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. Light Up Newcastle

    Saturday 13 February 2016, Newcastle

    The Newcastle Rotary Clubs invite you to join in a special event to celebrate Chinese New Year and Light up Newcastle with red lanterns in February 2016.The challenge set for this year is to "...

    13 Feb
  2. Australian Bowl Riding Championships

    Saturday 27 February to Sunday 28 February 2016, Newcastle

    The annual Australian Bowl Riding Championships will be kicking off in the Newcastle 2016 summer. Situated at the Empire Skate Park come down for a glimpse of some very talented board riders whilst...

    27 Feb -28Feb
  3. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Newcastle

    Saturday 27 February 2016, Newcastle

    ***Please note that Cinema Under the Stars in Newcastle, scheduled for Saturday 30 January has been rescheduled. Due to poor weather the event has been postponed until Saturday 27 February, when...

    27 Feb
  4. The Big Beach Challenge

    Sunday 28 February 2016, Newcastle

    The event organisers are proud to announce that a revamped Big Beach Challenge will now take place in the heart of Newcastle, along Merewether, Dixon Park and Bar Beaches.The three kilometre loop...

    28 Feb
  5. Newcastle Regional Show

    Friday 4 March to Sunday 6 March 2016, Newcastle

    The Newcastle Regional Show is one of the premier events on the Hunter events calendar. Featuring all the traditions of the Show, with competitions and displays which feature horses, cattle,...

    04 Mar -06Mar
  6. Sparke Helmore NBN Triathlon Festival

    Sunday 6 March 2016, Newcastle

    Sparke Helmore NBN Triathlon Festival are excited to announce that after 22 years of co-existing as separate events, the Sparke Helmore NBN Triathlon and Newcastle Foreshore Triathlons, who have...

    06 Mar
  7. Newcastle Writers Festival

    Friday 1 April to Sunday 3 April 2016, Newcastle

    Lovers of literature, hungry to tap into the hearts and minds of their favourite authors, will be inspired by the diverse mix of writers attending the Newcastle Writers Festival.From the best...

    01 Apr -03Apr
  8. King Street Heritage Festival with Nova Cruises

    Monday 18 April 2016, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Celebrate World Heritage Day on April 18 by joining Nova Cruises as they cruise back in time to the Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival,...

    18 Apr

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