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.
City Center at Oyster Special Events Application: Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism manages the scheduling of events at City Center at Oyster Point. If you would like have an event at City Center (wedding, charity event, etc.), please call (757) 926-1400 and speak to the Special Event staff. The City Center event application is available here. See here for the City Center Wedding Application. The submission of an application DOES NOT reserve a date and DOES NOT mean approval. Special Events staff will review all applications after speaking with the applicants.
Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism
2014 Festivals & Special Events
Saturday, May 3; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
25th 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 25th Birthday. Food vendors ($) on site. $5.00 per car parking fee, all activities are free. Attendance: 10,000. See here for complete information about the 2014 Newport News Children's Festival of Friends .
Wednesday, May 14 - Saturday, May 17; times vary by event
Virginia Senior Games - locations vary by event
Athletes age 50 & up compete in eighteen sports. Entry fee for athletes, free admission for spectators, free parking. For complete information, see www.vrps.com
Saturday, June 7; 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
King-Lincoln Park Day- King-Lincoln Park
Music, free children’s activities, and community exhibits. Food vendors ($) on site. Free admission, free parking. Attendance: 2,000. See here for complete information about the 2014 King-Lincoln Park Day.
Friday, 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 ($), and fireworks over the James River. Free admission, free parking. Attendance: 20,000. See here for complete information about the 2014 4th of July Stars in the Sky event. Updated Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.: Due to the weather, the Newport News 4th of July Stars in the Sky will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 7 - 10 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Weekend Workout- City Center at Oyster Point
Join us for FREE workout sessions under the bandshell tent at City Center. Newport News Instructional Classes certified instructors will lead the classes. Open to all ages and levels, no registration required- just come and join in the fun! Class schedule: 8:00 a.m. Yoga, 9:00 a.m. Tai Chi, 10:00 a.m. Zumba, and 11:00 a.m. Variety Fitness. All classes are 50 minutes.
Sundays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31; 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Funday- City Center at Oyster Point
Enjoy free games in front of The Cove Tavern at City Center. The games might change each week (table tennis, corn hole, volleyball) but you can always count on the fun!
Saturday, September 13; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra VSO Jazz- City Center at Oyster Point
This exciting ensemble will transport you to the height of the swing ear with the best of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and more! Free admission, free parking. Food vendor ($). Due to the weather forecast for thunderstorms this evening, the Virginia Symphony Jazz Concert scheduled for 6 pm this evening (Sept. 13) at City Center has been canceled.
Saturday, October 4 & Sunday, October 5; 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. each day
41st 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. $10.00 per car parking fee. Attendance: 70,000. See here for complete information about the 2014 Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife. Applications for Juried & Marketplace Crafts, Heritage Area, and Country Store for the 2014 Festival were due April 1, 2014).
Friday, October 17; 6;00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
U.S. Fleet Forces Concert Band- City Center at Oyster Point
The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for over 85 years. Free admission, free parking. Food vendors ($).
Saturdays, October 18, 26, 31 and November 1; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Films by the Fountain- City Center at Oyster Point
This free film series is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a special date night under the stars at the Fountain in City Center. Bring your own blanket and picnic, or purchase tasty food from a 757 Eat the Streets Food Truck. Free admission, free parking.
NOTE: The films are unedited PG.
October 18- Top Gun (PG)
October 25- Jaws (PG)
October 31- Bettlejuice (PG)
November 1- Ghostbusters (PG)
Thursday, November 27 through Thursday, 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, $60.00 per bus. Attendance: 112,000.
Friday, December 5; 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Hollydazzle City Center at Oyster Point Fountain Plaza
This unique holiday event combines fireworks, special effects, and music in a spectacular show presented “in the round” on the Fountain Plaza. Free children’s activities, holiday performances, and food vendors ($). Free admission, free parking. Attendance: 32,000.
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 41st Annual Fall Festival of Folklife will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 4 & 5, 2014, in Newport News Park. See below for applications (as PDF files). Applications were due April 1, 2014.
2014 Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife Applications:
Note: franchise/"home party" businesses are NOT accepted
- 2014 Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife Juried & Marketplace Application- for traditional hand-made crafts
- 2014 Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife Heritage Area Application- traditional craft & trade demonstrations, heritage displays
- 2014 Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife Country Store- "farmer's market" items including jams, fresh produce, and packaged food items
To receive an application by mail, please forward your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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”).
2014 Food Vendor Applications- (download all files below):
- 2014 Food Vendor Applications (all events)
- 2014 Food Vendor Deadlines and Fees Chart (all events)
- Food Vendor Health Permit Application
To receive a Food Vending Package via U. S. Mail, please send your mailing address to email@example.com. 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.