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. Hunt and Gather Markets

    Saturday 21 January 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...

    21 Jan -19Aug
  2. Australia Day in Newcastle

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2017, Newcastle

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

    Jan 2017
  3. NSW Country Diving Championships

    Saturday 28 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Newcastle

    The NSW Country Diving Championships brings athletes from regional areas of New South Wales together to compete for the Country Champion title in each age group. The event is held at different regions of NSW each year...

    28 Jan -29Jan
  4. Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo

    Thursday 9 February to Sunday 12 February 2017, Newcastle

    The Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo is on for four days in February at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground. It's the perfect place to find everything you need for your next caravan...

    09 Feb -12Feb
  5. Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars

    Friday 10 February 2017, Newcastle

    The 2017 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars is coming to Newcastle in February!Don’t miss all the action with the best Indigenous and non-Indigenous male and female players at McDonald Jones Stadium in...

    10 Feb
  6. Surfest

    Saturday 11 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...

    11 Feb -26Feb
  7. Human Nature: The Ultimate Jukebox Tour

    Wednesday 15 February 2017, Newcastle

    Human Nature - The Ultimate Jukebox Tour will take audiences on an unforgettable journey through 60 years of music, and the guys’ 26 year career. Starting with the classics of the Doo-Wop era, Human Nature, their...

    15 Feb
  8. Australian Surfing Awards

    Saturday 18 February 2017, Newcastle

    The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame were first convened in 1985 by the Australian Surfriders Association (now Surfing Australia) to preserve the history of Australian surfing and honour its...

    18 Feb
  9. Cupids Undie Run Newcastle

    Sunday 19 February 2017, Newcastle

    Cupids Undie Run is a 1.5k kilometre (ish) run in your bedroom-best or fancy dress on Valentines weekend. Festivities start with a pre-run party, then you run and dance around the streets and come back for post-race...

    19 Feb
  10. 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 skateboarders...

    25 Feb -26Feb
  11. The Best Medicine | Newcastle

    Saturday 11 March 2017, Newcastle

    Join this outstanding up-and-coming comedian for a night of hilarity as she lifts the lid on motherhood, living with chronic pain and life with a lift mechanic in her ridiculously funny new show, The Best Medicine (as...

    11 Mar
  12. Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

    Wednesday 29 March to Tuesday 4 April 2017, Newcastle

    The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is Australia’s flagship community event of the Anzac Centenary. The free of charge, groundbreaking exhibition is touring to 23 locations around Australia from September 2015 to...

    29 Mar -04Apr
  13. Newcastle Writers Festival

    Friday 7 April to Sunday 9 April 2017, Newcastle

    The Newcastle Writers Festival celebrates national and regional literary talent over three days each April. More than 100 writers and thinkers participate in 70 sessions - half of which are free - that include panel...

    07 Apr -09Apr
  14. Port to Port MTB Race

    Thursday 25 May to Sunday 28 May 2017, Newcastle

    The Port to Port MTB is an annual four day MTB stage 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
  15. Newcastle Brickfest

    Saturday 8 July to Sunday 9 July 2017, Newcastle

    They are back for their fourth year of LEGO fun!!Once again they are at the Newcastle PCYC with all the creations they can fit into the venue. There will be exhibitors from all over NSW with their amazing...

    08 Jul -09Jul
  16. Newcastle Jazz Festival

    Friday 25 August to Sunday 27 August 2017, Newcastle

    After a hugely successful 2016 Festival at Wests they are back in August 2017 to celebrate the 30th Jazz Festival! Come along and join in the celebrations! Enjoy a wonderful weekend of great jazz and take an...

    25 Aug -27Aug
  17. Watson Demolition Newcastle City Supermoto

    Sunday 3 September to Monday 4 September 2017, Newcastle

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

    03 Sep -04Sep
  18. This is Not Art

    Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October 2017, 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...

    28 Sep -01Oct
  19. Supercars Coates Hire Newcastle 500

    Friday 17 November to Sunday 19 November 2017, Newcastle

    The streets of Newcastle will fire up for the inaugural Coates Hire Newcastle 500, November 2017. Be there for the first ever Supercars race held in Newcastle and watch as the 2017 Virgin Australia Champion...

    17 Nov -19Nov
  20. A Christmas Carol Celebration

    Tuesday 12 December 2017, Newcastle

    Join Echology to celebrate the festive season with their annual concert: A Christmas Carol Celebration. With University of Newcastle Orchestra (conducted by Andrew Hermon) and organist Peter Guy, Echology...

    12 Dec

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