Special Events

James City County Parks and Recreation offers a variety of large special events that provide unique year-round experiences for residents and tourists. Below is a list of annual events – for more specific information about dates of current offerings, please refer to the Special Events section of the Destination Recreation Activity Brochure.
  1. May/June
  2. July/Aug.
  3. Sept./Oct.
  4. Nov./Dec.
  5. Jan./Feb.
  6. March/April

Family Fun Fest


Typically held the 3rd Saturday in May from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Enjoy petting animals, hands-on activities, inflatable rides, family entertainment with music and contests too! “Touch-a-Truck” is back for all ages! Stop by the “Good for You Zone” and see why being healthy can lead to loads of fun. Oh, and be sure to participate in the Fun Run! Grab some lunch provided by our food vendors and visit all of our local craft and business vendors! Offered in partnership with Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Colonial Roadrunners.

Movies Under the Stars


Typically held 2-3 times each summer at 8:30 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Enjoy some of the great box office titles out under the stars in a James City County Park!

Karaoke in the Park


Typically held 2-3 times each summer from 7-9 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Sing the night away while enjoying the evening breeze crossing the Chickahominy River. All ages welcome. 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Tails on the Trail


Typically held the first Saturday in June from 9 a.m.-noon at Freedom Park. Are you up for a summer-long trail adventure with your dog? Join the Heritage Humane Society for this kick-off event! This self-guided adventure will start you off at one of the 8 trails for your exploration through the summer. Did you know the first Saturday in June is also National Trails Day? Get active with your pet! For more information, visit heritagehumanesociety.org.

Skate Jam


Typically held the second Saturday (skateboard) and Sunday (BMX) in June at 10 a.m. at the Skate Park adjacent to the James City County Recreation Center. Join us for a fun-filled weekend of extreme sports competition. Skateboards, bikes, food, music and more will be out to entertain. Participants will be divided into experience categories and judged on style, flow and difficulty of the run. Spectators welcome. Preregistration recommended but not required. All ages/experience levels invited to participate.

Student Art Show & Exhibit


Typically held mid June –mid July at the Williamsburg Library. Anne Kushnick’s oil painting and pastel students will display their talents in this annual exhibit. View many unique pieces with some available for purchase.

Freedom Stories & More


Typically held the third Saturday in June from noon-3 p.m. at Freedom Park. Join Williamsburg native Dylan Pritchett, best known as “The Storyteller” along with other Virginia Black Storytellers (VirBS) as they share with you Freedom Stories at Freedom Park! The Free Black Settlement area is the backdrop for this special event. Also featured are unique crafts for kids, music and food available for purchase.