Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle CBD. Children aged 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.
Supercars SuperKids Zone Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Pacific Park, Newcastle. An inflatable race track with carts and bikes; games including the Pit Stop Challenge.
Supercars Pit Stop Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Civic Park, Newcastle. Play Newcastle's version of Monopoly on an oversized board; a monster truck slide; obstacle course; circus workshops and a dedicated under-6 zone.
Super-duper Karts Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle. Baby animal farm, camel rides, face painting and children's workshop races. Saturday: Pushcart Challenge. Sunday: Show-off Ya Motorbike show.
Santa and Reindeers - Newcastle Toy Run 1.30pm, Toronto Diggers. Santa and his reindeers will be collecting toys for disadvantaged kids and those in need throughout the Hunter. Free reptile show from 11.30am.
The Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie (MAC) Opening weekend Saturday and Sunday, First Street, Booragul. Three new exhibitions; live music; art making; story time; roving performers; the Hunter Arts Network Art Bazaar; free guided tours; an Aboriginal market and more. See page 8 of Weekender for program of events.
Justice Precinct Tour 11am to 1pm, Maitland Gaol, 6-18 John Street, East Maitland. Explores the land and buildings external to the gaol wall.
Movies Under the Stars, Away from the Cars Callicoma Hill Eco-cabins, 529 Mount Royal Road, Carrowbrook. A unique evening of historic movies. Bookings essential, go to calli.com.au.
Charity Screening - The Addams Family 10.30am, Event Cinemas Kotara. Advanced screening of the new animated film and a fundraiser for John Hunter Children's Hospital.
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, Lovers Corner and light tunnels. Daily until January 26.
Chemistry of Flavour - Wine & Chocolate 3pm to 5pm, Glenguin Estate, 997 Milbrodale Road, Broke. Wine and food pairing through the medium of chocolate. Cost $22, phone 6579 1009.
Book Launch - The Thing About Oliver 10am to 11am, Belmont Library, 19 Ernest Street, Belmont. Join Deborah Kelly to celebrate the launch of her latest book. Suitable for ages 9 to 13 years.
Wreath Workshop by the Seaside 12.30pm to 4.30pm, The Anchorage, Corlette. Phone 4036 3130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Photos on the Farm 9am to noon, 830 Chichester Dam Rd, Bendolba (near Dungog). Bookings essential at trybooking.com
Norton Day 2019 9am to 1pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point. Hunter Valley Norton Owners Club will be displaying vintage, classic, racing and modern day Norton motorcycles.
The Japanese Film Festival - Australia 2.30pm, Event Cinemas Kotara. Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, with Japanese English Club (UoN).
SAVE THE DATE
Ninja Parc Newcastle is offering a "Drop and Shop" service from December 16 to 23 at the corner of Darby and Tooke streets, Cooks Hill. Parents can drop their primary school aged children (6 to 12) off for four hours of supervised play while they do their Christmas shopping. The weekday-only program has two sessions per day: 10am to 2pm and 2pm to 6pm. Details at ninjaparc.com.au/christmas.
The Olive Tree Art and Design Christmas Twilight Market Saturday, 3pm to 8pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, High and James streets, Maitland.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point.
Hunter Arts Network Art Bazaar Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Booragul Foreshore, First Street, Booragul.
Aussie Night Markets Saturday, 4pm to 10pm, Maitland Showgrounds, Blomfield Street, Maitland.
Newcastle Food & Flower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
East Maitland CWA Christmas Market Day Saturday, 8am to 1pm, CWA Hall, 162 George Street, East Maitland.
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.
Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc. Market Sunday, 6am to 1pm, Wickham Park Islington.
Raymond Terrace Charity Market Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Raymond Terrace Senior Citizens Hall, 17E Irrawang Street, Raymond Terrace.
Magic Meddlers Market Sunday, 11am to 3pm, Softys Clubhouse, 20 Maitland Road, Newcastle.
The Levee Art Gallery & Studios Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Demo, Saturday, 11am to 1pm, 282 High Street, Maitland.
Watt Space Gallery In Place, by University of Newcastle Master of Architecture students, until December 1.
Morpeth Gallery Painting With Fire, by Maegan Oberhardt.
Belmont Library Nature's Beauty: See the World Through the Eyes of an Artist, by Jessica Curry, until February 20.
Hudson Street Hum Flavours of the Feminine, 6pm Saturday.
Newcastle Art Gallery Death and The Maiden: The Orava Quartet (Saturday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, bookings required). Between Two Worlds, by Guo Jian, Rowena Foong and Peter Gardiner, until February 16.
University of Newcastle Gallery Water Lines, by third year architecture students.
MAC Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie Us, We and Be Us.
The Old Fireshed Gallery Wollombi Conversation, by The Wollombi Ceramics Group, until December 1.
Newcastle Library Local History Lounge Newcastle In Print, until February 22.
Art Systems Wickham 40/40: 40 Artists Celebrate 40 Years, until November 24.
Cooks Hill Galleries Birdland, by Phil Stallard, until November 25.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Gathered, until November 23.
Blackstone Gallery Newcastle Life and Light, by Ebony Bennett, until November 24.
Newcastle ArtSpace Bounce BACK exhibition, until December 1.
The Lock Up Open House, until December 1.
CStudios Art Gallery Connections, by Hunter Women Artists, until November 30.
SEEN@Swansea Waste To Art, until December 1.
Brough House, Museum of Clothing High Street Maitland - Coming to Town in the 50s, until November 30.
Gallery 139 at The Owens Collective Expansion, until December 14.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Air Fire Water Earth, until December 1.
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; 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. Learning to Speak, by Edward Milan; Kalliope Calliope, by Nicola Hensel and John Turier, until February 16. Free Art Sunday.
Dali: Hallucinogenic Toreador Newcastle writer and actor Carl Caulfield uses the life of Spanish artist Salvador Dali to raise questions about art, love and fame. Stray Dogs Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm (final shows). 4929 1977.
Moonlight Mysterium Newcastle's Moonlight Cabaret blends music, comedy, burlesque, dance, puppetry and circus in interactions with the audience. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at 7pm. 4929 4969.
Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley Four of the five Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice are reunited for Christmas. Comedy by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm. 4952 4958.
Nick Tickle: Fairytale Detective A colourful investigator comes to Granny's aid when she can't tell favourite fairy tales because someone is stealing the magic beans and other props; comedy by Steph DeFerie with audience involvement. Young People's Theatre, at Young People's Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 1pm. 4961 4895.
Turning Points Premiere of new play by Newcastle's Emma Wood that looks at the way stroke survivors get on with their lives as they recover, with survivors playing themselves; show also features songs by the Newcastle Conservatorium BrainWaves Choir. Newcastle Theatre Company Theatre, Lambton. Sunday at 2pm. 4952 4958.
Wizard of Oz Retro Revised version of the first lively stage musical adaptation by L. Frank Baum of his novel about a girl flown over the rainbow by a fierce storm. Maitland Musical Society. Dungog High School, Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 1.30pm. maitlandmusicals.org.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Standing Ovation.
48 Watt Street Saturday, The Smith Street Band, Split Feed, Kookshill, The Opinion Industry, Stupid Baby, Mission Banana, New Boon.
529 Terrace Bar Sunday, Slow Jam Collective.
Abermain Hotel Sunday, Ryan Hemsworth.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Outerphase. Sunday, Jamie Martens.
Argenton Hotel Sunday, Kristy James Duo.
Babylon Sunday, Half Nelson.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Madelyn. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.
Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Saturday, Tailgate Drive.
Beach Hotel Sunday, The Smarts.
Beerhaus Saturday, Kelly Hope. Sunday, Dan Mani.
Bellbird Hotel Sunday, ScallyWagz.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Jimeoin, The Snape Trilogy, Matt Semmens. Sunday, Bloom.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Snowy and Johns.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Ben Travis.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Gen-R-8. Sunday, The Rattlesnakes.
The Bradford Saturday, Under Scrutiny.
Burwood Inn Saturday, Beth Gleeson.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Craze ft. WA-FU, Eclipse, kstar, dazed, Duplicvte, Daniel Hallett, KVG, Harry Blake, Gamble, Staxx, Kearney, DZI. Sunday, AC/DC tribute.
Catho Pub Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.
Caves Beach Surf Club Sunday, Nick Read.
Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows Saturday, Marissa+3. Sunday, Max Jackson.
Central Leagues Club Saturday, Elton The Young Years, Chad Shuttleworth.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night with Dave Cochrane.
Civic Theatre Sunday, Dance Your H-Art.
Club Charlestown Saturday, 24 Hours.
Club Maitland City Saturday, Karen O'Shea.
Colliery Inn Sunday, Karen O'Shea.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Jamie Martens.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Kissteria - KISS tribute band.
Customs House Saturday, Zane Penn. Sunday, Zane Penn.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Jess Knaus.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Komiti Levai Duo.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Jesse.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Project X. Sunday, Wayne Dufty.
Easts Golf & Leisure Club Sunday, Jim Overend.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Tailgate Drive.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Josh Drinkwater, Mak.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, So Fresh 2000s Party.
Family Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Mall Santa, Majak Door.
Finnegans Saturday,Ctrl Alt Del.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Shivoo.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Whiskey Business.
George Tavern Saturday, Mardmax.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Captain Fighting Machine.
Gunyah Hotel Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, The Shadow Cast.
Harrigan's Pokolbin Saturday, The Smarts, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.
Hiss & Crackle Records Saturday, East Coast Low.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Prestige Inc.
Hotel Delany Saturday, The Hummingbirds.
Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, Paparazzi.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, The Jungle Kings.
The Junction Hotel Saturday, Sophia Berlyn.
Kent Hotel Sunday, Catfish Soup.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Sunset Bros.
Kurri Bowling Club Saturday, Darren.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Georgie James.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee. Sunday, Aaron Williams.
Lass O'Gowrie Hotel Saturday, Trashed Again, Avalanche, Vacant Image, The Not Nots. Sunday, Dave, India and the Journey to the East, Well, Bonza, Radar Backwards.
Lizotte's Saturday-Sunday, Daryl Braithwaite, Jason Owen.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Sunday Republic.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Rocket.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Alias.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, Sami Cooke.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Pistol Pete.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Shaka.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Big Bang Band.
Mayfield Hotel Saturday, Matty G.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Cruzers, DJ 88. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.
Murray's Brewery Saturday, Jake Hunt. Sunday, Nano.
Nag's Head Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, Anthony Lee.
Newcastle Airport Sunday, Matty G.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Rox.
Newcastle Diggers Saturday, Craig Thommo.
Newcastle Hotel Saturday, LO'99.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Jack Derwin.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Foo Fighters tribute band.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Pete McCredie.
The Pourhouse Saturday, Glamstars.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Rod Payne's Hillbilly Bop Safari. Sunday, MAK.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Hornet, Big Night Out. Sunday, Vanguard Players, Wharf Life.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Sun Hill Drive.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Katie N Feff.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Murray Byfield.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Scully.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, StateFX. Sunday, Scully.
Shaft Tavern Saturday, Dan Mani.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, The V Dubs. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Tim Harding.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Sooper Dooper 60s Show.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Yes Commissioner. Sunday, Julian James.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Brien McVernon.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, The Way. Sunday, Craig Thommo.
Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Reggie Sinclair Duo.
Swansea Workers Club Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Uptown.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, The Leadbellies.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Simon King.
Toronto Hotel Sunday, Darren.
Toronto Workers Saturday, The Rattlesnakes.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Lee Rolfe.
Vault 73 Saturday, Ian Papworth.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Oran Vir.
Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, The Core.
Wangi Hotel Sunday, Bob Allan.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Sounds Of Sunday.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.
Weston Workers Saturday, Rave On.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Ron Knight & The Daze Band.
Wests City Saturday, The Levymen.
Wests Nelson Bay Saturday, The Gaudrys. Sunday, Hayden Johns.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, My Leonard Cohen Show, Dr Zoom Duo.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Ngariki, The Years. Sunday, Mark Wood, Road Hogs.
Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Saturday, 80s To The Max.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Ryan Hemsworth.
21 Bridges (MA) Thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, a disgraced detective in the NYPD begins to undercover a massive conspiracy that links his fellow cops to a criminal empire and must decide who he is hunting and who is actually hunting him.
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.
Charlie's Angels (M) Charlie's Angels have always provided security and investigative skills to private clients, and now the Townsend Agency has expanded internationally, with the smartest, most fearless, most highly trained women all over the globe.
Blinded By The Light (PG) In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen. (Lake Cinema, Regal)
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)
Fisherman's Friends (M) A fast-living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he's pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen.
Ford v Ferrari (M) Visionary US car designer Carroll Shelby and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
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.
Knives Out (M) When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate.
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.
Palm Beach (M) Lifelong friends reunite for a party at Sydney's Palm Beach. (Regal)
Playing With Fire (PG) A crew of rugged fighters meet their match when attempting to rescue three rambunctious kids.
Ride Like A Girl (PG) The story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup (Regal & Lake Cinema)
Rory's Way (M) When a rugged old Scotsman reluctantly moves in overseas with his estranged son in San Francisco, his life is altered through an unexpected romance and newly-found bond with his baby grandson. (Regal)
Stephen King's Doctor Sleep (MA) Years following the events of The Shining, a 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 Addams Family (PG) You may think your family is weird but the outlandish, bizarre, and completely iconic Addams Family, will have you thinking again.
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. (Regal)
Two Heads Creek (MA) A timid butcher and his drama-queen twin sister quit the hostile confines of post-Brexit Britain and adventure to Australia in search of their birth mother, but the seemingly tolerant townsfolk are hiding a dark, meaty secret.