Newcastle's 2019 Summer Events Schedule
Posted on 05/20/2019

Mark your calendars and get ready for a fun summer with the City of Newcastle! The annual slate of summer events kicks off in July with the city’s annual Fourth on the Lake celebration.

Fireworks are banned in the City of Newcastle, but, as always, there is one place where residents can legally watch the pyrotechnic displays light up the night sky. Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, food and music at Lake Boren Park. Arrive early and stake out your spot on the park lawn. Bring your own dinner or food vendors will be available starting at about 6 p.m.

Wondering how the fireworks show all comes together? Interested in the science behind fireworks? This year, the show's pyrotechnicians will again share a behind-the-scenes look into their work. The professional crew from Alpha Pyrotechnics will answer your burning fireworks questions prior to the show.

“Head Pyrotechnician Matt Badgley and his crew are so knowledgeable and passionate about their work, and they always put on a great show for the City of Newcastle,” said Newcastle Communications Coordinator Christina Corrales-Toy. “Don’t miss this opportunity to get an inside look at what it takes to produce an unforgettable Fourth of July display!”

Soul Siren takes the stage at 8 p.m. The band plays everything from funk and soul to rock and top 40 dance favorites. The fireworks show begins when it gets dark at about 10 p.m.

“Fireworks are banned in the City,” Corrales-Toy said. “We’re asking people to respect the ban and come enjoy the Fourth with your friends and neighbors at Lake Boren Park!”

Call the police non-emergency number (206-296-3311) to report illegal firework activity.

New this year! Prior to the fireworks celebrations, join us as we hold our very first community softball game on the Fourth of July. The Newcastle Softball Classic will take place at 2 p.m. at Risdon Middle School. Dust off that glove and grab your bat. Everyone is welcome. Contact if you're interested in participating.

The city’s summer lineup continues with its four-part Concerts in the Park series. All concerts go from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lake Boren Park. Get your fill of shaved ice and kettle corn as you listen to music under the summer sun.

The first concert is July 17, when Eagles tribute band The Kings of Hollywood takes the stage. The band performs a faithful representation of Eagles hits through the decades, focusing on the vocal harmony that defines this supergroup. Shaggy Sweet, returning to Newcastle after high demand, performs on July 24. The band specializes in pop/rock music and delivers great energy as it performs its own original music, as well as covers by a wide-range of artists.

Country singer Aaron Crawford makes another Newcastle appearance on July 31. Crawford is forging a new path: paying respect to the roots, instrumentation, and songwriting of traditional country, yet blending those flavors with the Seattle sound including the likes of the grunge scene icons Nirvana, Pearl Jam and even Foo Fighters. The series wraps up on Aug. 7, when crowd favorite Steve Kelly and the Cherry Cherry Band returns to the Lake Boren Park stage. Sway along as the premier Neil Diamond tribute band plays his greatest hits, including “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” and much more.

Last but not least, preparations are well underway for the annual Newcastle Days celebration on Sept. 6-7 at Lake Boren Park. This year is set to be extra special as the City commemorates its 25th anniversary. Expect to see a wide range of old favorites such as the parade, car show and pony rides, with plenty of new exciting activities mixed in! Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and Newcastle resident, Alan White is the headlining performer on Sept. 7. The legendary drummer and his band will entertain with progressive rock and soulful vocals, including some of White’s memorable material with Yes and John Lennon.

“Newcastle Days organizers are working hard to make this 25th anniversary event one to remember,” Kirchner said. “We’ll post additional information on as the festival gets closer. We hope to see you and the family at Lake Boren Park this summer!”

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