Fall Takes an Artistic Turn in Greater Williamsburg

Arts and crafts take center stage at the seventh Fall Arts season

Sidle up to the table and feast on these eclectic arts and crafts events.


First stop is Greater Williamsburg's world-class museums. 

Two Pocahontas-related exhibits illuminate details about the famous Native American woman’s life. The exhibit "Pocahontas Imagined" at Jamestown Settlement features copies of portraits, sculptures, memorabilia and interactive experiences to give context to her enduring story. A special children’s area gives youngsters the opportunity to step into a young Pocahontas’s life in a Powhatan village and to try weaving on a frame, decorating clay pots on a chalkboard wall, and learning about hunting and gathering.

For another perspective, “The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed” at Historic Jamestowne is based on excavations at the James Fort site beginning in 1994. It reveals there was more interaction between the English and the Powhatan Indians within the fort than expected from the historical record.  

Arts Events

In addition to the exhibits, there are events, events and more arts events.

Williamsburg Celebrates Contemporary Artisans alongside the Plein Air Art Show on Duke of Gloucester Street, in front of Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Artisans demonstrate their art or fine craft continuously throughout the event.

In Yorktown, take a walk on the art side. The Riverwalk Landing businesses, shops and Freight Shed will be filled with art works for the Yorktown Art Stroll starting at 11 a.m. on Sept. 30. Talk with the artists or watch them as they work. Restaurants will feature lunch and dinner specials.

From Oct. 6 through Oct. 7, An Occasion for the Arts will showcase the works of artists traveling from 21 U.S. states, Israel and Canada in Williamsburg's Merchants Square. Ceramics, metal, fiber, digital, painting, photography, jewelry — you name it — will be among the media in the exhibition. Two stages will showcase performers ranging from family-oriented rap to ballet to coffee shop country (imagine that).

Winemaking is an art, right? On Oct. 6, sip some fine art at the Yorktown Wine Festival from noon to 6 p.m. on the Riverwalk Landing. Yorktown shares more than history with its sister cities, Zweibrucken, Germany, and Port-Vendres, France. In a nod to them, you will be able to sample Rieslings and Gewurztrammers from Germany and champagne from France. 

Looking for more to do? Explore all outdoor activities in the area or check out family fun things to do.  Then plan your visit to Greater Williamsburg today.