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

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Start planning for March 2021. Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter specially selected for families.

Bluey’s Big Play Stage Show

Wednesday, 3 & Thursday, 4 March 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: Don’t miss your 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. Purchase a ticket or if you already have tickets from last year’s cancelled shows, your tickets are guaranteed.

Kids Intro to Orienteering in Raymond Terrace

Wednesday 3 March 2021 | Boomerang Park, Raymond Terrace | Starts are available anytime between 5pm and 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Newcastle Orienteering Club is hosting Urban Foot Orienteering (UFO) Series on Wednesday afternoons in different locations in March. They are offering a free mini-course for juniors aged 5 and up who are interested in giving this adventure sport a go. This is a free non-competitive course (1km) suitable for kids and first-timers.

The Newcastle Show

Friday, 5 to Sunday, 7 March 2021 | Broadmeadow Showground | 9.30am – 10pm (Fri/Sat) 9.30am – 5pm (Sun) | Adults (15+) $30, Child (6-14) $15, Concession $15, 5 and under Free, Family of 4 $80, Family of 5 $85 | Details

Why you should go: The Newcastle Show is set to go ahead in 2021. There will be all your traditional favourites including fireworks, rides, show bags, animal nursery, horse events, working cattle dogs and demolition derby. Plus Hunter Vibes, filled with local stallholders showcasing their goods.

Early Childhood Resources Market

Saturday, 6 March 2021 | Club Macquarie | 10am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Featuring some wonderful small businesses, ECRM “Hands On Market Day” is an opportunity to shop in the comfort of an indoor, air-conditioned market area and choose from a range of handcrafted wooden toys, teaching resources and books, small world play sets, Indigenous resources, peg dolls, children’s books, handmade natural timber resources, craft kits and more. It promises to be a truly unique, indoor, market shopping experience perfect for early childhood professionals, families and the young at heart.

Clean Up Australia Day

Sunday, 7 March 2021 | Various locations | Free | Details

Why you should go: Join or create a Clean Up event and help make an impact that improves your environment. 

Street Paws Festival

Sunday, 7 March 2021 | The Station Newcastle | 10am to 2.30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Street Paws Festival is coming to The Station, Newcastle. There’ll be food trucks, competitions (including best dressed and cutest puppy) and even rescue dogs, giving you the chance to find your forever pet.

Kids Intro to Orienteering in Carrington

Wednesday 10 March 2021 | Connolly Park, Fitzroy Street, Carrington | Starts are available anytime between 5pm and 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Newcastle Orienteering Club is hosting Urban Foot Orienteering (UFO) Series on Wednesday afternoons in different locations in March. They are offering a free mini-course for juniors aged 5 and up who are interested in giving this adventure sport a go. This is a free non-competitive course (1km) suitable for kids and first-timers.

Open Day at St Nicholas Early Education Branxton

Saturday, 13 March 2021 | St Nicholas Early Education | 9:30am – 11:30am | Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy an Open Day at St Nicholas Early Education Branxton, complete with a petting zoo, a performance from the popular children’s group, ‘The Quokkas’, a sausage sizzle, face painting and more.

Hunter Valley Airshow

Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 March 2021 | Cessnock Airport | 9.00am – 5pm | Prices start from $50 Adult, $20 Child, $120 Family (2A+2K) | Details

Why you should go: A blockbuster weekend full of family entertainment including hair-raising aerobatics, historical warbirds, amusement rides, markets, beer & wine garden, delicious street food and so much more. Join in the fun or just sit back and watch the non-stop airborne spectacular. 2021 is set to be Hunter Valley Airshow’s biggest year yet.

Hunter Valley Rocketry Club – Rocket launch

Sunday, 14 March 2021 | Lewis Street, Wallsend | 10am – 1pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Hunter Valley Rocketry Club are launching some rockets on the field at Lewis Street, Wallsend (subject to weather and no cricketers on the field) and families are welcome to come along and watch.

Kids Intro to Orienteering in Caves Beach

Wednesday 17 March 2021 | Mawson Close at Caves Beach | Starts are available anytime between 5pm and 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Newcastle Orienteering Club is hosting Urban Foot Orienteering (UFO) Series on Wednesday afternoons in different locations in March. They are offering a free mini-course for juniors aged 5 and up who are interested in giving this adventure sport a go. This is a free non-competitive course (1km) suitable for kids and first-timers.

Newcastle Fringe Festival

Wednesday, 17 to Sunday, 21 March 2021 | Various Locations | Various Times | Various Cost | Details

Why you should go: Dubbed the biggest little fringe in Australia, this edgy, diverse, inspirational and super creative festival showcases a smorgasbord of performing arts from Newcastle, Australia and the world for five amazing days across several venues. With Comedy, Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Music, Dance, Cabaret and Circus there is something for everyone. Fringe for Families is on 20th & 21st March and promises an action-packed, fun-filled adventure for families, with most of the action free of charge.

Fringe for Families @ The Station (Saturday)

Saturday, 20 March 2021 | The Station Newcastle | 9.00 – 2.00pm | Free (Tickets for workshops available for purchase) | Details

Why you should go: The first day of Fringe for Families will include street performers, Home Grown markets, a visit from the Wish Dragon by Curious Legends, teaser performances by Fringe artists and workshops in kids theatre and trash art. There’s also going to be a cultural marketplace featuring creative arts schools showcasing their wares.

Fringe for Families @ The Station (Sunday)

Sunday, 21 March 2021 | The Station Newcastle | 4.00 – 10pm | Free (Tickets for workshops available for purchase) | Details

Why you should go: If you can’t make Saturday, there’ll be plenty to do on Sunday at Fringe for Families. With a Street Show Festival, a performance by the Ukestra, Hunters Art Bazaar and food trucks, a hula hoop workshop and musical performances by Julieanne McVey, Breeze, Nerds & Music, Viragos and DJ Maynard to close the festival.

Rainbow Families Storytime

Saturday, 20 March 2021 | Newcastle Library | 10am – 10.30am | Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy a special glitter-filled Storytime extravaganza with Newcastle’s own Timberlina and friends. Families of all ages are invited to join us for an all-singing, dancing and storytelling celebrating our city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Kids Intro to Orienteering in Newcastle

Wednesday 24 March 2021 | Camp Shortland, Horseshoe Beach Road, Newcastle | Starts are available anytime between 5pm and 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Newcastle Orienteering Club is hosting Urban Foot Orienteering (UFO) Series on Wednesday afternoons in different locations in March. They are offering a free mini-course for juniors aged 5 and up who are interested in giving this adventure sport a go. This is a free non-competitive course (1km) suitable for kids and first-timers.

Curious Legends presents Luminous Creatures

Saturday 27 March 2021 | Civic Park, Newcastle | 6:30pm to 8:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Picnic with the Giants!! River spirits and soaring eagles, a giant banana peel and a humungous dragon. Join Curious Legends for an all-ages event with live music, participatory performance, and a lantern parade in Civic Park.

Mega Creatures at Hunter Valley Gardens

Saturday, 27 March to Sunday, 25 April 2021 | Hunter Valley Gardens Pokolbin | 9am – 4.30am | Adult (16+) $30, Child (4-15) $20, 3 and under Free, Family passes available | Details

Why you should go: Back for 2021, discover a flying Pterosaur, Woolly Mammoth, giant Brachiosaurus and experience a MEGA adventure at Hunter Valley Gardens. Plus, new for 2021, walking dinosaur. With daily activities included and classic rides (extra cost) including Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Swing Chair and Teacups.

Mega Creatures Night Safari

Saturday, 27 March to Sunday, 25 April 2021 | Hunter Valley Gardens Pokolbin | 6pm – 10.30pm | Adult (16+) $32, Child (4-15) $25, 3 and under Free, Family passes available | Details

Why you should go: See Hunter Valley Mega Creatures like never before. As the sun sets, specialty lighting will illuminate their prehistoric beasts, creating a thrilling spectacle for all ages.

Featured image credit: Newcastle Show


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