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Williamsburg Events: May 23 – 28, 2018 (Memorial Day Weekend)

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Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!


Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens, Weekends through July 1
A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park.

Jamestown Jams – Groove Motive, May 25
Come and enjoy free live music for the first Jamestown Jams concert on Friday, May 25. The concert theme is Motown Night featuring Groove Motive. Entrance will open for each Jamestown Jams concert at 5:30 p.m. Concerts will take place on a grassy field within Jamestown Beach Event Park.

The Fifes and Drums of Yorktown, May 26 & 28
Nelson House May 26, at 4 PM, 200 Nelson St. Memorial Day Ceremony, York Hall, 301 Main Street, May 28, at 12 PM. Free.

Mead up – Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 – 27
If you’ve been to the meadery before you may already know that due to Virginia ABC law we are typically unable to sell mead by the glass. The exception is that a few times a year we are able to obtain a special permit which allows us to serve to you by the glass. We call these special weekends: MEAD UP.For our first MEAD UP of 2018 we are excited to be releasing a brand new limited edition mead made entirely from Virginia ingredients. On Friday, join us for Raspberry Passion Mead Release Day.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Grace Church, May 28
The ceremony will start in the Church with a few prayers and remarks, playing of “Taps”, then proceed to replace the US Flags on each of the 89 known veterans buried in the cemetery of the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Philippine Insurrection, World Wars 1 & 2, Korea, Cold War, and Vietnam with “Honors.”

Memorial Day Ceremony at York Hall, May 28
The York County Historical Committee presents the posting of colors, historical re-enactors, guest speaker, and the placing of flowers.

Memorial Day Acoustic Jam, May 28
Join us in the beer garden for some acoustic jams from Billy Joe Daniel along with DJ Kudlz on Memorial Day Monday from 3-7 pm. The Virginia Beer Company will be opening at NOON for the day – plus Suck On This BBQ ALL DAY – so come out early, stay late, and enjoy some brews & tunes!

Old City Jamfest 2018, May 27
Join us at Old City Barbeque on May 27th for the inaugural Old City Jam Fest. In collaboration with Virginia Beer Company and Copper Fox Distillery, Old City Barbeque is hosting a day of BBQ with Brews, Booze & Tunes!

D.O.G. Street Explorers Camp, May 22 – 29
The Colonial Explorer Camp is a new opportunity to engage both young history enthusiasts and those who just want to have fun while embracing colonial life. Tickets are for the entire week.

Coleman Truckload Sale at Yankee Candle Village, May 24 – 28
Attention all out-door-lovers! The annual Coleman U.S.A. Truckload Sale is BACK. See website for complete details.

Movie Under the Stars at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, May 25
This month: Coco! 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.

Alumni of the Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum Corps 60th Anniversary Party, May 27
Come celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Alumni of the Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum Corps on Sunday, May 27 and enjoy an All Star American Memorial Day with a special Fife & Drum Jam Session in the Billsburg Brewery Event Tent. Enjoy as members of the Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum from over the last 60 years get together for a party.

Dino on the Loose at the Virginia Living Museum, May 26
Join our walking T-Rex for dinosaur parades, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail! The trail also includes a Paleo camp, dig pits for amateur paleontologists, and displays of dinosaur fossils, including an actual whale specimen from Hampton Roads.

Summer Camps at Watermen’s Museum for All Ages, May 22 – June 2
Join the Watermen’s Museum this summer for several different fun summer camps for kids from kindergarten thru 12th grade.

Karaoke in the Park, May 26
Sing the night away while enjoying the park! All ages welcome. 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting.

Wildlife Mapping at Freedom Park, May 26
Team up with the Virginia Master Naturalists to learn about and catalog wildlife in our local parks! Enjoy a day of learning about data collection and animal identification to help better understand the distribution of wildlife in the area. Bring a camera and discover birds, frogs, butterflies and mammals!

Watermen’s Museum Presents Yorktown Story Slam, May 28
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.

Water Exploration Program, May 26
FREE Water Exploration Program at Waller Mill Park will give kids a hands-on opportunity to explore the reservoir and learn what makes a healthy water source, how our water sources are connected and how they impact the water sources around them.

Eco/History Paddle on Powhatan Creek, May 28
Explore Powhatan Creek by Paddleboard and learn the history about The Captain John Smith water trail, and also get up close to all the native wildlife of the Powhatan Creek.

Putting for Patriots, Through May 28
“Putting for Patriots” Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, in Williamsburg, VA, will host the Twelfth Annual Putting for Patriots fundraiser from Friday, May 11 through Monday, May 28.

Roaming Ranger at York River State Park, May 20 – June 10
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”.

Gilded Splinters/Alison Stinely, Through June 23
ALISON STINELY’S GILDED SPLINTERS In “Gilded Splinters,” Alison Stinely utilizes various types of sculpting in collaboration with oil painting in order to create impactful pieces that are independent of a traditional frame. Stinely’s work exudes a breath of life that it is everlasting, fantastical, and honest.

Second 2018 Members’ Co-Op Show, Through June 8
The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center’s second 2018 Members Co-op Show opened on May 1 and is now underway through June 8. Featuring bodies of work of member artists and artisans, the show offers lots to see and take in – a variety of mediums and styles in the main and middle galleries.

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 26
Get all your Memorial Day Weekend goodies! Over 30 vendors will attend the Williamsburg Farmers Market this Saturday with strawberries, asparagus, Spring produce, prepared foods and baked goods, flowers, 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.

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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Williamsburg Events: May 14 – 20, 2018

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LPGA Kingsmill Championship, May 14 – 20
Cheer on the world’s best women golfers at the next Kingsmill Championship, May 14-20, 2018.  The Kingsmill Championship will be contested on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA. Kingsmill is a proven venue that has stood the test of time, having hosted over 30 professional golf events.

Arcade Hero: ACBW Video Game Night, May 17
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week by kicking it old school at the brewery! We’re setting up a collection of classic consoles for a night of video games at the brewery. We’ll have multiple stations set up with TV’s provided by The Catering Company and one big ol’ projector screen on loan from DJ Kudlz.

Putting for Patriots, Through May 28
“Putting for Patriots” Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, in Williamsburg, VA, will host the Twelfth Annual Putting for Patriots fundraiser from Friday, May 11 through Monday, May 28.

Release Party at Water Street Grille, May 16
An intimate place big on flavor and personality, and a Yorktown must-do, offering 20 micro brews and a delicious tapas menu. Your evening will feature a showcase of limited released beers from Heavy Seas Brewing.

Roaming Ranger at York River State Park, May 20 – June 10
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”.

Virginia Leads with Way: Independence Day 1776, May 19
Help commemorate Virginia’s vote for independence which took place on May 15, 1776-just down the road in the colonial capital of Williamsburg. At York Hall in Yorktown.

Gilded Splinters/Alison Stinely, Through June 23
ALISON STINELY’S GILDED SPLINTERS In “Gilded Splinters,” Alison Stinely utilizes various types of sculpting in collaboration with oil painting in order to create impactful pieces that are independent of a traditional frame. Stinely’s work exudes a breath of life that it is everlasting, fantastical, and honest.

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.

High Fiber Festival, May 19
All natural (75%) fiber festival at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano. There will be a variety of vendors featuring yarns, quilts and crafts. Fiber animals and plants will be present. Demonstrations include spinning, handweaving and weaving. There will be hands-on crafts, a children’s tent, quilt raffle and more!

Answering American’s Call – Exhibition Opening Day Celebration at the Mariners’ Museum, May 19
Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I, opening May 19, chronicles the transformation of Newport News as a result of the war. Visitors can learn how Newports News supported war efforts with the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company by viewing first-hand journals, letters, photographs and more.

Rain Barrel Workshop, May 19
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! Participants will be guided through rain barrel assembly and will get to take home a finished product after this two-hour workshop.

Second 2018 Members’ Co-Op Show, Through June 8
The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center’s second 2018 Members Co-op Show opened on May 1 and is now underway through June 8. Featuring bodies of work of member artists and artisans, the show offers lots to see and take in – a variety of mediums and styles in the main and middle galleries.

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.

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.

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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Williamsburg Events: May 7 – 13, 2018

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Don’t forget! This week celebrates both the College of William & Mary’s commencement, as well as Mother’s Day! 


Jamestown Day at Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement, May 12
“Jamestown Day” features Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sailing in the James River. A variety of family friendly programs on Powhatan and English weaponry, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music and entertainment will take place at both sites.

Otter Ball, May 11
Celebrate the Virginia Living Museum’s continued conservation efforts with an entertaining evening filled with a fabulous farm-to-table menu, elaborate fanfare, and outstanding live auction!Tickets are now on sale!

2nd Sunday’s Art & Music Festival, May 13
Williamsburg, Virginia’s only ALMOST Year ‘Round Arts & Street Festival! On the second Sunday of every month from 11 to 5, March to December, you can stroll the streets of Colonial Williamsburg and take in unique arts, handcrafts, and live music in a fun and family-friendly atmosphere.

Wine at Night, A Sailor’s Delight, May 11
A Sunset Wine Tasting with Winemaker Matthew Meyers aboard The Schooner Alliance. Enjoy a tasting of five wines from the Williamsburg Winery with Winemaker Matthew Meters during a romantic 2hour sunset sail.

In the light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums, Through May 13 (LAST WEEK)
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 (LAST WEEK)
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 (LAST WEEK)
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.

Mother’s Day Buffet at Riverwalk Restaurant, May 13
Make Mother’s Day extra special with a brunch buffet and a dinner buffet at Riverwalk Restaurant.

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch at the Williamsburg Winery, May 13
Celebrate Mother’s Day at The Williamsburg Winery with our first-ever Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch in Wessex Hall! Treat Mom to an afternoon of delicious local food and great wine while listening to world-class jazz

Graduation Jazz Lunch at the Williamsburg Winery, May 12
Celebrate Graduation Day at The Williamsburg Winery with our first-ever Graduation Jazz Lunch in Wessex Hall! Treat your grad to an afternoon of delicious local food while listening to world-class jazz

Gilded Splinters/Alison Stinely, Through June 23
ALISON STINELY’S GILDED SPLINTERS In “Gilded Splinters,” Alison Stinely utilizes various types of sculpting in collaboration with oil painting in order to create impactful pieces that are independent of a traditional frame. Stinely’s work exudes a breath of life that it is everlasting, fantastical, and honest.

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.

Yorktown Plant Sale, May 11 & 12
Plant sale sponsored by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee. Come down to browse a selection of plants available for both home and garden. Rain or shine. Support the Celebrate Yorktown Committee, please donate your extra plants as you divide and clean up your garden beds this Spring!

Second 2018 Members’ Co-Op Show, Through June 8
The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center’s second 2018 Members Co-op Show opened on May 1 and is now underway through June 8. Featuring bodies of work of member artists and artisans, the show offers lots to see and take in – a variety of mediums and styles in the main and middle galleries.

Confederate Piracy on the High Seas: The Clarence/Tacony/Archer Affair, May 12
When the CSS Florida, commanded by Lieutenant John Newland Maffitt, captured the Baltimore brig Clarence, Lieutenant Charles W. ‘Savez’ Read took command of the brig to operate separately from the Florida as a commerce raider. Read then seized several merchant ships including the bark Tacony.

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.

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.

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.


To add your event to the Williamsburg Weekends and main event calendars, you must register for an account.

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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Williamsburg Events: May 30 – June 4, 2017

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Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens
Weekends, May 26 – June 2
A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park.

Historic Trades Fair
June 3-4
Blacksmiths, potters, turners, carvers, spinners and more gather at Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, to showcase historical trades and sell crafts and wares.

The Williamsburg Charity Concert Series Presents Code Blue
June 3
Code Blue is a high energy bluegrass band playing everything from traditional bluegrass music to doing their own arrangements their way.  Code Blue puts in the hard work and individual experience to provide the best sound so they can please every age group.  Sponsored by the James City County Rotary Club.

Soul on a String (film)
Through June 1 (select dates)
After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer he just killed, Taibei, a young lonesome Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a long and difficult mission: to bring it back to the holy mountain of Buddha’s handprint. His journey turns sour as an obstinate woman, Joan, and a psychic yet dumb elf, Pu, soon decide to join him. Not to mention the two violent brothers on his tale, who are on a revenge quest.  Shot in some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth, an epic, magical, and visually stunning tale of karmic returns, hate and love, and the eternal power of timeless stories.  Tibetan w/ subtitles. At the Kimball Theatre.

Water|Ways at the Virginia Living Museum
May 27 – June 9
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living. The Water|Ways exhibit will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?

 

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Saturdays through July 1

Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for a schedule.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town
Sundays through June 25
At both the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center (included with admission), the Yorktown waterfront, and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (included with admission). See website for schedule.

Tales from the Road and Folk Art
June 3
Antiques appraiser, Ken Farmer will discuss his experiences on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow as a folk art expert.  How did the popular television show get its start, and what have been some of the highlights? Throughout his talk Farmer will discuss what folk art is and how perceptions about it are changing as enthusiasts are collecting at every level.

An All-American Tea
June 3
You’re invited to a very special tea with Christiana Campbell! Join Mrs. Campbell in a private dining room for an exclusive blend of tea as you dine on a special menu of muffins, scones, sandwiches, and other treats to share with your favorite doll.

Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
June 4
In this re-purpose and paint a suitcase art event, bring in an old hard-sided small- to medium-size suitcase with two yards of contrasting or complimentary fabric. All levels of painting are welcome.  Some supplies are included. Reservations required.

Past Plantations Tour
June 4
Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation. Our staff archaeologist has made discoveries of forts, slave quarters, workshops, and relics of the colonial past.

Campfire Social
Saturdays through June 24
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.

Belle (film)
June 3-4
Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of
Admiral Sir John Lindsay who is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife.  After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. At the Kimball Theatre.

Their Finest (film)
Through June 8 (select days)
In 1940 London, as the nation is bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). As bombs are dropping all around them, the colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. At the Kimball Theatre.

O&A Day 2017 at Oceans & Ale
June 3
Oceans & Ale is celebrating seven years in Williamsburg on Saturday, June 3 with O&A Day.  There will be plenty going on when Bell’s Brewery and Founders Brewing Co. come visit Oceans & Ale! There will be red carpet photos, a tasting tent with craft brews and beer infused cocktails, and a special anniversary menu.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through September 30
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.

‘Stained Glass’ Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
June
Come and enjoy the ‘Stain Glass’ Exhibit at The Gallery at York Hall.  You can relish in our revolving exhibit of fine art in all media by local artists for display and sale. See website for gallery hours.

Book Signing at the Gallery at York Hall
June 4
Come and meet local author, Andy Lightner.  He wrote an entertaining children’s book called “Gavin’s Goggles”.

Auntie M’s American Cottage Art Classes
June 4
Come join Auntie M’s fun and unique workshop. The workshop moderator leads you through various fun filled art program to enhance your creativity through one-of-a-kind workshop.  Minimum of 4 participants needed.

Member Art Show at On the Hill Gallery
Saturdays through July 3

On the Hill Gallery members will host a “Blue” theme art show.  The gallery will be filled with art media with variations of blues created by members.

Virginia State Basketball Championships – Triple Crown
June 3-4
All Teams Welcome! The Virginia State Championship is open to team from any state.

Drinking History: Jefferson and Ginger Beer
June 2

Join renowned character historian Bill Barker portraying Thomas Jefferson with Georgia Dunn, owner of the British West Indies Trading Company and direct descendent of Thomas Harriott, the first of the British Explorers to record making beer in the New World, as they share the fascinating history of ginger beer and the prominence of this beverage throughout the country’s history.

Sunset Serenade Weekly Live Music
Fridays through September

Join friends on Friday nights in the garden of Colonial Williamsburg’s Chowning’s Tavern for Sunset Serenades, our weekly live music event featuring the best local folk, Americana, blues, and bluegrass bands. Good food, good friends, and colonial-style libations.

Printed, Painted, Stained and Dyed
Thursdays through June 29

Join a curator to learn about printed textiles for fashion and home on this interactive tour. How were printed fashions made in the 18th century? Discover some of the latest fashions for home back then.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
June 2

Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Free Fishing in Virginia
June 2 – 4

June 2, 3, and 4, 2017 have been designated as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. No fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in freshwater or saltwater, on these days. Plan some time to go fishing and boating; take the family fishing and boating or learn to fish and boat!

Custer’s First Stand: George A. Custer at Williamsburg
May 31
Everyone has heard about General Custer and his “Last Stand” at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. But have you ever heard of Lt. Custer at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862? Join with historian Carson Hudson and learn about his surprising activities in and around Williamsburg.

Music the Settlers Knew
May 30
The first permanent English settlement in America was established at Jamestown on 14 May 1607.  Balladeers John Turner and Cliff Williams share tunes on recorders, guitar, pipe and tabor, fiddle and kit that the English inhabitants of Virginia in the first quarter of the 17th century would have been familiar with.

A Grand Medley of Entertainments
Mondays through June 12
Owen Murdock’s Company gamely tries to present an 18th-century traveling variety show, but their misfortunes provide a comedy of errors for the entire family to enjoy. A colonial entertainment so amusing that even Colonel Washington would have laughed!

Backstory
Tuesdays through May 30
Explore the hidden stories behind the objects on display. Discover who made the object, and why–and how it wound up in our collection. Why do some of our artifacts have such unique stories?

Busting Myths!
Tuesdays through May 30
Was the pineapple really the symbol of 18th-century hospitality? Were quilts really used as coded messages for the Underground Railroad? Were people shorter in the 1700s? Learn to discern truth, myth, and reality on this guided tour.

Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Through May 31
Celebrate Spring – Come and see beautiful handmade quilts by local quilters.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.

Live Music at Water Street Grille
May 31

Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month.  Times vary. See website for schedule. For additional details, call 757.369.5644.

Six Mead Sundays
Sundays

Try ALL SIX of our meads, instead of only four. Every Sunday. Mead tastings are always free.


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Williamsburg Events: May 22 – 29, 2017 (Memorial Day Weekend)

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Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens
Weekends, May 26 – June 2
A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park.

Grand Opening of Revolution Golf and Grille
May 27
Join us at our Grand Opening Event! Revolution Golf and Grille is locally owned and operated and opening their doors Memorial Day weekend. Inside our restaurant you will find five rooms equipped with HiDef Golf Simulator Bays and one private HiDef Golf Simulator room used for private events. That room will also offer private lessons from our local Golf Pro. Our restaurant will provide a full service menu equipped with entrees, salads, wraps and appetizers. We will have 20 taps including local Virginia wines and breweries.

Mead Up
May 26 – 28
Memorial Day Weekend! Unlike breweries and most wineries in Virginia we are unable to sell mead by the glass. The exception is that eight times a year we are able to obtain a special permit which allows us to serve to you by the glass.

Watermen’s Museum Presents Story Tellers
May 22
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.

Canoeing with the Stars
May 26
Get away from the bright lights of the city and spend an evening with us looking at the night sky. For an added touch, we’ll enjoy it from a canoe! Whether you’re an expert on the stars and planets or a novice, you’ll still enjoy this peaceful trip on the creek.

Movies Under the Stars
May 26
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: Brave (PG).

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (film)
May 27
Enjoy this on the big screen one last time before it’s locked away in the Disney vaults! A group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. At the Kimball Theatre.

Water|Ways at the Virginia Living Museum
May 27 – June 9
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living. The Water|Ways exhibit will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?

New Exhibition Opening at the Mariners’ Museum: Speed and Innovation in the America’s Cup
May 27
The America’s Cup is the world’s premier yachting race, a high-stakes “win-at-all-costs” international sailing competition. Join us as we open our newest exhibition, Speed and Innovation in the America’s Cup, featuring one of Oracle Team USA’s 72-foot catamarans. The exhibition will highlight cutting-edge technologies that allow these yachts to fly at near-highway speeds just above the water’s surface.

Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Day Ceremony
May 29
Grace Church Memorial Day Ceremony, 10 am. Ceremony followed by the playing of “Taps” and replacement of flags “with Honors” of the 83 known veterans. Grace Episcopal Church.

Memorial Day Ceremony at York Hall
May 29
York County Historical Committee Memorial Day Ceremony, 12 pm. Posting of colors, historical re-enactors, guest speaker, and the placing of flowers.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town
May 27 & 29

The Fifes and Drums of York Town, May 29, 11:45 am. Memorial Day Ceremony, York Hall, 301 Main Street.

Paella Cooking Class with Chef Ika
May 25
Back by popular demand! Learn how to make Paella with Chef Ika! Chef Ika is just back from Spain where he picked up some very helpful hints and secrets on how to make the perfect Paella.

The People Who Forged Civilization
May 25
Join master storyteller Shel Browder for myths and stories about the men and women who forged the tools of war and peace, creating civilizations out of sweat and fire. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition From Forge and Furnace: A Celebration of Early American Iron.

Karaoke in the Park
May 27
Sing the night away while enjoying the park! All ages welcome. 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting. At Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

Night Hike at York River State Park
May 27
What roams the woods after dark?  Take a ranger guided tour with us to experience the sights and sounds after sundown.  Enjoy the cooler temperatures with the sounds of raccoons, owls, and other creatures.

Johnny has Gone for a Soldier
May 27
Ever since men, and the occasional woman, have headed off to war, songs have been sung about the experience. Join Lynn and Barry Trott to explore songs of the soldier’s life and the life of those on the home front, from the 17th century through the Napoleonic wars. The songs and the stories will take you from Flanders to Valley Forge to Waterloo, mixing humor, romance, and sorrow.

Soul on a String (film)
Through June 1 (select dates)
After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer he just killed, Taibei, a young lonesome Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a long and difficult mission: to bring it back to the holy mountain of Buddha’s handprint. His journey turns sour as an obstinate woman, Joan, and a psychic yet dumb elf, Pu, soon decide to join him. Not to mention the two violent brothers on his tale, who are on a revenge quest.  Shot in some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth, an epic, magical, and visually stunning tale of karmic returns, hate and love, and the eternal power of timeless stories.  Tibetan w/ subtitles. At the Kimball Theatre.

Rag, Tag and Bobtail: Women Belonging to the Army
May 27
The war for American Independence rages on! Join two women belonging to the army as they discuss loyalty to their country, their duty to their family, and what they are willing to sacrifice for everything they hold dear.

Memorial Day Williamsburg Invitational Soccer Tournament
May 27 – 28
The Tidewater Sharks and WISC are proud to present the 3rd Annual Williamsburg Invitational to be held on Memorial Day weekend (May 27,28, 2017) in Williamsburg, Virginia. The event boasts top class fields, a state of the art indoor center​ to include a coaches game, a club social and great competition for all teams attending!

Friday Night Flights at Charly’s Airport Restaurant
Fridays through May 26
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.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through September 30
A favorite event, Yorktown Market Days located on the Yorktown waterfront operates weekly. Featuring over 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists throughout the season, including a variety of homegrown favorites and local art.

Friday Night Flights at Charly’s Airport Restaurant
Fridays through May 26
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.

Suping Sisters
Mondays
SUPing Sisters is for ladies only! Sorry fellas!! We will meet every Monday at 6:00pm and paddle together for an hour and a half. Each week will be a different place to paddle and explore. This is a great way to work on your paddling technique and also to enjoy some company while paddling. At Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

Their Finest (film)
Through June 8 (select days)
In 1940 London, as the nation is bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). As bombs are dropping all around them, the colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. At the Kimball Theatre

Fossil Frenzy at York River State Park
May 27
Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam here in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach.

Busting Myths!
Tuesdays through May 30
Was the pineapple really the symbol of 18th-century hospitality? Were quilts really used as coded messages for the Underground Railroad? Were people shorter in the 1700s? Learn to discern truth, myth, and reality on this guided tour.

Quiltmakers
Mondays through May 29
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.

Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Through May 31
Celebrate Spring – Come and see beautiful handmade quilts by local quilters.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.

Six Mead Sundays
Sundays

Try ALL SIX of our meads, instead of only four. Every Sunday. Mead tastings are always free.

Backstory
Tuesdays through May 30
Explore the hidden stories behind the objects on display. Discover who made the object, and why–and how it wound up in our collection. Why do some of our artifacts have such unique stories?

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
Fridays through May 26
Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Behind Closed Drawers
Through May 26
Drop in to get a close look at “Printed Fashions.” Then, peer into the textile study drawers to examine additional clothing and needlework from our collections. See a side of fashion others might miss.

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Fridays & Saturdays through May 27
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for schedule. Full pub menu including fresh seafood. Live entertainment on weekends. Lunch and dinner overlooking the York River.

Middle School Art Show at On the Hill Gallery
Saturdays through May 28
Celebrating our annual York County Middle School Art Show, May 7 – 28th at On the Hill Gallery. The work will be hung and displayed the same as in a professional gallery.

A Grand Medley of Entertainments
Mondays through June 12
Owen Murdock’s Company gamely tries to present an 18th-century traveling variety show, but their misfortunes provide a comedy of errors for the entire family to enjoy. A colonial entertainment so amusing that even Colonel Washington would have laughed!


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Williamsburg Events: May 15 – 21, 2017

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LPGA Kingsmill Championship
May 15 – 21
Cheer on the world’s best women golfers at the next Kingsmill Championship. The Kingsmill Championship will be contested on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA. Kingsmill is a proven venue that has stood the test of time, having hosted over 30 professional golf events.

Jazz on the James
May 19
Enjoy live jazz that swings with local band Good Shot Judy, craft beer and fine wine, and local food trucks – Offbeat Eats by Two Drummers, FoodaTude…Food with Attitude, and Sinful Treats – all against the stunning vista of the James River at Jamestown Settlement.

Culturefix Presents Honky Tonk Heroes a Classic Country Tribute
May 20
Featuring: Blended Outlaw, from Virginia Beach (with Williamsburg’s own Scott Kale and special guest David Waltrip), Molly Payne & The Mistakes (Richmond, VA) & Curtis Brown (of the Michael Clark Band) & Ben Phelps.

La Tienda Oyster Fiesta
May 18
Come celebrate the opening of our new patio with fresh oysters, live music and tasty tapas! Get a taste of what Williamsburg is talking about – La Tienda’s amazing food from Spain, plus great wines and sangria.

Craft Beer Week Tastings
May 15 – 21
Join us for a celebration of Craft Beer Week! We will be celebrating with free tastings at Hair of the DoG Bottle Shop throughout the week.

National Theatre Live: Who’s Araid of Virginia Woolf?
May 18
Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

Bridles & Bow Ties
May 20
This annual fundraising event which is presented by Riverside Health System includes: tours of the facilities, student spotlights, cocktails, oysters, an elegant seated buffet dinner and a live auction sponsored by TowneBank. The purpose is to share Dream Catchers’ mission and to celebrate the success of our program participants!

Family Fun Fest
May 20
Join James City County Parks & Recreation for the annual Family Fun Fest! The event features Knockerball Hampton Roads, Touch-A-Truck and the Teeny Tiny Farm Petting Zoo. Also enjoy pony rides, inflatable rides, hands-on activities, family entertainment with music and contests too! Grab some lunch provided by our food vendors and visit all of our local craft and business vendors!

100 Years of Glorious Technicolor: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (film)
May 20 & 21
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers. Starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. At the Kimball Theatre.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s Fireworks Finale Concert
May 20
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra wraps up its 33rd season in grand style with Fireworks Finale, a concert featuring guest violinist Elena Urioste. Conducted by Music Director Janna Hymes.

Pedaling the Past – Freedom Park
May 21
Speeding past interpretive signs and wondering at their significance? Hop on your bike or one of ours for a guided tour of local historic sites and tales and tastes immersing you in the past!

Friday Night Flights at Charly’s Airport Restaurant
Fridays through May 26
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.

Suping Sisters
Mondays
SUPing Sisters is for ladies only! Sorry fellas!! We will meet every Monday at 6:00pm and paddle together for an hour and a half. Each week will be a different place to paddle and explore. This is a great way to work on your paddling technique and also to enjoy some company while paddling. At Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

Revtalk: Immigration and National Identity with Ric Burns
May 21
How do we define who can be an American-and what being an American means? The Chinese Exclusion Act, to be released on PBS this year, examines the economic, cultural, social, legal, racial and political dimensions of the law; the forces and events that gave rise to it; and the effect it has had, and continues to have, on American culture and identity.  A partial pre-release screening of this new documentary by film maker Ric Burns will be followed by a REV Talk and post Q&A.

Tim Seaman at the Gallery at York Hall
May 21
Come out to the Gallery at York Hall and enjoy Tim Seaman perform his Hamered Dulcimer.

Watermen’s Museum Swing Dance
May 15
Join us every third Monday of the month for swing dance.  7:30 – 8 PM for instructions and 8 – 10 PM dancing!

GPS Pirates at York River State Park
May 20
A new way to find treasure.  Geocaching makes use of the Global Positioning System to help you find caches of park information and small gifts.  We will supply you with a GPS unit and the ranger will help you hike off of the beaten path for a unique discovery.  Please call for reservations.

Third Sunday Children’s Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
May 21
In this Third Sunday Children’s Art event, we will have a different art medium every month.  Supplies are included.

Fiddle Music from Jamestown to Yorktown
May 16
What kind of music would the Jamestown settlers have enjoyed? What were Virginians listening to at the end of the Revolution? Take a walk through 174 years of music and history with David Gardner. The award-winning fiddler and music historian has an entertaining story to tell on a collection of historically appropriate instruments.

Williamsburg Women’s Chorus Presents The Earth Sings!
May 16
The Williamsburg Women’s Chorus spring concert will feature music about nature and the abundance of our world. Entitled “Earthsongs” after a set of pieces included in the concert that were written by Florida composer David Brunner, the music will open with the classic treble song by Claude Debussy, Salut printemps, Welcome Spring.

Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
May 15
Come learn how to make jewelry with glass domes and cabochons, metal bezels and ephemera. Create charming and vintage necklaces, earrings, bracelets and even magnets.  Supplies are included.

Their Finest (film)
Through June 8 (select days)
In 1940 London, as the nation is bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). As bombs are dropping all around them, the colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. At the Kimball Theatre

Successful Campaign
May 19
Join the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums for a lively, stirring performance of traditional 18th-century field music! The senior corps will share the stage with a featured guest corps. Meet the talented musicians that make up our Fife and Drum Corps.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through September 30
A favorite event, Yorktown Market Days located on the Yorktown waterfront operates weekly. Featuring over 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists throughout the season, including a variety of homegrown favorites and local art.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
May 20
Over 40 vendors will bring strawberries, asparagus, Spring produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, meats, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market. Live music will be performed by LCV Project

From Revolution to Restoration
May 17
What happened in Williamsburg after the Revolution? Discover how the town survived hard times until it was restored to its former glory in the early 20th century. Program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Architectural Clues to 18th-century Williamsburg.”

The Mischievous Fey
May 18
It’s springtime and the world awakens after a long winter’s sleep. It’s time for the spring lambs, the flowers to bloom and the mischievous Fey to once again roam the Highlands. Enjoy tales of the Spring Festivals and the Fey as told by Master Storyteller Donna Wolf.

Tyke Hike: Woods and Waters
May 20
Is your two to four year old ready for a hike of their own? Would he or she like to learn the basics about birds? Our friendly neighborhood park ranger will lead families around Woodstock Pond and point out the creatures that live in our woods and waters.

High Fiber Festival
May 20
All natural (75%) fiber festival at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano. There will be a variety of vendors featuring yarns, quilts and crafts. Demonstrations include spinning, handweaving and weaving along with animals, children’s activities and food.

Wilson (film)
May 3 – 18
A poignant love letter to the people who raise us and the times that form us. Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s is raising her adolescent son, Jamie at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.  Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. At the Kimball Theatre.

Busting Myths!
Tuesdays through May 30
Was the pineapple really the symbol of 18th-century hospitality? Were quilts really used as coded messages for the Underground Railroad? Were people shorter in the 1700s? Learn to discern truth, myth, and reality on this guided tour.

Quiltmakers
Mondays through May 29
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.

Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Through May 31
Celebrate Spring – Come and see beautiful handmade quilts by local quilters.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.

Six Mead Sundays
Sundays

Try ALL SIX of our meads, instead of only four. Every Sunday. Mead tastings are always free.

Backstory
Tuesdays through May 30
Explore the hidden stories behind the objects on display. Discover who made the object, and why–and how it wound up in our collection. Why do some of our artifacts have such unique stories?

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
Fridays through May 26
Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Behind Closed Drawers
Through May 26
Drop in to get a close look at “Printed Fashions.” Then, peer into the textile study drawers to examine additional clothing and needlework from our collections. See a side of fashion others might miss.

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Fridays & Saturdays through May 27
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for schedule. Full pub menu including fresh seafood. Live entertainment on weekends. Lunch and dinner overlooking the York River.

Middle School Art Show at On the Hill Gallery
Saturdays through May 28
Celebrating our annual York County Middle School Art Show, May 7 – 28th at On the Hill Gallery. The work will be hung and displayed the same as in a professional gallery.

A Grand Medley of Entertainments
Mondays through June 12
Owen Murdock’s Company gamely tries to present an 18th-century traveling variety show, but their misfortunes provide a comedy of errors for the entire family to enjoy. A colonial entertainment so amusing that even Colonel Washington would have laughed!

KIDsiderate Concert Series at Busch Gardens
Select Dates in May
Start spring on a high note when some of today’s most popular acts for kids take the stage at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. This KIDsiderate® concert series will have kids singing and dancing along in the Globe Theatre in England. Schedule: Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve! – May 6; The KIDZ BOP Kids – May 13; Teen Stars Live – May 20 & 21.

For all events visit the Main Calendar (Visit Williamsburg). 


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