Cirque de la Symphonie, Mariners' Park Fall Festival, Scrumptious Weekend and more events this week

The fall fun continues this week with Scrumptious Weekend 2022 in Williamsburg, The Mariners’ Park Fall Festival and Yard District Block Party in Newport News and Yorktoberfest at Riverwalk Landing. A celebration of America’s first Thanksgiving will also be held at Berkeley Plantation.

On the arts and music scene, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra will present Cirque de la Symphonie, Bruce Hornsby will perform live at the Ferguson Center and Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical kicks off with the Williamsburg Players. Williamsburg Library will also host a free, contemporary Native American music concert featuring renowned musicians Dawn Avery and Larry Mitchell.

-Christin

Special Events

Monday, Oct. 31

  • Trick-or-Treating 2022 – Trick-or-treating in Williamsburg, James City County, York County and Gloucester County will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 31. In Newport News, Hampton and Poquoson, trick-or-treating will take place from dusk until 8:00 pm. Households that don’t want to participate are asked to turn off their porch lights. For additional safety tips and information, see this guide by the City of Williamsburg.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

  • WRL Public Meeting on Building Needs – WRL is inviting the public to join the library director on Nov. 2 for informational meetings on the current Williamsburg library facility and to learn more about important elements of 21st-century library buildings. “This star-rated regional library system needs more space to serve the growing population. We invite the public to get informed and get involved in the vision for a new library building,” said Library Director Betsy Fowler. There will be two public informational hearings on Wednesday, Nov. 2: one at 2:00 pm and one at 6:00 pm, both in the Williamsburg Library Theatre (515 Scotland St.)
  • The Yard District Block Party – 23rd St. (Newport News). Celebrate the dedication of the city’s new Kinetic Wind Art Sculpture on 23rd St. There will be live music from Brasswind, food and drink vendors, free popcorn, yard games, axe throwing and giveaways. Free. 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

Thursday, Nov. 3

  • Live Well Expo – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Adults ages 55+ are invited to learn about services in the James City County community, including nutrition, home health care and recreational and social activities. There will be preventative health screenings available, including cholesterol, blood pressure, vision and hearing. 9:00 – 11:30 am.

Friday, Nov. 4

  • Civil War Lecture: Notable Native American Civil War Leaders – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News). Learn about the highest-ranking Native American Civil War officer, Brigadier General Stand Watie, CSA. This lecture is part of The Mariners’ celebration for Native American Heritage Month. Attend virtually (free) or in-person ($1 for guests). Pre-registration is required whether attending virtually or in-person. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
  • Cirque de la Symphonie – Williamsburg Community Chapel (Williamsburg). Enjoy a dazzling spectacle of sight and sound with jaw-dropping feats by some of the world’s greatest Cirque acrobats, balancers and jugglers – featuring the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are available here. 7:30 pm.

Saturday, Nov. 5

  • York County Vintage Market – McReynolds Athletic Complex (Yorktown). Head over to the McReynolds Athletic Complex and search for collectibles, antiques, art, accessories and unique home décor. There will also be live entertainment and food trucks 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Queens Lake Community Association Arts & Crafts Show – (Queens Drive). The Queens Lake Community Association presents this 13th annual event of local artists, makers and authors. There will be photography, paintings, needlecrafts, jewelry, gifts, seasonal decor, baked goods and stone engraving. Concessions will be available. Free parking, free admission. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Peninsula Heart Walk – Fort Monroe (Hampton). The American Heart Association’s Peninsula Heart Walk will be held at the Outlook Beach Boardwalk on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Walk to boost your heart health while raising awareness and helping others. There are 1-mile and 5k options. Check-in at 9:00 am; walk begins at 9:30.
  • Rebellion & Maroon Commemoration Day – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Learn about how hundreds of enslaved African Americans from James City to Norfolk revolted in 1730 after Virginia’s new Royal Governor refused to declare their freedom by order of the King. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Two events will discuss these fascinating pages of our history: Rebellion & Runaway Walk (10:00 am) and Rebellions & Runaways Along the River talk (1:00 pm). Included in park admission; registration is required.
  • The Mariners’ Park Fall Festival – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News). Celebrate fall with pumpkin decorating, family-friendly activities, a petting zoo and more. There will also be live music by The Gold Sauce, beer and cider tastings and food trucks. Entrance to the festival is $2 per person; tasting tickets for craft beer and cider (includes a souvenir glass) are $40. All activities are included in festival admission. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Who Conspires? An Immersive Escape Room Murder Mystery – Jamestown Settlement (Williamsburg). This after-hours event at Jamestown Settlement features a unique, one-night-only immersive escape room murder mystery. Discover the real history behind the 1605 gunpowder plot to blow up King James I and the Houses of Parliament. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Admission is $30 per person; spaces are very limited. 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News will host a fall festival featuring pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, live music, cider tastings and more on Saturday, Nov. 5. (Photo courtesy of the City of Newport News).

Sunday, Nov. 6

  • Virginia Thanksgiving Festival – Berkeley Plantation (Charles City). Step back in history and enjoy this commemoration of America’s First Thanksgiving with a historic celebration reminiscent of Colonial Virginia. There will be colonial period re-enactors, an encampment, a parade, musicians, performances, games, vendors and more. Mansion tours will be available throughout the day for an additional fee. Festival admission is $20 for cars; $5 for bikes. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Yorktoberfest – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Sample more than 30 beers (unlimited tastings), ciders and more at this annual event hosted by York County Chamber of Commerce. There will also be live music, vendors and food trucks. (This is the rescheduled date for this event, which was previously scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 23). See the website for ticket information. 12:00 – 5:30 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Scrumptious Weekend 2022 – The Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg). CultureFix will host “Scrumptious,” a weekend of all things food, drink and music under a big tent on the Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The first event, Chowderfest, takes place Nov. 4, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Tickets include endless chowder from local restaurants and two drink tickets. The British invasion band The English Channel will perform. On Nov. 6, Noktoberfest will be held from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Tickets include craft beers, pretzels, live entertainment and a performance by The Polka Brothers. See website for ticket details and other information. $25-$50.
  • Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical – Williamsburg Players (Williamsburg). See the story of Matilda transformed into a vibrant musical. See website for times and ticket information. Nov. 4-20, 2022.
  • Fall Foliage Arts & Crafts Show – Fox Hill Neighborhood Center (Hampton). This event features original handmade art, jewelry crafts and collectibles provided mostly by local small businesses and vendors. Free and open to the public. Saturday, Nov. 5, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, Nov. 6, 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • NNPL Local Authors Panel Discussions – Newport News Libraries (Newport News). Newport News Public Library is celebrating local authors with a series of panel discussions Nov. 1-3 and an author showcase Nov. 5. On Nov. 1, 6:00–7:30 p.m., the Main Street Library is hosting a “How to Self Publish” panel discussion. On Nov. 2, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Pearl Bailey Library is hosting a “Children’s Books: From Story to Page” panel discussion. On Nov. 3, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Grissom Library is hosting a “Speaking the Unspeakable: How to Write About Difficult, Traumatic, or Potentially Explosive Topics” panel discussion. All panel discussions are free and open to the public. Additionally, Main Street Library is hosting a Local Author Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 5, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The public is invited to meet local authors, purchase their books and have their books signed.

Live Music

Thursday, Nov. 3

Friday, Nov. 4

  • Clayton Perry – Williamsburg Winery (Williamsburg). Enjoy live music by Clayton Perry outside at the 1619 Wine Pavillion. 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Ewell and Dewey Decibel Concert Series: Dawn Avery – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). Enjoy a concert by composer, cellist and vocalist Dawn Avery. Free admission; no tickets required. 7:00 pm.
  • An Evening with Bruce Hornsby – Ferguson Center for the Arts (Newport News). See Bruce Hornsby perform live at the Ferguson Center for the Arts. Hornsby’s 23rd album, “Flicted,” was released in May. Tickets are $38.50 and up. 8:00 pm.

Saturday, Nov. 5

  • Historic Organ Recital: Rebecca Davy – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Rebecca Davy, Music Director at Bruton Parish Church, will give a recital on the Historic English Chamber Organ – one of Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century instruments. 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • Flute, Oboe and Organ Recital – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Enjoy a candlelight concert in the elegant, historic Bruton Parish Church. This performance will feature Flutist Chris Ertell, Oboist George Pavelis and Organist Cheryl Van Ornam from Richmond, Virginia. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Sunday, Nov. 6

  • 2022 Port Warwick Acoustic Arts Opening Concert – Port Warwick Dental Arts (Newport News). This concert will be held in the beautiful, art-filled reception area and garden of Port Warwick Dental Arts. Galatea Chamber Music will take you on a musical journey through works by Schubert, Sibelius, and Strauss. General admission is $25; must purchase tickets in advance. 3:00 pm.

The Ferguson Center will present An Evening With Bruce Hornsby on Friday, Nov. 4. (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns).

Films

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Thursday, Nov. 3

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “Miracle at Midnight” – (Williamsburg Library Theatre). The Throwback Thursday Film Series, now in its 19th year, features a variety of classic movies for an adult audience. This week’s featured film is Miracle at Midnight (1998; PG). 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

Art

Wednesday, Nov. 2

  • Understanding the Chemistry of Paint for Art Conservation – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Lyndi Kiple, master’s student in Chemistry at William & Mary, will discuss her research into the molecular nature of paint and how a deeper scientific understanding of the interactions between pigment and binder might help museums preserve their collections. 2:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Christmas in Yorktown Exhibit – Gallery at York Hall (Yorktown). A “Christmas in Yorktown” exhibit, featuring local artists, will be on display at the Gallery at York Hall during the months of November and December. Free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
  • Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature – Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center (Newport News). To celebrate its one year anniversary, the Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center, has launched a new exhibition, Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature. See the website for additional details. The center is open Tuesday – Thursday and the exhibition will be on display Oct. 29, 2022 – March 5, 2023. Free.

Lectures and Workshops

Sunday, Nov. 6

  • Genealogy Workshop – James City County Parks & Recreation (Williamsburg). If you need help locating your ancestors or are curious about a family mystery, this class is for you. You’ll receive technical help in researching and documenting family history. Bring a laptop. Registration required. $10/person. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

Outdoor Recreation

Friday, Nov. 4

  • Hike the Falls Trip – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). JCC Recreation Center is leading a fall adventure to explore Patowmack Canal Trail at Great Falls Park in McLean, VA. This trail is rated easy/intermediate. $35/per person; includes transportation to the park. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Health & Wellness

Wednesday, Nov. 2

  • Techniques of Meditation – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Explore different styles and tools used in the meditative process. For ages 16 through adult and all levels of experience. Registration required. Free. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Thursday, Nov. 3

  • Evening Yoga – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Attend an evening of yoga and breathing exercises with a certified yoga instructor. For ages 18+ and all skill levels. Bring a yoga mat. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, Nov. 5

  • Learn to Row – James City County Recreation (Williamsburg). Use indoor rowing machines – or ergs – to learn proper technique and form for this complete, low-impact, full-body activity. See the website for registration information. Free. 10:00 – 10:45 am.

Just for Tweens & Teens

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Friday, Nov. 4

  • Teen After Hours In Space – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Middle and high school students are invited to participate in space-themed crafts, activities and snacks at Tabb Library. Permission form required. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Sunday, Nov. 6

  • Teen Writing Lounge – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Teens ages 13-18 are invited to join this fun event for writing prompts and exercises to get their creativity going. This program meets Sundays throughout November. See website for additional information. 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

Newport News

Thursday, Nov. 3

  • Outside the Lines – Grissom Library (Newport News). Teens 12-17 are invited to create beautiful art using natural materials. 4:30 pm.

Kids & Families

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Tuesday, Nov 1.

  • Elementary Creation Station Session 1 – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids in grades K-5 are invited to attend this creative craft hour. This month’s theme is Adventure! Registration is required. 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Saturday, Nov. 5

  • Slime Time – York County Public Library (Williamsburg). Kids in grades K-2 are invited to have a fun time and make some slime! 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

Sunday, Nov. 6

  • STEAM Sunday – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Come see high-tech machines in actions – like 3D printers and the Glowforge laser cutter – or participate in a Cricut demo with seasonal cardmaking. Kids will also learn about simple machines with the Children’s Museum of Richmond and explore the physics of a DIY paper rocket launch. This event celebrates science, technology, engineering, arts and math for all ages. 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Paws to Read – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Paws to read is designed to help kids improve their reading skills by reading to a friendly, trained therapy dog. Children may bring their own book or choose one from the library. 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

Newport News & Hampton

Tuesday, Nov. 1

  • Bookgarteners – Grissom Library (Newport News). Children ages 2-5 will grow in their knowledge of books and authors through story sharing, hands-on learning and activities. Registration is required. 11:00 am.
  • Outdoor Movie Night – Grissom Library (Newport News). Attend an outdoor screening of Coco in celebration of Día de los Muertos. Bring a blanket or chair; kids of all ages welcome. 6:00 pm.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

  • Kiddie Crafts – Willow Oaks Branch Library (Hampton). Kids are invited to visit the Children’s Department each week for a new craft. They can take a craft kit home with them if they are unable to stay. 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Fairy Tales in Motion – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids ages 3-7 will act out classic stories with music and expressive movement at this event. 11:00 am.

Thursday, Nov. 3

  • Storytime at Barnes & Noble – Barnes & Noble (Newport News). Storytime is back at Barnes & Noble in the Yoder Plaza Shopping Center (12170 Jefferson Avenue). Head over to the kids’ department every Thursday for an in-store storytime. Children of all ages are welcome; no reservations are needed. 10:30 am.

Saturday, Nov. 5

  • Storytime – Barnes & Noble (Hampton). Head to Barnes & Noble at the Peninsula Town Center (5100 Kilgore Ave.) in Hampton for a children’s storytime. Every Saturday morning, staff will read a story or two, offer an activity if time permits and have a snack. 11:00 am.

This week’s cover image, featuring Newport News Park in the fall, is provided courtesy of the City of Newport News.

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