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Yorktown Market Days Kicks Off Early with an Exciting Lineup of Events Through the Year
Submitted by Gail Whittaker

YMDK imageThis year’s 12th annual Yorktown Market Days season starts on Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Guests can enjoy a patriotic performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town, music from Phil Poteat, a cooking demonstration with Chef K Cooking, food trucks, and the return of the market’s amazing vendors and local artists!

York County’s waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads—offering spectacular views of the York River; live weekly entertainment; food trucks; chef cooking demonstrations on select weeks; and a variety of vendors and artists! Markets run on Saturdays through the end of October, rain or shine, with the exceptions of May 5 and October 6.

Each week, you’ll discover something new as you shop for seasonal produce; fresh seafood and meats; breads; handmade soaps and candles; honey; gourmet dog treats; and beautiful, unique products from local artists and artisans. Several themed markets take place throughout the season, many with extended hours. Below is a schedule that includes everything from a French Market to Paws at the River Pet Day to a Fall Festival geared towards families and kids.

2018 Schedule

Weekly Markets

Saturdays, April 14 – October 27 (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Themed Markets

April 21: Sister Cities French Market (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

May 12: Fitness Market (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

September 8: Paws at the River (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

October 13: Fall Festival (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

November 10: Harvest Festival (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

November 17: Holiday Open House Weekend (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

December 8: Holiday Market and Toyland Parade (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

When the weekly markets end on October 27, there are several extended holiday markets that include favorite Thanksgiving foods, visits from Santa, and plenty of shopping opportunities!

New this year, Yorktown Market Days is excited to participate in the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to help ensure all families in our community have access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food options. Qualifying participants will be able to purchase special tokens with their SNAP-EBT cards they can then use at participating vendors.

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots. The complimentary, wheelchair accessible Yorktown Trolley will also be available for this market, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with several convenient stops throughout town.

Special thanks to the 2018 Market Days sponsors, including Revolutionary Market Sponsors, Farm Bureau Insurance and Langley Federal Credit Union. This year’s Chef Demonstrations are sponsored by State Farm – Mark Irwin, and live entertainment is sponsored by Amory Funeral Home. Yorktown Market Days is presented by York County and the Riverwalk Landing Business Association.
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