As we move out of lockdown, there are loads of great events to look forward to over spring and summer. Here are some of our top picks so you can save the date and start planning!
Homegrown Markets will be back up and running from November, delivering the best locally designed, handmade, eco-focused products along with the most delicious food and beverages. Live music and good vibes will fill the air welcoming us back to the world of markets after what feels like far too long without them. And if that wasn't already exciting enough, Homegrown Markets will be launching their first spin off event 'Made & Found' at Webb Park in Redhead. Made & Found will be a carefully curated line-up of quality vintage, beautiful preloved items and a selection of Homegrown faves!
Homegrown Markets @ The Station, 9am-2pm
- Saturday 13 November - this event has been cancelled due to predicted high winds
- Saturday 27 November
- Saturday 11 December
Homegrown Markets @ Speers Point, 9am-2pm
- Sunday 7 November
- Sunday 21 November
- Sunday 5 December
- Sunday 12 December (Lake Mac Carols)
- Sunday 19 December
Christmas Twilight Market at Speers Point Park
- Wednesday 8 December, 4pm-8pm
Made & Found at Webb Park Redhead
- Sunday 14 November, 10am-2pm
Homegrown Markets are also happening in the Hunter Valley and Nelson Bay, dates and times can be viewed on their website.
Olive Tree Markets
Newcastle's contemporary artists and designers' market The Olive Tree will be returning to Civic Park in November. Showcasing a carefully curated line-up of over 130 of the best emerging and established artists, designers, makers, gourmet artisan food producers, and delicious street food purveyors each month. Meet the makers, learn their stories, and take home beautiful goods that have been consciously created by our talented artistic community. It's a great day out with your family and friends!
- Saturday 20 November
- Saturday 4 December (Christmas Market Festival)
- Saturday 18 December (Christmas Market)
Friday Night Feast
Friday Night Feast, brought to us by Hunter Events Group, will be bringing life and joy back to the city with their upcoming events at The Station, Newcastle. All foodies are cordially invited to come into town with friends and family and enjoy a feast. Held on the second Friday of each month, Friday Night Feast will be delivered in spectacular fashion with all the fancy trimmings - street food, market stalls, live music, kids entertainment and rides will bring back everything we've been missing!
- Friday 12 November, 5-9pm
- Friday 10 December, 5-9pm
- Friday 14 January, 5-9pm
- Friday 11 February, 5-9pm
Hunter Events Wedding Fairs
Weddings are back! And so are Hunter Events Wedding Fairs with an amazing line-up of the best wedding vendors to help bring together your special day. Vendors include photographers, cake artists and hair and makeup specialists, just to name a few.
Spanning various locations across the Hunter Region and surrounds, the Hunter Events Wedding Fairs are perfect for those who are just starting to plan their wedding and those anywhere along their wedding planning journey. If you're after some inspiration to finalise your big day, or still need to tick a few things off your checklist, these events are for you.
Wedding Fair dates:
- Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows, Caves Beach, Sunday 21 November, 11am-2pm
- Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, Pokolbin, Sunday 12 December, 11am-2pm
- Dalwood Estate, Dalwood, Sunday 20 February 2022, 10am-3pm
- Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre, Sunday 24 April 2022, 11am-2pm
Street Paws Festival
We have all missed socialising during these past few months, and so have our fur babies! Street Paws Festival is returning to their favourite location at The Station in November to give our furry friends a reason to scrub up and get out on the town. So, dress your dog up and get down to this free event to make the most of the stalls, demonstrations, giveaways, competitions, kids' activities, food stalls and so much more!
Street Paws @ The Station, Newcastle
- Sunday 14 November, 10am-2pm
Lockdown has been a tough time for many, so as we move back into life as we (kind-of) knew it, we have something to share that might just be of interest. Hugh van Cuylenburg, founder of The Resilience Project, has partnered with elite sports teams, 1000+ schools and 500+ workplaces to teach simple and practical mental health strategies. He’s also a best-selling author and co-host of popular podcast, the imperfects.
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Adults, parents, professionals, teenagers; this talk is for you. Well, really, it’s for anyone who wants to share a laugh and pick up some wellbeing tips along the way.
Event date: Saturday 27 November, 7pm, Civic Theatre
Great news for those of you who missed out on seeing The Castanet Club at Newcastle Museum before lockdown had us all resorting to the internet for our entertainment fix. The hugely popular exhibition has been extended so more of us can experience this marvel before it's gone forever.
Newcastle Museum will reopen its doors on Tuesday 19 October, and The Castanet Club will be alive and kicking until Sunday 14 November!