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12 Reasons to "FALL" Head Over Heels for Autumn in Newport News!

Newport News offers a wide variety of fall events and activities to enjoy. While details may change from year to year, here are 12 typical ways we like to welcome autumn to our neck of the woods! 

1. Brews & Ghouls Spooky Party
City Center at Oyster Point, 702 Mariners Row
October 6; 5 to 9 p.m. 

Join us in City Center at Oyster Point for BREWS, food trucks, vendors, and live music from Mr. Fang & the Darktones and Rachel & The Jellycats, as well as music by DJ Frye. Don't forget to bring your four-legged friends for the pet costume contest! Click here for details. 

2. Haunted Trail at Historic Endview
Historic Endview, 362 Yorktown Road
October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, & 27-28; 6:30 to 9:50 p.m. (timed tickets every Friday-Saturday night in October)

Follow in the footsteps of a Revolutionary War soldier who has been injured and separated from the rest of his unit. As he tries to make his way home, he meets unimaginable dangers and frightful creatures — living, dead, and undead — in the dark woods of Endview. Groups on the Haunted Trail, a guided experience, will depart every 10 minutes between 6:30 and 9:50 p.m. Timed tickets can be purchased in advance from Eventbrite (link coming soon) for $10/person or at the door for $15/person. Suggested age is 12 and older.

3. Fall-O-Ween (formerly Fall Festival)
Newport News Park
October 7-8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Newport News is harvesting spooky fun for everyone in 2023, as the city debuts a vibrant and innovative new event, FALL-O-WEEN. This two-day festival includes all of your favorite food and beverage vendors, traditional fall marketplace vendors and exhibitors, a new mix of FALL-O-WEEN live entertainment, as well as new Halloween-themed vendors, photo ops and activities. For details, click here

4. Fall Festival at Anderson's Garden Center and Sage Kitchen
Anderson’s Garden Center, 11250 Jefferson Ave.
October 14; 12 to 4 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the season with activities for the whole family. Sage Kitchen will be cooking up yummy autumn-inspired goodies all day. Includes local vendors, photo ops, face painting, carnival games, plus more! Free admission. Click here for details. 

5. 19thAnnual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival
Styron Square, Port Warwick
October 14; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October 15; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists’ booths will line Styron Square to showcase a full spectrum of original works by nationally recognized artists. Includes artist demonstrations; live entertainment all weekend; a fun and educational children’s area featuring scavenger hunts and arts & crafts; and a “Young Collector’s Tent” that provides young art patrons under age 14 an opportunity to purchase artwork that is donated by the artists at reduced prices. Enjoy the area’s best food trucks, along with a beer and wine garden! Click here for details. 

6. Night of the Living Museum
Virginia Living Museum
October 20-21 and October 27-28; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Family-friendly Halloween fun awaits! Come dressed in your Halloween best and explore the Museum after dark. Discover fun and games (and treats!) throughout the Museum’s galleries and Conservation Lawn. Enjoy a spooky dance party and spectacular animal encounters Take in the Fright Lights Laser Show in the Abbitt Planetarium (all-access pass required). Explore the outdoor boardwalk, and Dinosaur Discovery Trail after dark. And, don’t miss our fan favorite “Not the Mythbusters Science Show”, back by popular demand in the Amphitheater! Timed tickets are required. Children ages 2 and under are free. Each party must include one adult 18 years or older. Click here for ticket information. 

7. Virginia Fall Classic Car Show
Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Ave.
October 21-22

This Car-Truck-Bike Show is open to all makes, models and years. There will be hundreds of interesting cars, trucks, and motorcycles; music; food and craft vendors; and much more! Click here for details. 

8. Newport News Greek Festival Fall Edition
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
October 26; 4 to 9 p.m. and October 27-28; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Enjoy authentic Greek food, beverages and desserts, as well as Greek dancing, music and vendors! Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Road. For details, click here.

9. Spooky Soiree Museum Mixer
Virginia Living Museum
October 26; 6 to 9 p.m.

The VLM is kicking off Halloween weekend with a Spooky Soiree Museum Mixer for adults! Enjoy an evening of games, music, and Halloween and cryptid trivia! Costumes are encouraged. Old City BBQ’s food truck will be on hand to fuel the fun! Admission includes one drink ticket; additional drink tickets available for purchase at the event for $3 each. Click here for ticket information.

10. Hilton Village Fall Festival
Historic Hilton Village
October 28; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us for some great fall fun at the annual Historic Hilton Village Fall Festival! We will have artisans, crafters, and vendors along both sides of the 10200 & 10300 blocks of Warwick Blvd. and in the Hilton Baptist parking lot on the corner of Main Street and Warwick Boulevard. Kids activities, beer tent, food trucks, and a coffee truck. Enjoy all the boutique shops along this section of Warwick while you get to take in the autumn season in the Village! For details, click here. 

11. City Center Fall Festival
City Center at Oyster Point, 702 Mariners Row
October 28; 12 to 5 p.m. 

City Center at Oyster Point will be transformed into a family friendly fall festival and craft beverage lover’s haven, featuring local and national beers, ciders, and wine. Event features an abundance of fall fun including beverage-tasting tents, food trucks, and local vendors. There will also be an interactive kids’ zone. Enjoy live performances on the Mariners Row Market Stage throughout the day. Tasting tickets sold the day of the event are $50 each. All proceeds from the tasting benefit Sister Cities of Newport News. Click here for details. 

12. The Mariners’ Park Fall Festival
The Mariners’ Park
November 4; 1 to 5 p.m.

Kick off The Mariners’ Annual Fall Festival with an action-packed day of fun and adventure! Includes family friendly activities, pumpkin decorating, live music, beer and cider tastings, food trucks. Entrance to the Festival is $2 per person (children 3 and under are free). Tasting tickets for craft beer and cider are $40 and include a souvenir glass. Purchase in advance to receive free admission to the Festival. Festival admission and alcohol sales day of will be CASH ONLY (with an  ATM on-site). Activities are included with Festival admission. Click here for details.