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Outdoor concerts in the Historic Triangle? One locality is having them

The City of Norfolk recently announced Thank Goodness We’re Open, an outdoor series of events with social distancing measures starting on Sept. 18.

Gov. Ralph Northam lifted restrictions in Hampton Roads and the Peninsula after the region showed a decrease in percent positivity of coronavirus cases.

With other localities opening up to entertain folks who might be tired of being stuck at home during the pandemic, does Williamsburg, James City County or York County plan to follow suit?

James City County does not have any concerts planned at this time.

“We are not doing any concerts this year,” Laura Messer, the county’s Tourism & Marketing coordinator, said. “Concerts will hopefully resume next May.”

Nicole Trifone, spokeswoman for the city of Williamsburg, also said the city does not have any plans to hold city outdoor concerts.

She noted, however, that concerts are allowed in Phase 3 of the state’s plan to reopen.

“Higher attendance limits do not mean we will not be cautious,” she wrote in an email. “Masks and Music is a good example.”

“Despite being allowed more, they are limiting it to 100 people each night,” she added, noting having more than one night divides the crowds than having a one-night event.

But York County plans to have its annual Rhythms on the Riverwalk with three, free outdoor concerts at Riverwalk Landing.

Tickets are free and registration is required. There are 250 tickets for each show which starts at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“You must have at least two people in your party and cannot reserve any more than four tickets,” according to the York County Facebook post. “These should be people from your immediate family or household.”

The county has set up first-come-first-serve, 10 foot social distanced circles, which can accommodate up to four people  — concert goers can bring chairs, coolers and strollers.

Everything, including the people themselves, must fit within the 10 foot circle, according to the Facebook post.

In addition, once attendees arrive, they must wear face masks until they reach the circle.

“You can absolutely remove it during the performance to eat, drink, sing, and enjoy an evening outdoors with friends and family!” the post added. “We look forward to seeing some of your friendly faces. We sure have missed you!”

People who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus in the past 14 days cannot come to the concert series.

The Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert series starts on Sept. 25 at Riverwalk Landing, 331 Water St. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 7 p.m. for each show. See the full lineup below.

Sept. 25

Oct. 2

Oct. 9


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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