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Posted on: May 1, 2017

What activities are in James City County this weekend?

May5

Enjoy the 20th Annual Pedal the Parkway on Saturday, May 6 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.

Join James City County on the first Saturday of every month for a nature program and guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive trail at Freedom Park. The children’s nature program begins at 9 a.m. and features owls for May. Everyone is then invited on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects and anything else that may be encountered! The nature program will take place at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. The walks will begin at the Freedom Park playground at 10 a.m., with a new walk starting every 30 minutes. Weather permitting. Free!

Shop a variety of specialty retailers and vendors at the Mother’s Day Expo at Williamsburg Premium Outlets on May 6 and 7. Discover the perfect gift for Mom with this weekend long celebration filled with in-store activation’s, beauty demos, a vendor expo and much more!

Hours:

  • Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

This is a unique opportunity to find the perfect gift for mom!

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 25 years and has participated in Free Comic Book Day for 15 years.

Kidsiderate concerts are back at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. On May 6, enjoy Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve!  There are performances at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Concerts are included with park admission, but require complimentary tickets to be picked up. For guests’ convenience, complimentary tickets will be distributed on concert performance days only at Guest Relations (rear entrance) located outside the park. Ticket distribution will begin when the park opens and continue until there is no inventory. There are also reserved seats available to purchase.

Have you ever wanted to learn to crochet? Attend Crochet 101: Granny Squares on Saturday, May 6 from 1-3 p.m. at Yarn Matters. Learn how to crochet granny squares - very popular crochet motifs. Instructor - Connie Lynch. No experience required. This is one time class, no long-term commitment. Cost is $22 and does not include materials.

May is Bike Month! On Sundays, join cycling enthusiasts from The Williamsburg Winery team on a group 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. Complete 5 group rides in a 3-month span and receive a Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club t-shirt! The Williamsburg Wine Cycling Club offers two different group cycling options:

  • Option 1: 40 Miles with an average pace of 15-18 mph
  • Option 2: 25 Miles with an average pace of 11-14 mph

Speeding past interpretive signs and wondering at their significance? Hop on your bike or one of ours for a guided tour of local historic sites and tales and tastes immersing you in the past on Sunday, May 7 beginning at 10 a.m. for Pedal the Past: Jamestown. Helmets, water and snack included.

  • Guide: Brianna Mayer, JCC outdoor instructor.
  • Cost is $15 for non-residents and $10 for residents.
  • Registration required. Class code is 805721-A for registration.

Tour includes the James City County Marina, Jamestown Beach Event Park and other segments of the Virginia Capital Trail. Meet at the Marina.

Do you enjoy the natural world, and express those feelings through written word or art? Visit the Freedom Park Interpretive Center on the first Sunday of every month for Nature Musings & Missives to share your nature poetry, prose, artwork, photography or anything else that inspires you from 2-4 p.m. Come to share, or just to listen! This is for individuals 18+ and is free.  Light refreshments provided.

Community Events

Join local police officers for Cupcake with a Cop on Friday, May 5 from 12-2:30 p.m. at Smallcakes Williamsburg. This event is held in order to bring children and police officers together in a fun and informal environment to build trust and make friends. Each child will receive a free mini cupcake!

Did you know that Saturday, May 6 is International Drone Day? The Tidewater Virginia Drone Club & the Prop-Bustas MultiGP Racing Chapter will be presenting a series of fun and educational demonstrations in the field bordering the runway at the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Charly’s Airport Restaurant will be open normal hours, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The inclement weather makeup date is Sunday, May 7.

Do you love thrifting? Attend new2you Thrift Store’s Third Anniversary Sale on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Come see their newly renovated store! Enjoy some refreshments, good company and great sales! Great prices on household items, furniture, clothes, estate sale finds and much more! All proceeds directly benefit Williamsburg Christian Academy. Call 757-221-6633 for more information.

Attend the grand opening of Truly Yours Bridal in New Town Williamsburg on May 6 and 7. Truly Yours Bridal is the only wedding dress shop in Williamsburg! Come find your wedding dress, bridesmaids and mother of the bride dresses along with tuxedo/suit rentals and all the accessories you need for your special day! Food, drinks, music, and plenty of vendors will also be on hand.  

Attend the Open House at Godspeed Animal Care and St. Francis Pet Resort on Saturday, May 6 from 1-4 p.m. This is a free event. For more information, call 757-253-0656 or email info@godspeedanimalcare.com.

  • Enjoy behind the scenes facility tours to include their new doggie playcare yards with pet friendly turf.
  • Kids will enjoy face painting, balloon animals and dressing as a surgeon.
  • Meet Perfect Paws Pet Training instructors.
  • Pawsitively Precious cat adoptions will be on site.
  • Blessing of your animals at 3 p.m.
  • Rere’s Home Cooking food truck selling lunch and snacks.
  • Free vendor goodies!

A percentage of sales from the following will help to benefit the nonprofit St. Francis Wildlife & Compassion Fund:

  • Huge LulaRoe pop-up sale on site.
  • Wildwood Farm will be here selling their homemade soaps. Some of their goats & tortoises will be with them too.
  • Cake walks at 1:30, 2, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.  
  • Lots of cakes and baked goods for sale.

Events at York River State Park

Celebrate the 2017 canoe and kayak season with a Chesapeake Bay sailing tradition: Burning of the Socks/Canoe and Kayak Season Kick-Off on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Take off your socks and burn them with the rangers. 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 for reservations. Bring your own watercraft and launch either from Taskinas Creek or Croaker Landing (interpretive fee $10). Please note that in order for the rangers to lead a guided tour, the water and air temperature must add up to 120 degrees. The "Rain Date" will be Saturday, May 13.

Take a ride on the 12 mile John Blair Mountain Bike Trail at York River State Park. The Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association will lead trips led according to skill level. The rides begin at 9 a.m.

Attend the Mysterious Moonlight Canoe On Saturday, May 10 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. There is no better way to enjoy the full moon than from a canoe on the beautiful Taskinas Creek. We’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of the marsh at night as we paddle slowly up the placid creek. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Canoes are $13/person or $8/person (family 4+).  Prepayment required with reservation by calling 757-566-3036.

Have you ever used seine nets? Attend River Seining on Sunday, May 7 from 1-3 p.m. Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.  Park rangers will lead you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets.

Attend Dabble in Discovery on Sunday, May 7 from 4-5 p.m. Which came first, the gray fox or the red?  Does a crab keep its shell forever?  Can box turtles swim?  For the answer to these and other questions about the natural world, dabble in discovery with the York River State Park on site naturalist.

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 Sunset Paddle on Sunday, May 7 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 for reservations.  Prepayment required with reservation by calling 757-566-3036.

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