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Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens
Weekends from September 22 – October 29
Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream®. At the stroke of 6 p.m. the park becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that lie in wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed Terror-tories™ and darkly entertaining live shows.
Yorktown Art Stroll
This one-of-a-kind event will meld local businesses with artists and their work. Enjoy a stroll through the town while each artist displays and sells their work in various shops and businesses in Yorktown, including Riverwalk Landing and the Freight Shed.
Village Festival at Yankee Candle
September 23 – 24
Join us for a weekend of fun for the whole family! Search our classic fragrances only found here in the Village. – 40% off select fall tableware and decor! Enjoy VA’s Finest! Food sampling by Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC, The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg, Blue Crab Bay Co. Specialty Foods Saturday will include live music by the Indigo Boys, face painting & balloon art by Ashley Pickin the Face Painter , raffles, and more!
The Tempest at Jamestown Settlement
September 21 – 23
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.
Virginia Living Museum’s Fall Plant Sale
September 23 – 24
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.
Canoeing Under the Stars at York River State Park
Get away from the bright lights of the city and spend an evening with us looking at the night sky. For an added touch, we’ll enjoy it from a canoe! Whether you’re an expert on the stars and planets or a novice, you’ll still enjoy this peaceful trip on the creek.
A Taste of High Street
High Street Festival (Plaza Azteca, Orange Theory, Movie Tavern and many others). Come out to have “taste” preview all the incredible shops at High Street. Kids activities, live music, beer and wine tastings, and more!
“Treasure Chest” with Green Flash at Water Street Grille
An intimate place big on flavor and personality, and a Yorktown must-do, offering 20 micro brews and a delicious tapas menu. Your evening will feature Green Flash’s Treasure Chest Beer, a Hibiscus IPA, and for every pint sold, Green Flash will donate a dollar to breast cancer . This promises to be an evening filled with conversation and libations overlooking the York River.
Bacon Street Youth and Family Services 2017 Earl Tuggy Young Golf Tournament
Join Us for the 2017 Earl “Tuggy” Young Golf Tournament As Bacon Street Youth and Family Services celebrates our 46th year of service to the youth and families we are gearing up for the annual golf tournament! In memory of Earl “Tuggy” Young, this golf tournament is coming soon, on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9 am at Ford’s Colony Country Club.
A Cook’s Walking Tour
Guests visiting our historic sites see lovely, pristine homes in fair order. But, did you ever wonder about the messy parts of life? Take a guided tour with a member of Historic Foodways to explore the often private world of food preparation in an 18th-century city.
The People Who Forged Civilization
Join master storyteller Shel Browder for myths and stories about the men and women who forged the tools of war and peace, creating civilizations out of sweat and fire. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition From Forge and Furnace: A Celebration of Early American Iron.
Photographer David Mitchell at the Gallery at York Hall
We invite you to meet wildlife photographer, David Mitchell. David has a unique eye for photographing wildlife such as eagles, ospreys and many more animals.
“Pottery” Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
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.
Watermen’s Museum Swing Dance
Join us every third Monday of the month for swing dance.
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.
Murder or Misfortune? The Tragic Death of Robert Routledge
In June 1766, Virginia merchant Robert Routledge was stabbed in public by Colonel John Chiswell. Or was he? Was it murder or was it a tragic misfortune? Join historian Carson Hudson for an interactive recreation of the most controversial crime in 18th-century Virginia.
Night Hike at York River State Park
njoy the cooler temperatures with the sounds of raccoons, owls, and other creatures. After the hike, enjoy stargazing with the Virginia Penisula Astronomy Club. Please call the office for reservations. Note: Hikes in September and October begin at 7:30 pm.
Longleaf Pine Basket Weaving Workshop
In this basket weaving workshop, you’ll learn how to weave baskets from the needles of the longleaf pine, a tree once common in Virginia and long prized for its utility in shipbuilding.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Farmers Market
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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