Williamsburg Fall Arts Events Guide: Oct. 1-4

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The Williamsburg Book Festival will take place this Saturday at Bruton Parish. (Courtesy Williamsburg Fall Arts)
The Williamsburg Book Festival will take place this Saturday at Bruton Parish. (Courtesy Williamsburg Fall Arts)

Update 10/01/15: Due to inclement weather, the Yorktown Wine Festival has been rescheduled to Sunday, Oct. 26 from noon to 6 p.m.

Original Post: It is the fifth week of Williamsburg Fall Arts, and several of the festival’s biggest events are taking place this weekend.

An Occassion for the Arts is celebrating its 46th year, and the local favorite Gallery Crawl will also be making a return. Don’t miss your chance to get out and enjoy some art.


One of Williamsburg Fall Arts’ most popular events, the Gallery Crawl, is back. On Thursday evening, participants will board a deluxe chartered bus and be whisked all over town to enjoy wine, cheese and art at 20 of the area’s premier galleries and retail locations. Being chauffeured from stop to stop will allow art lovers to enjoy refreshments at each stop and fully indulge in a night of fun. This event lasts from 5 to 10 p.m., and tickets are $40.

The Williamsburg Art Gallery will celebrate its grand opening Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. and an artists’ reception at 4:30 p.m. The gallery includes works from more than 20 different artists. Art lovers can come check out the new gallery, which will focus on showcasing work that reflects the beauty of Colonial Williamsburg.


Wine lovers won’t want to miss the Yorktown Wine Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Riverwalk Landing. Wineries from throughout the state will be on site offering samples, in addition to numerous art and food vendors. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and the event is rain or shine.

A Touch of Earth will be celebrating American Craft Week on Saturday with a special demonstration by Bob Oller, who will be at the store from noon to 3 p.m. to work on sketches, sculptures and paintings, as well as discuss the art of Vector painting on a computer. Stop by the store to chat with the artist and learn about American crafts.

Readers of all ages can check out the Williamsburg Book Festival on Saturday at Bruton Parish. Regional authors will be present to talk about and sign their books, which will represent a variety of genres. Whether you’re looking for romance, sports, self-help, poetry, contemporary or even children’s books, head over to the festival and check out what the authors of the Historic Triangle have to offer.

All Weekend

An Occasion for the Arts, the cornerstone event of Williamsburg Fall Arts, is Saturday and Sunday in Merchants Square. This annual event draws applications to participate from hundreds of artists each year. The 140 admitted artists for this year’s event will display art from a range of media, including paintings, glass, woodwork, photography and jewelry. Two stages will feature live performances throughout both days, and a number of local restaurants will participate in the food court. This free event lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.