Make the most of your weekend with a little help from the Herald


Lake Mac Big Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Warners Bay Foreshore. Jetski racing; aerobatic displays; markets; Food of the World Fete; community displays from the Scouts, Guides and RFS, a sausage sizzle and children’s activities. Free water sports at Marmong Point Sailing Club, 10am to 3pm Saturday.   Woodwork exhibitions at Marmong Point Hall. Superboat Championships: the best viewing spots will be Warners Bay foreshore to Eleebana and Marmong Point foreshore reserve. Download the free official event  App featuring latest program schedules, location maps, visitor information and local business offers.

Bands In The Park 10am to noon, Speers Point Park rotunda. Newcastle PCYC Brass Band will be performing classics and popular favourites. Free event.

Night Noodle Market 4pm to 9pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Take your tastebuds on a journey through the Orient and beyond. Also, entertainment, live music, dance and light displays. Part of Newcastle China Week. 

Newcastle Fashion Weekend 10am, Newcastle Jockey Club. A platform for designers to showcase their designs, this event will feature local designers, reputable designer brands, beauty bars, industry workshops, fashion panels, live entertainment, a VIP Bar and more. Shop fashion brands, browse through home and lifestyle designs and enjoy pampering sessions. Tickets from $19.39 to $32.65.

Trivia Night 6pm, Cathedral Hall, Church Street, Newcastle. $15 per person. Phone 4926 4663.

Convention vs Invention: Breaking boundaries in contemporary art 2pm to 3pm, Newcastle Art Gallery. Hear from speakers Cameron Stead, Angela Philp and Jessi England. Entry is free.

Opera in the Vineyards 4pm to 9.30pm, Chateau Elan Hunter Valley, 1 Vintage Drive, Rothbury. Cheryl Barker, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jane Rutter and Guy Noble. 

March and Commemorative Service 10.30am, Maitland Park. In commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Tiger Moth flyover at 11am.

Geological Survey Open Day: Geoscience In Government 10am to 1pm, 516 High Street, Maitland. A display of rocks, minerals and fossils, computer displays, hands-on activities, free maps and brochures, fossil lucky dip. Free entry.

Friday The 13th at Maitland Gaol 9pm to 8am. Test your nerve with a tour and sleepover package.

Rose Spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. An explosion of colour and fragrance. Until November 12.

Street Feast Beachside 4pm to 8pm, Empire Park, Bar Beach. 

Frank’s Fantastic Fairy Tale Theatre Noon to 1pm, Watt Space Gallery. Three fairy tale plays: Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel and the 3-2-1 Little Pigs. Audience participation encouraged: cheer, boo and yell as much as you like. Gold coin donation appreciated.

Feast Fest 4pm to 9pm, Blacksmiths. Food trucks, market stalls and live entertainment. 

Heaven, Harp and Humanity 7.30pm, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Contemporary chamber music.


Cultural Festival 10am to 3pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Hosted by guest MC Trystan Go, this fun family day out features cooking demonstrations, tea ceremonies, karaoke, costume dress-ups, pop-up markets, live entertainment and food. Lots of it. Keep an eye out for Jin Wu Koon’s freestyle lion dance on poles. Part of Newcastle China Week.

Hyundai A-League Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory. 5pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. 

Dog Lovers Market Day 10am, Islington Park, Tighes Hill. A child and dog-friendly event. Market stalls, jumping castle, face painting, dog parade, demonstrations, competitions, BBQ, coffee and K9 van.

Gone Fishing Day 9am to 3pm, Nelson Bay Foreshore. A family day out with free activities including how-to-fish workshops, casting competitions, goodie bags with bonus lures, expert fishing tips, how-to-cook classes, touch tanks and activity marquees.

Crowne 2 Crowne Cycle Classic 58km charity bike ride from Crowne Plaza Newcastle to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Raising funds for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.


The Real Film Festival returns to Newcastle on October 27 to 29, with a focus on real people and real stories. The art of storytelling through film is celebrated over three exciting days, providing emerging filmmakers an opportunity to screen their work to audiences.


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.

Kurri Kurri Community Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri. 

Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street, Hamilton.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park. 

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto Lions Club Markets Sunday, 7.30am to 12.30pm, Anzac Parade, Toronto. 


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

The Lock-Up The Shape of Memory, by Consuelo Cavaniglia, Mohini Chandra, Elise Harmsen, Dean Cross, Zainab Hikmet, Annelies Jahn, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano. Ends Sunday.

Cooks Hill Galleries Islands & Fires, by Susan Weaver. Precious Metal, by Steve Glassbarow. End Monday.

Finite Gallery Stadt zum Strand: Berlin to the Beach, by Stefanie Schmock. Until October 29.

Timeless Textiles Flora and Fauna from Mississippi to Australia, by Kerr Grabowski. Until November 5.

Studio 21 North South East & West, by Edward Milan. Until October 27.

The Creator Incubator Light, by Patrick Mavety. Until October 29.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Passchendaele – A Ridge Too Far, Photography in Battle. Until January 28. Fertile Ground, by Gaye Shield and Julie Hosking. Until October 22. 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. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Kilgour Prize 2017; The Figure Feminine. End Sunday. Montages: The Full Cut, 1999-2015, by Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg; Between Dream and Earth, by Mazie Karen Turner. Until November 5. 

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Glass Cage, by Lezlie Tilley; Book Club Exhibition. End Sunday.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Alfresco. Ends Sunday.

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

Newcastle Art Space Closer To Family: After 18 Years, by Linda Swinfield.

Gallery 139 Dino Consalvo exhibition. Ends Sunday.

Art Systems Wickham First Light, by John Barnes. Ends Sunday.

Watt Space Gallery Helen Hopcroft; They Might Be Giants; My Australiana, by Ileigh Hellier; Inked In, by Vanessa Lewis. End Sunday.

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

Acrux Art Gallery Imaginarium. Until October 28.


Another Way Engaging look at the labels people use to define sexuality, gender and mental health; developed by director Lizzie Doyle and the cast from their experiences. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm.

Getting to Know Cinderella Production for young performers of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical version of the classic fairy tale. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm, until October 28.

Home The Tantrum Youth Arts Trajectory Ensemble looks at what it means to feel at home or to lose that feeling. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm.

Fair Retail Satirical look at supermarket employees coping with nasty managers and obnoxious customers; based by Newcastle University Drama Society members on their own experiences. The Factory Theatre, at St. Pius X High School, Adamstown. 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 its Lambton theatre. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until October 21, plus 2pm Saturday, October 14.

The Edith Piaf Story Australian artiste Nikki Nouveau tells, in story and song, the life of legendary Parisian performer Edith Piaf. Lizotte’s, Lambton on Sunday. Lunch and show from noon.

The Vicar of Dibley A woman who is one of the first female ministers appointed in England by the Anglican Church in 1992 has to fight prejudice because of her sex; comedy based on the popular television series. DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday, at 7.30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, at 2pm, until October 21.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Lionette. Sunday, Jerome.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Purple Hearts.

Argyle House Saturday, Throwbacks.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Outerphase.

Bar Petite Saturday, Aaron Hood.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Little Cents. Sunday, Nick Connors.

Beach Hotel Sunday, Misbehave.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers, Michael Muchow. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, X&Y Duo. Sunday, Chris Saxby.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Xyz.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Motown Magic. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

The Bradford Saturday, Duplexity.

Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Surian.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Craze ft. Seek N Destroy, Amy-Jane Brand. Sunday, Paper Thin, Self Talk, Safe Hands.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, DV8.

Catho Pub Saturday, Shawn Lidster. Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Frank Sultana and the Sinister Kids.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Kenny Jewell.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Rendezvous. 

Civic Theatre Saturday, Status Quo (UK), Travis Collins.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Club Kotara Saturday, Love That Hat.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Kristy James.

​Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Dos Eager.

Customs House Saturday, Ben Travis. Sunday, Arley Black, Sunset Club.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Matt Gaudry.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Kim.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Brendan Watson.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, The DuoTones.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Paul Watters. Sunday, Snowy Robson, Wayne Rogers, About Face.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Shooting Molly. Sunday, Zane Penn.

East's Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Roxy.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Marriah. Sunday, Kelly Griffith.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, D.Love.

Finnegans Saturday, Kidd Kaos & Lannon.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Tim Harding.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Twangsters.

George Tavern Saturday, The De Lisle Project.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Kate Oliver, Gleny Rae Virus, Rob Luckey & The Lucky Bastards.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, 4 Letter Word. Sunday, Catfish Soup.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, John Larder, Gen-X. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Mick Jones, CrocQ.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Evergreen.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, The Blues Rattlers, Steve Edmonds Band, Jungle Kings.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Marissa.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Voodoo Express.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Andrew G.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Viagro.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Mar Haze, Wolves In Fashion, D’yer Ma’ker, Slim Customers, The Marquis, Zen Haircuts, Wilson & The Castaways, Underachiever, Ill Sylvester. 

Lizotte’s Saturday, Casey Donovan, Sienna Lace, Paris Grace. Sunday, The Edith Piaf Story. 

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Scully.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Howie & Alex. Sunday, The Gleesons.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Dr Zoom. Sunday, Anthology.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, The Remedy.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Jackson Halliday.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Loko.

Metropolitan Hotel Hotel Saturday, One World.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Triple Zero. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Jim Overend.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Witchery.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Saturday, One Night Only - The Bee Gees Show.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys. Sunday, Melody Feder.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Mark Wells.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, The V Dubs.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Logan.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Secret Society. Sunday, Milestones.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Matt Semmens, Kim & Mik. Sunday, Love That Hat.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Hitpit.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Fool On A Stool. Sunday, Jye Sharp.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Steel City.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Arley Black.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Josh Needs. 

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Karen & Milton.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Wayne & The Wanderers.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Earthbound.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, James Osborn.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Deborah Sinclair.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Bob Allan. Sunday, Daxton Monaghan.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Bernie. 

Warners At The Bay Saturday, All Access 80s.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, The Smarts.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Melody Feder.

Weston Workers Saturday, Mark Lee.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Blue Suede Boppers, The Sydney Swing Cats. Sunday, Jake Rattle & Roll.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Big Night Out. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Unplugged, Fishfry + Pow Wow. Sunday, Kellie Cain, Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.


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

Battle Of The Sexes (PG) The true story of the 1973 tennis match between world No.1 Billie Jean King and ex-champ Bobby Riggs.

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

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

Flatliners (M) Medical students experiment with “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the consequences jeopardise their lives.

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

Hampstead (PG) 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.

It (MA) Something is terrorising Maine children in this supernatural horror.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (MA) When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together 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)

National Theatre: Yerma (CTC) A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. (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.

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 Lego Ninjago Movie (PG) Six ninjas are tasked with defending their island home, Ninjago. 

The Mountain Between Us (M) Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain.

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

The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes (G) For the first time ever The Wiggles Nursery Rhymes is on the big screen.

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


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