The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. From spooky ghost tours to public trials to concerts of 18th-century music, you’ll find an array of nightly performances in the Historic Area.
Due to high demand, we encourage guests to purchase evening program tickets in advance. Please note: children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult, and not all programs are appropriate for young children. Explore each program page to learn more.
Discounts on evening programs are available to all Annual, Good Neighbor, and Collegiate Pass holders. To receive that discount, pass holders must purchase tickets in person at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing location, or by calling (888) 965-7254.
Everyone loves a haunted tale! Bring the entire family for all of the phantom fun with none of the nightmares. Enjoy this 45-minute tour of traditional ghost stories with a Colonial Williamsburg flavor.
Wander the streets and gardens of Colonial Williamsburg's historic area while our guide conjures stories of spirits who still call Williamsburg home. For an engaging hour, listen to true tales of unnerving experiences shared by employees, residents, and guests: modern ghost stories featuring lost love, murder, betrayal, and things that go bump in the night! This program is not appropriate for young children.
The ONLY Colonial Williamsburg ghost tour that takes you inside the historic buildings! This unique storytelling experience brings the past to life (and death) with ghostly tales of hauntings and horrors spun directly from 18th century sources. Wear your walking shoes! This one-hour walking tour is not recommended for young children.
What if America’s War for Independence had failed, and the leaders of the American Revolution were charged with treason? Find out in this alternative-history trial, where you question witnesses, weigh the evidence, and determine the fate of an American Patriot.
Due to the subject matter, this program is not recommended for young children.
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.
A magician, newly arrived in the City of Williamsburg, who, to the great surprise and satisfaction of the publick, has hired out space at the courthouse to perform wonders beyond belief; the likes of which have never before been seen in this city.
Take the challenge! Locked in a room with other suspected patriots, you must all work together to find clues and solve riddles to escape the King’s wrath. You have only one hour before a British officer will interrogate you!
Participate in a fun wool-spinning class for beginners. You'll learn the history of the drop spindle as well as the skills needed to spin your own yarn. All required supplies are provided, including your own drop spindle to take home. Not recommended for children under 10. Children 17 or under must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.
Join master storytellers for a fascinating journey through the imaginative tales of the old world and learn how stories from England, Scotland, and France all helped to shape the emerging American culture in the new colonies.Learn More
Come meet Venus, a most inspiring comical singing 18th century storyteller that will leave you in stitches as she tells thought provoking stories derived from her life about "living, relationships, raising children, courting, and her momma!” Remember, she is not gossiping but merely exchanging news! Fun for all ages is to be had when you meet Venus! Audience participation is a must! Only the dead may not attend!Learn More
The regal Palace of the royal governor comes to life as Colonial Williamsburg's early music ensemble, the Governor's Musick, offers an elegant evening of chamber music. Musicians playing period instruments showcase 17th- and 18th-century music for harpsichord, voice, flute, and strings. The concert repertoire is custom-crafted to each series and varies throughout the year. The program includes music known in Virginia as well as music from Europe and England. Not appropriate for children ages six and under.Learn More
Hear the music and stories of Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica performed by Dean Shostak. This rare glass instrument was a sensation in America and Europe from 1760 to 1830, yet it has not been heard for almost 200 years.Learn More