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

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.  

Thursday, November 26, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021; 5:30 PM- 10:00 PM each night
Celebration in Lights- Newport News Park
Admission: Weekdays (Monday – Thursday) $12.00 per car, van, or RV; Friday - Sunday: $15.00 per car, van, or RV; $75.00 per bus. Cash, credit cards Visa/MC, and checks (made payable to the City of Newport News), are accepted at the gate. Advance purchase tickets (good any night) $10.00 per car, van, or RV; advance purchase tickets may be purchased at the Newport News Visitor Center. 
Drive through two miles of holiday light displays. 

Saturday, December 5, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021
Lights at the Fountain- City Center at Oyster Point
Free Admission
Step into a winter wonderland at the City Center Fountain Plaza with festive decorations and dazzling lights. Every half hour (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM), enjoy a show with lights and falling "snow" set to holiday music. Be sure to take photos at the "Instagramable Momments" sites around the fountain.

Vendor, Exhibitor, Entertainer & Sponsor Information

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.


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.