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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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 http://williamsburgarearestaurants.com/events

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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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Winter Oyster Bar at Berrets

January_oyster_barBerret’s in one of our favorite spots in Williamsburg.  Located in downtown Merchant’s Square.  They offer an outdoor bar area and inside dining.


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