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Autumn Excursions Await in Historic Yorktown

Put on your cozy flannel shirt, fill up your thermos with cider, and then head to Historic Yorktown this September through November for a cornucopia of entertaining, festive activities – from music and food to history and booze.

Art, Antiques & Seasonal Eats

First Responders Market – Riverwalk Landing
Saturday, September 10 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Emergency vehicles and officials will be on-site to educate and answer questions about what it’s like to be a first responder. Get a peek inside York County firetrucks, patrol cars, the crime prevention trailer, DARE tent, motorcycles, and the K-9 unit.

Yorktown Art Stroll – Freight Shed & Riverwalk Landing
Sunday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 45 artists will showcase their visual talents – from acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings to glass, photography, and jewelry. Acoustical harmony will be provided by Audio Portrait from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fall Festival – Riverwalk Landing
Saturday, October 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Over 40 vendors and artists will be selling seasonal favorites like pumpkins, mums, art, kettle corn, pies, and caramel apples. Kids can participate in a free hayride, hay maze, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, or the Guess the Weight of the Giant Pumpkin challenge. There will also be a pumpkin carving demonstration. Seasonal music will be played throughout the day.

Paws at the River – Riverwalk Landing
Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event features animal rescue organizations and places pets in their forever homes. Get a free photo with your furry friend from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m., and then participate in the adorable annual Halloween Pet Costume Parade at 1 p.m.

York County Vintage Market – McReynolds Athletic Complex
Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vendors at York County’s Vintage Market will be selling restored furniture, collectibles, antiques, art, accessories, clothing, jewelry, unique home décor, and much, much more. Live entertainment and food trucks will also be provided.

Maritime Festival – Riverwalk Landing
Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sample some of the best seafood in the area or shop for nautically inspired art and jewelry. Pirates will be at the waterfront to talk to kids about seafaring life and host a shanty sing-along. Watch a special performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town at 10 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., all “concerned citizens” are invited to gather in front of the Freight Shed for the 1774 Yorktown Tea Party Re-Enactment.

Harvest Festival – Riverwalk Landing
Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 50 vendors will be selling seasonal goodies like turkeys, fruits, vegetables, seafood, farm-fresh milk, eggs, homemade bread, baked goods, and other one-of-a-kind holiday treats. Local artists will also be displaying their holiday handiwork. Enjoy live bluegrass music by Ralph Motley and watch a log-carving demonstration. The Virginia Living Museum will present a live animal show inside the Freight Shed at 1 p.m.

Beer & Wine

Yorktown Wine Festival – Riverwalk Landing
Saturday, October 1 from 12 to 6 p.m.
$35 in advance, $40 after August 30

Sample some of the state’s finest wines, hear live music, eat food from local restaurants, and view work from talented artists. In addition, taste some of Virginia’s sensational spirits from local distilleries.

Yorktoberfest – Riverwalk Landing
Sunday, October 23 from 12 to 5:30 pm.
$30 in advance, $40 at the door
$50 for VIP access

Get unlimited tastings of more than 35 beers and ciders from Coastal Virginia. Listen to live music, take a beer class, and purchase brewskis (or coffee) from food vendors.


Yorktown Day – Victory Monument & Historic Main Street
Wednesday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Yorktown Day commemorates the Siege of Yorktown in 1781 and the Revolutionary War victory with a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by a patriotic parade down Historic Main Street. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will also perform.


Rhythms on the Riverwalk – Riverwalk Landing
Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, and 29 and October 6 and 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This six-week concert series features music from popular jazz, blues, swing, and country bands.

  • September 8: The Michael Clark Band
  • September 15: Runnin’ Shine
  • September 22: Blue Tips Rhythm Revue
  • September 29: The Jason Cale Band
  • October 6: The Whiskey Rebellion
  • October 13: Good Shot Judy

TIP: Yorktown offers FREE PARKING. There are several lots located throughout Historic Yorktown, as well as the two-level parking terrace on Water Street. We recommend parking on the outskirts of town – up at the Courthouse or County Admin Building – and then riding the free Yorktown Trolley, which runs until 9 p.m. on concert nights.

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