Festivals & Special Events

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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.

2022 Calendar Listing Of Events

World Arts Celebration

May 21
City Center at Oyster Point
12 PM - 5 PM

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Sister Cities, the World Arts Celebration returns to Newport News and takes guests on a journey filled with culture, craftsmanship and cuisine. International vendors, performers, interactive education stations, as well as cosmopolitan food and beverages are yours to enjoy on Mariners Row at City Center at Oyster Point.  A stroll along this picturesque street will transport you through a tour of exhibits, art demonstrations, live entertainment and culinary delights to tantalize your senses. 

This year’s headliner is Kadencia, a Puerto Rican rhythm-infused band that uses bomba, plena and salsa to promulgate Puerto Rican culture, educate audiences on the island’s native musical expressions and encourage audiences to move in ways they never knew possible.  Kadencia performs on the International Market Stage at 4:00 p.m.  

Throughout the afternoon, enjoy artwork, performances and exhibits representing a variety of countries including Japan, China, France, Africa, South America and Germany.  Free children’s activities include face painting, henna designs, and international “make and take” crafts. Families can take photos with artistic props representing a variety of countries from around the world.  Free Japanese fans, International flag lanyards, French berets, Mexican sombreros, tribal ethnic bracelets and Chinese yo-yos will be given away while supplies last.  Vendors will sell artwork and crafts.

Curated by Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, folkdance, music, and arts performances will fill the International Market Stage, La Danse Performance Floor and Mariners Row.  

International Market Stage:
12 PM - Mosaic Steel Orchestra
1 PM - Atumpan
2 PM - Rhythm of Ireland School of Irish Dance
2:30 PM - D Westry Speed Painter
3 PM - Mayuko Chida, Japanese Koto
3:20 PM - D Westry Speed Painter
4:00 PM - Kadencia

La Danse Performance Floor:
12 PM - Jow Ga Kung Fu Lion Dance
1 PM - Latin Ballet of Virginia
2 PM - Red Crooked Sky
2:45 PM - PCAA Chinese Demonstration
3:30 PM - Atumpan

On-Street Entertainment:
Die Zeitlosen Musiker (1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:15 PM)
French Mimes
French Stilt Walkers
Spray Paint Artists
Plein Air Painters

Food Vendors:
American Fruity Smoothie
Aux Delices - desert crepes, macaroons and waffle sticks
Had dash Grill - gyros and Greek specialties
Jem's Caribbean Food - jerk, curry and fried chicken with the fixin's
Jessie Lou's - artisan grilled cheese sandwiches and soups
Lorna's Kitchenette - lumpia and Filipino specialties

City Center Restaurants:
City Center Ice Cream
Good Vibes - outdoor Festhaus-style seating with a special German menu
Hayashi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
Juicing LIFE Bar & Cafe
Kitchen 740 Restaurant & Bar
Mr. Boil - Cajun Seafood & Poke Bowl
MyPi Pizza
Neo Kitchen & Bar
Salsa's Mexican Restaurant
Taste Unlimited
Tucano's Brazilian Grill

Free Admission.  Free Parking
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Backyard Bash

June 4
Superblock Park in The Yard District
4 PM - 8 PM

Let's go play in The Yard!  Enjoy a Club Waka cornhole tournament, large yard games, inflatable obstacle courses for adults and kids, 9-hole putt putt course, mechanical bull ride, live musical entertainment, photo booth, face painting, adult beverages and a food truck rally!   Superblock Park is a 3.5-acre green space located in The Yard District.  

Free Admission.  Free Parking
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Juneteenth Festivities (June 11 - 19)
Click on the locations below for directions to specific events.
Free Admission.  Free Parking.
Specific event details:  TBA

June 11 
Juneteenth Parade
10 AM - 2 PM
Parade Start:  Brooks Crossing (30th Street & Jefferson Avenue)
Parade End: King-Lincoln Park (600 Jefferson Avenue)

June 12
Juneteenth Concert
5 PM - 7 PM
King-Lincoln Park

June 13
Raising The Flag Ceremony
1 PM - 4 PM
City Hall

June 14
Juneteenth Bingo
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Brittingham-Midtown Community Center

June 15
Juneteenth Debate
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Denbigh Community Center

June 16
Juneteenth Spoken Word
7 PM - 9 PM
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

June 17
Juneteenth Mime:  The Faces Of Freedom
7 PM - 9 PM
Mariners Museum

June 18
Juneteenth Youth Field And Games
10 AM - 2 PM
Riverview Farm Park

June 18
Juneteenth Historical Pageant
7 PM - 8:30 PM
NNTV (virtual event)

June 19
Juneteenth Freedom Festival
12 PM - 4 PM
King-Lincoln Park

Stars In The Sky

July 4
7 PM - 10 PM
Victory Landing Park

This patriotic event includes a spectacular fireworks show, live musical entertainment, strolling performers, children's activities, face painting, food vendors and giveaways.  Fireworks show: 9:30 pm.  

Free Admission.  Free Parking.

Southeast Summer Concert

July 16
5 PM - 7 PM
King-Lincoln Park

Live musical entertainment, food trucks and children's activities.  Entertainment:  TBA.

Free Admission.  Free Parking

Celebrate Summer Family Movie Night

July 23
6 PM - 8:30 PM
Former Kmart Site in Denbigh

Calling all dog lovers!  Family Movie Night presents Clifford, the Big Red Dog.  Join in the fun with dog-themed crafts, giveaways and a few special four-legged friends.  Bring your blankets and chairs and view the movie from our 3-acre lawn.  Free popcorn while supplies last.  Food vendors $.  

Free Admission.  Free Parking.

Play Ball!

August 10
5 PM - 8 PM
South Morrison Learning Center 

Join Mayor Price at the 7th Annual Play Ball! event for baseball and other sporting games and activities, a DJ, line dancing, Dunk-The-Mayor tank, inflatables and free hot dogs and chips!

Free Admission.  Free Parking.

Southeast Summer Concert

August 13
5 PM - 7 PM
King-Lincoln Park

Live musical entertainment, food trucks and children's activities.  Entertainment:  TBA.

Free Admission.  Free Parking.

End Of Summer Family Movie Night

August 27
6 PM - 8:30 PM
City Center at Oyster Point

Family Movie Night returns to City Center at Oyster Point with our August feature, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.  Moviegoers are welcome to bring blankets and chairs.  Free popcorn while supplies last.  Food vendors $.  

Free Admission.  Free Parking.

Back To School Family Movie Night

September 10
Time: TBD
Former Kmart Site in Denbigh

Family Movie Night presents Sing 2.  Bring your blankets and chairs and view the movie under the stars from the comfort of our 3-acre lawn.  Free popcorn while supplies last.  Free children's inflatable.  Food vendors $.

Free Admission.  Free Parking.

Newport News Fall Festival

October 1 - 2
10 AM - 5 PM
Newport News Park

The first weekend in October, Newport News Park hosts the Fall Festival.  In its 47th year, the festival will feature a wide variety of unique vendors, live entertainment, hot air balloon rides, pumpkin patch, corn maze, children's activities, petting zoo, food and beverage vendors and more!

Free Admission.  Parking Fees TBA.

Halloween Family Movie Night

October 22
6 PM - 8:30 PM
Former Kmart Site in Denbigh

Tricks and treats abound with our feature film Addams Family 2.  Children and their parents are encouraged to wear costumes and enjoy a spooky evening complete with Halloween-themed crafts, giveaways and inflatables.  Free popcorn while supplies last.  Food vendors $.

Free admission.  Free parking.  

Celebration In Lights

November 24, 2022 - January 1, 2023
5:30 PM - 10 PM (nightly)
Newport News Park

Virginia's first drive-through holiday light event, opens for its 30th season on Thanksgiving night (November 24, 2022).  Newport News Park is transformed by over a million individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes.  Over 350 individual display pieces, 50+ arches and over three miles of rope lighting enhance the natural beauty of the two-mile drive through this picturesque park.

Admission Fees TBA.

Lights At The Fountain - Holiday Tree Lighting Event

December 3
5 PM - 8 PM
City Center at Oyster Point

The tree lighting ceremony and premiere of the 2022 light show makes everything merry and bright! Join the celebration as City Center at Oyster Point is turned into a winter wonderland with festive music, holiday-themed games, strolling street performers and carollers, breathtaking decor, a holiday market, delectable food vendors and more!  Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 PM.

Free Parking.  Free Admission.

Lights At The Fountain - Holiday Light Show

December 3, 2022 - January 1, 2023
5 PM - 9 PM (nightly)
City Center at Oyster Point

Experience this strolling state-of-the-art holiday light show featuring falling snow!  Delighting all ages, this animated light show plays every half hour and incorporates a 50' animated holiday tree, 55 pixel-wrapped perimeter trees, a festive soundtrack and holiday decor that surrounds the five-acre fountain plaza. 

Free Admission.  Free Parking.

ARTech Lights

December 10
5 PM - 8 PM
Brooks Crossing

In partnership with Brooks Crossing Innovation Lab, this holiday event offers a wide variety of festive tech-tivities, holiday-themed games, a silent disco, photo booth, giveaways, a skating rink, children's activities, food vendors and an animated holiday tree.

Free Admission.  Free Parking.

Brooks Crossing Light Shows

December 3, 2022 - January 1, 2023
5 PM - 9 PM (nightly)
Brooks Crossing

Nightly light shows feature a 30' animated holiday tree, beautifully pixel-wrapped perimeter trees and amazing holiday decor perfect for selfies and cards!

Free Admission.  Free Parking.

Participant Information

Food Vendor Applications, Information & Forms

To receive a Food Vending Package or for general information, please email us


Non-profit and community groups can apply to be exhibitors at Newport News special events by calling 757-926-1400. Special Interest Groups (including political groups) should see the Special Interest Group Festival Space Application, Guidelines & Agreement.


Please email us for information about entertainment opportunities.


Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for all events. Please contact Shelly Ezanno at 757-926-1400 or via email.