Custer at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862? Join with historian Carson Hudson and learn about his surprising activities in and around Williamsburg.
Music the Settlers Knew
The first permanent English settlement in America was established at Jamestown on 14 May 1607. Balladeers John Turner and Cliff Williams share tunes on recorders, guitar, pipe and tabor, fiddle and kit that the English inhabitants of Virginia in the first quarter of the 17th century would have been familiar with.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Live Music at Water Street Grille
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. Times vary. See website for schedule. For additional details, call 757.369.5644.
Six Mead Sundays
Try ALL SIX of our meads, instead of only four. Every Sunday. Mead tastings are always free.
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