What’s on in Newcastle? Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter especially selected for families.
Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour
Saturday 3 August | Event Cinemas Kotara | 7pm – 9:30pm | $27.50 Adults / $18 Child (15 yrs and younger) | Details
Why you should go: Showcasing over 2 hours of the most inspirational and entertaining films celebrating adventurous women from independent filmmakers around the globe. Take yourself and your kids and be inspired.
Sunday 4 August | NEX Newcastle | 10am | $27.50. Infants less than 12 months free with paying adult | Details
Why you should go: Sing, dance and join Australia’s leaders in early childhood music education and don’t forget you can meet the band after every show and touch the instruments! It’s both an entertaining and educational kids concert!
Newcastle Time Walk
Saturday 10 August | Nobbys Beach | 9am – 11am | Free| Details
Why you should go: Learn about the geological features that can be seen along the spectacular Newcastle shoreline. Geologists will lead a slow-paced 3km time walk along the Newcastle shoreline. The walk will run for about 2 hours and participants can join or leave at any time. The route involves pathways, rock platforms, the beach and stairs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings required.
Stars and Science at Speers Point – Family Day
Saturday 10 August | Speers Point Park | 3pm – 9pm | Gold coin donation | Details
Why you should go: Paint a starry night, take A Trip to the Moon, search the stars and become a scientist at Lake Mac STEAM’s highlight event. Food truck and dinner options will be available to purchase. See the stars in a whole new way with the Newcastle Astronomical Society. Once the sun goes down visitors can meet members of the Newcastle Astronomical Society, ask questions and get a close up look at the stars through telescopes
Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival
Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 August | The Levee, Maitland | 10am – 4pm | Free entry | Details
Why you should go: Celebrate coffee and chocolate during this winter event. Local chocolatiers and roasters from across the Hunter come along to showcase and demonstrate their products. Experience live demonstrations from the Hunter’s best baristas or sit back and enjoy one of the talented local singers. The event features a range of fun and interactive activities for everyone to enjoy throughout the day.
Wallsend Winter Fair
Sunday 11 August | Wallsend Town Centre | 10am – 4pm | Free entry | Details
Why you should go: It’s a free family friendly day in the middle of Wallsend and features a grand carnival, amusement rides, live entertainment, market stalls and a lot of fun. Browse through approximately 150 vibrant specialty stalls and local businesses, that will be offering unique arts, crafts, gifts, clothing, jewellery and much more. Take a break and enjoy the many fresh and tasty food cuisines on offer in the food precinct and from our local cafes & restaurants. Visitors can also sit back and enjoy local musicians, school bands, choirs and dance schools perform on the two stages.
Beauty & the Beast
Wednesday 14 August – Saturday 24 August | Civic Theatre | Various times | From $45 | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy this classic musical with your family. Presented by Metropolitan Players Inc, all your favourite songs from the animated movie are in the stage show, including: Be Our Guest, Beauty and the Beast, Belle, Something There and Home; as well as all the characters like the Beast, Belle, Gaston, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts, Chip and Lefou.
Hunter Science Festival
Sunday 18 August | Newcastle Museum | 10am – 2pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: The Hunter Innovation & Science Hub invites you to celebrate Science Week at Newcastle Museum. Come & talk with local scientists, do your own experiments, make & race a solar car, check excellent science shows – all for free!
Newcastle Pride Family Fair Day
Saturday 24 August | Foreshore Park | Free | Details
Why you should go: Celebrate Newcastle Pride Festival with a community family Fair Day with music, market stalls, community information stalls, food stalls, youth workshops, children’s activities, Doggywood parade, drag shows and other entertainment.
Lake Mac Running Festival
Sunday 25 August | Warners Bay | From $50 | Details
Why you should go: Participate in Lake Mac Running Festival. This year, the iconic Lake Macquarie event will celebrate its 35th year of running! Enjoy a run around scenic Lake Macquarie starting and finishing at Warners Bay. You can choose 10.5km or half-Marathon. There’s also a 4km Kids Scamper for children aged 8 to 13.
Tuesday 27 August & Wednesday 28 August | Civic Theatre Newcastle | Various times | $30 for adults. Kids $16. Children under 2 free on lap | Details
Why you should go: Joined by an extraordinary creative team, Monkey Baa Theatre Company brings to life the characters, journey and love that has made Possum Magic the most-loved and best-selling Australian picture book of all time. Suitable for kids aged 3 – 8.
Singleton High Auto Festival
Saturday 31 August | Singleton High School| 10am – 2pm | Gold coin entry | Details
Why you should go: This fundraising event showcases classic cars, motorcycles, modern cars and pickups and utes. The event includes market stalls, kids activities, prize raffle and barbecue. All money raised goes to the Special Education faculty to buy resources for their students.
Photo credit: Newcastle Time Walk, Geological Survey of NSW