Mark your calendars and head to Newport News Park on October 7th and 8th for the 44th annual Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife. At least 70,000 people are expected to converge upon the park to enjoy music, traditional dance, and of course, food. For two days, attendees will be immersed in rich folk traditions leaving locals with a lasting sense of pride in coastal Virginia’s rich cultural heritage.
Music. The Fall Festival of Folklife highlights musicians and bands that represent Americana. Enjoy bluegrass, folk, rock, and mountain music during the two-day event. And if you have kids in tow, be sure to spend time at the children’s stage where everyone will enjoy the unique sounds of traditional instruments like gourds and primitive drums.
Dance. Traditional dance exhibitions are an integral part of the Fall Festival of Folklife. In 2016, festival-goers enjoyed many Native American ritual dances, Panamanian and Polish folk dances, and even a troupe of cloggers. With multiple stages and exhibit areas, it is important to check the event schedule so you don’t miss a performance of interest.
Food. When food vendors compete, customers win. Every year, the Fall Festival of Folklife awards cash prizes for presentation, quality, booth appearance, and cleanliness. Enjoy everything from seafood to ribs. And no festival experience is complete without a freshly fried funnel cake.
Arts. The arts are no joke at the Newport News Fall Festival. The juried show highlights handmade crafts derived from natural materials which display a unique and dynamic original design. There are handicrafts for sale in the marketplace and the Heritage area offers an inspiring look into the past as artisans demonstrate traditional skills and techniques.
The Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife is a treat for all ages. It will not disappoint. And if, after enjoying this exceptional annual event, you want to call this vibrant and charming community home, contact us at Waypoint Apartments. We can make living at the intersection of history and culture a reality for you.Back to all posts