Greek Festival this weekend!

Have you ever taken a shortcut on Mooretown Road and seen this really cool building with gold domes?

St. Demetrios

That building is Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, and this weekend they are having a big fat Greek Festival! Opa!

May 1st – 3rd, 2015
11AM -9PM

According to my inside sources, here is what you will find at the festival:

– All sorts of Greek food made by authentic yayas! And yayas in training! Spanikopita, Tiropita, Baklava, some kind of Greek doughnut I don’t know how to say and MUCH much more. If you miss the Sunday brunches they used to do here, here is your chance!

– There’s a big raffle! tickets are $10 and here are the prizes:
$1,000 (!)
a big 46″ flatscreen TV
two season passes to Busch Gardens

– Jewelry and all sorts of crafts

– Adorable little Greek dancers. Apparently the little kids will be performing traditional Greek dances in costumes. Adorbz!

– Tours of the church. In a Greek Orthodox church, the adornment in the church is actually a part of its spirituality. Learn more about what icons mean in this faith or simply admire their beauty!St. Demetrios inside

It’s FREE to get in the festival but of course the food & etc will cost money. All the money they raise will go to church to help them pay the mortgage. A great cause and a good time.

If you go, please post your picks to the What’s Happening Williamsburg Facebook Page so others can see how it is. Thanks!

Beer Festy Roundup

There are a ton of beer festivals coming up- whether you’re looking for something soon or in a few weeks, in Williamsburg or further away, kid-friendly or not, there is something for you! Here’s a quick overview, infographic-style (don’t laugh! it’s my first one!)

How much


Shopping with ques

Breweries Rep with quesAnd finally, the brewery spiderweb! This tells you which breweries will be at which fest. The rings are the breweries and the spokes are the fests. The more dots per spoke, the more breweries are represented at that festival (again, forgive the high-school science fair-quality . . . learning graphics is hard!)

Brewery Spiderweb

and now! the details, from soonest to latest:

Phoebus Spring Fling

Free for festival; $25 for beer fest

Stand-out quality:
The beer festival is a new add-on to this family-friendly neighborhood fair. They’ll have a decent representation of local breweries, but the real draw is all the “local”-ness- local vendors, local music, local artisans, and kids activities.


Sunday, April 26, 1-5pm
near the Williamsburg Public Library on the lawn across the street from the Williamsburg Community Building

General Admission 21 and older, $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Admission includes a complimentary 16-oz tasting glass.
VIP tickets for $50, includes access to VIP hour from noon to 1 p.m. including 3 small batch special release beers, free food for the hour and more!

Stand-out quality:
It’s soon, has a great selection of beers, and it’s all for charity, folks- proceeds benefit local non-profits.

Blues Brews and BBQ

Saturday May 2, noon-6pm
Yorktown Riverfront
$25 in advance / $30 day of

Stand-out quality:
You can bring in coolers and blankets and lawnchairs! Also music, vendors . . . a thoroughly festive atmosphere and a pretty good beer selection.


Sunday May 3 1-5pm
Barksdale Field, adjacent to Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the campus of the College of William & Mary

$35 in advance / $40 day-of
$12 in advance for kids 5-12 / $15 day-of
kids under 5 free

Stand-out quality:
UNLIMITED beer and UNLIMITED FOOD!! This is the only festival where food is included. They’ve got a menu up on their Facebook page. Also, it will be kid-friendly. Participating breweries will be posted Monday.

craftbeerfest15May 3, noon-5pm

  • $30 for Museum Members in Advance
  • $35 for General Admission in Advance
  • $45 Day of the Event for everyone
  • $15 for Non-Drinker

Your ticket includes 20 four-ounce craft beer tastings, a souvenir tasting glass and day’s admission to tour The Mariners’ Museum!

Stand-out quality:
This is the beer connoisseur’s beer festival. Not only will they have a great selection, brewery representatives will be on-site to answer questions and offer several “Beer Talks” throughout the event. Also, you can vote for your favorite unfiltered ale in the Brewery “Cask-Off” competition.

VA Beer Fest

Virginia Beer Festival
May 15-16, 2-6pm each day

$15 to get in the door, no tasting privileges
Saturday – $30 in advance, $35 at the gate (Cash sales only at the gate)
Sunday – $25 in advance, $30 at the gate (Cash sales only at the gate)

Stand-out quality:
This is the big one, folks. I counted over 90 breweries and over 125 beers from around the world. They’ve got the macros and the micros. From California to Virginia and beyond. If you’re willing to cross the water and you want to taste a BUNCH of different beer, grab a book (to write down notes on all those beers, as you’ll never remember them all), a designated driver, and go for it. (But honestly . . . who can drink 125 beers??)

A note for my gluten-free friends- THIS is the festival for you as they have by far the greatest selection of ciders 🙂

New Town Summer FestJune 20, 1:30-5pm
$15, $25 for VIP access; both prices go up $5 May 1

Stand-out quality:
Best value! Very, very nice selection of beers (it’s not listed on their Facebook page, but they listed them out for me and that’s what’s marked on the spiderweb above). This one has everything- beer, vendors, shopping, music, and kids activities!

Hope you enjoyed this round-up! Post your pics from the festivals on the WHW Facebook Page and let everybody know how it is!