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Posted on: June 26, 2018

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June 29

  • It’s the last weekend of the Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens! 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.
  • Team up with the Virginia Master Naturalists to learn about and catalog wildlife in our local parks during Wildlife Mapping for adults (18+) on Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m. until noon at Freedom Park. Enjoy a day of learning about data collection and animal identification to help better understand the distribution of wildlife in the area. Bring a camera and discover birds, frogs, butterflies and mammals! Register online using class code, 806210-A.
  • The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Williamsburg Flotilla 67 is offering the Virginia Boating Safety Education Classroom Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 at the James City County Recreation Center, Room A. The class is free and graduates are certified to operate a motorboat (including personal watercrafts and jet skis). Attendance is limited. Register online or email Since 2016, all operators of personal watercraft and operators of motorboats with a motor of 10 horsepower or more are required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board.
    Enjoy Poses and Pints at Billsburg Brewery on Saturday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m. There will be a yoga practice suitable for all levels and stay after to try any one of the amazing beers offered at the brewery! All you need is a yoga mat, wear anything you are able to move freely in and be ready to have a great time! The cost to attend is $10 and half of your contribution will be sent directly to the nonprofit of the the month: Team BlueLine. Team BlueLine's goal is to raise money to help families of law enforcement officers who have given all in the line of duty.
  • Enjoy the Teeny Tiny Farm Petting Zoo at the James City County Library on Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. If there’s anything more adorable than a petting zoo, it’s a teeny tiny one! Come meet over 10 different miniature farm animals including a miniature horse, miniature donkey, miniature cow, miniature pig, miniature llama (or maybe an alpaca), little goats, sheep and multiple bunnies. Children of all ages are welcome. The event will be held rain or shine.
  • Attend a Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop at Artfully Yours Studio on Saturday, June 30 at 1 p.m. Retro arts and crafts from the 70s are cool again! Learn to make a trendy plant hanger with Kelly of Hillhead & Co. This is a beginner project where you will learn the basic knots, how to select your cord and how to incorporate copper beads into your piece. Join us for a fun afternoon of knotting! Cost is $45.
  • Andy Grammer will be back in town on Saturday, June 30 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg! Grammer last played at the Williamsburg Winery in December. Grammer will play at 7:30 pm in the Royal Palace Theatre. Concerts are included with park admission. Complimentary general seating wristbands will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on concert days at Guest Relations before guests enter the park. Ticket distribution begins when the park opens at 10 a.m. and will be available until all seats are filled. Only one ticket per guest will be provided. Park admission is required to attend the concert. Reserved seating products can be purchased online.
  • The Rotary Club of the Historic Triangle is bringing Greater Williamsburg's top barbecue chefs and aspiring backyard grill masters together for a fundraiser. Grills and smokers will fire up on Sunday, July 1 at Jamestown Beach Event Park for the inaugural Williamsburg Pro-AM BBQ Cook Off. Come enjoy unlimited samples of pulled pork and beef brisket from eight of the area's top BBQ purveyors and vote for your favorite! Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for kids. Adult tickets include two drink coupons as well. Participating barbecue purveyors include:
    • Two Drummers Smokehouse
    • Old City BBQ
    • Rocco's Smokehouse
    • Red, Hot and Blue
    • Smoke Restaurant
    • Suck On This BBQ
    • The Scottish Pig
    • Whiskey Hill BBQ
  • Experience Sunset Paddle Yoga at Chickahominy Riverfront Park on Sunday, July 1 from 6:45-8:15 p.m. with Paddle On Williamsburg. All levels are welcome. Cost is $30. Registration is required.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Are you ready for a longer canoe/kayak journey from the fresh water of a secluded creek to its briny confluence with the broad river? Join York River State Park for an adventurous paddle on Taskinas Creek where the fresh water marsh is quite different than the estuarine ecosystems so easily accessible in the park. This event, the Mighty Marsh Expedition, takes place on Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The group will compare water salinity and how such changes effect the surrounding ecosystem. Canoes are $9/person or $6/person in a family of 4 or more, tandem kayaks are $11/person and solo kayaks are $16/person. Prepayment required with reservation by calling 757-566-3036.
  • 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, July 1 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, July 1 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, July 1 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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