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. Hunter Street Organic Markets

    Wednesday 31 August 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,...

    31 Aug -17Dec
  2. Health Harmony Soul Festival

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Newcastle

    The Newcastle community can enjoy a sensational weekend with guidance from keynote speakers and a specialised selection of health and wellbeing exhibitors showcasing their products and services. Find your pathway to...

    26 Aug -28Aug
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo

    Thursday 9 February to Sunday 12 February 2017, Newcastle

    The Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo is your chance to see the latest caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, slide ons, fifth wheelers, camping equipment, tents, holiday park displays, tourism displays,...

    09 Feb -12Feb
  12. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Newcastle

    Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 28 February 2017, Newcastle

    Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to a town near you!Gates open at 5:30pm for a fantastic afternoon of family-friendly...

    01 Nov -28Feb
  13. 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
  14. The Olive Tree Market

    Saturday 3 September 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,...

    03 Sep -17Dec
  15. Newcastle Jazz Festival

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Newcastle

    Enjoy a wonderful weekend of great jazz and take an opportunity to catch up with the Australia wide jazz family at their new venue - West's New Lambton.The Newcastle Jazz Festival is held on the last full...

    26 Aug -28Aug
  16. Newcastle Food and Wine Expo

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Newcastle

    Newcastle Food and Wine Expo is three days of gourmet food, wine, and celebrity chefs!The Celebrity Main Stage will have all the latest recipes and cooking ideas for you to try at home! Grab a front row seat...

    26 Aug -28Aug
  17. Watson Demolition Newcastle City Supermoto

    Saturday 3 September to Sunday 4 September 2016, Newcastle

    The foreshore of Newcastle will be transformed as the location for the Watson Demolition Newcastle City Supermoto, including the first round of the 2016 FIM Asia Supermoto Championships. Supermoto is racing...

    03 Sep -04Sep
  18. Mattara Festival of Newcastle

    Saturday 24 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...

    24 Sep -03Oct
  19. 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 over the October...

    29 Sep -02Oct
  20. 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
  21. Newcastle Light the Night

    Friday 7 October 2016, Newcastle

    You can help to create a brighter future for people with blood cancer by supporting the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night walk. Gather at twilight with family and friends to shine a beautiful lantern of hope;...

    07 Oct
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Real Film Festival

    Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 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, Industry...

    21 Oct -23Oct
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. Surfest

    Wednesday 1 February to Tuesday 28 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...

    01 Feb -28Feb
  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

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