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

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Still one month of summer to go. Here is this month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter specially selected for families.

Newcastle Permanent’s Up Close and Virtual with The Wiggles

February 2021 | Location of your choice | Free | Details

Why you should go: This summer Newcastle Permanent are giving Wiggly fans the chance to dance and sing along with The Wiggles through an augmented reality experience. All you need is a smartphone or a tablet to perform alongside The Wiggles in the comfort of your own lounge room.

Soul Cafe’s Friday Chill

Every Friday in February 2021 | Pacific Park Newcastle | 6.30pm – 9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: A free music event, community members and visitors are invited to a picnic in the park every Friday night in summer. BYO picnic and picnic blanket or enjoy food and beverages served by a selection of local food vendors while you chill out and enjoy music from local performers.

Chalk the Walk  

Saturday 13 February & Sunday, 14 February 2021 | Newcastle Visitors Information Centre, Signal Box Cafe, Laman Street (Civic Park Fountain stairs), and outside the Lucky Hotel | Free | Details

Why you should go: Part of the New Annual Festival, Chalk the Walk will transform surfaces of the city to turn city streets and pavements into incredible, mind-bending images that you’ll need to see to believe. Come and watch as the artists transform key outdoor locations into a temporary 3D artwork trail then grab some pictures that will make all your friends scratch their heads.

New Annual Arts and Culture Festival

Friday, 12 to Sunday, 21 February 2021 | Various Locations | Various Times | Various Cost | Details

Why you should go: City of Newcastle’s inaugural arts and culture festival will feature music, dance, contemporary performance and visual art in a celebration of activity across the city. Spanning 10 days, with activities and events for all ages and a mix of free, low cost and ticketed events. A full festival program can be found on the New Annual website.

Sea Space & Beyond

Friday, 12 to Sunday, 21 February 2021 | Newcastle Museum | 10 – 5pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Hosted in partnership with Vision Australia, Sea Space & Beyond is an exhibition of artworks from the blind, low vision and sighted community that will explore spaces beyond our day-to-day experience, where imagination meets reality. The exhibition will have you questioning how you experience the world through your senses and open your mind to new sensory experiences.

UP&UP presents: Create Your Place

Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 February 2021 | Newcastle Museum Park | 10am – 4pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Create Your Place, as part of New Annual, is a multi-day event featuring a series of interactive street art workshops and live painting exhibitions. With every workshop open to the public, Create Your Place aims to bring people together using hands-on experience to produce public graffiti and street art against a backdrop of talented local artists producing works and Newcastle DJs spinning tunes. Some sessions require bookings but drawing, chalk art, water paint and colouring in will be available all day.

Taylor’s Run 

Saturday, 13 & 20 and Sunday, 14 & 21 February 2021 | Summerhill Waste Management Centre Wallsend | 7.30pm | $20 adults, $15 kids, $60 family | Details

Why you should go: Part of the New Annual Festival, Taylor’s Run is a performance from local visual theatre company, Curious Legends. An environmentally conscious message told using the visual spectacular of giant, illuminated puppetry and in the unique setting of the city’s waste management centre, this world premiere event is one not to be missed.

Pepper Creek Ponies Book Launch

Saturday, 13 February 2021 | Hudson Street Hum Hamilton | 11 – 12pm | $5.00 | Details

Why you should go: Award winning author Jess Black and international children’s book illustrator Serena Geddes are launching their exciting new series Pepper Creek Ponies!  Join them for a fun morning of creating, book launching and pony love. An actual PONY will also be joining the celebrations. Bookings required.

Fighter World – 30th birthday Celebration

Monday, 15 February 2021 | Fighter World Williamtown | 11 – 4pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Fighter World Aviation Heritage Museum at Williamtown is celebrating their 30th birthday. Enjoy free entry, special displays and meet past and present staff and volunteers. There will be a cake cutting ceremony at 12.00pm.

Sustainable Play Preschool Open Day

Saturday 20 February 2021 | Sustainable Play Preschool, 40 Nelson Street Barnsley | 9am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Visit Sustainable Play Preschool, Australia’s first plant-based preschool 🌱 located in Barnsley for their family fun open day. They’ll have face painting, Australian native foods to taste, a salt bush damper making demonstration, playscapes to explore, and seeds to plant and take home 

2021 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships

Thursday, 25 February to Sunday, 21 March 2021 | Blacksmiths Beach | TBA | Free |  Details

Why you should go: The State’s premier surf lifesaving event returns to Blacksmiths Beach for 2021. Soak in the exciting atmosphere and cheer on the competitors! This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, water events will be held at Swansea Belmont and beach events will be held at Redhead.

Feast Fest Twilight Food Market at Speers Point

Saturday, 13 February 2021 | Speers Point Park | 4pm – 9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Bring a picnic rug and chairs and enjoy the street food on offer from one of the food trucks or food stalls while you listen to some live music. The kids will love the kids zone featuring jumping castles, kiddie karts, laughing clowns, popcorn, snow cones and fairy floss.

Friday Night Feast at The Station

Friday, 5th February and Friday, 19th February 2021 | The Station Newcastle | 5pm – 9pm | Free entry |  Details

Why you should go: A family-friendly food festival featuring street food, market stalls, live music and kids entertainment, head to Friday Night Feast at The Station to enjoy a night out in the city with family and friends and immerse yourself in the best street eats the Hunter Region has to offer

Dullboy’s Carnival

Sunday, 28 February 2021 | 326 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay | 11am to 3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Be amazed by live circus performers, bounce on the jumping castles or have your face painted while sampling the finest carnival food and drink at the Dullboy’s Carnival. A fun day out for the whole family.

Featured image credit: New Annual

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