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Posted on: May 1, 2018

What Will You Do This Weekend?

May 4

  • Participate in the Proclamation Bicycle Ride on Friday, May 4 beginning at 8:15 a.m. from Jamestown Beach Event Park. Each year the Governor proclaims May is "Bike Month" in Virginia. Join the group riders in Richmond at the Capitol to collect the writ. From there, ride back to James City County where the proclamation will be presented to local government officials. Shuttle service provided to Richmond; bikes will be blanketed and transported via box truck.
  • Bring a friend along on a trip to Elmo’s World and join your favorite furry red monster for exclusive activities May 4-6 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends are hosting a party just for kids at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. Kids can enjoy exclusive activities each weekend including dance parties, scavenger hunts and story time throughout this family-friendly celebration. The event will take place at the park’s Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ with a featured Sesame Street character every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Experience Tarzan the Musical on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. All performances occur at Warhill High School. Tickets are currently $10 for adults/students and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be reserved by calling 757-565-4615 and asking for the Theater Department or by emailing
  • Did you know that the first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day? The holiday started in 2002. Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Comic Cubicle where you can pick up a free comic book and look around at their large variety of comic books, comic book supplies and much more! With everything from 50 cent comics to vintage collector items, there's something for everyone at Comic Cubicle - the enthusiast or a child purchasing their first comic book. Comic Cubicle has been open in Williamsburg for 26 years and has participated in Free Comic Book Day for 16 years.
  • Enjoy the 21st Annual Pedal the Parkway on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cycle, run or hike along the shores of the scenic James River from Jamestown to Williamsburg, or vice versa. This event is free and will be held rain or shine. All participants must register and all cyclists must wear helmets. Eight miles of empty, car-free pavement on the Colonial Parkway will allow you to start at your own time, proceed at your own pace and enjoy refreshments at the midway point. This is a great ride to introduce young family members to the joys of road cycling. Limited parking is available at Jamestown Settlement and at Newport Avenue parking lots in Williamsburg.
  • Enjoy the monthly Forest Explorers Walk & Talk at Freedom Park on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. until noon. There will be a children’s nature program from 9-10 a.m. about trees and guided walks will occur from 10 a.m. until noon. The walks will begin at the Freedom Park playground, with a new walk starting every 30 minutes. This event is weather permitting and family-friendly.
  • Enjoy a Drone Demo on International Drone Day on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport. There will be a drone demonstration in the field of the airport. Static displays and demos of drone flights, racing and capabilities will take place. This event is presented by the Tidewater Virginia Drone Club and the Prop-Bustas MultiGP Racing Chapter by special arrangement with the Virginia Department of Aviation and the FAA. Charly's Airport Restaurant will be open regular hours from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Please note that the public is prohibited from bringing drones to this event due to safety concerns.
  • Paddle On of Williamsburg will be hosting a free demonstration day on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Jamestown 4H Education Center. There will be numerous demonstrations as well as a free basic paddleboarding instruction session. Guarantee your spot in the demonstration by signing up online at under the schedule tab. For more information and other details, please visit the Facebook event or call 757-254-8492.The following is a list of the different events and times:
    • 10-10:45 a.m. - Basics of Paddleboarding
    • 11-11:45 a.m. - Paddle Fitness
    • 12-12:45 p.m. - Open Water Paddle Course
    • 1-1:45 p.m. - Paddle Yoga
    • 2-2:45 p.m. - Basics of Paddleboarding
  • Shopkins LIVE! BFF Day will be at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) on Saturday, May 5. The #1 kids toy in North America is live and on stage starring Jessicake, Rainbow Kate, Kooky Cookie, Apple Blossom and more! Audiences are immersed in the world of Shopville through creative onstage characters, custom designed theatrical costumes and interactive performances. With eye-popping choreography and original pop songs, it’s a party of pocket size entertainment not to be missed. See Shopkins LIVE! BFF Day in the Globe Theatre. Show times are 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. A show wristband will be required for entry (included with park admission). Please visit the Waves of Honor ticket windows located near Guest Relations, just before the turnstiles and park entrance, to acquire show wristband for your show of choice - only one wristband per guest will be distributed. The Waves of Honor booths will close one hour prior to show time. Wristbands are first come, first served. BGW advises you get your wristband early in the day to ensure you will receive one.
  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Billsburg Brewery on Saturday, May 5. Hangar 09 will perform from 6-9 p.m. Two Drummers Offbeat Eats will be out there all day (have you ever had their pork belly tacos?) and there will be a special cask of mojito cerveza.
  • The Williamsburg Choral Guild lightens up a bit at its final concert of the season and presents beloved choruses from opera, oratorios, stage and screen during A Potpourri of Choral Classics – From Handel to Bernstein on Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. at Jamestown High School.  These beautiful songs are guaranteed to make your heart sing and bring a smile to your face. Adult tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, student tickets are available for $10 with an ID and children 12 and under are free. The concert features the following works:
    • Handel – “See the Conquering Hero Comes”
    • Verdi – “Va Pensiero”
    • Gilbert & Sullivan – “Dance a Cachucha” from The Gondoliers

York River State Park

  • Celebrate the 2018 canoe and kayak season with a Chesapeake Bay sailing tradition, the Burning of the Socks: Canoe and Kayak Season Kick-Off. Take off your socks and burn them with the rangers on Saturday, May 5. Then join us for a guided trip into Taskinas Creek and the York River. Equipment rentals are canoes (2 person + 1 child) $15, solo kayak $20, tandem kayak (two person) $20. Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations. Bring your own watercraft and launch either from Taskinas Creek or Croaker Landing (interpretive fee is $10). This event begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. Please note that in order for the rangers to lead a guided tour, the water and air temperature must add up to 120 degrees.
  • Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Enjoy an interpretive program with York River State Park rangers on Sunday, May 6 from 1-3 p.m. Rangers will assist you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets.
  • Can you tell the difference between a venomous and non-venomous snake? Do you know what fish osprey feed on? Have you ever observed where great blue heron nest? The Roaming Ranger will be around to point out these and other points of interest in the park on Sunday, May 6 from 4-5 p.m.
  • 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, May 6 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.

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