Festivals & Special Events

Festivals and 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.

2018 Festivals & Special Events

October 6 & 7, 2018; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
45th Newport News Fall Festival- Newport News Park
The festival features over 150 vendors, traditional crafts and trades, artists, entertainment, food & beverage vendors ($), and children's activities.  $5.00 per car parking fee.  Applications for the Juried & Marketplace Area (handmade crafts & art), Heritage Area (traditional craft & trade displays and demonstrations), and Country Store Area ("farmers market" items including canned goods and fresh produce) are due April 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM.  See here for complete information about the 2018 Newport News Fall Festival.

Friday, October 19, 2018; 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
City Center Oyster Roast- City Center at Oyster Point
A festival of oysters and other Chesapeake Bay seafood favorites with live music and free children's activities. Free admission, free parking. Food and beverages ($). 

Thursday, November 22, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019; 5:30 PM- 10:00 PM each night
Celebration in Lights- Newport News Park
Drive through two miles of holiday light displays. $12.00 per car, $60.00 per bus.   

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Hollydazzle - City Center at Oyster Point
TBA.  Free admission, free parking. 

Vendor, Exhibitor, Entertainer & Sponsor Information

2018 Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife Applications-
Applications are due April 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Links to 2018 online applications

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.


Please email us.


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.