Enjoy Year-Round Live Music in Yorktown!
Almost every season in Yorktown brings live music to the waterfront. There are three main series featuring some of the area's top entertainers that take place in the winter, summer, and fall. In addition to the concerts presented by York County, the Celebrate Yorktown Committee schedules a Sunday summer series at Grace Church as well as an annual performance under the stars with the Virginia Symphony (returning in 2022). All of these performances are offered at no cost to the community and are an opportunity for friends, neighbors, and coworkers to gather for much-needed fun and relaxation. Come experience our unique venue on the water!
Sounds of Summer Concerts
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Locals know it wouldn't be summer in Yorktown without the sound of the band's bass and the laughter from the crowd carrying throughout Riverwalk Landing every Thursday night. This is the biggest and longest of our series with performances running from June through August. Each show runs 7 to 9:30 p.m. and the lineup features an eclectic mix of Beach Music, Motown, Pop, and R&B. Bring your blankets, chairs, and coolers for a night of free family fun.
Make sure you claim your spot early on the grassy field in front of the performance stage. You can bring chairs, blankets, and coolers. Alcohol is permitted but only within the designated concert area. If you don’t feel like cooking or you’re heading down straight from work, no worries! Historic Yorktown's restaurants offer take-out options including brick oven pizzas, loaded burgers, wraps, sushi... and ice cream. A rotating food truck also parks on the field to offer quick and tasty to-go meals and snacks.
Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concerts
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Picture this. You’re lounging in your chair by the beach, feet propped up, as a cool breeze blows in off the water. The setting sun creates a cascading swirl of pinks and oranges across the skyline. Then, you close your eyes. The sweet notes from the saxophone on the stage echo through the night. Folks... it simply doesn’t get much better than our fall concert series, Rhythms on the Riverwalk.
You'll want to pack a jacket or sweater along with your chairs and blankets when you attend this series. Performances include several musical genres including jazz, big band, and country music!
Cabin Fever Concerts
7 to 8:30 p.m.
As the nights get even colder, things really start to heat up inside the Freight Shed! Every year, we invite the community to beat those winter blues by attending our only indoor concert series which kicks off at the end of January.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Freight Shed, it’s a unique waterfront venue that offers spectacular views of the York River, and provides an intimate setting for these performances. The doors open no earlier than 6:30 p.m. and each concert starts promptly at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so make sure you’re on time! Free parking is available in the Water Street Parking Terrace (across the street).
Virginia Symphony Concert
Scheduled to Return Labor Day Weekend 2022
This annual outdoor concert is funded by community contributors and volunteers. Pack a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and try to get there early for this amazing night of music. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of York Town always kick things off at 6 p.m. and blue ribbons are awarded to the most creative picnic set-ups prior to the event.
This event is funded by community contributors from organizations, businesses, and individuals along with the following sponsors: York County, York County Arts Commission, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The volunteer Celebrate Yorktown Committee of the Yorktown Foundation works diligently each year to raise the funds needed to cover the cost of presenting this free-to-the-public evening of music for the enjoyment of the community.