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Special Events

In addition to our regularly scheduled ongoing events in the Historic Area, we invite you to join us throughout the year for various special occasions and events.

Revolutionaries in Residence

Revolutionary Thinkers

Michael Tiwtty

During their residency, these modern-day revolutionary thinkers will give inspirational and educational REV Talks at the Kimball Theatre, conduct staff training on their area of expertise, meet with donors at a special dinner event, and interact with visitors.

garden symposium

April 28-30, 2017

The Palace Gardens

Colonial Williamsburg's 71st annual Garden Symposium, Small Spaces, Great Rewards, will focus on visually designing small garden spaces to produce the greatest rewards.  Speakers will share their landscaping techniques and plant choices for small gardens, patios, courtyards and containers.  From perennials to pollinators to herbs, become inspired with ideas to show your own creativity in your home garden.

Frivolity & Fireworks in the Garden

May 5, 2017

Take time to go back to an 18th-century Palace Garden Party “of the mind and the heart." Thomas Jefferson, the last governor to reside at the Palace, opens the gates and invites residents of the colonial community—both gentry and tradespeople alike—to a fun-filled May celebration on the Palace grounds. Guests of the 21st century will wear 18th-century clothing and be fully immersed in the colonial landscape of traditional music, dancing, theatrics, and games.  Exclusively for Garden Party guests, Mr. Jefferson has arranged a speical sneak preview of the newly reimagined iconic Williamsburg Inn.

Drummers Call

Join Musicians Across the Country

Celebrate the traditions of 18th-century military music and explore the important roles played by fifers and drummers. Units from across the United States join Colonial Williamsburg's Fifes and Drums to perform grand displays of period music. You'll want to respond to the Drummers Call--a call beaten by the duty fifer and drummer to mass the regimental musicians for the playing of ceremonies such as Reveille, Retreat, and Tattoo.

Return of the Cherokee

Learn Cherokee Songs and Dances

In 1777, a delegation of 40 Cherokee—one of many over the years—arrived in Williamsburg and met with the governor and Council, who offered peace and friendship to the Cherokee Great Men of Chota. The Cherokee returned the favor by offering the governor and the people of Williamsburg "A Public Dance." Join Colonial Williamsburg and the Museum of the Cherokee with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee as they perform traditional songs and dances, and interpret the culture of the period.

July 4 Celebration

Celebrate our Nation's Independence

Celebrate the anniversary of the nation's birth in the 18th Century City! Join Colonial Williamsburg for a special militia muster. Enjoy a salute to the 13 original states, featuring music performed by the Fifes and Drums, a display of the flags of each state, and the firing of muskets and cannon. The day concludes with fireworks visible from both Market Square and Palace Green.