Main Event: Fresh from their nail-biting win over Parramatta last week, the Newcastle Knights host the Gold Coast Titans at 3pm Saturday in an attempt to record back-to-back victories for the first time since April.
SATURDAYEvolving Wetlands 9.30am to 1.30pm, Hunter Wetlands, Shortland. The past springs to life in an interactive exhibition showcasing a unique collection of dinosaur fossils and replicas with a focus on the wetlands environment. Final day of the exhibition.
Harry to Hunter Valley 6pm to 9pm, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale.The wizarding world meets wine country this winter at the magic-themed cocktail party.
National Rugby League 3pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Newcastle Knights vs Gold Coast Titans.
Orchestra Nova 2pm, Saturday & Sunday, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay.The Hunter’s longest-running community orchestra performsmusic by Mozart and selections from Berlioz (Les Troyens), Offenbach (La Belle Helene) and Purcell (Dido and Aenaes).
Raise Love Charity Ball 6.30pm to 12am, Wests NEX, Newcastle. Dress up in your best black tie formal wear and help raise money for sick children at the Ronald McDonald House. Hosted by NBN weatherman Gavin Morris.
SeaSide Singers – 10th Anniversary Concert 2pm, Soldiers Point Bowling Club.
Snow Time in the Garden 9.30am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. This weekend is your final chance to visit thewinter wonderland and its frosty activities for children of all ages.Glide on thegiant ice skating rink, swoosh down theice toboggan orexperience a 9D snow adventure.
SUNDAYAustralian Ice Hockey League 4pm, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Warners Bay. Newcastle North Stars vs Sydney Bears.
Hope For Halle 10am to 5pm, Shinnies Hotel, Boolaroo. A charityjoy ride on anything with two wheels starting from Cameron Park service station and ending at Shinnies Hotel wherethere will be a barbecue, live band, raffles and best bike awards. All funds raised go towards four-year-old Halle Lambert who suffers from a rare chromosomal disorder.
Winery Running Festival 6.30am to 11am, The Vintage Golf Resort, Pokolbin.Main races are a marathon, half marathon,10km,6km and2km kids marathon.
SAVE THE DATEThe smell of freshly-ground coffee beans, rich melted chocolate and decadent dishes descend on Maitland mall on August 11 and 12.
The Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival is one of the tastiest events onthe calendar andthe perfect way to shrug of the winter chill. Itfeaturesexpert chocolatiers, talented baristas and the best of theregion’s winemakers.
MARKETSHandmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm,Kevin Sobels Wines, corner ofBroke and Halls Rd, Pokolbin.
Hope Sunday Markets Sunday, 9.30am to 2.30pm, Hope Estate, Pokolbin.
Hunt and Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle East.
Hunter Street Organic Food MarketSaturday & Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall.
Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showgrounds, Broadmeadow.
Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to 12pm, Sandgate.
Singleton Farmers & Craft Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Singleton Showground.
The Rectory Markets Sunday, 9am to 2pm,The Rectory, 48 Sturgeon St, Raymond Terrace.
Hunter Valley Gardens: It’s your last chance this weekend to chill out at the Hunter Valley Gardens’ Snow Time in the Garden. Try building a snowman or ice skating or even slide down the mega toboggan ride.
ART & CULTUREArt Systems Wickham Between, ends July 29.
Wollombi Sculpture in the VineyardsThis free public exhibition is open 10am to 5pm, seven days a week. Sculptures will be displayed in the village of Wollombi and Stonehurst Cedar Creek, Wollombi Wines, Wollombi Village Vineyard, Undercliff Winery and Noyce Brothers Wines. All works are for sale. Until December 4.
Sculpture Workshops @ the Hunter BotanicGardensSaturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm.Hunter Region Botanic Gardens hosts artist in residence sculpture workshop where participants have an opportunity to play with mud.
Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryHunter Red –Re(a)d Earth, Razzamatazz & Corpus. Ends Sunday.
Maitland Regional Art GalleryLuminous Maitland, until August 12; Stuart Scott –Faces of Maitland from the Mrag Collection, ends August 12;Wendy Sharpe –Secrets, until August 19; All That Glitters, until September 2.
Newcastle Art Gallery Patricia Williams-Adams –Stain Me With The Intensity of Black, until August 26; Hunter Red, ends Sunday.
University GalleryStill Life in Yellow, Steel and Mandarins, by Dani Marti. Until November 12.
Newcastle MuseumVoyage to the Deep is about undersea exploration and adventure – of the kind immortalised by Jules Verne’s novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and celebrated in popular culture from Jacques Cousteau to the Octonauts.
THEATREDisney’s Aladdin JrMusical version of the classic story about a street boy who falls in lovewith a beautiful princess and is helped by a genie. Hunter Drama presents the show atCessnock with a local young cast. Cessnock Performing Arts Centre,Saturday, at 2pm and 7pm.
The Girl With The Golden LocksAmusing family show by American playwright Brian D.Taylor, with fairy tale characters as secret service agents and the suspicious characters they areinvestigating. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm.
I Hope It’s Not Raining in LondonTwo people trapped in a room piece together memories fromtheir lives; moving and amusing new play by Newcastle’s Nicholas Thoroughgood, with differentactors at each performance. Bearfoot Theatre, at Tantrum Studio, Merewether.Saturday 2pm and 7pm.
PeepshowThe lives of seven people living in an apartment building, including two pairs oflovers, two female friends seeking relationships, and a lone man, become intertwined inIsabel Wright’s comedy. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 2pm.
PinocchioEngaging musical adaptation by Novocastrians William Ford and Glenda Price ofCarlo Collodi’s novel about a wooden puppet who becomes a live person. Young People’sTheatre, at its Hamilton theatre. 2pm Saturday andSunday.
Rowan ThambarThe Newcastle-born title comedian mingles musical comedy andbig-hearted stand-up on his journey to discover the kind of man he wants to be. RoyalExchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm.
Which Way HomeCity-dweller Tash and herIndigenous dad are heading by car tohis birthplace, talking, arguing and joking onthe way; writer and actor Katie Beckett’stribute to her father. Ilbijerri Theatre Company, at the Civic Playhouse. Saturday 2pm and 8pm.
MUSIC5 SawyersSaturday, AK Morris.Sunday, Matt McLaren Duo.
Adamstown Uniting ChurchSaturday, King Single, Bitchcraft, Moonsign, Lonelyspeck..
Albion Hotel WickhamSaturday, Lachlan Edwards.
Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Outerphase.
Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, James Naldo.
Avon Valley InnSaturday, Barracuda.
Bar PetiteSaturday, Danny & Jake.
Battlesticks BarSaturday, Aqwa.Sunday,Codi Kaye.
Bay Hotel Bonnells BaySaturday, Code Red.
Belmont 16sSaturday, Loko,Hayden Johns. Sunday, The Blue Water Cowboys.
Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Pocket Aces. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
Blackbutt HotelSaturday, Hornet.
The BradfordSaturday, Witchery.
Burwood InnSaturday, Ngariki.
Cambridge HotelSaturday, Polaris,Justice For The Damned,Diamond Construct,Junkhead (glasshouse),The Chats, Boing Boing,Wavevom (warehouse). Sunday,Goodnight Japan, Lachlan X. Morris, Good Grief.
Catho PubSaturday, Ben Woodham.Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.
Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Pete McCredie.
Central HotelStroudSaturday, Doctors Of Rock.
Cessnock LeaguesSaturday, 2GoodReasons.
Charlestown Bowling ClubSaturday, Something From Nothing –Foo Fighters tribute.
Club KotaraSaturday, Full Throttle.
Club LemonTreeSaturday, Matty G.
Colliery InnSaturday, Roxy.Sunday, Kevin O’Hara.
Commercial HotelBoolarooSaturday, Steel City.
Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Presidential Sweet.
Criterion Hotel CarringtonSunday, Boney Rivers.
Croatian Wickham Sports ClubSunday,Jamming With You.
Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Devultra,Bobby C.
Customs HouseSaturday, DJ Angelo. Sunday, Jake Davey.
Cypress LakesSaturday, Mark Wells.
D’Albora MarinaSunday, Ben Travis.
Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, Greg Bryce Duo.
East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Vivian solo.
East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, MardMax Trio.Sunday, Roxy.
Edgeworth Bowling ClubSunday, Kempy.
Edgeworth TavernSaturday, Brazillian Brothers Duo.
Exchange HotelSaturday, Lithium. Sunday, Hornet.
Family Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.
FinnegansSaturday, Indigo Starlight.
Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday,Shivoo.
Gateshead TavernSunday, Outerphase.
George TavernSaturday, Bandditts.
Grain StoreSunday, JJ King.
Grand Junction HotelSunday,Australian Beef Week Show,Handsome Young, Strangers.
Gunyah HotelSaturday, Paperboy.
Hamilton Station HotelSunday,Yev Kassem, Natalie Henry, Spencer Scott.
Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, Roxy.
Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, The Snape Trilogy.
Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, Prestige Inc.Sunday, From Creedence to Cougar.
Hotel DelanySaturday, Phonic.
Imperial SingletonSaturday, Ash Mountain.
Jewells TavernSaturday, The Years, plus Tina Turner show.
The Junction HotelSaturday, Jason Bone.
Kent HotelSaturday, Loose Bazooka.
Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Jamie Martens.
Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, Viagro.
Lass O’GowrieSaturday,The Hedonists,Shrimp,Boots Porter & The Passion Pops,Lu Quade.Sunday,Tim Richards,Sunset Blush,John Tennyson.
Lizotte’sSaturday, Jeff Martin (CAN). Sunday, Aleyce Simmonds & Brad Butcher.
Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Matt Gaudry.
Lucky HotelSaturday, Howie & Alex. Sunday, Prestige Inc.
Mary EllenSaturday, Sundays Record. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Maryland TavernSaturday, Counterpart.
Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Tim Broadway. Sunday, Greg Bryce.
Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Matt McLaren.
Mayfield Ex-ServicesSaturday, Early Daze.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,Triple Zero.Sunday,Bonnie Rai.
Morriset Country ClubSunday, Mark Lee.
Murray’s BrewerySaturday, Adam Gear. Sunday, Tom Blake.
Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Kevin O’Hara.
Neath HotelSaturday, Mick Jones.
Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Bobby C.
Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday, Ryan Daley.
Newcastle Art Gallery Saturday,String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Mick Jones.
Northern Star HotelSaturday, Rooney West, Nano.
Paxton Bowling ClubSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.
Pedens CessnockSaturday, Mardmax Trio.
Pelican RSL ClubSaturday, The Crawfish Stew Band.
Pippis At The PointSaturday, Jake Davey. Sunday, Mardy Leith.
Premier HotelSunday, Code Red.
Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, Anyerin Trio,Matt Semmens.Sunday, Mark Wells Trio,Wharf Life.
Royal ExchangeSaturday,RowanThambar.Sunday,Totally Gourdacious – Mal Webb & Andrew Clermont.
Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, Kempy.
Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Katie N Feff.
Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Gary Wallace.
Rutherford HotelSaturday, Zane Penn.
Seabreeze HotelSunday, Matt Bowles.
Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday, Joy Duo.
Shoal Bay Country ClubSaturday, ABBAlanche.Sunday, Aqwa.
Shortland HotelSaturday, Joel Oakhill.
Small BallroomSaturday, Hayden Shepherd, Will Freeth, Special K, Hooey, Kurtis Elms.
Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, Jumpin’ Jukebox.
South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Pistol Pete.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Craw, Southern End.
Stockton Bowling ClubSunday, Nomie James & Steve Cowley.
Swansea HotelSaturday, Shaka. Sunday, The Jungle Kings.
Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Maryanne Rex Duo.
Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Solid Gold Dance Party.
At Lizotte’s: Golden guitar-winning country duo Aleyce Simmonds (pictured) and Brad Butcher have teamed up to perform solo and together across the country. Catch their show on Sunday at Lizotte’s.
Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Cotton Sax and Strings.
Toronto DiggersSaturday, John Noble.
Toronto HotelSunday, Kellie Cain,
Toronto WorkersSaturday, The Remedy.
Town Hall HotelSaturday, Chris Saxby.
Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth.Sunday, Zane Penn.
Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Reg Sinclair.
Warners At The BaySaturday, All Access 80’s.
Weston WorkersSaturday, Deborah Sinclair.
Wests CardiffSaturday, The Jungle Kings.
Wests New LambtonSaturday,Cruzers.Sunday,British Invasion.
Wests NEXSaturday, Iguana.
Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Lachlan’s Show – Fundraiser.Sunday, John Larder,Rose Carleo + Len’s Theory.
Windsor Castle HotelSaturday,Codi Kaye.
MOVIESAdrift(M) A young woman sails into the eye of a hurricane to save the man she loves.
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.
Back To Burgundy(M)After a 10-year absence, Jean returns to his hometown when his father falls ill. (Tower)
Breath(M)Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives. (Lake Cinema)
Deadpool 2(MA)When a super soldier arrives on a murderous mission, Deadpool is forced to think about friendship, family and what it really means to be a hero – all while kicking 50 shades of ass. (Event, Glendale)
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation(G)Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury monster cruise ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom(M) It’s been four years since Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again(PG)In this sequel to Mamma Mia! Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant.
Mary Shelley(M)While staying in the home of Lord Byron at Lake Geneva, the guests are challenged to write a ghost story, which leads Mary to conceive her classic novel, Frankenstein. (Tower)
Ocean’s 8(M)Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.
Overboard(PG)A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee.
Show Dogs(PG)Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.
Skyscraper(M)On assignment in China, USwar veteran Will Ford,finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze.
Tag(M)A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.
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)
The Equalizer 2(MA)A sequel to the the 2014 film, “The Equalizer”, which is 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)
The Incredibles 2(PG)Bob Parr is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen is out saving the world.
The Leisure Seeker(M) Arunaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker. (Tower)