Festivals & Special Events

The Special Events section plans, manages, and promotes citywide 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.

Event details are subject to change. Check online for updates or call 757-926-1400.

2019 Festivals & Special Events

Saturday, May 4, 2019; 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Newport News Children's Festival of Friends- Newport News Park
Over 100  free, hands-on activities including make-and-take crafts, rides (pony rides, trackless train, moon bounces and slides), fitness activities, costume characters, educational exhibits, and displays by City Departments and community organizations that serve children. Free admission, $5.00 per car parking fee. Food vendors ($). See here for complete information about the 2019 Newport News Children's Festival of Friends.

Saturday, June 1, 2019; 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM
King-Lincoln Park Day- King-Lincoln Park
Cancelled due to saturated grounds and rain.The festival features a broad range of free activities for all ages including make-and-take crafts, free Bingo (ages 50 & up), sports activities, community exhibits, and entertainment.  Kids will enjoy free face painting, a moon bounces, and giant slides.  Everyone can enjoy free sno cones and free cotton candy! Free admission, free parking. Food vendors ($). See here for the exhibitor application for the 2019 King-Lincoln Park Day.

Thursdays, July 18, August 15 & September 19, 2019; 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Third Thursdays Live!- City Center at Oyster Point
The event will take place on the Gazebo Stage and will feature live music, beverage sales and food vendors. The bands for the series are BuckShot (July 18), Slapnation (August 15) and Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos (September 19). Beverage sales (beer, wine) will benefit the Woman’s Club of Newport News. Admission and parking are free.  Parking is located in the Mariners Row, Fountain Way, and Merchants Walk parking garages in City Center. Chairs are allowed. No outside alcoholic beverages allowed.

Thursday, July 4, 2019; 7:00 PM- 10:00 PM
4th of July Stars in the Sky- Victory Landing Park
Fireworks rescheduled for July 5, 2019 at 9:30 pm (FIREWORKS ONLY).
The event begins with free children’s rides (giant slides, moon bounces, obstacle courses), free face painting, and entertainment.  A spectacular fireworks light up the sky over the James River at 9:30 PM. Free admission, free parking. Food vendors ($).

Saturday, August 24, 2019; 4:00 PM- 8:00 PM
World Arts Celebration- City Center at Oyster Point
The diverse cultures in Newport News are celebrated through performances, exhibits of traditional art and crafts, authentic international food vendors, and free hands-on activities. Free admission, free parking. Food and merchandise vendors ($).

Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2019; 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Newport News Fall Festival- Newport News Park
The festival features over 150 exhibitors showcasing crafts, heritage trade demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities, craft beer, and food. Free admission, $5.00 per car parking fee. Food and merchandise vendors ($). See here for complete information about the 2019 Newport News Fall Festival.

Friday, October 25, 2019; 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
City Center Oyster Roast- City Center at Oyster Point
Enjoy roasted oysters, local seafood specialties, food trucks, and live music.  Beverage sales benefit local charities. Free admission, free parking. Food and beverage vendors (pay-as-you-go, $).

Thursday, November 28, 2019 through Tuesday, January 1, 2020; 5:30 PM- 10:00 PM each night
Celebration in Lights- Newport News Park
Drive through two miles of holiday light displays. $15.00 per car, $75.00 per bus.  See here for Celebration in Lights information.  

December 2019
BayPort Credit Union NlightN Holiday Event Series
An exciting series of holiday at locations throughout Newport News. See here for details.

Vendor, Exhibitor, Entertainer & Sponsor Information

2019 Newport News Fall Festival Applications-
Applications are due March 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

2019 Food Vendor Applications, Information & Forms:

To receive a Food Vending Package via U.S. Mail, please send your mailing address via email. Please specify "Food Vendor Mailing List" in the subject line.


Nonprofit and community groups can apply to be exhibitors at Newport News Special Events by calling 757-926-1400. Check this page for updates on events that accept nonprofit and community group exhibitors.  Special Interest Groups (including political groups)  should see the Special Interest Group Festival Space Application, Guidelines & Agreement.


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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 contact Renee Popernack at 757-926-1400 or via email for additional information.