Summer event guide for Historic Yorktown is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

(Courtesy York County)
(Courtesy York County)

The summer may be quickly passing by, but there’s no shortage of fun for the entire family along one of our area’s iconic rivers. Whether the weekend or a weekday, Historic Yorktown continues to give reason to draw in locals and tourists alike with its continuation of popular events and addition of new ones. Here is a list of upcoming events provided by York County:


The Watermen’s Museum is hosting an extensive lineup of bands to close out its summer concert season on Friday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 26. The cost is $5 for adults.

Fridays and Saturdays feature live music at Water Street Grille throughout August from 8 to 11 p.m.

Yorktown Market Days, the weekly farmers market, remain a Saturday staple through Oct. 29 (except Oct. 1) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and features fresh produce, meat and seafood, cut flowers, gourmet herbs, cheeses, baked goods, quality art, chef demonstrations, and entertainment.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town perform at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center on Sundays at 3:45 p.m.

The Celebrate Yorktown Committee’s Summer Concert Series continues on Sundays in the Grace Episcopal Churchyard through Aug. 28. The upcoming lineup includes Lana Puckett & Kim Person on Aug. 7, Magic of Harmony Show Chorus, Aug. 14, Runaway String Band, Aug. 21, and Poisoned Dwarf on Aug. 28.


On the Hill Gallery features a Summer “Relief” Children’s Art class every Monday where children can take part in an art project presented by a local artist. Bring lunch and stay all day or choose a morning or afternoon session.

The Military Band Concert Series returns to Riverwalk Landing on Tuesdays through the month of August. Presented by musicians from Langley Air Force Base and Ft. Eustis, different ensembles are featured each week from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Other events and activities

Learn the steps in preparing an artillery piece for firing firsthand from an artillery crew. The event takes place daily at the Yorktown Victory Center’s re-created Continental Army encampment.

Throughout the month of August, visitors can enjoy the Gallery at York Hall’s special exhibit “Pottery,” featuring artists Elizabeth Krome and Martha Hayes and view a host of new art, jewelry, pottery and more. There will be an artist appearance on Sunday, Aug. 7, featuring “Animal Portrait” artist Christine Rich from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The Gallery is located in York Hall, 301 Main Street.

Auntie M’s American Cottage is hosting August workshops on select Wednesdays and Saturdays. A workshop moderator will lead participants through various fun-filled art programs during one-of-a-kind workshops.

The Schooners Alliance and Serenity continues to offer two day sails and a daily sunset sail on the historic York River. Kinds can take part in Captain Mayhem’s School of Piracy aboard the Yorktown schooners, setting sail, steering the schooner and learning to tie knots on the Pirate Adventure Cruises at Riverwalk Landing.

Patriot Tours & Provisions offer guided Segway tours and bicycle, kayak and paddleboard rentals from their riverfront store which is also home to a wide selection of kites, flags, beach supplies, and sundries.

Rounding out the summer season is the annual Virginia Symphony concert scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3, (Labor Day weekend) at Riverwalk Landing.

Additional information on these activities or any other events in York County can be found at