Holiday Season Happenings in Yorktown, VA


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Things to Do: Yorktown Wine Festival


Click to purchase tickets onliine!The Best of Virginia in Yorktown

Good Music – Vendors and lots of fun at Historic Yorktown
October 5, 2013 from Noon – 6PM

Tasting Ticket: $25 advanced ticket/$30 at the festival
Includes sampling privileges and souvenir wine glass

Dinner event: $75 per person includes 8 Virginia wines and 4 course dinner
Dinner Event begins at 7:30PM

Proceeds will benefit Sister Cities Yorktown


The Yorktown Wine FestivalTickets will also be sold after August 15, 2013 from selected retailers and locations in the area. Tickets will sell for $30 each at the entry gate – Cash & Credit Cards accepted. (Visa, Mastercard and Discover only)

More more info, visit the website


Visit Riverwalk Restaurant or our other sponsors (click here to visit our sponsor page)
Visit Water Street Grille or our other sponsors (click here to visit our sponsor page)


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An Occasion for the Arts (AOFTA), The Williamsburg Symphonia and New Town Art Gallery will be hosting an Evening of Art and Music on Saturday, Sept. 28th between 5:30-8:00 PM at New Town Art Gallery, 5140 Main Street, New Town. Youth art from AOFTA will be on display during this event. Come and meet Music Director/Conductor, Janna Hymes and hear the Symphonia’s featured musicians. There will be a raffle to benefit AOFTA and The Williamsburg Symphonia. Raffle prizes include a foursome of golf at both the Golden Horseshoe and at Ford’s Colony, an Opus 9 gift certificate for $100, a Bonefish Grill gift certificate for $50, Season tickets for the Lyric Opera, a Wine basket from the Wine Seller, tickets to the Holiday concert, and several works of art. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to public. For more information please call 229-5140.

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Jimmy Buffett Tribute Concert


Calling all Jimmy Buffett fans.  Parrots of the Caribbean, The No. 1 Buffett Tribute Act in the County. Lake Matoaka amphitheater at William & Mary Lake Matoaka amphitheater off Jamestown Road at 121 Ukrop Way, in Williamsburg.  Bring family, friends, beach chairs and blankets. $15 at the gate.  Food, wine, beer for sale (no outside food or beverage allowed)   Proceeds benefit Housing Partnerships P.I.P.E program Providing Indoor Plumbing for Everyone.

Contact Information:

View Event Sponsor Website


Occurrence Details

Date(s): Sep 14, 2013
Time: 5 – 9 pm

Cost: $15 at the gate


Location Details

At the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater at the College of William & Mary.
Off of Jamestown Road, 121 Ukrop Way, Williamsurg VA.

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Classic Car Show @ New Kent Winery


Classic Automotive Events of Virginia, Inc., in conjunction with
the Central Virginia British Car Club, is Proud to Announce

Classics on the Green 2013

Will Be Held on September 15, 2013, at
New Kent Winery in New Kent County, Virginia
“Rain or Shine”

Purchase Show Tickets Here

Photos from 2012 


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Places to Eat – Sapori @ New Town

Sapori Ristorante Italiano is located in New Town, located in a large space at the corner of Center and Courthouse streets.



The new restaurant is the second location for Sapori. The first location opened in 2011 in Chester just outside Richmond. Amato said the idea behind the restaurant was to create a diverse menu, including fusion American-Italian dishes such, as corn bread and pancetta stuffed pork chops.


Sapori means “flavor” in Italian. Amato said he and his brother grew up around a mother and grandmother who loved to cook and that they have always had a passion for it.



The Amato brothers and their father opened the Chester location together. While Dario will remain there, Luca and Giuseppe will be at the helm in Williamsburg.

Proprietors Giuseppe and Angela Amato and their two sons, Dario and Luca, are from Carini, a small town on the outskirts of the capital of Sicily. The Amato Family has been in the restaurant business for over 10 years and delight in making people feel welcome while enjoying a taste of home.


“Sapori” is the Italian word for “flavors”, and our vision for Sapori is one of authentic, fresh flavors that are a fusion between traditional Sicilian recipes and modern culinary concepts.  The dishes, most of which come from generations-old family recipes, feature fresh-grown spices from our indoor herb garden. Contrary to the fast-paced world in which we live where prepared foods are full of preservatives and additives, they use fresh ingredients and handmade sauces as the foundation of our flavorful menu. They shop for local ingredients when in season and display work from local artists to support our community, the place they call home.

Sapori’s  offers an upscale-casual dining experience in a clean, comfortable atmosphere. They cater to the smaller family members too with a play table, baskets of toys and a healthy and fun kid’s menu for coloring.


You can read reviews of the Chester location in Richmond magazine by clicking here.

Click here for the menus.


The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, operating from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Amato characterized it as “casual fine dining,” speaking of low lighting and custom decorations, including paintings by local artists Lynn Hosegood and Dorothy Grebos.



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All About New Town – Williamsburg, Virginia

new town

New Town is a 365-acre residential and business complex in Williamsburg, Virginia that features walking trails, an outdoor special events venue and a movie theater. New Town also boasts several casual and upscale restaurants that offer a variety of American and international cuisines, as well as convenient access to the Williamsburg area’s many tourist attractions.

Fine Dining

The sophisticated, upscale fine dining room at Ichiban, New Town ( boasts ambient pendant lighting, ornately carved wooden chairs and red-and-white tablescapes. The restaurant specializes in traditional Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Menu selections include by-the-piece sushi and sashimi, hand rolls and house specialty rolls, as well as cooked meat, seafood, poultry appetizers, soups, salads and entrees. Ichiban also offers a build-your-own vegetarian dish option that includes your choice of four steamed vegetables cooked in a Chinese or Japanese-style sauce. Opus 9 Steakhouse features three elegantly appointed dining rooms adorned with chandelier lighting, contemporary wall art and tables and chairs made of stylish dark wood. Although several different cuts of steak dominate the menu, you’ll also find a number of seafood, pork, lamb and pasta options available. Opus 9 also offers weekend brunch and hosts private parties of up to 50 guests.

Gallery Cafe

Established in 2006, Art Cafe 26 features the works of four international artists each year in its contemporary dining room. The casual eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu selections include Belgian waffles, omelets, soups, salads and vegetarian and meat house-specialty entrees. Art Cafe 26 also offers a “Culinary Journey” dinner menu that includes a chef’s choice appetizer, soup, main course and dessert.

Bars and Grills

Choose from three bars and grills during your trip to New Town. The Corner Pocket (by the way, I helped Lynn Alison with her business plan over nearly 20 years ago) features a 10-foot projection-screen TV, seven flat-screen TVs and a gaming area with multiple pool tables. The dining room has high-top tables and an L-shaped bar. Lunch and dinner menu selections include soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks, burgers and seafood dishes. The Corner Pocket hosts live-music events and pool tournaments. Established in 1974, the Green Leafe offers more than 150 different bottled beers and more than 60 beers on tap. The restaurant’s American menu boasts hamburgers, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches and half-size or full-portion entrees. The Green Leafe also offers Sunday brunch, a kid’s menu and off-site catering. Center Street Grill offers a daily seafood raw bar that includes shrimp, oysters and clams. Additional menu selections include steaks, pasta dishes, salads, soups and house-made desserts such as creme brulee and seasonal fruit sorbet. Center Street Grill also hosts live-music events and Sunday brunch.


Buon Amici Ristorante  offers numerous signature gourmet pizzas. You can also build your own pie with American or Italian meats, cheeses and vegetables. The restaurant also serves salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta dishes and beef, poultry, seafood and vegetable entrees. This casual establishment offers indoor and outdoor patio dining.


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Things to Do in the Historic Triangle in July

Here is a sampling of things to do in the Historic Triangle this July:
Virginia Shakespeare Festival
July 11 – 21
The villainy!  Pyschopath or malformed tragic figure?  Come see King Richard III!  All performances at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.  See website for complete schedule.

“Shagging on the Riverwalk” Beach Music Concert Series
July 11, 6:30 pm
This week: The Rhondels!  Put on your dancing shoes and head to Yorktown for this annual concert series at Riverwalk Landing!  Free.

Summer Breeze Concert Series
July 10, 7 pm
Open-air concerts feature a variety of music from pop or party.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy!  On Merchants Square. This week: Butter

Bastille Day Wine Dinner
July 14, 7 pm
Wave the French flag high with this special five-course dinner at Riverwalk Restaurant in Yorktown.  See website or call 757-875-1522 for details.
ROMP at the Virginia Living Museum
July 10, 5:30 pm
An out-of-body experience for young professionals (21 – 40)!  Enjoy wine, beer, snacks, networking and the “Bodies Revealed” exhibit.

Watermen’s Museum Crab Pickin’
July 12
Presented by Carrot Tree Kitchens. Enjoy old fashioned crab pickin’ steamed crabs or BBQ, Chicken Salad, Hot Dogs and more.  757-877-2641

“Bodies Revealed” Evening Hours
July 13, 6 – 8 pm
Special evening hours offered for this fascinating exhibit!  At the Virginia Living Museum.  See website for complete information.

ShowStoppers Productions
present 1776
July 12 & 14, 7:30 pm
It’s the summer of 1776 and the nation is ready to declare independence — if the founding fathers can agree to it!  At the Kimball Theatre. 800-HISTORY
Runaway String Band Concert
July 14, 5 – 6:30 pm
At Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown.  Enjoy the sounds of this popular local band — a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes!    Thursdays by the Lake Concert Series
July 11, 6 – 10 pm
At the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News.  Bring a blanket and enjoy live music on a  high-rise stage!  Free.  This week:  Audio Affair!
Outdoor Summer Movies on Prince George Street
July 14, Dusk
Enjoy a free outdoor  movie on Prince George Street (adjacent to Merchants Square)! This week: Breakfast Club.

SunPrint Workshop
July 13, 10 am – 2 pm
Join us for a SunPrint Workshop about the principles of photography at the Mariners’ Museum.  See website or call 757-591-7745 for details.

Friday Night Free Wine Tastings
July 12, 6 – 8 pm
Join us every Friday to sample delicious wines from various vineyards and regions.  In the lobby of Riverwalk Restaurant in Yorktown .


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Things to Do: 4th of July Week @ Historic Triangle

Yorktown Independence Day Celebration
July 4
Come to historic Yorktown and salute American along the waterfront!  Includes a parade, food, ceremonies, fireworks and much more!  More info.

Liberty Celebration at the Yorktown Victory Center
July 4 – 6
Tactical drills, military exercises, role-playing demonstrations.  See website or call 757-253-4838 for more information.

Busch Gardens IllumiNights Begins!
July 1 – August 11
A nightly extravaganza featuring live performances, music and special effects that culminate in park-wide fireworks! More info.

Fourth of July Celebration at Colonial Williamsburg
July 4
Celebration the nation’s anniversary in the Revolutionary City! Featuring music, salutes, fireworks and more!  See website or call 800-HISTORY for info.

75th Anniversary at the Williamsburg Pottery
Through July 7th
Celebrate 75 years with us!  Live music, wine tastings, food samplings, raffles, big savings, car show and more!  More info.

July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale
July 4 – 7
Don’t miss the annual July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale at Williamsburg Premium Outlets! Enjoy savings on top of everyday low prices.  See website.

Food, Fanfare & Fireworks
July 4, begins at 5 pm
An evening of sumptuous food, stellar entertainment and stunning fireworks at Colonial Williamsburg!  At the Williamsburg Lodge and Palace Green.  See website. 800-HISTORY

Spirit of America at the Virginia Living Museum
July 4
Come enjoy the most amazing 4th of July laser fireworks display in the VLM’s nice, cool theater! With America-inspired rock & roll music.  See website.


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Outdoor Adventure Ideas

Biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing -the Historic Triangle’s natural setting caters to all outdoor activities. Whether you’re an adventure buff or simply a nature lover, we guarantee that you’ll be able to match your outdoor style to our various outdoor opportunities!

Browse the listing below to explore our outdoor parks, trails and recreation options.

Capital Bike Trail
Currently eight miles of the planned 50-mile trail from Williamsburg to Richmond are open and already being enjoyed by bikers, joggers and walkers alike. Beginning at the Jamestown Settlement and ending at the Chickahominy River Bridge. Free parking at both ends of the trail.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Enjoy this 140-acre outdoor facility on the banks of the beautiful Chickahominy River. Camping, fishing, boating, boat ramp and fishing pier. Rent canoes, kayaks and motor boats. 757-258-5020
College Landing Park
Right down the road from the College of William and Mary, this passive park provides a lookout tower and marsh walkway through College Creek. Enjoy the walkway, kayak/canoe launch and wildlife. 757-259-3760
Colonial Parkway
Take a leisurely drive, walk or bike ride along the scenic 23-mile Colonial Parkway that provides a physical and metaphorical link between Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg. Scenic driving, interpretive pull-offs, beaches, biking and fishing.
Freedom Park
Rich in history, this park preserves one of the first free black settlements in America (1803), the Revolutionary War Battle of Spenser’s Ordinary (1781) and a 17th-century domicile. Mountain biking, hiking, open meadow. Interpretive programs and an environmental education center are planned for the near future. 757-259-3221
Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Trail
Link history and nature by hiking (with interpretive signage) a three-mile soft surface trail that retraces the footsteps of Virginia Indians and early colonists. Near Jamestown Island and adjacent to Mainland Farm – considered to be the oldest working farm in North America. 757-259-3221
Historic Jamestowne Island Trail
Bike, walk or drive the five- or three-mile loop around Historic Jamestowne Island, where you will experience the same wildlife and natural environment that the English colonists encountered upon their arrival in 1607. 757-890-2410
Little Creek Reservoir Park
Ready for a quiet day on the water? This scenic park overlooks a 996-acre reservoir that’s a fisherman’s paradise. Perfect for outdoor family time in the Williamsburg area. Fishing, boating, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking and more. Boat rental available. 757-259-3200 or 757-566-1702
New Quarter Park
Adjacent to the Colonial Parkway and close to Williamsburg, this park offers a tranquil woodland setting and the pleasures of outdoor recreation. Mountain biking, hiking/walking, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, playgrounds and picnicking. Access to Queens Creek and the York River (saltwater). 757-890-3500
Powhatan Creek and Blueway
Bring a canoe or kayak and see Jamestowne Island like no one else. Powhatan Creek is park of the Chesapeake gateways Network, created by the National Park Service and the Chesapeake Bay Program. Provides free access to Jamestowne Island and the James River. Small boat/canoe launch with parking. 757-259-3221
Redoubt Park
This beautiful, wooded 22-acre park preserves and interprets two of the fourteen Civil War earthworks forts – or redoubts – which made up the Confederate’s Williamsburg Line in the Battle of Williamsburg. This engagement on May 5, 1862, resulted in more than 3800 Union and Confederate casualties and left the Union in control of the Virginia Peninsula. 757-259-3760
Skate Park and Multi-Use Trail
Ten thousand square feet of concrete jumps and ramps for skateboards and in-line skates. Helmets and protective gear recommended. Kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Free. 757-259-3221
Waller Mill Park
This beautiful park is close to everything and is a community favorite. Overlooking a 343-acre lake, the park provides a variety of outdoor activities, from boating and hiking to fishing to picnicking. Boat rentals available. 757-259-3778
York River State Park
Experience the environment in a coastal estuary. This park is known for its rare and delicate surroundings, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a habitat rich in marine and plant life. Access to Taskinas Creek and the York River. Fishing, boating, hiking, bridle trails, biking and more. 757-566-3036
Yorktown Battlefield Historic Trail
The 7-mile Battlefield Tour Road gives visitors a first-hand look at where the events of the Siege at Yorktown took place. Whether walking, jogging, biking or driving, you will see both original and reconstructed earthworks and siege lines built and used by troops from both sides of the American Revolutionary War. 757-898-2410
Yorktown Waterfront
On the York River at Historic Yorktown, this beach front offers a relaxing day for everyone, whether it’s fishing, sunbathing on the beach or picnicking. Perfect for families in a peaceful, no-hassle setting. Adjacent to Riverwalk Landing. 757-890-3500
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