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Make your way outside and experience a plethora of outdoor events offered throughout the Historic Triangle this weekend, including beer festivals, hikes and plenty of live music.
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A Breath of Fresh Air
Get active while celebrating, honoring and helping to raise money for those battling cancer. Williamsburg’s Relay for Life is taking place 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday at Jamestown High School. Enjoy live music, food trucks and family-friendly entertainment as you walk laps around the Jamestown High track to help raise money for cancer research. Participants can choose to walk as little as one lap around the track or participate in the full 12-hour event.
Help celebrate the 30th anniversary of New Quarter Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a wide variety of activities at the park, including a bird walk with the Williamsburg Bird Club, trail hikes and bikes, multiple exhibits, solar viewing with the NASA Skywatchers Club, disc golf and more. The event is free and open to the public.
Take part in tree climbing, zip lining, archery, hayrides, face painting, bounce houses and more during Saturday’s Family Fun Day at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. Three bluegrass bands will be performing during the event, which will also feature a fundraiser barbecue lunch. The event is free and open to the public.
Take a tour of forts, slave quarters, workshops and relics of the Colonial past with a York River State Park archaeologist during a historic wagon ride. Explore the remains of the Taskinas Plantation on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost of the tour is $3 per person, $8 for a family of four and $25 for a group of 10. Call in advance to place reservations.
Create memories at Woodstock Pond at York River State Park during the Kid’s Fishing Fanatic Tournament. Children under 15 can bring their rods and reels and go fishing for bass, bluegill and crappie for prizes. The tournament will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. A $4 parking fee will be in place during the event.
Music and Arts
Join the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra for its final performance of the season. The orchestra will be performing for the last time this season at 7 p.m. Thursday at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall on the campus of William & Mary. Admission is free for students, veterans and children under 12. General admission tickets are $10.
View artwork by more than 40 local artists during Art at the River in Historic Yorktown. Held on the Yorktown waterfront, the event will feature work from painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers and more. Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the event will feature live entertainment, food and beverages. Admission is free to the public.
Wine and Dine
Cheer on two of Colonial Williamsburg’s top chefs during Saturday morning’s Farmers Market Face-Off. Both chefs will be given a secret ingredient, a $35 budget and 15 minutes to spend at the Farmer’s Market. The two chefs will then go head-to-head to see who can create the better dish in one hour. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Merchants Square.
Explore the beauty of basil. Stretch your legs during a 45-minute walking tour through the Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens before delighting your palate with creative basil dishes from Colonial Williamsburg Executive Chef Rhys Lewis. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Tickets are $33.50 per person.
Enjoy some soulful blues music, barbeque and microbrews during the second annual Blues, Brews & BBQ festival. Experience 26 unique craft beers along the Yorktown River at the Yorktown Riverwalk Landing at Chisciak Green. The festival will take place Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Quench your thirst with more than 40 craft beers at The Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival on Sunday. The festival, which will run from noon to 5 p.m. at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, will feature live music from Hey! Hey! Hooligan and the Estoteric Ramblers. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door and $15 for non-drinkers.
Sports and Athletics
The College of William & Mary baseball team will host the College of Charleston for a three-game series Friday through Sunday at Plumeri Park. Friday’s baseball game will start at 7 p.m., with Saturday’s game slated to begin at 4 p.m. The final game of the series will start at 1 p.m. Sunday. This is the second-to-last home series for the Tribe.