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.

  • Ghost walk

    Wander the streets of the Historic Area tonight while our guides tell stories of spirits that still call Colonial Williamsburg home. Listen to true tales of unnerving experiences shared by our employees, residents, and even our guests on the only tour that gives you access to the haunted historic properties.


    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.


  • 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.


    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.


    Dance

    Located in Merchants Square, the Kimball Theatre is the outlet that links our past with the present. Enjoy live performances, plays, and featured films.


  • 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.


    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!


    Affairs of the heart

    It is the wedding day for William and Anne, a day of celebration for themselves and their families. The enslaved members of the household are also preparing for the festivities, but their minds are filled with the uncertainty of change.


  • 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!


    Merchants Square

    Over 40 unique stores and restaurants. Unlimited memorable experiences. At Merchants Square, you’ll find so much more than can fit in a shopping bag. Shared laughter over a delicious meal. A child dancing to a brass band. Discovering you both love foreign films. All surrounded by the picturesque beauty of 18th-century-inspired architecture and located adjacent to the Revolutionary City.


    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.


    Scene from African American Music Performance

    Help us keep the rhythms, sing the songs, and dance the dances adapted from the West African people in colonial America. As you walk the grounds of the plantation as the sun sets, you will have the opportunity to explore the diverse nature of African American musical culture in colonial Virginia.


  • Escape the King

    Guests are locked in a room by a British officer as suspected rebels against the Crown, and have one hour to escape. They must work together to find clues, solve riddles, and escape before the officer can return to interrogate them.


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