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Williamsburg Events: November 27 – December 3, 2017

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Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination, December 3
Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Revolutionary City and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances from multiple stages and delight in the fireworks displays from the Capitol, Magazine and the Governor’s Palace.

Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade, December 2
Festively decorated sail and power boats compete for “Best in Show.” The Yorktown waterfront is bedazzled with holiday sights and sounds, including a spectacular floating parade of lights, caroling around a roaring beach bonfire, musical performances and complimentary hot cider. Yorktown waterfront.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, November 24 – January 1
Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™. The World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park is aglow with more than eight million lights, the largest light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, special dining experiences, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the season come alive at Busch Gardens.

Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert, December 2 & 3
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops Concert during Grand Illumination. Music Director Janna Hymes will conduct this festive program of holiday favorites and Soprano Sarah Kate Walston will be the featured guest artist.

Dean Shostak’s Crystal Carols Concert, December 2
Dean Shostak performs his popular holiday show at the Williamsburg Library Theatre this year. He is also bringing back the glass violin. In this family friendly concert you also hear crystal hand bells and Benjamin Franklin’s invention, the glass armonica.

Palace Concert, Saturdays through December 30
The regal Palace Ballroom comes to life by candlelight as Colonial Williamsburg’s early music ensemble, Governor’s Musick, offers an elegant evening of chamber music.

Christmas Town Dash 8K and Fun Run, December 3
Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of Christmas as you wind your way through the world’s most beautiful theme park in this exciting 8K run through the wonderfully decorated Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.

Furniture Facelift Class at On the Hill Gallery, December 3
Come learn how to update and breathe new life into a piece of furniture that needs love and make it look like it came from a home decor magazine!.  Pieces for the seminar should be small, something you can carry, such as a chair or small table.

Riverwalk Restaurant’s Sunday Brunch Buffet, Sundays
Join us Sundays at Riverwalk Restaurant overlooking the York River as Chef Brian Hines at the helm creating a savory menu using fresh, local seafood, natural meats, and utilizing local farmer’s produce to create fresh, delicious breakfast and lunch dishes.

Cookies with Santa, December 3
Christmas is alive at York Hall where children and parents can visit with Santa Claus, enjoy some tasty treats, and shop for holiday gifts in the Gallery at York Hall.

Fall Lecture Series: History Below the Waves (Mariners’ Museum), November 30
Presented by Jeff Gray, Superintendent of NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary FREE for Members; $5 for guests Preserved by the cold freshwater on which they once served, more than 200 shipwrecks are believed to rest in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

A Colonial Christmas at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, December
At American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampment and glimpse holiday preparations on a Revolution-era farm. Holiday programs complement 17th-century holiday traditions at Jamestown Settlement.

A Colonial Christmas at Jamestown Settlement, December
Experience centuries-old holiday traditions and, December 23-31, festivities featuring period musical entertainment and appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and interpretive programs compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony.

“Wild at Art” Show, December 1 & 2
Virginia artists Jim Wilson and David Turner, passionate advocates for Virginia wildlife, host a 2-day show featuring artwork to enrich and inspire appreciation of nature. A portion of sales will support wildlife conservation at the VLM. Cost: Free admission to the Changing Exhibits Gallery.

Mead Up – Grand Illumination Weekend, December 1 – 3
Our final Mead Up event for 2017 is taking place December 1-3 which coincides with Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination. Enjoy the largest selection of Silver Hand Meads that we’ve ever had available.

Amber Ox Grand Opening, December 1
The Amber Ox team has a passion for great beer, an obsession with delicious local food, and an unwavering dedication to providing unforgettable customer experiences. Yes, we’re a brewery, but we’re not your average brewery. We serve our own meticulously crafted beer along with the best beers from a carefully curated list of top-notch brewers from the surrounding states.

Friday Brewmaster’s Pin at Virginia Beer Company, December 1
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. Only available on Friday afternoons starting at 4 pm!

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree, December 1
Come and enjoy us first Fridays for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Hurrah for the Holidays, December 1
The Hurrah Players, Virginia’s Leading Family Theatre Company, presents Hurrah for the Holidays! Hurrah for the Holidays is a spirited musical revue featuring holiday favorites from yesterday and today, precision kick line dancers, and a few seasonal surprises!

Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting, December 1
A tradition that began in 1945 continues with the Yorktown Tree Lighting. Evening highlights include a 7 pm performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town at the Victory Monument, festive music at Riverwalk Landing, the procession of lights through the historic village, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

A Community-Wide Service of Lessons & Carols, December 1
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church welcomes all to its annual Community-Wide Service of Lessons & Carols on Friday, December 1st, at 7:00 PM. The service follows a traditional format, first presented in England in 1880.

Williamsburg Christmas Parade, December 2
Join us as we usher in Christmas in Williamsburg with our annual parade at 8 am. See floats, marching bands, civic and business organizations, animal groups and more all decked out supporting our theme “Winter Wonderland” as we welcome our special guests, Santa & Mrs. Claus!

58th Annual Christmas Homes Tour by the Green Spring Garden Club, Inc., December 2
This year’s Homes Tour will feature six homes, which will be beautifully decorated with seasonal floral arrangements. Three homes will be located in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Historic Area.

Christmas Market on Main, December 2
Whether you are searching for a holiday gift for family, friends or as a treat to yourself, you’re sure to find it at the Christmas Market on Main. The market features arts and crafts vendors, strolling entertainment and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Historic Main Street.

Breakfast with Santa, December 2 & 9
Enjoy a hot breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take your own photos with Santa, and make ornaments and other holiday crafts! At the Mariners’ Museum.

Distillery Tours and Tastings, Select Days through December 10
Have you ever wondered how whisky is made? Or why our whisky is spelled with no “E”? Come visit Copper Fox Distillery for a unique educational experience in farm to bottle distilling for the 8 variations on our 4 signature spirits products in production.

Small Works & Holiday Show, Tuesdays through Sundays, December 22
The Small Works & Holiday Show features affordable artwok by Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center member artists for holiday gift-giving. “Small Works” encompass 2D and 3D art in a variety of media and themes, from paintings to pottery, jewelry, textile art, and sculpture.

Watermen Museum presents Story Tellers, November 27
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.

Holiday Magic Planetarium Show, November 22 – December 31
Holiday Magic is a delightful celebration of the holiday season that the whole family will enjoy! Featuring timeless classics and songs from the holiday specials we loved as kids, as well as modern holiday music, this show has something for everyone. At the Virginia Living Museum.

Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star, November 22 – December 31
The show was completely revised in 2008 to offer a truly immersive look at the journey of the Magi while examining the latest clues and seeking once more to understand the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem. At the Virginia Living Museum.

Vinyl Night at Alewerks, Tuesdays
Join us each and every Tuesday night for Vinyl Night in the Taproom. Bring your own records, or listen to ours, either way it’s sweet vinyl spinning on the turntable. FoodaTude..Food with Attitude will be here too! Retro tunes, good food, and craft beer.

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.

Talk of the Town: Christmastide, November 24 – December 8
With an 18th century resident as your guide, walk about the city and experience the spirit of the Christmastide season as they share reflections on the holiday season, the news of the day, and perhaps even a little juicy gossip!

A Raleigh Christmas Party, Fridays through December 22
Join your family and friends for a raucous Christmas party at the Raleigh Tavern. Come toast the season, enjoy a dance, and partake in the liveliest of entertainments. Enjoy a tasty treat at the end of your tour through the Christmas Party.

Midwinter Stories, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays through December 10
Among many Native communities in the Eastern Woodlands, storytelling takes place in the fall and winter, when domestic activities are mostly indoors and men are out hunting. Come hear the stories and traditions of tribes that frequented Williamsburg in the 18th century.

Senior Center Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, November 18 – December 9
Gallery at York Hall is excited about displaying a variety of art created by the Senior Center artists. While shopping for the holidays or for any occasion, be sure to stop by and admire the Senior Center Exhibit.

“Christmas in Yorktown” Exhibit at Gallery at Yorktown, November
Come and enjoy the best of the best of local artist around our area. There will be a mix of local and Christmas holiday art pieces at the Gallery at York Hall.

Spanish Wine and Tapas Tasting, Saturdays
Drop by this Saturday, from 1-4 PM, as we offer a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with authentic Spanish bites! Join us on a tour of Spain’s wine regions and grapes and discover a new favorite from La Rioja, Ribeiro del Duero or a Cava or Sherry.

The Comedy Club of Williamsburg, Saturdays through February 24
The Comedy Club of Williamsburg invites you to join us for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. This is your chance to see nationally touring comedians many of whom who have appeared on shows such as Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, and HBO, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon! Many of our comedians are Headliners on major stages in New York City, Las Vegas, and on the Cruise Lines! At the DoubleTree Hotel.


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Williamsburg Events: November 13 – 19, 2017

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The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concert, November 15 & 16
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents its second Masterworks Concert of the season. Music Director, Janna Hymes. Featuring David Shifrin, clarinet. Program includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Clarinet Concerto in A major.

Historic Yorktown Holiday Open House, November 18 & 19
Soak up the ambiance of historic Yorktown.  Special events, festive decorations, special sales, discounts, door prizes, strolling entertainment, and more await you as you start or finish your holiday shopping.

Firing the Brick Kiln, November 15 – 19
Fall is time to fire the bricks! Stop by and see how up to 20,000 hand-molded bricks are fired at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The bricks, made by the brickmakers with the help of guests, will be used in all sorts of projects around town.

Spirit of Thanks, November 18
Join us in welcoming in the Spirit of Thanks. This one day event will feature specialty cocktails, Cast Iron Catering food truck, the musical stylings of Joe’s Day Off, and a benefit to FISH. At Copper Fox Distillery.

The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, November 14
The Quartet concentrates equally on classical-romantic literature and modern music, and has proven its commitment to compositions of the 21st-century through numerous premieres. For further information and tickets visit our website.

Dino on the Loose at the Virginia Living Museum, November 18
Join our walking T-Rex for dinosaur parades, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail!

Civil War Lecture Series: CSS Manassas, November 18
Built on the hull of the tug boat Enoch Train, the Manassas was designed as a one-gun ironclad ram. While conceived to serve as a privateer, she was commandeered by the Confederate Navy.

Workshop on Indigo: The Color That Changed the World, November 18
In this workshop, we will learn the history, myth, and lore of indigo. The workshop’s price includes two napkins for dyeing; guests are invited to bring their own small items to dye as well.

Cowboys Uncorked at the Williamsburg Winery, November 12-13
Cowboys Uncorked is an annual fundraiser held at the Williamsburg Winery for 275 guests, which is hosted by and which benefits Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center.

“Christmas in Yorktown” Exhibit at Gallery at Yorktown, November
Come and enjoy the best of the best of local artist around our area. There will be a mix of local and Christmas holiday art pieces at the Gallery at York Hall.

“Mark Sparks Fly!” Performance and Campaign Celebration, November 18
Celebrate with Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre as we mark our second annual campaign: “Make Sparks Fly!” Our celebration will be at Triangle Restaurant.

Senior Center Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, November 18 – December 9
Gallery at York Hall is excited about displaying a variety of art created by the Senior Center artists. While shopping for the holidays or for any occasion, be sure to stop by and admire the Senior Center Exhibit.

Patio Grand Opening at Revolutionary Golf & Grille, November 10 – 17
Come out to our new outdoor patio seating! Double points 5-7pm with our loyalty members (not a member, sign up for free and start earning points each time you Eat, Drink, Golf and Game with us! Happy Hour 4-7pm extended out to patio! Free giveaways and prizes every hour from 5-8pm! Live Music with 53rds!

Colonial Williamsburg Employee Arts & Crafts Show, November 18 & 19
Colonial Williamsburg employees, volunteers and retirees combine to present and sell handmade gifts. Luxuriant jams and handmade paintings are only a portion of the fabulous items available for personal enjoyment or as a special gift for that certain someone.

Yorktown Market Days, November 18
The Market features 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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market, November 18
Join us for our Pre-Thanksgiving Market and stock up on fresh produce for your thanksgiving celebration! Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, squash, pies, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps

Veteran’s Art Show at On the Hill Gallery, November 11 – 26
Join us November 11th at 6-8 pm for the opening reception of  “The Spirit of American Military Art: The Never Ending Story,” our first-ever exhibition dedicated to American veterans.

Spanish Wine and Tapas TastingSaturdays
Drop by this Saturday, from 1-4 PM, as we offer a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with authentic Spanish bites! Join us on a tour of Spain’s wine regions and grapes and discover a new favorite from La Rioja, Ribeiro del Duero or a Cava or Sherry.

The Comedy Club of Williamsburg, Saturdays through February 24
The Comedy Club of Williamsburg invites you to join us for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. This is your chance to see nationally touring comedians many of whom who have appeared on shows such as Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, and HBO, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon! Many of our comedians are Headliners on major stages in New York City, Las Vegas, and on the Cruise Lines! At the DoubleTree Hotel.

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.


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Williamsburg Events: October 23 – 29, 2017

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The ‘Mad’ Revenge of King George III, October 28
Be a part of an immersive experience through the halls and grounds of the Capitol where you step inside the King’s mind chasing an alternate reality as you face a descent into darkness.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens
Weekends from September 22 – October 29
Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream®. At the stroke of 6 p.m. the park becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that lie in wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed Terror-tories™ and darkly entertaining live shows.

Billsburg Brewery Grand Opening Weekend, October 27
Come out and enjoy the grand opening weekend of Billsburg Brewery, located at the James City County Marina. Throughout the weekend, food trucks will be on site.

Monsters, Mayhem, and Musick, October 17, 24 & 31
As Halloween approaches and the ghosts of Colonial Williamsburg begin to prowl, immerse yourself in a musical realm of strangeness and sorcery.

Haunting on DOG Street, October 15-31
Join us from October 15 through October 31 as we celebrate the Halloween season with new evening programs, ghost tours, spooky carriage rides, museum talks, and special events.

Jack of the Lanterns, October 27-31
In the eighteenth century, the haunted tale of Jack of the Lanterns (and the origin of our Jack O’Lantern) brought a tingle to the spines of young and old alike.

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.

Pumpkinville, Through October 29 (see website for schedule)
Pumpkinville is a fun, seasonal treasure in Toano, VA, part of the Greater Williamsburg area. Pumpkinville is operated by a local family farm. Your family can pick their own pumpkins from their patch or choose from our large selection of pre-picked pumpkins in the yard. In addition to pumpkins, there is a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, flowers, wooden cut-outs, arts and crafts and fall decorations. Bundles of cornstalks and bales of straw are also available for purchase.

Opera in Williamsburg Presents: Rossini’s Barber of Seville, October 20, 22 & 24
Live fully-staged opera with world-class cast. Conductor: Jorge Parodi. The Barber of Seville is one of the world’s most popular comic operas, with well-known favorite melodies.

Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center Inaugural Juried Show, Select Dates through November 9
The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center’s inaugural regional juried show is open to the public through Nov. 9. Gulay Berryman, owner of the award-winning Williamsburg Art Gallery, judged the show-which includes 81 pieces from 59 local and regional artists-and presented cash awards to the winners at the artists’ reception preceding the exhibit’s opening.

Craft Beer Dinner at Water Street Grille in Yorktown, October 26
An intimate place big on flavor and personality, and a Yorktown must-do, offering 20 micro brews and a delicious tapas menu.

Children’s Special Event at the Gallery at York Hall, October 29
Come out to the Gallery at York Hall for a special treat for children.  It’s story time with a musical twist!

5X5 Silent Auction Fundraiser at On the Hill Gallery, October 28
5×5 @ 5:55 pm Silent Auction Fundraiser for The Yorktown Arts Foundation. Preview 5″ x 5″ local artist works at Riverwalk Restaurant starting September 25th and at On the Hill Gallery starting October 10th. Join us for hors d’oeuvres, wine and dessert during the silent bidding October 28th at 5:55 pm at On the Hill Gallery.

Watermen’s Museum Presents Story Tellers, October 23
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.

The Comedy Club of Williamsburg, Saturdays through February 24
The Comedy Club of Williamsburg invites you to join us for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. This is your chance to see nationally touring comedians many of whom who have appeared on shows such as Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, and HBO, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon! Many of our comedians are Headliners on major stages in New York City, Las Vegas, and on the Cruise Lines! At the DoubleTree Hotel.

Mr. Key’s Poem: Our National Anthem, October 27
Discover the history of the tune and the words that did not become our official national anthem until 1931, amidst considerable controversy and opposition, especially from the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

Magnificent Melodies, October 28
Magnificent Melodies will present a third recital as part of an ongoing series to benefit “Elliot’s Song,” outreach program of the Williamsburg Early Childhood Music School at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church.

Introduction to Scrimshaw at the Virginia Living Museum, October 28
In this workshop, learn about the history of scrimshaw: the art of carving on bone or ivory. This art form—popular during the golden age of whaling—was an easy and creative way for sailors to pass the time and make keepsakes for loved ones at home.

Skate Jam After Hours, October 28
Check out the Skate Park during a special night skateboarding competition. Participants will be divided into experience categories and judged on style, flow and difficulty of the run.

Mosaic Classes at On the Hill Gallery, October 23
We will be offering three new mosaic art classes, pick one or pick all three!  Participants will learn the proper techniques to break, glue and grout their masterpiece.  Cost includes supplies.

Lafayette Exhibit, Through October 30 (see website for schedule)
York County is hosting one of three exhibits to honor the Marquis de Lafayette. The Marquis de Lafayette was one of the heroes of the American Revolution and was with Washington here in Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis.

‘Yorktown’ Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, Saturdays through October 28
Enjoy ‘Yorktown Art’ Exhibit by local artists and relish in our revolving exhibit of fine art in all media by local artists for display and sale.

Civil War Lecture Series: Torpedoes: Infernal Machines, October 28
Without a navy when the Civil War erupted, the Confederacy sought new technologies to defend their ports and rivers. Consequently, they developed a system of torpedoes, which aided their defense, sinking several Union ironclads, gunboats, and transports.

Chesapeake Bay Retrospective: The Art of Lew Thatcher, Thought October 31
Lew Thatcher paints in the realist genre. His art is detailed, focused and believable. Over 40 years of sailing and exploring the waters, marshes and harbors of Chesapeake Bay have provided him with a vast wealth of maritime subjects.

Fall Lecture Series: Pirate Women, October 26
Pirates dominate the popular imagination, from Halloween costumes to the silver screen, but there is much more to the story than parrots and peg legs. Author Laura Sook Duncombe sheds light on a forgotten corner of pirate history-the women who sailed the seven seas alongside (and sometimes in command of) their pirate brethren.

East Meets Midwest II: A New Figuration, Through November 10
East Meets Midwest II: A New Figuration is a show organized from eastern painters referred to as the East Coast Group and painters from the collective called the Midwest Paint Group.

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

Quiltmakers, Tuesdays through October 31
Explore quilts from the 18th, 19th, & 20th centuries, while learning about the lives of quilters Amelia Lauke, Anna Jane Parker, Rita Mae Pettway, and others.

Printing Fashion, Mondays through October 27
Explore the exhibit “Printed Fashions” and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational.

Williamsburg Before and After Tour, Thursdays through November 2
For 81 years, Williamsburg served as the seat of Virginia government. But what happened after the capital moved to Richmond? For more than two centuries, Williamsburg was a sleepy, small town. Using images and personal stories, explore the booms, busts, and eventual restoration of this unique community.

Williamsburg Farmers Market (Children’s Day), October 28
Join us for Children’s Day at the Williamsburg Farmers Market! Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps.

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.

Yorktown Market Days, Saturdays through October
Featuring over 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists throughout the season, including a variety of homegrown favorites and local art.  Delicious food, exciting entertainment, beautiful and inspiring artwork, and a view beyond compare. Weekly live music entertainment.  Shoppers can enjoy the added bonus of watching local chefs demonstrate the preparation of various dishes on select Saturdays.

Spanish Wine and Tapas Tasting, Saturdays
Drop by this Saturday, from 1-4 PM, as we offer a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with authentic Spanish bites! Join us on a tour of Spain’s wine regions and grapes and discover a new favorite from La Rioja, Ribeiro del Duero or a Cava or Sherry.


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Williamsburg Events: October 10 – 15, 2017

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Yorktown Victory Weekend Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield, October 14 -15
Hands-on military experiences, artillery firings and a preview of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with the debut of the new introductory film and exhibition galleries. Yorktown Battlefield.  Artillery programs by British and American re-enactment units and special park ranger guided tours and programs at the Battlefield.

Haunting on DOG Street, October 15-31
Join us from October 15 through October 31 as we celebrate the Halloween season with new evening programs, ghost tours, spooky carriage rides, museum talks, and special events.

Oktoberfest, October 12
Join us for a fun evening of rides, games, prizes, food & drink, a new Night Beats show and new this year – a Themed Maze! Bring your friends, bring your co-workers, network and have fun as we celebrate Oktoberfest in the Germany area of the world’s most beautiful amusement park!

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Weekends from September 22 – October 29
Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream®. At the stroke of 6 p.m. the park becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that lie in wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed Terror-tories™ and darkly entertaining live shows.

Yorktown Market Days and Fall Festival Celebration, October 14
In addition to the usual array of fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, specialty cut flowers, quality art, and entertainment, fall festival activities include hayrides, face painting, children’s games and activities, pumpkins and mums.

Run for the Hills 5K/10K and Fall Fest, October 14
Run (or Walk) just for the health of it! 1 mile fun run, 5K, or a 10K, you choose! Join a team, create a team, or just pink out either in person or participate as a virtual participant and run or walk whenever and wherever you’d like!

Pumpkinville, Through October 29 (see website for schedule)
Pumpkinville is a fun, seasonal treasure in Toano, VA, part of the Greater Williamsburg area. Pumpkinville is operated by a local family farm. Your family can pick their own pumpkins from their patch or choose from our large selection of pre-picked pumpkins in the yard. In addition to pumpkins, there is a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, flowers, wooden cut-outs, arts and crafts and fall decorations. Bundles of cornstalks and bales of straw are also available for purchase.

Canine Carnival, October 14
Pet vendors and services will be present as well as dogs from Heritage Humane Society looking for a fur-ever home! At Waller Mill Park.

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.

Ricky Van Shelton & Charlie Byrd in Hall of Fame Concert, October 14
Concert at the Kimball Theater Williamsburg, Va. October 14th 7:30 Ricky Van Shelton and Charlie Byrd to be inducted in the Virginia Music Hall of Fame at the second benefit concert for the Virginia Musical Museum and Music Hall of Fame.

Chamber Music Societ of Williamsburg, October 10
The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg presents the Ensemble 4.1 Tuesday evening, October 10 at 8:00 PM in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre. The group calls itself the only “Piano Windtet” in the world.

A Cook’s Walking Tour, October 11
Guests visiting our historic sites see lovely, pristine homes in fair order. But, did you ever wonder about the messy parts of life? Take a guided tour with a member of Historic Foodways to explore the often private world of food preparation in an 18th-century city.

York River Floating Folk Jam at Watermen’s Museum, October 11
Second Wednesday every month is Watermen’s Museum Music Jam Session: Don’t miss an evening of fun and music with ShantyGrass and visiting amateurs and professional musicians as you join them in passing songs around a circle.

Artist Lew Thatcher at On the Hill Gallery, October 7-21
Lew Thatcher paints in the realist genre.  His art is detailed, focused and believable.  Over 40 Years of sailing and exploring the waters, marshes and harbors of Chesapeake Bay have provided him with a vast wealth of maritime subjects.

Meet the Curator/Conservator, Mondays through October 20
In a single day, a curator or conservator will wear many hats. Discover more about this fascinating profession as you walk and talk with a member of the staff that researches and cares for the objects in our museums.

Dramatic Programs at the Nelson House, October 14-21
National Park Services is hosting two dramatic performances with questions and answer afterwards at the Nelson House. Seating is limited.

York County Hosts Lafayette Exhibit, Through October 30 (see website for schedule)
York County is hosting one of three exhibits to honor the Marquis de Lafayette. The Marquis de Lafayette was one of the heroes of the American Revolution and was with Washington here in Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis.

New Exhibition – Another Look: Marine Photography From 1948-1972, October 7-21
Camera clubs provide an opportunity for photographers to reach a wider audience and to have their work criticized on its artistic and technical merits.

New Exhibition – Views of the Baltic Sea: Contemporary Photographs  from Greifswald, Germany, October 7 -21
This photography exhibition will recognize the 10th anniversary of the Newport News–Greifswald relationship. These photographs were created by eight photographers who live and work in the region.

Williamsburg Fall Classic Pickeball Tournament, October 14
The tournament is open to all skill levels and will feature men’s and women’s singles competition as well as men’s, women’s and mixed doubles. Tournament will be double elimination and players grouped by age and skill level.

Williamsburg Farmers Market, October 14
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, pumpkins, fresh apples, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

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

Quiltmakers, Tuesdays through October 31
Explore quilts from the 18th, 19th, & 20th centuries, while learning about the lives of quilters Amelia Lauke, Anna Jane Parker, Rita Mae Pettway, and others.

Williamsburg Before and After Tour, Thursdays through November 2
For 81 years, Williamsburg served as the seat of Virginia government. But what happened after the capital moved to Richmond? For more than two centuries, Williamsburg was a sleepy, small town. Using images and personal stories, explore the booms, busts, and eventual restoration of this unique community.

Printing Fashion, Mondays through October 27
Explore the exhibit “Printed Fashions” and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational.

Spanish Wine and Tapas Tasting, Saturdays
Drop by this Saturday, from 1-4 PM, as we offer a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with authentic Spanish bites! Join us on a tour of Spain’s wine regions and grapes and discover a new favorite from La Rioja, Ribeiro del Duero or a Cava or Sherry.


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Williamsburg Events: October 2 – 8, 2017

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An Occasion for the Arts, October 6-8
Each year, on the first full weekend in October, An Occasion For The Arts (AOFTA) provides a splendid celebration of visual, literary and performing arts in and beyond Merchants Square of Colonial Williamsburg. The juried show brings the work of talented fine artists, lively performing artists, food and beverage tastings together for an event everyone in the family enjoys.

Yorktown Wine Festival, October 7
Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or an aspiring novice-you don’t want to miss our grand tasting. 

Pumpkinville, Through October 29 (see website for schedule)
Pumpkinville is a fun, seasonal treasure in Toano, VA, part of the Greater Williamsburg area. Pumpkinville is operated by a local family farm. Your family can pick their own pumpkins from their patch or choose from our large selection of pre-picked pumpkins in the yard. In addition to pumpkins, there is a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, flowers, wooden cut-outs, arts and crafts and fall decorations. Bundles of cornstalks and bales of straw are also available for purchase.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Weekends from September 22 – October 29
Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream®. At the stroke of 6 p.m. the park becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that lie in wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed Terror-tories™ and darkly entertaining live shows.

American Indian Intertribal Powwow, October 7-8
Jamestown Settlement will present an American Indian Intertribal Powwow on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, featuring song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling and a film presentation.

Williamsburg Book Festival, October 7
The 2017 Williamsburg Book Festival celebrates the best in books in our region and beyond. Headlining the festival is bestselling author Kathryn Aalto. 

An Occasion for the Arts Kickoff Party Featuring Davina & the Vagabonds, October 6
The kickoff of Williamsburg’s biggest art weekend! An Occasion for the Arts is partnering with Culturefix to create this exciting event. Entry price includes one drink ticket and an unforgettable performance from Davina and the Vagabonds from Minneapolis, MN.

Watermen’s Museum Hosts ‘Painting on the River’, October 5
The Watermen’s Museum is hosting a monthly evening of painting with a local artist. No experience needed to have a wonderful night of painting and fun.

Craft Beer Dinner & “Steal the Pint Night” at Water Street Grille, October 5
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 Lickinghole Creek Craft Beers, a four course beer paired dinner of culinary delights from Chef Brian Hines and his culinary team.

2015 Adagio Release Party at the Williamsburg Winery, October 6
The Williamsburg Winery is excited to unveil the 2015 Adagio on October 6 at a special Adagio Vertical Wine Dinner in Celebration of Virginia Wine Month! The multi-course wine paired dinner will feature the 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages of Adagio!

Capital Color Ride, October 7
Pedal your way through the Virginia Capital Trail with color surprises at every turn! Add a little color to your day pedaling round trip from Chickahominy Riverfront Park to your “Color Pit Stop” of choice.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree, October 6
Come and enjoy us first Fridays for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia, October 4
Historian Carson Hudson discusses how colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their northern neighbors.

Public Lecture: “Corrective Lens: Native Women Photographers”, October 3
In conjunction with the “Pocahontas Imagined” special exhibition, Johanna Minich, adjunct curator of Native American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will present a public lecture, “Corrective Lens: Native Women Photographers and the Debunking of the ‘Vanishing Race’ Myth.”

Art Class at On the Hill Gallery, October 5
In this beginner decorative painting class, you will learn the basics of decorative painting with a step-by-step method.  These classes will provide you the basics of brush care and handling, blending techniques, prepping and more.

Past Plantations Tour, October 7
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.

Artist Lew Thatcher at On the Hill Gallery, October 7-21
Lew Thatcher paints in the realist genre.  His art is detailed, focused and believable.  Over 40 Years of sailing and exploring the waters, marshes and harbors of Chesapeake Bay have provided him with a vast wealth of maritime subjects.

Meet the Curator/Conservator, Mondays through October 20
In a single day, a curator or conservator will wear many hats. Discover more about this fascinating profession as you walk and talk with a member of the staff that researches and cares for the objects in our museums.

York County Hosts Lafayette Exhibit, Through October 30 (see website for schedule)
York County is hosting one of three exhibits to honor the Marquis de Lafayette. The Marquis de Lafayette was one of the heroes of the American Revolution and was with Washington here in Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis.

Jamestown Jams – The Lone Rangers, October 6
Come and enjoy free live music at Jamestown Jams. On Oct. 6, it will be music from the early 2000s featuring The Lone Rangers.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.

New Exhibition – Another Look: Marine Photography From 1948-1972, October 7-21
Camera clubs provide an opportunity for photographers to reach a wider audience and to have their work criticized on its artistic and technical merits.

New Exhibition – Views of the Baltic Sea: Contemporary Photographs  from Greifswald, Germany, October 7 -21
This photography exhibition will recognize the 10th anniversary of the Newport News–Greifswald relationship. These photographs were created by eight photographers who live and work in the region.

The Very Versatile Violin, October 3
Join violinists David Gardner and Wayne Hill as they explore the variety of the violin in a fun filled frenzied fiddle festival!

Butterflies: Wings of Wonder, October 7
Butterflies are amazing creatures in so many ways – their vibrant colors, their different shapes, sizes and patterns and the important roles they play in nature’s web of life.

Rev3 Capital Trail 100, October 7
Enjoy a 100-mile relay on the Virginia Capital Trail! This event is for teams of six or ultra-teams of four. The relay includes all of the Virginia Capital Trail from Richmond to Jamestown and back!

Printing Fashion, Mondays through October 27
Explore the exhibit “Printed Fashions” and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational.

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

Quiltmakers, Tuesdays through October 31
Explore quilts from the 18th, 19th, & 20th centuries, while learning about the lives of quilters Amelia Lauke, Anna Jane Parker, Rita Mae Pettway, and others.

Williamsburg Farmers Market, October 7
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk, October 7
Join Freedom Park on the first Saturday of every month for a nature program and guided walk on the Living Forest Interpretive Trail! 

Williamsburg Before and After Tour, Thursdays through November 2
For 81 years, Williamsburg served as the seat of Virginia government. But what happened after the capital moved to Richmond? For more than two centuries, Williamsburg was a sleepy, small town. Using images and personal stories, explore the booms, busts, and eventual restoration of this unique community.

Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series in Yorktown, Fridays through October 6
Get your toes tappin’ to fantastic sounds during this five-week concert series featuring toe tappin’ Jazz and Big Band and knee slappin’ Country. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. See website for schedule.

Spanish Wine and Tapas Tasting, Saturdays
Drop by this Saturday, from 1-4 PM, as we offer a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with authentic Spanish bites! Join us on a tour of Spain’s wine regions and grapes and discover a new favorite from La Rioja, Ribeiro del Duero or a Cava or Sherry.


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