Williamsburg Events: October 30 – November 5, 2017

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Check out what’s happening this week in greater Williamsburg. And be sure to sign up for our weekly (or monthly) newsletter! And have a very happy Halloween! 

Chowderfest presented by CultureFixVA, November 3
Going into its sixth year, this extremely popular culinary event that draws over 600 guests annually, will return on Friday, November 3, 2017 kicking off The Big Bluesy Festival Weekend! Back by popular demand – featuring live music by BJ Griffin and the Galaxy Groove.

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.

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.

The Big Bluesy Weekend Presented by CultureFixVA, November 4 & 5
We are thrilled to announce the return of The Big Bluesy to Williamsburg, Virginia on Saturday, November 4th. This will be part of a larger event weekend this year, kicking off with ChowderFest on Friday night, November 3rd and finishing off with a ‘Bluesgrass’ Festival’ on Sunday, November 5th!

Virginia Thanksgiving Festival at Berkeley Plantation, November 5
Celebrate the First Thanksgiving in the New World Join us for a day dedicated to history, food and fun with tours of the 1726 manor house, a living history program, tribal dancers, arts, crafts & jewelry vendors, choral music, traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a re-enactment of the Landing of Capt. Woodlief & his men.

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.

Nevermore!, October 31
The poetic world of Edgar Allan Poe is paired with historic music sure to send shivers down your spine! Gabe Stone, Barry Trott, David Gardner, and Jan Tilley present Poe’s works and period music in this show for all ages.

Historic Jamestowne Celebrates American Indian Month!, November 4
Native American Material Culture Tour: Join this special hour-long archaeology walking tour focused on the presence of native peoples in James Fort during the first few years of the settlement. Native Lifeways of the Chesapeake: Meet Dan Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people of Maryland’s Eastern Shore to learn about the lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians and their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown. A New Life in the New World: Learn first-hand about the trials of the first English settlers and their encounters with the native peoples of the Chesapeake.

York County Vintage Marketplace, November 4
If you enjoy restored furniture, shopping for vintage clothing and jewelry, or filling your home with one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces-you don’t want to miss this special event!

Fall Photography Nature Walk on the Noland Trail, November 4
Take a walk on the Noland Trail with members of the James River Camera Club, and pick up some tips on how to take great photos of Lake Maury and the changing leaves on the trees in the park.

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.

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk, November 4
Join Freedom Park on the first Saturday of every month for a nature program and guided walk on the Living Forest Interpretive Trail! One of our expert nature guides will present a nature program on a different topic each month, then lead children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects and anything else we may encounter!

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.

Civil War Lecture Series: It’s Science!, November 4
During this lecture you’ll learn about the many ways conservators use analytical tools and scientific methods to answer specific questions about artifacts, ultimately enabling their preservation for future generations. At the Mariners’ Museum.

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.

Holiday Open House at On the Hill Gallery, November 4
On the Hill Gallery’s is excited about our festive Holiday Open House.  We will be showing off our locally hand-made items such as ornaments, holiday decorations, stocking stuffers, and unique presents for your gifting enjoyment.

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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market, November 4
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

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.

20th Annual Fall Colors – Disc Golf Tournament, November 3-5
Williamsburg and Newport News will be hosing the 20th Annual Fall Colors Disc Golf Tournament on the weekend of November 3rd-5th at New Quarter Park, Newport News Disc Golf Course and Waller Mill Park.

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.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree, November 3
Come and enjoy us first Fridays for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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