Enjoy your weekend with a little help from the Herald's planner.


Star Struck

Star Struck

Kids in Hi-Vis 9am to 2pm, Pacific Park, Newcastle. Is your little one fascinated with the world of construction? Featuring a lego construction play area; build and decorate your own toolbox; hi-vis dress ups; mini excavator and more.

Lower Hunter Men’s Sheds Men’s Health Gathering 10am to 3pm, Waratah Mayfield Men’s Shed, 2A Platt Street, Waratah.

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.

Fungi – Unsung Heroes of the Forests 2pm to 3pm, NeW Space, Room X101, corner Hunter and Auckland streets, Newcastle. Presented by one of the world’s leading experts on truffles, Professor Jim Trappe from Oregon State University, and hosted by Hunter Environmental Institute and the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment.

Picnic in the Park 11am to 4pm, Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin. Food trucks; market stalls; entertainment; wine tasting.

In Conversation: Jonathan Dalton and his sitters 2pm to 3pm, Newcastle Art Gallery. Join gallery curator Sarah Johnson in conversation with artist Jonathan Dalton and Newcastle-based artist couple Lottie Consalvo and James Drinkwater. 

Stars of Newcastle 2018 6.30pm, NEX Newcastle. Local celebrities put on their dancing shoes to raise vital funds for Cancer Council NSW.

Lake Macquarie Family History Group 10am to 4pm, Marmong Point Community Hall, 31B George Street, Marmong Point. Guest speaker Christine Yeats. 

Celebration of Music High Tea 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Maitland Masonic Centre. Performance by Maitland Musical Society Orchestra.

True North Boilermaker Dinner 6pm, 48 Watt Street, Newcastle. Tickets $90 per person, includes four whiskeys, four beers, plus a three-course dinner with live music.


A Celebration of Music 2pm to 4pm, Largs School of Arts Hall. Music by the Maitland Musical Society Orchestra.

Boomerang Bags Sewing Workshop 10am to 2pm, Cardiff North Public School, 59 Wansbeck Valley Road, Cardiff. Make free, reusable shopping bags which are provided to the community. Register by phoning 4908 1140 or visit sustainableneighbourhoods.org.au.

Wellness Festival 11am to 7pm, Redhead Wellness Sanctuary, 29 Kalaroo Road, Redhead. Yoga; meditation and fitness classes; live music; join a table to learn how to make your own kombucha or grow a healthy herb garden.

NRL Newcastle Knights vs Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle. Gates open 11.30am, main game kick-off 2pm. 


Celebrate with an abundance of multicultural food and performances at the family-friendly Newcastle Unity in Diversity Festival on Saturday, June 23, 11am to 3pm. Meet at 11am at Gregson Park, Hamilton, for the welcome walk or parade from the park to Beaumont street and then return. There will be free workshops, circus activities, dance performances, hair braiding, craft, face painting, market stalls and so much more. In recognition of National Refugee Week. 


** Subject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions

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

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.

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

Indoor Pop-Up Market Saturday and Sunday, Marketown Newcastle.

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

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

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.

My Kids Market – Newcastle Sunday, 9am to noon, corner Curley and Young roads, New Lambton.

Respect All Markets Cooranbong Sunday, 9am to 2pm, 513 Freemans Drive, Cooranbong.

Jesmond Monthly Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Heaton-Birmingham Gardens Bowling Club, Jesmond.


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 On Sacred Grouind, by Rose McAllister. Ends Sunday.

Wollombi Cultural Centre TAOTOCS: The Artists of The Old Church, by a group of 21 artists who meet weekly in an old church in Cessnock. Until July 1. 

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. Ends Sunday.

The University Gallery Memoranda. Until July 14. 

Watt Space Gallery Hidden Remains, Human Stains, by Donna Jorna. Patterns of Nature, by Natalee Katarina and Phoebe Teal-Spicer. Celebration, by Interrelate. Until June 24.

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.

Cooks Hill Galleries Black & White, by Ben Kenning. Until June 25. A New Dawn, by Ken Strong. Until July 2.

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.

Timeless Textiles Kindred of the Dust, by Jess Forster. Until July 8.

Gallery 139 The Great Outdoors, by Linda Greedy, Michelle Teear, Sally Reynolds, Malcolm Sands, James Murphy, Catherine Tempest, Jane Richens. Until July 1. 

Ocean Blue Gallery, Belmont May exhibition, local artists.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Colourful musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber looking at the Biblical figure who became adviser to an Egyptian ruler after being sold into slavery. Novocastrian Players and Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm.

Micro Theatre – The Director’s Cut Eight acclaimed plays from the first three Newcastle Micro Theatre festivals staged by new directors, with four each at two venues, The Press Bookhouse, Newcastle, and Studio21 Artspace, Hamilton. Saturday at 7pm. Details at microtheatre.com.au.

Playhouse Creatures Actresses in 17th century London struggle to win roles in an era when men dominated stages; comedy by April de Angelis based on real women and events. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm.

Star Struck 2018: Connect The annual celebration of music, theatre, song, dance and comedy with students from NSW public Hunter schools looks at how people make connections from early childhood to adult life. Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.

The Ties That Bind Innovative short films and live plays showcasing the story-telling, film-making and performance skills of the Diploma of Screen and Media students at TAFE NSW Newcastle. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 7.30pm. Free entry.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Alessandro. Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, India and The Journey to the East, Diplazar, Southern End, Looseleaf IV.

Albion Hotel Wickham Saturday, Lauren Arms.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Paparazzi.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Louis Burt.

Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Pocket Aces.

Bar Petite Saturday, Kylie Jane.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Michael Peter. Sunday, Little Cents.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Club Esky. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Anthology. Sunday, 2 Left Feet.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Evergreen.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Snape Trilogy.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Captain Risky.

The Bradford Saturday, Blue On Black.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, ColourSound ft. Girl Friday, Palace, Jun Wan, Tomek & Jake. Sunday, Stork, The Waxfinz, Scumdrops, Lady Petrol.  

Cardiff RSL Saturday, Tre Soul.

Catho Pub Saturday, Gareth Jay. Sunday, Eye On You.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, The Andy Show.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Echo.

Club Kotara Saturday, Waxy Zebu.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Jason Paris.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, The Leadbellies.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Devultra, Hayden Johns.

Customs House Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Marissa.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Brenton Williams.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Finnian Johnson.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, John Noble.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Kellie Cain.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

The Edwards Saturday, Lachlan Edwards.

Finnegans Saturday, Savage, Sonic, Benny B, TIG, JKB, Lawson, Monument.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Marriah.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Todd Stewart.

George Tavern Saturday, Dan Runchel Band.

​Grain Store Saturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, J.J King.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Gen-X.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Paula Standing, Emily Smith, Natalie Henry.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, John Larder, Usual Suspects. Sunday, The Levymen.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, The Years.

Hotel Delany Saturday, 24 Hours. 

Hunter River Hotel Saturday, Kim and Mik.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Allan Freihaut.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Code Red.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, good thanks, Binge, The Meantime, Knifey Spoony.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Don’t Change – The INXS Story. Sunday, Brothers 3 (lunch), Gretta Ziller, Andrew Swift & Lyn Bowtell (dinner).

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Felix Quinn. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Paperboy.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Early Daze.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Short & Curly.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Kristy James Band. Sunday, Tyler John.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Brendan Watson.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Live Baby Live - The INXS tribute, The Levymen. Sunday, Tim Harding.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Love That Hat.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, A Breach Of Silence, Drug Mother, Red Gazelle, Zombonimo, Nucleust, From Love to Violence, The Silencio, Simple Stone, Hostel, Take My Soul, Billabong Of Blood, Punctured, Time On-Earth.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Adrienne, Lee Sullivan.

Oriental Hotel Sunday, Huckleberry.

Pelican RSL Saturday, The V Dubs.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Lauren Arms.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Jackson Halliday.

Premier Hotel Sunday, Shivoo.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Holly Mae.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Kylie Jane, Phonic Trio. Sunday, Hornet, Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Loose Bazooka.

River Royal Inn Morpeth Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Alias.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, James Naldo.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, The New Cool.

Shimmies Hotel Sunday, Southpaw.

Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Dean Kyrwood, The Years. Sunday, John Larder, Sarah Christine.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Hummdinger.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Blueprint & Berlin Underground, Ben Nott.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Pete McCredie.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Halfway Homebuoy, The Urban Chiefs.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Dean Dee.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Brindle Pigs.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Jake Davey.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Kelly Hope.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Kazbar.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Triple Zero.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Rox Pianoman.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Rockin’ Jukebox. 

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Shaka.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Project X.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Songs of James Taylor and Carole King, The Rumour Trio. 

Wests NEX Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Rosie’s School of Rock – Rockstar Showcase, Kellie Cain, Brien McVernon Band. Sunday, Tim Rossington, Grant Walmsley Freebird Blues Band.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Just Jade.


A Quiet Place (M) A family must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten them. (Event, Glendale)

Aurore (M) Aurore, separated from her husband, has just lost her job and been told that she is going to be a grandmother. She is slowly being pushed to the outskirts of society, but then she runs into the great love of her youth. (Tower)

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

Breath (M) Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form a friendship with a mysterious older man who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives. (Regal)

Cargo (MA) A post apocalyptic thriller and an emotional story of a father trying to save his child at all costs. (Tower)

Chappaquiddick (M) Ted Kennedy’s political career derails in the aftermath of a fatal car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist. (Lake Cinema)

Crooked House (PG) In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. (Regal)

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.

Food Fighter (M) Filmed across four continents and over two years, Food Fighter is the inspirational story of one woman’s crusade against the global scandal of food waste. (Tower)

Game Night (MA) A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery. (Regal)

Gaugin (CTC) Focused on French painter Paul Gauguin's affair with a Tahitian woman. (Tower) 

Gringo (MA) An American businessman with a stake in a pharmaceutical company that’s about to go public finds his life is thrown into turmoil by an incident in Mexico.

Gurrumul (PG) Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important voices to come out of Australia. (Tower)

Hereditary (MA) When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

Kodachrome (M) A father and son hit the road in order to reach a Kansas Kodachrome photo lab before it closes for good. (Tower)

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.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (MA) An immortal girl and a normal boy meet and become friends, sharing a bond that lasts throughout the years. (Glendale).

Mr Church (M) A unique friendship develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church. (Regal)

Ocean’s 8 (M) Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Sherlock Gnomes (G) When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (M) Han Solo leads Lucasfilm’s second standalone Star Wars film, passing Harrison Ford’s iconic smuggler role down to Alden Ehrenreich.

Tea With The Dames (M) Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre. (Tower)

The Bookshop (PG) Set in a small town in 1959 England, a woman opens a bookshop and creates a political minefield. (Lake Cinema)

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. (Regal)

The Incredibles 2 (PG) Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

Tully (M) Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a bond with a nanny named Tully. (Lake Cinema)

Upgrade (MA) Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem. (Event, Glendale)

Vince Giordano: There’s A Future In The Past (E) Vince Giordano keeps the jazz age alive with his 11-member band The Nighthawks. (Tower)