Health & Fitness Festival 8.30am to 6pm, The Station, corner Scott and Watt streets, Newcastle. A variety of health and fitness classes, speakers, demonstrations and products. Includes a flash mob meditation at 11.30am, and Beer & Yoga at 5pm. Entry is free.
Denman Pig Races 10am, Denman Football Oval grounds. A fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
Branxton Rodeo 9am to 9pm, 85 McMullins Road, Branxton.
Lake Macquarie Do the 5 for Police Legacy 8.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park to Warners Bay and return.
Spring Street Festival 10am to 4pm, Newcastle Libraries, 15 Laman Street, Newcastle. A youth-led event exploring the positive solutions that are happening to address issues such as climate change, gender equality and sustainable consumption. Featuring a clothes, jewellery and book swap, vegetarian food stalls, music, local artists and workshops on topics such as urban farming and fashion.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club's 90th Anniversary The club is "re-opening" at 11am followed by a race around Pulbah Island and live music.
The Bender 2019 7pm, The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle. A celebration of collaboration and experimentation headlined by performance artist Radha (Shahmen Suku). Tickets $15.
Street Food Social 3pm to 8pm, Potter's Lane, 42 Rees James Road, Raymond Terrace.
Mattara Festival of Newcastle Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Wallsend Park, 99 Cowper Street, Wallsend. Stage performances, arts and crafts tent, a petting farm, rides and more.
Where's Wally Activity Zone and Adventure Hunt 11am to 2pm, Marketown Newcastle.
Fashion Parade 1pm to 4pm, Georgetown Anglican Church Hall, 7 Wentworth Street, Georgetown. $8 entry includes Devonshire tea.
Green Thumb Social The Fernery, 84 Fern Street, Islington. A free plant-swapping party. Bring your cuttings, plants and pots to swap, learn and meet other green thumbs.
Surfing The Spectrum Summer Tour 2019-20 10am to 3pm, Nobby's Beach, Newcastle. Volunteers teach people with autism ocean awareness and promote the benefits of surf therapy.
Riverlights Multicultural Festival 3pm to 9pm, The Levee Central Maitland, High Street, Maitland. A celebration of Maitland's cultural diversity through food, music, dance and interactive experience. The night will end with a festival parade and a lantern flotilla on the Hunter River.
Australis Face of Facon Runway 11.30am to 12.30pm, Westfield Kotata, level 1, outside David Jones.
Boxing Under The Dome East Cessnock Bowling Club. First fight starts 6.45pm.
Lake Macquarie SES Open Day 10am to 2pm, cnr Fourth Street and Creek Reserve Road, Boolaroo.
Holographic Slime Workshops Stockland Jesmond, 28 Blue Gum Road, Jesmond.
Ingress XM Anomaly - Umbra Newcastle Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle CBD and Foreshore. Online game where players explore the real world to interact with culturally significant locations.
Dungog-Clarence Town CWA Quiltarama Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Clarence Town School of Arts Hall, Grey Street, Clarence Town, and the Senior Citizen's Centre. Entry $5 covers admission to both venues.
Church Street Spring Festival Saturday and Sunday,10am to 4pm, Grossmann & Brough House, 71-73 Church Street, Maitland.
SportsFest 10am to 2pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point. Fun and engaging simulators, batting cages and sports challenges giving kids young and the young-at-heart the opportunity to try a new sport or test their skills and speed on a sport they already love. Fitness classes, health and wellness booths, and healthy food stalls. Hosted by The Hunter Academy of Sport.
A Conversation On The Couch with Dr Jodie Fleming 3pm to 5pm, 48 Watt Street, Newcastle. Author Dr Jodie Fleming has a conversation with long-time friend former Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation Michelle Faithfull, as she launches her memoir A Hole In My Genes.
The Porter Children at Miss Porter's House 1pm to 4pm, 434 King Street, Newcastle. Re-live the first decades of the 20th century with Ella and Hazel Porter. Tinplate toys, dolls, schoolbooks and other childhood memorabilia will be on show.
Families Supporting Families Colour Burst Family Fun Day 10.30am, Blue Gum Shelter, Carnley Avenue Reserve, Blackbutt. A fun day for people with a disability/additional needs and their families and friends as part of the "Count us in Newcastle" inclusion program. Bookings essential.
MTB Social Swap & Sell 1pm to 4pm, Royal Crown Hotel, 94 Ocean Street, Dudley. Mountain bikes, live music and raffles.
Blak Douglas and Ursula Yovich In Conversation and Performance 2pm to 3.30pm, Newcastle Art Gallery, 1 Laman Street, Newcastle. A rare opportunity to hear two of Australia's strongest Indigenous voices in conversation and performance.
Aussie Paralympic Mob Gathering 3pm to 5pm, Raymond Terrace Bowling Club.
Anti Poverty Week Sit In 9.30am to 12.30pm, Civic Park, Newcastle. Guest speakers, music, food trucks.
Sunday Morning Yoga 8am to 9am, Quill & Compass, 171 Darby Street, Cooks Hill. Bring your own mat.
SAVE THE DATE
The annual Harbour2Vine Cycle Classic will be held on Sunday, October 27, and is a fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. There is a 58km course and a 1km children's ride around Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. The event kicks off at Rydges Newcastle at 6.30am with a pre-race breakfast and briefing, and ends at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley with a BBQ for riders and their families. There will be two rest stops along the way with full refreshments. Entry is $84 for adults, inclusive of the ride, snacks and lunch, and $20 for children taking part in the 1km ride, which also includes lunch. Full details as well as bookings at harbour2vine.com.au
Young Entrepreneurs Twilight Market Saturday, 3pm to 7pm, Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc, 2A Platt Street, Waratah.
Aussie Night Markets Saturday and Sunday, 4pm to 10pm, Dixon Park Beach, Ocean Street, Newcastle. Food and market stalls, live music, entertainment, rides and more.
Kurri Kurri Community Markets Saturday, 7am to 1pm, Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri.
Boolaroo Uniting Church Garage Sale Saturday, 8.30am to 1pm, Boolaroo Uniting Church Hall, 53 Main Road, Boolaroo.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 2pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point.
Port Stephens Uniting Church Market Day Saturday, 8am to 1pm, 174 Salamander Way, Salamander Bay.
Newcastle Food & Flower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.
Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.
Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Hunter Street Organic Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Edgeworth Charity Markets Sunday, 9am to 1pm, Edgeworth Community Hall.
Arts Systems Wickham Apparent Space, by John Barnes, until October 27.
CStudios Art Gallery Embodiment, by Cheridan Chard and Toni Amidy, until November 2.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Fingers and Pi's, by Sandra Brown, until October 26.
Newcastle Library Local History Lounge The Queen's Album.
Make Space Newcastle Stance - Surf Art & Photography Exhibition.
University of Newcastle Gallery Steel Life, by Murray McKean, until October 19.
Cooks Hill Galleries La Danse, by Bruce Rowland, until October 14.
Brough House, Museum of Clothing High Street Maitland - Coming to Town in the 50s, until November 30.
SEEN@Swansea Waste To Art, until December 1.
Timeless Textiles Flannel Flowers, by Gloria Muddle.
Hunter Wetlands Centre It Isn't Easy Being Green, by Mark Kempton, until October 31.
Watt Space Gallery Glitch, by Nicholas Flatman, and Dead Matter, by Michael Chapman, Beth George, Nicholas Flatman, Nicholas Foulcher.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Gallery Patterns in Time, by Juliet Ackery, Miranda Lawry and Susie Lochhead, until October 20.
Blackstone Gallery Mike Rule: Along The Savannnah Way.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Stories from Wonnarua Country, until October 13. Somewhere Else, by Lottie Consalvo; The Nightingale and The Rose, by Del Kathryn Barton, until November 3. The Myth of the Angry Wizards of Maitland, by Frank Oakes; Time Traveller, by Suzanne Archer; In The Light of the Day, by Nola Tegel, until November 17. A Poem For Maitland - In celebration of the Maitland Region Society of Artists 21st Birthday, until November 24. Unfolding Time, Penelope Seidler's Gift to Maitland, until February 16. Remnants Before The Tasman, by Brett Piva, until May 31. Free Art Sunday.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Fabulous Fakes; Pastel Artworks, a Fusion Display and Quilting Challenge, until October 22.
Newcastle Museum Earthquake - Now and Then, 30 Years, until October 27.
Newcastle Art Gallery Introducing: From the collection; Kilgour Prize 2019, until October 13. Off the Canvas, by Robert Dickerson, until November 3.
Curve Gallery & Studios Piopiotahi, by Jane Lander, until October 19.
Gallery 139 at Newcastle ArtSpace A Painter's Journey - Malcolm Sands, until October 20.
The Creator Incubator Saturday, 4pm to 8pm: launch of Biltur Roadtrip, by Graham Wilson.
Arsenic and Old Lace A man learns, when visiting two spinster aunts, that they have been poisoning lonely old men for years; farcical look by writer Joseph Kesselring at plays involving murder. Maitland Repertory Theatre. Saturday, at 8pm.
Black Star Cabaret Sugar Derramar and her stage kitten, Ebony Strange, take watchers on a journey of the senses, with burlesque queens, a magician, a tattooed dancer, circus and a balloon pop act. The Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at 8.30pm.
Blithe Spirit A socialite invites eccentric clairvoyant Madam Arcati to his home to conduct a séance believing nothing will happen - but the ghost of his annoying first wife appears; comedy by Noel Coward. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday and Sunday, 2pm and 8pm.
Peter Pan Jr The title character and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, take three young children on a magic journey to see lost boys and wicked pirates; musical adapted from a Disney film. Hunter Drama, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.
Safari Circus Avalon's school holiday show has two clowns trekking through an African jungle and encountering amazing and amusing creatures. The Bigtop Tent, at Callaghan College's Waratah Technology Campus. Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 3pm and 7pm.
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr A young woman moves to New York in 1922 in search of a better life, but the man she falls in love with doesn't have a dime to his name; adaptation for young performers of a bright musical. Young People's Theatre, at Young People's Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday at 2pm.
I Have A Dream Featuring the music from the movie musical Mamma Mia. Maitland High School, 32 Hunter Street, East Maitland. Saturday at 7pm; Sunday at 1pm. Tickets at trybooking.com.
5 Sawyers Saturday, AK Morris.
48 Watt Street Sunday, Strawberry Skies, The Moving Stills, Milky Thred, Paspalum.
Abermain Hotel Sunday, Scott Stenson.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Reggie Sinclair. Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Argenton Hotel Sunday, City Beats Duo.
The Badger's Lair - Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Mission: Banana, The Loose Leeches, Honey Hills, Bonza.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.
Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Sunday, Troy Kemp.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Jamstone. Sunday, The V-Dubs.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Michael Jackson The Legacy.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Glen Harrison.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Bad Paris.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Shooting Molly.
Blue Kahunas Saturday, Reggae Got Soul.
The Bradford Saturday, Slam Tango.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Crocodylus, Israeli Chicks, Pistol Peaches. Sunday, August Burns Red (USA), Alpha Wolf, Gravemind (main room), Stumps, Underlay (warehouse).
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Stiletto.
Carrington Bowling Club Sunday, Connor Wink.
Catho Pub Sunday, Shivoo.
Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows Saturday, The Gaudrys. Sunday, Duncan Woods.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Walking Phoenix Duo.
Club Charlestown Saturday, Overload.
Club Maitland City Saturday, Glen Harrison.
Colliery Inn Sunday, ROX.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Simon King.
Customs House Sunday, Ben Travis.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Matt Semmens.
D'Albora Marina Saturday, Glen Harrison.
Denman Hotel Saturday, Oran Vir.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, City Beats.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Dave Alone.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Whiskey Business. Sunday, Anthony Lee.
Easts Golf & Leisure Club Sunday, Big Pete.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, The Lamplighters.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Michael Peter.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, 2000s Alt-Metal tribute.
Family Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Soy, Rosa Maria.
Finnegans Saturday, Teddy Cream.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Lithium.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Katie N Feff.
George Tavern Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Skyscraper Stan.
Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, The Levymen.
Gunyah Hotel Sunday, Kaylah Anne.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Australis Uber Alles, I Hate People, The Darrans, Rigor Mortis. Sunday, Edda Srey, The Shadow Cast, Lem Bucko.
Harrigan's Pokolbin Saturday, Jayde Corner, Komiti Levai Band. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys. Sunday, 2 Left Feet.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, The Search Party. Sunday, TomKat.
Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Half Nelson.
Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, Dan Ruchel Band.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Mick Jones.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, A Tribute to Pearl Jam and Powderfinger.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Shivoo. Sunday, Finn Blues Band.
King Street Saturday, Jesabel.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Saturday, Ryan Hemsworth.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Katie Jayne Duo. Sunday, Jason Bone.
Lass O'Gowrie Hotel Saturday, Mesmeriser, Abby Bella Mae, LS Three.
Lizotte's Sunday, Pokey La Farge (USA), Sierra Ferrell. Monday, Neil Byrne & Ryan Kelly (IRE).
Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, The Colonel's 2 Piece Feed. Sunday, Murph.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, The Associates.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, V-Dubs.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, TK Vibez.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Zane Penn. Sunday, Greg Bryce.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Trancemission.
Murray's Brewery Saturday, Austin Mackay. Sunday, Michael Peter.
Nag's Head Hotel Saturday, Greg Bryce.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Anyerin. Sunday, Jessica Cain.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Kazzie.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Holly Mae, Dean Kyrwood.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Bucko. Sunday, Spuz.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Paparazzi, Tom Christie. Sunday, Vanguard Players, Wharf Life.
Quill & Compass Saturday, Rhythm Hunters.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Kazzie Band.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Outerphase.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Maryanne Rex.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Jamie Martens.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, The Leadbellies. Sunday, Ashley Knight.
Shaft Tavern Sunday, Tim Harding.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Example (UK). Sunday, Pretty Amazing Jono, Dynamite.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Hayden Johns.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Mick Hart Experience.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, The Bad & The Ugly. Sunday, Phonic.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Outerphase. Sunday, Ryan Hemsworth.
Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, CrocQ.
Swansea Workers Club Sunday, Tim Broadway.
Sydney Junction Hotel Sunday, The Years.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Mark Lee.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.
Toronto Hotel Saturday, Leo Sayer (UK), Roxy, Boney Rivers, Pockets Aces.
Toronto Workers Saturday, The Rattlesnakes.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.
Vault 73 Saturday, Ian Papworth Open Mic night.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Emily Smith. Sunday, Mark Wells.
Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, Kristy J Duo.
Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Wangi Hotel Saturday, Steel City. Sunday, Scully.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Riff Raff.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Melbourne Street.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Dr Zoom Duo.
Wests City Saturday, Iguana.
Wests Nelson Bay Saturday, The Years. Sunday, The Andy Show.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Dai Pritchard. Sunday, Tim Rossington, Steve Edmonds.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Allstar.
Abominable (G) When a group of friends encounter a young Yeti, they embark upon an quest to reunite the creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.
A Dog's Journey (PG) Bailey is living the good life on the farm of Ethan and Hannah. As Bailey's soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he promises Ethan to find CJ and protect her. (Regal)
Ad Astra (M) Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet.
Angry Birds 2 (PG) To save the world, enemies must become frenemies. (Lake Cinema)
Camino Skies (PG) Exploring themes of spirituality, wellbeing and religion, this is the journey of six strangers from New Zealand and Australia walking the 800km Camino de Santiago to overcome the personal and physical trauma. (Lake Cinema)
Dora & the Lost City of Gold (PG) Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora for high school.
Downton Abbey (PG) The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century. (Regal, Lake Cinema)
Gemini Man (M) An innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move.
Good Boys (MA) Three sixth grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs.
Hustlers (MA) Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
IT: Chapter Two (MA) 27 years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
Joker (MA 15+) A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer.
Late Night (M) A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show. (Regal)
Metallica: S&M2 (E) Metallica joins together with The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for the first time in twenty years to once again stage their landmark concert and live album, S&M.
Ride Like A Girl (PG) The story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (M) Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, has turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (PG) When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red, Chuck, Bomb, and Mighty Eagle recruit Chuck's sister Silver and team up with pigs to forge an unsteady truce.
The Farewell (PG) A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Regal)
The Keeper (M) Bert Trautmann, a German prisoner of war is sent to England at the end of WWII, and becomes a football legend. (Regal)
UglyDolls (G) An animated adventure in which the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different.
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