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A group of women relax and enjoy wine in the Williamsburg Lodge Lobby Lounge

Evening Performances

Add a Little Drama to your Nightlife

Whether you’re looking to bring the whole family together for an evening of 18th-century-inspired laughs, enjoy live colonial music, or meet the ghostly inhabitants of the Revolutionary City—you’ll find an array of nightly performances in the Revolutionary City to choose from. You’ll laugh. You’ll defend liberty. You might even be tempted to dance and sing along.

  • A jailed pirate

    Blackbeard is dead, and many of his crew have been tried and hanged in Williamsburg. On this walking tour, you will meet ghosts and ghouls of his crew and hear their true pirate tales. Due to subject matter, this program is not appropriate for young children.


    haunted buildings

    Enter some of the haunted buildings and sites, meet their ghostly inhabitants, and encounter some who have lived to tell of their supernatural experiences. Each of these one-hour walking tours introduces you to a different cast of characters. Due to subject matter, this program is not appropriate for young children.


    Trial of the Virginia Witch

    You are the jury in this candlelit inquiry into the charges of witchcraft brought against Grace Sherwood in 1706. Ask questions of the witnesses, weigh the evidence, and determine the guilt or innocence of “the Virginia Witch.” Not appropriate for young children due to subject matter and intense emotion.


    To Hang a Pirate

    The year is 1719. Sit in on the trial of a member of the crew of Blackbeard the pirate. Israel Hands, just one of the 15 member crew that was captured, will be tried for piracy at the Capitol by Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood. You'll get to hear the evidence against him and then make a judgment!


  • Michael Monaco plays the Jacob Kirckman harpsichord

    Enjoy an evening of 18th-century music played by members of The Governor’s Musick in the acoustically brilliant hall of the House of Burgesses.


    Detail of Musicians Playing

    The Governor’s Musick invites you to the Hall of the House of Burgesses for an evening of music for harpsichord, violin, voice, flute and viola da gamba”the music Jefferson enjoyed.


    Art of Fifing and Drumming

    Enjoy an evening filled with the sounds of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. Today, we thrill to the stirring music. During the American Revolution, armies marched to the beat. As you listen to the martial tunes, imagine the roar of the cannon and learn about the lives of the military musicians.


    Dance

    Help us keep the rhythms, sing the songs, and dance the dances adapted from the West African people in colonial America. Listen to the drums and explore the diverse nature of African-American musical culture in colonial Virginia.


    Dance

    Join us for an evening of colonial dance, “a most charming entertainment” enjoyed by many 18th-century Virginians. Indeed, Virginians hosted public and private balls and assemblies to be sociable, to celebrate an occasion, or just for fun. You may even have the opportunity to participate.


    Palace Concert

    The regal Palace of the royal governor comes to life with an elegant candlelit performance from Williamsburg’s early music ensemble, the Governor’s Musick. The concert repertoire features music known in Virginia as well as selections from Europe and England.


  • Courtroom scene from Courage or Cowardice

    Become a member of the court in this reenactment based on an actual court of inquiry in 1779. A Virginia officer took his men and abandoned his post in the face of a British attack, leaving the town of Portsmouth and the surrounding area defenseless.


    Scene from Papa Said, Mama Said

    While enslaved, African Americans continued to pass their cultural morals and values from generation to generation. Participate in this delightful, interactive program as instructive fables come to life and celebrate the significance of oral African tradition.


    Continental Soldiers

    This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Held outdoors in all weather. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.


  • Art of Fifing and Drumming

    Enjoy an evening filled with the sounds of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. Today, we thrill to the stirring music. During the American Revolution, armies marched to the beat. As you listen to the martial tunes, imagine the roar of the cannon and learn about the lives of the military musicians.


    Swordplay

    Prepare for an entertaining evening as Mr. Hallam’s Traveling Players present a daring spectacle of blades, fisticuffs, and silliness. Witness their amazing skills with weapons from the 18th century.


    Legends and Tales

    Gather for an entertaining evening of stories told by some of Williamsburg’s 18th-century residents. You’ll hear of the outrageous, silly, and heartbreaking events in the lives of everyday citizens.


    Dance

    Help us keep the rhythms, sing the songs, and dance the dances adapted from the West African people in colonial America. Listen to the drums and explore the diverse nature of African-American musical culture in colonial Virginia.


    The Servant of Two Masters

    Mr. Hallam’s Traveling Players present a wild, fast-paced comedy about a servant who struggles to keep two masters happy. Inspired by commedia dell’arte, this play has inspired everything from vaudeville to Saturday morning cartoons. It promises to be a treat for the entire family.


    Dance

    Join us for an evening of colonial dance, “a most charming entertainment” enjoyed by many 18th-century Virginians. Indeed, Virginians hosted public and private balls and assemblies to be sociable, to celebrate an occasion, or just for fun. You may even have the opportunity to participate.


    Grand Medley

    Owen Murdock’s company gamely tries to present a Grand Medley—an 18th-century traveling variety show! They have high hopes of amazing feats, strange beasts, and fast-paced hilarity, but things aren’t going well for the company. Their misfortunes provide a comedy of errors for the entire family to enjoy. A colonial entertainment so amusing that even Colonel Washington would have laughed!


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