Hunter Valley Wine Festival 11am onwards, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale. Wine, beer and cider tastings; gourmet food; entertainment; children’s activities; guest speakers; demonstrations and more.
Burning of the Barrel 3pm to 10pm, Glandore Estate Wines, 1595 Broke Road, Pokolbin. Andy Wright from The Cellar Restaurant will dish up a delicious fireside menu for you to enjoy. Tickets at stickytickets.com.au.
Cookery For The Many 5.30pm onwards, Hunters Dream Estate, Pokolbin. Part of the 2018 Hunter Valley Wine Food and Film Festival. Premiere of the movie filmed in Hunter Valley Wine Country based on Australia’s first cookbook Cookery for the Many and the Upper Ten Thousand written by Edward Abbott in 1864. The evening commences with tastings of Around Hermitage wineries’ latest vintages, followed by the movie and a three-course dinner with accompanying wines.
2018 Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival A two-month celebration of the best the Hunter Valley has to offer. Go to winecountry.com.au for the program of events. Final weekend.
NRL Newcastle Knights vs Canterbury Bulldogs at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 12.45pm; main game kick-off 5.30pm.
Snow Time In The Garden Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Giant ice skating rink; ice toboggan; Snow Play Zone; rides; entertainment and more. Until July 22.
Evelyn The Ghost of Grossmann House – School Is In 7pm to 9.30pm, 71-73 Church Street, Maitland. Ages 17 and up only. Tickets $60 at humantix.com.au.
Meet The Stormtroopers 10am to 11.30am, The Empire Coffee Co, 1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle. A fun outing for Stars Wars fans and lovers of good coffee.
Circus Phoenix Extreme 11am, 3pm and 7.30pm, Maitland Showground. Extreme sports and death-defying acts in a two-hour show. Tickets at circusphoenix.com.au or at the door.
An Afternoon With Rachel Collis 2pm to 4pm, Uniting Church Hall, 178 Glebe Road, Merewether. Singer-songwriter Rachel Collis will perform, as will classical guitarist Strato Anagnostis. Entry is $25 per person, includes afternoon tea, a glass of wine plus tea or coffee. Tickets at trybooking.com. All money raised will be shared between The Community Kitchen Merewether and Kiwanis Beachside.
Beanies For Brain Cancer Zumba Party 3pm to 5pm, Wallsend Pioneer Hall, Cowper Street, Wallsend. A fun afternoon raising money for the Mark Hughes Foundation. Tickets $20 at the door.
The Hunter’s longest running community orchestra – Orchestra Nova – invites you to an afternoon concert with music by Mozart and selections from operas by Berlioz (Les Troyens), Offenbach (La Belle Helene) and Purcell (Dido and Aenaes). The conductor and arranger for the program is Andrew Hermon. Concerts will be held at 2pm on Saturday, July 21 (Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay) and 2pm on Sunday, July 22 (St Augustine’s Church, Merewether). Tickets are $20 with concessions available. Tickets can be purchased online at eventbrite.com.au or at the door on the day.
Market2Markets Winter Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Rowlands Park, Newcastle.
Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Beaumont Street, Hamilton.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Clarence Town Markets Saturday, 8am to noon, Clarence Town Bowling Club, Prince Street, Clarence Town.
Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Hunter Street Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 8am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Maitland Markets Winter Market Day Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground.
Broke Village Markets Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Wollombi Street, Broke.
Charlestown Genuine Farmers Market Sunday, 8am to noon, Hillsborough Public School.
Cooks Hill Galleries Give Me A Spoon, by Rebecca Pierce. Until July 23. A New Dawn, by Ken Strong. Until July 2.
Live Art – A Genetic Mash Up With Carla Edwards Saturday, 10am to noon, Belmont Library. Until August 11.
The Lock-Up Hunter Red: Seeing Red. Ends Sunday.
Art Systems Wickham Another Skin, by Dan Nelson. Until July 8.
Wollombi Cultural Centre TAOTOCS: The Artists of The Old Church. Ends Sunday.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery The Two of Us, by Frances & Chris Fussell. Ends Sunday.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth. Until July 22.
The University Gallery Memoranda. Until July 14.
Watt Space Gallery Three solo exhibitions by honours students Ann Snell, Emily Sinclair and Sharon Ridsdale. Until July 15.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Luminous Maitland; Stuart Scott. Until August 12. Hunter Red: Razzamatazz. Until July 22. All That Glitters, by Mandy Robinson and Jen Denzin. Until September 2. Secrets, by Wendy Sharpe. Ends Saturday.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre A Musical Kaleidoscope of Colour; Spinners & Weavers. Until July 3.
Newcastle Art Gallery Hunter Red: Corpus. Until July 22.
Timeless Textiles Kindred of the Dust, by Jess Forster. Until July 8.
Gallery 139 The Great Outdoors, by Linda Greedy, Michelle Teear, Sally Reynolds, Malcolm Sands, James Murphy, Catherine Tempest, Jane Richens. Ends Sunday.
The Swansea Centre Newcastle Art Society Exhibition. Until August 5.
Drench & Launders: The Annual Outing Novocastrians Maureen O’Brien and Stevi Cannon as the title duo in their lively once-a-year mix of songs and comedy, with special guest performers Kitty Katz and The Corduroy Thinker. The Dungeon, Adamstown Uniting Church, Saturday at 2pm. The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, Sunday at 4pm.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Colourful musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber looking at the Biblical figure who became adviser to an Egyptian ruler after being sold into slavery. Novocastrian Players and Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show-only matinee at 2pm (final week).
Prada’s Priscillas All-male revue, featuring renowned drag queen Prada Clutch and her “girls”, which looks through songs from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and other shows at how drag events became popular. Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Saturday at 8pm.
The Sound of Music Bright Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on the story of the Von Trapp family choral team who fled Austria in 1938 to escape from Nazis invaders. Opera Hunter, at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay. Wednesday, Saturday at 7.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1.30pm.
Who Am I . . .? Comic look by Newcastle writer and actor Russell Cheek at his prize- winning experience on the TV quiz show Sale of the Century in the early 1990s. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.
5 Sawyers Saturday, Devultra.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Counterpart.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Layth Gunn.
Bar Petite Saturday, CrocQ. Sunday, The Dew Cats.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, James Naldo.
Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Saturday, The V Dubs.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Loko, Daniel Arvidson.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, The DuoTones.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, The Years.
Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Angel Gear.
The Bradford Saturday, All Access 80s.
Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Nelipot, Rum Jungle.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Newcastle Flyers.
Catho Pub Saturday, Lee Rolfe. Sunday, Shivoo.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Anyerin.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Early Daze.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night, Dave Cochrane.
Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Zane Penn Duo. Saturday, Acca Dacca – AC/DC Show.
Club Kotara Saturday, Misbehave.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Mick Jones.
Colliery Inn Sunday, Greg Bryce.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Jackson Halliday.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Mick Jones.
Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Viagro.
Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, Loose, Toucan Tango.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Emily Smith, DJ Z4KLND.
Customs House Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Anyerin.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Jessica Cain.
D’Albora Marina Sunday, Todd Schmoo.
Denman Hotel Sunday, Gareth Jay.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Jungle Kings Duo.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Chris Bond.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Zane Penn.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Boney Rivers.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Mardmax.
Exchange Hotel Sunday, The Years.
Finnegans Saturday, Danny B & The Hornstar, Benny B, Lionette, Coco Levon, Tig, Josh Blair.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Mustang.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Whiskey Business Duo.
George Tavern Saturday, Dos Eager.
Grain Store Saturday, Megan Core. Sunday, JJ King.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Tinderry, Elke & The Jandel, Dyer Maker. Sunday, Lincoln Le Fevre, Lucy Wilson, Ben Leece, Jo Neugebauer.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Jon Matthews, Overload.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Paparazzi.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Prestige Inc.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Mojo Bandits.
Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Spin Gents.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Hornet.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Just A Gent.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Ben Woodham.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Burden Man, Obat Batuk, Boudicca. Sunday, Blooming.
Lizotte’s Saturday, Bowie Unzipped. Sunday, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty and Neil Young show.
Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Russell Snape.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Jerome. Sunday, Adrianna Mac.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Band Of Burds.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Roxy.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Katie N Feff.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Leadbellies.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Love That Hat. Sunday, Jake Davey.
Morisset Country Club Sunday, Sami Cooke.
Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Norm Bakker.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pistol Pete.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Witchery.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Gaudrys.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Pete Hibbert.
Newcastle Conservatorium Saturday, Tubular Bells For Two.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Louis Burt. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, The New Cool. Sunday, Bonny Rai.
Plough Inn Saturday, Murray Byfield.
Potters Brewery Saturday, Karen O'Shea.
Premier Hotel Sunday, The V Dubs.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Bucko.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, The Rumour Trio, Georgina Grimshaw.
Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Ashley Knight. Sunday, Alias.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Soundabout.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Acoustic Mayhem.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Maryanne Rex.
Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Jackson Halliday.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Brent & Tash.
Shinnies Hotel Sunday, Reggie Sinclair.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Kylie Jane, Steve Edmonds. Sunday, Micro Circus.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Greg Bryce.
Singleton Diggers Saturday, The Way.
Small Ballroom Saturday, Matt Meler, Rinse & Wax, T n A, Tomek, Ben Pailas.
South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Anthony Lee.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Friday Night Zoo.
Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Kwozzi.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Replay.
Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, John Larder.
Swansea Workers Club Saturday, First Impressions.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Robbie Urquhart.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, Reg Sinclair.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Alias.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Matty G.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Leigh Warren.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Kevin O'Hara.
Weston Workers Saturday, Voodoo Rhythm Shakers.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Hummingbirds.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Rock Factor. Tuesday, Angamus.
Wests NEX Saturday, Marissa+1.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Plastic Voyage, Them Wild Oats, The Not Nots. Sunday, Phoenix Pritchard, Ghost Road.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.
Adrift (M) A young woman sails into the eye of a hurricane to save the man she loves.
Belle and Sebastian: Friends for Life (PG) In the final chapter of the trilogy, Sebastian will try anything to protect Belle from her previous owner. (Tower)
Breath (M) Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form a friendship with an older man who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting impact on their lives. (Tower)
Disobedience (M) A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after the death of her rabbi father and stirs up controversy when she shows an interest in an old childhood friend.
Edie (M) To try and overcome a lifetime of bitterness and resentment, an older lady decides to climb a mountain in Scotland. (Tower)
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation (G) Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury monster cruise ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel.
Ideal Home (M) Erasmus and his partner have a happy self-indulgent life. Their perfect existence is turned upside down when Erasmus is confronted by the grandson he never knew he had.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (M) It’s been four years since Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves.
Kodachrome (M) Matt Ryder is convinced to drive his estranged and dying father Benjamin Ryder cross country to deliver four old rolls of Kodachrome film to the last lab in the world that can develop them before it shuts down for good. (Lake)
Lost In Paris (G) Fiona visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic Aunt Martha. Catastrophes ensue, mainly involving Dom, a homeless man who has yet to have an emotion or thought he was afraid of expressing. (Tower)
Ocean’s 8 (M) Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (MA) The drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.
Sanju (CTC) Sanju is a dramatic and enigmatic saga of Sanjay Dutt's life. It is in turns a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of one man’s battle against his own wild self and the formidable external forces trying to crush him. (Tower)
Tag (M) A small group of former classmates organise an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.
Tea With The Dames (M) Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. The four acting greats discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre. (Tower, Lake)
The Bookshop (PG) Set in a small town in 1959 England, a woman opens a bookshop, and creates a political minefield.
The Death of Stalin (MA 15+) When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. (Regal)
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (M) A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.
The Incredibles 2 (PG) Bob Parr is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen is out saving the world.
The Leisure Seeker (M) Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.
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