By: City of Newport News
Newport News is known for events that entertain guests of all ages while offering fun and unique experiences. From the renowned Fall Festival and Outdoor Enthusiast Event to competitive sporting events and the Children’s Festival, residents and visitors are invited to enjoy breakthrough adventures in our city.
The line-up of 2023 events includes:
- February 4: Winter Carnival
- March 4-5: One City Marathon Weekend
- April 1: Spring EGGstravaganza
- April 14: Friday Night Flights – This new event features night bicycle sprints on 23rd Street in The Yard District
- April 15: Newport News Twilight Criterium
- April 22: Outdoor Enthusiast Event
- May 6: Children’s Festival of Friends
- June 19: Juneteenth Freedom Festival – Additional Juneteenth activities will be added at a later date.
- July 4: Stars In The Sky
- August 26: Backyard Bash
- September 16: Denbigh Day Festival & Parade
- October 7-8: Newport News Fall Festival
NlightN events – Holiday event series held from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day
- November 23 through January 1: Celebration in Lights
- December 2: Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
- December 8: Holiday Frost at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
- December 9: ARTech Lights Event
- Additional NlightN events will be held throughout December
In addition to these signature events, additional experiences and activities will be added throughout the year. The city’s World Arts Celebration, which highlights the cultural diversity of Newport News and our community, is being updated for 2023; more information will be available soon.
The International Festivals & Events Association recognized several city events in 2022. The Outdoor Enthusiast Event, which began in 2022, received the Bronze Award for Best New Festival or Event. The event also received awards for best advertisement and promotional item. The city’s renowned Celebration in Lights at Newport News Park won a Gold Award for best promotional brochure, and ARTech Lights, a holiday event in the city’s Southeast Community, won a Bronze Award for best promotional photo. With additional enhancements planned for 2023 events, the Special Events team is poised to bring more awards home to Newport News while also offering guests memorable moments in our city.