Living Smart Festival 8am to 2pm, Speers Point Park. A fun, family-friendly day to explore sustainable practices in everyday life. Includes a cooking demonstration by Paul West from River Cottage Australia, a free outdoor yoga class, a pop-up Raid My Wardrobe fashion event, a native plant giveaway and tiny house demonstrations.
Mumbai Madness 6.30pm, Moonshadow Cruise, departs d’Albora Marina, Nelson Bay. Authentic Indian banquet and Bollywood fun.
Feast of Fashion – The Museum of Fashion 1pm, The Polish Club. A parade of Hollywood glamour and iconic and out of the ordinary styles. Afternoon tea will be served after the parade.
Hunter Valley Snooze 2017 Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Valley Zoo. Sleep under the stars and listen to the wild sounds of the night at the zoo. Cost $500 per tent.
Word Bender Saturday, 6pm to 11pm, and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm, The Lock Up, Newcastle. Spoken word, poetry, unexpected encounters, music and text-based creative practice. Saturday night features performance artists, animators, projections, translations, hip-hop grooves and even a poetic boxing match. Sunday afternoon will have a more chilled vibe.
2017 Wine Country Masters Basketball Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm, Cessnock Stadium.
Entertaining Miss Austen: Regency Picnic 10.30am to noon, Lambton Park. Music and guest speakers from the Jane Austen Society Hunter.
One Day Masterpiece at Thirsty Palette Art & Wine 1.30pm to 5pm, 247 Wilderness Road, Lovedale. Includes art materials, wine and nibbles. Cost $75 per person.
Cupcake Decorating Class 2pm to 3pm, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale. Cost $10 per child (must be accompanied by an adult).
Torchlight Tour 6pm to 7.30pm, Newcastle Art Gallery. A guided tour through Mazie Karen Turner’s exhibition Between dream and earth by torchlight, then create and decorate biscuits into funny food portraits.
Mega Creatures Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Giant animatronic Mega Bugs and Dinosaurs on display. Runs until October 8.
The Great Moscow Circus Extreme Saturday and Sunday, Maitland Showground. Acts include the Wheel of Death, cage riders, silks and trapeze, high wire and clowns.
2017 Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League Grand Final Day McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 10am, main game kick-off 3pm.
Family Fun Zone Market Street Lawn, Newcastle. There will be a giant slide, classic carousel, Cup and Saucer ride, laughing clowns, an inflatable pirate ship and bouncy ferris wheel, plus coffee and fairy floss. Noon to 5pm on September 24, then daily from 10am to 5pm until Monday, October 2.
Spring Cruiz In 9am to 3pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. A huge range of vehicles on display, plus children’s activities.
Play School Live In Concert 10am, Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Bike Week Community Breakfast 2017 9am to noon, Lambton Park. Free breakfast; prizes; cycling resources and giveaways; bicycle safety checks; learn about electric bikes.
2017 World Travel and Cruise Expo 10am to 4pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
Lemon Jam 10am to 4pm, Lemon Tree Passage waterfront. Music; markets; children’s activities; raffles.
Beach Blast 2017 10am to noon, Bar Beach. Free T20 Blast Beach Clinic; guest visits from Sydney Sixer and a Sixers player. Register at trybooking.com.
Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.
Hunter Street Organic Food Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.
Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street plaza, Hamilton.
Swansea Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Quinn Park, Swansea.
Port Stephens Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm, Port Stephens Church of Christ, Nelson Bay Road, Salt Ash.
Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc. Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.
Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.
Wollombi Cultural Centre Emerging Artists Awards. Until October 8.
Cooks Hill Galleries Islands & Fires, by Susan Weaver. Precious Metal, by Steve Glassborow. Until October 9.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Five Strings, by Lisa McArthur Edwards, Lindsay Cameron, Therese Wilkins, Emilia Krumm and Kate Landsberry. Until October 22.
Finite Gallery Junior Art Prize. Ends Sunday.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Book Club; Glass Cage, by Lezlie Tilley. Until October 15.
Art Systems Wickham Traverse, by Dino Consalvo. Until October 1.
Timeless Textiles Nature’s Exuberance, by Lois Parish Evans. Until October 8.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Operation Art; Otherworldly: A Sensory Experience Of Art, by Bliss Cavanagh. Until November 19. Wanton, Wild & Unimagined, by Alison McDonald; Fiona Foley. Until December 3. Fertile Ground, by Gaye Shield and Julie Hosking. Until October 22. ATLAS; Play, by Sylvia Ray. Until October 8. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8, 2018.
Newcastle Art Gallery Montages: The Full Cut, 1999-2015, by Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg; Between Dream And Earth, by Mazie Karen Turner. Until November 5. Kilgour Prize 2017; The Figure Feminine. Until October 15.
Gallery 139 Beneath, by Toni Amidy, Nina Battley, Penny Dunstan, Nathan Keogh, Mandy Robinson, James Murphy, Ainslie Ivin-Smith. Until October 8.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Which Craft, by Elizabeth Treadwell Newman, Nicola Purcell, Sandra Shaw, Jo Davies and Tracie Bertram. Ends Sunday.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Dorothy Wishney: Art of Contemplation; Michèle Heibel: For the love of the Hunter; Goodstart Muswellbrook: Our Community; Urban Outlook: Max Watters Collection; 8x10: Muswellbrook High School Photographic Works. Until October 22.
CStudios Art Gallery Amor Vincit Omnia, by Lucy Prior and Penny Greaves. Until September 30.
Watt Space Gallery Semblance: 2017 Annual Student Art Prize. Ends Sunday.
University of Newcastle Gallery Afterwork, by Paul Munro. Overtime, by Rae Richards.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Perry Carter. Sunday, Marissa +1.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Pana.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Anthology, Kellie Cain. Sunday, John Noble.
Black Malabar Sunday, Alma Salero.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Meg Mac, The Money War & Georgia Fair. Sunday, Just A Gent.
Catho Pub Saturday, Layth Gunn. Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Ben Travis.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Sunday, Alias.
Customs House Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Jerome.
Finnegans Saturday, Luke La Beat.
FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Empty Pockets. Sunday, Craic’n’tunes ft. The Hugh Gordon Trio.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Mark Olson, Ingunn Ringvold, James Thomson.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, Blues Bombers.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Arley Black, The Smarts. Sunday, The Levymen.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Tim Harding, Dr Zoom.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Rickyxsan.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, The Grounds, RK Ally, Start the Boats.
Lizotte’s Saturday, Never Ending 80s. Sunday, Carpenter Caswell, Aleyce Simmonds, Weeping Willows.
Mezz Bar Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, The Smarts.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Mark Olson, Ingunn Ringvold, James Thomson.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, 2GoodReasons, KR Duo. Sunday, Hurricane Fall, Wharf Life.
Small Ballroom Sunday, Outline In Colour (US), Bayharbour, Kings.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Rock Factor Trio. Sunday, Puttin On The Ritz.
Wests NEX Saturday, Grinspoon, Hockey Dad.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Sunhill Drive. Sunday, Greg Bryce, Compadre Diablo