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Posted on: June 13, 2018

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June 15

  • The annual Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens is in full swing! Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park. Enjoy authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the world's most beautiful theme park every weekend through Sunday, July 1. Individual sampling portions and wine tastings, available for purchase in the park, create the recipe for a delicious experience each visit. New kiosks this year include Cuba, Japan, Brazil and South Korea.
  • Glow Williamsburg will return to New Town Williamsburg on Friday, June 15. This annual evening of glow-in-the-dark fun has become a local favorite with an easy course through New Town Williamsburg and Settler’s Market. The run will start at dusk. The 5K and 1-mile fun run will not be timed, so participants may choose to take their time and soak in the evening.
  • Don't miss the fifth annual New Town Summer Fest on Saturday, June 16 from 1-5 p.m. This great event takes place in New Town Williamsburg on Sullivan Square behind Legacy Hall and will feature trail members from the Williamsburg Tasting Trail. Trail members participating in this event include Alewerks Brewing Co., Billsburg Brewery, the Williamsburg Winery, Virginia Beer Company, Silver Hand Meadery and Copper Fox Distillery. This event is one of the only places where you can sample from six members of the Williamsburg Tasting Trail in one place!
  • Check out Hunter Hayes on Saturday, June 16 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in the Royal Palace Theatre. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Hayes is an American country music singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has been nominated for five Grammy awards including Best New Artist and he won CMA’s New Artist of the Year in 2012, along with three BMI Awards. Concerts are included with park admission. Complimentary general seating wristbands will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on concert days at Guest Relations before guests enter the park. Ticket distribution begins when the park opens at 10 a.m. and will be available until all seats are filled. Only one ticket per guest will be provided. Park admission is required to attend the concert. Reserved seating products can be purchased online.
  • Father’s Day is June 17. Why not pick one of these activities and spend some time with your dad?
  • Enjoy a Sunday morning group ride with the Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club. 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. The Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club offers three different group cycling options:
    • Option 1: 40 miles with an average pace of 18-19 mph (Jolly Pond Loop)
    • Option 2: 40 miles with an average pace of 16-17 mph (Freedom Park Loop)
    • Option 3: 25 miles with an average page of 14-15 mph

York River State Park

  • On Saturday, June 16, join York River State Park (YRSP) on the Three Rivers Three Peoples Hike. This hike honors the shared history of African, European, and Native Americans who made their homes along the Mattaponi, Pamunkey, and York Rivers. The hike will be along the Woodstock Pond and Mattaponi Trails which are rated as easy. However, there is a section of the Mattaponi Trail that is not handicap accessible and will be a challenge for children in strollers. The hike will stop at certain points along the trails, in particular those that highlight the of the history of Taskinas Plantation (the colonial name for where YRSP is located) and other areas of historic significance. 
  • A new way to find treasure is geocaching on Saturday, June 16 from 1-3 p.m. during GPS Pirates. Geocaching makes use of the Global Positioning System to help you find caches of park information and small gifts. We will supply you with a GPS unit and the ranger will help you hike off of the beaten path for a unique discovery. Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.
  • Attend Paddle Thru the Past on Saturday, June 16 from 4-6 p.m. The history of the York River is the history of our nation. Take a tour of this great waterway and learn about the role the river played in important periods of America's past. Canoes are $9/person or $6/person in a family of 4 or more, tandem kayaks are $11/person and solo kayaks are $16/person. Prepayment required with reservation.
  • A special Father’s Day Surf and Turf will be held on Sunday, June 17 from 2-5 p.m. Treat dad to a day on the water and fossil hunting. This ranger guided program takes participants to Fossil beach to search for relics of the prehistoric era. Dad paddles for free with paid guest. Canoes are $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayaks are $16, and tandem kayaks are $11/person. Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations. Prepayment required with reservation.

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