SATURDAYThe Human Whale Registrations open at 10am at Fingal Beach in preparation for everyone taking their place on the whale outline by 11.45am to have the feat captured by a drone. After, enjoy a barbecue lunch thanks to Fingal Beach Surf Club, with live entertainment andeducational displays.This year, Port Stephens Coaches will provide a free shuttle from D’Albora Marina, Nelson Bay CBD and ShoalBay. Shuttles depart every 30 minutes 9am to 11am.
The Human Whale marks the end of Port Stephens’ annual NatureFest which celebrates the region’s many spectacular natural assets.
Grease – The Arena Spectacular Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Starssome of ’s biggest names alongside an amateur mass ensemble of more than 800 performers from across the Hunter.
Orchestra Nova presents An Afternoon with Fred and George2pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. A program of French and English composersfeaturing Elise Kearney playing Borne’s famous tour de force flute solo from Carmen’s Fantasia. $20 adults, $15 concession.
Snow Time in the Garden Final weekend, 10am to 9pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin.
NRLNewcastle Knights vs Brisbane Broncos McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 1pm, main game kick-off 5.30pm.
150 Years Under Lock & Key Tour 11am, Maitland Gaol, East Maitland.Discover the stories of heroes and villains. Cost $22.
Detonation Nine Boxing6.15pm, Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre, 309 King Street, Newcastle West. Features Kyron Dryden, Darkon Drydon, Richard Smith, Blake Minto, Michael Upton, Daniel Ammann and Joel Griffiths. General admission $45.
Park Run Raymond Terrace: 8am,Riverside Park, Hunter Street, Raymond Terrace. Newcastle:8am, starting near 1 Arnold Street, Carrington.
n Invitational Youth Games –SoftballSaturday and Sunday,Stevenson Park, Stevenson Avenue, Mayfield West.
NAIDOC Youth Corroboree 5pm, Belmont Wetlands State Park. Traditional dance workshop. There will be markers/signs to indicate the walking track to the dance circle as well as people giving directions. Parking at the entrance to the wetlands.
SUNDAYVintage Games on The Lawn 11am to 4pm, Market Street Lawn, Newcastle. Anafternoon of vintage games including croquet, quoits and bocce; food and drink; music fromDemi Mitchell andDeanna Rose Music. A selection of decorated rugs and a scattering of tables and chairs will be provided for BYO picnics.
Winery Running Festival 2017 8am to 7pm, The Vintage Golf Resort and Spa, Vintage Drive, Rothbury.Main races are a Winery Marathon, Half Marathon, 11km Vineyard Run, 6km Winery Wander and 2km Kids Marathon.
Escapes Tour at Maitland Gaol 11am, Maitland Gaol, East Maitland.Explores the various stories behind some of the documented escapes from ’s longest continuously operating correctional facility. Cost $22.
Pet Cuddling DayTimezone, Charlestown Square. Cuddle some gorgeous animals thanks to Hunter Animal Rescue.
SplashDance Let’s Bop 1.30pm, Charlestown Bowling Club. Interactive show suitable for children up to age 7.
Honda Race Pace School 9am, Cessnock MX Track. All bike sizes, and riders of all ages, welcome.
Fire & Wine Noon to 5pm, Bimbadgen, 790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin.Wine, food and live music by the fire.
Metro Muso Muster 2pm, Metropolitan Hotel, Maitland. Jam session for musicians of all ages and abilities.
MARKETSHandmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, cornerof Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin.
Tea Gardens Village Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm,Myall Quays Shopping Centre, Tea Gardens.
Hunter Street Organic Food MarketSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Hamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.
Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Adamstown Lions MarketSunday,8am to noon,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.
The Sunday Muster Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Mortels, Thornton.
ARTSCessnock Regional Art GalleryNgani Barray This Country: Wonnarua artist Lesley Salem; works by CatholicCare’s Indigenous Art and Culture Program for Teens and Parents of Teens.
Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryDiane Arbus: American Portraits; Artist Focus: Pablo Tapia and Your Collection: Photo i.d.
Maitland Regional Art GalleryDerek Kreckler: Accident and Process. Until September 3.Make A Face; Showcase 4 Exhibition. Until September 10.Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay from the MRAG Collection. Until April 8, 2018. Frank Murri: The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi; Colonial Afterlives: A Salamanca Arts Centre Exhibition.Until July 23.
Newcastle MuseumOne Million Stars To End Violence;RAD Exhibition; n of the Year Awards 2017; Shadows of Sacrifice.
Reader’s Cafe and LarderExhibitionby Joanne Conder. Until July 28.
The University GalleryBalnhdhurr: A Lasting Impression. Ends Saturday.
Newcastle Art GalleryAbstraction: Celebrating n Abstract Women Artists. Until July 23. The Phantom Show. Until August 20.
Old Fire Shed GalleryIt’s New Art 2017. Until December 18.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts CentreContemporising the Modern: nmodern and contemporary photography;Travis De Vries: Lost Tales – Walking with Gods. Until August 27.
The Lock-UpStitched Up. Until August 6.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back GalleriesTerra Obscura:Three Dungog artists explore obscure terrains. Until July 23.
Cooks Hill GalleriesWhat Lies Beneath. Until July 17.
Acrux Art GalleryWarm & Cosy.
Timeless TextilesThe Map Project: Where I Live. Until July 16.
Art Systems Wickham Matchbox Horse by John Turier. Until July 23.
THEATRECats (abridged)Andrew Lloyd Webber’s bright musical about cats meeting and talkingabout their lives as they compete for a special prize.
Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamiltontheatre. Saturday2pm and 7pm.
Disney Is A Wish Your Heart MakesA lively look at Disney musicals, with 28 songs fromfilms including Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The LionKing and Frozen. Maitland Musical Society, at Soldiers Point Bowling Club. Saturday5pm, and Sunday11am.
GreaseRock’n’rollmusical about two high school students who romance when they meet on aholiday, then find themselves at the same school; professional leads and an ensemble of 800Hunter school students.
Harvest Rain, at Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Saturday2pm and 7.30pm, and Sunday1pm.
Peter PanThree children fly with the title character to Neverland, where they encounter lostboys, fairies, Viking women warriors and pirates; adapted by Craig Sodaro from J.M.Barrie’s novel. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Rockstar CondabaloozaFund-raising show for Newcastle’s CONDA theatre awardswith performances, many amusing, by Newcastle actors, singers, dancers and comedians, andaudience-involving competitions built around the theme Rockstar. Lizotte’s, New Lambton.Saturday6pm.
The Age of ConsentA teenage boy jailed for a murder and a young mother pushing herdaughter to have a theatre career talk about their lives; gripping comedy-drama by PeterMorris. Two Tall Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly at 8pm until July 22.
The SeaA fierce storm hits an English coastal town, affecting the people’s lives in manyways, with one believing aliens were involved; engaging comedy-drama by Edward Bond.Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.
MUSICAnna Bay TavernSaturday, The Way.
Argyle HouseSaturday, Jay Z 4:44 album party.
Hotel CessnockSaturday, Gaz N Gaz.
Bar PetiteSaturday, Kylie Jane.
Battlesticks BarSaturday,Little Cents.Sunday,Pana,Elisa Kate.
Bay HotelSaturday,Spank n the Monkey.
Belmont 16sSaturday, The Years, Max Jackson. Sunday, Norm Bakker.
Belmont HotelSaturday, The Levymen.
Belmore HotelSaturday, Sun Hill Drive.
Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Defaced. Sunday, Red Dirt Country.
The BradfordSaturday, All Access 80s.
Burwood InnSaturday,DJ Timmy Coffey.
Cambridge HotelSaturday, Just A Gent, Moza (Glasshouse),Rapaport,Mac Da Villain,Talakai,Verbal Mechanics,Hypenotic,Kale (Warehouse). Sunday, Steel City of Origin ft.White Blanks,Vacations,Jacob,Paul Watters.
George TavernSaturday, Dan Runchel Band.
Grain StoreSaturday,LoganMOVIESA Dog’s Purpose(PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. (Regal)
Baby Driver(MA)A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, hesees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway.
Cars 3(G)Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.
Churchill(M)A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day. (Lake Cinema)
Despicable Me 3(PG)Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul(PG)Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday, so he canattend a nearby gamer convention.
My Cousin Rachel(PG)A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. (Regal)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales(M) Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowingwhen deadly ghost sailors led by the evil Capt. Salazarescape from the Devil’s Triangle.
Spider-Man: Homecoming(M) Ayoung Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.
The House(MA)A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund.
The Met Opera: Eugene Onegin(E)Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana’s love until it’s too late. (Tower)
The Sense Of An Ending(M) A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life. (Regal)
The Zookeeper’s Wife(PG)The account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. (Regal)
Their Finest(M) A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the London bombings. (Regal)
Transformers: The Last Knight(M)Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Viceroy’s House(PG)Lord Mountbattenis tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence. (Lake Cinema)
Welcome To The Sticks(M)A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back. (Regal)
Wonder Woman(M)An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes.