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Yorktown Releases a Fantastic Fall Lineup of Events

York River Panoramic Shot by Alexanders Photography

From dining to art to music to museums—there are so many special events in Historic Yorktown this time of year. The autumn season kicks off tomorrow, Oct. 7, with our annual Wine Festival and it isn't too late to get your tickets. Then, the next weekend is packed with hayrides and history!

Join us for our annual Fall Festival Saturday and don't miss out on Yorktown's Victory Celebration with programs taking place all weekend at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to commemorate the Battle of the Capes and the Siege of Yorktown in 1781.

Here's a little more about those Museum programs as well as some other October and early November highlights you may want to add to your calendar. 


Yorktown Victory Weekend (Oct. 14 to Oct. 15) The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will feature hands-on military experiences, artillery firings, musical performances, and interpretive programs. Special 18th-century immersive exhibitions will be running including the film “The Siege of Yorktown" which is shown in an experiential theater. Your seats will rumble. You'll feel the wind. And you'll be able to smell the gunpowder! The special event activities are presented in part by the York County Arts Commission. Museum admission is free to York County, James City County, and Williamsburg residents. 

Lafayette Statue Unveiling (Oct. 18): The community is invited to the unveiling of Gen. Lafayette’s statue at 11 a.m. at Riverwalk Landing. There will be supplemental exhibitions highlighting the life and career of Lafayette inside the Gallery at York Hall, York County Historical Museum, and the York County Library. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will also present three lectures on the French military officer: Lafayette’s Grand Tour of 1824 (1:30 p.m.), The Lafayette Trail (2:15 p.m.), and Lafayette and Human Rights (4 p.m.). The programs are included in museum admission which is free for York County, James City County, and Williamsburg residents.

Yorktown Day Celebration

Yorktown Day Celebrations (Oct. 19): This date isn’t just special to Yorktown—it’s significant to all Americans. Several patriotic festivities to commemorate the Siege of Yorktown and procurement of independence will take place throughout the day. Highlights include a parade, performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town, military tactical demonstrations, and more. Two published historians, Alan R. Hoffman and Jenny L. Cote, will have book signings at the Gallery at York Hall from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Battle of the Breweries (Oct. 19): York County breweries, Alewerks and The Virginia Beer Company, will battle it out at Water Street Grille! Join in the fun and pick a side by ordering your beer of choice. Event starts at 3 p.m. The first brewery to kick its keg will be declared the victor.

Colonial Actor Interpreters

Tag, Rag and Bobtail: Women Belonging to the Army (Oct. 21): Two armies descend on Yorktown for what will be a fierce battle, and the women who have followed and supported their armies throughout the war are also preparing for the conflict. Meet two of those women, when you visit the Nelson House for this special program, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The War Just Off Shore (Oct. 22):  During this free public lecture, presented by the York County Historical Committee, discover the little-known story of the successful Navy-Coast Guard effort to eradicate the German U-Boat threat off the coast of Hampton Roads in 1942. Historian, Clay Farrington will explain how that effort begat unintended but deadly consequences for those working at Naval Air Station Norfolk and Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. The lecture takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. at York Hall.

Market Days Jars of Pie Filling

Yorktown Market Days (Oct. 21 & 28): Yorktown’s waterfront farmers markets continue to take place each Saturday morning from 8-12. Stock up on seasonal fruits and vegetables; pumpkins and gourds; fresh seafood; farm-fresh eggs; poultry, beef and pork; gourmet soups; baked goods; and locally produced art. Following the close of the weekly market season, monthly markets will be on November 11 and 18, and December 9 with extended hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  


York County Vintage Marketplace (Nov. 4): You’ll find collectibles, antiques, art, accessories, and unique home décor during this inaugural event taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) in Yorktown. It will be a literal treasure hunt for anyone with a flair for decorating or a knack for DIY projects. Food trucks, artists, and live entertainment will also be featured. Admission to the market is free.

York River Floating Folk Jam (Nov. 8): Don't miss an evening of fun and music at Watermen’s Museum where Shanty Grass, visiting amateurs, and professional musicians ask you to join them in passing songs around a circle. Tunes include traditional and modern music from the 18th century through today. This community event is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and is free. Just bring a small side dish to share!
Riverwalk Restaurant Wine Expo Pouring

Riverwalk Restaurant Wine Expo (Nov. 11): Riverwalk Restaurant will host a wine expo from 12 p.m to 3 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. More than 50 wines will be paired with hor d'oeuvre stations featuring artisanal cheeses, breads, fruit, local oysters, seafood, and chocolate. Live music will feature local favorite, Good Shot Judy. General admission: $45. VIP: $55. The upgraded tickets are limited, and get you into the expo an hour early with first pick of wine for sale. Call 757-875-1525 for more information.

Veteran’s Art Show (Nov. 11): On the Hill Gallery is proud to unveil its first-ever exhibition dedicated to American veterans entitled The Spirit of American Military Art: The Never Ending Story. The special event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gallery and the collection will be on display through Nov. 26.  (On a separate, but somewhat related note—entrance to Colonial National Historical Park is also free on Veterans Day!).

Watermens Museum Sign
Watermen’s Museum Chili Cook-off (Nov. 11): Nothing says fall like a good bowl of chili! During this ticketed event, you can sample several different recipes and help vote for the People’s Choice Award. You can also purchase chili to take home. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum which is located on Water Street, along the York River.

Schooners Alliance and Serenity
Don't forget Yorktown’s home ported ships, the Schooners Alliance and Serenity, will continue to book sails through the end of October. And Patriot Tours & Provisions will offer Segway tours—a unique way to admire the fall foliage and learn more about the history of the town. 

Riverwalk Restauarant Soup on the Patio

And who else is ready for soup season? Bundle up and enjoy the view when you dine on the patios at Riverwalk Restaurant and Water Street Grille. The Yorktown Pub, Beach Delly, Beach Bakery Cafe, Carrot Tree, Umi Sushi, and Ben & Jerry's also have specials throughout October and November so be sure to stop by and check them out.

We know that's a lot to take in! Here's a video version in the County News Minute that breaks it all down visually.

Make sure you're on the lookout for a special holiday edition of "In the Loop" we'll be posting next month!