What to See:
- Colonial Williamsburg Arboretum (Throughout the fall) – Take in the vibrant fall foliage while exploring the vast collection of 18th century trees and woody shrubs available in Colonial Williamsburg. The Colonial Williamsburg Arboretum, which spans all 301 acres, is the only Level 2 Certified Arboretum in Virginia. It features more than 30 historic gardens, 25 period species of oak trees, 20 Virginia state and two national champion trees. You can explore with a self-guided walking tour or enjoy the sights in a horse-drawn carriage ride. Tip: The end of October through November are the best times to see the peak fall colors.
- Lighting of the Cressets (Sept. 11 to Dec. 18) – Stroll down the Duke of Gloucester street while illuminated by dazzling cressets and listening to the sounds of 18th-century musicians. Historical performers will play live music weekend evenings through December.
- 2021 Museum Day (Sept. 18) – For one day only, Colonial Williamsburg visitors can enjoy complimentary admission to the world-class Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Visitors will have access to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art and the best in British and American fine and decorative arts from 1670 to1840.
- Halloween on Duke of Gloucester Street (Oct. 15 to 31) – The annual event is back this year with events like Haunted Williamsburg, a tour featuring authentic colonial ghost stories and modern-day encounters. Families looking for lighter, spooky fun can join the official Ghost Walk Junior tours. Additional programming and live events to be announced.
- Historic interpreters, live events, and more (Throughout the fall) – Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of live events and programming throughout the season. Watch a live debate on the Revolutionary War, learn more about the historic trades directly from a colonial blacksmith, or enjoy an evening open-air theatre show from the Fledging Theatre Company.
What to Eat and Drink:
- Ales through the Ages (Nov. 12 to 14) – Learn more about the world’s oldest beverage over the course of this weekend blending beer and history. Expert beer scholars will provide a deep dive into the origins of brewing, indigenous ales, and the ancient ingredients still used today. You’ll even have the chance to create your own blown malt, the beer once enjoyed by colonial Americans.
Where to Stay:
Enjoy Historic Williamsburg to the fullest with a stay at the official Colonial Williamsburg Resorts hotels. Choose from one of five world-class accommodations the iconic Williamsburg Inn, use Bonvoy points at the Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection, relax at the Griffin Hotel, a unique Colonial Houses in the Historic Area, or stay in the family-friendly Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites. All conveniently located within and surrounding Colonial Williamsburg. Stay just minutes from all the action!
- Save 20% or more when you book a mid-week stay (a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday arrival) of two nights or more, plus receive a $50 resort credit from Sept. 9 to Nov. 21 at any Colonial Williamsburg Resorts property. In addition to fall programming, CWR guests have access to a variety of dining options and resort amenities like the award-winning The Spa of Williamsburg and the Golden Horseshoe Golf club as part of their stay.
- When booking directly online at colonialwilliamsburgresorts.com, guests will also receive two complimentary length-of-stay tickets to the Historic Area and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.