We celebrate the history and the diversity of the many peoples that have and continue to inhabit our area through our many educational and special events.  Our educational programs include information and hands-on activities about American Indian culture, historical portrayals and reenactments, Commercial Watermen activities, and environmental or natural habitat issues. Take a look at our Education Program pages and our Summer Program page for information on programs specifically designed for kids.  We also have many Special Events throughout the year.  Some of these events focus on historic dates, other focus on elements of local culture.  But, all of them are just plain fun!

Spring Grand Re-Opening – First Tuesday in April.

Easter Vigil – Saturday, Easter Eve.  FREE


Yorktown History Day (working with York County) -Mid- April.  FREE


Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser – -Mid- April. TICKETED

Pirate Invasion (working with York County) – Late April.  FREE

Memorial Day Celebration – Friday through Sunday.  FREE

Military Appreciation, War of 1812 and USRC Surveyor Weekend – Mid-June.  FREE

Independence Day Celebration – Friday through Sunday closest to July 4.  FREE

Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser – Mid-September. TICKETED

Annual Folk Festival – Late September.  FREE

Yorktown Battle / Maritime Heritage Celebration – Mid-October.  FREE



Monthly Folk Jams – 2nd Wednesday of Every Month, 5:30-9 PM. FREE

Monthly TGIF Events (Museum Members and Guests Only) – 4th Friday of Every Month.  FREE.

Yorktown Yuletide Celebration – Early December – FREE



The Watermen’s Museum has a nondiscrimination policy that the organization, our staff, and our working volunteers will not, by policy or practice, discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity and expression, marital or military status, or based on any individual’s status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law.