Market Square

Colonial Williamsburg Market Square
Colonial Williamsburg Market Square
Colonial Williamsburg Market Square

Join the Bustle of a Market Day

As in the 18th century, Market Square is a hub of activity. Walk in the steps of the founders as you gather to observe a militia review or browse the wares at the seasonal stands. Listen as a proclamation is read from the Courthouse steps or simply watch the people passing by.

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Schedule of
Operation:

Public access. See hours of Outdoor Market Stands.

Ticket Required?

No
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Upcoming Events at Market Square Events

Sep 29
1:30 PM
Music in the Air
Enjoy informal music provided by 1-2 musicians in an outdoor setting. Hear 18th-century musical styles on modern instruments and enjoy the sounds of the town. Weather permitting.
Sep 29
2:15 PM
Music in the Air
Enjoy informal music provided by 1-2 musicians in an outdoor setting. Hear 18th-century musical styles on modern instruments and enjoy the sounds of the town. Weather permitting.
Sep 30
11:00 AM
Music in the Air
Enjoy informal music provided by 1-2 musicians in an outdoor setting. Hear 18th-century musical styles on modern instruments and enjoy the sounds of the town. Weather permitting.
Sep 30
11:45 AM
Music in the Air
Enjoy informal music provided by 1-2 musicians in an outdoor setting. Hear 18th-century musical styles on modern instruments and enjoy the sounds of the town. Weather permitting.
Sep 29
2:00 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. You may take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or even the defendant. Experience how the rights of all Virginians were managed in open court.
Sep 29
2:30 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. You may take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or even the defendant. Experience how the rights of all Virginians were managed in open court.
Sep 29
3:00 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. You may take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or even the defendant. Experience how the rights of all Virginians were managed in open court.
Sep 29
3:30 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. You may take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or even the defendant. Experience how the rights of all Virginians were managed in open court.
Oct 5
7:00 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
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. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. This event is held outdoors in all weather conditions. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Oct 9
1:00 PM
Military Music Demonstration
In addition to stirring the blood, the music of the fifes and drums served as instructions to the army in camp, on the march, or in battle. Come and experience the sounds that ordered the soldiers' days.
Oct 12
7:00 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
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. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. This event is held outdoors in all weather conditions. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Oct 19
7:00 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
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. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. This event is held outdoors in all weather conditions. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Oct 2
10:15 AM
A Public Protest
Taxes, tyranny, and outrage! Come, join with the citizens of this fair city as they gather to protest the most recent abuses leveled at America by our Parliament. Defend the most sacred right of free-born Britons: Liberty!
Oct 3
4:45 PM
My Duty My Voice
Free elections are the cornerstone of American liberty. Come join with the townspeople of Williamsburg as they exercise their right to participate in government. Learn how these citizens of a new nation define "government of the people."
Oct 8
10:00 AM
General Orders Read with Trooping of Colors
Join with residents of Williamsburg as General Washington offers his thanks to the city for their patience as final plans for the siege of Yorktown are made. The flags of the various regiments are paraded and the Army’s “General Orders” for the day are read.  
Oct 10
4:45 PM
My Duty My Voice
Free elections are the cornerstone of American liberty. Come join with the townspeople of Williamsburg as they exercise their right to participate in government. Learn how these citizens of a new nation define "government of the people."
Sep 29
2:30 PM
Running of the Engine
In the 18th century, the responsibility of fighting fires rested with the public, so people practiced with and tested fire engines. Join the Military Programs staff and test your skill in helping to run the bucket brigade.
Sep 30
11:55 AM
Firing of the Noon Gun
In the life of Continental soldiers, the noon gun signaled a cessation of morning drills and work parties and a start to preparing the midday meal. On this daily occurrence, the gun may be fired by one lucky guest.
Sep 30
2:30 PM
Running of the Engine
In the 18th century, the responsibility of fighting fires rested with the public, so people practiced with and tested fire engines. Join the Military Programs staff and test your skill in helping to run the bucket brigade.
Oct 1
11:55 AM
Firing of the Noon Gun
In the life of Continental soldiers, the noon gun signaled a cessation of morning drills and work parties and a start to preparing the midday meal. On this daily occurrence, the gun may be fired by one lucky guest.
Nov 11
4:00 PM
Veterans Day: A Military March Honoring America’s Veterans
Join us on Veterans Day as we honor those who serve in the military. An afternoon march and ceremony honoring America's veterans highlights the day. The event features the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, Military Programs Staff, and members of Williamsburg community veterans groups. All armed forces veterans are welcome and encouraged to participate. A commemorative service behind the Courthouse will be held after the march.