Plan ahead and make the most of your weekend with a little help from the Herald


Quiltarama Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Clarence Town School of Arts Hall. Quilt displays and raffles; market stalls; handmade items. Entry $5.

Holmesville Community Garden Spring Fair 9am to 2.30pm, corner George and Charlotte streets, Holmesville. 

Buy A Bale Fundraiser 1pm to 7pm, Marks Point Sport Club. BBQ; entertainment; raffles; barefoot bowls; a jumping castle; cake stall.

Taste.Shop.Play Saturday and Sunday, Westfield Kotara. Activities and special shopping deals. 

Festival of Flowers at Hunter Valley Gardens See thousands of annuals in bloom and experience cherry blossom season in full force. There will be daily talks, flowering topiary sculptures and wheelbarrow displays. Until September 30.

Webers Circus Saturday, 3pm and 7pm; Sunday, 11am, Croudace Bay.

Spring Fair 9am to 2pm, New Lambton Public School. Food and market stalls; a BBQ; prizes; a jumping castle; sideshow alley; show bags and more. 

Walk With Us For Suicide Prevention 10am to 3pm, Iluka Reserve, off Kingsley Drive, Boat Harbour Beach. Guest speakers; 30-minute walk along bush tracks; BBQ; live music.

Hot Air Balloon Launch and Fundraiser 5pm to 8pm, Peterson House, corner of Broke Road and Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin. Peterson House is launching its very own hot air balloon as the newest member of the Balloon Aloft fleet. Live music; children’s activities; food and wine. Entry to the event is $5 per person or $15 per family with the entire entry fee being donated to Buy a Bale. 

Tough Dog King of the Hunter Saturday and Sunday, 8.30am to 5pm, Welsh’s Road, Milbrodale. Weekend passes from $80 (adult); and single day passes $50 (Saturday) and $40 (Sunday). 

The Anglican Parish Telarah Rutherford Annual Fete 10am to 1pm, corner Capp and South streets, Telarah. 

2018 National Premier League Grand Final McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 1.15pm; 18s kick-off 1.30pm; 20s kick-off 3.30pm; first grade (Edgeworth Eagles vs Broadmeadow Magic) kick-off 6pm.

National Basketball League Sydney Kings vs Illawarra Hawks, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Doors open 4pm; game starts 5pm.

Lebanese Film Festival Saturday at 7pm: 2018 Oscar-nominated film The Insult; Sunday at 4pm:  the 2018 Cannes Jury Prize award winner Capharnaum. Tickets $15 or $12.50 for concession, and include Lebanese sweets.

Women’s Adventure Film Tour 6pm to 8pm, Tower Cinemas Newcastle. Short films celebrating inspiring women doing extraordinary things.


Blacksmiths 2 Breakwall Coast Walk 7am, meet at Blacksmiths Beach for 26km walk to Nobbys breakwall. All proceeds go to Hunter Surf Club, Ronald MacDonald House, Variety and Charlies Run 4 kids.

Soda Tasting Sunday 1pm to 4pm, Adam’s Pizza & Ribs, 548 Glebe Road, Adamstown. More than 60 soda varieties plus food. Tickets $20 with all proceeds going to Aussie Helpers to aid our farmers.

Car Boot Sale – Towards Zero Waste 9am to 1pm, Cardiff Bowling Club. Hosted by Cardiff Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group, there will be stalls selling recycled, repaired, homemade and secondhand goods, refreshments and entertainment. Also, tours of the Cardiff South Wetland area at 10am and 11am. 

Vacy Village Country Carnival 9am to 3pm, Vacy village. Bands; food and market stalls; whip cracking; camel rides; a petting zoo; dog races; Rattlin’ Bones Car Club and vintage tractors.

Newcastle Baby Expo 10am to 4pm, Newcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre (NEX). 

House and Garden Open Day 1pm to 4pm, Miss Porter’s House, 434 King Street, Newcastle. Admission $8 adults; $20 family; $6 pensioners and children five years and over. Free to National Trust Members and children under five.

Sail Past & Blessing of the Fleet 10.30am to noon, Honeysuckle Hotel, Queens Wharf. Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club celebrates the start of their sailing season. 

Macquarie College Spring Fair 10am to 3pm, 182-222 Lake Road, Wallsend. 

Broke Village Fair & Vintage Car Display 9am to 3pm, McNamara Park, Broke. Live music; whipcracking; Tug-o-War competition; bush poetry; market and food stalls; chainsaw sculpting; a petting zoo; children’s activities; rides. Free mine tours between 10am and 1.30pm. 

Blast From The Past Festival 10am to 3pm, Rathmines Foreshore Park, Stilling Street, Rathmines. A Show and Shine; rock and roll dancing; music; pin-up competition; market and food stalls.

Inner City Winemakers and Urban Mess Long Lunch Noon to 4pm, Merewether Surf Life Saving Club. No bookings, just turn up. 

Urban Cellar Door Noon to 5pm, The Lucky Hotel, Newcastle.


Hunter Independent Theatre Company Inc. is the Hunter’s newest community theatre group and their first production is Romeo and Juliet, opening next Thursday, September 13, at WEA Creative Art Space in Hamilton (previously DAPA Theatre). Tickets are $20 through Dates: September 13-15, and 19-22 at 7.30pm; September 15, 16 and 22 at 2pm.


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

The Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High Street, Maitland.  

Market 2 Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Rowlands Park, The Junction. 

Succulent & Plant Market Saturday, 9am to noon, Mayfield Bowling Club. 

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin. 

The Prickle Shed Pop-Up Market Saturday, 1pm to 3pm, Royal Crown Hotel, Dudley.

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. 

Five Senses Twilight Markets Sunday, 4pm to 8pm, Lambton Park. 

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


Maitland Regional Art Gallery Peace, Place, Prizes & Pictures In Between. Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial; Nicola Bolton’s The Garden Palette, until October 21. Concerning Peace, various artists, until November 25. Finding Country, until February 17. Paul Partos, until October 14.  

Newcastle Art Gallery The 1818 Project, by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Dale Collier, Karla Dickens, Fernando Do Campo, Lindy Lee, Yhonnie Scarce, Jacqui Stockdale, Shan Turner Carroll. 

Port Stephens Community Art Centre Our Sunburnt Land, until September 25. 

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Sunday: Soul Food Syllables & Sounds, 10.30am to noon. Yes Yes Yes Yes: graphics from the 1960s and 1970s; Moving Histories // Future Directions, until September 23. 

Cooks Hill Galleries Art Buyers Group Exhibition, until September 24.

Art Systems Wickham Easy Living – Group Art Exhibition, until September 16.

The Lock-Up Behave, by Penny Thwaite and Matthew Tome.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Gallery Natural belonging, by Trish Luck, until September 17.

Newcastle ArtSpace The Brick and Tile Jungle: A Resident’s Tale, by Dane Tobias. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4pm. 

Watt Space Gallery Peripheries: Research in architecture and the built environment; Exquisite Drawing Machine, by Timothy Burke, until September 23.

Newcastle Art Gallery Critics’ Choice: From The Collection; Kilgour Prize 2018, until October 21. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Look Twice Photographic Exhibition, until September 24.

Gallery 139 Sprung, until September 16.

The Creator Incubator Birth Marks – A Solo Exhibition, until September 16.

Timeless Textiles Place – Stitched Masterpieces, by Cathy Jack Coupland, until September 30.

Port Stephens Community Art Centre Our Sunburnt Land; Dancing on the Red Wind, until September 25.

The Press Book House, Newcastle Spring Poetry Reading Saturday, 3.30pm. 


Ajax in Iraq Ellen McLaughlin shows the timelessness of the impacts of war on soldiers, as it moves between scenes, classical Greek play and a parallel story set in toda’s Iraq. Knock and Run, at Tantrum Studio, Merewether. Saturday at 8pm.

The Best of the Best Favourite songs from 16 Tony-award winning musicals, with the audience joining in singalongs. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Three actors deliver scenes from all 37 Shakespeare plays in a brisk, engaging and amusing way. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm (final show).


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Alessandro. Sunday, The New Cool.

Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, The Pacific Palm Court Orchestra, Sax Blue. Sunday, Encore Ladies ft. Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon tribute.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Shaka.

Argenton Hotel Saturday, The DuoTones, DJ Tone. Sunday, Adrianna Mac Duo.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Way.

Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Full Throttle.

Bar Petite Saturday, Adrienne.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Madelyn. Sunday, Codi Kaye.

Bay Hotel Saturday, Sidetracked.

Beach Hotel Saturday, The Black Sails. Sunday, Sunday Avenue.

Belmont 16s Saturday, The Years, Matt Semmens, Arj Barker. Sunday, Rich & Famous.

Belmont Hotel Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Project X.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Hornet.

The Bradford Saturday, Early Daze.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Tomas Truban, Nathaniel Garry, Ben & Tomek (glasshouse), Corpus, Bec Stevens, Shady Nasty, Suburban Haze (warehouse). Sunday, Neighbourhood Youth, Binge, Indigo Bloom.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Catho Pub Saturday, Romney Watts. Sunday, Early Daze.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Robbie T.

Colliery Inn Sunday, Tim Broadway.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Zac and Ben.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Code Red.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley, DJ Urby.

Customs House Sunday, Jake Davey.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Megan Core.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Ben Travis.

Denman Hotel Sunday, James Naldo.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Hendo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Anthology. Sunday, Big Pete.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Tailgate Drive.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Hellbent.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, The Search Party. Sunday, V-Dubs.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Paparazzi. Sunday, Louis Burt.

Finnegans Saturday, Lady Lauren.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Marriah.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Little Cents.

George Tavern Saturday, Deuce.

Grain Store Sunday, J.J King.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Overload.

Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Foemen, e4444e, Skyepaint, Wzrd Scrs, dot.organ. 

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Bonny Rai, Misbehave. Sunday, Tim Rossington.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Levymen. Sunday, The Blue Water Cowboys. 

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, The Years.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Josh & Liv.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Kent Hotel Saturday, The Smarts.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Andrew G.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Hey Lady!, Bitchcraft, Chicko Rollmodels. Sunday, Kristen Lee Morris.

Lemon Grove Hotel Saturday, Murray Byfield.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Andy Firth & Adam Miller. Sunday, The Wolfe Brothers, Hurricane Fall. 

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Alias.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, The Faves.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Anthony Lee. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Matt McLaren Duo.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Leadbellies.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Jason Bone.

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

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Tyler John.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Brien McVernon. Tuesday, Nano.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Steve Werren.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Bobby C.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Uptown Duo.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Jack Evans.

Pelican RSL Saturday, The Jungle Kings.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Brendan Murphy. Sunday, Pete McCredie.

Premier Hotel Sunday, Overload.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, The Andy Show, Echo. Sunday, Love That Hat, Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Kim.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Sun Hill Drive.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Matt Scullion.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Stiletto. Sunday, Stu Morrison.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Counterpart.

Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, DLove Duo, Two Fires Chisel Show. Sunday, Tim Rossington.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Torren Foot, Kurtis Elms, Hooey, Will Freeth, Hayden Shepherd. 

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Snape Trilogy.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs. Sunday, Port to Airlie semi-final 1.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Dean Dee.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Allstar.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, CrocQ.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Deborah Sinclair.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kevin O'Hara.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Triple Zero.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Jim Overend. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Lee Rolfe.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Mardmax.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Hayden Johns, DJ Perry Carter.

Weston Workers Saturday, All Access 80s.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Loko.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Love That Hat. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wests NEX Saturday, Dr. Zoom Duo.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, KJ + Dave. Sunday, Witchlock, Ron Knight & the Daze Band.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Anyerin.


A Simple Favour (M) A mummy blogger in a small town discovers her best friend has vanished.

BlacKkKlansman (MA) An African-American policeman successfully manages to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan and becomes the head of the local chapter.

Book Club (M) Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles Fifty Shades of Grey. 

Christopher Robin (G) A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

Crazy Rich Asians (PG) Three wealthy Chinese families prepare for the wedding of the year. 

Edie (M) Leaving her life behind and embarking on an adventure, 83-year-old Edie climbs the imposing Mt Suilven in Scotland. (Regal)

Kin (M) An ex-convict and his brother are forced on the run by a vengeful criminal.

Luis and the Aliens (PG) An 11-year-old boy makes friends with three loveable little aliens.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG) Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant. (Regal)

Megan Leavey (PG) Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. (Regal)

Mile 22 (MA) An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.

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)

Slender Man (MA) A horrifying figure is reputed to be responsible for the disappearance of countless children.

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)

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (PG) A villain’s maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom.

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. (Regal)

The Happytime Murders (MA) When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

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

The Meg (M) After escaping an attack by what he claims was by a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

The Merger (M) A former professional football player returns to his country town after an abrupt end to his sporting career and is persuaded to coach the hapless local team. (Regal)

The Nun (MA) A priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

The Public Image Is Rotten (MA) British rock icon John Lydon and fellow bandmates recall the years they spent performing as Public Image Ltd. (Tower)

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 woman questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for literature.