What You’ll Do: April 16-19

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what you'll doThere is something for everyone this week, from beer and wine festivals to pennywhistle classes. We’ve also got details on local races, sporting events and a classic opera.

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On the Town

Whether you’re looking for locally sourced produce, live entertainment or just a morning stroll, the Williamsburg Farmers Market is the place for you. Local vendors will fill Merchants Square in downtown Williamsburg to sell their wares, including fresh produce, flowers and meats. The Saturday morning event runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and is free to attend. Free parking is available in the downtown area.

Raise your spirits this weekend with some specialty spirits at the Williamsburg Music & Wine Festival at the Williamsburg Moose Lodge. Attendees can sample gourmet foods, and those 21 years old and over can sample wines from around the world. The free event is scheduled to begin at noon Saturday and features music performed by four bands.

The Toano Farmers Market is back this Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Come out to sample and purchase fresh, locally sourced products from vendors like Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs, Heidi’s Home Grown and many more. The event is free to attend, product prices are set by the vendors.

Get a taste of the 18th-century tavern experience this weekend at the Beers in the ‘Burg special beer tasting at Chowning’s Tavern. The tasting will include 10 different brews from Williamsburg AleWerks, including three beers specially made for Colonial Williamsburg. The event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday and costs $25 to attend.

Celebrate the start of Spring this Saturday at the Spring Fever Food & Wine Festival at the Williamsburg Pottery. A selection of wines and gourmet food from around the world will be available for tastings, plus music performed by pianist Carl Olson. The event is free and begins at noon.

Calling all chocolate lovers. Colonial Williamsburg’s Taste Studio is presenting Hands On with American Heritage Chocolate at 2 p.m. Saturday. Under the direction of Colonial Williamsburg pastry chefs, attendees will learn how to make chocolate bark, hand-rolled chocolate truffles and learn about the history of the sweet treat.

A bit of France is coming to Yorktown Saturday for the Sister Cities French Market. The fourth annual French Market offers a variety of French products, including freshly baked bread, pastries, chocolates, soaps, lavender sachets and wine available for purchase. The event also celebrates the spirit of the regular Saturday market in Port-Vendres France, Yorktown’s sister city since 1990. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Come hear the music of the British Isles Friday at the Williamsburg Regional Library’s Dewey Decibel Concert series. Featuring musicians from Boxwood Williamsburg, the concert will include traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and elsewhere, performed on fiddles, flutes, violins and whistles. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children, seniors and service members. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Opera lovers rejoice as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s beloved opera Cosi Fan Tutte comes to the Kimball Theatre on Friday. The Austrian master’s 1790 comic opera features young love, sharp wit and beautiful music. The opera will be performed in the original Italian with English subtitles, and is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 for students, $40 for seniors and $45 all else.

Can you handle Handel? Boxwood Williamsburg is hosting an evening of baroque music Thursday complete with period-authentic instruments. Attendees are welcome to bring their own instruments to learn about the music of the era. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $30.

Hear the unique blend of delta blues and West Coast swing as Cole Stevens and the Delta Diggers perform Saturday  at the Williamsburg Pottery. The event is free and begins at 1 p.m.


Take a stroll through historic gardens and sample delicious foods at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Chef’s Garden Tour and Tasting. Led by Williamsburg Lodge Executive Chef Anthony Frank, the event will tour the Kings Arms and Wythe House historic gardens and discuss the use of herbs in cooking. Ticket cost is $33.50.

Experience the great outdoors while protecting the environment at the York River State Park spring cleanup Saturday. Local volunteer groups and individuals are invited to come and help clear shelters, parking lots and picnic areas of pine cones and other debris. Tools will be supplied, and attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately. The clean up begins at 6 p.m.


William & Mary Tribe baseball kicks off a three-game series with Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison University at 7 p.m. Friday. Head back out to Plumeri Park at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday to cheer the Tribe onto a CAA crown.

Spring is the perfect time to hit the links. C&F Bank is sponsoring the inaugural From His Hands golf tournament Friday at the Stonehouse Golf Club in Toano. The tournament will support From His Hands to help feed the homeless in the greater Williamsburg area. The cost to play is $89, which includes 18 holes, cart, boxed lunch, two free beverages, unlimited driving range balls, post-tournament hors d’oeuvres and a goody bag. The first tee-off is at 10 a.m.

You can help the fight against breast cancer with a golf club. Beyond Boobs! is sponsoring the inaugural “Breast” Ball Golf Tournament Friday at Ford’s Colony Country Club. The event costs $125 per person or $500 per team, and has a 1 p.m. tee time. The fee covers greens fees and includes a post-tournament celebration.

This and That

You can whistle more than Dixie after attending a beginning pennywhistle class Thursday at the Williamsburg Regional Library. Taught by flutist Chris Norman, the class will teach students basic tunes from American, Scottish and Irish history. Put on by Boxwood Williamsburg, the event begins at 5 p.m. and costs $15.

Running is colorful at the New Town Chalkapalooza 5k on Saturday. Runners start out wearing white, but end up wearing the colors of the rainbow after five kaleidoscopic kilometers. The event costs $50 per person and begins at 8:30 p.m.

A jewelry making class Saturday will teach you how to re-create bracelets in two styles favored by the ancient Celts and Byzantines. The event begins at 9 a.m. at This Century Art Gallery in Williamsburg. Cost for materials is $65.