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Five Reasons to "Fall" for Newport News: Fall Events & Festivals

If there is one perfect time of year in Newport News, it's the fall season. The trees dress gloriously in bright hues of red, green and yellow. The air is infused with cool breezes and the delightful smells of autumn that include cinnamon, pine and, yes, pumpkin spice lattes. Another wave of fun festivals arrive and our favorite outdoor activities reach their peak at mild temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

To help you experience fall in Newport News to the fullest, we've put together a list of the fun activities you can look forward to in the upcoming weeks. Enjoy!

44th Annual Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife | October 7-8, 2017

Coastal Virginia’s biggest traditional craft show, the Fall Festival of Folklife has been held in Newport News Park since 1974. It’s here that groups can indulge in traditional crafts and trades, demonstrations, folk music, and the many sights, sounds and memories that have been passed down from generation to generation. Learn more

13th Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival | October 14-15, 2017

Another great setting for outdoor fall fun can be found at the 13th Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival around Styron Square in Port Warwick. More than 100 artists and sculptors from across the nation are showcased in this gorgeous outdoor setting. Learn more

City Center Oyster Roast | October 20, 2017

This festival of oysters and other Chesapeake Bay seafood is a local favorite! Enjoy great food, music from local artists, and family fun. Parking and admission are free. Learn more

Newport News Greek Festival | October 19-21, 2017

Tasty Greek dishes, music and dancing bring thousands to the fall edition of the Newport News Greek Festival. Enjoy food specialties such as moussaka, spanakopita, pastitsio, and mouth-watering pastries while listening to Greek music and watching traditional folk dancing. Learn more

The fun doesn't stop there! Other fall events this year in Newport News include:

The Mariners’ Museum & Park

Sunset Photography Walk on the Noland Trail, October 10

Fall Park Celebration, October 14

Fall Lecture Series: Pirate Women – The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Sea, October 16

Barktoberfest: Festival and Dog Walk to benefit the Peninsula SPCA, October 21

Bird Watching on the Noland Trail, October 22

Fall Photography Nature Walk on the Noland Trail, November 4


Virginia Living Museum

Red Wolf Awareness Week, October 15-21

Virginia Living Museum Oyster Roast, November 11

Virginia Living Museum Birthday Party: $1 Admission, November 12                                                      

Turkey Pardoning , November 22                                                      


Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

9th Anniversary Concert with Eric Roberson and featuring Matthew Whitaker, October 7

Pearl Bailey’s Hidden Gems Dance Series: Ruby, November 17


Endview Plantation

Harvest Faire, October 6-8


The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center

Art & Soul Exhibition Series, featuring Stacy Whiting

October 7


City Center at Oyster Point

City Center Fall Fest , October 14


Ferguson Enterprises (Friday); Newport News Park (Saturday); Driving Tour (Sunday) 

15th Annual Virginia Fall Classic, October 20-22


Peninsula Fine Arts Center

Art & Craft Fall Fundraising Event, November 4


City Center at Oyster Point

DAV 5K: Run to Honor Veterans, November 5


Victory Arch

Veterans Day Ceremony , November 11



We hope you enjoy fall in Newport News as much as we do! For a complete listing of events and happenings this fall, visit our Events & Festivals page.

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