It's hard to believe the last week of April is already here, but there's a wide variety of things to do in the area as we close out the month.
Some highlights include a free New Town Tunes concert in Williamsburg, the family-friendly Spring Festival at Historic Hilton Village in Newport News and a series of mid-week, garden-themed events in Yorktown (the Celebrate Yorktown Committee Annual Plant Sale, Historic Garden Week Market and Historic Garden Week Tour).
Finally, if you're thinking about checking out the popular CW Lights event, note that the last day to do so is Saturday, April 30.
Now to the events.
Spring Native Plant Sale🌷- Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Choose from a variety of beautiful and unusual native plants, many of which attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. Public sale: April 31-May 1, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Online sale: April 25-28, closes at 5:00 pm. Admission to the event is free.
Plants with a Purpose Honor Box Plant Sale🌷- Williamsburg Botanical Garden and Freedom Park Arboretum in Williamsburg. This event begins on April 23 and ends on May 31. From 7:00 am until sunset, find plants that are beneficial to the local ecosystem and attract pollinators and local wildlife. Pay with cash in the locked drop box on the sale rack or pay online here after the sale begins. Prices are marked on the plants. Sign up for email updates on ongoing plant sales here.
Family to Family Class by NAMI Williamsburg ✔️- Williamsburg House of Mercy in Williamsburg. Family to Family is a series of 8 FREE weekly classes structured to help family members, partners and significant others understand and support individuals living with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please register here. Classes will be held Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:30 pm, May 4 - June 22.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 🎭 - Peninsula Community Theatre in Newport News. See the performance that won a Tony Award for Best Play. This comical show theatrical event tells the story of often-bickering middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia, whose movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Masks recommended. April 29 - May 15, Friday & Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm. Standard tickets are $20.
Gallery at York Hall Quilts Exhibit 🖌️- Gallery at York Hall in Yorktown. The Gallery will be featuring beautiful handcrafted quilts from the past and present through May 1. The Gallery's hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
COLORS Exhibit 🖌️- Stryker Center in Williamsburg. This collaborative show features two longtime friends, photographer Kathy Hornsby and painter Connie Desaulniers, who will share their love of color saturation in their art forms. The exhibit can be viewed weekdays from 9:00 to 5:00 pm through May 27.
Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist 🖌️- Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg. This exhibition includes works by Degas, including drawings, prints, photographs, monotypes, a sculpture and a letter, all from one private collection. The collection is meant to illuminate the background and personality of Edgar Degas and showcase his artistic genius. This exhibit runs through May 29, 2022. Admission is free for Muscarelle Museum of Art members; $10 for non-members. See website for hours.
Ranger Talk💡- Yorktown Battlefield Visitors Center. Join a park ranger for a brief story about the people, places or events in Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. Guests will meet the ranger at the Regimental Flags in front of the park Visitor Center and then travel to a specific location. This event is held on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout April. 1:30 - 1:50 pm. Included with admission.
Yorktown Battlefield Walk💡- Yorktown Battlefield Visitors Center. A park ranger will lead guests on a short walk across the battlefield to offer insights into the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Visitors should be prepared to walk for a half-mile and stand throughout much of the presentation. Included with admission. This activity is held on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout April. Two time slots are available each day: 10:00 -10:45 am and 3:00 - 3:45 pm.
The Photographer's Guild Exhibit 📷- Williamsburg Library. The Photographer's Guild will be displaying photographs from its members in the Williamsburg Library Gallery. The display will also pay tribute to Norman Rictor, one of the Guild's founders, who passed away during the Covid-19 pandemic. April 4 - May 9.
CW Lights🌷- Colonial Williamsburg (Governor's Palace). April 7-30. The Governor's Palace Gardens will be illuminated in a magical glow during this family-friendly evening experience. You'll enjoy the sounds of the finest 18th-century entertainment as you stroll through the bloom-filled gardens. Tickets are $19 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under. 8:00 - 9:00 pm.
Intersections🎭- Colonial Williamsburg (in front of Raleigh Tavern). Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of April. This street theatre experience explores the daily lives of ordinary people in the extraordinary times of the 18th century. Free and open to the public. 11:00 - 11:35 am.
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival 🍇- Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. This event is the largest spring food and wine festival in Virginia. It features over 100 dishes, wines, cocktails and craft beers from around the globe, including new offerings inspired by Australia and Greece. Live music and entertainment will also take place. April 28 - June 12; see website for times and ticket details.
WCAC Twentieth Annual High School Student Art Show 🖌️- Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center. See featured artwork from students of Bruton, Jamestown, Lafayette and Warhill High Schools as well as Walsingham Academy at the Twentieth Annual High School Student Art Show. April 27 - May 20. The gallery is free and open to the public Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Afterschool Crafts 🖌️- James City County Library. Monday - Thursday, 4:00-7:00 pm; Friday, 4:00-6:00 pm. This drop-in event features new crafts every week.
Homeschool Huddle 2.0 for Middle School Students💡- Tabb Library (Yorktown). Homeschoolers will explore a new topic every month through a variety of activities including crafts, experiments, games and more. The April 26 session's topic will be "Sinking of the Titanic." For grades 6-8. 2:30 pm.
DOG St. Running Club 🏃🏽♀️- Merchant Square (Williamsburg). Open to all, this casual, family and dog-friendly running club is for walkers and runners of all ages. Meet up at 5:45 at Merchant Square in front of DoG Street Pub. Free.
Word III: Mail Merge ✔️- Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Students will learn to create a data source for mass mailings with letters or documents in Word in this one session, one-hour workshop. See website to register. 10:15 am.
Facebook II ✔️- Grissom Library (Newport News). In this one session, one-hour workshop, students will learn the social interaction features of Facebook, including creating a profile and cover picture, using the wall and timeline and communicating with friends. Students must have an email and Facebook account prior to class. See website to register. 10:15 am.
Bookgarteners 📖- Grissom Library (Newport News). This activity focuses on growing children's knowledge of books and authors through story sharing, activities and hands-on learning. For ages 2-5. Registration is required. 11:00 am.
Elementary Creation Station 🖌️- York County Public Library (Yorktown). This creative craft hour is held on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month. This month's theme is "Books!" Registration is required. For kids in grades K-5. 4:30 pm.
Pirate and Princess Night 🏴☠️- Chick-fil-A Mooretown Road (Williamsburg). This community event will feature fun and games for all. Come dressed as a pirate or princess for this evening of adventure. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Video Editing Basics ✔️- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Learn about creating digital videos for social media, work, school or even your own YouTube Channel at this interactive workshop. College of William & Mary senior Ellie Voorhis will discuss video development and techniques for sound, transitions and more. For ages 13 through adult. Register in advance. See website for details. 6:00 pm.
Family Academy: Getting Your Family on the Trail for Health and Wellness ✔️- Virtual. In this webinar, local trail guides will discuss the many local parks and trails in James City County and introduce attendees to free opportunities to add adventure to your family outings. Attendees will receive a $15 voucher to Spoke & Art Provisions Co. This event is a collaboration between Family Academy, JCC Parks & Rec, SHIP and Spoke & Art Provisions Co. 6:00 pm.
Dungeons & Dragons (18+) 🎮- Tabb Library (Yorktown). Both new and experienced players are invited to attend this fun evening of Dungeons and Dragons. Light refreshments will be available. For ages 18+. 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
Builder Lab 💡- Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids in grades K-5 are invited to tinker, engineer and build a creation using LEGOs, Brain Flakes and Zoob at this event. Registration is required. 6:00 pm.
Celebrate Yorktown Committee Annual Plant Sale 🌷- 112 Church St. (Yorktown). Shop for locally-grown irises and difficult-to-find Yorktown onions at this event. All proceeds will benefit the Celebrate Yorktown Committee. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Historic Garden Week Market 🌷- Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Shop for seasonal produce, fresh baked goods, meats, honey and more at this new, middle-of-the-week extended market that will inspire your love of gardening. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Historic Garden Week Tour 🌷- Freight Shed (Yorktown). Historic Yorktown is the headquarters this year for the Hampton-Newport News chapter of the Garden Club of Virginia during Historic Garden Week. Tour various homes, landscapes and historic structures in the village and learn from horticultural experts. Tickets are available here. Proceeds will fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia's historic public gardens. $20 - $60. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Novel Ideas Contemporary Book Club 📖- James City County Library (Williamsburg) and Virtual. Novel Ideas focuses on classic and contemporary fiction and nonfiction from throughout the world. This discussion will focus on The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey. Participants can attend either virtually or in-person. See website for Zoom link. 2:00 pm.
New Town Tunes: Trial by Fire 🎵- Sullivan Square at New Town (Williamsburg). James City County Parks & Recreation, in partnership with CultureFix, presents a 2-day spring concert series featuring three tribute bands on three different nights. On April 27, come see Trial by Fire's Journey Tribute. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free. 5:30 pm.
Peanut Butter N’ Jams Acoustic Open Mic 🎵- Check out this acoustic open mic night at Brass Cannon Brewing, hosted by Nadia Koz. 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
Yoga @ Grissom 🧘🏽- Grissom Library (Newport News) and Virtual. Instructor Emily Coyner teaches introductory yoga classes every Wednesday evening, no experience required. Spots are limited; all participants must register for either the in-person or virtual classes. 6:00 pm.
The Spring 2022 Tack Faculty Lecture, “Pumping Iron for Renewable Fuels,” by William McNamara 🎤- Sadler Center (Williamsburg). William McNamara, Associate Professor of Chemistry at William & Mary, will discuss renewable energy and explain how solar fuels are being generated at W&M. This event is free and open to the public; attendees are asked to RSVP here. 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Yoga 🧘🏽- James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). This yoga event is for ages 18+ with disabilities and is offered in partnership with The Arc of Greater Williamsburg. Free. 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
VSO Presents: Golden Age of Broadway 🎵- Ferguson Center for the Arts (Newport News). This live performance by Virginia Symphony Orchestra features hits from Broadway's Golden Age of the 1940s and 1950s. Enjoy favorite music from shows like Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, West Side Story and more. Tickets: $25.00 and up. 7:30 pm.
Homeschool STEAM Teen Series: Chemistry in Art 🖌️- Teens are invited to this Chemistry in Art series, where they'll test out the science behind paint pouring art and sharpie canvas art. See website to register. 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Superhero Day! 🖌️- Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids ages 3-11 are invited to stop by Pearl Bailey Library to celebrate Super Hero day and participate in a themed craft. This is a pop-in activity; registration not required. 3:00 - 6:00 pm.
Build Your Future with YouthBuild ✔️- Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Newport News YouthBuild helps eligible young people ages 18-24 earn their GED and learning Carpentry, HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical trades training to find and keep a great job. A representative will discuss the program and take questions. Learn more about YouthBuild here. 4:00 pm.
Poetry Meetup 📖- Main Street Library (Newport News). Students ages 10-17 are invited to attend this poetry meetup to share their favorite poems. This event will be held every Thursday in April for National Poetry Month. 4:00 pm
Writer's Workshop 🖊️- Grissom Library (Newport News). Instructors Howard Manly and Angie Taliferro lead this group on the fourth Thursday of every month. Each class focuses on one writing element or common writing problem, with new topics every month. For adults 18+. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Teen Job Fair ✔️- Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Local employers looking for teens 16 and up for summer and long-term jobs will meet with candidates and talk about their open positions. Interested teens can learn about multiple local opportunities for youth at this convenient event, and all teens are welcome. No registration is required. See website for the full list of employers. 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
SCORE Workshop: How to Start Your Own Business ✔️- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). If you're interested in starting a business but not sure how to begin or if your idea makes sense, check out this workshop. You'll learn about topics like how a business plan can help you, how to define the benefits of your product or service and where to look for guidance. Admission is free; advance registration is required. Register here. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Candlelight Organ Recital 🎵- Bruton Parish (Williamsburg). Featuring music by Dr. JanEl Will, organist at Bruton Parish. This event is free and open to the public; freewill offerings are gratefully received. 8:00 pm.
Open Art Studio 🖌️- James City County Library (Williamsburg). Children are invited to paint, draw, create and explore at the Open Art Studio. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Main Street Library's Chess Club♟️- Main Street Library (Newport News). Kids ages 5-17 are invited to check out the Main Street Chess Club. 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Karaoke Night 🎵- Brass Cannon Brewing (Williamsburg) - Grab a drink and sing your heart out with Karaoke Karla at Brass Cannon Brewing. 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
Live Music: Tony Breslow 🎵- Water Street Grille (Yorktown). Tony Breslow is a country music singer-songwriter based in Hampton Roads who was voted "Country Artist of the Year" by VEER Magazine. 6:00 pm.
Williamsburg Community Shred-a-Thon ✔️- Walsingham Academy (Williamsburg). Shred your confidential documents at this drive-thru, on-site shredding event. The shredding truck can handle all paper, CDs, DVDs, paper clips, staples, binders, and large clips. Your first grocery-sized bag is free; all additional bags are $5 each. Proceeds benefit Walsingham's Annual Fund for Excellence; donations will also be accepted. 8:00 - 11:00 am.
Yorktown Market Days 🚜- Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Shop for seasonal produce, freshly baked goods, honey, handmade soaps and candles, artwork and more from local creators and artisans. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Master Gardeners Plant Sale 🌷- Williamsburg Botanical Garden (Williamsburg). Shop a wide variety of plants grown by local Master Gardeners - including annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and more. Rain or shine. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Field Herping Event with VLM Herpatologist 🌷- Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). "Herping" is the term used to refer to the activity of looking for wild reptiles and amphibians in the field. You'll be able to participate in herping yourself on a special guided tour of the museum grounds during this event. Learn how to identify native wildlife - some of which you may find in your own backyard - and learn how to stay safe and respect the animals in their habitats. This tour takes place outside and participants should wear clothes they don't mind getting a bit dirty. For ages 12+. $20/person. 9:00 - 10:00 am.
Mother's Day Garden Collage on Canvas 🖌️- James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Kids can create a garden collage on canvas for mom at this event, which is inspired by favorite contemporary artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby, who will be discussed during the workshop. This activity will be led by KidCreate Studio. For kids 5-12. $15. 9:00 - 10:00 am.
Warrior 5K Ruck or Run 🏃🏽♀️- Billsburg Brewery (Williamsburg). Join Warriors at Ease Ambassador Renee for a 5k Ruck or Run - virtually or in person. Warriors at Ease seeks to bring awareness to the visible and invisible burdens that encompass the military lifestyle. Sign-in/sign-up begins at 9:00 am, start time is 11:00-11:15 am.
Williamsburg Farmers Market 🚜- Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 parking lot (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Farmers Market is back for the 2022 season! Shop from producers of locally grown produce, baked goods, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, fresh bread, honey and more. Visa, Mastercard, SNAP and W&M express are now accepted. 9:00 am - noon.
Toano Open Air Market 🚜- 7891 Richmond Rd (Toano). This week's market will feature live music by Joe's Day Off. Shop safely every Saturday while supporting local farmers, artisans, pollinators and a variety of other vendors. Pre-ordering is recommended in order to ensure product availability. 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Art in the Park 🖌️- York River State Park Amphitheater (Williamsburg). The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Marine Advisory Program are offering this free watercolor-based journaling session. You'll learn to capture nature in a creative way. All supplies will be provided; registration is limited to 15 participants. For ages 12 through adult. See website for registration information. Included in park admission. 10:00 - 11:30 am.
Shredding Event and DEA Drug Take Back Day ✔️- Public Works Office (Yorktown). Shred personal documents and drop off prescription pills and patches you no longer need at this event put together by the York County Beautification Committee and York County D.A.T.E. Attendees are encouraged to donate non-perishable canned or boxed food items, which will be given to a local food pantry. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Day of Drones 💡- James City County Library (Williamsburg). Learn all about drones from local experts at this event. You'll even be able to take one for a test flight. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Historic Organ Recital 🎵- William & Mary Wren Chapel (Williamsburg). Features Thomas Marshall. Free and open to the public; freewill offerings are gratefully received. 10:00 am.
Historic Hilton Village Spring Festival 🌷- Historic Hilton Village (Newport News). Celebrate spring at this decades-old favorite event at Hilton Village. Enjoy fresh market goods, a pet parade, art vendors, kids activities and food trucks. 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Master Gardeners Present Planting for Pollinators🌷- Tabb Library (Yorktown). Learn what you can do to help pollinators like Monarch butterflies and honey bees in our area. This program will discuss how simple choices can transform your yard or garden bed into a habitat for beneficial insects. 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
Virginia Regional Ballet Presents Fairy Tale to Fairy Tale 🎭- Crosswalk Church (Norge). This magical ballet features tales of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and The Tales of Beatrix Potter. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children. Two showings: 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
Dabble in Discovery🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). Meet with the park's naturalist and ranger who will help you discover the aquatic, mammal, insect and plant life in the ecosystem of this 2,000+ acre park. Included with park admission. 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Flat Iron Crossroads Funk Festival 🎵- 7709 Flatiron Rd. (Gloucester). This event will feature four great bands: Groove Exchange, Twin Brothers Band, Weekend Plans and Big Tony & Trouble Funk. Multiple food trucks and many vendors will also be at the event. $40. 1:30 - 9:00 pm.
"My Asian-American Dream" 🎥- Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). "My Asian-American Dream" is a film that presents life stories from three generations of Asian Americans. It was filmed and edited in 2021 in Williamsburg by Truman Ruberti, a Korean-Italian film studies student at W&M. 2:00 pm.
Mosquito Abatement ✔️- Grissom Library (Newport News). Learn how to control mosquitoes in your yard using techniques developed based on scientific research. This class is presented by the Colonial Beekeeper's Association. For adults 18+. 3:30 - 4:30 pm.
Live Music: Dave Crumpler & Michael Glass 🎵- Berret's Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill (Williamsburg). Listen to David Crumpler and Michael Glass perform a variety of acoustic arrangements while enjoying craft beers and a variety of entree options. See a performance by this talented duo on News 3 here. 3:30 - 6:30 pm.
King of Glory Lutheran Church Organ Dedication 🎵- King of Glory Church (Williamsburg). Dr. John A. Behnke, guest organist, leads this concert of sacred music which will include brass, choir, handbells and audience participation. Behnke has over 500 handbell, choral and organ compositions in print in the U.S, Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This concert is free and open to the public. Register here. 4:00 - 5:30 pm.
Live Music: Joshua Eadie & The Common Wealth at The Virginia Beer Co. 🎵 - The Virginia Beer Company (Williamsburg). This free show features traditional folk, bluegrass and contemporary classics. 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
Teensational Socials: Spring Formal Dance 🎵- James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). This event is for ages 13-21 with disabilities. Attendees will enjoy a fun night of dancing with friends. Registration is not required; this is a drop in event. Free. 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
Ale Aid 🎵- Brass Cannon Brewing (Williamsburg). This annual charity event benefits CHKD (Children's Hospital of the Kind's Daughters). It will feature live music by Chris Ride, raffles and food by Kirbside Dawgs & Hawgs. $1 of every pint sold will be donated. 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
A Night on the Town 🎵- McGrew Towers Conference Center (Hampton). Communities United is hosting its first "A Night on the Town" fundraising event. This event will feature dancing, pictures, murder mystery, games, blues and jazz karaoke. Funds raised provide military, civilian and homeless children with toys during the holiday season they would not otherwise receive. A portion of proceeds will also be dedicated to help CHKD provide services to families facing financial difficulties. $40 general admission; $60 admission with open bar. 7:00 pm.
Diana Krall 🎵- Ferguson Center for the Arts (Newport News). See Diana Krall in this live performance at the Ferguson Center. Krall's albums have won two Grammy Awards and ten Juno Awards. She is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart. Patrons must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid test to attend. Tickets are $49 and up. 8:00 pm.
Stargazing with NASA Skywatcher Club 🔭- Upper County Park (Williamsburg). Stargaze with NASA Skywatcher Astronomy Club, where you'll learn from their knowledge, experience and love of astronomy. All ages. Free. 8:00 pm.
Candlelight Choral Concert: Requiem by Rutter & Te Deum by Trotta 🎵 - Bruton Parish (Williamsburg). Annual John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Concert. Requiem by John Rutter & Te Deum by Michael John Trotta – Bruton Choirs & Orchestra. Free and open to the public; freewill offerings are gratefully received. 8:00 pm.
Live Music: Sunday Sips & Sounds with Chris Ride 🎵- The Virginia Beer Company (Williamsburg). See Chris Ride live. Food by Healthy Eatz Vegetarian Cafe will also be available. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.
Spring Weekend on Your Wheels 🚲- New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). This youth bike race series is held on select weekends through April and May. Children will be separated by skill level; parents and helmets are required. Children racing for the first time should ideally arrive at least an hour early to ensure they're placed in the right skill category. $10; register here. 12:45 - 4:00 pm.
Battlefield Tour: Redoubts 9 and 10 💡- Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). This walking tour starts at the British Inner Defenses and then heads to Redoubts 9 and 10. Learn about how the Allies captured both redoubts in less than 30 minutes, ultimately leading to the surrender of the British Army. $10; children under 10 are free. 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
Passport Help Desk ✔️- Main Street Library (Newport News). If you need assistance applying for your passport, stop by the Main Street Library's meeting room for help. A passport acceptance agent will walk you through the application and answer questions. 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Live Music: Lane Rice 🎵- Precarious Beer Hall (Williamsburg). See Lane Rice in a solo acoustic performance at Precarious Beer Hall. Rice is a seasoned songwriter and performer from Newport News. 3:00 pm.