Saturday, July 20, 2024

What You’ll Do: Jan. 15-18

W.Y.D2There will be cold temperatures, but plenty of chances to enjoy local art, music and food this weekend.

Want to see your event included in What You’ll Do? We pull these ideas from our community calendar, which you can find on the right side of Submitting to the calendar is free and easy, so make sure to add upcoming events for your group or organization.

Four Days of Jazz

Live music, food and beverages will be throughout the downtown area this weekend for the first-ever Winter Blues Jazz Fest.

The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday with The Art of Jazz at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. It also includes a Jazz Jam with multiple groups at 6:30 p.m. Friday in its tent on Duke of Gloucester Street, the #3BF Big Bold Beer Fest on Saturday at the tent, cocktails at Mixology & Music at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Williamsburg Lodge and free community concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the tent, along with jazz movies Saturday and Sunday at the Kimball Theatre.

Click here to read a feature story about the community members who are organizing the festival.


Looking Both Ways” opens at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center this Saturday, featuring the work of leading African-American contemporary artists. It includes some pieces by Betty Blayton, who grew up in the Williamsburg area, and will run through March 22. Blayton will give a talk with Hampton artist Crystal Johnson at 2 p.m. Sunday at the museum. Read Blayton’s story here.

Learn Something New

Find out more about therapeutic horseback riding and its success with children with autism at a free talk Thursday evening. Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the William & Mary School of Education, a group that conducted research at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center will present its findings. Learn more about the research project here.

The Center for Self Governance will present classes designed to train the average citizen on how to effectively influence local lawmakers and policy. The level one course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and again from 11 a.m. too 7 p.m. Sunday at Thomas Nelson Community College, with level two for returning students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1201 Jamestown Road.

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