Rain, hail or shine, there's lots to see and do this weekend


Paddock Sessions 2017 Saturday and Sunday, 1.30pm to 8pm, Taer Angwidd Farm, Wollombi. Come for the day with a picnic blanket or camp. Market and food stalls and a line-up including Imogen Clark & Band, This Way North, Joe Mugovan, Finnian Johnson and Abby Dobson.

Lovedale Long Lunch 10am to 2pm, Saturday and Sunday. A progressive-style lunch where food and wine lovers are invited to discover the wonders of Lovedale. 

Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival 2017 10am to 3pm, King Street, Raymond Terrace. 

2017 Hunter Innovation Festival Saturday and Sunday, various venues. Forums, workshops and more. For the program of events go to hunterinnovationfestival.org/program. 

The 2017 Hunter Innovation Festival is on this weekend.

The 2017 Hunter Innovation Festival is on this weekend.

Lorna Jane Warehouse Sale Saturday, 9am to 5pm, Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Back by popular demand; up to 60 per cent off activewear; access to exclusive products.

Planning Your Dream Kitchen 10am to 11.30am, HIA Home Inspirations Centre, 17 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West. A free seminar for anyone who would like to avoid the pitfalls and get the best bang for their buck in renovating their old kitchen or building a new one. 

Chemical Clean Out 9am to 3.30pm, Glendale TAFE, Frederick Street, Glendale. You can drop off paints, garden chemicals, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, motor oils and fuels, batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, acids and alkalis, and fluorescent tubes and globes. Only household quantities are accepted.

One Night in Dungog 5.30pm, James Theatre, Dungog. Cocktail party followed by a screening of the very best short films from the 2016 Dungog Short Film Festival. 


RSPCA Million Paws Walk 8.30am to 2pm, Morpeth Common, Morpeth. Activities for you and your pet; children’s activities; competitions; live music; giveaways; market and food stalls.

2017 Hunter Memory Walk & Jog  Tulkaba Park, Teralba. Take part in a 3km or 6.5km walk or run. Also, there will be raffles, food stalls, entertainment and special guests. The event raises funds to support the work of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.

Blast From The Past Rock and Roll Picnic 10am to 3pm, Toronto foreshore. Music; food and market stalls; Show and Shine and a children’s entertainment area.

NRL Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Main game kick-off 2pm. 

Annual WALK-A-THON and FUN RUN 8.30am, CB Alexander College, Tocal Road, Tocal. Walk or run 5km or 10km. Raffles; craft stalls; food and drinks. Adults $20 walk, $10 run; children (15 and under) $5 walk or run.

Africa Day Celebration 10am to 4.30pm, Islington Public School. Free event for all the family to enjoy. Colourful fabrics, fashion, food stalls, market stalls and workshops, plus wine tasting, art, music and dance.

Vintage Farm Display and Market Day 9am to 3pm, Clarence Town Courthouse. 

The Sebel Kirkton Park Wedding Open Day 10am to 2pm, 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin. Bridal experts; live entertainment; handmade workshops; local wine and produce as well as goodie bags, prizes and giveaways.

2017 Variety NSW Bash 8am, Bar Beach. Two-time Paralympian Maddie Elliott OAM will wave the starters flag for the 26th Variety NSW AHA Bash. The Maitland local will start the cavalcade of 80 Variety Bash cars from Bar Beach on the week-long adventure to support Aussie kids in need. The Variety Bash will visit Gilgandra, Cowra, Narrandera, Yass, Bathurst and Muswellbrook and return to Bar Beach on May 27. 

The Fashion Circle 10am to 2pm, Club Maitland City, Arthur Street, Rutherford. Quality pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories. Entry $5.


For a night of food, film and fun head to Casuarina Estate on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin on May 27. Doors open at 6pm for wine and beer tasting served with canapes plus a three-course dinner. The event celebrates the life of winemaker Brian McGuigan, who will host the dinner and recount tales of his life in the Hunter Valley. Book at stickytickets.com.au. 


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

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

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

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.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 2pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. 

Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 8am to noon, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.


Newcastle Museum Remembering the Pasha Storm (including VR display); Shadows of Sacrifice; A Ticket To Paradise?.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local Artist Uncovered: works by Marc Brabander. Until July 2. Also, Wild Learning – Get To Know Your DSLR Camera With Ivan. Saturday, 10am to 1pm.

Newcastle Art Gallery Launch event – Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Abstract Women Artists, 11am to 12.30pm Saturday. Until July 23.  Also, Magic Mike. Until May 28.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery David Capra: Teena’s Bathtime; Vanessa Turton: Welcome to WOOF WOOF. Until May 28. Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay from the MRAG Collection. Until April 8, 2018. 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; Colonial Afterlives: A Salamanca Arts Centre Exhibition. Until July 23. 

Old Fire Shed Gallery It’s New Art 2017. Until December 18. 

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Scanlines. Until June 25. Water: This Precious Liquid. Until July 2. CLICK: Schools in Focus. Until June 25.

Wallsend District Library Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition. Until May 28.  

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Ebb & Flow: Untethered Fibre Artists; The Lady & the Unicorn: Arthur Boyd & Peter Porter; Creature: Max Watters Collection. Until July 2. 

Timeless Textiles The Breath of Felt; Lumpy. Until June 4.

The Lock-Up Jamie North: Slidings; Sally Bourke: Brutal. Until June 11.

CStudios Art Gallery Double Vision – Land and Sea. Paintings by Peter Erson Smith and Kay McFarlane Smith. Until May 27.

Art Systems Wickham Tattoo ARI Project: Dan Arnold, Ash Dosen, Cristyn Franks, Braden Gill, Ruth Hughes, Jeramy Lewandowski, James Matthews, Lisa Stratigos, Danny Giles. Until May 28.

Gallery 139 AMBEDO: Julia Flanagan, Matthew Tome. Until June 4.

Alchemy Art Space Nepal Exhibition. Until May 26.

World of Brass Sunday, 2pm to 4pm, Lake Macquarie Centre for Performing Arts, Warners Bay. Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band performance.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries HARMONY by Holly Marlin and Kara Wood. Ends Sunday.

Watt Space Student Gallery What IS Art? Until June 4.

Front Room Gallery at Newcastle Art School Diploma of Visual Arts 2017. Until June 2. 


Anyone for Breakfast? Husbands and wives who are having affairs (or trying to have them) are involved in a night and morning of amusing confusion in Derek Benfield’s comedy. Club 71, at St Peter’s Hall, Hamilton. Saturday; dinner and show from 7pm.

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.

Two to Tango Bright double bill: Last Tango in Little Grimley, in which a small town theatre faced with closure decides to stage a sex comedy; and Haiku, moving play with a mother revealing that her autistic daughter voices Japanese-style poetry. DAPA, at DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, until May 27, plus 2pm matinees on Sunday, May 21, and Saturday, May 27.

Velvet Marcia Hines leads a musical cast as it looks through disco, dance, music and circus at the problems of people in a nightclub. Organised Pandemonium and Strut & Fret, in the Aurora Spiegeltent, Civic Park, until June 4: Tuesday to Friday, at 7.30pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, Sunday at 3pm and 6pm.


Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, Salon Days: Music from the Golden Age of Palm Court Orchestras. Sunday, Carole, Joni & Carly – The Songwriters That Changed The World.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Mardmax.

Argyle House Saturday, Argyle’s 4th birthday party.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Outerphase.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Jade Lee Wright. Sunday, Nicholas Connors. 

Beach Hotel Saturday, Trataka. Sunday, The V-Dubs.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Hendo’s Jam.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers, Matt Gaudry. Sunday, Backbeat Duo.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Defaced.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Captain Risky.

The Bradford Saturday, Witchery. Sunday, Tiali.

Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Dan Phelan.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Northlane, Hands Like Houses.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Project X.

Catho Pub Saturday, Layth Gunn. Sunday, Eye On You.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Ngariki.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Karen O'Shea.

Club Kotara Saturday, Paul Watters.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Club Redhead Saturday, Viagro.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Zac & Ben.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, DJ Ules.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, The V-Dubs.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Sunday, Zane Penn Duo.

Customs House Saturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Ben Travis.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Sarah Christine.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, The DuoTones.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Melbourne Street. Sunday, Norm Bakker.

The Edwards Saturday, The Owls, dave, Nicholas Connors, Mahala Williams, e4444e.



Exchange Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds.

Finnegans Saturday, Brooke Evers.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Melody Feder.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Yes Commissioner.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, The Way.

George Tavern Saturday, Banddits.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Frankenbok, Zombonimo. Sunday, Alby Pool. 

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Greenroof Hotel Saturday, Ben Travis.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Shivoo.

Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, The Wildbloods, Magnus, Yours Alone.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Gen-R-8, Greg Bryce, Dos Eager.

Honeysuckle Hotel Sunday, Lisa Hunt.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Bernie Ayrton.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Code Red.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Frets With Benefits.

Junction Inn Raymond Terrace Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Kent Hotel Saturday, The Fedz. Sunday, Grant Walmsley.

Khartoum Hotel Saturday, Brazillian Brothers.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Reecelow.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Bernie.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, The No Such Things, The Fonzies.

Lizotte’s Saturday, A Tribute To Woodstock. Sunday,  Australian Dance and Talent Centre.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Jason Ray.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Kim and Mik.

Mary Ellen Saturday, The Cassettes. Sunday, Jon Schatz.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Zane Penn. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Dave Owen.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Jerome.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Years. Sunday, Damien.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, James Osborn.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pap & That.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Newcastle Diggers Saturday, Smokin Rosie.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Jordan Fleming.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Mark Wood.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Whiskey Business.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Jon Schatz. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Sami.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Shivoo. Sunday, The Years.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Wesley’s Edge.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Todd Schmoo, Troy Kemp. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Outlaw Ave.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, 2 To The Floor. 

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Dai Pritchard.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Sami.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Elisa Kate. Sunday, Heather Price.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Scully.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Dr Love.

Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Soundabout.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Tim Hulsman.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Voodoo Rhythm Shakers.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Emily Rose.

Swansea Hotel Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Bounce.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Rock Oz.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Scratch. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Logan.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Lennie Live.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Wicked.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Hell Rad.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Tim Harding.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Bowie: Ashes To Ashes, Loko.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Plastic Voyage. Sunday, Greg Bryce, Fishfry + Pow Wow.


A Dog’s Purpose (PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

A Street Cat Named Bob (PG) The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. (Regal)

Alien: Covenant (MA 15+) The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination.

Disney Jr at the Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers (G) Mickey Mouse and his pals race around the globe.

Don’t Tell (M) The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school.

Sara West in a scene from Don't Tell.

Sara West in a scene from Don't Tell.

Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry (M) Natsu Dragneel and his friends travel to the island Kingdom of Stella, where they will reveal dark secrets, fight the new enemies and once again save the world from destruction.

Fences (PG) A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s while coming to terms with the events of his life. (Regal)

Get Out (MA) A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Going In Style (M) Three senior citizens in their 70s decide to rob a bank. (Lake Cinema)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (M) The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together.

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)

Hidden Figures (PG) The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. (Regal)

John Wick: Chapter 2 (MA) After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (M) Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.

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. (Regal)

Snatched (MA 15+) A young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise.

The Case For Christ (PG) A journalist struggles with his wife’s newfound faith in Christ.

The Fate Of The Furious (M) A mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape.

The Met Opera: La Traviata (E) Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry to Live in HD audiences for the first time, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. (Event)

Their Finest (M) A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. (Lake Cinema)

The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (MA) Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonisation, an unlikely pair race against an impending global crisis and are confronted by the monsters that live inside us all.

The Zookeeper’s Wife (M)  Zookeepers Antonina and Jan Zabinski helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

Viceroy’s House (PG) Lord Mountbatten is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence.

Whiteley (M) A visual journey into the life and legacy of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists.