Thank you for visiting Williamsburg Weekends!

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:
October 20 - 26

This Week Only
Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream®
Weekends through October 26

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.
Opera in Williamsburg presents: Lucia di Lammermoor
Oct 22 & 24,
8 - 10:30 pm
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti is a gripping story of love, loss, and madness, set to exquisitely beautiful music.  It is based on a famous novel by Sir Walter Scott and is one of the best loved operas in world repertoire.  Live fully-staged opera in the intimate setting of the Kimball Theatre
Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement!
Oct 24 -
25, 6:30 - 9 pm
Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement,” a Halloween-theme museum night for elementary-school-age children, debuts Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25.  Trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, grizzly games and a spooky straw maze are among activities offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on both dates.  A costume parade begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
William & Mary’s Orchesis Dance Company will present: DancEvent 2014
Oct 23 - 25, 8 pm; Oct 26, 2 pm
Since 1941, Orchesis has been creating high quality modern dance performances at the College of William and Mary through collaboration between faculty and students. Every year Orchesis produces two concerts at Phi Beta Kappa Hall on Jamestown Road.
Haunting Tales & Tours Offered at Historic Houses in Charles City
Oct 25, tour begins at 3:30 pm at Shirley Plantation
This unique tour of Edgewood, Berkeley and Shirley Plantations will give an insight of the spirits and mysteries of these three historic homes in Charles City, Virginia. Hear the haunting tales of the paranormal activities at each site on a progressive tour offered on October 25, 2014.
This Century Art Education Center – Art Workshop – Soul Mapping Workshop with Sandy Rotermund
Oct 25, 9 am - 3 pm
Join the artist for this journey of yourself using words and various art media. No artistic experience is required. It’s fun! It’s freeing!
Colonial Williamsburg’s – Pint & Pairings
Oct 25, 2 - 4 pm
The Great Pumpkin Tasting Join Beer Barons Anthony Frank and Ken Clasen for a sampling of the best pumpkin ales the East Coast has to offer. These exceptional beers will be paired with some of the best products from local farmers and artisan food crafters.
Bishop of London to speak at Bruton Parish on Oct. 26 – Celebrates church’s 300th anniversary
Oct 26, see description for services times
The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Richard Chartres, better known as the Bishop of London, will preach four services at Bruton Parish Church on Sunday, Oct. 26. His appearance is in honor of Bruton’s 300th anniversary of its present building. Services will be at 7, 8:30 and 10:15 a.m., and noon
‘Yorktown Art’ Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Oct 21 -
Enjoy ‘Yorktown Art’ Exhibit by local artists and relish in our revolving exhibit of fine art in all media by local artists for display and sale.  Free.  757.890.4490
Southern Pottery Exhibit at the Black Dog Gallery
- See description or visit our website for times
See traditional and innovative ceramic pieces by 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.
This Century Art Education Center – Art Workshop – Painting the Clothed Figure with Jan Ledbetter
Oct 20,
9 am - 4 pm, with 1 hour lunch break
SPECIAL WORKSHOP! Creative, interactive workshop on figure painting. Learn to create dynamic, original designs. All skill levels welcome. All mediums welcome.
In the Trenches Tour
Oct 21,
10 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.
Curator’s Artifact Tour
Oct 22,
3 pm
During the “Curator’s Artifact Tour,” senior archaeological curator Bly Straube provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the archaeological collection which provides a glimpse of  the artifacts discovered at James Fort, most of which will never go on public display. Learn about the recovery, processing and conservation of these unique artifacts.
GO APE! Announces Treetop Junior Nights at Height
Oct 24, 7, 7:30 & 8pm
Treetop Junior turns into a Haunted Forest at Freedom Park Go Ape Treetop Junior, an outdoor adventure course at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA, will open on select nights in October for Treetop Junior Nights at Height. Designed for ages 3 – 12.
Auntie M’s American Cottage: Art Workshops Catani Jewelry Trunk Show with Artist Cheryl Wilson
Oct 25, 9 am – 4 pm
Come get a jump start on your holiday shopping with custom hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry made to order and ready for you to take home.  In addition, you can browse the latest in Catani’s new fall line of sterling silver and sea glass necklaces, bracelets, earrings, charms and key chains.
Auntie M’s American Cottage: Art Workshops Art on the fly – Collage pin
Oct 25,
12 – 5 pm
Come join Artist Valerie Johnson of Flying Cow Creations to learn basic collage techniques with embellishment to your own taste.  Make a one – of – a kind design in about an hour. Learn about materials, glues, and techniques. Come join her anytime between 12:00pm-4:00pm to start your project.
London at Cogan’s
Oct 25,
8 - 11 pm
  London rock of Rick Kuhns, Jim Finnegan & Rick Jackson always promises a great night of fans & fun! 11p London  Modern & Classic Rock from Beatles to CSN & The Church to REM!
Seafood Boil at Riverwalk Restaurant
Oct 26,
4 - 8 pm
Featuring a delicious seafood buffet including 2 beverage tickets (beer, wine, or soda). The menu includes raw oyster bar, crab legs, shrimp, clams, corn & potatoes, hush puppies and warm peach cobbler. $45 per person.
Berkeley Plantation Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Nov 30, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

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.
Premium Outlets® Pink Event
Through October 31

Williamsburg Premium Outlets®  is teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to support breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment programs our community. During the month of October, visit the on-site Simon Information Center located in the Food Court to donate $10 to support the cause and receive 25% off one item from select stores.
Williamsburg Farmers Market
Saturdays through November 29, 8 am - 12 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.
MAD about Chocolate features “FALLacy or Fantasy?”
Oct 31,  Tues - Sat 9 am - 6 pm

Chocolate will be paired with fall fruits and vegetables, including apple, bacon and bittersweet chocolate tarts, and dark chocolate pumpkin shooters.
Toshi Yoshida exhibit at Muscarelle Museum of Art
Oct 16 -
 Jan 11, 2015, see website for museum hours
Toshi Yoshida, 1911-1995 October 16, 2014 — January 11, 2015 Whether you are visiting for the first time or the hundredth, a visit to the Muscarelle is always an invigorating and  unique experience  in Williamsburg.
MAD about Chocolate features “Chromatherapy Meets Chocotherapy”
Through Oct 31, Tues-Sat 9 am - 6 pm
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 10 am 5 pm; Sat 10 am -4 pm; Sun 12 - 5 pm

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.
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 am - 9 pm

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
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

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.
Gallery at York Hall themed exhibits
Through  Dec 30
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

Through Dec 31

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

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
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.
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.
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.
 “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” Special Exhibition – Jamestown Settlement
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.

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