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Posted on: September 25, 2017

What Activities and Events Are This Weekend?

Sept. 29

Enjoy Paddle Yoga on Friday, Sept. 29 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Practicing yoga on a SUP brings a whole new perspective to being fully present in the moment. Asanas create a new challenge while floating, requiring full awareness, acceptance of mother natures mood and of course a sense of humor! All levels are welcome to this 90 minute class. $25 drop in or bring your own board $15 drop in.

Did you know that Alewerks has opened a new tasting room at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets? It’s a perfect place to take a break while shopping. Swing by and enjoy the atmosphere and grab some pumpkin beer!

The excitement of Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens returns to the World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park on Saturday, Sept. 23 with a new maze, FrostBite, a new escape room and a new scare zone in New France. As always, Howl-O-Scream is not recommended for young children.

Enjoy a Fee Free Day at Colonial National Historical Park on Saturday, Sept. 30, which is National Public Lands Day and is a fee free day at Colonial National Historical Park. For information and questions, please call 757-856-1200.

James RiverFest is on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Jamestown Beach Event Park. Do you know how long a great Atlantic Sturgeon can grow to be, what the original Jamestown Settlement looked like or how to calculate your water footprint? Come find out and learn much, much more at this year's James RiverFest. Enjoy fun, hands-on educational activities for the whole family. Free admission and free parking!

Come see the Goldenrods Galore exhibit being developed in the Williamsburg Botanical Garden (WBG) that features goldenrod species typical of open upland habitats on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10-11:30 a.m. You will also see goldenrods growing in the swamp and calcareous ravine habitat. Twenty species of goldenrod (the genera Solidago and Euthamia) occur on the Peninsula, and most of them are now in cultivation at WBG. As an aid to learning to recognize goldenrod species, you will see them side by side and learn to sort them according to the shapes of their inflorescences, whether the flowers are borne in a one-sided manner, and whether the stems are hairy. Park in the Freedom Park Visitor Center lot and follow the pathway to the Botanical Garden. Contact Donna Ware ( or 757-565-0657) for more information or to register.

Get your laugh on at the Comedy Club of Williamsburg with Rob Brackenridge on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. Always the class clown (and spending most of his formative years in the principal's office), Brackenridge was destined to become a comedian and has performed since 1992.

Join the Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club for a group ride on Sunday morning! Join cycling enthusiasts from The Williamsburg Winery team on a casual 40 mile* group ride through the Historic Triangle and back to the Winery for wine and brunch specials at the Gabriel Archer Tavern! Ride registration is from 8:30-9 a.m. Group leaves promptly at 9 a.m. There is no fee to participate!

With autumn officially here, why not visit Pumpkinville? Pumpkinville is a fun, seasonal treasure in Toano, VA. Your family can pick their own pumpkins from their patch or choose from our large selection of pre-picked pumpkins in the yard. In addition to pumpkins, there is a large selection of gourds, winter squash, flowers, wooden cut-outs, arts and crafts and fall decorations. Bundles of cornstalks and bales of straw are also available for purchase. In addition to pumpkins, Pumpkinville offers fun for everyone who enjoy the Halloween holiday season. Decorations fill the fenced-in area to create a festive autumn atmosphere that lasts all of October. There are lots of free activities including a hayride, corn mazes and games. The hayride runs the perimeter of the field. Pumpkinville is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

Did you know that September is Virginia Spirits Month? Celebrate with a visit to 8 Shires Coloniale Distillery, which is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-8 p.m.

Community Events

Participate in GreenSprings Miles for Smiles on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 7:30-11 a.m. at Jamestown High School. Participate in an 8K Run/Walk or a one or two mile cross country race. All registration fees will go directly to Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center (OTMDC). Currently, on average, OTMDC provides more than 1,350 medical and dental patient visits per month to uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid and Medicare residents. Services continue to expand to address growing community needs.  Late & Race Day Registration Fees: $30 (8K), $20 (1 Mile & 2 Mile). All paid registrants will receive a short-sleeve t-shirt. T-shirts can be purchased for $8.

  • 8:30 a.m. 8K Run/Walk
  • 10 a.m. 2 Mile (SHIP) Cross Country Race
  • 10:30 a.m. 1 Mile (SHIP) Cross Country Race

Have the kids run in the Williamsburg Memorial Park 1K Run on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8 a.m. Children ages 5-12 are encouraged to participate and compete for medals, win prizes and help stamp out child hunger. This is a free event. Instead of a registration fee, it is asked is that you make a cash or food donation to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. . All proceeds benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

Attend Shoot for the Moon: A Benefit for Hospice House & Support Care at the Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free to attend, but donates for Hospice House are encouraged. For art purchased the week of Oct. 1, the gallery will donate 20% of its proceeds to Hospice House.

  • Have your portrait made on the moon. Moon photos start at $10. Nostalgic props will be provided and all proceeds will go to Hospice House.
  • See colorful art under shooting stars.
  • Listen to the live jazz of the Matt Lockhart trio
  • Savor a chocolate fountain and other goodies.

York River State Park

Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with Pick Your Paddle on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. until noon. You may even encounter a variety of wild creatures! Learn something new and exciting as you paddle up the creek or down the river.  And don't worry, we provide you with a paddle of your choice (canoe or kayak). Taskinas Creek and the York River are so rich in their resources and we'll teach you ways to protect them. Cost: Canoes $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayak $16/person, tandem kayak $11/person. Prepayment required with reservation by calling 757-566-3036.

Go on a Fossil Frenzy on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1-3 p.m. Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam here in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. No cost. Please call 757-566-3036 to make reservations.

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