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Meet the Matildas at Westfield Kotara on Sunday.

Meet the Matildas at Westfield Kotara on Sunday.

Kahibah Centenary Celebration 10am to 2pm, Kahibah Village Shops. A celebration of the centenary since the first subdivision and land sale. Tea and scones; a BBQ; historical photos; school activities; market stalls; family activities; live entertainment featuring Catherine Britt. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery 2017 Spring Fair Showcases the works of more than 100 artists at The Barrel Room, Roche Estate at Pokolbin. Saturday and Sunday. 

Style Saturday 9am to 5pm, Charlestown Square. Spring and summer fashion parades in Centre Court at 11am, 12.15pm and 1.30pm, hosted by centre stylist Natalie Baker.

Newcastle Spring Racing Carnival Newcastle Racecourse, Darling Street, Broadmeadow. Includes Hit 106.9 Ladies Day with fashion, entertainment and food.

Maitland Garden Ramble 2017 Saturday and Sunday. Explore eight fantastic gardens in the Maitland area. Cafe, BBQ and gift stalls available at selected gardens. A shuttle bus will be available each day departing from Maitland Station at 9.45am Cost: adult $35; aged concession $25, free entry for children; $5 individual gardens. All money raised goes to Vision Australia Hunter Division. 

Fern Bay and North Stockton Drop-In Session 9am to noon, Stockton Library, King Street, Stockton. Port Stephens Council and Newcastle City Council are teaming up to deliver a land use strategy for Fern Bay and North Stockton. Share your ideas.

Paddle NSW Myall Classic Ultramarathon 2017 Myall River, Tea Gardens. 

Frozen Singalong 10am, Hoyts Charlestown. Dress up and be prepared to sing.

Tin Hare Fundraiser Train Ride 9.30am to 3.30pm, Maitland Railway Station. A special return trip between Maitland Station, Bellbird and Cessnock and back. The train will stop at Neath for morning tea and again for lunch on the return journey. The train will depart at 9.30am from Maitland Station. Cost: $70 adults; $50 children; kids under 5 free; family pass (two adults and two children) is $220. A fundraiser for Kurri Kurri Public School.

Grow Up! Art and Music Festival 2017 5pm to 10pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Musical performances; video art projections; pop-up poetry; live art, art stalls. Cost $15.

Miller’s Fashion Parade 1.30pm, Wescott Aged Care Facility, Stockton. Followed by afternoon tea. Donation $10.

Let’s Dance 30th Anniversary Celebration 6.30pm, Civic Theatre Newcastle. Dance styles from jazz, funk, hip-hop and tap through to classical, contemporary and cheerleading will be on display. 

Spring Festival of Flowers 2017 Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Daily until September 30.

2017 Rescue Ball 6.30pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Supports the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The Hunter Polo Challenge Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm, Wirragulla Polo Club, Cemetery Road, Dungog. 


Giant Ten Pin Bowling 10am to 3pm, Market Street Lawn between Wharf Road and Scott Street, Newcastle. Free games, vintage Jamaican tunes and mouth-watering food. Also, a giant inflatable bowling alley, giant games for kids, Jamaican Dancehall workshops and vibrant live performances.

Toranafest is at Maitland Park on Sunday.

Toranafest is at Maitland Park on Sunday.

Toranafest 2017 Sunday, 10am, Maitland Park. Celebrating 50 years of the iconic Torana. Proceeds from the event go to Ronald McDonald House Newcastle, Carrie’s Place and Dog Rescue Newcastle.

Meet the Westfield Matildas 11am to noon, The Rooftop, Level 3, Westfield Kotara. Three Matildas will make an appearance, plus kids can practice their football skills at the free shooting target and junior football skills and drills. There is also a chance to win tickets to their sold-out game against Brazil in Newcastle next Tuesday.

Love – The Wedding Festival 10am, Hope Estate, Pokolbin. 

Hunter Connect Family Motorcycle Day 9am, Stockton Lions Park. Free family fun; motorcycle and trike rides for children and teens; BBQ lunch; face painting; games; competitions.

Special Needs Motorcycle Ride Day Share 9am to 1pm, Stockton Foreshore. In conjunction with Hunter Connect, a day for children with special needs to experience a free passenger ride on a motorcycle.

Tomaree Trail Run Festival 7.30am to 1pm, meet at Fingal Bay Surf Lifesaving Cub. Run in conjunction with the TreX Cross Triathlon Series which together make up an action packed weekend of off road events for the entire family.

Orchestra Nova presents Young Musicians in Concert 2pm, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Lake Street, Warners Bay. An interactive family concert featuring young soloists from the Newcastle area. 

The Glenn Miller Orchestra 2017 2.30pm, Civic Theatre Newcastle. 

Book Club 2pm, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Writer and critic Conor McCarthy will lead a discussion about Silvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Their Brilliant Careers by Hunter-based author Ryan O'Neill with guest writers Wendy James and Barry Maitland, and Newcastle Writers’ Festival director Rosemarie Milsom will discuss select books. A free event.

Colour Run 10am to 2pm, McKeachies Run sporting ground. A fundraiser for West Maitland Junior Rugby League.

Wellness Expo 10am to 5pm, Toronto Workers Club. Tarot readings, healings, essential oils, jewellery, clothing and more.

Fashion Parade & Expo Fundraiser Noon onwards, Caves Beach Public School. There will be a fashion parade, market stalls, a live performance by Rosie’s School of Rock band Patina Fender, beauty services and more. Entry costs $5 (gold coin for children).

Rosie’s School of Rock band Patina Fender will be performing on Sunday at the Caves Beach Public School Fashion Parade & Expo Fundraiser.

Rosie’s School of Rock band Patina Fender will be performing on Sunday at the Caves Beach Public School Fashion Parade & Expo Fundraiser.


The 2017 Living Smart Festival returns to Speers Point Park on September 23, 8am to 2pm. It is Lake Macquarie’s biggest sustainability event, encouraging green living in a fun and interactive environment. This year’s festival will feature a cooking demonstration with special guest 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. There will also be free workshops on bee keeping, urban farming, food forests, solar technology and worm farms, as well as farmers’ markets and food stalls.


Tea Gardens Village Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm, Myall Quays Shopping Centre, Tea Gardens.

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

Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton.

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. 

The Sunday Muster Artisan Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Mortels Sheepskin Factory, Thornton. 

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

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


Cooks Hill Galleries Opening Friday, September 22, 6pm to 8pm: Susan Weaver, Oil pastels, landscape and seascapes; and Steve Glassborow, Bronze figurative sculptures. All welcome.

Finite Gallery Junior Art Prize, opens 2pm Saturday. All welcome. Until September 24.

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.

Australia’s Most Famous Babies May Gibbs Exhibition at Wallsend District Library. Until September 22.

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. 

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

Wollombi Cultural Centre Power, by Peter Williams and Katie Squires. Ends Sunday.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery This Place in Me, by Lorraine Hall. Ends Sunday.

Newcastle Art Space Pop-Up Exhibition. Ends Sunday.

The Lock-Up Relay League, by Angelica Mesiti. Ends Sunday. 

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. Ends Sunday.

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

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries  Which Craft, by  Elizabeth Treadwell Newman, Nicola Purcell, Sandra Shaw, Jo Davies and Tracie Bertram. Until September 24.

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. Until September 24.


Helly’s Magic Cup A 12-year-old girl on a drought-stricken Australian farm dreams of a knight coming to her family’s rescue; engaging comedy-drama by Rosalba Clemente for all ages. Maitland Upstage Youth Theatre. Saturday, 11am and 7.30pm.

The Diary of Anne Frank Moving play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, based on the diary kept by a teenage Jewish girl whose family hid from the Nazis in World War II. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Wednesday, September 20, at 8pm, then Friday and Saturday at 8pm until October 7, plus 2pm Sunday on September 24 and October 1.


5 Sawyers Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, 2 To The Floor. 

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Way.

Bar Petite Saturday, Ty.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Holly Mae. Sunday, Nick Connors.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Pete McCredie.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Daryl Braithwaite (sold out), The Rumour, Jade & Willow. Sunday, Rich & Famous.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Four Letter Word.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Bonnells Bay Hotel Saturday, Crawfish Stew.

The Bradford Saturday, Vortex. 

Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Timmy Coffey.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, The Man In The Doorway Fundraiser ft Southern End, Sister Rosicky, Breizers, Arcades and Lions, Hypnofuzz, Diplazar, Zac Jurd. Sunday, Royal bass ft Borgore. 

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Hell Rad. 

Catho Pub Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys. Sunday, Eye On You. 

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Layth Gunn. 

Cessnock Hotel Saturday, Jeremy Bilson. 

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Paparazzi.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Kristy James. 

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Club Kotara Saturday, D’Lish.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Jim Overend. Sunday, Open Mic Arvo.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Mardmax. 

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, The Twangsters.

Criterion Pub & Kitchen Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Customs House Saturday, Tim Harding. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys. 

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, The Levymen.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, John Noble.

East's Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Frick N Orson.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

The Exchange Saturday, Misbehave.

Finnegans Saturday, J Smoove, MC Bones.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Beth Gleeson, Matt McLaren. 

George Tavern Saturday, Arley and I.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Bo Jenkins.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Ashley Knight. 

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Flattrakkerrs.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Justice For The Damned. Sunday, The Sleepyheads, Underachiever, Govv.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Brendan Murphy, Shooting Molly. Sunday, Scully.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Evergreen.

Imperial Hotel Saturday, Dirty Devils. Sunday, Jye Sharp.

Junction Hotel Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Overload. 

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Jacinta.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, The V Dubs. 

Lass O’Gowrie Sunday, Rod Coote, Kelly Breuer, Deanna Rose.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Lyn Bowtell. 

Lyn Bowtell

Lyn Bowtell

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Howie and Alex.

Maitland Leagues Club Sunday, Christabelle Blue.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Saturday, Grow Up Festival ft. Raave Tapes, E4444e, Morning TV, Totty, Lachlan X. Morris, Grace Turner, Dyer Ma’ker.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, The Remedy.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Max Jackson.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Kempy.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Busta Thong.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Jerome.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Magic Carpet. Sunday, Marriah.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Zane Penn Duo.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Maryanne Rex.

Muree Golf Club Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox trio.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Adam Gear.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pap & That.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Kim and Mik.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Bonny Rai, Pete McCredie, Matt McLaren.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, Metal United Down Under ft Requiem of the Damned, Autolysis, Chambers of Insanity, Grim Demise, PurEnvy, Evocatus, Enviktas, The Loom of Time, Nekrology.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Brent Murphy.

Orient Hotel Sunday, Bo Jenkins.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Acoustic Mayhem.

Pelican RSL Saturday, The Klassics.

Pippis at the Point Saturday, Beau Hatch. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood. 

Premier Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds, Paperboy. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Bucko.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Bobby C, The Big Bang. Sunday, Lachy Doley Band. 

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Big Pete.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Zac and Ben. 

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, The Bush Happy Band. 

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Michael Hawke.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Code Red. Sunday, Sunday Soothin Sounds, Tim Broadway. 

Shamrock Hotel Saturday, Duplexity. 

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Brent Murphy. Sunday, Murph.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Greg Bryce. 

Small Ballroom Saturday, Set On End, SETMEONFIRE, The Chaotic Borderline, Eviscerate the Crown. 

Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Loose Change. 

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Dark Clouds, The Not Not’s, Trashed Again. Sunday, Passport To Airlie semi-final 2.

Swansea Hotel Sunday, Phonic.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Dreams Trio. 

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, John Larder.

Tanilba Bay Golf Club Saturday, Hypnotik Hypnosis. 

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Samantha Broadbent. 

Toronto Country Club Sunday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble. 

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night. Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Scully.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Saturday, Rock The Mic. Sunday, Cotton Sax and Strings. 

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Project X.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Rubber Bullet. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Jye Sharp, Kings Of Kong. Sunday, John Larder, Ghost Road.


47 Metres Down (M) Two sisters holidaying in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean.

Ali’s Wedding (M) The son of a Muslim cleric finds himself caught between his family and his heart.

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

American Assassin (R) A story centered on counter terrorism agent Mitch Rapp.

American Made (MA) A pilot works for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the ’80s.

Dunkirk (M) Allied soldiers are surrounded by the German army during a fierce battle in World War II. (Regal)

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

Girls Trip (MA) Four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival.

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

It (MA) Something is terrorising Maine children in this supernatural horror adapted from Stephen King's 1986 novel.

Mother! (R) A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

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

Paris Can Wait (PG) Anne unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. (Regal)

Rip Tide (G) When a damaging video of a model goes viral she departs for Australia to spend time with her aunt.

The Big Sick (M) When his partner contracts an illness, Kumail is forced to face her feisty parents. (Regal)

A scene from The Emoji Movie.

A scene from The Emoji Movie.

The Emoji Movie (G) Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (MA) The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client – a hit man.

The Promise (M) An epic love triangle plays out as the Ottoman Empire crumbles and the Armenian Genocide begins. (Regal)

The Time of Their Lives (M) A former Hollywood star enlists the help of a new friend to journey from London to France for her ex-lover’s funeral. (Regal)

Thomas and Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor (G) Thomas leaves the Island of Sodor for the first time ever to travel to the mainland where he sees and experiences things that are beyond his wildest dreams.

Tommy’s Honour (M) Set in Scotland in the late 19th century, this true story charts the origins of the modern game of golf. (Tower)

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

Welcome To The Sticks (PG) A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. (Regal)


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