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What's On Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter | June 2024


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SATURDAY 1 JUNE TO SUNDAY 30 JUNE

Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival at multiple Lake Macquarie venues

The event is an annual month-long creative and performing arts festival inspired by the life and work of esteemed artist Sir William Dobell. A former resident of Wangi Wangi, Sir William Dobell is known for his passion, innovation, experimentation and creative excellence. Experience workshops, presentations, and exhibitions that delve into the world of Dobell. For more information, visit www.arts.lakemac.com.au.


SATURDAY 1 JUNE

Illuminate at Raymond Terrace

It’s time to brighten up Raymond Terrace with a family-friendly event of fire and lights, live music, a community parade, food trucks, fireworks and more. The event will focus on celebrating inclusion, culture, diversity and belonging! For more information, visit www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au.


SATURDAY 1 JUNE

The Homecoming Tour at Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Book your seats now as the iconic for KING & COUNTRY return to Newcastle, and start counting down to an anthemic and motivating evening of stories and songs unlike anything you’ve experienced! For more info or to purchase tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

SUNDAY 2 JUNE

Maitland River Run at Maitland Athletics Centre

Offering a picturesque 4km course starting and finishing at the new Maitland Regional Athletics Centre, The Maitland River Run will be a thrilling experience, suitable for novice runners to the elite. With the option to do 1, 2, or 3 laps, running or walking, it's a beginner friendly event for everyone to get involved in! For more information or to register, visit


THURSDAY 6 JUNE

Boney M ‘The Farewell Tour’, at Newcastle Civic Theatre

Put on your best dancing shoes and get ready to dance; the disco superstars of the century are back and better than ever to celebrate all things glitz and glamour for The Farewell Tour! You’ll hear some of their greatest hits, including the chart toppers Rasputin, Daddy Cool and Ma Baker. This will be a disco inferno that you don’t want to miss! For more information, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au.


SATURDAY 8 JUNE

Lake Macquarie Meet the Makers at the Museum of Art and Culture yapang

Meet the Makers allows artists to showcase their craft and practice with the local community and create relationships with like-minded individuals. Each artist and maker will present a broad range of mediums, including painting, drawing, textile art, glass making, ceramics and more. For more information, visit www.arts.lakemac.com.au.


SUNDAY 9 JUNE

Coastal Ascent Trail Run at Bathers Way Newcastle

The Coastal Ascent Trail Run returns to Newcastle with a 5km, 11km, 25km and the new 50km course to choose from. You'll be running on single track, fire trail, beach/sand sealed roads and bike paths. If this sounds like you, or you are supporting someone in the Trail Run, get down to Dixon Park for a fun day! For more information, visit


SUNDAY 9 JUNE

The Supper Club at Bar Mellow

Experience the epitome of indulgence at Supper Club Bar Mellow, featuring house music, artisanal cocktails, and local DJs this June long weekend. Book now for an unforgettable blend of music, mixology, and good vibes! For more information, visit www.thebarmellow.com.


SUNDAY 9 JUNE

Keep Stockton A Rockin at Stockton Bowling Club

In a fight to save local live music venue Stockton Bowling Club from losing its infamous live performance space, "Keep Stockton A Rockin" will feature local musicians such as Boney Rivers, Barracuda, Overload, Simply Divinyls and Rock Rhapsody. Join in celebrating the outdoor music venue and get your groove on! For more information, visit www.stocktonbowlingclub.com.au.

FRIDAY 14 JUNE

The Stars Turn – The Song Company at Harold Lobb Concert Hall

Experience the modern soundscapes of Alice Chance and Sonya Holowell and the debut of an enthralling new work by Angus Davison. You will be transfixed by the talent of the up-and-coming generation of composers, lighting up the musical sky as they direct their gaze towards the future with “The Stars Turn”. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this celebration of the past, present and future of Australian music. For more information, visit www.the.song.company


FRIDAY 14 – SATURDAY 15 JUNE

Star Struck: Love It! At Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Star Struck is the ultimate performing arts extravaganza and is back for another year! Starring over 3500 talented public school students from Newcastle, the Hunter, and Central Coast regions – from dancers, singers, and drama students to musicians and more... Experience the talent of our community youth. For more info or to get tickets, visit www.starstruck.schools.nsw.gov.au.


SATURDAY 15 JUNE

Flickerfest at Civic Theatre Newcastle

Experience some of the best short films in Australia when the film festival Flickerfest makes its overdue stop in Newcastle in celebration of its 33rd birthday. You will see the selected highlights from the Short Laughs program Bondi 2024, as well as the highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts. For more information or to get tickets, visit www.flickerfest.com.au


SUNDAY 16 JUNE, 4:05 PM

Newcastle Knights VS Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle Knights will come head to head with the Penrith Panthers for round 15 of The Telstra Premiership 2024 National Rugby League competition at a home game! Join the action and support your local team in a fun environment. Food trucks will be open for your halftime cravings, along with entertainment and the option of a shuttle bus to get you home! For more information or to book tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.au.


SATURDAY 22 JUNE

Audrey Wilkinson Wine Match Dinner at Honeysuckle Hotel

Indulge in a decadent five-course wine matching dinner for a perfect evening on Newcastle Harbour. Audrey Wilkinson's Chief Winemaker, Xanthe Hatcher, will guide you through the evening, showcasing the best local flavours from the Hunter and a series of perfectly paired meals for you to enjoy. For more information or to purchase your ticket, visit www.honeysucklehotel.com.au.


SUNDAY 23 JUNE

All Strung Out at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre

Orchestra Nova is excited to present its annual children’s concert! This year they feature a string section performing a variety of works for string orchestra. The kids will experience waltzes, jigs, gavottes and more with music from a variety of composers. “All Strung Out” is an interactive concert including a costume competition, with opportunities for children to dance. This concert promises to be fun for all ages, with raffles and prizes! For more info or to get tickets, visit www.orchestranova.com.au.


FRIDAY 28 JUNE

Kia Ora! World Choir Games Tour Concert - Newcastle Chamber Choir at Harold Lobb Concert Hall

Newcastle Chamber Choir is set to compete in the 13th World Choir Games taking place in Auckland in July 2024. The event draws choirs from around the world to compete for the highest accolade in choral music, and once again, the choir has prequalified for the Champions competition, competing against the best of the best in choral music. Newcastle Chamber Choir’s World Choir Games Concert will showcase their performance repertoire for their home crowd.

For more information, visit www.newcastlechamberchoir.com.


SATURDAY 29 JUNE

Newcastle Comedy Gala at Civic Theatre Get ready to laugh till it hurts at the Newcastle

Comedy Gala, for a riotous celebration of comedy. Featuring an incredible lineup of international stars, local legends, and rising talents, including Mel Buttle, Luke McGregor, and more. With a running time of 2 hours, this event promises non-stop laughter for ages 15 and up. For a night of sidesplitting fun, get your tickets now by visiting www.newycomedy.com/gala/ or www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au.


SATURDAY 29 JUNE

Wines of the West Long Lunch at The Crystalbrook Kingsley Roundhouse

Experience an array of Western Australia’s finest wines in celebration of their worldclass quality. Guided by a Wine Selectors' Wine Educator and accompanied by representatives from four esteemed wineries, delve deep into what sets the wines apart. Each wine will be expertly paired with a three-course lunch crafted by Roundhouse Executive Chef Matthew Smith. Bring along your friends and introduce them to the delights of Western Australian wine. For more


SUNDAY 30 JUNE

Dreams and Variations: Chamber Music In The Hunter at Christ Church Cathedral

Embark on a musical adventure alongside the talented musicians of Chamber Music in the Hunter. Experience a one-of-a-kind concert where the soothing melodies of flute and clarinet blend harmoniously with lively strings. This concert presents a unique opportunity to traverse a vast array of musical expression, all within the intimate and immersive setting

of chamber music. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.ticketebo.com.au




EVERY FRIDAY IN JULY

Osteria Papazzo Italian Popup at Talulah the Junction

Bringing the Italian delights from Napoli to the city of Newcastle. Indulge in authentic Italian flavours and handcrafted food and experience a way of eating together, just as they do in Italy. Traditional aperitifs and snacks are served from 4:30, followed by a 5:30 dinner. For more information or to book a visit www.osteriapapazzo.com.


THURSDAY 4 JULY

The Grandparents Club at Civic Theatre Newcastle

This new musical comedy is for the minds of the grandpas and grandmas, written especially for the often overlooked and underappreciated army of grandparents. The show will guarantee laughs from people in every corner of the room, with karaoke, trivia, and bingo to get the old folks working together! For more information, visit www.civictheatre.com.au.


FRIDAY 5 JULY

Newcastle Movement Weekend at The Movement Collective, Waratah

Experience an unforgettable three-day immersion into ‘The Movement Life’. The weekend will provide a beautiful blend of mind, body and spirit practices that enhance your life and take these areas to the next level. Using cultivated methods that can fast track your improvements to increased mobility, and strength and further develop your skills. If you’re looking for the extra push to live a more active lifestyle, this might be just the event for you! For more information, visit

www.themovementcollective.com.au or the event Facebook page.

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