Spring has sprung. Enjoy your weekend with some help from the Herald.

SATURDAY

HIA Open Day 10am to 4pm, 17 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West. Seminars: 11am, Trends in Window Furnishings; noon, Colour Talk; 1pm, Kitchen Planning & Design; 2pm, Kitchen Design Trends & Inspirations. Plus a jumping castle, slides, BBQ, expert advice and more.

Fashion Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Westfield Kotara. Fashion Workshops hosted by in-centre stylist, Kate Kohler;  pop-up Doughheads bar; sales and special offers.

Native Plant Sale Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Wetlands Centre, Shortland. Held by the Australian Plant Society (Newcastle Group). 

Super Saturday 9am to 4pm, Lake Village Aracde, Warners Bay. Join local businesses for a fun day of shopping with bargains, prizes, live music and giveaways.

Maitland Relay For Life 2017 10am to 10pm, Marcellin Park, Glenarvon Road, Lorn. Celebrating, remembering and fighting back to those we’ve lost to cancer.

15th Annual Bike Show & Family Fun Day 11am to 5pm, Tomago Bowling Club. Hosted by Longriders Christian Motorcycle Club. A day of bikes, cars, food, music, friendship and refreshments. There will be market stalls, food and soft drinks, entertainment and a Kids Zone.

Music In The Hunter Saturday and Sunday, Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin. A weekend of delicious food and Constable Wines accompanied by fine musical treats by the Goldnet String Quartet and guests Ian Munro, Umberto Clerici and Karin Schaupp.

Spring Festival of Flowers Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Flowers, entertainment, activities, demonstrations, talks, tours and workshops. Until September 30.

The Art of Handwriting Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 2pm, Kotara Officeworks. Creative workshops developed by positive psychologist Dr Suzy Green based around gratitude journaling, goal setting, letter writing and creative writing.

Bring In The Garden Spring Fair 10am to 4pm, Port Stephens Community Arts Centre, Nelson Bay. Workshops on fabrics; patchworks; quilts; cakes; candles; painting; pottery; flower arranging and bonsai and more.

St Kevin’s Primary School Centenary Fete Main Road, Cardiff. 

Outdoor Movie Night 4pm to 9pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. SING! plus entertainment, food, face painting and more. Tickets $5 per person through eventbrite.com.au. 

Newcastle to Dungog Charity Bike Ride Meet at 6am, Queens Wharf Hotel, Newcastle. Raises funds for Hunter Medical Research Institute.

SUNDAY

Blast From The Past Festival 2017 10am to 3pm, Toronto Foreshore, Victory Parade. Classic cars, muscle cars and hot rods; live bands; vintage and retro stalls; games and activities; dancing; pin-up competition.

Founders Day Celebrations 9am, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. Boat parade and blessing of the fleet.

Waratah Girls Choir Annual Concert 2pm, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.

Broke Village Fair & Vintage Car Display 9am to 3pm, McNamara Park, Broke. Vintage and classic cars, trucks and motorbikes; vintage machinery; live music; Tug-o-War competition; bush poetry; market stalls; chainsaw sculpting; rides and activities for children. Free mine tours between 10am and 1.30pm. 

Two Feet & A Heartbeat 9am to 1pm, Croudace Bay (area 2) A 2.1km charity walk in support of families affected by congenital/childhood heart disease.

Spiritual Healing Fair 11.30am, Marks Point Sports Club. 

A Musical Bonanza 2pm to 4pm, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, 39 Lake Street Warners Bay. Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band. Tickets $20; $15 concession. 

Soul Food 2017 10.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. This month’s theme is The Mountains of Life: Exploring the tests and challenges of life.

Blacksmiths 2 Breakwall Coast Walk 7.30am to 3pm. Raising money for Ronald McDonald House, Variety and local surf clubs. 

Hunter Animal Rescue Meet & Greet Dog Day Noon, Money Penny, Honeysuckle.

Wollombi Village Market and Wollombi Indigenous Colonial Village Fair 9am to 3.30pm. Re-enactments by Redcoats and Bluecoats; student performances; buy food made from colonial recipes; hear from local historians and view Aboriginal and modern art.

Succulent Wreath Workshop 10am to noon, The Edwards, Newcastle West. Tickets $140 (includes all materials and refreshemts) at trybooking.com. 

Burgers For A Good Cause Noon to 3pm, Mr P’s Burger Bar, Charlestown. Suicide prevention fundraiser.

The Emoji Movie Fun Day 10am, Reading Cinemas Maitland.

SAVE THE DATE

Mattara Festival runs from September 30 to October 8 at new venue, Wallsend Park.

MARKETS

Kurri Kurri Community Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri, Lang Street 

Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate. 

Hunter Street Organic Food Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.  

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Mayfield Presbyterian Church Fair Saturday, 8.30am to 1.30pm.

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street plaza, Hamilton. 

Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown. 

Tomaree Market Sunday, 8.30am to 1pm, Tomaree Sports Complex Park, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.  

ART

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Wanton, Wild & Unimagined, by Alison McDonald; Fiona Foley. Until December 3. Fertile Ground, by Gaye Shield and Julie Hosking. Until October 22. ATLAS; Play, by Sylvia Ray. Until October 8. Make A Face; Showcase 4 Exhibition. Ends Sunday. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8, 2018.

Australia’s Most Famous Babies May Gibbs Exhibition at Wallsend District Library. Until September 22.

Newcastle Art Gallery Montages: The Full Cut, 1999-2015, by Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg; Between Dream And Earth, by Mazie Karen Turner. Until November 5. 

Arts System Wickham Stock-Ability, by Peter Gardiner, John Turier, Ed Rush, Michael Cusack, Edward Milan, Shelagh Lummis, Stephen Berry, Malcolm Berry, Jon Wilks, Richard Morris, Sally Reynolds. Ends Sunday.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Glass Cage, by Lezlie Tilley. Until October 15. Book Club, by Chris Bond, Deidre Brollo, Simryn Gill, Julie Gough, Stephen Goddard, William Kentridge, Archie Moore, Brigita Ozolins, Patrick Pound, Cyrus Tang, Ahn Wells, Naomi Riddle. 

Cooks Hill Galleries Adam Cullen and the Cubists, by Adam Cullen, Gavin Fry, Shannon Woodward. Until September 11.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery This Place In Me, by Lorraine Hall. Until September 17.

Newcastle Art Society Annual art exhibition, Lake Macquarie Fair, Mt Hutton. Ends Sunday. 

Wollombi Cultural Centre Power, by Peter and Katie Williams. Until September 17. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery This Place In Me, by Lorraine Hall. Until September 17.

Newcastle Art Space Gallery @91. Until September 17.

The Lock-Up Relay League, by Angelica Mesiti. Until September 17.

Timeless Textiles Musings, by Margaret Adams. Ends Sunday.

Newcastle Art Gallery Kilgour Prize 2017; The Figure Feminine. Until October 15.

Gallery 139 Sanctuary, by Giselle Penn, Gwynne Jones, Lisa Pollard, Dominic Kavanagh, Judy Henry, Andrew Dennis, Kerri Smith.  Until September 17.

Gloucester Gallery Gloucester High School HSC Students. Ends Saturday. 

Acrux Art Gallery What’s Golden, by Vicki Hamilton and Vanessa Lewis.

HNEH Waratah Campus Art For Waratah Exhibition – The Beauty of the Australian Alps.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries  Which Craft, by  Elizabeth Treadwell Newman, Nicola Purcell, Sandra Shaw, Jo Davies and Tracie Bertram. Until September 24.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre  Dorothy Wishney: Art of Contemplation; Michèle Heibel: For the love of the Hunter; Goodstart Muswellbrook: Our Community; Urban Outlook: Max Watters Collection; 8x10: Muswellbrook High School Photographic Works. Until October 22.

CStudios Art Gallery Amor Vincit Omnia, by Lucy Prior and Penny Greaves. Until September 30.

Watt Space Gallery Saturday, Words in Semblance. 1pm to 3pm. Semblance: 2017 Annual Student Art Prize. Until September 24.

THEATRE

Arj Barker – Organic The popular American comedian muses on topics including bread, Uber drivers and spoiler culture. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm.

Cirque Africa Acrobats, dancers, percussionists, contortionists and musicians from six African countries in breathtaking feats; a family show. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Monday, at 7.30pm.

Heathers: The Musical A new girl at a high school becomes involved with three bullying girls called Heather; lively musical. WEA Hunter Academy of Performing Arts, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7.30pm, plus 2pm Saturday matinee.

Helly’s Magic Cup A 12-year- old girl on a drought-stricken Australian farm dreams of a knight coming to her family’s rescue; engaging comedy-drama by Rosalba Clemente for all ages. Maitland Upstage Youth Theatre, at the Upstage Studio, Maitland. Nightly from Wednesday, to Saturday, September 16, at 7.30pm, plus 11am Saturday matinee.

Inherit the Wind A legal battle over teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution raises questions on freedom of information; comedy-drama by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee based on a United States trial. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Friday and Saturday at 8pm (final shows).

Romeo and Juliet The Russian National Ballet Theatre in an engrossing dance version of Shakespeare’s classic romance about young lovers from rival families. Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Tuesday, at 7.30pm. Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Wednesday, at 7.30pm.

The Crucifer of Blood A woman engages detective Sherlock Holmes to investigate the threats her father and two others face over a stolen treasure chest in India; comedy-drama by Paul Giovanni. DAPA, at DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm (final shows).

MUSIC

5 Sawyers Saturday, Alessandro. Sunday, Marissa +1.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Mardmax.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Bar Petite Saturday, Prestige Inc.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Murph. Sunday, Aqwa. 

Bay Hotel Saturday, Danny Young Band.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Anyerin, Cruzers. Sunday, Backbeat Duo. 

Belmont Hotel Saturday, The Levymen. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Captain Risky.

The Bradford Saturday, Melbourne Street.

Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Tone.

Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Bermuda Blood, Hypnofuzz, D’yer Ma’ker. 

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Train Wreck.

Catho Pub Saturday, Lennie Live. Sunday, Four To The Floor.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Michael Muchow.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Southern Under Stars.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Dr Zoom.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Mick Jones.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Lauren Arms.

Club Kotara Saturday, Love That Hat.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Gasolene.

The Commons Sunday, Vanishing Shapes, As Of Sky.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Kim.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Oversteer.

Customs House Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Tim Harding.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Steve Werrin Duo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Code Red. Sunday, Emile.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Ava.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Loose Lips.

George Tavern Saturday, 24 Hours.

Grain Store Saturday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, JJ King.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Gen-R-8. Sunday, The Years.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Chromatide, Earthbøund, Baltimore, The Chaotic Borderline, Sykeus. Sunday, East Coast Low.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin  Saturday, Kristy James, Project X. Sunday, Dreamcatchers.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Paparazzi. Sunday, Alby Pool.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Tre Soul. Sunday, Mike Vee, KR Duo.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Overload.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Smokin Rosie.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, The Rattle.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Triple Zero.

Lass O’Gowrie Friday, Saturday, Lincoln le Fevre & The Insiders. Sunday, Family Dog, Stranger Than Friends, Soy, Bad Time Boys, Thomas Macokatic, Lachlan X. Morris, Good Grief, Sarah Christine, Milli Casey, DJ Strive AU.

Lizotte’s Saturday, The Kites Steely Dan & The Best of the West Coast Show. 

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Dew Cats.

Mark Hotel Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, Loko.

Mary Ellen Saturday, DuoTones. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Loko.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Metro Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Perpetrators. Sunday, The Metro Muso Master Sunday Session. 

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Cassettes. Sunday, Rock Factor.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Mark Lee.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Gerda + 1.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Saturday, Elton - The Young Years.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly. Sunday, Bobby C.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Sunday, James Osborn.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Anyerin.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Jye Sharp.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Viagro.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Scully. Sunday, Jacinta.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Sami.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Trancemission. Sunday, DV8.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Aqwa.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Jason Bone, Sundays Record. Sunday, Hornet, Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Ashley Knight.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Jade Holland Band.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Saturday, Echos Of The Sixties. Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Jamie Martens.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Sami.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Zac & Ben. Sunday, Raoul Graf.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Arcane.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Tijuana Cartel.

Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Brazillian Brothers.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, At The Hop.

Stag and Hunter Saturday, Tim Crossy & His Adult Contemporaries. Sunday, Passport To Airlie – semi-final 1.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Rave On.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Damien.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, U2 Rattle & Hum Show, The Doors Experience.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Mark Lee.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Zane Penn. Sunday, Roxy.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Kristy James.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Sunday, Jake Davey.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Layth Gunn.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Reg Sinclair. 

Warners At The Bay Saturday, The Years.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Alias.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Emily Smith.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Rattlesnakes.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Christopher Cross (US). 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Grant Walmsley Unplugged, Mal Eastick. Sunday, Tim Rossington, Blues Excile.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, The Andy Show.

MOVIES 

47 Metres Down (M) Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean.

A Quiet Passion (PG) The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days to her later years as a reclusive artist. (Regal)

Ali’s Wedding (M) After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his family and following his heart.

All For One (M) United by their renegade spirit and a determination to win, these riders take on the international circuit.

All Saints (PG) When a group of Burmese refugees join the congregation, an Anglican pastor attempts to aid them by planting crops.

Annabelle: Creation (MA) A nun and several girls become the target of a dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

American Made (MA) A pilot works for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the ’80s.

Atomic (MA 15+) Agent Lorraine Broughton is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission.

Churchill (M) A drama about Winston Churchill’s objections to the D-Day invasion plan. (Regal)

Dunkirk (M) Allied soldiers are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. (Regal)

Gifted (M) Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother. (Tower)

Girls Trip (MA) When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered and there's dancing, drinking and brawling.

Hampstead (PG) American widow Emily Walters feels like she is drifting aimlessly through life. Then she meets Donald.

IT (MA 15+) Something is terrorising small town Maine children in this supernatural horror adapted from Stephen King's 1986 novel.

Logan Lucky (M) Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Madame (M) Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. (Tower)

Maudie (PG) An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. (Tower)

Paris Can Wait (PG) Anne unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. (Regal)

The Beguiled (M) During the Civil War young women take in an injured enemy soldier. (Lake)

The Big Sick (M) When his partner contracts an illness, Kumail is forced to face her feisty parents and his family's expectations. (Lake; Regal)

The Dark Tower (M) The last Gunslinger battles the Man In Black to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.

The Eagle Huntress (G) A 13-year-old girl trains to become the first female eagle hunter in the 1000-year history of her family’s tribe. (Regal)

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (MA) The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice.

The Promise (M) An epic love triangle plays out as the Ottoman Empire crumbles and the Armenian Genocide begins. (Regal)

The Trip To Spain (M) Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way. (Regal)

The Time of Their Lives (M) A former Hollywood star enlists the help of a new friend in order to journey from London to France for her ex-lover’s funeral, with the various mishaps en route making the trip unforgettable. (Regal)

Tommy’s Honour (M) Set in Scotland in the late 19th century, this true story charts the origins of the modern game of golf through the tale of the family that pioneered the sport. (Tower)

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (M) Time-travelling agent Valerian is sent to investigate a galactic empire, along with his partner Laureline.

Wind River (MA) An FBI agent and a veteran game tracker investigate a murder on a Native American reservation. (Tower)