Celebrate the Exciting Fall Arts Season in Greater Williamsburg

Enjoy an explosion of arts, crafts, music, theater and culinary events in Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown.

Yorktown Art Stroll
Yorktown Art Stroll
Yorktown Wine Festival
Yorktown Wine Festival
2nd Sundays Art Festival
2nd Sundays Art Festival
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Virginia Symphony Orchestra at Lake Matoaka

Enjoy the Greats!

Each year, on the first full weekend in October, An Occasion For The Arts (AOFTA) provides a splendid celebration of visual, literary and performing arts in and beyond Merchants Square of Colonial Williamsburg. The juried show brings the work of talented fine artists, lively performing artists, food and beverage tastings together for an event everyone in the family enjoys. Always our favorite weekend. Always inspiring. 

A Second Important Milestone!

2017 marks another anniversary – 10 years of Art Escape Weekend!  Started by the region’s 30-plus art galleries in 2007 to mark the 400th commemoration of the landing at Jamestown, in this 10th year, restaurants, regional breweries, distilleries and wineries will join Art Escape by hosting artists and musicians. Don’t miss concerts by Uncle Frank and by Felicia Hoyos at Virginia Beer Company on September 8 and 10. An art exhibition by Bob Carlson and food trucks will round out your artisan beer tasting experience. When it’s time for dessert, head to MAD About Chocolate and enjoy the pottery display by artist Bob Leek while you indulge your chocolate cravings. Top off your Art Escape Weekend tour of the region’s art galleries with the Trellis Farm to Table Dinner on Duke of Gloucester Street; join 500 friends to sample the region’s finest culinary offerings served family-style under the stars.  Now that’s an anniversary to remember!

Symphony & Opera & Theatre & Buffett 

The 21st Annual Virginia Symphony Under the Stars will kick-off Fall Arts in Yorktown on Friday September 1. A free concert at Riverwalk Landing will be Saturday, September 2, and features a "best picnic contest" and the opportunity to see art by regional artists with the beautiful Yorktown Bridge in the background of Yorktown’s Freight Shed

See the Virginia Symphony again on October 12, at Phi Beta Kappa Hall at the College of William and Mary.  The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra will play Symphony from the New World at the Kimball Theatre on September 25 and 26. Enjoy the Orchestra again at An Occasion for the Arts as they play scores from major motion pictures including Star Wars and Harry Potter at the Kimball Theatre. Return to the Kimball on October 20, 22 or 24 for Opera in Williamsburg’s performance of the Barber of Seville. Charlie Brown opens the fall theater season by Williamsburg Players. Benefiting P.I.P.E (Providing Indoor Plumbing for Everyone) join Housing Partnerships and their supporters at Lake Matoaka Amphitheater on Sept. 23 for their annual tribute to Jimmy Buffett – margaritas and cheeseburgers for purchase!  

The Art of Storytelling

You don’t have to go to New York to meet Alexander Hamilton! How to Find Hip-Hop Icon Alexander Hamilton in Greater Williamsburg.  Visit the Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg for two Hamilton events; - Right Hand Man? George Washington & Alexander Hamilton, October 18.  How Hamilton became an indispensable right hand man to both General and President Washington.  The Duel Between Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr: Musical & Reality October 19.  The Story of Alexander Hamilton, and the Duel of Hamilton and Burr. See more Alexander Hamilton at AfterWARd at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Returning to Jamestown Settlement on October 7 and 8, Returning to Jamestown Settlement on October 7 and 8, American Indian Intertribal Powwow features song and dance by members of American Indian tribes and storytelling and a film presentation [Note: film presentation was in 2016]. Pictures convey powerful stories; don’t miss Jamestown Settlement’s “Pocahontas Imagined” special exhibition and a three-part lecture series on September 5, 13 and October 3 exploring Pocahontas’s image and myth, the portrayal of Native Americans in film and contemporary Native American women photographers

Fields and Streets of Tents and Tents and Tents!

If you love meeting dozens of artists and musicians in a single afternoon; getting the feel for the latest trends in art by comparing works by hundreds of artists in a single location; and a “festival atmosphere,” then Fall Arts is the place for you.  During W&M Family Weekend, the region’s top artisans fill Merchants Square with demonstrations of clay, fiber, wood, glass and more at the Williamsburg Celebrates Art Contemporary Artisans and Plein Air Festival. The Yorktown Art Stroll places artists in nearly every business on Main and Water Streets plus on the Green and in the Freight Shed as art takes over the entire village for the day!  In Williamsburg, An Occasion for the Arts hosts more than 150 juried visual artists, performance stages plus the Williamsburg Book Festival – this year’s featured book is a New York Times bestseller – The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh.  The Watermen’s Museum’s annual two day Folk Festival features authentic folk music and songs of the sea – don’t miss a great lunch at one of the waterfront seafood restaurants!  Return to Yorktown for the Yorktown Wine Festival that fills Kiskiack Green with the region’s top vintners, food purveyors and blues, county and rock bands for an event that sells out every year. You can believe your ears when they lead you to the multiple outdoor music stages on Prince George Street on Sunday, October 1 – in a schedule change, Second Sunday will take place on the first Sunday in October.  

50 Years of Desegregation at W&M 

Opening September 2, 2017, at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, Fred Eversley, 50 Years an Artist: Light & Space & Energy will feature a survey of the artist’s work representing an extraordinary fifty-year career.  Eversley, trained as an engineer, began making his polyester resin sculptures with an aim to “create kinetic art without using kinetic elements such as mechanical movement or artificial light changes.”  Eversley’s strong interest in energy has led to further creations that utilize wind current to create dynamic acrylic cast forms.  This retrospective exhibition featuring the works of Fred Eversley, an important African American sculptor and innovator, will coincide with the College’s fiftieth anniversary of the first residential African American students.  Interestingly, as the artist has pointed out to us, the dates of desegregation at the College of William & Mary in September 1967 is the exact month and year that he embarked on his exceptional career as an artist.

Continuing Through January 2018 – Pocahontas Imagined 

The renowned Powhatan Indian who befriended English colonists in Virginia in the early 1600s has been immortalized in art, song and story.  Visit Jamestown Settlement for “Pocahontas Imagined,” where you will encounter Pocahontas as a real Powhatan Indian girl, who in life became a symbol of successful colonization and who in death has inspired myths and images to promote a range of unrelated causes. Her image has been used to market merchandise, from oranges and cranberries to tobacco and coal. Through a variety of media, this special exhibition features portraits and sculptures inspired by Pocahontas, as well as memorabilia, advertisements and interactive experiences. Visitors will be able to see Pocahontas’s likeness and her portrayal in the 20th century.

Seven weeks of non-stop events, concerts, gallery tours and offerings by the region’s most dedicated artists -  Williamsburg Fall Arts 2017!  We look forward to welcoming you.  To learn more, visit the calendar.

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