Yorktown Summer 2023
Yorktown: Where the Sunshine is Always on Your Shoulders!
Grab your sunscreen, flip flops, and beach towels because a summer of fun is awaiting you in Yorktown! Whether you enjoy music, history, water sports, food, or shopping, Yorktown has a little something for everyone.
For music aficionados
Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, and dancing shoes to one of our FREE outdoor concerts!
The Sounds of Summer Concert Series features regional bands who perform R&B, beach, country, jazz, and more! Boogie with us on Thursdays from 6:30-9 p.m. June 1-August 10 (except July 6) by the York River.
On July 4th, come celebrate where our independence was won! Lounge on the beach and listen to live music, including a patriotic concert in the evening. Take advantage of other free, family-friendly events leading up to the big fireworks finale. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 9:45 p.m.
For a night of classical music under the stars, join us at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2 at Riverwalk Landing for a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
For history lovers
Discover where America won her independence!
One of Yorktown’s must-sees is the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The museum showcases the stories of citizens and soldiers through exhibits, films, and outdoor living history. Meet with troops in a re-created Continental Army encampment and assist with chores at the Revolution-era farm. This summer, the museum’s “Reign and Rebellion” exhibit allows you to discover Virginia through the lens of the Stuart monarchy, whose royal foothold impacted and influenced early America.
For more history of the area, join a ranger for a guided walking tour of the Yorktown Battlefield and the 18th-century town. You’ll see several fortifications, cannons, the Moore House, and Surrender Field.
TIP: Avoid the hassle of commuting from one attraction to the other by taking Yorktown’s complimentary air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible Trolley from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center.
You can also stop by the York County Historical Museum (located inside York Hall at 301 Main Street) to explore artifacts representing Yorktown from the time of the earliest Native Americans all the way through World War II. Call ahead because hours are based on volunteer availability (757-890-4122).
If you are a bit more adventurous, explore Yorktown after sunset with Yorktown Ghost Walks. You’ll hear a mix of compelling historical accounts, ghost stories, legends, and personal paranormal experiences. Don’t be surprised if you make a new friend – of the supernatural kind!
Don’t miss a trip to the Watermen’s Museum. This local gem will give you an understanding of the role Chesapeake Bay Watermen, from pre-colonial to modern times, have played in the shaping of our nation. Be sure to stop in the gift shop, where they have 4,000 items, including nautical- and seaside-themed jewelry and décor, children's books, T-shirts, hoodies, and other great gifts.
For water enthusiasts
Put on the sunscreen and head out onto the water for one of these fun aquatic adventures!
Rent a paddleboard or kayak from Patriot Tours & Provisions for a relaxing day on the York River.
If you’d prefer that someone else do the paddling, hop aboard the Schooner Alliance II or her sister, the Schooner Serenity! These 18-century replica tall ships sail on the beautiful York River, offering history sightseeing sails during the day and romantic sunset sails at dusk. Families aboard the Alliance II will also love the kid-friendly Pirate Adventure Cruises where pint-sized recruits help raise the sails, tie knots, and steer the ship. The Serenity has a six-person limit, so be sure to book your reservations in advance.
If you have your own vessel, dock it at our public pier to take advantage of our beautiful two-acre beach ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and gathering shells. Or, head to the wheelchair-accessible Fishing Pier for fishing and sightseeing! Just off the dock is the deepest water of the York River. Keep an eye out for fevers of sting rays and pods of dolphins.
Yorktown is a shopper’s paradise! Our unique storefront gives you the opportunity to find a treat for the family, friends, or dogs in your life.
Spectacular views, handmade gifts, and fresh produce await you during Yorktown Market Days from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays (rain or shine) at Riverwalk Landing. Be sure to mark down the dates for our special themed markets, as well; many of those have extended hours!
Spoil your precious pooch by picking up some toys or all-natural, gourmet dog biscuits, donuts, and cakes from Gangsta Dog.
Treat yourself to a beautiful piece of handmade jewelry from Viccellio Goldsmith.
Browse for used, discounted books and collectible memorabilia at the Yorktown Bookshop.
Shop for handcrafted American-made art at Auntie M’s American Cottage.
Find antique prints, custom hand-painted floor cloths, maps, and more at Black Dog Gallery.
If you’re an art admirer, visit one of our art galleries located within 10 minutes of each other by foot.
In June, the Gallery at York Hall will feature the beautiful work of wildlife artist Jim Wilson. Stop by to admire his breathtaking images of hummingbirds, flora, and fish. In addition, the Gallery displays pottery, jewelry, stained glass, quilts, and other beautiful creations from more than 300 local artists. Throughout the summer they’ll also host book signings and feature live music. Check out our Events Calendar for dates and times.
Bring your appetite to Historic Yorktown! Whether you’re craving fresh seafood, artisan pizzas, gourmet cakes, or expertly roasted coffee, our restaurants are sure to satisfy.
Take your sweet tooth to Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters for the Mobjack Mud Pie! Made with two chewy chocolate cookies filled with delicious fudge cream and drizzled with more fudge, this decadent treat was created in house by Mobjack’s head baker. This charming shop also offers spectacular history tours throughout the year. Check out their summer schedule here.
Grab a cup of coffee to go and stroll to their sister store and newest addition to Historic Yorktown: Little York Confectionery! Homemade chocolate, ice cream, and candies await you!
Stop in Carrot Tree Kitchens for a fresh-from-scratch wrap, gourmet salad, or soup.
Sushi lovers won’t be disappointed at Umi Sushi.
Choose from indoor or outdoor seating at Water Street Grille. You’ll find 20 micro-brew beers on tap daily.
After some fun on the beach, walk across the street to Yorktown Pub where you’ll find a full bar, plus sandwiches, seafood, and Carrot Tree’s signature desserts.
With more than 30 flavors to choose from, Ben & Jerry’s never disappoints.