Olive Tree Market 9am to 2pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory Gates open 6.10pm, kick-off 7.10pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.
Dobell Festival of Art and Craft 10am to 4pm, Wangi District Worker's Club (and Sunday).
Dobell House Open Day 1pm to 4pm, 47 Dobell Drive, Wangi Wangi (and Sunday).
Gammin: a story of young mob in cyanotype Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie, First Street, Booragul (and Sunday). MAC - Curators Floor Talk: Courtney Wagner, 11am to noon, Saturday only.
Miss Porter's House as Artists' Muse Newcastle Museum (and Sunday).
A Portrait of Australia 10am to 2pm, SEEN@Swansea (and Sunday).
Operarte in the Cathedral Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle (and Sunday).
Prada Clutch's: All-drag Revue 8am to 9.30pm, Civic Theatre, Newcastle.
Pelican Foreshore Markets 9am to 1pm, Lakeview Parade, Pelican.
Anglican Parish Telarah Rutherford Market Day 8am to noon, cnr Capp and South streets, Telarah.
Newcastle Food and Flower Markets 8am to 2pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate (and Sunday, 8am to noon).
Handmade in the Hunter Markets 9am to 3pm, Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.
Hunter Wine Country Markets 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, Pokolbin.
Pop Bops & Hops at The Rogue Scholar 9pm to 11.30pm, 4-6 Union Street, Newcastle West.
A Rational Fear - I Feel Fine 7pm to 8pm, Civic Playhouse, Newcastle.
Morisset Showground Markets 8am to 1pm, Ourimbah Street, Morisset.
Newcastle Knights v Paramatta Eels Gates open 1.15pm, kick-off4.05pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.
World Environment Day Tree Planting 10am to 12.30pm, Maclure Reserve, Mayo Street, Wallsend.
Bikers For Kids 2021 Tinned Food and Blanket Run 8am, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Maitland Community Markets 9am to 2pm, Maitland Showground.
Mums Cottage Jumble Sale 10am, St Helen Street, Holmesville.
Litter clean-up along Throsby Creek 10.30am to 12.30pm, Islington Park, Maitland Road, Islington.
Newcastle City Farmers Markets 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Broke Village Market 9am to 2pm, Stewart McTaggert Park, Broke.
Adamstown Lions Community Markets 7am to 1pm, cnr Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival
It's the first weekend of this year's Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival and there is plenty to see and do.
This year's program is a mix of more than 30 daily and weekly tastings and experiences, alongside unique one-off events. The program showcases gourmet lunches and winery dinners, wine making, blending and cellaring masterclasses, wine and food pairings, bonfires and an array of experiences including hands-on cooking classes for adults and children, painting workshops, cocktail masterclasses and outdoor picnics.
This weekend's festival highlights include: Hungerford Hill Epic Tasting (Saturday, 11am to 3pm, $60); Margan Wines Art of Aperitivo (Saturday, 5.30pm to 8.30pm, $150); Winemaker Masterclass with Liz Silkman (Saturday, 11.30am to 12.30pm, $98); Thomas Wines' The Distinguished Dozen (Saturday, 10.30am, $195); Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Luncheon (Saturday, noon to 4pm, $189); Wandin Estate Wine and Food Pairings (Saturday and Sunday, noon to 2.30pm, $50); Tulloch Wines Still Life Paint & Sip (Saturday, 4pm to 7pm, $95); Margan Wines & Restaurant 100m Meal (Sunday, 2pm, $120); and Margan Wines & Restaurant Cooking School - From Scale to Tail (Sunday, 10.30am to 2.30pm, $195).
Daily events include Tintilla Estate's Port and Cheese Tasting; Leogate Cheese, Charcuterie and Chardonnay; and the Semillon/Shiraz and Cheese Tasting Experience at De Iuliis Wines.
ART with Ahn Wells
Debra Gluszek and Margii Noble are exhibiting Place Over Time at Back to Back Galleries until Sunday, June 13.
A combination of mixed media and ceramic art, the works investigate individual approaches to the "status of place".
Gluszek draws upon her memory and her sense of belonging using printmaking, watercolour and collage. She uses both historical research and personal experiences to create her works.
Noble explores her feeling of change towards the ocean. She employs clay to capture the fragile yet resilient nature of the ocean shore pushing the clay to its limits and experimenting with oxides, underglaze slips and glazes. 57 Bull St, Cooks Hill; Friday to Sunday, 11-5.
Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival is on until the end of June, including the exhibition REAL WORLDS: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020 at the Museum of Art and Culture, Booragul and Lake Mac Open Studios this weekend. lakemac.com.au (Events).
Art Systems Wickham is exhibiting ...MEANWHILE Islands, illusions, intrigue and spys new paintings by Cliff Grigg.
Filmic in their painterly execution, you could easily be mistake these beautiful paintings for film stills into other worlds and imaginings. They certainly awake the story mind inside of you.
Ends Sunday, June 6. 40 Annie St, Wickham; Friday to Sunday, 11-4.
Opening on Friday, June 11 from 6-8pm at Blackstone Gallery will be photographers James Rhodes and Aidan Gageler in THROUGH THE LOUPE. A duo exhibition, Rhodes and Gageler say "this exhibition is an exploration of photography's ability to generate an image, not just reflect one."
Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13; 10.30-4. 470 Hunter St, Newcastle.
Curve Gallery is coming alive with a live event on Friday, June 11 from 6pm. POETS in the WINDOW will include whimsical drawings and responsive narratives. Meet artist Margot Broug and poets Claire Albrecht, Chris Brown, Toby Fitch and Kerri Shying on the night. 61 Hunter St, Newcastle East.
Ahn Wells is the founding director of Gallery 139.
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