A New Season, A New List of Reasons to Visit Yorktown!
It’s almost fall, ya’ll! With the dog days of summer nearly behind us, it’s time to get excited for the season ahead. Crisp, cool days in Yorktown are filled with autumn-inspired events the whole family will love. From the Harvest Festival and Maritime Market to our Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series and Yorktown Day, there’s always something to look forward to. So grab your planner and get these events on the calendar—you won’t want to miss a moment of this year’s fall fun.
Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series
September 6 – October 4 (2019)
Fridays, 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
If listening to live music by the York River on a Friday night sounds like a good time, you’ll want to pencil in our Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series. The five-week event features local favorites who play a little bit of everything—jazz, big band, and country. Just bring your chairs, blankets, and coolers down to Riverwalk Landing to claim a spot at the waterfront. These concerts are FREE! Check out the line-up below.
September 6 - Good Shot Judy
- September 13 - Little Country
- September 20 The Mullins Sisters
- September 27 - Glen Boswick and the Sound of Swing Orchestra
- October 4 - Bobby BlackHat Band
- October 11 - Good Shot Judy (postponed from Sept. 6 due to Hurricane Dorian)
Watermen’s Museum Annual Oyster Roast
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sample a wide range of oysters from local sources at this all-you-can-eat event. By getting oysters from multiple local oyster houses, attendees can sample a wide range of flavors based on the area from which the oysters were harvested. Call 757.887.2641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
Sunday, September 22, 2019, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy a sampling of more than 30 beers from Coastal Virginia at this annual event hosted by the York County Chamber of Commerce. With live music, beer classes, vendors, food, and coffee, there’s something fun for everyone. This event is held under tents, so it’ll go on rain or shine! Kids 10 and under are free.
Caroline Ward Book Signing
Sunday, September 22, 2019, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Gallery at York Hall
Take a break from the beer festival and head on up to the Gallery at York Hall for a book signing with popular local children’s book author Caroline Ward. You’ll even get to meet the adorable dog who inspired "Little Bit Goes to England" and "Little Bit Goes to France." Afterwards, shop the Gallery at York Hall for paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, quilts, and other pieces from more than 300 local artists.
Before the Siege: When the British Army Occupies Yorktown
Saturday, September 28 - Sunday, September 29, 2019, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Yorktown Battlefield Visitors Center
During this two-day event, experience the historic village of Yorktown as it might have appeared in 1781 under the occupation of British forces. Re-enactors portraying soldiers, local townspeople, loyalists, and British sailors will once again occupy Yorktown to give you a glimpse into its Revolutionary past. Lord Cornwallis, his Britannic Majesty’s commander in the southern colonies, and his army of 8,000+ called Yorktown home from early August 1781 until the British surrendered two-and-a-half months later on the 19th of October.
Walk throughout Main Street to witness ironworking, leatherworking, British tactical demonstrations (including musketry and cannon), and an accurate portrayal of soldier and civilian life during the occupation. Look for artillery at the Yorktown Battlefield on Saturday at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15.
Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Freight Shed and Yorktown Waterfront will be filled with unique works of art—everything from oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings to glass, drawings, photography, jewelry, pottery, painted furniture, fiber art, handmade soap, wood work, and more. More than 30 artists display their talent along the Riverwalk at this annual event.
Ghosts of Yorktown
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Get in the spooky spirit and explore the haunted side of Yorktown with author and paranormal investigator Jeffrey Santos. He’ll be speaking about his book that takes you on a tour of more than 25 haunted locations. For more information, call 757.890.5120. To find out about Yorktown Ghost Walks, click here.
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or an aspiring novice, you don’t want to miss this grand tasting of wines from Virginia and beyond. Yorktown shares more than just history with its sister cities, Zweibrücken and Port-Vendres. In a nod to both countries, ticket holders will be able to sample Rieslings and Gewürztraminers from Germany and indulge in bubbly from France—the only place where true champagne is created! There will be live music, great food from local restaurants, and the work of talented artisans. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate, and they include admission into the Virginia Craft Beer Garden to sample specialty brews and hard ciders.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During this special farmers market at the beautiful Historic Yorktown waterfront, shop all your favorite vendors and artists selling seasonal treats like pumpkins, mums, autumn-inspired art, kettle corn, and caramel apples. Enjoy free activities for kids of all ages including hayrides, face painting, inflatables, arts and crafts, and a hay maze! Plus – live music all day and a morning chef cooking demonstration.
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Join in the festivities to commemorate the Siege at Yorktown in 1781—and the Revolutionary victory that paved the way for America and freedom. The day begins with a wreath-laying ceremony followed by a patriotic parade down Main Street.
Enjoy a performance by the Fifes and Drums and be sure to visit all of the town’s historic sites, such as the Nelson House, Yorktown Custom House, York County Historical Museum, Watermen’s Museum, and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. On the Battlefield Tour Roads, visit siege lines, the redoubts, and Surrender Field. For a full schedule of events, click here.
Due to the closure of numerous streets in town for the Yorktown Day festivities, the Trolley will run from the Battlefield Visitor Center to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown from 10 a.m. to roughly 1 p.m. on a modified route. It will resume its regular stops once the parade has ended and traffic has cleared out of town, with service running until 5 p.m.
Yorktown Day Market
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As we celebrate Yorktown Day, Yorktown Market Days (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) will be filled with vendors, artists, and food trucks selling their traditional products such as fresh produce, meats, vegetables, baked goods, and special Yorktown items.
USS Yorktown Visit
Friday, October 18 - Sunday, October 20, 2019, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
York County Historical Museum
As part of Yorktown Day weekend, about 25 members of the USS Yorktown will be visiting. During Friday’s opening program at 1 p.m., Captain Anderson, the Commissioning Commander, will share memories of the ship and his visits to Yorktown. A special exhibit of items from the aircraft carrier will be on display Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 3:15 p.m. The USS Yorktown crew will also participate in the parade on Saturday morning.
Market Days - Paws at the River
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Yorktown Market Days’ annual Paws at the River is designed to bring awareness to animal rescue organizations and help place adoptable pets in their “furever” homes. On this special day, the market fun will extend down to the green in front of the Riverwalk Landing businesses, where shoppers will find artists, informational booths, and other educational opportunities. There will also be free pet portraits taken and uploaded to Visit Yorktown on Facebook following the event.
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
McReynolds Athletic Complex
If you enjoy restored old furniture, shopping for vintage clothing and jewelry, or filling your home with one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces—you don’t want to miss this event. Browse the McReynolds Athletic Complex to search for collectibles, antiques, art, accessories, and unique home décor. Adding to the festive ambiance will be live entertainment and food trucks.
November 8 to November 17, 2019
Yorktown is excited to host Virginia Tourism’s life-sized LOVE artwork as part of a state and local partnership to promote tourism in the Commonwealth. The artwork, which is 16 feet long and more than six feet high, is an extension of the iconic "Virginia is for Lovers" brand, which in 2019 is celebrating 50 years since its inception. The LOVE letters will be located in the grassy between the Freight Shed and Riverwalk Restaurant, with the beautiful York River as the backdrop.
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As part of The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, Yorktown Market Days is excited to pay tribute to Virginia’s history and heritage by honoring, celebrating, and preserving the proud traditions of the men and women who have made a living for centuries on the Chesapeake Bay and its estuaries—including the York River.
During this extended farmers market, sample some of the best seafood in the area, including oysters, clam chowder, and Virginia blue crabs. Don’t miss two amazing seafood chef demonstrations (with limited samples for the crowd!). Chef Tina at Coastal Thirst will be making her Garlic Lime Shrimp over Avocado-Cilantro Lime Slaw and Chef Brian at Riverwalk Restaurant will show us how to make the perfect Lobster Roll!
Shop nautical-inspired art and mermaid-inspired jewelry as well as unique pieces made with sea glass and even shark’s teeth! Pirates will once again invade the waterfront for this special occasion to talk to kids about seafaring life, and there will be hands-on activities and interactive programs for sea lovers of all ages.
Come by land – or by boat! The Riverwalk Landing Piers will offer prime parking spots for those looking to tie up and explore the market, and will be the landing spot for several Coast Guard vessels that day that for visitors to view and explore.
Maritime History will come alive through exhibits put on by the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and the Royal Atlantic Band will give a special performance on the Riverwalk Landing Stage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watermen’s Museum Annual Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring your appetite and prepare to sample a variety of competing chili recipes from professional and amateur chefs at this 15th annual fundraising event. You can also purchase chili to take home from the ticketed event. Call 757.887.2641 for rules and forms to enter.
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s a pre-Thanksgiving cornucopia of fun as everyone is invited to “Come Home to Virginia.” This special Yorktown Market Days is part of the Commonwealth’s Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival taking place throughout November all across the state. Shop for turkeys, sample seasonal treats, pre-order Thanksgiving meal items, and take home unique holiday pieces from local artists.
More than 50 vendors participate in this annual November market. Visitors will also find fruits and vegetables; fresh seafood; beef, pork, and chicken; farm milk and eggs; homemade breads and baked goods; kettle corn and flavored popcorn; gourmet dog treats; handmade pretzels and potato chips; and so much more. Enjoy free kids activities and live music, too!