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. 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
  2. Hunter Street Organic Markets

    Friday 28 October 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 Oct -17Dec
  3. Manning the Fort

    Friday 28 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....

    28 Oct -29Oct
  4. 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
  5. The Olive Tree Market

    Saturday 5 November 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,...

    05 Nov -17Dec
  6. 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
  7. Crowne 2 Crowne Cycle Classic

    Sunday 6 November 2016, Newcastle

    The Crowne 2 Crowne 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
  8. 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
  9. Hunt and Gather Markets

    Saturday 19 November 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...

    19 Nov -19Aug
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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

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