An Occasion for the Arts art show
An Occasion for the Arts art show

Arts & Culture Itinerary

The Williamsburg Area boasts cultural offerings on par with larger metropolitan areas, yet with the convenience and intimacy found only in smaller towns. Since the founding of the Glasshouse at Jamestown in 1608 – America’s first artisan and industrial business – art and artisans have been an integral part of the economy and character of the Historic Triangle.

  • Our region offers  several first-class museums, but there are also endless smaller galleries and studios . Many are within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. They’re a wonderful option, too, on a rainy day or when the afternoon sun is at its height.
  • Definitely plan a day strolling Historic Yorktown, browsing in antique shops, boutiques and galleries, and finishing with a relaxing stroll along the York River. In the summer, there's live music and dancing in the evenings at Riverwalk Landing.
  • Like to hear music under the stars? Throughout the year, Williamsburg plays host to arts festivals, concerts and performers from all over the world. In Merchants Square, residents and tourists alike enjoy concerts on balmy summer evenings. The Virginia Arts Festival also comes to Williamsburg each spring.
  • Merchants Square comes alive with An Occasion for the Arts and Art Escape each fall.
  • Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens provide world-class entertainment day and night.
  • The College of William and Mary is the home of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival every summer and hosts visiting lecturers and performers as well showcasing its own faculty members and students.