Free Yorktown Events & Festivals

Riverwalk Landing boasts a variety of free Yorktown events and festivals which are the perfect fix for a cheap weekend getaway or an inexpensive family vacation.

Here are the spring and summer events and contact numbers:

The Fife and Drums of Yorktown

Experience the full Colonial experience listening to the Fife and Drums of Yorktown, a group of young men playing colonial and military marching music. In summer, they play on select weekdays and weekends at the Riverwalk Landing, and at the Yorktown Victory Monument.

They also play on Sundays in June, July and August at 3:45 pm, at the Yorktown Battlefield Victory Center (included with admission).  For details, call (757) 898-9418 or Click here for the schedule of Yorktown events on the day you're visiting. 

Military Band Concert Series 
Tuesdays in August, 6:30 pm 

Different military bands will perform at these free Yorktown events. Events include Naval Fleet Forces Band concert (August 8), the Blue Aces (August 15), Rhythmn in Blue (August 22), and the Premium Blend Jazz Combo (August 29). 

Be sure to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic to Riverwalk Landing. For more info, call (757) 890-3500. 

Sounds of Summer Music Concert Series
Thursdays in June, July and August
Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street

These annual free concert nights run from 7:00-9:30 pm, and feature beach music for all ages. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and picnic to these Yorktown events sponsored by York County Riverwalk Landing.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series information: (757) 890-3500.

Yorktown Market Days at the River
Saturdays, May through September, 8 am - Noon
Riverwalk Landing, Between Buckner and Ballard Street

This free weekly event showcases fresh produce, seafood, meat, baked goods, flowers, plants, homemade cheeses, soaps and candles. It also has entertainment and art. Plus, local chefs will provide cooking demonstrations.

For more information, call (757) 890-3520 or click here for the Market Days webpage.

Annual Yorktown Independence Day Celebration
July 4, 9 am to 9:30 pm

Join this day of family activities and celebrate our independence where it was actually won! The day of family-oriented activities includes a parade, 5K/8K run at York High School, arts and crafts, kids’ games and pony rides, a classic car show, live entertainment, and food. 

At 8 pm there will be a patriotic concert by the Fife and Drums, followed by fireworks at 9:15 pm. Go to this link for more info: 

Yorktown Independence Day Celebration information: (757) 890-3500. 

Watermen's Museum Military Appreciation Weekend 
The second weekend in June, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm - Watermen's Museum

Enjoy a patriotic weekend with live music, dancing, cannon firing, crafts, living history reenactments, and a patriotic appreciation of the armed forces. Activiites are free except for the dance, which has tickets for $10. Call 757-887-2641 for details. 

Yorktown Day
Oct. 19, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm - Yorktown Battlefield 

Observe the anniversary of the American Revolution victory at Yorktown featuring parades, a Fife and Drum presentation, ceremonies, and special programs, all for free.

Beyond Yorktown Events: What Else to See and Do 

The best way to start in Yorktown is the take a free ride on the Yorktown Trolley, which tours the village of Historic Yorktown from the Yorktown Battlefield to the Yorktown Victory Center, including the shops at Riverwalk Landing. It runs weekends April 2 - 14 and then daily from April 15-Oct. 31.

Besides the free Yorktown events, the main things to do in Yorktown are: 

  • Yorktown Battlefield
    - One ticket gets you into Historic Jamestowne, too! (It's a great deal.) Yorktown Victory Center
  • Go to the Beach - Rarely crowded, it has a great view of the York River. 
  • Browse the shops at Riverwalk Landing 
  • Browse the antique shops up on the bluff
  • Eat at historic Carrot Tree Kitchens and sample their famous Carrot Cake

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