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.

2020 Festivals & Special Events

Saturday, May 2, 2020; 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 (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, $5.00 per car parking fee. Food vendors ($).

Thursdays, May 21, June 18, and July 16, 2020; 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Third Thursdays Live!- City Center at Oyster Point
Enjoy local bands, food trucks, and beverages. Free admission, free parking. Food and beverage vendors ($). 

Saturday, June 6, 2020; 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM
King-Lincoln Park Day- King-Lincoln Park
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 ($).

Saturday, July 4, 2020; 7:00 PM- 10:00 PM
4th of July Stars in the Sky- Victory Landing Park
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 ($).

Saturdays, July 11 and August 15, 2020; 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Summertime Concert Series- King-Lincoln Park
Live music, children's activities, and food vendors. Free admission, free parking. Food vendors ($).

Saturday, August 22, 2020; 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 3 and Sunday, October 4, 2020; 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, a pumpkin patch, craft beer, and food. Free admission, $5.00 per car parking fee. Food, beverage, and merchandise vendors ($).

Friday, October 23, 2020; 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 26, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021; 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.  

December 2020
Holiday Events

Vendor, Exhibitor, Entertainer & Sponsor Information

2020 Newport News Fall Festival Applications-
Applications available April 1, 2020.

2020 Food Vendor Applications, Information & Forms:

See here for Application to be a Food Vendor at 2020 events..

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.