Events Guide: Williamsburg Fall Arts, Sept. 9-14 is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

The Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert series returns for its 11th season in Yorktown (Photo courtesy of York County)
The Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert series returns for its 11th season in Yorktown (Photo courtesy of York County)

It may still be 90 degrees out, but Williamsburg Fall Arts is in full swing.

The seven-week celebration has something for every type of art lover this weekend, whether it’s a concert, a gallery visit or a sip of bourbon.

Visual Arts

Prince George Art & Frame will be debuting a show from Jan Ledbetter featuring multimedia portraits of the Maya women of Chichicastenango on Friday. Ledbetter began creating this series of portraits more than six years ago, when she became deeply interested in the lives and livelihood of these women during her travels to Guatemala. The gallery will host an opening reception for the show from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday night, which is free and open to the public.

Debuting at the Muscarelle on Saturday, Faculty Show 13 will display drawings, paintings, prints, photography, ceramics and sculptures recently created by the College of William & Mary art faculty, visiting instructors and emeriti professors. This exhibition will run through Jan. 17. Tickets are $10 and the exhibition will open during normal museum hours.

Local artisan Mark Strang will be giving a demonstration on making beautiful wooden bowls out of exotic woods at A Touch of Earth on Saturday. Strang specializes in working on a lathe, which rotates the bowl so functions such as cutting, sanding and drilling can be performed symmetrically. Strang will be showcasing his technique from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

It’s that time again: 2nd Sundays is taking over downtown Williamsburg this weekend, complete with live entertainment, more than 75 artisans, hands-on craft opportunities for kids, henna, face painting and more. Browse the four blocks of handmade goods and specialty wares along Prince George Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and bring home something to remember this year’s Fall Arts season.

Performance Arts

Jae Sinnett will be breaking it down on drums on Saturday at the Williamsburg Regional Library. Saxophonist Ralph Bowen, pianist Allen Farnham and bassist Hans Glawischnig will join Sinnett playing songs from his upcoming album, “Zero to 60.” The concert kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and friends of the library and $10 for children.

Fan of the “Shagging on the Riverwalk” summer concert series will be relieved to know the fun keeps going this fall with “Rhythms on the Riverwalk.” This five-week Friday night series includes country, jazz and big band acts. Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra will kick off the series at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets – unless you plan to be on your feet dancing the whole time.

Culinary Arts

September is National Bourbon Month and “Sips with Chefs” is celebrating with an afternoon of bourbon tasting and education. Hosted by Travis Brust and Scott Watson at the Taste Studio, guests will get to enjoy pairing bourbon with small bites while taking in the rich heritage of this popular spirit. The tasting begins at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $45.50 per person.

Chef Rhys Lewis will be highlighting the wonders of the sweet potato on Saturday during A Chef’s Demonstration and Tasting workshop. This delicious, nutritious and versatile food is right at home with the colors and flavors of fall, so join the chef on a walk through the historic gardens followed by a tasting experience at the Taste Studio from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Tickets are $33.50 per person.