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Colonial Williamsburg events are like no others in the world

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.

Haunting on DoG Street

A Haunting on DoG Street

Colonial Williamsburg's spine tingling experience A Haunting on DoG Street offers both family-friendly fun and otherworldly events.

Grand Illumination

December 2, 2018

Grand Illumination

In the 18th century, illuminations--the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks--celebrated major events such as the birthday of a reigning sovereign, military victories, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Historic Area and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances on multiple stages throughout the Historic Area and fireworks displays from the Capitol, the Magazine, and the Palace.

Mr. Jefferson's Palace Garden Party

Mr. Jefferson's Palace Garden Party

Join us on May 3, for an immersive 18th-century garden party at the Governor’s Palace. Hosted by President Thomas Jefferson, guests will enjoy traditional music, dancing, theatrics, games, libations, and fireworks. All guests are encouraged to wear 18th-century attire (costumes and accessories available for purchase at the Mary Dickinson Shop and Market House). Must be at least 21 years old to attend.