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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:

August 18-24

This Week Only
Glory at the Gardens Busch Gardens® presents Steven Curtis Chapman
Aug 23, 2014
at 7:00 pm

Steven Curtis Chapman rocks the stage at Glory at the Gardens on August 23. (Previously scheduled for Aug. 3) Glory at the Gardens returns to Busch Gardens® with a sensational lineup of chart-topping contemporary Christian and Gospel artists.
The Beauty of Basil by A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Aug 22
- 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm each day

Go beyond your typical pesto in this Chef’s Garden Tour and Tasting. Williamsburg Inn Executive Chef Travis Brust will take you on an unexpected tasting journey with basil and delight your palate with creative dishes inspired by this common herb. Take a 45-minute walking tour through our historic gardens; then experience a tasting
Comedy Club of Williamsburg presents Andy Sandford and Noah Gardenswartz
Aug 22
- 23,  8:00 pm each night
Andy Sandford is a comedian who got funny in Atlanta, GA and is now based out of New York City. He can be seen playing himself on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Andy is a founding member of the nationally acclaimed comedy tour, The Beards Of Comedy, who recorded an album with Comedy Central Records.
Stargazing at York River State Park
Aug 24,
 5:30 - 11:45 p.m.

Join the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers for a night of wonder and discovery. Away from the city lights, the broad cliffs above the York River are perfect for observing constellations, planets, and other features in the night sky.
“Arms & Artillery” Theme Month – Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Aug 1 -31,  9:00 am - 5:00 pm (until 6 p.m. through August 15)
Explore weapons and tactics of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during “Arms & Artillery” theme month, August 1-31, at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.
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.
Prince George Movie Nights
Aug 24,
 Starts at dusk
Enjoy FREE movies each summer Sunday evening outdoors on Prince George Street. This week's movie is UP.  Brought to you by Blue Talon Bistro with help from the City of Williamsburg, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and local businesses, this year’s lineup will appeal viewers of all ages!
AAA Day at Williamsburg Premium Outlets
Aug 24,

The first 50 AAA members to show their AAA card at the Information Booth located in the Food Court will receive a FREE AAA shopping bag filled with special offers and savings from AAA and Williamsburg Premium Outlets!
Williamsburg Premium Outlets Student/Educator Appreciation Month
Aug 1 -
31, Mon - Sat 10am-9pm | Sun 10am-7pm

Student’s and Educator’s are invited to show their school identification card at the Information Booth located in the Food Court to receive a complimentary VIP Coupon Book valued at $5.00.
River Seining at York River State Park
Through Sep 7,  2:00 - 4:00 pm

Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Our rangers will lead you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets. We also provide waders upon request. This is a free program.
Joe – Kimball Theatre
Aug 22 -
31,  4:15 p.m. and 6:25 p.m

A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche, Pineapple Express, Undertow, All the Real Girls), the film brings Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage back.
Music Under The Stars with U.S. ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND BAND Woodwind Quintet and Brass Quintets
Aug 21,
 7:00 p.m.

Music Under the Stars at Magnolia Park is presented by the U.S. Army TRADOC Band and features various configurations of that ensemble. The concerts take place 7 p.m. at Magnolia Park at Fort Eustis.
The Gallery at York Hall Art Exhibit
Aug 31,  Tues- Sat 10 am - 4 pm | Sunday 1-4 pm
A welcome center for visitors and gathering place for residents, The Gallery features artwork for show and sell year-round. In addition, limited engagement shows are presented, displaying themed exhibits. Featured in August: ‘Pine Needle Basket’ Exhibit, featuring Joseph Jennings.
The Summer Breeze Concert Series
Aug 20
,  7:00 - 8:30 PM

The annual Summer Breeze concerts in Merchants Square return to Duke of Gloucester Street for the 23rd season. The  popular military bands TRADOC Rock band will perform. Concerts are free. Bring a lawn chair.
21st Century Diplomacy: Ballet, Ballots, and Bullets
Just opened through 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.
Williamsburg Farmers Market
Aug 23,
 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.
Estuaries Day & Spiritworks Recovery Rocks 5K at York River State Park
Aug 23,
 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Family fun where the river meets the sea. Activities include canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, fossil hikes, Virginia Institute of Marine Science research boat tours, “Butterflies in Flight,” hands-on displays, great food, and more!
Poisoned Dwarf at Grace Episcopal Churchyard
Aug 24, 2014
at 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

A program of Celtic music focusing primarily on traditional Irish tunes. Bring a chair or blanket and pack a picnic supper.

Yorktown Market Days

Aug 23,   8:00 am- 12:00 pm

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.

Live Music at Water Street Grille during month of August! – Riverwalk Landing
Aug 1
-31,  Times vary - 7:00 or 8:00p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille held throughout August.
VIMS Facts & Fun with Jellyfish at York River State Park
Aug 22,
t 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Are all Jellyfish the deadly stinging creatures we fear in horror movie? Our friends from VIMS’ (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) will seperate fact from fiction. This hands-on program, hosted by York River State Park, is open to adults and children ages 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Free Wine Tasting at Riverwalk Restaurant – Friday Nights
Aug 31, 2014 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM

In the lobby of the Riverwalk Restaurant, every Friday, sample delicious wines from various vineyards and regions. Call for further information.
European Paintings from the Permanent Collection and Important Loans
Just opened Aug 14, 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.
Jacques Callot Studies from the Permanent Collection
New - 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.
In the Trenches Tour
Aug 19, 2014
at 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.
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
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.
Through  Oct 26, 2014 at 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.
Boathouse opened for season at the Mariners’ Museum
Through Aug 31
Whether a die-hard fisherman or just in need of a relaxing day, visit us and start creating your own memories of Lake Maury today. Various boats are  available for rental, including paddle boats, jon boats, and canoes.  The boathouse is open on weekends through the summer.
"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.
Through  Sep 1, 2014 at 9 am.-5 pm
A new gang of dinosaurs are coming to town this summer at the Virginia Living Museum! Roaring, stomping robotic prehistoric creatures have been a popular attraction every time they’ve been featured at the Newport News museum.
Painters and Paintings in the Early American South
Through September 7,  2014
This ground-breaking exhibition will bring together paintings by artists working in the 18th-century South and others produced abroad for southern patrons. Location: DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.  800-HISTORY
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.
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.
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.

Until  Sep 7, 2014  10:00 am-5:00 pm
Notch or chip carving required few tools and little training. In the most common form of tramp art, notches were carved into the edges of cigar box wood, usually with a penknife, and the carved wood was then stacked and fastened with small nails or glue to create detailed, three dimensional designs.

Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America, 1700 – 1830

Visit through  Sep 7, 2014

Explore the evolution of spinets, harpsichords, and pianos in the 18th century in this exhibition of more than 25 instruments. Examine the differences in the various types of keyboards as well as the evolution of the instrument over time. At the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. 800-HISTORY.

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.
The Taste Studio at Colonial Williamsburg – August Events
Aug 8, - Aug 23, 10 am - 2 pm

Colonial Williamsburg Company’s Executive Chef Rhys H Lewis, Williamsburg Inn Executive Chef Travis Brust, Williamsburg Lodge Executive Chef Anthony Frank, Pastry Chef Rodney Diehl and Traditions Chef Justin Addison, partner with our Historic Gardeners to give you a closer look into the historic gardens of the Revolutionary City with the Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting.

The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed

Through 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.


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