Councillor Duncan with performers, musicians and small business representatives at the Autumn Alive program launch
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AUTUMN ALIVE: Over 40 free events to popup across Newcastle

$500,000 from the NSW Government’s CBD Revitalisation Program will fund over 40 free night-time events across the city centre beginning on 29 April.

The month-long program, coordinated by City of Newcastle, features an outdoor cinema experience at Museum Park, alfresco dining at Civic Theatre, a pop-up drag bar at Newcastle Library, night-time walking trails to highlight the city’s restaurants, venues and boutique retailers and culminates with street party on Laman Street.

“City of Newcastle is committed to delivering and supporting community programs and events like Autumn Alive, as they are critical to our city’s post-pandemic recovery,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“Newcastle’s city centre is our cultural heart, and a thriving CBD is the key to attracting people to help stimulate the economy.

“City of Newcastle is delivering a jam-packed program of free events and activations that will cater to everyone, thanks to $500,000 in funding from Investment NSW.”

The Autumn Alive series will kick off at Pacific Park on 29 April with electronic music, DJs, food trucks, a silent disco and performances by Curious Legends and Catapult Dance Artists. New interactive lightbox installations will be unveiled on the night, displaying iconic artworks from Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection.

Autumn Alive events will be popping up across Newcastle’s city centre between 29 April and 21 May. Check out some of the highlights below and for more information visit whatson.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/autumnalive


Autumn Alive Event Highlights


Launch night at Pacific Park
Friday 29 April

Autumn Alive will kick off at Pacific Park with electronic music, DJs, food trucks, a silent disco and a performance by Curious Legends and Catapult Dance Artists. New interactive lightbox installations will be unveiled on the night, displaying iconic artworks from Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection.

Library After Dark
Thursday and Friday nights, 5-9pm

Newcastle Libraries and Newcastle Art Gallery present Library After Dark – an eclectic series of evening pop-up events. There will be Crime Canapes & Cocktails with Barry Maitland in conversation with Jamie Lewis, The Library is Open drag bar featuring Timberlina and Foxxe Faux, and a Bad Art Party featuring local artists Jen Denzin & Joanne Back.

Bad Art Party
Thursday 19 May 2022, 5-9pm

Bad Art Party is a social art event filled with kitschy craft-making and is a fun celebration of the underrated art forms taking the world by storm. Leave your art skills at the door and see what you can come up with in our artist-led workshop with local artists Jen Denzin and Joanne Back. Bookings are essential and for adults-only.

Night-time Walking Trails
Friday and Saturday nights throughout May

City of Newcastle has partnered with our city’s restaurants, galleries, bars and boutique retailers during Autumn Alive to bring to you curated Night-time Walking Trails. Download the City of Newcastle App to discover the hidden, and not so hidden gems of our city.

Pacific Nights
Saturday and Sunday nights throughout May

Produced by Newcastle’s best emerging programmers enjoy live music, spoken word, dance and interactive lighting in Pacific Park each Saturday and Sunday night throughout Autumn Alive. Bring a picnic rug, pick up a takeaway meal from one of our local business partners and celebrate the emerging creative scene.

Movies at Museum Park
Thursday and Friday nights, 6-9pm

Newcastle Museum will celebrate their latest exhibition, Alice’s Wonderland – A Most Curious Adventure, airing classic Disney movies under the stars in Museum Park. Bring a picnic blanket, grab some popcorn, ice-cream, or enjoy a drink from the bar whilst watching Disney favourites. Newcastle Museum will stay open late during Autumn Alive for guests to explore after dark.

East End Party
Saturday, 7 May 2022

The newest part of Newcastle’s CBD is open for business and this is your opportunity to check it out in style. Local businesses invite you to taste and see all that the new East End Stage 1 has to offer with boutique wine tasting, dumplings, an alfresco art exhibition, stringed musicians, contemporary dance and operatic vocals.

Closing Night: Laman Street Party
Saturday, 21 May 2022

Come along to Autumn Alive’s final night party on Laman Street with live music, dance, an art installation by Newcastle Art Gallery, local food stalls and more. Follow City of Newcastle’s social channels for the headline act announcement!