Charlie's Disco Party From 10am, Charlestown Square. Charlie is celebrating 40 years, so you can party like its 1979 with a free '70s makeover, retro sweets lolly bar, live music and a DJ spinning '70s hits.
Free Petting Party 10.30am to 12.30pm, Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Pokolbin. Lots of cute baby animals will be about for children to meet.
Gin and Jazz Festival Saturday & Sunday, Murray's Brewery, Bob's Farm. Sample Murray's new gins, plus live music.
HogWatts - A Magical Parody Saturday & Sunday, 48 Watt Street, Newcastle. HogWatts is an immersive dinner and show experience set within the magical walls and halls of 48 Watt St.
July Nature Walk 10am to 12pm, King Edward Park, Newcastle. Grab your binoculars and thermos and try and spot some whales from this beautiful vantage point on a guided walk.
Newcastle Brickfest a LEGO Fan Event Saturday 2-5pm & Sunday 9.30am to 5pm, Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow. Original creations and displays of LEGO themes will impress and inspire kids of all ages. Interact with the exhibitors, ask them about their displays and LEGO in general.
Newcastle Pro Wrestling 7.30pm, Club Charlestown. Newy Pro #80 will be headlined by HeadHunter Rig versus Mick Moretti.
Raffertys Coastal Run Attempt the 12km, 22km or 36km trail runs hosted from Raffertys Resort. The course takes in Catherine Hill Bay and the Munmorah State Conservation Area.
Rock Painting 12-2pm, Shoal Bay Country Club. Indulge in the latest craze of rock painting in this free school holidays activity.
Wallaroos Test Match 3pm, No.2 Sportsground, Newcastle. Watch the Australian women's rugby union team face Japan in the first of a two-match series.
Waratah Basketball League 7.15pm, Newcastle Hunters vs Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow; 7pm, Maitland Mustangs vs Hornsby Ku Ring Gai Spiders at Maitland Federation Centre.
Wild Things Workshop The All Story, 7 Robert Street, Wickham. Enter the mythic world of exhibiting artist Emma Kidd, who, over the course of one Saturday morning, will teach you to make your own articulated creature.
A Day On Our Green 11am to 4pm, Lowlands Bowling Club, Cooks Hill. Food stalls, wine tasting, markets and raffles.
A Furry Good Picnic 11am to 2pm, Two Fat Blokes, Pokolbin. Come to Two Fat Blokes and meet Hunter Animal Rescue's foster dogs and cats looking for their fur-ever homes.
Human Whale 2019 10am to 12pm, Fingal Bay Beach. Join the world record attempt to create the biggest human humpback.
Motorbike Racing From 8.30am, Maitland Motorcycle Club, 60 Kyle Street, Rutherford. Round 7 of the MX Nationals comes to Maitland with some of Australia's hottest riders.
Soul Food July 10.30am to 12pm, Cameron Park Community Centre, 107 Northlakes Drive, Cameron Park. The theme for this month is "The Mountains of Life" which will explore the tests and challenges of life, and how we can create spiritual strength to overcome them.
SAVE THE DATE
The first weekend of November is always firmly fixed in the calendar of Hunter craft ale connoisseurs as it means it's time for the Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival. The two-day event returns to Maitland Gaol on November 2 and 3. The festival almost always sells out on the Saturday, so get planning early.
Adamstown Lions Club Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, cnr of Brunker and Glebe Roads, Adamstown.
Dalwood Markets Saturday, 10am to 2pm, Dalwood Estate.
Handmade In the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.
Hunter Valley Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, Pokolbin.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point.
My Kids Market Sunday, 9am to 12pm, Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Olive Tree Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm. Civic Park, Newcastle.
Singleton Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Townsend Park, Singleton.
Tomaree Markets Sunday, 8.30am, Fly Point Park, Nelson Bay.
Wollombi Village Markets Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Wollombi.
Hunter Wetlands Centre Art Space Overwintering Revisited, by Hunter Sculptors Inc and Newcastle Printmakers, until July 26.
Kiray Putjung Art Trail at Little Yengo Room Art Gallery Wollombi, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, Cessnock & Kurri Kurri Libraries, Les Elvin Kungerra Gallery at the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre. Go to crag.net.au for dates and times. Until Sunday.
Watt Space Gallery Substrate, by University of NSW and University of Newcastle photography students, until August 10.
Raymond Terrace Library Worimi Wildflowers, by Pauline Coxon, until August 1.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Stories from Wonnarua, until October 13. Between Nature & Sin, by David Griggs; Cubby House, by Alysha Fewster, until July 21. Operation Art; Charles Blackman: from the MRAG Collection, until August 11. My North, by Cutler Footway, until August 18. Also, Free Art Sunday.
Dungog Contemporary Mowanjum To Maningrida, until Sunday.
Readers Cafe and Larder Enchanted Places, by Helen Tolhurst, until July 27.
The Creator Incubator Blue Fiveways Performance Installation & Exhibition, by Lyndal Campbell, until Sunday.
Hunter Region Botanic Gardens Winter Solstice Sculpture Exhibition, until August 4.
Brough House Maitland Children's Clothing 1900 to 1950, until September 7.
The Lock-Up I Love You Melissa, until July 21.
Newcastle Art Gallery The sea calls me by name, by James Drinkwater, until August 11. The nature of abstraction, by Virginia Cuppaidge, until July 21.
Lovett Gallery Streets of Our Town: Local Subdivision Plans 1880s-1950s, until July 20.
Local History Lounge - Newcastle Library Ten Years of Newcastle Productions: The art of Trevor Dickinson, until July 20.
SEEN@Swansea Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters, until July 21.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Large Modern Canvases; Quilting To Warm Your Home, until July 30.
Belmont Library Natural World, by Sharon Thomas, until August 11.
Newcastle ArtSpace Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize, until July 14.
Newcastle Museum Earthquake | Then and now and Again - 30 Years, until October 27.
Cstudios Art Gallery Newcastle - Harbour to Shore, by Geoffrey Breen, until July 27.
Blackstone Gallery Grain of Salt, by Elizabeth Mead.
Newcastle Theatre Company Singing Out, by Kathryn Grushka, Miranda Lawry and Linda Alcorn.
A Very Choppy Christmas (In July) - Or, Mistletoe Is Just Another Noxious Weed A family of petty criminals make amazing discoveries when they have a Christmas in July celebration; radio play-style jazz cabaret by Newcastle's David Baker. Smoking Chops, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm and 2pm Sunday.
Disney on Ice Celebrates Mickey & Friends The renowned ice-skating show looks at some of Disney's most popular and most colourful characters, as Mickey Mouse tries to decide which is his favourite. Feld Entertainment, at Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Saturday and Sunday, at 10am, 1.30pm and 5.30pm.
The 101 Dalmatians (The Play) Dalmation Pongo and his female partner pursue the obsessive Cruella de Vil, when she has off-siders kidnap their litter of 15 puppies; adapted for the stage from Dodie Smith's children's novel. Young People's Theatre, at Young People's Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 7pm.
Snow White This updated version of the classic fairy tale by US children's playwright Marjorie Sokoloff has the Witch as the central character, showing her tragic childhood, how she was initially the fairest one of all, and her subsequent quest for revenge. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its venue. Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Stepping Out Light-hearted comedy by Richard Harris that has eight very different people learning to tap dance and making self-discoveries along the way. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday, at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.
5 Sawyers Saturday, AK Morris.
Abermain Hotel Sunday, Molly Millington.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Jake Daulby.
Argenton Hotel Sunday, Alias Duo.
Bar Beach Bowling Club Sunday, Mark Le Rougetel.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Madelyn. Sunday, Kaitlyn Simms.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Jamstone.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Anthology, Tim Harding. Sunday, Klassic Blak.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Kaylens Rain Duo. Sunday, John Larder.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, MAK.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party.
The Bradford Saturday, The 3.
Burwood Inn Saturday, The Andy Show.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Head Of State, Run Squirrel, Mad Snake. Sunday, Lady Petrol, Trashed Again, Presqué Vu.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Two Fires - Cold Chisel Show.
Carrington Bowling Club Sunday, Cate Cornucopia.
Catho Pub Sunday, Mojo Bandits.
Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, The Mark Wells Trio. Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Greg Bryce Project.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Big Bang.
Civic Theatre Saturday, A Taste Of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation.
Club Kotara Saturday, Love That Hat.
Club Maitland City Saturday, Snape Trilogy.
Club Redhead Sunday, Greg Bryce.
Colliery Inn Sunday, Karen O'Shea.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Jason Paris.
Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, Latinova.
Customs House Sunday, Mick Jones.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Denman Hotel Sunday, Brenton Williams.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Phonic Duo.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Dave Alone.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Bernie.
Easts Golf & Leisure Club Sunday, Kaylah Anne.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Outlaw Avenue.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, No Exit - The Angels Show.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Lee Rolfe.
Family Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Lili Crane, Manning Patston.
Finnegans Saturday, G Wizard.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, King Shakey.
Gateshead Tavern Saturday, Allstar. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.
General Robert Hotel Saturday, Georgie James.
George Tavern Saturday, Sari Jade & Spike.
Grain Store Saturday, Beth Gleeson. Sunday, JJ King.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Skyscraper Stan.
Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Dave & Pete McCredie. Sunday, Kylie Jane.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Ashley Knight. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Gutter Tactic, Bayview Suspect, Blackout To Oblivion, Enter 6. Sunday, Yev Kassem, Radar Backwards, Household Item One.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Joel Oakhill Duo. Sunday, Allan Caswell.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, The Search Party. Sunday, Jason Bone.
Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.
Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Ash Mountain.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, The Years.
Kent Hotel Saturday, The V-Dubs. Sunday, Finn Blues Band.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Noy.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Murray Byfield.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Paula & Owen.
Lass O'Gowrie Hotel Saturday, India and The Journey To The East, Award Bios, Hazel Dazel. Sunday, Newdark, Microwave Johnny, Nude.
Lizotte's Saturday, Andy Firth & Rod White. Sunday, Marina Prior & David Hobson.
Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bobby C. Sunday, Marissa.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Mojo Bandits.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Paparazzi.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Chris Saxby. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Perry Carter.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Cruzers.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Tim Broadway.
Murray's Brewery Saturday, Rehab Brass Band. Sunday, Half Nelson.
Nag's Head Hotel Saturday, Karen O'Shea.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Russell Morris, Marissa Saroca, Marissa +2. Sunday, Hayden Johns.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Anyerin.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Loko.
Newcastle Diggers Saturday, Layth Gunn.
Newcastle Hotel Saturday, Pantheon.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Dean Kyrwood, Bel Woods.
Northumberland Hotel Saturday, Big Pete.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Dream Catchers. Sunday, Lauren Arms.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Felix Quinn Band. Sunday, Fish Fry, Wharf Life.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, XYZ.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Brazilian Brothers Duo.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Russell Hull.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Oran Vir.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Newcastle Flyers. Sunday, TK Vibez.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Prahlad, Misbehave. Sunday, JD's World of Magic, Mick Jones.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox Trio.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Stormcellar. Sunday, Marshall & The Fro.
Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, Steve Edmonds Band. Sunday, Darren Gould.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Paul Greene.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Overload.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Outerphase.
Swansea Workers Club Sunday, Maryanne Rex.
Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record. Sunday, The Years.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Matty G.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Mardy Leith.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Project X.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Mark Wells.
Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Winter Open Mic.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Hornet.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Uptown.
Wests NEX Saturday, The Hitpit.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Marz, James Reynolds. Sunday, Mark Wood, Rose Carleo Band.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Ryan Hemsworth.
After (M) A young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship.
Aladdin (PG) A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.
Annabelle Comes Home (M) Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artefacts room.
Booksmart (MA) On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends suddenly realise that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.
Crawl (MA) When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father. Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters.
Long Shot (M) Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly. (Regal)
Men in Black: International (M) The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.
Mystify: Michael Hutchence (M) Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael's private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic 'Rock God' and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man.
One Nation, One King (MA) The intertwining fates of the historical figures, the men and the women of the 1789 French revolution, as they meet at the newly established Assemblée Nationale.
Poms (PG) A woman moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents. (Regal)
Rocketman (M) The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. (Regal)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (M) Our friendly neighbourhood super hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent.
Stuber (MA) When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu picks up a passenger, who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he's thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.
The Chaperone (PG) In the early 1920s, a Kansas woman finds her life forever changed when she accompanies a young dancer on her fame-seeking journey to New York City. (Lake Cinema)
The Cure - Anniversary 1978-2018 (CTC) The Cure, acknowledged as one of the world's greatest live bands, take the stage on a perfect July evening in London's Hyde Park 2018 to deliver a set of songs celebrating four decades of music making.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (M) Ajatashatru Lavash Patel has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood tricking people with street magic and fakir stunts. He sets out on a journey to find his estranged father, but instead gets dragged on a never-ending adventure. (Regal)
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG) Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.
The Trouble With You (M) A widow discovers that her husband sent an innocent man to jail to cover-up his own crimes. (Regal)
Tolkien (M) he formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. (Lake Cinema)
Top End Wedding (M) Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding. (Regal)
Toy Story 4 (G) Woody and Buzz embark on a quest to find Woody's romantic interest, Bo Peep.
Yesterday (M) A struggling musician realises he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.