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. Sept./Oct.
  2. Nov./Dec.
  3. Jan./Feb.
  4. March/April
  5. May/June
  6. July/Aug.

Movies Under the Stars


Enjoy some of the great box office titles out under the stars in a James City County Park!

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Karaoke in the 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.

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Drool in the Pool


Let your dog make a splash at Drool in the Pool. Pool passes for your dog will be available at the gate that morning. This popular dog swim day is eagerly anticipated each year and is great fun for you and your dog. Music, refreshments and goodies will be enjoyed by all. For more information, visit heritagehumanesociety.org.

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Harvest Festival


Come enjoy some quality family time with various sights and activities at our annual Harvest Festival! Arts and crafts, food, games, moon bounces and much more! Our featured activity, Scarecrow Stuffing, will be back again! Make the biggest, the best, and maybe the only scarecrow in your neighborhood! First come, first served while supplies last. Don’t forget your camera!

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Williamsburg Fall Classic Pickleball Tournament


The tournament is open to ages 18+ of all skill levels and will be double elimination and organized by age groups. All games will be played to 15 points, win by 2. Warm ups and practices available at Mid County Park tennis courts.

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Capital Color Ride


Pedal your way through the Virginia Capital Trail with color surprises at every turn! Add a little color to your day pedaling roundtrip from Chickahominy Riverfront Park to your “Color Pit Stop” of choice. Make tracks riding this beautiful scenic fall trail as a family or at your leisure. Load up your bike, wear your white T-shirt and Get Colored at “color pit stops” which feature refueling stations of water, healthy snacks and recreational fun. Multiple riding options available: PURPLE – the Family Fun marker (1-mile ride); GREEN – 2-mile marker (4-mile ride); BLUE – 4-mile marker (8-mile ride); or RED – 7-mile marker (14-mile ride); and return to Chickahominy Riverfront Park for the GOLD finisher color! Register your bikes and get bike safety checks by the James City County Police Department. Fee includes refreshments, maps,T-shirt, lunch and colorful FUN and biking vendors.

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Halloween Tales


Enjoy a night in the outdoors for some Halloween fun! Trunk or Treating (5:30-7:30 p.m.), arts and crafts (5:30-7:30 p.m.), and a family-friendly Halloween show will be the highlight of the night! Costumes are welcome. Trunk or Treating is for children ages 12 and younger. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Food available for purchase. Please dress appropriate for outdoor weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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