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This Weekend 13-15 May

  • 12 May 2022

What a fabulous mix of events happening this weekend in Newcastle for lovers of art and culture, fine food, theatre and comedy and community events.
Don't miss the opportunity to head back into the city with a jam packed program of Autumn Alive evening events happening in the Newcastle CBD.

So, what's ON this weekend in Newcastle and surrounds?

Hit the town with friends at Autumn Alive events.

Autumn Alive is heading to another massive weekend of entertainment and offerings.

Movies at Museum Park continues to entertain young and old with a fabulous selection of vintage Disney Classics this weekend. Catch 101 Dalmatians (1961) on Thursday night and everyone's favourite Beauty and the Beast (1991) with closed captions on Friday night from 6.15pm. Don't let the weather hinder you....the movies will still screen inside in the BHP Theatre if the weather is wet.

Head to the Newcastle Library on Thursday for a celebration of the spoken word as it collides with music in a heady mix of soaring piano, freestyle dance and hip hop, powerful slam poetry, raucous saxophone and punchy guitar. Friday at Library After Dark will see catastrophe, superstitions & dark gloomy glorious drag hosted by drag performers Abork, Neil E Falik & Orlando.

Pop by Civic Alfresco Thursday-Saturday for some free live music from Jye Sharpe, Hunter Opera and the High Andies.

Pacific Park will come alive again with Pacific Nights on Saturday and Sunday between 5pm and 9pm this week featuring guest producers Love David on Saturday and Palace on Sunday.

Don’t miss the West End Wonders in our Night time walking trails on Friday and Saturday night featuring special offers from your favourite Newcastle bars, restaurants, and galleries. Download the CITY APP to see all offers.


Inclusivity is key this weekend with LGBTQI+ and disability service events.

The Newcastle LGBTQI+ community are hosting some wonderful events throughout May to connect at fun and safe events starting this Friday with a free catered event LGBTQ+ artists, creative expression and LGBTQ+ inclusion in Newcastle. In celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia you are invited to come dressed in drag and get your skates on at the YWCA Hunter Region LGBTQIA+ & Friends Skate Night on Saturday night. See the full list of LGBTQI+ events happening in Newcastle HERE.

The Hunter Disability Expo kicks off on Friday and Saturday at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre as part of the Count Us In 2022 festival in Newcastle. It's your one stop shop to check out disability services and products, government agencies and advocacy - all under the one roof over 2 days. There will be over 150 exhibitors plus a jam-packed schedule of speakers on performers at the stage and entry is free.

Appreciate the thespians and comedians at a live theatre or comedy performance.

You are always guaranteed of finding a fabulous live show in Newcastle whether it's theatre, comedy, dance or music. This week is no different at  Civic Theatre Newcastle with a wonderful adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre presented by shake & stir theatre co. This stunning new production, features original music written and performed by multi ARIA Award winner Sarah McLeod.

PUFFS concludes this weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday at the Civic Theatre Newcastle. This hilarious and heartfelt journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

If live stand up comedy is more your thing, the Newcastle Comedy Club Saturday Showcase continues every weekend until mid June with some of Australia's best comics entertaining the Newcastle locals.

Get out and about to support your local makers and traders.

The local makers and traders will be on show this weekend at the Hamilton Markets at Gregson Park and the Homegrown Markets at the Station. Make Saturday your market day and peruse the wares of the local stallholders at both markets in Hamilton and Newcastle CBD.

Hamilton Markets at Gregson Park will be a family friendly community market offering a mix of market stalls selling fashion and accessories, pet products, baked goods, condiments, arts and crafts, street food, fresh flowers, entertainment and more.

Homegrown Markets at the Station will be once again be offering a range of handmade and eco products, delicious street food, and live entertainment.


Venture further afield for an autumnal day trip out!

This weekend the skies over the Central Coast Airport at Warnervale will roar into life with the unforgettable sights and sounds of an action-packed airshow! The Central Coast Airshow will be displaying some rare and unique warbirds, unbelievable aerobatics from some of Australia’s top champion pilots jaw-dropping and eye-popping stunts and a festival ground packed with delicious street food, local markets, amusement rides for the kids, car displays, RAAF display and entertainment.

If motor vehicles are more your thing, the Shine and Show at Speers Point Park on Sunday 15 May will be showcasing some of the best vintage, classic, muscle and custom vehicles plus a range of hot rods and bikes.

There's no better day trip out of town than heading to the Hunter Valley for the annual Lovedale Long Lunch. Enjoy a decadent line up of the Hunter Valley’s leading chefs team up with seven of Lovedale’s finest wineries and local entertainment for a weekend of foodie fun.

Looking for more? Search all events to see What's On in Newcastle and get planning.