What are you doing this weekend? Let the Herald help you decide


Morpeth Comes Alive 5.30pm to 8.30pm, Swan Street and Queens Wharf, Morpeth. Food stalls, craft, live entertainment, shops open until late, buskers and street performers. 

Hot Dub Wine Machine 2pm to 11pm, Hope Estate, 2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin. Food, wine, beer and a line-up headed by Pnau. 

Circus Avalon Saturday and Sunday, 11am, 3pm and 6pm, Birdwood Park, corner King Street and Pacific Highway, Newcastle West. 

Feast Fest 4pm to 9pm, 116 Ungala Road, Blacksmiths. Food stalls and activities for the family.

Fashion Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Westfield Kotara. A range of free and exciting fashion-forward activities to celebrate all things style, along with exclusive Fashion Weekend offers available from participating retailers. Highlights include style and lifestyle workshops; Brittney Lee Saunders meet and greet; live music and a San Churro pop-up store. 

Greg Piper and Park Run BarbeCure 8.30am to 10.30am, Edwards Park, Booragul. You can compete in the Park Run or simply enjoy a bacon and egg roll, sausage sandwich and fresh coffee. A fund-raiser for Cure Cancer Australia.

Newcastle Annual Doll Fair 9am to 3.30pm, Lambton High School. The Newcastle and Hunter Valley Doll Lovers’ 35th annual fair will be selling antique and modern dolls, teddy bears and miniatures. Admission $6 adults, $1 children. Raffle tickets $1 and proceeds go to Soul Cafe and Jenny’s Place. Bring old dolls and bears to be valued. Refreshments available.

Help Bradley Breathe – Car and Bike Show and Shine 9am to 2pm, Dowling Street, Dungog. Hot rods, vintage cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles will be on display in Dungog’s main street. Gold coin donation, auctions, raffle tickets for sale, sausage sizzle. All money raised is in support of Bradley Boorer and his family. Bradley had a bilateral lung transplant on February 14.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba World’s Greatest Shave 2017 11am to 8pm, Great Northern Hotel, Teralba. Live music, food, raffle. For a donation you can shave or colour your hair on the day.

Elermore Vale Early Learning Centre Open Day 11am to 2pm, 129 Croudace Road, Elermore Vale. The centre is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a sausage sizzle, free popcorn, a visit from Ruby the Clown, face painting and more.

NRL Round 3 Newcastle Knights vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open noon; main game kick-off 4.30pm. 

Vintage Festival 10am to 6pm, McLeish Estate Wines, 462 De Beyers Road, Pokolbin. Take part in the McLeish grape stomp, barrel rolling and talk and taste with the makers. Food by Hunters Quarter; live music; Hunter Valley Cheese; handcrafted sweets and treats. Tickets: $10; children under 13 free. 

Wollombi Carp Cleanout Saturday and Sunday, 8am, Wollombi Tavern. Prizes and cash for heaviest fish caught, most fish caught and total bag of fish caught. All proceeds will be donated to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Entry $20 for an adult, $10 for a child and free for kids under 10. 


Hunter Animal Rescue 11th Annual Pets Picnic 10am to 3pm, Newcastle Carriage Sheds, Foreshore. There will a BBQ, stalls and foster animals waiting for lots of cuddles. Bring your family and your pets.

Melanoma March Newcastle 8.30am to noon, Dixon Park, Ocean Street, Merewether. A fun community event where participants walk along a short course to raise awareness and funds for life-saving research. To register, or for more information, go to melanomamarch.org.au.

Maitland Harmony Day 11am to 2pm, Maitland Park, Walker Street, Maitland. A family-friendly, free community event. There will be games and activities for children and adults. Bring a plate of food (representing your culture) to share, a picnic rug or chair to sit on and utensils to eat with.

World’s Greatest Shave Newcastle 2pm to 5pm, The Squire’s Maiden, 11 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle. Raising money to help give people with blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need and fund vital research.


Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival 2017 kicks off on Friday, March 24 until Sunday, March 26. It’s all about 1950s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll, classic cars, fashion, music and dancing. Also, a car show and shine, retro market stalls, dance workshops, fashion parade, best dressed competitions, food court in the park, a sideshow alley for the kids and more.


Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. 

Belmont All Saints Anglican Church Markets Saturday, 7am to noon, 24 Church Street, Belmont. 

Half Price Garage Sale & Mini Fair Saturday, 8.30am to 12.30pm, St John’s Presbyterian Church Hall and yard, corner Hanbury and Macquarie streets, Mayfield.

Maitland Salvation Army Carboot Sale Saturday, 8am to 1pm, corner of Alexandra and Bunning avenues, Rutherford.

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

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner of Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin. 

Tea Gardens Village Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm, Myall Quays Shopping Centre, Tea Gardens.

Hunter Street Organic Food Markets Saturday, 8am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

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

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

Baby & Kids Market Sunday, 9am to noon, Newcastle Basketball Stadium, corner Young and Curley roads, Broadmeadow. Admission $4, kids free.

Baby & Kids Market

Baby & Kids Market

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

St Brigid’s Markets Sunday, 9am to 1pm, St Brigid’s School, Branxton.


Art Systems Wickham Home Wreckers, by Ellie Kaufmann, Peter Lankas, Christopher Zanko. Ends Sunday. 

The Lock Up Know Your Neighbour. Until April 23. 

Timeless Textiles Aftermath, by Glenese Keavney, Meri Peach and Flora Friedmann. Until April 9. 

Aftermath, Timeless Textiles

Aftermath, Timeless Textiles

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First Class 16; Fiona Hall: A Case Study. Until April 30. 

Watt Space Gallery at University of Newcastle Bends, by Silje Buxton Soldal; Scale, by John Morris; Scott Probst; student exhibition. Until April 2. 

Fashion’s Future – Local Students Major Textile Works Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Museum of Clothing, Brough House, 73 Church Street, Maitland  Major textile works created by local students. 

The Classics, Tom Jones & More Sunday, 2pm to 4pm, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay. Fund-raising concert by Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band. Tickets at the door.

Lake Macquarie Winds Concert With Sax Blue Sunday, 3pm,  Adamstown Uniting Church, corner Brunker and Glebe roads.

Newcastle Museum Sunday Studio Ghibli  screening, 1pm to 3pm: Laputa: Castle in the Sky.  Perseverance, featuring Japanese tattoos. Also, A Ticket to Paradise? Shadows Of Sacrifice and Emporium.

Rhonda’s Originals Exhibition by 14 artists.

Newcastle City Library Emblem of a City Exhibition – Local History Lounge. Until April 29. 

CStudios Art Gallery Illume, by Stephen McDonald. 

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre 44th Muswellbrook Open Art Prize; Heth: Norman Hetherington – Artist at war. Until May 7.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Quantumscape.  Until March 26.

John Earle Gallery, Merewether New paintings of Newcastle.

Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi Paintings and drawings by Valley New Art Group. Until December 18. 

Wallsend District Library On The Beach Exhibition. Until March 31. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Alex Seton: The Island. Until April 30. Magic Mike. Until May 28. 

Gallery 139 Project D: Photographic works by Clare Hodgins. Ends Sunday.

Acrux Art Gallery Animalia.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Susan and Peter O’Doherty: Moving House; The Year of the Rooster: Chinese Scrolls from the MRAG Collection. Until April 2. David Capra: Teena’s Bathtime; Vanessa Turton: Welcome to WOOF WOOF. Until May 28. Wendy Stokes: Walking Through The Space Of Landscape; Catherine Rogers: Pictures For Waiting Rooms. Until April 30.

Port Stephens Community Art Centre Art Prize 2017. Ends Sunday. 


Burlesque Idol High-energy and amusing performances by emerging burlesque talents, with audience participation. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Sunday, dinner and show from 6pm, show only at 8.30pm.

Gallery of Rogues Vagabonds and misfits compete to be the top dog in the world’s hall of infamy; bright circus acts with a storyline. Circus Avalon, in Birdwood Park, Newcastle West. Saturday and Sunday, at 11am, 3pm and 6pm, until March 26.

Neighbourhood Watch An 80-year-old Hungarian migrant woman and an out-of-work young actress form an unlikely bond in an Australian suburban street; heart-warming comedy by Lally Katz. Stooged Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm (final week).

Picnic A job-seeking drifter stirs emotions when he arrives in a small town celebrating a public holiday with an outdoor gathering; Pulitzer Prize-winning play by William Inge. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday, at 8pm.

Queen of Mars A young woman with a passion for space exploration competes for a one-way vessel trip to Mars; premiere of a comedy-drama by Newcastle writer-director John Wood. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Adamstown. Friday and Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm, until April 1; show only Sunday, March 19, at 2pm.

Try and Stop Me International comedian Lewis Spears, renowned at age 23 for being an amusing cyber bully. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7.30pm (sold out) and 9.30pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Jethro. Sunday, CrocQ & Friends.

Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, Lake Macquarie Winds Concert with Sax Blue.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Purple Hearts. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Bar Petite Saturday, GW Freebird.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Little Cents. Sunday, Pana, Audie Franks. 

Belmont 16s Saturday, Bobby C, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Backbeat Duo.

Belmont Sporties Saturday, The Way.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Pelican Romance.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Phase III.

The Bradford Saturday, Damnation – Bon Scott tribute. Sunday, Sami.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Nicko.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Ceres, The Pretty Littles, Paper Thin, Jamie Hay.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Achtung Baby – The U2 Experience. 

Carrington Place Saturday, Joe Cox.

Catho Pub Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Tim Harding.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Hendo.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Robbie T.

Club Kotara Saturday, Deborah Sinclair.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Colliery Inn Saturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Dave Carter.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Customs House Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Emily Smith.

D'Albora Marina Sunday, Banddits.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, HP Duo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, All Access 80's. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

The Edwards Saturday, The Dew Cats. Sunday, Holly Wilson.

Erringhi Hotel Saturday, Angel Gear.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, James Naldo.

Finnegans Saturday, Luke La Beat.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Jes Ashman & The Mojobones 8.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.

George Tavern Saturday, Banddits.

Grain Store Saturday, Louie. Sunday, Tom Buckley.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Chris Pickering Band. Sunday, The Lairs.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Darren Gould.

Greenroof Hotel Saturday, Jake Davey.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Damien.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Purenvy, Pawn Logic, The Grounds. Sunday, Good Grief, Boots Porter, Daniel Foster, Lachlan x Morris.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Misbehave. 

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells Trio. Sunday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Frets With Benefits, Mick Jones.

Hope Estate Hot Dub Time Machine ft Pnau and more.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Frick-n-Orson.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Christina Crofts Blues Band.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Bush Happy Band.

The Landing Saturday, James Osborn. Sunday, Melody Feder.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Beach Street 5 ft. Nicholas Connors, Dan Southward, Ceilings, Main Guy & The Other Guys, The Dershwins, Family Dog, Jucy Lucy. Sunday, Jackson, Wysper, Adaptors, Big Chief & The Bottle Openers, e4444e, Thomas Macokatic, Mahala Williams.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Holly Throsby, Shining Bird. 

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Sami.

Lorn Park Bowling Club Sunday, Jason’s Variety Show.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Adrianna Mac. Sunday, Truman Smith.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Rubber Bullet. Sunday, Shivoo.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, James Naldo. Sunday, Jerome.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Grant Walmsley Duo.

Morrisset Country Club Saturday, Secret Society. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Kim & Mik.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Jason Ray.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Alchemists. Sunday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Marissa.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, Darkcell, Amelia Arsenic, Tensions Arise, From Love to Violence.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Josh Callaway.

Oriental Hotel Sunday, dave, e4444e.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Rock Oz.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, The V Dubs.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Kylie Jane.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Kelly Hope.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Jamie Martens. Sunday, Anthology.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Richard Walker.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Jake Davey, Alessandro. Sunday, Howard Shearman, Wharf Life.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Ashley Knight.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Ashley Knight.

River Royal Inn Morpeth Saturday, Louis Burt.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Sun Hill Drive.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, The Fruittrees.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Tiali.

Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, At The Hop.

Souths Leagues Club Saturday, Troy Kemp.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Josh Needs.

Star Hotel Sunday, Steve Cowley & Friends.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Dynamite.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Sun Rockets.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Duplexity.

Tattersalls Hotel Greta Sunday, Secret Society.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Telarah Bowling Club Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Siren.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Fedz. Sunday, Arley Black.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Jayde Corner. Sunday, Nano.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Mike Vee.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, The Duo Tones.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Hayden Johns, Beth Gleeson. Sunday, Tim Harding.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Sue & Mikey Show. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Big Daddy’s Cajun Blues Party, The Fossicks. Sunday, Meags Hill, Steve Edmonds.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Michael Muchow. Sunday, Emily Smith.


A Cure For Wellness (MA) An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness centre” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. 

Before I Fall (M) February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing.

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (M) A personal journey with David Stratton, as he relates the fascinating development of our cinema history. David guides us from his boyhood cinema experience of Australia in England to his migration as a ‘ten-pound pom’ in 1963 and onto his present day reflections on the iconic themes that run through our cinematic legacy.

Fifty Shades Darker (MA) While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

Hidden Figures (PG) A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

Jasper Jones (M) In the dead of night during the summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. 

Kong: Skull Island (M) A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

​Lion (PG) A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres from home. 

Logan (MA) In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Monster Trucks (PG) Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, a high school senior builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars.

Moonlight (M) The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. (Regal)



Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience (G) On this exclusive four-part adventure see Peppa visit the outback for a barbecue, learn to surf, throw a boomerang and see the Great Barrier Reef in a submarine.

Queen Of Katwe (PG) A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master. (Lake Cinema)

​Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (PG) Is Ordinal Scale just another game? Players are about to find the line between the virtual world and reality beginning to blur and their worst nightmares coming true.

T2: Trainspotting (R) 20 years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. 

The Boss Baby (G) A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The Commitments (M) When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house. (Regal)