5 Days of Exciting Things To Do In Williamsburg VA!

5 Days of Exciting Things To Do In Williamsburg VA!

Williamsburg is a beautiful city in the fall. There are a lot of exciting things to do in Williamsburg. But here are five fun things that I would do while visiting Williamsburg VA.

First Day I would have me and my family hop on our bikes and travel the 23 mile bike trial between “Colonial Parkway connecting Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown.”

Second Day we would go and ride the zip-line as many times and the day would allow.

Third Day we stroll through the arts and craft show looking for Christmas gifts for family and friends.

Fourth Day we would go to watch the “adaptation of Shakespeare’s historical drama “The Tempest,”

Fifth Day we would visit the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Jamestown Settlement and Busch Gardens. Then that evening we would visit the fright night at Busch Gardens Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream,

Below you will find all the information (courtesy of Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance) and more on the five days that my family and I would enjoy in this beautiful city in the fall. There is a lot more to do here in Williamsburg than what I have mentioned.

Go and enjoy yourself while taking in the sites and entertainment of Williamsburg VA.


Greater Williamsburg Is An Ideal Vacation Destination For Travelers Of All Ages – Especially In The Fall. 

Fall is a great time to visit – outdoor lovers will find an abundance of open spaces and adventures for enjoying the cooler weather and spectacular fall foliage: biking trails (including 20 miles of mountain bike trails in Freedom Park; the 23-mile Colonial Parkway connecting Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown; and the 50-mile Virginia Capital Trail connecting Virginia’s old capital in Williamsburg with the present one in Richmond), hiking, zip-lining, kayaking, paddleboarding, horseback riding and more.

Photos courtesy of Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance

Adults will enjoy award-winning spas and golf; the Williamsburg Tasting Trail, featuring trendy microbreweries, distilleries, a winery and a meadery; and a variety of dining options featuring the finest farm-to-table to bay-to-table cuisine in the region.

And of course, for the entire family there’s Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowe, the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Jamestown Settlement and Busch Gardens.

The Williamsburg Fall Arts runs throughout Sept and Oct – seven weeks of non-stop events, concerts, gallery tours and offerings by the region’s most dedicated artists, artisans, writers, storytellers, dancers and musicians.

Many great events for those who have a passion for arts, crafts, music, theater and food! More here: http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/topic/arts/williamsburg-fall-arts.

Photos courtesy of Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance

Some highlights:

  • First full weekend in October – An Occasion for the Arts (Oct. 6 and 7) in Merchants Square of Colonial Williamsburg. The juried show brings the work of talented fine artists, lively performing artists, food and beverage tastings.

  • Performances by the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, Williamsburg Players and the Opera in Williamsburg at various venues.

  • Various opportunities to meet the region’s artists and musicians during W&M Family Weekend, Yorktown Art Stroll, Occasion for the Arts, Williamsburg Book Festival, the Folk Festival at the Watermen’s Museum, Yorktown Wine Festival, and more.

    Photos courtesy of Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance
  • New exhibits at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, including “Fred Eversley, 50 Years an Artist: Light & Space & Energy,” and “Pocahontas Imagined” at Jamestown Settlement


Calling All Leaf Peepers and Adventure Seekers!

As the Weather Turns Cooler,

Greater Williamsburg Bursts With 

Fall Colors and a Host of Exciting Events


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Sept. 8, 2017  Temperatures may be cooling down for some, but the deals (and the weather) in Greater Williamsburg are still hot! Fall is the perfect season to explore all the area has to offer, including exciting outdoor adventures such as hiking, zip-lining and thrill rides; an explosion of arts, crafts, music, theater and culinary events; numerous opportunities to become immersed in living history; and an ever-growing culinary and beverage scene. Not to mention the spectacular changing of the leaves, which usually reaches its peak in late October and early November.

Sample the Bounty of the Season 

 Raise a glass to toast the end of summer at Busch Gardens Bier Festwith craft beers from around the world, traditional German food and live music. Every Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-17.

  • More than 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market. Attendees will also enjoy live music, exhibits by master gardeners and cooking demonstrations. Sept. 16, 8:00 am – noon.

  • The Williamsburg Tasting Trail welcomes a new craft brewery and tasting room, with the Billsburg Brewery opening this fall at the James City County Marina, 2054 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

  • A favorite event, Yorktown Market Days at Riverwalk Landing features more than 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists. Enjoy delicious food, exciting live music and entertainment, beautiful and inspiring artwork, and a view beyond compare, with the added bonus of watching local chefs demonstrate the preparation of various dishes on select Saturdays.  Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until noon, with extended hours until 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 14Nov. 11 and 18, and Dec. 9 (no market on Oct 7.


An Autumn Art “Sea”

 Great concerts, a wine festival, a book festival, and captivating art everywhere from downtown Williamsburg to Jamestown and Yorktown are the centerpieces of the Williamsburg Fall Arts month-long celebration. September – October.

  • Enjoy an adaptation of Shakespeare’s historical drama “The Tempest,” which will be performed aboard Jamestown Settlement’s re-creations of the Susan Constant and in the colonial fort. Sept. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, 7:00 p.m.

  • Spend a weekend perusing art during the Art Escape Weekend, featuring the region’s 30-plus art galleries along with restaurants, regional breweries, distilleries and wineries, with live music, food trucks, artisan beer tastings, and more. Sept. 8-10, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Williamsburg-area art galleries and Williamsburg Tasting Trail partners. 

    Photos courtesy of Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance
  • Discover “The Secret Life of Objects” at the Third Annual Mariners’ Gallery Crawl at the Mariners’ Museum and Park. Sip, savor, and explore unexpected discoveries, experience many rare artifacts up-close, and enjoy delicious bites and spirited beverages. Sept. 16. 

  • Participate in hands-on educational activities and a variety of outdoor fun for the whole family at the James RiverFest, including a scavenger hunt, dozens of vendors offering handmade arts and crafts and food, boat rides, kayaking, bike tours, live music and more. Sept. 30.

  • Listen to music from the turn of the century – the 21st century! – at Jamestown Jams featuring The Lone Rangers, with the Williamsburg Winery on hand pouring fine wines and vendors selling food and snacks. Oct. 6.

  • The juried art show of the year, An Occasion for the Artsbrings together artists from around the country with performers on two stages and a variety of food vendors for a full weekend. Duke of Gloucester Street with dozens of vendors is the focus, but the celebration extends throughout downtown. Oct. 6-8.

  • Celebrate the 236th anniversary of Gen. George Washington’s victory over the British at the Yorktown Battlefield, the last major conflict of the Revolutionary War, during the Yorktown Victory Celebration. Enjoy ceremonies, demonstrations, and parades in Historic Yorktown and the Yorktown Battlefield. Oct. 14-15.

Thrills and Chills

 On Sundays, join cycling enthusiasts from The Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club on a 25- or 40-mile group ride through the Historic Triangle along with wine and brunch specials at the Gabriel Archer Tavern (participants receive a 15% discount at the Tavern following the ride). Ride registration begins at 8:30 a.m., no fee to participate. Running enthusiasts can join The Williamsburg Winery Run Club on Thursdays on a 5k run, jog or walk through the vineyards at Wessex Hundred, followed by food and drink specials at the winery. Registration begins at 5:30 pm, no fee to participate.

  • Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, when the theme park becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that lie in wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds in the park’s collection of haunted houses, Terror-tories™ and darkly entertaining live shows. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 22-Oct. 29.

  • Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner guilt-free after burning calories during the Big Turkey Burn 5k Turkey Trot and Children’s Run in New Town. Enjoy events, a raffle of gourmet food and wine items, delicious post-race refreshments, and more. Nov. 23.

  • Colonial Williamsburg is featuring “Haunting on DoG Street” 2017 to Feature Premiere of New Family Ghost Walk, Programs and Trick-or-Treating Two-week festival of frights and fun culminates in trick-or-treating courtesy of Mars Wrigley Confectionery and the terrifying “Mad Revenge of King George III”.

  • Family Frights At Jamestown Settlement – A Halloween-theme museum night for elementary-school-age children and families returns October 20-21 to Jamestown Settlement with trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, haunted houses and ships, and grisly games. The event runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. each night.

Deals, Discounts and Packages

  • Historic Powhatan Resort is running a promotion that includes a two-night stay with a $25 Dining Voucher to The Historic Powhatan Bar & Grille for travel through Dec. 31. Rates starting at $99/night.

  • Wyndham Garden Busch Gardens Area has a “Busch Gardens Getaway” (through Oct. 29) that includes two nights lodging at Wyndham Garden Hotel, one of the closest hotels to the park. Rates start at $109.99/night plus taxes, double occupancy, and include two tickets to Busch Gardens (additional tickets can be added while booking).

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg: Start your morning off right. Recharge with daily breakfast and Premium Internet access when you book the Breakfast & Wi-Fi package.  Packages starting at $62 per person per night.

  • Best Western Historic Area has two deals: “Stay 2 Nights Get the 3rd 50% Off”, Aug. 27 through March 29, 2018, and Colonial Williamsburg Getaway including two multi-day Colonial Williamsburg Passes (good for three consecutive days) and a $50 Colonial Williamsburg Gift Card that can be used toward dining in a Colonial Tavern or a Carriage Ride through the Historic Area. Packages start at $99.99 per night and are valid Sept. 4 through March 31, 2018.

  • Williamsburg KOA Campground: is featuring Half-Price Thursdays for Halloween Weekends: Receive half off each Thursday night when booking for the weekend. Offer valid for Oct. 5 to 8, 12 to 15, 19 to 22, and 26 to 29. Three-night minimum required, reservation must include Thursday night. Guests will also enjoy a Camping Cabin and Deluxe Cabin Special: All autumn long save $25 on any Deluxe Cabin reservation or $10 on any Camping Cabin reservation. Enjoy all the comforts of home in a Deluxe Cabin or “rough it” while still enjoying a comfortable bed and heating in Camping Cabins. Offer valid Sept. 5 to Nov. 30. Two-night minimum required.

Photos courtesy of Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance

For more fall fun ideas and inspiration, visit www.visitwilliamsburg.com.

2 Replies to “5 Days of Exciting Things To Do In Williamsburg VA!”

  1. I had no idea there was so much to do! My favorite memories of visiting Williamsburg are from childhood, especially taking my cousin to watch the blacksmith at work. He’s always idolized the art and would have watched for hours if we let him. Now that I’m older, the German nights are particularly appealing 🙂

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