2018 East Coast Sidecar Roundup Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. Watch defending 2017 champions Brad Pitt (Newcastle) and Nathan McFadden (Swansea) in action. Gates open 1.30pm, main race 5pm.
Pop-Up Parkour Saturday and Sunday, The Station, Scott Street, Newcastle. Join Newcastle Parkour for a free 20-minute introduction to parkour and its core movements. Recommended ages 8+ years. Register to ensure your spot at newcastleparkour.com. Sessions will be moved indoors in the event of rain.
Lake Mac Big Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Warners Bay Foreshore and lakefront. Superboat Championships, Jet Ski racing, aerobatic displays, markets and entertainment.
Carport Court Powerboat Spectacular 9am to 4.30pm, on the Hunter River at Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace.
Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival 3pm to 9pm, The Levee Central Maitland. Dancing, live music, international cuisine, lantern workshops, markets and more.
Branxton Rodeo 9am to 11pm, Branxton Showground, McMullins Road, Branxton. Market and food stalls, rides, mechanical bull, East Coast Junior Rodeo Championships and more.
A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day 8am to 6pm, Pirtek Park, Singleton. Local miners swap their work boots for footy boots as they compete to be crowned 2018 champions, while raising money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Also, rides, face painting and other fun activities for the kids.
Mega Creatures at Hunter Valley Gardens Saturday and Sunday. Dinosaurs, dragons, giant bugs and spiders plus rides including the ferris wheel, carousel, swing chair, super slide and inflatable zone. Until October 14.
The Porter Children 1pm to 4pm, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. Relive the first decades of the 20th century with Ella and Hazel Porter. Tinplate toys, dolls, school books and other childhood memorabilia will be on show at Miss Porter's House Museum.
All Italian Day 9.30am to 2pm, Cahill Oval, Maude Street, Belmont. Hosted by The CIAO club of Newcastle, there will be motorcycles, cars, food and more.
Dogs in the Park Newcastle 9.30am to 3.30pm, Islington Park. Dog competitions, races, best-dressed pet competitions, market and food stalls.
Lake Macquarie Food & Wine Festival 11am to 6pm, Speers Point Park.
Newcastle Dragon Hunters Community Dragon Boat Regatta 2018 8am to 4pm, Throsby Creek, Carrington Foreshore.
Harbour2Vine Cycle Classic The former Crowne2Crowne Cycle Classic is being re-launched as the Harbour2Vine Cycle Classic to celebrate its 10th anniversary. A charity bike ride from Rydges Newcastle to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
SAVE THE DATE
A time capsule was buried in Lambton Park 100 years ago and on Saturday, October 20, it will be opened. It is believed to be Australia’s only known WWI time capsule. The event will start with a community parade at 10am, followed by the capsule opening at 11am.
Subject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.
Warners Bay Superboat Weekend Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm, The Esplanade, Warners Bay.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Market2Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Rowlands Park, The Junction.
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 Markets Sunday, 8am to 3pm, 700 Dalwood Road, Dalwood.
Singleton Sunday Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Towhead Park, Singleton.
ARTS & CULTURE
Finite Gallery Found Horizons, by Painters Ink, until October 28.
Dungog By Design What’s My Scene, by 23 local artists and artisans. 224 Dowling Street, Dungog. Until October 25.
Cooks Hill Galleries Home Port, by Gavin Fry, with co-exhibitors Carolyn van Wamel and David Beschi, until October 22.
Watt Space Gallery The Rova Project, by Sally Cloke; Postcard from Florence (wish you were here), by Vanessa Lewis; Body and Beyond, by Harsimranjeet Brar; Australiana, by Siarn Staley. Ends Sunday.
Gallery 139 HEADS and other things, by Peter Lankas, until October 21.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Retroactive, by James Wittington, until October 28.
The Lock-Up Full Circle, Ends Sunday.
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, until November 25. Finding Country, until February 17. Paul Partos, ends Sunday.
Newcastle Art Gallery The 1818 Project; Critics’ Choice: From The Collection; Kilgour Prize 2018, until October 21.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery STEEL: art design architecture; Your Collection: Hunter Steel, until December 2. Plus Soul Food – Visions of Oneness, 10.30am to noon on Sunday.
Art Systems Wickham Drawn Together, by Susan Hall-Thompson and Ruth Chapman, until October 28.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Gallery Celebrate, ends Sunday.
Timeless Textiles Crossing Borders, until October 28.
Port Stephens Community Art Centre Our Wild World, by Nada O’Loughlin-Yonge, until October 16.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Amusing adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story. Hunter Drama, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 3pm and 7pm. Sold out – check re ticket availability.
Deanna The Musical Comedy musical by former Novocastrian Dee Gatgens Johnson. Dee Johnson Entertainment & The Really Thoughtful Company, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm.
The Drowsy Chaperone A 1920s musical comes to life as a man listens to its songs. High Street Productions, at St Philip’s Christian College Theatre, Waratah. Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 2pm.
Elf The Musical Jr A young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is treated as an elf at the North Pole. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.
Lost in Yonkers Comedy by Neil Simon. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm (final shows).
A Night with Gilbert & Sullivan Maitland Musical Society presents classic songs from the bright and lively comic operas by the title pair. St John’s Procathedral, Maitland, Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 2pm.
Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Musical adaptation of Dahl’s tongue-in-cheek version of the fairy story. WEA Hunter, at WEA Creative Art Space (CAS), Hamilton. Saturday at 11am, 2pm and 7pm.
That Place in Between Premiere of a touring contemporary dance show by Newcastle’s Catapult Dance which looks at the way people handle potentially life-changing issues. Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Saturday at 8pm.
The Third Act Premiere of Novocastrian Emma Wood’s comedy-drama about a woman meeting her estranged husband, a high school boyfriend and others while she organises and celebrates her daughter’s wedding. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.
The gig guide can be read in full online at theherald.com.au
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Craze ft Perto, Masif Hardstyle. Sunday, Carmada, Cooks & Bakers, Kooks Hill, Lemon Joe.
Hope Estate Saturday, FKA Festival ft. The Jungle Kings, British India, Trophy Eyes, Tired Lion, Luca Brasi, Kingswood, The Belligerents, Ali Barter, Maddy Jane, Vacations, Grace Turner, IVY, good thanks, Good Lekker.
Small Ballroom Saturday, Cassette, Rinse & Wax, Zac Nissen, Jack Blanch.
Toronto Hotel Sunday, Thirsty Merc.