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

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Cancels May and June 2020 Special Events

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism has canceled the Newport News Children’s Festival of Friends (scheduled for May 2), the National Train Day Celebration (scheduled for May 9), Third Thursdays Live (scheduled for May 21 and June 18), and the King-Lincoln Park Day (scheduled for June 6).

Join our daily contests on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NewportNewsFestivals and you could win "NNPRT Bucks" that can be applied to our services/programs once we return to our regular operating schedules. 

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Celebrates the 4th of July, At Home

Saturday, 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, $5.00 per car parking fee. Food, beverage, and merchandise vendors ($). See here to apply online for the Artisan, Marketplace, Heritage, and Food areas.

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

47th Newport News Fall Festival (October 3 & 4, 2020): See here to apply online for the Artisan, Marketplace, Heritage, and Food areas.

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.