Things to Do in Williamsburg, VA in May

May 6 – 8, 2011 (Mother’s Day Weekend)

Pedal the Parkway
May 7, 8 am – 1 pm

The Colonial Parkway will be closed to motor vehicles so bicyclists of all ages and skills can ride in a safe environment! 

Garden Weekend at the Virginia Living Museum
May 6 – 8

Join us for various weekend events including a dedication ceremony for the Holt Native Plant Conservatory, Guided Tours, Mother’s Day and More!  See website.

Ramp Jam at Busch Gardens
May 7 – 8

Guests will see the top professional skateboard, BMX and in-line skating athletes.  Included with admission.  See website for details. 

Wine & Run for the Roses Auction
May 7

The Muscarelle Museum of Art hosts this inaugural event!  Begins with an auction, followed by reception feat. the finest Virginia wines.  Call 757-221-2709 for info.  

Williamsburg Fitness Market
May 7, 9 – 11 am

Helping residents understand the local resources to living a healthy lifestyle.  At the Williamsburg Farmers Market on Merchants Square.  757-259-3768

Fiesta with the Dogs
May 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us at the Nautical Dog in New Town for this annual event!  Door prizes, refreshments, sales and more!  Be sure to dress your pooch up in a Cinco De Mayo outfit! 

Cap2Cap Bike Ride
May 7, 7:30 am – 4 pm

Ride the Virginia Capital Trail from Richmond to Williamsburg!  Offering two starting locations and three distances.  See website.   

Environmental Film Series – Flow
May 3 – 8

Documentary about the industry and consumption of humankind’s most precious resource: water.  At the Kimball Theatre.  See website for details. 

Walk and Talk – Featuring Native Plants and Rain Garden
May 7, 10 am

At New Quarter Park.  Walk and Talk led by Denise Greene of Sassafras Farm in Gloucester and Jeanne Millin of the Virginia Master Gardeners. 

York County Master Gardeners
Plant Sale

May 7, 9 am – 12 pm

Annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and even Yorktown Onions (one per family)!  At the Learning Garden located at 301 Goodwin Neck Road.

Second Sundays Festival of Art & Music
May 8, 3 – 6 pm

Enjoy this free festival with visual and performing artists.  Located on Prince George Street, adjacent to Merchants Square. 
Linda Matney Gallery Exhibit
Through May 2

Post-colonial exhibit of 9 diverse, award-winning artists working in various mediums. Tues-Sat, 10 am-12 pm, 2 pm-5 pm; or by appt.

Tuesday Evening Seminar
May 3, 6 – 7:30 pm

This month: “Coyotes Are Here!”  At the Virginia Living Museum.  For adults.  Cost is $5/VLM members; $7/non-members.  See website or call 757-595-9135 to register. 

10th Annual Antique Show & Flea Market
May 7, 8 am – 3 pm

Come out for the Virginia Gazette’s 10th Annual Antique & Flea Market!  To be held at the Shops at High Street.  Over 80 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, jewelry & more! 757-253-8126

Secrets of the Chocolate Maker
May 3, 10 am – 3:45 pm

Learn how cocoa beans were processed into chocolate and other uses in the 18th century.  At the Governor’s Palace. 

The Art and Mysteries of Brewing
May 8, 10 am – 3:45 pm

Demonstrates the process of brewing beer as it was practiced in the 18th century.  At the Governor’s Palace.

“Hidden Narratives” at the Linda Matney Gallery
May 6 – 13

Theme of this project is the exploration of existing friction between the documentary and fictional representations.  See website. 

Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats
Through May 8

Last weekend!  At the Virginia Living Museum.  See website for complete information. 

MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS
Mother’s Day at the Virginia Living Museum
May 8, 1 – 3 pm

Enjoy lunch, music and flowers in the Conservation Garden.  See website. 
How Mothers Shaped 400 Years of History
May 8

Special guided tours offers at Shirley Plantation.  Included in admission.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Opus 9
May 8, 10 am – 3 pm

Menu items include cold salads, omelets, waffles, pies & more!  757-645-4779
Mother’s Day Brunch at Great Wolf Lodge
May 8, 10 am – 4 pm

Menu items include turkey, eggs & bacon, petite cupcakes & more!  757-345-7132
May 13 – 15, 2011

His Excellency’s Pleasure Garden
May 13, 6 pm

You’re invited to the Governor’s Palace for an evening of celebration and festivities!  Music, dancing, refreshments and more.  See website or call 800-447-8679

Vines and Wines
May 11, 6 pm

Come out for the 2nd Annual Spring Garden Party benefiting the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens!.  At the Rockefeller Garden at the Williamsburg Inn.  See website for complete info.  

Yorktown Market Days
May 14, 8 am – 12 pm

Opening weekend!  The Market Days are back, featuring fresh produce, meat, seafood, baked goods, cut flowers, live entertainment and more!  See website. 

Jamestown Day
May 14

Jointly sponsored by Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne.  Maritime demos, military drills, archeology programs and more!  Separate site admissions.  See website. 

Yorktown Fitness Market
May 14, 8:30 am – 12 pm

Helping residents understand the local resources to living a healthy lifestyle.  At the Yorktown Market Days at Riverwalk Landing.  757-890-3500

Ramp Jam at Busch Gardens
May 14 -15

Guests will see the top professional skateboard, BMX and in-line skating athletes.  Included with admission.  See website for details. 

2nd Annual and Perennial Garden Party
May 14, 1 – 4 pm

Come out to the Verena at the Reserve and anjoy this flower sale, feat. demos, wine tasting, live music and more!  RSVP at 757-345-2995.

Williamsburg Youth Orchestra Concert
May 13, 8 pm

Brings the regions most dedicated young musicians to the stage for their final concert of the feature.  At the Kimball Theatre.  $8/adults and $2 for students/kids. 

Homeschool Days at Shirley Plantation
May 12 – 13, 10 am – 3 pm

All programs available to homeschoolers for the discounted rate of $7.50.  Programs run simultaneously throughout the day.  See website for additional information. 

Star Parties/Laser Light Shows
May 14

Free observing begins at sunset.  Laser shows are at 8:30 (family), 10 (hard rock), and 11:30 pm (Pink Floyd).  All shows are $6.   

Cantori Vocal Ensemble
May 13, 7:30 pm

Presenting its annual Spring Concert at Walnut Hills Baptist Church on Jamestown Road.  The title for this concert is “Be My Love.”  Free; donations accepted.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town
May 14, 8 am

The Fifes and Drums will ring in the opening of the 2011 Yorktown Market Days!  Free.  Call 757-898-9418 for more info. 

May 20 – 22, 2011

Run for the Dream – Half Marathon
May 22, 7:30 pm

To benefit An Achievable Dream and Wounded Warriors.  Begins in front of W&M’s Phi Beta Kappa Hall.  Post-race bash feat. beer, music and Pierce’s Pitt BBQ!  See website details.

Water Country Opens!
May 21

Guests are in for the slide of their lives in 2011 at Water Country!  Be sure to check out the park’s newest ride: Vanish Point!  See website for complete information on times and tickets. 

Run for the Dream – Fit to Run, Fit to Dream 8K Run/Walk
May 21, 8 am

If you’re not up for the Half Marathon, be sure to participate in this race! Benefits An Achievable Dream and Wounded Warriors.  See website.

Drummers Call
May 20 – 22

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums host units from all across the US and Canada for a weekend of military music.  See Colonial Williamsburg’s website for details.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
May 19 – June 18
Presented by the Williamsburg Players.  This play’s a tribute to those who have loved and lost, and fallen on their face at the portal of romance!  See website.

Family Fun Fest
May 21, 11 am – 4 pm

Magic, clowns, face painting, balloons, a petting zoo and more!  At Chickahominy Riverfront Park.  Cost is $3/car.  See website or call 757-259-4200 for more information. 

Classic Ballet Love Stories
May 22, 2:30 pm

Selections include pieces from Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.  At the Kimball Theatre.  Cost is $15/adults, $12/seniors, children under 12/students.  See website. 

Comedy Night at the Kimball Theatre
May 21, 7:30 pm

Laughing Redhead Studios present one of the best comics in America – Thor Ramsey!  At the Kimball Theatre.  Cost is $20/adults, $15/seniors/students/military. 

Williamsburg Choral Guild Spring Concert
May 21 – 22

“Experience the Celebration!”  Shows at 8 pm on Saturday and 4 pm on Sunday.  At Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.   
Bridles & Bow Ties
May 21, 5:30 pm

An exciting evening of cocktails, music, tours of the center, an auction and more at Dream Catchers of Williamsburg – Therapeutic Riding Center. 

Williamsburg Military Tattoo
May 21, 8:30 pm

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums honor Armed Forces Day with a Military Tattoo that marches from the Palace Green to the Capitol. 

Successful Campaign
May 20, 8 pm

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums w/ Mountain Fifes and Drums from Cal., present an evening of ceremonial military music.

Williamsburg Symphonia Masterworks: Subscription #5 Concert
May 16 – 17, 8 pm

At the Kimball Theatre.  Tickets are $48 & $34 and are available through the Symphonia via 757-229-9857. 
Toano Rotary Golf Tournament
May 20, 1 pm

To benefit Dream Catchers of Williamsburg.  At Ford’s Colony Golf Club.  Shotgun start at 1 pm.  For more information, call Mark Tisone at 757-565-5795. 
May 27 – 30, 2011 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Festival Williamsburg: Lynda Carter
May 29, 8 pm

Best known for her role as Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter has been singing professionally since she was 14!  At the Williamsburg Lodge.  Presented by Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Arts Festival.  See website.

Festival Williamsburg: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
May 28, 8 pm

The foot-stomping swing sounds of the big band era come to life with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!  At the Williamsburg Lodge.  Presented by Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Arts Festival.  See website.

Festival Williamsburg: Chick Corea & Gary Burton
May 27, 8 pm

Jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton present an irresistible blend of improv and jazz favorites.  At the Williamsburg Lodge.  Presented by Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Arts Festival.  See website.

Memorial Day Program Commemorative Program
May 30, 12 pm

Colonial Williamsburg presents a modern service honoring military veterans who died while serving their country.  See website or call 800-HISTORY for more information.   

Memorial Day Ceremony – Yorktown
May 30, 12 pm

Includes the posting of colors, historical re-enactors, a guest speaker and more.  At York Hall.  Free.  757-890-3500

Civil War Weekend – Yorktown Battlefield
May 28 – 29

Demonstrations, encampments and a Confederate field hospital interpret the role of Yorktown during the Civil War.  757-898-2410 

Stories That Make a Difference
May 28, 7 pm

Hear stories that honor those who made a significant sacrifice in fighting for freedom and liberty.  To benefit the 1LT Todd W. Weaver Memorial Award at the College of W&M.  At the Kimball Theatre. 

Colonial Market Fair and Militia Muster
May 28, 9 am – 1 pm

Colonial music, crafts, demonstrations and sales, and naval living history demonstrations.  Last Saturday of each month.  At Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown.  Free. 

Chick-fil-A 5K
May 28, 8:30 am

Be sure to register for the 2011 Chick-fil-A 5K at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News!  See website for complete info. 

The Three Jolly Coachmen in Concert
May 27, 7:30 pm

Come out to see this Kingston Trio tribute band at the Kimball Theatre!  All seats $15. To benefit the Rotary Club’s charitable foundation.

The Art and Mysteries of Brewing
May 28, 10 am – 3:45 pm

Demonstrates the process of brewing beer as it was practiced in the 18th century.  At the Governor’s Palace.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town
May 28, 12 pm

See the Fifes and Drums of York Town perform at the Nelson House on Main Street.  Free. Call 757-898-9481 for more info. 

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