Mark these spring events around Newcastle on your calendar

Spring is here. As the weather warms up, here’s some spring events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter to enjoy with your family.


Date: Saturday 22 September 2018
Time: 8am – 2pm
Location: Speers Point Park, Speers Point
Details: Lake Macquarie’s biggest sustainability event, The Living Smart Festival encourages green living in a fun and interactive environment. The family-friendly festival features free outdoor yoga classes, lost trades workshops, tiny house exhibitions, a native plant giveaway, electric vehicle displays, Raid My Wardrobe pop-up fashion event, sustainable cooking demonstrations and urban farming workshops. This year’s festival will feature presentations by War on Waste presenter, Craig Reucassel.
Why you should go: Learn how your family can embrace green living.

Newcastle China Week – Hawker Night Food Market

Date: Saturday 22 September 2018
Time: 4pm – 9pm
Location: Gregson Park, Hamilton
Details: Enjoy the flavour of Asia in the heart of Hamilton. Meet with friends at communal dining tables under the starry marquee or bring your picnic rug so you can sit back and enjoy the night’s entertainment of music, roving entertainment and fire displays.
Why you should go: Enjoy a night out enjoying Asian food, culture and entertainment.

Newcastle China Week – Cultural Street Festival

Date: Sunday 23 September 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Beaumont Street, Hamilton
Details: Celebrate Chinese culture with your family at the China Cultural Street Festival. It returns to Beaumont Street in Hamilton on Sunday 23 September 2018 from 10am – 3pm. This family fun day out will celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival and feature the spectacular Jin Wu Koon Lion Dancing on poles and Dragon dancing through the streets of Hamilton as well as a prestigious performance direct from China by the Beijing Dance Academy
Why you should go: To learn about Chinese culture with your family and stuff yourself full of dumplings.

Dates: Saturday 29 September – 7 October
Times: Sunday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturdays 10am – 7:30pm
Location: Wallsend Park (opposite McDonalds)
Details: Enjoy family entertainment at the Mattara Festival during the school holidays.The festival kicks off with opening weekend fireworks on Sunday, 30 September to get the festival kicked off with a boom!  There will also be loads of kid-friendly stage performances, plus everyone’s favourite red friend, Elmo, will be doing daily meet and greets too!  Let the kids explore their creative side at the arts and crafts tent, cuddle your furry friends at the petting zoo, or spin yourself silly with unlimited rides like the Tea Cups, Dodgem Cars, Giant Slide, and more!
Why you should go: Retro family fun during the school holidays.

Biodiversity Day

Date: Thursday 4 October (Thursday 11 October backup day in case of cancellation)
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, Minmi
Details: Enjoy Biodiversity Day with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Bring the kids along to interact with live native animals ,learn about bats, bees and birds and biodiversity. Activities include nature activities for kids, bird observing, bush poetry, guided walks, free native plant giveaway as well as a free barbecue lunch.
Why you should go: Learn about biodiversity and enjoy outdoor fun at Blue Gum Hills.

HMRI Open Day

Date: Friday 12 October
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Hunter Medical Research Institute (behind John Hunter Hospital), New Lambton Heights
Details: Discover the exciting world of health, science and medical research at the Hunter Medical Research Institute’s 2018 Open Day  There will be lots of fun and engaging things for kids and teenagers to do at the HMRI Open Day including Kids Science Sessions and activities, Science Meets Fiction talk,  and laboratory tours.
Why you should go: Fun and educational for the whole family.

Lake Mac Big Weekend

Date: Saturday 13 October & Sunday 14 October
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Multiple locations around the lake
Details:The Lake Mac Big Weekend is back for a third year and will provide an opportunity like no other in the Hunter – from Superboat Championships, jet ski racing and free water sports on the Lake to aerobatic displays, food and wine festival, farmers markets and entertainment. There’s something for everyone!.
Why you should go: It’s a big weekend of fun on Lake Macquarie.

Date: 13 October 2018
Time: 3pm – 9pm
Location: The Levee, Central Maitland
Details:  Riverlights is a diverse and colourful celebration of culture through interactive stalls, dance, food, music and arts. This free event really shines at night, with the popular festival parade and magical lantern flotilla featured on the Hunter River, an unforgettable experience.
Why you should go: Celebrate the cultural diversity of our region.
Dates: 19 -21 October 2018
Times: 9:30am – 5:30pm + evening concerts
Location: Newcastle City Hall
Details: Newkulele Festival is a family-friendly weekend festival held in Newcastle City Hall from  celebrating the sound of the ukulele and accompanying instruments. There are lots of free performances to see, plus two amazing ticketed concerts and workshops. In particular: Noobs for Kids is a great workshop being run for any kids 7-15 that want to learn the basics and have some fun. It’s a 1 hour workshop held on Sunday at 12pm and run by instructor ‘Tom the Pom’.
Why you should go: Learn about and celebrate ukuleles with your kids.