Harvest Festival, Burning of Jamestown, Constitution Day and more to do this week (Sept. 12 – 18)

Highlights this week include a Harvest Festival at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, a unique Burning of Jamestown Tour at Historic Jamestowne and a free Constitution Day Event at Colonial Williamsburg.

Once again, there are a ton of special events happening this week.

Some highlights include a Harvest Festival at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, a unique Burning of Jamestown Tour at Historic Jamestowne, a free Constitution Day Event at Colonial Williamsburg, a Pet Day Market at Buckroe Beach and an overnight family campout at Historic Endview in Newport News.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg will also open their doors to the public for free on Saturday, September 17 as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.

-Christin

Special Events

Today, September 11

  • Fall Sidewalk Sale – Merchants Square (Colonial Williamsburg). Support local merchants at the annual Fall Sidewalk Sale! You’ll also find great savings from The Shoe Attic, J. Fenton, R.P Wallace & Sons, Scotland House Ltd., Three Cabanas, The Peanut Shop, Carousel Children’s and Saladworks. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • 2nd Sundays Williamsburg – 205 N. Boundary St (Williamsburg). This art and music street festival features over 115 unique artisans, musicians, performers and food vendors along 6 blocks. The event is held on the 2nd Sunday of every month, March – December. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Second Sundays Market at Coastal Fermentory! – Coastal Fermentory (Newport News). Stop by for the last Second Sundays Market of the summer at Coastal Fermentory in Newport News. They’ll have local vendors, live music and great food to enjoy with the whole family. There’ll also be some amazing dog-themed vendors, so you can bring your furry friend. The BLZN Tacos food truck will be on site until 4. 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Atlantic Chamber Ensemble – Williamsburg Presbyterian Church (Williamsburg). The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble will perform in a free in-person concert, 4 pm, Sept. 11, 2022 as part of the Open Door Concert Series at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. The dynamic ensemble consists of young professional musicians based in Richmond, Virginia, including members of the Richmond Symphony and faculty members of nearby universities. Their unique combination of strings, winds, and piano allows them to focus on new music while remaining true to their classical roots. This concert The Day that Changed the World, will explore the musical arc of our shared experiences since September 11, 2001. 4:00 pm.

️ Monday, September 12

  • 9/11 Ceremony – Victory Landing Park (Newport News). A special ceremony to commemorate 9/11 will be held at Victory Landing Park (50 26th Street). 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.

️ Saturday, September 17

  • Buckroe Beach Pet Day Market – Buckroe Beach (Hampton). 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Buckroe Market Pet Day was created to bring awareness to animal rescue organizations and to help place adoptable pets in their “furever” homes. During this special event, the market will include adoptable pets, pet focused businesses, informational booths, and other educational opportunities! This event is kid friendly and pet friendly. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • 62nd Annual Denbigh Day Parade And Festival – Courthouse Way Community Center (Newport News). This annual event includes a parade, live music, games, educational displays, photo ops, arts & crafts vendors, petting zoo, children’s train rides, amusements, food vendors and more. The parade route runs from Denbigh High toward Courthouse Way Community Center on Denbigh Boulevard. The festival will take place on the lot at Courthouse Way Community Center. Free event; free parking. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Harvest Festival – Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Williamsburg). This fun, annual fall tradition draws families back year after year. The festival features free activities for the kids, including include face painting, a petting zoo, inflatables, arts and crafts, a tractor-pulled hayride “touch a tractor,” presented by James River Equipment and more! New this year, guests are invited to bring a lawn chair and listen to great music from the local bluegrass band, Code Blue, from 11:30 am – 1 pm. Scarecrow Stuffing is also back by popular demand. Make the best scarecrow in your neighborhood! Parking fee: $5 (cash or check only); scarecrow stuffing: $20/each (includes all supplies). 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Come one, Come all Community Cookout – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Newport News Public Library presents the Come One, Come All Community Cookout. Join for a Saturday full of food, fun and entertainment. There will be outside activities for all ages, including water games, face painting, a slime table and gaming. Prize giveaways will happen throughout the day. Calling all neighbors near and far to connect and participate in this family fun cookout. 1:30 – 4:30 pm.
  • 5th Annual Great Food Truck Festival – Centura College (Newport News). The Annual Great Food Truck Festival returns for the 5th year at Centura College. This event will feature gourmet food trucks serving a variety of delicious dishes and tasty treats. General admission is $5-$7 and children 12 and under are admitted free. General event parking is also free. The festival will feature live performances, a magic show, face painting, balloon twisting, appearances and photo ops with Disney Princesses, Marvel Superheroes, virtual reality games a DJ and more. The festival will also feature retail vendors and non-profit exhibitors. See website for additional details. 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Family Fun Day – Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center (Newport News). This event features multiple family-friendly art activities, artist demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, music, refreshments, and more, along with its current main exhibition, Flora/Fauna/Fiber. Free and open to the public. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Free Day at the Museums – Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg). The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg will open their doors to the public as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Guests will discover the amazing stories behind the beautifully curated exhibitions in Colonial Williamsburg’s two world-class museums for free for the day. Consider joining CW’s membership for 365 days of access. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Constitution Day Event – Art Museums’ Lawn (Colonial Williamsburg). Colonial Williamsburg will celebrate the signing of the U.S Constitution with a free event, “To Support and Defend,” which will be held on the lawn in front of the Art Museums. Through music and the spoken word, the framework of the U.S government and its cherished founding document will be honored on its 235th anniversary. The program will feature a combined ensemble of members of the USAF Heritage of America Band, the USA Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band, the US Fleet Forces Band, and the Marine Detachment Navy School of Music and Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. The program will also feature Colonial Williamsburg interpreters Ron Carnegie as George Washington and Bryan Austin as James Madison. Lawn chairs are permitted. 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
  • The Burning of Jamestown – Historic Jamestowne (Williamsburg). In this immersive walking tour, guests will be led through the Colonial town site and see the dramatic events of Bacon’s Rebellion through the eyewitness account of Thomas Matthew, a Burgess in 1676. The tour will culminate in a recreation of the Burning of Jamestown as it occurred on September 19, 1676, using controlled fires. This event is also a great opportunity to explore Jamestown Island after dark while learning about one of the most significant, but least known, events in Virginia history. More information, including tickets, can be found here. This event is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
  • Movies in the Parks: “Sing 2” – McReynolds Athletic Complex (Yorktown). Movies in the Parks returns to York County this week with a featured showing of the film Sing 2 (2021; PG). Guests should bring chairs or a blanket for seating. Concessions will be available. Begins at sunset.
  • Movies at the Row: “Encanto” – City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Bring your family for a free movie night at the Market Stage, complete with popcorn! The featured film will be Encanto. Lawn chairs are recommended. Parking and admission are free. 7:30 pm.

️ Sunday, September 18

  • Ice Cream Social and Chessie Caboose Dedication – Lee Hall Depot (Newport News). The Lee Hall Train Station Foundation invites the public to the Dedication of the Chessie System Caboose. This historic caboose was recently restored and moved to a display track next to the station. The event begins at 1 pm with an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social in the freight room. Guests can enjoy a sundae with toppings and whipped cream for a $5 donation. Proceeds benefit Lee Hall Train Station Foundation’s current project to restore a World War II US Army hospital rail car. 1:00 – 2:15 pm.
  • Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality – Lee Hall Depot (Newport News). Dr. Eric Arnesen will discuss the heroic efforts by black locomotive firemen, brakemen, porters, dining car waiters and redcaps to fight a pervasive system of racism and job discrimination fostered by their employers. Decades before the rise of the modern civil rights movement in the 1950s, black railroaders forged their own brand of civil rights activism, organizing associations, challenging white trade unions and pursuing legal redress through state and federal courts. This event is free and open to the public. 2:30 pm.

️ Multi-Day

  • Endview Under the Stars: A Family Campout – Historic Endview (Newport News). Spend the night at this historic site! You’re invited to bring your camping gear and the whole family to stay overnight at Historic Endview. There will be games, activities and s’mores around the campfire at Historic Endview. The $40.00 per family fee includes s’mores, after-hours tours of the historic house and property and activities and games for all ages. Each family must provide their own ready-to-eat dinner and breakfast. For more information, email [email protected] or call 757-887-1862. Register here.
  • Hampton Horror Tours Open Auditions – Hampton History Museum (Hampton). The Hampton History Museum’s Hampton Horror Tours is looking for volunteer actors of all ages to fill multiple roles that represent Hampton’s vast and diverse history. The 60-minute tours will leave the museum at 6:30 and 8:00 pm, Tuesday, October 25 through Sunday, October 30. These tours raise funds for the museum. Stories range from pre-European contact to the modern day with the goal of presenting an event that is based on primary-sourced scholarship and quality performance to create an experience for our guests that is both teachable and terrifying. There will be a wide range of available roles and BIPOC actors are especially encouraged to audition. See the website for full details, including how to prepare for the audition. September 12 – 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
  • The Hampton Cup Regatta – Fort Monroe (Hampton). North America’s oldest continually-run hydroplane boat race returns this year. Spectating areas are on the Mercury Blvd. bridge that leads to Fort Monroe and the grassy area on Stilwell Drive. Spectator boats are not allowed. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating. Parking is available on surrounding public streets in Phoebus. This event is free and open to the public. Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 18, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • City of Williamsburg Future Festivals – Quarterpath Recreation Center (Williamsburg). The City of Williamsburg is hosting a series of Future Festivals to gather input from the public. The events are part of the City’s biennial Goals, Initiatives, and Outcomes (GIO) process. This week, the latest Future Festivals are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 13 at Highland Park Community Park, 703 N. Henry St. (5:30 – 7:30 pm) and Thursday, Sept. 15 at Walsingham Academy, 1100 Jamestown Road (5:30 – 7:30 pm). The events will also feature lawn games, a coloring station, a video booth and free food. For the full list of scheduled Future Festivals, click here.
  • Howl-O-Scream – Busch Garden (Williamsburg). Howl-O-Scream is back at Busch Gardens on select nights through October 31. For tickets or additional details, click here.

Director of Living History Historic Trades Willie Balderson as Burgess and Bacon’s Rebellion witness Thomas Matthew. Historic Jamestowne will host a unique tour, “The Burning of Jamestown,” to showcase the dramatic events of Bacon’s Rebellion through the eyes of Matthew. The event will be held Saturday, September 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown Rediscovery)

Live Music

️ Wednesday, September 14

  • New Town Tunes: The DeLoreans Band – Sullivan Square (New Town). New Town Tunes returns this fall with a series of three concerts every Wednesday, September 14 – September 28. Enjoy being outdoors while listening to great music. This week’s concert will feature The DeLoreans Band. Gates open at 5 pm; show begins at 5:30 pm.

️ Thursday, September 15

  • Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series: Runnin’ Shine – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). See a live performance by the country music band Runnin’ Shine. Be sure to bring blankets and chairs. Coolers are also permitted, and food trucks will be available for a quick bite. Free. 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Music In Midtown: Good Shot Judy – Midtown Row Village Green (Williamsburg). See Good Shot Judy perform live on the Village Green Stage at Midtown Row. This popular Virginia-based, high-octane swing band specializes in bringing a unique energy and excitement to the classic crooner hits from the 20’s to the 60’s. Lawn chairs and coolers are permitted – and the event is dog-friendly. Food trucks from Matchsticks BBQ and Carmen’s Authentic Jamaican Cuisine will also be on site. This event is free and open to the public. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Organ Recital: Dr. JanEl Will – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Listen to sacred music by candlelight in this 300-year-old church. Dr. JanEl Will, organist at Bruton Parish Church, will present a recital of 18th-century music. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

️ Friday, September 16

  • Downtown Hampton Live: Buckshot – Mill Point Park (Hampton). Downtown Hampton Live’s free concert series continues through September. This week, see the band Buckshot perform at Mill Point Park. 6:00 – 9:30 pm.

️ Saturday, September 17

  • Historic Organ Recital with Thomas Marshall – Wren Chapel (Colonial Williamsburg). Hear the Historic English Chamber Organ, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century instruments, dating from around 1740. Thomas Marshall, organist at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, will give a recital on this remarkable instrument. 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • TAO: Tidewater Classical Guitar – Grissom Library (Newport News). Tidewater Classical Guitar is a nonprofit performing arts organization dedicated to enriching the community by cultivating awareness and appreciation of classical guitar through performance and education. In this show, artist Joaquin Garza will perform classic pieces arranged for guitar and designed to inspire. Free. 3:30 pm.
  • Dewey Decibel Concerts: Angela Easterling – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). See singer/songwriter Angela Easterling perform rootsy, refreshing tunes. Easterling’s most recent release, “Common Law Wife,” hit the top of the charts of the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart. Tickets are $5 ($4 for Friends of WRL). 7:30 pm.
  • Flute & Organ Recital – Bruton Parish Church (Colonial Williamsburg). This candlelight recital will feature Suzanne Daniel, Flutist from Hampton Roads and Rebecca Davy, Organist at Bruton Parish. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

️ Sunday, September 18

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Films

️ Tuesday, September 13

  • Art House Cafe’ Film Series: “The Dawn Wall”. Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This film series brings an art house flavor to your Tuesdays while providing opportunities to hear from film experts, enjoy light refreshments and have a discussion after the film. This week’s featured film is The Dawn Wall (2017; NR). 2:00 – 3:40 pm.

️ Thursday, 9/14

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “The Last of Sheila” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). The Throwback Thursday Film Series, now in its 19th year, features a variety of classic movies for an adult audience. The theme for September is Mystery Thrillers, and this month’s featured film is The Last of Sheila (1973; PG). 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

️ Friday, September 16

  • “Connected by Coffee: Latin American Coffee Farmers” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This film is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month film series, which looks at the film art and cultures of our Hispanic neighbors in the world and our community. This week’s feature is Connected by Coffee: Latin American Coffee Farmers (2014; NR). 3:00 – 4:10 pm.

History

️ Monday, September 12

  • The Land Was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South – Hampton History Museum (Hampton). Author Andrew W. Kahrl, assistant professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Virginia, will lead a presentation about the fate of the land that once was the site of thriving Jim Crow-era black communities and beaches. $5 (free for museum members). 7:00 pm.

️ Friday, September 16

  • Farragut: Preserver of Freedom – Mariners Museum (Newport News). John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, will present on David Glasgow Farragut, the highest-ranking Hispanic officer during the American Civil War. Farragut is well-noted for his famous command, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” This lecture is available both in-person and virtually via livestream. In-person attendance is $1; livestream is free. Advance registration is required whether attending either in person or online. 12:00 pm.
  • Campfire Talk Series: Abraham Lincoln and the Black Community During the Crucible of the Civil War – Shelter 3 Colonies RV and Travel Park (Hampton). Dr. Jonathan White will discuss the remarkable story of the relationship that developed between Abraham Lincoln and the Black community during the crucible of the Civil War. Free. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

️ Saturday, September 17

  • 8th Annual BayShore Experience – Hampton History Museum (Hampton). Reginald Robinson and Judy Leonard will lead this annual celebration of “The Vacation Paradise of the South.” Guests can take a stroll down memory lane recalling the premier seaside resort for African-Americans during the Jim Crow Era. The engaging hosts will entertain with skits and sing-alongs and enlighten with history and stories. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served, and capacity is limited. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Outdoor Recreation

️ Saturday, September 17

  • 14th Annual Hare and Tortoise Ovarian Cancer Memorial Run/Walk – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). The 14th annual Karene O’Hare/Bitsy Whitten Ovarian Cancer Memorial Run will take place at New Quarter Park Saturday, September 17, in partnership with the Williamsburg Community Foundation. The Memorial Run is the only annual fundraising program that supports Ovarian Cancer screening, treatment and education for uninsured and under-insured women in the greater Williamsburg community. See website for additional details or to sign up. 8:30 am.
  • Estuaries Day – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Explore the wonders of the estuarine ecosystem, where rivers meet the sea. Numerous organizations will provide interactive displays of their work in the forest, shorelines, and waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Park staff and volunteers will lead hikes, short paddling experiences, and fun activities to encourage awareness and enjoyment of this unique area. All activities are free with the parking fee. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Practical ✔️

️ Monday, September 12

  • Pathways to Citizenship – Grissom Library (Newport News). Have questions about the path to U.S citizenship? Want to know more about the citizenship application process or the forms you need to fill out? Join Sharon Powell, immigration attorney, for this informative Q&A session. 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, September 13

  • Seniors Coffee & Conversation – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Senior community members are invited to engage in casual conversation while sipping coffee and enjoying light refreshments. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.
  • Introduction to Gale Legal Forms – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Learn how to navigate the library’s large database of downloadable legal documents. Seating is limited; please call to register. 2:00 pm.

Wednesday, September 14

  • Medicare Made Easy – Tabb Library (Yorktown). If you’re planning on signing up for Medicare soon and have questions about how it works, head to Tabb Library for this free program. Sheila Moynihan of Boomer Insurance will provide a free, unbiased Medicare overview to guide you through the complexities of Medicare coverage. Registration is recommended. 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
  • Top Ten Tips for Using Your New iPhone or iPad – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). If you recently got an iPhone or iPod and are stumped about how to use its many features, this class is for you. Class size is limited to 5 people; please call to register. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Saturday, September 17

  • Medicare Made Clear – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Gina Bundy, formerly of UnitedHealthcare, will discuss different Medicare choices. She’ll also share resources and tools to help you select the coverage that’s right for you. Registration is required. 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Memory Cafe – Grissom Library (Newport News). This social gathering is for caregivers and persons experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related conditions. Participants will share and engage in informal conversation while enjoying coffee or tea. This month’s event will be followed by a performance from Tidewater Classical Guitar. 2:00 pm.

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Groups & Gatherings

️ Tuesday, September 13

  • Scooby Doo Spooktacular! – Grissom Library (Newport News). In honor of National Positive Thinking Day, Grissom Library is hosting a Retro Spooktacular evening of fun, food and the premiere episode of the original 1969 Scooby Doo! Where Are You? Attendees will enjoy fun, food and a crafty painting event. Registration is required. For adults 18+. 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

️ Thursday, September 15

  • Persnickety Reads Book Club – Persnickety Crane Café (Yorktown). Join Tabb Library’s Bookclubz page, read the featured book and then join the discussion. This month’s selection is Homegoing by Yaa Gyas. 10:00 – 11:30 am.
  • Real People/Real Stories: A Nonfiction Book Group – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Real People/Real Stories meets on the third Thursday of each month to explore nonfiction history, biography, science, nature and the arts. This month’s featured title is The Perfect Police State by Geoffrey Cain. 2:00 pm.

️ Saturday, September 17

  • Tabb Book Readers – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This adult book discussion meets on the third Saturday of the month at Tabb Library. New members are always welcome; please register the Friday before the meeting. For more information, contact the library’s reference department. 1:15 – 2:30 pm.
  • Williamsburg Friends of IANDS September 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 featured speaker is Jason Janas, who underwent a profound near-death experience after nearly dying in the ER two and a half years ago. See the organization’s website for more information, including Zoom meeting details. Free and open to the public. 11:00 am.

Health & Wellness

️ Wednesday, September 14

  • Drum Artz Yoga – Grissom Library (Newport News). Drum Artz Yoga features an energetic union of drumming and yoga. It fuses yoga, meditation and mindfulness with African drumming to improve wellness. For patrons 18+. Registration is required. 6:00 – 7:30
  • Gentle Yoga – Main St. Library (Newport News). Participants will practice breathing exercises, asanas, and deep relaxation techniques. No previous experience is needed. Please bring a towel, water and a yoga mat. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Games/Gaming

️ Friday, September 16

  • Dungeons and DragonsVirtual, hosted by Newport News Public Library. Join the library in a digital game of Dungeons & Dragons on Discord. Play how you want and have fun. For adults 18 and over. 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

️ Saturday, September 17

  • Chess Club – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Drop in for open play chess every 3rd Saturday from 1-4 pm. For adults and youth 12+ of all skill levels. 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Theatre

Multi-Day

  • 12 Angry Men – James-York Playhouse (Williamsburg). This timeless courtroom drama opens September 9 at 8:00 pm. Shows will also be held Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm and will continue on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 25. See the website for additional details or to purchase tickets.

Crafts

️ Thursday, September 15

  • Loosely Knit Group – Grissom Library (Newport News). Stitch for fun, learn to knit and crochet, knit and donate to local organizations and make homemade presents at the Loosely Knit Group. Meets every Thursday morning, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

️ Saturday, September 17

  • Adult Paint Night: Unleashed – Main Street Library (Newport News). In this unconventional painting event, participants will be able to use three different techniques: Dart Board painting, a “Paint by Numbers” community canvas and individual free painting. This event will be held outside (in case of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled). Registration is required. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Art ️

Multi-Day

  • Group Six Studios Exhibit – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Group Six Studios, comprised of four local artists, will exhibit original paintings at Williamsburg Regional Library Galleries, September 9 – October 13. The opening night will feature a reception to which the public is invited. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Gallery at York Hall Yorktown Art Exhibit: Chris Bonin – Gallery at York Hall (Yorktown). This month’s exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall will feature historian and artist Chris Bonin. Free. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Peninsula Watermedia Society Exhibition – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). The Peninsula Watermedia Society of Virginia presents its 2nd Annual Member Only Exhibition, featuring the work of water media enthusiasts of all skill levels living on the Virginia Peninsula and in the Tidewater area. This exhibit will run Monday – Friday through September 9.

Markets

Saturday, September 17

  • Williamsburg Farmers Market – Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 parking lot (Williamsburg). 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. 8:00 am – noon.
  • 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.
  • Toano Open Air Market – 7891 Richmond Road (Toano). Shop safely every Saturday while supporting local farmers, artisans, pollinators and a variety of other vendors. Pre-ordering is recommended to ensure product availability. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Sunday, September 18

  • Harvest Market at Oozlefinch – Oozlefinch Beers & Blending (Hampton). This market is held bi-weekly on Sundays. You’ll find a wide variety of items from local artisans, bakers, crafters and farmers, including handmade home decor, natural dog treats, French macarons, essential oils, locally roasted coffee, buttercream desserts, pet-safe plants, specialty teas, fresh meat and eggs and more. Markets are rain or shine unless the weather is severe. 12:00 – 3:00 pm.

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Just for Tweens/Teens

Williamsburg

️ Monday, September 12

  • Teen Anime Club – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Middle and high school students are invited to join fellow Anime lovers for the first two episodes of an Anime show. Registration is required. For grades 6-12. Teens must have a Teen Program Permission Form on file to participate in this program. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

️ Tuesday, September 13

  • Teen Game Night – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Teens ages 13+ are invited to attend this game night, featuring tabletop and video gaming. No registration required; just drop in. 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

️ Thursday, September 15

Newport News

  • Animanga Club – Grissom Library (Newport News). Teens ages 12-17 are invited to watch anime, discuss Japanese culture, play games and have fun. 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

Kids & Families

️ Tuesday, September 13

  • Tiny Tales – Tabb Library (Yorktown). In this lapsit program, parents/caregivers of infants will be introduced to simple songs, action rhymes and finger plays that they can use to interact and bond with their baby at home. Registration is required. 10:15 – 10:45 am.

️ Thursday, September 15

  • Preschool Story Time – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This program features stories, movement activities and songs with a focus on nurturing a lifelong love of reading and appreciation of books. A parent or guardian must accompany the child. Registration required. 11:00 – 11:30 am. For ages 2 1/2 – 5.

️ Friday, September 16

  • Forest Explorer Fridays – Powhatan Creek Trail (Williamsburg). A guide will present this nature program and then lead children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects, and anything else we may encounter! Meet at Powhatan Creek Trail head, 3131 Ironbound Road, near Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School parking lot. This event is weather permitting. Free. 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

️ Saturday, September 17

  • Stack Them Up Cakes! Workshop – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). In this fun workshop, participants will create a mini four-inch and six-inch double-layered cake. Then, they’ll learn to ice, decorate, stack and transport them home. This class is instructed by The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc. For ages 12-17. $35. 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
  • Library “The Musical” Story Time – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids in Pre-K to grade 3 are invited to read books, sing songs and make crafts together. Kids ages 4 and up can also sign up for a library card. Limited to 15 families; registration required. 10:30 – 11:30 am.
  • Bookmobile FunFest: Lego Mania and Larsen’s Reptiles – Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (Williamsburg). Reptile experts Scott and Kim Larsen will share stories, interesting facts and trivia questions about their array of lizards, frogs, turtles, and snakes. Participants will then be invited to meet the reptiles up close and personal. There will be two shows: 11 am and 12:30 pm. This event will run from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Puppet Storytime – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids ages 4+ are invited to sing and dance with puppets and enjoy books, flannel board stories and other activities. 11:00 am.
  • Sleepover with Sprocket – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to a bedtime story, and then drop them animal off for a sleepover with the library’s Idea Studio mascot, Sprocket. The kids’ stuffed friends will come home the next day with a scrapbook full of their memories. Registration is required. 4:00 pm.

️ Multi-Day

  • Homeschool Days – Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are offering special two-week admission during Homeschool Program Days, September 3-18. Homeschool students will be able to discover the story of America’s beginnings with educational, engaging and exciting offerings. Tickets are $10 for students (Pre-K to Grade 12); $19 for adults and free for children 3 and younger, with unlimited access to both museums for two weeks, September 3-18. For additional details, click here.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Fall Homeschool Days – Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg). Discovery history at Colonial Williamsburg and enjoy special discounts during Fall Homeschool Days, September 10 – 25. For more information, click here.
  • Baby Lapsit Storytime – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library. This story time program is especially for babies from birth to 18 months and their caregivers. It includes 15 minutes of songs, fingerplays and lap games. The same songs and activities will be featured every week to form a foundation for learning for your baby. This program is offered Mondays (Williamsburg Library) and Tuesdays (James City County Library) at 10:00 am throughout the fall.
  • Preschool Storytime – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library. Preschool Storytime is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. It features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities. This program is offered Mondays (James City County Library), Wednesdays (Williamsburg Library) and Thursdays (James City County Library) at 10:00 am throughout the fall.
  • Toddler Storytime – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library. Toddler Storytime is geared toward toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. It features brief stories, rhymes, songs and other activities. This program is offered Tuesdays (Williamsburg Library) and Wednesdays (James City County Library at 10:00 am throughout the fall.
  • Open Art Studio – James City County Library. Kids are invited to paint, draw, create and explore with a variety of materials in the Open Art Studio. This program is offered at the James City County Library from 1:00 – 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm Friday and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

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️ Monday, September 12

  • Storytime – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). This storytime program promotes early literacy skills that help kids get ready to read. It features stories, games and songs. For ages 3 through 5 with a parent or caregiver. 11:00 am.
  • Family Movie Night – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Head over to Pearl Bailey Library for Family Movie Night. This month, the animated film The Bad Guys will be shown. All ages are welcome; light refreshments will be provided. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

️ Tuesday, September 13

  • Little Scientists – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids 5-10 are invited to attend Little Scientists. This month’s subject will be sink-or-float! Registration is required. 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

️ Wednesday, September 14

  • Kiddie Craft – Willow Oaks Branch Library (Hampton). Head over to the Children’s Department at the library weekly on Wednesdays for a new craft. Those who can’t stay can take one of the library’s craft kits home. 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Full STEAM Ahead: Preschool Adventures – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids ages 2-5 will explore and discover Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in this interactive four-week series designed to build early literacy. 11:00 am.
  • Listen to a Story with Mrs. Maria – Main Library (Hampton). Kids ages 2-10 are invited to listen to Mrs. Maria read two picture books every Wednesday for the month of September. This week’s book selections will be “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” by Emma Chichester Clark and “Hello, Fall” by Deborah Diesen. 3:00 – 3:30 pm

️ Thursday, September 15

  • 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 In-Store Storytime. Children of all ages are welcome; no reservations are needed. 10:30 am.
  • Toddler Time – Main St. Library (Newport News). Parents or caregivers and their toddlers are invited to stop by Main St. Library to socialize and play. Toys and activities will be provided. This event will be held Thursdays, September 15, 22 and 29 and October 6, 13 and 20. For ages 1-2. 11:00 am.

️ Saturday, September 17

  • LEGO Club: Timed LEGO Build Challenge – Main Street Library (Newport News). This month’s LEGO Club will feature a timed LEGO Challenge. Kids will be given a topic and will have 10 minutes to build it and then share their creation. For ages 5-11.

️ Multi-Day

  • Babies in Bloom – Newport News Public Libraries. This interactive storytime offers a gentle introduction to the wonderful world of books and reading. For infants from birth through 23 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration is not required. This program is held Mondays at 10:30 am (Grissom Library), Wednesdays at 11:00 am (Pearl Bailey Library) and Thursdays at 10:15 am (Main Street Library).
  • Preschool Storytime – Grissom Library and Main Street Library (Newport News). Early literacy skills, including vocabulary and understanding the narrative, are reinforced during this interactive storytime. Parents and caregivers are welcome to observe, but children are encouraged to participate independently. For ages 4 through 5. Registration is not required. This program is held Tuesdays at 11:00 am at both Grissom Library and Main Street Library.
  • 2’s and 3’s Please – Grissom Library and Main Street Library (Newport News). This program for kids ages 2 through 3 combines early literacy elements in a highly interactive storytime. Books, songs and activities are used to help develop skills needed for school readiness. It’s held Tuesdays at 10:15 am at both Grissom Library and Main Street Library.

Upcoming Events to Note ️

Sunday, September 25

  • Yorktown Art Stroll – Yorktown Freight Shed (Yorktown). The Yorktown Waterfront and Freight Shed will be filled with unique works of art – everything from oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings to drawings, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, handmade soap, glass and more. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Acoustical harmony will also be provided by Audio Portrait from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Rain or shine.

Saturday, October 1

  • Williamsburg Book Festival – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Book Festival’s mission is to promote and support the art of literary composition in the Williamsburg area and expose writers to the reading public. The public is invited to attend a family-friendly day of celebrating books and book lovers at the Stryker Center and the Community Building. This free event includes authors from various genres, speakers, illustrators, and publishers from Virginia and beyond. It runs from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 1, 2022. To learn more, click here.
  • Yorktown Wine Festival – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Don’t miss this grand tasting, featuring not only Virginia’s finest vino but also wines from around the world. The event will also include live music, great food from local restaurants and the work of talented artisans. Admission is $40. 12:00 – 6:00 pm.

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