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Save the Dates: Upcoming Festivals in Newport News

It’s finally here! Warmer weather and longer days mean it’s the start of festival season – that time of year when we break out the lawn chairs and blankets for some outdoor fun in the sun. We've compiled a nifty list of some of the city’s most popular festivals, so mark your calendars to join us this spring and summer in Newport News!

Cinco in the City

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 5
City Center at Oyster Point

This free event will feature music by Tumbao Salsero, a band with 11 members who will keep you moving all night long with timbales, congas, bongos, trumpets, trombones, piano, bass guitar, and vocals. Their repertoire includes Latin rhythms, including Salsa, Merengue, Guaguancó, Son Montuno, Jazz, Bomba, and Plena. Food trucks will include Hawaiian Sno (shaved ice), Stuft (burritos), Tucanos Brazilian Grill (Brazilian), All in One Catering/Over the Moon Pizza (pizza), Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake of Virginia (funnel cakes), and Poppa P 1971 (grilled cheese).

Children's Festival of Friends

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6
Newport News Park

The 28th Newport News Children's Festival of Friends will be held from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Newport News Park. It’s here that children can meet their favorite book characters, including Curious George, Clifford, and the Berenstain Bears, and visit with native Virginian, exotic, and farm animals. At noon, a member of Young Audiences of Virginia will portray “Elephants Gerald” and tell the story of Ella Fitzgerald, who was born in Newport News on April 25, 1917. The festival features more than 100 hands-on activities, including make-and-take crafts, pony rides, trackless train rides, a tiki rock wall, a moon bounce and slide, an obstacle course, fitness activities, science experiments, gardening, and sheep shearing.

World Arts Celebration

4 - 9 p.m. Saturday, May 20
City Center at Oyster Point

Explore cultures from around the world at the World Arts Celebration, from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 20, around the fountain in City Center at Oyster Point (735 Town Center Drive).  International food vendors, free children’s activities, cultural exhibits, and three stages full of non-stop entertainment will make for an evening of fun for the whole family. The World Arts Celebration is presented by the City of Newport News, Newport News Sister Cities, and the Virginia Arts Festival. 

King-Lincoln Park Day

Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3
King-Lincoln Park

Music, free children’s activities, and community exhibits.

Summer Celebration Wine Festival

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10
Lee Hall Mansion

The finest vintages from Virginia's best wineries – combined with live music and good food – make this one of the most popular events on the Peninsula!

4th of July Stars in the Sky

7-10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4
Victory Landing Park (23rd Street at the James River)

Enjoy free children’s rides, such as giant slides, moon bounces, and an obstacle course, along with face painting and strolling entertainment. Food vendors will be on site selling a variety of items, including funnel cakes, seafood, hot dogs, hamburgers, and frozen treats. A spectacular fireworks show, presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, will light up the sky over the James River at 9:30 p.m. 

We hope you enjoy these next few months as much as we will! For more information about any of these festivals and more, see all of our Events & Festivals.