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

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

Exhibitors

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.

Entertainers

Please email us for information about entertainment opportunities.

Sponsors

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

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