Enjoy your weekend with help from our planner. And don't forget Mother's Day.


2018 Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival A two-month celebration of the best the Hunter Valley has to offer. Go to winecountry.com.au for the program of events.

Newcastle Fabric Destash 10am to 3pm, St Andrew’s Church hall, Church Street, Mayfield. All welcome to buy and talk fabric. Entry by gold coin donation. 

Hunter Cactus and Succulent Society Inc. Biannual Open Day and Plant Sale 11am to 2pm, Charlestown Multi Purpose Centre, 17 James Street, Charlestown. 

Pushbike Library 9am to 5pm, University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan. Free bikes and parts; advice; explanations about bike routes and more. All welcome.

Scone Horse Festival A celebration of equine excellence, on all weekend. Go to sconehorsefestival.com.au for the program of events.

Bears of Hope Mother's Day High Tea 2pm to 5pm, Noah’s on the Beach, Newcastle. Bears of Hope provides ongoing comfort, support and counselling to parents and families who have experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy, birth and infancy. 

Palms Australia Volunteer Information Session 3pm to 5pm, The Resistance Centre, First Floor, 472 Hunter Street, Newcastle. Skilled professionals needed to volunteer in 2019 in developing communities in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, American Samoa, Kiribati, Myanmar and Kenya. 

New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care 2018 7am onwards, NeW Space, 409 Hunter Street, Newcastle. A health-focused hackathon for people who share a passion for technology, design, innovation and making the world a better place.

Light The Lake 3pm onwards, Warners Bay Lions Park, Macquarie Drive, Eleebana. A fundraiser for Stop Ovarian Cancer. Walk 2.5km or 5km then enjoy a sausage sizzle. Tickets at stickytickets.com.au.

Hunter Water Community Day 10am to 2pm, Swansea Library, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea. Experiments and demonstrations; virtual reality headsets; face painting; animal balloons; storytime; a BBQ with funds going to Swansea Lions Club.

Homemade: the Porter story through clothing and textiles 10am to 3pm, Miss Porter’s House, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. The exhibition will showcase repurposed clothing, the mending and darning of yesteryear and the creative reuse of fabrics.

Car Boot Sale 11am to 3pm, Tighes Hill Primary School. All proceeds go to the school.

Energy Workshop for Households 9.30am to 11.30am, corner Fredrick and Pearson streets, Charlestown. A free workshop to better understand your electricity bills and learn some practical energy saving tips.

Drive In Social Night 6pm, Heddon Greta Drive In. Come in your comfiest pyjamas. Watch Early Man (PG), Avengers: Infinity War (M) and Rampage (M).

The Upcycled Wardrobe for Home Décor 9am to noon, Morisset Multipurpose Centre, 143 Dora Street, Morisset. Learn how to take unwanted items of clothing and turn them into rugs, storage, wall hangings or reusable bags. Register at eventbrite.com.au.

Botanica Bird Mother’s Day Pop-up Saturday, 8am to 4pm; Sunday, 7am to noon, The Edwards, Newcastle West. 

Morning Tea with Alannah Hill 10am, The Greenhouse, Wests New Lambton. She will speak about her memoir, Butterfly On A Pin

Pack Walk – Dog Rescue 10am, Dixon Park Beach. Limited to 40 people, tickets at trybooking.com.


Meet Delta Goodrem at Westfield Kotara She will be signing copies of her new album I Honestly Love You at 1pm, outside David Jones on level one. There is no performance.

Mamma Mia Singalong 1.30pm, Event Cineams Kotara.

Mother’s Day Classic 6.30am, Camp Shortland, Newcastle. 4km walk; 6km run. A fundraiser for breast cancer research. 

Soul Food – Ode to Giving 1.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. 

Mother’s Day Picnic at Stanley Park 77 Fullerton Cove Road, Fullerton Cove. Bring your picnic blanket. Food vans; market stalls; live music; wine and cheeses. 

The Magic of Mother’s Day 1pm to 4pm, Miss Porter’s House, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. Following the untimely death of Herbert Porter in 1919 his wife Florence and his young daughters Ella and Hazel all lived to ripe old ages in the family home. The house contains the clothing, photographs and household effects of the Porter women. 


You’re Kidding Me Expo is on May 16, 9.30am to 12.30pm, at Event Cinemas Glendale. Discover the variety of programs, resources and services that parents and families can access in Lake Macquarie.

Also, Anytime Fitness Newcastle West will be taking part in a 24-hour treadmill challenge on May 25 to raise funds for Suicide Prevention Australia and the National Suicide Prevention Research Fund. Register at treadtogether.org.au.


Anglican Parish Georgetown Market Day Saturday, 8am to noon, St Matthew’s Community Hall, 7 Wentworth Street, Georgetown.

The Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. 

Market2Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Rowlands Park, Merewether; Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Speers Point Park.

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

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

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.

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

Five Senses Twilight Markets Sunday, 4pm to 8pm, Lambton Park, corner Morehead and Elder streets, Lambton. 

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.


Annie: Kids Adaptation for young performers of the bright musical about an orphan girl searching for parents she believes are still alive. High Street Productions, at St Philip’s Christian College Theatre, Waratah. Saturday at 2pm and 6.30pm.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr Lively musical for young performers from Lewis Carroll’s novel. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.

The Hollow A murder unexpectedly occurs when a woman invites diverse and eccentric people to visit her rural estate; thriller by Agatha Christie. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.

Luke Kidgell – Because I Can The stand-up comedian endeavours to answer the questions no one is asking about things happening around us. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7.30pm.

The Orchid & the Crow Comedy cabaret with writer and performer Daniel Tobias looking through story and song at his sometimes almost deadly experiences; songs co-written by his Die Roten Punkte comedy duo band partner Clare Bartholomew. Critical Stages and Salvador Dinosaur, at the Civic Playhouse. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.

Shakespeare’s Mothers: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know Mother’s Day acted reading of a play looking at 20 of Shakespeare’s dynamic female characters, with writer Kath Perry heading the cast. Straylight Australia, at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. Sunday, at 5.30pm.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Classic play by Ray Lawler. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm (final show).

Woyzeck A soldier ill-treated by his superiors tries to resolve his problems; reworking by Newcastle’s Claire Pasvolsky of German writer Georg Büchner’s unfinished 1836 play. Pasvolsky Actors Studio, at The Dungeon Theatre, Adamstown Uniting Church. Saturday at 7pm.


Art Systems Wickham Distracted by the View, by Bron Lusted, Sally Reynolds, Jules Visser. Until May 27.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Oil paintings by Guntis Jansons. Until May 27.

Brough House, Maitland From Lands Across The Sea. Until May 16.

Grossmann House Treasures of the Hunter Exhibition. Until May 20.

The Gallery – Emma’s Cottage Vineyard Hunter Women Artists, by Dorothy Wishney, Cheryl Barrett, Annie Palmer, Jill Campbell, Pam Carroll, Jenni Gander. Also, works by Kerry Shepherd, Emma Telley, Stephen James.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Members Art Show. Until May 20. All artwork for sale.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First Class: First Decade. Until May 20. 

Gloucester Gallery Nu Feminin, by Christopher Steele. Until May 20.

The University Gallery From The Studio, by Imants Tillers. Until May 26.

The Lock Up justiceINjustice, by Corinne Brittain, Rob Cleworth, Blak Douglas, John A Douglas, Leah Emery, Lezlie Tilley and Richard Lewer. Until May 20.

Watt Space Gallery Head On Students. Ends Sunday.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Sonant Bodies, by James Hazel and Victoria Pham. Ends Sunday. Maitland International Salon of Photography; The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2017. Until May 20. Luminous Maitland; Stuart Scott. Until August 12.

Cooks Hill Galleries Intertidal, by Brett McMahon. Until May 28.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Nelson Bay Quilters Exhibition. Until May 22.

Newcastle Art Gallery IN-FORM: Sculpture from the collection. Ends Sunday.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Somewhere In Time, by Tsui Yun Hung. This weekend only.

Timeless Textiles Brooching The Subject #2. Ends Sunday.

Gallery 139 Love and Friendship, by John Heaney. Until May 20.

Creator Incubator Cracked – First Anniversary Exhibition and Open Studios. Saturday, 3pm to 7pm. Exhibition until May 20.


5 Sawyers Saturday, Devultra. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Zac and Ben.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, James Naldo.

Avon Valley Inn Saturday, The Tantrums.

Bar Petite Saturday, Adrienne.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Aqwa. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Beach Hotel Saturday, The Black Sails.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Menopause The Musical, Cruzers, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Norm Bakker.

Belmont Hotel Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Paperboy.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, State FX. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Viagro.

The Bradford Saturday, Two Fires - Chisel-Barnes Show.

Bull & Bush Hotel Medowie Sunday, Cathy Cannon.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Ngariki.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, ColourSound ft. Phil Shaw, Zoot, Rinse & Wash, Lukenalley.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Catho Pub Saturday, Jacinta. Sunday, Phonic.

Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, James Osborn, Paparazzi.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Megan Core.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Four To The Floor.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Jade & Willow.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Mental As Anything.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Club Kotara Saturday, Shivoo.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Clean Slate. Sunday, Glen Harrison.

Colliery Inn Sunday, Mick Jones.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Maryanne Rex Duo.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Matty G. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Kazzie, DJ Timmy Coffey.

Customs House Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Anyerin.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Anyerin. Sunday, Megan Core.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Michael Bryers.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Jackson Broadway.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Big Night Out.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Witchery.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, D.Love.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Soundscape.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Jamie Martens.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, We Lost Our Goat, Trashed Again, Hang The Hipster, Human Failure.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Kristy James, Prestige Inc. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Levymen. Sunday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells Trio. Sunday, The Years, Tina Turner Show.

Hunter Valley Gardens Sunday, Kim.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Snape & Son Duo.

Kent Hotel Saturday, The V Dubs.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Barfunkle, Nugwardo.

Lemon Grove Hotel Saturday, Murray Byfield.

Lizotte’s Saturday, The Idea Of North. Sunday, The Beatnix.

The Idea of North perform at Lizotte's on Saturday night.

The Idea of North perform at Lizotte's on Saturday night.

Lochinvar Hotel Sunday, Ty.

Lucky Hotel Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Lee Rolfe.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Phonic.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Iguana. Sunday, Jake Folbigg.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Zane Penn. 

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Deuce.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Early Daze. Sunday, David McCredie.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Perpetrators. Sunday, Metro Muso Muster Jam Session. 

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Mojo Bandits. Sunday, Roxy, Boney Rivers.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Maryanne Rex.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.

Neath Hotel Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Matt Semmens.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Marissa. Sunday, Scratch.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Marissa.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, Lethal Vendetta, Requiem of the Damned, From Love to Violence, Evocatus.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Aaron Hipwell, Elisa Kate.

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Sunday, Emily Smith.

Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Code Red.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Shaka. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Tre Soul. Sunday, DV8.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Zac & George, Lithium. Sunday, Fish Fry, Wharf Life.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, XYZ.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Way.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, James Naldo.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Jacinta.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Josh & Liv. Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Guthrie, Gasoline. Sunday, Aqwa, Micro Circus Duo.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Roland Tings, Jackson Blanch, Kizza, Hayden Shepherd, Will Freeth, Mac Da Villain.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Paperhill.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Sounds Of Sunday.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Brassic Duo.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Echos Of The Sixties.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Mardmax.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Cover Girls.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Mark Lee. Sunday, Layth Gunn.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Kick – The INXS Show.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Emily Smith. Sunday, Beth Gleeson.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years. 

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Loko. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Them Wild Oats, The Donkey Browns, The Not Nots, Mick N Josh. Sunday, Morning Glory, Tim Rossington.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Jake Folbigg.


Charlize Theron in a scene from Tully.

Charlize Theron in a scene from Tully.

Avengers: Infinity War (M) The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

A Quiet Place (PG) A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.

A Wrinkle In Time (PG) Through one girl’s journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from individuality.

Blockers (MA) Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.

Chappaquiddick (M) Jason Clarke (Everest) is Ted Kennedy in this political drama that revisits Ted Kennedy's car accident with Mary Jo Kopechne and the ensuing cover-up.

Crooked House (PG) Max Irons leads an all-star cast featuring Glenn Close and Gillian Anderson in this screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery novel.

Early Man (PG) Dug and Hognob unite their tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (M) True story of the playful but passionate relationship between a young working-class Englishman and an eccentric Oscar-winning American actress. (Regal)

Finding Your Feet (PG) A posh woman seeks refuge with her bohemian sister. (Lake, Regal)

Game Night (MA15+) A weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when a murder mystery party is arranged. (Regal)

I Can Only Imagine (PG) The inspiring true story behind a chart-topping song. (Regal)

I Feel Pretty (M) Renee desperately wants to be one of the “pretty” girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman in the world.

Life of the Party (M) Melissa McCarthy enrols as an adult student at her daughter’s university in this comedy by McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

Midnight Oil 1984 Documentary chronicling a crucial year in the life of Midnight Oil.

Mr Church (M) Based on the true story of a unique life-long friendship. (Regal)

Peter Rabbit (PG) A rebellious rabbit tries to sneak into a farmer’s garden.

Rampage (M) Based on the 1980s video game featuring apes and monsters destroying cities.

Ready Player One (M) When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video where he challenges users to find his Easter Egg.

Sherlock Gnomes (G) When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring.

Super Troopers 2 (MA) When an international border dispute arises between the US and Canada, the Super Troopers are called in to set up a new highway patrol station in the disputed area. 

The Divine Order (M) In the run-up to a new referendum on women voting, an everyday housewife bands together with a rabble of hippies, grannies and other colourful types. (Regal)

The Greatest Showman (PG) The story of American showman P.T. Barnum. (Lake)

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (M) A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA15+) After seven months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move. (Lake)

Truth Or Dare (M) A game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly.

Tully (M) Mackenzie Davis is Charlize Theron’s night nanny in this comedic drama from director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and writer Diablo Cody (Juno).