About the Festival

New for 2018: Performances by Favorite Local Bands 
Slapnation and Good Shot Judy

The 45th Newport News Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7, 2018 each day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Newport News Park in Newport News, Virginia.  The festival, which attracts 35,000 visitors each year, will feature over 150 exhibitors showcasing art, crafts, heritage trade demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities, and food.

 New for 2018 are performances by favorite local bands Slapnation (Top 40/R & B) on Saturday (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm) and Good Shot Judy (Jazz/Swing/Big Band) on Sunday (2:30 pm – 3:15 pm, 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm).  Free new activities include an archery area, scarecrow making, a rock climbing tower, and Virginia-grown fruit fishing.  The parking fee has been reduced to $5.00 per car, admission is free.

In the Juried Area, highly-skilled artists and craftspeople compete for a $500 Best in Show Award. The Heritage Area features craft/traditional tradespeople showcasing their skills with an award given for Best Demonstration ($250).  The Marketplace Area artists and crafters sell a wide variety of handmade items that are great for holiday gifts, collecting or home decorating. The Country Store Area vendors sell country-inspired merchandise including farm products.  Best Display Awards ($250) are presented in the Country Store and Marketplace areas.

The Food Lion Arboretum Stage will feature Red Crooked Sky (Native American Dancing) on Saturday at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm and on Sunday at 10:15 am and 12:45 pm, the Kountry Kickers (Mountain Dance) on Saturday at 11:15 am and on Sunday at 11:30 am, Slapnation (Top 40/R & B) on Saturday at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, and Good Shot Judy (Jazz/Swing/Big Band) on Sunday at 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm and 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm.  The Daily Press Marketplace Stage will feature the Michas Polish Folk Dance Ensemble (Traditional Polish Dance) on Saturday at 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Scrapper Tuesday (Goodtime Roots) on Sunday at 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Jerry Brown (Old-time Vaudeville) at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday), In Layman Terms (Blues) at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm on Saturday, Chase Payne (Country) on Sunday at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm,  Paul Urban & Friends (Blues/Roots) on Saturday and Sunday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and Atumpan- The Talking Drums (West African Folklore) at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday). 

Twenty-four booths in the Folk Foodway will sell seafoodbarbeque, pork rinds, funnel cakes, and other favorite festival foods.  The Virginia Beer & Cheer Pavilion will again feature local and seasonal  brews from the Tradition Brewing Company and Bold Rock ciders from Central Virginia.  Children can “make and take” free crafts in the Children’s Area .  In the Pumpkin Patch ($), families can purchase their favorite pumpkin.  All ages can enjoy climbing a rock tower, trying archery, and having a “fun fortune” reading by Lady Mirra the Gypsy Fortune Teller.   Newport News Fall Festival t-shirts and festival tote bags will be sold at the Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Booth. 

Admission is free; parking fee $5.00 per vehicle on-site and at satellite areas (Greenwood Elementary School/Woodside High School/New Horizons).  Free shuttle bus service will run continuously between the satellite parking areas and the festival.  No pets permitted in the festival area.  Newport News Park is located at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue (Exit 250B from I-64).  Traffic updates, weather updates, and other event updates will be posted on Twitter @nnfestivals, Instagram- nnspecialevents, and Facebook www.facebook.com/NewportNewsFestivals .  For more information or special assistance, call 757-926-1400.  

45th Newport News Fall Festival Areas:

Juried  Area:
33 Artists and craftspeople competing for a $500 Best in Show in award.

Marketplace Area:
66 Artists and craftspeople selling a wide variety of crafts competing for a Best Display Award ($250).

Heritage Area:
27 Exhibitors demonstrating traditional crafts and trades: Civil War history, quilting, pottery, nautical ropes, wood turning, bee keeping, basket weaving, Amish baked goods, Appalachian Trail encampment, livestock, sheep shearing, horse-drawn carriages, alpacas, blacksmithing, working watermen, scale ships and boats, historical musical instruments and performances, Middle Ages Re-enactment, and antique automobiles.  An award is given for Best Demonstration ($200). 

Country Store:
27 vendors selling country inspired merchandise: kettle corn, bread, jams, specialty foods and sauces, handmade soap, dairy products, baked goods, herb mixes, clothing and spiced nuts.  An award is given for Best Display ($250). 

Hands-on Activities:
Free make-and-take children’s crafts and games by Newport News Youth Programs, Pumpkin Patch ($), rock climbing tower, scarecrow making, fruit fishing, and archery.

Food Vendors:
24 vendors selling a variety of food items: funnel cakes, seafood, sausage, pork rinds, roasted corn on the cob, barbecue, and cultural foods.

Exhibitors:
Festival t-shirts and Festival tote bags, for sale at the Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism booth; Newport News Libraries, Newport News Master Gardeners,  Peninsula Master Naturalists, Junior Woman’s Club of Newport News, Newport News Instructional Classes, Newport Visitor Center, Newport News Aquatics, Lee Hall Depot, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter, 311 Center, Boy Scouts of America, and Sister Cities of Newport News.

45th Newport News Fall Festival Entertainment Schedule     

Food Lion Arboretum Stage:

Saturday-

10:00 am               Red Crooked Sky (Native American Dance) http://www.redcrookedsky.com

11:15 am               Kountry Kickers (Clogging) http://www.kountrykickers.com

12:30 pm               Red Crooked Sky (Native American Dance) http://www.redcrookedsky.com

2:00 pm                 Slapnation (Top 40/R & B) https://www.slapnationband.com/

3:30 pm                 Slapnation (Top 40/R & B) https://www.slapnationband.com/

Sunday-

10:15 am               Red Crooked Sky (Native American Dance) http://www.redcrookedsky.com

11:30 am               Kountry Kickers (Clogging) http://www.kountrykickers.com

12:45 pm               Red Crooked Sky (Native American Dance) http://www.redcrookedsky.com

2:30 pm                 Good Shot Judy (Jazz/Swing/Big Band) http://goodshotjudy.com/

3:45 pm                 Good Shot Judy (Jazz/Swing/Big Band) http://goodshotjudy.com/


Daily Press Marketplace Stage:

Saturday-

10:30 am               Michas Polish Folk Dance Ensemble (Traditional Polish Dance) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michas-Polish-Folk-Dance-Ensemble/149382111781376 

12:00 pm               Jerry Brown (Old-time Vaudeville) www.themonkeyman.com   

1:30 pm                 In Layman Terms (Blues) https://3inlaymanterms.com/home--3

3:00 pm                 Paul Urban & Friends (Blues/Roots) http://www.paulurbanmusic.com  

4:00 pm                 Atumpan- The Talking Drums (West African Folklore)
http://www.coreythetalentedblindguy.com

Sunday-

10:30 am               Scrapper Tuesday (Goodtime Roots Music) https://www.facebook.com/scrappertuesday/

12:00 pm               Jerry Brown (Old-time Vaudeville) www.themonkeyman.com

1:30 pm                 Chase Payne (Country) https://www.facebook.com/chasepayneofficial/  

3:00 pm                 Paul Urban & Friends (Blues/Roots) http://www.paulurbanmusic.com  

4:00 pm                 Atumpan- The Talking Drums (West African Folklore)
http://www.coreythetalentedblindguy.com

 

45th Newport News Fall Festival 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The following information concerns parking facilities, shuttle services, etc. for the

45th Newport News Fall Festival on October 6 & 7, 2018:

 ·“No Parking” zones will be strictly enforced on Jefferson Avenue and Ft. Eustis Blvd. during

   the Festival on October 6 & 7, 2018.

· There is a $5.00 per vehicle parking fee in both the park and the satellite parking lots.  Shuttle buses from the satellite parking lots to the festival area are free.  Handicapped parking is available in the park and at the satellite parking lots (the free shuttle buses from satellite parking to the festival are handicapped accessible).

· Satellite parking is available at:

                Woodside High School (13450 Woodside Lane)

                Greenwood Elementary School (13460 Woodside Lane & Ft. Eustis Blvd.)

                New Horizons Regional Education (13400 Woodside Lane)

· NO PETS ALLOWED IN THE FESTIVAL AREA.

 ·For the comfort and protection of everyone, pets, bicycles, skateboards and radios are NOT allowed in the Festival area.

DIRECTIONS TO NEWPORT NEWS PARK:

I-64 Westbound

  • Take Exit 250B; at the traffic light, make a left onto Jefferson Ave.
  • Newport News Park is on the right.

I-64 Eastbound

  • Take Exit 250B; at the traffic light, make a left onto Jefferson Ave.
  • Newport News Park is approximately 1/4 mile up Jefferson Ave. on the right.

For more information, call (757) 926-1400 or visit www.nnparks.com.  For festival updates (including weather), follow us on Twitter @nnfestivals and Facebook www.facebook.com/NewportNewsFestivals