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What's ON this Weekend: 5-7 August

  • 04 August 2022

The sunshine will arrive just in time for a fabulous weekend of fun in Newcastle. It will be the perfect weather to get out and about with the family at the Olive Tree Markets.
For the musicophile, the choices are endless this weekend with live classical, folk and flamenco guitar performances all weekend.
If food is your penchant, treat your tastebuds to two foodie events across the weekend with Flavoursome Fridays-A Taste of Persia and a Scandinavian Cooking class to step into a different culture. Whatever your interest, there is always something happening each weekend in Newcastle!


Enjoy an inclusive community event at Flavoursome Fridays. This Friday guests will be treated to an Iranian cuisine. A Taste of Persia! The event hosts regular Friday night family feasts each month where various ethnic groups come together to prepare meals. The nights will also include family entertainment such as music and movies and celebrate different cultures and inclusion. A cash donation on arrival is appreciated by the host.

Step outside your comfort zone at Life Drawing Fridays at Playstate Curate. Grab a friend and try your hand at life drawing where a different model will be introduced each fortnight. Whether you are a serious artist or a first timer, all are welcome.

If you love classical music, head to Adamstown Uniting Church to hear the brilliant Susan Collins perform the dazzling Kreutzer Sonata in her final Newcastle Music Festival appearance for 2022, with acclaimed local pianist Erin Sweetman. 
With a change in beat, Emily-Rose & the Wild Things and Ren Stone will bring a very special gig to the Rogue Scholar as part of the Upon These Open Skins tour 2022. Don't miss the jazz/ folk set by these performers Friday evening.

Step back in time and head to the Newcastle Library Lovett Gallery for the launch of  'Publicans, Brewers, Winemakers and Teetotallers: Stories from the Newcastle Libraries Collection'. The exhibition explores Newcastle's breweries and winemaking history, as well as iconic hotel buildings and the anti-alcohol temperance movement.


What better way to explore your tastebuds or culinary skills than to book into an Essential Ingredient Cooking Class. This weekend you'll be introduced to the art of Scandinavian baking through some classic Fika favourites. Danish Rugbrod, Swedish Cardamom buns, and a three-layered Dream Cake! It all sounds delightfully delicious!

Families of all ages are invited to join a special glitter filled storytime extravaganza with Newcastle's own Timberlina at the Newcastle Library at 11am. Don't miss this all singing, dancing and storytelling celebration of our city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Olive Tree Markets return to Civic Park between 9am and 2pm showcasing some of the best artists, designers, makers and street purveyors both locally and out of region.

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Uniting Church Hall for an evening of folk music with Traditional Graffiti in concert. Traditional Graffiti retains the core of street performance and Morris
Dance. If you like a good chorus, a laugh, a good story or a bit of a dance this is the event for you!

Newcastle Conservatorium of Music welcomes music teachers and school band directors to a Reading Day and social ‘get-together’ in Harold Lobb Concert Hall. This free event is designed to aid networking and collaboration among our region’s Music Educators, as well as assist Band Directors in finding suitable music for their 2023 school ensemble programs

If you enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Flamenco guitar book some tickets to The Andalusian Guitar at Adamstown Arts. Paco Lara is an acclaimed flamenco guitarist from the birthplace and cradle of flamenco, Jerez de la Frontera. His playing embodies the unmistakable and genuine Jerez style of flamenco guitar. 

Grab the family and catch the last performances of The SpongeBob Musical at YPT. Based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, this bubble-filled production follows the adventures of SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy and Squidward on their mission to save the town of Bikini Bottom and have the Best Day Ever!


To celebrate National Family History Week, the Newcastle Museum are inviting you at the book launch of Hunter Valley Ancestors: An Incomplete Chronicle of the families Burns, Puxty, Hewitt, Longworth, Poile, Pascoe, Kenny, and Hancock by Roland Bannister. This is a book about Hunter Valley families: the author's ancestors who settled in the valley as rural labourers, farmers, miners, and publicans. Join guest speakers Julie Baird, Museum Director and Gionni Di Gravio, OAM, Archivist, University of Newcastle, and Chair, Hunter Living Histories for a wonderful morning where family history is the focus.

The Dying to Know campaign (which culminates on Dying to Know Day on 7 August), helps individuals with knowledge, compassion and practical skills that enable supportive action and active decision- making around someone's end of life choices. Come and have a cuppa and a chat as there will be lots of information available and people to talk to about end of life.

A feature of Newcastle Music Festival is the coming together of local singers to form the Festival Choir. This year the Choir will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in d minor, Op. 48, composed between 1887 and 1890 at the Christ Church Cathedral Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm. There is no better venue to hear the beautiful sounds of the Festival Choir.

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