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In case you haven’t heard, April is going to be an action-packed month in Newcastle.

2020 may have been a little quiet on the event front but 2021 is certainly making up for it in an epic way. Next month Newcastle will be buzzing as we welcome some pretty big events to the city, and when we say big, we mean world-class!

There's something for everyone - enjoy the events from the sideline or get active and take part in the action. Not only will the line-up of events have your calendar jam-packed, they will also generate a welcome economic boost to our city’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

Read on for a snapshot of Action Packed April…

World Surfing League (WSL) Rip Curl Newcastle Cup

Action Packed April will be off to a swell start when the world’s highest ranked surfers take to the waves at Merewether Beach for the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup. The event kicks off the Australian leg of the World Surf League’s Championship Tour and will be held across an 11-day period from 1 April. Due to regulations limiting crowd size, you will need to apply for a free ticket online if you're keen to check out the surfing action. Due to high demand, WSL are using Ticketek’s balloting system to randomly and fairly distribute tickets through a computer-generated algorithm.

SailFest

The second annual SailFest Newcastle Regatta will see our harbour come alive with a flurry of events including the prestigious TP52 Gold Cup, iconic ‘Cock of the Harbour’ race and historic Newcastle Harbour Regatta, offshore yacht racing and inshore activities including Olympic class dinghy and keelboat racing, as well as TrySailing events for junior sailors and families. The Sailing Champions League Finals series will be held at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club on April 10 and 11, bringing yet another world-class event to the schedule of the Newcastle Regatta and to our city.

Women’s University Rugby 7’s

The AON Women’s University Rugby 7’s, Australia’s premier development pathways for Women’s Sevens, will be held at No.2 Sportsground on the weekend of 10 to 11 of April. Following on from regional tournaments, the event will see teams compete to secure their place in the National Finals. Head along to view all the action and cheer the teams on!

NewRun

April continues to pick up the pace when Newcastle Festival of Running graces Newcastle Foreshore on Sunday 11 April. The event includes a new flat Marathon (4 x 10.5km loops), Half Marathon which climbs our famous King Edward Park, the Hill to Harbour run from Bar Beach to the Harbour, and the 5km and 2km runs. If you’ve had enough of watching from the sidelines, this is your chance to lace up your runners and get involved as entries are now open.

Hunter Academy of Sport – Regional Academy Games

This year the Your Local Club Academy Games will be hosted once again by the Hunter Academy of Sport from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 April at various locations across the Hunter region. The event will showcase some of the state’s most talented emerging athletes across seven sports including basketball, golf, hockey, netball, softball, Aussie rules and triathlon. Don’t miss the chance to show your support to the next generation of sports stars as they put their skills to the test.

While there’s plenty to keep sports fans entertained during April, there’s also something for food lovers. Newcastle Food Month will be cooking up a storm from 1 April with local chefs, eateries and producers dishing up more than 30 feature lunches, tastings and masterclasses, three festivals and a world-renowned dining experience during the month-long menu of culinary celebrations. The mouth-watering event has so much happening that we've got a dedicated blog article on Food Month to capture all the action, make sure you check it out!

All events are being delivered thanks to the support of City of Newcastle’s event sponsorship programs.

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