What’s on in Newcastle? Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter especially selected for families.
Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu Exhibition
Friday 2 July – Saturday 21 August, 2021 | Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library | Mon-Thu 9.30am-8pm, Fri 9.30-6pm, Sat 9.30-2pm, Sun CLOSED | Free | Details
Why you should go: The ‘Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu’ exhibition is based on the nature story picture book of the same title by Pamela Freeman and illustrated by Liz Anelli, published by Walker Books Australia. It is a stunning tour of Kakadu National Park, showcasing detailed illustrations and the extraordinary story of the yearly weather cycle and attendant changing wildlife.
The Castanet Club: An Exhibition You Can Dance To
Sunday 11 July – Sunday 31 October, 2021 | Newcastle Museum | 10am-5pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Back in the early 1980s, there was a magic corner of grimy industrial Newcastle where you could escape from reality into a kaleidoscope of music, comedy, lamingtons, and fun, The Castanet Club. Now, just a lamington’s throw from the site of their original venue, Newcastle Museum presents ‘The Castanet Club: an exhibition you can dance to!’ You’ll be able to step inside the wonderous world of The Castanet Club and explore the story of the dags who do good!
A Portrait of Australia Exhibition
Sunday 1 August, 2021 | SEEN@Swansea | Monday – Sunday 10am-2pm | Gold coin entry | Details
Why you should go: Don’t miss the last day to see this Australian Geographic exhibition celebrating the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live there. The exhibition features photographs from the Australian Geographic archive selected and curated by the National Museum of Australia. This stunning display of large format photographic prints will transport you to some of the most rugged and remote parts of the country where you will discover the remarkable stories of ordinary Australians.
Marching Koalas Rehearsals at The Station
Every Tuesday | The Station, Newcastle East | 6-8.30pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: The Station is now home to famous, local, marching band The Marching Koalas, who are making excellent use of the platform and piazza for rehearsals. Pop down and see them in action every Tuesday evening during school terms.
Rainbow Families Sorytime – Newcastle (City) Library
Saturday 14 August, 2021 | Newcastle Library | 6-8.30pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: A special glitter filled Storytime extravaganza with Newcastle’s own Timberlina. Families are invited to join in on singing, dancing and storytelling celebrating our city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. This program will be simultaneously live streamed on Newcastle Libraries Facebook page. Bookings essential.
AROMA Coffee & Chocolate Festival – CANCELLED
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 August, 2021 | Riverside Carpark & The Levee Shared Zone, Central Maitland | Sat 10-9pm, Sun 10-3pm | Free Entry | Details
Why you should go: The warm aroma of freshly ground coffee beans, rich melted chocolate and decadent dishes will descend on Maitland during this snug festival. Coffee and chocolate lovers can rug up and enjoy the warmth from the flames of the fire pits throughout the extended festival footprint and celebrate the rich flavours of their favourite sweet treats. A comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan will be in place for all events and activities. Council will monitor and adhere to the advice from the Federal and State Governments, including any variation or modification of the public health orders.
Winterfest at Stockland Greenhills
Every Thursday – Saturday | 1 Molly Morgan Dr, East Maitland | Evenings until 11pm | Free Entry | Details
Why you should go: Celebrate music, friends and family as part of Winterfest at Stockland Greenhills. Enjoy local music in The Courtyard every evening in August from Thursday to Saturday.
Ramsay Health Care Lake Macquarie Running Festival
Sunday 29 August, 2021 | Warners Bay | From 7:30am | From $30 | Details
Why you should go: Registrations are now open online and there are some exciting new changes in store for the event this year including opening the 4km Family Scamper to parents and kids to enjoy.
Photo credit: Newcastle Time Walk, Geological Survey of NSW
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