Christmas Lights Spectacular Daily, 5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. The Southern Hemisphere’s largest lights display returns. Live entertainment, Santa’s workshop, rides and inflatable zones. Until January 26.
Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival Saturday and Sunday, Maitland Gaol.
Valentine Family Fun Day 11am to 4pm, Valentine Public School, Tallawalla Road, Valentine. Food and market stalls, entertainment, art exhibition, plus a dedicated Kids Fun Zone featuring a 24-seat jet chair ride, 12-seat pirate ship, 24-seat twister ride, obstacle course and sports arena.
Tastes at the Bay Festival 2018 Saturday and Sunday, Nelson Bay CBD. Food, wine, beer, cider, market stalls, live entertainment, jazz bands and more.
Bands In Concert 6pm to 9.30pm, Singleton Civic Centre, Civic Avenue, Singleton.
Gathering of the Celts 8pm, Wallsend Diggers club. Celtic music and dance. Tickets cost $15 at the door.
East Maitland Scouts Car Boot Sale 7am to 2pm, Park Street, East Maitland.
1st New Lambton Scouts Car Boot Sale 8am to 2pm, 1st New Lambton Scout Hall, corner Queens Road and Fleet Street, New Lambton.
Spring Fair 9am, Wallsend Anglican Church. Food and market stalls, a fire truck, craft, prizes, children’s activities and more.
Peter Pan Preschool Spring Fete 10am to 1pm, 12 Dobell Drive, Wangi Wangi.
Market Morning 8am to 11.30am, Windale Anglican Church, corner of Merrigum Street and Balemo Close, Windale. Funds raised are used to provide free meals and food parcels.
2018 Novocastrian Quilters Exhibition Saturday, 9am to 4pm, Sunday, 9am to 2pm, PCYC Centre, corner Young and Melbourne streets, Broadmeadow.
Kilaben Bay Community Colour Run 9am, 140 Wangi Road, Kilaben Bay.
Eat Street Cooranbong Noon to 6pm, Cooranbong Park.
Hyundai A-League Round 3 Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory. Gates open 6.50pm; kick-off 7.50pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.
Dr Karl Book Signing 11.30am to 3pm, Dymocks Charlestown Square. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will be signing copies of his book Vital Science.
Feast Fest Twilight Food Market 4pm to 9pm, Speers Point Park.
Beginners Ukulele Workshop 3.30pm, The Hop Factory, Newcastle.
Roller Derby 6pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre Exhibition Centre, Broadmeadow.
Pop Up Craft Shop Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, The Fernery, 84 Fern Street, Islington.
Stockton Public School Fete 10am to 3pm, 10 Clyde Street, Stockton. Market stalls, food trucks, pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, Christmas gifts, live performances and music. All welcome.
BUBOL (blow up boat on lake) Race 10am to 3pm, adjacent to Teralba Sailing Club. The event is open to the public (five years and over) and free to attend.
Kirkton Public School Market Day and Colour Run 10am to 2pm, 797 Standen Drive, Lower Belford.
Paterson Valley Colour Run 11am onwards, Tocal College. A fundraiser for Paterson Valley Community Pre-School.
Newcastle Writers Festival presents Anne Summers 4pm, Starlight Room, Wests New Lambton. Respected journalist, policy maker and publisher Anne Summers will discuss her new memoir Unfettered and Alive with festival director Rosemarie Milsom.
Wallsend Historical Meander with Ed Tonks Meet at the Fire Station Hotel at 10am for a two-hour walk. Cost is $30 per person.
Quarry Mining Maitland Triathlon and Summer Run 6.30am to 12.30pm, Queens Wharf Road, Morpeth.
SAVE THE DATE
The Christmas Art Bazaar at Lambton Park is on Sunday, November 18, 9am to 3pm. Organised by Hunter Arts Network.
Subject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions
Pelican Foreshore Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm, Lakeview Parade, Pelican.
The Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.
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.
Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Broke Village Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm, McNamara Park, Broke.
Perfect Sunday Markets Sunday, 2pm to 6pm, Lass O’Gowrie Hotel.
Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground.
ARTS & CULTURE
Daniel Courtney Gallery is now open at Westfield Kotara, Centre Court, outside David Jones on the ground floor.
Grossmann & Brough House Pastoral Suite, by Holly McNamee, 10am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday.
The Lock-Up The Sea, by Luke Cornish, until December 2. Tracks the artist's journey and experiences during multiple trips to war-torn Syria.
Cooks Hill Galleries CHG Artists & Guest Mandy Bell, until November 26.
Watt Space Gallery Learning From Alice Springs, by University of Newcastle architecture students and staff and Tangentyere Design; The Mid Century Project Newcastle, by Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst, until November 30.
Gallery 139 Anzac Walk, by Paul Maher, ends Sunday.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Wood, Metal Modern Materials – Local Contemporary Sculptures, by Emilia Krumm, John Karran, Will Maguire, until December 2.
2018 Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards, until November 18.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Concerning Peace, until November 25. Finding Country; American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life & Times, until February 17. Tim Maguire: A Survey of Prints and Video 2003-2018, until January 27.
Newcastle Art Gallery The 1818 Project, until November 4. The Erskine Pledge: a gift to Newcastle, until January 28.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery STEEL: art design architecture; Your Collection: Hunter Steel, until December 2.
Art Systems Wickham Light Between the Latitudes, by Kerrie Coles, until November 18.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Gallery Harmony, by Anne Gazzard and Erica Sayers, ends Sunday.
Timeless Textiles Fabric of Spacetime, by Jo Hamilton, until November 25.
Port Stephens Community Art Centre Our Wild World; Mosaics, until November 8.
USO Show 7pm, Royal Exchange Theatre, Newcastle. A night of entertainment in the style the American troops did in the 1940s featuring dancers, singers, showgirls, circus acts and more.
Elf The Musical Jr A young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is treated as an elf; a musical for all ages. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Friday, at 7pm and Saturday, at 2pm and 7pm (final shows).
Io, Mammeta E Tu (Me, Your Mother and You) Five Italo-Australians with disabilities find it difficult to access the new National Disability Insurance Scheme; engaging present time story, told through drama, comedy, song and dance. Teatro a (r) Te, at Club Azzurri, Highfields. Saturday, at 7.30pm.
Lawrence Mooney: An Evening with Malcolm An amusing look by a comedian at the life and activities of the real Malcolm Turnbull. AList Entertainment, at Newcastle City Hall. Saturday, at 8pm.
Life + Love: An Evening of Sondheim Songs by composer and writer Stephen Sondheim performed by adult, high school and young singers. Young People’s Theatre, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Sunday, at 2pm.
A Night with Gilbert & Sullivan Maitland Musical Society presents classic songs from the bright and lively comic operas by the title pair. Wangi Workers Club, Sunday, at 2pm.
9 to 5 The Musical Three women co-workers concoct a plan to get even with their sexist boss; songs by Dolly Parton. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only 8pm.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Alessandro, Boots Porter. Sunday, Jerome Duo.
Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, Feast – My Song Is Love with Kim Langford.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The Tantrums. Sunday, Justin Banks.
Argenton Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo. Sunday, Alias Duo.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Sunday, Village Idiots.
Bar Petite Saturday, Brien McVernon. Sunday, Aaron Hood.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Brien McVernon. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.
Belmont 16s Saturday, The Years, Pete Hibbert. Sunday, Backbeat Duo.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Misbehave.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, The V Dubs. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
The Bradford Saturday, Bad Paris.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, The Kite String Tangle DJ Set.
Catho Pub Saturday, Gary Wallace. Sunday, Dirty Deeds – The AC/DC Show.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, The Andy Show.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Craig Thomson.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
Civic Theatre Saturday, Lawrence Mooney: An Evening With Malcolm.
Club Kotara Saturday, Love That Hat.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Kellie Cain.
Club Macquarie Sunday, The V-Dubs.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Outerphase.
Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, Irish Seisiun.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Todd Schmoo, DJ Calicious.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Matt Semmens.
Denman Hotel Sunday, James Naldo.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, The Levymen.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Jon Matthews.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Jamie Martens Duo.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, Pocket Aces. Sunday, Love That Hat.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Way.
Finnegans Saturday, Discovery Daft Punk Show.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Mustang.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Duncan Woods.
Grain Store Sunday, J.J. King.
Greenroof Hotel Sunday, Scene & Heard Pre Party.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Carbon Black, Billabong of Blood, Blackout To Oblivion, Thrash Bandicoot.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Rich & Famous.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Uptown. Sunday, Harbour Sessions.
Hotel Jesmond Saturday, Old School Saturdays.
Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Crawfish Stew.
Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Train Wrek.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Paula & Owen Band. Sunday, Codi Kaye.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Heaps Gay.
Lizotte’s Saturday, Dancing In The Streets – Motown. Sunday, Echology.
Maitland Gaol – Bitter & Twisted Saturday, Lachlan Edwards, The Sea Gypsies, The Lulu Raes, Hot Potato Band, Last Dinosaurs. Sunday, Megan Core, Lachlan X Morris, Bob Evans, Cloud Control.
Mary Ellen Hotel Sunday, Will & Grace themed trivia.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Dreamcatchers.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, Steve Werren.
Mayfield Ex Services Saturday, The Shedmasters.
Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Trataka.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Gathering of the Celts.
Morisset Country Club Sunday, Jamie Martens.
Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Halloween Spooktacular, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Greg McKew.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Frick-n-Orson. Sunday, Joel Oakhill.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Loko.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Alex Johnson, Allon
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Ash Mountain.
Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Jungle Kings.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Anthony Lee. Sunday, Mick Jones.
The Pourhouse Sunday, Sounds Like Sunday.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Zac & George Trio, Emily Smith. Sunday, Anthology.
Railway Hotel Cessnock Sunday, Country Music Sundays – Outlaw Ave.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Phonic Trio.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Village Idiots.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Smokin Rosie.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Rob Long.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Friday, Ryan Daley. Saturday, Grant Walmsley Duo.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Gerda +1, DLOVE Band. Sunday, Nicko Duo.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Sami.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, The Rattlesnakes.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Valvewire. Sunday, Cameron DeWhitt.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Nite Train.
Sunnyside Tavern Sunday, Melbourne Cup Calcutta.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.
Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, John Larder.
Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Duncan Woods. Sunday, Sarah Christine.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, The Leadbellies.
The Anchorage Sunday, David McCredie.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Andrew G.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Overload.
Wangi Hotel Sunday, Craig Thommo.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Leigh Warren.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Project X.
Weston Workers Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Anthology.
Wests Nelson Bay Saturday, Frick N Orson. Sunday, Joel Oakhill.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Gaudreys.
Wests NEX Saturday, Joy Duo, Eireborne Irish Rock Music & Dancing Show.
Wickham Park Saturday, THIS THAT ft Amy Shark, Allday, Boo Seeka, Safia, Purple Sneakers DJs, Samsaruh, The Rubens, The Kite String Tangle, Sports, Broods and more. Sunday, Scene & Heard ft The Living End, Spiderbait, Something For Kate, Killing Heidi, Sneaky Sound System, Skunkhour, Dallas Crane, Front End Loader. Tickets still available.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Plastic Voyage, Morning Glory. Sunday, Ghost Road, Greg Bryce.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.
A Simple Favour (M) A mummy blogger in a small town discovers her best friend has vanished.
A Star Is Born (M) A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.
An Interview With God (CTC) A journalist (Brendon Thwaites, The Giver) must interview a man claiming to be God (Oscar nominee David Strathairn) in this indie drama.
Backtrack Boys (MA) In this Aussie doco, three boys are on a rocky path towards jail until they meet a rule-breaking jackaroo and join his legendary dog jumping team.
Bad Times at the El Royale (MA) Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past.
Beautiful Boy (MA) Steve Carell is a father who watches his son (Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name) struggle with meth addiction.
Bohemian Rhapsody (M) Remi Malek is Freddie Mercury in this celebratory biopic of Queen.
Book Club (M) Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading Fifty Shades of Grey in their monthly book club. (Lake Cinema)
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.
Charming (G) Animated family musical comedy about Prince Philippe Charming and his quest for true true love. He sets off on a great adventure in the company of a roguish stranger called “Lenny” who, unbeknownst to Charming is actually Lenore, the only woman in the land immune to his curse.
Ghost Stories (CTC) In this British horror, a renowned sceptic investigates three ghostly supernatural incidents.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (PG) Halloween comes to life in a brand-new, family adventure comedy based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.
Halloween (MA) Jamie Lee Curtis returns for the final confrontation with Michael Myers in the sequel to the classic horror, set 40 years after the first movie.
Hunter Killer (MA15+) Gerard Butler is a US submarine captain who must rescue the Russian president in this thriller based on the novel Firing Point.
First Man (M) A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
In Like Flynn (MA) The biopic depicts Errol Flynn’s roust-about early life in Australia.
Ladies In Black (PG) A shy schoolgirl takes a summer job at the prestigious Sydney department store, Goode’s. (Regal)
Night School (M) A group of troublemakers are forced to attend night school in hope that they'll pass the GED exam to finish high school.
On Chesil Beach (M) In 1962 England, a young couple finds their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. (Lake Cinema)
Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups (G) When their latest scheme goes awry, Mayor Humdinger and his nephew Harold accidentally divert a meteor towards Adventure Bay.
Smallfoot (G) A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” really do exist.
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.
The Seagull (M) A heartbreaking and funny story of friends and lovers, all of whom are in love with the wrong person.
Wayne (M) Wayne tells the exhilarating story of 1987 World Motorcycle Grand Prix Champion Wayne Gardner’s triumphant, improbable journey from a 5-dollar dirt bike to the international summit of his sport. (Lake Cinema)