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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.

NEW! Take in a family-friendly performance nightly at our new outdoor venue—the Charlton Stage.

  • Fifes and Drums Marching

    Enjoy an evening filled with the sounds of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. Imagine the roar of the cannon and learn about the lives of the military musicians.

    Discover the stories behind some of America’s most inspirational and popular music. And add your voice to the chorus in this entertaining program.

    African 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.

    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.

  • the cast of Sword Play

    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.

    the cast of Scapin

    Mr. Hallam’s Traveling Players present a wild and raucous outdoor performance of Moliere’s famous comedy. Enjoy the play that inspired all of your favorite Saturday-morning cartoons!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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