WYDaily.com is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.
From a world music string quintet to a trick-or-treat festival to a walk to end Alzheimer’s, there is no shortage of fun things to do in this Historic Triangle this weekend.
Get out and enjoy the fall weather and maybe even brave a haunted house, if you dare.
Want to see your event included in What You’ll Do? We take these ideas from our community calendar, which you can find on the right side of WYDaily.com. Submitting to the calendar is easy – and it’s free – so make sure to add upcoming events for your group or organization.
Jamestown Settlement is getting spooky this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m., the settlement will be transformed into “Family Frights” night, complete with trick-or-treating, haunted houses and kid’s games. Tickets are $7 for kids ages 4 to 12, $3 for adults and free for little ones 3 and under.
Mid-County Park is hosting “Halloween Tales” at 6 p.m. Friday. Bring the whole family to enjoy “trunk-or-treating,” arts and crafts and a Halloween show. Costumes are encouraged and guests can feel free to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. This free event promises to be fun for all ages, but please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Williamsburg Dinner Theatre will be performing “A Midsummer’s Night Scream,” a murder mystery comedy that is sure to have the audience in stitches. The show will be performed every Friday from Oct. 16 through Nov. 20, and is accompanied by an all-you-can-eat buffet. Tickets are $39.95 for adults, $17 for kids 12 and under. This event will take place at the Williamsburg Quality Inn & Suites.
Panglossian Productions will be presenting Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Williamsburg Regional Library on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The blood-chilling tale of a murderous barber and sinister “meat pies,” Sweeney Todd is sure to get viewers in the Halloween spirit. Friday and Saturday’s shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s show is a 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $16 in advance or $18 at the door.
Food and Wine
The Williamsburg Moose Lodge 757 is hosting “Uncle Russ’ Fish Fry & Barbecue” on Saturday to benefit Kerri Cook, a local woman fighting stage 3 breast cancer. Uncle Russ’ Dockside Seafood Market will be provided fried fish or barbecaue dinner and there will also be a raffle, silent auction, fall photo booth, face painting, kids games and more. Admission to this event is free and food and activities are available for purchase.
Wine lovers won’t want to miss the Yorktown Wine Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday 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.
The Williamsburg Farmers Market has all your summertime picnic needs covered, so don’t forget to stop by between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday. Vendors will be fully stocked with fresh corn, fruits, baked goods, flowers and more. 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.
Take In Some Culture
The World Fiddle Ensemble, a Nashville-based string quintet, is making two stops in the Historic Triangle this weekend. Head over to Triangle to see them perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, or catch their concert at Bruton Heights School’s Lane Auditorium at 8 p.m. Friday. Both shows are free and open to the public, so don’t miss your chance to see this talented group of young musicians play.
Colonial Williamsburg’s Costume Design Center is celebrating its 81st anniversary this weekend with an open house. Starting at 10 a.m. Friday, head over to the center to discover what goes into making the period clothing of the revolutionary city. You can tour the facility, meet the staff and even observe the work that goes into making colonial clothing and accessories throughout the day and at no charge.
The College of William & Mary’s Confucius Institute is having an open house Friday where guests can check out Chinese calligraphy, painting, paper cutting, music and even a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. And what celebration of Chinese cultural activities would be complete without delicious Chinese refreshments? Come out from 1 to 5 p.m. and get in on the fun. This event is free and open to the public.
Bruton Parish will host a lecture on little known facts about Shirley and Berkeley Plantations this Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m., ahead of a planned tour of the plantations next Thursday. Graham Woolief, a direct descendant of Berkeley, and Julian Charity of Shirley Planation will be the guest speakers. Sunday’s lecture is free and the accompanying bus tour is $59 per person.
This week’s Thursday afternoon movie at the Williamsburg Regional Library is “No Highway in the Sky,” a 1950s thriller about an aeronautical engineer who predicts a new type of plain will fall out of the sky after a certain amount of time. The show starts at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Head over to Matthew Whaley Elementary School this Saturday for a “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” This walk is part of the world’s largest even to raise both awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Don’t miss your chance to join with others in a show of solidarity against this devastating disease- this event is free and no pre-registration is required.
James City County is hosting its second litter and recycling expo Saturday. The whole family can come out and enjoy interactive displays, exhibits, demonstrations and workshops all about recycling and litter prevention. Head over to the James City County recreation center from noon to 4 p.m. for this free and fun event.
Saint Bede Catholic Church is hosting a choral concert to support Syrian refugees. A choir made up of members from several area choirs will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. This concert is free and open to the public.