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What’s on: Seven things to do in the Hunter this weekend


Whether you’re feeling creative or craving a little culture, want to support families living with cancer, grab a taste of France, or just need a new toy for your four-legged friend – the last weekend in July is shaping up to offer it all.

Here’s our pick of the top seven things to do in our region Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July.


Dogs from across the region are expected to sniff, shake and strut at Newcastle’s inaugural Pooch Day Out on Saturday.

The inaugural event dedicated entirely to four-legged friends, is set to include more than 13 stalls selling pet-related products like dog treats, care products, collars, leads, and harnesses.

Pet-owners can also find a treat or two for themselves at a plant stall and coffee van

The event, hosted by Pillie Pooches, will run from 10am to 2pm at the Carrington Fruit Factory on Cowper Street.


Creative minds of all ages are invited to attend the Five Islands Public Art Design Workshop on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

The workshop aims to produce collaborative design concepts for the FIVE ISLANDS Public Art ‘Dilly Bag’ installation on Five Islands Road, Teralba, as part of the Lake Macquarie City Council public art collection.

Traditional Aboriginal Dilly bags are mainly designed and used by women to gather food. Taking on new designs, colours, and forms while retaining traditional weaving techniques, the bags have become important objects for cultural expression.

The free workshop offers participants the chance to work with renowned Aboriginal Artist Chris Edwards and be part of creating shapes for the three artworks that will line the Five Islands Road foreshore at Teralba.


Sunday 31 July is National Tree Day and to celebrate the community is invited to get planting at Mayfield’s Bull and Tourle Street Reserve.

Hoping to plant 2,000 native trees and grasses between 9am and 1pm, organisers of the annual event will be rewarding participants with a barbecue lunch when the job is done.

The event is also a chance to celebrate 75 years of Lions Australia, a much-loved community group who will be assisting on the day.

Planters are asked to dress for a day’s work in the garden.



The Station Newcastle will be home to all things French on Sunday when the city hosts its annual Bastille Market.

Boasting the largest selection of French gourmet food and artisans in the region, the central entertainment hub will also be home to a wine bar and live music.

All ages are welcome to the free community event that will be running from 10am to 3pm.

Visitors are also encouraged to attend wearing their best French outfits. Bonjour!


Newcastle’s newest arts hub Playstate Curate is hosting its first Graffiti Martini Paint & Sip class on Friday from 7pm.

The inaugural event will be hosted by artist Jordan Lucky and promises a mix of traditional painting techniques and graffiti, as well as a free martini at Jams Karaoke Bar to get the creative juices flowing.

For the younger members of the family Artist Jakeob Watson will be hosting a painting workshop at the Union Street site on Sunday from 10am to noon.

The two-hour hands-on session will see the proud Gomeroi man share his deep connection to Wonnarua country after being born and raised on country, in Maitland.

The workshop will encourage kids to share symbols, stories and creativity with all materials supplied.


The Victoria Hotel in Hinton will be the home of Camp Quality’s latest fundraiser on Saturday.

From noon the venue will be filled with the sounds of a string of different bands, with a backdrop of children’s activities including a jumping castle and face painting, together with food, raffles and auctions.

Band Together Against Cancer is a family-friendly event organised by Simon “Nugget” Morris – a past Camp Quality kid who has firsthand experience with cancer and the good work that CQ does for families.

This event has been postponed three times because of COVID-19 and organisers hope it will attract three times the number of supporters.


Maitland’s first progressive dinner – A Moving Feast – is being held on Saturday from 6pm to 9pm.

The three-hour walking tour will showcase some of the region’s best food and small bespoke bar scene.

The ticketed event will see four to 12 participants enjoy a course at a selection of local venues inbetween walking and learning about the region’s iconic buildings and creative arts scene.

All participating venues will offer something unique to the palate, from the finest Hunter Valley wine, craft beer or bespoke cocktails to delicious cultural and iconic food.

From a cheese platter at Coquun  to an entrée at The Pourhouse, and a banquet at Beud Korean and Japanese Restaurant.

Bookings essential.

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