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Autumn Alive

29 Apr 2022 - 21 May 2022
Newcastle CBD

Autumn Alive is a month-long celebration bringing Newcastle CBD alive with night-time events for all to enjoy. We've put together an exciting program of events in collaboration with Civic Theatre, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Library and Newcastle Museum while also highlighting our diverse and unique local businesses. From alfresco dining, live performances and curated night-time walking trails to Disney movies at Museum Park, Autumn Alive will be the only excuse you need to fall back in love with our city. 


All events are free to attend! To find out more information or to register click on the event listings at the bottom of the page under What's On - Autumn Alive.

Swing down to Pacific Park for our huge opening night for Autumn Alive! Have a play with the brand-new Night Spaces interactive lightbox installations featuring a collection of works from Newcastle Art Gallery. Then dance the night away to at a silent disco, and enjoy light displays and entertainment from Curious Legends and Catapult Dance.

Newcastle has a world-renown live performance scene; this is your chance to experience it over four weeks as we invite you to join us for diverse and mesmerising programming. Bring a picnic rug, grab a takeaway diner from our local business partners and enjoy some amazing music, spoken word, dance and interactive lighting in Pacific Park. Produced by four of Newcastle’s best emerging programmers Queer and Now, Skux Az, LOVEDAVID, and Palace, these nights should not be missed.

Rediscover the joys of outdoor cinema in beautiful Museum Park on Thursday and Friday evenings throughout Autumn Alive. Bring a blanket, grab a drink from the pop-up bar, and relax with vintage Disney movies under the stars. After the movie why not explore our special exhibition Alice’s Wonderland after dark or enjoy a bite to eat from one of our favourite local businesses. 

For Autumn Alive we have partnered with our amazing city restaurants, venues and boutique retailers to bring to you curated Night-time Walking Trails across all corners of our CBD. Every weekend new Trails will go live on the City of Newcastle App. 

For Autumn Alive, Civic Theatre is offering a brand-new Alfresco Dining experience alongside select shows. Enjoy a specially curated menu designed for the Theatre experience with live music and a beautiful ambient setting in the heart of the city. Featuring some of Newcastle’s hottest live music, it will be a great way to enjoy the Civic Theatre.  Whether you are here for a show or just popping in for a drink and dinner, join us to reignite your love for all things culture.  

Newcastle Libraries and Newcastle Art Gallery presents Library After Dark: an eclectic series of evening pop up events that will keep you entertained and enthralled! There will be Crime Canapes & Cocktails with Kelli Hawkins in conversation with Karen Eastwood; "The Library is Open" Drag Bar featuring Timberlina & Foxxe Faux; Bad Art Party featuring local artists Jen Denzin & Joanne Back, and a live acoustic set by Regina Kamanda and Teg Brazier from Regikay.

The newest part of the Newcastle CBD is open for business and this is your opportunity to check it out in style. The local businesses invite you to taste the and see all that the new East End stage 1 has to offer with boutique wine tasting, dumplings, an alfresco art exhibition, stringed musicians, contemporary dance and operatic vocals. Come and enjoy this Piazza spectacular and enjoy the experience as the Newcastle CBD begins to be unveiled.  

As part of the Autumn Alive celebrations, two major interactive artwork displays will be installed. Showcasing some of the amazing Newcastle Art Gallery collection and overlayed with interactive sounds, lighting and augmented reality. These babies are sure to bedazzle. Located at Pacific Park, Market Street Steps and Kuwumi Place (666 Hunter Street) why not check them all out using the light rail and take a self-guided walking tour of our partner businesses.  

Come along to our epic closing night party at Laman Street with a few secret headline acts coming your way (watch our socials for the announcement!). Get ready for a dance with live music, see an art installation by Newcastle Art Gallery, enjoy local food stalls and more. You won’t want to miss this one!  

Exclusive Offers, Experiences and More!

We have partnered with a wide range of Newcastle CBD retailers, bars, restaurants, galleries, attractions, and accommodation to bring you a suite of special offers, late night trading, live music, performance and art throughout Autumn Alive, view our PARTICIPATING BUSINESS PARTNERS.


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Autumn Alive Opening Night
Curious Legends at Opening Night Party
Silent Disco at Opening Night Party
Movies in Museum Park
Popolo Artisan Gelateria at Movies in Museum Park
Popcorn, Movies in Museum Park
Civic Alfresco, outdoor dining & free live music
Civic Alfresco, free live music
Library After Dark, Jazz & Murder Party drag bar
Library After Dark, Jazz & Murder Party drag bar

It's easy to travel to and from the city during Autumn Alive!

  • Did you know that the EasyPark parking app provides real-time information on where you're most likely to find a car park?
  • Yes it's true! Most locations in the city offer free parking after 5pm.
  • From April, there are more light rail and bus services throughout Newcastle into and from the city – leave your car at home!
  • During Autumn Alive, our light rail services will be alive with music performers throughout the weekend!
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What's on - Autumn Alive