What You’ll Do: Oct. 8-11

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Yorktown Market Days Fall Festival will include hayrides, games, face painting and lots of delicious fall produce. (Courtesy York County)
Yorktown Market Days Fall Festival will include hayrides, games, face painting and lots of delicious fall produce. (Courtesy York County)

The Historic Triangle has recovered from last week’s bad weather and there are plenty of ways for locals to get outside this weekend.

Check out 2nd Sundays downtown, head over to Chili N’ Tunes in New Town or enjoy a concert in Merchants Square. Wherever you are, there is something fun to do.

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All About Arts

Head over to Quirks of Art from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday for “Meet the Artists” night with David Gildersleeve and Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi. Gildersleeve is an accomplished painter and cartoonist out of Savannah, Georgia who travels to Williamsburg once a year for an art showing and signing. Eskenazi is a celebrated ceramic artist based just outside of Chicago. Don’t miss your chance to chat with these talented artists about their inspirations, processes and what makes them tick. Light refreshments will be provided at this free event.

2nd Sundays is taking over downtown Williamsburg this weekend, and art lovers can head over to Prince George Street to enjoy 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 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and bring home something to remember this year’s Fall Arts season.

Harvest Time Food and Fun

Men’s Charity Tennis and The Fresh Market are hosting a Wine Gala at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to benefit Hospice House & Support Care. For $40 per person you can enjoy wine tastings, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail and fine cheese, plus 15 percent off all wine purchases. Come out and enjoy some gourmet cuisine and fine wine to benefit a good cause.

Whiskey lovers can check out this week’s Sips with Chefs, which will explore the beauty of small batch liquor with samples from Richmond’s Reservoir, an award-winning distillery that produces the finest in wheat whiskey, rye whiskey and bourbon. Taste for yourself while enjoying small bites and learning more about small batch beverages from the Williamsburg Inn’s own Chef Travis Brust and Chef Scott Watson. The tasting begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Taste Studio, and tickets are $45.50 per person.

Come celebrate the bounty of fall at Yorktown Market Days Fall Festival on Saturday. All the fresh produce, meat and seafood you’ve come to expect from Yorktown Market Days will be available, with the addition of hayrides, children’s games, face painting and other fun activities. Runaway String Band will be playing live at the event, so head over and enjoy some bluegrass music while you take in a cooking demonstration from the chefs at Riverwalk Landing or peruse the market for the perfect pumpkins to adorn your front porch. This free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Riverwalk Landing.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market will be fully stocked with fresh corn, fruits, baked goods, flowers and more this weekend from 8 a.m. to noon on Duke of Gloucester Street. Shoppers can also enjoy live music from Eliza Greer and an exhibit from the Master Gardeners on trees and shrubs. The market accepts cash, major credit cards, William & Mary Express and SNAP.

Stop by the Toano Farmers Market on Saturday to pick up all your produce for the week. While you’re there, peruse the variety of items available at Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs and Heidi’s Home Grown. The market will begin at 8 a.m. and wrap up around noon.

Warm up this weekend with some chili at New Town. Chili N’ Tunes is returning, this time with unlimited chili provided by local favorite restaurants like Baker’s Crust, Center Street Grill, Hogarth’s, Honey Butter’s Kitchen, Opus 9, Sticks and Two Drummers Smokehouse. While you’re enjoying the chili you can also check out a performance from Trial By Fire, a Journey tribute band. The fun kicks off at Legacy Hall at 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 for all-you-can-eat chili and the show or $8 for just the concert.

Catch A Show

This week’s Thursday afternoon film at the Williamsburg Regional Library will be “Five Came Back,” a thrilling story of survival in the face of overwhelming odds. Twelve people board a plane bound for South America, but when the plane runs into a storm and gets blown off course they become stranded on an island full of hostile natives. Only five will survive, but who will it be? Head over to this free show at 2 p.m. to find out.

Rhythms on the Riverwalk will be bringing music and fun to Yorktown. Grab a picnic blanket, some lawn chairs and your dancing shoes and head over to Riverwalk Landing for the final concert of the series featuring Buck Shot, a lively country act. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. and this event is free and open to the public.

Head over to Duke of Gloucester Street on Friday for a one-of-a-kind birthday bash celebrating Merchants Square. Right On Band will be setting the party mood with live music, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Pack up the whole family so the kids can enjoy the special children’s activities, and don’t forget your lawn chairs or picnic blanket. This free show kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, so come celebrate Merchants Square’s birthday in style.

The Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg are presenting “Music for a General and a President,” a special program about the music of George Washington’s era. John Turner, Cliff Williams and Gary Whaley will be performing dance tunes and other melodies Washington enjoyed or that were written in his honor in this hourlong show, which begins at 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free with a museum ticket.

The Kimball Theatre is celebrating the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary at 7 p.m. Saturday with a night of jam band revelry. Blind and Dirty, a local rock and jam band, will be playing their high energy brand of music, and special guests Circus Mutt, Chris Krehbiel and Joe B. Jones will join in on the fun. Tickets are $15.

The Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra will performing Bach, Parry and Dvorak at Saint Bede Catholic Church on Sunday. This free concert by musicians of all ages is sure to please classical music fans, so head over at 1 p.m. and check out the show.

Everything Else

Happy parents raise happy kids, so the Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Focus Program is offering a seminar on relaxation techniques for parents and tools to manage stress at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Yorktown on Thursdays for the next six weeks. The class will explore reasons people hold onto stress and how it affects their minds and bodies, as well as how to model healthy stress management for their children. Admission is $15 and childcare will be provided. The class begins at 10 a.m.

Four of the world’s most renowned experts on the subject are coming together at the College of William & Mary’s Law School on Thursday to discuss the future of Iraq. Presented by the Reves Center for International Studies and the Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, this two-day event will include a keynote address by Ambassador Ryan Crocker and roundtable discussion on the many perspectives of the future of Iraq. This address is at 4 p.m. Thursday, followed by the roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. Friday. Both events are free and open to the public.

If you want to be an informed voter this November head over to the WJCC School Board Candidates’ Forum on Thursday at the Williamsburg Regional Library. All six candidates on the ballot have been invited to participate and the League of Women Voters of the Williamsburg Area will also be on site helping citizens register to vote. This free event will begin at 7 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to hear firsthand what the candidates want to do to improve the local school system.

Head over to the Mason School of Business at 6 p.m. Saturday for “We Should be Dancing,” a fundraiser to benefit the Auxiliary of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. Miller Hall will be transformed into a ’40s-style nightclub and the evening will include music from all eras, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres and raffles prices. Tickets are $75 per person.

The Williamsburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are celebrating their 125th anniversary this weekend at Bruton Parish, which is also celebrating its 300th anniversary in conjunction with them. Guests can check out a commemorative program about the history of Bruton Parish and special appearances by the founders of DAR. This event is free and will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

What You’ll Do: Oct. 8-11