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43rd Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife

October 1 & 2, 2016

New Features for All Ages: Straw/Quilt Maze, Cakewalk, Straw Climbing Mountains, Pumpkin Board Games and CIY (Create it Yourself) Craft Area

The 43rd Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife will be held on Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2, 2016 each day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Newport News Park in Newport News, Virginia.  The festival, which attracts 70,000 visitors each year, will feature over 200 exhibitors showcasing traditional crafts, heritage trade demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities, and food.

New for 2016 in the Heritage Area is a new CIY (Create it Yourself) Area, where adults (and older children with adult supervision) can learn craft skills including candle making and fiber crafts; a free Cake Walk where winners will receive a fall decorated cake and a court loaded with Pumpkin Board Games.  Giant Straw Mountains near the Lake Stage will provide a place for kids to climb and will also be a great “photo op” site.  In the Marketplace Crafts Area, the Straw/Quilt Maze will a-maze guests with special surprises inside. New entertainers for 2016 are the Chisman Creek Band (Contemporary Bluegrass), ELLA: The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald (Jazz), Scuppernongaree (Original Folk/Rock), Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys (Mountain/Bluegrass) and Gratiot Lake Road (Modern Folk) and the Cigar Box String Band (Folk/Americana).

In the Juried Craft Area, highly-skilled craftspeople compete for $3,100 in cash prizes. The Heritage Area has craft/traditional tradespeople showcasing their skills with awards given for Best Demonstration and Best Display.

The Marketplace Crafts Area crafters sell a wide variety of handmade crafts that are great for holiday gifts, collecting, or home decorating. The Country Store Area vendors sell country-inspired merchandise including farm products. 

The Sentara Arboretum Stage will feature the Panamanian Folkloric Group of Hampton Roads (Traditional Panamanian Folk Dance) at 10:00 a.m. (Saturday & Sunday), Red Crooked Sky (Native American Dancing) at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday),  Michas Polish Folk Dance Ensemble (Traditional Polish Dance) at 12:30 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday), the Kountry Kickers (Cloggers) at 2:00 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday ), and ELLA: The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald (Jazz).  The Daily Press Children’s Stage will feature Kim & Jimbo Cary Rhythms ’Round the World (a Musical Tour of Virginia) at 10:30 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Jerry Brown (Vaudeville) at 12:00 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday),  Atumpan- The Talking Drums (African Drums and Storytelling) at 1:30 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday), and the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra (Gourd Music) at 3:30 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday).  The Lake Stage will feature The Gurley’s (Folk/Americana) at 11:30 a.m. (Saturday & Sunday), Scuppernongaree (Folk/Rock) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys at 2:30 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday),  the Chisman Creek Band (Contemporary Bluegrass) at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday,  Gratiot Lake Road (Modern Folk) at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, and the Cigar Box String Band (Folk/Americana) at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Seafood, barbeque, pork rinds, and other favorite festival foods will be sold in over twenty-five booths in the Food Area.   

Children can “make and take” free crafts in the Children’s Area.  In the Pumpkin Patch ($), children can purchase, decorate, weigh, name, and receive an “adoption certificate” for their pumpkin.  Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife t-shirts, festival umbrellas, festival hats, festival tote bags, and festival coffee mugs will be sold at the Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Booth. 

Admission is free; parking fee $10.00 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 and Facebook www.facebook.com/NewportNewsFestivals .  For more information or special assistance, call (757) 926-1400. 

43rd Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife Exhibit Areas:

Juried Crafts Area:

47 High-quality craftspeople competing for $3,100 in awards (Best in Show $700.00, Best in Category $300.00).   Categories- Wood, Glass, Fiber, Clay, Jewelry, Folk Art, Metal, and Other Crafts.

Marketplace Crafts Area:

69 Craftspeople selling a wide variety of crafts. Kids will be a-mazed at the surprises found inside the Straw/Quilt Maze.

Heritage Area:

25 Exhibitors demonstrating traditional crafts and trades: Civil War history, knitting, quilting, pottery, nautical ropes, decoys, wood turning, local history authors, basket weaving, Amish baked goods, Appalachian Trail encampment, livestock, sheep shearing, mule cart rides, alpacas, blacksmithing, working watermen, scale ships and boats, historical musical instruments and performances, and antique automobiles.  Awards are given for Best Demonstration ($200.00) and Best Display ($200.00).  Additional activities in the Heritage Area: CIY (Create it Yourself) Area-Adults (and older children with adult supervision) can learn craft skills including fiber crafts and candle making; Pumpkin Board Games (free), and Cakewalk (free).

Country Store:

32 vendors selling country inspired merchandise: kettle corn, bread, jams, specialty foods and sauces, engraved tags, handmade soap, dairy products, baked goods, herb mixes, clothing, and spiced nuts.

Children’s Activities:

Activities include: Free make-and-take crafts and games by Newport News Youth Programs, Pumpkin Patch ($) purchase, decorate, weigh, and name your pumpkin.  Kids can climb the Straw Mountains located near the Lake Stage.

Food Vendors:

Vendors selling a variety of food items: funnel cakes, seafood, sausage, pork rinds, roasted corn on the cob, turkey legs, barbecue, pizza, cultural foods, etc.

Exhibitors:

Festival t-shirts, Festival tote bags, Festival hats, Festival umbrellas, and Festival coffee mugs for sale at the Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism booth; Newport News Libraries, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Newport News Master Gardeners,  Peninsula Master Naturalists, Junior Woman’s Club of Newport News, Newport News Instructional Classes, Newport Visitor Center, Newport News Aquatics, Newport News Police Foundation, Lee Hall Depot, Boy Scouts of America, Monitor-Merrimac, St. Andrews Society of Williamsburg, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Sister Cities of Newport News, and the One City Marathon.

43rd Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife Entertainment Schedule 

Sentara Arboretum Stage


(Saturday & Sunday)
 

10:00 a.m

 

Panamanian Folkloric Group of Hampton Roads (Traditional Panamanian Folk Dance) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Panamanian-Folkloric-Group-of-Hampton-Road

 

11:00 a.m.

 

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

 

12:30 p.m.

 

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

 

2:00 p.m.

 

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

 

 

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

4:15 p.m.


ELLA: The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald (Jazz)


    
       

Daily Press Children's Stage


(Saturday & Sunday)
 

10:30 a.m.

 

Kim & Jimbo Cary Rhythms ‘Round the World (a Musical Tour of Virginia) www.kimandjimbocary.com 

 

12:00 p.m.

 

Jerry Brown (Vaudeville) www.themonkeyman.com

 

1:30 p.m.

 

Atumpan- The Talking Drums (Drumming/Storytelling) http://www.coreythetalentedblindguy.com

 

3:30 p.m.

 

Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra (Gourd Music)


Lake Stage:
(Saturday)


 

11:30 a.m.


The Gurleys (Folk/Americana) http://www.billandpamgurley.com

 
 

1:00 p.m.

 

Scuppernongaree (Folk/Rock) www.facebook.com/pages/Scuppernongaree

 

2:30 p.m.

 

Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys (Mountain/Bluegrass) www.virginiamountainboys.com

 

4:00 p.m.

 

Cigar Box String Band (Folk/Americana) https://cigarboxstringband.com

   

(Sunday)
 

10:00 a.m.

 

Chisman Creek Band (Contemporary Bluegrass) www.facebook.com/pages/Chisman-Creek-Band

 
11:30 a.m
 
The Gurleys (Folk/Americana) http://www.billandpamgurley.com
 
1:00 p.m.
 
Gratiot Lake Road  (Modern Folk) www.gratiotlakeroad.com
 
2:30 p.m.
 
Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys (Mountain/Bluegrass) www.virginiamountainboys.com
 
4:00 p.m.
 

Cigar Box String Band (Folk/Americana) https://cigarboxstringband.com



IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

43rd  Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife on October 1 & 2, 2016:

  • “No Parking” zones will be strictly enforced on Jefferson Avenue and Ft. Eustis Blvd. during the Festival on October 1 & 2, 2016.
  •  There is a $10.00 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/festivals.php.  For festival updates (including weather), follow us on Twitter @nnfestivals and Facebook www.facebook.com/NewportNewsFestivals 

History of the Festival


Watch a video about the history of the festival produced by NNTV for our 40th Anniversary in 2013!