Tourism Top 10

Posted on: October 2, 2017

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Oct. 6

Come jam with The Lone Rangers at Jamestown Beach Event Park on Oct. 6 at Jamestown Jams. Concert is free and open to the public. Music begins at 6:30 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m. Two Drummers Offbeat Eats will be present. The Arc of Greater Williamsburg will be on hand with adult beverages. Visit our website for more information.

The annual Williamsburg Winery Adagio Release Party is on Friday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The 2015 Adagio will be released during a special vertical wine dinner in celebration of Virginia Wine Month. The multi-course wine paired dinner will feature the 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages of Adagio! The dinner will be a celebration of the finest bounty from some of Virginia's most renowned farms and crafted to pair perfectly with the featured vintages of Adagio. The evening will also include a Champagne and Virginia oyster reception in advance of the sit down dinner. Tickets are $125 ($120 for Wine Club Members) inclusive of tax and gratuity. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the online wine shop.

The excitement of Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens returns to the World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park 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.

Pedal your way through the Virginia Capital Trail with color surprises at every turn on Saturday, Oct. 7 during the Capital Color Ride. Add a little color to your day pedaling round trip from Chickahominy Riverfront Park to your "Color Pit Stop" of choice. Make tracks riding this beautiful scenic trail as a family or at your leisure. Load up your bike, wear your white T-shirt and get colored at "color pit stops" which feature refueling stations of water, healthy snacks and recreational fun.

Multiple riding options available:

  • GREEN – 2-mile marker (4-mile ride)
  • BLUE – 4-mile marker (8-mile ride)
  • RED – 7-mile marker (14-mile ride)

At the end of your ride, return to Chickahominy Riverfront Park for the GOLD finisher color! Register your bikes and get bike safety checks by the James City County Police Department. Fee includes refreshments, maps, t-shirt, lunch, biking vendors and colorful fun! Children age 9 and younger are free. Pre-registration forms available at all James City County Parks & Recreation payment locations or register online at Registration code: 410400-A. Cost is $10/person after Sept. 30/onsite

Enjoy a 100-mile relay on the Virginia Capital Trail! This event is for teams of six or ultra-teams of four. The relay includes all of the Virginia Capital Trail from Richmond to Jamestown and back! This event is organized in partnership between the Virginia Capital Trail and REV3.

Take the kids to the Forest Explorers Walk & Talk on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. until noon. Learn about backyard birds beginning at 9 a.m. from an expert nature guide, then lead children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects and anything else we may encounter! The nature program will take place at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. The walks will begin at the Freedom Park playground, with a new walk starting every 30 minutes. This event is free and open to all ages.

Historic Jamestowne celebrates Virginia Archaeology Month on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be a variety of programs including an archaeology walking tour, gallery tours, a kid’s dig and numerous other activities. For a complete list of activities and times, visit the Historic Jamestowne website.  Activities are included in admission.

Jamestown Settlement presents their second annual American Indian Intertribal Powwow on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8. There will be a variety of activities each day including song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling and children’s activities.

  • A grand entry with a parade of dancers will take place each day at 12:30 p.m.
  • The special exhibit “Pocahontas Imagined” will also be open for visitors to learn about her legacy.
  • Don’t forget that residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg receive free admission.

Paint a “Witches Welcome” acrylic on wood at Artfully Yours on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 5-9 p.m. Show your neighbors that witches are welcome by hanging this fun set of legs and boots on your front door! They measure 15.5" tall by 21" wide and can be hung with wire, twine or "Halloweeny" ribbon! Cost is $45.

Get your laugh on at the Comedy Club of Williamsburg with James Lawson and Mike Easmeil on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. Lawson is a 3 time "Clash of the Comic" champion at the Richmond Funnybone Comedy Club and is a native of Richmond.

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.

Community Events

Pick up some bargains at the semi-annual Children's Consignment Saleat King of Glory Lutheran Church on Friday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. until noon.

Bring a blanket and pillow and join in for free, family friendly movie nights held inside the Frink Center multipurpose room at the Abram Frink Community Center on Friday, Oct. 6 from 6-8 p.m. Popcorn and drinks provided. Scheduled feature is Ghostbusters (1984) PG; movies subject to change. Stop by the Front Desk for a complete schedule of movies. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Movies are held on the first Friday night of every month.

Enjoy the 8th Annual Williamsburg Landing 5K for The Arc on Saturday, Oct. 7; registration and packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. Minimum $35/entrant; registered entrants 10 and younger Free! Join us on the Williamsburg Landing campus to help support The Arc. All proceeds benefit The Arc of Greater Williamsburg’s mission to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. Register online at

York River State Park

Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. until noon. 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 757-566-3036.

Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with Pick Your Paddle on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 1-3 p.m. 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.

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