Monday, January 30, 2023

Rain won’t stop Funhouse Fest, sponsor says

Funhouse Fest packed Colonial Williamsburg last year. (WYDaily/Steve Roberts, Jr.)
Funhouse Fest packed Colonial Williamsburg last year. (WYDaily/File)

Funhouse Fest will go on despite this weekend’s soggy forecast, according to the Virginia Arts Festival.

The only exception would be in the case of severe weather, an arts festival spokeswoman said Friday. In those instances, the concert venue in front of the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum would be evacuated, and the show would resume once the unsafe weather passes.

Rain is expected both Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

Friday’s forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms after 7 p.m., with some storms producing heavy rains and gusty winds. The high temperature will be in the lower 80s before dipping into the 70s in the evening.

Saturday will be partly sunny with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The high will be near 90 and the low will be in the mid-70s.

Funhouse Fest attendees should be prepared for wet weather. However, umbrellas are not allowed at the festival, according to its website.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Alison Krauss, The Wood Brothers, Deva Mehal and Amos Lee are this year’s headliners.

Here is this weekend’s schedule:


5:30 p.m.: Gates open

7 p.m.: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers (main stage)

8:30 p.m.: Virginia Symphony Orchestra String Quartet (second stage)

9:15 p.m.: Alison Krauss


3:30 p.m.: Gates open

4 p.m.: Dave Mahal (main stage)

5 p.m.: Angela on the Arts (second stage)

5:30 p.m.: The Wood Brothers (main stage)

6:30 p.m.: Gibb Droll (second stage)

7 p.m.: Amos Lee (main stage)

8 p.m.: Chris Foryth (second stage)

9 p.m.: Bruce Hornsby and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (main stage)

Funhouse Fest Tickets can be purchased online; by phone at 757-282-2822; at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office, 440 Bank Street, Norfolk; or at the Williamsburg Municipal Building, 401 Lafayette St.

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Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher is the managing editor-digital of WYDaily. A resident of Hampton Roads for more than two decades, he has worked for news organizations in Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. He most recently was a member of the public relations staff for Virginia State Police.

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