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Posted on: May 16, 2018

What Events Are This Weekend?

May 18

Please be advised of the weather forecast. Check individual events to see if they are delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

  • Don't miss out on a weekend full of golf and entertainment as the world’s best women golfers compete on the renowned River Course at Kingsmill at the Kingsmill Championship. Veteran players will return to one of their favorite tournament sites while the LPGA's bright new stars will test themselves against this challenging layout for the first time. Children aged 17 and under receive complimentary admission and there is a junior clinic on Saturday.
  • In search of fun? Look no further than Super Grover, the furry blue monster who loves to help people. Bring a friend and enjoy exclusive activities May 18-20 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends are hosting a party just for kids at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. Kids can enjoy exclusive activities each weekend including dance parties, scavenger hunts and story time throughout this family-friendly celebration. The event will take place at the park’s Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ with a featured Sesame Street character every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Pull on your leg warmers and rock out with ‘80s showband The Deloreans at Jamestown Settlement’s annual fundraising event! Enjoy live music, dinner from Old City Barbecue and craft beer/fine wine — all against the backdrop of the Jamestown Settlement riverfront. The event is rain or shine. Chairs and blankets are welcome, but no tents, canopies, coolers, or outside food or drink permitted. Rock the Dock is presented by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. and all proceeds benefit museum education programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Tickets are $30 each or two for $50 (advance purchase only). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.historyisfun.org/rock-the-dock/.
  • Attend the High Fiber Festival at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a variety of vendors featuring yarns, quilts and crafts. Fiber animals and plants will be present. Demonstrations include spinning, handweaving and weaving. There will be hands-on crafts, a children's tent, quilt raffle and more! The festival celebrates fiber animals, farmers and artisans in our region.
  • CANCELED: Attend Family Fun Fest on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Enjoy petting animals, inflatable rides, hands-on activities, family entertainment with music and contests too! 'Toucha-Truck' is back for all ages! Stop by the 'Good for You Zone' and see why being healthy can lead to loads of fun. Oh, and be sure to participate in the Fun Run! Grab some lunch provided by our food vendors and visit all of our local craft and business vendors! Admission to Family Fun Fest is $5/car (cash or check only). Most activities are free. For more information, please call 757-259-5353. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 for any changes in schedules.
  • 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.
  • Attend STEAM Saturdays: Animal Friends on Saturday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at the James City County Library. A Virginia Living Museum educator will provide a fun and memorable learning experience, featuring live animals. Experts from the Virginia Aquarium will also be on hand at 3 p.m. and will demonstrate the scientific method with Snail Science. Take measurements, set up experiments and make predictions in a hands-on, live animal program featuring mud snails and whelks. There will be interactive STEAM activities and science-related art projects.
  • Enjoy a Sunday morning group ride with the Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club. 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. The Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club offers three different group cycling options:
    • Option 1: 40 miles with an average pace of 18-19 mph (Jolly Pond Loop)
    • Option 2: 40 miles with an average pace of 16-17 mph (Freedom Park Loop)
    • Option 3: 25 miles with an average page of 14-15 mph
  • Want to take a spin on the Virginia Capital Trail, but you don’t have a bicycle? The James City County Marina at 2054 Jamestown Road has bikes for rent – choose a two-hour, half-day or full-day rental. If you’re not familiar with the area, Marina staff can suggest routes for your ride. For info on pricing and bicycle models, call 757-565-3699 or visit the website. The Marina has kayaks and canoes for rent too!

York River State Park

Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day with one of these great programs:

  • Before you hit the water, let the kids learn and practice the skills needed to fish in fresh water during the Freshwater Fishing Clinic on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. until noon. Practice casting with a spin-casting rod and reel combo. Learn how to use bobbers, sinkers, and the knots most often used by anglers. There will be a "backyard bass" contest as well. Participants will receive a Jr. Angler certificate. Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.
  • So, your child is beyond those first awkward steps and is ready to walk a distance. Join York River State Park for a hike devoted to kids from 2 to 5 years old during the Tyke Hyke on Saturday, May 19 from 1-3 p.m. A friendly ranger will guide you and your new hiker along our shoreline and wooded trails. This hike will lead to two shorelines along the York and cross a footbridge across a small marsh. Discover the plant and animal life with your child in your own backyard.
  • Take a walk and discover life in four different aquatic ecosystems during the Stream to Sea Stroll for Saturday, May 19 from 4-6 p.m. The group will hike to a small woodland and marsh stream, freshwater pond and brackish/saltwater river. With nets, the group will capture and identify different crustaceans and fish, and take note of plant life.
  • 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, May 20 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, May 20 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, May 20 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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