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This site will help you plan your perfect weekend getaway to America's Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Each week, we'll feature different events and programs happening in our area. Whether you're planning a romantic escape, family adventure or relaxing retreat, the Williamsburg area offers something for every want, need and desire! Need help planning your trip? Contact us!



         


What's Happening:
April 20 - 26


This Week Only
Yorktown’s Hidden Treasures Garden Stroll & Plant Sale
Apr 24
& 25, 10 am - 4 pm
Visit five private gardens and enjoy the work of local artists and local school students. The plant sale will have both indoor and outdoor plants for your home and garden. Rain or shine. Historic Yorktown Village. Ticket required.
James RiverFest
Apr 25,
10 am - 3 pm
James RiverFest is sponsored by James River Association and Eco Discovery Park to celebrate Earth Day and the James River. Join us for environmental education, boat rides, kayak tours, wildlife, informational booths, touch tanks, craft vendors, guest speakers, a fire engine, musical performers, food vendors and more!
Pirates Invade Yorktown
Apr 25 &
26, 10 am - 6 pm
Pirates, representing seafaring life in the late 17th and 18th-centuries, invade Yorktown. Visit the encampment, watch the cannon firing demonstrations, and sing with pirates. Free.
Family and Chalk Fest, New Town
Apr 25, 12 -
5 pm
Come to Legacy Hall and Sullivan Square in New Town and enjoy the day with your family. You may enter our Chalk Drawing contest to win cash (Various Categories) and enjoy all of our family friendly activities.
Williamsburg Symphonia Side-by-Side Concert
Apr 25,
3 pm
The Williamsburg Symphonia presents “Side-by-Side,” a joint concert with members of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras, conducted by Music Director Janna Hymes.
Art on the Square
Apr 26,
10 am - 5 pm
ART ON THE SQUARE is a juried show that is dedicated to providing original, high quality, handcrafted and diverse mediums of art.
Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival
Apr 26,
1 pm - 5 pm
The Rotary Club of Williamsburg and the Young Emerging Professionals of Williamsburg (YEP) are pleased to announce the 2nd annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival.
Captain Mayhem’s Schooner Soiree
Apr 24,
6:30 - 8:30 pm
You’ll cruise with Captain Mayhem and his Pirate crew aboard the Schooner Alliance, Yorktown’s Pirate Ship, for a two hour sunset sail on the York River. There will be live entertainment, cash bar, and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
W&M Theatre presents Spring Awakening
Apr 23 -
26, see website for times
Subtitled A Children’s Tragedy, the first production of this play in 1906 was so incendiary that riots broke out at performances, and the work was subjected to repeated censorship. Later generations have found it a powerful creation, shaped out of the inner experiences of its teenage protagonists.
 
Afternoon Tea at Berkeley
Apr 20,
2 pm & 4 pm
Sip tea and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and pastries in the midst of the beautiful spring gardens at historic Berkeley Plantation. Includes guided house tour and self-guided garden tour. Reservations required
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting- Going with the Grain
Apr 25,
10 am - 12 pm
Take a 45-minute walking tour through our Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table.
Candlelight Chamber Music Concert for Garden Week
Apr 21,
8 - 9:15 pm
In honor of Garden Week and in celebration of the 300th of anniversary of historic Bruton Parish, violinists Susan Via and Susannah Livingston, cellist Sarah Glosson, and harpsichordist Thomas Marshall will present a concert of music by 18th century composers. The church will be beautifully decorated with fresh flowers from the day’s Garden Week tours.
 
“A Brave and Trusty Soldier”- Anas Todkill
Apr 25,
10:30 am, 1 & 3 pm
Meet Anas Todkill, one of the original settlers of Jamestown and a confidant of Captain John Smith as he relates his adventures of the earliest days of the Jamestown Colony.
ADULT INTRODUCTION to BOTANICAL PAINTING at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Apr 25,
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Linda Miller Working with a dogwood bloom drawing created by the artist, participants will learn to mix with primary colors and paint using three key watercolor techniques.
Hike for Hospice
Apr 25,
12:15 - 4 pm
Fundraiser for Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg. Join in a two-mile leisurely walk, followed by a Celebration of Life. Walk to celebrate the memory of loved ones, in honor of someone, or just to support Hospice House.
Distinguished Scholar Lecture- George Washington’s Journey: The President Forges a New Nation
Apr 20,
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Join us for an inspiring lecture with T.H. Breen, a leading expert on the American Revolution, and discover the creative conversations with “the people” that led Washington to visit all thirteen states—and as a result to forever transform how American presidents interact with the people who elect them.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Show Car and Driving Simulator
Apr 24, 1 - 7 pm

Nationwide will be bringing Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2015 No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS show car and racing simulator to the New Town, VA.
Book Stroll by the Williamsburg Book Festival
Apr 24,
3 - 6 pm
Discover your next favorite book. Six authors will be stationed throughout New Town talking about their books and signing
Spring Native Plant Sale
Apr 25 &
26, 9 am - 4 pm (Sat.), 12 - 4 pm (Sun.)
Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens.
Pints & Pairings I Scream, You Scream!
Apr 25,
2 - 4 pm
A dessert and drink in one! Join Connor Halfpenny from St George’s Brewing in Hampton Virginia and Chef Ken Clasen as they explore the flavors of craft brewed Stouts.
Garden Week at Berkeley
Apr 18 - 25

Floral arrangements will be displayed throughout the elegant 1726 manor house. Enjoy walks in the restored boxwood and flower gardens, breathtaking vistas of the James River, and guided house tours with costumed guides.
Four-Course Beer Dinner at Water Street Grille
Apr 23,
6:30 - 9 pm
Join us for a fabulous dinner topped off with brews from Bell’s Brewery. Call for reservation information. $. 757.369-5644.
Watercolor Exhibit at The Gallery at York Hall
Apr 25, 10 am - 2 pm

Come out to The Gallery at York Hall and see the Watercolor exhibit by local artist Hazel Camp.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Concert
Apr 25, 2015
 at 8 - 9:15 pm
Annual John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Concert at historic Bruton Parish Church.
The Burning of the Socks/Canoe & Kayak Season Kick-Off
Apr 25,
10 am - 2 pm
Kick off the paddling season with a sock burning and the first trip of the season.
 
Community of Stars
Apr 24,
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency and its Board of Directors is celebrating its 47th year as a non-profit 501C3 organization providing human services programs and services to individuals, families, and communities in the Williamsburg, James City County and York areas.
 
Spring Lecture Series: Warren Riess, The Ship That Held Up Wall Street.
Apr 23, 7 pm

Archaeologist Warren Riess will speak about his remarkable find under the foundations of a building on Wall Street in New York. In 1982, his team uncovered the hull of an 18th-century merchant ship, the Princess Caroline, buried underneath Lower Manhattan.
Wren Chapel Historic Organ Recital
Apr 25, 10 - 10:30 am

Informative organ recital given in the historic Wren Chapel on the campus of William & Mary, performed on an English chamber organ from circa 1740.
All-You-Can-Eat Oyster Roast at Water Street Grille
Apr 26, 12 - 4 pm

Join us for our great Oyster Roast! All-you-can-eat: raw, roasted or steamed.
Open Mic Night at Water Street Grille
Apr 21, 6 - 9 pm

Enjoy your evening with fun and entertaining Open Mic Night at the Water Street Grille. Call 757.369.5644 for more information
Candlelight Chamber Music Concert
Apr 23, 8 - 9 pm

The William and Mary Gallery Players, directed by Susan Via, will present a varied chamber music concert.
 
Live Entertainment at Water Street Grille
Apr 3 -
25
Fridays and Saturdays, April 3-25, 2015 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM) See details below. Call 757.369.5644 for more information. Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout April.
Auntie M’s American Cottage April Workshops
Apr 4 -
25
Come join Auntie M’s fun and unique workshops. The workshop moderator leads you through various fun filled art programs to enhance your creativity through one-of-a-kind workshops.
 
Ongoing
RevQuest: The Kings Advance
Apr 7 -
Nov 29
Spies needed! The British have invaded Virginia and General Cornwallis is bringing more troops from the south. To thwart the enemy’s attack, Gov. Thomas Jefferson needs you to be his eyes and ears in Williamsburg.
 
Frogs! A Chorus of Colors
Mar 14 -
Sep 7
Explore TOAD-ally cool creatures and get eyeball to eyeball with live frogs from around the world! View more than 70 live frogs from across the globe, housed in detailed habitats with rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls.
Oxen: Source of Power
Mar 18
- Jun 10, 11 am- 12 pm

Oxen played an important role in the lives of 18th-century Virginians. They provided the power to pull plows and move heavy loads. Oxen were preferred for long-distance moves, because they were hardier than horses and better able to find food along the way.
Mariners Museum presents: Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D
Through
Apr 30
Mysteries of the Unseen World takes audiences into earthly worlds that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, Mysteries of the Unseen World will leave audiences in thrall as they begin to understand the enormity of the world they can’t see.
 
"Paper Trail: Recording Rites of Passage in German-Speaking America" Exhibit
Through June 30, 2015
A new exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum celebrates the highly decorative and intricate records created by a diverse German-speaking population in early America. “Paper Trail: Recording Rites of Passage in German-Speaking America” is a collection of 17 frakturs — all created in Virginia and Pennsylvania — opening Saturday, June 29 in the Mary B. and William Lehman Guyton Gallery.
 “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” Special Exhibition – Jamestown Settlement
Through
Sept 2015, 9 am - 5 pm

Objects from The Mariners’ Museum are featured in this special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement tracing the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats. More than 100 objects from The Mariners’ Museum.
Mariners Museum: Coffee: The World in Your Cup
Through
Sep 7
From the plant to your mug, explore the world’s most popular beverage shipped by sea. This traveling exhibition tells the fascinating story behind everyone’s favorite pick-me-up, coffee! Visitors can visit an 18th century coffeehouse replica and discover how coffee affects cultures, economies and habitats around the world.
A Celebration of Quilts
Through
Jun 30, 2016

Take in this new exhibition in the McCarl Gallery that features dozens of quilts that represent the diversity of quilts made in American from the 18th through 20th centuries. Several of the quilts are new to the collection and have never before been seen by the public.
A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South
Through
Dec 31, 2015
This wide-ranging new exhibition celebrates the remarkable objects that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and southern backcountry. Created in conjunction with several sister institutions, the exhibition will highlight the aesthetic diversity brought to the region by the varied cultures and ethnic groups.
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