From helping farmers to bullriding and a food festival, there's something for everyone in the Herald's planner.

Justin Robards. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
Justin Robards. Picture: Jonathan Carroll


Fill A Truck For Farmers 10am to 4pm, Speers Point Park. Go to the event’s Facebook page for further information. Live music, food and market stalls and entertainment.

2018 Great Northern Professional Bull Riders Newcastle Invitational 7.30pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Doors open 6.30pm. 

Maitland Aroma Festival Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Riverside Car Park, Maitland. Food and market stalls; cooking demonstrations; live music; Kids Cafe and more. Go to for the full program of events. 

2018 Mai-Wel Celebrity Comedy Debate 6pm, Maitland Town Hall. 

Newcastle Music Festival Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Piano Scholarships: 10am to 1pm, Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Songs From The Front: 2.30pm to 4pm, Harold Lobb Concert Hall. Songs and words from World War I are performed by soprano Heather Price, baritone Chris Allan and pianist Erin Sweetman, with narration by Bronwyn Law. Music on a Plate at The Umbrian: African singer-songwriter Berias Masseque and a delicious two-course Italian lunch (event sold out). Unsent Love Letters, Tamara-Anna Cislowska in Concert: 7.30pm, Harold Lobb Concert Hall. 


Miss Porter’s House 1pm to 4pm, 434 King Street, Newcastle. The historic house will celebrate National Family History Month with a special exhibition called The Ephemera of Family History. Admission: $8 adults, $20 family, $6 pensioners and children five years and over. Free to National Trust Members and children under five.

Newcastle Music Festival Festival Choir in Concert: 2.30pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Singers from all over Newcastle and the Hunter region, with soloists Elena Xanthoudakis, Brad Cooper and Chris Allan, Christ Church Camerata and Newcastle Strings.

Inner City Winemakers Urban Mess Spanish Lunch Noon to 4pm, Merewether Surf Life Saving Club. No bookings. 

Newcastle All Japanese Car and Motorbike Show 2018 8am to 2.30pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. 

2018 Wallsend Winter Fair Kicks off with a grand parade at 9am along Nelson Street. More than 150 business, food and market stalls; amusement rides; live music and entertainment.

Pepper Tree Pooch Picnic 10.30am to 2.30pm, Pepper Tree Wines, Halls Road, Pokolbin. Pet pampering stalls; competitions; demonstrations; food and wine. A fundraiser for Dog Rescue Newcastle. Bring your own rugs and chairs. Dogs must be on leads at all times. 

Hunter Wedding Expo 10am to 2pm, Showground Exhibition Centre, Broadmeadow.

Alternative City to Surf 10.30am to 12.30pm, Laguna Cricket Ground. Register 10:30am for 11am start. A 14km walk, run, jog – rest when you like. Followed by BYO picnic.

Newcastle Retirement Village Expo 10am to 3pm, Souths Merewether. Admission free. 

Hunter Vintage & Retro Cut A Rug Workshop 10am to 3pm, West Wallsend Workers Club. Rockabilly dance workshop for beginners and intermediate. Email or phone/SMS 0416 173 646 for tickets.


Awabakal Wildflower Walk 10am to noon, meet at the end of Ocean Street, Dudley. Join native plant specialists and explore Dudley Bluff. Wear sturdy footwear, a hat, long sleeves, long pants, sunscreen, insect repellant and bring a water bottle.


Subject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions

Hunter Arts Network Art Bazaar Pop-Up Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, The Levee, Maitland. 

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

Market2Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Rowlands Park, The Junction. 

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.

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.

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

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

Dalwood Estate Markets Sunday, 8am to 3pm, Dalwood Estate, 700 Dalwood Road, Dalwood. 

Wollombi Village Markets Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Wollombi Village, Wollombi.


Wollombi Indigenous Colonial Village Fair Sunday, 10am, The Little Yengo Room at Wollombi Cultural Centre. Aboriginal art; traditional smoking ceremony; song and dance; artist talk by Saretta Fielding.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Yes Yes Yes Yes: graphics from the 1960s and 1970s; Moving Histories // Future Directions. Until September 23. Plus, Soul Food – The Butterfly Effect on Sunday, 10.30am to noon. 

Maitland Region Society of Artists Annual Art Exhibition Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, St James Anglican Church Hall, 19 Tank Street, Morpeth. Entry fee $10 includes drinks and finger food. More than 200 quality paintings and sculptures will be on sale.

The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe The Maitland Embroiderers Display: Prelude to Romance; The Strands That Bind Us. Until August 19. 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Luminous Maitland; Stuart Scott – Faces of Maitland from the Mrag Collection. Ends Sunday. 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 ReFrame: 2018 Student Art Prize. 

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. Ends Sunday. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Gathering Stories. Ends Sunday.  

Gallery 139 Abstracted, by Andrew Shillam, Judy Hill, Belinda Street, Frank Murri, Justin Lees, Ainslie Ivin-Smith. Ends Sunday.

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. Ends Sunday.

Timeless Textiles SeedArtLab: Seed Language, by Sophie Munns.

Hunter Galleries at Dalwood Estate Modern and traditional, with a common theme of country landscapes and native fauna. Until August 31. 

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. Final week.


ab [intra] The title is Latin for “within”, by Sydney Dance Company choreographer Rafael Bonachela and the dancers. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm.

Clerkships: I Know What You Did Last Summer The 2018 Newcastle University Law Revue looks amusingly at student issues. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle, Saturday at 7.30pm.

Condabalooza Fundraising show for the City of Newcastle Drama Awards. Gallipoli Legion Club, Hamilton. Saturday at 7pm.

Pinocchio Engaging musical adaptation by Novocastrians William Ford and Glenda Price of Carlo Collodi’s novel. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. 2pm Saturday matinees until August 18, 7pm Saturday show on August 18, and 2pm Sunday shows until August 12.

Stand and Deliver: Comedy Showcase with Mandy Nolan Royal Exchange, Newcastle, on Sunday, at 7pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, Devultra. Sunday, Alias Duo.

48 Watt Street Saturday, Jerome.

Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra with Rachel Hamilton. 

Anchorage Port Stephens Sunday, James Naldo.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The Way.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Andy Abra Duo.

Bar Petite Saturday, Truman Smith.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Jade Lee Wright. Sunday, Codi Kaye.

Belmont 16s Saturday, The Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons show ft. The Robertson Bros, Emily Smith, The Years. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmont Hotel Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Anyerin Trio.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Shooting Molly.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Hornet.

The Bradford Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, The Preatures, Ali Barter. 

Catho Pub Saturday, Murray Byfield. Sunday, Kristy James.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Romney Watts.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Joy Duo.

Christ Church Cathedral Sunday, Newcastle Music Festival Choir.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Colliery Inn Sunday, Roxy.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, No Control.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Viagro.

Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, Electric Boogie.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, DJ Timmy Coffey, Matt Semmens.

Customs House Saturday, DJ Angelo. Sunday, Mardy Leith.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, City Beats.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Finnian Johnson.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Whiskey Business. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Russell Snape.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, The Bad and The Ugly.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, V-Dubs. Sunday, The Years.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Counterpart.

Finnegans Saturday, Noisy Boy & Kidd Kaos.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, King Shakey.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, 2 To The Floor.

George Tavern Saturday, Dos Eager.

Grain Store Sunday, JJ King.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Project X. Sunday, The V Dubs.

Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Chambers of Insanity, From Love To Violence, Tensions Arise, Billabong Of Blood. Sunday, Jack Biilmann.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Jason Paris, State FX. Sunday, Chris Saxby.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Rendezvous Duo. Sunday, Backbeat Duo.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Oz Icons.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Prestige Inc.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Troy Kemp.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Reggie Sinclair.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Jade Holland Band. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Bombs Away.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Cooks & Bakers, Fight The Sun, Stranger Than Friends. Sunday, Stained Glass.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Jeff Lang. Sunday, Katy Steele.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Brown Bear & Hooves. Sunday, CrocQ.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Paparazzi.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Scully. Sunday, Damien. 

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Kristy James Duo.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Leadbellies.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Sunday, Metro Muso’s Jam Session.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Craig Thommo. Sunday, Junior and Luana.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Jason Ray.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Emily Smith.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Conservatorium Saturday, Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Piano Scholarships (morning), Berias Masseque, Songs From The Front ft. Christopher Allan, Heather Price, Erin Sweetman (afternoon), Tamara-Anna Cislowska (evening).

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Anyerin.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Bel Woods.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Revampt.

Pelican RSL Saturday, Stilletto.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Bonny Rai. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Rocket.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Aqwa. 

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Zac & George Trio, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Love That Hat.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Sunday, The Tantrums. 

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Zane Penn.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Loko.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Way.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, David McCredie.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, John Larder.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Lachlan Edwards.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Brien McVernon, Never Ending 80s. Sunday, Danny & Jake.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Drunk Mums, Vanilla Gorilla, Lady Petrol, Surf Trash.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Black Rabbit George. Sunday, Passport To Airlie heat 1.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Jim Overend.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Nite Train.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Mardmax.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, The Hitpit.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Sami Cooke.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kevin O'Hara.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Hotel Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Scully.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Rocket.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Jayde Corner.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Tim Broadway.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Chris Unicomb.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, DJ Cotton Sax & Strings.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Something From Nothing Foo Fighters tribute.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Mental As Anything.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Kazzie.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Anthology.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Smarts. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wests NEX Saturday, Dr. Zoom Duo.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Chikarma, Cornstalk. Sunday, Greg Bryce, Morning Glory.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Megan Core.


Ant-Man and The Wasp (PG) As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission.

Beirut (MA) Caught in the crossfire of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former US diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend. (Tower)

Crooked House (PG) In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. (Lake Cinema)

Edie (M) Edie, 83, leaves her life behind and embarks on an adventure climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. (Regal)

Funny Cow (MA) A comedian uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England’s working men's clubs. (Tower)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (M) It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. (Event, Glendale)

Living Universe (G) Saturday, 4pm, Tower Cinemas Newcastle. An Australian feature documentary tackling the momentous question: are we alone? Narrated by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis.

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 (PG) Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala. (Regal)

On Chesil Beach (M) A powerful, insightful drama about two people, both defined by their upbringing, bound by the social mores of another era centres on Florence and Edward, a young couple in their early 20s.

Salvador Dali - The Quest for Immortality (E) An exhaustive journey through the life and work of Salvador Dalí, and also of Gala, his muse and collaborator. (Tower)

Show Dogs (PG) A police dog is ordered to go undercover at a dog show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening. 

Tea With The Dames (M) Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. (Regal)

That Good Night (M) Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter, is in his 70s and terminally ill. He has two final missions: to be reconciled to his son and, secretly, to ensure he is not a burden to his wife. (Regal)

The Bookshop (PG) England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. (Lake Cinema)

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) A sequel to the the 2014 film based on the TV series about a retired agent who’s 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)

Incredibles 2 (PG) Bob Parr is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen is out saving the world.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (MA) A pair of friends embark on an espionage adventure after one of them finds out her ex is a spy.

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.

This Beautiful Fantastic (PG) A young woman who dreams of being a children's author makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old widower. (Regal)

Whitney (M) Houston’s life is told through the original studio recordings of her greatest hits and footage from her estate's archives. (Tower)