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Williamsburg Events: July 17 – 23, 2017

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Scares That Care Weekend
July 21- 23
A three day horror based event, complete with fun activities, exciting celebrity guests and a spooky good time! Best of all – all proceeds raised from this event will go to help families with severely ill children, women fighting breast cancer, and those children suffering burn injuries! See also the 5K Run/Walk and the Children’s Trick or Trot Run.

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.

National Softball Association Youth Class A World Series
July 17 – 21
The 2017 NSA Girls Fast-Pitch “A” World Series sponsored by the National Softball Association, Sports Williamsburg and Busch Gardens is coming back to Williamsburg for another great tournament!

Christmas in July at Yankee Candle
July 22-23
It’s Christmas in July at Yankee Candle Village – Saturday and Sunday July 22nd and 23rd. 30% off ALL ornaments and collectibles in our Holiday Park including Dept 56, Byers Choice, and Jim Shore. Get a photo with Santa by Helen’s Place Photography, save up to 50% on Holiday Candles and much more! – one weekend only!

Christmas in July at KOA
July 21 – 23
Christmas in July: Have a holly jolly Christmas in July! The elves will be bringing the spirit of Christmas alive all across the campground. Enjoy the decorations, the lights, and the events as we bring some winter magic back to the Williamsburg KOA July 21st through July 23rd.

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.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg Presents Reno Collier with Roger Keiss
July 22
With a contagious laugh and friendly, almost intoxicating demeanor, Reno’s observations often find him recalling mishaps of his West Virginia cousins, his Scottish heritage, unruly in-laws and alien abductions. At the DoubleTree Hotel.

Inside James Fort: The Powhatan Indians
July 22
The archaeology from inside the fort site offers evidence that local Native tribes were frequent visitors during the earliest years of the settlement. Join Daniel Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to learn about the material culture and lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians as well as their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown.

“Rock the Boat” Concert Series at Watermen’s Museum
July 23
Carrot Tree and Toby’s Dog House will be sponsoring a new concert series call “Rock the Boat”. Come and enjoy Sunday evenings with music, food and beer.  The restaurants will provide hot dogs and steamed spiced shrimp and craft beer for purchase.

Canoeing with the Stars
July 21
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. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Reservations are required

Night Hike at York River State Park
July 22
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.

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.

Live Music Summer Concert Series at Revolution
Fridays & Saturdays in July
Every Friday and Saturday join us for Live Music at Revolution Golf and Grille Every weekend this summer from 9pm-midnight. All musicians are local talent.

Watermen’s Museum Swing Dance
July 17
Join us every third Monday of the month for swing dance.

Summer Breeze Concert Series: Dharma Bombs
July 19
Join friends in Merchants Square as Dharma Bombs make their first appearance as part of the Summer Breeze Concert Series. Bringing a truly original sound, this New Orleans/Dixieland band is sure to delight!

The People Who Forged Civilization
July 20
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.

“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.

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.

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!

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
July 22
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.


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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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Williamsburg Events: June 26 – July 2, 2017

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Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts (formerly Shagging)
Thursdays through July 29 (except July 6)
“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.

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.

Grace Church Summer Concert Series
Sundays through July 30
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.

Spencer’s Ordinary Ceremony
June 26
The Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will conduct a memorial service on June 26 in honor of the valiant Americans who gave their lives in the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary on that day in 1781.

Speed and Innovation in the America’s Cup: Train like an America’s Cup Sailor
July 1
America’s Cup sailors are some of the world’s premier athletes. In order to power their amazing craft through the water, they must be in top physical form. In this family-friendly workshop, we’ll learn how these athletes stay in shape and try out some of the exercises they use to build muscle and endurance.

Crack the Code
June 26
Learn about real secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the Revolution. Try your hand at “cracking the code” using the spy techniques you’ve learned. Geared for ages 8 and older.

Watermen’s Museum Presents Storytellers
June 26
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.

Movies Under the Stars: Storks
June 30
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.

Masonic Muic
July 1
Join award winning fiddler, Master Mason, and official musician for Williamsburg Masonic Lodge number six, David Gardner for a fun-packed hour of music from an 18th-century Table lodge.

Karaoke in the Park
July 1
Sing the night away while enjoying the park! All ages welcome. 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting.

An Art Museum’s Mystery
Fridays through September 1
“Death of a Dreadful Docent” is a new case that will introduce you to Bart Belcher, the museum volunteer and donor that everyone hates and for which everyone has a motive! Join the team to solve fictitious crimes, including a murder.

All the President’s Music
June 27
Join balladeer Kent LaRue and Emmy Award-winning composer and violinist Wayne Hill for a delightful concert featuring the music and songs our Presidents enjoyed.

From Revolution to Restoration
June 28
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.

An All-American Tea
July 1
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.

Come Let’s Dance
Saturdays through July 8
Join us for an evening of colonial dance, “a most charming entertainment” very much enjoyed by colonial Virginians. Virginians hosted public and private balls and assemblies to be sociable, to celebrate an occasion, or just for fun.

Jefferson & Adams
July 1 & 2
The compelling story of Thomas Jefferson and John and Abigail Adams returns for two encore performances. This play’s popularity continues to grow as it returns each year to examine the beginnings of our American identity.

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.

Fantastic Beasts: Let’s Go Find Them
June 19 – 26 (select dates)
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?

Tampopo (film)
June 23 – 30 (select dates)
Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration.

Stream to Sea Stroll
July 1
Take this ranger guided adventure hiking from the forest to the shoreline to discover life in four aquatic communities within a mile and a half of each other.

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. 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.

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.

Past Plantations Tour at York River State Park
July 1
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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
July 1
Stock up everything you need for your 4th of July barbecues! 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.

‘Stained Glass’ Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
June
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.

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.


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Williamsburg Events: June 5 – 11, 2017

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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.

“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.

Uncorked & Unplugged at the Williamsburg Winery: LeAnn Rimes
June 10
Bring in the summer with wine and music! Enjoy 94.9 The Point’s Uncorked and Unplugged live from the Williamsburg Winery on Sunday, June 10 will feature two-time Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes! Sip on delicious Virginia wine in the beautiful Williamsburg Winery vineyard. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Watermen’s Museum Military Appreciation Weekend
June 10 -11
Watermen’s Museum Military Appreciation Weekend, 10 am to 8 pm Sat., 12 pm to 5 pm Sun. Join us for a patriotic salute to our armed forces, including living history, music, dancing, cannon firing, hands-on drills, crafts and vendors.

Skate Jam
June 10 & 11
All ages and experience levels welcome! Skateboards, bikes, food, live local music and of course, prizes make this skateboarding and BMX competition one not to miss!

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.

2nd Sundays
June 11
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.

It Was a Very Good Year: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra Starring Tony Sands
June 11
This show is a must-see for any Sinatra fan! A multimedia extravaganza for the eyes and ears! Tony Sands has incorporated stunning graphics that entice you the moment the stage lights dim, and the music begins. At the Kimball Theatre.

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.

100 Years of Glorious Technicolor: Singin’ in the Rain (film)
June 11
It’s the Singin’ Swingin’ Glorious Feelin’ Technicolor Musical! Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed.

Grand Opening of Revolution Golf and Grille
June 10
Join us at our Grand Opening Event!. 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.

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.

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.

Fossil Frenzy Hike
June 10
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.

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. 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.

Women Belonging to the Army: Tag, Rag and Bobtail
June 10
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.

Book Signing at the Gallery at York Hall
June 11
Come and meet local author, Andy Lightner.  He wrote an entertaining children’s book called “Gavin’s Goggles”.

Boat Design Family Workshop
June 10
In this workshop, we’ll explore how the boats go so fast, with demonstrations of hydrofoiling drones and catamaran hull designs. We’ll finish by building and racing our own mini catamarans!

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.

National Theatre Live: Peter Pan (film)
June 10
All children, except one, grow up… Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer. At the Kimball Theatre.

Canada During the Civil War
June 10
Canadian-born, USS Monitor Center Conservator Kate Sullivan will discuss the impact of the American Civil War on the country that would become Canada.

Jamestown International Triathlon
June 10 – 11
After a 1,500 meter swim in the James River athletes will ride through 24 miles of rural countryside on mostly flat terrain and good pavement. Once you have laced up your running shoes you’ll be treated to a flat and fast 6.2 mile run on a combination of bike paths and jogging trails. Aquabike will be available. Relay team option as well.

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

Awesome Osprey Hike
June 9
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.

Mysterious Moonlight Canoe Tour
June 9
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. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Canoes are $13/person or $8/person (family 4+). Prepayment required with reservation.

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.

“A Music and Medicine Lecture-Concert”
June 9
Sentara Neurosciences Institute and Sentara Music and Medicine Center, in collaboration with The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, present a lecture and concert featuring Sentara neurologist Dr. Kamal Chémali with pianist Prisca Benoit joined by WSO principal flutist, Jennifer Debiec Lawson.

Venus Tells All
June 8
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!

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.

Foolish Songs and Ballads
June 6
In the early days of the 18th century, the great Puritan theologian Cotton Mather observed “that the minds and manners of many people about the country are much corrupted by foolish songs and ballads.” Join Brian Forsman and Bill Weldon for music that brought frivolity and sweetness to the lives of our forbearers.

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.

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
June
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
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.

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?

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


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Williamsburg Events: July 3 – 10, 2017

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Independence Day Celebration in Yorktown
July 4
Family friendly celebration featuring an 8 am 8K run and 5K walk at York High School; a patriotic parade on Water and Main Streets; a Bell-Ringing Ceremony; Patriotic Concert; and the amazing fireworks show on the York River.

Fourth of July at Colonial Williamsburg
July 4
Celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s birth in the Revolutionary City! Join Colonial Williamsburg for a special militia muster. Enjoy a salute to the 13 original states, featuring music performed by the Fifes and Drums, flags of each state, the firing of muskets and cannon. The day concludes with fireworks visible from both Market Square and Palace Green.

Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
July 4
Salute the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in military exercises, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the historic document.

Summer Breeze Concert Series: 504 Supreme
July 5
Kick-off your summer in Merchants Square with the Summer Breeze Concert Series, Wednesdays in July and August.  Concert begins at 7:00 PM. Bring a chair and enjoy music, dancing, and fare from your favorite Merchants Square restaurants. We’ll see you in the Square!

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.

Jamestown Jams: Affirmative Groove
July 7
Come and enjoy free live music at Jamestown Jams. On July 7, it will be 70s music featuring Affirmative Groove. See website for details.

Summer Fireworks at Busch Gardens
July 3 & 4; Fridays through August 25
Busch Gardens® celebrates our independence, July 3 & 4. This event inspires park-goers through fireworks and moving original soundscapes.

2nd Sundays Williamsburg Art & Music Festival
July 9
Williamsburg’s almost year ’round Art, Music and Street Festival featuring over 75 varied Artists, Artisans, Authors and at least 8 unique live music performances and performing arts in 4 blocks of downtown Williamsburg. Festival is all ages friendly with caricature and henna artists, and children’s activities and an art project and proudly features the best of local & regional musicians!

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.

Music for a New Nation
July 3
Join the Governor’s Musick ensemble of Colonial Williamsburg for patriotic music celebrating our nation’s fight for independence and the spirit of our new nation. Traditional songs tell the stories of our fight for independence, while concert music incorporates popular tunes in celebration of our new freedom.

A Grand Medley of Entertainments
July 5
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!

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.

Mr. Key’s Poem
July 4
“Oh say can you see” are the familiar and powerful first words of a poem written by 35 year old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814. The poem, inspired by the Battle of Baltimore eventually became America’s national Anthem.

Yankees in the Streets: Williamsburg During the Civil War
July 5
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.

1776 (film)
July 2 – 4
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.  With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his.

Water|Ways (last week)
Through July 9
The Water|Ways exhibit, located at the VLM changing exhibit area, 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 Lecture: 99th Anniversary of the Hilton Village
July 8
Hilton Village, established in 1918, in Newport News, Virginia, was the first public housing project built in the United States. Spurred on by Newport News Shipbuilding president Homer Ferguson, it was created to house shipyard workers during World War I.

Awesome Osprey Hike at the York River State Park
July 8
Our seasonal bird of prey returns to the Chesapeake Bay region. This ranger guided hike highlights the Osprey’s role in the estuarine ecosystem.

Fossil Frenzy Hike
July 8
Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. The hike is less than two miles round trip and begins with a description of some of the fossils that are found at the beach.

Revolution 3 Triathlon
July 8 & 9
There will be one transition area located at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. The swim will take place in the Chickahominy river. The swim course will be reversible depending on the conditions.

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.

George Washington’s Inauguration
July 6
Tony Williams, author of “America’s Beginnings,” will discuss the 1789 inauguration of George Washington.  How did it differ from modern inaugurations, and what presidential precedents did Washington establish? A book signing will follow.

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.

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.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
July 7
Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Six Mead Sundays
Sundays

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

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. 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.

Come Let’s Dance
Saturdays through July 8
Join us for an evening of colonial dance, “a most charming entertainment” very much enjoyed by colonial Virginians. Virginians hosted public and private balls and assemblies to be sociable, to celebrate an occasion, or just for fun.

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.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
July 8
Join us for the celebration of our 15th anniversary! 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.


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Williamsburg Events: May 30 – June 4, 2017

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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.

Historic Trades Fair
June 3-4
Blacksmiths, potters, turners, carvers, spinners and more gather at Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, to showcase historical trades and sell crafts and wares.

The Williamsburg Charity Concert Series Presents Code Blue
June 3
Code Blue is a high energy bluegrass band playing everything from traditional bluegrass music to doing their own arrangements their way.  Code Blue puts in the hard work and individual experience to provide the best sound so they can please every age group.  Sponsored by the James City County Rotary Club.

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.

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?

 

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.

Tales from the Road and Folk Art
June 3
Antiques appraiser, Ken Farmer will discuss his experiences on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow as a folk art expert.  How did the popular television show get its start, and what have been some of the highlights? Throughout his talk Farmer will discuss what folk art is and how perceptions about it are changing as enthusiasts are collecting at every level.

An All-American Tea
June 3
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.

Art Class at On the Hill Gallery
June 4
In this re-purpose and paint a suitcase art event, bring in an old hard-sided small- to medium-size suitcase with two yards of contrasting or complimentary fabric. All levels of painting are welcome.  Some supplies are included. Reservations required.

Past Plantations Tour
June 4
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.

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.

Belle (film)
June 3-4
Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of
Admiral Sir John Lindsay who is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife.  After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. At the Kimball Theatre.

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.

O&A Day 2017 at Oceans & Ale
June 3
Oceans & Ale is celebrating seven years in Williamsburg on Saturday, June 3 with O&A Day.  There will be plenty going on when Bell’s Brewery and Founders Brewing Co. come visit Oceans & Ale! There will be red carpet photos, a tasting tent with craft brews and beer infused cocktails, and a special anniversary menu.

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through September 30
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
June
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.

Book Signing at the Gallery at York Hall
June 4
Come and meet local author, Andy Lightner.  He wrote an entertaining children’s book called “Gavin’s Goggles”.

Auntie M’s American Cottage Art Classes
June 4
Come join Auntie M’s fun and unique workshop. The workshop moderator leads you through various fun filled art program to enhance your creativity through one-of-a-kind workshop.  Minimum of 4 participants needed.

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.

Virginia State Basketball Championships – Triple Crown
June 3-4
All Teams Welcome! The Virginia State Championship is open to team from any state.

Drinking History: Jefferson and Ginger Beer
June 2

Join renowned character historian Bill Barker portraying Thomas Jefferson with Georgia Dunn, owner of the British West Indies Trading Company and direct descendent of Thomas Harriott, the first of the British Explorers to record making beer in the New World, as they share the fascinating history of ginger beer and the prominence of this beverage throughout the country’s history.

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.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
June 2

Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Free Fishing in Virginia
June 2 – 4

June 2, 3, and 4, 2017 have been designated as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. No fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in freshwater or saltwater, on these days. Plan some time to go fishing and boating; take the family fishing and boating or learn to fish and boat!

Custer’s First Stand: George A. Custer at Williamsburg
May 31
Everyone has heard about General Custer and his “Last Stand” at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. But have you ever heard of Lt. Custer at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862? Join with historian Carson Hudson and learn about his surprising activities in and around Williamsburg.

Music the Settlers Knew
May 30
The first permanent English settlement in America was established at Jamestown on 14 May 1607.  Balladeers John Turner and Cliff Williams share tunes on recorders, guitar, pipe and tabor, fiddle and kit that the English inhabitants of Virginia in the first quarter of the 17th century would have been familiar with.

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!

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?

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.

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.

Live Music at Water Street Grille
May 31

Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month.  Times vary. See website for schedule. For additional details, call 757.369.5644.

Six Mead Sundays
Sundays

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


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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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