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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!


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Williamsburg Fall Arts

September 15-21

This Week Only

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Plein Air Show on DoG Street
Sep 20,
 Join us! Paint outdoors, promote your work and catch the excitement in Colonial Williamsburg as thousands of visitors enjoy Family Weekend at the College of William & Mary. The day-long festival will include a Quick Draw Competition for cash prizes and a Plein Air Show and Sell for artists to display and sell their work.
“To Support & Defend” 6th Annual Constitution Day Event
Sep 17,
7:00 pm
Merchants Square and Colonial Williamsburg celebrate the founding of the U.S. Constitution with “To Support and Defend,” the sixth annual event. Through powerful, moving music and the spoken word, the framework of our nation’s government and cherished founding document will be honored on the anniversary of its adoption.
“Rhythms on the Riverwalk” Concert Series
Sep 19,
 6:30  -8:30 pm

This week: Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra. York County is proud to offer the Tenth Annual Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown. The weekly concert series will take place on the performance stage overlooking the York River. Free.
“Community Day: On the Riverfront” at Jamestown Settlement
Sep 20
, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In connection with “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” special exhibition in partnership with The Mariners’ Museum, discover the progression of log canoes through the centuries during special exhibition tours, chantey musical performances, maritime programs, Powhatan-style dugout canoe demonstrations, period games and children’s crafts.
Williamsburg Players presents CATS
Sep 18 -
21,  Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30 pm & Sat, Sun at 2:00 pm

What better way to have the family enjoy musical theatre together than with this extraordinary smash hit production that transforms the audience into a fantasy world! This Tony winning, all-singing, all-dancing musical spectacular tells the story of a tribe of cats.
Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream®
Sep 19 - 21,
10am - 10 or 11pm. (check website for schedule)

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream® offers chills and thrills to guests brave enough to venture into this cursed park. Navigate through 
Wendigo Woods™, one of five Terror-tories™; brave a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row™ or explore six haunted houses waiting for those daring enough to enter the park after dark.
Williamsburg Library – Dewey Decibel Concerts – The Virginia Symphony
Sep 17,
 7:30 pm

The Virginia Symphony Presents. . . Isn’t it Romantic –  A String Quartet will kick off the series at the Williamsburg Library Theatre. This program made possible by Friends of Williamsburg Regional Libray features musicians from the Virginia Symphony. The musicians will explain the music performed and will answer audience questions. Cost: Admission is FREE.
PechaKucha Night
Sep 20,
 7:00 - 10:00pm

It’s Arts Month in Williamsburg! This year our PechaKucha Night will be under the plein air tent in Merchant’s Square, in front of the William and Mary Bookstore. Bring your chair and bring your curiosity. An evening of storytelling under the Plein Air Tent in Merchants Square. PechaKucha 20×20 is an international storytelling phenomenon.
Berkeley Plantation Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Nov 30, daily 9:30am – 4:30pm

Bring the family out to Berkeley to explore the colorful autumn gardens, river shore, exhibits and tours, pick a pumpkin and find your way through the corn maze, all while learning Berkeley’s amazing history. The corn Maze is included in Berkeley’s tour admission, an additional fee is charged to take home a pumpkin.
“Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” Special Exhibition – Jamestown Settlement
Sep 19
- Sep 8, 2015 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

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.
Field Pea Sensations A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Sep 19,
 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Experience the versatility of a timeless southern favorite–peas!–in this Chef’s Garden Tour and Tasting. Colonial Williamsburg Company’s Executive Chef Rhys Lewis will prepare a variety of field peas in new and creative ways. Take a 45-minute walking tour through our historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors.
Live Music at Water Street Grille  – Riverwalk Landing
Sep 19
- 20,  8-11pm
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille.  Sept 19 -“Hector” – 8pm  Sept 20 – “Strida” – 8 pm.
Tucker-Arnold 5th Annual Storytelling Concert featuring Syd Lieberman
Sep 19,
7:00 pm
5th Annual Tucker-Arnold Storytelling Festival and Retreat with Syd Lieberman, Sheila Arnold and Darci Tucker Syd Lieberman is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, author, award-winning teacher and highly sought-after storytelling festival teller. 
In the Trenches Tour
Sep 16,
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.  Enjoy “moments of discovery” and walk the ground once trod by Captain John Smith and Pocahontas.
Williamsburg Farmers Market -Parents Weekend
Sep 20,
 8:00 AM -12:00 PM

Producers of locally grown: produce, seafood, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, herbal and goat’s milk soap, fresh bread, pumpkins, honey and eggs. 
Williamsburg Book Festival
Sep 20,
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Williamsburg Book Festival is a free event celebrating the written word and creativity. The Festival is made up of a book fair and a series of workshops. The book fair introduces area authors discussing and signing their books. The workshops focus on book clubs, the craft of writing, and the business of publishing.
Williamsburg Players Children’s Theatre presents A Pirate Party
Sep 20,
 11:00 AM

“Ahoy Maties!” The show is a happy salute to beach movies of the 1960′s. There are villains (this time pirates), surfer boys, a beautiful mermaid, a talking octopus, and a legendary movie star. It doesn’t make a lot of sense but it will be a lot of fun with the audience joining in.
Exploring Needlepoint: From Berlin Work to Contemporary Canvas Art
Sep 17,
 7:00 p.m.

Jane Williams will be presenting a lecture: Exploring Needlepoint: From Berlin Work to Contemporary Canvas Art. Join Jane for a discussion that includes the history of the decorative arts utilizing canvas work. Jane will illustrate the changes in needlepoint through time using her own work and other examples.
Yorktown Market Days
Sept  20,
 8:00 am- 12:00 pm
This week entertainment by "Susan a& Walt". Fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, coffee, specialty cut flowers, quality art, entertainment and much more await you at the Saturday morning Market Days. Free.
Comedy Club of Williamsburg presents Chris Rich with Mike Stankiewicz
Sep 19
- 20, 8:00 pm each night

 Chris Rich is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed comedian, comedy writer, author, and keynote speaker. She was born into an Irish Stew of very funny people: “My family were all long, thin, pale redheads. For Halloween, my mom used to make us tease our hair up and go out as a pack of matches.”
Reflections on Bacon’s Rebellion
Sep 20,
 10:30 am, 1 pm & 3 pm; 7 pm

Guests meet Governor William Berkeley to hear an accounting of his time in Virginia and the unhappy circumstances that led to the rebellion during the program, “Governor Berkley Laments the Rebellion”.
Pick Your Paddle at York River State Park
Sep 20,
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with us.  You may even encounter a variety of wild creatures!  Learn something new and exciting  as you paddle up the creek or down the river; and don’t worry, we provide you with a paddle of your choice (canoe or kayak).
Historic Jamestowne recreates: The Burning of Jamestown
Sep 20,
Rebellion will be the focus of a special evening tour at Historic Jamestowne on Saturday, September 20. The evening walking tour will take visitors through the colonial town site and present the events leading to the burning in September 1676 of Jamestown, the 17th-century capital of Virginia. This program marks the 338th anniversary.
Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Stuffing
Sep 20,
11am - 4pm

Arts and crafts, food, games, hayride, food, inflatables and much, much more! Scarecrow Stuffing, our featured activity, will be back again! Make the biggest, the best, and maybe the only scarecrow in your neighborhood! First come, first served while supplies last. Cash/checks only on site. Don’t forget your camera!
Fall Native Plant Sale at the Virginia Living Museum
Sep 21
- 22,Sat. 9am - 4 pm |Sun. noon to 4pm

Choose from an incredible array of beautiful plants and many other native trees, shrubs and perennials for a variety of gardening sites and styles. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants.
London Premiere at Prime46forty
Sep 19,
 6-9 pm
Mark your calendar for this special music engagement to celebrate our one year anniversary! September 19 from 6 – 9, local music group London will be performing the hits of Tom Petty, The Beatles, Moody Blues and others on our softly lit patio.
Family Pirate Palooza at the Watermen’s Museum
Sep 19,
 6:00 - 8:00pm

The Hysterically Correct Pirate show is an exciting musical sail through pirate history and legend with the crew! Learn to talk, walk, work, play, and sing like a real pirate! With toe tappin jigs, delightful original songs along with the traditional songs of the sailors of the day, this entertainment is not to miss.
Art in Historic Churches – Candlelight Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
Sep 21,

Organ & Harpsichord Recital -  Rebecca Davy, Organist at Bruton Parish Continuing a tradition begun by our 18th-century organist, Peter Pelham, Bruton Parish presents more than 120 recitals and concert programs annually in its Candlelight Concert series. Instrumental and choral groups from all over the United States and other countries perform in our historic church.
No Bees, Fewer Fun Foods! – “Learn and Grow” Educational Series, Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Sep 20,
10:00 - 11:30 AM

A member of the Colonial Beekeepers  Association, Pam Burton has kept bee hives on her property for many years, and enjoys seeing them at work.  With declining populations of these essential parts of our food chain, her talk will be informative and very timely.
MAD about Chocolate features “Chromatherapy Meets Chocotherapy”
Sep 19
Oct 31, | Tues-Sat9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
MAD about Chocolate features “Chromatherapy Meets Chocotherapy”, new art by Connie Desaulniers beginning Friday, September 19.   Bearing the color-saturated trademark of Connie’s art, the new paintings and sculptures include a series on Objects of Desire, plus other food and sculptural art.
Black Dog Gallery presents Southern Pottery Exhibit
Through Oct 31,
 Tues-Fri 10am-5pm | Sat 10am-4pm | Sun Noon - 5pm

See traditional and innovative ceramic pieces by leading Southern potters. From face jugs and other whimsical figures to utilitarian, but decorative, plates and bowls, these items showcase a variety of styles. This special exhibit brings together works by potters from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
City of Williamsburg Gallery presents – The Lost Horseshoes by Teddy Johnson
Through Oct 12, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

New Gallery at the Municipal Building opens in time for Williamsburg Fall Arts. The series is called, The Lost Horseshoes, and the paintings relate to the early settlement of Virginia and the Society of the Golden Horseshoe. The works are interesting in composition, colorfully painted, and the story is interesting.
New Quarter Park – Wednesdays on Your Wheels
Sep 17
Oct 1, 5:30- 7:00pm

Wednesdays on Your Wheels, a youth mountain bike race series to be held at New Quarter Park, invites kids ages 3 to 18 to enjoy the park’s new mountain bike trail designed especially for children.
21st Century Diplomacy: Ballet, Ballots, and Bullets
Trough Sep 28, 2014,  Docent led-tours are available

Photojournalists from around the world point their lenses at culture, ballot boxes and the pain of war. More than four dozen stunning images will be on view through September 28, 2014.
REVQUEST: The Old Enemy- Colonial Williamsburg’s Latest Interactive Alternate Reality Game
Nov 30
It’s game on when on-site play begins in the latest episode of the “RevQuest: Save the Revolution!” series
A Celebration of Quilts
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.
 Oct 26, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (check daily for closing times)

Busch Gardens’ newest show, London Rocks™, will premiered at the park’s Globe Theatre on May 23. An international team of more than 500 artists and craftsmen worked on London Rocks, which takes guests on a musical journey to explore the roots of British rock-and-roll .
A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South
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.
Jacques Callot Studies from the Permanent Collection
Showing through
Jan 11, 2015

This collection of etchings, by the 17th-century French printmaker Jacques Callot, represents a significant acquisition for the Museum. A variety of series that Callot completed over his career are on view, including a pristine impression of one of his best-known works, the etching of Saint Amond.
"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.
China of the Most Fashionable Sort Exhibition
Dec 31, 2014

China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America will open March 15 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum of The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Chinese export porcelain played an important role in the lives of eighteenth-century colonists.
European Paintings from the Permanent Collection and Important Loans
Jan 11, 2015

This exhibition is comprised of a selection of European landscapes, portraits and religious images, from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. The paintings come from the permanent collection and loans from Thomas D. Dossett and Associates and the Collection of Francesco and Oletta Lauro. Works by Titian, Diego Velázquez, and Luca Giordano.
Harry & David Samplings
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 1 - 5 pm
Sweet, salty, savory and tasty gourmet treats sampled every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 5 pm.  Located at Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Call 757-221-7089 for more info.
The Schooner Alliance in Yorktown
Visit through
Nov 2, 2014

Set Sail for a By-Gone Era Step back into history when you join the crew of the Yorktown Schooners Alliance and Serenity. Lend a hand at setting sail, take the helm and steer the ship, or look for dolphins and osprey as you glide along the shores of the York River.
Gallery at York Hall themed exhibits
Through  Dec 30, 2014
In its 13th season, the Gallery is located in York Hall and features a variety of themed exhibits that changes every six to eight weeks.

Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep Exhibition at the Mariners’ Museum
Through  Jan 5, 2015: Mon- Sat 9 am- 5 pm.; Sun: 11 am - 5 pm

Venture into the deep, dark pre-historic world of carnivorous marine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived.

The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed
Dec 31, 2014 - Weekly Recurring

The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed, an exhibit at the Voorhees Archaearium, reveals new details about the material world of Virginia’s Native peoples and their interaction with the English settlers. The exhibit draws from thousands of archaeological artifacts found at James Fort.

The Schooner Alliance in Yorktown
Nov 2, 2014

Set Sail for a By-Gone Era Step back into history when you join the crew of the Yorktown Schooners Alliance and Serenity. Lend a hand at setting sail, take the helm and steer the ship, or look for dolphins and osprey as you glide along the shores of the York River.
Eco Discovery Park’s – Kayak Paddle
Through Oct 25,  Times and Days vary -please visit website
Powhatan Creek, a tributary in the lower James River, is known for its exceptional biodiversity. This paddle begins at Eco Discovery Park in Jamestown and winds up the creek.
Kabuki Theater Woodcuts Exhibit
Jan 11, 2015

Kabuki (its name comprised of the Kanji characters for “sing”, “dance”, and “skill”) is a form of Japanese theatre known for its elaborate costumes, striking makeup, and intricate choreography. The ancient celebration of the beautiful and the bizarre is immortalized in this exhibition.
21st Century Diplomacy: Ballet, Ballots, and Bullets
Through Sep 28,  Docent led-tours are available  Sat & Sun -1PM (Saturday and Sunday)

Photojournalists from around the world point their lenses at culture, ballot boxes and the pain of war. More than four dozen stunning images will be on view through September 28, 2014.
European Paintings from the Permanent Collection and Important Loans
Through Jan 11, 2015

This exhibition is comprised of a selection of European landscapes, portraits and religious images, from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. The paintings come from the permanent collection and loans from Thomas D. Dossett and Associates and the Collection of Francesco and Oletta Lauro. Works by Titian, Diego Velázquez, and Luca Giordano.
CELEBRATING THE AMERICAN SCENE: Painters of the Federal Art Program
Through Jan 11, 2015

The paintings and watercolors in this exhibition were commissioned by the Federal Arts Project (1935—1943), a sector of the Works Progress Administration that promoted the creation of hundreds of thousands of works of art around the country for display in schools, libraries, and other public buildings.

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