It's the weekend, what are you up to?


Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle foreshore and city. Go online to for event information. Racing both days plus Disney Pixar Cars Pit Stop at Pacific Park; a Family Zone; Australian Defence Force flyovers and displays and more. Saturday night Cold Chisel concert sold out – you must collect a concert zone wristband from one of the four information booths in the event precinct.

Street Feast 4pm to 9pm, Dixon Park. Bring a rug.

The Creator Incubator Full Spectrum event and Trackwork exhibition, 4pm to 9.30pm, Clyde Street, Hamilton North. Music by James Thompson & The Free Love and Rattle Bone. Food and drink tents, raffles, novelty events and studio tours.

Girls Night In with The ABBA Experience 7pm, Kahibah Sports Club. Supporting Got Your Back Sista. Tickets at 

Country At The Camp 317 Elderslie Road, Branxton. The Wolfe Brothers, Tailgate Drive, Kaylens Rain, Outlaw Avenue, Jade Holland, Whiskey Business, Crayfiah Stew, Finnian Johnson, The Trade-Ins, Sarah Lette, Gasoline Halos.

Christmas Lights Spectacular 5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Entertainment, rides, food and more than 2 million lights. Until January 27.

SummerSalt 4pm, Hope Estate, Pokolbin. A brand new concert series headlined by The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd. Tickets still available. 

On The Road Again Auction 6pm, Maitland City Bowling Club. Live music, fun and games for a good cause. Tickets available through TryBooking.

The Secret Gardens Sessions 6.30pm, Prince of Wales Hotel, Merewether. Bass and voice duo Bravo Victor; indie/electro pop duo Morgana Osaki and hip-hop/rock fusion Eastside Grammar.

Christmas Market & Picnic Day 11am, Mayfield Early Learning Centre. Live music, face painting, BBQ, a photo booth, bake sale and more.

2017-18 Cherub State Championships Round 2 Saturday and Sunday, Belmont 16ft Sailing Club. 

Goddess Grove Market Day 10am to 4pm, 9 Perks Street, Wallsend. Ten per cent of everything sold will be donated to Warlga Ngurra Women & Children’s Refuge.


Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie Open Day 7.30am to 2.30pm, Lakeview Parade, Pelican. Boat and radio bases open for visits with a free shuttle bus operating. Market stalls, entertainment, jumping castles, rescue boat rides, emergency service displays and more.  

Orchestra Novapresents Music of the Eastern Empires 2pm, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay. Christmas-themed classical pieces.

Pepper Tree Wines Sunday Sessions 10am to 2pm, 86 Halls Road, Pokolbin. Live music, wine and cheese, antipasto platters. Entry is free.

Boomerang Bag Sewing Workshop 10am to 2pm, Cardiff North Public School. Help make Lake Macquarie plastic bag free. Register at or phone Anna on 4908 1140.

Kids Christmas Party 11am, Valentine Bowling Club. There will be a jumping castle, free rides and face painting for the kids, plus a sausage sizzle for everyone. Santa arriving by boat. 

Street Eats Get Together 5pm to 8pm, corner Swan and Tank streets, Morpeth. Bring the family or catch up with friends for a picnic and a bite to eat.

Newcastle Rowing Club Regatta 8am to 3pm, Tully Street, Carrington. Grab a picnic and watch the action from Mount Carrington, Linwood or Carrington. 

Angel Billy Golf Classic 20th Anniversary 8am, Nelson Bay Golf Club. Raising funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.


Lake Macquarie Carols by Candlelight: Sunday, December 10, Speers Point Park, 10am to 9pm. Program of events: 11am: Variety Xmas Walk and free kids’ activities; 1pm: Live entertainment by local musical acts including The Little Scallywagz and Vocal Evolution; 6.30pm Toni Childs and Judah Kelly headline the evening concert with a special appearance by Santa; 9pm: Fireworks finale.




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

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

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

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

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

Hope Estate Markets Sunday, 9.30am to 2.30pm, 2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin. 

Tomaree Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay Road. 

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

Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.


Waratah Campus – Hunter New England Health Art for Waratah: Accesibility and Visibility.

The Lock Up Transmission. Until December 3.

Cooks Hill Galleries Drawing The Line, John Maitland. Until December 17. Beyond Realism, by Phil Clarke. Until December 3.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery David Archer: Archer’s Arcadia. Until February 4. Passchendale – A Ridge Too Far, Photogrpahy in Battle; Bruce Roxburgh. Until January 28. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. Fiona Foley, Wild Wanton & Unimagined, by Alison MacDonald. Until December 3.

Newcastle Art Gallery Painting Memory: From The Collection. Until January 28. Everything Changes: Tim Maguire 2002-2017. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery and Wollombi Cultural Centre Salvaged, by Leesa Knights. Until December 3. 

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Genius Loci, by Tanya Matas, Janet Steele, Jane Blackall, Julie Batts and Shelagh Lummis. The University Gallery Michelle Catanzaro; Sally Bourke, Nicole Chaffey. Ends Sunday. 

Acrux Art Gallery Cover, by Lisa Kirkpatrick. Conditional, by Alison Smith, Caelli Jo Brooker and Ahn Wells. Ends Saturday.

Art Systems Wickham Rethinking(ing), by John Heaney and Sandra Burgess. Ends Sunday.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Drawn To Print, by David Fairbairn. Art(ful) Futures: Of The Mind, by Craig Elkington, Peter Holbrook, Janet Kirtley, Joy Laloli, Tim McLean, Glenda Mears, Jade Phoenix, Lynette Reeves and Darryl Soo. Until December 3. 

The Lock-Up Transmission, by Billy and Lulu Cooley, Jason Coulthard, Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Cherie Johnson, Nicole Monks, David Leha, Steaphan Paton and Vicki West. Until December 3. 

Timeless Textiles Down the Creek, by Judy Hooworth. Until December 3. 

CStudios Art Gallery The Rising Tide, by Paul Haggith. Until December 2. 

Gallery 139 Rockin The Suburbs, by Nadia Aurisch, Ellie Kaufmann, Peter Lankas, Jo Shand, Dane Tobias. Ends Sunday. 

Watt Space Gallery Rising Tides – Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition. 


Roman and Jules Contemporary musical version of the Romeo and Juliet story, by Newcastle’s Meri Bird, with the title characters teens who meet at a Newy football match. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show from 7pm, show only at 8pm (final week).

Kitty Flanagan: Smashing The popular comedian looks at love songs, sex, chimps, clowns and psychics in this new show. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm.

Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare’s comedy about soldiers finding romance during a victory celebration is set in an English garden in Upstage Theatre’s outdoor production at Maddie’s, Bolwarra. Saturday at 8pm (extra show).

WOW Fest – Hip Hip Hooray! Short plays and musical numbers developed by the young students of Hunter Drama. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly until Saturday, at 6.30pm.

Relative Values A young English earl plans to announce his engagement to a Hollywood starlet at a family gathering; comedy by Noel Coward. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm (final week).

The Lieutenant of Inishmore A violent member of an Irish liberation army returns to his island home; dark comedy by Martin McDonagh. The Lowbrow Outfit, at the Incubator Theatre, Hamilton North. Sunday at 6pm.

Caught in the Villain’s Web (or More Sinned Against Than Sinning) A sinister lawyer plots to deprive a rich but troubled family of its country mansion; amusing melodrama presented with a pre-show light supper. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its venue. Friday and Saturday, supper from 7pm, show at 8pm; Sunday, supper from 1pm, show at 2pm. Ends December 3.

Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS An abandoned baby boy, Mowgli, is raised by a panther and aided or attacked by other animals; lively musical with young performers. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 5pm, until December 9 (no 5pm show December 2); Sunday, November 26, at 2pm, plus new Friday shows on December 1 and 8, at 6pm. 

The Nutcracker The title implement comes to life on Christmas Eve to lead the heroine on a magical journey to a land ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy; bright dance story for all ages, presented by the Russian National Ballet Theatre. Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Sunday, November 26, at 7.30pm. Also at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Sunday, December 3, at 7.30pm. 


5 Sawyers Saturday, Devultra. Sunday, Crocq.

Argyle House Saturday, Throwback Retro Party.

Bar Petite Saturday, Nano M. Sunday, Kenny Jewell.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Little Cents.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Misbehave.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Jimeoin, The Years, Megan Core. Sunday, John Noble.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, Bandditts.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Purple Rain.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Defaced. Sunday, Rave On.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Hornet.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Dane Fitzsimmons.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Supercars Party, Paperboy. Sunday, Sunday School.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, One Hit Wonders.

Catho Pub Saturday, Jamie Martens. Sunday, The V Dubs.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Duncan Woods.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Civic Theatre Sunday, The Waifs.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Mardmax.

Club Kotara Saturday, The Klassics.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Mustang, Deb Sinclair.

Club Redhead Saturday, Melbourne Street.

Coal and Cedar Sunday, Huck Berry & The Traditional Allsorts, Ahlia Rain.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Kevin O’Hara. Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Customs House Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo. Sunday, Matt McLaren, Sunset Club.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

D’Albora Marina Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Doyalson RSL Saturday, Rendezvous.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Jungle Kings Duo.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Kellie Cain.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Purple Hearts. Sunday, Jamie Martens.

The Exchange Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Finnegans Saturday, CTRL ALT DEL.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Soundscape.

Gateshead Tavern Saturday, Mac’s Headroom.

George Tavern Saturday, The Fedz.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims.

Great Northern Hotel Saturday, Max Jackson.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Code Red.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Jen Buxton.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Ryan Samsom, Latch. Sunday, Tim Broadway.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Hurricane Fall, Bobby C, Phonic.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Live & Local.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Jon Schatz.

Imperial Hotel Saturday, Custom Shop. Sunday, Gareth Jay.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Dr Zoom Duo.

Kent Hotel Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Peter Stephanson.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, X&Y.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Mother Lode, Grand Master Monk. Sunday, The General Assembly, Liam Gray.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Diesel. 

Lucky Hotel Saturday, DLOVE. Sunday, Murph.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn Duo. Sunday, The Years.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Full Throttle.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Darren. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Kempy.

Mayfield Ex-Services Club Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Loose Change. Sunday, Mokobenj.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Loko.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, James Osborn.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Sami.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Saturday, The Big Bang.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, Lavidius, The Chaotic Borderline, Grim Demise, Wartooth, Lethal Vendetta, Age of Emergence.

Newcastle Foreshore Saturday, Cold Chisel, Spiderbait, The Owls.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, John Larder.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Katie & Feff. Sunday, Sarah De Bono.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Anthology.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds, Hurricane Fall. Sunday, Tre Soul, DV8.

Rathmines Bowling Club Sunday, Cotton Sax & Strings.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Saturday, Roxy.

Redhead Bowling Club Saturday, Melbourne St.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Project X.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Witchery.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Saturday, Jesse Nildes.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Emily Smith.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, State FX. Sunday, Kelly Griffith & Sunday Soothin Sounds.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Custom Shop. Sunday, Gareth Jay.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Jon Matthews.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Robbie T.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Urban Chiefs.

Star Hotel Saturday, Iguana.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Jim Overend.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Wayne Cooper.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, John Lader.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, At The Hop.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Ryan Morris Duo. Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Nathan Cole.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Rain - The Dragon Tribute Show.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Frick N Orson.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Matt Gaudry.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Cruzers.

Wests Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Spank N The Monkey. Sunday, Tim Harding.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, The Led Zeppelin Experience.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Kristy Coote Duo, Super Kick Ass. Sunday, Tony’s Day: Pap N That, Southern Under Stars, Big Red Rockets, Voodoo Express, Spy V Spy.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.


Bad Moms 2 (MA) Amy, Carla and Kiki struggle to cope when their respective mothers visit for the holidays.

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. (Lake Cinema)

Blade Runner 2049 (MA) Thirty years after the events of 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. (Tower)

Borg vs McEnroe (M) The story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe. (Tower)

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

Daddy’s Home 2 (PG) Father and stepfather, Dusty and Brad have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.

Hey Duggee Cinema Experience (G) Join Duggee and the Squirrels for the first time on the big screen for one big hour of woofs, sing-a-longs and fun.

Jigsaw (MA) Dead bodies begin to turn up all over the city, each meeting their demise in a variety of grisly ways.

Justice League (M) Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Loving Vincent (M) A feature film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. (Tower)

Murder On The Orient Express (M) A lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into the thrilling mystery of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect.

THE CAT EMPIRE: At SummerSalt, Hope Estate.

THE CAT EMPIRE: At SummerSalt, Hope Estate.

My Little Pony: The Movie (G) When a dark force threatens Ponyville and the Mane 6, they go on a journey to the end of Equestria to save their beloved home.

The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG) In October 1843, Charles Dickens was suffering from the failure of his last three books and set out to self-publish a book and revive his career.

Thor: Ragnarok (M) Thor must face the Hulk in a gladiator match and save his people from the ruthless Hela.

Wonder (PG) A young boy born with a facial deformity proves beauty isn’t skin deep.