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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.

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
Howl-O-Scream
On-Going Event: 9/1/2018 - 10/31/2018
The park brings the spirit of Halloween to life at 6 p.m., becoming home to a host of creepy creatures hungry for unsuspecting victims. Make your way through haunted houses, scare zones and thrill rides. Included with paid admission.  Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  buschgardens.com/williamsburg
Homecoming
10/18/2018 - 10/21/2018
Alumni, friends and family return to Williamsburg for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Attend the reunion, cheer at the parade or revel at the Saturday Night Bash and celebrate with classmates. Cheer on the Tribe as they take on the Maine Black Bears! Check online for times and tickets.  William & Mary Campus and Cary Field, 100 Stadium Dr., Williamsburg 757-221-1750  homecoming.wm.edu
Yorktown Victory Weekend Celebration
10/20/2018 - 10/21/2018
Military life and artillery firings mark the 237th anniversary of America?s momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. Enjoy hands-on activities, military music and re-enactors. Included with paid admission.  American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water St., Yorktown 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
Family Frights
10/26/2018 - 10/27/2018
A Halloween-themed museum night for elementary-school-age children and families returns for the fifth year October 26 and 27 to Jamestown Settlement with trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, haunted houses and ships, and grisly games. The event runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. each night. Separate admission fee.  Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night!
11/3/2018
Visit Bacon's Castle for the annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night! Between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. enjoy activities such as an 18th-century Cricket Match with the Capital Cricket Club and the Guy Fawkes Chant. Food and other items can be purchased from vendors. You may bring blankets and chairs for the day's events.  Bacon's Castle, 465 Bacon's Castle Trail, Surry 757-357-5976  surrycountytourism.com/Events.htm
Veterans Day Ceremony
11/11/2018
York County Historical Committee presents, "Letters from War," theme for this annual event in which all veterans are honored. Free. 12pm.  York Hall, 301 Main St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
11/22/2018 - 11/24/2018
Explore colonial Virginia food ways during a three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day. Learn about typical Revolutionary War soldiers' fare and trace the farm's bounty from field to kitchen.  American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water St., Yorktown 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
11/22/2018 - 11/24/2018
Explore colonial Virginia foodways during a three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day. Learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared by Powhatan Indians and English colonists. Included with paid admission.  Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
Christmas Town
On-Going Event: 11/23/2018 - 1/1/2019
On select dates November - January, over 8 million lights, Christmas shines bright at this family-friendly winter holiday event. The world's most beautiful theme park is one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the spirit of the season come alive. Included with park admission.   Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg 757-229-4386  buschgardens.com/williamsburg
Christmas Tree Lighting
11/30/2018
The holiday fun kicks off with Yorktown's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This community tradition goes all the way back to 1945. Free. 6:30pm.  Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
Christmas Market on Main
12/1/2018
The market features vendors, strolling musical entertainment, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Historic Main Street. Free. Check online for times.  Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
Colonial Christmas
On-Going Event: 12/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
A glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions through interpretive programs and demonstrations. Daily appearances by the Lord of Misrule and with period musical entertainment. Museums closed Dec. 25. Included with paid admission. See website for times.  Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 757-253-4838  www.historyisfun.org
Lighted Boat Parade
12/1/2018
6-8pm. Pre-parade festivities start at 6 and include caroling around a beach bonfire, a musical performance by the Fifes & Drums of Yorktown, and complimentary hot cider. Free.  Yorktown Beach, 331 Water St., Yorktown 757-890-3500  www.visityorktown.org
Grand Illumination
12/2/2018
Christmas season officially begins with Grand Illumination, a spectacular evening when candles twinkle in the windows of Historic Area homes and buildings, fatwood crackles in street-side cressets, and the heavens explode with pyrotechnics. Free outdoor event.  Colonial Williamsburg, 101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg  888-965-7254  www.colonialwilliamsburg.com
Christmastide in Virginia
12/20/2018 - 12/31/2018
A glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions through interpretive programs and demonstrations. Museums closed Dec. 25. Included with paid admission.  American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water St., Yorktown 888-593-4682  www.historyisfun.org
Bacchus Festival
2/1/2019
Enjoy delicious samplings of fine wine, local restaurant fare and an eclectic mix of live music, entertainment and games. All proceeds benefit the museum's award winning educational programs and animal care needs. 6-9pm. Tickets required.  Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News 757-595-1900  thevlm.org/events/museum-events
Presidents Day Weekend
2/16/2019 - 2/17/2019
Celebrate the institution of the presidency as well as the citizens who have served in that office over the centuries. Meet with three presidents from Virginia--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison--and learn how they were shaped by their experiences in Williamsburg. Hear them discuss the roles they each played in momentous events that occurred at the Capitol. Included with admission.  Colonial Williamsburg, 101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg  888-965-7254  www.colonialwilliamsburg.com

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