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Cure Your Spring Fever with this Lineup of Events in Yorktown
Submitted by Gail Whittaker

CSF imageAfter a long winter, it is a season of reawakening in Historic Yorktown! From the return of the waterfront farmers market to an invasion of pirates to several exciting culinary events—there is something to do almost every weekend down at the waterfront. Listed below is a small sampling of some of the events taking place in Yorktown this spring. For a complete list, be sure to  check the online calendar at There, you will find more details about the above mentioned events, including ticket prices and contact information. You can also access the 2018 Concerts, Festival, and Events brochure under "Travel Tools.” A pdf version is attached with this release, for your convenience.

Opening Attractions and Museums
The Schooner Alliance returns March 30 with history sightseeing cruises, romantic sunset sails, and pirate adventure cruises (select dates until the summer schedule begins May 26). The popular home-ported ship remains a part of the York River skyline through early November.

Dock your boats at Riverwalk Landing Piers beginning April 1. The piers provide overnight stays as well as daily docking for recreational boaters. After you tie up, it is just a short walk to attractions, restaurants, shops, museums, and special events.

The Gallery at York Hall re-opens April 3 with regular hours of Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Gallery features a variety of themed exhibits that change every six to eight weeks. This year’s season kicks off with a Quilts Past and Present Exhibit for April and May, as well as a Folk Music Performance on April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Gallery’s volunteers serve the community by maintaining a visitor information area offering brochures, maps, discounts, and friendly service and hospitality to more than 18,000 visitors each year.

The Watermen’s Museum opens its doors April 3. The educational museum demonstrates the role Chesapeake Bay watermen played in the molding of our nation, from pre-colonial to modern times. Check the museum’s calendar often for new historical exhibits and displays; crafts and demonstrations of the trade; summer camp programs for kids; and other special events.

The York County Historical Museum also opens April 3. View artifacts that tell the rich and varied stories of York County’s past—from the time of the earliest Native Americans, colonial-era Yorktown, and both the battlefield and home fronts of the Revolutionary War through World War II. The museum is free and is located on the lower level of York Hall. Hours vary based on the availability of volunteers.

Featured Spring Events -- April
Yorktown Market Days and Kite Day Demo:
Enjoy spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a fantastic variety of vendors at Riverwalk Landing at this free event. The season starts on April 14, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This year, the market will participate in the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help ensure all families in our community have access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food options. Following the market, Patriot Tours & Provisions will hold a Kite Demo and Gathering at Yorktown Beach for Kite Day from 1 to 5 p.m.! Bring your own kite or borrow one from the store.

National Park Service Civil War Weekend: Come out for tactical demonstrations, encampments, and tours April 14 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and April 15 (12 to 5p.m.) to interpret the role Yorktown played during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Special events will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Yorktown Battlefield, Watermen’s Museum, Riverwalk Landing, and Historic Yorktown.

Williamsburg Taste Festival: Yorktown is hosting several events for this year’s Greater Williamsburg Taste Festival taking place April 19-22.  Tickets may be purchased at

Yorktown River Crawl, April 19 (7 to 9 p.m.) Enjoy the best Riverwalk Landing has to offer with a night of tasting (and sipping) at Umi Sushi, Water Street Grille, and Carrot Tree. Tickets are required.

Sister Cities French Market, April 20 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Modeled after the market in Yorktown’s sister city Port-Vendres, France, this market features French favorites including macaroons and pastries; crepes and Beignets; wine; and French baguettes. This is a free event.

Dock to Dish Dinner, April 21 (6 to 9 p.m.) Spend a spectacular evening inside the Freight Shed that includes a welcome reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, a four-course seafood dinner with wine pairings, and live music from Good Shot Judy. Tickets are required.

Pirates Invade Yorktown: Step back into the Golden Age of Piracy as Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen's Museum are invaded by seafaring marauders from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 28 and 29. Explore a pirate encampment, attend pirate school, and witness a pirate trial! Sing along with sea shanties and don’t miss exciting cannon demonstrations. You can even sail the stormy waters of the York River with Captain Mayhem aboard the Schooner Alliance. While most of the family-friendly fun is free, Pirate Adventure Cruises do require a paid ticket.

An Afternoon of Cultural Cuisine: Explore the multicultural heritage of southern cuisine at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown on April 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join African-American-Jewish Culinary Historian Michael W. Twitty for cooking and conversation. This program is included in museum admission, which is free to all York County, James City County, and Williamsburg residents.

Featured Spring Events -- May

Yorktown Music Jamboree:
Jam out to Celtic, Folk, and Rock and Roll music at the Watermen’s Museum on May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. This is a recurring ticketed event on select Fridays, through May 4. Kids 12 and under get in free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival:Sample more than 25 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage on May 5 at Riverwalk Landing.

Art at the River Juried Art Show: Marvel at the work of local artists on May 6 with the beautiful York River as the backdrop. Painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, and other creative artists line the Riverwalk to display their work. Be sure to stop inside the Freight Shed for the York County Student Art Special Exhibit featuring the work of high school students from York, Tabb, Grafton, and Bruton High Schools. Up the hill at the Gallery at York Hall, Watercolor Artist Hazel Camp will provide a demo from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Yorktown Plant Sale: Browse a selection of plants available for both home and garden during this event sponsored by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee. This is a rain or shine event at Yorktown Baptist Church, May 11 and 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yorktown Market Days Fitness Market: Not only can you shop your favorite vendors and artists, but you can learn to improve your health with fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, and free health screenings. All the fun takes place at Riverwalk Landing on May 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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