May,- More Than Memorial Day 2015

Want to enjoy historic Virginia, but skip the Memorial Day crowds? The Williamsburg area is the place for you! While we do have special events taking place to honor our fallen heroes, we also have many activities taking place all throughout May, even on the weekdays! Check out some of these events Williamsburg has to offer this month.

Colonial Williamsburg

If you want to visit Colonial Williamsburg, now is a great time. In addition to the amazing exhibits, entertainment, and shops, the town is offering some great special reenactments, exhibits, and events in May.

  • Drummer’s Call
    May 15-17th – See traditional 18th century fifers and drummers in action! Learn all about the life and work of colonial fifers and drummers during this weekend full of six different special reenactments and events.
  • Festival Williamsburg
    May 22 – May 24, 2015 – The Virginia Arts Spring 2015 Festival is returning to Williamsburg, VA! Experience the best in music at some of the most beloved venues in Williamsburg. This season includes six events, featuring Cantus, Eileen Ivers, the Handel and Haydn Society, and more. Not to be missed!
  • Memorial Day
    May 25, 2015 Colonial Williamsburg will be modernizing for one special event to honor our fallen soldiers.
  • Patriot Running Festival
    May 29 – May 31, 2015 Calling all runners! Join the Run for a Dream organization for a multiday running event, including a 5K, 8K, and a Half Marathon. Not enough for you? Take the “Warrior Challenge” which includes all three! All proceeds go towards An Achievable Dream, Massey Challenge, and Wounded Warriors foundations.
  • Oxen as a Source of Power Demonstration
    March 18 – June10, 2015 11a-12 Oxen may not the the most glamorous of animals, but their existence is the key to the survival of both 18th century colonists and frontiersmen alike. Come see a live demonstration with the animals right here in Colonial Williamsburg!


Jamestown is often the first stop for guests staying with us. Discover the New World again! This area includes active archeological dig sites with discoveries being made in front of your eyes!

  • Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe Exhibition
    Open until September 9th, 2015, 9a-5p The centuries have seen many people live, work, and play on the rivers around Williamsburg, Virginia. The boats and tools they left behind are now on display for us to see. See tools and canoes from The Mariners’ Museum featured in this limited-time exhibit.

If you prefer something more 21st century, there are also plenty of events for the modern traveler.


  • Family Fun Fest at Chickahominy Riverfront Park
    May 16, 2015 11a-4p
    Fun event for all ages! Features a petting zoo, inflatable rides, music, food, crafts , and contests. Don’t miss the ‘Touch a Truck’, brought back this year by popular demand.
  • Take Your Kid Mountain Biking at York River State Park
    May 16, 9 am
    Mountain biking is not just for adults! This is a great event to start teaching your children such a fun and memorable pastime. Members of the Eastern Virginia Mountain Biking Association will instruct on basic safety, skills and lead families on beginner level trails.
  • Stargazing at York River State Park
    May 16, 7:30 – 11:45 pm
    The Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers are hosting a special Stargazing event on the cliffs of the York River. Get away from the lights of the city and see the stars as you may never have before.
  • Tyke Hike at York River State Park
    May 16, 10 am
    Having trouble getting you kids to go outside? Start by getting them out into nature at a early age. This hike is made for 2-4 year old children and allows them a safe environment to see the natural beauty of the Virgina forests.

Other Events:

Salute to the Military Red, White and Blue 5K
May 16, 8:30 am
Not enough running? The Williamsburg Chamber is hosting the “9th Annual Armed Forces Red, White and Blue 5K”  at the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown – Cheatham Annex. This event is open to military and civilians alike.

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