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Posted on: May 8, 2017

Do you need plans this weekend?


Did you know that Charly’s Airport Restaurant is now open on Fridays from 5-8:30 p.m. for Friday Night Flights featuring live music on the patio and specials? It’s a fun, easy way to cap off a busy week. Plus, everyone deserves a slice of pie on a Friday night!

May 13 is Jamestown Day. Jamestown Day celebrates the 410th anniversary of the settlers landing in Jamestown. Both Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement participate in Jamestown Day. A variety of family-friendly programs on Powhatan and English weaponry, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music and entertainment will take place at both sites. Admission is required to both Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement, but a value ticket may be purchased that also includes two Yorktown sites.

The Williamsburg Premium Outlets is presenting The Yoga Class of One Million to Battle Breast Cancer on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in partnership with Manduka and Susan G. Komen®. There will be two yoga sessions between Carter’s and Ann Taylor. Inspired by this legacy, project: OM is thrilled to host the world’s largest yoga class of one million bodies strong to benefit Susan G. Komen® with a goal of one million people participating, taking place across multiple locations May 12-14, 2017. The marquee kick-off event will be held in New York City on May 12, leading into Mother’s Day weekend. Also, 4,000 yoga studios nationwide and more than 60 Simon Malls, The Mills & Premium Outlets will host local community events. Please register at

Enjoy Nature Walks at Freedom Park on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. This month will include environmental educator, Catherine Short. She will explain basic naturalist skills such as using a field guide, keeping a nature journal, using binoculars and more! Participants are encouraged to bring water, shoes/clothing that can get dirty, and insect repellant. The walk will begin at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. Free and open to the public.

Have the kids join Make a Pet Rock with the Williamsburg Botanical Garden on Saturday, May 13 from 10-11 a.m. This program, designed for children ages 6 and above, will prove to the world that pet rocks rock! Come to the Interpretive Center and learn how to change an ordinary rock into something special. Tina Deaver will show you how to make a whimsical creation out of an ordinary rock. You may bring your own special rock or find one in our rock pile. Space is limited to 20 children. Please register by emailing

Head to MillFarm Christmas Tree & Berry Farm for some strawberry or blueberry picking! Make sure to check their Facebook page for updates before you go. Picking berries is a fun activity for the whole family! (Note: Please be prepared to pay by cash or check only.)

Jamestown Discovery Boat Tours is open for their 2017 season. Have you ever taken one of their boat tours? They are the only river based tour boat on the James River at Jamestown Island.

Don’t forget that Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day. 

Live Music

Attend the free Flute Frenzy Spring Concert on Friday, May 12 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. The concert is free and open to the public and will feature flute choir music by American composers, written for ensembles of flute, piccolo, alto and bass flutes. All Flute Frenzy youth and adult flute choirs will perform. A reception will follow.

Kidsiderate concerts are back at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. 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.

  • May 13 – The KIDZ BOP Kids
  • May 20-21 – Teen Stars Live

Enjoy a performance by the LCV Project on Saturday, May 13 from 9:30-11 a.m. at The Coffeehouse in the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center. Come and enjoy the versatile sounds of acoustic-guitarist/instrumentalist Louis C. Vangieri. As a creative acoustic-guitarist/songwriter/instrumentalist and performer, he has been active in the acoustic-music community since the mid-1970’s. He performs a blend of folk, country swing, traditional, soft jazz, peaceful new age, classical, nostalgia and well written original works.

Attend an afternoon of beautiful hammered dulcimer music at A Touch of Earth on Saturday, May 13 from 1-4 p.m. Virtuoso hammered dulcimer player Timothy Seaman will be here performing his own music and familiar tunes.

York River State Park

Explore the beautiful wetlands or river during Pick Your Paddle on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. until noon. 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.

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 Saturday, May 13 from 1-3 p.m.  No cost, but there is a $4 parking fee.

Enjoy the Fossil Frenzy at York River State Park on Saturday, May 13 from 4-6 p.m.. Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam here in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. No cost, but there is a $4 parking fee. Please call 757-566-3036 to make reservations.

Treat mom to a day on the water and fossil hunting with the Mother’s Day Surf & Turf from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 14.  This ranger guided program takes our guests to Fossil Beach to search for relics of the prehistoric era.  Mom 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.

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