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

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Check out what’s happening this week in greater Williamsburg. And be sure to sign up for our weekly (or monthly) newsletter!

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Movie Under the Stars at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, May 25
This month: Coco! Enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. All ages welcome. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Movie subject to change. Weather permitting.

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

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

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

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

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

Watermen’s Museum Presents Yorktown Story Slam, May 28
Story tellers come together at the Yorktown Story Slam every fourth Monday of the month to share their true personal tales about a monthly theme.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Check out what’s happening this week in greater Williamsburg. And be sure to sign up for our weekly (or monthly) newsletter!


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

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

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

Watermen’s Museum Presents Story Tellers
May 22
Story tellers come together at the Yorktown Story Slam every fourth Monday of the month to share their true personal tales about a monthly theme.

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

Movies Under the Stars
May 26
Enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. All ages welcome. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Movie subject to change. Weather permitting. This week: Brave (PG).

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

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

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

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

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

The Fifes and Drums of York Town
May 27 & 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Night Flights at Charly’s Airport Restaurant
Fridays through May 26
Enjoy live acoustic music on the patio of Charly’s Airport Restaurant each Friday now through early autumn during Friday Night Flights. The patio provides great views as planes takeoff (you never know what you’ll see!) and there are always delicious specials on homemade bread and slices of pie for dessert.

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

Friday Night Flights at Charly’s Airport Restaurant
Fridays through May 26
Enjoy live acoustic music on the patio of Charly’s Airport Restaurant each Friday now through early autumn during Friday Night Flights. The patio provides great views as planes takeoff (you never know what you’ll see!) and there are always delicious specials on homemade bread and slices of pie for dessert.

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

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

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

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

Quiltmakers
Mondays through May 29
Explore quilts from the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries, while learning about the lives of quilters Amelia Lauke, Anna Jane Parker, Rita Mae Pettway, and others.

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

Six Mead Sundays
Sundays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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