How is it March already? Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter especially selected for families.

Waves Exhibition

On until Sunday 31 March | SEEN@Swansea | 10am – 3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go:Celebrate local beach culture.  To finish off the summer, Lake Macquarie City Council ‘Waves’ is a digital exhibition featuring historic photographs and videos of our beach culture. Take your kids and show them Find out how beach fashion and fun has changed in the past 100 years and share your beach memories.

The Newcastle Show

Friday 1 March – Sunday 3 March | Broadmeadow Showground | 9am – 4pm | $55 Family Pass (2A+2C). Kids under 5 are free | Details

Why you should go: It’s the Newcastle Show, billed as bigger and better for 2019. There’s all your traditional favourites including fireworks, rides, showbags, animal nurseries, rodeo, agricultural displays and competitions. Plus kids cooking sessions and a new section Hunter Vibes, where you can sample local wines and nibble on artisanal goods.

Five Senses Twilight Markets

Sunday 3 March | Lambton Park, Lambton | 4pm – 8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Chill out with your friends and family and catch up by Lambton Park rotunda. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer & fine wine, divine coffee, awesome music and a fabulous line up of market stalls under the stars supporting The Leukaemia Foundation & The World’s Greatest Shave!

March Mini Kids Courses in Urban Orienteering

Select Wednesdays in March | Various locations | 5pm – 6:15pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: To learn about orienteering, a navigation based family sport where you use a detailed map to locate control points. This is a free mini-course for juniors aged 5 and up who are interested in giving this adventure sport a go.

Hermit Crabs & Meteors

Thursday 7 March to Sunday 10 March | The Royal Exchange | Various times | $15 kids, $20 adults | Details

Why you should go: Support local independent theatre. This is Bearfoot’s first family friendly production about a meteor and missing hermit crab suitable for kids of all ages. It delivers positive lessons, including the importance of appreciating our friends, following our dreams and protecting the environment.

Music of the Guns

Saturday 9 March | Fort Scratchley, Newcastle East | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | $25 | Details

Why you should go: To enjoy the experience of listening to a concert at Fort Scratchley featuring the Australian Army Band Newcastle. The evening finishes with the Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with the firing of the Fort Scratchley guns.

Maitland Taste Festival

Saturday 9 March & Sunday 10 March | The Levee, Central Maitland | 10am – 4pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy food and produce, from garden to the plate at Maitland Taste. For families, Maitland Taste Kids Patch will feature a wide range of free kids activities including kids craft, kids cooking workshops and a fun and interactive game space and much more.

Beaumont Street Carnivale

Sunday 10 March | Beaumont Street, Hamilton | 10am – 5pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy music, food, market stalls, art and entertainment in the heart of Hamilton. It’s a  celebration of local cultures and includes performances including Greek dancers, Irish dance, Macedonian dance and Chinese dancers and much more. For kids, there’s a mini zoo, LegoLand, camels, amusement rides & showbags and The Little Scallywagz.

Loop the Lake Family Charity Ride

Sunday 10 March | Speers Point to Warners Bay  | 9:30am | $50 for family of four. $5 for extra child | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy a 7km or 11km bike ride with your family along Lake Macquarie and raise money for charities supported by the Loop Family Charity Bike Ride.

Raid My Wardrobe

Sunday 24 March | Newcastle Basketball Stadium | 10am – 1pm | $5 – $25 |  Details

Why you should go: An event for the mums to support sustainable shopping and save money on purchasing clothing. This is preloved fashion shopping at its best with 50 hand selected stalls full of hundreds of high quality, high end, high street women’s clothing, shoes, handbags jewellery and accessories for all sizes.

Mayfield East Twilight Market

Saturday 30 March | Mayfield East Public School | 4pm – 8pm | Gold coin donation upon entry | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy a fun night out and support a local school. Enjoy food and market stalls, a Kids zone and local performers.

The Wiggle Fun Tour with The Wiggles

Saturday 30 March | Civic Theatre, Newcastle | $29.50 | Details

Why you should go: So you can sing and dance along with Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony to “Do the Propeller”, “E-M-M-A”, “Simon Says” and “Hot Potato”.

Sailfest Newcastle Regatta

Friday 29 March – Sunday 31 March | Newcastle Harbour | Free | Details

Why you should go: See different sailboats including ocean racers, skiffs, catamarans, lasers and more competing on Newcastle Harbour. Plus, there’s a “Try Sailing” experience on Throsby Creek at Carrington for kids and their guardians.

Featured image credit: Five Senses Twilight Markets

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