Creativity, Arts and Culture
In addition to historical sites, residents can also enjoy a multitude of cultural attractions. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, This Century Art Gallery, Gallery on the Square, the Nancy Thomas Gallery, Quirks of Art, and the Muscarelle Museum of Art are all located in the City of Williamsburg.
The City's Arts District was designated in 2011, offering bakeries, an art education center, and a ballet studio.
September is Arts Month in Williamsburg. More than 100 events are listed online.
The Kimball Theatre, located in Merchants Square, presents cultural events and independent films. The City hosts an outdoor Farmers’ Market in Merchants Square on Saturdays from April to October, with monthly markets November through March.
Festival Williamsburg is held annually as part of the Virginia Arts Festival season. The Williamsburg Area Arts Commission maintains a calendar of events and performances year-round. The College also sponsors plays, concerts, dance performances, and lecture series that are open to the public at William & Mary Hall and Phi Beta Kappa Hall. Colonial Williamsburg hosts artists-in-residence and other continual arts programs.
Nearby cultural attractions include the Mariner’s Museum and the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.