2016 Newkulele Festival
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!
Start Date:21/10/2016 View more details
Arj Barker: Organic (Newcastle Civic Theatre)
As always, he starts with the finest free-range topics, nurtures them until they're brimming with wholesome hilarity, and ready for the tellin'. Remember, his cruelty-free jokes are always tested on animals, and 100% goat-approved by the time you hear them. That's quality you can trust. *May contain traces of nuts. Arj Barker is arguably Australia's favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in this country than his own and has come to understand the culture perhaps better than Australians understand it themselves. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there was one of those.
Start Date:09/09/2017 View more details
Hunter Street Organic Markets
Your organic fix from Thursday 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, sweets for the sweet, and the ever faithful show why Novocastrians are a true symbol of Aussie mateship. You will find a varied selection of stalls on different days, including organic fruit and vegetables, fashion, jewellery, Faye's yummy cakes, strawberries, eggs, flowers, toys, and hot food. Public transport is available.
Start Date:11/05/2017 View more details
Kitty Flanagan: Smashing (Civic Theatre Newcastle)
Love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics – everything is getting “smashed”. Smashing. It’s fun, and learning. Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan style education. As one of Australia’s best-known comedians, Flanagan has played all over the world and now tours Australia relentlessly. Flanagan is a writer and performer, and can be seen as herself on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (ABC) and not as herself in the Working Dog series, Utopia (ABC). Her favourite food is soup, closely followed by fried potatoes of any kind. She lives in Sydney with her dog Henry, her cat Sarge and a lovely Magnolia tree called Mary. Flanagan hopes to one day develop some skills, get an education and find a real job.
Start Date:11/11/2017 View more details
Newcastle International Animation Festival
Award winning, weird and wacky; the best short animated films from around the globe will be served up in Newcastle for two days and nights only. If you like your films to be of the quirky kind then feed your twisted brain by heading to the Newcastle International Animation Festival in August. Thanks to the University of Newcastle this two day extravaganza will showcase local, national and international content, a Q and A session with industry professionals, a super fun session for kids and all-time trippiness with a late night bizarre session. And don’t miss the red carpet event on opening night!
Start Date:25/08/2017 View more details
Newcastle Writers Festival
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 discussions, readings, book launches and one-on-one interviews. Previous guests include Tim Flannery, Stan Grant, Charlotte Wood, David Marr and Hugh Mackay. The Festival is held in the Civic cultural precinct, which includes Newcastle Art Gallery and Newcastle Museum. It is close to the city's bars, cafes and restaurants. Guest writers praise the friendly audiences and dedicated team of volunteers. The Newcastle Writers Festival celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2018.
Start Date:06/04/2018 View more details
NewRun - Newcastle's Festival of Running
As 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 city. The event is proud to partner with local organisations including Surf Life Saving Clubs, and other running, sport and service clubs. Whether you are an elite runner looking for a new personal best or just a novice runner looking for a fitness goal, this festival of health and fitness in Newcastle has an event for you.
Start Date:15/04/2018 View more details
Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle: Newcastle
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the country's biggest grassroots, boardriders event series with AUD160,000 in cash and prizes. It will involve more than 100 of Australia's best boardriders clubs in eight State qualifying rounds and culminate in a two-day, national final for 24 clubs.
Start Date:17/02/2018 View more details
Port to Port Mountain Race
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** 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, from recreational to competitive. Port to Port MTB will be a brilliant event and they look forward to attracting a strong field of riders of all standards to the Port to Port MTB.
Start Date:25/05/2018 View more details
Radical Reels Tour - Newcastle
Calling all adrenaline junkies: The Radical Reels Film Festival is back to set your pulse racing with nine of the world’s best action sport films. This year, the line-up showcases heart-stopping action filled with wild rides, long ski lines, steep jumps, and skilful stunts. Each action-packed short has been handpicked from more than 300 entries to the recent Banff Mountain Festival (the largest and most prestigious mountain-adventure festival in the world). These high-energy excerpts will take you to a place where your heart beats faster, adrenaline courses through your veins and the world whirls by at high speed. Featuring 10 awesome short films this is one night NOT TO BE MISSED.
Start Date:09/11/2017 View more details
Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon
The 24th annual Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon is on again. The event will be staged from the Queens Wharf area on Newcastle Harbour, one of the most picturesque courses in Australia. Offering Olympic/Standard, Sprint and Corporate/Enticer distance triathlons, the event has a course to suit all levels of fitness, from novice to elite. They look forward to seeing you in Newcastle. Strict race limits apply! Enter soon so you don't miss out.
Start Date:06/03/2016 View more details
Surfest Newcastle Australia 2018
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 Merewether Beach, Newcastle. Surfest is also very proud to support the growth of Pro Junior surfing in Australia.
Start Date:20/01/2018 View more details
The Olive Tree Market
The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle and the Hunter's Leading Contemporary Art and Design Market held on a monthly basis in the heart of Newcastle's cultural precinct . Founded in 2008 Olive Tree has been instrumental in the renaissance of the thriving creative scene in Newcastle. The Olive Tree Market is the perfect place for those who place value on beautifully designed, well made, locally produced handmade goods with a strong emphasis on ethical production and sustainability. Meet the makers, discover a curated line-up of the best local and Australian design, sample delicious gourmet artisan food and take in the festival atmosphere of this bustling event. Visitors can shop eat, drink, enjoy live music, and shop some more!
Start Date:09/07/2016 View more details
The Song Company presents Dreamers of the Day: Newcastle
From ambiguous start to surprising finish, Dreamers of the Day, the fourth and perhaps most extraordinary program yet in The Song Company’s 2017 season, sets out to fragment and distort the listener’s experience, focusing on changing their perceptions of sound and time to imagine them slowly waking from a dream. At times pulsing and brisk, at other times vague and elusive like a half-remembered dream, Dreamers of the Day features old and new arrangements of iconic Baroque pieces from J.S. Bach and Handel, teamed with classic but radical miniatures by three influential 20th century composers and rounds out in style in a part-minimalist, part-improvisatory soundtrack of four pianos plus percussion (both electronic and real), a talking clock, and Anna, a twilight heroine on a kaleidoscopic dreamtime ride. The program features guest artist Robert MacFarlane (tenor) and young artist Alexandria Siegers (alto) Minimalism vs Baroque vs 20th century Contemporary, The Song Company will take audiences on a dream-like musical journey which will challenge their awareness of time, tempo and rhythm and will pit the fluidity of psychological time against the primordial relentlessness of time itself.
Start Date:31/08/2017 View more details
This is Not Art
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 Newcastle's CBD over the October long weekend to share ideas, test work, and meet like-minded creatives and potential collaborators. The festival is made up of over one hundred and twenty events, from panel discussions to hands-on workshops, performances to parties. It provides a space for artists, performers, writers, thinkers, theatre-makers, dancers, and tech-heads to gather, play, share ideas and innovate. A number of programming streams converge under the umbrella of the TiNA festival. This year, they welcome back the National Young Writers Festival, Critical Animals and Crack Theatre Festival. These diverse and ever-changing presenting partners make TiNA unique in its multidisciplinary structure, operating across text, visual art, theatre, music, performance and critical thought.