Your guide to what's on in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley this weekend.


Kahibah Village Picnic Day 9am to 1pm, Rotary Memorial Park, Hexham Street, Kahibah. Live entertainment, school performances, a jumping castle, pony rides, climbing wall, market and food stalls and more. 

St Paul’s Thrift Shop Vintage Spring Sale 9am to noon, St Paul’s Church Hall, corner Church and Callen streets, Stockton. 

Westfield Kotara Ladies Day Noon onwards, Newcastle Racecourse, Broadmeadow. Fashions on the Field, racing, dining and other activities. Courtesy buses operating.

Clans On The Coast Gates open 8.30am, opening ceremony 9.30am, Celtic Oval No.1, Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay. Celtic market stalls, Celtic music, highland dancing, medieval fighting re-enactments, pipe bands, tug-of-war and other contests. There will be “strong man” events all day and you can enter your dog in the Celtic Fancy Dress Dog Parade. At 10.30am on Sunday all are welcome to bring a family tartan or token for blessing at the Kirkin Of The Tartan at d’Albora Marina.

The Mums’ Cottage Annual Garage Sale 9am to 2pm, Mums’ Cottage, 29 St Helens Street, Holmesville. There will be entertainment, market stalls, face painting, a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and Devonshire tea

McLeish Estate is one of the End 2 End Festival hubs. Picture: Dominique Cherry

McLeish Estate is one of the End 2 End Festival hubs. Picture: Dominique Cherry

End 2 End Festival Visit more than 20 wineries across four Hunter Valley vineyard hubs from 10am to 5pm. There will be gourmet food and wine to enjoy, live music, masterclasses and more, with shuttle buses moving from venue to venue on a hop on, hop off basis. Go to for ticket details.

Lake Macquarie Family History Group 10am to 4pm, Marmong Point Community Hall, 31B George Street, Marmong Point. Guest speakers and research assistance. Phone Warren Oliver on 0249 595403 for further information.

Help Kim Beat Lyme Disease 7pm to 10pm, Boolaroo Bowling Club. A fun trivia night to raise money for Kim Fowkes’ treatment for Lyme disease; lots of prizes on offer. Cost $10 per person, bookings essential by phoning 4958 1058. Blind Chef Bistro open from 5pm. 

Walk 4 Hope Speers Point 10.30am to 2pm, Speers Point Park. A leisurely 4km walk to raise funds for, and awareness of, Huntington’s Disease. There will be fun activities for the kids to enjoy including a jumping castle, face painting and games. 

Got Your Back Sista Pop-Up Op Shop Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Sunday, 10am to 2pm, 15 Elizabeth Street, Tighes Hill. Nothing over $20.

Fashion Parade 1pm, Wescott Aged Care Facility, corner Fullerton and Hereford streets, Stockton. Followed by afternoon tea.

2018 Family Fun Day Saturday and Sunday, Richmond Vale Railway Museum, 262 Leggetts Drive, Richmond Vale. Unlimited steam train rides, model cars, mini train rides and more, as well as a teddy bear sleepover on the Saturday night. Details at

Redhead Beach Clean Up 8.30am to 10am, Redhead Beach, meet at Webb Park on Beach Road. Part of International Coastal Cleanup. BYO gloves, bucket or large bags for rubbish, water, hat, sunscreen, swimmers. 

Hunter Polo Challenge Saturday and Sunday, gates open 9am, Tabbil Creek Polo Ground, Cemetary Road, Dungog. $10 entry, children under 16 admitted free. 

Movie Night 4pm onwards, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie screening at sundown. Plus, best-dressed character competition, food, entertainment, fun activities, live music. Tickets $5 each at, limited tickets available on the night. Picnic rugs only, no chairs. 

Ukulele Super Saturday 9am to 4pm, Muso’s Corner, Hamilton. Wear your brightest Hawaiian shirt and have a go. 


2018 Milbrodale Family Fun Day 9am to 2pm, Milbrodale Public School, at the intersection of Putty and Milbrodale roads, Milbrodale. Featuring the Milbrodale Ultimate Challenges, pony rides, a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting and old-fashioned novelty races, as well as market and food stalls. 

Dog Lovers Market Day 10am to 2.30pm, Islington Park. Face painting, a Foster Dog Parade, BBQ, demonstrations, competitions, stalls and entertainment.

Wangi Lions Car Boot Sale 10am to 3pm, Wangi Bowling Club car park. 

Urban Cellar Door 2.30pm to 5pm, The Lucky Hotel, Newcastle. Six Hunter Valley wineries offering more than 30 tastings and a grazing table.

Hunter 4x4 Muster 9am to 4pm, Maitland Showground. Entry on the day $20 per vehicle (donation to beyondblue); public by gold coin donation. Face painting and jumping castles, vehicle displays, Tuff Trucks, Bitumen rally teams and more.

Caves Beach Public School Sunday Funday 10am to 3pm, Park Avenue, Caves Beach. The school is celebrating its 50th year with rides, market and class stalls, food trucks, music and entertainment.

Bulahdelah Hillclimb 8am to 5pm, Wootton Way, Old Pacific Highway, Bulahdelah. Event walking paths and spectator points are in bushland so wear appropriate footwear. Entry $5 adults; children under 12 admitted free. 

The Annual Special Needs Motorcycle Ride Day 9am to 4pm, Lions Park, Stockton. In support of Hunter Connect, a day for people with special needs to experience a free passenger ride on a motorcycle.


The 2018 Living Smart Festival is on September 22 at Speers Point Park. Craig Reucassel will talk about his War On Waste, there will be free outdoor yoga classes, lost trades workshops, tiny house exhibitions, a native plant giveaway, electric vehicle displays, Raid My Wardrobe pop-up fashion event, sustainable cooking demonstrations, Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market and urban farming workshops.


Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle East. 

Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warners Bay Foreshore. 

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.

Dairy Extraordinary – Aussie Night Market Maitland Saturday, 4pm to 9pm, Maitland Showground. Rides, food and more.

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. 

Markets subject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions


Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre Prokofiev’s Peter and The Wolf, 2pm. Tickets only $5 per person, maximum $20 per family.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Look Twice, until September 24. 

The Lock-Up Behave, by Penny Thwaite and Matthew Tome. Also, artist talks on Saturday: 2pm to 3pm, Helen Britton; 3pm to 4.30pm, Penny Thwaite and Matthew Tome; followed by an experimental sound performance by singer Nicky Creyson. Free event, all welcome. 

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

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 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, ends Sunday.

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

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

Gallery 139 Sprung, ends Sunday.

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.


B2M – Mamanta Boy band B2M from the Tiwi Islands near Darwin offers mamanta (friendship) with a mix of traditional chants and contemporary music. ArtbackNT, at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Saturday, at 8pm.

Circle Mirror Transformation Annie Baker’s poignant and amusing play follows the participation of four students and a teacher in a six-week drama class. Theatre on Brunker, in association with The Lowbrow Outfit. St Stephen’s Hall, Adamstown. Sunday, at 8pm, Sunday at 6pm.

Constellations Nick Payne’s comedy looks amusingly and movingly at how different a couple’s relationship could have been if they had made different decisions. Seated Ovation and Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.

Humans Ten acrobats take watchers on a stirring journey of what it means to be human. Circa, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare’s play about young lovers from rival fighting families shows its timelessness with a 1990s setting. Hunter Independent Theatre Company, at the WEA Creative Arts Space, Hamilton. Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm, Sunday at 2pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Urby. Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Adamstown United Sports Club Saturday, Sami Cooke.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Argenton Hotel Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, The New Cool.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Cover 2 Cover.

Bar Petite Saturday, DLove.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Nano. Sunday, James Naldo.

Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Saturday, Jade Holland Band.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Club Esky. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers, Elvis An American Trilogy, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Dos Eager.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Anthology.

The Bradford Saturday, Pocket Aces.

Bushrangers Bar Saturday, Matt Semmens.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Showdown at Sundown ft. Tumbleweed, Screamfeeder, Hard Ons, Front End Loader, Smudge, Warped, Money For Rope, Chinchen, Bitchcraft, Porn Skas, The Not Nots. Sunday, Sheppard, Chris Rose.

Catho Pub Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys. Sunday, Ash Mountain.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Counterpart, Arj Barker.

Christ Church Cathedral Sunday, Aled & Lucas Jones (UK).

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Jim Overend.

Colliery Inn Sunday, ROX Pianoman.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Saturday, Steel City.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, DJ Alessandro, Max Jackson.

Customs House Saturday, Jethro Thorpe. Sunday, Tyler John.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Anyerin, Daniel Arvidson.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Jungle Duo.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Veronika.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Emile.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, The Way.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Misbehave, The Big Bang. Sunday, The Years.

Family Hotel Maitland Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Finnegans Saturday, Horizon, Monument, Lawson, Benny B, Sonic, E-Low.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Pap & That.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Village Idiots.

George Tavern Saturday, Mardmax.

Grain Store Sunday, J.J King.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.

Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Saviour, Deadlights, Pridelands, Lost Without Life. Sunday, Peter Black, Jamie Hay, Knifey Spoony. 

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Paparazzi.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells Trio. Sunday, 2GoodReasons.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Kylie Jane.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, The Matchbox tribute.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Alias.

Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre Sunday, Orchestra Nova.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Saturday, Something From Nothing - Foo Fighters tribute band.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Cosmic Spice, The Pits, Southern End, Kyoshi, Edge 'n' Kerl, Stranger Than Friends, Polo Prince, Dr Dingo & The Space Cadets.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart. Sunday, Karise Eden, Piper Butcher; Ricky Campton.

Lochinvar Hotel Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Howie & Alex. Sunday, Bobby C.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Mojo Bandits. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, The Levymen.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Katie N Feff.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Early Daze.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Old Mate & The Love Handles.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Jake Davey.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Andrew G.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Neath Hotel Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Dr. Zoom Duo. Sunday, Anyerin.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Matt Gaudry.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Max Jackson. Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, John Larder.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Rubber Bullet.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Greg McKew Band.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Felix Quinn Band. Sunday, 24 Hours.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Jess Holland.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Zac & George Trio, Uptown Duo. Sunday, Loko, Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Sunday, Rubber Bullet.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Crawfish Stew.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Little Cents.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Tim Broadway.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Secret Society. Sunday, Beau Hatch.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Adrianna Mac Duo.

Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Dynamite, The V Dubs. Sunday, Danny & Jake.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Brien McVernon.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Groove City, Joel In One, Special K, Hayden Shepherd.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, At The Hop.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Time On Earth, Moonshifter, Drug Mother. Sunday, Passport to Airlie semi 2.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DV8.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, The Georgia Project.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Shaka. Sunday, Phonic.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, James Naldo.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Reggie Sinclair Duo.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Brendan Watson.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Layth Gunn.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Dragon, Pistol Pete.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Code Red.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Big Pete.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Saturday, Neil Diamond tribute. Sunday, Venus 2.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Clean Slate.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Megan Core.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Snape Trilogy. 

Wests NEX Saturday, Ball Park Music, San Cisco, Ruby Fields, Echo.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Greg Bryce, Ghost Road.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Jessica Cain.


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

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. 

Custody (M) After her divorce from the violent Antoine, Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son, 12-year-old Julien. The magistrate grants joint custody and Julien is ordered to visit his father. (Tower).

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

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.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (M) Ethan Hunt and his IMF team race against time after a mission goes wrong.

Searching (M) After David Kim’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, an investigation is opened. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop.

Slender Man (MA) A tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, 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. (Lake Cinema)

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

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (PG) Lewis, an orphan, is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan in a creaky old house. But his new home is far from ordinary and soon reveals a secret world of warlocks and witches. 

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, the Roosters. (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 Predator (MA) The universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species.

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. (Lake Cinema)