Things to Do Summer 2017

June 26 – July 2, 2017
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 Music
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
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
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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Busch Gardens Special Events 2017

Details are still being added but here are the main special event announcements for the 2017 Busch Gardens Williamsburg season. Concerts are back this year with the Summer Nights Concert Series featuring popular rock, pop, country and contemporary Christian performers live under the stars in the Royal Palace Theatre. Confirmed acts so far include 38 Special, Josh Turner, MercyMe, and, with additional names to be announced. Concerts are free with park admission.

Summer Nights
(July 1 – August 31, 2017)

New Shows

Two special shows also join the Summer Nights line-up. Britmania™, a new musical revue featuring British hits from the 1960s to today, debuts June 30, and will be performed throughout the day in the Globe Theatre. Busch Gardens also will debut a new show in Das Festhaus® on March 31. The yet-to-be-named show will feature traditional German music and dances, with a modern twist, offering diners a fun Oktoberfest experience every day.


Jack Hanna Weekend
(Sat. March 25 & Sun. March 26, 2017 )

Join “Jungle Jack” and some animal ambassadors at Busch Gardens® as they examine the importance of wildlife conservation. With his infectious energy, Jack Hanna makes animal and conservation education entertaining for the whole family. Jack will be in the Globe Theatre at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days.

Food & Wine Festival
(Fri., Sat., & Sun., May 26 – July 2, 2017)

Tickle those taste buds with culinary delights at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Enjoy authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the world’s most beautiful theme park. Individual tasting portions make exploring all that the Food and Wine Festival has to offer easy. The hardest decision might just be deciding what to eat, or drink, first.

Fireworks Spectacular

(July 3 & 4, 2017)

Celebrate Independence Day with two days of fireworks. The pyrotechnic displays will illuminate the skies. Guests can set up at their favorite spot in the park and watch a colorful display.

Bier Fest
(Select Days, Sept. 1 – 17, 2017)

More than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to life this fall at Busch Gardens ® Bier Fest. Raise a glass to toast the end of summer with a variety of craft beers from around the globe. Sample traditional German food, listen to live music, and experience all this unique Bavarian celebration has to offer. Prost!

(Select Days, Sept. 23 – Oct. 29, 2017)

Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream®. At the stroke of 6 p.m. Busch Gardens becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that lie in wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds in the Virginia theme park’s collection of haunted houses, Terror-tories™ and darkly entertaining live shows.

Christmas Town™
(Select Days, Nov. 24 – Jan. 1, 2018)

With eight millions lights, one of the largest light displays in North America, Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens ® Christmas Town ™.  Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the season come alive at Busch Gardens.

More info here

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Spring / Summer 2015 in Williamsburg

Discover the Kingsmill Resort and all of the great things you can do in Williamsburg this Spring and Summer! Enjoy the LPGA golf tournament,  Busch Gardens, a wine festival, July 4th celebration and more.

The Kingsmill Resort also offer kids camps!

Click here to learn more.

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How to Celebrate July 4th in Williamsburg & Yorktown


Fourth of July (Colonial Williamsburg)
Jul 4 10 am 10 pm
Celebrate the anniversary of the nations 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.

Independence Day Celebration in Yorktown
Jul 4 8 am – 10 pm
Red, white, blue and you! You dont want to miss Independence Day in Yorktown where our independence was won and patriotism abounds. Come to historic Yorktown and salute America along the waterfront! Festivities.
Busch Gardens presents Lee Greenwood
Jul 4 at 7:00 pm
Lee Greenwood rocks the stage at Busch Gardens on July 4. Busch Gardens Live is bringing the heat with a sizzling summer line-up. Concerts will be held at the Busch Gardens Royal Palace Theatre.
New Town Music Fest
Jul 5, 2014 at 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Celebrate the holiday weekend with some local music talent and a National Act! 5:30pm-6:30pm Johnny St. Clair 7:00pm 10:00pm Highway 101 Gates open at 5:00 pm in Sullivan Square. Concert is rain or shine. Children under 12 are FREE.
Liberty Celebration Yorktown Victory Center
Jul 4 – Jul 6,at 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Military and tactical drills, and role-playing demonstrations salute the anniversary of Americas independence. Visitors can see in museum galleries a rare broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence dating to July 1776.
Busch Gardens Live presents The Romantics
Jul 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm
The Romantics rock the stage at Busch Gardens on July 5. Busch Gardens Live is bringing the heat with a sizzling summer line-up. Concerts will be held at the Busch Gardens Royal Palace Theatre.
July 4th Danielle Bradbery Concert College of William and Mary
Jul 4, Gates open 5pm | Show 6:30pm
Danielle Bradbery, 2013
Winner NBCs The Voice. With special guest Bria Kelley. Concert held at the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater at William & Mary.
In the Trenches Tour
Jul 1, 10:00 am
Guests get an inside the ropes tour of the original 1607 James Fort, once thought lost to history. Join Dr. William Kelso who led a team of Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists that found the original fort site in 1996.
Independence Day Concert: USAF Heritage of America Band
Jul 2, 7:00 pm 8:15 pm
Back for the 22nd year, the full Heritage of America concert band will play American favorites and patriotic tunes in honor of Independence Day.
July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale at Williamsburg Premium Outlets
Jul 3- Jul 6, 9am – 9pm; Sun 10am – 8pm
Dont miss the annual July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale at Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Enjoy extended hours and extra savings on top of our every day savings of 25% to 65%.
The Summer Breeze Concert Series
Jul 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Summer Breeze Concert Series will kick off with the fan favorite Independence Day Concert on July 2, and run each Wednesday through August 27. More of what you love in the heart of downtown Williamsburg.
Fireworks in the Planetarium
Jul 4, – at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.
Raining outside? Cant stand the mosquitoes? All the good viewing spots taken? Come enjoy the most amazing Fourth of July laser displays in the Virginia Living Museums nice cool planetarium! Spirit of America is a laser show full of great patriotic music.


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Click to purchase tickets onliine!
Good Brews, Great Music, Loads of BBQ, and lots of fun at Historic Yorktown
May 3, 2014 from Noon – 6PM

Tasting Ticket: $20 advanced ticket/$25 at the festival
Includes sampling privileges and souvenir beer glass

Proceeds will benefit The York Foundation for Public Education

Blues, Brews and BBQ on the RiverTickets will also be sold after March 15, 2014 from selected retailers and locations in the area. Tickets will sell for $25 each at the entry gate – Cash & Credit Cards accepted. (Visa, Mastercard and Discover only at the gate; cash & check only at all retail locations)

In order for everyone to have a good time, Click here for the BREWS, BLUES AND BBQ ON THE RIVER flyer (PDF)...there are a few things we need to point out so we can enjoy the festival equally.


  • Blankets or tarps for the ground in designated areas only.
  • Coolers for food or picnic baskets, though they will be searched at the gate.
  • Lawn chairs in designated area.


  • No pets! Sorry, but this is not an appropriate venue for pets.
  • No tents or canopies! We want nothing obstructing the view of other festival attendees.
  • No grills! We encourage you to visit the many vendors throughout the site.
  • No alcohol! Remember, inspections of coolers will take place at every gate.
  • No personal tables! Like the tents, the tables may affect the view of other festival guests.

For the safety and enjoyment of our patrons, no additional personal chairs and/or tables will be permitted in the reserved table areas. Seating will be limited to the table settings provided by Festival Staff. Festival Staff may limit space for individual picnic areas in order to accommodate all patrons, as well as provide safe access through the festival grounds.

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Things to Do: Wine & Food Expo

wine food expo2014 Iron Chef Competition – Saturday April 12th from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Williamsburg Lodge.

Three chefs each from Williamsburg, VA Beach, and Richmond will battle it out at this year’s Iron Chef. Six local Williamsburg restaurants will be providing hors d’oeuvres as well as over 50 wines from around the globe.

For more information and tickets go to the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association website

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Run The D.o.G. – April 26

“A Healthy Heart, Healthy Mind Event”

The 5K begins at 7:30 AM.

The race starts on Prince George St. (the Start line is halfway between Nassau and Henry Streets) runs through the College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg ending on Duke of Gloucester St. Runners will pass the Colonial Governors mansion and the Colonial Capitol building before finishing the final 800 meters on the most famous street in America, the Duke of Gloucester Street.

Age groups in 5 years beginning at 9 & under extending to 70 and over. Awards top three overall men and women receive cash awards 1st $300, 2nd $150, 3rd $75. Top three finishers in each age group receive a custom medal. Overall Masters male and female receive cash award of $75. Top three male and female masters receive a custom medal. Top three male and female walkers receive a custom medal. Three Team awards, Fastest Team, Largest Team and Largest Donation. Winning Teams receive custom plaque. Fun Run and 5K finishers receive a custom finisher medal. Tech T for all 5K participants signed up by Apr 9th, 2014 and standard cotton T for Fun Run participants.

For more information, go to their website.



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