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Posted on: July 3, 2018

What Will You Do This Weekend?

July 7

  • Did you know that July is Ice Cream Month? There are numerous places to get ice cream in James City County, including our favorite tip – Duck Donuts has donut ice cream sundaes. Check out our list for all of our suggestions!
  • Attend a pop-up tour at Anheuser-Busch on Friday, July  6 or Sunday, July 8. On the Williamsburg Beermaster Tour, you will stimulate your senses and satisfy your curiosity as you explore the art of brewing. The tour provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at brewing Budweiser. Highlights of the tour include visits to brewing, the lagering and finishing cellars, packaging, and a sample directly from a finishing tank for those 21+. Please note: Closed-toe shoes are required for all guests for your safety. This experience lasts approximately 60-90 minutes and costs $25 for visitors 21+ and $10 for visitors ages 13-20. Guests under 13 are not permitted to join this tour. Tours occur every two hours with the last tour beginning at 6 p.m. To commemorate your experience, a variety of gifts are provided for guests. Reservations are required and space is limited.
  • Skate Jam has been rescheduled for Friday, July 6, 5-8:30 p.m. Join James City County at the Skate Park beside the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road. Compete in skateboarding or BMX; participants will be divided into categories based on experience and will be judged on style, flow and difficulty of the run. Registration and warm-ups begin at 4:30 p.m. $10 fee to compete, spectators are free. Lots of prizes! Food available for purchase. For more information, call 757-259-5355. Weather permitting.
  • Summer has kicked off at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with Summer Nights. Each weekend there will be fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There is also a new show in the Royal Palace Theatre and special food throughout the park. Also this weekend, there will be a series of special performances by Light Balance each hour from 6:45-9:45 p.m. at the Abbey Stone Theatre. The lights go out and you are left alone with yourself, armed only by imagination. The atmosphere of magic, light, dance and music gets into you. Performances are free with admission. However, reserved seating is available for purchase to ensure a seat for the performance.
  • REV3 is this weekend at Chickahominy Riverfront Park on Saturday and Sunday. Have you ever watched people from a finish line for a triathlon? Now’s your chance! Also, please be advised of a traffic advisory in the Route 5 corridor and park impacts at Chickahominy Riverfront Park.
  • Enjoy the monthly Forest Explorers Walk & Talk at Freedom Park on Saturday, July 7 from 9 a.m. until noon. There will be a children’s nature program from 9-10 a.m. about butterflies 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, free and family-friendly.
  • Attend the Budweiser’s Backyard event on Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be a variety of activities. Budweiser is proudly brewed in Williamsburg’s backyard! There will be 30 minute brewery tours throughout the day. Please RSVP for brewery tours.
    • 10 a.m.–Doors Open
    • 11 a.m.–Budweiser Clydesdales
    • 12 p.m.–Beer and Bites Bar
    • 2:15 p.m.–Live Music - Logan Brill
    • 3 p.m.–Official Tasting with Brewmaster
    • 3:05 p.m.–Live Music - Travis Denning
    • 4 p.m.–Veterans’ Toast
    • 6 p.m.–Doors Close
  • Learn about the Powhatan Indians at Inside James Fort at Historic Jamestowne on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. The archaeology from inside the fort site offers evidence that local Native tribes were frequent visitors during the earliest years of the settlement. Join Daniel Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to learn about the material culture and lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians as well as their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown. After spending time with Daniel, be sure to visit the Archaearium to see Native American artifacts recovered from James Fort in the exhibit entitled “The World of Pocahontas.” This event is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne.
  • Have you been to the beach yet this year? Jamestown Beach Event Park has great amenities and is a super fun way to spend a day over the weekend! For non-residents, parking is $7 for the day. A bonus is that Billsburg Brewery is right across the street to cool off after some fun in the sun.

York River State Park

  • Bring the kids to the Kids Fishing Fanatic Tournament on Saturday, July 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. 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 757-566-3036 and make reservations.
  • Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation on the Past Plantation Tour on Saturday, July 7 from 1-3 p.m. 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: $4/person, $8/family of 4, $25/group of 10. Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.
  • Take a walk and discover life in four different aquatic ecosystems during the Stream to Sea Stroll on Saturday, July 7 from 4-6 p.m. We will hike to a small woodland and marsh stream, freshwater pond, and brackish/saltwater river. With nets, we will capture and identify different crustaceans, fish, and take note of plant life. This is a good hike for home-schoolers and students on a break or vacation.
  • Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Experience River Seining on Sunday, July 8 from 1-3 p.m. Park rangers will lead 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, July 8 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, July 8 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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