Williamsburg Events: September 25 – October 1, 2017

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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.

ShingDIG at Jamestown, September 28
Join us on Thursday, September 28, for the Sixth Annual ShinDIG at Jamestown! Guests enjoy an evening of bluegrass music, delicious barbecue, and beautiful views of the James River.

James Riverfest, September 30
Do you know how long a great Atlantic Sturgeon can grow to be, what the original Jamestown Settlement looked like or how to calculate your water footprint?

Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concert 1, September 25 & 26
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents its first Masterworks Concert of the 2017-2018 season, “From the New World.” Music Director, Janna Hymes. Featuring Jennifer Koh, violin. Program includes Bounce (2013) by Adam Schoenberg, Violin Concerto in D minor by Jean Sibelius, and Symphony No. 9 in E minor: “From the New World” by Antonin Dvorak.

2nd Sundays Williamsburg Art & Music Festival, October 1
Special date this month as to not conflict with An Occasion for the Arts! Features over 75 varied Artists, Artisans, Authors and at least 8 unique live music performances and performing arts in 4 blocks of downtown Williamsburg.

Brews That Benefit, September 30
Brews That Benefit in partnership with Alewerks! On Saturday, September 30th, Brews that Benefit is taking over Alewerks brewery to benefit Warriors at Ease and the Junior Womans Club of Williamsburg!

African-American Artists, September 29
Discover the talent and explore the accomplishments of African-American artists and artisans in the 18th-20th centuries. This guided tour of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg showcases a variety of the folk and decorative arts they created, as well as art that depicts their lives.

Watermen’s Museum Story Tellers, September 25
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.

Fossil Frenzy Hike, September 30
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.

Two Races, One Family, September 30
Three members of an extended Granville County, North Carolina family describe their personal ancestry journeys, the DNA tests that brought them together as cousins and research partners, and the emotional aspects of finding the slave/master family tie.

Meet the Curator/Conservator, Mondays through October 20
In a single day, a curator or conservator will wear many hats. Discover more about this fascinating profession as you walk and talk with a member of the staff that researches and cares for the objects in our museums.

Printing Fashion, Mondays through October 27
Explore the exhibit “Printed Fashions” and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational.

Free Public Lecture at York Hall, October 1
Noted author/lecturer Ms. Feather Schwartz Foster will share a presentation.  Join us Oct 1st from 3 -4 pm at York Hall in Yorktown.  Ms. Schwartz Foster will present a talk titled Dolley Madison, Fashionista.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg Presents Rob Brackenridge with Joy Julian, September 30
Always the class clown (and spending most of his formative years in the principal’s office), Rob Brackenridge was destined to become a comedian.

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.

The Irish Session: A Living Musical Tradition, September 26
Kelly Kennedy and friend perform the lively dance tunes and haunting songs that have been part of Irish traditional music sessions for centuries.

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.

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.

“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?

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.

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, September 30
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 DaysSaturdays 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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