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Mr. Jefferson's Palace Garden Party

Mr. Jefferson's Palace Garden Party


Open to the Public


Separate Ticket Required

President Thomas Jefferson requests the honor of your presence at The Governor’s Palace Garden Party on Friday, May 3, 2019.  An immersive fun-filled celebration, the party features 18th-century music, dances, games, theatrics, performances, and a grand firework display. Sample delicious desserts and libations to toast the frivolity of May. Guests are encouraged to don 18th-century attire.

Don’t miss a staged performance of Shakespearean monologues by Broadway and television actor Steven Skybell. Our Revolutionary in Residence, Skybell is an Obie Award winner and Helen Hayes Award nominated-actor.

Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Listed ticket price does not include tax and gratuity of $12, which will be added at the time of purchase.


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Once you’ve purchased your tickets, click here to download a certificate to print and sign for your recipient.


Geller Capital Partners is a Lead Corporate Donor of Mr. Jefferson's Garden Party. Additional donors include Apptio, Inc., Aramark, BrightView Landscape Services, Inc., Mobelux, O’Brien Enterprises Roofing and The Williamsburg Winery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party?

Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party is an immersive fun-filled celebration at the Governor’s Palace, featuring 18th-century music, dances, games, theatrics, a staged performance of Shakespearean monologues by Broadway and television actor Steven Skybell, and a grand fireworks display.

Are children allowed at the event?

All guests must be at least 21 years old. Please be sure to bring your valid ID with you to the event. ID will be checked for all guests at the point of entry.

Where should I park? How do I get to the event?

We recommend parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and using our complimentary, handicap-accessible shuttle to the Historic Area. The shuttle will drop you off at the Governor’s Palace Bus Stop, next to the event. A shuttle bus arrives at the Palace Bus Stop at least once every fifteen minutes. The last bus of the evening runs at 10:00 p.m.

Is the event handicap accessible?

Most of the event is handicap accessible, but there are a few locations at the Governor's Palace that are only accessible using steps.

If it rains, will the event be canceled?

In the case of inclement weather, this event may be cancelled. Weather and event updates will be communicated via Colonial Williamsburg social media outlets as well as Refunds can be processed by calling (888) 965-7254.

Will food and drink be available for purchase at the event?

No, but a variety of desserts, punch and a sampling of Virginia wines, courtesy of Williamsburg Winery are included with your ticket. Some Gluten-free options will also be available.

Are costumes required?

To create a fully immersive experience, we encourage all guests to dress in their finest historic attire, but costumes are not required. Evening attire is an alternative; however, we do encourage all to accessorize with 18th-century pieces (such as a hat or fan).

Are costumes and accessories available for purchase?

Yes, colonial attire is available for purchase. Beginning February 15, 2019 Ms. Dickinson will be relocating her apparel and accessories selections for both gentlemen and ladies to Tarpley, Thompson & Co. in the Historic Area. The shop will offer readymade apparel such as gowns, jackets, petticoats, hats and other accessories for the ladies and breeches, weskits, shirts, jackets, hats and other accessories for the gentlemen. Custom-made attire is available to order for men and women as well, but please note that all custom orders must be placed no later than April 10, 2019. A 20 percent discount will be offered on all purchased costumes and accessories with your ticket to the event.

Are costume rentals available?

Unfortunately, costume rentals are sold out for this year.



Broadway actor and university drama instructor Steven Skybell explores the art of acting Shakespeare in both an 18th-century and modern-day context with special guest President Thomas Jefferson.