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

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What’s on in Newcastle? Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter especially selected for families.

China Week Cultural Festival

Saturday 7 September  | University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus | 10am to 4pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Experience the culture of China. The free Cultural Festival will deliver a colourful and vibrant celebration featuring the spectacular Jin Wu Koon Lion Dancing on poles and Dragon dancing, food trucks, Chinese language mini-courses, dumplings, performances, live music, interactive displays and so much more. The Festival aims to celebrate cultural diversity and inclusiveness while offering a fun-filled day to engage with students and welcome the community to the campus.

National Frozen Yogurt Day

Saturday 7 September  | Yogurtland at Marketown, Stockland Glendale & Stockland Green Hills | 9:30am to 10pm | $5 Unlimited Cups | Details

Why you should go: Celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day at Yogurtland and treat your family to $5 Unlimited Cups. To commemorate the day, each store will be hosting their own National Frozen Yogurt Day party with all-day entertainment featuring local artists and performers.

Night Striders Movie Fundraiser

Wednesday 11 September  | Event Cinemas Kotara | 6pm | $20 | Details

Why you should go: Come join Night Striders for a night of giggles and good times and watch Brittany Runs a Marathon. Night Striders running group in Newcastle are bringing together runners and potential runners for this fundraising event to raise money for local charity RUN DIPG. This charitable organisation is dedicated to improving treatment outcomes for children diagnosed with DIPG, the deadliest form of childhood cancer.

Awabakal Wildflower Walk

Sunday 15 September  | Ocean Street, Dudley | Walks leaving 10am, 10:30am, 11am and 11:30am | Free | Details

Why you should go: Celebrate spring with a slow guided walk through the wildflowes. Enjot the beauty of the blooms against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Your guide will help with idenfiication and ecological information. All welcome, all ages. Easy walking along sandy tracks. No need to book. Meet far end of Ocean Street in Dudley.

The Next Step

Thursday 19 September  | Civic Theatre Newcastle | 7:30pm | From $76.40 | Details

Why you should go: Featuring nine of the cast from the hit television series, The Next Step – Absolute Dance will be a brand-new show that offers fans a chance to get up close and personal with cast members from the global hit TV show. The 90-minute stage show features solos, duets, trios and group numbers choreographed to popular hit songs along with original music from the show. 

Big Book Giveaway

Saturday 21 September  | Wallsend Library | 9:30am – 1:45pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Pick up a free book / CD / DVD or grab a sausage and support local charity partners. Wallsend Library will have a huge range of superseded library stock, completely free. You’re sure to find something for the whole family.

Farewell Winter Community Day

Saturday 21 September  | Callaghan Campus, University of Newcastle | 10am – 4pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Relax at the Park on the Hill with ice skating, food stalls, entertainment and face painting on Saturday 21 September from 10-4pm as part of a community event. It’s free to skate, you just need to book a ticket and pick a session time. The event caters to adults and kids 2+ with ice skates supplied.

Stories After Dark

Saturday 21 September  | Newcastle Library | 5pm – 8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy a fun-filled night at Newcastle Library at a special children’s event to celebrate books and our local authors and illustrators. Come along to this free community event to enjoy activities and stories from local authors and illustrators as well as a special guest Lisa Nicol author of “Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth”. The event is free but bookings are essential. Suitable for ages 3 – 10 years. 

Outdoor Cinema Night Fundraiser

Saturday 21 September  | Gregson Park, Hamilton | Film from 6pm | Tickets are $6 per person in advance or $8 per person on the night | Details

Why you should go: Join the Hamilton Community to watch the brilliant, family friendly film Mary Poppins Returns which will be shown on the big screen from sunset (around 6pm) with gates opening at 3pm. Arrive early to get the best spot for your picnic rug (no chairs please). This event is a fundraiser for Hamilton Child Care Centre to fund repairs to the building and create a Children’s Indigenous Knowledge Garden. 

Andy’s Amazing Adventures

Tuesday 24 September  | Civic Theatre Newcastle | 4:30pm | From $40.70 | Details

Why you should go: For fans of Andy’s Wild Adventures, Andy Day is on his way to Newcastle. For the first time ever in Australia, the star of ABC KIDS and CBeebies Andy’s Wild Adventures, Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures will delight his Australian fans live on stage in Newcastle. Written and directed by Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker) this show is full of laughter, music, interactive games and lots of surprises. This family production will entertain everyone with its creature chaos and educational fun.

Living Smart Festival

Friday 27 September Saturday – Sunday 29 September | Speers Point Park | Free | Details

Why you should go: Organised by Lake Macquarie City Council, this is Lake Macquarie’s biggest sustainability event and encourages green living in a fun and interactive environment.For the first time ever, the festival will be spread across three exciting days, from September 27-29.

Feast For the Senses returns on Friday evening following its successful launch last year, while the main Living Smart Festival activities will take place on Saturday. This year’s Living Smart Festival will also feature a family-friendly Sunday program of live music, entertainment and other activities, taking core messages of environmental education and sustainability to an even broader audience.

Newcastle 5K Colour Frenzy

Sunday 29 September | Foreshore Park | $10 – $35 | Details

Why you should go: Newcastle Colour Frenzy is back!, a colourful day for everyone! The Fun Walk / Run will be held at Foreshore Park with a colourful fun run, market stalls, free face painting, free jumping castle and more!

Photo: Newcastle China Week

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