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Posted on: May 29, 2018

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June 1

  • The first weekend of pop-up tours at Anheuser-Busch is here! On the Williamsburg Beermaster Tour, you will stimulate your senses and satisfy your curiosity as you explore the art of brewing. The tour provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at brewing Budweiser. Highlights of the tour include visits to the brewing, lagering and finishing cellars, packaging, and a sample directly from a finishing tank for those 21+. Please note: Closed-toe shoes are required for all guests for your safety. This experience lasts approximately 60-90 minutes and costs $25 for visitors 21+ and $10 for visitors ages 13-20. Guests under 13 are not permitted to join this tour. Tours occur every two hours with the last tour beginning at 6 p.m. To commemorate your experience, a variety of gifts are provided to you as our guest. Reservations are required and space is limited.
  • June 1-3 have been designated as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. No fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in freshwater or saltwater, on these days. Plan some time to go fishing and boating; take the family fishing and boating or learn to fish and boat! There are a variety of places to fish in James City County and you can also fish at York River State Park. A great location with tons of different fish is Little Creek Reservoir Park.
  • Join Charly’s Airport Restaurant for Week 2 of Friday Night Flights on Friday, June 1 from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy live music rocking the patio from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • The annual Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens is in full swing! Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park. Enjoy authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the world's most beautiful theme park every weekend through Sunday, July 1. Individual sampling portions and wine tastings, available for purchase in the park, create the recipe for a delicious experience each visit. New kiosks this year include Cuba, Japan, Brazil and South Korea.
  • Enjoy the monthly Forest Explorers Walk & Talk at Freedom Park on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. until noon. There will be a children’s nature program from 9-10 a.m. about bats and guided walks will occur from 10 a.m. until noon. The walks will begin at the Freedom Park playground, with a new walk starting every 30 minutes. This event is weather permitting and family-friendly.
  • Did you know that June 2 is National Trails Day? Are you up for a trail adventure with your dog? Join James City County and the Heritage Humane Society for Tails on the Trail. This self-guided adventure starts off at one of the eight trails open for your exploration throughout the summer at Freedom Park from 9-11 a.m. Pets and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit heritagehumanesociety.org.

Community Events

  • Join the Neighborhood Block Party at the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center on Friday, June 1 from 5:30-8 p.m. Enjoy arts and crafts, fitness demonstrations, dance music, inflatables, big trucks, food, prizes, community garden tours and more! All ages are welcome. This event is free. For more information, call 757-259-5372. The AFCC is located in the same building as the James River Elementary School.
  • The Community of Stars Dinner Dance will be held on Friday, June 1 from 6:30-10 p.m. This year’s event will be held in the Garden Pavilion at the Ford’s Colony Country Club. Join WJCC Community Action Agency for an elegant evening of live entertainment, music, dinner and dancing, as we celebrate our 50th year of service. Because of you, we have been able to help thousands of families become self-sufficient, change the lives of at-risk youths, and make a difference in our community since 1968. Come celebrate with us! The evening will begin with a cash bar cocktail hour, silent and live auctions and a performance from the Thomas Nelson Ballroom Dance Club.
  • On Saturday, June 2, join Bacon Street for the Run for the Bacon 5K at Eastern State Hospital. There are 5K and fun run options that begin at 8 a.m. After the race enjoy the Family Fun Fest with your “bacon bits.” Register online.  
  • Life is Good is celebrating their second anniversary of their location in New Town Williamsburg on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be a “Spin Your Discount” wheel for a chance to receive 15-25% off your regular priced merchandise. The first 25 purchases over $25 will receive a free gift. There will also be light refreshments and coupons!
  • Are you a bicyclist? Participate in Bike MS: Colonial Crossroads on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3. Ready for the ride of a lifetime? Bike MS: Colonial Crossroads is a ride that will take you farther than you've ever gone before. Cyclists will enjoy the beautiful roads winding through the heart of Virginia as they pass historic sites and rustic farmlands. The crossroads are in James City County at the Doubletree by Hilton. For more information, please visit bikemscolonialcrossroads.org.
  • Have you ever visited Jamestown 4-H Educational Center? They are hosting a Family Fun Day and Open House on Sunday, June 3 from 1-4 p.m. Bring your family and spend the afternoon along the shores of the James River! 4-H staff and volunteers will provide an afternoon of fun for the whole family. This is a great opportunity to come out and play and to learn more about summer and year-round programs.

York River State Park

  • Celebrate National Trails Day and Clean the Bay Day at York River State Park (YRSP) on Saturday, June 2 with a variety of activities at YRSP.
    • There is a Kids Fishing Fanatic Tournament from 9 a.m. until noon. Share outdoor fun and create memories on Woodstock Pond. Children 15 and younger can catch bass, bluegill and crappie for prizes. Bring your own rod and reel. We have a limited amount of tackle and bait. Please call 757-566-3036 and make reservations.
    • The York River is a major waterway of the Chesapeake Bay. Help keep the river healthy with Clean the Bay Day from 10 a.m. until noon. This is a great activity for scouts and other community organizations. Register by calling the park office at 757-566-3036 or e-mail yorkriver@dcr.virginia.gov.
    • Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation from 1-3 p.m. and explore the area owned by US Constitution signer and Williamsburg resident John Blair that would become YRSP. The YRSP staff archaeologist has made discoveries of forts, slave quarters, workshops and relics of the Colonial past. Cost: $3/person, $8/family of 4, $25/group of 10. Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.
    • Enjoy the River Raptors Hike from 4-6 p.m. and keep an eye out for the magnificent birds of prey that dwell along our rivers and marshes. Learn about the flight and hunting abilities of bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, osprey and vultures. The hike will cover about 1-3/4 miles along the Visitor Center and Taskinas Creek Trail. Photographers are welcome to capture images of the birds that appear.
  • 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, June 3 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, June 3 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, June 3 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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