Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism's Festivals and Special Events
Phone: (757) 926-1400, Fax: (757) 926-1460
Office: Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Fountain Plaza Two, 700 Town Center Drive, Suite 320, Newport News, VA 23606
See our current Tabloid Page on Festivals & Special Events (page 48)
The Special Events section plans, manages, and promotes city-wide festivals and special events held in the City of Newport News. Individuals, community groups, and businesses can be part of these events as Vendors, Exhibitors, Entertainers, and Corporate Sponsors.
For additional community events in Newport News, please see the Newport News Community Events Calendar.
Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism
2013 Festivals & Special Events
Friday, March 15; 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Shamrock Party on O'Plaza- City Center at Oyster Point
It's back! Enjoy an evening of Irish themed fun with entertainment, food ($), and beverages($). Free admission, free parking. Attendance: 2,000. See here for complete information on the 2013 Shamrock Party on O'Plaza.
Saturday, May 4; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
24th Newport News Children's Festival of Friends- Newport News Park
Kids ages 2 -12 will enjoy over 100 free hands-on activities, costumed characters, and free children’s rides. This year's festival is a special celebration of our Storybook Friends. Food vendors ($) on site. $5.00 per car parking fee, all activities are free. Attendance: 10,000. See here for complete information on the 2013 Newport News Children's Festival of Storybook Friends.
Wednesday, May 16 - Saturday, May 18; times vary by event
Virginia Senior Games - locations vary by event
Athletes age 50 & up compete in eighteen sports. Entry fee for athletes, free admission for spectators, free parking.
Saturday, June 1; 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
King-Lincoln Park Day- King-Lincoln Park
Music, free children’s activities, and community exhibits. Food vendors ($) on site. Free admission, free parking. Attendance: 2,000. See here for complete information on the 2013 King-Lincoln Park Day.
Saturday, June 8: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Summer Celebration Wine Festival- Lee Hall Mansion
The finest vintages from Virginia's best wineries combine with live music, food and unique vendors. Tasting tickets $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the gate. Non-tasting tickets are $10. Food vendors ($) on site. Free parking. Updated 6/7/2013 at 12:00 p.m.: The "Summer Celebration Wine Festival" at Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News is still scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2013 as planned. We will continue to monitor the weather forecast and assess site conditions as needed, and update the voicemail recording for Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism with any new information beginning at 5:00 p.m. today. The phone number to call for weather-related updates is (757) 926-1400. Thank you for your patience while tropical system "Andrea" passes through, hopefully clearing the skies for a beautiful Saturday!
Thursday, July 4; 7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
4th of July Stars in the Sky Victory Landing Park
The Virginia Peninsula's biggest July 4th event features live music, food vendors ($), and fireworks over the James River. Free admission, free parking. Attendance: 20,000. See here for complete information about the 2013 4th of July Stars in the Sky.
Saturdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24; 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Family Films by the Fountain- City Center at Oyster Point
Free “film-themed fun” starts the evening with pre-show entertainment and hands-on activities based on the theme of the film. Enjoy family films under the stars on the beautiful City Center Fountain Plaza (film starts at 8:30 p.m.). Attendance: 1,000 each week.
August 3, 2013: Madagascar 3 (PG)
August 10, 2013: 101 Dalmatians (G) The August 10, 2013 Family Films by the Fountain is cancelled due to the weather.
August 17, 2013: Arthur Christmas (PG) The August 17, 2013 Family Films by the Fountain is cancelled due to the weather.
August 24, 2013: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (PG)
Saturday, October 5 & Sunday, October 6; 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. each day
40th Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife Newport News Park
Southeast Virginia's biggest traditional craft show features over 200 vendors, traditional crafts and trades, folk entertainment, food vendors ($), and children's activities. $10.00 per car parking fee. Attendance: 70,000. See here for complete information on the 2013 Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife. (We are no longer accepting vendors for the 2013 festival, the application deadline was April 1, 2013).
Thursday, November 28 through Wednesday, January 1; 5:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. each night
Celebration in Lights Newport News Park
Drive through two miles of holiday light displays. $10.00 per car, $60.00 per bus. Attendance: 112,000. See here for complete information about the 2013 Celebration in Lights.
Friday, December 6; 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Hollydazzle City Center at Oyster Point Fountain Plaza
This unique holiday event combines fireworks, special effects, and music in a spectacular show presented “in the round” on the Fountain Plaza. Free children’s activities, holiday performances, and food vendors ($). Free admission, free parking. Attendance: 35,000. See here for complete information about the 2013 Hollydazzle.
Event details subject to change. Check on-line for updates or call (757) 926-1400.
Vendor, Exhibitor, Entertainer, and Sponsor information for Newport News Special Events:
The 40th Annual Fall Festival of Folklife will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2013, in Newport News Park. Crafter information and application forms are now online (see below), and are also being mailed to those on our permanent mailing. To receive an application, please forward your mailing address to email@example.com, and specify “Crafter Mailing Request” in the subject line. So that we will know which application to send to you, please also include a brief description in the body of the e-mail about the type of craft you make or the service you provide (“I make jellies & jams,” “I demonstrate wood carving,” “I make hand-made jewelry”). We are no longer accepting vendors for the 2013 festival, the application deadline was April 1, 2013.
Note: franchise/"home party" businesses are NOT accepted
2013 Food Vendor Applications (download both files below):
2013 Food Vendor Applications (all events)
2013 Food Vendor Deadlines and Fees Chart (all events)
To receive a Food Vending Package via U. S. Mail, please send your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify “Food Vendor Mailing List” in the subject line.
Non-profit and community groups can apply to be exhibitors at Newport News Special Events by calling (757) 926-1400. Check here for updates on events that accept non-profit and community group exhibitors.
Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism accepts local, regional, and national entertainer submissions for booking consideration. Please forward a press packet with a demo CD and a list of your most recent performances to:
Ms. Liz Spence
Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Fountain Plaza Two, Suite 320
700 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.
Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available for all events. Sponsorship rates are based on benefits requested by each sponsor and benefits can be customized to meet individual sponsor needs. In-kind (trade of services) contributions may be accepted in combination with/in place of cash contributions. Please call Renee Popernack at (757) 926-1400 for additional information.