Music of the Guns 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Fort Scratchley. Firing of the fort’s guns plus performances by The Australian Army Band Newcastle and the Newcastle Grammar School Symphony Orchestra. Bring along a picnic, a small chair or rug. Tickets $25 per person (no concessions) and can be purchased in advance through Ticketek or at the gate on the night.
Newcastle Regional Show Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Showground. New attractions and old favourites means fun for all ages. Go to newcastleshow.com.au to plan your weekend.
Hyundai A-League Round 22 Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC. Kick off 5.35pm at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.
Free Community Drum Circle 8pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Held in conjunction with Newcastle Fire and Flow who entertain with props including fire and LED.
The Sunrise Swimmers of Merewether Ocean Baths 11am to noon, Local History Lounge, War Memorial Cultural Centre, Laman Street, Newcastle. Meet photographer and storyteller Brydie Piaf for a chat about her collection of portraits, seascapes and stories documenting the regular early morning swimmers at Merewether Ocean Baths. The exhibition ends April 17.
Car Wash Fundraiser 9am, Merewether Baptist Church. Cold drinks, sausage sandwiches. All proceeds go to mission work in Kenya.
Greyhound Retiree Day 11.30am to 1.30pm, Maitland Showground. Bring your retired racer to the track for the opportunity to socialise with other greyhounds and families. There will be a BBQ and children’s activities; dogs need a collar, lead and muzzle.
Spiders – Interactive Exhibition at Newcastle Museum Explore many facets of spider ecology, from reproduction to their specialised jaws and silk. Look at live specimens and find out how they see and feel the world around them. Also, Transformations – Art of the Scott Sisters. Harriet and Helena Scott are two of 19th-century Australia’s most prominent natural history illustrators. Their drawings of Ash Island’s flora and fauna have become important in the revegetation of the Kooragang Wetlands.
Netball: Come and Try Day 9am to 11am, Maitland Netball Courts, 18 Gipps Street, Maitland South.
Live at the Cathedral 7.30pm to 9pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle.
Allambi Care presents Cinema Under The Stars 5.30pm to 10pm, Speers Point Park. Live music, magic shows, face painting, a jumping castle, food trucks and rides. Screening hit movie Moana. This is a free event.
Richmond Vale Railway Museum Opens 9.30am, Leggett’s Drive, Richmond Vale. Miniature train rides; a mining museum; canteen services. Shuttle services will operate on the Mulbring Road branch. Entry to the museum is $16 adults; $11 concession; $7.50 (children five to 15); children under five free. Official opening at 10am. The site has been closed since it was damaged by fire in September.
Five Senses Twilight Market 4pm, Lambton Park. Food and market stalls, entertainment and more. A fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Clean Up Australia Day Various sites including Kotara train station; Croudace Bay Park; Belmont wetlands; Sand Island; Merewether Beach; Throsby Creek mangroves; Nobbys Beach and more. Go to cleanupaustraliaday.org.au to find a site and lend a hand.
Paddlefest 7.30am to 2pm, Speers Point. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, it includes kayaking, SUPs, dragon boat racing, outrigger racing and the Melon Classic Paddle. Anything that floats and can be paddled for 100 metres can enter. Details at paddlefest.com.au.
Annual Rock Auction Noon to 3pm, Newcastle Lapidary Club, 2 Dora Road, Adamstown. More than 130 items up for auction; all welcome.
Stockton History Meander Meet at General Washington Hotel, 1 Mitchell Street, Stockton at 10am. Tour ends about noon. Walk the streets with historian and author Ed Tonks and learn about the maritime, industrial, mining and hotel histories of Newcastle’s oldest suburb by taking in the various memorials, historic plaques and buildings. Tickets $30 per person through Humantix.
Dinner on the Lawn 3pm, Stockton Surf Life Saving Club. Live music, drinks at club prices and dinner. All proceeds support Stockton Surf Club.
SAVE THE DATE
The final A Day on the Green of the season is at Bimbadgen Estate next Saturday, March 10. James Blunt, Pete Murray, Busby Marou, Alex Lloyd and Karise Eden are on the line-up. Tickets are still available.
The Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate. Plus, Boutique Foodie Market, 8am to 1pm.
Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Beaumont Street, Hamilton.
Hunter Street Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.
Cooks Hill Galleries John Earle and the Larri Patience Paintings & Sculptures. On Saturday, 4pm to 7pm, there will be a chance to meet the artist as well as live music from The Boatmen.
Old Fire Shed Gallery Wombolly Metals, by Geoff Boorman. Ends Sunday.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local Artist Uncovered: Katrina Rose. Until March 25.
Art Systems Wickham Parts of the Sum, by Jo Bevan. Until March 11.
Watt Space Gallery Fractured Feminism, by Megan McCarthy. Preparations and de-articulations, by Libby Eckersley. Fanciful Notions, by Courtney Heffernan. I do look like this, I don’t look like this, by Annika Thurbon. Until March 11.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Resolution: New Indigenous Photomedia. Until March 25. Your Collection: Look Out; Artist Focus: Sally Bourke. Until March 29.
The Lock-Up Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art. Until March 18.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. Gary Grealy: Art Maker, Patron, Lover. Until March 18. The Enlightening Journey of Mr Hugo Ball, by Andrew Finnie; A Whisker of Light, by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison; Lamentation, by Karike Ashworth. Until April 29. Sonant Bodies, by James Hazel and Victoria Pham. Until May 13.
CStudios Art Gallery Water and Rhythm, by Rhonda Partridge, Alison Moore, Matt Baker, Jennifer Hollis, Peter Masters, Stephen McDonald, Geoffrey Holmes. Ends Saturday.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Dreams and Journeys; Fantasy. Until April 10.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Coming in Waves, by Sue Beiboer; Reflecting on Nature, by Mitchell O’Mahoney. Ends Sunday.
Newcastle Art Gallery Grisaille: Shades of grey from the collection. Until March 25.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Small: Habitat Exhibition. Ends Sunday.
Timeless Textiles Sensitive Landscape: Details from Nature, by Anna Gunnarsdottir. Until March 11.
Gallery 139 Mindscapes, by Lydia Miller. Until March 11.
A Murder is Announced Agatha Christie thriller, with a town’s residents meeting to discuss a newspaper advertisement about a coming murder. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. March 2 to 17, with 8pm performances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 2pm matinees on Sunday, March 4, and Saturday, March 10.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Perry Carter. Sunday, Crocq.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Wicked. Sunday, Ben Woodham.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Outerphase.
Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Secret Society.
Bar Petite Saturday, Truman Smith.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Michael Peter. Sunday, Little Cents.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Trataka. Sunday, The Col Tegg Experience.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Hayden Johns, The Years. Sunday, Bloom.
Belmont Hotel Sunday, Joel Oakhill.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Belmore Hotel.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, State FX.
Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Hornet.
The Bradford Saturday, Blue On Black.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, ColourSound ft. Tomek, Nicholas & Costan, Ben Pailas, Jake Small (main room), Totally Unicorn, Tired Minds, Deadtown Nothings (side bar). Sunday, Lachlan X. Morris, Truman Smith & The Off Cuts, Demi Mitchell.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Train Wreck.
Catho Pub Saturday, Jamie Martens. Sunday, Whiskey Business.
Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, James O’Brien, Adrianna Mac Duo. Sunday, Lachlan Edwards.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Hibbert.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Andy Abra.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Big Bang.
Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, All Access ‘80s.
Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Max Jackson.
Club Catalina Sunday, Jamie Martens.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Boney Rivers.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Allstar.
Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Sunday Avenue, Thirsty Merc. Sunday, Nano, Junior & Luana.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Jason Bone.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Customs House Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Saturday, Sunset Club.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Gareth Hudson.
D’Albora Marina Sunday, Max Jackson.
Denman Hotel Sunday, Allison Forbes.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Phonic Duo.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Norm Bakker.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Amigos. Sunday, Deb Sinclair.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Aaron Hood.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Smoke N Mirrors.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.
Finnegans Saturday, Lionette & Kaitlyn.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.
George Tavern Saturday, Mardmax.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, The Smarts.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Guns NOT Roses, The Grounds, Wysper.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Paparazzi.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Karen O’Shea, Prestige Inc.
Hotel Delany Saturday, 24 Hours.
Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Ash Mountain.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Iguana. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Sun Hill Drive.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Pornskas, Lennie Tranter & The Bagism Revelation, Lonesome & Earnest. Sunday, Timothy Wright Band, James Macq.
Lizotte’s Saturday, Timberwolf, Kid Heron. Sunday, Travellin Still the Songs of Slim Dusty.
Lucky Hotel Sunday, Prestige Inc.
Mark Hotel Saturday, Anyerin.
Mary Ellen Saturday, The Cassettes.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Shivoo.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Matt McLaren.
Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Magic Carpet. Sunday, Marriah.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Viper Creek Band, DJ Angelo. Sunday, Pete McCredie.
Morisset Country Club Sunday, Romney Watts.
Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Tim Rossington.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Russell Snape.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Remedy.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Tim Harding. Sunday, Tim Harding.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Loko.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Tim Rossington.
Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Bobby C.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Jackson Broadway.
Pelican RSL Sunday, Kellie Cain.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Kim and Mik. Sunday, Lauren Arms.
Potters Brewery Saturday, Ashley Knight.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Lithium. Sunday, Trancemission.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Ngariki.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones, Love That Hat. Sunday, Band Of Burds, Wharf Life.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Big Pete.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Spare Cash.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Justin Banks.
Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, James Osborn.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Counterpart.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Sami.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Junior & Luana.
South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Karen O'Shea.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Fight Ibis, The Knots. Sunday, Charlie A’Court, Andrew Swift.
Star Hotel Saturday, Emily Smith. Sunday, Rhythm Express.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Cooper Mac.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Cover Girls.
Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Summerland Kings.
Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Rendezvous.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Jake Davey.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Mark Lee.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Hummdinger. Sunday, Bonny Rai.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Zane Penn. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.
Wangi Hotel Sunday, James Naldo.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Redline.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Gen-X.
Westfield Kotara Saturday, Holly Mae.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Mojo Bandits.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, Angamus.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Roy Payne’s Hillbilly Bop Safari. Sunday, Mick N Josh, Ghost Road.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Jake Folbigg.
All The Money In The World (MA) The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom. (Lake Cinema)
Black Panther (M) T’Challa who returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to become king, but when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and Black Panther – is tested.
Coco (PG) Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.
Darkest Hour (PG) During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Fifty Shades Freed (MA) Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (M) A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.
Finding Your Feet (M) Lady Sandra Abbott finds the courage to reinvent herself after she flees a broken marriage to stay with her bohemian sister in London.
Game Night (MA) A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.
I, Tonya (MA) Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the US Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Lady Bird (M) The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.
Perfect Pitch 3 (M) After the highs of winning the world championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. (Lake Cinema)
Red Sparrow (MA) Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat.
Shopkins Wild (G) When famous movie stars, Scarletta Gateau & Rubie Blaze recruit the Shopville gang to save the Shoppets, they journey through the jungle and find the amazing world of Pawville.
Sweet Country (MA) When Aboriginal stockman Sam kills white station owner Harry March in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. (Tower)
The BBQ (PG) Dazza has a passion for barbequing. He accidentally gives his neighbours food poisoning. To make amends he seeks tutelage from the tyrannical Scottish chef and together they enter an international barbecue competition.
The Greatest Showman (PG) Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
The Post (M) A cover-up that spanned four US Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. (Regal)
The Right Stuff (M) The 1983 story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (Event, Kotara)
The Space Between (M) Marco is a 35 year-old ex-chef who has given up his career and any sense of hope to return to Udine in Northern Italy to nurse his ailing father. Even when offered a job at a restaurant in Melbourne, he declines using his father as the excuse. (Tower)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA) A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Winchester (M) Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.
Wonder (PG) The inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. (Regal)