Williamsburg Spring Arts

Art, Gardens & Culture – Top Art Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss this Spring!

We have something for all taste this spring from fine arts to culinary arts!   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 one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums

Through May 13, 2018. In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums features important Caravaggesque paintings from the renowned collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, North Carolina Museum of Art, Speed Museum, Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, and Chrysler Museum of Art including recent acquisitions to the collection of the Muscarelle.  As seen previously in 2014 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, Michelangelo Merisi called Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610), had an enormous influence on Baroque art with his dramatic use of light and emotive realism.  Paintings by Rembrandt, ter Brugghen, van Baburen, Honthorst, Janssen and Rombouts exemplify Caravaggio’s influence on Dutch and Flemish painters of the seventeenth century.  This rare gathering of masterworks, on view together for the first time in twenty years, provides a unique opportunity for Muscarelle visitors to see an embarrassment of riches from Southeastern Museums

Mixed Media Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall

Through March 31, 2018. Come and enjoy Mixed Media Art Show at the Gallery at York Hall.  You can relish in our revolving exhibit of fine art in all media by local artists for display and sale. Winter Hours, January thru March, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 am till 1 pm.  Regular season hours, April - December, Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am to 4 and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm.

Williamsburg Taste Festival Food & Flowers Art Show

Through May 5, 2018. This Williamsburg Spring Arts exhibition is placed in conjunction with the Williamsburg Taste Festival. Area painters, sculptors and photographers illustrate the culinary arts as it is presented in the colorful abundance of gardens, kitchens and restaurants. Artwork presented on canvas, paper, and in three dimension explores holidays such as birthday parties, local culinary haunts, kitchen tables, and the splendor of the garden. 

Virginia Symphony Orchestra Presents Mozart’s Haffner Symphony

March 23, 2018 8pm – 11pm. The final Williamsburg Classics program opens with György Ligeti's Concert Romanesc, a modestly modern piece composed in four movements played without pause. Using elements from the Romanian folk tradition, Ligeti echoes childhood memories of Alpine horns heard in the Carpathian mountains.

William Walton's viola concerto, featuring Juilliard graduate and Chesapeake, VA native Andrew Gonzalez, is an emotionally gripping piece and is arguably the first great viola concerto of the 20th century. The performance concludes with Mozart's Symphony No. 35. Also called the Haffner Symphony, the work has a spirited first movement that is, Mozart said, to be played with fire, followed by an unhurried, graceful second movement, a bright, atmospheric third, and ending in a fervid finale that Mozart advised be played "as fast as possible."

Auntie M’s American Cottage Workshop

March 24, 2018 10 am to 1pm. Come join Auntie M's fun and unique workshop. The workshop moderator leads you through various fun filled art program to enhance your creativity through one-of-a-kind workshop with embellished wet felted purse with artist Barb Risucci. 

Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven’s Ninth 

April 12, 2018. As slovenly as Beethoven was in his personal life, he stored and maintained his musical ideas in sketchbooks, continually jotting down ideas that might come in handy later on. Perusing these sketchbooks today, we gain insight into both his creative process and method of working. While Beethoven did not have the quick and ready inspiration of a Schubert or a Mendelssohn, two characteristics contributed to his greatness: he had the tenacity to work and rework his material many times, often over many years; and he knew when he got it right.

Williamsburg Opera Carmen Dinner Concert and Silent Auction 

April 15, 2018. Opera in Williamsburg is holding a Dinner Concert and Live Auction Fundraiser with the Singers of Opera in Williamsburg's Carmen on April 15, 2018 at 5:30-9:00 PM at the Colonial Heritage Clubhouse, 6500 Arthur Hills Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188.  Come, make your bid, and enjoy while supporting the musicians.  A seated dinner with a choice of entrée.  Cash bar available.  Dinner and concert $52 (doors open at 5:30 PM), concert only $25 (seating at 7:15 PM).  

Second Sunday Art Show by Culture-Fix

March 11, April 8 & May 13, 2018, 11 am – 5 pm
Second Sunday Art Show by Culture-Fix features more than 100 artists and craftsmen, plus four music stages on Prince George Street in Merchants Square, Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Taste Festival

April 19-22, 2018. The Williamsburg Taste Festival - formerly known as Williamsburg Harvest Celebration - is returning to greater Williamsburg on April 19 - 22, 2018.

You might know Williamsburg, Virginia, as the birthplace of the American Revolution. But did you know it’s also the birthplace of an American food revolution? We brewed up the first beer, cultivated the first vineyards and created the first free-range, garden-to-table food scene in the country. And now we’re getting back to our roots in a thoroughly modern, sophisticated way.

The Williamsburg Taste Festival is not only an invitation to experience the soul of our city, but it’s also a celebration of the food traditions of our nation. Come discover our mouthwatering cuisines, enjoy a craft cocktail or sommelier-paired glass of wine, and meet the chefs, brew masters and vintners making one of America’s oldest foodie destinations one of the newest. 

Opera in Williamsburg

April 20, 8:00pm & April 22, 2 pm, and April 24, 2pm 2018   
Opera in Williamsburg presents:  Carmern by Georges Bizet in French with English subtitles.   One of the most popular operas in the world, in the intimate of the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square, Williamsburg, VA.  Conductor Jorge Parodi and a world-class cast.

“Alison Stinely’s Gilded Splinters” Exhibition at Linda Matney Gallery 

April 21 - June 23, 2018
Alison Stinely utilizes various types of sculpting in collaboration with oil painting in order to create impactful pieces that are independent of a traditional frame. For more information, visit the website. 

Historic Garden Week

April 24, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm. Historic Garden Week in Virginia’s 86th Annual Homes and Gardens Tour of Williamsburg.  This tour features a combination of in-town historic and scenic modern residences, each with lovely gardens.  Enjoy lunch at the Two Rivers Country Club overlooking the Chickahominy and James Rivers.

Art on the Square

April 29, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm. Art on the Square, 55th Annual juried art show is presented by the Junior Women’s Club of Williamsburg and features more than 100 artists and fine craftsmen, in Merchants Square, Williamsburg, VA.

Yorktown’s Sister Cities French Market   

April 21, 2018. Experience all things French with your favorite products for the seventh annual authentic French Market. Celebrate the spirit of the Saturday market in Port-Vendres France, Yorktown's sister city since 1990. Traditional market products such as fresh-baked bread, pastries, chocolates, macaroons and crepes, wine, along with French music and fresh food items for purchase. This event is part of the Williamsburg Taste Festival Weekend, with culinary events taking place in Yorktown and Williamsburg.   Free. 

Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party

May 4, 2018 – 7pm – 9pm

Join Colonial Williamsburg on May 4 for an immersive 18th-century garden party at the Governor’s Palace. Hosted by President Thomas Jefferson, guests will enjoy traditional music, dancing, theatrics, games, libations, fireworks, and a special concert from Broadway legend Betty Buckley! All guests are encouraged to wear 18th-century attire (costumes available for purchase and rent). Must be at least 21 years old to attend.

5th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ

May 5, 2018, Noon – 6 pm. Sample more than 25 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing.  This year's Blues, Brews & BBQ promises to be the best yet! At 12:30, The Jukes will deliver an entertaining performance steeped in swing, boogie, and down-home blues. Then, at 3:30, the Michael Clark Band will take the mic to blend the Blues with a little soul, rock, jazz and fun.  NEW this year – a wine garden included in admission. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Art at the River

May 5, 2018, 10 am – 4 pm. Stroll the waterfront to admire the work of nearly 50 talented artists at the fifth annual Juried Art Show. Painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, and many other innovative and creative artists will be displaying their work and talking more about their techniques. Select your "People's Choice" artist. Live entertainment from 11 am to 4 pm. Food and beverages available.

Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque in the ‘Burg

May 6, 2018. The Muscarelle Museum of Art invites you to the 3rd  annual Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque in the ‘Burg.  Five kinds of BBQ, over twenty-five sauces and local craft beer with contemporary bluegrass music.

High Fiber Festival

May 19th 10am to 3pm

All natural (75%) fiber festival at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano. There will be a variety of vendors featuring yarns, quilts and crafts. Fiber animals and plants will be present. Demonstrations include spinning, handweaving and weaving. There will be hands-on crafts, a children's tent, quilt raffle and more! The festival celebrates fiber animals, farmers and artisans in our region.

Busch Garden Food & Wine Festival

Weekends May 25 - July 1, 2018. A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at the Busch Gardens ® Food & Wine Festival in Williamsburg, Virginia. We invite you to unleash your inner foodie with a variety of dishes and beverages not normally served at the park. Enjoy authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the world's most beautiful theme park. Pair tastes and thrills on your vacation this summer for another adventure through the park. Take home the Food & Wine Festival experience by creating your own projects with do-it-yourself ideas or make some of Chef Justin’s favorite recipesBusch Gardens Food & Wine Festival is included with park admission.


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