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The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Presents Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, April 12
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featuring a 220 member combined chorus! The WSO will also perform Festive Overture, Op. 96, Shostakovich on the program.
Yorktown Market Days, April 14
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.
Garden Symposium, April 14-15
Colonial Williamsburg’s 72nd annual Garden Symposium, ordinary to extraordinary. Speakers will share their landscaping techniques and plant choices for small gardens, patios, courtyards and containers. From perennials to pollinators to herbs, become inspired with ideas to show your own creativity in your home garden.
Smoke on the River: Yorktown Civil War Weekend, April 14-15
Battle of Yorktown 1862 history, exhibits, music, naval battles at the Watermen’s Museum. Exhibits and events held at other Yorktown locations. Civil War themed guided tours.
Dino on the Loose at the Virginia Living Museum, April 14
Join our walking T-Rex for dinosaur parades, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail!
Yorktown Kite Demo & Gathering, April 14
Join us at Riverwalk Landing after the kickoff to our Market Days season! Enjoy kite demonstrations and an afternoon of kite flying. Bring your own or borrow one from Patriot Tours and Provisions.
Annual Alpaca Shearing Tours at Fox Wire Farm, April 15
Come and learn during the annual shearing of nearly 90 alpacas at Fox Wire Farm in Toano by taking a shearing tour! This annual event helps prepare the alpacas for the summer months by shedding their wool.
Star Party & Laser Evening at Virginia Living Museum, April 14
The Virginia Living Museum offers free star gazing beginning at sunset on the second Saturday of every month. The evening also includes a planetarium program and several laser shows.
19th Annual 2018 Williamsburg British & European Car Show, April 14
Open the 2018 car show season by visiting beautiful Colonial Williamsburg Virginia for the 19th Annual British and European Car Show sponsored by the Williamsburg British Car Club at The Shops of High Street on 4/14/18. We are very excited to announce our NEW VENUE, The Shops at High St.
Veterans Recognition Day, April 14
Sponsored by the Friends of York River State Park. All donations will go toward Wounded Warriors Project.Bring your mountain bike & join the guided group to cycle some trails. Trek with the Ranger-led group to Fossil Beach on the York River. At noon, enjoy a picnic lunch.
Yorktown Pub Sunday Brunch, Sundays in April
Sunday is special at the Yorktown Pub. Enjoy everything from old fashioned eggs and bacon to and delicious steak! Don’t forget the best shrimp and grits in the area! Delight yourself with friends and family with the beautiful view of the York River too! Come and enjoy Yorktown’s tastiest brunch menu!
Singletrack Maniac 50K, April 14
Experience Freedom Park in a whole new way with the Singletrack Maniac 50K! The generous 10-hour time limit (19 minute mile pace) for the 31-mile Ultra race is great for beginners, but the single track trails are technical and challenging with constant roots and elevation changes. This event takes place rain or shine.
Music Jam Session at Watermen’s Museum, April 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.
Robert Logen at the Gallery at York Hall, April 14
Come and meet local harmonic musician, Robert Logen. He will be playing his harmonica and visiting with guest in a fun filled afternoon.
Civil War Lecture: Dupont’s Ironclad Attack on Charleston, April 14
On April 7, 1863, Rear Admiral Samuel Francis DuPont sent a squadron of nine ironclads to destroy Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie at the entrance to the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. This enabled his command to reach the inner harbor.
Lecture: Sarah Fraser on “The Prince Who Would Be King,” April 12
Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales, was a prince of global vision. Though he never saw the sea until he was 10 years old, when he was given a ship in 1603, it was love at first sight. Hailed as “Protector of Virginia,” Henry invested in the 1607 expedition of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery.
First 2018 members Co-op Show, Through April 27
Featuring artists with larger bodies of work, the Members Co-op Show offers a wide variety of 2D and 3D mediums and styles in the main and middle galleries. At the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center.
Inside James Fort: Built of “Pales, Posts, and Railes,” Saturdays through May 19
Building a fort proved to be a necessity for the colonists within a month of their arrival in 1607. In 1994 Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists found evidence of the trenches and post molds from the original palisade lines. Carpenter Paul Zelesnikar will demonstrate the tools and methods used by the first colonists to build everything from the fort walls to stools and chests. Stop by to learn more about this important trade!
Stream to Sea Stroll, Tuesdays April 4 – 18
What is the difference between a woodland stream and a marsh? What creatures are found in a pond compared to those in a river? Are there similar birds in both ecosystems? Take this ranger guided adventure hiking from the forest to the shoreline to discover life in four aquatic communities within a mile and a half of each other.
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!
Local Live Music at Billsburg Brewery, Thursdays Through May
Join us in the Billsburg Event Tent every Thursday this Spring for live music. Grab your friends and join us at Billsburg Brewery to start your weekend early, enjoy live music and fresh cold beer at the only venue in James City County on the waterfront.
In the light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums, Through May 13
In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums features important Caravaggesque paintings from the renowned collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, North Carolina Museum of Art, Speed Museum, Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, and Chrysler Museum of Art including recent acquisitions to the collection of the Muscarelle.
Women with Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection, Through May 13
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present Women With Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection in conjunction with William & Mary’s 100 Years of Women celebration. This exhibition features over thirty works by prominent women artists from the permanent collection and is comprised of a variety of media styles and time periods expressing their vision.
Guerilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World, Through May 13
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present Guerrilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World in the Herman Graphic Arts Room as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of coeducation at William & Mary and in Virginia. Since 1985 and even more stridently today, the Guerrilla Girls have been concerned with broader discrimination; particularly social oppression related to race, class, and gender.
Friday Brewmaster’s Pin, Fridays
Every Friday at 4 pm at The Virginia Beer Company, we tap a small but potent Brewmaster’s Pin. Centrally located on the bar top in our taproom, these weekly cask concoctions give our brewing team the chance to add a personal touch to our draft offerings.
Vinyl Night at Alewerks, Tuesdays
Join us each and every Tuesday night for Vinyl Night in the Taproom. Bring your own records, or listen to ours, either way it’s sweet vinyl spinning on the turntable. FoodaTude..Food with Attitude will be here too! Retro tunes, good food, and craft beer.
Trivia Night at Alewerks, Wednesdays
Wednesday night means the Taproom is the place to be for this battle of the brains. Bring your friends (or your enemies) and prove just how smart you really are. It’s an entertaining evening with great craft beer, and a thoroughly irreverent take on trivia. We’ll have food trucks here too with an ever-changing menu of delicious options.
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 more.
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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