Arts and Culture Itinerary
The Historic Triangle boasts cultural offerings on par with larger metropolitan areas, yet with the convenience and intimacy found only in smaller towns. Since the founding of the Glasshouse at Jamestown in 1608--America's first artisan and industrial business--art and artisans have been an integral part of the economy and character of the Historic Triangle.
- A great starting point is the Discover the Arts in Williamsburg guide. There are several first-class museums, but there are also endless smaller galleries and studios easily found by using the new guide, Discover the Arts in Williamsburg. Many are within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area. They're a wonderful option, too, on a rainy day or when the afternoon sun is at its height.
- Definitely plan a day strolling in Historic Yorktown, browsing in antique shops, boutiques and galleries, finishing with a relaxing stroll along the York River. In the summer, there is live music and dancing in the evenings at Riverwalk Landing.
- Like to hear music under the stars? Throughout the year, Williamsburg plays host to arts festivals, concerts and performers from all over the world. In Merchants Square, residents and tourists alike enjoy concerts on balmy summer evenings. The Virginia Arts Festival also comes to Williamsburg each spring.
- Merchants Square comes alive with An Occasion for the Arts and Art Escape each fall.
- Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens provide world-class entertainment day and night, and at several venues.
- The College of William and Mary is the home of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival every summer and hosts visiting lecturers and performers as well showcasing their own faculty members and students.
Our events calendar is an excellent resource, and you can also visit the calendars for each individual attraction.