Williamsburg Events: October 2 – 8, 2017

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An Occasion for the Arts, October 6-8
Each year, on the first full weekend in October, An Occasion For The Arts (AOFTA) provides a splendid celebration of visual, literary and performing arts in and beyond Merchants Square of Colonial Williamsburg. The juried show brings the work of talented fine artists, lively performing artists, food and beverage tastings together for an event everyone in the family enjoys.

Yorktown Wine Festival, October 7
Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or an aspiring novice-you don’t want to miss our grand tasting. 

Pumpkinville, Through October 29 (see website for schedule)
Pumpkinville is a fun, seasonal treasure in Toano, VA, part of the Greater Williamsburg area. Pumpkinville is operated by a local family farm. Your family can pick their own pumpkins from their patch or choose from our large selection of pre-picked pumpkins in the yard. In addition to pumpkins, there is a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, flowers, wooden cut-outs, arts and crafts and fall decorations. Bundles of cornstalks and bales of straw are also available for purchase.

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.

American Indian Intertribal Powwow, October 7-8
Jamestown Settlement will present an American Indian Intertribal Powwow on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, featuring song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling and a film presentation.

Williamsburg Book Festival, October 7
The 2017 Williamsburg Book Festival celebrates the best in books in our region and beyond. Headlining the festival is bestselling author Kathryn Aalto. 

An Occasion for the Arts Kickoff Party Featuring Davina & the Vagabonds, October 6
The kickoff of Williamsburg’s biggest art weekend! An Occasion for the Arts is partnering with Culturefix to create this exciting event. Entry price includes one drink ticket and an unforgettable performance from Davina and the Vagabonds from Minneapolis, MN.

Watermen’s Museum Hosts ‘Painting on the River’, October 5
The Watermen’s Museum is hosting a monthly evening of painting with a local artist. No experience needed to have a wonderful night of painting and fun.

Craft Beer Dinner & “Steal the Pint Night” at Water Street Grille, October 5
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 Lickinghole Creek Craft Beers, a four course beer paired dinner of culinary delights from Chef Brian Hines and his culinary team.

2015 Adagio Release Party at the Williamsburg Winery, October 6
The Williamsburg Winery is excited to unveil the 2015 Adagio on October 6 at a special Adagio Vertical Wine Dinner in Celebration of Virginia Wine Month! The multi-course wine paired dinner will feature the 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages of Adagio!

Capital Color Ride, October 7
Pedal your way through the Virginia Capital Trail with color surprises at every turn! Add a little color to your day pedaling round trip from Chickahominy Riverfront Park to your “Color Pit Stop” of choice.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree, October 6
Come and enjoy us first Fridays for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia, October 4
Historian Carson Hudson discusses how colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their northern neighbors.

Public Lecture: “Corrective Lens: Native Women Photographers”, October 3
In conjunction with the “Pocahontas Imagined” special exhibition, Johanna Minich, adjunct curator of Native American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will present a public lecture, “Corrective Lens: Native Women Photographers and the Debunking of the ‘Vanishing Race’ Myth.”

Art Class at On the Hill Gallery, October 5
In this beginner decorative painting class, you will learn the basics of decorative painting with a step-by-step method.  These classes will provide you the basics of brush care and handling, blending techniques, prepping and more.

Past Plantations Tour, October 7
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.

Artist Lew Thatcher at On the Hill Gallery, October 7-21
Lew Thatcher paints in the realist genre.  His art is detailed, focused and believable.  Over 40 Years of sailing and exploring the waters, marshes and harbors of Chesapeake Bay have provided him with a vast wealth of maritime subjects.

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.

York County Hosts Lafayette Exhibit, Through October 30 (see website for schedule)
York County is hosting one of three exhibits to honor the Marquis de Lafayette. The Marquis de Lafayette was one of the heroes of the American Revolution and was with Washington here in Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis.

Jamestown Jams – The Lone Rangers, October 6
Come and enjoy free live music at Jamestown Jams. On Oct. 6, it will be music from the early 2000s featuring The Lone Rangers.Entrance will open for each Jamestown Jams concert at 5:30 p.m. Concerts will take place on a grassy field within Jamestown Beach Event Park.

New Exhibition – Another Look: Marine Photography From 1948-1972, October 7-21
Camera clubs provide an opportunity for photographers to reach a wider audience and to have their work criticized on its artistic and technical merits.

New Exhibition – Views of the Baltic Sea: Contemporary Photographs  from Greifswald, Germany, October 7 -21
This photography exhibition will recognize the 10th anniversary of the Newport News–Greifswald relationship. These photographs were created by eight photographers who live and work in the region.

The Very Versatile Violin, October 3
Join violinists David Gardner and Wayne Hill as they explore the variety of the violin in a fun filled frenzied fiddle festival!

Butterflies: Wings of Wonder, October 7
Butterflies are amazing creatures in so many ways – their vibrant colors, their different shapes, sizes and patterns and the important roles they play in nature’s web of life.

Rev3 Capital Trail 100, October 7
Enjoy a 100-mile relay on the Virginia Capital Trail! This event is for teams of six or ultra-teams of four. The relay includes all of the Virginia Capital Trail from Richmond to Jamestown and back!

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.

Live Music at Water Street Grille, Fridays & Saturdays in October
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. See website for a full schedule.

Quiltmakers, Tuesdays through October 31
Explore quilts from the 18th, 19th, & 20th centuries, while learning about the lives of quilters Amelia Lauke, Anna Jane Parker, Rita Mae Pettway, and others.

Williamsburg Farmers Market, October 7
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk, October 7
Join Freedom Park on the first Saturday of every month for a nature program and guided walk on the Living Forest Interpretive Trail! 

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.

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.

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.


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