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Posted on: May 29, 2017

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June 2

Make a DIY painted and stenciled serving tray at Artfully Yours on Friday, June 2 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Participants will select their colors from General Finishes Milk Paint line. Learn to paint and distress, select a summer themed stencil, paint and distress again. A variety of handles will be available to choose from for completing your stylish serving tray! Cost is $45.

June 2-4 have been designated as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. No fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in freshwater or saltwater, on these days. Plan some time to go fishing and boating; take the family fishing and boating or learn to fish and boat! There are a variety of places to fish in James City County and you can also fish at York River State Park. A great location with tons of different fish is Little Creek Reservoir Park.

A “Historic Trades Fair” will take place at Jamestown Settlement on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. A variety of historical trades and crafts will be showcased from flint-knapping, blacksmithing and leatherwork to spinning, quillwork and pottery. Many of the exhibitors will be selling their wares if you are interested in purchasing items. 

Join James City County on the first Saturday of every month for a nature program and guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive trail at Freedom Park. The children’s nature program begins at 9 a.m. Everyone is then invited on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects and anything else that may be encountered! The nature program will take place at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. The walks will begin at the Freedom Park playground at 10 a.m., with a new walk starting every 30 minutes. Weather permitting. Free!

Visit the La Tienda retail store every Saturday from 1-4 p.m. for a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with artisan foods. The La Tienda wine program manager carefully selects each pairing to bring out the best in both the wine and the food.

The annual Food & Wine Festival kicks off at Busch Gardens this weekend! A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park on weekends through July 2. Enjoy authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the world’s most beautiful theme park. Individual sampling portions and wine tastings, available for purchase in the park, create the recipe for a delicious experience each visit. New this year, cuisines from India, which will bring new tantalizing flavors to the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.

Come celebrate summer with a good old fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park with the Campfire Social on Saturday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking beautiful Gordon Creek.

Oceans & Ale is celebrating seven years in Williamsburg on Saturday, June 3 with O&A Day.  There will be plenty going on when Bell’s Brewery and Founders Brewing Co. come visit Oceans & Ale! There will be red carpet photos, a tasting tent with craft brews and beer infused cocktails, and a special anniversary menu. Live music that night kicks off with BJ Griffin at 7:30 p.m. followed by Jesse Chong at 10 p.m. Lots of drink specials. Call 757-253-2ALE with any questions.

Get your laugh on with Beatty Barns and Kenny Wingle at the Comedy Club of Williamsburg on Saturday, June 3 at 8 p.m. Cost is $21 per person. Barns is known for his highly visual performance, characterization of every day events and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary! He has appeared on MTV, Comedy Central, Comcast Comedy Spotlight, HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival and with comics such as Kevin James, Lewis Black, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, Sarah Silverman and Darrell Hammond.

On Sundays, join cycling enthusiasts from The Williamsburg Winery team on a group ride through the Historic Triangle and back to the Winery for wine and brunch specials at the Gabriel Archer Tavern. Ride registration begins each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 9 a.m. There is no fee to participate. All Cycling Club participants will receive a 15% discount at the Gabriel Archer Tavern following the completion of the ride. The discount is only valid the day of the ride. Complete 5 group rides in a 3-month span and receive a Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club t-shirt! The Williamsburg Wine Cycling Club offers two different group cycling options:

  • Option 1: 40 Miles with an average pace of 15-18 mph
  • Option 2: 25 Miles with an average pace of 11-14 mph

Come celebrate Two Drummers Smokehouse’s fourth anniversary with a party and a good cause! Money will be raised for the James City County-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department. The day will include two bands, a corn hole tournament, a buffet and a great cause. Music will be from Johnny St. Clair and the Billy Joe Trio. You must call 757-250-3839 in advance to reserve a spot for the cornhole tournament.

York River State Park

Celebrate the outdoors on National Trails Day and Clean the Bay Day by hiking the miles of multi-purpose and hiking specific trails along Taskinas Creek and the York River on Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. There is a full slate of ranger guided activities to enjoy. Help maintain the shoreline with our Clean the Bay Day event.
Other events that day will include:

Share outdoor fun and create memories on Woodstock Pond. Children 15 and younger can catch bass, bluegill, and crappie for prizes. Bring your own rod and reel. We have a limited amount of tackle and bait. Please call and make reservations.

The York River is a major waterway of the Chesapeake Bay.  Help keep the river healthy.  This is a great activity for scouts and other community organizations.  Register by calling the park office at (757)566-3036 or e-mail

Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation. US Constitution signer and Williamsburg resident John Blair once owned the land that would become our park.  Our staff archaeologist has made discoveries of forts, slave quarters, workshops, and relics of the colonial past.  Cost:  $3/person, $8/family of 4, $25/group of 10.   Please call for reservations.

Our seasonal bird of prey returns to the Chesapeake Bay region.  This ranger guided hike highlights the Osprey’s role in the estuarine ecosystem.  Guests are encouraged to bring cameras and viewing gear.  Savor the view of these majestic birds feeding, nesting, and soaring along Taskinas Creek and the York River.  

Attend River Seining from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.  Our rangers will lead you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets.

Dabble in Discovery from 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Which came first, the gray fox or the red?  Does a crab keep its shell forever?  Can box turtles swim?  For the answer to these and other questions about the natural world, dabble in discovery with the onsite naturalist.

As the colors of sunset fall on the marsh, a variety of sounds can be heard from birds and other creatures.  Enjoy the beauty of this special time on the water with a guided paddling trip on Sunday, June 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Canoes are $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayaks are $16/person, and tandem kayaks are $11/person.  Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.  Prepayment required with reservation.

Bonus: Don’t miss the Neighborhood Block Party at Abram Frink Jr. Community Center on Friday, June 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. Join James City County for a community night of fun and food plus inflatables, arts and crafts, fitness demonstrations, a D.J.and dance music, big trucks, prizes and more! In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 for any changes in schedules.

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