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

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

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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Williamsburg Events: May 15 – 21, 2017

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LPGA Kingsmill Championship
May 15 – 21
Cheer on the world’s best women golfers at the next Kingsmill Championship. The Kingsmill Championship will be contested on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA. Kingsmill is a proven venue that has stood the test of time, having hosted over 30 professional golf events.

Jazz on the James
May 19
Enjoy live jazz that swings with local band Good Shot Judy, craft beer and fine wine, and local food trucks – Offbeat Eats by Two Drummers, FoodaTude…Food with Attitude, and Sinful Treats – all against the stunning vista of the James River at Jamestown Settlement.

Culturefix Presents Honky Tonk Heroes a Classic Country Tribute
May 20
Featuring: Blended Outlaw, from Virginia Beach (with Williamsburg’s own Scott Kale and special guest David Waltrip), Molly Payne & The Mistakes (Richmond, VA) & Curtis Brown (of the Michael Clark Band) & Ben Phelps.

La Tienda Oyster Fiesta
May 18
Come celebrate the opening of our new patio with fresh oysters, live music and tasty tapas! Get a taste of what Williamsburg is talking about – La Tienda’s amazing food from Spain, plus great wines and sangria.

Craft Beer Week Tastings
May 15 – 21
Join us for a celebration of Craft Beer Week! We will be celebrating with free tastings at Hair of the DoG Bottle Shop throughout the week.

National Theatre Live: Who’s Araid of Virginia Woolf?
May 18
Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

Bridles & Bow Ties
May 20
This annual fundraising event which is presented by Riverside Health System includes: tours of the facilities, student spotlights, cocktails, oysters, an elegant seated buffet dinner and a live auction sponsored by TowneBank. The purpose is to share Dream Catchers’ mission and to celebrate the success of our program participants!

Family Fun Fest
May 20
Join James City County Parks & Recreation for the annual Family Fun Fest! The event features Knockerball Hampton Roads, Touch-A-Truck and the Teeny Tiny Farm Petting Zoo. Also enjoy pony rides, inflatable rides, hands-on activities, family entertainment with music and contests too! Grab some lunch provided by our food vendors and visit all of our local craft and business vendors!

100 Years of Glorious Technicolor: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (film)
May 20 & 21
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers. Starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. At the Kimball Theatre.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s Fireworks Finale Concert
May 20
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra wraps up its 33rd season in grand style with Fireworks Finale, a concert featuring guest violinist Elena Urioste. Conducted by Music Director Janna Hymes.

Pedaling the Past – Freedom Park
May 21
Speeding past interpretive signs and wondering at their significance? Hop on your bike or one of ours for a guided tour of local historic sites and tales and tastes immersing you in the past!

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.

Revtalk: Immigration and National Identity with Ric Burns
May 21
How do we define who can be an American-and what being an American means? The Chinese Exclusion Act, to be released on PBS this year, examines the economic, cultural, social, legal, racial and political dimensions of the law; the forces and events that gave rise to it; and the effect it has had, and continues to have, on American culture and identity.  A partial pre-release screening of this new documentary by film maker Ric Burns will be followed by a REV Talk and post Q&A.

Tim Seaman at the Gallery at York Hall
May 21
Come out to the Gallery at York Hall and enjoy Tim Seaman perform his Hamered Dulcimer.

Watermen’s Museum Swing Dance
May 15
Join us every third Monday of the month for swing dance.  7:30 – 8 PM for instructions and 8 – 10 PM dancing!

GPS Pirates at York River State Park
May 20
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.

Third Sunday Children’s Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
May 21
In this Third Sunday Children’s Art event, we will have a different art medium every month.  Supplies are included.

Fiddle Music from Jamestown to Yorktown
May 16
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.

Williamsburg Women’s Chorus Presents The Earth Sings!
May 16
The Williamsburg Women’s Chorus spring concert will feature music about nature and the abundance of our world. Entitled “Earthsongs” after a set of pieces included in the concert that were written by Florida composer David Brunner, the music will open with the classic treble song by Claude Debussy, Salut printemps, Welcome Spring.

Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
May 15
Come learn how to make jewelry with glass domes and cabochons, metal bezels and ephemera. Create charming and vintage necklaces, earrings, bracelets and even magnets.  Supplies are included.

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

Successful Campaign
May 19
Join the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums for a lively, stirring performance of traditional 18th-century field music! The senior corps will share the stage with a featured guest corps. Meet the talented musicians that make up our Fife and Drum Corps.

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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
May 20
Over 40 vendors will bring strawberries, asparagus, Spring produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, meats, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market. Live music will be performed by LCV Project

From Revolution to Restoration
May 17
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.”

The Mischievous Fey
May 18
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.

Tyke Hike: Woods and Waters
May 20
Is your two to four year old ready for a hike of their own? Would he or she like to learn the basics about birds? Our friendly neighborhood park ranger will lead families around Woodstock Pond and point out the creatures that live in our woods and waters.

High Fiber Festival
May 20
All natural (75%) fiber festival at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano. There will be a variety of vendors featuring yarns, quilts and crafts. Demonstrations include spinning, handweaving and weaving along with animals, children’s activities and food.

Wilson (film)
May 3 – 18
A poignant love letter to the people who raise us and the times that form us. Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s is raising her adolescent son, Jamie at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.  Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. At the Kimball Theatre.

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!

KIDsiderate Concert Series at Busch Gardens
Select Dates in May
Start spring on a high note when some of today’s most popular acts for kids take the stage at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. This KIDsiderate® concert series will have kids singing and dancing along in the Globe Theatre in England. Schedule: Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve! – May 6; The KIDZ BOP Kids – May 13; Teen Stars Live – May 20 & 21.

For all events visit the Main Calendar (Visit Williamsburg). 


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Williamsburg Events: May 8 – 14, 2017

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Jamestown Day at Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement
May 13
“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.

Cap 2 Cap
May 12-13
A ride, not a race, where riders are encouraged to enjoy the scenery. All ages are encouraged to participate, families are also encouraged to attend both days of the event.

Yorktown Market Days Season Hosts Annual Fitness Market!
May 13
Yorktown Market Days and Fitness Market, 8 am to 12 pm – New Year, New You!  Let’s get moving at our Health and Fitness Market, 8 am to 12 p.m.  Not only can you shop the 35 local farmers, producers, artists, and vendors offering a variety of local favorites found at all our Saturday Markets, but at the Fitness Market you can learn to improve your health with fitness classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, free health screenings, and additional healthy living information.

Merchants Square Spring Fling
May 10
Bring your dancing shoes and show your stuff at the Merchants Square Spring Fling. What’s in store? Live jazz from Good Shot Judy, 500 of your closest friends, and a dance floor, right in the center of the Square! Don’t miss our fantastic spring celebration!

Coffee Concert I American String Quartet and Andre-Michel Schub
May 11
Individually, the players of the American String Quartet are each stars in their own right, their resumes studded with orchestral and ensemble performances, competition victories, and accolades; together, they create a sound that has entranced some of the world’s most demanding critics.

Mother’s Day Buffet at Riverwalk Restaurant
May 14
Make Mother’s Day extra special with a brunch buffet and a dinner buffet at Riverwalk Restaurant.

“More of the Best of Broadway”
May 13
Back Again! Rob BonGiovanni and his Sound Investment, featuring Pam Wineapple (Williamsburg’s Broadway Pro) are back again with “More of The Best of Broadway”. Showcasing the famous Broadway Shows from “The Great White Way” that made it to Hollywood to  the Silver Screen. At the Kimball Theatre.

KIDsiderate Concert Series at Busch Gardens
Select Dates in May
Start spring on a high note when some of today’s most popular acts for kids take the stage at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. This KIDsiderate® concert series will have kids singing and dancing along in the Globe Theatre in England. Schedule: Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve! – May 6; The KIDZ BOP Kids – May 13; Teen Stars Live – May 20 & 21.

National Theatre Live: Obsession
May 11
Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. At the Kimball Theatre.

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!

An Afternoon of Hammered Dulcimer Music with Timothy Seaman
May 13
Local hammered dulcimer virtuoso Timothy Seaman will be here playing familiar music as well as his own. Tim is known throughout the area for his lively performances and his compelling music! Tim will have all of his CD’s available for sale and autographing!

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.

Fossil Frenzy at York River State Park
May 13
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.

Mother’s Day Surf & Turf
May 14
Treat mom to a day on the water and fossil hunting. This ranger guided program takes our guests on a canoe/kayak trip on Taskinas Creek and the York River to Fossil beach to search for relics of the prehistoric era. Mom paddles for free with paid guest.

Drum to the Beat
May 9
Come experience the fun of drumming in a group. For centuries, communities around the world have strengthened unity and friendship through rhythm. Join Drum Major Lance Pedigo for this unique experience for all ages and abilities.

Venus Tells It All
May 11
Meet Venus, a most inspiring comical, singing 18th-century storyteller that will leave you in stitches as she tells thought provoking stories derived from her life about living, relationships and yo momma! Fun for the young and young at heart! Audience participation is a requirement!

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.

Revolutionary Dissent
May 10
Stephen Solomon discusses his recent book: “Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created Freedom of Speech.” Before the Revolution colonists were restricted from openly discussing politics (and Independence) by English Common Law.  Events leading to the Declaration of independence and the ratification of the Constitution lead to freedom of speech in our new Republic.  A book-signing will follow.

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.

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
May 5 – 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.

Franz (film)
May 3 – 11
A film by Francois Ozon.  In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers.  French/German with subtitles. At the Kimball Theatre.

Wilson (film)
May 3 – 18
A poignant love letter to the people who raise us and the times that form us. Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s is raising her adolescent son, Jamie at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.  Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. At the Kimball Theatre.

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?

2nd Sundays
May 14
On the second Sunday of every month from 11a to 5p, 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.

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Williamsburg Events: May 1 – 7, 2017

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Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue in the ‘Burg Festival
May 7
The Muscarelle Museum of Art invites you to the third annual Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue in the ‘Burg! The event will feature five kinds of BBQ and over twenty-five sauces prepared on site by Craig Reeves of The Catering Company, contemporary Bluegrass, and a selection of craft beer from The Virginia Beer Company!

Yorktown’s Annual “Blues, Brews & BBW” Festival”
May 6
Join us for Yorktown’s fourth annual Blues, Brews & BBQ, a festival on the river. Enjoy down-home blues musicians, incredible micro brews, amazing BBQ and other gourmet foods for purchase.

KIDsiderate Concert Series at Busch Gardens
Select Dates in May
Start spring on a high note when some of today’s most popular acts for kids take the stage at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. This KIDsiderate® concert series will have kids singing and dancing along in the Globe Theatre in England. Schedule: Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve! – May 6; The KIDZ BOP Kids – May 13; Teen Stars Live – May 20 & 21.

Yorktown Garden Stroll
May 6
As you stroll the Yorktown village streets to visit 10 private gardens, music from the Fifes & Drums of York Town will help you imagine Yorktown as it once was – a thriving tobacco port that witnessed the last battle of the American Revolution.

Yorktown’s Art at the River Juried Art Show
May 7
Artwork by over 50 talented artists at the fourth annual juried art show on the beautiful Yorktown waterfront. Painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, and many other innovative and creative artists.

7th Annual Wine & Run for the Roses
May 6
Laugh! Libate! Lift your paddle for a great cause! Don’t miss the premier social event in Williamsburg! The Muscarelle Museum of Art Foundation presents the 6th Annual Wine & Rune for the Roses Auction on Derby Day.

A Celebration of May: An Immersive Palace Garden Party
May 5
Take time to go back to an 18th-century Palace Garden Party “of the mind and the heart.” Thomas Jefferson, the last governor to reside at the Palace, opens the gates and invites residents of the colonial community-both gentry and tradespeople alike-to a fun-filled May celebration on the Palace grounds.

Pedal the Parkway
May 6
Enjoy the 20th Annual Pedal the Parkway on Saturday, May 6 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.

Carrot Tree Kitchens International Dinner Nights: Germany
May 3
Join Carrot Tree Kitchens for their International Dinner Nights! Let Carrot Tree take you on a trip around the world without ever getting up from the dinner table! The Wednesday, April 12 dinner will highlight Greece.

Triangle Arts & Culture League Art & Garden
May 5-6
TACL-VA.org art&garden is a two day celebration for art and garden lovers. Talks by landscape designers, southern lifestyle writers, horticulture experts, flower designers and artists Proceeds benefit the public art projects of the Triangle Arts and Culture League, Inc. a 501 c 3 non-profit.

Burning of the Socks: Canoe & Kayak Season Kick Off
May 6
Celebrate the 2017 canoe and kayak season with a Chesapeake Bay sailing tradition.  Bring a new pair of socks to donate to a local charity.   Take off your socks and burn them with the rangers. Then join us for a guided trip into Taskinas Creek and the York River.

Proclamation Bicycle Ride
May 4
Ride begins at 8:15 a.m. from Jamestown Beach Event Park. Each year the Governor proclaims May is “Bike Month” in Virginia. 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. Shuttle service provided to Richmond; bikes will be blanketed and transported via box truck.

Pedaling the Past – Jamestown
May 7
Speeding past interpretive signs and wondering at their significance? Hop on your bike or one of ours for a guided tour of local historic sites and tales and tastes immersing you in the past! Helmets, water and snack included.

Free Comic Book Day!
May 6
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!

The Williamsburg Choral Guild Presents From Broadway to Stage & Screen
May 6 & 7
Your toes will be tapping and your heartstrings will be pulled in this concert full of fun! Enjoy popular Broadway, stage and screen selections, including works by Lerner & Loewe, Bernstein & Sondheim, Gershwin, Lehár, Harburg & Lane and others.

John Blair Mountain Bike Ride
May 6
Take a ride on the 12 mile John Blair Mountain Bike Trail at York River State Park. The Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association (EVMA) will lead trips led according to skill level.

Hazel Camp at the Gallery at York Hall
May 6
Come out to the Gallery at York Hall and see the watercolor exhibit and demo by local artist Hazel Camp.

York County High School Student Art Exhibit
May 7
A special exhibit of selected artwork by high school students from York, Tabb, Grafton and Bruton High Schools.

Past Plantations Tour
May 6
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.

Mother’s Day Expo at Williamsburg Premium Outlets
May 6-7
Shop a variety of specialty retailers and vendors at the Mother’s Day Expo at Williamsburg Premium Outlets on May 6 and 7. Discover the perfect gift for Mom with this weekend long celebration filled with in-store activation’s, beauty demos, a vendor expo and much more!

Rally ‘Round the Banjo: A Civil War Soldier’s Playlist
May 4

When the Civil War began, Northern and Southern soldiers didn’t have iPods or boom boxes to bring to camp, but they did have musical instruments and their favorite music. Join historian and musician Carson Hudson as he explores the “playlists” of the 1860s.

Dream Logic/A Life with No Limits
May 6
A Life With No Limits is inspired by the life and work of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and is created in the company’s signature style blending dance, theatre, and acrobatics.  Composer, Sophia Serghi, created original music for the work.  At the Kimball Theatre.

Colonial Williamsburg Employee Arts & Crafts Show
May 6 -7
Colonial Williamsburg employees, volunteers and retirees combine to present and sell handmade gifts. Luxuriant jams and handmade paintings are only a portion of the fabulous items available for personal enjoyment or as a special gift for that certain someone.

Art Adventures for Autism
May 6
Families with children on the autism spectrum are invited to explore folk art and decorative arts at the Art Museums. This sensory friendly event will allow kids with ASD to enjoy the galleries in their own way. Special tours, hands-on activities and crafts will be available. Space is limited and reservations are required.

David Mitchell at the Gallery at York Hall
May 5 – 7
Featuring local photographer, David Mitchell, and view his beautiful photographs.

Mysterious Moonlight Canoe Tour
May 6
There is no better way to enjoy the full moon than from a canoe on the beautiful Taskinas Creek. We’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of the marsh at night as we paddle slowly up the placid creek.

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.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
Friday May 5 – 26
Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Behind Closed Drawers
May 5 – 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.

Franz (film)
May 3 – 11
A film by Francois Ozon.  In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers.  French/German with subtitles. At the Kimball Theatre. 

Wilson (film)
May 3 – 18
A poignant love letter to the people who raise us and the times that form us. Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s is raising her adolescent son, Jamie at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.  Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. At the Kimball Theatre.

Magical Strings: Harps and Dulcimers Migrate From Europe to America
May 2
Instruments with many strings have ancient origins and have evolved through various cultures, traveling with early settlers to America’s shores.  Philip and Pam Boulding, composers, instrument builders and teachers, share lively traditional arrangements of Celtic music and soulful compositions, augmented by stories of their world travels and the instruments they play and build.

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.

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.

Show at On the Hill Gallery
April 8 – May 6 (Saturdays)
Join us for a reception held April 8 for artist, Mike Kravchak titled “Portraits of the Bay” from 6 to 8 pm.   The show will be in the Gallery from April 8 thru May 6. Mike works in watercolor, and his subject matter reflects the Chesapeake Bay, its working boats and watery landscapes.

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 Mary 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.

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Williamsburg Events: April 24 – 30, 2017

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April 24 – 30, 2017

New Town Chalk & Family Fest
RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 29 CANCELLED
This event has been cancelled with no immediate plans to reschedule.
Bring the whole family to Sullivan Square in New Town for a day of fun. From 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, chalk drawing, kids games, and much more.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia and the 83rd Williamsburg Homes and Gardens Tours
April 22 – 29

Join us for the 84th Historic Garden Week in Williamsburg homes and gardens tour. Visit homes and gardens on Burns Lane, a fine art and flower show at the Muscarelle Museum of Art; a Virginia Glass Guild show and sale of glass that is inspired by nature and the garden; lectures on glass art, botanical art and “green” architecture; and more.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Presents “Carnival of the Animals”
April 29
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents Carnival of the Animals, a concert for the whole family featuring musicians, dancers from Virginia Regional Ballet, painter Bob Oller, and narrator Elisabeth Reiss. Together they bring to life the animals depicted in the music. After the concert, stay for a hands-on instrument “petting zoo” and meet the performers.

Art on the Square
April 30
Join us for the 54th annual event! The Junior Woman’s Club of Williamsburg organizes its annual spring art show to benefit local not for profit organizations through grants and scholarships.

Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival
April 30
The 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.

Virginia International Tattoo
April 27 – 30
In 1997, we brought this tradition to the home of the world’s biggest Naval base and the largest population of military families in America- Norfolk, Virginia.  Not surprisingly, Virginia International Tattoo has become renowned as the most patriotic of the world’s great Tattoos.

RavenCon 2017
April 28 – 30
RavenCon 2017, a weekend celebrating the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror. (And as we’re playing the Edgar Allan Poe angle, we’re mystery friendly, too!) Join our guests for panel discussions and workshops that can only happen at RavenCon!

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Presents Hidden Gem Concert
April 25 & 26
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents Hidden Gem, its fourth Masterworks concert of the 2016-2017 season. The program opens with Verdi’s Overture to “La Forza del Destino” and includes symphonies by Mozart and Nielsen. Conducted by Music Director Janna Hymes, now in her 13th season at the podium.

Pirates Invade Yorktown
April 29 – 30
Pirates, representing seafaring life in the late 17th and 18th-centuries, invade Yorktown. Visit the encampment, watch the cannon firing demonstrations, and sing with pirates. Riverwalk Landing and Watermen’s Museum.

Dinner with the Shepherd – Farmer Spotlight Series at the Williamsburg Winery
April 27
Join Wessex Hundred Executive Chef Ian Robbins and our good friend Shepherd Craig Rogers from Border Springs Farm on Thursday, April 27 at the Café Provençal for our first monthly Farmers Spotlight Series dinner of 2017! This four-course meal will highlight the world-class lamb of Border Springs Farm alongside wines from The Williamsburg Winery.

Captain Mayhem’s Schooner Soiree
April 29
You’ll cruise with Captain Mayhem and his Pirate crew aboard the Schooner Alliance, Yorktown’s Pirate Ship, for a two hour sunset sail on the York River. There will be live entertainment, cash bar, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Wear your best Pirate garb. Limited tickets. Advanced reservations recommended.

Garden Symposium
April 28
Colonial Williamsburg’s 71st annual Garden Symposium, Small Spaces, Great Rewards, will focus on visually designing small garden spaces to produce the greatest rewards. Speakers will share their landscaping techniques and plant choices for small gardens, patios, courtyards and containers.

Laundry Lint Artist Visits Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
April 28
Everyday laundry lint, straight out of a clothes dryer, is the art medium of choice for Heidi Hooper of Stroudsburg, Pa., who uses the various hues of lint to create colorful artwork. Heidi Hooper is a two-time Niche-award winning artist, Hooper makes unique art from dryer lint.

Gin Rumaste Launch at the Williamsburg Distillery
April 29
Bleevable Prana Yoga and Williamsburg Distillery are partnering to bring yo yoga, amazing cocktails and community beginning Saturday, April 29. The one-hour yoga class will be presented by Bleevable Prana Yoga and will be followed by a hand crafted cocktail.

Lecture at York Hall
April 30
You are invited to free presentation by Admiral Walter Doran.  He will share a presentation on the important 1942 Battle of Midway.

Rev Talk: Chaz Mena Performing Yo Solo
April 28
Bernardo de Gálvez, the young and enterprising Spanish Governor of Louisiana, played a key role in the American Revolution- yet he’s been largely ignored by history.

Yorktown Market Days
April 29
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.

Toys!
April 29
Explore 19th- and early 20th-century toys, dolls, and dollhouses in “German Toys for America” and “A World Made Small.” Drop in and make a toy inspired by the antique toys in our exhibits.

Franz (film)
April 28 – 30
A film by Francois Ozon.  In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers.  French/German with subtitles.

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.

Early American Folk Hymns
April 25
Explore how early Americans celebrated their religious beliefs through music as they moved west and settled in the Appalachian Mountains. Timothy Seaman presents familiar and rarely heard tunes collected from the folk shape-note tradition, interpreted on hammered dulcimer, bamboo flute and voice.

A Town Without Time
April 25
Join the Reverend W. A. R. Goodwin as he conducts a visual tour of the transition of Williamsburg from a sleepy village to a restored national treasure. During the first four decades of the 20th-century, Williamsburg grew from Reverend Goodwin’s vision to magnificent reality. Meet the man, and hear the tales of the creation of a world-class museum.

Watermen’s Museum Presents Story Tellers
April 24
Story tellers come together at the Yorktown Story Slam every fourth Monday of the month to share their true personal tales about a monthly theme.

Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
April 1 – May 31
Celebrate Spring – Come and see beautiful handmade quilts by local quilters.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.

Live Music at Water Street Grille
April 28 & 29
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. This week: Jackson Rousey Duo (Friday) and The Charlton Duo (Saturday). For details 757.369.5644 or visit the website.

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
April 28 & 29
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. Full pub menu including fresh seafood. Live entertainment on weekends. Lunch and dinner overlooking the York River. This week: Ray Meeks Band (Friday) and TBA (Saturday).

Pirates Cove Now Open for the Season!
April
Pirates Cove adventure golf is a Pirate theme miniature golf place. We have two 18 hole courses that will take you over water to islands, and thru cascading waterfalls and thru mysterious caves into our mountain with dungeons and screaming pirates.

Printed, Painted, Stained and Dyed
Thursdays in April
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.

I Am Not Your Negro (film)
April 17 – 30
Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.  Director, Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished -a radical narration about race in America, through the lives and assassinations of three of his friends: Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. using only the writer’s original words. At the Kimball Theatre.

Printing Fashions
Mondays in April
Explore the exhibit “Printed Fashions” and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational. At the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Six Mead Sundays
Sundays

Try ALL SIX of our meads, instead of only four. Every Sunday. Mead tastings are always free. While you’re there, try a simple honey tasting for only $5 a person and shop our retail store!

For all events visit the Main Calendar (Visit Williamsburg). 


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