Compiled by Lindsay Carr

The Very Small French Festival

Events and activities inspired by French culture.  Includes live music, workshops, food and wine.  In and around the Maitland Levee.  Each Friday throughout October.  Kids’ activities from 3.30pm, performances from 5pm.

Civic Cinema

A National Theatre Live screening of the award-winning comedy Fleabag, with a solo performance by Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a modern woman wrestling with grief and guilt over a friend’s accidental death.  Contains strong language and recommended for ages 15+.  Civic Theatre.  Friday (7pm).  Bookings: Ticketek. 

Sweet Charity

The popular 60s musical about the bumpy life of a dance-hall girl desperate to find love.  Includes the songs The Rhythm of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now and Hey, Big Spender.  Presented by the Senior Musical Theatre students of Hunter Drama.  Civic Playhouse.  Friday (7pm) and Saturday (2pm and 7pm).  Bookings: Ticketek. 

Colour My World

A colour-themed exhibition showcasing the work of 30 local artists and potters.  Features the mediums of clay, paint, fibre, glass, wood, mixed media and print.  Back to Back Galleries, Bull Street, Cooks Hill.  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (11am-5pm) until 8 November. 

The Makers and Finders Markets

Includes books, toys, collectables, flowers, art and handmade craft.  Quinn Park, Swansea.  Saturday (8am-1pm). 

Cars of the World

An outdoor display of classic cars from Australia, Japan, the UK, the US and the European Union.  Includes a Heritage Motors Group exhibit, a kids’ toy-car hunt, and the chance to win a Suzuki Vitara Turbo.  The Maitland Levee.  Saturday (9am-3pm).

Open Garden With Live Music

An outdoor sale of plants and a large, inspirational garden to explore, with shady areas to sit.  Tea, coffee, cakes and a barbecue, plus musical entertainment from Mixed Metaphor and Folky Friends.  11 Charlton Street, Eleebana (off Cherry Road).  Saturday (10am-4pm).

The Homegrown Markets

Includes handmade and eco-focused goods, plus food, beverages and live music. Speers Point Park.  Sunday (10am-2pm). 

Sculpture in the Vineyards

An arts-and-culture celebration in the Wollombi Valley featuring 166 works by 103 sculptors and displayed in two boutique vineyards, five indoor galleries and several public spaces.  All sculpture is for sale.  Guided tours of the Wollombi Village also available.  Wollombi Valley.  Daily (10am-4pm) until 1 November. 

Winning Isn’t Everything

A new exhibition celebrating Maitland’s distinguished sporting champions of the 19th century, as well as highlighting the development and success of the area’s clubs.  Includes tributes to rally driver Ken Tubman and rugby league player Terry Pannowitz.  Brough House, Church Street, Maitland.  Saturdays and Sundays (10am-3pm) until 13 December. 

The Newcastle Art Gallery

Two new displays: The Roaring 20s and The 2020 Kilgour Prize (both until 15 November).  The Roaring 20s features artworks highlighting the art, fashion, technology and events of that exhilarating decade.  The 2020 Kilgour Prize comprises 30 portraits by local artists, including the winning self-portrait by art teacher Michael Bell.  The Newcastle Art Gallery, Laman Street.   

The Newcastle Museum

Two new displays: Isolation (until 22 November) and Colour (until 31 January).  Isolation features photos of varied Novocastrian households coping during the pandemic.  Colour allows patrons to see colour as never before by engaging in more than 20 scientific experiments.  Newcastle Museum, Honeysuckle.

The Three Tenors — Voices For Eternity 

A documentary celebrating 30 years since Pavarotti, Carreras and Domingo made their historic debut on stage in Rome and revolutionised classical music. Features interviews, backstage footage and concert highlights, including “Nessun Dorma”, “O Sole Mio” and “Amapola”. Event Cinemas, Kotara. Saturday (1pm) and Sunday (1pm).