WILLIAMSBURG EVENTS

WILLIAMSBURG EVENTS
  • Market Days
    On-Going Event: 4/13/2019 - 10/26/2019
    Our waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads—offering spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors. 8am-12pm. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
  • Second Sundays Art Festival
    On-Going Event: 4/14/2019 - 12/8/2019
    A monthly street festival of art, music & a whole lot more! This fair has over 75 unique artisans & musicians in 4 areas along Prince George Street in downtown Williamsburg. Presented on the 2nd Sunday of every month from April to Dec. Free to attend! 400-500 Block, Prince George St., Williamsburg 757-879-3029  www.facebook.com/2ndsundayswilliamsburg
  • Egg-stravaganza
    4/20/2019
    The hunt is on! Uncover a variety of eggs from all types of native animals from our extensive collections. Enjoy a visit from our resident rabbit just in time for the holiday, as well as a live animal show, activities, and crafts. 9am-5pm. Included with paid admission. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News 757-595-1900  thevlm.org/events/museum-events
  • Multiple Sclerosis Walk
    4/27/2019
    The National MS Society brings together family, friends and the community to celebrate loved ones living with MS. Bring your family members, friends, children, and your dogs and join the movement and help the National MS Society in its dedication to ending multiple sclerosis. Walker Check-in: 8:30am Walk Start: 9:30am Route Length: Up to 3 miles with turnaround points throughout Accessibility: Shaded, paved route Free lunch provided after the walk! Colonial Heritage (near the tennis courts), 6500 Arthur Hills, Williamsburg, VA   https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/VARWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=30619
  • Pirates Invade Yorktown
    4/27/2019 - 4/28/2019
    There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Explore our pirate encampment, attend pirate school, and witness a pirate trial! Sing along with the sea shanties and don’t miss the exciting cannon demonstrations. Free. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org/150/Events
  • Art on the Square
    4/28/2019
    Art on the Square is a juried show that is dedicated to providing original, high quality, handcrafted and diverse mediums of art.˙The event features more than 170 artists and is free and open to the public. Merchants Square, 134 North Henry St., Williamsburg    www.williamsburgjuniors.org/art-on-the-square
  • Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival
    4/28/2019
    The fifth annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival is a fun day to sample craft beer, taste great food and listen to live music—all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit local non-profits. Go online for tickets. 12-5pm. Williamsburg Community Building, 401 N Boundary Street, Williamsburg   williamsburgbeerfest.com
  • Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
    5/4/2019
    Sample more than 25 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing. Tickets required.  Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-877-2933  www.visityorktown.org
  • Jamestown Day
    5/11/2019
    Mark the 412th anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony. Discover Jamestown's legacy through a variety of maritime and interpretive programs and artillery firings. Included with paid admission. Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
  • Military Through the Ages
    5/16/2019 - 5/17/2019
    Re-enactors and modern-day units show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through the centuries. Experience a chronological display of military history with weekend artillery firings and a Sunday military pass-in-review. Included with paid admission. Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
  • Food & Wine Festival
    On-Going Event: 5/17/2019 - 6/23/2019
    On select dates in May and June, a tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers. We invite you to unleash your inner foodie with a variety of authentic food and drink from around the world not normally served at the park. Sample international dishes from different kiosks around the park. Included with park admission.  Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  buschgardens.com/williamsburg
  • Water Country USA's Opening Day
    5/18/2019
    Visit Virginia's largest waterpark on their (tentatively set) opening day Water Country USA's Opening Day to check out epic water slides, a giant wave pool, kid-friendly splash areas and a relaxing lazy river. Tickets required  176 Water Country Pkwy., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  www.watercountryusa.com
  • LPGA Kingsmill Championship
    5/23/2019 - 5/26/2019
    Get ready to see the world's best women golfers compete on the renowned River Course at Kingsmill Resort. Veteran players will return to one of their favorite tournament sites while the LPGA's bright new stars will test themselves against this challenging layout for the first time.  1010 Kingsmill Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-3985  www.thekingsmillchampionship.com
  • Blackbeard Pirate Festival
    6/1/2019 - 6/2/2019
    Set sail for Hampton's Pirate Festival where living history and family fun goes hand‑in‑hand. Immerse yourself in early 1700s Hampton with live entertainment, pirate camp, children's activities, sea battles, fireworks and more, as Hampton reenacts and celebrates the infamous pirate. Free. Sat. 10am-10pm; Sun. 12-6pm. Hampton Bayfront, 710 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton 757-727-8311  www.facebook.com/blackbeardfestival
  • Cock Island Race
    6/15/2019
    Since 1988, called one of the “Best Sailing Events on the East Coast” by landlubbers and sailors alike, this waterfront sailing classic features Friday and Saturday night live entertainment. Saturday is Race Day on the Elizabeth River. Free. Check online for more information. Portside, 2 Harbor Ct., Portsmouth 757-393-8481  www.portsvaevents.com
  • Sounds of Summer Concert Series
    On-Going Event: 6/21/2019 - 8/2/2019
    Join us on Thursdays this summer at Riverwalk Landing for free outdoor concerts by the river! Bring your lawn chairs and coolers; and stay until the sun sets! You'll get to enjoy some of the area's top acts. Free! 7-9:30pm. June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 11, 18, 25; Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org/150/Events
  • Hampton Jazz Festival
    6/28/2019 - 6/30/2019
    Hampton Jazz Festival brings the best of jazz, pop, blues, soul, and R&B to the region and presents the opportunity to appreciate the many artists who showcoase American music at its best. This annual gathering has become a celebration a friends, family, culture, music, and life. Tickets and more information online. Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Dr., Hampton 757-838-4203  www.hamptonjazzfestival.com
  • Summer Nights
    On-Going Event: 6/28/2019 - 8/11/2019
    After a full day of fun on rides and rollercoasters, sing and dance with famous performers on select nights with Hot Summer Nights. Afterwards a fireworks display will conclude the evening. Included with park admission.  Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  buschgardens.com/williamsburg
  • Independence Day
    7/4/2019
    Celebrate America's Independence in a place where democracy was formed. Events throughout the historic area for ticketed visitors begin on July 1 and conclude with free fireworks on the night of the 4th.  Colonial Williamsburg, 101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg  888-965-7254  www.colonialwilliamsburg.com
  • Liberty Celebration
    7/4/2019
    Salute the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Observe artillery firings drills, take part in a variety of military exercises, and see a rare July 1776 broadside of the world-changing document surrounded by the signatures of those who proclaimed America's independence. Included with paid admission. American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water St., Yorktown 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
  • First Assembly Commemoration-400th Anniversary
    7/29/2019 - 7/30/2019
    Join in this interactive program, taking roles and recreating the events that occurred during the historic first meeting of the House of Burgesses. The program will take place at 10:30 am. 1:00 pm & 3 pm inside the Memorial Church, which was built on the site of the church where the first meeting took place in 1619. Included with cost of admission. Historic Jamestowne, 1368 Colonial Pkwy., & Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-856-1250  historicjamestowne.org
  • Bier Fest
    8/16/2019 - 9/2/2019
    On select dates in August and September, toast the end of summer with a variety of craft beer at this German beer festival. More than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to Busch Gardens this fall. Sample traditional German food, listen to live music, and experience all this unique Bavarian celebration has to offer. Additional cost may apply in addition to regular admission. Go online for more information.  Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  buschgardens.com/williamsburg
  • Virginia Symphony Concert
    8/31/2019
    The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will take to the Riverwalk Landing stage for this outdoor concert. Pack a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and try to get there early for this amazing night of music. Free. 6:30-8:30pm. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org/150/Events
  • Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series
    On-Going Event: 9/6/2019 - 10/4/2019
    Fridays. This free outdoor concert series brings the community together to enjoy live music! Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. 6:30-8:30pm. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org/150/Events
  • Howl-O-Scream
    On-Going Event: 9/14/2019 - 10/27/2019
    The park brings the spirit of Halloween to life at 6 p.m., becoming home to a host of creepy creatures hungry for unsuspecting victims. Make your way through haunted houses, scare zones and thrill rides. Included with paid admission. Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  buschgardens.com/williamsburg
  • Hampton Cup Regatta
    9/21/2019 - 9/22/2019
    Beginning in 1926,the Hampton Cup Regatta is the oldest continuously-run motorsport event In America! I!t's also host to drivers from all over the US and Canada. Featured boats race in Mill Creek at the entrance of Fort Monroe. These boats can reach speeds up to 150 mph. Free! Fort Monroe, 1091 E Mercury Blvd., Hampton   www.hamptoncupregatta.com
  • Nottaway Tribal Powwow
    9/21/2019 - 9/22/2019
    Intertribal dancing, arts, crafts, storytelling, foods, and more introduce visitor's to the culture of the Nottaway Tribe. $5 Admission. Surry Parks & Recreation Center, 205 Enos Farm Dr., Surry 757-686-8502  www.nottowayindians.org
  • Yorktown Art Stroll
    9/29/2019
    Marvel at some pretty amazing local talent on Sunday, September 30! That’s when dozens of artists will display their work for the annual Yorktown Art Stroll. 11am-5pm. Free. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org/150/Events
  • An Occasion for the Arts
    10/4/2019 - 10/6/2019
    An arts extravaganza celebrating its 51st Anniversary! Occasion for the Arts draws outstanding artists from around the country and is the area’s premier art and music festival. Free to attend. Merchants Square, 134 North Henry Street, Williamsburg    aofta.org
  • Yorktown Wine Festival
    10/6/2019
    Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, or you simply want to learn more about your favorite drink —you don’t want to miss this opportunity to sample wines, meads, and ciders from across the Commonwealth. Tickets Required. 12-6pm. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
  • American Indian Intertribal Powwow
    10/12/2019 - 10/13/2019
    Join in a two-day celebration of song, dance and storytelling, featuring American Indian tribes. Included with paid admission. Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
  • Maritime Heritage Festival
    10/12/2019
    Come join the Watermen’s Museum for two days of family fun with re-enactors, sea shanties and maritime music, displays, vendors, maritime crafts, boat building, and more. Watermen’s Museum. Free.  Waterman's Museum, 309 Water St., Yorktown 757-887-2641  www.watermens.org
  • Homecoming
    10/17/2019 - 10/20/2019
    Alumni, friends and family return to Williamsburg for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Attend the reunion, cheer at the parade or revel at the Saturday Night Bash and celebrate with classmates. Cheer on the Tribe as they take on the Maine Black Bears! Check online for times and tickets. William & Mary Campus and Cary Field, 100 Stadium Dr., Williamsburg 757-221-1750  homecoming.wm.edu
  • Yorktown Victory Weekend Celebration
    10/19/2019 - 10/20/2019
    Military life and artillery firings mark the 238th anniversary of America’s momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. Enjoy hands-on activities, military music and re-enactors. Included with paid admission. American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water St., Yorktown 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
  • Family Frights
    10/25/2019 - 10/26/2019
    A Halloween-themed museum night for elementary-school-age children and families returns for the fifth year October 26 and 27 to Jamestown Settlement with trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, haunted houses and ships, and grisly games. The event runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. each night. Separate admission fee. Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
  • Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night!
    11/2/2019
    Visit Bacon's Castle for the annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night! Between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. enjoy activities such as an 18th-century Cricket Match with the Capital Cricket Club and the Guy Fawkes Chant. Food and other items can be purchased from vendors. You may bring blankets and chairs for the day's events. Bacon's Castle, 465 Bacon's Castle Trail, Surry 757-357-5976  surrycountytourism.com/Events.htm
  • Veterans Day Ceremony
    11/11/2019
    York County Historical Committee presents, “Letters from War”, theme for this annual event in which all veterans are honored. Free. 12pm. York Hall, 301 Main St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org/150/Events
  • Christmas Town
    On-Going Event: 11/16/2019 - 1/5/2020
    On select dates November - January, over 8 million lights, Christmas shines bright at this family-friendly winter holiday event. The world’s most beautiful theme park is one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the spirit of the season come alive. Included with park admission.  Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  buschgardens.com/williamsburg
  • Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
    11/28/2019 - 11/30/2019
    Explore colonial Virginia foodways during a three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day. Learn about typical Revolutionary War soldiers’ fare and trace the farm's bounty from field to kitchen. American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water St., Yorktown 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
  • Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia
    11/28/2019 - 11/30/2019
    Explore colonial Virginia foodways during a three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day. Learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared by Powhatan Indians and English colonists. Included with paid admission. Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
  • Christmas Tree Lighting
    12/6/2019
    The holiday fun kicks off with Yorktown?s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This community tradition goes all the way back to 1945. Free. 6:30pm. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
  • Christmas Market on Main
    12/7/2019
    The market features vendors, strolling musical entertainment, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Historic Main Street. Free. Check online for times. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
  • Lighted Boat Parade
    12/7/2019
    If you're ready to get into the holiday spirit, you?ll want to put this one on your calendar! Join us at the Yorktown Waterfront from 6-8 p.m. Pre-parade festivities start at 6 and include caroling around a beach bonfire, a musical performance by the Fifes & Drums of Yorktown, and complimentary hot cider. Free. Yorktown Beach, 331 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
  • Grand Illumination
    12/8/2019
    Christmas season officially begins with Grand Illumination, a spectacular evening when candles twinkle in the windows of Historic Area homes and buildings, fatwood crackles in street-side cressets, and the heavens explode with pyrotechnics. Thousands of guests turn out—families, friends, and strangers crowding the streets—to "oh" and "ah" and launch themselves on the Yuletide. Free outdoor event. Colonial Williamsburg, 101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg  888-965-7254  www.colonialwilliamsburg.com
  • Christmastide in Virginia
    12/20/2019 - 12/31/2019
    ”A Colonial Christmas” at Jamestown Settlement offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century-holiday traditions through interpretive programs and demonstrations. Festivities abound with daily appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule and with period musical entertainment.Museums closed Dec. 25. Included with paid admission. Go online for times. Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
  • Christmastide in Virginia
    12/20/2019 - 12/31/2019
    ”A Colonial Christmas” at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions through interpretive programs and demonstrations. Museums closed Dec. 25. Included with paid admission. American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water St., Yorktown 888-593-4682  www.historyisfun.org