Enjoy your weekend with a little help from the Herald.


Variety Family Fun Day 11am to 3pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle. Welcome the Variety NSW Bash back from a week driving in the bush. There will be amusement rides, face painting, a petting zoo, live entertainment and food trucks.

2018 Stamp and Coin Expo 9am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Exhibition Centre, Brown Road, Broadmeadow. The Newcastle Philatelic Society is celebrating its centenary.

Baroque Backstage 2pm to 4pm, Newcastle Theatre Company Bloomfield Room, 90 de Vitre Street Lambton.  RSVP to 4952 4958 or email newrep@bigpond.net.au. A group exhibition inspired by the Restoration period costumes of Playhouse Creatures. 

Retro Drive-In Movie Night 5pm onwards, Rathmines Park (behind the Catalina Conference Centre). Films: Hairspray; The Italian Job. Tickets $30 per car at lakesidemarketing.com.au/drive-in. 

Dudley Wellness Day 8.30am to 4pm, MegHQ, 2/122 Ocean Street, Dudley. Activities include yoga, meditation, massages, reiki and naturopathic health talks. Tickets: $15 adults; $5 for children (five and under admitted free). All proceeds go to Charlies Run for Kids. 

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.

Carnival of Cups Gates open 6pm, Newcastle Harness Racing Club, 294 Turton Road, New Lambton. Race night features the AVE Technologies Ross Gigg Newcastle Mile. There will be live music, Marching Koalas, Ruby the Clown, Jono the Juggler, free face painting and a jumping castle. Entry: adults $10; seniors $5; children under 16 free.  

Branxton Rodeo 10am to 8pm, McMullins Road, Branxton. Incorporating the East Coast Junior Rodeo Championships. Also, market and food stalls; jumping castles.

Maitland Community Men's Shed Auction 9.30am to 4.30pm, Lot 442 Jubilee Street, East Maitland. Wooden an metal products, tools, machinery, wooden toys and furniture. Inspect on the day 9.30am to 10.30am. Cash only.

Street Feast Newcastle 4pm to 8pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle East (in front of Customs House). Bring a picnic rug.

Straight Outta Compo 8.30pm, Wests New Lambton. Star-studded cast from Here Come The Habibs and Fat Pizza, plus George Kapiniaris and Joe Avati.

Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show 2018 Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 9am to 4pm, Maitland Showgrounds. 

Out of the Ordinary 9am to 2pm, Maitland Library. Unusual stories, events and artefacts combine to present fresh insights into Maitland’s history.

Flaggy Creek Weed Walk 1pm to 4pm, meet at 14 Mulbinga Street, Charlestown. A free workshop to help you identify and manage weeds in your neighbourhood. 


Hunter Region Bridal Expo 10am to 2pm, Club Maitland City. Entry: $5.

Street Eats Maitland Noon to 4pm, Queens Wharf, Morpeth.

The Photography of Athol D’Ombrain 10am to 3pm, Grossmann & Brough House, 71-73 Church Street, Maitland.

Newcastle Natural Medicine Showcase 10am to 3pm, Merewether Surf Lifesaving Club. Free event as part of the national Natural Medicine Week. Information, talks and demonstrations. 

Lemon Jam Noon to 4pm, Henderson Park, Lemon Tree Passage.

Families Stronger Together – Supporting our LGBT Kids 3pm to 5pm, venue advised on registration. For parents of LGBTQI young people. Bookings at free2byounewcastle@gmail.com.

Cancer Council Variety Spectacular Concert 2pm, Starlight Room, Wests New Lambton. Tickets $45.

Exhibition Launch 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. All welcome at the launch of Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth, by the Hunter Cultural Collective project. 

Looking Between The Grains 12.30pm to 3pm Stockton Beach (in front of surf lifesaving club). Join Newcastle City Council in celebrating World Environment Day by taking part in a month long series of activities.  All ages. Register at sljohnson@ncc.nsw.gov.au or by phoning 4974 2733. 

Drop in Newcastle: Eats, Beats & Bikes 9am to 2pm, Dixon Park Beach, Merewether. Cheer Port to Port riders over the finish line. There will be food trucks, live music and entertainment. 

Urban Cellar Door 2.30pm to 5pm, The Lucky Hotel, Newcastle. Wine tasting, canapes and live music. Tickets $20.

NRL Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks gates open 11am; main game kick-off 2pm. McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.


The Umbrella Foundation Australia and Centre for Hope are hosting a charity golf day at Kurri Kurri Golf Club on Sunday, June 3. All money raised on the day is going to the Kurri Kurri Public School’s Wheels of Hope program and a post-earthquake Nepal school rebuild. Businesses, support a good cause and get on board as sponsors. Phone Linda Harwood on 0402 816 061 or email linda@umbrella.ausytralia.org.


 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, 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.

Hope Estate Markets Sunday, 9.30pm to 2.30pm,  2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin.

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


The Lock-Up Hunter Red: Seeing Red, by Dale Collier, Dean Cross, David Griggs, Tina Havelock Stevens, Maggie Hensel-Brown, Doug Heslop, Raquel Ormella, Baden Pailthorpe, Mike Parr and Mumu Mike Williams. Until July 1. 

Art Systems Wickham Distracted by the View, by Bron Lusted, Sally Reynolds, Jules Visser. Ends Sunday.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Oil paintings by Guntis Jansons. Ends Sunday.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery The Two of Us, by Frances & Chris Fussell. Until July 1.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth. Until July 22.

Gloucester Gallery Children’s art from the group of schools along the Bucketts Way, these include Stroud, Stroud Road, Stratford, Gloucester Public, St Joseph’s, Barrington, Booral and Krambach schools. Until June 17.

The University Gallery From The Studio, by Imants Tillers. Ends Saturday.

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

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Luminous Maitland; Stuart Scott. Until August 12. Hunter Red: Razzamatazz. Until July 22. All That Glitters, by Mandy Robinson and Jen Denzin. Until September 2. Secrets, by Wendy Sharpe. Until June 30.

Hunter Red: Razzamatazz

Hunter Red: Razzamatazz

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

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre A Musical Kaleidoscope of Colour; Spinners & Weavers. Until July 3.

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. Until June 3.

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

Gallery 139 Embedded, by Caelli Jo Brooker, Alison Smith, Ahn Wells. Until June 10.


Clark’s Nerdy Science Show Encore performance of Clark Gormley’s Newcastle Fringe prize-winning comedy. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Sunday, at 6pm.

Friday the 14 th Amusing send up of slasher horror films, written and staged by Newcastle University Drama Society. The Factory Theatrette, St Pius College, Adamstown. Saturday, at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7pm.

Quiet Faith Playwright David Williams looks amusingly and movingly at how people of different religions react to the way politicians and others claim to be following their faith in making decisions. Alternative Facts, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 2pm and 8pm.

Wanted – One Body! Comical mystery by Charles Dyer, with the body of an unliked man disappearing when people gather to hear his will and a murder occurring. Newcastle G and S Players Comedy Club, at St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, Georgetown. Saturday at 7pm.


5 Sawyers Sunday, Marissa.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Slam Tango. 

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Murray Byfield. 

Bar Petite Saturday, Holly Mae’. 

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Mick N Josh. Sunday, Little Cents. 

Beach Hotel Sunday, The Humm. 

Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Jayde Corner. 

Belmont 16s Saturday, The Andy Show, The Big Bang Band. Sunday, Bloom. 

Belmont Hotel Saturday, Joel Oakhill. 

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record. 

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, The Rattlesnakes. 

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Hornet. 

The Bradford Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Austin Mackay. 

Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Letters To Lions.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Born Jovi (Tribute). 

Catho Pub Saturday, Layth Gunn. Sunday, Ash Mountain. 

Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Phonic Duo, James Osborn, Paparazzi. 

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Anyerin. 

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, The Milestones. 

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night. 

Club Kotara Saturday, Kwozzi. 

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Kristy J. 

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Pat Vs. Cat. 

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Something For Nothing. 

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Anthony Lee. Sunday, Matt McLaren. 

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, The Tantrums. 

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Alessandro, Matt McLaren.

Customs House Saturday, Jethro Thorpe. Sunday, Matty G. 

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Emily Smith. 

Denman Hotel Sunday, James Naldo. 

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, The Levymen. 

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Vivian Plus One. 

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Mardmax Trio. Sunday, Zane Penn. 

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Boltman. 

Finnegans Saturday, Potbelleez. 

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Katie N Feff. 

George Tavern Saturday, Dos Eager. 

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Melody Pool, Chris Dale. 

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Overload. 

​Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Jen Buxton, Molly Millington. 

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Jayde Corner, Sunday Ave. Sunday, Beau Hatch. 

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, City Beats. 

Honeysuckle Hotel Sunday, Tim Harding, Dr. Zoom Duo. 

Imperial Hotel Saturday, Crawfish Stew Band. 

Jewells Tavern Saturday, R & R.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Nick Read. 

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Trainwreck. 

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, dave (single launch), The Hendonists, Catnip, Jonno B. Smith. 

dave. Picture: Erica Murray

dave. Picture: Erica Murray

Lizotte’s Saturday, A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. 

Lucky Hotel Sunday, Lauren Arms. 

Mark Hotel Saturday, Minute By Minute. 

Mary Ellen Saturday, Anyerin. 

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Roxy. 

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Katie N Feff. 

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Sunday, Three Piece Suit. 

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Sunday, Crafty Sundays.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Jamie Martens. 

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Greg McKew. 

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pap & That.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Echo. 

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Matt Gaudry. 

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Anthology. 

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Viagro. 

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Deuce. Sunday, Jesse Fildes. 

Potters Brewery Saturday, Phil McKnight. 

Premier Hotel Sunday, Melbourne Street. 

Queens Wharf Hotel Sunday, Loko. 

Railway Hotel Cessnock Sunday, Big Night Out. 

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Mick Jones. 

Redhead Bowling Club Saturday, Club Esky. 

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, The V Dubs. 

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Arcane. 

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Jacinta. 

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, David McCredie. 

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Jake Folbigg.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Robbie T. 

Singleton Diggers Saturday, The INXS Tribute Show. 

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Billy Joel Tribute. 

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Karen O’Shea. 

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Shane Pacey Trio.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Witchery. 

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Kylie Jane.  

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Rock Oz. 

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers. 

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Sami. 

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Kristy James. 

Toronto Workers Saturday, Code Red. 

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kevin O’Hara. Sunday, Glen Harrison. 

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Hue Williams. 

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Reg Sinclair. 

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Clean State. 

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Jessica Cain. 

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Cruzers. 

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Remedy Duo, Straight Outta Compo.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Yes Commissioner.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Marissa. 


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.

The Bookshop (PG) A free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop.

Breath (M) Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.

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

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.

Deadpool 2 (MA15+) Sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated comic book action romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouth murdering anti-hero. 

Duck Duck Goose (PG) Animated comedy-adventure following a bachelor goose who makes pals with two lost ducklings as they journey south.

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.

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.

Last Flag Flying (M) Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam War, Larry “Doc” Shepherd, Sal Nealon and the Reverend Richard Mueller reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in Iraq. (Lake)

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.

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

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.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (M) Han Solo leads Lucasfilm’s second standalone Star Wars film, passing Harrison Ford’s role down to Alden Ehrenreich. The film follows Han and Chewbacca before they joined the Rebellion.

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. (Lake)

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).