ACTION-PACKED APRIL: It’s all happening in Newcastle next month!

Our vibrant city has had its covid restrictions lifted and City of Newcastle is helping everyone celebrate with Action-Packed April.

Whether you’re a spectator, an action hero, a live music lover or you’re just here for the wine and cheese, there is an event for everyone in this lineup.

World Surfing League (WSL) Rip Curl Newcastle Cup

It all kicks off with the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup at Merewether Beach. Get down and grab your last whiff of summer as some of the best surfers in the world battle it out at our local breaks.

While you will probably be able to get a glimpse of the action when out on your beach walk, if you want a decent view and you really want to soak up the heady aroma of 50+zinc mixed with sea salt and sweat, you’ll need to grab yourself a ticket.

There are loads of dates and events to choose from and tickets are free, so click the link below to find out more.


The second annual SailFest Newcastle regatta is returning and will incorporate a bunch of offshore and onshore activities including the prestigious TP52 Gold Cup, iconic ‘cock of the harbour’ race and historic Newcastle harbour regatta.

If you’re keen to check out some of the magnificent sights of our harbour decorated with a flotilla of sailboats, the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club is the place to be this April.

Women’s University Rugby 7’s

April sees Newcastle hosting a weekend of Women’s rugby as part of The AON University 7s series.

This tournament is a breeding ground for Australian 7s players. With QLD winning the first three tournaments in a row, the NSW players are likely to put on a great show as they battle it out for their place in the national finals.

And it’s all going down at No. 2 sports ground.

Newcastle Festival of Running

A great way to shake off those Covid kilos, NewRun is shuffling its way into town this April.

There is a myriad of runs to choose from, some far less nauseating than others, but all guaranteed to remind you that the couch is not your friend. Whether you are a beginner who just wants to try out a short fun run or you are a seasoned professional, looking to improve on your PB, there is a run for everyone in this festival. So shake off the shackles of covid and get outdoors!

Regional Academy Games

The Hunter Academy of Sport will once again be hosting Your Local Club Academy Games.

The event runs from the 16th to the 18th of April and includes 7 sports; basketball, golf, hockey, netball, softball, Aussie rules and triathlon. It is an opportunity for our state’s most promising athletes to showcase their talents in these fields.

Locally Made and Played

Dance floors are back baby!

15 participating venues will be hosting live gigs performed by local artists all throughout April. This initiative is funded by the Boost Arts & Culture Live Music Grant, providing a great opportunity for artists affected by covid restrictions to get back on stage.

Newcastle Food Month

This month-long culinary celebration is bursting at the waistband with foodie events. 60 participating restaurants and cafes are creating specially designed dishes for Newcastle Food Month and there are lunches, tastings and masterclasses galore!

The Signature event Le Dîner en Blanc is coming to Newcastle for the first time. This Perisian style pop up is bringing its famous all-white dress-code and a mysterious location. And if sampling all of the fantastic food and wine that the city has to offer isn’t enough… there is also a Dine and Wine competition with a $2,000 prize package up for grabs!

For more information about all the great stuff happening in Newcastle over April visit