Newcastle Events

Events in Newcastle

The harbour city of Newcastle is a bustling cosmopolitan centre with a wide range of year-round events including food festivals, arts and craft markets, surfing competitions and maritime celebrations.

A popular surfers’ hub, Newcastle hosts a number of surfing events throughout the year including one of Australia’s largest surfing festivals, Surfest. Held on Merewether Beach in February each year, the event celebrates surf culture and attracts a number of the world’s best professional men, women and junior surfers.

Visit one of Newcastle’s many local markets. The Hunter Street Organic Food Markets is a weekly community market that runs from Wednesday to Saturday. For a taste of the city’s bustling art scene, head to the Olive Tree Markets on the first Saturday of the month and browse diverse stalls selling handmade art, craft and fashion.

Newcastle hosts the National Maritime Festival in celebration of Australia Day on January 26 each year. The one-day event includes harbour swims, live entertainment, historical exhibitions and RAAF aerial displays.

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  1. Mattara Festival of Newcastle

    Monday 26 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Newcastle

    Mattara - Festival of Newcastle is a celebration of, and by the people of Newcastle and the Hunter, through a diverse range of skills and performances, at the picturesque Newcastle Foreshore. Dance, theatre, sculpture...

    26 Sep -03Oct
  2. Hunter Street Organic Markets

    Wednesday 28 September to Saturday 17 December 2016, Newcastle

    Your organic fix from Wednesday to Saturday every week, is at the Hunter Street Organic Markets. Organic and certified fruit and vegetables, amazing flowers, local arts and crafts, free range produce, grass fed beef,...

    28 Sep -17Dec
  3. This is Not Art

    Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Newcastle

    This Is Not Art - known to friends as TiNA - is a free annual festival of experimental and emerging arts that has happened in Newcastle, Australia since 1998. Each year, thousands of people gather in...

    29 Sep -02Oct
  4. The Olive Tree Market

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, Newcastle

    The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle and the Hunter's leading contemporary art and design market, home to over 140 contemporary artisans. Launched in 2008, Olive Tree has become one of the regions most popular events,...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  5. Rockin' For West Papua - Newcastle

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Newcastle

    Rockin’ For West Papua is a worldwide music, arts and cultural festival of events raising awareness of the genocide and human rights abuses on the indigenous people of West Papua, presented by Rize Of The Morning Star...

    01 Oct
  6. Newcastle Light the Night

    Friday 7 October 2016, Newcastle

    Every day 35 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer. You can bring a little light into their lives by supporting a Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night walk. Raise funds and walk with them this October to help...

    07 Oct
  7. Mining and Engineering NSW (M&E NSW)

    Saturday 8 October to Monday 10 October 2016, Newcastle

    M and E NSW is at the coalface of NSW mining, giving exhibitors direct access to the rapidly growing coal mining sector of the Upper Hunter Valley. It is a must attend event for all buyers, specifiers and...

    08 Oct -10Oct
  8. DiG Festival

    Thursday 13 October to Friday 14 October 2016, Newcastle

    Newcastle, the capital of the Hunter Valley, will play host to the DiG Festival and Conference.Design and Interactive and Green-tech equals DiG.The Australasian DiG Festival and Conference will...

    13 Oct -14Oct
  9. Hunt and Gather Markets

    Saturday 15 October to Saturday 19 August 2017, Newcastle

    They love to shop. They love the thrill of the hunt. They love discovering new things. They love meeting new people. They love live music. They love design. They love local. They love meeting the talent behind the...

    15 Oct -19Aug
  10. Embrace Life Festival - Newcastle

    Sunday 16 October 2016, Newcastle

    Embrace Life community is all about consciousness, creativity and collaboration.Their vision is to contribute to a better planet, where people live according to their purpose, being their authentic...

    16 Oct
  11. The Australian Ballet Regional Tour presents Giselle

    Tuesday 18 October to Wednesday 19 October 2016, Newcastle

    Experience one of the world’s most loved ballets live on stage when The Australian Ballet’s Regional Tour presents Giselle. Starring guest artists from The Australian Ballet and graduating students from The Australian...

    18 Oct -19Oct
  12. Manning the Fort

    Thursday 20 October to Saturday 29 October 2016, Newcastle

    Manning the Fort is a new, site-specific, contemporary theatre production that tells the story of the members of the Australian Women's Army Service, who were stationed at Newcastle's Fort Scratchley in World War Two....

    20 Oct -29Oct
  13. 2016 Newkulele Festival

    Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Newcastle

    The third Bi-Annual Newcastle Ukulele Festival featuring international and local ukulele performances, workshops, market and feature concerts the Newkulele Festival is a must visit for all music lovers!

    21 Oct -23Oct
  14. Real Film Festival

    Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Newcastle

    The Real Film Festival is a three-day community, arts and Industry event showcasing documentaries, independent short and feature films based on true stories. The program comprises of film screenings, film and...

    28 Oct -30Oct
  15. Lawrence Mooney Moonman: Newcastle

    Friday 4 November 2016, Newcastle

    It’s time to find out who the Moonman really is and what he wants.A Barry Award nominee at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and winner Best Show at The Sydney Comedy Festival, Lawrence returns with Moonman, an...

    04 Nov
  16. This That

    Saturday 5 November 2016, Newcastle

    Showcasing the emergence of the hipster revolution in Newcastle, This That will be a meeting place for the culturally savvy festival goer.Food will be something that can be experienced, a culinary matched...

    05 Nov
  17. Crowne2Crowne Cycle Classic

    Sunday 6 November 2016, Newcastle

    The Crowne2Crowne Cycle Classic is a bike ride raising funds and awareness for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and promoting the Newcastle and Hunter Valley region. The Start and Finish lines feature the...

    06 Nov
  18. Comedy Night featuring Peter Berner

    Thursday 17 November 2016, Newcastle

    Come join them at FogHorn Brewhouse for a night of comedy! The lineup includes headliner Peter Berner, four support acts - Super Hubert, Victor Lee, Sam Kissajukian, and Steve White, and Will McKellar as MC. It will...

    17 Nov
  19. Worlds Biggest Car Boot Sale

    Saturday 26 November 2016, Newcastle

    The World's Biggest Car Boot Sale is a huge community market and garage sale that raises valuable funds for Hunter Life Education. With over 300 stalls, there will be loads of bargains, good food, a full...

    26 Nov
  20. PBR Brendon Clark Invitational Newcastle

    Saturday 26 November 2016, Newcastle

    Eight seconds of glory or a lifetime of pain. Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenalin cowboy as they take on the nations most extreme bucking bulls in a three hour action packed event that will keep you...

    26 Nov
  21. Rebound Race Newcastle

    Saturday 26 November to Sunday 27 November 2016, Newcastle

    Have you ever been told you’re too ‘old’ to be on that jumping castle? Well no more…now it’s your turn! Rebound Race is the World’s Largest Inflatable Obstacle Course, and it is coming your way. Rebound Race is...

    26 Nov -27Nov
  22. Newcastle Art Bazaar

    Sunday 27 November 2016, Newcastle

    Hunter Arts Network's Art Bazaar at Lambton Park is being held in November. Lambton Park is located on the Corner of Howe and Morehead Streets, Lambton, so Art Bazaar will be surrounded by beautiful parklands and...

    27 Nov
  23. Newcastle Travel Expo

    Sunday 15 January 2017, Newcastle

    Newcastle's largest holiday and cruise expo is The Day to book your next holiday! At the Newcastle Travel Expo you’ll receive exclusive savings on flights, tours, cruises & packages plus you can speak to the...

    15 Jan
  24. Australia Day in Newcastle

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Come celebrate Australia Day in Newcastle! All celebrations take place on the beautiful Newcastle Harbour and Foreshore with attractions occurring all day! You...

    26 Jan
  25. Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo

    Thursday 9 February to Sunday 12 February 2017, Newcastle

    You’ll find everything you need at the Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo!The Newcastle Expo will be on for four days and there is no better place to check out all aspects of the caravan and camping...

    09 Feb -12Feb
  26. Surfest

    Friday 10 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Newcastle

    Surfest is the largest surfing festival in Australia.The best professional male and female surfers in the world travel to Newcastle, NSW to compete for the much cherished Mark Richards 'MR' trophy on...

    10 Feb -26Feb
  27. Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle

    Friday 17 February to Sunday 19 February 2017, Newcastle

    The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the country's biggest grassroots, boardriders event series with AUD160,000 in cash and prizes. It will involve more than 100 of Australia's best boardriders clubs...

    17 Feb -19Feb
  28. Australian Bowl Riding Championships

    Saturday 25 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Newcastle

    The annual Australian Bowl Riding Championships (ABC) is the first true "Nationals" skateboard competition for any discipline within skateboarding in Australia. This all-inclusive Australian event welcomes...

    25 Feb -26Feb
  29. NewRun - Newcastle's Festival of Running

    Sunday 2 April 2017, Newcastle

    With a goal to become one of Australia's leading regional running events, NewRun is staged in the most iconic venues in Newcastle and offers plenty of opportunity to test your fitness around this beautiful coastal...

    02 Apr
  30. Port to Port MTB Race

    Thursday 25 May to Sunday 28 May 2017, Newcastle

    The Port to Port MTB is a four day stage mountain bike race across the iconic local scenery of Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter region. The race is designed to be fun and challenging for riders of all levels,...

    25 May -28May

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