Feast Fest Noon to 6pm, Speers Point Park. More than 20 food trucks, music, a kids zone and retail stalls. Al food vendors will be offering a $5 tasting plate with the chance to win a $50 food voucher for the next event.
2018 Australian Senior Motor Cycle Track Championships Meeting 10am onwards, Saturday and Sunday. Hunter Motor Cycle Club hosts Australia’s best riders at the Barleigh Ranch Raceway, just off the Pacific Highway at Eagleton. Admission is $20 per car load of spectators
Singleton Lions Monster Book Sale 9am to 5pm, NAA Pavilion, Singleton Showground, Bathurst Street, Singleton.
Free Social Tennis Noon to 2.30pm, Tennis Central, 10 Livingstone Street, Belmont.
Newcastle Music Festival 2018 2.30pm, Painting the song, at The University Gallery; 7pm, Lo-Fi @ The Dungeon, Adamstown.
Upcycle Clothing 10am to 2pm, Myrtle House Cafe, Wollombi. Bring clothes that need to be repaired or altered; a sewing machine.
Saturday Night Italian Cinema 7pm to 9pm, Tower Cinemas Newcastle. Screening of Fiore (M), a film about a young girl sent to prison after committing a robbery.
Ice Hockey Newcastle Northstars vs CBR Brave, 4pm, Newcastle Ice Skating Stadium, Warners Bay.
Street Eats Noon to 4pm, RH Taylor Oval, Lorn.
Gun Firing 4pm, Fort Scratchley, Newcastle.
Newcastle Music Festival 2018 2.30pm, Sharny Russell Jazz Quartet, Adamstown Uniting Church; 6pm, Music & Magic at MRAG, Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
Disney Classic Film Festival 10am, Reading Cinemas Charlestown; 9.30am Reading Cinemas Maitland.
Yoga in the Vines 2pm to 5pm, Sovereign Hill Country Lodge. Bring your own glass. Register at yogainthevines.com.au.
One Song Sing 5pm, Carrington Bowling Club. Song: Clocks, by Coldplay.
West Wallsend Youth Football Gala Day 8.30am to 4pm, Johnston Park, Laidley Street, West Wallsend.
Home Styling Tips 11.30am to 1.30pm, Thornton HomeWorld. Meet 2014 winners of The Block Shannon and Simon, who will share their styling and home improvement tips for the main rooms of the house and outdoor areas.Go to the display house at 6 Kingham Circuit, Thornton.
SAVE THE DATE
The 2018 Great Northern PBR Newcastle Invitational is on Saturday, August 11 at Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Doors open 6.30pm, bull-riding kicks off at 7.30pm.
The following day (Sunday, August 12) Miss Porter’s House will celebrate National Family History Month with a special exhibition called The Ephemera of Family History. The historic house at 434 King Street, Newcastle, will be open from 1pm to 4pm. Admission: $8 adults, $20 family, $6 pensioners and children five years and over. Free to National Trust Members and children under five.
** subject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions
The Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Hunter Street Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Garage Sale Saturday, 8.30am to 12.30pm, St John’s Presbyterian Church Hall, corner Hanbury and Macquarie streets, Mayfield.
Anna Bay Community Market Saturday, 8.30am to 2pm, Baylife Church, 4236 Nelson Bay Road Anna Bay. Music, coffee, Lions community BBQ, jumping castle and pony rides.
Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 9am to 2.30pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.
Genuine Farmers Market Tea Gardens: 8am to noon, Tea Gardens Public School. Saturday, Charlestown: Sunday, 8am to noon, Hillsborough Public School.
Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Blomfield Street, Maitland.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Farmers & Artisan Market @ Toronto Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Toronto Foreshore Playground, 2 Victory Parade, Toronto
ARTS & CULTURE
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Yes Yes Yes Yes: graphics from the 1960s and 1970s; Moving Histories // Future Directions. Until September 23.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Luminous Maitland; Stuart Scott – Faces of Maitland from the Mrag Collection. Until August 12; Wendy Sharpe – Secrets. Until August 19; All That Glitters, until September 2. Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial; Nicola Bolton’s The Garden Palette. Until October 21.
The Lock Up The Ghosts of Nothing: In Memory of Johnny B. Goode. Until August 19.
Lovett Gallery The Children’s Library. Until August 25.
University of Newcastle Gallery Painting the Song, from the Sims Dickson Collection. Until August 26.
Watt Space Gallery High Performing Students Program; The Language of Paint, by Karen Bolden; Gateway: White Mushrooms & Painted Gods, by Maggie Hall; Naturalist, Students of Natural History Illustration. Ends Sunday.
Newcastle Art Gallery Stain Me With The Intensity of Black, by Patricia Wilson-Adams. Until August 26.
Wollombi Cultural Centre Home in the Hunter, by Nancy Gray and Anthony Downes. Until August 12.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Gathering Stories. Until August 12.
Gallery 139 Abstracted, by Andrew Shillam, Judy Hill, Belinda Street, Frank Murri, Justin Lees, Ainslie Ivin-Smith. Until August 12.
Newcastle Museum Voyage to the Deep, about undersea exploration and adventure. Until October 21. Shadows of Sacrifice, Newcastle’s Great War 1914 to 1918. Until December 16.
Art Systems Wickham Familiar Sting, by Josh McGregor. Until August 12.
Timeless Textiles Subterranean: Australian response with Charlotte Sehmisch. Ends Sunday.
Newcastle Potters & Back to Back Gallery FLOW, by Helen Jackson, Jenny Bickley, Peter Masters. Ends Sunday.
The Creator Incubator Saturday, 3pm to 7pm, Incubator in Focus: an exploration of resident artist Gavin Vitullo’s practice in paint, print and sculpture.
Hunter Galleries at Dalwood Estate Modern and traditional, with a common theme of country landscapes and native fauna. Until August 31.
The Swansea Centre Newcastle Art Society Exhibition. Ends Sunday.
Port Stephens Community Art Centre Marine & Industrial Art. Until August 14.
Live Art – A Genetic Mash Up With Carla Edwards Saturday, 10am to noon, Belmont Library. Until August 11.
Carrington Comedy with Matty B Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festival star Matty B headlines a comedy showcase also featuring Mitch Garling, Tom Sanderson, Chad Membrey, Elliott Stewart, Elena Terol. Carrington Bowling Club, Saturday at 8.30pm.
Cosentino: Live Illusionist and escapologist and former Australia’s Got Talent TV star Cosentino brings his latest show to Newcastle. Wests NEX, Newcastle, Saturday at 8.30pm.
Dark Matter The students and staff at a secondary school find themselves in a lockdown and wonder why it has occurred; new play, incorporating song, music and dance, by Anna Kerrigan, for Aspire, the Hunter Catholic schools performing arts training program. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7pm.
The Dark Room Three very different pairs of people in a lonely Northern Territory motel experience social breakdown deep into the night; thriller by Angela Betzien. Stooged Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.
Pinocchio Engaging musical adaptation by Novocastrians William Ford and Glenda Price of Carlo Collodi’s novel about a wooden puppet who becomes a live person. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. 2pm Saturday until August 18, 7pm Saturday show on August 18, and 2pm Sunday shows until August 12.
Catalina Players 2018 Saturday, 6.30pm, Wangi Workers Club. Two one-act comedies A Cut Above The Rest and Split Ends. Tickets $50 per person includes show, canapes, three-course dinner, tea and coffee. Bookings essential.