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Williamsburg Events: August 7 – 13, 2017

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Military Band Concert Series
Tuesdays in August
A different ensemble performs each week presented by musicians from U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Langley Air Force Base and Ft. Eustis, VA. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. See website for schedule.

2nd Sundays Williamsburg Art & Music Festival
August 13
Williamsburg’s almost year ’round Art, Music and Street featuring over 75 varied Artists, Artisans, Authors and at least 8 unique live music performances and performing arts in 4 blocks of downtown Williamsburg.

Summer Breeze Concert Series: The Michael Clark Band
August 9
Join friends as The Michael Clark Band makes their first appearance as part of the Summer Breeze Concert Series, bringing a smooth soul sound to Merchants Square.

Dino on the Loose
August 12
Join our walking T-Rex for dinosaur parades, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail!

Fossil Frenzy Hike
August 12
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.

York River Floating Folk Jam at Watermen’s Museum
August 9
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.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg Presents Mark Riccadonna with Dylan Vattelana
August 12
Mark Riccadonna grew up an artsy jock outside of Youngstown, Ohio. Mark found success as a gifted storyteller, with a charisma that makes you feel like you’ve known him forever, unique delivery, signature voice and likability. At the DoubleTree.

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

James River Association Interpretive Paddle
August 7
Kayak historic Powhatan Creek beside historic Jamestown Island. View and learn about birds and wildlife native to the Williamsburg area. Kayaks provided, and trips are guided by James River Association.

New Exhibition Opening:  Hampton Roads Ship Model Society 50th Anniversary
August 5 – 19
Founded in 1967, The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society provides a venue to exchange views and improve modeling skills for members interested in maritime history and the art of building quality ship models.

Niel Gow, Scotland’s Premier 18th Century Fiddler
August 8
Join Scottish Fiddling Master John Turner for tunes and stories, by and about one of Scotland’s most beloved characters. American musicologists credit Gow’s bowing style with having great influence on American players in both old-time and bluegrass traditions.

Letters Home
August 7
Be part of a moving and inspiring tribute to America’s Citizen Soldiers presented by balladeers Kent LaRue and Emmy Award Winner Wayne Hill who share music, songs and soldiers’ personal correspondence – some fearful and some funny – that will bring history to life.

Captain Brewster’s Kids
Thursdays through August 10
Join in the ranks with Captain Brewster and train to defend Jamestown! As a new recruit, learn the manual of arms for the halberd-“a most ancient and honorable pole arm”-and then march in the “Grand Parade” inside James Fort!

Spanish Wine and Tapas Tasting
Saturdays
Drop by this Saturday, from 1-4 PM, as we offer a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with authentic Spanish bites!

Explore the Declaration of Independence
Saturdays through August 26
Explore the exciting events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution! How did our Founding Fathers create the Declaration?  Did Thomas Jefferson really do it all? A guided tour for ages 10 and up.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town
Sundays in August
See website for details on performances at Yorktown Battlefield and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

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

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
Featuring over 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists throughout the season, including a variety of homegrown favorites and local art.  Delicious food, exciting entertainment, beautiful and inspiring artwork, and a view beyond compare. Weekly live music entertainment.  Shoppers can enjoy the added bonus of watching local chefs demonstrate the preparation of various dishes on select Saturdays.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
August 12
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

Campfire Social
Saturdays
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.

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

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.

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

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

Printed, Painted, Stained and Dyed
Thursdays in August
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.

Folk Art Fridays
Fridays in August
On a guided tour be inspired by innovative and imaginative folk art, then create your own work of art to take home. How were the folk artists inspired, and how will that inspire you?

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

A Dog’s Life
Wednesdays in August
Take a guided tour of dog-related art and explore the lives of dogs as pets and workplace helpers in the 18th century. Learn about our folk art dog, Prince; artist William Hogarth’s canine companion; and other dogs in art.

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


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Williamsburg Events: July 31 – August 6, 2017

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Jamestown Jams – The Deloreans
August 4
Come and enjoy free live music at Jamestown Jams. On Aug. 4, it will be 80s music featuring The Deloreans. At Jamestown Beach Event Park. 

Summer Breeze Concert Series: Truetone Honeys
August 2
Join friends in Merchants Square as the Truetone Honeys make their first appearance as part of the Summer Breeze Concert Series. Bring your dancing shoes as this 40’s Andrews Sister-style jazz group is sure to have you swinging. Bring a chair or blanket and grab some dinner from one of our local eateries and spend the evening under the stars in Merchants Square.

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

Whistle Belly
August 6
Presented by the JWCW, A Virginia Beer & More Festival crafted by DoG Street Pub. 30 breweries, delicious eats and an early access VIP time! A charitable event in honor of Virginia Craft Beer Month.

Mead Up – Mead Day Weekend
August 4 – 6
National Mead Day is quickly approaching and we know you want to celebrate it properly. Enjoy some great food, music, and of course mead when you join us for Mead Day weekend.

Butterfly Festival
August 5 – 6
Interact with over 200 butterflies at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden! Drop in anytime during the two-day event to visit the butterfly tent with live specimens, and to participate in fun educational programs.

An All-American Tea
August 5
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.

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

Brass Cannon Brewing Company Celebrates One Year in Williamsburg!
August 5
Brass Cannon Brewing Company is celebrating One Year in Williamsburg, Virginia. On August 5th we are hosting a celebration with delicious craft beer, food, and two music acts.

Past Plantations Tour
August 5
Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation. Our staff archaeologist has made discoveries of forts, slave quarters, workshops, and relics of the colonial past.

Spanish Wine and Tapas Tasting
August 5
Drop by this Saturday, from 1-4 PM, as we offer a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with authentic Spanish bites!

Comedy Club of Williamsburg presents Dusty Slay with Andy Forrester
August 5
Live Stand Up Performance by Dusty Slay! Dusty has a smooth southern style that will make you feel so comfortable you have to laugh. It’s like cornbread telling you jokes. He’s clever, quick witted and relatable. Located in the DoubleTree Hotel.

Explore the Declaration of Independence
Saturdays through August 26
Explore the exciting events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution! How did our Founding Fathers create the Declaration?  Did Thomas Jefferson really do it all? A guided tour for ages 10 and up.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
August 5
Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
Featuring over 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists throughout the season, including a variety of homegrown favorites and local art.  Delicious food, exciting entertainment, beautiful and inspiring artwork, and a view beyond compare. Weekly live music entertainment.  Shoppers can enjoy the added bonus of watching local chefs demonstrate the preparation of various dishes on select Saturdays.

Captain Brewster’s Kids
Thursdays through August 10
Join in the ranks with Captain Brewster and train to defend Jamestown! As a new recruit, learn the manual of arms for the halberd-“a most ancient and honorable pole arm”-and then march in the “Grand Parade” inside James Fort!

The Fifes and Drums of York Town
Sundays in August
See website for details on performances at Yorktown Battlefield and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Awesome Osprey Hike
August 5
Our seasonal bird of prey returns to the Chesapeake Bay region. This ranger guided hike highlights the Osprey’s role in the estuarine ecosystem. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras and viewing gear.

Campfire Social
Saturdays
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.

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

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.

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

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

Fiddle Music from Jamestown to Yorktown
August 1
What kind of music would the Jamestown settlers have enjoyed? What were Virginians listening to at the end of the Revolution? Take a walk through 174 years of music and history with David Gardner. The award-winning fiddler and music historian has an entertaining story to tell on a collection of historically appropriate instruments.

Printed, Painted, Stained and Dyed
Thursdays in August
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.

Folk Art Fridays
Fridays in August
On a guided tour be inspired by innovative and imaginative folk art, then create your own work of art to take home. How were the folk artists inspired, and how will that inspire you?

Live usic at Water Street Grille
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays in August
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. For details call 757.369.5644 or visit the website.

A Dog’s Life
Wednesdays in August
Take a guided tour of dog-related art and explore the lives of dogs as pets and workplace helpers in the 18th century. Learn about our folk art dog, Prince; artist William Hogarth’s canine companion; and other dogs in art.

From Revolution to Restoration
August 2
What happened in Williamsburg after the Revolution? Discover how the town survived hard times until it was restored to its former glory in the early 20th century. Program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Architectural Clues to 18th-century Williamsburg.”

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

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

 

 

 


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Williamsburg Events: July 10 – 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

York River Floating Folk Jam at Watermen’s Museum
July 12
Second Wednesday every month is Watermen’s Museum Music Jam Session: Don’t miss an evening of fun and music with ShantyGrass and visiting amateurs and professional musicians as you join them in passing songs around a circle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Busting Myths
Tuesdays through July 25
Was the pineapple really the symbol of 18th-century hospitality? Were quilts really used as coded messages for the Underground Railroad? Were people shorter in the 1700s? Learn to discern truth, myth, and reality on this guided tour.

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

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

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Saturdays through July 29

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

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

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

GPS Pirates at York River State Park
July 15
A new way to find treasure.  Geocaching makes use of the Global Positioning System to help you find caches of park information and small gifts.  We will supply you with a GPS unit and the ranger will help you hike off of the beaten path for a unique discovery.  Please call for reservations.

An All-American Tea
July 15
You’re invited to a very special tea with Christiana Campbell! Join Mrs. Campbell in a private dining room for an exclusive blend of tea as you dine on a special menu of muffins, scones, sandwiches, and other treats to share with your favorite doll.

Sunset Serenade Weekly Live Music
Fridays through September

Join friends on Friday nights in the garden of Colonial Williamsburg’s Chowning’s Tavern for Sunset Serenades, our weekly live music event featuring the best local folk, Americana, blues, and bluegrass bands. Good food, good friends, and colonial-style libations.

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

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

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

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
Featuring over 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists throughout the season, including a variety of homegrown favorites and local art.  Delicious food, exciting entertainment, beautiful and inspiring artwork, and a view beyond compare. Weekly live music entertainment.  Shoppers can enjoy the added bonus of watching local chefs demonstrate the preparation of various dishes on select Saturdays.

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

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


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