It's the weekend - enjoy it with a little help from the Herald's planner


Maitland Riverlights Cultural Festival 4pm to 9.30pm, The Levee Central Maitland. Celebrating diversity through food, music, dance and interactive experiences, Riverlights transforms Central Maitland into a global village. Visitors can see, taste, feel and experience the different cultures being demonstrated. The program includes a range of activities such as live music, dancing, language classes, lantern making and cooking demonstrations. There will be fire shows, a festival lantern parade and the iconic paper lantern flotilla, where hundreds of paper lanterns are floated down the Hunter River.

Surfest 2018 Saturday and Sunday. nib Pro Junior – WSL 1000 Men’s and Women’s at Merewether Beach; Sanbah Cadet Boys and Dalton Lawyers Cadet Girls presented by Arcbuild will run at South Bar Beach, Newcastle – Boys 16 years and under; Boys 14 years and under; Girls 16 years and under.

Caravan Camping Expo Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 9am to 4pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Indoor and outdoor displays; children’s entertainment; towing demonstrations; free parking. Tickets at the gate: adult $15 (aged 17 and over); concession $10; seniors/pension/child 16 and under free (accompanied by an adult).

Lake Mac Parkrun 8am to 1pm, First Street, Booragul. Celebrate Lake Mac Parkrun’s fifth birthday. Come dressed in something that starts with the letter “L” or “P”.

The Northern NSW Federation of Justices of the Peace 70th anniversary 10.30am to 9.30pm, Catalina Conference Centre, Rathmines. 

Pop-Up Shop ’50s Fashion 9am to 3pm, Marketown Newcastle. 

Morisset Lake Macquarie Agricultural Show Saturday and Sunday, Morisset Showgrounds, Ourimbah Street, Morisset. Saturday rodeo: 4.30pm and 6pm. Also, the Kate Clancy horse show, whip cracking demonstrations, sheep shearing, ute muster, animal nursery, carnival and pony rides, food stalls, showbags and much more. 


Music in the Park 11am to 3pm, Rathmines Park, Stilling Street, Rathmines. Market stalls; activities; performances by Toronto Brass, Rathmines School Band, St Paul’s High School and other school groups. 

Miss Porter’s House 1pm to 4pm, 434 King Street, Newcastle. A display of everyday objects owned and used by Herbert and Florence Porter and their daughters Ella and Hazel across about nine decades of the 20th century. Admission: $8 adults, $20 family, $6 pensioners and children five years and over. Free to National Trust Members and children under five.

Open Day at Grossmann House 10am to 3pm, 71-73 Church Street, Maitland. Clothing and textiles display; also displays in neighbouring Brough House.

Girls on Key Poetry Newcastle Launch 2pm, The Tailor’s Workshop, 10 Beaumont Street, Islington. Guest feature poet Dael Allison from Fingal Bay. Girls on Key features female-identifying, non-gender binary and LGBTQIA+ poets. All genders welcome in the open section and in the audience. Doors open 2pm, reading begins 2.30pm. Entry price includes coffee or cold drink and homemade sweets, handcrafted at the venue.

Country at Caves 11am onwards, Caves Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. The Viper Creek Band; Tori Drake; Josh Setterfield; Outlaw Ave. A fund-raiser to purchase equipment for the club. Cost is $20 per adult and a gold coin donation for under 16s.


The Mulberry (upstairs at the Toronto Hotel) is hosting Viva La Cuba, its first Cuban Festival, on March 3 from 5pm. Highlights include a 90-minute rum and cigar masterclass with Peter Stevens from The Gentlemans Cabinet at 5.30pm; live Cuban music from 7.30pm. 


Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park. 

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin. 

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

Market2markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Rowlands Park, Merewether. 

Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

Hunter Street Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Beaumont Street, Hamilton. 

Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers Markets Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showgrounds, Broadmeadow. 

Wollombi Village Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, corner Wollombi and Great North roads, Wollombi. 


Art Systems Wickham Figuration, by Peter Ronne and Andrew Sutherland. Until February 18.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Resolution; Your Collection: Look Out and Artist Focus: Sally Bourke.  Opening celebration on Saturday featuring natural art-making activities directed by guest tutor, artist Saretta Fielding; live music by Jacob Ridgeway Music and bush tucker tasting with Native Tastebuds Catering. 

The Lock-Up Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art. Until March 18. 

Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi The Proposal Exhibition, by Emily Morrison. Ends Sunday.

Newcastle Museum Rock This City; Shadows of Sacrifice.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Archer’s Arcadia, by David Archer. Ends Sunday. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. Gary Grealy: Art Maker, Patron, Lover; Grisaille, Shades of Grey From The Collection. 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. 

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Sun, Surf and Sand Exhibition. Until February 20.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre  Coming in Waves, by Sue Beiboer; Reflecting on Nature, by Mitchell O’Mahoney. Until March 4. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Everything Changes: Tim Maguire 2002-2017. Until February 18. 

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Evolve, NSP student exhibition. Ends Sunday.

Acrux Art Gallery Nature Close Up: Laman Street Art Prize. Ends Sunday.

Timeless Textiles Urban Narratives, by Eszter Bormemisza. Ends Saturday.

Gallery 139 Body Bits, by Clare Weeks, Kristian Glynn, Lisa Kirkpatrick, Nadia Aurisch, Susan Ryman, Toni Amidy, Tim Messiter, Hannah Brien. Until February 25.  

Cooks Hill Galleries Insights 2018. Until February 28.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local HSC 2017. Ends Sunday. 


Celtic Woman – Voices of Angels Irish singers, dancers and musicians celebrate their homeland’s rich music and cultural heritage. TEG Live, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Sunday, at 3pm. 4929 1977.

Little Women – The Musical Four young sisters try to show in the 1860s that women are as adept as men; adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Young People’s Theatre and Lindsay Street Players, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm. Go to for days and times. 4961 4895.

Love Letters A man and woman who began writing romantic notes to each other as teenagers continue the practice throughout their lives; by A.R. Gurney. Bare Productions. Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin, Saturday at 7pm; 4998 7766. 

Newcastle Comedy Showcase Pro and amateur Newcastle comedians show their amusing and very different styles. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at 7pm. Door sales.

Our Land People Stories Bangarra Dance Theatre’s indigenous performers use dance to tell three stories about their peoples’ backgrounds, including their relationship with Governor Macquarie. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm. 4929 1977.

Out of Order A junior government minister gets more than he bargained for when he takes an attractive opposition secretary to a hotel bedroom during a parliamentary sitting; comedy by Ray Cooney. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews.

Albion Hotel Wickham Saturday, Lauren Arms.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Counterpart. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Bar Petite Saturday, Kylie Jane.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Aqwa.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Rock Oz.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Loko, Matt Semmens.

Belmont Hotel Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Sun Hill Drive.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Gen X.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Xyz.

The Bradford Saturday, Vortex.

Cambridge Hotel Sunday, The Pits, All In A Year, Trouble in Paradise, Fungus.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, The V Dubs.

Catho Pub Saturday, Lee Rolfe. Sunday, Club Esky.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Anyerin.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Chris Daniel.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Purple Hearts.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Civic Theatre Sunday, Celtic Woman.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Club Catalina Sunday, Bobby C.

Club Kotara Saturday, Cruzers.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth ​Saturday, Katie N Feff.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Ben Travis. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Angel Gear.

Customs House Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Sunset Club.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Layth Gunn.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Project X. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Wicked.

The Edwards Saturday, Hockey Dad (instore performance), Howard Shearman.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Mojo Bandits.

Finnegans Saturday, Savage.

Flow Bar, Old Bar Sunday, Gleny Rae Virus.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Loose Change.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Junior and Luana.

George Tavern Saturday, Deuce.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Triple Zero.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Grasshole, King Coyote, The Med Heads. 

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Arley Black, Jimmy Craz Band. Sunday, Shaka.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Uptown.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Overload.

Imperial Hotel SIngleton Saturday, Viagro.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Hurricane Fall.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Jordan Fleming.

Kahibah Sports Club Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Saturdays At King.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, 24 Hours.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Tim Hart, Luke Thompson.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Russell Snape.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, KR Duo. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee. Sunday, Loko.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Phase III. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Rebecca Johnson Band.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Reg Sinclair. 

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Max Jackson.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Witchery. Sunday,  Metro Musos jam session.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Misbehave, DJ Angelo. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Bob Allan.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Gerda +1.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Sami.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, Matt Semmens.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Fool On A Stool.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Arley Black.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Lithium. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Stp.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Gaz N Gaz.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Allan Freihaut.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Sunday, Gareth Hudson.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Outerphase.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Lich King (US), Hidden Intent, Cerebral Contortion, Grim Demise, PurEnvy.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Craw, The Ride Ons, Biggs Project.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Redline.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Jim Neal.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Moondogs.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, James Naldo.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, John Larder. 

Toronto Workers Saturday, Two Left Feet. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Glen Harrison.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Sideshow. Sunday, Romney Watts.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, The Smarts.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Anthology. 

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Big Bang. 

Wickham Park Hotel Sunday, Mark Wood, Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs.


Breathe (M) Based on the true story of Robin, a brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralysed. (Lake Cinema) 

Darkest Hour (PG) British prime minister Winston Churchill is faced with a difficult choice.

Den of Thieves (MA) While planning a bank heist, a thief gets trapped between two sets of criminals.

Fifty Shades Freed (MA) The third instalment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

Final Portrait (M) Geoffrey Rush stars as colourful Italian-Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti who lures an American art writer (Armie Hammer) into posing for him.(Regal)

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) True story of beloved children’s author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son, Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Also stars Margot Robbie. (Regal)

Insidious: The Last Key (M) The fourth installment of the 'Insidious' franchise.

I, Tonya (MA) Ice skater Tonya Harding’s future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (PG) Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting.

Just to Be Sure (M) A widower discovers by accident that the man who raised him isn’t his real dad and begins a search for his biological father. (Tower)

Lady Bird (M) The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (M) In this epic finale Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. 

Molly’s Game (M) Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes poker game. 

Sweet Country (MA) A period western set in 1929 in the Australian outback. An Aboriginal stockman kills a white station owner and goes on the run. (Tower)

The Florida Project (MA) Six-year-old Moonee gets into mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living the shadow of Disney World. (Tower)

The Greatest Showman (PG) The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Post (M) A cover-up pushes a newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. (Lake)

The Shape of Water (MA) Lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) discovers a secret classified experiment. (Tower)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA) The mother of a murdered girl takes on a town’s revered chief of police. 

Wonder (PG) A young boy born with a facial deformity goes to a new school. 


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