WILLIAMSBURG EVENTS

WILLIAMSBURG EVENTS
  • Second Sundays Art Festival
    On-Going Event: 4/13/2018 - 12/9/2018
    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
  • Market Days
    On-Going Event: 4/14/2018 - 10/28/2018
    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
  • Sounds of Summer Concert Series
    On-Going Event: 6/21/2018 - 8/2/2018
    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. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
  • Summer Nights
    On-Going Event: 7/1/2018 - 8/30/2018
    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
  • 43rd Annual Pork, Peanut & Pine Festival
    7/21/2018 - 7/22/2018
    Enjoy the many exhibits that highlight Surry County's three main products - Pork, Peanuts & Pine. You will find peanuts in all forms, see wood carving demonstrations and explore tastes from the numerous food vendors.Various one-of-a-kind items items are available from arts & crafts vendors and there are ample activities for the kids. Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 10am-5pm. Chippokes Plantation, 695 Chippokes Park Rd., Surry 757-294-3728  www.porkpeanutpinefestival.org
  • First Assembly Commemoration
    7/29/2018
    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 757-856-1250  historicjamestowne.org
  • Bier Fest
    On-Going Event: 8/1/2018 - 9/30/2018
    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
  • Military Band Concert Series
    8/7/2018 - 8/28/2018
    This free outdoor concert series brings the community together to enjoy live music from our nation's heroes! A different ensemble performs each week presented by musicians from U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Langley Air Force Base and Ft. Eustis, VA. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. 6:30-8pm. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
  • Howl-O-Scream
    On-Going Event: 9/1/2018 - 10/31/2018
    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
  • Virginia Symphony Concert
    9/1/2018
    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. 7:30-9:30pm. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
  • Nottaway Tribal Powwow
    9/15/2018 - 9/16/2018
    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
  • Hampton Cup Regatta
    9/22/2018 - 9/23/2018
    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
  • American Indian Intertribal Powwow
    9/29/2018 - 9/30/2018
    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
  • Yorktown Art Stroll
    9/30/2018
    Marvel at some pretty amazing local talent when dozens of artists will display their work for the annual Yorktown Art Stroll. 11am-6pm. Free. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
  • An Occasion for the Arts
    10/6/2018 - 10/8/2018
    An arts extravaganza celebrating its 50th 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
    10/6/2018
    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. $35. 12-6pm. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
  • Maritime Heritage Festival
    10/13/2018 - 10/14/2018
    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
    10/18/2018 - 10/21/2018
    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
    10/20/2018 - 10/21/2018
    Military life and artillery firings mark the 237th 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
    10/26/2018 - 10/27/2018
    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!
    11/3/2018
    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
    11/11/2018
    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
  • Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
    11/22/2018 - 11/24/2018
    Explore colonial Virginia food ways 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 & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
    11/22/2018 - 11/24/2018
    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 Town
    On-Going Event: 11/23/2018 - 1/1/2019
    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
  • Christmas Tree Lighting
    11/30/2018
    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
    12/1/2018
    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
  • Colonial Christmas
    On-Going Event: 12/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
    A glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions through interpretive programs and demonstrations. Daily appearances by the Lord of Misrule and with period musical entertainment. Museums closed Dec. 25. Included with paid admission. See website for times. Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
  • Lighted Boat Parade
    12/1/2018
    6-8pm. 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
    12/2/2018
    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. Free outdoor event. Colonial Williamsburg, 101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg  888-965-7254  www.colonialwilliamsburg.com
  • Christmastide in Virginia
    12/20/2018 - 12/31/2018
    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
  • Bacchus Festival
    2/1/2019
    Enjoy delicious samplings of fine wine, local restaurant fare and an eclectic mix of live music, entertainment and games. All proceeds benefit the museum's award winning educational programs and animal care needs. 6-9pm. Tickets required. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News 757-595-1900  thevlm.org/events/museum-events
  • Presidents Day Weekend
    2/16/2019 - 2/17/2019
    Celebrate the institution of the presidency as well as the citizens who have served in that office over the centuries. Meet with three presidents from Virginia--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison--and learn how they were shaped by their experiences in Williamsburg. Hear them discuss the roles they each played in momentous events that occurred at the Capitol. Included with admission. Colonial Williamsburg, 101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg  888-965-7254  www.colonialwilliamsburg.com