Autumn Alive: Rediscover Newcastle at Night (Including Outdoor Cinema)

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There is plenty to celebrate in Newcastle CBD with Autumn Alive. City of Newcastle is delivering a jam-packed program of free events and activations that will cater to everyone, thanks to $500,000 in funding from Investment NSW.


The month-long program features an outdoor cinema experience at Museum Park, alfresco dining at Civic Theatre, pop-up drag bar at Newcastle Library, night-time walking trails to highlight the city’s restaurants, venues and boutique retailers, culminating with a final night street party on Laman Street.  Explore the city centre this May to rediscover Newcastle at night in support of small business and the arts and cultural sector

Autumn Alive program highlights: 

Launch night at Pacific Park 
Friday 29 April 
Autumn Alive will kick off at Pacific Park with electronic music, DJs, food trucks, a silent disco and a performance by Curious Legends and Catapult Dance Artists. New interactive lightbox installations will be unveiled on the night, displaying iconic artworks from Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection. 

Library After Dark 
Thursday and Friday nights, 5-9pm 
Newcastle Libraries and Newcastle Art Gallery present Library After Dark – an eclectic series of evening pop-up events.  There will be Crime Canapes & Cocktails with Barry Maitland in conversation with Jamie Lewis, The Library is Opendrag bar featuring Timberlina and Foxxe Faux, and a Bad Art Party featuring local artists Jen Denzin & Joanne Back.  

Bad Art Party  
Thursday 19 May 2022, 5-9pm 
Bad Art Party is a social art event filled with kitschy craft-making and is a fun celebration of the underrated art forms taking the world by storm.  Leave your art skills at the door and see what you can come up with in our artist-led workshop with local artists Jen Denzin and Joanne Back. Bookings are essential and for adults-only.  

Night-time Walking Trails 
Friday and Saturday nights throughout May 
City of Newcastle has partnered with our city’s restaurants, galleries, bars and boutique retailers during Autumn Alive to bring to you curated Night-time Walking Trails.  Download the City of Newcastle App to discover the hidden, and not so hidden gems of our city.  

Pacific Nights 
Saturday and Sunday nights throughout May 
Produced by Newcastle’s best emerging programmers enjoy live music, spoken word, dance and interactive lighting in Pacific Park each Saturday and Sunday night throughout Autumn Alive. Bring a picnic rug, pick up a takeaway meal from one of our local business partners and celebrate the emerging creative scene. 
Movies at Museum Park 
Thursday and Friday nights, 6-9pm 
Newcastle Museum will celebrate their latest exhibition, Alice’s Wonderland – A Most Curious Adventure, airing classic Disney movies under the stars in Museum Park. Bring a picnic blanket, grab some popcorn, ice-cream, or enjoy a drink from the bar whilst watching Disney favourites. Newcastle Museum will stay open late during Autumn Alive for guests to explore after dark. 

Friday 29 AprilAlice in Wonderland (1951) G 75 min
Thursday 5 MayRobin Hood (1973) G 83 min
Friday 6 MayA Little Mermaid (1989) G  83 min
Thursday 12 May101 Dalmatians (1961) G 79 min
Friday 13 MayBeauty and the Beast  (1991) (CC) G 84 min
Thursday 19 MayCinderella (1950)  G 75 min
Friday 20 MayThe Jungle Book (1967) (CC) G 78 min

What you need to know about ‘Movies in Museum Park’

  • Free entry, no bookings required
  • BYO picnic rug or chairs
  • Bar, popcorn and ice cream available for purchase by local stallholders
  • Movies start when it is dark (6:15 pm)
  • Late night access to Alice’s Wonderland (tickets available at the door)
  • Museum open late, until 9 pm
  • Movies will go ahead inside the Museum in case of wet weather

East End Party  
Saturday, 7 May 2022 
The newest part of Newcastle’s CBD is open for business and this is your opportunity to check it out in style. Local businesses invite you to taste 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. 

Closing Night: Laman Street Party 
Saturday, 21 May 2022 
Come along to Autumn Alive’s final night party on Laman Street with live music, dance, an art installation by Newcastle Art Gallery, local food stalls and more. Follow City of Newcastle’s social channels for the headline act announcement!  

Visit What’s On Newcastle for Autumn Alive event details, dates and times. 

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