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Posted on: October 9, 2017

What's Happening This Weekend?

Oct. 13

The excitement of Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens returns to the World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park on weekends through Sunday, Oct. 29 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.

Join the Williamsburg Winery for a special October Virginia Wine Month "Reserve" edition series of Yoga & Wine at the Williamsburg Winery on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. In honor of this special occasion, they've added some new elements to the Yoga & Wine pairing experience. Each class will end with a guided meditation through your first sips of the featured Reserve wine to enhance the mind and body experience. Following the class they will have a selection of artisanal cheeses for you to enjoy with your wine! As always, all participants receive 15% off at the Gabriel Archer Tavern following the class.

Have you ever visited the Norge Depot Museum at the James City County Library? The Depot is open from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and 2-4 p.m. on Sundays. See railroad and local historical exhibits including artifacts, photographs and clothing. A model railroad is running and a wooden railroad is available for kids. Take a picture with the caboose! Free, but donations appreciated.

Get your laugh on at the Comedy Club of Williamsburg with Rob Brackenridge on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Always the class clown (and spending most of his formative years in the principal's office), Brackenridge was destined to become a comedian and has performed since 1992.

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 a 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 enjoys 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.

Love Local Businesses

Attend a Pop Up Sale by Southern Haul on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The sale is at 4039 Ironbound Road. Visit their Facebook event for more information.

On Saturday, Oct. 14 attend the second annual Yarn Matters Open House from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be demonstrations, a yarn trunk show, raffle and much more!

Learn about local businesses at The Local Business Expo sponsored by The Burg Life at the James City County Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Local businesses will be present with their products.

Stop by the grand opening of Ladybug Consignment and Boutique in the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. This brand new store sells gently used designer clothing and accessories.

Did you know that October is Virginia Wine Month? Plan a visit to the Williamsburg Winery! For more information about the October is Virginia Wine Month, visit our website.

York River State Park

Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with Pick Your Paddle on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-3 p.m. 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, they provide you with a paddle of your choice (canoe or kayak). Taskinas Creek and the York River are so rich in their resources and they will 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.

Take a night hike at York River State Park on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. What roams the woods after dark? Take a ranger guided tour with us to experience the sights and sounds after sundown. Enjoy the cooler temperatures with the sounds of raccoons, owls and other creatures. After the hike, enjoy stargazing with the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Club. Please call the office at 757-566-3036 for reservations.

Join the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers for a night of wonder and discovery on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 6:30-11:45 p.m. Away from the city lights, the broad cliffs above the York River are perfect for observing constellations, planets and other features in the night sky. There is no fee for this program.

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