Our planner is your guide to what's on in Newcastle this weekend.


French Film Festival Saturday and Sunday, Tower Cinemas Newcastle. Saturday: My Life as a ZucchiniBelle and Sebastian 3BPM (Beats Per Minute); French market. Sunday: Ava; Two is a Family; afternoon tea.

World’s Biggest Car Boot Sale 8am to 2pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. 

Fire and Rescue NSW Open Day 10am to 2pm, at your local participating Fire and Rescue NSW fire station. Hop on a fire truck and chat with firefighters to learn more about what they do every day. Go to fire.nsw.gov.au for details. 

HIA Building & Renovation Show 10am to 4pm, 17 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West. Demonstrations; children’s entertainment; food trucks; live music; expert advice. Entry is free.

Kids Cartooning Workshops 10am and 1pm, Westfield Kotara, level 2 near Playworld. Book through Ticketbooth. Meet fun characters and design your own heroes; all materials provided.

Heritage Festival 10am to 3pm, King Street, Raymond Terrace. Old-fashioned activities and games for all ages; parades; competitions; dancing; marching bands; live music; food and market stalls. 

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.

Native Plant Sale 9.30am to 2pm, Hunter Wetalnds Centre, Shortland. The Australian Plants Society NSW – Newcastle’s annual plant sale. All native tube stock just $4.

Mum Time Royal Wedding Fundraiser 7.15pm to 10.30pm, Event Cinemas Kotara. Watch the royal wedding and support the important work of Jenny’s Place in Newcastle. Bookings at trybooking.com.

NSW Pole Sports Championships 3pm to 7pm, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre. All welcome to this family-friendly event.

Lake Macquarie Family History Group 10am to 4pm, Marmong Point Community Hall. Guest speakers: Judy Webster, genealogist; Anthony Oliver, surveyor and engineer. All welcome; research assistance available. Phone Warren Oliver on 0249 595403 for further information and to register your interest. 

Hands Across The Sand 10.45am for 11am start, Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle. Join hands with hundreds of people to say no to seismic testing and offshore gasfields in the waters off Newcastle and the Central Coast. As part of an international day of action against offshore oil and gas, a human chain will be formed along the entire length of Nobby’s Beach. 

World Whisky Day Experience 3pm to 5pm, Coal and Cedar, 380-382 Hunter Street, Newcastle. A special whisky masterclass featuring some hard to find whiskies. Book at coalandcedar.com.

Lovedale Long Lunch 2018 Saturday and Sunday, various Lovedale wineries. Information and tickets at lovedalelonglunch.com.au.

Newcastle: Defence Careers Information Session 10am to 11am, 528 Hunter Street, Newcastle. Book your spot at defencejobs.gov.au.

Port Stephens Triathlon Festival 6am to 2pm, One Mile Beach.


2018 NSW Variety Bash 8am, Newcastle Foreshore. Sponsored by the Australian Hotels Association.

ICN North Coast Classic 9am onwards, Wests New Lambton. 

Planting Day & Walk at Kooragang 9.30am to noon, Kooragang Wetlands. Kooragang Landcare, supported by Intrepid Landcare and Local Land Services and Rotary Newcastle, is hosting a community planting day at Ash Island as part of ongoing restoration of formerly grazed land in the Hunter River estuary. Light lunch provided. 


Newcastle Harness Racing Club Carnival of Cups night is on May 26, featuring the AVE Technologies Ross Gigg Newcastle Mile. There will be live music, Marching Koalas, Ruby the Clown, Jono the Juggler, face painting and a jumping castle. A fundraiser for John Hunter Children’s Hospital Kids Club. Cost $50 per person includes Paceway entry, a three-course meal and a $10 donation. Bookings essential on 4956 1750.


Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warners Bay Foreshore.

Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle East. 

Market Morning Saturday, 8am to 11.30am, Anglican Church of Windale, corner of Merrigum Street and Balemo Close, Windale.

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.

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.

The Sunday Muster Artisan Markets Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Mortels Sheepskin Factory Thornton.

Respect All Markets Cooranbong Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Cooranbong Park. 

Jesmond Monthly Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Heaton Birmingham Gardens Bowling club, 48 Mordue Road, Jesmond. 

Goodbye Autumn Market Sunday, 9am, Fly Point Park, Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay. 

Toronto Lions Markets Sunday, 7.30am to 1pm, Lions Park (next to Fennell Bay Bridge) Toronto.


Finite Gallery Caves Beach Portrait photography workshop with Joerg Lehmann on Sunday.

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.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Members Art Show. Ends Sunday.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First Class: First Decade. Ends Sunday. 

Gloucester Gallery Nu Feminin, by Christopher Steele. Ends Sunday.

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. Ends Sunday.

Watt Space Gallery Friends of the University Student Art Prize. Until June 3.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Maitland International Salon of Photography; The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2017. Ends Sunday. Luminous Maitland; Stuart Scott. Until August 12. Hunter Red: Razzamatazz. Until July 22.

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 Archibald Prize 2017; Young Archie: Newcastle. Until June 24.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Flora & Fauna, by Kara Wood, Mel Pegg, Holly Marlin.

Timeless Textiles Incubating Fibre. Until June 9. Run in conjunction with The Creator Incubator.

Gallery 139 Love and Friendship, by John Heaney. Ends Sunday.

Creator Incubator Cracked – First Anniversary Exhibition. Ends Sunday.


Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr Lively musical for young performers from Lewis Carroll’s novel that has a young girl finding herself among colourful creatures when she falls into a rabbit hole. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm (final shows).

Friday the 14th Tensions arise when former high school classmates have a reunion party, with a murder occurring; amusing send up of horror films, written and staged by Newcastle University Drama Society. The Factory Theatrette, St Pius College, Adamstown. Saturday and Sunday at 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 (final shows).

Julia Morris: Lift & Separate Golden Jubilee Tour Comedian Morris looks amusingly at her life over the past two years, trying to make sense of her actions. Live Nation, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Sunday, at 7.30pm.

A Mystery Musical A well-known and award-winning musical, with audience members only knowing what it is when the overture begins. The Very Popular Theatre Company, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday, at 2pm and 8pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews. Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.

Adamstown Uniting Church – The Dungeon Saturday, Expresso.

Anchorage Port Stephens Sunday, James Naldo. 

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The New Cool.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Romney Watts.

Bar Petite Saturday, Crocq.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, Elisa Kate.

Beach Hotel Sunday, Mark Wells. 

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, The Core. Sunday, Hendo’s Jam.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Love That Hat, Emily Smith. Sunday, John Noble. 

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Alias. 

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Triple Zero. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Captain Risky.

The Bradford Saturday, The Search Party. 

Burwood Inn Saturday, Bucko.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Grace Turner, Max Quinn, King Single; Silverstein, Comeback Kid. Sunday, Eastside Grammar.

Catho Pub Saturday, Murray Byfield. Sunday, Alias.

Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Adrianna Mac Duo. Sunday, Good Company.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons. 

Civic Theatre Saturday, Tex Perkins – The Man In Black. Sunday, Julia Morris – Life and Separate Golden Jubilee Tour.

Club Kotara Saturday, Kwozzi.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Kellie Cain. 

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, The Bad and the Ugly. 

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Shivoo.

Criterion Pub & Kitchen Carrington Saturday, Jon Schatz. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Gerda & Dave, Devultra. 

Customs House Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Tyler John.

Cypress Lakes Resort Saturday, Bobby C. 

Denman Hotel Sunday, Brendan Watson. 

Doyalson RSL Saturday, Hummdinger. 

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, 24 Hours.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Jade & Willow.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Katie N Feff.

The Edwards Sunday, One Song Sing – Never Tear Us Apart.

Emma’s Cottage Saturday, Sunday, The Big Bang Band. 

Finnegans Saturday, House and Party Tunes.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Gareth Hudson.

Gartelmann Wines Lovedale Sunday, Gen-R-8, Matt McLaren Duo. 

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Loose Change. 

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.

Grain Store Saturday, Matt McLaren.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Kirsty J, Dos Eager, GENR8. Sunday, Tim Rossington.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Tim Harding. 

Honeysuckle Hotel FSaturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Karen O’Shea, Crocq. 

Hotel Beatty – Gresford Sunday, Stp. 

Hunter River Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Two Fires – Chisel Barnes Show.

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

Kent Hotel Saturday, DJ, Gen X. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

Khartoum Hotel Sunday, Sunday Jam Session.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Luude.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Murray Byfield. 

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Viagro. 

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, The Craw, Motherlode, East Coast Low, Not Nots.

Lizotte’s Saturday, My Leonard Cohen. Sunday, The D Majors Cancer Choir Memorial Lunch Concert.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Marissa. Sunday, The Gleesons.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Bob Allan.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Wild Oats. Sunday, Bonny Rai. 

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Paparazzi. 

Mattara Hotel Saturday, Karaoke. 

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Kazzie. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Matt McLaren Duo.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Blue on Black. Sunday, Marriah Band.

MEX Club Mayfield Saturday, Anthology.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Years, The Smarts + DJ. Sunday, Jesse Fiddes.

Moonshadow Cruises Saturday, Mick Jones. 

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys. 

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Jason Bone.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Crawfish Stew. 

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Rave On, Redline. Sunday, Anyerin. 

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Ryan Daley. 

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Loko. 

Newcastle Hotel Saturday, NEWY Saturdays with Cassette.

NEX – Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre Sunday, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Rooney West, Dennis Val. 

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Troy Kemp.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Grant Walmsley & Friends. Sunday, Chris Saxby.

Pippis At The Point Sunday, Ashley Knight. 

Potters Brewery Saturday, Zane Penn. 

Premier Hotel Saturday, Loko. Sunday, The Years. 

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Holly Mae. 

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Uptown Duo, Iguana. Sunday, Love That Hat, Wharf Life.  

Railway Hotel Cessnock Sunday, Sunday Sessions Launch Party with Code Red. 

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, StateFX.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Arcane. 

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Layth Gunn. 

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Mojo Bandits. Sunday, Matt Bowles, Sunday Soothin Sounds. 

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, The Faves.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Anyerin.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Robbie T.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Bonnie Kay & the Bonafides. 

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox. 

Swansea Hotel Sunday, Soundabout.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Cover 2 Cover. 

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Obed Macy Duo.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Smoke and Mirrors.

Tatler Wines Saturday, Sunday, Hornet.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Neil Diamond – The Man, The Music.

Tea Gardens Hotel Motel Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Louis Burt. 

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble. 

Toronto Hotel Saturday, Tim Pringle. 

Toronto Workers Club Saturday, Kristy J.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Bernie. Sunday, Kempy. 

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Jacinta. 

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Mardmax. 

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Jake Folbigg. 

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Snape Trilogy.

Wests Nelson Bay Saturday, Rave On. 

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Smarts.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, The Lamplighters.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Beth Gleeson, Megan Core. 


Aurore (M) Agnès Jaoui is a middle-aged woman in the midst of major personal and professional life changes in Blandine Lenoir’s warm-hearted rom-com.

Avengers: Infinity War (M) The Avengers and their allies take on the powerful Thanos.

A Wrinkle In Time (PG) One girl’s journey led by three celestial guides.

BPM (MA15+) Early 90s-set French AIDs activism drama and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017.

Cargo (MA15+) Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) leads this outback post-apocalyptic thriller as a father looking for salvation for his baby daughter.

Chappaquiddick (M) A political drama that revisits Ted Kennedy's car accident with Mary Jo Kopechne and the ensuing cover-up.

Crooked House (PG) A screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery novel.

Deadpool 2 (MA15+) Sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated comic book action romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouth murdering anti-hero. Deadpool forms a team to protect a young mutant from time-travelling mercenary Cable. 

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. (Regal)

I Feel Pretty (M) Renee desperately wants to be one of the “pretty” girls (Lake)

I Kill Giants (PG) A young misfit escapes into a fantasy world of magic and monsters in Oscar-winning director Anders Walter’s feature debut.

Life of the Party (M) Melissa McCarthy enrolls 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)

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.

Redoubtable (MA15+) Slice-of-life biopic on legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.

Royal Wedding (G) Fred Astaire and Jane Powell are a brother and sister act booked to perform in London for a royal wedding. (Regal, 3pm Saturday)

The Divine Order (M) A housewife bands together with a rabble of hippies, grannies and other colourful types. (Regal)

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (M) A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island. (Lake)

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. (Regal)

Tully (M) Mackenzie Davis is Charlize Theron’s night nanny in this comedic drama.

Last Flag Flying Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam War, Larry "Doc" Shepherd, Sal Nealon and the Rev. Richard Mueller reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc's son, a young Marine killed in Iraq. Forgoing burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Doc and his old buddies take the casket on a bittersweet trip up the coast to New Hampshire. Along the way, the three men find themselves reminiscing and coming to terms with the shared memories of a war that continues to shape their lives.