Stroud Rodeo and Campdraft Saturday. Watch bull riding, bronco riding, roping, bulldogging, barrel racing and campdrafting to help raise money for the Hunter Medical Research Institute. Entry is $18 for adults, $7 for children. Starts 9am.
Pets' Day Out Saturday. Raymond Terrace Markets are holding a pets' day out with displays, pet accessories, dog clipping/grooming, a petting zoo, rescue groups and obedience displays, plus live music and the usual locally made crafts and produce. 9am to 2pm. Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace.
Film Festival Sunday. To celebrate Gosford Council's bike week, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre will hold a special film festival screening of Laurent Tuel's Tour De Force and T.C. Johnstone's Rising from The Ashes, both rated M. Starts 5.30pm. Free.
Biggest Garage Sale Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast and lunch sausage sizzles, Devonshire tea, books, clothing, furniture, homewares, plants and more are on offer thanks to the East Maitland Pine Tree Grandparents as Parents support group. 8am to 2pm. St Peter's Church Hall, Banks St East Maitland.
Wetland Walkabout Sunday. WetlandCare's month of habitat hikes continues with tree planting and morning tea at Warabrook. Wear sunscreen, insect repellant, closed walking shoes and a hat, plus don't forget a water bottle. Decora Close Warabrook. 9am to 11am. Free.
Psychic and Soul Festival Saturday and Sunday. Psychic readers, healers and various stalls and workshops descend on Maitland Town Hall from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Entry $5, to be donated to the Still Birth Foundation.
Embroidery exhibition Saturday. See a showcase of the region's finest embroidery at Newcastle Town Hall, with items for sale, a raffle and a cafe. 10am to 3pm.
Street Art Festival Sunday. An exhibition of professional graffiti artists will feature in a service lane between Church and Throsby street, Wickham. Exhibitions, DJs, and giveaways will be on offer as well as a chance to meet artists like Phibs, Peque, Dvate, Sabeth and Snarl. 9am to 5pm.
Conservatorium Open Day Saturday. Ray Alldrige, a regular on the Ray Martin Midday show who has worked with vocalists like Shirley Bassey, Annie Ross and Ronda Birchmore, will share his knowledge and experience of music. Free workshops in piano, percussion brass and strings. 9am to 1pm.
Clans on the Coast festival, Saturday Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay 9am to 4.30pm. Celebrating all things Celtic, including music, dance, food, battle re-enactments and games.
Swansea spring fair Saturday. Live entertainment, market stalls, roving characters, boating and marine displays, amusement rides, classic cars and vintage motorbikes head to Belmont Street, Swansea to celebrate the lake. 10am to 3pm. Free.
Climate Change picnic Sunday. Bring along a picnic blanket and something to eat, to listen to speakers talk about the need for action on climate change. Speers Point Park shelter. Noon to 2pm.
Up In The Air - A Zeus Tale Circus Avalon's new show has the chief Greek god on Mount Olympus using his powers to make entertainers perform for him. Circus Avalon Big Top, Newcastle Police Citizens Youth Club grounds, Broadmeadow. Saturday and Sunday, 11am and 3pm, to September 28. circusavalon.com.au.
Art Systems Wickham Brian Roberts: Selections from a Journey, to September 28.
Back to Back Galleries TEXT: A Range of Interpretations, to September 28.
Cooks Hill Galleries 40th Anniversary exhibition; 27 new works by career artists whose works have appeared here before, to October 6.
Cstudios Body of Work: Ellen Howell, Emilie Tseronis, until September 27.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery A Very Fine River: convict stories from the Hunter, to October 19. The Antipodean Steampunk Show, to October 19. CLICK: Schools in focus, to November 30.
Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library Telling Tales: Hunter History, Simple Stories and Perfect Pictures, to September 30.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery A trio of trespassers: Annemarie Murland, Andy Devine, Kiera O'Toole, to September 14.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Hanna kay: Trajectory; Tony Phillips: Veil II; Mark Mohell: kerbside; Max Watters Collection: study, to November 2.
Newcastle Art Gallery Elioth Gruner: The texture of light; Absurdia: Noel McKenna - a focus; One from None: The minimal aesthetic in art; Legacy: A tribute to Marea Gazzard and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott.
Newcastle Art Society Exhibition at Lake Macquarie Fair, Mount Hutton, to September 20.
Newcastle Art Space Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize, until September 28. Parry Street, Hamilton East.
Timeless Textiles, Islington flowers.8, an exploration of knitting, to September 14.
University Gallery PODzome: in the middle of things; and Wrapture by Cherie Johnson; to September 27.
Belmont Anglican Saturday, 8am to noon. All Saints Anglican Church, Church Street, Belmont.
Raymond Terrace Saturday, 9am to 2pm. Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace.
Nelson Bay Saturday, 8am to noon. Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay.
Hamilton Clocktower Saturday, 8am to 2pm. Beaumont Street, Hamilton.
Maitland Harvest Saturday, 8am to 11am. Maitland Showground.
Adamstown Lions Sunday, 7am to noon. Corner Glebe and Brunker Road, Adamstown.
Newcastle Farmers Sunday, 8am to 1pm. Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Organic food Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm. Hunter Street Mall.
Sacred Tree Sunday, 9am to 2pm. St Brigids School, Branxton.
Hunt and Gather Saturday, 9am to 2pm. Pacific Park.
The Boxtrolls (PG) Beneath the charming cobblestone streets of Cheesebridge dwell the Boxtrolls - monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear.
The House Of Magic (G) A cheeky and loveable cat, Thunder, sneaks into a mysterious mansion owned by retired magician.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (MA15+) Some of Hollywood's biggest stars bring Sin City back to the big screen. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Johnny, a mysterious gambler set on taking down his sworn enemy in a high-stakes game of life and death. With Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Lady Gaga.
Snowpiercer (MA15+) A failed attempt to stop global warming triggers an ice age. The only surviving humans live on a self-sustaining train which travels around the Earth. Stars Chris Evans (Captain America).
Wish I Was Here (M) A struggling actor (Zach Braff) tries to find his identity and purpose in his life when he home schools his kids. Also stars Kate Hudson. (Tower)
A Most Wanted Man (M) In one of his last movies, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman is the head of an anti-terrorism team in Hamburg. Also stars Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe. (Avoca Beach)
Boyhood (M) This drama, filmed over 11 years, follows fictional Mason Evans Junior as he, and the actor portraying him Ellar Coltrane, grow up. (Tower Newcastle)
Charlie's Country (M) Charlie is an Aboriginal man in a remote community. Government intervention is making life more difficult and his kin seem more interested in going along with things than doing anything about it, so Charlie takes off to live the old way. (Lake)
Frozen (G) Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Special school holiday encore.
The Giver (M) In a seemingly perfect community without war, pain or suffering, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the "real" world. Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift.
Guardians Of The Galaxy (M) In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. Stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
The Hundred Foot Journey (PG) A story about an Indian family who move to France and open an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).
The Hundred-Year-Old Man (M) Dynamite expert Allan Karlsson's life and the unlikely events following his escape from the old folk's home on his 100th birthday.
If I Stay (M) After a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) is caught between life and death for one revealing day.
The Inbetweeners 2 (M) After their schoolies' holiday in Crete turned into a disastrous comedy of errors, Britain's favourite teens Jay, Neil, Simon and Will reunite for another holiday, in Australia.
Into The Storm (M) As a small town in Oklahoma faces a massive tornado, residents capture the storm on phones and video cameras.
Magic In The Moonlight (PG) A sceptical Englishman (Colin Firth) tries to unmask a possible swindler in this Woody Allen romantic comedy, also starring Emma Stone and Jacki Weaver. (Tower, Avoca Beach)
Planes: Fire And Rescue (G) When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.
Predestination (MA15+) A time-travelling lawman (Ethan Hawke) pursues a criminal who has always evaded him. (Tower)
Step Up: All In (PG) Dancers from previous Step Up installments reunite in Las Vegas in one final face-off to battle for victory.
Still Life (M) Council worker John is laid off from his job finding the next of kin for the recently deceased. His final assignment leads to a blossoming friendship. (Avoca Beach)
Sunshine On Leith (PG) A jubilant, heartfelt musical that follows one tight-knit Scottish family and the three couples bound to it as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships. Set to the foot-tapping music of pop-folk band The Proclaimers. (Lake)
Tarzan (PG) In this animated movie starring Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Tarzan and Jane Porter fight an evil chief executive who took over the company of Tarzan's parents after they died in a plane crash. (Scott's Raymond Terrace, Majestic Singleton)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (M) Four martial-arts trained mutant turtles emerge from the sewers to fight crime in New York City.
What We Do In The Shadows (M) Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) is a vampire just trying to get by in modern society in this comedy from the creators of Flight of the Conchords. (Avoca)
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Patsan. Sunday, DJ Jonathan.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Brenton Williams Duo.
Bar 121 Saturday, Hornet.
Bar Petite Sunday, Gian.
Beachcomber Hotel Saturday, Romney Watts.
Beauford Hotel Sunday, Kristy J.
Belmont 16 Footers Saturday, The Cruisers. Sunday, Stayin' Alive: The Australian Bee Gees Show, Klassik Blak.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, End of Days.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party.
The Bradford Saturday, HR Duo.
The Brewery Saturday, Kylie Jane. Sunday, Howie and Alex.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Bonjah, Heart Attack & Vine, Acoustic Showcase.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Talk of the Town.
Catho Pub Sunday, Sons Of Mercury.
Caves Beach Hotel Saturday, Cover 2 Cover.
Central Hotel, Stroud Saturday, Darren Jack.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Karaoke Klubhouse. Sunday, Pro DJs: Kids Disco & Karaoke, Ruby The Clown face painting with HicCups.
Colliery Inn Friday, Karaoke. Saturday, Pete Sneddon.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Loko.
Cricketers Arms Saturday, Lianna Rose.
Crown And Anchor Hotel Sunday, Gareth Hudson.
Customs House Saturday, Jon-T. Sunday, Brooke Harvey.
The Depot On Beaumont Saturday, Jack Dawson.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Dr Zoom Duo.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Get Soaked.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Flying Mare. Sunday, Zane Penn.
Finnegans Hotel Saturday, Secret Society, Resident DJs.
George Tavern, Greenhills Saturday, Good Grief.
Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Starboard Cannons. Sunday, Chuparosa.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, Katrina Burgoyne.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Live It Up Karaoke. Sunday, The Love Junkies, Jen Buxton and Slaughterhouse Five.
Harrigan's Pokolbin Saturday, Uptown.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Kylie Jane. Sunday, Kylie Jane.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Overload.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Hayden Johns.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Rubber Bullet.
King Bill IV Maitland Saturday, Allon. Sunday, Thomas Lawson.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Stereosonic Launch Party. Sunday, Karaoke Comp.
Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, The V Dubs.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.
Lass O'Gowrie Saturday, Montagu, The Rider, Alex Guthrie. Sunday, Rizal Abdulhadi.
Lizotte's Newcastle Saturday, Rumours: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Sunday, Ms Murphy.
Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Jon Matthews.
Mark Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, The Snape Brothers.
Mary Ellen Friday, Janey's Alibi Duo. Saturday, Hey Poncho.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, Showtime.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Arley Black. Sunday, Troy Kemp.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Jake Davy.
Ocean View Hotel Dudley Saturday, Full Throttle. Sunday, Tania Murray.
Pearl Beach Cafe Saturday, James Osborn.
Pedens At Cessnock Saturday, Viagro.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Lauren Arms. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Playhouse Theatre Saturday, Comedy at the Playhouse.
The Pourhouse Saturday, Shawn Lidster.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Howie and Alex. Sunday, Dai Pritchard Band.
Prince Of Wales Saturday, Dave Owen. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Regal Kurri Hotel Saturday, The Bend.
Royal Crown Hotel Dudley Saturday, You're The Star Karaoke.
Royal Exchange, Newcastle Saturday, Naughty But Nice, The Songs That Shocked The '20s.
Royal Federal Hotel Saturday, Daley Holliday.
Royal Hotel Denman Saturday, Tres Hombres.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Maddison Jay.
Royal Inn Waratah Saturday, Jack Daniels.
Searock @ Shoalbay Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Kim and Mik, Daley Holiday.
Seven Seas Hotel Carrington Saturday, Three of a Kind.
Shoal Bay Resort Saturday, Failed Rockstars, Greg Bryce.
The Small Ballroom Saturday, Hands Like Houses.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Blue Suede Rockers.
Souths, Merewether Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, The Beer Nuts Duo, Open Mic Night.
Stag And Hunter Hotel Saturday, Chuparosa.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Jake Rattle & Roll.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Double Impact.
Swansea Workers Club Saturday, The Liars.
Toronto District Workers Club Saturday, Crimson Tide.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, You're The Star Karaoke.
Vues On The Bay Saturday, Deuce.
Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Moonlight Drive.
Wangi District Workers Club Saturday, Dream Catchers.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, The Years.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, PUNKFiSH. Sunday, Jungle Kings.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Mick n Josh, Dave & The Demons. Sunday, Garth Prentice Duo, Kooyeh.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Good Company.
Russia's legendary Borodin String Quartet will play the Harold Lobb Concert Hall at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music on Thursday, September 25, from 7.30pm.