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The Best Places to Visit in Yorktown, Virginia in the Fall Season

Virginia in the fall season? This charming town is part of the Historic Triangle and home to some of America’s earliest history. Here’s an overview of things to do this fall at this riverside gem:

Freight Shed & Yorktown Art Stroll

In September, if you love to browse art in a beautiful location, then the Freight Shed and the Yorktown Art Stroll are perfect events for you. The Freight Shed, Yorktown’s premiere waterfront venue, will host the Yorktown Art Stroll and acoustical harmony group Acoustic Portrait! Browse unique works of art in all mediums—oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, glass, drawings, photography, jewelry, pottery, painted furniture, fiber art, handmade soap, wood work, and more!

The York River & Rhythms On The Riverwalk

The York River is the hub of activity along the Yorktown waterfront, with sailing, concerts, farmers markets, and special events going on all year long.

In the fall, enjoy the sounds of Rhythms on the Riverwalk on Thursday evenings as you dine, shop, lounge by the beach or stroll along the waterfront. Fill your ears with the sounds of jazz, big band, and country music by various performers.

Fall Market – Yorktown Market Days

Yorktown Market Days is a unique waterfront farmers market offering spectacular views of the York River with food trucks and a variety of vendors and artists! Shop for seasonal produce, fresh seafood, meats, breads, honey, gourmet dog treats, and a beautiful display of work from local artists.

Into the holiday months, you’ll find several extended markets with fun family-friendly activities! Come to the Fall Market in October to kick off a season of cooler weather and changing leaves.

At this farmers market guests can shop more than 40 different vendors and artists selling seasonal favorites like pumpkins, mums, autumn-inspired art, kettle corn, and caramel apples.

There will be free activities for kids of all ages, including a petting zoo featuring miniature animals, a hay maze, hay rides, a pumpkin painting craft, and a professional pumpkin carving demonstration. Enjoy games and live music, too!

American Revolution Museum

Welcome to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown!

Learn about the story of our nation’s founding, from the earliest days of the colonial period to the writing of the Constitution and beyond. This museum features exciting indoor galleries with period artifacts, immersive environments and films, as well as outdoor exhibits like a re-created Continental Army encampment, where visitors can learn about the life of a soldier. See demonstrations on medical treatment, camp life, cooking, and firings of a flintlock musket.

Guests can also visit the Revolution-era farm based on a real-life 18th-century family. See how a typical family would have helped with chores in the house, kitchen, tobacco barn, gardens and crops. Historical interpreters will guide you through your journey into the past.

In response to COVID-19, a few adjustments have been made so that you can enjoy the museum experience while following new safety protocols.


Yorktown Beach

Discover Yorktown’s personal brand of outdoor fun!

Historic Yorktown’s 2-acre beachfront is the perfect spot to boat and fish. A Mobi-Mat accommodates walkers, wheelchairs, and strollers so that everyone has access to this beautiful beach. There is also a
mile-long pedestrian Riverwalk for casual strolling or jogging. Catch your supper at the fishing pier, dock your boat at the Riverwalk Landing pier, let the kids participate in Captain Mayhem’s School of Piracy or book a sunset sail aboard the Yorktown Schooner Alliance.

In town take a segway tour that delivers fresh air and local history. Cruise down Main Street and along the scenic York River, or rent a kayak, paddleboard or bike to do some touring on your own. Enjoy this charming town.

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, all 2021 events are subject to change including times, dates, and locations. 


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