All Fired Up Noon to 4pm, Newcastle ArtSpace, 91 Chinchen Street. A pop-up exhibition with proceeds from the sale of works going to bushfire-related charities.
3x3 Hustle Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 10pm, Wheeler Place, Newcastle. Playgrounds Park (in partnership with Basketball Australia) is hosting a 3x3 basketball tournament.
Community Season Launch - Newcastle Knights 9.30am to 12.30pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Meet the 2020 NRL squad and get an autograph or a selfie. Also, rides and entertainment.
Australian Reptile Park Spider Display Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 1pm, Westfield Kotara, Level 2 outside LUSH.
Waterworld Central Newcastle Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, The Station Newcastle. Giant inflatable pools and slides plus a massive Dino Slide. Purchase tickets online.
Lake Macquarie Family History Group Meeting 10am to 4pm, Marmong Point Community Hall, 31B George Street, Marmong Point. Discussions will include convicts and early settlers at 11am and land titles in your family tree presented by Ray Garland at 2pm. Research assistance available from 10am.
MAC Holidays Crafternoon 1pm to 4pm, Museum of Art & Culture, Booragul. Simple art activities for children aged six and up. No need to book, just drop in and bring a gold coin donation. Closed shoes are essential.
Sand Sculpture Workshop and Competition plus Kite Flying Demonstration Blacksmiths Beach. Skills workshop: 9am to 9.30am. Sand sculpting competition: 9.30am to 11am.
Inflatables on the Green Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm, Club Charlestown. Cost: $6 per child for one session or $25 per child for unlimited entry.
Christmas Lights Spectacular Saturday and Sunday, 5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin.
Family Fun by the Green Noon onwards, Swansea Workers Club, 9 Rawson Street, Swansea. Jumping castle, music, games, an outdoor bar, raffle and more.
Warners Bay Community Garden Working Bee 9am to 1pm, Bunya Park, corner Cherry Road and Macquarie Drive, Eleebana. Wear protective clothing, covered shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Tools provided.
Weaving For Everyone 1pm to 4pm, Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Newcastle. A course for beginners featuring a wearable art work, a small woven bowl, and afternoon tea.
Feast Fest 4pm to 8pm, Blacksmiths Beach. Food trucks, $5 tasting plates, market stalls, music and a Kids Zone.
The Rail Motor Society Paterson Open Day 5 Webbers Creek Road, Paterson. There will be a return train trip to Dungog leaving the depot at 11am to Dungog. Tickets $10 for adults and $5 for children. Bookings can be made on 0413 672 408. Guided tour of the depot from 10am to 2.30pm.
Live Your Light Body, Mind & Soul Expo 10am to 5pm,Souths Merewether, 46 Llewellyn Street, Merewether.
Newcastle's Largest Holiday & Cruise Expo 10am to 3pm, NEX - Newcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre, 309 King Street, Newcastle. Free entry and parking.
Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warners Bay Foreshore, The Esplanade, Warners Bay.
Summer Market @ The Station Saturday, 9am to 2pm, corner Scott and Watt streets, Newcastle.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Newcastle Food & Flower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Toronto Lions Markets Sunday, 7.30am to 1.30pm, Toronto Lions Park, Anzac Parade, Toronto.
Nelson Bay Legacy Markets Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Neil Carrol Park, Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
The Lair Flea Market Sunday, 10am to 2pm, 115 Hunter Street, Newcastle.
Foodies Night Market Sunday, 4pm to 9pm, Morisset Showground.
Hunter Wetlands Centre Celebrating The Wetlands - Rob Spedding exhibition, until January 31.
The Lock Up All Things Are Water, until January 26.
Watt Space Gallery Waiting for Equality, until February 7.
Finite Gallery Patchwork 3, until January 27.
Belmont Library Nature's Beauty: See the World Through The Eyes of an Artist, until February 20.
Newcastle Art Gallery Between Two Worlds, until February 16.
University of Newcastle Gallery Commonplace.
MAC Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie Us, We and Be Us, until February 9.
The Old Fireshed Gallery Wollombi Pathways and Thresholds, by Garry Jones, until February 23.
Newcastle Library Local History Lounge Newcastle In Print, until February 22.
Cooks Hill Galleries Summer Breeze, by Rod Bathgate.
SEEN@Swansea Submerged: Australia's shipwreck stories, until January 26.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Under and Over The Ocean; Australian Flora & Fauna, until February 25.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Snakeabout, until February 2. Unfolding Time, Penelope Seidler's Gift to Maitland, until February 16. Remnants Before The Tasman, until May 31. Legacy: Reflections on Mabo, until January 26. Warlock; Learning to Speak; Kalliope Calliope, until February 16. Sunday: Free Art Sunday.
Let's All Sing Like The Birdies Sing An afternoon of songs, poetry and audience singalongs with talented local performers; fund-raising show presented by Newcastle Theatre Company at its Lambton venue. Sunday, at 2pm. 4952 4958.
529 Terrace Bar Saturday, Blue Juice - Jake Stone DJ set.
The Badger's Lair - Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Rad Beligion, East Coast Low, Post Truth, Human Failure, Chicko Roll Models.
Belmont 16s Saturday, The Gaudrys, Ryan Daley. Sunday, John Noble.
Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Phase III, Craig Thommo.
Caves Beach Surf Club Sunday, Ryan Hemsworth.
Family Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Snowfish, Scuffs.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Hannah Aldridge (USA), Katie Bates.
Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Hey Poncho.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Mystery Band, I Hate People, Bitchcraft, The Disappointments, White Knuckle Fever. Sunday, Terror (USA), Malevolence (UK), Ill Natured, Taken By Force.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, The Search Party. Sunday, Oran Vir.
Hope Estate Saturday, Cold Chisel, Birds Of Tokyo, Busby Marou.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Project X. Sunday, The Bounty Hunters.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Dave Winnel.
Lass O'Gowrie Hotel Saturday, Bandapalooza X ft. Zappo, MEER, Alter Ego, Diplazar, William John Jr, Mango Avenue, Fly You Fools, Lachy Fish, Koscheke.
Lizotte's Saturday, The Black Sorrows, Whistle Dixie. Sunday, The Beach Boys Show (lunch), Jerry Sally, Gina Jeffreys, Rod McCormack, Max Jackson (dinner).
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Chris Grieve. Sunday, Sunday Republic.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, The Associates.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Paparazzi.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, TomKat.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Viper Creek Band. Sunday, Bernie.
Murray's Brewery Sunday, Tom Blake Duo.
Orana Hotel Sunday, The Crowdies.
Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Boys Light Up: Australian Crawl Tribute.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, The Beautiful Girls, Jackson Carroll, Mark Wells. Sunday, Fish Fry, Wharf Life.
Redhead Surf Club Sunday, Russell Hull.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Time On Earth, The Letter Tellers, Fingermae.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Lennon Through A Glass Onion, Iguana.
Wests NEX Saturday, Nick Rage.
The gig guide can be read in full online at newcastleherald.com.au