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12 Reasons to "Fall" for Newport News: Autumn Festivals & Events

Autumn in Newport News is enchanting. The variety of festivals and events that occur in the fall are a perfect way to relish cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and seasonal treats. To help you experience fall in Newport News to its fullest, we've put together a sampling of some festivities you can look forward to in the upcoming weeks:

11th Kiwanis Peninsula Seafood Festival


What: 11th Kiwanis Peninsula Seafood Festival

When: 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24

Where: Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Road

Bring your lawn chairs to this fun-filled event with all all-you-can-eat seafood, barbecue, adult beverages, live music by SlapNation, raffles, a silent auction, door prizes and more! Held rain or shine, admission is $60 per person. To support the VA Peninsula Foodbank, guests should bring canned goods and non-perishable items to help build a “Can Art” sculpture. Learn more.

Autumn Harvest Market

What: Autumn Harvest Market

When:  12 noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 25

Where: Tradition Brewing Co., 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd.

Join Tradition Brewing Company for its inaugural Autumn Harvest Market. This free, dog-friendly event includes a petting zoo, handmade and eco-friendly vendors, multiple food trucks, and live music. Also in attendance will be a number of local non-profit organizations. Learn more.

Newport News Fall Festival

What: Newport News Fall Festival

When:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1-2

Where: Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Ave.

The Fall Festival in Newport News Park is back for its 47th year after a 2-year hiatus, due to the pandemic. Coastal Virginia’s biggest traditional craft show, the Newport News Fall Festival started in 1974 in Newport News Park. Celebrate fall with craftspeople showcasing their 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.

Oktoberfest: The Return of Bro's Before Lederhosen

What: Oktoberfest: The Return of Bro's Before Lederhosen

When: 12 noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 7

Where: Coastal Fermentory, 206 23rd Street, Suite B

Join Coastal Fermentory for an entire day of Oktoberfest shenanigans and the re-release of the much-loved Bro’s Before Lederhosen Oktoberfest! Food by the delicious Deutscher Imbiss food truck and tunes from Chris Ride to get you rockin’ through the day. Also, enjoy fun games, like a lederhosen fashion show, a stein-hoisting contest and more! Learn more.

 18th Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival

What: 18th Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival

When:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Styron Square, end of Loftis Boulevard, Port Warwick

Found at Styron Square in Port Warwick, nationally recognized artists showcase a full spectrum of original works. With live music, family art activities, and gourmet food vendors, the Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival is recognized as one of the best and most talked-about fine art and sculpture shows in Coastal Virginia. Learn more.

Newport News Greek Festival

What: Newport News Greek Festival

When: Oct. 20-22 (4 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday) 

Where: Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Road    

Sponsored by the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, the fall edition of Newport News Greek Festival brings tasty Greek dishes, music and dancing for all to enjoy. Listen to authentic Greek music and watch traditional folk dancing while enjoying food specialties such as moussaka, spanakopita, pastitsio, and mouth-watering pastries. Held inside the Hellenic Center of the church. Learn more.

20th Annual Virginia Fall Classic  

What: 20th Annual Virginia Fall Classic  

When: Oct. 21-23  

Where: Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Ave.

Cars, especially the old classics, will remain a passion for automobile enthusiasts for years to come – and as long as there are enthusiasts, there will be car shows! The Virginia Fall Classic is a 3-day event that includes Trunk-or-Treat, a Car-Truck Bike Show, Poker Run, food and craft vendors, music, and more. Each year’s event draws thousands of spectators and hundreds of vehicles. The event raises thousands of dollars for CHKD in Norfolk. Enjoy food vendors, a children’s area, demonstrations and more. The car show is held at Newport News Park. Learn more.

Historic Hilton Village Fall Festival 

What: Historic Hilton Village Fall Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29

Where: Historic Hilton Village, Main Street at Warwick Boulevard

Join the fall fun at Historic Hilton Village’s Annual Fall Festival. They will have more than 70 artisans, crafters, and vendors along both sides of the 10200 and 10300 blocks of Warwick Boulevard and in the Hilton Baptist parking lot at the corner of Main Street and Warwick Boulevard. Enjoy children’s activities, a beer tent, food trucks, and a coffee truck. Also, visit the boutiques and shops along this stretch of Warwick Boulevard while taking in autumn in “The Village!” Learn more.

City Center Fall Festival

What: City Center Fall Festival

When: 12 noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 29

Where: Mariners Row in City Center at Oyster Point

The City Center Fall Festival will feature an abundance of fall fun, including an interactive kids’ zone with a variety of free activities. Enjoy live music and pop-up entertainment, food trucks, local arts-and-craft vendors, along with beer and wine tastings in a “Seasonal Tasting Garden.” Proceeds from the tastings will go to The Center for Child and Family Services. Snackbar Jones will perform from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and Buckshot is slated from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Learn more.  

The Noland Trail 50K & Relay

What: The Noland Trail 50K & Relay

When: 7 a.m. Nov. 5

Where: Noland Trail, The Mariners’ Museum Park 

The Noland Trail 50K & Relay will give runners the opportunity to race the ONLY event run on the beautiful Noland Trail in The Mariners’ Museum Park. Runners can take on this challenging run solo or team up with friends and do it as a relay. Afterward, celebrate at a big party at The Mariners’ Fall Festival. The start time for the first wave of runners is 7 a.m. Registration is limited to the first 650 total registrants (between both races). Sorry, no race-day registration accepted. Each race registration includes bib, race shirt, medal, entrance to the Mariners’ Park Fall Festival, unlimited craft beer tastings, and a souvenir glass. Learn more.

The Mariners’ Park Fall Festival

What: The Mariners’ Park Fall Festival

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 5

Where: The Mariners’ Park 

Kick off The Mariners’ Park Fall Festival with an action-packed day of fun and adventure!

Enjoy food trucks, beer and cider tastings, pumpkin decorating, children’s activities, live music and more. Entrance to the festival is $2 per person. Children 3 and under are free. Tickets for tastings of craft beer and cider are $35 for Members and $40 for non-members. Purchase your tasting tickets in advance to get free admission to the Festival, unlimited beer and cider tastings, and a souvenir tasting glass. Learn more.

Virginia Living Museum Oyster Roast 

What: Virginia Living Museum Oyster Roast   

When: 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 12

Where: Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.  

Enjoy all-you-can-eat fresh local Virginia oysters, fried seafood, chowder, and dessert! Also includes local craft brews, a full bar, live music and a DJ, a commemorative glass, and raffles. Voted Best of the 757 Gold for Outdoor Festivals by Coastal Virginia Magazine and 2021 Green Event of the Year by Virginia Green Travel Alliance, this outdoor event sells out and is held rain or shine. Learn more.

As mentioned, the listing above is just a sampling. If you know of other fall festivals in Newport News, then let us know at tourism-mailing@nnva.gov. If the festival meets our guidelines, we will add it to our master calendar of events.

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