Fashion Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Westfield Kotara. Shoppers can take advantage of more than 200 fashion, beauty and lifestyle offers plus styling sessions, LUSH product workshops, free Jurlique hand massages and a range of in-centre appearances from fashion personalities. Customers who spend $200 or more on participating retailers will receive a double VMAX movie pass to Event Cinemas Kotara plus five hours’ free parking.
Festival of Two Palettes Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm, Morpeth Gallery. Meet and chat to more than a dozen of Australia’s best traditional landscape and wildlife artists at Morpeth Gallery. Local businesses will be offering food and wine tastings and other activities.
Maitland Taste 2018 Saturday and Sunday, The Levee, central Maitland. Enjoy street food, coffee, wine and produce from around the Hunter region, as well as demonstrations, performances, live art, music and children’s activities. Celebrity chef Matt Golinski will conduct cooking demonstrations and food tastings. Entry to the festival is free.
NSW Surf Life Saving Championships Saturday and Sunday, Blacksmiths Beach. Final weekend. Hosted by Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club.
Camp Quality Rock on the River 3pm onwards, 840 Hinton Road, Osterley. Live music; children’s entertainment; raffles; auctions; a BBQ and more. A fundraiser for Camp Quality to support children impacted by cancer and their families.
2018 Newcastle Dance Awards 2pm to 7pm, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay.
Warners Bay Baptist Autumn Fun Day 7am to 1pm, 64 Queen Street, Warners Bay. Face painting; a jumping castle, preloved clothes and treasures; homemade cakes and treat stalls; a kids’ zone; sausage sizzle and more. Entry is free, all welcome.
Mens Health Education Rural Van Bunnings Belmont: 10am to 4pm Saturday; Loop the Lake at Speers Point Park: 10am to 4pm Sunday.
Charlestown Cup 1A Barker Avenue, Hillsborough. Spectators welcome.
Charity Barefoot Bowls 10am to 2pm, Raymond Terrace Bowling Club. Krystal-Rose Cook, 7, is raising funds for Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services.
Raid My Wardrobe – Preloved Fashion Event 10am to 1pm, Newcastle Basketball Stadium, corner Young and Curley roads, Broadmeadow. Fifty stalls full of hundreds of high-quality, high-end women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewellery and accessories. Sizes 6 to 26. Entry $5; ATM onsite; cash sales only; fitting rooms available; free parking.
Beaumont Street Carnivale 10am to 4pm, Beaumont Street, Hamilton. Market stalls, multicultural precincts, showbags, shopping, a dedicated kids’ zone and a sideshow alley. Three stages will feature live world music and there will be a grand parade at 1pm. Cooking demonstrations will fill the streets with the aromas of global cuisines and there will be lots of food options at Beaumont Street’s restaurants and cafes.
Loop Charity Ride 7am to 3pm. A road cycle event from Speers Point Park to Warners Bay, around Lake Macquarie Fair and on to the Pacific Highway. A fruit stop will be located at Catherine Hill Bay followed by morning tea at Doyalson. Then, return to Speers Point Park for lunch, entertainment and a swim in the pool.
Bush Food 9am to 2pm, Hunter Wetlands Centre, 412 Sandgate Road, Shortland. You will learn how to identify native edible and medicinal plants, collect and prepare local plants for eating, and how to cook them. Tickets at eventfinda.com.au.
Soul Food – No Beginning No End 10.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, 1A First Street, Booragul.
International Women’s Day: Arts, crafts and needlework 1pm to 4pm, Miss Porter’s House, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. Displays the needlework of Florence, Ella and Hazel Porter.
Raise The Roof Concert – Australiana 2pm, Charlestown Uniting Church, 24 Milson Street, Charlestown. A musical tribute to great Australians. Cost $25 adult; $20 concession.
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Of the 80-plus species of frogs living in New South Wales, about a quarter reside in Newcastle. Join one of Newcastle City Council’s frog-friendly workshops in March to learn more about these fascinating creatures and how you can help protect them: March 15, 6pm to 8pm, Elermore Vale Community Centre; March 17, 9am to 11am, Wallsend South Public School; March 20, 6.30pm, Blackbutt’s Richley Reserve; March 21, 6.30pm, Wallsend Brickworks Park. Phone 4974 2622 or email email@example.com to book.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.
market2markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Rowland Park, Glebe Road, Newcastle.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate. Plus, Boutique Food and Wine Market, 8am to 1pm.
Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Beaumont Street, Hamilton.
Hunter Street Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Cooks Hill Galleries John Earle and the Larri Patience Paintings & Sculptures. Until March 26.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local Artist Uncovered: Katrina Rose. Until March 25.
Art Systems Wickham Parts of the Sum, by Jo Bevan. Ends Sunday.
Watt Space Gallery Fractured Feminism, by Megan McCarthy. Preparations and de-articulations, by Libby Eckersley. Fanciful Notions, by Courtney Heffernan. I do look like this, I don’t look like this, by Annika Thurbon. Ends Sunday.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Resolution: New Indigenous Photomedia. Until March 25. Your Collection: Look Out; Artist Focus: Sally Bourke. Until March 29.
University of Newcastle Gallery Re-Stitching Culture. Until March 17.
The Lock-Up Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art. Until March 18.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. Gary Grealy: Art Maker, Patron, Lover. 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. Sonant Bodies, by James Hazel and Victoria Pham. Until May 13. Maitland International Salon of Photography; The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2017. Until May 20.
CStudios Art Gallery Spirit of Place by Peter Masters: An exhibition of photographs. Current works by Gaye Shield.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Dreams and Journeys; Fantasy. Until April 10.
Newcastle Art Gallery Grisaille: Shades of grey from the collection. Until March 25. Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes. Until April 29.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Everyday Alchemy. Until March 25.
Timeless Textiles Sensitive Landscape: Details from Nature, by Anna Gunnarsdottir. Ends Sunday.
Gallery 139 Mindscapes, by Lydia Miller. Ends Sunday. In Conversation with Lydia Miller 11.30am to 12.30pm.
Creator Incubator Father and Son: Painting and Pottery by Michael and Nicholas Han.
Morpeth Gallery Festival of Two Palettes.
Newcastle Museum Spiders; Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters. Until April 29.
A Murder is Announced Amusing Agatha Christie mystery, with a town’s residents meeting to discuss a newspaper advertisement about a coming murder. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 8pm, until March 17, plus Saturday shows on March 10 and 17 at 2pm.
It’s A Little Bit Funny A mixture of stand-alone songs, musical theatre favourites and contemporary music with a twist. Stars Kathryn Dries, Daniel Ott, Colin Dyce, Michael Power and Dolce. Maitland Town Hall. Saturday, 6.30pm.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Alessandro. Sunday, Adrianna Mac Duo.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Allison Forbes.
Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Xyz.
Bar Petite Saturday, Jake & Danny.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Elisa Kate. Sunday, Aqwa.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Club Esky.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Ted Mulry Gang, Michael Rose, Loko, Pete Hibbert. Sunday, The Moon Dogs Duo.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, STP.
Beresfield Bowling Club Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
Bimbadgen Saturday, James Blunt (UK), Pete Murray, Busby Marou, Alex Lloyd, Karise Eden.
The Bradford Saturday, Duplexity.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Abbe May. Sunday, Willow Beats, Saatsuma.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Relatched.
Catho Pub Saturday, Lennie Live. Sunday, Smokin Rosie.
Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Paparazzi.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Matt Semmens.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Layth Gunn.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Joel Oakhill.
Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Jake Davey.
Club Azzurri Saturday, Introvert, Speakeasy, Elk Locker, Blush, Mark The Barber.
Club Catalina Sunday, James Naldo.
Club Kotara Saturday, Soundabout.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Jon Matthews.
Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Ben Woodham.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Spank N The Monkey. Sunday, The Fruittrees.
Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Nicko, Ngariki & Friends. Sunday, Brien McVernon, Casey Bellamy.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Four To The Floor.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, KR Duo.
Customs House Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Sunset Club.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Megan Core.
Denman Hotel Sunday, Michael Bryers.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Jackson Broadway.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Reg Lindsay Memorial Talent Quest. Sunday, Wayne Rogers.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Whiskey Business. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Kaylens Rain.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, James Naldo.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, Paperboy.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Witchery.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, The Brown Bull.
George Tavern Saturday, Katie N Feff.
Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Jack R Reilly, Grace Turner, Boots Porter.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Brendan Murphy, The Smarts. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys. Sunday, Klassic Blak.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Humingbirds. Sunday, Tim Harding. Sunday, CrocQ.
Hope Estate Hob Dub Wine Machine ft. Hot Dub Time Machine, Touch Sensitive, Sneaky Sound System, The Kite String Tangle, Owl Eyes.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Alias.
Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, All Access 80s.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Lucille Two.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Snape & Son Duo. Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Beau Hatch Band. Sunday, Anyerin, Greg Bryce Band.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Spenda C.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Murray Byfield.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Good Thanks, The Desert Sea, Caveman. Sunday, The Dead Love, Smacked Youth, Pacific Void.
Lizotte’s Saturday, Damien Leith. Sunday, Rick & John Brewster.
Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, The People, US.
Mark Hotel Saturday, Matt Gaudry.
Mary Ellen Saturday, Easy Daze. Sunday, Max Jackson.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, The Faves.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Kristy James. Sunday, Jason Bone.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Busta Thong.
Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Short & Curly Trio. Sunday, Metro Muso’s Jam Session.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, V Dubs. Sunday, Bonnie Rai.
Morriset Country Club Sunday, Kelly Hope.
Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Frick N Orson.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Megan Core.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Just Jade.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Bobby C.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Allon.
Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Saturday, Jake Folbigg.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.
Pelican RSL Club Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Bernie.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.
Potters Brewery Saturday, Phil McKnight.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record. Sunday, Loko.
Potters Brewery Saturday, Phil McKnight.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Bobby C, Lithium. Sunday, Fish Fry, Wharf Life.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Roxy.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Evergreen.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Bad And The Ugly.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Shawn Lidster.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Matt Scullion.
Sacred Spaces Singleton Sunday, London Klezmer Quartet.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Seven Seas Hotel Sunday, Just Jade.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Zac and Ben.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.
Singleton Diggers Saturday, Cover 2 Cover.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Blue Suede Boppers.
South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Pete McCredie.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Time On Earth, Release the Hounds.
Star Hotel Saturday, The Levymen. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske's Guitar Lounge.
Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Slam Tango.
Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Mardmax.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kazzie.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Brett O’Malley.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.
Toronto Hotel Sunday, Tim Pringle.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Phil McKnight.
Wangi Hotel Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys. Sunday, Ben Woodham.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Bon Jovi Experience.
Westfield Kotara Saturday, Beth Gleeson.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Anthology.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Rubber Bullet.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Plastic Voyage. Sunday, Tim Rossington, Compadre Diablo.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Tim Harding.
12 Strong (MA) A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.
Black Panther (M) T’Challa who returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to become king, but when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested.
Darkest Hour (PG) During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Death Wish (R) A family man becomes a vigilante killing machine when his family is violently attacked by robbers.
Fifty Shades Freed (MA) Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (M) A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.
Finding Your Feet (M) Lady Sandra Abbott finds the courage to reinvent herself after she flees a broken marriage to stay with her bohemian sister in London.
Game Night (MA) A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.
Going For Gold (G) Emma, 17, joins a high school cheerleading team when she moves to Australia with her dad who is a former air force officer.
I, Tonya (MA) Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Lady Bird (M) The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.
Monster Family (PG) Despite the title, the Wishbone family are far from happy. In an attempt to reconnect as a family, Mum and Emma plan a fun night out.
Red Sparrow (MA) Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat.
Sweet Country (MA) When Aboriginal stockman Sam kills white station owner Harry March in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. (Lake Cinema)
The Greatest Showman (PG) Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
The Mercy (M) An amateur sailor competes in the 1968 Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. (Tower)
The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (G) Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.
The Post (M) A cover-up that spanned four US Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. (Regal)
The Secret Scripture (M) The hidden memoir of an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and 30s. (Lake Cinema))
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA) A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Winchester (M) Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.