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Street Feast Launch 4pm, Market Street Lawn, Newcastle. Dinner, live music and communal dining.

Snow Time in the Garden Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 9pm.  A winter wonderland with a huge range of activities including ice tobogganing, ice skating, a play zone to create snowmen and snow angels, and rides on the new carousel. 

Disney On Ice presents Frozen Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Join Anna and Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all. Tickets at the venue or through Ticketek.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen. Picture courtesy of Disney

Disney On Ice presents Frozen. Picture courtesy of Disney

Hunter Valley Wine Festival 11am to 5pm, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. 430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale. Gourmet food; wine, beer and cider tasting; kids’ activities; live entertainment.

Travelling Film Festival 7pm to 10pm, Tower Cinemas, Newcastle. The regional tour of the Sydney Film Festival brings an exciting program of films directly from the festival to Newcastle.

Little Miracles Swansea Farm Day 9.30am to 11.30am, 19 Milray St, Swansea. Free pony rides, face painting, food and more.

Hog Watts Saturday and Sunday, 48 Watt, Newcastle. Harry Potter themed feast. 

Free Film Makers Workshop 10am to 2pm, Upper Hunter Regional Library 126 Bridge Street, Muswellbrook. Jason van Genderen, international award-winning “pocket film” maker, will give an insider’s view of this emerging film-making genre. 

Free entry to Australian Museum and Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Saturday and Sunday. (AM)  This year, the free offering also extends to the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill.

Abstraction Inspired Painting Workshop with Lottie Consalvo 1.30pm to 4pm, Newcastle Art Gallery, 1 Laman Street, Cooks Hill. Cost $75.

NSW Pro Wrestling 6.30pm, Cessnock Leagues Club. High-flying, hard-hitting wrestling action suitable for the whole family. 

Wallsend Maryland Beanie For Brain Cancer 8am, Grange Oval, Newcastle. 

ACO Concert Season: Intimate Mozart 7.30pm, Newcastle City Hall. Pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of the world’s leading performers of Mozart.


Arpan for Charity International Day of Yoga 10am, Civic Park, Newcastle. Two-hour yoga session for all abilities, bring your own mat or towel. Children welcome. Also, henna tattoos, stalls, music, Indian snacks.  

Taste of Wollombi 10am to 4pm, Wollombi Village. Meet vignerons and artisans and sample fine wines as well as great food. 



By the Fireside with Bruce Tyrrell AM – Tyrrells Wines Noon to 3pm, Hunter Valley Resort, Pokolbin. Cost $120 per person. 

History in the Museum's Neighbourhood: June – A Walking Tour 1pm to 3pm, meet at Newcastle Museum. Explore how past foundations shape what we see in our city today. Investigate the history of the Civic Precinct, changes in Newcastle’s CBD and waterfront redevelopment from rail yards to restaurants. The tours take approximately two hours over 2.7km of even terrain. Bookings essential. 

Lemon Jam 10am to 4pm, Lemon Tree Passage. A free, all-ages, monthly music event held on the waterfront with markets, children’s activities, raffles and more. 

Book Launch 11am, MacLean’s Booksellers, Newcastle. Harrison Craig launches his book Harrison’s Song

On The Clock – Bridge to Bridge 8am, Throsby Creek, Carrington. Stand-up paddleboarding for all ages and abilities. 

Cancer Sucks 10.30am, Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, Belmont. $10 entry fee includes morning tea, a gift bag, entry into the lucky door prize and access to stalls.


Newcastle: Celebrating Unity in Diversity Festival returns on July 1 and is the largest community multicultural event in Newcastle. At Gregson Park, Hamilton, there will be three stages with free multicultural performances, international food stalls, workshops and children’s activities.


Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE. 

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner of Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin.

Swansea Markets Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Quinn Park, Galgabba Street, Swansea.

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.

Tomaree Markets Sunday, 9am to 1pm, Sports Complex grounds, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay.

My Kids Market Newcastle Sunday, 9am to noon, Newcastle Basketball Stadium. Entry $4 adults; children free.

Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc. Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE. 

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 Scanlines; CLICK: Schools in Focus. Ends Sunday. Water: This Precious Liquid. Until July 2. 

John Earle Gallery New paintings in progress.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local Artist Uncovered: Marc Brabander. Until July 2. Also, high tea on Saturday, 3pm. 

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. Until July 2. 

Timeless Textiles Small Holdings. 

The Lock-Up Stitched Up. Also, panel discussion, Unstitched, at 4pm Son aturday.

CStudios Art Gallery Cheridan Chard and Toni Amidy. Until July 1. 

Gallery 139 and Acrux Art Gallery LITTLE. Ends Sunday.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries The Country Kitchen. Until July 2.

Studio21 artspace LightWEIGHT. 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 Lifting the Darkness – The Emergence of Light, by Ken Strong. Ends Monday. 


Chicago A woman who shoots her boyfriend when he walks out on her uses a trial to promote her show business ambitions. Novocastrian Players and Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show 7pm, show only 8pm.

Disney on Ice – Frozen The inept magical powers of a queen cover her country with snow and ice, and a giant snowman and other creatures come to life. Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Saturday and Sunday 10am, 2pm and 6pm.

Mary Poppins A flying governess helps to brighten the lives of two unhappy children in this magical musical. St Phillip’s Christian College, Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday 2pm and 7pm.

Much Ado About Nothing Two young couples who are attracted to each other have to put up with others interfering with their romances; lively Shakespeare comedy. Shakespeare’s Women, at Newcastle Theatre Company’s Lambton venue. Saturday 2pm and 8pm.

Don Giovanni Brisk and amusing Mozart opera; Australian premiere of new translation by Jeremy Sams. Opera Hunter, at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay. Saturday and Sunday 2pm.

Grace Engaging comedy-drama by Craig Wright. Knock and Run Theatre, Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly from Wednesday to Saturday, July 1, at 8pm, plus 2pm Saturday.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Bright musical with the Peanuts comic children, pet dog Snoopy and Charlie Brown seeking a girlfriend. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday 2pm and 7pm.


5 Sawyers Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Arcane.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Witchery.

Bar Petite Saturday, Holly Mae.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Nicko. Sunday, Codi Kaye.

Bay Hotel Saturday, 4 Letter Word.

Beach Hotel Saturday, D.Love. Sunday, Soundabout.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Kempy.

Belmont 16s Saturday, British Invasion, Love That Hat, Tim Harding. Sunday, John Noble.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, Jungle Kings. Sunday, Alison Forbes.

Belmont Sporties Saturday, The Bush Happy Band.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Rave On.

The Bradford Saturday, Frets With Benefits.

Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Tone.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, CRAZE ft Zeke Beats, Stalker. Sunday, Kilter, Feki, Alta.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Misbehave.

Catho Pub Saturday, Bob Allan. Sunday, All Access 80s.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Michael Muchow.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Southern Under Stars.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Civic Playhouse Saturday, Harrison Craig.

Harrison Craig

Harrison Craig

Clarendon Hotel  Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Club Kotara Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Club Redhead Saturday, DV8.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Outerphase.

Country Club Hotel Saturday, DOLA.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Dos Eager.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Sunday, Kempy.

Customs House Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Tim Broadway.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Karen O'Shea.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Evergreen.

Finnegans Saturday, Discovery Daft Punk show.

FogHorn Saturday, Glasgow Steel.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Texas Strangers.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.

George Tavern Saturday, Sundays Record.

Grain Store Saturday, Truman Smith. Sunday, JJ King.

Great Northern Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, The Years.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Pawn Logic, Trataka, Wysper. Sunday, Jen Buxton, Max Quinn, Jack R Reilly.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Dai Pritchard, Hellrad. Sunday, Arley and I.

Honeysuckle Hotel Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Whiskey Business.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Overload.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Phonic Duo.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Thunderstruck – The AC/DC show.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Project X. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Yung Jalapeno.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, James Naldo.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Bad Luck Kitty.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Beach Street 6 ft. The Boilermakers, Archy Punker, PALS, Voodoo Youth, The Owls, Nicholas Connors, Demi Mitchell & more. Sunday, Lincoln le Fevre, Holly Ball, Jason Lowe.

Lizotte’s Saturday-Sunday, Diesel.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bandditts.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Anthology.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Mark Wells. 

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jake Davey. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Max Jackson.

Metropolitan Hotel Saturday, Melbourne Street.

Mezz Bar Saturday, GenR8. Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Maryanne Rex.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Redline.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, TIna Turner A Journey In Song & Dance, The Remedy.

Newcastle City Hall Saturday, ACO – Intimate Mozart.

Newcastle Conservatorium Sunday, Hunter Singers and Hunter Trebles present Earthsong.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Mark Wood.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Jackson Broadway.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Arley and I. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Kelly Hope.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Karen Soper. Sunday, Shivoo.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Tim Rossington.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Iguana. Saturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, The Briens Band.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Secret Society.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Saturday, Junior & Luana. Sunday, Andrew G.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Matt Scullion.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Tiali.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Sunhill Drive. Sunday, Logan Wolfgram.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Pete G.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Holy Holy, The Money War, Machine Age.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Pop Standen & the Prince of Promises. Sunday, Shaun Kirk.

Star Hotel Sunday, Bruce Mathiske.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Robbie T.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Jive Express.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Damien. Sunday, Daxton Monaghan.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Rich & Famous.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Allan Freihaut.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Roxy.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Michael Hawke.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Damien.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Lennie Live.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Frick N Orson.

Weston Workers Saturday, The Flattrakkers.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Cruzers.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Talk of the Town. Sunday, Richard Clapton.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Duo, Viper Creek Band. Sunday, Wicko Winter Sessions, Phoenix Pritchard, Fishfry + Pow Wow.


A Dog’s Purpose (PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. (Regal)

Ali’s Wedding (M) Ali’s arranged marriage is looming, but he loves someone else. What’s a Muslim cleric’s son to do? (Tower)

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)

Denial (M) Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel. (Regal)

Despicable Me 3 (PG) Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.

Don’t Tell (M) The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school.

Going In Style (M)  Three senior citizens in their 70s decide to rob a bank. (Regal)

Holy Air (CTC) A Nazareth businessman must negotiate with the holy city’s rulers, gangsters and his own family when he tries one last idea to get rich, selling “holy air”. (Tower)

I Am Not Your Negro (M) Narrated by Samuel L Jackson, this mesmerising Oscar-nominated film channels the impassioned words of writer James Baldwin, one of the most incisive commentators on race in America. (Tower)

Ingrid Goes West (CTC) Aubrey Plaza is hilarious as awkward loner Ingrid, a social media addict who heads to LA to meet her Instagram idol. (Tower)

King Arthur: The Legend Of The Sword (M) The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. (Lake Cinema)

Lion: Extended Cut (PG) A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres from home. (Regal)  

McLaren (PG) The story of Bruce McLaren, the Kiwi who founded the McLaren Motor Racing team. A man who showed the world that a man of humble beginnings could take on the elite of motor racing and win. 

My Cousin Rachel (PG) A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. (Tower)

My Life as a Zucchini (PG) An Oscar-nominated Swiss-French stop-motion family animation that’s realistic and life affirming, dealing with real issues in a way that doesn’t patronise or traumatise its audience. (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. 

Pop Eye (M) A downtrodden architect and his long-lost elephant take a road trip across Thailand to find their childhood home in this offbeat and very funny Sundance screenwriting award-winner. (Tower)

Rough Night (MA) A male stripper ends up dead at a Miami beach house during a bachelorette party weekend.

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 Promise (M) Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, it follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris, a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

The Sense Of An Ending (M) A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him re-think his current situation in life. (Lake Cinema)

The Teacher (M) Zuzana Maurery gives an award-winning performance as an unscrupulous school teacher in this crowd-pleasing dark comedy set in Communist-era Czechoslovakia. (Tower)

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.

We Don’t Need A Map (CTC) Filmmaker Warwick Thornton investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross in this fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia’s cultural and political landscape. (Tower)

Wind River (CTC) Straight from Cannes, this intelligent crime drama with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen is the directorial debut of screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. (Tower)

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.


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