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Williamsburg Events: May 30 – June 3, 2018

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

Anheuser-Busch Williamsburg Beermaster Tour, June 1 & 2
On the Williamsburg Beermaster Tour you will stimulate your senses and satisfy your curiosity as you explore the art of brewing. The tour provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at brewing Budweiser.

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

300th Anniversary Everard Tour, Select Days through June 13
Come celebrate the Everard’s 300th Anniversary. Learn about the restoration of one of the oldest houses in town. Visit the Everard House, one of the oldest houses in Williamsburg, which is celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018.

Brewed Awakening! Sunday Brunch & Music at Billsburg Brewery, June 3
Join us every Sunday this summer for Brewed Awakening, a brunch and live music experience featuring special Billsburg Brewery beers, live local music from the Iota Creative Collective local artists, local food trucks serving a brunch menu from 11AM to 3pm, and fresh locally roasted coffee from Mandela Coffee.

Wildlife Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, June 2 – July 31
An avid outdoors man and naturalist, local artist Jim Wilson has been in the midst of charging elephants in Africa, ventured down the Amazonian head waters, and trekked in the Peruvian Andes! His work is included in private and corporate collections, and can be seen in select galleries across the U.S. and Canada.

Free Fishing days in Virginia, June 1 – 3
June 1-3, 2018 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!

Kids Fishing Derby, June 2
Grab a fishing pole and some bait and head to Waller Mill Park for a chance to catch some fun! Williamsburg Parks & Rec Kids Fishing Derby promises to be a “reel” good time with fish themed activities, fish tattoos, angler educational.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town, Sundays & Wednesdays through June 27
At varied locations in Historic Yorktown. See website.

Treasures of the Museums Photo Negative Collection at the Mariners’ Museum, June 2
Presented by Jay Moore, Librarian and Archivist at the Museum FREE with Museum admission. In 2015, archivist, Jay Moore, and retired Curator of Photography, Tom Moore, secured funding for a three-year project to catalog several “hidden collections” of photo negatives in the Museum’s cold storage vault.

Art Class at On the Hill Gallery, June 3
Do you have a piece of furniture that is in need of a face-lift? Come learn how to update and breathe new life into a piece that needs love – and make it look like it came from a home decor magazine!

Bike MS: Colonial Crossroads, June 2 & 3
Bike MS: Colonial Crossroads is a ride that will take you farther than you’ve ever gone before. Cyclists will enjoy the beautiful roads winding through the heart of Virginia as they pass historic sites and rustic farmlands.

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

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

Tails on the Trail, June 2
Are you up for a trail adventure with your dog? Join us and the Heritage Humane Society for this self-guided adventure which starts off at one of the eight trails open for your exploration throughout the summer.

Art-Related Yard Sale at Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, June 2
The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center is holding its first indoor/outdoor art yard sale by WCAC members. Anything art-related goes, from unused art supplies and frames to artwork inventory, from hand-made jewelry to pottery, from art books to magazines … plenty of treasures to choose from at yard-sale prices!

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk, June 2
Join us on the first Saturday of every month this spring for a nature program and guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive Trail! One of our expert nature guides will present a nature program on a different topic each month, then lead children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects and anything else we may encounter!

Roaming Ranger at York River State Park, May 20 – June 10
You never know when a ranger will walk up to you, in the park, with a wild “critter”!  You will learn fascinating facts about the animal and may be able to touch or even hold the “friend”.

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

Yorktown Market Days, Saturdays
Our waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads-offering spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors! This year, the season starts mid-April, and you can enjoy weekly markets through the end of October.

Williamsburg Farmers Market, June 2
Over 40 vendors will attend the Williamsburg Farmers Market this Saturday with Spring produce, prepared foods and baked goods, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, meats, peanuts and handmade soaps.

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.

Friday Brewmaster’s Pin, Fridays
Every Friday at 4 pm at The Virginia Beer Company, we tap a small but potent Brewmaster’s Pin. Centrally located on the bar top in our taproom, these weekly cask concoctions give our brewing team the chance to add a personal touch to our draft offerings.

Trivia Night at Alewerks, Wednesdays
Wednesday night means the Taproom is the place to be for this battle of the brains. Bring your friends (or your enemies) and prove just how smart you really are. It’s an entertaining evening with great craft beer, and a thoroughly irreverent take on trivia. We’ll have food trucks here too with an ever-changing menu of delicious options.

Williamsburg Comedy Club, Saturdays
The Comedy Club of Williamsburg invites you to join us for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. This is your chance to see nationally touring comedians! Located inside the DoubleTree Hotel.


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Williamsburg Events: May 7 – 13, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

In the light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums, Through May 13 (LAST WEEK)
In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums features important Caravaggesque paintings from the renowned collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, North Carolina Museum of Art, Speed Museum, Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, and Chrysler Museum of Art including recent acquisitions to the collection of the Muscarelle.

Women with Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection, Through May 13 (LAST WEEK)
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present Women With Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection in conjunction with William & Mary’s 100 Years of Women celebration. This exhibition features over thirty works by prominent women artists from the permanent collection and is comprised of a variety of media styles and time periods expressing their vision.

Guerilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World, Through May 13 (LAST WEEK)
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present Guerrilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World in the Herman Graphic Arts Room as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of coeducation at William & Mary and in Virginia. Since 1985 and even more stridently today, the Guerrilla Girls have been concerned with broader discrimination; particularly social oppression related to race, class, and gender.

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

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

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

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

Destination: Dinosaur!, May 5 – 19
Roaring, stomping animatronic dinosaurs are back!  Journey back millions of years to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods as you visit the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery and throughout the Museum grounds and experience life-like dinosaurs around every turn. At the Virginia Living Museum.

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

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

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

Inside James Fort: Built of “Pales, Posts, and Railes,” Saturdays through May 19
Building a fort proved to be a necessity for the colonists within a month of their arrival in 1607. In 1994 Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists found evidence of the trenches and post molds from the original palisade lines. Carpenter Paul Zelesnikar will demonstrate the tools and methods used by the first colonists to build everything from the fort walls to stools and chests. Stop by to learn more about this important trade!

Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, Through May 31
It’s the longest standing exhibit at the Gallery and you don’t want to miss the new additions for spring. Visit the Gallery to admire these beautiful handcrafted quilts. You’ll also find a collection of new art, jewelry, pottery, and much more for sale.

Bingo Night at the Satellite Taproom, Thursdays
Take a trip to the Premium Outlets for Bingo and Beer at the Alewerks Satellite location Thursday night! Bingo will be from 6pm til 7:30 and is free to play for all ages! Prizes, friends, and of course beer!

Yorktown Market Days, Saturdays
Our waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads-offering spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors! This year, the season starts mid-April, and you can enjoy weekly markets through the end of October.

Local Live Music at Billsburg Brewery, Thursdays Through May
Join us in the Billsburg Event Tent every Thursday this Spring for live music. Grab your friends and join us at Billsburg Brewery to start your weekend early, enjoy live music and fresh cold beer at the only venue in James City County on the waterfront.

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

Live Music at Yorktown Pub, Fridays & Saturdays
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for schedule.

Friday Brewmaster’s Pin, Fridays
Every Friday at 4 pm at The Virginia Beer Company, we tap a small but potent Brewmaster’s Pin. Centrally located on the bar top in our taproom, these weekly cask concoctions give our brewing team the chance to add a personal touch to our draft offerings.

Trivia Night at Alewerks, Wednesdays
Wednesday night means the Taproom is the place to be for this battle of the brains. Bring your friends (or your enemies) and prove just how smart you really are. It’s an entertaining evening with great craft beer, and a thoroughly irreverent take on trivia. We’ll have food trucks here too with an ever-changing menu of delicious options.

Williamsburg Comedy Club, Saturdays
The Comedy Club of Williamsburg invites you to join us for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. This is your chance to see nationally touring comedians! Located inside the DoubleTree Hotel.


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Williamsburg Events: May 2 – 6, 2018

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Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue in the ‘Burg, May 6
The Muscarelle Museum of Art invites you to the annual Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque in the ‘Burg.  The event will feature traditional southern BBQ from five states, live music, and beer as far as the eye can see. Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque is open to the entire Williamsburg community, so don’t miss out! This event is a celebration of the 80th birthday of the Chamber and Tourism Alliance.

Yorktown’s Annual “Blues, Brews & BBQ” Festival, May 5
Sample more than 25 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing.

Pedal the Parkway, May 5
Enjoy the 21st Annual Pedal the Parkway on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cycle, run or hike along the shores of the scenic James River from Jamestown to Williamsburg, or vice versa. This event is FREE and will be held rain or shine. All participants must register and all cyclists must wear helmets.

Yorktown’s Art at the River Juried Art Show, May 6
Stroll the waterfront to admire the work of nearly 50 talented artists at the fifth annual Juried Art Show. Painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, and many other innovative and creative artists will be displaying their work and talking more about their techniques.

Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party, May 4
Join us on May 4 for an immersive 18th-century garden party at the Governor’s Palace. Hosted by President Thomas Jefferson, guests will enjoy traditional music, dancing, theatrics, games, libations, fireworks, and a special concert from Broadway legend Betty Buckley!

The Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival, May 6
Great beer, good food and live music! The sixth annual Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival will features craft beers in the unique setting of The Mariners’ Museum’s outdoor courtyards. he sixth annual Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival will feature over 50 craft beers in the unique setting of The Mariners’ Museum’s outdoor courtyards.

Free Comic Book Day!, May 5
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Comic Cubicle where you can pick up a free comic book and look around at their large variety of comic books, comic book supplies and much more!

Deadbolt Day 2018 at Virginia Beer Company, May 5
The 2018 release of Virginia Beer Co.’s original Double India Pale Ale, and this time it’s bringing an entourage. On Saturday, May 5th DEADBOLT DIPA returns to draft + 16 oz. cans, and for the first time ever BLOOD ORANGE DEADBOLT gets the aluminum treatment.

Wine & Run for the Roses, May 5
Trip the Derby light fantastic with Wine & Run for the Roses, the annual Williamsburg Derby Day party so grand it has come to define Williamsburg’s social season.

The Williamsburg Choral Guild Presents a Potpourri of Choral Classics, May 6
Please join us as we pay tribute to Artistic Director Jay BeVille in his final concert with the Guild. Come celebrate 16 years of his outstanding contributions to the cultural life of the Williamsburg community and wish him well in retirement.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree, May 4
Come and enjoy us first Fridays for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk, May 5
Join us on the first Saturday of every month this spring for a nature program and guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive Trail! At Freedom Park.

Roaming Ranger at York River State Park, May 6
You never know when a ranger will walk up to you, in the park, with a wild “critter”!  You will learn fascinating facts about the animal and may be able to touch or even hold the “friend”.

Artist Hazel Camp at the Gallery at York Hall, May 6
While you are visiting Art at the River, please come and meet local artist, Hazel Camp, and view her beautiful watercolor paintings. She will be doing demos and signing prints.

Destination: Dinosaur!, May 5 – 19
Roaring, stomping animatronic dinosaurs are back!  Journey back millions of years to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods as you visit the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery and throughout the Museum grounds and experience life-like dinosaurs around every turn. At the Virginia Living Museum.

Burning Off the Socks: Canoe & Kayak Season Kick Off, May 5
Celebrate the 2018 canoe and kayak season with a Chesapeake Bay sailing tradition. Take off your socks and burn them with the rangers.  Bring a new pair to donate to a local charity.  Then join us for a guided trip into Taskinas Creek and the York River.

CW Employee Arts & Crafts Show, May 5 & 6
Colonial Williamsburg employees, volunteers and retirees combine to present and sell handmade gifts. Fabulous jams and handmade jewelry are only a portion of the wonderful items available for personal enjoyment or as a special gift for that certain someone.

Proclamation Bicycle Ride, May 4
Join us in Richmond at the Capitol to collect the writ. From there, ride back to James City County where the proclamation will be presented to our local governments officials.

River Seining at York River State Park, May 6
Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.

Civil War Williamsburg – A Walking Tour, May 5
Join a Williamsburg Battlefield Association board member and certified Williamsburg guide Caitlin Bailey for walking tour down the main street of Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Battlefield Pop Up Tour, May 5
Did you know there was a Civil War battle here? Have you been to the Williamsburg battlefield? Come on out and hear all about it during the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg. This “pop up tour” will be led by Williamsburg Battlefield Association board members.

The State of USS Monitor’s Turret, May 5
Presented by Will Hoffman, Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator FREE with Museum admission. Go behind the scenes of the Museum and explore our collection while learning about the work the staff does.

Inside James Fort: Built of “Pales, Posts, and Railes,” Saturdays through May 19
Building a fort proved to be a necessity for the colonists within a month of their arrival in 1607. In 1994 Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists found evidence of the trenches and post molds from the original palisade lines. Carpenter Paul Zelesnikar will demonstrate the tools and methods used by the first colonists to build everything from the fort walls to stools and chests. Stop by to learn more about this important trade!

Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, Through May 31
It’s the longest standing exhibit at the Gallery and you don’t want to miss the new additions for spring. Visit the Gallery to admire these beautiful handcrafted quilts. You’ll also find a collection of new art, jewelry, pottery, and much more for sale.

Bingo Night at the Satellite Taproom, Thursdays
Take a trip to the Premium Outlets for Bingo and Beer at the Alewerks Satellite location Thursday night! Bingo will be from 6pm til 7:30 and is free to play for all ages! Prizes, friends, and of course beer!

Williamsburg Farmers Market, May 5
Over 30 vendors will attend the Williamsburg Farmers Market this Saturday with strawberries, asparagus, Spring produce, prepared foods and baked goods, tulips, artisan chocolate, cheese, meats, peanuts and handmade soaps.

Yorktown Market Days, Saturdays
Our waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads-offering spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors! This year, the season starts mid-April, and you can enjoy weekly markets through the end of October.

Local Live Music at Billsburg Brewery, Thursdays Through May
Join us in the Billsburg Event Tent every Thursday this Spring for live music. Grab your friends and join us at Billsburg Brewery to start your weekend early, enjoy live music and fresh cold beer at the only venue in James City County on the waterfront.

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

Live Music at Yorktown Pub, Fridays & Saturdays
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for schedule.

In the light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums, Through May 13
In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums features important Caravaggesque paintings from the renowned collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, North Carolina Museum of Art, Speed Museum, Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, and Chrysler Museum of Art including recent acquisitions to the collection of the Muscarelle.

Women with Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection, Through May 13
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present Women With Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection in conjunction with William & Mary’s 100 Years of Women celebration. This exhibition features over thirty works by prominent women artists from the permanent collection and is comprised of a variety of media styles and time periods expressing their vision.

Guerilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World, Through May 13
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present Guerrilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World in the Herman Graphic Arts Room as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of coeducation at William & Mary and in Virginia. Since 1985 and even more stridently today, the Guerrilla Girls have been concerned with broader discrimination; particularly social oppression related to race, class, and gender.

Friday Brewmaster’s Pin, Fridays
Every Friday at 4 pm at The Virginia Beer Company, we tap a small but potent Brewmaster’s Pin. Centrally located on the bar top in our taproom, these weekly cask concoctions give our brewing team the chance to add a personal touch to our draft offerings.

Trivia Night at Alewerks, Wednesdays
Wednesday night means the Taproom is the place to be for this battle of the brains. Bring your friends (or your enemies) and prove just how smart you really are. It’s an entertaining evening with great craft beer, and a thoroughly irreverent take on trivia. We’ll have food trucks here too with an ever-changing menu of delicious options.

Williamsburg Comedy Club, Saturdays
The Comedy Club of Williamsburg invites you to join us for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. This is your chance to see nationally touring comedians! Located inside the DoubleTree Hotel.


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Williamsburg Events: April 23 – 29, 2018

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Pirates Invade Yorktown, April 28 & 29
Explore our pirate encampment, attend pirate school, and witness a pirate trial! Sing along with the sea shanties and don’t miss the exciting cannon demonstrations. You can even sail the stormy waters of the York River with Captain Mayhem. He’s looking for pint-sized recruits to join his crew. No worries. We doubt he’ll make you walk the plank! At Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown.

Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival, April 29
The 2018 Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival will feature more than twenty craft beers from at least ten different breweries. Attendees will enjoy craft beer, live music and food will be available for purchase from local food trucks.

55th Annual Art on the Square, April 29
The Junior Woman’s Club of Williamsburg (JWCW) will hold their 55th annual Art on the Square on Sunday, April 29 in Merchants Square. Art on the Square will feature over 150 artists and a variety of local vendors, including Aroma’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Two Drummers and King of Pops.

Opera in Williamsburg Presents Carmen, April 20, 22 & 24
Carmen is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. Presented in full with chamber orchestra accompaniment.

An Afternoon of Cultural Cuisine at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, April 28
Explore the multicultural heritage of southern cooking during a special afternoon culinary event on Saturday, April 28, featuring cooking and conversation with Michael W. Twitty, African American and Jewish culinary historian and author. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the museum’s re-created Revolution-era farm.

Watermen’s Museum Presents Yorktown Story Slam, Every Fourth Monday
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.  7 PM – Storytellers Presentation.  8 to 8:30 PM – Audience Stories.

Movie Under the Stars, April 27
Enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. All ages welcome. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Movie subject to change. Weather permitting. This week’s movie is Despicable Me 3.

Black Settlement Presentation and Book Signing at Freedom Park, April 28
Join Col. Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of those that lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park for a presentation and book signing. You’ll experience 18th century life more than 60 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. All ages welcome.

In Search of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony Lecture, April 28
Nicholas Luccketti, First Colony Foundation research vice-president, will present an overview of the history of the search, focusing on the excavations of 1991-1993, led by the late Ivor Noel Hume, that successfully identified a 1585 scientific workshop at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

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!

Rain Barrel Workshop at Mariners’ Museum, April 28
In partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, the City of Newport News Natural Resources Division, and the City of Newport News Recycling Office, The Mariners’ Museum and Park is hosting a rain barrel workshop!

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!

Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, Through May 31
It’s the longest standing exhibit at the Gallery and you don’t want to miss the new additions for spring. Visit the Gallery to admire these beautiful handcrafted quilts. You’ll also find a collection of new art, jewelry, pottery, and much more for sale.

Bingo Night at the Satellite Taproom, Thursdays
Take a trip to the Premium Outlets for Bingo and Beer at the Alewerks Satellite location Thursday night! Bingo will be from 6pm til 7:30 and is free to play for all ages! Prizes, friends, and of course beer!

Yorktown Market Days, Saturdays
Our waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads-offering spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors! This year, the season starts mid-April, and you can enjoy weekly markets through the end of October.

Local Live Music at Billsburg Brewery, Thursdays Through May
Join us in the Billsburg Event Tent every Thursday this Spring for live music. Grab your friends and join us at Billsburg Brewery to start your weekend early, enjoy live music and fresh cold beer at the only venue in James City County on the waterfront.

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.

Williamsburg Comedy Club, Saturdays
The Comedy Club of Williamsburg invites you to join us for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. This is your chance to see nationally touring comedians! Located inside the DoubleTree Hotel.


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Williamsburg Events: April 9 – 15, 2018

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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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Williamsburg Events: April 2 – 8, 2018

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2nd Sunday’s Art & Music Festival, April 8
Williamsburg, Virginia’s only ALMOST Year ‘Round Arts & Street Festival! On the second Sunday of every month, you can stroll the streets of Colonial Williamsburg and take in unique arts, handcrafts, and live music in a fun and family-friendly atmosphere.

Aura Curiatlas Performs at the Kimball Theatre, April 7 & 8
Since 2014, the company has been known for its exciting and inventive blend of dance, theatre, and acrobatics to tell stories. The stories are inspired in many different ways including cartoons, romance, architecture, bus trips, and astrophysics. The lightheartedness, athleticism, and reliance on physical storytelling make Aura CuriAtlas engaging to audiences of varied ages and backgrounds. After the show, the performers will stay for conversations with the audience.

Victory at Yorktown 10K & 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk, April 7
The fourth annual YMCA Victory at Yorktown 10K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk is an historical and scenic race beginning at Riverwalk Landing on the Yorktown Waterfront.

The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, April 3
The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg presents the Armida Quartet Tuesday evening, April 3 at 8:00 PM in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre.

Wonders of the Sea at the Virginia Living Museum, April 2 – 6
Join us for Spring Break and welcome our new moray eel! Take in the “Coral Reefs: Nurseries of the Sea” conservation kiosk, a screening of the award winning documentary “Chasing Coral,” and sea-themed shows in the Abbitt Planetarium. Witness a scuba program and fish feeding in the Chesapeake Bay Tank and more.

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.

Tap the Vault, April 7 & 8
Alewerks is the place to be the first weekend in April. Come celebrate National Beer Day with us when we open up our beer vault and tap rare and exciting beers all weekend. This will be a veritable greatest hits lineup. We’ll be tapping something new every two hours, and when they run out, they’re out.

Hops and Hogs Beer Festival, April 7
Smoked pork and other food; beer and wine; and live music. At Watermen’s Museum.

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.

Bikes Out of Hibernation at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, April 7
Looking for an opportunity to get your bike out of “‘hibernation?” Free safety inspections, assistance for minor repairs, greasing, fitting as well as fun rides to “knock the rust off” after winter.

Watermen’s Museum Opens for the Season, April 3
Explore Watermen’s museum located on the Yorktown Virginia waterfront. The museum is educational and demonstrates the role Chesapeake Bay Watermen, from pre-colonial to modern times, have played in the molding of our nation.

Gallery at York Hall Opens, April 3
A welcome center for visitors and gathering place for residents, the Gallery features paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, quilts, and other pieces from more than 300 local artists. Each month, you’ll find new featured artists and interactive demonstrations in the lobby on Sundays.

The York County Historical Museum Opens, April 3
View artifacts that tell the rich and varied stories of York County’s past, from the time of the earliest Native Americans, colonial-era Yorktown, and both the battlefield and home fronts of the Revolutionary War through World War II.

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.

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk at Freedom Park, April 8
Join us on the first Saturday of every month this spring for a nature program and guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive Trail! One of our expert nature guides will present a nature program on a different topic each month, then lead children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects and anything else we may encounter!

Taskinas Trek at York River State Park, April 6
The Taskinas Creek Trail is gaining a reputation as one of the most scenic and challenging hikes east of I-95. This three mile trail has a series of steep ravines that wind down to secluded bogs. There are also gorgeous overlooks of the Taskinas Creek Marsh which is home to various birds, fish, and mammals. Take the ranger guided hike through this interesting ecosystem.

Lecture: The History of the Museum Through Photographs, April 7
Explore the creation and early years of The Mariners’ Museum and Park through historic photos and stories, and learn about the people that made this Newport News institution possible.

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.

Fresh Water Fishing Clinic, April 5
Before you hit the water, learn and practice the skills needed to fish in fresh water. Practice casting with a spin-casting rod & reel combo. Learn how to use bobbers, sinkers, and the knots most often used by anglers. We’ll have a “backyard bass” contest as well.

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.


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