What's On

Plan your weekend with our guide to events in Newcastle

Have you made plans for this weekend yet? From markets and comedy gigs to live music and long lunches, there's always plenty happening in Newcastle. Keep reading for our guide to what's on this weekend in Newcastle, and start filling up your calendar.

May 30 - June 2

Reconciliation Week Pop-Up Choir | 30 May
Novocastrians can add their voices to reconciliation by joining City of Newcastle in a pop-up choir in Museum Park to sing the Warumpi Band's famous anthem Blackfella/Whitefella. This free event from 12pm-1pm is coordinated by The Sum of the Parts, who'll provide the sheet music and a three-piece band.
Where: 430 Hunter St, Newcastle

Thursdays with Shân | 30 May
On Thursday evenings, local artist Shân Primrose opens up the roller-door to her studio at Onwards Gallery in Hamilton, inviting people in to express themselves creatively – whether they're picking up a pencil for the first time or they're an experienced artist. This is a group setting where Shân can provide mentorship and guidance.
Where: Onwards Gallery, 6 Torpey Pl, Hamilton

Paired at Peregrin: Vinden Wines | 31 May
Paired at Peregrin is a monthly series celebrating the movers and shakers of Australia’s food and wine scene, and the magic that happens when delicious drops are perfectly paired with exceptional food. The first dinner in the series is with Vinden Wines, featuring a five-course meal at an intimate long table.
Where: Peregrin, Level 1, 99 Frederick St, Merewether

Tommy Little | 31 May
Australian comedian Tommy Little is bringing his brand new hour of stand-up, Tommy Little Has a Regular Size Deck, to Newcastle this May – expect razor-sharp wit, wild stories, and an infectious energy.
Where Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Newcastle

Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival | 1 - 30 Jun
Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival is inspired by the life and work of esteemed artist Sir William Dobell, who lived in Lake Macquarie. Expect workshops, presentations and exhibitions addressing various aspects of Dobell's life and work.

BIG Live presents: Romeo & Juliet | 1 Jun
Join Civic Theatre for an enchanting evening filled with passion, tragedy and world-class ballet. Following its sold-out 2023 season, BIG Live is making a triumphant return to Australia, bringing to life Shakespeare’s most magnificent love story, Romeo & Juliet.
Where: Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Newcastle

Flow Dance and Poetry Night | 1 Jun
From hip hop, heels, contemporary, to commercial with a little bit of poetry thrown in, this night of flow will leave you glowing. Bring your dancing shoes too because the DJ will end the night with tunes to make you move!
Where: Q Building, University of Newcastle, 16B Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

COCOWILLOW Warehouse Sale | 1 Jun
COCOWILLOW is having a warehouse sale at its Adamstown store, featuring plenty of samples, discounted sale pieces, archived pieces, and seconds. Cash only, BYO bag!
Where: 1/562 Glebe Rd, Adamstown

Ukulele Death Squad | 1 Jun
The Ukulele Death Squad are coming to Newcastle! Back in Newcastle after a hiatus, the Ukulele Death Squad returns to unveil their latest EP, 'Baby Don't F*** With Me'. Renowned for their explosive live performances, they've garnered international acclaim.
Where: Croatian Wickham Sports Club, 20 Albert St, Wickham

Pappa Sven's Winter Swim & Sauna | 1 Jun
Join Pappa Sven to celebrate their favourite season, winter, with a swim, sauna, coffee, and Nordic breakfast at Newcastle Ocean Baths. Make sure you book so you don't miss out!
Where: Newcastle Ocean Baths, 30 Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle

HMC Multicultural Fiesta Day | 1 Jun
Get ready for another exciting Multicultural Fiesta Day with Hunter Multicultural Communities this June. The day will showcase tantalising international cuisine, diverse stage performances, dynamic global music, and FREE activities for the kids.
Where: 2a Platt St, Waratah

Pappa Sven's Nordic Film Club | 1 Jun
Join Pappa Sven to continue their celebrations of winter with a screening of the award-winning documentary Smoke Sauna Sisterhood, about the smoke sauna tradition among women in South Estonia.
Where: McIntyre Theatrette, Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Newcastle

Olive Tree Market | 1 Jun
Mark your calendars Novocastrians! The Olive Tree Markets are hosting a unique event at their June market that promises to be a vibrant celebration of culture and community, plus all of their usual market stalls and food trucks.
Where: Civic Park, Newcastle

Dunne and Dusted | 1 & 2 Jun
The Last Lass Band Festival curated by your favourite publican, Andrew Dunne. Happening from 11am on Saturday until 3am on Sunday, expect an event that is very Lass and very large! Live bands, sideshows, plus Dunny Burgers and fries from 1pm until sold out. 
Where: The Lass O'Gowrie Hotel, 14 Railway St, Wickham

Clothes Swap | 2 Jun
Are you looking for a fun and sustainable way to refresh your wardrobe? Join in this Clothes Swap where you will be given the opportunity to exchange up to five gently used quality clothing items, shoes, or accessories that you no longer wear, but are still in good condition.
Where: Hamilton Community Hive, 152 Beaumont St, Hamilton

Ruby Rickard Live Painting | 2 Jun
From 2pm-6pm each Sunday, local painter Ruby Rickard hosts a live painting session at Castle del Mar, where she can show off her creative practice, and you can enquire about purchasing her art. There's also a DJ and Castle del Mar's usual cocktail and food offering.
Where: Castle del Mar, 31 King St, Newcastle

Clouds 3 at Newcastle Art Space Artist Call Out | Until 11 Jun
Calling all artists! Submissions are now open for Clouds 3 at Newcastle Art Space. Now in its third iteration, Clouds 3 is a group exhibition of cloud-inspired artworks by emerging and established artists, curated by Louise Faulkner.

Amalfi Long Lunch | Fridays & Saturdays
This summer, you’ll be transported to the sun-drenched shores of Italy with the launch of Romberg’s Amalfi Long Lunch – a four-course antipasti feast paired with refreshing spritz cocktails.
Where: Level 9, 282 King St, Newcastle

Exhibitions

Philosophies of the Anaiwan | 1 May - 28 Jun
Philosophies of the Anaiwan draws from artist Simon Munro’s heritage, the Anaiwan nation of the New England Tablelands. Munro invites viewers to consider the mark-making in all forms in this exhibition as the living voices of his ancestors and extends a warm welcome to consider these works as an invitation into his family’s timeline.
Where: University Gallery, Callaghan

Where Delusion Meets the Sun | 10 May - 7 Jul
Artist James Drinkwater is curating The Lock-Up’s upcoming major exhibition, Where Delusion Meets the Sun, driven by his deep admiration for the works of Julian Schnabel, Lottie Consalvo, & Wayne Magrin. The exhibition delves into their art through themes of deviancy, defiance, escapism, fantasy, and their connection to spaces and processes of incarceration and demarcation.
Where: The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle

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