Newcastle Unity in Diversity Festival 2017 11am to 3pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Celebrate the diversity of cultures Newcastle has to offer at this family friendly festival. Marks the beginning of national Refugee Week.
Winter Heat 2017 5pm to 9pm, Honeysuckle precinct, Newcastle. Six festival zones: Kids Zone; Water Stage; VIP & Licensed Zone; Fire Stage; Silent Disco; Silent Cinema Zone. Also, food trucks; market stalls; drumming; fire displays and live music.
Children’s Book Launch 10.30am to noon, Wallsend Library. Deborah Kelly and Gwynneth Jones launch their latest picture book for children The Chalk Rainbow about a family living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Fight For Connar Race Day 11am to 5.30pm, Newcastle Jockey Club. Fight for Connar supports families with terminally ill children.
Newcastle Fire + Flow Jam 5.30pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton.
BandAid Fundraiser 2pm to 8pm, Belmore Hotel, Maitland. Fundraiser for Camp Quality. Live music, BBQ and raffles.
Snowtime in the Garden Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 9pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Highlights include an ice-skating rink, snowman building and an ice toboggan.
Newcastle Railway Institute BBQ 10am to 4pm, Lambton Bowling Club. All current railways and ex-railway workers are invited to attend.
Drop In and Draw 1pm to 3pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. A casual drawing session with an art tutor; ages 12 and up; no bookings required.
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium 11am and 2pm, Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. An interactive theatre experience at Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium featuring aquatic creatures from bygone eras. All tickets $20. Children aged 3 years and under are free (on the knee).
Torchlight Tour 2017 6pm to 7.30pm, Newcastle Art Gallery. Dress up as your favourite super hero and explore the exhibitions by torchlight. Bring a torch.
NAIDOC Week Exhibition Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5.30pm, Cessnock City Library.
NRL Voice For Mining Family Day Newcastle Knights vs Wests Tigers, 2pm main game kick-off, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Wear hi-vis.
The Roos Free Family Fun Day 10am to 2pm, Walters Park, Speers Point. Presented by the Lake Macquarie Rugby Club, there will be free jumping castles, face painting, “old-school” novelty events such as sack races, raffles and more.
Low & Slow – BBQ, Bluegrass, Beer at FogHorn Brewhouse 1pm to 4pm, 218 King Street, Newcastle. Gleny Rae Virus and her Bluegrass Playboys will perform as the Texan BBQ Smoker slow-cooks your meal.
Eastern University Games 2017 – Newcastle Opening ceremony at Newcastle Museum. Events at various venues until July 6.
The Blue Planet – Triple Crown Winter Surf Series 7.30am to 2pm, Dixon Park Beach. Stand-up paddleboarding.
Bugs n Buses 8am, Croudace Bay Park, Eleebana. Bring your Volkswagen and a picnic.
Hunter Wellness Festival 10am, New Lambton Community Centre.
Swansea Twilight Social Dive 4.45pm, Swansea Bridge, Swansea. Bring a torch, all welcome.
Whale Dreamers Festival 10am, Norah Head Lighthouse. Free entertainment and activities.
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NAIDOC Week at Westfield Kotara, July 5 to 7, will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s history, culture and achievements with a range of activities. July 5 to 7, 10am to 2pm: Kids Aboriginal art activation, Level 2, outside Tea Centre; July 5, 10.30am: Dreamtime storytime with Harry Harthog; July 7: Welcome to Country, Level 1, Centre Court.
Also, The Olive Tree Market is on July 7 at Civic Park, Newcastle.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.
Genuine Farmers Market Saturday, 8am-1pm Anzac Park, Marine Drive, Tea Garden
Hunter Valley Fine Food Markets Saturday, 8.30am to 1.30pm, Tyrrell’s Winery.
Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground.
Hunter Street Organic Food Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 2pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 8am to noon, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Derek Kreckler: Accident and Process. Until September 3. Make A Face; Showcase 4 Exhibition. Until September 10. Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay from the MRAG Collection. Until April 8, 2018. Jim Anderson: Lampoon, An Historical Art Trajectory 1970-2017; Locust Jones: Back to the Dark Ages; Who Was Les Darcy? End Sunday. Frank Murri: The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi; Colonial Afterlives: A Salamanca Arts Centre Exhibition. Until July 23.
Newcastle Museum One Million Stars To End Violence; RAD Exhibition; Australian of the Year Awards 2017; Shadows of Sacrifice.
Peter Sesselmann Artist Gallery Colouring Out. Until July 10.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Water: This Precious Liquid. Ends Sunday.
Reader’s Cafe and Larder Exhibition by Joanne Conder. Until July 28.
John Earle Gallery New paintings in progress.
The University Gallery Balnhdhurr: A Lasting Impression. Until July 15.
Crowtrap Studio Exhibition celebrating 50 years of painting. Until July 10.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local Artist Uncovered: Marc Brabander. Ends Sunday.
Newcastle Art Gallery Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Abstract Women Artists. Until July 23. The Phantom Show. Until August 20.
Old Fire Shed Gallery It’s New Art 2017. Until December 18.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Ebb & Flow: Untethered Fibre Artists; The Lady & the Unicorn: Arthur Boyd & Peter Porter; Creature: Max Watters Collection. Ends Sunday.
The Lock-Up Stitched Up. Until August 6.
CStudios Art Gallery Cheridan Chard and Toni Amidy. Ends Saturday.
Gallery 139 The PRINT: Jane Collins, Maddyson Haddon, Anne McLaughlin, Anne-Maree Hunter, Terri Brander, Gina McDonald.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries The Country Kitchen. Ends Sunday.
Watt Space Student Gallery Unsettled, by Deborah Harkham; Contemporary Paper Landscapes, by Rachael Hart; Dysphoria: Artist/ Hoarder, by Eileen Kuzmic; Looping, by Judith Wilson; Hey Newy: Illuminating Prejudice, by Ma Pui Ying.
Cooks Hill Galleries What Lies Beneath. Until July 17.
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium A look at amazing prehistoric marine reptiles, with young audience members used as divers and a Q&A on the creatures. Erth Visual & Physical Inc, at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Saturday, at 11am and 2pm.
Grace A husband and wife strike unexpected problems when they try to establish religious holiday hotels in Florida; engaging comedy-drama by Craig Wright. Knock and Run Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle.Saturday, at 2pm and 8pm.
Singin’ In The Rain Jr Romantic musical set in Hollywood in the late 1920s when talking films were first made, needing actors with good voices. Hunter Drama, at St Phillip’s Christian College Theatre, Waratah. Opens Wednesday and plays nightly at 7.30pm, until Saturday, July 8; plus 2pm Friday and Saturday.
Wallycom Novocastrian Maureen O’Brien’s technology-related musical comedy looks at a buyer’s attempts to get aid to fix a new computer. Adamstown Uniting Church’s Dungeon Theatre, Saturday, at 8pm, and Sunday, at 2pm, then Friday, July 7, at 8pm, and Saturday, July 8, at 2pm.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Outerphase.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Maryanne Rex Duo.
Bar Petite Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.
Bay Hotel Saturday, Dos Eager.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Loko, Matt Semmens.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Frick N Orson.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, BandAid at The Bellie.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Hurricane Fall. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Tone.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Superheist, Frankenbok, Readnaught, Rival Fire (Glasshouse), Rachel Maria Cox, Yev Kassem, Jo Neugebauer, Good Pash (Warehouse).
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Loose Bazooka.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Anyerin.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, The V Dubs.
Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Kellie Cain.
Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.
Club Kotara Saturday, Sister Rosicky.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Kevin O'Hara, Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Whiskey Business Duo.
Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Arley and I.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Revampt.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Sunday, Alias Duo.
Customs House Saturday, Kaylah Anne. Sunday, Ben Travis.
D’Albora Marina Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Denman Hotel Sunday, Andrew G.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, GenR8.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Melbourne Street. Sunday, Cotton, Sax & Strings.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.
FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, The Dew Cats. Sunday, Glendy Rae Virus & Her Bluegrass Playboys.
George Tavern Saturday, Deuce.
Grain Store Saturday, Kylie Jane. Sunday, JJ King.
Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, The On & Ons. Sunday, Pornskas, Plan C.
Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Pistol Pete.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Shooting Molly. Sunday, Triple Zero.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, caution:thieves, Setmeonfire.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, The Smarts.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Big Night Out.
Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
The Junction Hotel Saturday, Marissa.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Blanke.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Sailors Grave, Plastic Jack, Adaptors.
Lizotte’s Saturday-Sunday, Love That Hat ... Plays the Electric Light Orchestra.
Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Russell Snape.
Mary Ellen Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Zane Penn.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Jake Davey.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Cassettes. Sunday, Blues Bombers.
Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Michael Muchow.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Greg Bryce.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.
Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Crawfish Stew Band.
The Pourhouse Saturday, Daxton Monaghan.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds, Mardmax. Sunday, The Jungle Kings.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Nicko.
Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Hendo.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Roxy.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Arcane.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Dai Pritchard.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Melody Feder.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.
Singleton Diggers Saturday, Witchery.
Small Ballroom Saturday, Trent Ball.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.
South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Bonny Rai.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Den Hanrahan & The Rum Runners. Sunday, Owen Campbell.
Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon.
Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Jason Bone.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Back Beat.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Angie.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.
Toronto Workers Saturday, DuoTones. Sunday, Joel Oakhill.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.
Unorthodox Church of Groove Saturday, Miriam Lieberman Trio.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Mick Jones.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Alan Freihaut.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Bay City Rollers.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Carrot Bowen & The Collective, Burn N Carrot, Trash Rabbits, Plastic Voyage. Sunday, Mark Wells Band, Greg Bryce.
A Dog’s Purpose (PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. (Regal)
A Street Cat Named Bob (PG) The true story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. (Lake Cinema)
All Eyez On Me (MA) Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
Baywatch (M) Follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon as he butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
Cars 3 (G) Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.
Churchill (M) A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day. (Tower)
Despicable Me 3 (PG) Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG) Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday, so he can attend a nearby gamer convention.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (M) The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Going In Style (M) Three senior citizens in their 70s decide to rob a bank. (Lake Cinema)
Hidden Figures (PG) A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. (Regal)
My Cousin Rachel (PG) A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. (Tower)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (M) Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing when deadly ghost sailors led by the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. (Lake Cinema)
Rough Night (MA) A male stripper ends up dead at a Miami beach house during a bachelorette party weekend.
Starbuck (M) As his lover announces her pregnancy, a 40-something slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. (Regal)
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (PG) Is Ordinal Scale just another game? Players find the line between the virtual world and reality is beginning to blur.
The House (MA) A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund.
The Mummy (M) An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
The Sense Of An Ending (M) A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life. (Regal)
The Zookeeper’s Wife (M) The story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion. (Regal)
Their Finest (M) A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the London bombings. (Regal)
Transformers: The Last Knight (M) Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Viceroy’s House (PG) Lord Mountbatten is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence.
Wonder Woman (M) An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes.