Historic Yorktown Comes Alive with the Return of its Weekly Farmers Market, Pirate Invasion & Art Show!
Spring is just around the corner and these warmer temperatures mean Yorktown will soon come alive with living history demonstrations, the return of its award-winning farmers market, and pirates looking for treasure! All events take place outdoors and follow strict COVID-19 safety precautions.
Featured Spring Events
The Victory Family YMCA holds its annual Victory at Yorktown 5K and 10K on April 3 beginning at 7:30 a.m. This year, due to COVID-19, there are both in-person and virtual options. The Family Fun Run and usual waterfront post-race activities have been canceled. The historical and scenic races begin at Riverwalk Landing and take participants past landmarks such as the Yorktown Victory Monument, Cornwallis’ Cave and Surrender Field. All race registration proceeds go to the Victory YMCA to strengthen the community and keep families healthy. www.victoryatyorktown.com
Yorktown Market Days kicks off its regular season with weekly farmers markets on Saturdays. Enjoy spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks and a fantastic variety of vendors and artists at Riverwalk Landing. The Go Green Market, in recognition of the month’s Earth Day Celebrations, runs 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. In collaboration with York County’s Department of Public Works and the York County Beautification Committee, there will be free family activities and educational exhibits to help promote environmental sustainability. A limited supply of reusable shopping bags will be handed out as giveaways. All shoppers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags for stocking up on market goods. The Fifes and Drums perform at 9 a.m. followed by live entertainment from SOJORN. Call (757) 890-5900 for more information.
York County History Day: History comes alive with tactical demonstrations, encampments and tours throughout Historic Yorktown—taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special activities will occur at the Watermen’s Museum, York Hall, and various buildings along Main Street.
Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters will hold two ticketed Civil War Walking Tours, both led by Historian J. Michael Moore. One begins at 1 p.m. and another at 2 p.m. The first takes a look at Yorktown’s role during the Civil War era by exploring the Peninsula Campaign of 1862, which pitted two colorful commanders against each other over a Revolutionary War battlefield—deploying such modern technologies as aerial observation and improvised explosive devices. During the second walking tour, visitors will journey back to learn about Union operations against Richmond and Confederate naval raiders, find inspiration from stories of African Americans who sought freedom, and view Civil War photographs that captured a glimpse into the past. Call (757) 872-3020 for more information.
The Watermen’s Museum Chili Cook-Off and biggest annual fundraiser kicks off at noon. Guests can sample competing chefs’ chili recipes and vote for the People’s Choice award. Additional chili may be purchased, if available. Call for competition rules, forms to enter, and to purchase tickets. (757) 887-2641
Sister Cities French Market: Modeled after the market in Yorktown’s sister city Port-Vendres, France, shop for French favorites from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Shoppers will find fresh-baked bread, croissants and pastries; chocolates & macarons; wine; soaps and more! Enjoy a Wine Garden featuring French wines, a silent auction, and student exchange raffle. Call (757) 877-2933 for more information.
Color and beauty will be in full bloom when the Garden Club of Virginia brings its Historic Garden Week to Yorktown. There are three ticketed tours: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. The event headquarters and stunning landscape setups will be inside the Freight Shed, located at the waterfront. York County Master Gardeners will provide a special gardening talk at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Admission is waived for all guests on tour that day. Admission is also complimentary to the Watermen’s Museum as part of this event. Details at www.visityorktown.org