Mysterious Moonlight Canoe Tour: Enjoy the sight of a full moon accompanied by the nighttime marsh sounds while paddling along the beautiful Taskinas Creek. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. 7-10 p.m. Saturday at York River State Park, 9801 York River Park Road. Canoes are $13 per person or $8 per person for families of four or more. Payment required with reservation; call 566-3036.
Patriotic and Sacred Music Concert: The Schola from the Ward Centre of Richmond will present a powerful, patriotic choral concert 12:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road. Free; donations encouraged.
Mystery Dinner of Williamsburg: Try to solve a comic mystery and enjoy a four-course meal between acts. 7-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Quality Inn and Suites, 5351 Richmond Road. Tickets are $32.99; reserve by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.
Running of the Engine: In the 18th century, the responsibility of fighting fires rested with the public, so people practiced with and tested fire engines. Join the Military Programs staff and test your skill in helping to run the bucket brigade. 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Monday and Tuesday at Colonial Williamsburg’s Magazine Yard. Included with admission.
Williamsburg Farmers Market: Kick off Labor Day weekend festivities with more than 40 vendors offering meats, produce, artisan chocolates and more. Phil Casey will perform live music from 9-11 a.m. and the Power of Produce Club will make their last appearance of the year to provide fun activities for children. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Merchants Square. Free.
To Be Seen as an American: Meet three black women who didn't accept society's limits, whose work spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generation right here in Williamsburg. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg’s Hennage Auditorium. Included with museum admission.
Berret’s 27th annual Crab Races: Sponsor a crab and cheer for it to be the best across a number of categories. Proceeds benefit the Tom Austin Culinary Scholarship Fund and Beyond Boobs! 6-7 p.m. Sunday at Berret’s Seafood Restaurant, 199 S. Boundary St. Registration is $10 for individuals, $25 for families or groups and $50 for organizations.
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. Friday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Busch Gardens. Pass members are eligible for discounts.
Virginia Symphony: Pack a picnic supper, bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy two performances under a canopy of stars. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, 201 Ukrop Way; 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Riverwalk Landing, with the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown performing at 6 p.m. Free.
Jamestown Jams: The Jamestown Beach concert series continues with ‘90s music courtesy of Party of Four, a jangle pop tribute band. Bring chairs and snacks or enjoy offerings from onsite vendors. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Jamestown Beach Event Park, 2205 Jamestown Road. Free.