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What’s On: Seven things to do in the Hunter 28 to 30 Oct


Wine, music, mountain biking, grandparents and a few laughs are on offer across the Hunter region this weekend, leaving you no reason to not get out and about in the sunshine.


The Multi-Arts Pavilion in Speers Point will be home to MonoDuo – a new festival of music and arts in Lake Macquarie. A diverse mix of dance music, including disco, world, house, techno, beats and electro will pump out from noon to 9pm. There’ll be music, art installations, food, cold beverages and a line-up that includes Newcastle-born music artists, and international names like Loods; music producer, former Triple J host and founder of pure space Andy Garvey, electronic artist Assembler Code, and Melbourne DJ and Producer Loicc to name a few.


It’s Grandparents Day on Sunday 30 October from 10am to 1pm at Speers Point Park. Bring your own picnic and enjoy free activities such as African drumming, music by Connor Wink, Eagle Rock dancers, an animal petting zoo and bike rides on trishaws.


Ride 4 Rescue, Hunter Valley – a new one day mountain bike event, will see riders of all experience levels ride fire trails and gravel roads from Binnorie Dairy on either a 15km, 46km or 69km course raising money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Designed as a fun day out with family and friends, entrants will be joined by 7x 24hr solo mountain bike rider Jason English. The event kicks off at 7am on Sunday.

Ride 4 Rescue will raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.


A mini festival celebrating the queer community will be held at Earp Distilling Co on Sunday from 2pm to 10pm. Musicians and performers will be joined by DJs in an inaugural event sponsored by City of Newcastle.


Bohm presents British comedian Bill Bailey live on stage at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre from 8pm. Rescheduled after a washout in November 2021, EN ROUTE TO NORMAL is a two-hour show recommended for audiences over 15.

The Civic Theatre in Hunter Street
Bill Bailey will bring his comedy show to the Civic Theatre in Hunter Street on Sunday. Photo: Peter Stoop


The rescheduled Tina Turner Story is on at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Saturday from 8pm. Hits such as Simply the Best, What’s Love Got to Do With It, and Nutbush City Limits will be performed in a two-hour tribute show dedicated to the artist known as ‘The Queen of Rock n Roll’.


Food, wine and fun times are on the agenda when the Cessnock Stomp Festival makes its long-awaited return on Sunday. Touted as the region’s biggest street party, the event is set to transform Vincent Street with more than 600m of food, wine, beer, spirits and a huge selection of market stalls from 10am to 4pm.

The Hunter Valley’s “biggest street party”, the Cessnock Stomp Festival, returns this weekend. Photo: LSM Photography

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