38 Things to Do This Week: March 14-20

As St. Patrick's Day approaches, there's plenty happening locally this week.

Good afternoon!

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching, and there are plenty of things to do on the Peninsula this week.

Some highlights include Stories by the Fire (featuring Irish tales) at New Quarter Park in York County, Sham-ROCK in Newport News, Fido Fest at Jamestown Beach Event Park, the Bacchus Wine and Food Festival at the Virginia Living Museum, a shredding party at Midtown Row in Williamsburg and the first-ever “Cones and Cops” meet and greet in Poquoson.

Want to tell me about an upcoming local event? Please email me at [email protected].

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

-Christin

Multiple Days

  • Women’s History Month at Colonial Williamsburg – Colonial Williamsburg is offering a mix of dramatizations, short plays, interpretations and online live-streamed special events all throughout March in honor of Women’s History Month. Many of the events are included with Art Museum Admission or the Good Neighbor Pass for locals. See website for a full listing of events.
  • Women’s History Month at Virginia Living Museum – The Virginia Living Museum is celebrating Women’s History Month throughout all of March. Each weekend, the museum will offer different activities to celebrate the achievements of accomplished women. For the weekend of March 19-20, the focus will be on Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
  • Hampton Restaurant Week – March 6 – 20. Hampton Restaurant Week has returned, and now, it includes takeout specials for the first time. Support local restaurants and enjoy eat-in or takeout specials, featuring $10 lunch and $20 and $30 multi-course dinners. See website for a full list of participating restaurants.
  • Busch Gardens Spring Job Fair – Learn about positions currently available at Busch Gardens. Positions are currently available in the areas of photography, food service, merchandise, guest services and more. All who apply online and attend the job fair will receive one free single-day ticket. This event will be held Friday, March 4; Saturday, March 12; Friday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 23.
  • Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Fridays through Sundays, March 4-27 (including St. Patrick’s Day). Features family-friendly fun and authentic live entertainment, including performances by local dance schools. See website for times and additional details.
  • WRL Youth Art Show – Stryker Center in Williamsburg. Celebrate youth art and creativity in the community at the WRL Youth Art Show, featuring the original work of students in middle and high school in James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg. Exhibit hours are Sunday, March 6, 1:00 – 5:00 pm and Monday – Friday, March 7 – March 31, 9:00 am – 5:00 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.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Take Home Craft – Hampton Main Library. Children ages 3 and up will be able to decorate and fill their own pot of gold with this take-home craft. Free. March 9 – 17.
  • VITA Free Tax Preparation – Free tax preparation and electronic filing services are available to the public through the Greater Williamsburg Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm and Saturdays, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm through April 16. Masks required.

Monday, March 14

  • “Fiddler on the Roof” – Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News. Tony-award winner Bartlett Sher directs a talented cast in this performance of “Fiddler on the Roof,” accompanied by a live orchestra. See website for ticket purchase information. 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, March 15

  • Art House Cafe’ Film Series: Belfast – Williamsburg Library. This semi-autobiographical film tells the story of a close-knit Catholic family in Belfast in the 1960s during Ireland’s “Troubles.” 2:00 pm.

Thursday, March 17 ☘️

  • Sham-ROCK – City Center at Oyster Point in Newport News. This St. Patrick’s Day-themed event will feature live music from The Whiskey Rebellion, Irish dancing, food vendors and games and giveaways. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed for St. Patrick’s Day for a chance to win a gift basket. Parking and admission are both free. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Friday, March 18

  • Daniel Weber Reading and Book Signing – Williamsburg Library. Legendary science fiction author David Weber will be at the Williamsburg Library theater for a reading and question and answer, as well as a book signing. 11:00 am.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Saude Creek Vineyards. This event will feature live Irish folk music from Joe’s Day Off. Food, beer from Alewerks Brewing Co. and green shamrock sangria will also be available. 5:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Bacchus Wine & Food Festival – Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Sample fine wine and local restaurant fair, participate in a Silent Auction and enjoy an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment. Must be 21 or older; see website for ticket information. 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Sensory Friendly Movie Night: Clifford the Big Red Dog – James City County Recreation Center. This family event features low lighting and sensory-friendly seating areas. Popcorn and snacks are included; registration is required. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. $5 per family.
  • Live Music: Bad Habit Rocks – Revolution Golf and Grille in Williamsburg. Heavy classic rock. 7:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Dewey Decibel Concerts: Higher Ground Big Band – Williamsburg Regional Library. The Higher Ground Big Band performs swing, Latin, jazz and modern big band arrangements. Free admission. 7:30 pm.
  • Splash on Friday – James City County Recreation Center. Enjoy family time in the indoor pool during “Pool of Gold Night.” This event features a free swim area as well as an area for the Wibit inflatable obstacle course. Games and prizes will also be featured. Registration is required; see website for details. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free.

Saturday, March 19

  • Williamsburg Farmers Market Kickoff Event – Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 Parking lot in Williamsburg. 9:00 am – noon. 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 meets, cheeses, fresh bread, honey and more. Visa, Mastercard, SNAP and W&M express now accepted.
  • Toano Open Air Market – 7891 Richmond Rd. 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.
  • Fido Fest – Jamestown Beach Event Park. Fido Fest features dog-friendly activities, including games, contests, food and community vendors. New this year, the event will also feature two new activities: “Photo Row” and “The Fast and the Furiest.” Heritage Humane Society will also be present during the event with an information table and adoptable dogs. All dogs attending must be on a leash no more than 8″ long and must be current on vaccines. 10:00 a.m – 2:00 pm.
  • Hello Spring Walk – Newport News Park. Join the park’s staff naturalist on a walk to learn about the plants and wildlife you can find on the trails in the springtime. 10:00 – 11:00 am.
  • Bookmobile FunFest: Spring into Reading – Abram Fink Jr. Community Center in Williamsburg. Children’s entertainer Earl Long will host a celebration of spring. Other science activities and crafts will also be available, and free pizza and ice cream will be provided at noon. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Walking Tour of Yorktown Village – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters in Newport News. Walk through Yorktown’s historic streets and learn about historical figures from the area, including William Rogers, Thomas Nelson and civil rights activist Dr. Daniel Norton. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. $10; children under 12 are free.
  • Midtown Row Shredding Party – Need to shred some excess documents? A shredding truck will be available to use for free, on a first come, first serve basis at Midtown Row’s Shredding Party from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. There will also be live music, food trucks, craft beers from Alewerks and more
  • Williamsburg Friends of IANDS March 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 John Davis, who died for 7 minutes at the age of 21 while undergoing surgery at a hospital. See website for Zoom meeting details. Free and open to the public. 11:00 am.
  • Cones and Cops – Bean’s Ice Cream in Poquoson. Meet and greet officers from the Poquoson and York County Police Departments at this first-ever Cones and Cops event. All children will get a scoop of ice-cream for just $1. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Garden Preparation – Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Learn how to get a head start on your garden for spring. This class is geared toward all ages and will discuss topics including composting, organic soil and various plants. Free. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Women’s History Month Movie: Queen of Katwe – This film shares the true story of a young chess prodigy from Uganda. Pearl Bailey Library in Newport News. 2:00 pm.
  • Stories by the Fire – New Quarter Park in York County. Listen to professional storytellers tell Irish tales of fairies and leprechauns while making s’mores. S’mores begin at 6:30 pm; stories start at 7. Free. Register by March 14.
  • Live Music: Johnny St. Clair – Two Drummers Smokehouse. Country music singer Johnny St. Clair will perform live on the heated patio. 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

Sunday, March 20

  • Stream to Sea Stroll – York River State Park. Learn about life in four different aquatic ecosystems and discover the creatures that call York River home. Included in park admission. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Heronious Point of View – York River State Park. Experience the sights and sounds of the herons living along the river. A ranger will be on hand to help you find these iconic birds. Binoculars, cameras or other viewing gear is recommended. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
  • Maker Space Spring Wreaths – Williamsburg Library. Make a paper wreath for spring at the library’s new Maker Space. This event is for ages 13 through adult. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Italian Film Festival: “Lo Scopone Scientifico” – Williamsburg Library. This obscure dark comedy addresses the eternal struggle between the classes in an often amusing manner. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Paws to Read with K-9 Connection – James City County Library. Children can read stories alongside trained therapy dogs at this free event. 2:30 – 3:30 pm.
  • VSO Presents: The Symphonic Soul – Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News. Broadway veteran and soul singer Morgan James sings new arrangements of Memphis classics and originals alongside a full symphony orchestra. See website for ticket information. 7:00 pm.

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