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The ‘Mad’ Revenge of King George III, October 28
Be a part of an immersive experience through the halls and grounds of the Capitol where you step inside the King’s mind chasing an alternate reality as you face a descent into darkness.
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.
Billsburg Brewery Grand Opening Weekend, October 27
Come out and enjoy the grand opening weekend of Billsburg Brewery, located at the James City County Marina. Throughout the weekend, food trucks will be on site.
Monsters, Mayhem, and Musick, October 17, 24 & 31
As Halloween approaches and the ghosts of Colonial Williamsburg begin to prowl, immerse yourself in a musical realm of strangeness and sorcery.
Haunting on DOG Street, October 15-31
Join us from October 15 through October 31 as we celebrate the Halloween season with new evening programs, ghost tours, spooky carriage rides, museum talks, and special events.
Jack of the Lanterns, October 27-31
In the eighteenth century, the haunted tale of Jack of the Lanterns (and the origin of our Jack O’Lantern) brought a tingle to the spines of young and old alike.
Trivia Night at Alewerks, Wednesdays
Wednesday night means the Taproom is the place to be for this battle of the brains. Bring your friends (or your enemies) and prove just how smart you really are. It’s an entertaining evening with great craft beer, and a thoroughly irreverent take on trivia. We’ll have food trucks here too with an ever-changing menu of delicious options.
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.
Opera in Williamsburg Presents: Rossini’s Barber of Seville, October 20, 22 & 24
Live fully-staged opera with world-class cast. Conductor: Jorge Parodi. The Barber of Seville is one of the world’s most popular comic operas, with well-known favorite melodies.
Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center Inaugural Juried Show, Select Dates through November 9
The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center’s inaugural regional juried show is open to the public through Nov. 9. Gulay Berryman, owner of the award-winning Williamsburg Art Gallery, judged the show-which includes 81 pieces from 59 local and regional artists-and presented cash awards to the winners at the artists’ reception preceding the exhibit’s opening.
Craft Beer Dinner at Water Street Grille in Yorktown, October 26
An intimate place big on flavor and personality, and a Yorktown must-do, offering 20 micro brews and a delicious tapas menu.
Children’s Special Event at the Gallery at York Hall, October 29
Come out to the Gallery at York Hall for a special treat for children. It’s story time with a musical twist!
5X5 Silent Auction Fundraiser at On the Hill Gallery, October 28
5×5 @ 5:55 pm Silent Auction Fundraiser for The Yorktown Arts Foundation. Preview 5″ x 5″ local artist works at Riverwalk Restaurant starting September 25th and at On the Hill Gallery starting October 10th. Join us for hors d’oeuvres, wine and dessert during the silent bidding October 28th at 5:55 pm at On the Hill Gallery.
Watermen’s Museum Presents Story Tellers, October 23
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.
The Comedy Club of Williamsburg, Saturdays through February 24
The Comedy Club of Williamsburg invites you to join us for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. This is your chance to see nationally touring comedians many of whom who have appeared on shows such as Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, and HBO, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon! Many of our comedians are Headliners on major stages in New York City, Las Vegas, and on the Cruise Lines! At the DoubleTree Hotel.
Mr. Key’s Poem: Our National Anthem, October 27
Discover the history of the tune and the words that did not become our official national anthem until 1931, amidst considerable controversy and opposition, especially from the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.
Magnificent Melodies, October 28
Magnificent Melodies will present a third recital as part of an ongoing series to benefit “Elliot’s Song,” outreach program of the Williamsburg Early Childhood Music School at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
Introduction to Scrimshaw at the Virginia Living Museum, October 28
In this workshop, learn about the history of scrimshaw: the art of carving on bone or ivory. This art form—popular during the golden age of whaling—was an easy and creative way for sailors to pass the time and make keepsakes for loved ones at home.
Skate Jam After Hours, October 28
Check out the Skate Park during a special night skateboarding competition. Participants will be divided into experience categories and judged on style, flow and difficulty of the run.
Mosaic Classes at On the Hill Gallery, October 23
We will be offering three new mosaic art classes, pick one or pick all three! Participants will learn the proper techniques to break, glue and grout their masterpiece. Cost includes supplies.
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.
‘Yorktown’ Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, Saturdays through October 28
Enjoy ‘Yorktown Art’ Exhibit by local artists and relish in our revolving exhibit of fine art in all media by local artists for display and sale.
Civil War Lecture Series: Torpedoes: Infernal Machines, October 28
Without a navy when the Civil War erupted, the Confederacy sought new technologies to defend their ports and rivers. Consequently, they developed a system of torpedoes, which aided their defense, sinking several Union ironclads, gunboats, and transports.
Chesapeake Bay Retrospective: The Art of Lew Thatcher, Thought October 31
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.
Fall Lecture Series: Pirate Women, October 26
Pirates dominate the popular imagination, from Halloween costumes to the silver screen, but there is much more to the story than parrots and peg legs. Author Laura Sook Duncombe sheds light on a forgotten corner of pirate history-the women who sailed the seven seas alongside (and sometimes in command of) their pirate brethren.
East Meets Midwest II: A New Figuration, Through November 10
East Meets Midwest II: A New Figuration is a show organized from eastern painters referred to as the East Coast Group and painters from the collective called the Midwest Paint Group.
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.
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.
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.
Williamsburg Farmers Market (Children’s Day), October 28
Join us for Children’s Day at the Williamsburg Farmers Market! Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps.
Vinyl Night at Alewerks, Tuesdays
Join us each and every Tuesday night for Vinyl Night in the Taproom. Bring your own records, or listen to ours, either way it’s sweet vinyl spinning on the turntable. FoodaTude..Food with Attitude will be here too! Retro tunes, good food, and craft beer.
Yorktown Market Days, Saturdays through October
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.
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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