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Williamsburg Events: May 2 – 6, 2018

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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!

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: 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
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
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

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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