Williamsburg Spring Arts

Williamsburg Spring Arts 2016 Mid-March through the end of June

Classic? Country? Blues? Gospel? Patriotic? Rock ‘n Roll?  Springtime in Williamsburg means Music-time in Williamsburg!   Your walks through the country’s most beautiful springtime gardens, art galleries and art shows will be even more memorable when set against the background of spring’s best musical offerings.

End your shopping-and-dining walk through Merchants Square with a Williamsburg Symphonia concert at the Kimball Theatre. The orchestra’s spring Masterworks Concerts celebrate pianist George Li. If Cabaret & Cocktails are more your taste, the Symphonia’s Spring Pops Concert takes place at the Williamsburg Lodge. Return to Williamsburg in April, and the Symphonia will have you dancing the Foxtrot!

The Muscarelle Museum at the College of William and Mary will close “A Century of Photography” on April 10, but return to the museum on April 26, for “Art in Bloom” fine art and flowers show that is part of the Historic Garden Week in Williamsburg Tour Ticket. In addition to tours of private homes and gardens, the Garden Week tour includes a glass art show and sale by the Virginia Glass Guild, lectures on botanical art, green architecture and the 400 year history of glass in Virginia, plus an evening concert of spring-inspired music at historic Bruton Parish Church.

Buy a box of chalk for your kids (and another one for yourself) and create your family’s Williamsburg Spring Art memory at the New Town Chalk Art Festival. The next day meet and talk with more than 150 professional artists as they present their paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and photography at the annual Junior Woman’s Club Art on the Square.  Don’t miss a walk through the Williamsburg Arts District where you will view 21 works of art at the “Outdoor Sculpture Garden.” Vote for your favorite, and it may just be the one the City of Williamsburg purchases for their permanent collection.

Yorktown’s Riverwalk Landing is the waterfront site for Blues, Brews & BBQ on Saturday, followed by Art at the River juried art show on Sunday. Yorktown’s many art galleries can be accessed by free trolley that puts you within steps of the area’s iconic art galleries, including:  Auntie M’s American Cottage, The Black Dog, Gallery at York Hall, Nancy Thomas, On the Hill, Viccellio Goldsmith and Yorktown Bookshop. 

Combining the family-friendly atmosphere of Busch Gardens and the best Christian-inspired musicians, Glory at the Gardens offers a perfect mix of music and adventure with six bands playing over two days. Celebrate international culinary arts at the annual Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival.

Escape to the Arts for Memorial Day Weekend with the Virginia Symphony’s evening of patriotic inspirations at Lake Matoaka outdoor amphitheater at William and Mary. While enjoying the spring gardens that surround Revolutionary City, Colonial Williamsburg entices the whole family to look for Architectural Clues that helped with the reconstruction of the Charlton’s Coffeehouse and the Public Armoury.

On June 17, the new Jamestown Beach Event Park will kick-off the first of three summer concerts that will alternate between rock, county and beach music. Williamsburg Spring Arts grand finale ends June 23, 24, 25, on the lawn of the Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg with a concert series developed and produced by Williamsburg’s Grammy award winning, hometown star . . . Bruce Hornsby! Save the dates for this most memorable musical occasion when Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers will welcome a few of their favorite county and rock ‘n roll friends to perform just for you!    


Key events for Spring Arts 2016 include:

3/14, 15/16  Williamsburg Symphonia, Masterworks Concerts, Kimball

3/22/16   Williamsburg Symphonia, Caberet & Cocktails, Williamsburg Lodge

4/10/16   A Century of Photography CLOSES, Muscarelle Museum

4/18,19/16  Williamsburg Symphonia, Masterworks Concerts, Kimball

4/23/16   New Town Chalk Art Festival, Legacy Hall, New Town

4/24/16   Art on the Square, by Junior Women, Merchants Square

4/24, 25,26/16 Colonial Williamsburg’s 70th Spring Garden Symposium

4/26/16  Garden Club of Virginia 83rd Historic Garden Week Homes and Gardens Tour

4/26/16  Muscarelle Museum of Art “Art in Bloom” fine art and flower show

4/26/16  Virginia Glass Guild Show and Exhibition, Swem Library

4/26/16  “Art and the Garden” spring concert, Bruton Parish

5/6/16  Virginia Living Museum’s 50th Anniversary “Masque” Cirque du Soleil

5/7/16  Blues, Brews and BBQ,  Riverwalk Landing

5/8/16 Bluegrass, Beers and Barbeque in the 'Burg 

5/8/16  Art at the River, Riverwalk Landing

5/6-8/16  Wine & Run for the Roses, Muscarelle Museum of Art

5/7,8/16  “Glory at the Gardens” at Busch Gardens -  3 Christian-inspired bands each day

5/13-15/16  Celebrate Yorktown Committee Spring Plant Sale

5/21/16  Williamsburg Symphonia,  Community Chapel 

5/27, 28, 29 /16   Art Escape Weekend Gallery and Restaurant Tour

5/27/16  Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg OPENS Architectural Clues

5/27/16  Food and Wine Festival OPENS, Busch Gardens

6/4-19 "Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America" Special Exhibition, Jamestown Settlement

6/4-5 Historic Trades Fair, Jamestown Settlement

6/24/16  Opening Concert, Jamestown Beach Event Park

6/23,24,25/16  Bruce Hornsby & Friends by Festival Williamsburg, DeWitt Wallace Lawn