Spring-themed events + more to do this week

45+ things to do on the Peninsula this week (March 28 – April 3).

Good morning!

As we head into April, there are a wide variety of spring-related activities happening this week (as well as plenty of other events).

A few highlights include a spring festival at the R.F Wilkinson YMCA, Easter egg decorating at the Stryker Center in Williamsburg, the “All Aboard for Spring” celebration at Lee Hall and a new Spring Eggstravaganza event in Newport News.

There will also be numerous live music events happening throughout the Historic Triangle, and a National Vietnam War Veterans Ceremony will be held at Veterans Park in James City County.

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Events This Week

Multiple Days

  • An Evening of Dance – Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg. This annual concert features original choreography performed by Orchesis Modern Dance Company. March 31 – April 2, 2022. Tickets are $15 for adults; $7 for students/children. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2:00 pm Sunday.
  • All Aboard for Spring! – Lee Hall Depot in Newport News. March 26- April 2. Kids of all ages can participate in spring-themed scavenger hunts, story times and craft activities. All activities are included with admission ($8 for adults, $6 for kids 7-18 and free for kids under 7). 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Watermen’s Museum Re-Opens for the Season – Watermen’s Museum will reopen on April 1 and will debut four new exhibits. The museum will host four other upcoming events during the month of April” Tartan and Tie-Dye Celebration Fundraiser (April 9th; benefits the American Cancer Society), Annual Chili Cook Off (April 16), Easter Vigil on the Beach (April 16) and Yorktown Pirate Invasion (April 23-24). See website for more details.
  • VITA Free Tax Preparation Service ✔️– Colonial Williamsburg Kids Club (Building 17). Free tax preparation and electronic filing services are available to the public through the Greater Williamsburg Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This service is available 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. Covid-19 precautions will be followed and masks are required.
  • Women’s History Month at Colonial Williamsburg – CW is offering a mix of dramatizations, short plays, interpretations and online live-streamed special events all through March 31 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 CW’s website for a full listing of events.
  • 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.

Monday, March 28

  • Coffee with First Responders☕- Mama Steve’s House of Pancakes in Williamsburg. Join firefighters and police officers from the community for coffee. You’ll have the chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know local first responders. 8:00 – 9:30 am.
  • Mending Monday ✔️– Williamsburg Library. Bring your sewing, stitching or mending project to the Williamsburg Library Maker Space and use their sewing machines and workspace. Library staff will be on hand to provide assistance with sewing resources and machine use. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, March 29

  • Art House Cafe’ Film Series: My Salinger YearWilliamsburg Library Theatre. This film tells the story of an aspiring writer who takes a job at a literary agency but finds herself at odds with her eccentric boss. Rating: R. 2:00 pm.
  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day Ceremony – Veterans Park in James City County. Veterans and the public are invited to this event to commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day and recognize the service of our Vietnam Veterans. Lt. Gen. Paul K. “Rip” Van Ripper will be the guest speaker for this year’s ceremony. James City County Board of Supervisors member and Vietnam veteran Jim Icenhour will also be present. Congressional certificates of recognition will also be awarded. 1:00 pm.
  • Homeschool Huddle K-5 – Tabb Library. This month’s Homeschool Huddle will focus on the book, “I survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863,” by Lauren Tarshis. Space is limited and registration is required. 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
  • Homeschool Huddle 2.0 for Middle School Students – Tabb Library. This month’s event will be a book club. Students who didn’t attend the February session can pick up a copy of the book at the Youth Services desk. 2:30 – 3:30 pm.
  • Builder Lab – Grissom Library in Newport News. Kids in grades K-5 can tinker, engineer and build their own creation using LEGOs, Brain Flakes and Zoob at this event. Registration is required. 6:00 pm.
  • Virginia529 College Savings ✔️– James City County Library. Learn about how Virginia529 tax-advantaged savings programs can help you save for future higher education expenses, cover K-12 tuition at private and religious schools, meet student loan repayment goals and more. 6:30 pm.
  • Teen Book Club Virtual (Hosted by Williamsburg Library). This month’s featured book is Delicious in Dungeon, vol. 1, by Ryoky Kui. Teens 13+ can join virtually to talk about the book or geek out about what else they’re reading. See website for Zoom link. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, March 30

  • Community Baby Shower – SEVHS Warwick Boulevard Physicians in Newport News. Expecting parents are invited to attend and learn more about community resources that will be helpful when their new baby comes home. This event will feature fun games and door prizes, and the first 30 expectant mothers will receive free diapers and goodie bags. Free and open to the public. 10:00 am to noon.
  • Discover Yoga – Grissom Library. The March 30th yoga event will be a DVD class with an NNPL staff member. This week’s session will be in-person only; however, this class is typically available both in-person and virtually. Spots are limited and registration is required. 6:00 pm.
  • Ewell and Dewey Decibel Concert Series: Rev. Cora Harvey Armstrong and The Harvey Family – Williamsburg Library. Cora Harvey Armstrong is a singer, songwriter and recording artist from Virginia who has been playing the piano for over 60 years. Cora and her sisters and nieces now sing together as “The Harvey Family.” The’ve performed at festivals, shows and churches across the country. Free. 7:00 pm.
  • Live Music: Karaoke – Revolution Golf and Grille in Williamsburg. 9:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Thursday, March 31

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: The Last Emperor – Williamsburg Library Theatre. This film is part of Williamsburg Library Theatre’s free classic film series. focuses on the life of Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China, who lived through the fall of the Qing Dynasty, two World Wars and the rise of Communism. PG-13. 2:00 pm.
  • A New Way to Stop the Spread of Viral Respiratory Infections – William & Mary Integrated Science Center. This free, public lecture will feature a presentation by Dr. Zare, who will discuss the mystery of seasonal variations of viral respiratory illnesses like influenza and Covid-19. 7:00 pm.
  • The Deepwater Horizon Disaster and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative – VIMS – Watermen’s Hall in Gloucester Point and Virtual. Michael Carron, Director of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, will discuss the results of 10+ years of research regarding the deep-water oil blowout of 2010. Masks are required for in-person attendees. This lecture will also be live-streamed. Pre-registration is required for both in-person and online attendance. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Straight No Chaser “The Open Bar Tour” – Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News. This live performance features Straight No Chaser, a modern-style male a capella group with a massive fanbase – and a sense of humor. Tickets start at $39.50. 7:30 pm.

Friday, April 1

  • Is This Thing On? Tech Class – Tabb Library. This class covers a wide range of technology topics, such as smartphone use, downloading apps and using eBooks or eAudiobooks. This class is geared towards adults 65+, but anyone ages 18+ is welcome. Registration is required. 10:00 – 11:00 am.
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day– Pearl Bailey Library in Newport News. Kids ages 3-11 can celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day at this fun event featuring sandwiches, cartoons and coloring. Registration is required. 3:30 pm.
  • Live Music: Friday Night Flights – Charly’s Airport Restaurant. Features performances by Nathan Lienard, a singer/songwriter from Williamsburg. 5:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • R.F Wilkinson Family YMCA Spring Festival – R.F Wilkinson Family YMCA in Williamsburg. This family event will feature games, music and an underwater Easter Egg Hunt. Open to the public. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Yorktown, Ghosts, The Thin Veil Talk and Tour – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters in Yorktown. Learn about historical accounts of ghosts and other experiences passed down through the centuries in Yorktown. Tour begins at the fire pit at Mobjack Bay. $10; no children under 12 allowed. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Friday Night Gaming Party – Virtual (hosted by Newport News Public Library). Join on the gaming platform Twitch to see a showcasing of the library’s collection of video games. 7:00 pm.
  • VSO Presents: Beethoven’s Ninth! – Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News. See the Virginia Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Ninth, featuring a chorus and vocal soloists. Tickets start at $25. 7:30 pm.
  • Live Music: BrassWind – Revolution Golf & Grill in Williamsburg. Brasswind brings back the classic horn band sound with songs from Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown, The Temptations and more. 7:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Candlelight Choral Concert – Bruton Parish in Williamsburg. Featuring the Fox Chapel High School Choir from Pittsburgh, PA. 8:00 pm.

Saturday, April 2

  • Victory at Yorktown 10K & 5K Races – Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. Features a 10K run and competitive walk, 5K race and 1-mile Fun Run. The scenic races begin on the waterfront of Historic Yorktown and go past landmarks such as the Yorktown Victory Monument and Cornwallis’ Cave. Starts at 8:00 am; see website for individual race times, pricing and details.
  • Williamsburg Farmers Market – Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 Parking lot in 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 meets, 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 in 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.
  • Oyster Day – York River State Park. Learn about the ecological and economic importance of the oyster, a central creature to a healthy Chesapeake region. Interactive displays will be featured. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Classic Car Meetup – Williamsburg ReStore parking lot. All car lovers are invited to see the classic models, talk to the owners and support two good causes. Drivers who want to show off their car should arrive by 9 am. This event is free, but attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or gently used clothing item to donate to FISH. Those who donate will also receive a discount coupon to shop at the ReStore at a later date. 9:30 – 11:30 am.
  • The Golden Age of Yorktown Walking Tour – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters in Yorktown. Guests will learn about what life was like during Yorktown’s “Golden Age” from the early 1700s to the mid-1700s during this historian-guided tour. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Open Art Studio – James City County Library. Children can paint, draw and create during this Open Art Studio event. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Spring Eggstravaganza – King-Lincoln Park in Newport News. Bring your child to the biggest egg hunt in Newport News. Features hot air balloon rides, live performances, bounce houses, a petting zoo and a visit by the Easter Bunny. Food vendors will also be present. Free. 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Easter Egg Decorating – Stryker Center. Kids of all ages can drop in any time between 1-3 p.m to paint, dye and decorate eggs. All supplies will be provided. Limit two eggs per child. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament – Williamsburg Library. Teens and adults can compete in this 1 v. 1 bracketed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate challenge. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to top winners. For ages 13 through adult. 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Candlelight Organ Recital – Bruton Parish in Williamsburg. Featuring Dr. JanEl Will, organist at Bruton Parish. 8:00 pm.
  • Live Music: Road Kill Roy – Virginia Beer Co. in Williamsburg. Richmond-based quintet Road Kill Roys returns to The Edge District for this event, which will also feature a local food truck. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Sunday, April 3

  • Weekend on Your Wheels Kid and Teen Bike Race Series – New Quarter Park in York County. Kids will be separated by skill level. Kids attending for their first race should show up at least 30 minutes early to ensure they’re able to ride the course and can be placed in the right skill category. $25 for all three races; $10 for an individual race. Check-in times are noon for 10 and under; 2:00 pm for 11 and older.
  • W&M Theatre: “The Chinese Lady” – Williamsburg Library Theatre. The Asian Centennial and W&M Theatre present Lloyd Suh’s award-winning play on the life story of Afong Moy, who came to the US in 1834 and was said to be the first Chinese woman to arrive on US soil. Free; tickets required. 2:00 – 3:30 pm.
  • Live Music: Cary Wimbish & Co. – Virginia Beer Co. in Williamsburg. The Sunday Music season kicks off with this live performance by the Cary Wimbish Band. 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Mutts Gone Nuts – Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News. This action-packed and comical show features former shelter pups who are now some of the world’s most talented four-legged performers. $35 for adults, $10 for children. 3:00 pm.

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