Your guide to what's on in Newcastle this weekend

SATURDAY

Tastes at the Bay Saturday and Sunday, Nelson Bay. A jazz, food and wine festival for all ages. A new addition this year is the Tasters Trail which includes a taster plate and beverage at four participating restaurants. Full program of events and ticket details at portstephens.org.au.

Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Relay For Life 9am onwards, Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale. Live entertainment, fireworks, Circus Avalon, a jumping castle and more. 

Valentine Market Day 11am to 4pm, Valentine Public School. More than 100 market and food stalls, entertainment, an art exhibition plus a dedicated Kids Fun Zone featuring a 24-seat jet chair ride, a 12-seat pirate ship, 24-seat twister ride and an obstacle course.

Stroud Lions Melbourne Cup Calcutta 6.30pm, Stroud Country Club. Best dressed prizes, free courtesy bus, live music from former Footy Show house band The Nevilles.

Clarence Town Swim-In and Rally Historical military vehicles parade along the main street of Clarence Town at 9.15am, going to the Village Green and Stroud. From 2.30pm, World War 2 amphibious jeeps will take to the water at the caravan park then travel along the river towards Seaham.

Bands in Concert 6.30pm, Civic Centre, Singleton. Starring the Singleton Town Band, the Intermediate Singleton Town Band and other local performers. Tickets at the door. 

Country @ The Con 7pm, Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music, Bridge Street, Muswellbrook. Featuring Lyn Bowtell and Drew McAlister. 

Felton Street Preschool’s 40th Birthday Celebration 11am to 2pm, 74 Felton Street, Gateshead.

Nine Mile Ocean Classic 7.30am registration at Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club. Ocean swim event to raise funds for essential lifesaving equipment . 

Blooms Twilight Market, Food Fiesta & Free Family Movie Night 3pm, 82-98 Liverpool Street, Scone. Market and food stalls, face painting, rides, Moana on the big screen. 

Yoga & Sound 8am to 9.30am, Newcastle Art Gallery. Cost: $15 per person.  All equipment is provided. Drop-ins welcome, limited availability.  Bookings on 4974 5100 or email artgallerybookings@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping 9.30am to 12.30pm, Urban Hum, St Andrew’s Church Hall, 31 Church Street, Mayfield. Tickets $157.74 at eventbrite.com.au, includes morning tea and a light lunch. 

Jacaranda Spring Festival 10am to 4pm, Jacaranda Avenue, Raymond Terrace. The avenue is closed to traffic for the day so you can enjoy live music, dance, art and photography workshops, food and stalls.

Rose Spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Ends Sunday.

Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival Saturday and Sunday, Maitland Gaol. Beer, food, music and more. Go to bitterandtwisted.com.au for details.

Hyundai A League Gates open 4.30pm at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Westfield W-League vs Sydney FC (5pm); Newcastle Jets vs Wellington Phoenix (7.50pm). 

2017 Christmas Lights Spectacular  5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens. More than 2 million festive lights on display, plus entertainment and food. 

Spring Florals at Brough House 10am to 3pm, 73 Church Street, Maitland. Spring outfits from decades past presented in a beautiful heritage building.

Glen William Gymkhana 10am to 4pm, Clarence Town. Family fun day.

This That 1.30pm to 10pm, Wickham Park, Newcastle. Live music, market and food stalls.

Bucks For Ben Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Branxton Golf Club. Darts competition, auction and charity golf day. 

Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards 2017 A festival of art and culture. Enjoy guided tours, artist talks, artist-led workshops and even degustation tours. Until December 3.

Gresford Family Country Dance 6.30pm to 10.30pm, corner Brown and Dowling streets, Dungog. Food and bar available, no BYO.

SUNDAY

Live At The Foreshore 12.30pm to 8pm, Wickham Park, Newcastle. Live music, market and food stalls.

Aberdeen Cup Day Gates open noon, Muswellbrook Race Club. 

Salsa On The Beach 1pm, Newcastle Beach. Organised by the University of Newcastle Latin American Society. And there’s free pizza.

Blue Planet Fun Surf Stand-up Paddleboarding Sessions 8am, Dixon Park Beach. All welcome. 

Family Fun Day 10am to 2pm, Oasis Health Centre, Warners Bay. Free classes plus activities for the kids. 

SAVE THE DATE

Carrington Village Markets are on Saturday, March 11, 9am to 2pm, at Carrington Public School. Browse food stalls as well as market stalls featuring goods from talented local designers, artists and makers, and enjoy live entertainment and face painting. 

MARKETS

The Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle. 

Hunter Street Organic Food Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.  

Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

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, Hamilton.

Dungog Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Dungog.

Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground, Anzac Street, Maitland.

Vacy Farmers Fresh Produce Market Sunday, 8am to 11am, Gresford Road, Vacy.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. 

Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown. 

Newcastle Racecourse Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow.   

ARTS

Newcastle Art Gallery Painting Memory: From The Collection. Until January 28. 

Wollombi Cultural Centre  Small Sculptuures. Saturday, 10.30am to noon: ceramic tiles workshop for children.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Connections, by Elsie Randall and Sue Stewart. Ends Saturday.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Salvaged, by Leesa Knights. Until December 3.

Cooks Hill Galleries The European Tradition, by Bruce Rowland. Ends Sunday.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Drawn To Print, by David Fairbairn. Art(ful) Futures: Of The Mind, by Craig Elkington, Peter Holbrook, Janet Kirtley, Joy Laloli, Tim McLean, Glenda Mears, Jade Phoenix, Lynette Reeves and Darryl Soo. Until December 3.

Finite Gallery Stadt zum Strand: Berlin to the Beach, by Stefanie Schmock. Until November 26.

Art Systems Wickham Comedy and Tragedy, by Eric and Robyn Werkoven. Until November 12.

The Lock-Up Transmission, by Billy and Lulu Cooley, Jason Coulthard, Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Cherie Johnson, Nicole Monks, David Leha, Steaphan Paton and Vicki West. Until December 3.

Timeless Textiles Flora and Fauna from Mississippi to Australia, by Kerr Grabowski. Ends Saturday.

CStudios Art Gallery Drawing Trees, by Gwendolin Lewis. Join us for 'artists talk' with pastel artist Gwendolin Lewis. Saturday 4th November between 1pm-4pm.  

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Passchendaele – A Ridge Too Far, Photography in Battle; Bruce Roxburgh. Until January 28. Fertile Ground, by Gaye Shield and Julie Hosking. Ends Sunday. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. Fiona Foley; Wild, Wanton & Unimagined, by Alison MacDonald. Until December 3. Otherworldly: A Sensory Experience of Art, by Bliss Cavanagh. Until November 19.

Gallery 139 Roughly The Same Size Souvenirs, by Michelle Brodie and Jen Denzin. Ends Saturday.

Watt Space Gallery Harbouring Life: Architectural projects by graduating Bachelor of Design (Architecture) students. 

The Hunter Artisan Gallery & CafeThe Stubborn Scorpio Cafe and Art House Local artists.

Newcastle Museum Dinosaur Revolution, until January 28.

THEATRE

Move Over, Mrs Markham Comedy by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. Newcastle G and S Comedy Club, at St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, Georgetown. Friday and Saturday, until November 11 – dinner at 7pm, followed by the show; plus 2pm show-only on Sunday.

Rent Jonathan Larson’s musical looks at young people sharing lodgings in New York and falling in love while trying to make artistic livings. Hunter Drama, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm (final shows).

Roman and Jules Contemporary musical version of the Romeo and Juliet story, by Newcastle’s Meri Bird, with the title characters teens who meet at a Newcastle football match. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, Adamstown. Friday and Saturday, dinner and show from 7pm, show only at 8pm, until November 25; plus 2pm Sunday, November 19.

MUSIC

5 Sawyers Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Sundays Record.

48 Watt Street Saturday, Holly Throsby, The Singing Skies.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The Way.

Argyle House Saturday, Tigerilla, Kinder, Jericho In The Bronx.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Katie N Feff.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Little Cents.

Bay Hotel Bonnell Bay Saturday, Vortex.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Loko, Just Jade. Sunday, Blue Water Cowboys.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Soundabout.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, The Years. 

Black Malabar Saturday, Mic Conway & Robbie Long.

The Bradford Saturday, Witchery. 

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Thundamentals (DJ set). Sunday, Bravo Victor, Sarah Evans, Thomas Macokatic.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, The Smarts.

Carrington Bowling Club Sunday, Pap N That.

Catho Pub Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Hurricane Fall.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Layth Gunn. 

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Levymen.

Civic Theatre Saturday, Guy Sebastian, Matt Gresham.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Ethan Latsinos.

Club Kotara Saturday, Waxy Zebu.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Barracuda. 

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Gaz N Gaz.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, The Tantrums. 

Customs House Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Max Jackson, Sunset Club. 

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Emily Smith.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Kyle Cartner.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Zane Penn.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Norm Bakker. 

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Defaced. Sunday, Emile.

Easts Golf Club Saturday, Pistol Pete. 

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Crawfish Stew. Sunday, Duncan Woods.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Alias.

Finnegans Saturday, Random Hero, MC Kidd Kaos & DJ Lionette.

George Tavern Saturday, Kaylens Rain Duo.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Darren.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Rock Factor. 

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Rich & Famous.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Project X. Sunday, Kaylens Rain, Anyerin, KR Duo.

Hope Estate Saturday, 80s Fest ft Taylor Dayne (US), Go West (UK), The Cutting Crew (UK), Wang Chung (UK), John Paul Young and the Allstars, Pseudo Echo, The Chantoozies.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Misbehave.

Hotel Jesmond Saturday, The DuoTones.

Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, Pap N That. Sunday, Logan Wolfgram.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Hard Hitter.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Bobby C. Sunday, Thread.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Gen-X.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Nicko Duo.

Lucky Hotel Sunday, Matt McLaren. 

Maitland Gaol Saturday, Delta Riggs, Mia Dyson, The Vanns, Rackett, The Andy Golledge Band. Sunday, Architecture In Helsinki, I Know Leopard, The Cope Street Parade, Caitlin Harnett.

Mark Hotel Saturday, 3 Of A Kind. Sunday, Love That Hat.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Phase III. Sunday, Mark Wells. 

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Paparazzi.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Steve Werren. Sunday, Jordan Fleming. 

Mavericks On Darby  Saturday, Kim. Tuesday, Kaylens Rain.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Mark Wells.

Metropolitan Hotel Saturday, Glamstars. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band. 

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Jason Ray. 

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Emily Smith.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, The Andy Show.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, The Years.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Josh Callaway.

Orana Hotel Sunday, Big Pete.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Ash Mountain. Sunday, Reactor. 

Pelican RSL Saturday, Viagro.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Mick Jones. 

Potters Brewery Saturday, Beau Hatch.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Bounty Hunters.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Davis & Jayne, Adrianna Mac. Sunday, Hot Fox. 

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, The V Dubs.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Gaz N Gaz.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Saturday, The Leadbellies. Sunday, Jacinta. 

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Shooting Molly. Sunday, Matt Bowles.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Purple Hearts.

Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Loose Change.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Kristy James. Tuesday, Phonic.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Mick Hart. Sunday, Chris Jagger & Charlie Hart (UK).

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Voodoo Rhythm Shakers.

Stroud Country Club Saturday, The Nevilles.

Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Josh Drinkwater.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Curiosity Duo.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Hendo. 

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Michael Mills. Sunday, Tim Broadway.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Grace Fuller.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Jody Direen.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Club Esky.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Dave Carter.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Phonic Trio. Sunday, The Seventies Hitmakers ft. Richard Glover (UK), Paper Lace (UK), The Rubettes (UK). 

Wickham Park Saturday, This That Festival ft. The Presets, Alison Wonderland, The Preatures, Tash Saltana, Thundamentals, Winston Surfshirt, Zed’s Dead (CAN) & more. Sunday, Live At The Foreshore ft. Glenn Shorrock, Dragon, The Radiators, GANGgajang, Chocolate Starfish, Christine Anu & more.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Sunhill Drive, Kings Of Kong. Sunday, John Larder, Schtick Men. 

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley.

MOVIES

Ali’s Wedding (M) A Muslim cleric’s eldest son is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl. (Lake Cinema)

Bad Moms 2 (MA) Amy, Carla and Kiki struggle to cope when their respective mothers visit for the holidays.

Barbie: Dolphin Magic (G) Barbie and her sisters work at a coral reef researching dolphins.

Beatriz At Dinner (M) An immigrant from a poor town in Mexico builds a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. (Regal)

Blade Runner 2049 (MA) Set 30 years after the first film, a new blade runner, unearths a secret that could plunge society into chaos.

Daddy’s Girl (MA) A widower realises his children are unfit to receive their inheritances. (Tower)

Ever Been To The Moon? (M) A down-to-earth farmer meets an elegant journalist. (Tower)

Geostorm (M) When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock to uncover the real threat.

Gifted (PG) Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother. (Regal)

Hampstead (M) An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath. (Regal)

Happy Death Day (M) Tree must relive the same day over and over again until she figures out who is trying to kill her and why.

Home Again (M) A single mum’s new life in LA takes an unexpected turn when she takes in three unlikely house guests.

If You Tell Me (R) Lea is a young woman who has grown up around the Mafia. Her own family, and the father of her daughter Denise are members, but she wants a different life for them. (Tower)

Ingrid Goes West (MA) Young Ingrid Thorburn escapes a humdrum existence by moving out West to befriend her Instagram obsession, a Los Angeles socialite named Taylor Sloane.

Jigsaw (MA) Dead bodies begin to turn up all over the city, each meeting their demise in a variety of grisly ways. 

Kedi (G) A filmed tribute to the cats who roam the streets of Istanbul, the humans who care for them and the beautiful city they all call home. (Regal)

Loving Vincent (CTC) A feature film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. (Tower)

Maudie (PG) An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. (Regal)

My Little Pony: The Movie (G) When a dark force threatens Ponyville and the Mane 6, they go on a journey to the end of Equestria to save their beloved home.

One Kiss (M) Lorenzo, Blu and Antonio are three teenagers in a small town. For three unique reasons, they are all outsiders. (Tower)

Only The Brave (M) An inspiring and heroic true story of a crew of 20 firemen from Prescott, Arizona – known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots. (Tower)

Perfect Strangers (M) Friends gather around the dining table and all messages and phone calls public. (Tower)

Shopkins: World Vacation (G) When the Shoppies go on a vacation to London to meet Royal Crown they get caught up in a diamond heist.

Suburbicon (MA) A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.

The Big Sick (M) Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. (Regal)

The Emoji Movie (G) A multi-expressional emoji sets out to become a normal emoji.

The Mountain Between Us (M) Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive on a remote mountain.

The Snowman (MA) A detective investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found on a snowman.

Three Summers (M) At a summer music festival the feisty lead singer of an Irish folk band meets a folk music-hating theremin player and sparks literally fly. (Tower)

Thor: Ragnarok (M) Thor must face the Hulk in a gladiator match and save his people from the ruthless Hela.

Two Women (M) During World War II, Italian widow Cesira must leave Rome with her devout daughter when the city comes under attack by Allied forces. (Tower)

Victoria and Abdul (PG) Queen Victoria strikes up an an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. (Lake Cinema)

Where Am I Going? (M) The story takes a not-so-subtle dig at the Italian obsession of pursuing a cushy public service job-for-life, with a generous pension and the seeming impossibility of termination. (Tower)