Your Summer Soundtrack: The Best Music in the ‘Burg

Every summer needs a soundtrack, and the Historic Triangle is happy to deliver! 

Every week from now through the end of the summer (and even into the fall!), you can celebrate music just about anywhere. From the beguiling vocals of Norah Jones to the stringed notes of Bluegrass tunes and the chirps and drum beats of the colonial period, all tastes in music are accounted for. 

All that’s left to do is decide where you’ll be spending your time this summer! 

Virginia Arts Festival - Williamsburg Live

When: June 21 (6 p.m.) & 22 (5:30 p.m.)

Where: Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Cost: Get your tickets here

Headlining the weekend will be two iconic American singers! Grammy winner, singer, songwriter and pianist Norah Jones performs Friday, June 21, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris, who boasts 14 Grammy Awards, three CMA Awards, and four Americana Awards, will headline Saturday, June 22. 

Williamsburg Live offers a unique beautiful setting for an intimate music festival experience designed to appeal to all the senses. Shaded by centuries-old trees and surrounded by history, The Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is the perfect spot to enjoy great music, delicious local food truck fare, and local and regional craft beers and wines!

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

When: Every Thursday through 8/29/19, 7-9:30 p.m.

Where: Riverwalk Landing

Cost: Free

Enjoy free outdoor concerts by the beautiful York River every Thursday from the comfort of a lawn chair! Bring friends and coolers, and stay until the sun sets! You'll get to jam to some of the area's top acts playing beach favorites, Motown, disco, funk, R&B, Pop & more. Click here to see the full summer lineup!

Bluegrass Truegrass

When: Every first and third Thursday through 8/29/19, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Billsburg Brewery

Cost: Free

Bluegrass Truegrass is an open bluegrass jam night with local and regional musicians gathering at Billsburg Brewery. Sit on the deck overlooking the James City County Marina as you hear these talented musicians deliver their awesome talent. So stop by with friends, grab a pint, get some fresh local food from visiting food trucks and enjoy a night of old school Bluegrass music!

Beer Garden Concert Series

When: Every Friday through 10/4/19, 6-9 p.m.

Where: The Virginia Beer Company

Cost: Free

Every Friday night through the fall, the Virginia Beer Company is supporting local singers, songwriters and musicians with a FREE Friday Night Beer Garden Concert Series. Enjoy the area's best bands as they bring down the brewery every Friday from 6-9 p.m., sample delicious food from the area’s best food trucks between 12:30 and 8:30 p.m., and try the newest ale tapped each Friday at 4 p.m.!

Stick around to make a weekend out of it and come to Summer Saturdays: Sounds and Sips and Acoustic Sundays, too! Visit the Weekly Lineup link here to see who’s playing throughout the summer!

Virginia Symphony Concert at Yorktown

When: August 31, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Riverwalk Landing

Cost: Free

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will appear on the Riverwalk Landing stage for a free outdoor concert funded by community contributors and volunteers. Blue ribbons will be awarded to the most creative picnic set-ups prior to the event! So grab a group, pack a picnic with lawn chairs and blankets, and come early for this amazing night of music. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of Yorktown will kick things off at 6 p.m.