Lakefest 2019 9am, Belmont 16s Pirate Fun Day; 1.30pm, LMYC Lakefest Regatta day one. A celebration of aquatic activity on Lake Macquarie with sailing, paddling, classic boats and activities; until March 3.
2019 Maitland Show Saturday, 8am to 10pm, Sunday, 8am to 4pm, at Maitland Showground, Blomfield Street, Maitland. Rides, showbags, a sideshow alley, exhibitions, animals, music and much more.
Flickerfest Event Cinemas Kotara. The night kicks off at 6pm with Best of Australian Shorts, followed by an after-party with complimentary drinks and snacks, then the Short Laughs Comedy program at 8.45pm. Novocastrian Natalie van den Dungen’s film Sherbert Rosencrantz will feature, a story about a young girl whose world revolves around her pet guinea pig.
Cinema Under The Stars 5.30pm to 10pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point. Family-friendly entertainment and activities followed by the movie Paddington 2 at sundown. Entry is free.
Lake Macquarie Family History Group 10am to 4pm, Marmong Point Community Hall, 31B George Street, Marmong Point. Guest speaker at 2pm is Ben Finn from NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Forage, Flower and Fold Natural Dyeing Workshop 10am to 12.30pm, Hudson St Hum, 7 Hudson Street, Hamilton. Book online.
Sailing F11 State Championship Round 2, 9am to 5pm, Belmont 16ft Sailing Club.
The Levee One Day Sale High Street, Maitland. Offers and discounts from participating stores plus the chance to win a $2500 shopping spree.
Newcastle Pro Wrestling #76 – The Invictus Tournament Finals 7.30pm, Charlestown Bowling Club, 5 Lincoln Street, Charlestown. Book early for ringside seats.
Aussie Night Markets 4pm to 10pm, Cessnock Showground, 111 Mount View Drive, Cessnock. $2 entry fee at the gate; free for under 16s. Rides, arts and crafts, food trucks, live music and more.
Free Tai Chi and Qigong 10am to 11.30am, Foreshore Park, Newcastle. Part of Seniors Festival 2019.
Men's Health Education Regional Van Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6pm, Club Maitland City. Free health checks including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Assistance from Rotary Club of Rutherford Telarah.
A Day On The Green John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Dan Sultan, Stella Donnelly at Bimbadgen. This event has sold out.
Day at the Races for Camp Quality Newcastle Racecourse, Darling Street, Broadmeadow.
Seniors Festival 2019 Swansea Community Cottage: 10.30am to 11am, Bush Tucker Workshop; Noon to 2pm, Paint It!; 2pm to 4pm, Macrame Workshop.
2019 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Beach. More than $100,000 in cash and prizes on offer. Beach bar, activities, music and more.
Light Rail Community Open Day 11am to 4pm, Newcastle CBD. Be one of the first to ride light rail in Newcastle - for free - before services officially start on Monday. Each of the six light rail stops between Newcastle Beach and Newcastle Interchange will feature live music, children's entertainment, magicians, monster bubbles, photo booths, stilt walkers, face painting and more.
Endless Summer 11am to 4pm, Charlestown Swim Centre. Live music, an inflatable obstacle course, games and prizes. Free entry for the first 50 young people (aged 12 to 24).
Australia For Disability: The Top to Bottom Ride 9am, Bunnings Maitland. A fundraising BBQ to support The Mai-Wel Group. Donations for Ride Around Australia are also open online.
Seniors Festival 2019 Swansea Community Cottage: 10.30am to 11am, Bush Tucker Workshop; 11am, Healthy Cooking on a Budget; 11am to 1pm, Macrame Workshop; noon to 2pm, Afternoon Tea in the Garden.
Cupid's Undie Run Noon, Nobbys SLSC, Newcastle Shortland Esplanade and Pasha Way, Newcastle.
Same Waves 8.30am to 10am, Bar Beach, Newcastle. Hosted by Cooks Hill Surf Club, a surfing program aimed at children with special needs and disabilities.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Movie Night Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm movie start - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG). Gold coin on entry with money raised going to the Hunter branch of Cancer Council NSW. There will be a cinema menu available for purchase from Crusoe’s on the Lake and popcorn for $5 a box. No outside food or drinks are to be brought into the club. Seating and bean bags will be provided. Part of Lakefest 2019. Ada Street, Belmont.
2019 Grape Stomp 8.30am, Peter Drayton Wines, 694 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin. Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast, sparkling wines and craft beers from Ironbark Hill Brewhouse. Pick and stomp Shiraz grapes, enjoy bottling wine, playing games, live entertainment and fun for the kids with a jumping castle and face painting. Book at Sticky Tickets.
Sanbah Grindhouse Skate Comp 2pm, Marketown Newcastle. Presented by Bar Beach Bowl Riders. Categories for Under 9s, Under 16s, Open and Women’s Open. Register at sanbahgrindhouse.com.
2019 Northern Novice Foil Competition 10am, PCYC Newcastle, corner Young and Melbourne roads, Broadmeadow. For young or new fencers.
Honeysuckle Dog Day Noon to 4pm, Honeysuckle Hotel. Pound Paws, in partnership with Honeysuckle Hotel are throwing their first Dog Day event in Newcastle. Live music, pup massages, rescue dogs, vet health checks, best dressed dog and best trick competitions and more.
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The Making of a Champion: An evening with Nathan Outteridge, at Wangi RSL on Monday, February 18. Newcastle Herald journalist Scott Bevan will interview the Wangi-born Olympic gold medal winner and America’s Cup skipper, who will share with the audience the highs and the lows of his remarkable sailing career. A fundraiser for Hunter drought relief. Admission costs $30 and includes canapés and a drink. Arrive at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are available through Wangi RSL Club on 4975 1433.
Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warners Bay Foreshore.
Church Garage Sale Saturday, 8,30am to 12.30pm, St John’s Presbyterian Church Hall, corner Hanbury and Macquarie streets, Mayfield.
Raymond Terrace Community Markets Saturday, 9.30am to 2pm, Riverside Park, 4 Hunter Street, Raymond Terrace.
Tanilba Bay Markets Saturday, 9am to noon, President Wilson Walk, Tanilba Bay.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Toronto Lions Markets Sunday, 7.30am to 12.30pm, Lions Park, south of Fennell Bay Bridge, Toronto.
Adamstown Lions Club Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, cnr Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
My Kids Market NSW Sunday, 9am to noon, Newcastle Basketball Stadium. Pre-loved babies and children's items.
Nelson Bay Legacy Markets Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Neil Carroll Park, Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Staging Love, by Jumaadi, until March 24. The Poetry of Space, by Tim Winters, until April 28.
Newcastle Art Gallery Floribunda: from the collection, until April 28. Saturday and Sunday, Art Cart: free art-making activity for kids of all ages, 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First Class 18, until March 31. Saturday: Drop-in Drawing for Teens & Adults, 1pm to 2.30pm. Sunday: Art Space, 10.30am to noon, for young children and their families.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Summer in the Bay; Holiday Jewels, until February 19.
Waves SEEN@Swansea, The Swansea Centre, until March 31.
Local History Lounge, Newcastle Library Captured: Portraits of Crime, until February 20.
Art Systems Wickham Francis Celtlan, A Life & Legacy, until February 24.
Studio 21 Da-le! by Mark Wojcik. Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm.
Newcastle Art Space Transfiguration, by Leeroy Chapman, until March 2.
Timeless Textiles Big Ink, by Fiona Duthie, until March 10.
The Lock Up Argo Internal Pressure, by Braddon Snape, until March 17.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Printed, by Eleanor Dean, Annie Corey, Holly Staniland, Megan McCarthy, Taylah Weiss, until February 24.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Sisterscapes, by Regina Law and Ulrike Hora, until February 24.
Watt Space Gallery Dandelion, by Josiah Cocking; Process and Reality, by Leeroy Chapman; Headlines of Future Past, by Scott Probst; Portraits of Ghosts, by Benjamin Crocker, until March 3.
The University Gallery Common Ground Pacific, by Greg Fuller, Jason Hicklin and Tracy Hill, until March 19. Meet the printmakers at Newcastle Printmakers Workshop on Saturday from 3pm, all welcome. 27 Popran Road, Adamstown.
Newcastle Museum The Low End Exhibition: Saturday, 7pm; Bean To Cup Talk: Sunday, 1pm to 3pm; Supernova Summer of Culture.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Alessandro. Sunday, Alias Duo.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Brazilian Brothers Duo. Sunday, Andrew G.
Argenton Hotel Saturday, Dream Catchers. Sunday, Jackson Broadway.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Viagro.
Bar Beach Bowling Club Sunday, Cheshire Grin.
Bar Petite Saturday, Arden Project.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Madelyn. Sunday, Codi Kaye.
Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Saturday, Whiskey Business.
Beach Hotel Sunday, Mark Wells.
Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Triple Zero.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Andrew De Silva’s Prince Purple Revolution, Anthology, Bobby C. Sunday, Backbeat Duo.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Redline.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Vogue.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Shivoo. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
Bimbadgen Saturday, A Day On The Green ft John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Dan Sultan, Stella Donnelly.
Blueys Nelson Bay Saturday, Louis Burt. Sunday, Kazzie.
The Bradford Saturday, Smokin Rosie.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Royal Bass ft Mastadon; Narla, Kimono Drag Queens, Demi Mitchell.
Catho Pub Saturday, Jamie Martens. Sunday, The V Dubs.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Jason Bone.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Iguana.
Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Newcastle Pro Wrestling.
Clare Castle Hotel Sunday, The Stunned Mullets.
Club Kotara Saturday, Paperboy.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Karen O’Shea.
Colliery Inn Sunday, Anyerin.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Craig Thommo.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Jake Folbigg, DJ Z4KLND.
Customs House Sunday, Mick Jones, Get Jazzy ft Half Nelson.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Hayden Johns.
D’Albora Marina Sunday, Pete McCredie.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.
Easts Leisure & Golf Club Sunday, Max Jackson.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, ROX.
Eatons Hotel Saturday, Tom Christie.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Simon King.
Family Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Body Vice.
Finnegans Saturday, Savage.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, King Shakey.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, The Way.
George Tavern Saturday, Dos Eager.
Grain Store Sunday, JJ King.
Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Joel Oakhill Duo.
Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, 24 Hours.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Snape Trilogy.
Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Ruby Gill, Demi Mitchell, Edda Srey.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Beau Hatch, Newcastle Flyers. Sunday, City Beats.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Crocq.
Hotel Delany Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.
Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Fat Pizza vs Houso.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Ed Sheeran Tribute Show.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Comedy Night, Christina Crofts Blues Band.
Kurri Bowling Club Saturday, Anthony Lee.
Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Guerilla Radio.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Maroota Joe, The Letter Tellers, Paper Hill. Sunday, All Day Lass Bash ft Costa, Droplets, Eclipse, Jakesy Hustle, Lisa May, Tikabox, Creepy Dylan, Eumi J B2B.
Lucky Hotel Sunday, Gian.
Marks Point Sports Club Saturday, Greg Watt Karaoke.
Mary Ellen Saturday, Rocket.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Phonic Duo.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, Chris Unicomb.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Max Jackson.
Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Perpetrators, Mental Health, Decades.
Mezz Bar Saturday, GenR8, DJ 88. Sunday, Tyler John.
Morisset Country Club Sunday, Mark Lee.
Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Nano.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Dr. Zoom Duo. Sunday, Bobby C.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Anyerin.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, The Years.
Newcastle Hotel Saturday, Dallas Crane, Newy Saturdays ft Will Freeth.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Nano, Nick Saxby.
Pelican RSL Club Sunday, Mardy Leith.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Kempy. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Sari, Jade & Spike.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Ngariki.
The Pourhouse Saturday, Back to the 90s.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, The Big Bang Band. Sunday, The Jungle Kings, Wharf Life.
Quill & Compass Sunday, Sunday Jazz Jam.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Loko.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Saturday, Robbie Urquhart. Sunday, Simon King.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Kylie Jane, Mick Jones.
Shed Akuna Bay Sunday, Grace Fuller.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Arcane Duo.
Shinnies Hotel Sunday, La Bomba Rock n Roll Band.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Emile. Saturday, At The Hop.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Joey’s Coop.
Star Hotel Saturday, Keys on King ft Matt & Carter.
Stockton RSL Club Sunday, Jamie Martens.
Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Gerda.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, The New Cool Duo.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Outerphase.
Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Mark Lee. Sunday, Dave McCredie.
Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Felix Quinn Music Band. Sunday, Love That Hat.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Sami. Sunday, Swing Katz.
Toronto Hotel Saturday, Blues on the Lake ft The Mal Eastick Band, Kevin Borich, The Bondi Cigars, The Steve Edmonds Band, The Finn Blues Band.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Brien McVernon Duo.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Jayde Corner.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Zane Penn.
Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, The Bad and The Ugly. Sunday, Sunday Soul Sessions.
Wangi Hotel Sunday, James Paul.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, The V Dubs.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Jackson Broadway.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years.
Wests City – NEX Saturday, The After Party Trio.
Wests Nelson Bay Saturday, Dr. Zoom Duo.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, 2 Good Reasons.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Georgie, Helena Kitley Duo, Little Cents. Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Dave Carter.
Hot Mikado Bright reworking, set in the 1940s, of the amusing classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta about a ruler’s son seeking a wife. Lindsay Street Players and Young People's Theatre, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday at 2pm. 4961 4895.
Showstoppers – Standing Ovation A lively mix of Broadway and London West End musical show numbers. Maitland Musical Society. East Cessnock Bowling Club, Saturday at 7.30pm, and Sunday at 2pm. 0434 799 343.
Strictly Murder A man with many secrets increasingly faces demands from his female partner and officials who are investigating him; drama by Brian Clemens. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. 4931 2800.
The Tiger, the Holy Man and the Jackal Bright retelling of classic Indian stories for family audiences, with puppetry by Curious Legends and dance by Chakras Dance. Shed 11 Collective, 50 Clyde Street, Hamilton North. Saturday, with kids games, community dance workshops and food stalls from 6.30pm; show, 30 minutes, begins at 8.15pm. stickytickets.com.au.
Alita: Battle Angel (M) From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) comes an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognise, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realises that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past.
A Star Is Born (M) A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. (Regal)
Aquaman (M) When Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, he must step forward to lead his people.
Ben Is Back (M) Ben Burns returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way.
Bohemian Rhapsody (M) A celebration of Queen, their music and their lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes to become one of the world’s best entertainers. (Regal)
Cold Pursuit (MA 15+) Kehoe is a glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The local police aren’t used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplough driver, Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson), is murdered at the order of Viking (Tom Bateman), a flamboyant drug lord. Fueled by rage and armed with heavy machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly (PG) The destinies of three legendary Saiyans collide in the greatest showdown of all time.
Escape Room (M) A psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.
Glass (M) Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
Green Book (M) The story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for a highly-educated African-American classical pianist. The mismatched pair embark on a two-month tour of concert venues in the racially-charged south.
Happy Death Day 2 U (M) Two years after the events of the first film, Tree Gelbman re-enters the time loop to determine why she was entered into it in the first place. She must also face a revenge-seeking Lori, who has been resurrected by the power of the time loop.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (G) The arrival of a female Night Fury turns Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon’s lives upside in the third entry in the franchise.
Instant Family (PG) When Pete and Ellie decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight.
It’s The Law (M) In a Sicilian town plagued by countless problems provoked by a rampant dishonesty, the inhabitants elect a mayor which promises order and legality. But the truth is that the town is corrupted and dishonest beyond redemption.
Mary Poppins Returns (G) In depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins are a personal loss.
Mary Queen Of Scots (MA) Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I.
On The Basis of Sex (M) The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and what she had to overcome in order to become a US Supreme Court Justice.
Ralph Breaks The Internet (PG) Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope travel to the internet in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush.
Storm Boy (M) Kingley recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. (Lake Cinema)
The Children Act (M) In the midst of a marital crisis, a High Court judge must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer despite his family’s refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons.
The Gandhi Murder (MA) A conspiracy theory period film based on true events, that led to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Kid Who Would Be King (PG) Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur.
The Old Man & The Gun (M) The true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists. (Lake Cinema)
The Mule (MA) A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.
Vice (M) George W. Bush wins the 2000 election, but it’s Cheney who quietly takes charge, wielding his newfound power as vice president to reshape the country and the world – with lasting consequences. (Lake Cinema)
What Men Want (CTC) A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts.