Hunter Valley Steamfest Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm, Maitland Station. Historic steam train trips, vintage machinery, interactive heritage walks and displays, live music, a vintage car display, market and food stalls, children's activities and more.
Mega Creatures Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Daily until April 28. See some of Australia's largest animatronic bugs, dinosaurs and dragons. New additions include dinosaur skeletons and archeological digs. Rides include the ferris wheel, swing chair, carousel and superslide.
30th Annual Trackmasters Dirt Track Motorcycle Meeting Saturday and Sunday, 10am onwards, Barleigh Ranch Raceway, just off the Pacific Highway at Eagleton. Admission on Saturday is free, and on Sunday $10 per car.
Record Store Day Abicus: 9am to 5pm, 103 Darby Street, Newcastle. Free coffee, giveaways, hundreds of exclusive deals, in-store performances by Vacations, Fritz and Grace Turner, and more. The Mosh Pit, 266 Main road, Cardiff. Exclusive records, free pizza (lunch), giveaways, $1 and $5 bargain bins and more. Visit your local record store to find out how they are celebrating.
A Little Bit of Italy in Broke Saturday and Sunday, various venues.
Live @ The Library 6pm to 11pm, Newcastle City Library, 15 Laman Street, Newcastle. An all-ages music event showcasing some of Newcastle's best up-and-coming artists. Cost $10; bookings at eventbrite.com.au.
Ryan Ansell Investment Solutions Race Day 11am to 6pm, Newcastle Racecourse, Broadmeadow.
Hunter Wetland Centre Dino Disco, 10.30am to 11.30am, book online as space is limited. Also, a to-scale dig site, complete with a full dinosaur skeleton, has been recreated on the grounds at Shortland.
Sail Port Stephens Saturday and Sunday. An annual yachting regatta held at Port Stephens Marine Park, with the regatta centre hosted at d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay.
Pasta Bake 11am to 3pm, Pasterfield Sports Complex, Cameron Park. Activities include an open mic, "Girls Who Skate" workshop and demonstration, food stalls and giveaways.
Walking With Llamas 10am to 11am, Ben Ean Vineyard, Pokolbin. Bookings essential.
Pop-up Wonder Fun Park Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Stockland Glendale. Features a giant Robo Rampage inflatable obstacle course, mini merry-go-round, bungee trampolines and fairy floss.
Hunter Valley Night Glow 5pm to 9pm, Roche Estate, Pokolbin. A night market, live music, roving performers, face painting and jumping castles plus hot-air balloons on display.
LiveFree Project Youth Day 1pm to 4pm, Henderson Park, Adamstown. Music, vintage clothing markets, inflatable sports, a sideshow alley, food and more.
Walk With Us 11am to 3pm, Heritage Shed, Speers Point Park. Support the Lake Macquarie Suicide Prevention & Support Network by walking along the lake to raise awareness of suicide in our community.
Pictures From The Past 1pm to 4pm, Miss Porter's House Museum, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. A special display showing Newcastle life in the early 20th century as lived by the Porter family. Adults $10, concession $8, family $25, children under 5 admitted free.
Orchestra Nova 2pm, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Lake Street, Warners Bay. Adults $20, concession $15, children $10.
'Bout Time Newcastle Junior Roller Derby Day 9am to 4pm, Cessnock Indoor Sports, Mount View Road, Cessnock.
The Mailrun Charity Bike Ride Starts and finishes at the Singleton Civic Centre in Civic Avenue. A fundraiser for Singleton Family Support Scheme.
Soul Food - The Light Within 10.30am to noon, Cameron Park Community Centre, 107 Northlakes Drive, Cameron Park. Exploring the expression of light from religions, cultures and authors. A free community event open to all.
Harlem Globetrotters 2pm to 4.30pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow.
TCYA Skate n Scooter Competition 9am to 3pm, Fly Point Skate Park, Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay. Sports, activities, a jumping castle, a coding and robotics display, music and more.
Street Food Social 4pm to 9pm, The Bower, Liberty Drive, Medowie. Food trucks, children's entertainment, music, a visit from Knights star Mitchell Pearce and a fire show with Hannah Indigo.
Easter Family Fun Day Noon onwards, Jewells Tavern 73 Ntaba Road, Jewells. Petting zoo, raffles and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Free Children's Activities Noon to 2pm, Shoal Bay Country Club.
SAVE THE DATE
To celebrate Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery's 18th anniversary, a special Gallery Society screening of At Eternity's Gate will be held at the Regal Cinema, Birmingham Gardens, on May 13 at 7pm. All funds raised support Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery's collection. Book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 4951 7630. Cost $20.
Subject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point.
Medowie Markets Saturday, 8am to 12.30pm, The Bull & Bush Motel, 37 Ferodale Road, Medowie.
Mini Indoor Markets Saturday, 9am to 4pm, Stockland Jesmond.
Easter Twilight Markets Saturday, 1pm to 4pm, Crowne Plaze Hunter Valley, Lovedale.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Adamstown Lions Club Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, cnr Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Autumn Fair 10am, Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, 2100 Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Dalwood Markets Sunday, 8am to 4pm, Dalwood Estate, Dalwood.
Edgeworth Tavern Carpark Markets Sunday, 10am to 2pm, 739 Main Road, Edgeworth.
Tomaree Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery A reminder: The gallery is closed temporarily from April to September while undergoing a $2.3 million transformation. You can still enjoy the Sculpture Park and Awaba House Restaurant and Café.
Fireshed Gallery, Wollombi Paintings & Mosaics, by Kaye Lovie, Mary Francis, Marilyn Miller, Carole McDonald, Julie Eller, ends Sunday.
Swansea Library Jenni Goodman, who illustrated four children's books based on Colin Thiele's Storm Boy. Her works will be on display at Swansea Library as part of Launchpad@LakeMac until May 11. Also, Cats and Dogs, All at Sea, SEEN@Swansea.
Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library The Many Story Treehouse Exhibition. An exhibition of Terry Denton's original illustrations, sketches and layouts from the Treehouse series developed with author Andy Griffiths. Until April 27.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery The Poetry of Space, by Tim Winters; Fond Illusion, by James Rhodes, until April 28. Charles Blackman: from the MRAG Collection, until August 11. Maitland International Salon of Photography, until May 26. Props, Masks & Magic, by Andrew Antoniou, until May 19. Also, See Make Do school holiday activities daily.
Newcastle Art Gallery Sodeisha: connected to Australia, until May 19. Floribunda: from the collection, until April 28.
Watt Space Gallery FABLE: the Art and Heart of Storytelling, curated by Jodi Vial, until April 28.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre 3 Themes - Artists Choice Movement, Animals Gardens and Plein Air Painters' Colour and Light, until May 7.
Newcastle Art Space Nature Disrupted, by Sharon Taylor, Leah Bennetts, Chris Byrnes, Em Warren, John Earle, Melissa May, Peter Gardiner, Jo Shand, ends Sunday.
Timeless Textiles Articles of Ancestry, by Anne Kelly, until May 5.
The Lock Up Known | Unknown, by Bleck, Toby Cedar, Rakini Devi Performance, John A Douglas, Amala Groom, Amrita Hepi, until May 26.
Cooks Hill Galleries Anti-Gravity, Understanding Brozone, by Steve Glassborow, until May 8.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Members Art Show, until May 5.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Book Marks, ends Sunday.
The University Gallery From the Mudbrick House: Dino and Lottie Consalvo, curated by Gillean Shaw and Ahn Wells, until April 20.
CStudios Divergent Interpretations, by Justin Lees and Kristy Elley, until April 27.
Museum of Clothing, Maitland 2018 HSC Students Design & Textile Work, ends Saturday.
Newcastle Museum Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties, until June 30. The Flora of the Hunter Region, until June 9.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre The 46th Muswellbrook Arts Prize; Art Tracks II - Tracing the history of the Muswellbrook Arts Prize, until May 5.
Howie the Rookie Award-winning Irish play in which two young men run into problems in Dublin when they are caught in a feud and friends and enemies become interchangeable. Redline Productions, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm. 4929 1977.
Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr Alex the Lion leads other animals in escaping from a zoo, and they journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar; adaptation of a film musical for young performers. Hunter Drama, at Singleton Civic Centre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm. trybooking.com.
Marina Prior & David Hobson: The 2 of Us - Up Close and Personal Musical theatre stars Marina Prior and David Hobson, deliver favourite songs and talk about engaging and funny things in their careers. Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Thursday, at 8pm. 4993 4266.
Potted Potter Amusing show that condenses the seven Harry Potter books into 70 minutes, with the main characters retained and real elements of Hogwart magic. Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Potted Productions, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday at 1.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm; Sunday at noon, 3pm and 6pm. 4929 1977.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Alessandro. Sunday, Adrianna Mac Duo.
Anchorage Port Stephens Sunday, Georgie James.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The Duotones. Sunday, Holly Mae.
Argenton Hotel Sunday, Jackson Broadway.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Fuelstar.
Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Barracuda.
Battlesticks Bar Sunday, Madelyn.
Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Saturday, The Viper Creek Band.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Club Esky. Sunday, The V Dubs.
Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Todd Schmoo.
Belmont 16s Saturday, The Black Sorrows ft. Vika & Linda Bull, The Years, Ty Penshorn, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, The Blue Water Cowboys.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Sarah De Bono. Sunday, Chris Saxby.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Dos Eager.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Triple Zero.
Blueys Nelson Bay Saturday, Sami Cooke.
The Bradford Saturday, Magic Carpet.
Burwood Inn Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Son of Coco, The Hundy Pers, Tabou.
Cardiff RSL Saturday, Gen-R-8.
Catho Pub Saturday, David McCredie.
Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Emily Alice Green. Sunday, Megan Core.
Central Leagues Club Saturday, Just Jade.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre Saturday, Toni Childs (USA).
Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Boys Light Up Tribute to Australian Crawl.
Club Catalina Sunday, Roxy.
Club Kotara Saturday, The Search Party.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Jason Paris.
Club Maitland City Saturday, Kaylah Anne.
Colliery Inn Sunday, Reg Sinclair.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Layth Gunn.
Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, Loose Lucy.
Customs House Sunday, Zane Penn.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.
D'Albora Marina Sunday, Jordan.
Denman Hotel Saturday, The Georgia Project.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, iPod Shuffle.
The Dungeon Saturday, Hey Universe, Diplazar, Gold Blum, Hazel Dazel.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Dave Alone.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Rocket. Sunday, Emile.
Easts Leisure & Golf Club Sunday, Donnie Soper.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, The Lamplighters.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Junior and Luana.
Finnegans Saturday, Mobin Master.
Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Shivoo.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Jamie Martens Duo.
General Roberts Hotel Saturday, Dan Newberry.
George Tavern Saturday, Chris Saxby.
Grain Store Sunday, J.J King.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Gleny Rae Virus & The Young Bastards.
Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Kazzie Duo.
Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, The Smarts.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Matty G.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Zombonimo, PurEnvy, Virescent. Sunday, Natalie Henry & Friends.
Harrigan's Pokolbin Saturday, Greg Bryce, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Sara & Zak.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Jungle Kings. Sunday, Bobby C.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Karen O'Shea.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Soda.
Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, Zac and Ben.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Mojo Bandits.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Project X. Sunday, Catfish Soup.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.
Lass O'Gowrie Saturday, The Main Guy & The Other Guys. Sunday, Punk 'n' Lunch ft. MOM, P...s Eme, Chicko Roll Models.
Lizotte's Saturday, Simon and Garfunkel - The Concert. Sunday, Francine Bell and Friends.
Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Wayne Dufty.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Brown Bear & Hooves. Sunday, Sunday Soul Sessions.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Choice Cuts.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Counterpart.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Greg Bryce.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Pete McCredie.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Early Daze.
Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Kylie Jane.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Bernie.
Murray's Brewery Sunday, Michael Peter.
Nag's Head Hotel Saturday, Karen O'Shea.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Marissa +2. Sunday, Anyerin.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Matt Semmens.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.
Newcastle Diggers Saturday, Maryanne Rex.
Newcastle Hotel Saturday, Luen, Will Freeth, Kizza, Harry.
Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Joel Procter.
Newcastle Regional Library Saturday, The Hamilton Alpine Club, India and the Journey to the East, Mango Avenue, Regi Kay Music.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Allon, Brien McVernon.
Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Pocket Aces.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo. Sunday, Jake Davey.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Sari Jade & Spike.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, The Levymen. Sunday, Lithium.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Saturday, Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont. Sunday, Wayne Dufty.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Tommy Gun.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Louis Burt.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Murray Byfield.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, The Core. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.
Shaft Tavern Saturday, Mardmax.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Madelyn, The V Dubs. Sunday, Willy Doodrop, Matt McLaren, Jason Bone.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Scully.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Snape Brothers.
Spinning Wheel Hotel Sunday, Kaylah Anne.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Floyd Vincent & the Temple Dogs. Sunday, Irish Mythen (CAN).
Star Hotel Saturday, Tom Blake Duo.
Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, Total Recall Giant 80's Party.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Roll With It.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, Sounds Of Sunday. Sunday, Project X.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, The Way.
Swansea Workers Club Sunday, Simon King.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Peter Stefanson.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.
Toronto Hotel Sunday, Tailgate Drive.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Overload.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Ty Penshorn.
Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, The Bad and The Ugly. Sunday, Oran Vir.
Wangi Hotel Saturday, Bernie. Sunday, Rotherly Garden.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Saturday, Hard Boyle'd. Sunday, Half Nelson Jazz.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Stiletto.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Anthology.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Cruzers.
Wests NEX Saturday, Peking Duk, The Big Bang.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Likes for Sykes Concert ft. Half Nelson, The Viper Creek Band, Hornet, DV8, Riff Raff, Backfire, Damnation, The Ride Ons, Kellie Cain & Ross Omerond, Blues Bombers, The Cassettes, Sunscreen, Love That Hat, One Man Dan, Blackest Sabbath. Sunday, Mark Wood.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Megan Core.
Bohemian Rhapsody (M) The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid. (Regal)
Captain Marvel (M) Carol Danvers, a former US Air Force fighter pilot, has her DNA fused with that of a Kree during an accident, leading her to question her past when Earth is caught in a galactic war between two alien races.
Dumbo (PG) A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus. But when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.
Five Feet Apart (M) A pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love.
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. (Regal)
Guess How Much I Love You - An Enchanting Easter (G) When Little Nutbrown hare leads an expedition to find a pure white fawn, the friends don't really believe one exists, but when they do find her they are reminded the world is full of wondrous creatures.
Hellboy (R) Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola. Hellboy is caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human and battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
Hotel Mumbai (MA) The true story of the victims and survivors of the devastating attacks on Mumbai in 2008. (Lake Cinema)
Instant Family (PG) A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children. (Regal)
Little (PG) A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.
Manje Bistre 2 (CTC) While getting prepared for his sister's wedding, a young man attempts to woo a girl whose marriage to another man has already been fixed.
Mary Poppins Returns (PG) Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives. (Regal)
Mary Queen Of Scots (MA) In 1561 Mary Stuart, widow of the King of France, returns to Scotland, reclaims her rightful throne and menaces the future of Queen Elizabeth I as ruler of England. (Regal)
Missing Link (PG) Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.
Pet Sematary (MA) Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King. Dr. Louis Creed discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near his family's new home.
Pick Of The Litter (G) Follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career. (Regal)
Shazam! (M) By shouting out one word a streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into an adult superhero.
Stan & Ollie (PG) Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on a tour of post-war Britain. (Lake Cinema)
The Aftermath (M) Post World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German who previously owned the house.
The Curse of the Weeping Woman (M) Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.
The Lego Movie 2 (PG) The heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure.
The Trouble With You (M) A widow discovers that her husband sent an innocent man to jail to cover up his own crimes.
Us (MA) A family's serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begin to terrorise them.
Wonder Park (PG) The story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.