Newcastle Memorial Walk Sunset Ceremony 5pm to 6pm, Strzelecki Lookout, Memorial Drive, The Hill. Presented by The Australian Army Band Newcastle, under the command of Captain Michael Fitzpatrick, and The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band under the command of Drum Major David Harvey.
Make an ANZAC Day wreath 9am to 11.30am, Cardiff Library. Make a wreath for Cardiff Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group to lay at Cardiff RSL on ANZAC Day. Morning tea and good conversation.
Casey Stoner Cup Dirt Track Motorcycle Meeting Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am onwards, Kurri Kurri Junior Motor Cycle Club at Loxford Park Raceway, Dickson Road, Loxford. Admission is $5 per car and a gold coin for motorcycles each day.
The Food Truck Get Together 5.30pm to 8.30pm, RH Taylor Reserve, corner of Belmore Road and The Esplanade, Lorn.
Record Store Day 10am to 5pm, The Edwards Shop, Newcastle West. BBQ, vintage fashion, live music.
30 Year Celebration – Cessnock Quilters & Embroiderers Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Cessnock Toyota Stadium, Mount View Road, Cessnock. Featuring quilts, embroidery, applique, beading, sales table, knitting, crocheting, demonstrations, raffles and more. Entry costs $5 per person; children under 12 years free.
Warriors of Peace Training Academy Show Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 1.30pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Children’s show featuring PO from Kung Fu Panda.
Brickman Experience Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Entertainment Centre. An interactive LEGO display. Ends April 30.
Dog Olympics Newcastle 10am to 3pm, Islington Park. Market stalls, raffles, a BBQ and canine Olympic competitions. Dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes are invited to participate in various athletic and non-athletic competitions. Raises money for Hunter Animal Watch. Entry is free, $2 to register a pet.
Service to Bless the Eternal Flame 4pm to 5pm, Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore. The Newcastle Anzac Memorial Flame will be lit from the Anzac Torch, one of only 22 in Australia. It will burn from 4pm on Sunday night until noon on Anzac Day.
Cessnock Stomp 2017 10am to 4pm, Vincent Street, Cessnock. Grape stomping, food and drinks, wine tasting, a fashion parade, market stalls, rides, high tea with the Mad Hatter and more.
Voices From The Past 10am to 2.30pm, 1 Sketchley Street, Raymond Terrace. Features Tales of the Terrace with stories extracted from letters and newspapers from the Boer War and World War I along with audiovisuals. Newcastle City Choir presents Songs My Grandmother Sang. Guided tours will be available in the pioneer cottage and museum. Take a vintage photograph outside the cottage using some old-fashioned props. Part of the Australian Heritage Festival season.
Lemon Jam 10am to 4pm. A free, all-ages monthly music and market event held on the waterfront at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens.
Welcome Day 11.30am to 3pm, The Lock Up, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle. A free welcome day for new arrivals to Newcastle, refugees and the whole community, in conjunction with the exhibition Know Your Neighbour. Bring along family and friends for a special day of community connection and sharing, art and creativity, music, performance and children’s activities.
SAVE THE DATE
Cessnock Racecourse will host the ANZAC Day Races on Tuesday, April 25 in support of Soldier On. A special memorial dedicated to the “Walers” used by the Light Horsemen in WW1 will be unveiled along with a ceremony to acknowledge the role horses and jockeys played in the war. Two-Up will run from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and there will be face painting and a jumping castle. Gates open at noon for the five-race meeting, with a courtesy bus to and from Cessnock Leagues Club available for patrons.
Also, on May 5 Australian swimmer and three-time world record holder, Jade Edmistone, will open this year’s Nexus art exhibition at Newcastle Grammar School Holland Building. The annual event raises money for the Nexus Paediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at the John Hunter Hospital and the NGS Visual Arts Department, and features works by more than 80 Hunter artists.
Swansea Markets Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Quinn Park, Galgabba Street, Swansea.
Hunt & Gather Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton.
Hunter Street Organic Food Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE campus.
Port Stephens Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm, Port Stephens Church of Christ, Nelson Bay Road, Salt Ash.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.
Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.
Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 8am to noon, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Raymond Terrace Rectory Markets Sunday, 9am to 2pm, 48 Sturgeon Street, Raymond Terrace.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
ARTS & CULTURE
Finite Gallery The Caves Bach gallery is celebrating its fourth birthday on Saturday with cake and special prices on selected items. Open from 10am to 4pm. All welcome.
Morpeth Gallery Lest We Forget, artists include Jennifer Marshall, Ron Marshall, Ian Hansen and John Bradley. Free entry. Saturday and Sunday only.
Wallsend District Library Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition.
Newcastle Museum Live tattooing demonstration by Kian “Horisumi” Forreal, Sunday, 1.30pm to 3pm. The Great War in Broad Outlines. Until April 28. Also, Shadows of Sacrifice; A Ticket to Paradise; Perseverance.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Wendy Stokes: Walking Through The Space Of Landscape; Catherine Rogers: Pictures For Waiting Rooms; Alex Seton: The Island. Until April 30. David Capra: Teena’s Bathtime; Vanessa Turton: Welcome to WOOF WOOF. Until May 28. Jim Anderson: Lampoon, An Historical Art Trajectory 1970 – 2017; Locust Jones – Back to the Dark Ages. Until June 18. Frank Murri: The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi. Until July 23. Maitland Embroiderers Group Inc: From the Fine to the Fabulous. Until May 14.
Newcastle City Library Emblem of a City Exhibition. Until April 29.
Old Fire Shed Factory, Wollombi New Art 2017. Until December 18.
Newcastle Art Gallery Magic Mike. Until May 28. Also, Saturday, 2pm to 3pm, see gymnasium installation activated with live performers. Conceived and choreographed by Michael Zavros.
Art Systems Wickham Homage to Anne von Bertouch, The Collectors Legacy. Until April 30.
CStudios Art Gallery Archival inks on paper by Leenata Shah. Until April 29.
Gallery 139 Last Words, Simone Paterson. Ends Saturday.
The Lock Up Know Your Neighbour, plus Welcome Day.
Timeless Textiles Off The Wall: Fiona and Zac Wright. Until May 7.
Acrux Art Gallery Beyond the Book. Ends Sunday.
Watt Space What is Art? Until April 24.
Art for Waratah Let’s Face It. Waratah Campus, Tinonee Road.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First Class; Fiona Hall: A Case Study. Until April 30.
The Bank Glass Gallery Bush to Beach. Until May 13.
Blood Brothers Musical by Willy Russell. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.
Don’t Dress for Dinner Brisk comedy by Marc Camoletti. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm.
Rent Rock musical by Jonathan Larson based on the opera La Boheme. Pantseat Performing Arts, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday, 2pm and 8pm.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie The gumnut babies head through the bush on a journey and meet Mr Lizard, Mrs Snake, the big, bad Banksia Men and others; lively musical from May Gibbs’ book. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Timmy Coffey.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The New Cool. Sunday, Sami.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Brown Bull.
Bar Petite Saturday, Truman Smith.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, Nicholas Connors.
Beach Hotel Sunday, The New Black Shades.
Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Loren Ryan. Sunday, Hendo’s Jam.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Rich & Famous.
Belmont Sporties Sunday, Kelly Hope. Tuesday, Mark Lee.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Loko.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Captain Risky.
The Bradford Saturday, Witchery. Sunday, Lennie Live.
Burwood Inn Saturday, Zac & Ben.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, C2 Air.
Catho Pub Saturday, Steve Geary. Sunday, The V Dubs.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Scratch.
Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Jackson Halliday.
Club Kotara Saturday, Hurricane Fall.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Mick Jones.
Colliery Inn Saturday, 2 ½ Men.
Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Code Red.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Dos Eager.
Customs House Saturday, Tim Broadway. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Anyerin.
Dashville Friday-Sunday Gum Ball ft. Regurgitator, Tripod, The Peep Tempel, Funk Hunters (CAN), Boo Seeka, Kim Churchill, Gareth Liddiard, The Ocean Party, Felix Riebl & more.
D’Albora Marina Sunday, Jordan Fleming. Monday, Mick Jones.
Denman Hotel Saturday, Jaybee Duo. Sunday, Mitch Burgess.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.
East Maitland Bowling Club Sunday, Emile.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Inside Out.
The Edwards Saturday, Spencer Scott.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Wicked.
Finnegans Saturday, Indigo Starlight, Kidd Kaos.
FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.
George Tavern Saturday, Melbourne Street.
Grain Store Saturday, Beth Gleeson. Sunday, Logan Wolfgang.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Gum Ball recovery.
Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Damien.
Greenroof Hotel Saturday, Beau Hatch.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, 4 Letter Word. Sunday, The Blues Bombers.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Scars Have Faded, Convex, Burial At Sea, Prophecies.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Rendezvous.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday Jimmy Craz Band. Sunday, Mike Vee, Prestige Inc.
Hotel Delany Saturday, The Fedz.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Counterpart.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
The Junction Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.
Kent Hotel Saturday, The Core. Sunday, Thread Blues Band.
Khartoum Hotel Saturday, Slam Tango.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Hook N Sling.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Sarah Christine.
The Landing Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Time on Earth, Syntax Error, Magic Lantern.
Lizotte’s Saturday-Sunday, Ian Moss, The Fields.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Prestige Inc.
Mark Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee. Sunday, The Years.
Mary Ellen Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Damien.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Iguana.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Troy Kemp.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Max Jackson.
Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Duncan Woods.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Adam Gear.
Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Anyerin.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Banddits.
Nelson Bay Bowling Club Saturday, All Access 80s.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Way. Sunday, Melody Feder.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, The Big Bang.
Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, October Rage, The Dysfunctions, Wysper, Facing Zero, Jackson.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Pap N That.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, The V Dubs. Tuesday, Jon Matthews.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, The Duo Tones. Sunday, Bonny Rai.
The Pourhouse Saturday, Duncan Woods.
Premier Hotel Saturday, The Cruisers.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Bucko.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Frets With Benefits, Marrisa. Sunday, Mark Wells.
Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Mardy Leith.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Kim.
River Royal Inn Morpeth Saturday, Angie.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Brown Bull.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Shawn Lidster.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Michael Hawke.
Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Tim Broadway.
Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Melody Feder.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Dirty Devils. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Jon Matthews.
Small Ballroom Sunday, Protest The Hero (CAN), Closure In Moscow & Majora.
Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Chris Unicomb.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Rave On.
South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Jim Overend.
Star Hotel Sunday, Bravo Victor.
Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Jumpin’ Jukebox.
Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Bonny Rai.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, The Dreamcatchers.
Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Siren.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kaylah Anne.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Layth Gunn.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, Boundary Riders.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Frick N Orson. Sunday, Max Jackson.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Scotty T. Sunday, Michael Hawke.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Deb Sinclair. Sunday, Zane Penn.
Wangi Hotel Sunday, Tiali.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Jim Overend.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Deuce.
Westfield Kotara Saturday, Just Jade.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Klassics.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Phonic. Tuesday, Angamus.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Sunhill Drive, Shivoo. Sunday, John Larder, Steve Edmonds.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Jessica Cain.
A Street Cat Named Bob (PG) Based on the international best-selling book. The true feelgood story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. (Regal)
Beauty and the Beast (PG) An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love.
Dance Academy: The Movie (PG) This 2017 movie follows the original dance academy TV show and tracks where the characters are in their lives now.
Ghost In The Shell (M) Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
Going In Style (M) Three senior citizens in their 70s who live together are slowly decaying in endless days with nothing to do but feed the birds. One of them comes up with an idea – rob a bank.
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. (Regal)
Jasper Jones (M) On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie's life is changed forever. (Regal)
Lion (PG) A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. (Regal)
Loving (PG) The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. (Lake Cinema)
Manchester By The Sea (M) A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies. (Regal)
My Pet Dinosaur (CTC) When a young boy named Jake accidentally makes a new friend in an experiment gone wrong a troubled town is plunged into chaos. But with the creature rapidly evolving every day, Jake finds it increasingly difficult to keep his new pet secret.
Power Rangers (M) A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.
Smurfs: The Lost Village (G) A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.
Table 19 (M) Ex-maid of honour Eloise, having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway only to find herself seated with five random guests at the dreaded Table 19.
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 Edge Of Seventeen (M) High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother. (Regal)
The Fate Of The Furious (M) The crew has been exonerated and the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can't seem to escape, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before.
The LEGO Batman Movie (PG) Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.
Their Finest (M) A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.