What's on Newcastle & the Hunter: May 27-28, 2017


The World’s Biggest Car Boot Sale 8am to 2pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. Collectable, antique, original, vintage, second hand and new items for sale; entertainment; special guests; food and drink stalls. On-site parking $5.

SwanFest 10am to 4pm, Swansea Channel foreshore next to Swansea RSL. Displays, market and food stalls, Hunter Valley wine tasting, entertainment, fun activities and more. Entry is free.

French Film Festival Saturday and Sunday, Tower Cinemas, Newcastle. Organised by the Alliance Francaise de Newcastle.

Port To Port Race 2017 Saturday and Sunday. Fun and challenging for mountain bike riders of all abilities, taking in the scenery of Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter region.

Hunter Valley Caravan, 2017 Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm, Maitland Showground. Cost adults $17; aged pensioners $12; children up to 16 years free if accompanied by an adult.

T-Shirt Upcycling 2pm to 5pm, The Canopy, 107 Northlakes Drive, Cameron Park. Fun workshop run by Upcycle Newcastle where you’ll learn how to turn a T-shirt into yarn, make an adult’s top and a child’s pair of pants. Upcycle Newcastle is a project of Transition Newcastle focusing on the creative re-use of everyday items to decrease consumption of new materials and reduce waste.

Create Your Own Scent 1pm to 3pm, Newcastle Art Gallery. Learn how perfumes are made, the stories behind them, and gain insight into precious ingredients sourced from all over the globe. Cost $120, bookings required.

Variety Bash Newcastle 2017 The cars return from a week-long trip to Bar Beach carpark between 8am and 1pm. Variety – The Children’s Charity offers practical equipment, programs and experiences to help children in need live life to the fullest.

Cheese and Port Fire Side Tasting 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Tintilla Estate, Pokolbin.  A fireside tasting of fortified wines, local cheese and a light supper. Bookings essential on 6574 7093 or info@tintilla.com.au.  Cost is $30 per person.

HeartKids Trivia Night 6pm, Charlestown Bowling Club. Raising funds for children and their families affected by congenital heart disease.


Maitland River Run 2017 9am, The Levee and River Bank, High Street, Maitland. Open to novice and elite competitors.

Free Art Sundays 11am to 1pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Free, family-friendly art activities inspired by the exhibitions on display.

A Taste of Wollombi 11am to 4pm, Wollombi Village. Fresh produce and market stalls, wine tasting, live music and more. 

Hunter Region Bridal Expo 10am to 2pm, Club Maitland City, 14 Arthur Street, Rutherford. Entry $5. All proceeds donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Where Pigs Fly Open Day 11am to 3pm, Where Pigs Fly Farm Sanctuary, Laguna. Meet the rescue animal residents and hear their stories.  

Dog Day Afternoon at The Family Hotel Newcastle 1.30pm to 4.30pm. The Family Hotel invites dogs as well as their owners to come along and if you don’t have a dog, Hunter Animal Rescue will have plenty of puppies for you to cuddle. Food and drink specials all afternoon. 

Lemon Jam 10am to 4pm, Lemon Tree Passage. A free, all ages, monthly music event held on the waterfront with markets, kids’ activities, raffles, a playground and an enclosed sea swimming pool.

High Tea With Friends 12pm, Novotel Newcastle. Presented by Friends With Dignity. 


Popular pre-loved clothing event Raid My Wardrobe is at Newcastle PCYC, Broadmeadow, on Sunday, June 4 from 10am to 1pm. Grab a bargain and donate your bra to the Uplift Project, which sends bras to women in need in Fiji. To date Raid My Wardrobe has collected more than 4000 bras plus swimwear, crop tops and new underwear. Entry $5 at door. 


Swansea Markets Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Quinn Park, Galgabba Street, Swansea. 

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.

Port Stephens Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm, Port Stephens Church of Christ, Nelson Bay Road, Salt Ash.

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

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

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

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 & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc. Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.


Newcastle Museum One Million Stars (new exhibition); 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. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Abstract Women Artists. Until July 23.  Magic Mike, ends Sunday.

Cooks Hill Galleries Lifting the Darkness – The Emergence of Light, by Ken Strong. 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery David Capra: Teena’s Bathtime; Vanessa Turton: Welcome to WOOF WOOF, all end Sunday. 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; Who Was Les Darcy? 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. Ends Sunday.  

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. Ends Saturday. Also, works by Christelle Grey and Phil Stallard.

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

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

Alchemy Art Gallery Maggie Hall. Until June 4.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries IlluminArty, by Linda Gibbins and Emilie Tseronis. Until June 11.

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. 


The Piano Diaries Composer, singer and actor Joanna Weinberg looks through song at the role pianos have played in her life since her childhood in South Africa. The Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm.

The 7 Stages of Grieving Funny, sad and relevant look at Aboriginal history and their hopes for reconciliation with white Australia; written by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, and featuring Chenoa Deemal. Queensland Theatre & Grin and Tonic Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly from Tuesday to Saturday, June 3, at 8pm, plus June 1 at 11am and June 3 at 2pm.

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. Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm.

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.


5 Sawyers Sunday, The New Cool.

Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, Newcastle City Choir, Waratah Male Voice Choir, Under Construction Choir. 

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Duplexity.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Arcane.

Bar On The Hill Saturday, Live On The Lawn ft. Japanese Wallpaper, Ali Barter, Gretta Ray, The Treehouse Children, Split Feed.

Japanese Wallpaper

Japanese Wallpaper

Bar Petite Saturday, Kenny Jewell.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Wesley’s Edge. Sunday, Little Cents.

Beach Hotel Sunday, D-Love.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Matt Semmens, Tre Soul. Sunday, John Noble.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Belmont Sporties Saturday, Outerphase. Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, State FX.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Be Bop A Lula.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Angel Gear.

The Bradford Saturday, Sass & The Boss. Sunday, Arna Georgia.

Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Tone.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, CRAZE ft Luude, Junkie Kid. Sunday, Altai, E4444e, Southern End.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Something For Nothing – Foo Fighters Tribute.

Catho Pub Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Cessnock Leagues Saturday, Solid Gold Party.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Damien.

Civic Theatre Saturday, Doug Anthony All-Stars.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.

Club Kotara Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Robbie T.

Colliery Inn Saturday, Brazillian Brothers Duo.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Iguana.

The Commons Saturday, Guiltrip, Aurora Borealis.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Late Eclipse, E-low.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Shivoo. Sunday, Jammitt.

Customs House Saturday, Dave Owen. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Lennie Live.

Dora Creek Workers Club Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, The Way.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Project XI. Sunday, Andrew G.  

The Edwards Saturday, Tim Rogers.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.

Finnegans Saturday, Steve Zappa.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Vanishing Shapes.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Vortex.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Voodoo Punch.

George Tavern Saturday, The Fedz.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Muzzy Pep.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Max Jackson.

Greenroof Hotel Saturday, Jason Bone.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, Jade Holland Band.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Landon E River, The Cities, STFU, Hack The Mainframe. Sunday, Jen Buxton. 

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Tim Pringle, Overload. Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Honeysuckle Hotel Sunday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, KR Duo.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi Show.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Tom Buckley.

Kahibah Sports Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Kent Hotel Saturday, X&Y. Sunday, Soundscape.

Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre Sunday, Waratah Brass Band.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Dai Pritchard.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Viagro.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Crawfish Stew.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Unfit for Human Consumption, The Main Guy & The Other Guys, Huckleberry & The Happy Hour Band, Rum Corps, The Sunny Mechanic.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Dire Straits – Greatest Hits Tribute. Sunday, Lisa Hannigan.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, James Naldo.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, CrocQ.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells Duo. Sunday, Loko.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Phase III. Sunday, Jerome.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.  

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Sue & Mikey. 

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Jim Overend.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Gasoline Halos.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Phonic.

Newcastle Diggers Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Pap N That.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Sunday’s Record.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, The New Cool. Sunday, Lauren Arms.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Kristy James.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Witchery. Sunday, The V-Dubs. 

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Little Cents.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones, Sue & Mikey. Sunday, The Years.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Mick Jones.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Evergreen.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Acoustic Mayhem.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Jacinta.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Loren Ryan.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Holly Mae. Sunday, Robbie Long.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Darren Gould.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Mick Hart.

Star Hotel Sunday, Bruce Mathiske’s Guitar Lounge.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Mark Grant.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Troy Kemp. Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Back Beat.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Jim Overend.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Dave Owen.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Tim Pringle.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Boney Rivers. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Robbie Urquhart.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Dynamite.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, All Access 80s.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Jessica Cain.

Weston Workers Saturday, The Sun Rockets.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, The Bootleg Beach Boys. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Duo, The Years. Sunday, Mick Standen, Voodoo Express.


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

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.

Baywatch (M) Follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon as he butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Belle & Sebastian The Adventure Continues (PG) Set at the close of the Second World War, Sebastian,10, and ready for an action-packed search in the Alps for his friend Angelia who has gone missing after a plane crash. (Event, Newcastle)

Denial (PG) Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel. (Regal)

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.

Escape From New York (M) In 1997, when the US president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him. (Event, Newcastle)

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. 

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

From The Land Of The Moon (MA) In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. (Event, Newcastle)

Heal The Living (MA) An young surfer is taken to hospital brain dead. He is kept alive by machines. His parents must quickly make a difficult decision about possible organ donation. (Event, Newcastle)

I Am Heath Ledger (M) The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey. (Event, Newcastle)

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.

Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 2

Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 2

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)

Manchester By The Sea (M) A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. (Regal)

Penny Pincher (M) A stingy man who saves all his money finds out he has daughter, which turns out to be a very expensive discovery. (Event, Newcastle)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (M) Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. 

Rosalie Blum (M) A hairdresser meets a mysterious and lonely woman and becomes obsessed with learning all about her past. (Regal)

Sachin (PG) A tale of a small boy with dreams and his journey to becoming the god of cricket and the most celebrated sportsperson in his country. (Event, Newcastle)

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

The Midwife (PG) A midwife gets unexpected news from her father's old mistress. (Event, Newcastle)

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

The Sense Of An Ending (M) A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

The Shack (M) After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.

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)

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.