Your guide to what's happening in the Hunter this weekend


A-League 5.30pm, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford. The Newcastle Jets kick-off their 2017-18 campaign under new coach Ernie Merrick against the Central Coast Mariners away. All Jets members receive free entry for the F3 derby.  

Australian Women’s Masters Hockey Championship Newcastle International Hockey Centre, Broadmeadow. The week-long competition draws to a conclusion with finals day.

Flower Posy School Holiday Workshop 10am to 12.30pm, Carrington Community Centre. Learn to make a beautiful posy that uniquely represents you to gift to your child or parent. 

Harness Racing 6pm to 10pm, Newcastle Harness Racing Club, Broadmeadow. Nine-race program. 

Horse racing 12pm to 6pm, Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow. The spring carnival continues with the Lambourne Partners Chartered Accountants Race Day.

Jimmy Buffett Tribute ‘Montserrat' Raising Money For The Jimmy Jurd Fund 7pm to 12am, Newcastle United Sports Club, Adamstown.  Bring your thongs, grass skirts, Jimmy Buffett t-shirts and shorts to party with the Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, Montserrat, all for a good cause. 

Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival 3pm to 9pm, The Levee, Maitland. The sights, sounds and tastes of diversity are on show at Riverlights. At dusk the festival atmosphere comes alive with lantern lights, reggae beats and dancing. See the Hunter River transform in a mesmerising and unforgettable family experience.

Professional Bull Riders Newcastle Invitational 7pm to 11pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. A PBR event is not a rodeo – this is the mother of all extreme sports; as strong athletes try to out manoeuvre a tonne of raging bull that is hell bent on dominating the battle.


Children's Day at Miss Porter's House 1pm to 4pm, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. Celebrate United Nations' Children's Day by viewing the display of toys, books and other memorabilia of Porter family childhoods.

Newcastle Tin Run 12pm to 5pm, Griffith Park, Stockton. Hunter Valley motoring enthusiasts get together to raise non-perishable food for the Soul Cafe in Newcastle, culminating in a family fun day with kids rides, slot car races and food fun.

SportsFest 10am to 2pm, National Park, Cooks Hill. A free family-friendly event where people of all ages can participate in a range of sporting activities.

Spring Fair Gardens Spectacular Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Heatherbrae. Enjoy live entertainment, market stalls, trash and treasure, Devonshire teas, face painting and a book bazaar.


For Hunter beer lovers there’s no event on the calendar worth savouring more than the Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival held inside the walls of Maitland Gaol. This year’s festival is scheduled for November 4 and 5. Besides the vast varieties of beer styles from local and Australian craft breweries, Bitter & Twisted will also feature a host of musical acts like Architecture In Helsinki and The Delta Riggs. Saturday has sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday. 


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

Cessnock Leagues Club Market Day Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Cessnock Leagues Club.

Clocktower Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Beaumont Street, Hamilton.

Handmade In The Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, Pokolbin.

Hunter Street Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Medowie Markets Saturday, Ferodale Park, Medowie.

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

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

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

The Rectory Farmers Market Sunday, 9am, 48 Sturgeon Street, Raymond Terrace.

Wollombi Village Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Wollombi Village. 


Art Systems Wickham First Light, by John Barnes. Until October 15. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Five Strings, by  Lisa McArthur Edwards, Lindsay Cameron, Therese Wilkins, Emilia Krumm and Kate Landsberry. Until October 22.

Cooks Hill Galleries Islands & Fires, by Susan Weaver. Precious Metal, by Steve Glassborow. Until Monday. 

CStudios Art Gallery Nu Feminin, by Christoper Steele. Until October 28.

Gallery 139 Beneath, by Toni Amidy, Nina Battley, Penny Dunstan, Nathan Keogh, Mandy Robinson, James Murphy, Ainslie Ivin-Smith. Until Sunday.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Book Club; Glass Cage, by Lezlie Tilley. Until October 15. 

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 Sunday. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8, 2018.

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 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.

Newcastle Museum Hunter Water – Celebrating 125 years, until October 29; Shadows of Sacrifice, until December 16.

The Lock-Up The Shape of Memory & Critical Animals, until October 29.

Timeless Textiles Nature’s Exuberance, by Lois Parish Evans. Until October 8.

University of Newcastle Gallery Afterwork, by Paul Munro. Overtime, by Rae Richards. 

Wollombi Cultural Centre Emerging Artists Awards. Until Sunday.


Cinderella Getting to Know production for young performers of the bright Rodgers and Hammerstein musical version of the classic fairy tale. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Clegg Festival 2017 Plays written and staged by Regional Institute of Performing Arts screen and media students. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Program 1: Hearts and Minds. Works by Liam Callister, Georgia Emblen, Sam Lawrence, Ashleigh Earley, Ray Bates. Friday, at 7.30pm. Program 2: Body and Soul. Works by Liam Danaher, Biddy O’Sullivan, Chauntelle O’Brien, Chloe O’Neill, Ethan Dale. Saturday at 7.30pm.

Dr Dolittle An English doctor who can talk to animals finds it harder to handle unappreciative adults; musical for all ages, with songs by Leslie Bricusse. Maitland Musical Society. James Theatre, Dungog, Saturday, at 3pm, and Sunday, at 1.30pm.

Home The Tantrum Youth Arts Trajectory Ensemble looks through poetry, myths, songs and interviews at what it means to feel at home or to lose that feeling. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.

Love’s Labour’s Lost A young king, who has sworn an oath to avoid women while he studies, tries to get around it when an attractive foreign princess arrives making legal demands in Shakespeare’s comedy. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday, at 8pm, and Sunday, at 2pm.

Piano Lessons Pianist Anna Goldsworthy plays herself in this engaging look at the relationship between the musically-awakening young pianist and her Russian teacher. Metro Arts and QPAC, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 2pm.

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, Saturday at 8pm (final show).

The Vicar of Dibley A woman who is one of the first female ministers appointed in England by the Anglican Chuch in 1992 has to fight prejudice because of her sex; comedy based on the popular television series. DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Opens Saturday, at 2pm and 7.30pm, and Sunday, at 2pm.


5 Sawyers Sunday, Sundays Record.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Argyle House Saturday, Def DJ Rok & Skinny. 

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Allstar.

Bar Petite Saturday, Truman Smith.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Holly Mae. Sunday, Aqwa.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Love That Hat, Matt Semmens. Sunday, Phillip Crawshaw.

Belmont Hotel Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Hard Hitter.

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

Black Malabar Saturday, The Ninth Chapter. Sunday, The Plait Ensemble.

The Bradford Saturday, All Access 80s.

Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Tone.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Killing Heidi, Rackett. (Glasshouse), The Owls (warehouse). Sunday, Hoon, Shysters, Kookpunchr, Pesci.

Catho Pub Saturday, Steve Geary. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Hayden Johns. Saturday, Jessica Cain.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Davis & Jayne.

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre Saturday, Rhythms of Ireland.

Civic Theatre Sunday, Rhythms of Ireland.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Ashley Knight.

Club Kotara Saturday, Loko.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Mick Jones.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Jackson Broadway.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Steel City.

Customs House Saturday, Brendan Murphy. Sunday, Tyler John, Sunset Club.

D'Albora Marina Saturday, Lauren Arms. Sunday, Pete McCredie.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Layth Gunn.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Transmission.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Norm Bakker. Sunday, Roadhouse.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Lamplighters. Sunday, Cotton, Sax & Strings.

East's Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Layth Gunn. Sunday, Jacinta.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Gen-X.

Finnegans Saturday, Sonic & Danny Simms.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.

George Tavern Saturday, Deuce.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Method. Sunday, Andy Cash Trio.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Loose Bazooka.

Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Maple Moths, Oilbaron, Scumdrops, The Medheads.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Finnian Johnson.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Triple Zero.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Jade Holland Band. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Michael Peter.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Time on Earth, Release the Hounds, Flatline. Sunday, Kid On A Leash, Lillye, Time On Earth, Monkeypig, Sailors Grave, Trashed Again, The Not Nots, The Craw.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Dancin In The Shadows Of Motown. Sunday, Lazy Sunday Lunch with Pop 50 Unplugged ft. Bravo Victor.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Adrianna Mac.

Mary Ellen Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Kristy James. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Leadbellies.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Full Throttle. Sunday, Metro Muso’s Muster.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Big Bang Quartet. Sunday, Giant Blues Band.

Morriset Country Club Sunday, Duncan Woods.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, James Osborn.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Neath Hotel Saturday, The Brindle Pigs.

Newcastle Art Gallery Saturday, Anna Goldsworthy.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Jack Derwin.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, 2 To The Floor.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, The V Dubs.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Shaka. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Kim.

The Pourhouse Saturday, David McCredie.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Frick N Orson. 

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw, Counterpart. Sunday, Loko, Wharf Life.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Big Pete.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Secret Society.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Little Cents. Sunday, Mark Wood.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Vanilla Gorilla, Mild West, Soy, Bleach Party, Etch Punk.

Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Siren.

Souths Leagues Club Saturday, Steve Werren.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Wysper. 

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Witchery.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, The DuoTones.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Brent Murphy.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Misbehave.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Duplexity.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Sami.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Jody Kireen. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Gayle O’Neil.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, The Remedy.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Alias.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Plastic Voyage, Phase III. Sunday, Codi Kaye, Ngariki & The Dastardly Bastards.


A Man Called Ove (PG) An ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. (Regal) 

A Monster Calls (PG) A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness. (Regal)

An American Werewolf in London (M) Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (Regal)

Battle Of The Sexes (PG) The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Blade Runner 2049 (MA) Set 30 years after the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (G) Two overly imaginative pranksters hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Final Portrait (M) The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. (Tower)

Fireworks (CTC) During a hot summer vacation, two boys, Norimichi and Yusuke, have a swimming race. The winner’s prize is to take the boy’s crush, Nazuna, to see the fireworks. (Glendale)

Flatliners (M) Medical students experiment on "near death" experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.

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

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

God’s Own Country (MA) Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship. (Tower)

Hampstead (PG) An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home. (Regal)

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

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (MA) When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency Statesman to save the world.

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. (Lake Cinema)

Moana Sing-along (G) A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island.

Mountain (CTC) An experience about the highest peaks around the world. (Tower)

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

Shopkins: World Vacation (G) When the Shoppies go on a vacation to London to meet Royal Crown Jules, Kooky Cookie gets caught up in a diamond heist and goes missing.

Solitaire (PG) Therese is the wife of a mayor of a small village in Lebanon. The highly anticipated visit of the family of her daughter’s suitor causes much excitement in her life. (Tower)

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) Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG) Six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. 

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)

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