What’s On in April: Events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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What’s on in Newcastle? Here are the top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter specially selected for families in April 2021. (For Easter events, check out the Newy with Kids Easter Guide).

Pixar Putt

Thursday, 1 April – Sunday, 25 April 2021 | Wheeler Place adjacent to Civic Theatre Newcastle | Various times | Starting from $29.90 for adults and $19.90 for kids | Details

Why you should go: This pop-up mini-golf experience features interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy Story, Onward, Soul, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Coco, Monsters Inc., Wall-E, Inside Out and more.

Rip Curl Newcastle Cup

Thursday, 1 April – Sunday, 11 April 2021 | Merewether Beach | Various times | Free | Details

Why you should go: The World Surf League is hosting two Championship Tour events in NSW, with Newcastle debuting as the opening event of the Australian leg of the tour. Get down to Merewether Beach to watch some of Australia’s and the World’s best surfers in action.

Olive Tree Market

Saturday 3 April | Civic Park | 9am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: The Olive Tree Market is back. On Easter Saturday, they look forward to welcoming visitors, customers and tourists back to Civic Park to experience the buzz and community spirit of the Olive Tree Market. Expect a vibrant, exciting, creative market where visitors can re-connect with artists, designers and boutique small producers.

The Addams Family presented by Young People’s Theatre

Wednesday, 7 April – Saturday, 24 April 2021 | 26-28 Lindsay Street, Hamilton | Various times | $25.00 | Details

Why you should go: Based on the Kooky and Spooky, Addams Family TV Show, this musical embraces the wackiness in every family. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Newcastle Night Noodle Market

Friday, 9 April & Saturday, 10 April 2021 | Newcastle Foreshore – Tug Berth Lane | 5-10pm| Free | Details

Why you should go: Set under festoon lighting and hanging lanterns, feast your senses on the smells and tastes of Newcastle Night Noodle Markets part of the Newcastle Food Month. You will be spoilt for choice from Newcastle and surrounds’ most exciting International food artists. So many cuisines, so many choices, so much deliciousness… Take a stroll and take your time tasting amazing, must-have bites from all over the globe.

Stroud Show

Friday, 9 April & Saturday, 10 April 2021 | Stroud Showground | 5-10pm| Ticket Prices TBA | Details

Why you should go: In 2021 Stroud Show celebrates its 100 year anniversary. At this ‘Real Country Show’ you’ll see campdrafting, rodeo and horse events, cattle judging, local produce pavilions, demolition derby and much more.

Sailfest Newcastle Regatta

Saturday, 10 April & Sunday, 11 April 2021 | Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club | Free | Details

Why you should go: The second annual SailFest Newcastle Regatta will see our harbour come alive with a flurry of events including the prestigious TP52 Gold Cup, iconic ‘Cock of the Harbour’ race and historic Newcastle Harbour Regatta, offshore yacht racing and inshore activities including Olympic class dinghy and keelboat racing, as well as TrySailing events for junior sailors and families.

Women’s University Rugby 7’s

Saturday, 10 April & Sunday, 11 April 2021 | No. 2 Sportsground | Details

Why you should go: Watch some thrilling women’s sport at Australia’s premier development pathways for Women’s Sevens. Following on from regional tournaments, the event will see teams compete to secure their place in the National Finals. Head along to view all the action and cheer the teams on!

Lifeline Book Fair

Saturday, 10 April & Sunday, 11 April 2021 | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | Sat 9am-4pm & Sun 10am-4pm| Free | Details

Why you should go: Come along, grab some books and support this Fundraising Event for Lifelife.

New Run Running Festival

Sunday, 11 April 2021 | Newcastle Foreshore | From 6.00am | From $35 | Details

Why you should go: Get some fresh air and exercise. Parents can run the Hill2Harbour 10km or the flat and fast 5km, while kids can do the 2K4Fun fun run.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | 10am| $25, kids 3 and under are free on the knee | Details

Why you should go: Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the production features a menagerie of over 75 magical puppets, including the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar – and an Australian cast who bring these beloved books to life on stage. Alongside The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the show features three other Eric Carle stories, including Brown BearBrown BearWhat Do You See?

The Witches by Roald Dahl presented by Hunter Drama

Thursday, 15 April to Saturday, 17 April 2021 | Civic Playhouse | Various times | Tickets $35 | Details

Why you should go: Hunter Drama is synonymous with bringing the colourful, captivating and imaginative world of Roald Dahl to the stage. This time, we follow the adventures of a brave young boy who unwittingly stumbles into the Annual General Meeting for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Running time 70 minutes, no interval. Show is recommended for ages 6+.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 | 396 High Street, Maitland | 10 – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: The Quokkas are a five piece band of professional musicians, made up of different cultural backgrounds and physical abilities, focused on helping the next generation of Aussie children explore the world and make them more accepting and inclusive. Their mission is to “Make Music That Makes A Better Future!”

The Wiggles – We’re All Fruit Salad Tour

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | 10am & 1pm | Tickets start from $39.65 | Details

Why you should go: It’s time to get ready to Wiggle! This show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony singing and dancing with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and their newest Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn! Featuring Wiggly classics and new songs from the group. This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person.

Variety Spin 4 Kids

Friday, 23 April 2021 | The Station, Newcastle | 10am – 3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Spin 4 Kids is back outdoors at The Station or you can choose the successful Virtual version from your very own location. Get together a team of 1-10 people, your team will have 1 spin bike and will need to come up with a plan of attack on how you and your team mates keep those pedals spinning – will you be the team with the most KM’s recorded! A team of Spin instructors plus high energy music will certainly keep teams going for the full 5 hours. It will be a great day with music, crazy costumes and energetic spin instructors on stage. Prizes for best dressed team, highest fundraising team and individual, best team spirit and encouragement awards PLUS who will take out the mighty KINGS or QUEENS OF SPIN?

Freestyle Kings Live

Saturday, 24 April 2021 | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | 7.30pm | All tickets $65.10 (Children 3yrs and over pay) Meet and Greet $16.85 | Details

Why you should go: The Freestyle Kings Live is an action packed show featuring world class freestyle motocross athletes. Get ready to strap yourself in for a 2 hour spectacular featuring X Games gold medalist Robbie Adelber, world champion Pat Bowden, a huge choreographed show, pyrotechnics and firebreathers, Australia’s top homegrown FMX Riders and non-stop action.

Bluey’s Big Play Stage Show

Saturday, 24 April & Sunday, 25 April 2021 | Civic Theatre Newcastle | Various Times | Standard ticket $45.90, Babes in Arms (0-17mths) $5, Group 4+ $41.90 | Details

Why you should go: If you missed it in March, here’s another chance to see Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli live in their first stage show – Bluey’s Big Play. Featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey brought to real life as you’ve never seen it before.

Storytime with Maitland Library

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 | The Levee, Central Maitland (at the Levee Shared Zone, near The Hatch) | 10 – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: The library comes to The Levee with a colourful story time experience. Kids will get a chance to sing some songs, say some rhymes and listen to some stories. The pop up library will also have books available for kids to browse and read between sessions.

The Little Mermaid – A Victorian State Ballet Production

Friday, 30 April 2021 | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | 8pm-10pm| Tickets from $35 (concession) | Details

Why you should go: The Little Mermaid is a new work in the VSB repertoire. Created in October 2018, the ballet follows the narrative based predominately on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. This widely known and much-loved story represented an opportunity to bring to life an underwater world inhabited by a myriad of sea folk and lively characters. A must see performance for the whole family!

Featured image credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

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