Yorktown Art Stroll, Annual Fall Plant Sale, Museum Field Day and more to do this week (Sept. 19 – 25)

Some highlights for this week include the Yorktown Art Stroll and Yorktown Folk Festival (both free and happening this weekend at the waterfront), the Master Gardeners Annual Fall Plant Sale in Poquoson, a free Museum Field Day at Fort Monroe and a Picnic on the Pier event at Jamestown Settlement.

Admission to Yorktown Battlefield will also be free (and admission to Historic Jamestown will be discounted) for National Public Lands Day on Saturday.

Looking for a local volunteer opportunity? Sister Cities Yorktown is currently recruiting volunteers to help with their upcoming Yorktown Wine Festival, which will be held at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown on Saturday, October 1. Volunteers will receive free admission with unlimited tastings and a souvenir wine glass. Additional details are available in the “Special Events” section.

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Special Events

Today, 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.

️ Monday, September 19

  • Book of Condolences Signing for Queen Elizabeth II – Jamestown Settlement (Williamsburg). In honor and remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation invites the public to sign a special book of condolences located in the lobby at Jamestown Settlement. The book of condolences will be available until 5 p.m. on September 19 and then shared with the British Embassy. View a slideshow of images and videos of the Queen’s historical visit to Jamestown Settlement in 2007 and Jamestown Festival Park in 1957 available on their website.

Friday, September 23

  • Picnic on the Pier – Jamestown Settlement (Williamsburg). Enjoy the sunset on the beautiful riverfront of Jamestown Settlement while savoring a delicious personal charcuterie and dessert box from Lush Charcuterie. You’ll also be able to sip on a selection of local beer from the Virginia Beer Company and relax among music from early Virginia during this special after-hours event. All proceeds benefit museum education programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Tickets are $40. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Movie Under the Stars – Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Williamsburg). Enjoy a movie under the stars at Chickahominy Park. This week’s scheduled feature is Encanto (PG). Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting. Free. 7:30 pm.
  • Movies at the Row: “Luca” – City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Head over to Market Stage for this free family movie night, complete with popcorn. The featured film will be Luca (2021; PG). Lawn chairs are recommended for seating. Parking and admission are free. 7:30 pm.

Saturday, September 24

  • National Public Lands Day/Fee Free National Park Day – Colonial National Historical Park (Williamsburg). Admission to Yorktown Battlefield will be free – and admission to Historic Jamestown will be discounted ($15/adult) – on National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day is celebrated every fourth Saturday in September by the National Park Service to recognize the connection between people and the parks in their community. Many national parks throughout the U.S will also be free as part of this special event. For additional details, click here. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Master Gardeners Annual Fall Plant Sale – Poquoson Learning Garden (Poquoson). The York County/Poquoson Master Gardeners will hold their popular annual fall plant sale this Saturday, September 24. Attendees will be able to choose from an array of beautiful annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Cash or check only; sale is rain or shine. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Museum Field Day at Fort Monroe – Continental Park (Fort Monroe). Museums and cultural institutions from throughout the area – including Jamestown Settlement, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, the Virginia Living Museum, the Pamunkey Indian Museum & Cultural Center, the Military Aviation Museum and more – will come together to share our region’s vast history, culture and natural beauty with the public. Each group will provide an activity that shares their institution’s focus. For a full list of scheduled events, click here. Free. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Alewerks Jubilee – Alewerks Brewing Company (Williamsburg). Alewerks is celebrating 16 years with a special Jubilee event at the brewery all day long at the brewery on September 24. Come out for live music, special beer releases, food trucks (NOSH and Dominion Dogs) and more. Damian Allen will perform from 12:00 – 3:00 pm and DOG Street Boys will perform from 4:00-7:00 pm.
  • Virginia Artists’ Exhibition Reception & Awards Ceremony – The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center (Hampton). This highly anticipated annual juried exhibition will showcase many of Virginia’s finest artists and artisans. This year’s exhibition includes cash prizes for Best in Show, First, Second, and Third Places, and several awards of distinction in various media. Artists come from all across the Commonwealth and work in all styles, genres and media. The exhibition will remain on display until November 12, 2022. The reception and awards ceremony will be held on September 24 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Sunday, September 25

  • Tour De Fort 2022 – Oozlefinch Beers & Blending (Fort Monroe). Explore the Fort Monroe area by bicycle through one of five guided rides with various lengths and paces to choose from. Rides explore Fort Monroe, Phoebus, and Buckroe and start and end at Fort Monroe. All rides are free! Options include a 20-mile ride, 12-mile ride, casual ride (7 miles), history ride (2-3 miles) and family ride. See the website for additional details and descriptions of each ride. 1:30 – 5:00 pm.
  • 7th Annual Great Williamsburg Adventure Race – 7th Annual Great Williamsburg Adventure Race – Williamsburg Community Building (Williamsburg). You won’t want to miss the 8th Annual Great Williamsburg Adventure Race! Teams of two or four will race through the city while competing in different challenges, decoding puzzles and solving riddles as part of a quest for prizes and ultimate glory. This event requires a ticket, and all participants and teams must register in advance. For more information, click here. Tickets are $15 per person. Current W&M students may race for free, courtesy of the City of Williamsburg. This event is rain or shine. Check-in opens at 12:30 pm. The race will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, and the award ceremony will take place shortly after 5:00 pm.

Multiple Days

  • Yorktown Folk Festival – Yorktown Waterfront (Yorktown). The 10th Annual Yorktown Folk Festival celebrates American music, including folk, blues, Maritime, rock and roll and Celtic. It will feature performances on five stages by local musicians, bands, storytellers and dancers. This free, fun, family event will be held at the Watermen’s Museum, Riverwalk Landing and York Hall. Click here to see the full schedule of events. Free! Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.
  • Royal Hanneford Circus – 401 Oriana Road/former K-Mart Site (Newport News). With years of experience, the Royal Hanneford Circus brings forth a fresh and new form of wholesome family entertainment. The circus features producers Adrian Poema and Nellie Hanneford Poema, along with their four talented children. This event will be held September 22 – 25. Click here for show times, tickets and additional details.
  • 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. This event is free, and free parking is also available. For a list of participating artists, click here. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Saturday, October 1

  • Yorktown Wine Festival: Help Wanted – Sister Cities Yorktown is currently recruiting volunteers for the Yorktown Wine Festival at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown on October 1. Volunteers receive free admission with unlimited tastings and a souvenir wine glass. If anyone is interested in volunteering, there are 4 shifts available, as follows: 7 – 11:45, 11:45 – 3, 2:45 – 6 and 5:45 – to finish. To sign up to volunteer, just email Don Willis, president of Sister Cities Yorktown, at [email protected] and mention the shift you would like.

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Live Music

Wednesday, September 21

  • New Town Tunes: Brasswind – Sullivan Square (New Town). New Town Tunes returns this fall with a series of three concerts on Wednesdays through September 28. Enjoy being outdoors while listening to great music. This week’s concert will feature Brasswind. 5:30 pm.
  • Otis Brooks – Hampton History Museum (Hampton). See songwriter, guitarist and performer Otis Brooks perform live. Otis’ music is influenced by a variety of genres including funk, R&B, jazz and blues. Tickets are $5 (or free for museum members). Doors open at 5:30; concert runs from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

️ Thursday, September 22

  • Music from Over Yonder – Hennage Auditorium (Colonial Williamsburg). The Waterman family will play some of their favorite songs from home and their travels from the west. This musical experience combines all walks of life to share the sounds of early American history. Included with art museum admission or a Good Neighbor pass. 4:30 – 5:00 pm.
  • Music in Midtown: Good Shot Judy (Midtown Row Village Green). New date! This concert has been rescheduled after being postponed last week. Good Shot Judy will be taking the Village Green Stage on Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The popular Virginia-based, high-octane swing band specialized in bringing unique energy to the classic crooner hits from the 20’s to the 60’s. For event updates, follow Midtown Row on Facebook.
  • Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series: Blue Tips Rhythm Revue – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Hear old school soul and Motown classics by this week’s featured band: Blue Tips Rhythm Revue. 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.
  • Organ & Harpsichord Recital – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Rebecca Davy, music director and organist at Bruton Parish Church, will present a varied program of both harpsichord and organ music from the past and present. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday, September 23

  • Downtown Hampton Live: Deloreans – Mill Point Park (Hampton). This week’s concert will feature a performance by the popular 80’s-style Deloreans band. 6:00 – 9:30 pm.

Saturday, September 24

  • Historic Organ Recital: Rebecca Davy – Wren Chapel (Colonial Williamsburg). Hear the Historic English Chamber Organ, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century instruments, dating from around 1740. Rebecca Davy, Music Director at Bruton Parish Church, will give a recital on this remarkable instrument. 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • Organ Recital: Stephen Henley – Bruton Parish Church (Colonial Williamsburg). This candlelight recital will feature a performance on the Dobson Pipe Organ by Stephen Henley, organist from Richmond, Virginia. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

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History

Wednesday, September 21

  • Director’s Series: Winona LaDuke – Jamestown Settlement (Williamsburg). This event features a conversation between Christy S. Coleman, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and Winona LaDuke. LaDuke is a member of the Ojibwe Nation and an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She is an acclaimed author of five books and has written widely on Native American and environmental issues. 7:00 pm. Guests can attend this event either in-person or virtually. Tickets for either in-person or virtual attendance are $10 and can be purchased here.

Thursday, September 22

  • Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution – Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News) and Virtual. Best-selling author and historian Eric Jay Dolin will return to the museum to tell of privateers and sailors who are often ignored in American naval history but made significant contributions to our country’s independence. This event will be available both in person and via live stream. Attendees are welcome to send questions to Eric, and he will address them following the lecture. The cost to attend the in-person lecture is $10 (free for museum members). The event can also be live streamed for free. (Pre-registration is required, whether attending in person or via live stream). 7:00 pm.

Friday, September 23

  • Campfire Talk Series: USS Monitor – Past, Present, and Future – Shelter 3 Colonies RV and Travel Park (Fort Monroe). Shannon Ricles, education and outreach coordinator for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, will discuss the Monitor, the battle, the sinking, the discovery and how it became the first national marine sanctuary. You’ll also hear about the recovery expeditions. Free. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday, September 24

  • British Inner Defense Battlefield Tour – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). This tour will focus on the perspective of the Earl Cornwallis, the commanding officer of the British Army, when he occupied Yorktown on August 2, 1781. It will also include the British Hornwork, the Inner Defense Line, the Outer Defenses, Secretary Nelson’s House, the Sorite, and, lastly, the Waving of the White Flag and the Surrender. Participants should meet at the National Park Service Visitor Center Parking lot by the flag pole to begin. $15 per person; children 12 and under are free. 11:30 – 12:30 pm.

Outdoor Activities

Friday, September 23

  • Canoeing with the Stars – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Explore the stars by the water as you experience marsh life at night. You’ll see various creatures along the shoreline. One paddler per boat should be experienced; only canoes are rented for this trip. Cost: $13 per person, $8 per person family of 4+ 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

Saturday, September 24

  • Summer Bird Walk – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Participants will walk through New Quarter Park searching for the birds that live there. This event is hosted by the Williamsburg Bird Club. Binoculars are available for loan for those who need them. Meet in the main parking lot at 8 am. Register here. Free. 8:00 – 10:00 am.
  • BioBlitz – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Help park staff take pictures and identify all sorts of pollinators and wildlife that call New Quarter Park home. Meet at shelter #2. Free. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Virginia Public Lands Day – York River State Park (Williamsburg). National & Virginia Public Lands Day offers a great opportunity for volunteers to help protect natural resources. This year, York River State Park is participating in the Clean Virginia Waterways shoreline clean-up to remove litter from the park’s popular beach and waterway trail areas. Wear closed-toed shoes, gloves, and other clothing that can get dirty. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Sunday, September 25

  • Summer Drum Circle – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Meet at the Fire Circle for an hour of fun, relaxing drumming. Drumming can bring people together, reduce stress and help you connect with nature. Bring a chair and/or blanket to sit on. Open to all ages. Register here. Free. 5:00 pm.

Multiple Days

  • Archery 101 – Upper County Park (Williamsburg). Learn to safely use and handle a recurve bow in addition to proper range procedures. Designed for those with beginner to intermediate ability. Equipment provided. $50. Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 20 – 29, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Films

Monday, September 19

  • Cinema @ Scotland Street: “55 Steps” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This series features indie, documentary, art house and foreign films. This week’s featured showing is 55 Steps (2017; PG-13). 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Thursday, September 22

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “Sleuth” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). he 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 week’s featured film is Sleuth (1972; PG). 2:00 – 4:25 pm.

Friday, September 23

  • Hispanic Heritage Film Series: “Museo” – 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 featured showing is Museo (2018; R). 3:00 – 5:10 pm.

Health and Wellness

Monday, September 19

  • Community Yoga – Watermen’s Museum (Yorktown). Meet at the Carriage House and bring your yoga mat. Classes are beginner-friendly. The theme for September 19 is “Looking Outward, a heart-opening practice.” Cost is $10; all proceeds go toward Watermen’s Museum.

Wednesday, September 21

  • Drumming for Wellness – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). In this workshop, participants will use the drum and the voice as a modality to practice mindfulness. You’ll learn basic drumming and meditation techniques and participate in drum circles and sound immersions. No musical experience is needed; all instruments are provided. For ages 16+. Free. 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Saturday, September 24

  • Let Food Be Thy Medicine – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Dr. Vera Dubovoy, a dual board-certified Lifestyle Medicine and OBGYN physician, will offer a free informational session to gain insight into lifestyle medicine and nutritional health. Dr. Dubovoy understands how diet and lifestyle can influence health and chronic disease states. For additional details on this free workshop, click here. 12:00 pm.

Art

Friday, September 23

  • Reception: Williamsburg Artists Group Member Show – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Artists Group (WAG) is a group of visual artists who joined together to share their artwork with the greater Williamsburg community. The group holds in-person shows and sales events in the Spring and Fall and has member work in the lobby of Williamsburg Players. This reception is open to the public. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Crafts/Creative Arts

Thursday, September 22

  • Loosely Knit Group – Grissom Library (Newport News). The Loosely Knit Group welcomes everyone interested in knitting and crocheting. You’ll be able to learn to knit or crochet, stitch for fun, create completed projects to donate to local organizations and/or craft homemade presents! This group meets every Thursday morning at Grissom Library from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Writer’s Workshop – Grissom Library (Newport News). Instructors Howard Manly and Angie Taliferro will lead the group to focus on a writing element, with a new topic featured every month. This event is open to adults ages 18 and up. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Painting with String – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Attendees will have fun with string and paint, learning how these two simple tools can create fascinating abstract art. All supplies will be provided. For adults 18+; registration is required. 6:00 – 7:45 pm.

Friday, September 23

  • Halloween Costume Sewing Open House – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Use the library’s sewing machines and accessories to create a Halloween costume for your child! Bring your own materials and thread; the rest will be provided. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Sunday, September 24

  • Daytime Paint Night – James City County Library (Williamsburg). In this guided acrylic paint program, you’ll create your own interpretation of a shared design to take home. For ages 13 through adult; no experience needed. Call to register. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

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Dance

Wednesday, September 21

  • Tastes of Latin Dance – Grissom Library (Newport News). – Instructor De De Anderson will lead this class in Latin Dance for Hispanic Heritage Month. Each class will include an introduction to the basics of Latin Dancing, including Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. Bring your dancing shoes (sneakers) and wear comfy exercise clothes! Registration is required. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Groups & Gatherings

Tuesday, September 20

  • Turning Pages: A Contemporary Book Group – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg) and Virtual. This group explores classic and contemporary nonfiction from around the world. It meets on the third Tuesday of each month. This month’s featured book for discussion is Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner. Join in-person or virtually on Zoom; see website for Zoom link. 6:45 pm.
  • Challenged Books and You: The Handmaid’s Tale – Grissom Library (Newport News). Join this discussion on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. You’ll hear about the issues the novel faced and its continuing relevance. Afterward, you’ll meet different challenged books. Patrons who register and attend will receive a free banned book. For ages 18+. 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, September 21

  • Banned Books Bingo – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Celebrate the freedom to read and fight censorship by attending Banned Books Bing night at Tabb Library. Light refreshments will be served. For adults 18+. 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Lectures & Workshops

Thursday, September 22

  • The Many Lives of Challenged Books – Grissom Library (Newport News). Dr. Laurie Jean Carter, Dean of the School of the Arts and School of Humanities at Susquehanna University, will lead this conversation about Challenged Books. She’ll discuss the lives and stories behind select banned books. 6:00 pm.

Practical ✔️

Wednesday, September 21

  • Beginning Excel – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Participants will learn how to open, save and input data in Microsoft Excel in this class. Seating is limited; call to register. 10:00 am.

Saturday, September 24

  • Beginning Word – Expand your Microsoft Word knowledge with this intermediate-level class. Seating is limited; see website for registration information. 10:30 am – 12:00 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.

Just for Tweens & Teens

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Wednesday, September 21

  • Tween Game Day – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Tweens ages 9-12 are invited to drop in for board games and video games, including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Kart 8 and Dungeons and Dragons. 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Friday, September 23

  • Teen Makerspace Hours – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Join other teens in the WRL Makerspace. Come prepared with a project or make a sticker using a Cricut machine! For ages 13-18 only. 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

Newport News & Hampton

Tuesday, September 20

  • Teen Craft Night – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Teens ages 12-17 are invited to attend this fun teen craft night. In celebration of Banned Books Week, participants will be crafting banned book keychains. 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, September 21

  • Perler Bead Key Chains – Main Street Library (Newport News). Teens ages 12-17 are invited to drop in and make a key chain out of perler beads. The theme will be books that have been banned or challenged. 4:30 pm.
  • Sugoi! Teen Anime Club – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Teens are invited to hang out, watch anime, talk about manga, play games and more! This group meets third Wednesday of every month. For ages 12-17. 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Thursday, September 22

  • Homeschool STEAM for Teens: K’nex Education – Main Street Library (Newport News). Teens will participate in one of four STEAM challenge stations. Topics will include physics and Newton’s Laws of Motion. Registration is required. For ages 12-17. 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

Kids & Families

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Wednesday, September 21

  • Homeschool Enrichment – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids will explore new topics in this series of enrichment programs. For grades K-5. This program meets every first and third Wednesday of the month. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Thursday, September 22

  • 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/guardian must accompany the child. Register online here. 11:00 – 11:30.

Saturday, September 24

  • Saturdays @ Frink: Jonathan Austin – Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (Williamsburg). This program features something to make, do, learn and play every Saturday at Abram Frink Jr. Community Center. At 11:00 am this week, catch Jonathan Austin as he pedals on his unicycle high above the crowd, performing magic and juggling clubs, rings, canoe paddles, rubber chickens, baseball bats, and more. Additionally, attendees will learn how to navigate WRL digital resources for students. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Sensory Movie: “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Participants will enjoy a special screening of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (PG) in a sensory-friendly environment. The lights will be on, the movie volume will be turned down, and attendees are free to move around, dance, walk and sing. Enjoy popcorn or bring a snack of your own. This event is geared toward young children and those with special needs, but all are welcome to attend. 2:00 pm.

️ Multi-Day

  • 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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Newport News & Hampton

Monday, September 19

  • Shiver Me Timbers! Pirate Storytime – Main Street Library (Newport News). It’s Talk like a Pirate Day! Kids ages 3-5 are invited to join Ms. Liz to hear pirate stories, do some activities, make a craft and talk like a pirate. 11:00 am.
  • It’s Talk like a Pirate Day! – Main Street Library (Newport News). Kids ages 6-11 are invited to listen to stories, participate in fun activities and make their own pirate attire. For ages 6-11. 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, September 20

  • Builder Lab – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids can tinker, engineer and build a creation of their own design using LEGOs, Brain Flakes, K’Nex and Zoob. For grades K-5. 6:00 pm.

Thursday, September 22

  • 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.
  • Reading is Magical: Strega Nona – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids are invited to celebrate Banned Books Week and the magic of reading at this fun event. They’ll enjoy the classic story, Strega Nona, and participate in crafts and activities. For ages 3-10. 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, September 23

  • 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.
  • 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 Fall Friends by Mike Curato and Wolf’s Coming by Joe Kulka. 3:00 – 3:30 pm.

Friday, September 23

  • Main Street Library’s Chess Club – Main Street Library (Newport News). Kids ages 5-17 are invited to make their best moves at the Main Street Chess Club. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Saturday, September 24

  • Mayors Book Club Book Swap – Mill Point Park (Hampton). Bring your gently used adults and children’s books and swap them out for new books to add to your home library. If you don’t have books to swap, you can still come to start your own library. Community partners will also present to discuss resources available for families and offer fun children’s crafts and activities. Free. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • PAWS to Read – Main Street Library (Newport News). Kids ages 6-11 are invited to practice their reading skills with gentle, trained therapy dogs. This is a drop-in event; no registration required. 2:00 pm.

️ 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.

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Upcoming Events to Note ️

️ Thursday, September 29

  • Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concert 1: PAREMSKI PLAYS RACHMANINOFF – Williamsburg Community Chapel (Williamsburg). Guest Artist Natasha Paremski will be taking the stage with The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director, Michael Butterman, for this first concert in their Masterworks Series. Readers of The Triangle can take advantage of a special, 10% off discount by using the code “Welcome10” at checkout. See the below graphic for additional details. A livestream option for this concert is also available; see The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s website for additional details. 7:30 pm.

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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