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Williamsburg Events: October 16 – 22, 2017

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Yorktown Day, October 19
Ceremonies, a parade, fifes and drums performances, and special programs commemorate the 236th anniversary of America’s momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown.

Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement, October 20-21
A Halloween-theme museum night for elementary-school-age children and families returns October 20-21 to Jamestown Settlement with trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, haunted houses and ships, and grisly games.

Night of the Living Museum, October 20-21
This family Halloween celebration at the Virginia Living Museum returns for the 18th year. This is a not-too-spooky event for families with children ages 12 and under.

Boo Bash at the Beach, October 21
Enjoy a “day at the beach” with a Halloween twist! Costumes welcome. Enjoy hands-on activities, pumpkin carving and decorating ($), first-come, first-served while supplies last. Event also features music, games, food for purchase and much more!

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.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch GardensWeekends 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.

Red Wolf Awareness Week, October 15 – 21,
Special Wolf Enrichment daily, 1 p.m. Come howl with the Virginia Living Museum’s red wolves during National Wolf Awareness Week. The week is designed to dispel misconceptions about wolves and to teach about the important role these predators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

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.

Battle of the Breweries at Water Street Grille, October 19
Join us as Williamsburg Alewerks and The Virginia Beer Company Battle it out to see who can kick their keg first!

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.

What’s Going On 70’s Review, October 21
Relive some of decade’s bests from Allman Brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, BB King, Average White Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Led Zeppelin and many more! At the Kimball Theatre.

Right Hand Man? George Washington & Alexander Hamilton, October 18
Historian, Peter Henriques will speak on the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, and how Hamilton became an indispensable right hand man to both General and President Washington.

Local Historical Authors at Gallery at York Hall, October 19
While out enjoying the Yorktown day festivities, be sure to stop by and visit with our local authors.

Free Public Lecture at York Hall, October 22
Noted lecturer Clayton Farrington will share a presentation. Join us Oct. 22nd from 3 -4 pm at York Hall in Yorktown. Historian, Clayton Farrington will present The War Just Off Shore.

Watermen’s Museum Swing Dance, October 23
Join us every third Monday of the month for swing dance.

The Duel Between Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr: Musical & Reality, October 19
Starting with a look at Hamilton, the most talked about Broadway show in years, Professor Henriques examines the most famous duel in American history and examines if it is possible to make sense out of the seemingly contradictory accounts of what actually happened.

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.

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.

Mosaic Classes at On the Hill Gallery, October 19
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.

Yorktown Market DaysSaturdays 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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market, October 21
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.

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.


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Williamsburg Events: July 24 – 31, 2017

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Summer Breeze Concert Series: Good Shot Judy
July 26
Join friends in Merchants Square as local favorite Good Shot Judy takes the stage. Break out your dancing shoes as they’re sure to start a party in the Square. Bring a chair or blanket and grab some dinner from one of our local eateries and spend the evening under the stars in Merchants Square.

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens
Saturdays through August 26
In July and August, Busch Gardens® becomes a cooler place after dark during Summer Nights, presented by Coca-Cola®. Special entertainment, culinary experiences and a fun nighttime atmosphere will give guests a new reason to visit during summer evenings. See website for schedule.

Ice Cream Eating Contest at Yankee Candle
July 29
Grab your spoons and compete to eat! It’s Yankee Candle Village’s Ice ‘Burg Challenge! Get your team of up to 4 ready to devour a 20-scoop giant sundae of Hershey’s Ice Cream. The winning team of the Ice ‘Burg Challenge will receive a year’s worth of Ice Cream & Candles!

Public Lecture: “Studebaker Goes to War!”
July 25

In conjunction with the “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” special exhibition, the Studebaker National Museum shares the story behind the carriage used by the Marquis de Lafayette during his 1824 visit to America and the museum’s long history of supplying vehicles to the military. The car show and evening lecture are free; lecture reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572.

“Pocahontas Imagined” Special Exhibition
Through January 2018
Four hundred years after the 1617 death of Pocahontas in England, her image and legend live on. Using depictions of Pocahontas from across the centuries, Jamestown Settlement will present “Pocahontas Imagined,” a special exhibition opening July 15 through January 28, 2018, that illuminates the reasons behind her enduring legacy as well as her impression on popular culture and art.

The Irish Session: A Living Museum Tradition
July 25
Kelly Kennedy and friend perform the lively dance tunes and haunting songs that have been part of Irish traditional music sessions for centuries. Enjoy singing along and stomping your feet to old and new reels, jigs and ballads from the shores of Donegal to the Irish American communities across America.

Scottish Stories
July 27
Come out of the heat for Gaelic stories designed to cool you off while having fun. Master storytellers Shel Browder and Donna Wolf invite audience members on stage to act out the stories. You might find yourself playing the role of a dashing Celtic warrior saving his true love from an evil ogre during this interactive program for children of all ages.

Women Belonging to the Army: Tag, Rag and Bobtail
July 26
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.

Watermen’s Museum Presents Story Tellers
July 24
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.

Summer Fireworks at Busch Gardens
Fridays through August 25
This event inspires park-goers through fireworks and moving original soundscapes.

Yorktown Sounds of Summer
Thursdays through July 27
“Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts” (formerly Shagging), 7 pm to 9:30 pm. We’ve got everyone’s Sounds of Summer here at Riverwalk Landing guaranteed to get you on your feet and swaying to the beat!  Put on your dancing shoes and join us Thursday’s on the river for the annual concert series featuring beach music and more for all ages.

Paella Cooking Class with Chef Ika at La Tienda
July 27
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.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg Presents Mitch Burrow with Cliff Cash
July 29
Stand Up Comedians Mitch Burrow and Cliff Cash! Mitch Burrow placed second in the 2015 Seattle International Comedy Competition and was the winner of the 2015 Trial By Laughter Competition. At the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Grace Church Summer Concert Series
Sundays through August
Well known musicians and bands perform each Sunday including contemporary and country music, bluegrass, classic rock, modern hits, jazz quartet, Celtic music, traditional barbershop melodies and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and pack a picnic supper. See website for schedule.

That’s How Old
Thursdays through July 27
How do humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors affect the condition of objects? What can museum conservators do to keep priceless objects safe and looking their best? Learn the answers on this guided tour and discover the methods and materials used to help protect the paintings, textiles, furniture, glassware, metalware, and other items in our collections.

Yoga & Wine at the Williamsburg Winery
Saturdays in July
Yes, you read that correctly, wine paired with yoga, or maybe it’s yoga paired with wine – either way it’s going to be amazing!

Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks
July 22 – November 26
Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over a half million LEGO pieces, this show features larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by Brooklyn artist and children’s author Sean Kenney. At the Virginia Living Museum.

Colonial Williamsburg Collects
Tuesdays through July 31
During this guided tour, learn how and why objects have been collected for Colonial Williamsburg over the years, and discover the circumstances that lead to the creation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

Busting Myths
Tuesdays through July 25
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.

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Saturdays through July 29

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

Live Music at Water Street Grille
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays in July
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. For a full schedule and details, call 757.369.5644 or visit the website.

Murder or Misfortune? The Tragic Death of Robert Routledge
July 15 & 29
In June 1766, Virginia merchant Robert Routledge was stabbed in public by Colonel John Chiswell. Or was he? Was it murder or was it a tragic misfortune? Join historian Carson Hudson for an interactive recreation of the most controversial crime in 18th-century Virginia.

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.

Photography Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
July through August
Come out to The Gallery at York Hall and enjoy beautiful and picturesque ‘Photography’ exhibit.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
July 29
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.


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Williamsburg Events: July 17 – 23, 2017

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Scares That Care Weekend
July 21- 23
A three day horror based event, complete with fun activities, exciting celebrity guests and a spooky good time! Best of all – all proceeds raised from this event will go to help families with severely ill children, women fighting breast cancer, and those children suffering burn injuries! See also the 5K Run/Walk and the Children’s Trick or Trot Run.

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens
Saturdays through August 26
In July and August, Busch Gardens® becomes a cooler place after dark during Summer Nights, presented by Coca-Cola®. Special entertainment, culinary experiences and a fun nighttime atmosphere will give guests a new reason to visit during summer evenings. See website for schedule.

National Softball Association Youth Class A World Series
July 17 – 21
The 2017 NSA Girls Fast-Pitch “A” World Series sponsored by the National Softball Association, Sports Williamsburg and Busch Gardens is coming back to Williamsburg for another great tournament!

Christmas in July at Yankee Candle
July 22-23
It’s Christmas in July at Yankee Candle Village – Saturday and Sunday July 22nd and 23rd. 30% off ALL ornaments and collectibles in our Holiday Park including Dept 56, Byers Choice, and Jim Shore. Get a photo with Santa by Helen’s Place Photography, save up to 50% on Holiday Candles and much more! – one weekend only!

Christmas in July at KOA
July 21 – 23
Christmas in July: Have a holly jolly Christmas in July! The elves will be bringing the spirit of Christmas alive all across the campground. Enjoy the decorations, the lights, and the events as we bring some winter magic back to the Williamsburg KOA July 21st through July 23rd.

Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks
July 22 – November 26
Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over a half million LEGO pieces, this show features larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by Brooklyn artist and children’s author Sean Kenney. At the Virginia Living Museum.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg Presents Reno Collier with Roger Keiss
July 22
With a contagious laugh and friendly, almost intoxicating demeanor, Reno’s observations often find him recalling mishaps of his West Virginia cousins, his Scottish heritage, unruly in-laws and alien abductions. At the DoubleTree Hotel.

Inside James Fort: The Powhatan Indians
July 22
The archaeology from inside the fort site offers evidence that local Native tribes were frequent visitors during the earliest years of the settlement. Join Daniel Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to learn about the material culture and lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians as well as their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown.

“Rock the Boat” Concert Series at Watermen’s Museum
July 23
Carrot Tree and Toby’s Dog House will be sponsoring a new concert series call “Rock the Boat”. Come and enjoy Sunday evenings with music, food and beer.  The restaurants will provide hot dogs and steamed spiced shrimp and craft beer for purchase.

Canoeing with the Stars
July 21
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. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Reservations are required

Night Hike at York River State Park
July 22
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.

Grace Church Summer Concert Series
Sundays through August
Well known musicians and bands perform each Sunday including contemporary and country music, bluegrass, classic rock, modern hits, jazz quartet, Celtic music, traditional barbershop melodies and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and pack a picnic supper. See website for schedule.

Live Music Summer Concert Series at Revolution
Fridays & Saturdays in July
Every Friday and Saturday join us for Live Music at Revolution Golf and Grille Every weekend this summer from 9pm-midnight. All musicians are local talent.

Watermen’s Museum Swing Dance
July 17
Join us every third Monday of the month for swing dance.

Summer Breeze Concert Series: Dharma Bombs
July 19
Join friends in Merchants Square as Dharma Bombs make their first appearance as part of the Summer Breeze Concert Series. Bringing a truly original sound, this New Orleans/Dixieland band is sure to delight!

The People Who Forged Civilization
July 20
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.

“Pocahontas Imagined” Special Exhibition
July 15 – 19
Four hundred years after the 1617 death of Pocahontas in England, her image and legend live on. Using depictions of Pocahontas from across the centuries, Jamestown Settlement will present “Pocahontas Imagined,” a special exhibition opening July 15 through January 28, 2018, that illuminates the reasons behind her enduring legacy as well as her impression on popular culture and art.

That’s How Old
Thursdays through July 27
How do humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors affect the condition of objects? What can museum conservators do to keep priceless objects safe and looking their best? Learn the answers on this guided tour and discover the methods and materials used to help protect the paintings, textiles, furniture, glassware, metalware, and other items in our collections.

Yoga & Wine at the Williamsburg Winery
Saturdays in July
Yes, you read that correctly, wine paired with yoga, or maybe it’s yoga paired with wine – either way it’s going to be amazing!

Summer Fireworks at Busch Gardens
Fridays through August 25
This event inspires park-goers through fireworks and moving original soundscapes.

Baroque Music Fridays
Fridays through July 21
Come in from the heat to experience the changing tastes and styles of the 18th century presented by members of the Governor’s Musick ensemble with a variety of Museum-inspired topical presentations.

Yorktown Sounds of Summer
Thursdays through July 27
“Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts” (formerly Shagging), 7 pm to 9:30 pm. We’ve got everyone’s Sounds of Summer here at Riverwalk Landing guaranteed to get you on your feet and swaying to the beat!  Put on your dancing shoes and join us Thursday’s on the river for the annual concert series featuring beach music and more for all ages.

Colonial Williamsburg Collects
Tuesdays through 31
During this guided tour, learn how and why objects have been collected for Colonial Williamsburg over the years, and discover the circumstances that lead to the creation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

Busting Myths
Tuesdays through July 25
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.

Live Music at Water Street Grille
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays in July
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. For a full schedule and details, call 757.369.5644 or visit the website.

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Saturdays through July 29

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

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.

Photography Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
July through August
Come out to The Gallery at York Hall and enjoy beautiful and picturesque ‘Photography’ exhibit.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
July 22
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
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.


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Williamsburg Events: July 10 – 16, 2017

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Summer Nights at Busch Gardens
Saturdays through August 26
In July and August, Busch Gardens® becomes a cooler place after dark during Summer Nights, presented by Coca-Cola®. Special entertainment, culinary experiences and a fun nighttime atmosphere will give guests a new reason to visit during summer evenings. See website for schedule.

Summer Breeze Concert Series: Bobby Blackhat Band
July 12
The Bobby Blackhat Band makes their Summer Breeze debut, bringing the very best blues musicians in Hampton Roads to the Merchants Square stage. Join us in the Square with a chair or blanket, grab some dinner at one of our local eateries, and enjoy the evening under the stars with the Bobby Blackhat Band.

“Pocahontas Imagined” Special Exhibition
July 15 – 19
Four hundred years after the 1617 death of Pocahontas in England, her image and legend live on. Using depictions of Pocahontas from across the centuries, Jamestown Settlement will present “Pocahontas Imagined,” a special exhibition opening July 15 through January 28, 2018, that illuminates the reasons behind her enduring legacy as well as her impression on popular culture and art.

Shark Day at the Virginia Living Museum
July 15
Swim, paddle, wade, or sail into this exciting day with sharky crafts, activities, and displays that will put a toothy grin on your face. Learn about these amazing animals and their relatives, and about the work being done to preserve their populations and habitats.

York River Floating Folk Jam at Watermen’s Museum
July 12
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.

Park to Park Bicycle Tour
July 15
Register for this annual self-guided bicycle tour! Choose from several different tours.

That’s How Old
Thursdays through July 27
How do humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors affect the condition of objects? What can museum conservators do to keep priceless objects safe and looking their best? Learn the answers on this guided tour and discover the methods and materials used to help protect the paintings, textiles, furniture, glassware, metalware, and other items in our collections.

Sea Shanties: 300 Years of Sailor’s Worksongs
July 11
Join in a musical adventure with Gabe Stone and Bill Weldon as they sing and play songs that kept ships running smoothly and sailors content while at sea. Capstan and forecastle shanties, whaling and paddling songs, and songs about life at sea will entertain the entire family.

Dynamic Baseball Tournament
July 14 – 16
Dynamic Baseball Organization will be hosting a Norfolk area youth Tournament for age groups 15u and 17u on the weekend of July 14th-16th at various facilities across the Tidewater region.

Summer Fireworks at Busch Gardens
Fridays through August 25
This event inspires park-goers through fireworks and moving original soundscapes.

Baroque Music Fridays
Fridays through July 21
Come in from the heat to experience the changing tastes and styles of the 18th century presented by members of the Governor’s Musick ensemble with a variety of Museum-inspired topical presentations.

Yorktown Sounds of Summer
Thursdays through July 27
“Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts” (formerly Shagging), 7 pm to 9:30 pm. We’ve got everyone’s Sounds of Summer here at Riverwalk Landing guaranteed to get you on your feet and swaying to the beat!  Put on your dancing shoes and join us Thursday’s on the river for the annual concert series featuring beach music and more for all ages.

Colonial Williamsburg Collects
Tuesdays through July 31
During this guided tour, learn how and why objects have been collected for Colonial Williamsburg over the years, and discover the circumstances that lead to the creation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

Busting Myths
Tuesdays through July 25
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.

Yoga & Wine at the Williamsburg Winery
Saturdays in July
Yes, you read that correctly, wine paired with yoga, or maybe it’s yoga paired with wine – either way it’s going to be amazing!

Murder or Misfortune? The Tragic Death of Robert Routledge
July 15 & 29
In June 1766, Virginia merchant Robert Routledge was stabbed in public by Colonel John Chiswell. Or was he? Was it murder or was it a tragic misfortune? Join historian Carson Hudson for an interactive recreation of the most controversial crime in 18th-century Virginia.

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Saturdays through July 29

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

Next to Normal – Williamsburg Players
July 7 – 16 (Weekends)
Winner 2010 Pulitzer Prize, 2009’s triple Tony Award winning musical, Next to Normal, also made that year’s list of best shows in both the NY and LA times, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone Magazine. With book by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, Next to Normal derives its name from its window into the lives of an almost “normal” suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness.

Are We Not One?
July 10
Two women, one black and one Irish, once related in heart and soul by circumstance, find that despite Ireland calling for its people to become abolitionists, the American press and government pitted the Irish against black people, in competition for jobs and a sense of belonging.

GPS Pirates at York River State Park
July 15
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.

An All-American Tea
July 15
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.

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.

James River Association Interpretive Paddle
July 10
Kayak historic Powhatan Creek beside historic Jamestown Island. View and learn about birds and wildlife native to the Williamsburg area. Kayaks provided, and trips are guided by James River Association.

Third Sunday Children’s Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
July 16
In this Third Sunday Children’s Art event, we will have a different art medium every month.  Supplies are included. Reservations required.

Photography Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
July through August
Come out to The Gallery at York Hall and enjoy beautiful and picturesque ‘Photography’ exhibit.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
July 15
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

Yankees in the Streets: Williamsburg During the Civil War
July 14
Williamsburg is known for its 18th-century history, but what happened here during the Civil War? Join historian and author Carson Hudson for an illustrated lecture on a different aspect of Williamsburg’s history. Learn about the Battle of Williamsburg, which took place on May 5, 1862. Book signing to follow.


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Williamsburg Events: June 19 – 25, 2017

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Festival Williamsburg’s Funhouse Fest
June 23 – 25
The second annual Funhouse Fest, curated by Bruce Hornsby, brings three days of music, featuring an array of artists, including Hornby, Sheryl Crow, Rhiannon Giddens, and more!

Sheryl Crow - Funhouse Fest
Sheryl Crow – Funhouse Fest

Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts (formerly Shagging)
Thursdays through July 29 (except July 6)
“Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts” (formerly Shagging), 7 pm to 9:30 pm. We’ve got everyone’s Sounds of Summer here at Riverwalk Landing guaranteed to get you on your feet and swaying to the beat! See website for schedule.

Watermen’s Museum Swing Dance
June 19
Join us every third Monday of the month for swing dance.

Frozen Weekend
June 22 – 24
Beat the heat this summer by getting Frozen June 22-24. Enjoy a cool dip in Colonial Pool followed by a refreshing romp at our Splash Pad.

“Afterward: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” Special Exhibition
June 10 – 24
The Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown in 1781 was just the beginning for the ranks of soldiers who fought for America’s independence. Follow the incredible stories of veterans of the Siege of Yorktown – George Washington, Charles Cornwallis, Henry Knox, Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette and James Lafayette – and discover how they went on after the war to help shape the America we know today.

Celebrate the Park!
June 24
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Noland Trail at the Mariners’ Museum and to celebrate the local community that supports the Park, we will host Celebrate the Park again this summer! There will be bluegrass and folk music by The Raw Beets and In Laymans Terms, food trucks, family activities, games, environmental demonstrations, raffles, and much more!

Freedom Stories & More (All Ages)
June 24
Join Williamsburg native Dylan Pritchett, best known as ‘The Storyteller’ along with Baba Jamal Koram as they share with you Freedom Stories at Freedom Park! The Free Black Settlement area is the backdrop for this special event. Also featured are unique crafts for kids, music and food available for purchase.

Virginia’s Music: From the Sea to the Mountains
June 20
On hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, flutes and more, Timothy Seaman takes you on this musical journey west from the coast to the mountains and valleys of the Blue Ridge.

Fantastic Beasts: Let’s Go Find Them
June 19 – 26 (select dates)
Learn about magical beasts in art on this guided tour, then illustrate a book to take home with your fantastic discoveries.   What sort of creatures were depicted during colonial times?

Tampopo (film)
June 23 – 30 (select dates)
Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration.

Art Class with Lew Thatcher at On the Hill Gallery
June 23
Join us with artist, Lew Thatcher’s for his 1-2-3 Method — Drawing, Values, Color workshop.

Are We Not One?
June 19
Two women, one black and one Irish, once related in heart and soul by circumstance, find that despite Ireland calling for its people to become abolitionists, the American press and government pitted the Irish against black people, in competition for jobs and a sense of belonging.

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. This is NOT A LESSON so if you have never paddled before you will need to attend one of my paddle lessons before signing up for this event.

Hogan Lacrosse Tournament
June 24-25
Hogan Lacrosse will be hosting its annual Revolution exposure tournament on the weekend of June 24th and 25th at the Warhill Sports Complex, hosting teams form all over the Chesapeake and the Commonwealth of the Virginia.

Auntie M’s American Cottage Art Classes
June 24
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.

Live Music at Water Street Grille
June 3 – July 1 (select dates)
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. Wednesday Nights, 7-10pm, Friday and Saturday Nights, 8-11pm. For schedule and details, call 757.369.5644 or visit the website.

Night Hike at York River State Park
June 24
Enjoy the cooler temperatures with the sounds of raccoons, owls, and other creatures.

A Quiet Passion (film)
June 9 – 22 (select dates)
Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. At the Kimball Theatre.

Birds, Bugs, and Blooms: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century
June 7 – 30
Explore the growth of interest in natural history during the 18th century through period illustrations. With the settlement of the New World, many Englishman and colonists became fascinated by the plants and animals that were native to the region.

Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home
June 7 – 30
Colonial Williamsburg has not previously showcased its superlative collection of printed textiles that range in date from the late 17th century into the 19th century. With their stunning designs and bright colors, the objects in this exhibit will be a feast for the eyes.

Lock, Stock and Barrel
June 7 – 30

Lock, Stock, and Barrel is an early British weaponry exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The exhibit features outstanding displays of military and civilian weapons exploring muzzle-loading firearms, ignition systems, and the evolution of the standing British infantry musket before 1800.

The World Made Small
June 7 – 30
Dollhouses are some of the most popular miniature versions of the real world. On view is a museum favorite–the enormous Long Island Dollhouse made around 1900 which is fully furnished.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
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.

To Hang a Pirate
June 17 – 30 (select dates)
Sit in on the 1719 trial of Israel Hands, one of the crew members of the fearsome pirate Blackbeard. Hands is on trial for piracy at the Capitol by Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood.

Cry Witch
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
You are a member of the 1706 jury in this candlelit inquiry: Grace Sherwood has been charged with witchcraft. Question witnesses, weigh evidence, and determine the guilt or innocence of the woman known as “the Virginia Witch.”

Ghosts Among Us
June 16 – 30
After sundown, Williamsburg’s haunted history comes out! During this one-hour walking tour, enter haunted properties and meet people who lived to tell of their experiences with the supernatural….

Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens
Weekends, May 26 – July 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.

‘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.

Meet the Curator/Conservator
Through June 30 (select dates)
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.

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (film)
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
From Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain.  Jeremiah Tower is one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. His career began at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. At the Kimball Theatre.

Patriots at Play
June 16 – 30
Join Patriots at Play and create lasting memories for your family. Grab your tricorn hat and head to the Peyton Randolph House yard for interactive programs offering children a chance to immerse themselves in the 18th-century. Interactive, hands-on, activities.

Bits & Bridles Tour
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
Treat the animal lover in your life to this one-hour walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg’s modern stables and Rare Breeds Program. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at our facilities, learn more about our carriages, and get up close and personal with some of our animals.

Playbooth Theatre
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
Experience entertainment like you’ve never seen at Colonial Williamsburg’s Playbooth Theater. Located perpendicular to the Palace Green, enjoy music and plays. Be sure to check the daily marquee at the Theater.

Level and Plumb
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
This kid-focused program will show how the bricks and mortar are made at the Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard and are then turned into the amazing buildings all over the city. Participants will be able to work with period-correct tools and learn basic masonry skills.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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Williamsburg Events: June 12 – 18, 2017

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New Town Summer Fest
June 17
The fourth annual New Town Summer Fest is happening Saturday, June 17 from 12:30-5 p.m. showcasing 15 breweries featuring 30 craft brews to benefit Meals on Wheels.

Glow Run Williamsburg
June 16
Grab your kids, your friends, your neighbors, your team and light up the night at our 5K or 1-mile Glow Run!

Summer Solstice Celebration and Seafood Festival
June 16
The Williamsburg Winery presents the fourth annual Summer Solstice Celebration and Seafood Festival, Friday, June 16. Dress in white and gold cocktail attire and celebrate the release of the Winery’s 2016 A Midsummer Night’s White while you enjoy fresh, sustainable, local seafood and live music. Make a weekend of it with overnight accommodations at Wedmore Place.

Maritime Music Spectacular at Watermen’s Museum
June 16
Join Watermen’s Museum for a Maritime Music Spectacular featuring Tom Lews and Bob Zentz. Come and enjoy shanty grass songs and stories along the beautiful York River.

Savoring Regional Foodways: Picking, Cooking Preserving Produce
June 15
In celebration of the 15th anniversary, the Williamsburg Farmers Market is hosting a series of educational forums and a special lecture about the complexities and joys of the things we eat.

Escape the King
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
Take the challenge! Locked in a room with other suspected patriots, you must all work together to find clues and solve riddles to escape the King’s wrath.

Official Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
Wander the streets and gardens of Colonial Williamsburg’s historic area while our guide conjures stories of spirits who still call Williamsburg home.

GPS Pirates at York River State Park
June 17
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.

Bronze Door International Wine Classic
June 17
The Bronze Door Society is the premier donor society of The Mariners’ Museum and Park. Each year, the society hosts the Bronze Door International Wine Classic as their annual fundraiser.

An All-American Tea
June 17
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.

Cry Witch
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
You are a member of the 1706 jury in this candlelit inquiry: Grace Sherwood has been charged with witchcraft. Question witnesses, weigh evidence, and determine the guilt or innocence of the woman known as “the Virginia Witch.”

Ghosts Among Us
June 16 – 30
After sundown, Williamsburg’s haunted history comes out! During this one-hour walking tour, enter haunted properties and meet people who lived to tell of their experiences with the supernatural….

Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts (formerly Shagging)
Thursdays through June 29
“Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts” (formerly Shagging), 7 pm to 9:30 pm. We’ve got everyone’s Sounds of Summer here at Riverwalk Landing guaranteed to get you on your feet and swaying to the beat! See website for schedule.

Capital Lacrosse Summer Celebration 2017
June 17
The sixth annual Summer Celebration boys lacrosse tournament will be held on Saturday, June 17 in Williamsburg, Virginia with all games being played at the Warhill Sports Complex.

Monterey Pop (film)
June 17
Summer of Love 50th Anniversary 4k restoration! Monterey International Pop Festival launched the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who and the Byrds. 

To Kill a Mockingbird (film)
June 18
Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved charge, and his kids against prejudice. Based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. At the Kimball Theatre.

“Afterward: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” Special Exhibition
June 10 – 24
The Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown in 1781 was just the beginning for the ranks of soldiers who fought for America’s independence. Follow the incredible stories of veterans of the Siege of Yorktown – George Washington, Charles Cornwallis, Henry Knox, Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette and James Lafayette – and discover how they went on after the war to help shape the America we know today.

To Hang a Pirate
June 17 – 30 (select dates)
Sit in on the 1719 trial of Israel Hands, one of the crew members of the fearsome pirate Blackbeard. Hands is on trial for piracy at the Capitol by Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood.

Father’s Day Surf & Turf
June 18
Treat dad to a day on the water and fossil hunting. This ranger guided program takes our guests on a canoe/kayak on Taskinas Creek and the York River to Fossil beach to search for relics of the prehistoric era. Dad paddles for free with paid guest.  Reservations are Required.

Rose & Thistle: Music of the Tudor and Scottish Courts
June 17
In commemoration of the 350th anniversary of 1567, a tumultuous year in both England and Scotland, join Wayne Hill and Lynn and Barry Trott as they present music of the late 16th and early 17th centuries on lute, cittern, viol, hurdy gurdy, recorders, violin, and voice.

Dug! The Cleaner Side of Archaeology
June 5 – 15
A rotating schedule of hands-on activities and special guests make “DUG!” the perfect complement to “DIG!” offered earlier on the same site Monday-Saturday. If your knees aren’t quite what they used to be, this is the way to embrace archaeology.

Dig! Kids, Dirt & Discovery
June 6 – 17
Do you have a future archaeologist in the family? Work alongside some of Colonial Williamsburg’s experts as we excavate the cellar of Archibald Blair’s 18th century store on Duke of Gloucester Street.

Meet the Curator/Conservator
Through June 30 (select dates)
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.

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (film)
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
From Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain.  Jeremiah Tower is one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. His career began at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. At the Kimball Theatre.

Patriots at Play
June 16 – 30
Join Patriots at Play and create lasting memories for your family. Grab your tricorn hat and head to the Peyton Randolph House yard for interactive programs offering children a chance to immerse themselves in the 18th-century. Interactive, hands-on, activities.

Bits & Bridles Tour
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
Treat the animal lover in your life to this one-hour walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg’s modern stables and Rare Breeds Program. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at our facilities, learn more about our carriages, and get up close and personal with some of our animals.

Playbooth Theatre
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
Experience entertainment like you’ve never seen at Colonial Williamsburg’s Playbooth Theater. Located perpendicular to the Palace Green, enjoy music and plays. Be sure to check the daily marquee at the Theater.

Level and Plumb
June 16 – 30 (select dates)
This kid-focused program will show how the bricks and mortar are made at the Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard and are then turned into the amazing buildings all over the city. Participants will be able to work with period-correct tools and learn basic masonry skills.

York River Floating Folk Jam at Watermen’s Museum
June 13
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.

The Mischievous Fey
June 15
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.

Yankees in the Streets: Williamsburg During the Civil War
June 14
Williamsburg is known for its 18th-century history, but what happened here during the Civil War? Join historian and author Carson Hudson for an illustrated lecture on a different aspect of Williamsburg’s history. Learn about the Battle of Williamsburg, which took place on May 5, 1862. Book signing to follow.

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. This is NOT A LESSON so if you have never paddled before you will need to attend one of my paddle lessons before signing up for this event.

Live Music at Water Street Grille
June 3 – July 1 (select dates)
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. Wednesday Nights, 7-10pm, Friday and Saturday Nights, 8-11pm. For schedule and details, call 757.369.5644 or visit the website.

Third Sunday Children’s Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
June 18
In this Third Sunday Children’s Art event, we will have a different art medium every month.  Supplies are included. Reservations required.

A Quiet Passion (film)
June 9 – 22 (select dates)
Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. At the Kimball Theatre.

Birds, Bugs, and Blooms: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century
June 7 – 30
Explore the growth of interest in natural history during the 18th century through period illustrations. With the settlement of the New World, many Englishman and colonists became fascinated by the plants and animals that were native to the region.

Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home
June 7 – 30
Colonial Williamsburg has not previously showcased its superlative collection of printed textiles that range in date from the late 17th century into the 19th century. With their stunning designs and bright colors, the objects in this exhibit will be a feast for the eyes.

Lock, Stock and Barrel
June 7 – 30
Lock, Stock, and Barrel is an early British weaponry exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The exhibit features outstanding displays of military and civilian weapons exploring muzzle-loading firearms, ignition systems, and the evolution of the standing British infantry musket before 1800.

The World Made Small
June 7 – 30
Dollhouses are some of the most popular miniature versions of the real world. On view is a museum favorite–the enormous Long Island Dollhouse made around 1900 which is fully furnished.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (film)
June 7 & 14
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. At the Kimball Theatre.

The Apprentice
June 17 – 30 (select dates)
What do you want to be when you grow up? Visit three trade shops and discover your calling at Colonial Williamsburg. Explore the historic trades with hands-on activities.

Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens
Weekends, May 26 – July 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.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
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.

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.

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.

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!

Six Mead Sundays
Sundays

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

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.

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.


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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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