Williamsburg Events: September 11 – 17, 2017

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Virginia Symphony Concert at Yorktown (Rescheduled date)
September 13
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.

Williamsburg Contemporary Artisans Festival
September 16
Contemporary artisans take over Duke of Gloucester Street for a day-long festival to demonstrate their crafts and sell their handmade wares.

The Tempest at Jamestown Settlement
September 14 – 16
An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be performed aboard Jamestown Settlement’s re-creations of the Susan Constant and in the colonial fort.

Bier Fest at Busch Gardens
September 16 – 17
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!

Mr. Shield’s 18th-Century Pig Roast
September 15
Mr. Shields invites you to an 18th-century Pig Roast. Dine on great food from the sumptuous buffet and enjoy lively conversation. You will gather for family-style seating at the picnic tables in the covered area of the garden behind the tavern, where Mr. Shields has also arranged musical entertainment for the evening.

Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Stuffing
September 16
Come enjoy the sights and activities at this annual event! Arts and crafts, food, games, inflatables and more! Scarecrow Stuffing will be back again! At Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

Watermen’s Museum Annual Oyster Roast
September 16
Enjoy fresh roasted or raw oysters sourced from multiple local sources.  Chowder, side dishes, and desserts included. Watermen’s Museum.

The Mariners’ Museum Gallery Crawl: The Secret Life of Objects
September 16
Experience many rare artifacts up-close, and enjoy delicious bites and spirited beverages as your Gallery Crawl passport transports you through each gallery and into another time.

Bacon’s Rebellion Evening Walking Tour
September 16
During this special evening walking tour, guests will be led through the colonial town site and see the dramatic events unfold through the eyewitness account of Thomas Matthew, a Burgess in 1676. Controlled fires re-create the burning of Jamestown as it occurred on September 19, 1676.

Virginia Living Museum’s Fall Plant Sale
September 16 – 17
Choose from a large selection of summer and fall blooming native wildflowers, shrubs and small trees for a variety of garden sites and styles at the Virginia Living Museum’s annual fall plant sale.

Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series in Yorktown
Fridays through October 6
Get your toes tappin’ to fantastic sounds during this five-week concert series featuring toe tappin’ Jazz and Big Band and knee slappin’ Country. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. See website for schedule.

York River Floating Folk Jam at Watermen’s Museum
September 13
Second Wednesday every month is Watermen’s Museum Music Jam Session: Don’t miss an evening of fun and music with ShantyGrass and visiting amateurs and professional musicians as you join them in passing songs around a circle.

The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg
September 12
The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg presents the Miró String Quartet at the Williamsburg Regional Library.

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! 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.

Costumes & Jewelry in Memoriam
Thursdays Through September 28
During this guided tour, explore mourning customs and view examples of mourning jewelry, art, and textiles. How have mourning customs changed over time?  Did family members really keep locks of hair of the deceased in jewelry?

Comedy Club of Williamsburg Presents Mike Stankeiwicz with John Kensil
September 16
Winner of the prestigious “Best of Philly”
award presented by Philadelphia Magazine, Stank takes
you down a road you didn’t expect to travel with a
conversational style that makes you feel like you’re
riding the bar stool next to him. At the DoubleTree Hotel.

Third Sunday Children’s Art Class On the Hill Gallery
September 17
In this Third Sunday Children’s Art event, we will have a different art medium every month.  Supplies are included. Reservations required.

The Burning of the White House
September 17
Hear from author Jane Hampton Cook and from President Madison and his First Lady as they discuss her latest book “The Burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812.”

Woodturner, Tom Duke at Gallery at York Hall
September 17
Come and visit our first time featuring a professional wood turner. You will be impressed with Tom Duke’s creations of vases, jars and bowls. His creations make a unique gift for that someone special.

Custer’s First Stand: George A. Custer at Williamsburg
September 13
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.

Public Lecture: “Reel Indian: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Film”
September 13
In conjunction with the “Pocahontas Imagined” special exhibition, Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Statewide Manager for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will present a public lecture, “Reel Indian: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Film.”

Hands-On Craft Workshop
Mondays through September 25
Learn about the museum collection and enjoy making a craft too! New crafts will be presented every week. Crafts are based on objects found in the collection. Space is limited.

Busting Myths!
Mondays through September 25
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.

Foolish Songs and Ballads
September 12
In the early days of the 18th century, the great Puritan theologian Cotton Mather observed “that the minds and manners of many people about the country are much corrupted by foolish songs and ballads.”

Fossil Frenzy Hike
September 9 & 16
Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. At York River State Park.

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Fridays & Saturdays in September
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for schedule.

Live Music at Water Street Grille
Fridays & Saturdays in September
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. Friday and Saturday Nights, 7-10 pm. See website for schedule.

Williamsburg Before and After Tour
Thursdays through November 2
For 81 years, Williamsburg served as the seat of Virginia government. But what happened after the capital moved to Richmond? For more than two centuries, Williamsburg was a sleepy, small town. Using images and personal stories, explore the booms, busts, and eventual restoration of this unique community.

“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.

Art Exhibition: “No Man’s Land: A Collection of Works by Contemporary Female Artists”
September 7 – 21
A reception will be held on September 14th, from 4-6pm This event is free and open to the public. See website for a list of featured artists.

In Memoriam
Thursdays in September
During this guided tour, explore mourning customs and view examples of mourning jewelry, art, and textiles. How have mourning customs changed over time?  Did family members really keep locks of hair of the deceased in jewelry?

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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
September 16
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

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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