When is Riverlights?

Riverlights will be held on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Where is Riverlights?

Riverlights will be held in The Levee, Central Maitland.

What time does the event run?

Riverlights will run between the hours of 3.00pm – 9.00pm.

How much does it cost to enter the event?

There is no entry fee to come along to Riverlights.

Where can I park?

There are a range of park around Maitland. We recommend the following:

  • St Andrews Street Car Park
  • Maitland Riverside Car Park
  • Elgin Street Car Park
  • Albion Street Car Park
  • Sempil Street Car Park

Please keep updated with our Getting Here page for more information.

Can I bring my dog to the event?

Dogs are permitted on site; however, they must be on a leash and with their owner at all times.

We ask that dog owners respect the event site as well as other event attendees by picking up after your dog.

We expect crowds of around 8,000- 10,000 people so we ask that you don’t bring any dogs with an aggressive nature to the event.

What Cultural Villages are coming to the event?

October 2018 Cultural Villages

  • Afghanistan Hunter Afghan Community
  • Bangladesh Newcastle Bangladeshi Community Inc
  • ChinaNewcastle & Hunter Valley Chinese Association
  • Congo Congolese Community of Newcastle
  • Ethiopia – Ethiopian Families of Newcastle & Hunter
  • France – Alliance Francaise de Newcastle
  • Germany – Eine Kleine Deutsche Schule
  • Greece – Greek Macedonian Brotherhood of Newcastle & District
  • India – Indian Association of Newcastle
  • Indonesia – Indonesian Australian Community (Newcastle and Hunter Region Inc)
  • Japan – Hunter Japanese Community
  • Kenya – Wananchi Newcastle (Kenyan Community)
  • Latin American – Hunter Latino Community
  • North Sudan – Maitland North Sudan Community
  • Philippines – Pinoy Community Cultural Class Inc
  • Russia Federation – Russian speaking Community of Newcastle & Hunter
  • South African – South African Community of Central Coast & Hunter
  • South Sudan – Maitland South Sudan Community
  • Sri Lanka – Newcastle Sinhala School (Sinhalese)
  • Tamil – Newcastle Tamil Sangam
  • Thailand – Hunter Thai Community
  • Tibet – Tibetan Community of Newcastle Inc.
  • Tonga – Petani Pacific Islander Wellbeing Services Inc
  • Vietnam – Maitland Vietnamese Community

2019 Cultural Villages – To be advised

Can I make a lantern at the event?

Yes, you can!

Lantern Workshops will be running during Riverlights Multicultural Festival for everyone to get involved.

Can I make a lantern before the event?

You sure can.

There will be a number of Lantern Making Workshops being held at East Maitland, Rutherford, Maitland and Thornton Libraries. Dates and times to be advised.

For more information on times, please see our Lantern Workshops page.

What is a Cultural Passport?

The 2019 Riverlights Cultural Passport is your guide to the event and the featured Cultural Villages.

Make sure you pick one up to learn a little bit about each culture and nation, plus find out all the information and schedules of our performance program, cooking demonstrations and language lounge timetable.

Be sure to collect a stamp from each Cultural Village in your passport as you walk around the festival.

Where do I get a Cultural Passport from? How much are they?

Passports are free and will be handed out from various locations during the event by our Riverlights Volunteer Team.

A digital version of the program will also be available closer to the event.

How can I get to the event?

Riverlights Multicultural Festival is held in The Levee, Central Maitland. There are a range of transport options to the event including bustrain and taxi.

Do you have Accessibility Parking?


Our parking recommendations for the event all have Accessible Parking available.

  • St Andrews Street Car Park
  • Maitland Riverside Car Park
  • Elgin Street Car Park
  • Albion Street Car Park
  • Sempil Street Car Park
  • Ken Tubman Drive (2nd level car park only)

For more information on Accessibility at the event, click here.

Can I volunteer at the event?

You sure can. For more information about becoming a volunteer at Riverlights, click here.

How do I keep up to date with information about this event?

To keep up to date, check out the Riverlights Multicultural Festival facebook page.

What can I do at the event?

There is loads to do at Riverlights Multicultural Festival.

See out Entertainment page for more information on our Riverlights Stage, World Stage, Language Lounge, Food Tastings, Demos, Lantern Making and more!

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