Williamsburg Events: August 28 – September 4, 2017 (Labor Day Weekend)

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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!

Virginia Symphony Concert at Yorktown (NOTE: THIS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 13)
September 2
Virginia Symphony Concert, 7:30 pm. Pre-concert performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town and picnic judging, 6 pm.  Pack a picnic supper, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy the performance under a canopy of stars. 

Bier Fest at Busch Gardens
September 1-4
More than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to life this fall at Busch Gardens® Bier Fest. Raise a glass to toast the end of summer with a variety of craft beers from around the globe. Sample traditional German food, listen to live music, and experience all this unique Bavarian celebration has to offer. Prost!

Jamestown Jams: Party of Four
September 1
Come and enjoy free live music at Jamestown Jams. On Sept. 1, it will be 90s music featuring Party of Four, America’s #1 Tribute to Jangle Pop.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
September 1
Come and enjoy us first Fridays for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Watermen’s Museum Presents Story Tellers
August 28
Story tellers come together at the Yorktown Story Slam every fourth Monday of the month to share their true personal tales about a monthly theme.

Summer Breeze Concert Series Presents USAF Heritage Brass Ensemble
August 30
Returning to Merchants Square this summer, the United States Air Force Heritage Brass Ensemble. Bringing their mix of jazz, vocals, and percussion to the stage, this Summer Breeze Concert is a must-see.

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.

Spy Craft
September 2
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.

Mysterious Moonlight Canoe Tour
September 2
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. One experienced canoeist per canoe required.

Awesome Osprey Hike
September 2
Our seasonal bird of prey returns to the Chesapeake Bay region. This ranger guided hike highlights the Osprey’s role in the estuarine ecosystem. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras and viewing gear.

Movies Under the Stars
September 1
Enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. All ages welcome. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Movie subject to change. Weather permitting. Sept. 1 – Annie (2014) (PG)

Karaoke in the Park
September 2
Sing the night away while enjoying the park! All ages welcome. 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting. At Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

Spanish Wine and Tapas Tasting
Drop by this Saturday, from 1-4 PM, as we offer a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with authentic Spanish bites! Join us on a tour of Spain’s wine regions and grapes and discover a new favorite from La Rioja, Ribeiro del Duero or a Cava or Sherry.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg Presents Mike Easmeil with Chris Allen
September 2
Live Stand Up Comedy Performance! Mike, a Palestinian-American comedian living in Virginia Beach is a favorite in comedy clubs all over. His comedy revolves around life as an Arab American and having fun with the absurd realities we take as normal everyday. A regular at the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, Mike has also performed internationally in Jerusalem and Bethlehem and on some of America’s most prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. At the DoubleTree Hotel.

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?

Virginia’s Music: From the Sea to the Mountains
August 29
Travel the varied terrains of the Commonwealth through music that features its geography, history and nature. Enjoy tunes from ‘East Virginia,’ ‘The Falls of Richmond,’ ‘Shenandoah,’ and ‘Cumberland Gap’ to the adventurous ‘Hiking in the Highland Firs’ and ‘Paddle with the Kingfishers.’  On hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, flutes and more, Timothy Seaman takes you on this musical journey west from the coast to the mountains and valleys of the Blue Ridge.

To Be Seen as an American
August 30
Meet three black women who didn’t accept society’s limits on what they could accomplish. Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur; Katie Marie was educated but lacked resources; Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The work of these Williamsburg women spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generation to build on.

“Pottery” Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
September 2-30
Come out to The Gallery at York Hall and enjoy our unique pottery exhibit from local artists.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.

Ben Franklin and the hot Air Balloon
August 28
Historian and author Tony Williams explores the invention of hot-air ballooning in Paris during the time when Benjamin Franklin led negotiations for a peace settlement to end the Revolutionary War. A book signing will follow.

Past Plantations Tour
September 2
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.

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.

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.

Ceramics Up Close
Fridays & Sundays through September
What sort of dishes did our colonial ancestors buy? Where did the ceramics come from and how were they used? First join the conversation on a guided tour, then drop in for a behind the scenes view of the museum’s ceramic storage vault.

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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
September 2
Kick off your Labor Day weekend celebration at the Williamsburg Farmers Market! Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps.

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.

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