Ford's Driving Skills for Life 8.30am and 12.30pm, Newcastle Showground, entry via Griffiths road, Broadmeadow. Free hands-on driver training course for new and young drivers, teaching them how to share the road and follow best practice. Register at FordDSFL.com.au.
2019 Michilis Mattara Surf Classic Saturday and Sunday, South Bar Beach, Newcastle.
Newcastle Lapidary Club Gem and Jewellery Fair Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm, Newcastle Police Citizens Youth Club, corner Young and Melbourne roads, Broadmeadow. Demonstrations and displays of lapidary and jewellery-making, plus stalls selling a variety of tools, jewellery, gemstones and lapidary material.
The Creator Incubator Open Day 4pm to 8pm, 15A/50 Clyde Street, Hamilton North. Meet the artists, who will also be selling their creations.
The Hunter Cactus and Succulent Society Inc. Biannual Open Day and Plant Sale 9.30am to 1pm, Wallsend Library, 30 Bunn Street, Wallsend. A display of decorative and rare plants, plus plants for sale. Entry is free.
Rose Spectacular Saturday and Sunday, final days, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin.
Christmas Lights Spectacular 2019 Saturday and Sunday, 5.30pm to 10.30pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Newly created immersive displays include a White Christmas scene, Lover's Corner and light tunnels. Daily until January 26.
This That Festival Wickham Park, 22 Albert Street, Wickham. 21 national and international music acts.
St Matthew's Fete 8am to noon, 7 Wentworth Street, Georgetown. Stalls and activities including face painting, a jumping castle and a crockery smash.
2019 Newcastle Bonsai Exhibition Saturday and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm, Club Charlestown, 5 Lincoln Street, Charlestown. Sales plus demonstrations. Admission $2 (children free).
NM:AM Picnic in Museum Park 10am to 2pm, Newcastle Museum Park, 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle. Celebrate the new Museum Park with music by Doc & the Delegates, giant games and a sausage sizzle. Meet your favourite animals from Hunter Valley Zoo, watch juggling acts by Ship O Fools or get your face painted. Children can bring their favourite cuddly toy and join in the fun.
NM:PM RED not dead 5pm to 9pm, Newcastle Museum, 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle. Dance, drink, eat and explore community entertainment and activities to celebrate the launch of the museum's new branding. Come dressed in your best red threads and paint the museum red. Music by Kat Waria, Newcastle Chamber Choir and Collidescope; food by Pino's; a red beer bar by Murray's Brewery; a red wine bar by Inner City Winemakers; dance performances by Chakras Performing Arts; fire performances; a Chinese photo booth, plus paper folding and Knot workshops hosted by the Confucius Institute; spear shaping demonstrations by Luke Russell from Wylaa Buuranliyn; The Roost art and design exhibition; Star Hotel Riot and BHP film screenings by Stories of our Town; hot sauce tastings by Chilli Bros; music and sound installations by TANTRUM; and a red fashion display by Facon.
Hyundai A-League Round 5 Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 4pm; kick-off 5pm.
Toymate Glendale Festival of Fun Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Stockland Glendale, 387 Lake Road, Glendale. Free events and entertainment, as well as specials on toys and outdoor items
Family Fun Day 3pm to 5pm, Mayfield Bowling Club, 2A Ingall Street, Newcastle. Face painting, bowls and entertainment.
Bands In The Park 9.30am to 1.30pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point. Three brass and two concert bands from the Hunter Regional Band Association.
She Sails -Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Open Regatta Saturday and Sunday, 95 Hannell Street, Wickham. A two-day fleet racing event for up to 16 all-female crews of three or four members.
Lambton High School Class of 1979 Reunion - 40 Years 5pm onwards, Queens Wharf Hotel, Newcastle.
Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike GP 9am to 5pm, Cessnock. Presented by the Cessnock Motorcycle Club, racing will take place in the streets of Cessnock with race control and pit area in the grounds of TAFE NSW Cessnock.
2019 Studebaker Display Day 9am onwards, Club Macquarie, 458 Lake Road, Argenton.
Scene & Heard Festival Wickham Park, 22 Albert Street, Wickham. Wolfmother, Dandy Warhols and more.
Recycling 1940s Style 1pm to 4pm, Miss Porter's House Museum, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. Florence, Ella and Hazel Porter made, mended and recycled soap, shoes, furniture, flour bags and much more. Find out how a soap saver works, what an egg has to do with darning and how flour bags can be turned into clothing. Miss Porter's House was built by Ella and Hazel's father in 1909 and is a freestanding Edwardian terrace containing the possessions of the Porter family. Visit and re-live sustainability as practised in the early 20th century. Adult $10; concession $8; family $25; children under 5 free.
Soul FoodLake Macquarie 10.30am to noon, Cameron Park Community Centre, 107 Northlakes Drive, Cameron Park. This month's theme is "Children the Light of the World" which reflects on the profound impact that children, and childhood, has in illuminating our lives. A free community event open to all.
Angel Billy Charity Golf Day Nelson Bay Golf Club,Dowling Street, Nelson Bay. An 18-hole ambrose event.
SAVE THE DATE
The 2019 Real Film Festival begins on November 15 in Newcastle, travelling to Lake Macquarie and Maitland, with the last film showing on December 5 in Port Stephens. Expect bold films about real stories and cutting edge documentaries. Details at realfilmfestival.com.au.
Homegrown Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, The Station, corner Scott and Watt streets, Newcastle.
Kurri Kurri Community Markets Saturday, 7am to 1pm, Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri.
Gymnastics Direct Car Park Sale Saturday,9am to 1pm, 18 Elwell Close, Beresfield.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point.
Dalwood Markets Saturday, 10am to 2pm, Dalwood Estate, 700 Dalwood Road, Dalwood.
Newcastle Food & Flower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
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.
Hunter Street Organic Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Healing Haven Markets Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Belmont South Foreshore Park, Pacific Highway, near Squids Ink.
Five Senses Twilight Market Sunday, 4pm to 8pm, Lambton Park, Lambton.
The Fernery On The Beach, by Dino Consalvo, 3pm to 6pm Sunday only.
Art Systems Wickham 40/40: 40 Artists Celebrate 40 Years, until November 24.
Cooks Hill Galleries Birdland, by Phil Stallard, until November 25.
Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival Until November 10. Go to sculptureinthevineyards.com.au for details.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Gathered, by Nicole de Mestre and Kylie Beynon, until November 23.
The Old Fireshed Gallery Wollombi Small Sculptures, until November 10.
Blackstone Gallery Newcastle Life and Light, by Ebony Bennett.
Newcastle ArtSpace On Her Shoulders, until November 17.
The Lock Up Open House, by Tim Buchanan, Keg De Souza, Hannah Furmage, until December 1.
CStudios Art Gallery Connections, by Hunter Women Artists, until November 30.
University of Newcastle Gallery Reimagining the Canon, various artists, until November 17.
SEEN@Swansea Waste To Art, until December 1.
Timeless Textiles Alchemy, by Susan Hotchkis, until November 21.
Brough House, Museum of Clothing High Street Maitland - Coming to Town in the 50s, until November 30.
The Owens Collective The Seven Painters Celebrate Nineteen Years, until November 10.
Watt Space Gallery Noteworthy: A Collection of Ordinary Lives, by Barbie Procobis, until November 10.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Telling Tales, by Tracie Bertram and Michelle Brodie, until November 10.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Memories of Our Travels, until December 3. Christmas Display.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Snakeabout, Teresa Purnell, until February 2. 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. Legacy: Reflections on Mabo, until January 26. Free Art Sunday.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Standing Ovation. Sunday, DJ Perry Carter.
Abermain Hotel Sunday, Jane Germain.
Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, Sing Along - Sun, Moon & Stars. Sunday, Sancha & The Blue Gypsies, Adam Barnard.
Albion Hotel Singleton Sunday, Layth Gunn.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Pat Vs Cat. Sunday, Louis Burt.
Argenton Hotel Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Dan Mani. Sunday, Guy Richards.
Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Saturday, Code Red.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Steam. Sunday, V-Dubs.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers, Oran Vir. Sunday, 2 Left Feet.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Kristy James.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Shooting Molly. Sunday, Greg Bryce.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Anthology.
The Bradford Saturday, Unit 20.
Bulahdelah Bowling Club Saturday,Bad Paris.
Burwood Inn Saturday, Matt Semmens.
Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Craterface, Love Babybruh, Taki Local.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, The Core.
Carrington Bowling Club Sunday, Cate Cornucopia.
Catho Pub Sunday, Early Daze.
Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows Saturday, Soda Band. Sunday, Mark Wells.
Central Leagues Club Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Levymen. Sunday, Strassman - The Chocolate Diet.
Club Charlestown Saturday, State FX.
Club Maitland City Saturday, Solid Gold Party.
Colliery Inn Sunday, TomKat Duo.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Pete McCredie.
Customs House Sunday, Rox.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Duncan Woods.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Greg Bryce Duo.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Dave Alone.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Rubber Bullet. Sunday, Jim Overend.
Easts Golf & Leisure Club Sunday, Anthony Lee.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Crawford Brothers.
Family Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Knifey Spoony, Toxic Fox.
Finnegans Saturday, Nino Brown.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, King Shakey.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Kellie Cain.
George Tavern Saturday, Kristy James Duo.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Georgia State Line, Ben Leece & Left Of The Dial.
Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
Gunyah Hotel Sunday, Tyler John.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Vulvodynia (RSA), To The Grave, Zeolite, Wraith, Hysterectomy. Sunday, Hidden Intent, Wartooth, Virescent.
Harrigan's Pokolbin Saturday, Modern History, Kristy James. Sunday, The Levymen.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Jungle Kings. Sunday, Allan Caswell.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, James Paul.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Sundays Record.
Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, Kazzie Band.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Hayden Johns.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Live Baby Live - The INXS Tribute Show.
The Junction Hotel Saturday, Dew Cats.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Jungle Kings.
Kurri Kurri Bowling Club Saturday, Wayne Dufty.
Lambton Park Hotel Sunday, Nano.
Lizotte's Saturday, Effie in Love Me Tinder. Sunday, Amber Lawrence, Mike Carr (lunch), Newcastle Chamber Choir (dinner).
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bobby C. Sunday, Sunday Republic.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Shivoo.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, James Paul.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Ashley Knight. Sunday, Karen O'Shea.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Brendan Murphy.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Love That Hat.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Riff Raff, DJ Smashup, Jim Overend. Sunday, Matty G.
Murray's Brewery Saturday, Michael Peter. Sunday, TK.
Nag's Head Hotel Saturday, Chris Saxby.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Tim Harding. Sunday, Jess Knaus.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Bobby C.
Newcastle Diggers Saturday Deborah Sinclair.
Newcastle Hotel Saturday, Stephane 1993.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Guy Richards.
Pedens Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers. Sunday, Big Night Out.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Katie & Feff. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Huckleberry, DJ Owen Webber. Sunday, Soda.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Marissa +2, Karen O'Shea. Sunday, Love That Hat, Wharf Life.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Evergreen.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Jamie Martens.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Amigos. Sunday, Chris Saxby.
Shaft Tavern Saturday, Tim Usher.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Misbehave, Mick Jones. Sunday, D Love Duo.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, The Hitpit.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Hurricanes, Smart Folk, The Time Travellers. Sunday, The Butlers (NZ), The Loons.
Star Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.
Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Two Fires - Chisel Barnes Show.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Allstar. Sunday, Romney Watts.
Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Gerda.
Swansea Workers Club Sunday, David McCredie.
Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Mak. Sunday, Melbourne Street.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Marriah Band.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Chris Unicomb.
Toronto Hotel Saturday, The Angels, The Baby Animals.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Sounds Of Sunday.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Kevin O'Hara.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, The Andy Show. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, Michael Peter Duo.
Wangi Hotel Saturday, The 3. Sunday, Ryan Hemsworth.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Andrew G.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.
Weston Workers Saturday, KISStory - The Australian Kiss Story.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years.
Wests Nelson Bay Saturday, The Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, David Strassman, Mark Wells Duo.
Wests NEX Saturday, The Big Bang.
Wickham Park Saturday, This That Festival ft. Golden Features, Peking Duk, Hermitude, Thundamentals, Meg Mac, Middle Kids, Alex Lahey, Ali Barter, Alex The Astronaut, Northeast Party House, Raave Tapes, BOI & more. Sunday, Scene & Heard Festival ft. Wolfmother, The Dandy Warhols (USA), Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Alex Lloyd, Sneaky Sound System, Magic Dirt, Even.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, The Corn Hole Trio, Morning Glory. Sunday, Tim Rossington, The Blues Bombers.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, The Georgia Project.
47 Metres Down: Uncaged (M) Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they've entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves.
Ad Astra (M) An astronaut travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. (Lake Cinema)
Amazing Grace (G) A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. (Regal)
Arctic Justice (G) Swifty is a little fox with big dreams, working in the mail room of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service. When Swifty accidentally stumbles upon the hidden fortress of evil genius Otto Von Walrus, he enlists the help of his friends.
Cats (PG) A cat named Blanket has long been living in a high-rise apartment in the city with his son, Cape. One day, curious about the outside world, Cape decides to leave home and embarks on an adventure to find the legendary cat's paradise.
Dan Carter - A Perfect 10 (M) The documentary explores Carter's remarkable career and his quest to overcome the heartbreak of past tournaments to achieve glory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
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)
Hustlers (MA) Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
Joker (MA 15+) A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer.
Judy (M) Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.
Last Christmas (PG) Kate harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (PG) The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists.
Never Look Away (M) German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime. (Regal)
Palm Beach (M) Lifelong friends reunite for a party at Sydney's Palm Beach. (Regal)
Pavarotti (M) From two-time Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, comes a documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti.
Reel Rock 14 (E) The powerful and bold Nina Williams tests herself on some of the highest, most difficult boulder problems ever climbed.
Ride Like A Girl (PG) The story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.
Stephen King's Doctor Sleep (MA) Years following the events of The Shining, an now-adult Dan Torrence meets a young girl with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knots who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
Terminator: Dark Fate (MA) Returning to the original premise of the first two Terminator films, where an unstoppable killing machine relentlessly pursues an unsuspecting human target in our contemporary world.
The Farewell (PG) A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. (Regal)
The Keeper (M) The story of a man whose love for football, for England and for the love of his life, Margaret, saw him rise from Nazi 'villain' to British hero. (Lake Cinema)
Zombieland: Double Tap (MA) Four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.