Farmers of the Sea 10am to 2pm, D’Albora Marina, Nelson Bay. Learn all about our local oyster industry, the difference in taste based on location and the all-important secret to shucking. Plus an oyster shucking competition. Part of the month-long Port Stephens Love Seafood festival.
Maitland Aroma Coffee & Chocolate Festival 2017 Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, The Levee, The Levee Shared Zone, High Street, Maitland. Enjoy demonstrations including chocolate making, cake decorating, coffee roasting and cooking with coffee, along with live music, food, wine and tasty treats from the Hunter and beyond. Also, Art Bazaar Pop-Up with more than 40 stalls from members of the Hunter Arts Network.
The Science of Sustainability – Featuring Questacon’s Earth Quest Travelling Exhibition 9am to noon, Progress Hall, 197 Skye Point Road, Coal Point. Hands-on exhibits. Cost $2 per person.
Nan Price Memorial Scholarship 2017 10am to noon, Newcastle Grammar School Performance Space (Hill Campus), 60 Newcomen Street, Newcastle.
Disney Princess Festival Saturday and Sunday, Reading Cinemas Charlestown. All screenings are at 10am with activities from 9.30am including a best-dressed prize, an activity corner and face-painting. First week’s movie is The Little Mermaid.
Smart Farming – UAV (Drone) Technology 10am to noon, Tocal Agricultural Centre 815 Tocal Road, Paterson. Drone technology and the ability for big data to enhance precision agriculture and increase crop yields. Part of National Science Week in partnership with the Hunter Innovation and Science Hub.
Mahler and More 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Christ Church Cathedral, 52 Church Street, Newcastle. Contralto Sylvia Clark joins Ross Fiddes.
St Columban’s School Centenary 11am to 3pm, St Columban’s School hall, Church Street, Mayfield.
Speech Bubble 2.30pm to 4pm, Newcastle Art Gallery, 1 Laman Street, Cooks Hill Newcastle-based illustrator, cartoonist and academic Ben Mitchell presents a sneak peek of his pre-released comic Ghost Beach and discuss Storm Clouds. Cost: $15. Also, The Kevin Hunt Trio will perform from 7.30pm.
Sailor Jerry presents Origins of Original 3pm to 7pm, The Edwards, Newcastle West. A collection of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins original artworks. He revolutionised the tattoo world. Music by The Owls, pop-up tattoo studio.
Wine Country Music Association Inc. Open Mic Night 6pm to 10.30pm, Abermain Plaza Hall, 3 Bathurst Street, Abermain. For singers and musicians of all standards and genres. A full backing band is available if required.
Newcastle Family History Society Inc. 10am to 2.30pm, Lambton Mechanics Institute, 68 Elder Street, Lambton. Display of carpenter and photographer William Fraser’s work.
The Friends of the University Book Fair 10am to 5pm, Great Hall, University of Newcastle.
Make It Made It Conference Newcastle Museum. Presentations by artists, designers and makers.
1000 Years of Music 7pm, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Starring Echology, Bruce Mathiske, Adam Manning, the Conservatorium String Quartet and a scholarship students.
Lake Macquarie Games Saturday and Sunday, Belmont 16s. The annual two-day regatta hosted by Sailability Belmont. Racing in 2.3 and 303 dinghies, pairs and singles.
Grossman House Investigation Night 7pm, Grossman and Brough House, 71-73 Church Street, Maitland.
Wallsend Winter Fair 9am to 3pm, Wallsend. Grand parade, market and food stalls, amusement rides, live performances, Art Bazaar Pop-Up and more.
Pepper Tree Wines Pooch Picnic 10.30am to 2.30pm 86 Halls Road, Pokolbin. Training demonstrations and trick shows, competitions, pet pampering, food and wine. Gold coin donation goes to Dog Rescue Newcastle.
Mystery Family Movie Night 5pm to 9pm, Tower Cinemas Newcastle. Fund-raiser for The Kids’ Cancer Project.
Soul Food 10.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. The theme for this month is Planet Dreams: Exploring the unity and diversity of the human family.
Feast Fest 10am, Blacksmiths Beach. Food, products, fashion, homewares, arts and crafts, entertainment and children’s activities.
Ice Hockey Newcastle Northstars vs Melbourne Mustangs 3.30pm, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Warners Bay.
Newcastle Retirement Village Expo 10am to 3pm, Souths Merewether. Admission is free.
SAVE THE DATE
To kick off National Op Shop Week 2017, Salvos is offering 50 per cent off everything (excluding new items) on Monday, August 28, across all Salvos Stores in NSW. Eco-stylist, TV fashion commentator and Salvos ambassador Faye De Lanty is also holding a free upcycling and styling workshop at 10am on Tuesday, August 29, at the Hunter Street store.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.
Kurri Kurri Community Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Rotary Park, Lang Street, Kurri Kurri.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.
Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, Rural Drive, Sandgate.
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.
Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 8am to noon, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Car Boot Sale Sunday, 9am, Cardiff Bowling Club.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Tomaree Market Sunday, 9am to 1pm, Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay.
The Lock-Up Relay League, by Angelica Mesiti. Until September 17.
Watt Space Gallery Photograph as Object: Works by third year Photomedia students; Ice Age Remnants, by Patrick Torley; Pas Romantique by Hannah Dunn. Until August 27.
Newcastle Art Space Gallery New location: 91 Chinchen Street, Tighes Hill. Equivocal, by Joerg Lehmann, Nerissa Lowe, Stuart Marlin.
Port Stephens Art Centre A Hint of Colour. Until September 5.
Newcastle Art Gallery Kilgour Prize 2017. Until October 15.
Art Systems Wickham Life Passion, by John Langley, Stephen Berry and Jon Wilks. Ends Sunday. Fusion, Christine Ros. Until August 27.
The University Gallery, Newcastle The Phantom Show. Until August 20.
Timeless Textiles Handstand, by Sylvia Watt. Ends Sunday.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Ngani Barray This Country: Wonnarua artist Lesley Salem; This Place In Me, by Lorraine Hall. Ends Sunday.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Diane Arbus: American Portraits; Artist Focus: Pablo Tapia and Your Collection: Photo i.d. Until August 20.
Newcastle Museum One Million Stars To End Violence; RAD Exhibition; Australian of the Year Awards 2017; Shadows of Sacrifice.
Gallery 139 The Clocking Tick, by Olivia Parsonage. Until August 27.
Gloucester Gallery Filaments, by Michael Kolbe, Donna Cavanough, Helene Leane. Ends Sunday.
Acrux Art Gallery Stormy Weather, by Julie Bowe.
Cooks Hill Galleries Lagoon Series: Susan Sheridan. Ends Monday.
Curve Gallery The Maximalists Garden, by Vera Zulumovski. Ends Saturday.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Fertile Ground, by Gaye Shield and Julie Hosking. Until October 22. ATLAS; Play, by Sylvia Ray. Until October 8. Fiona Foley. Until December 3. Derek Kreckler: Accident and Process. Until September 3. Make A Face; Showcase 4 Exhibition. Until September 10. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8, 2018.
Hunter New England Health Waratah Campus Art For Waratah Exhibition – The Beauty of the Australian Alps.
CStudios Art Gallery Duende, by Hunter Women Artists. Until September 2.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Contemporising the Modern; Travis De Vries: Lost Tales – Walking with Gods. Until August 27.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Vervacity, by Sandra Burgess, Sharon Taylor, Steph Berick, Jill Campbell, Clare Felton, Bev Leggett Simmons, Jackie Maundrell-Hall. Ends Sunday.
Cats (abridged) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about cats meeting and talking about their lives as they compete for a special prize. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm (final shows).
Les Miserables A prisoner jailed for stealing a loaf of bread helps care for people after his release and becomes involved in a revolt against a corrupt regime; musical set in 19th century France. Metropolitan Players, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.
Love’s Labour’s Lost A young king who has sworn off women while he studies is visited by an attractive princess; amusing Shakespeare look at relationships. Reamus Youth Theatre, at Maitland Repertory Theatre. Saturday at 8pm, plus 2pm Sunday.
The Game’s Afoot An actor who has played Sherlock Holmes throughout his career sets up an investigation at a Christmas party after someone tries to kill him; lively comedy-drama by Ken Ludwig. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm.
5 Sawyers Saturday, Alessandro.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Purple Hearts.
Argyle House Saturday, Hotel Motel.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Slam Tango.
Bar Petite Saturday, D.Love.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Little Cents.
Bay Hotel Saturday, The Jungle Kings.
Beach Hotel Sunday, Hot Fox.
Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Karen O'Shea.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole, Love That Hat, Just Jade. Sunday, Rich & Famous.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Siren.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, 24 Hours.
The Bradford Saturday, Witchery.
Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Timmy Coffey.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Introvert, Pals, Paper Thin, dave.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Defaced.
Carrington Bowling Club Saturday, Fish Fry.
Catho Pub Saturday, Steve Geary. Sunday, The Search Party.
Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Just Jade.
Central Bar Saturday, Cecilia Devine.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Jessica Cain.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, The V Dubs.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Marissa +1.
Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Greg Bryce.
Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Jackson Halliday.
Club Kotara Saturday, Mark Lee.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Wanted Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi show, Kellie Cain.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Brien McVernon.
Customs House Sunday, Kazzie.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Bobby C.
D’Albora Marina Sunday, Bonny Rai.
Denman Hotel Sunday, Dan Killen.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Prestige Inc.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Roxy.
Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Bonny Rai.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Jim Overend.
The Edwards Saturday, The Owls, Nicholas Connors, Tim Rossington.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, Phonic.
Finnegans Saturday, Extraordinate, Kidd Kaos.
FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Mark Wells.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Mac’s Headroom.
George Tavern Saturday, Sundays Record.
Grain Store Saturday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, JJ King.
Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Raised By Eagles, Charles Jenkins. Sunday, Beef Week.
Great Northern Hotel Saturday, Joel Oakhill.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Voodoo Express.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Mixtape For The Drive, Oaks, No Offence, Trouble In Paradise. Sunday, Grace Turner, Deanna Rose, Natalie Henry.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Overload, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Jamie Martens.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Dr Zoom. Sunday, Norm Bakker.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Hot Fox. Sunday, Frets With Benefits, Sami.
Hotel Delany Saturday, The Urge.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Loko.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, R and R.
The Junction Hotel Saturday, Max Jackson.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Project X. Sunday, Moose Preservation.
Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Gen-X.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, The Hedonists, Weather the Lizard, Bofolk Ballico.
Lizotte’s Saturday, Leo Sayer. Sunday, Carol Duncan’s NovoKwiz Rock Trivia.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Brown Bear & Hooves.
Mark Hotel Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Jungle Kings.
Mary Ellen Saturday, Easy Daze. Sunday, Ben Travis.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Paparazzi.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Troy Kemp.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Jason Bone.
Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Jerome.
Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Sunday, Metro Muso Muster Jam.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, Paperboy. Saturday, Gen-R-8. Sunday, Sue & Mikey Show.
Morriset Country Club Sunday, Grace Fuller, Witchery.
Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Tom Blake.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Jon Matthews.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Deborah Sinclair.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Sunday, Matt Gaudry.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, The Years.
Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Jordan Fleming.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Brent Murphy.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Joel Oakhill.
The Pourhouse Saturday, James Osborn.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Frick N Orson. Sunday, The V Dubs.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Bucko.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Tre Soul, Tom Christie. Sunday, Loko, Wharf Life.
Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Ashley Knight.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Zane Penn.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, The Remedy.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Daxton Monaghan.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Kylie Jane.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Boe & Jye. Sunday, Nicko.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.
Singleton Diggers Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.
Small Ballroom Saturday, Ready Am Fire ft. Toe To Toe, Bare Bones, Ebolagoldish, Dal Failure, The Australian Beefweek Show, Tlk Sht!, Tear You Apart, Sentimental Abuse, Landon Elliott River.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.
South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Karen O'Shea.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Matt T Wall. Sunday, Passport To Airlie Band Comp.
Star Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske’s Guitar Lounge.
Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.
Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, The Rattlesnakes.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Shivoo.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Rock Factor.
Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Frets With Benefits.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Layth Gunn.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Zane Penn Duo, Sunday, Pistol Pete.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Kyle Cartner.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Boney Rivers. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.
Wallsend Winter Fair Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Wangi Hotel Saturday, Sami.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Anyerin.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Mardmax.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, 4 Letter Word.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, 2GoodReasons, Herman’s Hermits.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Helen & Friends, Wild Oats. Sunday, John Larder, Schtick Men.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Tim Harding.
An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power (MA) Ex-US Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. (Tower)
Annabelle: Creation (MA) A dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.
Atomic Blonde (MA) An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Baby Driver (MA) A talented young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway.
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) Jonathan Teplitzky’s historical drama about Winston Churchill’s objections to the risky D-Day invasion plan. Wracked with guilt over his role in Gallipoli, Churchill fears making the same mistake twice. (Regal)
Despicable Me 3 (PG) Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.
Dunkirk (M) Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Monsieur Chocolate (M) The history of the clown Chocolate, the first black circus artist in France, which has a great success in the late 19th century. (Lake Cinema)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (M) A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.
The Big Sick (M) A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.
The Eagle Huntress (G) A 13-year-old girl trains to become the first female eagle hunter in the 1000-year history of her family’s tribe. (Regal)
The Promise (M) A love triangle set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire. (Regal)
The Time Of Their Lives (M) A former Hollywood star enlists the help of a new friend in order to journey from London to France for her ex-lover's funeral, with the various mishaps en route making the trip unforgettable.
The Trip To Spain (M) Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a road trip through Spain. (Tower)
The Zoo Keeper’s Wife (M) A heroic Polish couple help save hundreds of people and animals during WWII by sheltering them in the basement of the Warsaw zoo.
Their Finest (M) A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. (Regal)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (M) In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.
Viceroy’s House (PG) Lord Mountbatten is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence. (Regal)
War for the Planet of the Apes (M) A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar becomes embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.
Welcome To The Sticks (M) A French postman's assignment is in the north instead of the coveted Cote d’Azur. (Regal)
Wind River (MA) An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.