Fossil Frenzy Hike: Thousands of years ago, early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops and snails all left traces of their existence, which we now find as fossils. Discover relics of these very old creatures while hiking to a fossil beach. 1-3 p.m. Saturday at York River State Park, 9801 York River Park Road. Call 566-3036 to make reservations. Free.
Bier Fest: Centuries of Oktoberfest tradition come to life with an array of craft beers from around the world, including many local favorites. Pair brews with authentic German snacks, such as beer-battered bratwurst and homemade pretzels. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Busch Gardens. Pass members are eligible for discounts.
Williamsburg Farmers Market: More than 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, artisan chocolates and more. Timothy Seaman will perform live music from 9-11 a.m., the Master Gardeners will present an exhibit and the chef’s tent features Sweet Tea and Barley. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Merchants Square. Free.
On and Off the Canvas Opening Reception: Come experience stories told through acrylics, watercolor, mixed-media and clay. Artists include Joanne Limric, Frank Iseman, Anne Grossman, Elma Dirolf, Greg Lilly, Annie Cacioppo and Al Lilley. 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Williamsburg Regional Library. Free.
Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series: Yorktown’s latest concert series promises dance-worthy tunes from Super Jazz Band. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. 6:30 p.m. Friday at Riverwalk Landing. Free.
Williamsburg Community Sing: Come join your neighbors and friends for an opportunity to sing just for the fun of it. No experience necessary and open for all ages. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Laurel Lane Elementary School, 112 Laurel Lane. Free.
Symphony Under the Stars: The Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s latest outdoor concert features a repertoire of pieces such as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Hands Across the Sea.” Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnics, and the most creative ones will receive blue ribbons in commemoration. Lawn chairs and blankets are also encouraged. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Riverwalk Landing; the Fifes and Drums of York Town perform at 6 p.m. Free.
Oyster Roast: Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters, clam chowder, sides by Carrot Tree Restaurant and hot dogs. Tickets $45, non-oyster eaters $35, children 14 and younger $20 and 5 and younger are free. Includes one free beer, wine, soda or iced tea. Water and tea refills free. $5 discounts for advanced sales, museum members and active military. Call 887-2641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
Ax Throwing: Learn the history of ax throwing during the Revolutionary War, the uses of belt axes and proper technique. After a safety briefing, get ready to take a swing at things yourself. Programs occur daily at the Ax Range at East Nicholson and North Botetourt streets. Sessions are 10 a.m, 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Weather permitting. Programs are 20 minutes long. Ages 12 and up; under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. $10.
‘The Tempest’: Shakespeare’s classic tale of magic and revenge comes to life at Jamestown Settlement’s recreation of the Susan Constant ship and in its colonial fort. Space is limited to 150 people per performance. 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for children 6-16, seniors 62 and older and groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/2xMo9QU .