Williamsburg Events: May 2 – 6, 2018

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Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue in the ‘Burg, May 6
The Muscarelle Museum of Art invites you to the annual Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque in the ‘Burg.  The event will feature traditional southern BBQ from five states, live music, and beer as far as the eye can see. Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque is open to the entire Williamsburg community, so don’t miss out! This event is a celebration of the 80th birthday of the Chamber and Tourism Alliance.

Yorktown’s Annual “Blues, Brews & BBQ” Festival, May 5
Sample more than 25 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing.

Pedal the Parkway, May 5
Enjoy the 21st Annual Pedal the Parkway on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cycle, run or hike along the shores of the scenic James River from Jamestown to Williamsburg, or vice versa. This event is FREE and will be held rain or shine. All participants must register and all cyclists must wear helmets.

Yorktown’s Art at the River Juried Art Show, May 6
Stroll the waterfront to admire the work of nearly 50 talented artists at the fifth annual Juried Art Show. Painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, and many other innovative and creative artists will be displaying their work and talking more about their techniques.

Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party, May 4
Join us on May 4 for an immersive 18th-century garden party at the Governor’s Palace. Hosted by President Thomas Jefferson, guests will enjoy traditional music, dancing, theatrics, games, libations, fireworks, and a special concert from Broadway legend Betty Buckley!

The Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival, May 6
Great beer, good food and live music! The sixth annual Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival will features craft beers in the unique setting of The Mariners’ Museum’s outdoor courtyards. he sixth annual Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival will feature over 50 craft beers in the unique setting of The Mariners’ Museum’s outdoor courtyards.

Free Comic Book Day!, May 5
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Comic Cubicle where you can pick up a free comic book and look around at their large variety of comic books, comic book supplies and much more!

Deadbolt Day 2018 at Virginia Beer Company, May 5
The 2018 release of Virginia Beer Co.’s original Double India Pale Ale, and this time it’s bringing an entourage. On Saturday, May 5th DEADBOLT DIPA returns to draft + 16 oz. cans, and for the first time ever BLOOD ORANGE DEADBOLT gets the aluminum treatment.

Wine & Run for the Roses, May 5
Trip the Derby light fantastic with Wine & Run for the Roses, the annual Williamsburg Derby Day party so grand it has come to define Williamsburg’s social season.

The Williamsburg Choral Guild Presents a Potpourri of Choral Classics, May 6
Please join us as we pay tribute to Artistic Director Jay BeVille in his final concert with the Guild. Come celebrate 16 years of his outstanding contributions to the cultural life of the Williamsburg community and wish him well in retirement.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree, May 4
Come and enjoy us first Fridays for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk, May 5
Join us on the first Saturday of every month this spring for a nature program and guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive Trail! At Freedom Park.

Roaming Ranger at York River State Park, May 6
You never know when a ranger will walk up to you, in the park, with a wild “critter”!  You will learn fascinating facts about the animal and may be able to touch or even hold the “friend”.

Artist Hazel Camp at the Gallery at York Hall, May 6
While you are visiting Art at the River, please come and meet local artist, Hazel Camp, and view her beautiful watercolor paintings. She will be doing demos and signing prints.

Destination: Dinosaur!, May 5 – 19
Roaring, stomping animatronic dinosaurs are back!  Journey back millions of years to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods as you visit the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery and throughout the Museum grounds and experience life-like dinosaurs around every turn. At the Virginia Living Museum.

Burning Off the Socks: Canoe & Kayak Season Kick Off, May 5
Celebrate the 2018 canoe and kayak season with a Chesapeake Bay sailing tradition. Take off your socks and burn them with the rangers.  Bring a new pair to donate to a local charity.  Then join us for a guided trip into Taskinas Creek and the York River.

CW Employee Arts & Crafts Show, May 5 & 6
Colonial Williamsburg employees, volunteers and retirees combine to present and sell handmade gifts. Fabulous jams and handmade jewelry are only a portion of the wonderful items available for personal enjoyment or as a special gift for that certain someone.

Proclamation Bicycle Ride, May 4
Join us in Richmond at the Capitol to collect the writ. From there, ride back to James City County where the proclamation will be presented to our local governments officials.

River Seining at York River State Park, May 6
Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.

Civil War Williamsburg – A Walking Tour, May 5
Join a Williamsburg Battlefield Association board member and certified Williamsburg guide Caitlin Bailey for walking tour down the main street of Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Battlefield Pop Up Tour, May 5
Did you know there was a Civil War battle here? Have you been to the Williamsburg battlefield? Come on out and hear all about it during the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg. This “pop up tour” will be led by Williamsburg Battlefield Association board members.

The State of USS Monitor’s Turret, May 5
Presented by Will Hoffman, Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator FREE with Museum admission. Go behind the scenes of the Museum and explore our collection while learning about the work the staff does.

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!

Williamsburg Farmers Market, May 5
Over 30 vendors will attend the Williamsburg Farmers Market this Saturday with strawberries, asparagus, Spring produce, prepared foods and baked goods, tulips, artisan chocolate, cheese, meats, peanuts and handmade soaps.

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.

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

Live Music at Yorktown Pub, Fridays & Saturdays
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for schedule.

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.

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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