Williamsburg Events: August 21 – 27, 2017

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


National Park Service Birthday
August 25
Free admission to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. 

Viewing the Great American Eclipse
August 21
View this rare celestial event at the Virginia Living Museum! We will offer telescope views of the Sun throughout the eclipse and provide eclipse glasses to our visitors for direct viewing.

Military Band Concert Series
Tuesdays in August
A different ensemble performs each week presented by musicians from U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Langley Air Force Base and Ft. Eustis, VA. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. See website for schedule.

Summer Breeze Concert Series: USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble
August 23
The United States Air Force Heritage of America Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble returns to Merchants Square as part of the Summer Breeze Concert Series.

Steal the Pint Night at Yorktown Pub
August 25 & 26
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month.

Bigfoot Weekends
August 25
Bigfoot Weekends: A strange creature has been seen roaming the woods and trails of our campground. Could it be the elusive Sasquatch?

The Fifes and Drums of York Town
Sundays in August
See website for details on performances at Yorktown Battlefield and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Spanish Wine and Tapas Tasting
Saturdays
Drop by this Saturday, from 1-4 PM, as we offer a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with authentic Spanish bites!

Comedy Club of Williamsburg Presents Mike Albanese with Joy Julian
August 26
A New York based comedian by way of Atlanta, Mike can be seen as a recurring character on BET’s hit show, “The Game” as well as in 2016 feature film “American Dirtbags” (watch for FREE on Amazon. Mike produces the “Red Clay Comedy Festival” annually in Atlanta, GA and several showcases in New York City where he currently resides.

Crack the Code
August 21
Learn about real secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the Revolution. Try your hand at “cracking the code” using the spy techniques you’ve learned. Geared for ages 8 and older.

Spy Craft
August 26
Calling all families to save the Revolution! See what sort of codes and ciphers General Washington and his army used to send messages to each other and thwart the British army. Drop in and try your hand at reading and writing secret messages just like Revolutionary spies.

Yankees in the Streets: Williamsburg During the Civil War
August 23
Williamsburg is known for its 18th-century history, but what happened here during the Civil War? Join historian and author Carson Hudson for an illustrated lecture on a different aspect of Williamsburg’s history.

Unique 18th-Century Musical Instruments
August 22
Have you ever played the comb and paper? Have you heard of the sackbut, octave mandolin, or baroque guitar? Enjoy an hour with Stephen Christoff and hear some of the more unusual instruments the colonists used to make music.

Tri-Club Bay River Classic Soccer Tournament
August 26
The Tri-Club Bay River Classic Soccer Tournament Staff is pleased to announce Sports Williamsburg as a major sponsor again for this year’s 2016 soccer tournament.

Watermen’s Museum Swing Dance
August 21
Join us every third Monday of the month for swing dance.

Fantastic Beasts: Let’s Go Find Them
Mondays in August
Learn about magical beasts in art on this guided tour, then illustrate a book to take home with your fantastic discoveries.   What sort of creatures were depicted during colonial times? 

Explore the Declaration of Independence
Saturdays through August 26
Explore the exciting events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution! How did our Founding Fathers create the Declaration?  Did Thomas Jefferson really do it all? A guided tour for ages 10 and up.

Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks
July 22 – November 26
Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over a half million LEGO pieces, this show features larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by Brooklyn artist and children’s author Sean Kenney. At the Virginia Living Museum.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
August 26
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

Celebrate Yorktown Committee Summer Concert Series
Sundays through August
Well known musicians and bands perform each Sunday including contemporary and country music, bluegrass, classic rock, modern hits, jazz quartet, Celtic music, traditional barbershop melodies and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and pack a picnic supper. See website for schedule.

Explore the Declaration of Independence
Saturdays through August 26
Explore the exciting events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution! How did our Founding Fathers create the Declaration?  Did Thomas Jefferson really do it all? A guided tour for ages 10 and up. 

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
Fridays in August
Come and enjoy us every Friday evening in August for an evening of traditional and original folk music along the beautiful York River.

Campfire Social
Saturdays
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.

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.

Summer Fireworks at Busch Gardens
Fridays through August 25
This event inspires park-goers through fireworks and moving original soundscapes.

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens
Saturdays through August 26
In July and August, Busch Gardens® becomes a cooler place after dark during Summer Nights, presented by Coca-Cola®. Special entertainment, culinary experiences and a fun nighttime atmosphere will give guests a new reason to visit during summer evenings. See website for schedule.

Printed, Painted, Stained and Dyed
Thursdays in August
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.

Folk Art Fridays
Fridays in August
On a guided tour be inspired by innovative and imaginative folk art, then create your own work of art to take home. How were the folk artists inspired, and how will that inspire you?

Live Music at Water Street Grille
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays in August
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. For details call 757.369.5644 or visit the website.

A Dog’s Life
Wednesdays in August
Take a guided tour of dog-related art and explore the lives of dogs as pets and workplace helpers in the 18th century. Learn about our folk art dog, Prince; artist William Hogarth’s canine companion; and other dogs in art.

Photography Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
July through August
Come out to The Gallery at York Hall and enjoy beautiful and picturesque ‘Photography’ exhibit.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.


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