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What's On in May


The Party. Image Credit: Jacinta Oaten.

TUESDAY 2 MAY

  • Danny Bhoy: Now is Not a Good Time at Civic Theatre Newcastle

Since starting his stand-up career two decades ago, Danny has won critical acclaim through his unique way of storytelling. His wit is recognised worldwide, with many labelling his shows as "effortlessly funny". You don't want to miss this, so grab your tickets fast, as it's likely to sell out! For more information or to book tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au


WEDNESDAY 3 MAY

  • Maho Magic Bar at Civic Park

Prepare to disbelieve your eyes as Japan's leading close up magicians and specialists perform magic shows at your table. Even better, relax and enjoy a cocktail with the show. Stimulate your senses in a bespoke space that will dazzle you. Part show. Part bar. All magic! The show ends on Sunday 7 May! For more information or to book tickets, visit www.strutnfret.com/spiegeltentnewcastle

  • The Party at Civic Park

The Party is a festival celebration with a cast of talented circus artists, great music, extravagant costumes and an energy unlike anything you've experienced in a theatre setting. The lavish stage is set for The Party of the Century, so make sure you secure seats. It's destined to be one for the history books! The final shows are on Sunday 7 May! For more information or to book tickets, visit www.strutnfret.com/spiegeltentnewcastle


THURSDAY 4 MAY

  • Lost in Music at Civic Theatre Newcastle

Go on a journey back to the 70's and visit the heart of the disco. The live band and talented cast will have you up and dancing in no time. Leave your troubles at home and immerse yourself in this feel-good show. Get ready to be LOST IN MUSIC! For more information or to book tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au


SATURDAY 6 MAY

  • Celtic Illusion: The Magic Returns at Performance Arts Culture Cessnock

Immerse yourself in the exhilarating production that is Celtic Illusion. Fusing the art forms of Irish Dance and Magic with Broadway flair, it's a show like no other. This theatrical masterpiece will leave you mesmerised from the moment the curtain is raised. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.mypacc.com.au

Celtic Illusion: The Magic Returns will also perform at the Civic Theatre Newcastle on Saturday, 7 May. To book tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au

Image Courtesy of PACC.

SUNDAY 7 MAY

  • Colour Frenzy at Foreshore Park

With five colour stations, one foam station, and an inflatable crawl station, the Colour Frenzy is for all ages to enjoy. Walk, jog, or run your way through the course having loads of fun to receive a free icy pole upon completion. Get ready for a big and colourful day for everyone! For more information or to book tickets, visit www.colourfrenzy.com.au

  • Fundraising Singalong at Adamstown Uniting Church

The community fundraising singalong is back, with all funds going to a local charity! Featuring songs about the seasons, such as Autumn Leaves, Winter Wonderland and more, there will be a song for everyone's enjoyment. As it is a week before Mother's Day, songs about mums will also be featured. Don't stress; you won't forget any words as all the lyrics are shown on screen, and maestro Philip Sketchley will be there to ensure everyone is in tune! Tickets are $15 at the door. For more info, phone 4943 5316.


MONDAY 8 MAY

  • Tommy Emmanuel at Civic Theatre Newcastle

Tommy is returning to our shores for the first time in four years! Bringing the power and dynamism of a full band to his solo playing, this truly is a must-see concert! Enjoy a night out and bask in Tommy's love for the guitar and his delight in sharing it with the audience. For more info or to book tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au


FRIDAY 12 & SATURDAY 13 MAY

  • Hunter Disability Expo at Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Bringing together a wide range of products and services to help people live their best lives, the Hunter Disability Expo brings everyone together. The expo will provide everything from equipment providers to financial services, education, leisure options, support services, and so much more. It aims to link people with a disability to informative and interactive products and services from industry experts. Embrace My Future, My Choice as a way to control your life and plan for your future. For more information, visit www.hunterdisabilityexpo.com.au


SATURDAY 13 MAY

  • The Taste of Seafood Festival at Fishermen's Co-Op

The Professional Fishers Association presents the Taste of Seafood Festival at our local Fishermen's Co-op in Wickham! Attracting both locals and tourists, the event provides informative displays, cooking demonstrations, live music, a fresh fish market, and plenty of delicious seafood on offer for you to enjoy! Get involved, learn about local seafood options, and help grow food tourism in our region. It is sure to be a fun day out for the whole family! For more information, visit www.tasteofseafood.com.au

  • The Government Inspector at Newcastle Theatre Company (NTC)

NTC presents The Government Inspector, a deeply silly satire about graft in an ill-managed provincial town. There's plenty of mayhem and chaos, which will offer audiences a hilarious reminder of the terrifying timelessness of bureaucracy! Be sure to get your tickets - shows will run from Saturday 13 May to Saturday 27 May. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au


SATURDAY 13 – SUNDAY 28 MAY

  • Sculptures at Scratchley at Fort Scratchley

Held on the grounds of Fort Scratchley, Sculptures at Scratchley will showcase a selected number of International, National and local Artist's works. The exhibition is open to the public with free entry and the chance to nominate a Sculpture for the main prize of the Peoples Choice Award. The exhibition will run from Saturday 13 May to Sunday 28 May. Visit www.sculpturesatscratchley.com.au for more information.


SUNDAY 14 MAY

  • Mother's Day Drag & Dine Brunch at Goldfish

Is there a better way to spend Mother's Day than celebrating in the Hunter Valley? Enjoy a fun-filled morning with bottomless bubbles and performances by resident Drag Queens, Abork and Enigma! For more information or to book tickets, visit www.thegoldfish.com.au


WEDNESDAY 17 MAY

  • Legally Blonde: The Musical at Civic Theatre Newcastle

Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical is arriving in Newcastle this month. Following the transformation of Elle Woods, she tackles stereotypes and scandals of all sorts! You won't be disappointed at this musical; it guarantees loads of fun through its memorable songs, dynamic dances and action. The show will run from Wednesday 17 May to Saturday 27 May. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au

Brynn Hulls as Elle in Legally Blonde. Image Credit: Jo Roberts.

FRIDAY 19 MAY

  • Hunter Rescue Ball at Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Help raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service while enjoying a delicious three-course meal and beverage package! It'll be an unforgettable night of entertainment, including classical music, performers, and a live band. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.rescuehelicopter.com.au

  • Maitland Taste Festival at The Levee

Maitland has a constantly growing reputation for its food scene, so why not join in the fun for a weekend of fantastic food, wine and produce? Running from Friday 19 May to Sunday 21 May, the Maitland Taste Festival program includes gourmet food and artisan markets, food trucks, pop-up stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music, kid's activities, and light installations. With all of that, you can be sure you'll find something to enjoy. For more information, visit www.maitlandtaste.com.au


SATURDAY 20 & SUNDAY 21 MAY

  • Lovedale Long Lunch at Lovedale

The progressive-style lunch is back for 2023! You can choose two of the six participating wineries to enjoy quality time at with live entertainment and foodie fun. So gather your friends and discover the wonders of Lovedale with other food and wine lovers. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.lovedalelonglunch.com.au


SUNDAY 21 MAY

  • Reuben Solo: Palindrome at Newcastle Comedy Club

Get ready for an evening of offbeat stand-up comedy. Reuben Solo invites you to enjoy his show filled with jokes about everything from paradoxes to parachutes and One Direction. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.reubensolo.com


MONDAY 22 MAY

  • The Magic Music of Harry Potter Live in Concert at Civic Theatre Newcastle

One of the largest film franchises, Harry Potter, is known for its unique music that captivates viewers, and you can now experience it live! Be enchanted by actors, star soloists, a choir, and an orchestra as they bring the audience into the magical world. The evening will become spellbinding with Rob Lake, one of the world's leading magicians performing illusions. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au


THURSDAY 25 MAY

  • The Robertson Brothers 1960's Variety TV Show at Civic Theatre Newcastle

The Robertson Brothers are returning with a new, heart-warming, uplifting 1960's Variety TV Show, brimming with loads of fun, music and forgotten memories of the 1960s. Be taken on a unique and emotional journey back in time through an interactive theatrical TV experience. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au


SATURDAY 27 MAY

  • Newcastle Comedy Festival Gala at Civic Theatre Newcastle

Newcastle’s month of comedy kicks off in style with the Newcastle Comedy Festival Gala! Tommy Little, Michael Hing, and Tom Cashman are just some of the performers appearing in the jam-packed two-hour show. If you’re after a night full of fun and laughter, you don’t want to miss this! For more information or to book tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au

Tommy Little. Image Courtesy of Newcastle Comedy Festival.

SUNDAY 28 MAY

  • Gypsy at Christ Church Cathedral

Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble joins Christ Church Camerata in a concert that will celebrate the extraordinary music of the Romani people, including works by Dvorak, Falla and Brahms. Also featured will be young Newcastle violinist Zac Choi. For more information or to book tickets www.cccamerata.com.au


CANCELLED - SATURDAY 6 MAY

The All German Day at Newcastle Foreshore, has regrettably been CANCELLED for 2023. It will return in 2024. Visit www.mbccc.org.au or email mbcc.events@gmail.com for more information.





**WE MAKE EVERY EFFORT POSSIBLE TO BE CORRECT, HOWEVER EVENTS DO CHANGE. PLEASE CHECK INDIVIDUAL EVENTS ONLINE BEFORE PLANNING**

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