About the Festival

The 46th Newport News Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 5 & Sunday, October 6, 2019 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.

Saturday’s headliner is The Hunts (3:00 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.), a Virginia based indie-alternative folk band. Acquiring over 17 million Spotify streams, the band’s self-released album has attained syncs with MTV, national commercials, Starbucks playlist, films, and documentaries. The Hunts have opened for world class bands such as Judah and the Lion, X-Ambassadors, The Fray, OAR,  and have appeared at world renowned music festivals and stages including Austin City Limits, Red Rocks, Firefly, and Summerfest. The Hunts have toured the nation for over 10 years and continue to gain and inspire a rising following everywhere. Sunday’s headliner is Troy Breslow & The Company Band (3:00 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.). In 2018, Troy Breslow was recognized by VEER Music as “Country Artist of the Year” and was nominated “Americana Artiste of the Year” by the Tennessee Music Awards.

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.  

The Arboretum Stage will feature Myra Smith the Phoenix (Jazz, R & B, Gospel) on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., The Mullins Sisters (Country) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., The Hunts (Indie Folk) on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., Red Crooked Sky (Native American Dance) on Sunday at 11:00 a.m., The Chong Band (Reggae Inflected Jam-Rock) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., and Troy Breslow & The Company Band (Country) on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. The Daily Press Marketplace Stage will feature Red Crooked Sky (Native American Dance) on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., Rainbow Puppets (Puppetry) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., the Goode Dance Project (Dance) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., Culture in Motion (Tradition Chinese Arts) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Atumpan – The Talking Drums (West African Folklore) on Sunday at 11:00 a.m., Scott the Magician (Magic) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., and TLC Puppets (Puppetry) on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Twenty-five food vendors will sell seafood, barbeque, 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,  Bold Rock ciders from Central Virginia, and additional craft beers. AR Workshop will hold workshops to paint decorative signs ($5 fee) in the Virginia Beer & Cheer Pavilion.   Children can “make and take” free crafts in the Children’s Area  and families can purchase a pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch ($). All ages can enjoy horse cart rides 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.  Complete festival information is available at www.nnparks.com. 

46th Newport News Fall Festival Areas:
Juried  Area:
25 Artists and craftspeople competing for a $500 Best in Show in award.
Marketplace Area:
55 Artists and craftspeople selling a wide variety of crafts.
Heritage Area:
21 Exhibitors demonstrating traditional crafts and trades: Civil War history, quilting, pottery, wood turning, bee keeping, basket weaving, Amish baked goods, Appalachian Trail encampment, horse-drawn carriages, alpacas, blacksmithing, working watermen, dulcimer music, Middle Ages Re-enactment, and antique automobiles.  An award is given for Best Demonstration ($250).  
Country Store:
25 vendors selling country inspired merchandise: kettle corn, bread, jams, specialty foods and sauces, handmade soap, dairy products, baked goods, herb mixes, and spiced nuts.  
Hands-on Activities:
Free make-and-take children’s crafts and games by Newport News Youth Programs, activities by Newport News Instructional Classes, Pumpkin Patch ($), Board & Brush sign workshop ($5).
Food Vendors:
25 vendors selling a variety of food items: funnel cakes, seafood, sausage, pork rinds, roasted corn on the cob, barbecue, shaved ice, and coffee.
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, and Sister Cities of Newport News.

46th Newport News Fall Festival Entertainment Schedule    
Arboretum Stage:

11:00 am    Myra Smith the Phoenix http://www.experiencemyrasmith.com/ 
1:00 pm    The Mullins Sisters https://www.themullins3.com/ 
3:00 pm    The Hunts https://www.thehuntsmusic.com/ 
4:15 pm    The Hunts https://www.thehuntsmusic.com/ 
11:00 am    Red Crooked Sky (Native American Dance) http://www.redcrookedsky.com
1:00 pm    The Chong Band https://www.jessechong.net/
3:00 pm    Troy Breslow & The Company Band https://www.troybreslow.com/
4:15 pm    Troy Breslow & The Company Band https://www.troybreslow.com/

Daily Press Marketplace Stage:
11:00 am    Red Crooked Sky (Native American Dance) http://www.redcrookedsky.com
12:30 pm    Rainbow Puppets https://rainbowpuppets.com/ 
2:00 pm    Goode Dance Project http://www.goodedance.org/
3:30 pm    Culture in Motion http://www.sistercities-nn.com/culture-in-motion.html 
11:00 am    Atumpan- The Talking Drums (West African Folklore)
12:30 pm    Scott the Magician https://www.wagonermagic.com/ 
2:00 pm    TLC Puppets http://www.tlcpuppets.com/

46th Newport News Fall Festival

The following information concerns parking facilities, shuttle services, etc. for the
46th Newport News Fall Festival on October 5 & 6, 2019:

 •“No Parking” zones will be strictly enforced on Jefferson Avenue and Ft. Eustis Blvd. during
   the Festival on October 5 & 6, 2019.
• 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)
 •For the comfort and protection of everyone, pets, bicycles, skateboards and radios are NOT allowed in the Festival area.
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