Two stages, more than 20 performing artists, audiences of all ages,
starting @ 10:30 AM both Saturday & Sunday.

2019 An Occasion for the Arts Schedule

Where are the venues? Here's our map!

Saturday, October 5
Prince George10:30 am -11:15 amRainbow PuppetsPuppetry, original song and dance combine to celebrate diversity of creatures around the world.
January 7, 1900Pittman Magica magical variety act, a combo of magic, juggling, and balancing
12:30 pm - 1:00 pmDaniel ScruggsMulticultural Drumming
1:15 pm - 2:15 pmLightstreetClassic rock
January 16, 1900Meadow Street BandCoffee Shop Country
January 19, 1900So lachAcoustic Duo
Courtyard10:30 am - 11:00 amJohn Turner10 time Scottish fiddling champion
January 26, 1900Doug Alan WilcoxSolo singer/songwriter
12:15 pm - 1:00 pmSammy LeeSolo Acoustic Blues
1:15 pm - 2:15 pmHigher Ground Jazz Band20 piece jazz band
2:30 pm - 3:15 pmScrapper TuesdayFolk style with a nod to rock n roll
3:30 pm - 4:15 pmChesapeake Bay BearcatsTraditional Dixieland
4:30 pm - 5:15 pmTimeline JazzJazz
Rock the Occasion6:30 pm - 9:30 pmBilly Joe TrioBlues and rock

Sunday, October 6
10:00 am - 10:30 amFifes and DrumsThey are the music ambassadors of Colonial Williamsburg and are celebrating their 61st year
Prince George10:30 am - 11:00 amWilliamsburg Youth HarpLocal Youth Harpists
11:15 am - 11:45 amDaniel ScruggsMulticultural Drumming
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmFlute FrenzyPremier youth flute choir
12:45 pm - 1:15 pmWilliam the ConjurerPerforms period magic and is very family oriented
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmVirginia Regional BalletFamily oriented dance program
2:30 pm - 3:30 pmSkip Friel and the ResonatorsEclectic versions of popular cover songs. Upbeat Americana and acoustic blues
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmLCV ProjectSolo guitarist
Courtyard10:30 am - 11:15 amChristoff and Pedigo Mix of covers and originals on drums, resonator guitar, musical saw and sackbut
11:30 am - 12:30 pmJoes Day OffGreat harmony in a variety of genres. Something for everyone - oldies, bluegrass, country,
12:45 pm - 1:45 pmClan MacCoolCeltic band with a fun-loving style. Traditional Irish and Scottish songs and clever original numbers
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmPoisoned DwarfTraditional Celtic music
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmCrazy XRocking Country
4:15 pm - 5:00 pmRunaway String BandFour long-time Williamsburg musicians with a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and swing music

It is with sadness that we share the difficult decision made by the AOFTA Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 An Occasion for the Arts.

This decision was made after weeks of careful deliberation about the challenging and evolving impacts of COVID-19, and was informed by the recently published Phase 3 Guidelines of the Governor of Virginia.

The free and un-gated access to the show simply would not allow us to provide the proper environment for safe physical distancing and adherence to the Governor's Guidelines. Health experts are warning of likely outbreaks this fall because of the strength of the virus and the lack of public compliance with rules about social distancing and other safety actions. We are confident this is the best decision to ensure the safety of artists and the safety of our community.

We will postpone the event until next year and plan to celebrate the 52nd An Occasion for the Arts on October 2 and 3, 2021.

All accepted artists to this year's show will be posted to this website ( in August 2020. We are considering holding a virtual event in the fall. More about this later.