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In response to the COVID-19 virus, some events have been cancelled per CDC recommendations on social gatherings. Please see below, and we will update the list as necessary. 

Community Easter Egg Hunt

 Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Come out for a fun, free community Easter Egg Hunt in the New Market Community Park!  Ages 1 to 10 are invited to hunt eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny! Children bring their own Easter basket to collect eggs filled with candy or prizes.  In addition to the hunt for eggs, there will be fun activities and games, and visits with the Easter Bunny. This is a rain or shine event.

Sponsored by the Town of New Market and SJHS Interact Club.

Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, April 18th, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

Rescheduled Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

In conjunction with National Volunteer Week, the Mayor and Town Council of New Market would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all volunteers past and present, in the New Market Community who have given their time, possessions and or service to our community. The Mayor and Town Council would like to recognize all volunteers by hosting this FREE Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at the New Market Fire & Rescue building. All volunteers of the greater New Market Community and their families are welcomed to this event. 

Arbor Day Celebration

Saturday, April 25th, 2020 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

The Town of New Market & the New Market Area Library host partner to host their annual Arbor Day Celebration to spread knowledge about trees, and how we can help our environment by saving trees, planting trees, and more. We have things to do for adults and kids. We will have a special guest speaker for the adults, and book readings & crafts for the kids. Don’t forget our door prizes too!

Open Market

May-December-Due to Covid-19, Open Market will be late to open. First date will be July 4th, 2020

(1st Saturday of each month)

The Open Market showcases different types of vendors from crafts, pottery, homemade treats, along with direct sales businesses. There are other attractions such as activities for kids, contests to win prizes. This event is held the 1st Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m-2:00 p.m.

The Open Market is hosted by the New Market Chamber of Commerce and is located in the Suntrust parking lot on South Congress Street. If you would like to be a vendor, please call 540-740-3212 or email


Battle of New Market Reenactment

May 16th & May 17th

The Battle of New Market Reenactment is a unique historical experience taking place on the original 1864 battlefield. It is the site of the oldest annual battle reenactment in the nation.  All events are at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park unless otherwise indicated. Learn more at their website or  Facebook

Jammin’ Foods Fest

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

New Market’s annual food truck fest is held in the New Market Community Park. There will be a selection of food trucks, live music, vendors, fun things for the kids to do. Admission is FREE. There is over flow parking at the New Market Fire Department.  Bring chair/blankets for comfort. Pets allowed on leashes only and not in the food truck area.

Performances by:

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.- Josh Davidson

 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.Thieves of Burden 


Interested in being a vendor, see links below for applications:

Click here for food vendor application

Click here for craft vendor application


Movie Nights in the Park 2020


Come to the New Market Community Park to enjoy a FREE movie in the park with family and friends! For your viewing comfort, we encourage you to bring chairs and/or blankets. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks (no alcoholic beverages allowed). All movies will begin at sundown (approximately at 8:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m.)

July 11th-Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13)

July 25th-Disney Pixar UP (PG)

August 22nd- Dolittle (PG)

September 19th- Disney Pixar Toy Story 4 (G) 

Cross Roads Music Fest 2020

The Town of New Market presents its 6th annual Summer Music Series: Cross Roads Fest. This event will be held at Rebel Park on selected dates from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Admission is FREE!  Food and drink available for purchase. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an evening of local music, food and brews.

June 19th- Who Shot John   Cancelled due to Covid-19
July 17th-Hackens Boys
August 14th Postponed to August 21st due to inclement weatherRewind
September 4th-Sons of Liberty
October 9th- Who Shot John


Independence Day Celebration

Due to Covid this event is being rescheduled

Saturday, September 12th, 2020 starts at 5 p.m. & Fireworks at 9:20 p.m.

The New Market Fireworks Committee brings a fun community celebration to the New Market Community Park to celebrate Independence Day. The celebration activities start at 5:00 p.m. with a fireworks display showing around 9:20 p.m. Activities to include, but not limited to are: live music, train ride, dunk tank, activities for all ages, and food vendors. Musical entertainment is Little Walter and the Convictions. Mark your calendars and come visit with your family, friends and neighbors. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the evening. (NO PETS ALLOWED)

This community celebration is brought to you by:

Town of New Market, New Market Chamber of Commerce, & the New Market Rotary Club.

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Due to Covid this event is being rescheduled

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

The New Market Police Department is hosting its annual National Night Out in the New Market Community Park.  This year the Police Officers will be doing something different! They will be coming to your neighborhoods to bring some fun…more details to come!

Annual Rt. 11 Yard Crawl

Saturday, August 8th, 2020 starts at 7:00 a.m.

Shop till you drop at 40 miles of yard sales and business sales along The Old Valley Pike. This is a rain or shine event. 

For more information about the Rt. 11 Yard Crawl , click here to be redirected to their Facebook page.


VMI Rat Parade

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

Every year during the first week of September the freshmen class, or Rats, from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) visit the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park for a day long orientation to the 1864 battle in which the VMI Cadet Corps so prominently figured.


Summer’s End Pup Pool Party

Sunday, September 13th, 2020 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

A day to celebrate your furry loved one! Bring your dog to socialize and play in the New Market Community Pool from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Cost is $3.00 per dog. Registration is highly recommended. Proof of up to date rabies vaccination required.  click here to be redirected to online form or to print registration form. 

New Market Fire & Rescue Department Fall Fling

Saturday, October 31st 2020 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Join the New Market Fire and Rescue for the 15th year of sponsoring the Fall Fling. The event will be held at the New Market Fire & Rescue     located on 9771 Congress St. New Market, VA. There will be approximately $100,000.00 in prizes raffled off every 10 minutes starting from 11:00 a.m. (Over 60 prizes!) At 5:00 p.m. a name will be drawn for the Grand Prize. 

 For More information please call 540-740-8904

New Market Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 26th, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Come to New Market Chamber of Commerce’s Heritage Day Celebration located in historic Downtown New Market! Come enjoy treasures crafted by local vendors, taste local food, and sing along and dance to local musicians! A fun day for all ages! We invite people from all communities, as well as interested vendors.

(Interested in being a vendor? Contact the New Market Chamber of Commerce Office 540-740-3212 or email

Trick or Treat on Congress Street

Saturday, October 31st, 2020 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The New Market Merchants Committee and the Town of New Market will be hosting their annual Trick or Treat on Congress Street. Visit various downtown businesses who have left their light on for trick or treaters and you will leave with a special treat!  While collecting candy, be sure to browse our stores for upcoming holiday gifts. Come on out and have a spooky safe time in the New Market downtown businesses!

‘Tis the Season Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 5th, 2020 (ALL DAY fun)

Jingle Bells, jingle Bells, jingle all the way to downtown to join in the festivities. There will be open houses, sales, artisan vendors at the Open Market, music and more starting at 10:00 a.m.

The Tis the Season Parade TBD

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt 

Saturday, December 12th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Join us for the hunt of candy canes and other goodies that are hidden in the park! Children ages 1 to 14 are invited to participate in a Flashlight Candy Cane hunt in the New Market Community Park. There will be designated areas per age group, and special prizes to be found. Come bundled up to brave the cold, and come prepared with a flashlight to see in the dark! There will be music, and other fun activities to participate in as well.

Registration IS REQUIRED and LIMITED spots available. Registration will be in November.