Below is a list for what’s happening this week in the Greater Williamsburg area. Get this information straight to your inbox by signing up for one of our e-newsletters (weekly or monthly).
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”
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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!
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