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    Although the weather may not seem like it, summer has landed in the toon. As summer begins in the city, the Geordie event calendar is as busy as ever. From festivals to funfairs, this summer is jam packed with exciting events. 

    Read on to discover 10 festivals and events to look forward to this summer in NewcastleGateshead...

    1. Northern Pride

    In 2024, Northern Pride will take part in Central Park in Times Square under the theme "Unapologetically Visible". Northern Pride is a weekend aimed to highlight the vibrant and beautiful queer community, the valuable impact they have on society and the richness of their talents, from makers and creators, to performers and activists. 

    So, what's on?

    Festival Arena

    Central Park at Times Square will be transformed into the Pride Arena, with huge production main stage, over 50 metres of bar space, street food, private VIP area & viewing platform plus a full decor takeover creating vibrant & colourful surroundings which will create a super positive place for singing, dancing and most importantly... partying! Find out the full line up and grab your tickets here. 

    Market Village

    The Market Village this year will be around Grey's Monument. The stalls will be filled with community groups, charities, and amazing makers and creators, many of which use their work and their art to improve the lives of the community.

    The March

    Taking place on Saturday 20th July from Civic Centre. In line with the theme unapologetically visible, this year’s March will again see thousands of community members, allies, local people and businesses come together to fill the streets of Newcastle with a colourful message of hope. 

    Candlelit Vigil

    Taking place in the Northern Pride Arena on Sunday 21st July from 9pm. The Candlelit Vigil brings the weekend to a close. The vigil is a time for reflection and remembrance and will be free to attend with gates opening 10 minutes before the start for none ticket holders to arrive. 

    2. Ouseburn Festival

    The Ouseburn Festival returns this year on the 13 and 14 July. The weekend is made up of a mix of outdoor and venue-led activities/performances. The theme for Ouseburn Festival 2024 celebrates the Ouseburn River. The Ouseburn flows a significant distance, from Callerton near Newcastle airport, through Jesmond Dene and the Ouseburn Valley, before joining the River Tyne. Along its path, it has a huge impact on people and wildlife alike. At this year’s Ouseburn Festival, you’ll be invited to interact with events, activities, and people that help you think about the river and its impact in our community.

    This year there are brilliant events planned - the full line up will be revealed here one week before the festival.

    3. Loosefest presents: Trickfest and 90s Baby Fest

    LooseFest is bringing not one, but two events to Newcastle's Town Moor this August 2024, alongside some massive artists. Trickfest is taking place on Saturday 3rd August with headliners Patrick Topping, Hannah Laing and Schak. On Sunday 4th August, you will be transported back to the 90's at 90's Baby Fest. The headliners include Ronan Keating

    The line up includes Joel Corry, Chase & Status, Patrick Topping,Sean Paul and loads more. It is taking place on 5 and 6 of August this year and tickets can be found here.

    4. Red Bull Tyne Ride

    Newcastle is set to host the first-ever Red Bull Tyne Ride, a thrilling head-to-head motorcycle race that promises to be an unmissable event! Taking place on Saturday, 3rd August, this free-to-attend spectacle will feature a purpose-built, challenging course that will push riders to their limits. Get ready to witness some of the world's top motorcycle racers, including local hero and four-time FIM SuperEnduro World Champion, Billy Bolt, battle it out on the Quayside. The event brings together 14 professional riders and 8 wildcards, all competing in intense races across three rounds, culminating in a final head-to-head showdown.

    The course, designed by Red Bull in collaboration with Billy Bolt and fellow Red Bull athletes Dougie Lampkin and Jonny Walker, incorporates elements from motocross, enduro, mountain biking, BMX, and other action sports. This unique design ensures that the Red Bull Tyne Ride is one of the most creative and challenging motorcycle competitions ever staged. Find out more. 

    5. CoastFest

    CoastFest comes to North Shields in summer 2024. Championing new original music, Coast Festival will showcase the best live acts the region has to offer, alongside national touring artists in an outdoor festival experience in the very heart of our beautiful coast, North Shields. Headliners include Professor Green, The Selecter and Badly Drawn Boy.  In 2024, the festival will be fully family-friendly, with both adults and children's tickets available, with added attractions and activities for both adults and kids alike, making Coast Fest more interactive, exciting and also affordable. Buy your tickets here. 

    6. Mouth of the Tyne Festival

    Starting back in 2005, the Mouth of the Tyne Festival takes place every July for a weekend of live music and international street theatre in Tynemouth. Taking place this year on the 11th until the 14th of July, the festival line up includes Rick Astley, Ocean Colour Scene, Andrew Cushin and Heather Small. Make sure you are there for the fun at the coast, get your tickets here. 

    7. The Galeon Andalucía comes to the Tyne

    The eye-catching floating museum ship will sail up the Tyne and moor at Spiller’s Quay near the Cycle Hub in the Ouseburn remaining in place for people to visit from Tuesday 25th June until July 7th – and will be open from 10 am – 8 pm each day. The Galeon Andalucía is a painstakingly accurate replica of the ships that were used by Spanish explorers and traders between the 16th and 18th centuries as they sailed what were unparalleled distances around the world at the time on their voyages of discovery. Visitors will be able to board the galleon to look around its six decks and learn about the ship and Spanish naval history. After the success of visits to different harbours across the UK, the Galeón Andalucía advises people to buy tickets in advance to avoid missing out on the experience. Find your tickets here. 

    8. Newcastle Mela

    Newcastle Mela is an incredible two day event that takes place every year during the August Bank Holiday weekend in Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s free, family friendly and everyone is welcome. This year, the Mela will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary.  With up to 40,000 visitors from across the region, Newcastle Mela has been taking place for 30 years and is one of the most vibrant and popular multi-cultural events in the North East. The event is based around Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures and this is your chance to experience the music, food and entertainment associated with these cultures. Find out more here. 

    9. Novum

    Experience the heartbeat of Newcastle like never before at NOVUM Festival, featuring an eclectic mix of live DJ sets, intimate folk gigs, jazz fusion, indie singer-songwriters, and more! The festival will be taking place from the 8th until the 11th August and attendees will be able to delve into a world of spectacular visual arts installations, dazzling circus performances, spoken word, and live theatre alongside free family-friendly activities at the Newcastle Civic Centre. Find out more here.

    10. Euro 2024 Final

    Euro 2024 has kicked off and NewcastleGateshead is the place to be to watch all the action. The final will be taking place on July 14th, with fan parks all over the coty showing the action live on the big screen. Take a look at our top places to watch the Euros here to decide where you watch the grand final!

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