Plan your weekend with a little help from the Newcastle Herald


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

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. 

Shannon and Simon from The Block 2014.

Shannon and Simon from The Block 2014.

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.


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


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.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Z4KLND. Sunday, Sundays Record.Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, Imbi The Girl, Hey Universe, She’s My You, Cherry Stain, Shrimp. Sunday, Sharny Russell Jazz Quartet. Monday, From The Highlands.Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Glamstars.Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.Avon Valley Inn Saturday, The Tantrums.Bar Petite Saturday, Ty Penshorn. Sunday, Brien McVernon.Battlesticks Bar Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.Belmont 16s Saturday, The Big Band, Jessica Cain. Sunday, The Moon Dogs.Belmore Hotel Saturday, Alias.Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, State FX.Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Trataka.The Bradford Saturday, Smokin Rosie.Bulahdelah Bowling Club Saturday, Shivoo.Cambridge Hotel Saturday, ColourSound ft. Shai Elise, Phil Shaw, Solomon Campbell, Josh Wilkinson. Sunday, Ride For Rain.Catho Pub Saturday, Jamie Martens. Sunday, Two Fires - Chisel-Barnes Show.Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Megan Core.Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Overload.Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.Chittaway Bay Tavern Sunday, Ashley Knight.Civic Theatre Sunday, Xavier Rudd.Club Kotara Saturday, Mark Lee.Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.Colliery Inn Sunday, Jackson Halliday.Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, The Bad and The Ugly.Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, Irish Seisun.Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Jason Bone, DJ Alessandro.Customs House Saturday, Jethro Thorpe. Sunday, Jason Bone.Cypress Lakes Golf Club Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.Duke Of Wellington Saturday, The Levymen.East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Norm Bakker. Sunday, Remembering Reg Lindsay Concert.East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Code Red. Sunday, Cotton, Sax & Strings.Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Viper Creek Band.Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Village Idiots.Exchange Hotel Saturday, Evergreen. Sunday, Loko.Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Adrianna Mac.Finnegans Saturday, DJ Samrai.Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, The Years.Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Maryanne Rex Duo.George Tavern Saturday, Dan Runchel Band.Grain Store Sunday, JJ King.Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Mojo Bandits.Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Mark Woods.Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Gen-X.Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Marissa.Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Anthology.Hotel Jesmond Saturday, Michael Mills.Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Viper Creek Band.Jewells Tavern Saturday, The Snape Trilogy.Kent Hotel Saturday, The Smarts.King Street Hotel Saturday, Ebony Boadu.Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Andrew G.Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, The Lamplighters.Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Morgana Osaki, Rachel Maria Cox.Lizotte’s Saturday, Songs Of The Sixties. Sunday, The Frank & Ella Show & the Regent Street Big Band.Lucky Hotel Sunday, Adrianna Mac.Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, V Dubs.Maryland Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Jackson Broadway.Mayfield Bowling Club Saturday, Cruzers.Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Anthology.Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Sunday, Three Piece Suit.Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Love That Hat. Sunday, Jason Bone.Morisset Country Club Sunday, Greg Sherar.Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Norm Bakker.Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.Neath Hotel Saturday, Phonic.Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Dr. Zoom Duo. Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Emily Smith.Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Howard Shearman.Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Allon. Saturday, Holly Mae.Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Triple Zero.Pelican RSL Saturday, Viagro.Pippis At The Point Saturday, Max Jackson. Sunday, Tyler John.The Pourhouse Saturday, JJ King. Monday, Emily A. Smith.Premier Hotel Sunday, Mojo Bandits.Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley, Counterpart. Sunday, The Years.Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Max Jackson.Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Hummingbirds.Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Outerphase.Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, James Naldo.Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Rox.Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Mardy Leith.Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Arcane.Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, 1927, Brendan Murphy. Sunday, KJ & Dave Duo.Shortland Hotel Saturday, Sami Cooke.Small Ballroom Saturday, Zombie Disco Club (UK), Special K, Hayden Shepherd, Ibazz.Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Dearly Departed. Sunday, Geoff Achison.Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Paul Green.Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Rich And Famous.Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, John Larder.Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Layth Gunn.Tilligerry RSL Friday, Cover Girls. Saturday, Cathy Cannon.Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.Toronto Hotel Saturday, Nano. Sunday, Dean Dee.Toronto Workers Saturday, Kristy James.Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Troy Kemp.Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Anthony Lee.Westfield Kotara Saturday, Beth Gleeson.Wests Cardiff Saturday, Loko.Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Hot Yogi’s.Wests NEX Saturday, Echo.Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Chikarma, Band of Burbs. Sunday, Phoenix Pritchard.Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.


Adrift (M) A young woman sails into the eye of a hurricane to save the man she loves. (Lake Cinema)Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (M) Follows the journey of three Afterlife Guardians and Su-hong as they journey through their 49th trial in order to gain their reincarnations. Ant-Man and The Wasp (PG) As Scott Lang balances being both a superhero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr Hank Pym present an urgent new mission.Beirut (MA) Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former US diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. (Tower)Crooked House (Regal) A British mystery based on the novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.Edie (M) An Elderly woman embarks on a trip of a lifetime to the Scottish Highlands. (regal)Fiore (M) Daphne, arrested for theft, falls in love with Josh, who is also a young robber. Men and women can not meet in jail and love is forbidden. (Tower) Lost In Paris (M) A Canadian librarian flies to Paris and meets a tramp. (Regal)Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG) In this sequel to Mamma Mia! Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant.Mission Impossible – Fallout (M) Ethan Hunt and his IMF team are in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.Ocean’s 8 (M) Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) estranged sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at the annual Met Gala. (Regal) RBG (PG) A look at the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Tower)Skyscraper (M) On assignment in China, US war veteran Will Ford finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze.Tea With The Dames (M) Starring Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith. (Regal)The Book Shop (PG) A widow opens a book shop and starts a mini-revolution. (Regal)The Breaker Upperers (M) Two women cynical in love set up an agency to break couples up as a way to avoid letting go and moving on with their lives.The Equalizer 2 (MA) About a retired agent who is a hired gun for vengeance.The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (M) A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. (Tower)The Incredibles 2 (PG) Bob Parr is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen is out saving the world.The Leisure Seeker (M) A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker. (Lake Cinema)The Wife (M) A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie (G) Thomas leaves Sodor to fulfill his dream of seeing the world. This heroic quest takes him across deserts, through jungles and over dangerous mountains.Whitney (M) Singer and actor Houston’s life is told through the original studio recordings of her greatest hits and footage from her estate's archives. (Tower)