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COVID-19 Update: Cancelled and Postponed Events in the Hunter

On March 11th The World Health Organization ( WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The Federal and State Governments have announced the recommendation that all non-essential events with 500+ people should be cancelled from Monday 16th March. A number of Hunter events have been cancelled or postponed amid health concerns for the spread of coronavirus.

Hunter Ice Skating Stadium- CLOSED

Effective from midday on Monday 23rd of March, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium will be closed to the public, and all regular programs including our Learn to Play and Learn to Skate programs will be suspended indefinitely. For more information visit:

Lake Macquarie City Council Update:

Given the current advice from NSW Health, Lake Macquarie City Council have closed all four patrolled beaches, six Swim Centres, Community Halls, MAC – Museum of Art and Culture, Swansea Centre, the Visitor Information Centre and Lake Mac Libraries. For more information visit:

Planet Fitness Newcastle- CLOSED

Following the direction from the Australian Government, all Planet Fitness Clubs have closed until further notice. For more information visit:

Mortels Sheepskin Factory have cancelled all their daily factory tours.

For more information visit:

Newcastle Writers Festival - CANCELLED

Due to government advice about the impact of COVID-19 and events, the Newcastle Writers Festival 2020 has been cancelled and all tickets will be refunded. The health and safety of the writers, audiences and volunteers is top priority.

For more information visit:

CHESS: The Musical - POSTPONED UNTIL 26-27th FEBRUARY 2021

The Very Popular Theatre Company postpones Civic Theatre production of CHESS - THE MUSICAL

Under the direction of the Prime Minster Scott Morrison, The Very Popular Theatre Company will be postponing its upcoming season of CHESS - THE MUSICAL at Civic Theatre Newcastle in support of the health and well-being of the theatre going public as well as those involved in the production. For more information visit:

The Olive Tree Market - April 4th Market - CANCELLED

The health and safety of the stallholder community, customers and visitors is first and foremost priority. Therefore, The Olive Tree Market has now officially cancelled the scheduled upcoming market on April 4th. In the coming weeks they will continue to monitor the situation carefully, and follow the Australian and NSW Government's guidelines regarding public/ mass events. For more information visit:

Lizotte's Newcastle is closed until April 15 2020.

Hunter Valley Gardens Easter Celebrations - CANCELLED

While we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and on Government advice, Hunter Valley Gardens will remain open to the public. Unfortunately, in the interest of public health and safety, we will be cancelling the upcoming planned Easter celebrations and are postponing our Mega Creatures event until the September school holidays. The safety and wellbeing of our guests and team members is our utmost priority. The Gardens are predominately an outdoor venue spread across approximately 12 hectares, and as such we invite you to visit the peace and tranquillity of the Gardens and enjoy one of the best seasons of the year in our beautiful region. For more information visit:

Newcastle Baseball Season - POSTPONED

At this stage, the season has been POSTPONED only. Newcastle Baseball Association will reassess the situation on the 2nd of May. For more information visit:

Spiegeltent Newcastle - POSTPONED

In light of the evolving status of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and on advice from Australian Health Officials and the Australian government, it is with heavy hearts that the March-April Spiegeltent Newcastle season will not proceed as originally planned. For more information visit:

Homegrown Newcastle + Speers Point Market - CANCELLED

Homegrown Markets at the Station on Saturday 21st March + Speers Point Park on Sunday 22nd March have been cancelled. For more information and upcoming market dates visit:

Music in the Podium - CANCELLED

Music in the Podium has been cancelled. For more information visit:

Warners Bay Markets - CANCELLED

Warners Bay Markets on Saturday 21st March has been cancelled. For more information visit:

Handmade in the Hunter March Markets - CANCELLED

All March Markets at Kevin Sobels Wines have been cancelled. Stay update to date at:

All German Day - CANCELLED

All German Day on 28 March 2020 has been cancelled to comply with government rulings.

Newcastle Vegan Market - CANCELLED The April edition of the beloved Newcastle Vegan Market has been cancelled. For more information visit

Lovedale Long Lunch - CANCELLED

It is with great disappointment that the Executive Committee of the Lovedale Long Lunch must advise that the 2020 Lovedale Long Lunch will not go ahead as the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19 takes effect. The 27th Lovedale Long Lunch will be held on the 15th & 16th May 2021. For more information visit:

Broke Village Markets - CANCELLED

The Broke Village Markets have been cancelled for April and May. For more information visit:

Newcastle Fringe Festival - CANCELLED

Newcastle Fringe Festival is cancelled due to the continuing escalation of COVID-19 and government health advice. For more information visit:

Variety Spin 4 Kids - CANCELLED

With the Variety Spin 4 Kids event scheduled for Friday 27 March and the Government placing restrictions on large public gatherings, and encouraging social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus, Variety and The Forum have decided to postpone the Spin 4 Kids event until later in the year. For more information visit:

Art Bazaar Speers Point - POSTPONED

Given the current circumstances associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) it is with very heavy hearts that we have had to postpone Art Bazaar Speers Point on Sunday 5 April. ART BAZAAR WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO THE SECOND HALF OF 2020. For more information visit:

Newcastle Beer Festival - CANCELLED

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Federal and State governments have decreed that all events with over 500 attendees be cancelled. As such, Newcastle Beer Fest has regrettably been cancelled. All customers who have purchased tickets online will receive a refund within 14 days. For more information visit:

Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival- CANCELLED

The 2020 Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival has been cancelled, due to the Government restrictions on events of 500+. They will carry over all arrangements for next year - dates are 26-28 March 2021. For more information visit:

Tim Minchin - Civic Theatre Newcastle - POSTPONED

This event has been postponed. New dates to be advised. For more information visit:

Watt Space Gallery - TEMPORARY CLOSURE*

The Galleries will be temporarily closed until restrictions are lifted due to the unprecedented health crisis.

Carl Barron- Civic Theatre Newcastle - POSTPONED

All shows up until the end of May are currently being rescheduled. For more information visit:


The Gum Ball is moving from it's original intended dates of April 24th-26th 2020 to join forces with our sister event Dashville Skyline, for one huge party in the bush over the October Long Weekend,

1-5 October 2020. For more information visit:

The Witches by Roald Dahl by Hunter Drama -POSTPONED

This event has been postponed. New dates to be advised. For more information visit:

Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest 2020- CANCELLED

The Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest 2020 has been cancelled. With advice from the Australian Government and agree that the safety of the community is their number one priority. For more information visit:

Mine Super NewRun - POSTPONED

The Mine Super NewRun event planned for Sun 5 April has been postponed. They are currently in talks with the large number of stakeholders to find a suitable date to stage the event, for more information visit:

A Little Bit of Italy in Broke - POSTPONED - RUNNING IN SPRING 2020

In order to protect our community and lovely region, it has been decided that A Little Bit of Italy in Broke will be postponed. At this stage, we are yet to finalise a date, though it is likely to be late October / early November. For more information visit:

Maitland Regional Art Gallery'S Events - POSTPONED

As a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19, Maitland Regional Art Gallery's public programs have been suspended until 30 April 2020. This includes public talks, workshops, children's programs and events. Maitland Regional Art Gallery will be maintaining normal operating hours.

Hunter Record Fair - POSTPONED

The Hunter Record Fair will be cancelling the March record fair at Kotara High School. A new date will be announced soon, for more visit:

The National Trust is closing Miss Porter's House Museum until 30th June 2020.

Newcastle Men's Shed - CLOSED

Please note, regrettably, the Committee of Newcastle Men's Shed have made the decision to close the Men's Shed for 1 month as from Tuesday 24/03/2020 . With all the uncertainty around the virus and the request for social isolation, we believe this is the correct decision for our member's immediate health. We will review this decision in 1 months time and inform all by email as to our future plans. For more information visit:

Newcastle French Films - POSTPONED

Newcastle French Films announces the postponement of the 2020 season programmes, French Fridays and the Newcastle French Film Festival. Working closely with Event Cinemas Kotara, we hope to be able to bring you our films at later dates. This decision has been taken to protect our patrons and staff, in compliance with the Australian Government’s restrictions. Keep an eye on our website, and social media for further news.

Newcastle Entertainment Centre*

For all postponed events, visit:

Raid My Wardrobe - POSTPONED

Raid My Wardrobe have postponed their first two events only:

Newcastle - Sunday 5 April postponed to Sunday 14 June

Singleton - Sunday 3 May postponed to Sunday 26th July

For more information visit:

Cessnock STOMP Festival - POSTPONED The Cessnock Chamber of Commerce has made the decision that the Cessnock STOMP Festival be postponed. Whilst they are disappointed that the festival is having to be postponed until further notice, the health and safety of local businesses, the local community, vendors, organisers & visitors is paramount. For more information visit:

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