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. 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...

    01 Nov -28Feb
  2. 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...

    25 May -28May
  3. Hunter Street Organic Markets

    Wednesday 27 July 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...

    27 Jul -17Dec
  4. The Olive Tree Market

    Saturday 6 August 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...

    06 Aug -17Dec
  5. Hunter Baby Boomers and Seniors Expo with Disability Options Expo

    Saturday 6 August 2016, Newcastle

    The Hunter Baby Boomers and Seniors Expo with Disability Options Expo is a 'one-stop-shop' of lifestyle, travel and wellness ideas for retirees, empty nesters, grey nomads, the young at heart and...

    06 Aug
  6. Newcastle Antiques and Collectables Fair

    Friday 5 August to Sunday 7 August 2016, Newcastle

    Antiques and Vintage Fairs proudly present The Third Annual Newcastle Antiques and Collectables Fair.
    Over thirty top dealers from around Australia offer an exceptional range of quality...

    05 Aug -07Aug
  7. Raid My Wardrobe – Quality Preloved Fashion Event

    Sunday 21 August 2016, Newcastle

    Raid My Wardrobe is a women's preloved fashion event where women buy and sell quality preloved and vintage clothing all under one roof, like one huge indoor market.

    Founded by...

    21 Aug
  8. 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...

    26 Aug -28Aug
  9. 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....

    26 Aug -28Aug
  10. 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!...

    26 Aug -28Aug
  11. Newcastle Music Festival

    Thursday 11 August to Sunday 21 August 2016, Newcastle

    Newcastle Music Festival is a new feature on the Newcastle classical music scene, spanning 11 days and over 200 performers taking part. The Festival opens with a concert featuring mezzo soprano...

    11 Aug -21Aug
  12. Stallholder Workshop – Visual Merchandising with Julie Grant

    Wednesday 3 August 2016, Newcastle

    Non-profit organisation Hunter Arts Network (HAN) is inviting creative makers to learn how to build your audience by presenting your product in a professional and visually enhanced way through the...

    03 Aug
  13. 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....

    03 Sep -04Sep
  14. 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...

    24 Sep -03Oct
  15. 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...

    29 Sep -02Oct
  16. 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...

    08 Oct -10Oct
  17. Newcastle Light the Night

    Sunday 9 October 2016, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    You can help to create a brighter future for people with blood cancer by supporting the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night walk. Gather...

    09 Oct
  18. DiG Festival

    Wednesday 12 October to Thursday 13 October 2016, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Newcastle, the capital of the Hunter Valley, will play host to the DiG Festival and Conference.

    Design and Interactive...

    12 Oct -13Oct
  19. 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,...

    16 Oct
  20. Crowne2Crowne Cycle Classic

    Tuesday 18 October 2016, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Crowne2Crowne Cycle Classic is a bike ride raising funds and awareness for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and promoting the Newcastle and...

    18 Oct
  21. 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...

    21 Oct -23Oct
  22. This That

    Monday 31 October 2016, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Showcasing the emergence of the hipster revolution in Newcastle the festival will be a meeting place for the culturally savvy festival goer...

    31 Oct
  23. PBR Brendon Clark Invitational

    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...

    26 Nov
  24. Real Film Festival

    Sunday 27 November to Tuesday 29 November 2016, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Real Film Festival is a three-day community, arts and Industry event showcasing documentaries, independent short and feature films based...

    27 Nov -29Nov
  25. Newcastle Art Bazaar

    Tuesday 29 November 2016, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Hunter Arts Network's first Art Bazaar at Lambton Park is being held in November. Lambton Park is located on the Corner of Howe and Morehead...

    29 Nov
  26. Santa's Christmas Spectacular Newcastle

    Tuesday 6 December 2016, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Santa's Magical Workshop comes to life this Christmas season in a fun-filled circus adventure for the whole family!


    06 Dec
  27. New Years Eve: Honeysuckle

    Saturday 31 December to Sunday 1 January 2017, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Come and join the people of Newcastle for a New Years Celebration you won't forget! Stunning harbourside views, bars, music and 9pm family...

    31 Dec -01Jan
  28. Nutri-Grain Iron Man Series

    Monday 2 January to Tuesday 3 January 2017, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    For almost 30 years Nutri-Grain has been as much a part of an Aussie summer as...

    02 Jan -03Jan
  29. Newcastle Travel Expo

    Tuesday 17 January 2017, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Newcastle's largest holiday and cruise expo is The Day to book your next holiday!

    Receive exclusive savings on flights,...

    17 Jan
  30. 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...

    26 Jan
  31. 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 ...

    01 Feb -28Feb
  32. 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...

    25 Feb -26Feb

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