Festivals & Fairs

Annual Happenings Encourage You to Find Your Freedom

Greater Williamsburg's fairs and festivals give visitors and residents the opportunity to celebrate craft beer, colonial history, nature, and more. During the summer come to the Butterfly Festival at the Botanical Garden and flutter around with over 200 butterflies. During the fall spend your mornings at Market Days where over 35 vendors come to sell fresh produce and other foods from 9 am to 1 pm. Beer lovers alike flock to Bier Fest at Busch Gardens, where they enjoy dozens of draft beers, flights, and live music. No matter the day, month or year you choose to visit, there's always an event happening in Williamsburg. 

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Saturday, April 13, 2019
Riverwalk Landing
331 Water Street Yorktown 23690

Our waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads-offering spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors! This year, the season starts mid-April, and you can enjoy weekly markets through the end of October.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 12:00am
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Merchants Square
Duke of Gloucester Street Williamsburg 23185
April 30, 2017, 10am - 5pm
April 28, 2019, 10am - 5pm

Join us for the 54th annual event! The Junior Woman's Club of Williamsburg organizes its annual spring art show to benefit local not for profit organizations through grants and scholarships. The show, held in Merchants Square, attracts almost 250 applicants each year. Only 160 or so artists and craftsmen are selected to exhibit at the show.

Sunday, April 28, 2019 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Riverwalk Landing
331 Water Street Yorktown 23690
May 11, 2019, 8am - 3pm

This special market will have you jumping for joy! Not only can you shop your favorite vendors and artists, but you can learn to improve your health with fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, and free health screenings. 

Riverwalk Landing.  Free.  More details at 757.890.3500 or www.yorktownmarketdays.com

Saturday, May 11, 2019 -
8:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday, July 04, 2019
Historic Yorktown
301 Main Street Yorktown 23690
July 4, 2019, 8am - 10pm

Independence Day in Yorktown is a free family-friendly celebration featuring a full lineup of events leading up to the big fireworks finale! The morning starts with a 8K Run and 5K Walk followed by a patriotic parade along Water and Main Streets. Throughout the day, you can lounge on the beach, jam to live music, visit local shops, and explore several museums. Evening activities include a bell-ringing ceremony, patriotic concert, and an amazing firework display over the York River.

Thursday, July 4, 2019 -
8:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Riverwalk Landing
425 Water Street Yorktown 23690
September 29, 2019, 11am - 6pm

More than 40 artists will display their talent along Water Street at this annual event! The Freight Shed and Yorktown Waterfront will be filled with unique works of art-everything from oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings to glass, drawings, photography, jewelry, pottery, painted furniture, fiber art, handmade soap, wood work and more.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 -
11:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Historic Yorktown in the Riverwalk Landing area
331 Water Street Yorktown 23690
October 12, 2019, 8am - 3pm

It's a pre-Thanksgiving cornucopia of fun! Shop for turkeys; sample seasonal treats, and take home unique holiday pieces from local artists. More than 50 vendors participate in this special November market.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 -
8:00am to 3:00pm
Riverwalk Landing
331 Water Street Yorktown 23690
October 12, 2019, 8am - 3pm

It's become a community tradition to help kick off a season of cooler weather, changing leaves, and outdoor fun for the whole family. During this special farmers market at the beautiful Historic Yorktown waterfront, shop more than 40 different vendors and artists selling seasonal favorites like pumpkins, mums, autumn-inspired art, kettle corn, and caramel apples. Enjoy free activities for kids of all ages including hayrides, face painting, inflatables, arts & crafts, and a hay maze!

Saturday, October 12, 2019 -
8:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Riverwalk Landing
331 Water Street Yorktown 23690
October 19, 2019, 8am - 3pm

To many of you, October 19 is just another day, but for those of you who love history, you know it's one of the most significant "On this Day in History" moments for America.

This year, the anniversary of the Battle at Yorktown falls on a Saturday, and the entire town will be filled with programs and activities including a patriotic Yorktown Market Days. Come shop, celebrate, and enjoy special activities for the kids!

Saturday, October 19, 2019 -
8:00am to 3:00pm
Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center
1000 Colonial Parkway Yorktown 23690
October 19, 2019, 9am - 5pm

Join in the festivities to commemorate the Siege at Yorktown in 1781-and the Revolutionary victory that paved the way for America and freedom. The day begins with a wreath laying ceremony followed by a patriotic parade down Main Street.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Riverwalk Landing
331 Water Street Yorktown 23690
October 26, 2019, 9am - 3pm

Yorktown Market Days annual Paws at the River is designed to bring awareness to animal rescue organizations, and to help place adoptable pets in their "furever" homes. On this special day, the market fun will extend down to the green in front of the Riverwalk Landing businesses where you'll find artists, agility demonstrations, informational booths, and other educational opportunities!

Saturday, October 26, 2019 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, November 02, 2019
McReynolds Athletic Complex
412 Sports Way Yorktown 23692
November 2, 2019, 10am - 3pm

If you enjoy restored old furniture, shopping for vintage clothing and jewelry, or filling your home with one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces-you don't want to miss this event. Browse the McReynolds Athletic Complex to search for collectibles, antiques, art, accessories, and unique home décor. Adding to the festive ambiance will be live entertainment and food trucks. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, December 06, 2019
Riverwalk Landing
331 Water Street Yorktown 23690
December 6, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The holiday fun kicks off with Yorktown's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This community tradition goes all the way back to 1945. That's the year that Reverend Claud G. Barkley, Pastor of Yorktown Baptist Church, and staff from the County Clerk's office, decorated a cedar tree that stood at the corner of Main and Ballard Streets. The York County Historical Committee works hard to keep this ritual going!

Friday, December 6, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, December 07, 2019
Main Street
301 Main Street Yorktown 23690
December 7, 2019, 10am - 3pm

Whether you're searching for a holiday gift for family, friends, or as a treat to yourself-you're sure to find it at the Christmas Market on Main Street! This is one of the most anticipated Yorktown events every year. More than 50 vendors line the street selling everything from nautical paintings to roasted chestnuts to Christmas wreaths! The Town Crier will ring in the market at 10 a.m., followed by a performance from the Fifes and Drums of York Town to officially open the market.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Riverwalk Landing Piers
331 Water Street,, Yorktown Yorktown 23690
December 7, 2019, 6pm - 8pm

If you're ready to get into the holiday spirit, you'll want to put this one on your calendar! Join us at the Yorktown Waterfront from 6-8 p.m. Pre-parade festivities start at 6 and include caroling around a beach bonfire, a musical performance by the Fifes & Drums of Yorktown, and complimentary hot cider. The boats will finish out the evening, as they make their way down the river in a dazzling show of lights that starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday, December 08, 2019
York Hall
301 Main Street Yorktown 23690
December 8, 2019, 1pm - 4pm

The Gallery at York Hall is excited to host Cookies with Santa. Children and parents can visit with Santa, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and do some holiday shopping too! The Gallery is filled with local one-of-a-kind art in all mediums. For more information on specific exhibits, call the Gallery at York Hall. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their cameras to this fun-filled family event.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Riverwalk Restaurant
323 Water Street Yorktown 23690
December 14, 2019, 8:30am - 11am

Create special memories and start new family traditions during Riverwalk Restaurant's annual Breakfast with Santa.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 -
8:30am to 11:00am
Riverwalk Landing
331 Water Street Yorktown 23690
December 14, 2019, 9am - 3pm

The holiday shopping season has officially kicked off in Yorktown! Browse the market for chowders and soups; baked goods including an assortment of cakes, breads, brownies, fudge, cookies; jams, jellies, and honey; holiday wreaths and garland; candles and soaps; and local quality art! Look for colonial crafts and games, holiday music, and other hands-on activities.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 -
9:00am to 3:00pm