Open to the Public
Separate Ticket Required
President Thomas Jefferson requests the honor of your presence at The Governor’s Palace Garden Party on Friday, May 3, 2019. An immersive fun-filled celebration, the party features 18th-century music, dances, games, theatrics, performances, and a grand firework display. Sample delicious desserts and libations to toast the frivolity of May. Guests are encouraged to don 18th-century attire.
Don’t miss a staged performance of Shakespearean monologues by Broadway and television actor Steven Skybell. Our Revolutionary in Residence, Skybell is an Obie Award winner and Helen Hayes Award nominated-actor.
Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Listed ticket price does not include tax and gratuity of $12, which will be added at the time of purchase.
Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party is an immersive fun-filled celebration at the Governor’s Palace, featuring 18th-century music, dances, games, theatrics, a staged performance of Shakespearean monologues by Broadway and television actor Steven Skybell, and a grand fireworks display.
All guests must be at least 21 years old. Please be sure to bring your valid ID with you to the event. ID will be checked for all guests at the point of entry.
We recommend parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and using our complimentary, handicap-accessible shuttle to the Historic Area. The shuttle will drop you off at the Governor’s Palace Bus Stop, next to the event. A shuttle bus arrives at the Palace Bus Stop at least once every fifteen minutes. The last bus of the evening runs at 10:00 p.m.
Most of the event is handicap accessible, but there are a few locations at the Governor's Palace that are only accessible using steps.
In the case of inclement weather, this event may be cancelled. Weather and event updates will be communicated via Colonial Williamsburg social media outlets as well as ColonialWilliamsburg.com. Refunds can be processed by calling (888) 965-7254.
No, but a variety of desserts, punch and a sampling of Virginia wines, courtesy of Williamsburg Winery are included with your ticket. Some Gluten-free options will also be available.
To create a fully immersive experience, we encourage all guests to dress in their finest historic attire, but costumes are not required. Evening attire is an alternative; however, we do encourage all to accessorize with 18th-century pieces (such as a hat or fan).
Yes, colonial attire is available for purchase. Beginning February 15, 2019 Ms. Dickinson will be relocating her apparel and accessories selections for both gentlemen and ladies to Tarpley, Thompson & Co. in the Historic Area. The shop will offer readymade apparel such as gowns, jackets, petticoats, hats and other accessories for the ladies and breeches, weskits, shirts, jackets, hats and other accessories for the gentlemen. Custom-made attire is available to order for men and women as well, but please note that all custom orders must be placed no later than April 10, 2019. A 20 percent discount will be offered on all purchased costumes and accessories with your ticket to the event.
Yes, a limited number of basic costumes will be available for rent. Rentals will be $35 and the rental period will be from noon Thursday May 2nd and the return time is noon Saturday May 4th. Rentals will be available for pick up at the William Pitt Store in the Historic Area.