58 things to do this week, July 10-16

Yorktown will celebrate all things summer at the Fun in the Sun Market at Riverwalk Landing on Saturday, July 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Vendors will be selling a wide variety of seasonal favorites, including fresh produce, meats, spices, BBQ sauce and sea-inspired art and jewelry. Snacks and lunch will be served by Boyd’s Tasty Dogs, Coastal Thirst, Kathi’s Clam Chowder and Chef Joseph’s.

One Love Caribbean Steel Drum Band will perform from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Guests will be able to shake and strum instruments alongside the band.

Kids’ activities will be available throughout the event, including inflatable lawn games and seashell crafts. A balloon artist will be on-site to create summer-themed inflatable sculptures.

In addition, Watermen’s Museum will host its annual Seafood Summerfest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The free event celebrates life on the Chesapeake Bay and will feature the Running of the Crabs, a fishing class for kids, various Chesapeake Bay exhibits, food, music, vendors, arts and crafts and more.

Free summer concerts will also continue this week, with performances by Blackout (Wednesday in Port Warwick), Empire Strikes Brass (Thursday in Williamsburg), Brasswind (Thursday in Yorktown) and the U.S TRADOC Band (Friday in Newport News). 

Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band will also perform at Bruton Parish Church’s Lewis Hall on Friday.

Some other highlights for this week include a night hike and stargazing program at York River State Park, the Peninsula SPCA’s 85th Birthday Party Open House and a Cone with a Cop event at Baskin Robbins in Williamsburg.

There will be a couple of free summer movie night events this week, too. Shazam! will be shown as part of Yorktown’s Movies in the Park Series on Saturday, and Luca will be the featured film in Merchants Square on Sunday.

Want to submit a future event for consideration? Email me at christin@thetriangle.news.


A special Fun in the Sun Market will be held at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown on Saturday, July 15. The event will coincide with Yorktown’s Seafood Summer Fest, which will take place at Watermen’s Museum.

Monday, July 10


  • Stuffed Animal Pet Show – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to show their stuffed animal off on stage during the library’s Stuffed Animal Pet Show. 11:00 am. 

Tweens & Teens

  • Tween Lounge – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Tweens ages 9-12 are invited to have a snack, make a craft or hang out with friends weekly before Nintendo Switch Open Play. 12:00 – 2:00 pm.
  • Nintendo Switch Open Play – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Tweens and teens ages 9-18 gather to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 and more on Nintendo Switches and the big screen during this event. 2:00 – 4:00 pm. 


  • Coloring & Conversation – Yorktown Library (Yorktown). Adults age 55+ are invited to stop by every second Monday of the month for coloring, conversation and hot beverages. Registration is not required. 1:00 – 2:00 pm. 

Tuesday, July 11


  • Catch-a-Craft – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to get creative with a new craft each week at this drop-in event. No registration required. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. 


  • Tech Tuesdays – Yorktown Library (Yorktown). Adults, especially those ages 55+, are invited to set an appointment to get help with their personal mobile device or tablet during Tech Tuesdays, the second Tuesday of the month. Appointments last 25-30 minutes. 1:30 – 2:00 pm. 


  • Summer Sewing Series: Make an Easy Baby Quilt – James City County Library (Williamsburg). In this 4-session series, you’ll learn the basics of quilting. Attendance at all sessions is required and participants should have basic sewing skills. Students will receive a supply list and will provide their own fabric and thread. For ages 18 and up. See website for registration details. 1:00 – 4:00 pm.



  • Oral History How-To – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). In this free, one-hour session, William & Mary oral historian Andre Taylor will teach participants how to plan and conduct an oral history. 6:30 pm. 
Rock music and dance tunes will be performed by Hampton Roads band Blackout at the Port Warwick Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, July 12. (Photo via the Blackout Band Facebook page)

Wednesday, July 12


  • Maker: 3D Printing 101 – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Learn the basics of 3D printing and how it’s being used in everything from medical devices to homes. For ages 13 through adult. Registration not required.  11:00 am. 


  • Virginia Living Museum: Community Conservation – James City County Library (Williamsburg). VLM’s animal ambassadors will discuss the important role of wildlife in our ecosystem and how we can work together to make the world a better place for animals. This event will be held at James City County Library at 11:00 am and Williamsburg Library at 1:00 pm


  • A 4th of July Grand Military Sonata – Art Museums (Colonial Williamsburg). Enjoy a patriotic musical event featuring a 19th-century military keyboard sonata by James Hewitt, an American composer. Requires Art Museum Admission or a Good Neighbor Pass. 2:30 – 2:50 pm. 


  • Medicare Education – Yorktown Library (Yorktown). Sheila Moynihan of Boomer Insurance will offer a free, unbiased Medicare overview to help you wade through the complexities of Medicare coverage. 6:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Live Music

  • Port Warwick Summer Concert Series – William Styron Square (Newport News). This week’s concert will modern rock music and dance tunes by Blackout. Concerts are typically rain or shine. If a concert is canceled due to weather, an announcement will be posted to the Port Warwick Facebook pageFree. 6:00 – 9:00 pm. 
Williamsburg’s Summer Breeze Concert Series kicks off Thursday, July 13 with a performance by brass funk rock band Empire Strikes Brass. (Photo by The Triangle)

Thursday, July 13



  • Researching Free People of Color in NC and VA: 1800 – 1865 – Virtual. This workshop will be hosted by Renate Yarborough Sanders, who is the descendant of formerly enslaved ancestors. The presentation will be held over Zoom and focuses on researching the lives of Free People of Color in Virginia and North Carolina. 6:30 – 7:30 pm. 

Live Music

Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band will perform at Bruton Parish Church’s Lewis Hall on Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm. (Image courtesy of David Gussman)

Friday, July 14

Kids & Family

  • Puppet Storytime – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to attend this all-ages storytime featuring the WRL puppets, brought to life by teen volunteers. 10:00 am.
  • Fun Fridays on the Square – City Square Plaza (Williamsburg). Kids can enjoy games, activities and snacks on City Square outside the Williamsburg Library each Friday after storytime. 10:30 am. 
  • Family Zumba: Party in the U.S.A  – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Do something fun and healthy with your family by attending Family Zumba. This month’s theme is Party in the U.S.A. For ages 5+. Free. 5:30 – 6:30 pm. 
  • Family BAM! Drum Party in the U.S.A – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). This drum fitness class helps you drum away stress while increasing your fitness. For ages 5+. Free. 6:30 – 7:30 pm. 


  • USS Monitor Legacy Program – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News) and Virtual. This newly created series highlights the history and lasting impact of the USS Monitor in partnership with the NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. This week’s program focuses on John L. Worden in the Mexican War. Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. This program will be held both in-person (included with $1 admission) and online (free). Register in advance to attend either. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.


  • Snakes: Fact vs. Fiction – Newport News Park Discovery Center (Newport News). Learn interesting facts about snakes and get answers to all the questions you’ve had about them. This is a family-friendly program and will be held at both 11:00 am and 2 pm. Free.
  • Recreation in the Park: Nature Photography – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Naturalist Jim Easton will host this session on nature photography. For ages 10+. See the New Quarter Park website for more information or to register. Free. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. 
  • Canoeing with the Stars – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Identify constellations while paddling down the York River. This event is included with park admission. Canoe rentals are $13/person or $8/person for a family of 4. 7:30 – 10:30 pm. 


  • Teens Night Out – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Teens are invited to celebrate summer with weekly Teens Night Out programs featuring games, crafts, music and more. This week’s featured activity is VR games. For ages 13-18. 

Live Music

  • Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band – Lewis Hall (Williamsburg). Enjoy a live concert by Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band. The band has a long history playing jazzy Jewish folk music in Williamsburg and across Virginia and has made fans of countless music lovers who never heard of klezmer. The band will be performing at Bruton Parish Church’s Lewis Hall, 331 W. Duke of Gloucester Street. Table seats are $30; concert seats are $20. A portion of the concert’s proceeds will be donated to Heritage Humane Society. Seating is limited. To reserve your spot, send an inquiry to TJCCoffeeHouse@gmail.com. 7:30 pm.
  • Joe’s Day Off – Charly’s Airport Restaurant (Williamsburg). Joe’s Day Off (JDO) performs live at Charly’s on the patio. 5:30 – 8:30 pm. 
Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown will host its annual Seafood Summer Fest on Saturday, July 15. (Image courtesy of York County)

Saturday, July 15

Special Events

  • Yorktown Market Days: Fun in the Sun Market – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This special market will celebrate all things summer. There will be ice-cold drinks, fresh produce, sea-inspired art, games and activities for kids, a balloon artist and a performance by One Love Caribbean Steel Drum band. Lunch and snacks will be served by Boyd’s Tasty Dogs, Coastal Thirst, Kathi’s Clam Chowder and Chef Joseph’s. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. 
  • Seafood Summerfest: The Yorktown Seafood Festival – Watermen’s Museum (Yorktown). Attend a daylong celebration of life on the Chesapeake Bay at Watermen’s Museum. There will be Chesapeake Bay exhibits, a kids’ fishing class, a Running of the Crabs contest, music, food, vendors, arts and crafts and more. Free. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. 
  • Peninsula SPCA 85th Birthday Party Open House – Peninsula SPCA & Barnyard (Newport News). The Peninsula SPCA is celebrating its 85th birthday. Guests will receive a goody bag and cupcakes and can enjoy cornhole and a scavenger hunt. There will also be fun birthday photos with the PSPCA’s miniature donkeys. Each visitor will also get a free raffle ticket for a Chewy gift basket. 12:00 – 3:00 pm. 
  • Cone with a Cop – Baskin Robbins (Williamsburg). Attend the City of Williamsburg’s 2023 Cone with a Cop! This event allows attendees to enjoy an ice cream cone with your local -officers. It is a spin-off of Coffee with a Cop but is geared more toward children. Kids 12 and under will be able to share a free ice cream cone with a local police officer. 1:00 – 4:00 pm. 


  • Galaxy Glow in the Dark Story Time – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This special Glow in the Dark Story Time features shadow stories, black lights and glow in the dark crafts. For all ages, birth through 12. Registration required; this event currently has a wait list. 10:30 – 11:00 am. 
  • Bookmobile FunFest: Teeny Tiny Farm – Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (Williamsburg). Kids of all ages are invited to meet miniature farm animals and participate in science activities and crafts. Horse rides will be available for the first 50 kids. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. 
  • Dessert Tasting – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Participants will sample various new treats and desserts and learn about healthy dessert options. For ages 9+; registration is not required. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Campfire Social – Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Williamsburg). Celebrate summer with an old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. There will be s’mores and storytelling around the campfire. Free. 7:30 – 8:30 pm. 


  • Oral History How-To – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). William & Mary oral historian Andre Taylor will lead a workshop about how to plan and conduct an oral history in your community or with your family. 10:30 am. 


  • Jigsaw Puzzling Summer Competition & Puzzle Swap – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Teams of four will compete to finish a 500-piece puzzle in two hours. Bring your own puzzles for a chance to swap them out for different ones at the puzzle swap table. For ages 13 through adult. Registration is required. 1:00 – 4:00 pm. 


  • Author Talk with Charles Soule – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Bestselling author of Death of Wolverine and The Oracle Year will answer questions during this live event. Those who wish to participate can attend this event in person at James City County Library or register and view it virtually at libraryc.org/wrl. 2:00 pm. 


  • As Far as the Stars Night Hike – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Join York River park staff for a magical hike through the night. A stargazing program will be held afterward. This program is included with standard park admission. 8:30 – 10:00 pm. 
  • Stargazing – York River State Park (Williamsburg). The Virginia Peninsula Stargazers will point out different items of our solar system in the night sky. They will provide all of the equipment. This event is weather dependent. If the sky is expected to be overcast, the event will be canceled by 3 pm the day of. Cancellations will be posted on the York River Start Park website. This program is included with standard park admission. 9:00 – 11:59 pm. 

Summer Movie

  • Movies in the Park: “Shazam!” – McReynolds Athletic Complex (Yorktown). Enjoy a movie in the park. This week’s featured film is Shazam! (PG-13; 2019). Bring chairs or a blanket for seating. Concessions are available. Runs 2 hours, 10 minutes. Free. Begins at sunset. 

Live Music

  • Phil Casey – Spoke + Art Provisions Co. (Williamsburg). Enjoy live music by Phil Casey, great food and cool drinks on the deck at Spoke + Art. 12:00 – 4:00 pm. 
  • Music Under the Stars – Huntington Park (Newport News). The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band returns for Music Under the Stars. This concert features the 41st Army Band from Jackson, MS. Follow directions to “Fort Fun.” Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free and open to the public. 7:00 pm. 
  • “Bad Romance: A Tribute To Lady GaGa” – Busch Gardens (Williamsburg). Considered the most respected Lady GaGa tribute band in the US, Bad Romance replicates the look, sound and feel of pop legend Lady Gaga. This concert is free with park admission. 7:00 pm. 
  • Organ Recital: “A Celebration of Summer” – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Attend a recital in this historic worship space featuring Dr. JanEl Will, organist at Bruton Parish Church. 8:00 – 9:00 pm. 

Sunday, July 16

Live Music

  • Wyatt Baldwin – Spoke + Art Provisions Co. (Williamsburg). See Wyatt Baldwin perform at Spoke + Art. 12:00 – 4:00 pm. 
  • Live Music on the Pavilion: Allegra Duchaine – Williamsburg Winery (Williamsburg). Enjoy relaxing music by Allegra Duchaine in a beautiful setting with a view of the vineyards. 2:00 – 5:00 pm. 


  • Family DIY: Summer Wreath Making – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Create a summer wreath using a pool noodle and a variety of materials. For families of all ages. 1:00 pm. 


  • Writers Open Mic – Yorktown Library (Yorktown). Writers will be given five minutes at the mic to share a poem, work in progress, essay snippet or similar writing. Content should be appropriate for a public space. 1:30 – 3:30 pm. 
  • Writers’ Club: Crafting Your Story With POV – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This supportive writer’s group covers a variety of writing-related topics. This week’s topic is “Crafting Your Story With POV (Point of View): How To See Through Character Eyes.” For ages 13+. 2:00 pm. 


  • Paws to Read with K-9 Connection – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to drop in and read to trained therapy dogs. 2:30 – 3:30 pm. 

Summer Movie

  • Sunday Movie Night: “Luca” – Merchants Square (Williamsburg). Enjoy a free outdoor summer movie in the parking lot behind Baskin Robbins & the Peanut Shop. This week’s featured film is Luca (PG; 2021). 8:30 pm.


  • Kids Dream Family Film Series – Movie Tavern (Williamsburg). The Movie Tavern theater in Williamsburg is offering $3 summer movies every week, June 13 – August 5, 2023. Movies will be shown at 11:00 am, Tuesday through Saturday. Movie Tavern has also recently launched the “Kids Dream Passport,” which allows children to see each film for just $15 total. Purchase the pass or individual tickets and see the full lineup of movies on Movie Tavern’s website
  • Regal Summer Movies for Kids – Regal New Town (Williamsburg) and Regal Kiln Creek (Yorktown). Regal Cinemas is offering $2 family movies on select days all summer long through Sept. 6. For details, visit the Regal Cinemas website.
  • Destination Dinosaurs – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). Discover life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and interactive displays, find relics of the past as you dig for fossils and learn about linkages to the present. Dinosaurs inside the Museum, in the Conservation Gardens, and on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail in the woods create an expansive destination. From the towering T-Rex to the tanky Stegosaurus, you’ll encounter creatures that will take your breath away. This exhibit runs May 27 – September 4. See the website for additional details or to purchase tickets.

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