Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Yorktown: Where Summer Fun is Always in Season!

Whether you are a local or a visitor, grab your sunscreen, flip-flops, and beach towels because a summer of fun is waiting for you in Yorktown! From music, history, water sports, food, and shopping, Yorktown has something for everyone.

For music aficionados

Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, and dancing shoes to one of our FREE outdoor concerts!

The Sounds of Summer Concert Series features regional bands who perform R&B, beach, country, jazz, and more! From June 6 to Aug. 15 (except July 4), boogie with us on Thursdays from 6:30-9 p.m. by the York River. Four new bands will rock out on the Riverwalk Landing Stage this year — The Nashville Nights Band, The Gentlemen and Their Lady, The Embers, and InsideOut Band.

On July Fourth, come celebrate where our independence was won! Lounge on the beach and listen to live music, including a patriotic concert in the evening. Take advantage of other free, family-friendly events leading up to the big fireworks finale. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 9:45 p.m. Schedule of events.

For a night of beautiful music under the stars, join us at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Riverwalk Landing for a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

For history lovers

Discover where America won her independence!

On June 2, stop by Riverwalk Landing Piers from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to watch competitors race small, medium, and large workboats along the York River during Yorktown’s Workboat Races. In addition to all the fun on the water, onlookers will be able to view a model boat show in the Freight Shed and learn how workboats play an important role in maritime activities in Virginia.

The Kalmar Nyckel returns to Riverwalk Landing Piers in 2024, offering 2 1/2-hour day sails and deck tours on the York River. Climb aboard the square-rigged full-scale replica of the Swedish warship that brought settlers to North America in 1638 and explore life as a 17th-century sailor. The crew of the ship is offering free deck tours from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. Tickets for day and evening sails from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15 are available for purchase here.

One of Yorktown’s must-sees is the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The museum showcases the stories of citizens and soldiers through exhibits, films, and outdoor living history. Meet with troops in a re-created Continental Army encampment and assist with chores at the Revolution-era farm. On July 4, take in the Liberty Celebration and salute the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Visitors can enjoy interpretive programs, artillery demonstrations, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders.

For more history of the area, join a ranger for a guided walking tour of the Yorktown Battlefield and the 18th-century town. You’ll see several fortifications, cannons, the Moore House, and Surrender Field.

TIP: Avoid the hassle of commuting from one attraction to the other by taking Yorktown’s complimentary air-conditioned and wheelchair-accessible Trolley, which makes many stops in between the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center.

If you are a bit more adventurous, explore Yorktown at night with Yorktown Ghost Walks. You’ll hear a mix of compelling historical accounts, ghost stories, legends, and personal paranormal experiences. Don’t be surprised if you make a new friend — of the supernatural kind!

Don’t miss a trip to the Watermen’s Museum. This local gem will give you an understanding of the role Chesapeake Bay Watermen, from pre-colonial to modern times, have played in the shaping of our nation. Be sure to stop in the gift shop, where they have nautical- and seaside-themed jewelry and decor, children’s books, T-shirts, hoodies, and other great gifts.

For water enthusiasts

Put on the sunscreen and head out onto the water for one of these fun aquatic adventures!

Rent a paddleboard or kayak from Patriot Tours & Provisions for a relaxing day on the York River.

If you’d prefer that someone else do the paddling, hop aboard the Schooner Alliance II! This 18th-century replica tall ship sails on the beautiful York River, offering history sightseeing sails during the day and romantic sunset sails at dusk. Families will also love the kid-friendly Pirate Adventure Cruises where pint-sized recruits help raise the sails, tie knots, and steer the ship.

If you have your own vessel, dock it at our public pier to take advantage of our beautiful two-acre beach ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and gathering shells. Or, head to the wheelchair-accessible Fishing Pier for fishing and sightseeing! Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of state — you don’t need a license to fish here. Grab a rod and reel because just off the dock is the deepest water of the York River!

For shoppers

Yorktown is a shopper’s paradise! Our unique storefront gives you the opportunity to find a treat for the family, friends, or dogs in your life.

Spectacular views, handmade gifts, and fresh produce await you during Yorktown Market Days from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at Riverwalk Landing. Be sure to mark down the dates for our special-themed markets, as well; many of those have extended hours! One such market occurs on July 13! Join us for the Fun in the Sun Market where you can shop local vendors while enjoying lawn games, a steel drum performance, bubbles, and a chef’s demonstration by Riverwalk Restaurant.

Learn how farmers markets play a vital role in our nation’s food system during National Farmers Market Week. Bring your family to Riverwalk Landing for Yorktown Market Days from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 3 and 10 to support the farmers who sell homegrown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Kids will be able to play farmers market bingo and plant seeds, too.

Spoil your precious pooch by picking up some toys or all-natural, gourmet dog biscuits, donuts, and cakes from Gangsta Dog.

Treat yourself to a beautiful piece of handmade jewelry from Viccellio Goldsmith.

Browse for used, discounted books and collectible memorabilia at the Yorktown Bookshop.

Shop for handcrafted American-made art at Auntie M’s American Cottage.

If you’re an art admirer, visit one of our art galleries located within 10 minutes of each other by foot.

In June, the Gallery at York Hall will feature the beautiful floral paintings by Margaret Benton-Jones. In July, an exhibit of pine needle baskets by Joseph Jennings is sure to inspire. In addition, the Gallery displays pottery, jewelry, stained glass, quilts, and other creations from more than 300 local artists. Throughout the summer they’ll also host book signings and feature live music. Check out our Events Calendar for dates and times.

For foodies

Bring your appetite to Historic Yorktown! Whether you’re craving fresh seafood, artisan pizzas, gourmet cakes, or expertly roasted coffee, our restaurants are sure to satisfy. 

Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at Mobjack Coffee Roasters, located in the historic Cole Digges House! The freshly brewed coffee is a local favorite and the perfect way to start your day.

Stroll to its sister store, Little York Confectionery, and take a nostalgic trip to a simpler time at this old-fashioned candy shop. Homemade chocolate, ice cream, and candies await you!

Stop by Carrot Tree Kitchens for a fresh-from-scratch wrap, gourmet salad, soup, and the best ham biscuits around. Don’t forget to treat yourself to their decadent carrot cake — another local favorite!

Sushi lovers won’t be disappointed at Umi Sushi. This locally-owned Japanese restaurant offers authentic oriental dishes such as sushi, salads, and a signature Korean dish known as Bibimbap.

Choose from indoor or outdoor seating at Water Street Grille with its stunning waterfront views of the York River. You’ll find 20 microbrew beers on tap daily.

Right next door is Riverwalk Restaurant where you can enjoy fresh seafood, meats, tapas, specialty pasta dishes, and daily specials.

After some fun on the beach, walk across the street to Yorktown Pub where you’ll find a full bar, plus sandwiches, seafood, and Carrot Tree’s signature desserts.

With more than 30 flavors to choose from, Ben & Jerry’s never disappoints. Popular flavors include Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia, and Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake.

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