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

Maitland River Run

Sunday 2 June | Maitland CBD | 11am – 1pm | Adults $40, kids $30 | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy a fun family walk / run and complete one lap of the Maitland River Run. Offering a picturesque 4km course in and around the Mall and River Bank of Maitland’s CBD, the event is open to kids over 5 years of age and their parents.

Star Struck 2019

Friday 14 June & Saturday 15 June | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | Various times | From $39.10 | Details

Why you should go: Watch the talent at Star Struck, a NSW Department of Education annual performing arts event for the Hunter and Central Coast. It is a showcase of dance, drama and music performed by students from Kindergarten to Year 12 from a variety of NSW public schools.

Scholastic Book Sale

Wednesday 19 June | Newcastle Jockey Club | 8am – 5pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: It’s a fantastic opportunity to stock up on books. The sale features 50% off RRP of a large selection of children’s books including picture and chapter books, novels, activity items and non-fiction titles. Plus, shop a great range of titles reduced to only $1.

Newcastle Unity in Diversity

Saturday 22 June | Gregson Park | 11am – 3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Come celebrate with an abundance of multicultural food and performances and the diversity of cultures Newcastle has to offer at this family friendly event. Meet at 11am for Welcome Walk from Gregson Park, Hamilton to Beaumont Street and return. Then come celebrate with the refugee and multicultural community with over 20 cultural performances, international food and lots of free family and children’s activities to mark National Refugee Week.

After Dark Winter Solstice

Saturday 22 June | The Levee, Central Maitland | 5pm – 9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy winter fun and fireworks at After Dark, an event to celebrate the Winter Solstice at this unique and family friendly After Dark activity. Join in on The Levee Shared Zone and Riverside Walk as the evening comes alive with vibrant fire performers, hearty food and live entertainment. This celebration of the shortest day of the year will culminate in the spectacular PRDnationwide Hunter Valley fireworks display at 9pm.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts Live Show

Tuesday 25 June & Wednesday 26 June | Civic Theatre | Various times | Adult $30, Kids $16 | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy a live show that takes the world’s best-loved fairy tales and rearranging them with some surprising and hilarious twists. Frighteningly funny and seriously silly, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts is the perfect family entertainment – for children 5 to 105. It delights and disgusts in equal measures.

Float Your Boat

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 June  | Various locations in Lake Macquarie | 6pm – 9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: It’s a fun winter event. Get your friends and family together and gather on the shores of Lake Macquarie to see a flotilla of boats pass by in the Float Your Boat event organised by Lake Macquarie City Council. The event runs over 2 nights and includes family-friendly events at Toronto foreshore, Wangi Wangi and Warners Bay foreshore.

Snow Time in the Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens

Saturday 29 June to Sunday 21 July  | Hunter Valley Gardens | Time TBA | Family Pass (2A + 2C) – $TBA | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy all things winter without having to travel to the snow at Snow Time in the Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens. Your family can enjoy ice skating, playing in the snow, building snowmen, ice tobogganing and the opportunity to see ice sculpting.

Featured image credit: Float Your Boat, Lake Macquarie City Council