Hunter Wetland Centre Evolving Wetlands, an interactive exhibition showcasing a unique collection of dinosaur fossils and replicas with a focus on the wetlands environment. The exhibition features specially made dinosaur casts from the collection of local palaeontology expert Michael Dawson. The exhibition will be open to the public from 9.30am to 1.30pm daily until July 21.
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.
Book Sale 9am to 1pm, Toronto Uniting Church, 118 The Boulevarde, Toronto.
Aberdeen Highland Games Jefferson Park, Aberdeen. Strong man competitions, Highland dancing, pipe bands, food and market stalls and more. Tickets at TryBooking.com or at the gate.
Top Dog Film Festival 6pm, Tower Cinemas, Newcastle. A two-hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people.
Roller Derby Bogey Rollers vs Harbour Hellcats. 6pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow.
FOUND 7pm, Newcastle Art Gallery. The Flipside Project’s response to the exhibition Patricia Wilson Adams: stain me with the intensity of black.
Ice Hockey Newcastle North Stars vs Adelaide Adrenaline. 5pm, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Warners Bay.
Bugs and Buses by the Bay 10am onwards, Fennell Bay Park, Toronto. All Volkswagens welcome. Bring a picnic basket. The first 30 cars receive a free coffee.
NAIDOC Week Celebration 3pm to 4.30pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Hosted by the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches of the Hunter. This year’s theme: Because of Her, I Can! Guest speaker Aunty Brenda Mathews will share her story of being stolen from her Aboriginal family five years after the NSW government changed its official policy. Plus traditional dancing and a smoking ceremony. Soup and damper will be served following the service. All welcome.
Soul Food – Restoring the balance 10.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Exploring how our spiritual wellbeing affects the equilibrium of our health and physical wellbeing.
Laguna Land Rover Quarterly Show-Off 10.30am onwards, Great Northern trading Post, Laguna.
The US of A Night Calais Estate’s The Verandah Restaurant is hosting a star-spangled night with complimentary pre-dinner drinks and canapes followed by a five-course American-inspired tapas dinner. Book by phoning 4998 7231 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSW State Hillclimb Championship – Round Six Ringwood Park Motorsport Complex.
Open Day: The Porters in Newcastle West 1pm to 4pm, Miss Porter’s House, 434 King Street, Newcastle. Admission: $8 adults, $20 family, $6 pensioners and children five years and over. Free to National Trust Members and children under five.
Ice Hockey Newcastle North Stars vs Melbourne Ice. 4pm, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Warners Bay.
Combined Choirs Concert Noon to 2pm, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.
NAIDOC Week runs from July 8 to 15, and Westfield Kotara is hosting some traditional community activities. Speaking In Colour allows children to take part in weaving and leaf painting activities, learning about Aboriginal art appreciation. July 14 and 15, 10am to 2pm. Harry Harthog will also be offering a NAIDOC-themed kid’s creative writing competition, which can be entered in-store.
Also, there will be a Jurassic World Craft Village in the centre with animatronic dinosaurs, and a Dino Craft Zone on July 21 and 22, 11am to 2pm, in partnership with Australian Geographic. A pop-up Touch A Truck zone will run from 10am to 2pm daily, July 9 to 20.
The Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.
Anna Bay Community Market Saturday, 8.30am to 2pm, Baylife Church.
Farmers and Artisan Market @ Toronto Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Toronto Foreshore.
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.
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.
Dalwood Markets Sunday, 8am to 3pm, 700 Dalwood Road, Dalwood.
Tomaree Market Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay.
Wollombi Village Christmas in July Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, corner Wollombi and Great Northern roads, Wollombi.
Cooks Hill Galleries Give Me A Spoon, by Rebecca Pierce. Until July 23.
Live Art – A Genetic Mash Up With Carla Edwards Saturday, 10am to noon, Belmont Library. Until August 11.
The Lock-Up The Ghosts of Nothing – In Memory of Johnny B. Goode. A combination of art, music, performance and multimedia.
Art Systems Wickham Another Skin, by Dan Nelson. Ends Sunday.
Wollombi Cultural Centre Two Journeys, by Lynette Russell and Ann Grace-Smith.
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.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Marine & Industrial Art; Nature of the Bay. Until August 14.
Newcastle Art Gallery Hunter Red: Corpus. Until July 22.
Timeless Textiles Kindred of the Dust, by Jess Forster. Ends Sunday.
Gallery 139 Drawn Out, by Ben Gallagher, Cherie Wren, Maddyson Hatton, Jill Orr, Bruce Roxburgh, Camille Kersley, Peter Lankas. Until July 22.
The Swansea Centre Newcastle Art Society Exhibition. Until August 5.
Wallsend Library 2018 NAIDOC photography exhibition. Until August 4.
Lovett Gallery Exhibition: The Children’s Library. Until August 25.
Hunter Galleries at Dalwood Estate A mixture of modern and traditional arts, with a common theme of country landscapes and native fauna. Until August 31.
CStudios Art Gallery G O R R I N G, by Jackie Gorring and Jill Orr. Until July 28.
Letters to Lindy Moving look by playwright Alana Valentine at the letters, supportive and damning, Lindy Chamberlain received after being accused of murdering her child. Merrigong Theatre Company. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 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. Saturday, at 7.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1.30pm (final week).
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Alessandro. Sunday, CrocQ & Friends.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The V Dubs.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Remedy.
Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Witchery.
Bar Petite Saturday, Adrienne.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Brien McVernon. Sunday, Aqwa.
Beach Hotel Sunday, The V Dubs.
Belmont 16s Saturday, The Black Sorrows, Bobby C, The Years, Kazzie. Sunday, Klassic Blak.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Vogue.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Trainwreck. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Club.
The Bradford Saturday, Loose Bazooka.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Raave Tapes, Haiku Hands, Press Club, Vacations, Totty, Stumps, Candy, Pals, e4444e, Grace Turner, Morgana Osaki, Raj Mahal, Georgia June, NTL Landmarks, India and the Journey to the East, Belle Badi, Zampa. Sunday, Househats.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Gen-R-8.
Catho Pub Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys. Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.
Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Adrianna Mac.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Dave Carter.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Overload.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Marissa+1.
Club Kotara Saturday, Loose Bazooka.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Brendan Murphy.
Colliery Inn Sunday, Anyerin.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Whiskey Business Duo.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Zane Penn.
Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, Funktus.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Gerda & Dave, DJ Urby.
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Saturday, Lachlan Edwards.
Customs House Saturday, Jethro Thorpe. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Megan Core.
D’Albora Marina Sunday, Tyler John.
Dashville Saturday, PigSty In July ft. The Porkers, Front End Loader, Dashville Progress Society, The Steele Syndicate, Aaron Gocs, Then Jolene, Georgie Jones, Cameron James, Bec Charlwood.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Redline.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Norm Bakker.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Ash Mountain. Sunday, John Noble.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Karen O'Shea.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Amigos.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Melbourne Street.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Beth Gleeson.
Finnegans Saturday, Lionette & MC Bones.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Little Cents.
George Tavern Saturday, Felix Quinn Music Duo.
Grain Store Sunday, JJ King.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, The Steele Syndicate.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, 24 Hours.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Unbound, Robber, Maggot Cave, Mermaids, Eolcoe, Body Melt. Sunday, Pete Roberts, Nathan Gleeson, John Tennyson.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Counterpart. Sunday, Rich & Famous.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells Trio. Sunday, Fabba.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Sundays Record Duo.
Hotel Jesmond Saturday, Mardmax.
Hunter River Hotel Saturday, James Naldo.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Misbehave.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Peter Stefanson.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Floyd Vincent & Dave Marsalis.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, RK Ally, Bitchcraft, Boudicca.
Lizotte’s Saturday, Diesel. Sunday, The Voice Studio Juniors In Concert.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Triple Zero.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Joy Duo.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Greg Bryce Duo.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Sunday, Metro Muso’s Jam Session.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Prestige Inc. Sunday, Ashley Knight.
Morisset Country Club Sunday, James Naldo.
Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Brien McVernon.
Nags Head Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.
Neath Hotel Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Rumour Trio. Sunday, Mark Wells.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Bobby C.
Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, Frankenbok, Autolysis, PurEnvy, Chambers of Insanity, Cerebral Contortion, Blackout To Oblivion.
Newcastle Racecourse Saturday, Max Jackson. Saturday, Bonny Rai.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Allon, Wesley’s Edge.
Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Tom Christie.
Pelican RSL Club The Strangeminds.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Kristy James.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Mojo Bandits, DJ Sean Michaels. Sunday, Overload.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Bobby C, The Gaudrys. Sunday, Loko, Wharf Life.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Murray Byfield.
Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Tim Rossington.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Arcane Duo.
Shinnies Hotel Sunday, Next Generation.
Shoal Bay Bay Country Club Saturday, Nicko, Sunday Avenue. Sunday, DLove.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Jackson Halliday.
Small Ballroom Saturday, Linda Marigliano, Jackson Blanch, Hooey, Jun Wan.
Softys Sunday, Olympic Fever, Candy, Cherry Stain, Dr Dingo & The Space Cadets.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Junior and Luana.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Susie Scurry.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, The Bad and The Ugly.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Duplexity.
Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Layth Gunn.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, Moondogs.
Toronto Hotel Sunday, Boney Rivers.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Katie N Feff.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Joel Procter.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Loko.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Phonic Trio. Tuesday, Angamus.
Wests NEX Saturday, The Levymen.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Sunhill Drive, Yes Commissioner. Sunday, Greg Bryce, The Lamplighters.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Emily Smith.
Adrift (M) A young woman sails into the eye of a hurricane to save the man she loves.
Ant-Man and The Wasp (PG) As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
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)
Crooked House (PG) Sophia returns after the war to find her grandfather poisoned and a family filled with suspects. (Regal)
Deadpool 2 (MA) When a super soldier arrives on a murderous mission, Deadpool is forced to think about friendship, family and what it really means to be a hero. (Event, Glendale)
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. (Lake)
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.
Mary Shelley (CTC) Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin’s family disapproves when she and poet Percy Shelley announce their love for each other. The family is horrified when they find that the couple have eloped, accompanied by Mary’s half-sister, Claire. (Tower)
Ocean’s 8 (M) Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala. (Lake, Regal)
Show Dogs (PG) Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.
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)
That Good Night (M) An ageing writer who is terminally ill tries to reconcile with his son before he dies. (Regal)
The Bookshop (PG) A free-spirited widow opens a bookshop and causes a mini-revolution in her town. (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. (Regal)
The Incredibles 2 (PG) Bob Parr is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen is out saving the world. (Lake)
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.
This Beautiful Fantastic (PG) A reclusive young woman who dreams of becoming a children's author finds an unlikely mentor in the rich curmudgeon who lives next door. (Regal)
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