It's the weekend. Make the most of it with a little help from the Herald.


Hunter Record Fair 9am to 4pm, Kotara High School, entry via Lexington Parade, Adamstown. New and second-hand vinyl records and CDs plus a sausage sizzle to raise money for the school. 

Experimental Charcoal with exhibiting artist Dorothy Wishney 10.30am to 4pm, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre. Using the landscape as subject matter there will be an emphasis on creating texture and tone. Participants will produce several experimental pieces leading to a finished work. 

Five Senses Twilight Markets 4pm to 8pm, Lambton Park. Food, craft beer, wine, live music, market stalls and more. 

Cultural Burn Demonstration and Bush Tucker 9am to 1.30pm, 2E King Albert Avenue, Tanilba Bay, opposite Tanilba Bay Public School. Experience firsthand the traditional Aboriginal practices of caring for our bushland.

Chemical Clean Out 9am to 3.30pm, Belmont TAFE car park, Gen Street, Belmont. Drop off paints, garden chemicals, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, motor oils and fuels, batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, acids and alkalis, and fluorescent tubes and globes. Only household quantities are accepted.

Branxton Wine Country Cat Club 10am to 3.30pm, Greta Community Arts Centre. Talk to the breeders and exhibitors, watch the cats being judged by local and Interstate judges. 

Open Gardens & Art Trail Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Lake Macquarie Garden Club is opening 10 gardens which have never been open to the public before. 

Hunter Valley Tapestry Group Open Day 11am to 2pm, Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia, Queens Avenue, Cardiff. Displays and demonstrations in creative tapestry, long stitch, cross stitch and other embroidery techniques.

Hunter Harvest 9am to 5pm, Westfield Kotara. Pop-up food and wine event celebrating the Hunter’s premium wineries, breweries and local food producers.

Spring Festival of Flowers 2017 9am to 5pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Entertainment, activities, demonstrations, talks, tours and workshops. Until September 30. 

Newcastle International Supermoto Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am to 4pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre. The inaugural FIM Oceania Supermoto Championship with riders including Troy Bayliss and Masatoshi Ohmori.

Wollombi Wild Ride 2017 8am to 4pm. Choice of three courses, depending on ability. 

Carrington Comedy 7.30pm to 10pm, Carrington Bowling Green. Line-up includes John Cruckshank and Sam Taunton.

Live At The Crossing 4pm, The Crossing Art Gallery/Cafe, 6 Caledonia Street, Kearsley. Spoken word, poetry, storytelling, music, art and open mic. 

2017 PS4 NPL Grand Final Northern NSW Football is bringing the PS4 NPL Grand Final to McDonald Jones Stadium for the first time. Gates open 1.30pm; first grade kick-off 7pm. 


Father’s Day Breakfast & Tour 9am to 12.30pm, Maitland Gaol. Breakfast at Blackbird Artisan Bakery followed by a guided tour of Maitland Gaol starting at 11am. Tour will run for approximately 90 minutes.

NRL Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks. McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 11.30am, main game kick-off 2pm. 

The 2017 Festival of the Choirs 2pm to 4pm, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay. Tickets $30; $25 concession. 

Merewether Beach Clean Up 11am, Merewether Beach, Newcastle.

Hunter Valley Steam Trains 8am to 1.30pm, Maitland Railway Station. 

Sketch Party 5.30pm to 7.30pm, 488 Hunter Street, Newcastle. Casual social evening aimed to expand Newcastle's community through sketching. All welcome; all materials provided; no skills required. Tickets $15 pre-sale; $20 on door.


The Matildas take on Brazil at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow, on September 19. Kick-off at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek. 


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

Genuine Farmers Market 2017 Saturday 8am to 1pm,  Anzac Park, Marine Drive, Tea Gardens.

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

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.

Jesmond Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Heaton Birmingham Gardens Bowling Club, 48 Mordue Parade, Jesmond. Raising money for Habitat for Humanity.

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

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

Maitland Markets 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground. 

Nelson Bay Legacy Markets Sunday, 8.30am to 2pm, Neil Carrol Park, Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay. 


Arts System Wickham Stock-Ability, by Peter Gardiner, John Turier, Ed Rush, Michael Cusack, Edward Milan, Shelagh Lummis, Stephen Berry, Malcolm Berry, Jon Wilks, Richard Morris, Sally Reynolds. Until September 10. 

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Glass Cage, by Lezlie Tilley. Until October 15. Book Club, by Chris Bond, Deidre Brollo, Simryn Gill, Julie Gough, Stephen Goddard, William Kentridge, Archie Moore, Brigita Ozolins, Patrick Pound, Cyrus Tang, Ahn Wells, Naomi Riddle. 

Cooks Hill Galleries Adam Cullen and the Cubists, by Adam Cullen, Gavin Fry, Shannon Woodward. Until September 11.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery This Place In Me, by Lorraine Hall. Until September 17.

Newcastle Art Society Annual art exhibition, Lake Macquarie Fair, Mt Hutton. Until September 10. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Montages: The Full Cut 1999-2015, by Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg. Until November 5. Between dream and earth, by Mazie Karen Turner.   

Wollombi Cultural Centre Power, by Peter and Katie Williams. Until September 17. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery This Place In Me, by Lorraine Hall. Until September 17.

Newcastle Art Space Gallery @91. Until September 17.

The Lock-Up Relay League, by Angelica Mesiti. Until September 17.

Timeless Textiles Musings, by Margaret Adams. Until September 10.

Port Stephens Art Centre A Hint of Colour. Until September 5. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Kilgour Prize 2017; The Figure Feminine. Until October 15.

Gallery 139 Sanctuary, by Giselle Penn, Gwynne Jones, Lisa Pollard, Dominic Kavanagh, Judy Henry, Andrew Dennis, Kerri Smith.  Until September 17.

Gloucester Gallery Gloucester High School HSC Students. Until September 9. 

Acrux Art Gallery Vicki Hamilton.

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. Ends Sunday. Make A Face; Showcase 4 Exhibition. Until September 10. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8, 2018.

HNEH Waratah Campus Art For Waratah Exhibition – The Beauty of the Australian Alps.

CStudios Art Gallery Duende, by Hunter Women Artists. Ends Saturday.

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.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Tracks. Ends Sunday. 

Watt Space Gallery Saturday, Words in Semblance. 1pm to 3pm. Semblance: 2017 Annual Student Art Prize. Until September 24.


2017: A Law Oddity Law students find themselves attacked by space aliens, including Donald Trump, in Newcastle University’s annual law revue. University of Newcastle Law Students Association, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 7.30pm.

Inherit the Wind Comedy-drama by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, based on a United States trial. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm, until September 9; plus 2pm Saturday.

The Crucifer of Blood A woman engages detective Sherlock Holmes to investigate the threats her father and two others face over a stolen treasure chest in India; comedy-drama by Paul Giovanni. DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm, until September 9.

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 (final date).


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Perry Carter. Sunday, The New Cool.

48 Watt Street Sunday, Melody Moko, Fanny Lumsden.

Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, Centre For Hope benefit ft. One Voice Mob, John Queripel. 

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Zac and Ben.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Outerphase.

Bar Petite Saturday, GW Freebird Duo.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Audie Franks.

Bay Hotel Saturday, Project X.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Trataka. Sunday, The V Dubs.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Loko, Melody Feder. Sunday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, The Way.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Evergreen.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, The Years. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

The Black Malabar Saturday, Close to Forever.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Hornet.

The Bradford Saturday, The Lineburners.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Dave Stuart, Rinse & Wax, Girl Friday, Jake Small, Ben & Tomek.

Catho Pub Saturday, Lee Rolfe. Sunday, Viagro.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys Band.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Levymen.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Jackson Halliday.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Kim.

Club Kotara Saturday, Viagro.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Reggie Sinclair.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Phonic.

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

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Customs House  Saturday, Glen Harrison. Sunday, Arley Black.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Anyerin.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Tim Usher.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Redline Duo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, Roxy.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Matt McLaren.

The Edwards Saturday, Foemen.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.

Finnegans Saturday, Steve Zappa.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Ryan Daley.

George Tavern Saturday, Mardmax.

Grain Store Saturday, Beth Gleeson. Sunday, JJ King.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Shooting Molly. Sunday, The Smarts.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Young Wolf, Endless, Rage, Brainfreeze, Shut Out.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, 4 Letter Word. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Blue Water Cowboys. 

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Rocket, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Karen O’Shea, CrocQ.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Gunner.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Big Night Out.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Frets With Benefits.

Kent Hotel Saturday, X&Y. Sunday, Greg Bryce Band.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Saturday, Sami. Sunday, Samantha Broadbent.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, The Illustrators.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Last Exposures, The Fossicks, Rachel Maria Cox. Sunday, E4444e.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Jeff Martin, Matt Boylan Smith. Sunday, Creedence Clearwater Revival Show.

Lochinvar Hotel Sunday, Deborah Sinclair.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bandditts.

Mark Hotel Saturday, The Rumour. Sunday, Shivoo.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Frick N Orson.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Kaylah Anne. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Ashley Knight.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Leadbellies.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers  Saturday, Viper Creek Band. Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Morriset Country Club Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Witchery.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Katie N Feff.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Sunday, Beth Gleeson.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Marissa +1.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Ethan Latsinos.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Shivoo.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Vortex.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Ben Travis.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Duncan Woods.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, The Years.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Nicko.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Matt Semmens, The Remedy. Sunday, Fish Fry, Wharf Life.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Jackson Broadway.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Matt Scullion.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Triple Zero. Sunday, Melody Feder.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Codi Kaye. Sunday, John Larder.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Russell Snape.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Troldhaugen.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Dreams Trio.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Jim Overend.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Chase The Sun. Sunday, Slide Milligan, Red City, The Pits, Stone Sun, Thomas Macokatic.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Big Pete.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Be Bop A Lula.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Dr Love.

Tanilba Bay Golf Club Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Arley Black.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, David McCredie.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Wicked. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Michael Hawke.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Mike Vee. 

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Sami Cooke.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Zane Penn.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Marissa, Bobby C, Howard Shearman. Sunday, Michael Muchow.​

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Cruzers. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Plastic Voyage, Lamplighters. Sunday, Mason Rack Band.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Gareth Hudson.


47 Metres Down (M) Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

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

A Quiet Passion (PG) The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days to her later years as a reclusive artist. (Regal)

Ali’s Wedding (M) After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart.

All For One (M) United by their renegade spirit and a determination to win against substantial odds, these riders take on the international circuit.

All Saints (PG) When a group of Burmese refugees join the congregation, the pastor of a failing Anglican church attempts to aid them by planting crops.

Annabelle: Creation (MA) A nun and several girls become the target of a dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

American Made (MA) A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.

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.

Despicable Me 3 (PG) 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.

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

Girls Trip (MA) When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the big easy blush.

Hampstead (PG) American widow Emily Walters feels like she is drifting aimlessly through life. Then she meets Donald.

Logan Lucky (M) Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Madame (M) Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. (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. (Tower)

The Dark Tower (M) The last Gunslinger battles the Man In Black to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (MA) The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

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. (Tower)