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Busch Gardens Summer Nights, Through August 12
In July and August, there are more reasons than ever to make Busch Gardens® Williamsburg the place for summer fun. Lasers, pyrotechnics, a popular neon dance troupe, cool zones, fireworks, super shakes and tie-dyed crepes, plus more exciting offerings will make it a summer to remember.
Jamestown Jams – Harley Boone, July 27
Come and enjoy free live music at the Jamestown Jams concert on Friday, July 27. The concert theme is Country Night featuring Harley Boone. At Jamestown Beach Event Park.
Summer Breeze Concert Series “Unleashed,” Wednesdays through September 19
The Summer Breeze Concert Series is returning this year – bigger and better than ever! Merchants Square partnered with the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and CultureFix VA to extend the schedule to 16 weeks with an exciting concert every Wednesday from 6-9pm.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Thursdays through August 2
Join us on Thursdays this summer at Riverwalk Landing for free outdoor concerts by the river! Bring your lawn chairs and coolers; and stay until the sun sets! You’ll get to enjoy some of the area’s top acts playing beach favorites, Motown, disco, funk, R&B, Pop & More. Make sure you wear comfy shoes for dancing.
First Assembly Commemoration, July 28
This interactive program will take place a short distance from the Memorial Church, which was constructed in the early 20th century to protect and memorialize the location of the original church where the first Assembly was convened 398 years ago. At Historic Jamestowne.
VBC’s 2nd Annual Crab Pickin’ in the Beer Garden, July 28
Join us on Saturday, July 28th from 12-6 pm for a good old fashioned summertime crab pickin’ at The Virginia Beer Company! Chef Viola and the VA Blue Crab Co. crew will be steaming Virginia Blues and serving up some seasonal seafood favorites. Seating will be available at the picnic tables in the beer garden on a first come, first served basis beginning at Noon.
SpeedQuizzing Trivia League at the Virginia Beer Company, Thursdays through September 27
CALLING ALL TRIVIA BUFFS! Starting July 12th, there will be a 12 Week SpeedQuizzing VA Trivia League! Come out to The Virginia Beer Company to compete to become TRIVIA CHAMPION every Thursday at 6:30 pm.
Inside James Fort: The Powhatan Indians, July 27
The archaeology from inside the fort site offers evidence that local Native tribes were frequent visitors during the earliest years of the settlement. Join Daniel Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to learn about the material culture and lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians as well as their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown.
Captain Brewster’s Kids, Fridays through August 24
Join in the ranks with Captain Brewster and train to defend Jamestown! As a new recruit, learn the manual of arms for the halberd-“a most ancient and honorable pole arm”-and then march in the “Grand Parade” inside James Fort!
Campfire Social, July 28
Come celebrate summer with a good old fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking beautiful Gordon Creek.
Celebrate Yorktown Committee Summer Concert Series, Sundays through August 26
Well-known local musicians and bands perform each Sunday including contemporary and country music, bluegrass, classic rock, modern hits, jazz quartet, Celtic music, traditional barbershop melodies and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and pack a picnic supper.
Brewed Awakening! Sundays Brunch & Music at Billsburg Brewery, Sundays through September 2
Join us every Sunday this summer for Brewed Awakening, a brunch and live music experience featuring special Billsburg Brewery beers, live local music from the Iota Creative Collective local artists, local food trucks serving a brunch menu from 11AM to 3pm, and fresh locally roasted coffee from Mandela Coffee.
Hands on the Past!, Through September 3
The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. At Historic Jamestowne.
Live Music at Water Street Grille, Fridays & Saturdays in July
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. This week: Roebuck (Friday) and Blue Ribbon (Saturday).
Drinking History Talk: Ginger Beer in the Americas, July 28
One of the first fermented beverages brewed in the Americas was ginger beer, which got its start in the Caribbean in the late 1400s and quickly spread throughout the colonies. The beverage can trace its roots back to Sir Thomas Harriott, a scientist and mathematician, who sailed with Sir Walter Raleigh’s Roanoke expedition in 1585. At Mariner’s Museum.
Friday Night Live Beer Garden Concert Series, Fridays through October 26
Welcome the weekend at The Virginia Beer Company… 12-3 pm: Discounts on to-go fills; choose from 10+ draft beers! 4 pm: Friday Brewmaster’s Pin tapping – one-of-a-kind cask concoction tapped EVERY Friday! 6-9 pm: Friday Night Live concert with FREE live music in the beer garden! 12:30-8:30 pm: Local food trucks pairing bites + beers! See also: Acoustic Sundays. Why not make a weekend of it?
Friday Night Flights at Charly’s Airport Restaurant, Fridays through August 31
Enjoy live acoustic music on the patio of Charly’s Airport Restaurant each Friday now through early autumn during Friday Night Flights. The patio provides great views as planes takeoff (you never know what you’ll see!) and there are always delicious specials on homemade bread and slices of pie for dessert.
Summer Thursday Evening – Late Hours at the Virginia Living Museum, Thursdays through August 30
Grab the family and enjoy these Summer Thursday Evenings at the Virginia Living Museum! Every Thursday this summer, from July 5 through August 30, enjoy EXTENDED museum hours. The Museum will be open 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
USS Monitor Center Gallery Tours with John Quarstein, Tuesdays and Fridays through August 10
Renowned historian, John Quarstein, will give a tour of the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War ironclad’s iconic gun turret. Learn the incredible story of the USS Monitor‘s creation, battle, sinking and recovery from Mr. Quarstein, the Director Emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. At the Mariners’ Museum.
Civil War Roundtable, Fridays through August 10
Visit the Museum on Friday afternoons to enjoy lunch in the Mariners’ Park Café and stimulating Civil War discussion with renowned historian, John Quarstein. On select Fridays throughout the summer, John will lead the conversation as we dive deep on a theme in Civil War history.
Photography Workshop, Part 3, July 28
The Mariners’ Museum and Park is a wonderful place to explore and a fantastic place to take pictures. Brock Switzer, the Museum’s Photographer and Digital Imaging Specialist, will lead a three-part photography workshop series that will develop your photography skills as you explore the Museum.
Blacksmithing Demonstration at Historic Jamestowne, July 26
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Steve Mankowski for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge.
Vinyl Night at Alewerks Brewing Company, 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.
‘Wildlife’ Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, Select Days in July (see website)
An avid outdoors man and naturalist, local artist Jim Wilson has been in the midst of charging elephants in Africa, ventured down the Amazonian head waters, and trekked in the Peruvian Andes! His work is included in private and corporate collections, and can be seen in select galleries across the U.S. and Canada.
Bingo Night at the Satellite Taproom, Thursdays
Take a trip to the Premium Outlets for Bingo and Beer at our 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!
Live Music at Yorktown Pub, Fridays & Saturdays in July
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. This week: Felicia Hoyas (Friday) and Stuck on a Name (Saturday).
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.
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.
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.
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