Listen Up! It’s Summer Music Season in Williamsburg

From iconic singers Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Greater Williamsburg comes alive with the sound of music this summer

Concerts at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown
Virginia Beer Company

Emmylou Harris, the queen of Americana music, cut her young musical chops in Northern Virginia so it's only natural she returns to the state as part of Williamsburg Live, the two-day festival on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on June 21st  & 22nd. 

Williamsburg Live - Norah Jones and Emmylou Harris

Harris, a 14-time Grammy winner with hits including "Two More Bottles of Wine" and "Boulder to Birmingham," headlines the Saturday night, June 22, lineup under the big tent with rising folk duo Mandolin Orange opening. Fellow Grammy winner Norah Jones, whose "Come Away with Me" is an enduring classic, performs the previous night. Rising folk/rocker Parker Millsap opens for Jones. In addition to the tunes, there's beer, wine, and a stellar lineup of food trucks. 

Williamsburg Live may be the signature event of the summer, but it's hardly the only time your ears will be enticed. 

Here are more events to put on your calendar. 

What Goes Better with Beer?

Spend Sunday afternoons in the garden — the beer garden at the Virginia Beer Company where the acoustic music runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the best of local talent. If you're Sundays are booked, there's always the Friday series featuring bands and a new cask ale tapped every week at 4 p.m. In the immortal words of Todd Snider: "B, double E, double R, U N beer run; All we need is a ten and fiver; A car and key and a sober driver."

Virginia Beer Company

Sing Me a Song of Second Sundays

Second Sundays, Williamsburg's Art and Music Festival, runs through the summer and fall. The festival showcases numerous local and regional acts on several stages while as many as 100 artists offer their creations for sale in downtown Williamsburg. The music starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. That's more seconds of song than you can count.

Second Sundays

Better Than the Sounds of Silence

The free Yorktown Sounds of Summer concert series on the riverwalk serenades your Thursdays from June 6 through Aug. 29 with beach favorites, Motown, disco, funk, R&B, pop and more. Park for free at the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace. Bring a chair or blanket. And stuff your wallet to buy some food on site.

An Elvis Sighting. Is That Why the Brits Are Invading?

The Rotary Club of James City County has an impressively varied series of four concerts in Williamsburg's cozy Kimball Theatre beginning May 17 with a lot of brass and continuing through Aug. 17. Included in the lineup is a tribute to the "Elvis genre" that features an Elvis impersonator, who also does Frank, Dean, and other great crooners (talk about multiple personalities), and The English Channel, a tribute to those fun, fun, fun bands from across the pond including The Zombies, Petula Clark, the Dave Clark 5, The Kinks, and Herman’s Hermits.

Go Ahead, Dare To Be Classy

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs on the Riverwalk Landing Stage in Yorktown on Aug. 31 for a free summer concert. Pack a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and try to get there early for this amazing night of music. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of York Town will kick things off at 6 p.m. Blue ribbons will be awarded to the most creative picnic set-ups, just perfect for your trophy shelf.


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