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Pirates Invade Yorktown, April 28 & 29
Explore our pirate encampment, attend pirate school, and witness a pirate trial! Sing along with the sea shanties and don’t miss the exciting cannon demonstrations. You can even sail the stormy waters of the York River with Captain Mayhem. He’s looking for pint-sized recruits to join his crew. No worries. We doubt he’ll make you walk the plank! At Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown.
Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival, April 29
The 2018 Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival will feature more than twenty craft beers from at least ten different breweries. Attendees will enjoy craft beer, live music and food will be available for purchase from local food trucks.
55th Annual Art on the Square, April 29
The Junior Woman’s Club of Williamsburg (JWCW) will hold their 55th annual Art on the Square on Sunday, April 29 in Merchants Square. Art on the Square will feature over 150 artists and a variety of local vendors, including Aroma’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Two Drummers and King of Pops.
Opera in Williamsburg Presents Carmen, April 20, 22 & 24
Carmen is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. Presented in full with chamber orchestra accompaniment.
An Afternoon of Cultural Cuisine at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, April 28
Explore the multicultural heritage of southern cooking during a special afternoon culinary event on Saturday, April 28, featuring cooking and conversation with Michael W. Twitty, African American and Jewish culinary historian and author. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the museum’s re-created Revolution-era farm.
Watermen’s Museum Presents Yorktown Story Slam, Every Fourth Monday
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. 7 PM – Storytellers Presentation. 8 to 8:30 PM – Audience Stories.
Movie Under the Stars, April 27
Enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. All ages welcome. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Movie subject to change. Weather permitting. This week’s movie is Despicable Me 3.
Black Settlement Presentation and Book Signing at Freedom Park, April 28
Join Col. Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of those that lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park for a presentation and book signing. You’ll experience 18th century life more than 60 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. All ages welcome.
In Search of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony Lecture, April 28
Nicholas Luccketti, First Colony Foundation research vice-president, will present an overview of the history of the search, focusing on the excavations of 1991-1993, led by the late Ivor Noel Hume, that successfully identified a 1585 scientific workshop at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.
Yorktown Pub Sunday Brunch, Sundays in April
Sunday is special at the Yorktown Pub. Enjoy everything from old fashioned eggs and bacon to and delicious steak! Don’t forget the best shrimp and grits in the area! Delight yourself with friends and family with the beautiful view of the York River too! Come and enjoy Yorktown’s tastiest brunch menu!
Rain Barrel Workshop at Mariners’ Museum, April 28
In partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, the City of Newport News Natural Resources Division, and the City of Newport News Recycling Office, The Mariners’ Museum and Park is hosting a rain barrel workshop!
First 2018 members Co-op Show, Through April 27
Featuring artists with larger bodies of work, the Members Co-op Show offers a wide variety of 2D and 3D mediums and styles in the main and middle galleries. At the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center.
Inside James Fort: Built of “Pales, Posts, and Railes,” Saturdays through May 19
Building a fort proved to be a necessity for the colonists within a month of their arrival in 1607. In 1994 Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists found evidence of the trenches and post molds from the original palisade lines. Carpenter Paul Zelesnikar will demonstrate the tools and methods used by the first colonists to build everything from the fort walls to stools and chests. Stop by to learn more about this important trade!
Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, Through May 31
It’s the longest standing exhibit at the Gallery and you don’t want to miss the new additions for spring. Visit the Gallery to admire these beautiful handcrafted quilts. You’ll also find a collection of new art, jewelry, pottery, and much more for sale.
Bingo Night at the Satellite Taproom, Thursdays
Take a trip to the Premium Outlets for Bingo and Beer at the Alewerks Satellite location Thursday night! Bingo will be from 6pm til 7:30 and is free to play for all ages! Prizes, friends, and of course beer!
Yorktown Market Days, Saturdays
Our waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads-offering spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors! This year, the season starts mid-April, and you can enjoy weekly markets through the end of October.
Local Live Music at Billsburg Brewery, Thursdays Through May
Join us in the Billsburg Event Tent every Thursday this Spring for live music. Grab your friends and join us at Billsburg Brewery to start your weekend early, enjoy live music and fresh cold beer at the only venue in James City County on the waterfront.
In the light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums, Through May 13
In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums features important Caravaggesque paintings from the renowned collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, North Carolina Museum of Art, Speed Museum, Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, and Chrysler Museum of Art including recent acquisitions to the collection of the Muscarelle.
Women with Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection, Through May 13
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present Women With Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection in conjunction with William & Mary’s 100 Years of Women celebration. This exhibition features over thirty works by prominent women artists from the permanent collection and is comprised of a variety of media styles and time periods expressing their vision.
Guerilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World, Through May 13
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present Guerrilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World in the Herman Graphic Arts Room as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of coeducation at William & Mary and in Virginia. Since 1985 and even more stridently today, the Guerrilla Girls have been concerned with broader discrimination; particularly social oppression related to race, class, and gender.
Friday Brewmaster’s Pin, Fridays
Every Friday at 4 pm at The Virginia Beer Company, we tap a small but potent Brewmaster’s Pin. Centrally located on the bar top in our taproom, these weekly cask concoctions give our brewing team the chance to add a personal touch to our draft offerings.
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.
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.
Williamsburg Comedy Club, Saturdays
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! Located inside the DoubleTree Hotel.
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