Summer is slowly petering away. The last real month of summer vacation is upon us and it’s just a matter of weeks till the children start packing their bags for school. But before all of that happens, let’s enjoy the final weekend in July, and there is a ton to do in our area, from the second annual Cardboat Boat Regatta to live and local music to a talk about growing oysters in the Bay.
Should you find yourself wondering where we find all this great stuff to do – or maybe even why your fabulous, don’t-miss-it event isn’t listed – here’s the answer: We rely on our calendar (it’s called Talk of the Town, and it’s on the right-hand side of the WYDaily.com homepage) for our best bets. All are welcome to post their events on it, for free. So use it, please, and for events happening this weekend please share them below in the comments. To the weekend!
Second annual Cardboard Boat Regatta – Everyone five and older is invited to join in the races on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown. The Williamsburg Jaycees are sponsoring this event and will be holding the race in bracket style so competitors will have to be able to build as well as paddle. Plan on the boat needing to be raced numerous times. The Jaycees will be giving rewards for everything from the fastest time all the way to the most dramatic sinking! Even if you are not up to racing, consider this your invitation to help cheer on the racers. Click here for details.
Rotary Club presents Code Blue at the Kimball – The Rotary Club of James City County’s fundraiser for local nonprofits brings Code Blue to perform. The high-energy bluegrass band plays everything from traditional bluegrass and four-part gospel music to their own music — and they do it their way. The show is Friday, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Kimball Theater. Proceeds from this event will go to the Rotary Club’s charitable foundation, supporting many non-profit agencies and organizations in the greater Williamsburg area. Cost is $15. Click here for details.
Army Transportation Corps birthday celebration
Come celebrate the 69th birthday of the Army Transportation Corps at the Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis. Ride in a Vietnam-era UH-1H helicopter for a fee. Walk through a Vietnam-era Army encampment at W-J Airport complete with trucks, tents, and camouflage nets. Click here for details.
Some say that this one was the Bard’s greatest triumph. Come judge for yourself as the 33rd annual Virginia Shakespeare Festival wraps up with this final production. Shows run from Thursday through Sunday at Phi Beta Kappa Hall at the College of
William and Mary. Click here for showtimes and more.
Money and medals exhibit in CW
A new Colonial Williamsburg exhibition showcases the “Cornell Hoard,” which is a collection of more than 6,600 pieces of colonial currency squirreled away by a North Carolina loyalist prior to the American Revolution — and other fascinating examples of coins and paper money from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s extensive currency collection on display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Admission is by a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, Museums ticket or Good Neighbor Card. For details, click here.
Amazing butterflies at the VLM
The Virginia Living Museum is hosting an exhibit that entertains while it educates. Children can shrink down into the undergrowth to become one of the most extraordinary creatures on earth. In this interactive maze, visitors adventure through the leaves, move like a caterpillar, discover an unusual friendship with an ant, then transform into a butterfly and take flight! Also enjoy the outdoor Butterfly House. Included in museum admission. Click here for details.
Oyster aquaculture in the Bay
On Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the VIMS campus in Gloucester Point, join professor Stan Allen as he explores the factors that are fueling the transition from wild harvest to aquaculture of oysters in the Bay. Reservations to this free public lecture series are required due to limited space. Click here for details.
Sunday night at the movies
Come enjoy some great, family-friendly movies in charming downtown Williamsburg on Prince George Street on Sunday, from 8 to 10:20 p.m.. This week’s movie is the ’80s classic, “Goonies.” Sponsored by the Blue Talon Bistro. Bring a lawn chair, blanket — whatever it takes for your viewing comfort – and then settle in for the film. Local merchants will be on hand each week to
serve free cotton candy to the kids. Click here for details.
Free films on Thursdays at the WRL
This month honors films about patriotic Americans. This week’s feature is the 1940 biopic “Edison the Man,” starring Spencer Tracy as American scientist and inventor Thomas Alva Edison. The film focuses on Edison’s adult life and in particular his invention of the incandescent light bulb. Costars include Charles Coburn and Henry Travers under the direction of Clarence Brown. Films begin at 2 p.m.; tickets and/or reservations are not required. Click here for the month’s schedule or more information.
Williamsburg Indoor Street Festival
On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come to 6401 Richmond Road for the Indoor Street Festival, where the organizers’ aim is to bring Williamsburg under one roof. Vendors will be selling arts and crafts, jewelry, product and services, and so much more. This event is free to attend. Click here for details.
Yorktown Riverwalk Farmers Market – Every Saturday at Riverwalk Landing, from 8 a.m. to noon. Fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, specialty cut flowers, quality art, live entertainment provided by Runaway String Band (bluegrass) and much more await. Click here for info.
Live and Local Music
Mariners’ Museum – Thursdays at the Lake is the museum’s free Thursday series, and this week’s show marks the final one this summer. This week one of the busiest bands in Tidewater takes the stage: Butter, a four-piece high-energy rock band that people love to dance to. Based out of Virginia Beach, the name Butter has become synonymous with music at the beach over the past seven years. It’s also “dress like a pirate” night, with prizes for the best effort. Click here for details.
Shagging on the Riverwalk – The free Thursday night party returns at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. This week’s concert features the Holiday Band, with music from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs. Click here for info.
Kimball Theater – Code Blue is a high-energy bluegrass band playing everything from traditional bluegrass and four part gospel music to their own music — and doing it their way. The show will be on Friday, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Kimball Theater. Proceeds from this event will go to the Rotary Club’s charitable foundation, supporting many non-profit agencies and organizations in the greater Williamsburg area. Cost is $15. Click here for details.
Squires After Hours – This Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., make some times to check out Squires Everyday Café at 6610-K Mooretown Road to listen to great local bands! The full menu is available and guests can enjoy a meal or some snacks here. Solo acts, duos, trios — acoustic and electric are always on the menu. Click here for details.
Karaoke at the High Tide Bar and Grille – Every Friday it’s karaoke time – for free – at the High Tide Bar and Grill’s outdoor stage at Riverwalk Inn on Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Click here for details.
iCarly in concert – As part of the Busch Gardens Concert Series, Miranda Cosgrove will be appearing at the Royal Palace Theatre on Saturday and Sunday. Best known for her role on Nickelodeon’s iCarly show, Cosgrove is sure to entertain teens, tweens and their parents. All concerts are included with park admission. For details, click here.
Berret’s Taphouse Grill – Enjoy free live music Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. with Hat Trick outdoors on the patio. Weather permitting. Click here for more info.
Karaoke in the park – Sing the night away while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Chickahominy Riverfront Park on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Karaoke held at the large shelter near the volleyball courts. Register in advance or at the Park office. Children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for details.
Humming along – On Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. at the Williamsburg Community Building, join Panglossian and Friends for an evening of impropriety, irreverence and unbridled celebration of local theatre. Food, wine and scintillating conversation will be available along with performances and exhibits by a wide range of talented and good looking local theatre artists! Tickets are $20. Click here for details.
Aromas presents Bill Campbell – Saturday at 8 p.m., come see Bill Campbell as he plays acoustic guitar. Click here for details.
Bluehouse concert – Come to Westover Episcopal Church at 6401 John Tyler Memorial Hwy in Charles City County on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. for Australian Pop/Rock Indie duo Bluehouse. Click here for details.
New Town After Hours Concert Series – This Thursday is time for another concert, featuring two bands: No Reverse opens for Rich Whiskey Audition. The fun happens in New Town Williamsburg at Sullivan Square, just behind Legacy Hall. The music starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and free for kids 16 and under. Tickets can be bought at the door, cash or credit card, or you can plan ahead and get them online by clicking here. Proceeds benefit Inclusion, which provides area students with academic opportunities.