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Posted on: October 1, 2017

Events in October

October events

Jamestown Jams

Come jam with The Lone Rangers at Jamestown Beach Event Park on Oct. 6 at Jamestown Jams. Concert is free and open to the public. Music begins at 6:30 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m. Two Drummers Offbeat Eats will be present. The Arc of Greater Williamsburg will be on hand with adult beverages. Visit our website for more information.

Adagio Release Party at the Williamsburg Winery

The annual Williamsburg Winery Adagio Release Party is on Friday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The 2015 Adagio will be released during a special vertical wine dinner in celebration of Virginia Wine Month. The multi-course wine paired dinner will feature the 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages of Adagio! The dinner will be a celebration of the finest bounty from some of Virginia's most renowned farms and crafted to pair perfectly with the featured vintages of Adagio. The evening will also include a Champagne and Virginia oyster reception in advance of the sit down dinner. Tickets are $125 ($120 for Wine Club Members) inclusive of tax and gratuity. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the online wine shop.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

The excitement of Howl-O-Scream returns to the World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park with a new maze, FrostBite, a new escape room and a new scare zone in New France. As always, Howl-O-Scream is not recommended for young children.

Capital Color Ride

Pedal your way through the Virginia Capital Trail with color surprises at every turn on Saturday, Oct. 7 during the Capital Color Ride. Add a little color to your day pedaling round trip from Chickahominy Riverfront Park to your "Color Pit Stop" of choice. Make tracks riding this beautiful scenic trail as a family or at your leisure. Load up your bike, wear your white T-shirt and get colored at "color pit stops" which feature refueling stations of water, healthy snacks and recreational fun.

Multiple riding options available:

  • GREEN – 2-mile marker (4-mile ride)
  • BLUE – 4-mile marker (8-mile ride)
  • RED – 7-mile marker (14-mile ride)

At the end of your ride, return to Chickahominy Riverfront Park for the GOLD finisher color! Register your bikes and get bike safety checks by the James City County Police Department. Fee includes refreshments, maps, t-shirt, lunch, biking vendors and colorful fun! Children age 9 and younger are free. Pre-registration forms available at all James City County Parks & Recreation payment locations or register online at Registration code: 410400-A. Cost is $10/person after Sept. 30/onsite.

Capital Trail 100 Relay

Enjoy a 100-mile relay on the Virginia Capital Trail! This event is for teams of six or ultra-teams of four. The relay includes all of the Virginia Capital Trail from Richmond to Jamestown and back! This event is organized in partnership between the Virginia Capital Trail and REV3.

American Indian Intertribal Powwow

Jamestown Settlement presents their second annual American Indian Intertribal Powwow on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8. There will be a variety of activities each day including song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling and children’s activities.

A grand entry with a parade of dancers will take place each day at 12:30 p.m.

The special exhibit “Pocahontas Imagined” will also be open for visitors to learn about her legacy.

Don’t forget that residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg receive free admission.

Boo Bash at the Beach

Enjoy a “day at the beach” with a Halloween twist on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1-4 p.m. Costumes welcome. Trick-or-Treating onsite for ages 12 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Hands-on activities, pumpkin carving and decorating ($), first-come, first-served while supplies last. Also features music, games, food for purchase and much more! Admission is $5/car (cash or check only). Info/registration visit or call 757-259-4200. Weather permitting.

Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement

“Family Frights,” a Halloween-theme museum night for elementary-school-age children and families, returns to Jamestown Settlement on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21. Trick-or-treating, ghostly tales and grisly games will be among the activities offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on both dates. Cost is $7 per child (ages 4-12) and $3 per adult.

Skate Jam After Hours

Join us for a special night of skateboarding competition on Saturday, Oct. 28 beginning at 5 p.m. Participants are divided into experience categories and judged on style, flow and difficulty of the run. All ages and experience levels welcome! Spectators are free and welcomed! Preregistration is recommended, but not required. Registration forms available at Skate Jam After Hours or call 757-259-4200. Weather permitting. $10/participant


With autumn officially here, why not visit Pumpkinville? Pumpkinville is a fun, seasonal treasure in Toano, VA. Your family can pick their own pumpkins from their patch or choose from our large selection of pre-picked pumpkins in the yard. In addition to pumpkins, there is a large selection of gourds, winter squash, flowers, wooden cut-outs, arts and crafts and fall decorations. Bundles of cornstalks and bales of straw are also available for purchase. In addition to pumpkins, Pumpkinville offers fun for everyone who enjoy the Halloween holiday season. Decorations fill the fenced-in area to create a festive autumn atmosphere that lasts all of October. There are lots of free activities including a hayride, corn mazes and games. The hayride runs the perimeter of the field. Pumpkinville is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

For other events, please visit our weekly list of top things to do in JCC.

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