As usual, there's no shortage of events happening in the Historic Triangle and surrounding region this week.
The City of Newport News will also be hosting a series of events for Juneteenth this year, and the final day to register for many of those programs is Monday, May 16. For more details, click here.
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Drummers Call Weekend 🥁- Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes & Drums, along with fife and drum units from across the United States, will be celebrating the tradition of military music from May 20-21. The weekend begins with Successful Campaign, an evening of traditional, patriotic military music by the Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum Senior Corps and the Fifes and Drums of York Town. This event will be held at the Charlton Stage at 7:30 pm on Friday. On Saturday, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes & Drums will lead visiting corps from around the country in the Grand March and Review from the Capitol down Duke of Gloucester Street to Market Square beginning at 12:30 pm. The event concludes with the Williamsburg Military Tattoo, a torch-lit march down Duke of Gloucester Street at 8:15 pm. on Saturday, featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums joined by the visiting units.
Juneteenth Event Registration ✔️- City of Newport News. The City of Newport News will be holding a variety of Juneteenth events from June 8-19 with a focus on education, awareness and commemoration. The deadline to register for many of these events is Monday, May 16. Residents, students, businesses and civic organizations are invited to participate. Upcoming events include a community parade, spoken word, debate, bingo, mime performance and freedom festival. For the full schedule of events and to register, click here.
R.A.D ✔️- James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). The R.A.D (Rape Aggression Defense) system teaches women realistic self-defense techniques. Ages 14+ are invited to this five-day workshop taught by R.A.D instructors with the JCC Police Department. Free. May 17, 19, 26, 31 and June 2. 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
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.
Palace Concert 🎵- Governor's Palace (Colonial Williamsburg). Tuesdays, May 17, 24 and 31. This elegant special music event features the Governor's Musick, Colonial Williamsburg's early music ensemble and will be held every Tuesday throughout the month of May. You'll enjoy 17th- and 18th-century music for flute, harpsichord, voice and strings. Not appropriate for children six and under. Tickets are $19 for adults, $12 for children ages 6-12. Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 pm.
Revolutionary Points of View 🎭- Capitol Hall of Burgesses at Colonial Williamsburg. This event will be held every Tuesday (May 17, 24 and 31). Step back in time to the eve of the American Revolution and hear a wide range of points of view about the war and independence - and then join in on the debate to decide whether we remain British or become Americans. Two time slots are available: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults; $9 for children under 12.
Intersections🎭- Colonial Williamsburg (in front of Raleigh Tavern). This street theatre experience explores the daily lives of ordinary people in the extraordinary times of the 18th century. Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 29. Free and open to the public. 11:00 - 11:35 am.
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.
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.
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.
Photoshop Basics 🖌️- Virtual, hosted by Newport News Public Library. This virtual workshop introduces users to Adobe Photoshop. Sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud for a free 7-day trial, then follow along with the class live on NNPL's Youtube channel. Free. 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
Art! 🖌️- Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids in grades K-5 are invited to create art inspired by Louise Bourgeois. 4:30 pm.
The Story of the Coelacanth💡- Styker Center (Williamsburg). Learn about the Coelacanth, a fish that was thought to have gone extinct millions of years ago until it was rediscovered by commercial fishermen in South Africa. Dr. Eric Hilton, Dr. Eric Hilton, Curator of the VIMS Nunnally Ichthyology Collection, will tell the story of the unique species. 3:00 pm.
Live Music Monday: Travis Colby 🎵- Spoke & Art Provisions Co. (Williamsburg). See Travis Colby perform live at Spoke & Art. 5:00 pm.
Cinema @ Scotland Street: “Parallel Mothers” 🎥- Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This film series focuses on indie, art house, documentary and foreign films. This week's featured film is Parallel Mothers (2021). Rated R. 6:00 pm.
Community Yoga 🧘🏽- Watermen's Museum (Yorktown). Bring your yoga mat and meet at the carriage house to participate in a rejuvenating, beginner-friendly yoga session. $10. Proceeds benefit the Watermen's Museum. 6:00 - 6:50 pm
Full Moon Hike 🌕- Freedom Park (Williamsburg). Explore the park after dark under the full moon. The park will be open late, past sunset, on this self-guided hike. Free. 8:15 - 9:30 pm.
Lunch and Learn: Healthy Lifestyles ✔️- Grissom Library (Newport News) and Virtual. This Lunch and Learn series, presented by the Alzheimer's Association, will discuss different aspects of life with Alzheimer's and related conditions. Guests are invited to attend either in-person or virtually through the link provided during registration. For adults 18+. 12:00 - 1:00 pm.
Art House Cafe Film Series: "Writing with Fire"🎥- Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This film series offers an art house flavor. In addition to watching the featured film, guests can hear from film experts, enjoy light refreshments and participate in a discussion after the film. This month's featured film is Writing with Fire. NR. 2:00 - 3:25 pm.
Photoshop I 🖌️- Virtual, hosted by Newport News Public Library. Join this virtual workshop to build upon skills learned in Photoshop Basics. See website for a Youtube link to the live session. 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
Elementary Creation Station: Session I 🖌️- Tabb Library (Yorktown). A creative craft hour will be offered for children in grades K-5 on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month. The same craft will be offered at both sessions, so parents are asked to only register for one of the sessions. This month's theme is bugs. 4:30 - 5:30 pm.
Junior Makers: Windchimes 🖌️- Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids ages 5-11 will paint and decorate spring-themed wood windchimes at this free activity. Registration is required. 5:00 - 6:00 pm.
Write Now! with YCPL & the Muse Writers Center 🖋️- Tabb Library (Yorktown) and Virtual. If you've always wanted to write a story and are looking for some inspiration or creative motivation, check out this workshop. The class meets every 3rd Tuesday in-person at Tabb Library or on Zoom. See website for Zoom link. For adults 18+. 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Dot Art 🖌️- Grissom Library (Newport News). Use acrylic paint to create unique, dotted works of art under the guidance of artist Linda Tazi. For adults 18+. Registration is required. 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
Turning Pages: "Beloved" 📖- Williamsburg Library and Virtual (Williamsburg). This group reviews classic and contemporary fiction from around the globe. Join in-person or virtually to discuss this month's featured title, Beloved, by Toni Morrison. 6:45 pm.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 🎵- Ferguson Center for the Arts (Newport News). This musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to fame. Tickets are $69+. 7:30 pm.
Soft Plastic Recycling ✔️– James City Lions Club (Williamsburg). Recycle your soft plastic at Colonial Towne Plaza Shopping Center, 6925 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg. They will also accept food donations for FISH and used eyeglasses/hearing aids. See the list of acceptable plastics here. 9:00 - 10:00 am.
Beginning Excel ✔️- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Need to learn how to open, save and input data in Microsoft Excel? This class is for you. Seating is limited. See website for registration details. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Who Ya Gonna Call? Genealogy MYTH Busters! ✔️- Virtual, hosted by Tabb Library. Genealogist Renate Yarborough Sanders will talk about common genealogy myths and discuss how you can create a more accurate narrative. See website for Zoom link. 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
Lunch and Learn on the Grounds of Endview💡- Endview Plantation (Newport News). Take part in a luncheon and presentation on the grounds of Endview Plantation. Guests will learn about research and new findings highlighted in Endview's permanent new exhibit. Bring a brown bag lunch or place an advanced order for a boxed lunch. Free and open to the public. Lunch begins at 11:30; lecture at noon.
Mad Science: Bugs Workshop 💡- James City County Library (Williamsburg). This Learning @ the Library event is geared toward kids ages 6-12. Registration is required; see website for details. 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Sugoi! Teen Anime Club 📖- Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Teens 12-17 are invited to hang out, watch anime, play games, talk about manga and more. This activity meets on the third Wednesday of the month. 5:00 - 6:30 pm.
We're Hiring, Lifeguards! 🌊- James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Lifeguards are needed to staff the county's indoor and outdoor pools. Must be at least 16, have a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification with First Aid, CPR and AED training and complete a swim test. This is a drop-in event. 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
Explore Powhatan Creek by Kayak 🌷- James City County Marina (Williamsburg). Learn about the natural and historic resources of Powhatan Creek and the James River. Paddlecraft, paddles and personal flotation devices provided; registration required. Ages 16+. Free. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
New Town Tunes: Rapjack 🎵- Sullivan Square at New Town (Williamsburg). James City County Parks & Recreation, in partnership with CultureFix, presents a spring concert series featuring tribute bands. On May 18, come see Rapjack in The Grateful Dead Tribute (rescheduled from May 4). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free. 5:30 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.
Dewey Decibel Concert: Peninsula Concert Band 🎵- Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). The Peninsula Concert Band will perform a variety of music, including classic, march and popular tunes. Free; no tickets required. 7:00 pm.
Persnickety Reads Book Club 📖- Persnickety Crane Cafe (Yorktown). Join the Tabb Library Bookclubz page, then read and join the discussion at Persnickety Crane Cafe. This group meets every Thursday at 10:00 am.
City Center Farmers Market 🚜- City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Find fresh, healthy, farm-to-table foods like produce, beef, jams and local treats at this Farmers Market, every Thursday through September 1. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Evening Yoga 🧘🏽- Tabb Library (Yorktown). A certified yoga instructor will lead yoga and breathing exercises during this evening class, held the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. For ages 18+ and all skill levels. Attendees should bring a yoga mat. Free. 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
Real People/Real Stories: "Red Notice" 📖- Stryker Center (Williamsburg). This book club focuses on the best titles in nonfiction history, science, nature, the arts and biography. This month's featured book is Red Notice by Bill Browder. 2:00 pm.
Throwback Thursday Film Series: "The Aviator" 🎥- Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). The Throwback Thursday Film Series, now in its 19th year, features a classic film every Thursday afternoon for an adult audience. This week's featured film is The Aviator. PG-13. 2:00 - 4:50 pm.
Who Would Win? 📖- James City County Library (Williamsburg). Fans of the Who Would Win series are invited to a friendly competition based on nonfiction books. For ages 7 and up. Registration is required. 5:00 - 6:30 pm.
Books & Beers Book Club 📖- Tradition Brewing Company (Newport News). Discuss good books while enjoying a beer at NNPL's Books and Beers book club. May's selected title is The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. 6:00 pm.
Dr. Healy Hamilton: Sexy Seahorses, Family Trees, and Biodiversity 🎤- Virginia Living Museum (Newport News) and Virtual. Dr. Hamilton is a biodiversity scientist with expertise in the management and conservation of at-risk species and ecosystems. In this lecture, she'll discuss the seahorses found off Virginia's shores and how they're used to support ocean conservation. Sign up to attend either in-person or virtually (via Zoom) here. 6:30 pm.
Animanga Club 🎥- Grissom Library (Newport News). Teens ages 12-17 are invited to watch anime, discuss Japanese culture, play games and more at the Animanga Club. Meets the third Thursday of each month. 6:30 - 7:45 pm.
Intro to Cricut Design Space 🖌️- Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Interested in learning how to get started with a Cricut? This class teaches the basics of Cricut Design Space, the software used to make creations. 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
Top Ten Tips for Using Your New iPhone or iPad💡- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This class is geared for adults who just got a new iPhone or iPad and want to learn about how to use its many features. Even if your device isn't brand new and you're feeling stumped, you'll find this class useful. Seating is limited to 5 people and registration is required. 10:00 am.
Civil War Lecture 🎤- Mariners' Museum (Newport News) and Virtual. USS Camanche - John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, with guest speaker Robert Bailey, will discuss the March 9, 1862 Battle of Hampton Roads. This lecture will be available both in-person and online. $1 for in-person lecture (free for members); free for all to livestream. 12:00 - 1:00 pm.
Pre-School Patriotic Chocolate Workshop 🖌️- James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Gear up for the summer holidays by learning basic chocolate-making techniques with your pre-school-aged child. This workshop will be led by The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc. $20. 5:00 - 6:30 pm.
Forest Explorers Friday: Walk & Talk🌷- Greensprings Interpretive Trail (Williamsburg). Children and their parents are invited to join JCC Parks & Recreation staff on this guided hike to identify native and non-native plants and reptiles. Free. 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
Dungeons & Dragons 🎮- Virtual, hosted by Newport News Public Library. Join this digital game of Dungeons and Dragons on Discord. For adults 18+. See website for server link. 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Walk and Talk 🎤- New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Battlefield Association and Civil War Trails, Inc. will provide an overview of the Battle of Williamsburg which occurred near New Quarter Park on May 5, 1862. During the talk, the WBA will also emphasize the battle's aftermath - including care of the fallen and wounded - and the devastating impact on the old colonial capitol and the people in the now-occupied town of Williamsburg. Meet near Rebout 12. Free. 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
Yorktown, Ghosts, The Thin Veil Tour and Talk 🎤- Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). Hear historical accounts of ghosts and other experiences passed down through the centuries in Yorktown. $10; no children under 12 allowed. 6:00 - 7:00 pm.
Splash on Friday 🌊- James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Enjoy family time at the pool, including a free swim area and an area with a Wibit inflatable obstacle course. Games and prizes included; registration required. All ages. Free. 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Dewey Decibel Concert Series: Jae Sinnett Trio with Special Guest Cyrus Chestnut 🎵- Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This performance features Hampton Roads jazz icon Jae Sinnett, who will perform with his trio and special guest Cyrus Chestnut, a talented pianist. Tickets are $5; $4 for WRL members. 7:30 pm.
The Drifters, Cornell Gunter Coasters and The Platters 🎵- Ferguson Center for the Arts (Newport News). This nostalgic evening will feature three of the world's most popular music groups, who have been associated with more than 40 of the top classic songs in Rock & Roll's history. Tickets are $33 and up. 8:00 pm.
Historic Hilton Village Yard Sale ✔️- Hilton Village (Newport News). Calling all yard sale enthusiasts! You'll find a wide variety of treasures at the annual Greater Hilton Neighborhood Yard Sale. 7:00 am - approximately 3:00 pm.
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.
Walk This Way: Williamsburg Walking Club🚶🏽♀️- James City County Recreation Center Trail (Williamsburg). Make a positive impact on your health and have fun while walking through the trails of James City County with guidance from a walking coach. Meets at a different location each month. For ages 14 through adult. Free. 9:00 am - 10:00 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). 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. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Kids Stars & Stripes Cookie Decorating 🖌️- James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Kids can gear up for Memorial Day and 4th of July by making star-shaped patriotic cookies. This class will be led by The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc. For ages 6-13, $25. 10:00 am - noon.
Bookmobile FunFest: Star Wars Mania 🖌️- Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to dress as their favorite Star Wars character and make a lightsaber, Yoda ears and folded flyers at this event. Free. 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Swamp Bridge Walk 🌷- Newport News Park (Newport News). A park naturalist will lead a guided walk to the Swamp Bridge, which spans the beautiful upper marsh of the reservoir. You'll see the plant and animal life that makes the park a unique and special place. This walk will last about 90 minutes. Two times are available: 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Stream to Sea Stroll 🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). Explore life in four different aquatic ecosystems and discover the creatures that call the waters their home. Included in park admission. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Dabble In Discovery 🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). Meet the park's naturalist/ranger who will discuss the wide variety of aquatic, insect, mammal and plant life living in this two-thousand-acre park. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Open Art Studio 🖌️- James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to paint, draw, create and explore during this drop-in activity. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Saturday Acoustic Brunch: Audio Portrait 🎵- Spoke & Art Provisions Co. (Williamsburg). Enjoy brunch at Spoke & Art while hearing live music by Audio Portrait. 11:00 am.
Williamsburg Friends of IANDS May Meeting 🎤- Virtual. Williamsburg Friends of IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies) is a nonprofit organization that introduces the public to individuals who have had life-changing near-death experiences. This month's guest speaker is Robert C. Coppes. See the website for Robert's profile and Zoom meeting details. Free and open to the public. 11:00 am.
World Arts Celebration 🎵- City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sister Cities at this event featuring international vendors, performers, artists, cuisine and more. Free admission and free parking. 12:00 - 5:00 pm.
Tyke Hike 🌷- Parents are invited to bring their toddlers for an outdoor adventure custom-made for children 2 to 4 years old. Included with park admission. 12:30 - 1:30 pm.
Live Acoustical Guitar Performance 🎵- Gallery at York Hall (Yorktown). Enjoy a live concert by Louis Vangieri, a creative acoustic guitarist and songwriter. Free. 12:00 - 2:30 pm.
Libation Tour and Tasting 🍺- Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). Guests will walk down Main Street on this guided tour and stop at the Swan tavern and other taverns and ordinaries. Includes tastings of Port, Madeira and Cider. Must be 21 or over. $20 per person. 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
Skulls & Skins 🌷- A park ranger will reveal some wonders of mammal life along the river and answer wildlife questions. Included with park admission. 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Leaf A Long 🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). On this one-mile hike guided by park interpreters, you'll explore Virginia's unique and diverse native tree species. Water and closed-toed shoes are encouraged. Included with park admission. 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Sensory Movie: “Encanto” 🎥- James City County Library (Williamsburg). This special screening of Encanto will feature a sensory-friendly environment. Lights will be on, the movie's volume will be turned down and attendees are welcome to move around during the film. This showing is geared toward young children or those with special needs, but all are invited. 2:00 pm.
Makerspace Glowforge Pin 🖌️- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Draw a design and have the Glowforge laser it onto a cool pin. For ages 12 through adult. Spots are limited; call to register. 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Asian American Heritage Month Movie: "Minari" 🎥- Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Celebrate AAPI Heritage by attending this showing of the Oscar-nominated film Minari, which tells the story of a Korean family trying to achieve the American dream. Refreshments will be served. For adults 18+. 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Pop-in Saturdays: Crafting for Critters 🖌️- Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids ages 3-11 are invited to take a StoryWalk with Once Upon an Elephant for Endangered Species Day. They'll then create art featuring animals nearing extinction. Registration not required. 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Vineyard Live Concert Series: These Wild Plains 🎵- New Kent Winery (New Kent). Enjoy live music by These Wild Plains during the kickoff of the winery's Vineyard Live Concert Series. Wine, beer and food trucks will be available before and during the concert. ID required. Tickets are $10 (or purchase a pass to all 5 events for the discounted rate of $40 here.) Gates open at 5:30 pm; concert starts at 6:30 pm.
Movie in the Park: "Enacanto" 🎥- McReynolds Athletic Complex (Yorktown). This month's featured movie in the park will be Encanto. Bring chairs or a blanket for seating. Concessions will be available. Rated PG. Free. Begins at sunset.
Paws to Read 📖- Tabb Library (Yorktown). Children can practice their reading skills by reading books alongside trained therapy dogs during this event. For grades 1-5. 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Sunday Sippin' and Strummin' with Patrick Ryan 🎵- Virginia Beer Company (Williamsburg). Enjoy live music from Patrick Ryan in The Edge District. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.
River Seine 🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). Discover unique fish and shellfish by following the Woodstock Pond Trail during this ranger-guided activity. Included with park admission. 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Roaming Ranger 🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). Meet with a naturalist/ranger and discover the aquatic, mammal, insect and plant life in the ecosystem of this 2,000-acre park. Included with park admission. 4:00 - 5:00 pm.
Sunset Pick Your Paddle 🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). Enjoy a scenic evening trip on the York River. 5:30 - 7:30 pm. This event is free with park admission; call the office for rental fees and reservations.
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