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Williamsburg Events

Williamsburg Events

Check out our special events happening around town. Anything from live music, festivals and art shows to special holiday celebrations. There is plenty to do for the entire family while vacationing in Virginia's Historic Triangle.

Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend
3/9/2018 - 3/11/2018
On March 9-11, The Mariners’ Museum and Park will commemorate the Civil War Battle that changed modern naval history forever. The Battle of Hampton Roads – when the Union ironclad USS Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia to a draw – proved the supremacy of iron to wood. The Museum remembers the Battle with a weekend full of family-friendly activities, living history encampments, and more! Indoor events are with paid admission.  Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr., Newport News  757-596-2222  www.marinersmuseum.org/events
History Bites
A food tasting event of HISTORIC proportions! Don your most creative clothes and accessories, and sample a delicious array of foods during this year's Steampunk-themed History Bites. Hampton Roads' top restaurants and caterers will prepare their best interpretations of 19th-century dishes, representing both the North the South and the Navy. 6:30pm. $45.  Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Newport News  757-596-2222  www.marinersmuseum.org/events
Riverwalk Restaurant's Spring Wine Expo
Sample more than 50 different wines, artisanal cheeses, local oysters, and sweets-all for a great cause! Proceeds from Riverwalk Restaurant's Spring Wine Expo will benefit the Victory Peninsula YMCA of Yorktown. VIP Tickets: $55 (admission at noon). General Admission Tickets: $45. 1-3pm.  Riverwalk Restaurant, 323 Water St., Yorktown 757-875-1522  www.visityorktown.org
Busch Gardens Opening Day
Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens March 24. Get your fill of roller coasters, live entertainment and more.Take a look at their calendar to find out what other days and times the park is open and what time our shows are happening on the day of your visit. Tickets required.  Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  buschgardens.com/williamsburg
The hunt is on! Uncover a variety of eggs from all types of native animals from our extensive collections. Enjoy a visit from our resident rabbit just in time for the holiday, as well as a live animal show, activities, and crafts. 9am-5pm. Included with paid admission.  Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News 757-595-1900  thevlm.org/events/museum-events
Wonders of the Sea Week
4/2/2018 - 4/6/2018
Join us for Spring Break and welcome our new moray eel! Take in the "Coral Reefs:Kaluoka-hina Nurseries of the Sea" conservation kiosk, a screening of the award winning documentary "Chasing Coral," and sea-themed shows in the Abbitt Planetarium. Witness a scuba program and fish feeding in the Chesapeake Bay Tank and more. Most exhibits included with paid admission. 9am-5pm.  Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News 757-595-1900  thevlm.org/events/museum-events
Second Sundays Art Festival
On-Going Event: 4/13/2018 - 12/9/2018
A monthly street festival of art, music & a whole lot more! This fair has over 75 unique artisans & musicians in 4 areas along Prince George Street in downtown Williamsburg. Presented on the 2nd Sunday of every month from April to Dec. Free to attend!  400-500 Block, Prince George St., Williamsburg 757-879-3029  www.facebook.com/2ndsundayswilliamsburg
Market Days
On-Going Event: 4/14/2018 - 10/28/2018
Our waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads offering spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors. 8am-12pm.  Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day at the VLM! Observe the animals as they receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. Learn more about protecting our environment and taking conservation measures. Earth-friendly vendors will show and sell green wares. There will also be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways, thousands of native plants for sale, and special animal shows. Don't forget to bring your batteries, cell phones, and old sneakers for recycling! Included with paid admission. 9am-5pm.  Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News 757-595-1901  thevlm.org/events/museum-events
Williamsburg Taste Festival
4/22/2018 - 4/26/2018
The Williamsburg Taste Festival is not only an invitation to experience the soul of our city, but it's also a celebration of the food traditions of our nation. Come discover our mouthwatering cuisines, enjoy a craft cocktail or sommelier-paired glass of wine, and meet the chefs, brew masters and vintners making one of America's oldest foodie destinations one of the newest.   Williamsburg, Various Locations 757-476-7324  www.williamsburgtastefestival.com
Pirates Invade Yorktown
There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Explore our pirate encampment, attend pirate school, and witness a pirate trial! Sing along with the sea shanties and don't miss the exciting cannon demonstrations. Free.  Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org/Calendar
Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival
The fifth annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival is a fun day to sample craft beer, taste great food and listen to live music all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit local non-profits. Go online for tickets. 12-5pm.  Williamsburg Community Building, 401 N Boundary Street, Williamsburg   williamsburgbeerfest.com
Wine & Food Festival
On-Going Event: 5/1/2018 - 6/30/2018
On select dates in May and June, a tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers. We invite you to unleash your inner foodie with a variety of authentic food and drink from around the world not normally served at the park. Sample international dishes from different kiosks around the park. Included with park admission.   Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  buschgardens.com/williamsburg
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Sample more than 25 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing. $35.  Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-877-2933  www.visityorktown.org
Otter Ball
Celebrate the Virginia Living Museum and enjoy an elegant evening beginning with cocktails and lively entertainment followed by dinner and a live auction! Black tie suggested. Tickets $150. 6pm.  Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News 757-595-1901  thevlm.org/events/museum-events
Jamestown Day
Mark the 411th anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America?s first permanent English colony. Discover Jamestown's legacy through a variety of maritime and interpretive programs and artillery firings. Included with paid admission.  Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
Military Through the Ages
Re-enactors and modern-day units show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through the centuries. Experience a chronological display of military history with weekend artillery firings and a Sunday military pass-in-review. Included with paid admission.  Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
LPGA Kingsmill Championship
5/14/2018 - 5/20/2018
Get ready to see the world's best women golfers compete on the renowned River Course at Kingsmill Resort. Veteran players will return to one of their favorite tournament sites while the LPGA's bright new stars will test themselves against this challenging layout for the first time.   1010 Kingsmill Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-3985  www.thekingsmillchampionship.com
Water Country USA's Opening Day
Visit Virginia's largest waterpark on their (tentatively set) opening day Water Country USA's Opening Day to check out epic water slides, a giant wave pool, kid-friendly splash areas and a relaxing lazy river. Tickets required   176 Water Country Pkwy., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  www.watercountryusa.com
Art on the Square
Art on the Square is a juried show that is dedicated to providing original, high quality, handcrafted and diverse mediums of art.˙The event features more than 170 artists and is free and open to the public.  Merchants Square, 134 North Henry St., Williamsburg    www.williamsburgjuniors.org/art-on-the-square
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