2nd Sundays festival returns to Merchants Square


When spring is in the air, it’s time for 2nd Sundays to return to Williamsburg.

Second Sundays are a lot like First Fridays in other cities: Here, artists set up across Merchants Square, while live musical acts perform.

“It’s a day of rest and relaxation where people of all ages can soak up a little art and music and craft culture,” said Shirley Vermillion, the founder of 2nd Sundays.

Vermillion said people can expect to see as many as 85 artists at the first event of the year, set for March 10.

“It’s a nice-sized event and generally very well attended because people are out and feeling like it’s an unofficial welcome to spring,” Vermillion said.

March’s festival is also the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day.

“There is an emphasis on Irish and Celtic music just because we’re approaching St. Patty’s Day and people are excited about that,” Vermillion said.

Some of the scheduled acts include Big Wide Grin, Clan MacCool, So’lach and Karl Werne.

While many local musicians will perform throughout the year, Vermillion said this year the festival also will showcase a lot of new musical talent.

“Because of increased support from the City of Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Chamber (and Tourism Alliance) and Chesapeake Bank, we are planning at least every month bringing in fresh and out-of-the-region musical acts,” Vermillion said.

There will be a new emphasis on food. In addition to the beer garden outside Amber Ox which debuted last year, Vermillion said they hope to have at least one food truck or concession tent in the area every month.

Want to go?

2nd Sundays take place 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. March-December on the second Sunday of each month at Merchants Square. The first 2nd Sunday of the year is March 10.

For more information visit 2ndsundayswilliamsburg.com.

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