Richmond Vale Railway Museum's Annual Model Railway Exhibition 9.30am onwards, Saturday and Sunday, 262 Leggetts Drive, Richmond Vale. Unlimited rides on a full-sized train; retail stalls for new and secondhand models; a repair service for children's Thomas the Tank Engine toys and much more. Entry: $16 adults; $11 concession; $7.50 children five to 15; under five admitted free.
STEP BACK into King Street Heritage Festival 10am to 3pm, King Street, Raymond Terrace. Old fashioned activities and games; dress up in vintage attire for a prize; live music; dance; storytelling; poetry and penny farthings.
Lake Macquarie Family History Group 10am to 4pm, Marmong Point Community Hall, 31B George Street, Marmong Point. Guest speaker is Lyn Hancock, professional genealogist, whose special interest is family history charting. All welcome.
Charity Ball 6.30pm, Macedonian Community Newcastle - Multicultural Centre, 14 School Street, Broadmeadow. A fundraiser for The Australia Cancer Research Foundation.
surGICure Trivia Night 6pm, Charlestown Bowling Club. surGICure supports research into gastrointestinal cancers.
Fire Station Open Day 10am to 2pm, various locations. Safety demonstrations, fire station tours and the chance to inspect firefighting equipment and trucks.
Lovedale Long Lunch Saturday and Sunday, various Lovedale wineries.
Election Day Fair 8.30am to 2pm, St John's Presbyterian Church, corner Hanbury and Macquarie streets, Mayfield. Homemade cakes, jams, pickles, chutneys and much more.
Allambi Care presents Cinema in the Park 2pm to 8.30pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point. Food and market stalls, face painting, free rides and Incredibles 2 on the big screen at sunset. Chairs allowed.
Terrarium Workshop 10am to 11am, Charlestown Square Creative Village, Level 2. Cost $50; bookings essential at trybooking.com.
Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival 2019 Daily throughout May and June. Various venues, details at winecountry.com.au.
One Skirt One Pattern One Day 10am to 3pm, Newcastle ArtSpace, 91 Chinchen Street, Tighes Hill. Details at newcastleartspace.org.au.
The Hunter Steampunk Ball 7pm to 11pm, Link Gallery, Newcastle Museum.
Reunion Night 11am onwards, Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow. Cheer on six Newcastle Hunters senior Basketball NSW representative teams as they take on Hills Hornets Basketball Association. Tickets at the door: adults $6; children/concession $3.
Wedding Open Day Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Hexham Bowling Club.
St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days Saturday and Sunday, Exhibition Grounds, St Heliers Road, Muswellbrook.
2019 Ocean and Earth Junior Regional Titles Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle.
Middle Rock 'n' Roll Festival 2019 10am to 6pm, Middle Rock Holiday Resort, One Mile. A full day of live music including The Blue Suede Boppers and The Rattle Snakes; 1950's Car Show 'n' Shine; pin-up stalls; hair and make-up artists; rockabilly/memorabilia stalls; pin-up fashion parade; food trucks; dance floor and more.
Rathmines Catalina Festival 9am to 3pm, Rathmines Park and Club Catalina. An air show, food and market stalls, music, vehicle displays, dragon boat racing, joy flights, Fighter World Display and more.
2019 NSW AHA Variety Bash 11am onwards, Foreshore Park, Newcastle.
Newcastle Fire and Flow 2pm onwards, King Edward Park, Newcastle. Music, workshops and more.
RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2019 9am to 2pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle.
Landcare Ash Island Tree Planting 9.30am to 11.30am, Schoolmaster's House, Ash Island. Followed by a small presentation to veteran volunteers and a light lunch.
Biggest Morning Tea 10am to 1pm, Ringwood Park, near Ferodale. Hosted by The MG Car Club (Newcastle). A fundraiser for The Cancer Council NSW. Racing from 9am to 4pm.
Life Without Barriers Cup 9.30am onwards, The Gardens Greyhound & Sporting Complex, Newcastle. Wallsend Red Devils vs New Lambton Eagles. Half-time shows, market and food stalls, rides and more.
Hunter Horse Haven Fundraiser 1pm to 4pm, The Bull n Bush Hotel, Medowie. Live music, facepainting, raffles and more.
A Walk With The Porters 2pm to 4.30pm, Miss Porter's House, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. Take a guided stroll around the family's neighbourhood and hear about places brought to life with stories from the museum collection. Tour, tea and museum: adult $25, child $10, family $50, National Trust member $20. Bookings essential at eventbrite.com.
Street Eats Noon to 3pm, RH Taylor Reserve, Lorn.
SAVE THE DATE
Variety Family Fun Day is on Saturday, May 25, 11am to 3pm at Newcastle's Foreshore Park. Welcome the Variety Bash cars home, plus jumping castles, face painting, rides, a giant maze, Zorb balls, a petting zoo and more. A $5 charge per child will allow them access to unlimited rides, face painting, airbrush tattoos, fairy floss and popcorn.
Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, The Esplanade, Warners Bay.
Hunter Valley Gourmet Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, First Creek Wines, Pokolbin.
The Anglican Parish Telarah Rutherford's Garage Sale Saturday, 7.30am to noon, corner South and Capp streets, Telarah.
Tanilba Bay Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kooindah Plaza, President Wilson Walk, Tanilba Bay.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Newcastle Food & Flower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.
Mini Indoor Markets Saturday, 9am to 5pm, Stockland Jesmond.
Maitland Aussie Night Market Saturday, 4pm to 9pm, Maitland Showground, Blomfield Street, Maitland.
Adamstown Lions Club Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, cnr Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Nelson Bay Legacy Markets Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Neil Carroll Park, Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Sunday, 2pm, One Fine Day starring Opera Australia's Mariana Hong and Samuel Piper.
Blackstone Gallery A Collection of Works by Patricia Van Lubeck, until June 24.
Lovett Gallery Streets of Our Town: Local Subdivision Plans 1880s-1950s, until July 20.
Local History Lounge - Newcastle Library Ten Years of Newcastle Productions: The art of Trevor Dickinson, until July 20.
Watt Space Gallery Beyond The Binary and Under Twenty-Seven, by Dr Ella Dreyfus, until May 26.
The Laurel, Hamilton Matilda Walsh, until June 10.
SEEN@Swansea Cats and Dogs, All at Sea, until June 2.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Charles Blackman: from the MRAG Collection, until August 11. Maitland International Salon of Photography, until May 26. Props, Masks Magic, by Andrew Antoniou, ends Sunday. Cubby House, by Alysha Fewster; Between Nature & Sin, by David Griggs, until July 21.
Newcastle Art Gallery Sodeisha, ends Sunday. The nature of abstraction, by Virginia Cuppaidge, until July 21. Art Cart: Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Spinners & Weavers; Rustic Country Life, by Gay Stehr, until June 18.
The Lock Up Known | Unknown, by Bleck, Toby Cedar, Rakini Devi Performance, John A Douglas, Amala Groom, Amrita Hepi, until May 26.
The Old Fireshed Gallery, Wollombi Cultural Centre A Thread of Colour, by 4 Directions, until May 26.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Landscapes of Memory, by Melanie Pegg, Kara Wood and Holly Marlin, until May 26.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Starkers - Exhibition of Nudes, until June 2.
CStudios Solomon Island Dreaming, by Rose McAllister, until June 1.
Newcastle Museum Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties, until June 30. The Flora of the Hunter Region, until June 9.
Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr Alex the Lion leads other animals in escaping from a zoo, and they are shipped to a madcap world in Madagascar; adaptation for young performers of a lively rock-style musical. Young People's Theatre, at Young People's Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, until May 25. ypt.org.au/bookings; 4961 4895.
A Midsummer Night's Dream A man and woman who elope to a forest at night to escape those who won't let them marry meet many colourful people in William Shakespeare's comedy. St Francis Xavier's College, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 7.30pm. 4929 1977.
Space Dragon Adventure A stranded dysfunctional space crew crash-land in an alien cantina; revised version of a comedy first staged in 2016. Newcastle University Drama Society, at Tantrum Studio, Merewether. Friday and Saturday, at 7.30pm, Sunday, at 6pm. eventbrite.com.au.
Speaking in Tongues Two couples set out to betray their partners, with a lover returning from the past and a woman disappearing; gripping Australian drama by Andrew Bovell. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm (final shows). 4931 2800.
Suddenly Last Summer A mother tries to keep her murdered son's behaviour secret in Tennessee Williams' gripping drama. Young People's Theatre and Lindsay Street Players, at Young People's Theatre, Hamilton. Sunday at 2pm. ypt.org.au; or ring 4961 4895 on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll The much-loved Australian play by Ray Lawler about two canecutters' experiences with women on their summer break that led to two prequels. Atwea College Creative Arts and Music, at The Creative Arts Space (CAS Theatre), Hamilton. Saturday at 7.30pm (final show). trybooking.com.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Urby. Sunday, Crocq Duo.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Bliss Bomb.
Argenton Hotel Sunday, The Duo Tones.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, XYZ.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Connect Five. Sunday, Misbehave.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Damien Leith: Rock 'n' Soul, The Best of Roy Orbison and the songs of Elvis Presley, The Snape Trilogy, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, 2 Left Feet.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Overload.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Shooting Molly.
Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Captain Risky.
Blueys Nelson Bay Saturday, Kelly Hope.
The Bradford Saturday, Ash Mountain.
Burwood Inn Saturday, Mick Fetch.
Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Propagandhi, Sunday School ft Foemen, Chakra Efendi, Lemon Joe.
Catho Pub Sunday, Melbourne Street.
Central Leagues Club Saturday, Marissa+1.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Kazzie Duo.
Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Irish Wolfhounds.
Club Catalina Sunday, Mark Lee.
Club Kotara Saturday, Shivoo.
Club Maitland City Saturday, Sami.
Colliery Inn Sunday, Brien McVernon.
Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Saturday, Darren Gould.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, DJs.
Customs House Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth, Felix Quinn Band.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Joel Oakhill.
D'Albora Marina Sunday, Tyler John.
Denman Hotel Sunday, Bernie.
Doyalson RSL Saturday, The Way.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Vivian.
Easts Leisure & Golf Club Sunday, Max Jackson.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Karen O'Shea.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Saturday, Jackson Halliday.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.
Emma's Cottage Saturday, The Big Bang Band.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Oran Vir.
Finnegans Saturday, Steve Zappa.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Joel Oakhill, Counterpart.
Gartelmann Wines Saturday, Sunday, Gen-R-8.
General Roberts Hotel Saturday, James Naldo.
George Tavern Saturday, Hi Fi Days.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Doc & The Delegates.
Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Dr. Zoom Duo.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Paperboy. Sunday, Kaylens Rain Duo.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, From Love To Violence, Bitchcraft, Carnal Viscera. Sunday, The Shadow Cast Residency ft Boots Porter, Lachlan X. Morris, Blythe.
Harrigan's Pokolbin Saturday, Gen-R-8.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells Trio. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Tigerlily.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Ben Woodham.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Guy Richards.
Lass O'Gowrie Saturday, Bandapalooza. Sunday, Dedos Curiosos, Vanishing Shapes.
Lizotte's Saturday, Dancin In The Shadows of Motown. Sunday, Eric Bibb (lunch and dinner shows). Tuesday, The Whitlams.
Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Brown Bear + Hooves. Sunday, Sunday Soul Sessions.
Mary Ellen Saturday, Gen-X.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Superstar Karaoke.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Anyerin.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Jake Davey.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Loose Bazooka, DJ 88. Sunday, Loose Bazooka, Pete McCredie.
Morisset Country Club Sunday, Andrew G.
Murray's Brewery Sunday, Austin Mackay.
Nags Head Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Jake Rattle & Roll, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, Bobby C.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Megan Core.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, The Years.
Newcastle Diggers Saturday, Mark Lee.
Newcastle Racecourse Saturday, Joel Procter.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Madelyn, Nicko.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Eye On You.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Katie Jayne Duo. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Sari Jade & Spike.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Felix Quinn Band. Sunday, Hummingbirds, Wharf Life.
Railway Hotel Cessnock Sunday, MAK.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Kevin O'Hara.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, The V Dubs.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Saturday, All In Good Fun Karaoke. Sunday, James Naldo.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Andrew G.
Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent Saturday, Cafe of the Gate of Salvation.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Paparazzi.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Komiti Levai Duo, Adz & Sophie. Sunday, Casey Bellamy.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Halfway Homebuoy.
Star Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.
Summerland Sporties Saturday, The Way.
Swansea Hotel Sunday, Overload.
Swansea Workers Club Sunday, Georgie James.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Kristo and King.
Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Crawford Brothers. Sunday, The V Dubs.
Tatler Wines Sunday, Hornet.
Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Cash Up Front: The Johnny Cash Show.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kevin O'Hara.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Craig Thommo.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Brien McVernon Duo.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Tim Harding. Sunday, Mark Wells.
Vincent St Kitchen and Bar Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo. Sunday, Kaylens Rain Duo.
Wangi Hotel Saturday, Chris Unicomb.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Saturday, Open Mic Night. Sunday, Reggie Sinclair.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Dream Catchers.
Weston Workers Saturday, At The Hop.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Love That Hat.
Wests City Saturday, Iguana.
Wests Mayfield Sunday, Shayne Anne O'Leary, Paul Hayman.
Wests Nelson Bay Saturday, Jake Rattle & Roll, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, DJ John Curtain.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Anthology.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Holly Mae Band, The Lamplighters. Sunday, Madelyn, Road Hogs.
Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Sunday, Karaoke.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Jessica Cain.
All Is True (CTC) Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as William Shakespeare in this biopic that recounts the final years of the Bard's life. Co-stars Judi Dench.
Avengers: Endgame (M) After the events of Infinity War, Thanos has wiped out half the life in the universe. With the help of the remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble to do what is necessary to undo the Mad Titan's deed.
Back Of The Net (G) A new student at a soccer academy is determined to beat her rival's team in the national tournament.
Captain Marvel (M) Carol Danvers, a former US Air Force fighter pilot has her DNA fused with that of a Kree.
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.
Gloria Bell (M) Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity and family. (Lake Cinema)
Green Book (M) A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American south.
Hellboy (R) Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
John Wick 3: Parabellum (CTC) Keanu Reeves, writer Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski return for the third installment in the neo-noir action thriller series.
Kilian Jornet: Path To Everest (CTC) Record-breaking mountain athlete Klian Jornet Burgada reveals his most intimate fears, contradictions and passions in this documentary portrait.
Ladies in Black (PG) Adapted from the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John, a tender-hearted comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney.
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.
Little Woods (CTC) Nia DaCosta's debut feature, nominated for Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca, follows two down-and-out estranged sisters trying to make ends meet.
Long Shot (M) Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with a self-destructive streak. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and first crush.
Loud Krazy Love (CTC) Documentary on Brian "Head" Welch's departure from nu metal band KoRn, his escape from addiction and his troubled relationship with his daughter.
Me & My Left Brain (CTC) An OCD-sufferer obsesses over his crush over one sleepless night in this Australian comedy written and directed by - and - starring Alex Lykos.
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.
On The Basis of Sex (M) A biographical legal drama film based on the life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun (G) Ten brand new episodes including a two-part festival special, as well as exclusive new interactive entertainment featuring little ones singing and playing along with their favourite onscreen characters.
Peterloo (CTC) Multi-Oscar nominee Mike Leigh (Another Year) writes and directs this story on the 1819 Peterloo Massacre.
Pet Sematary (MA) Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Dr. Louis Creed, who, after relocating with his wife Rachel and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home.
Pokemon Detective (PG) Pikachu A young man teams up with Detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) to find his missing father in this live action family adventure.
Poms (PG) Diane Keaton starts a cheerleading squad in a retirement community with Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier and Rhea Perlman in this uplifting comedy.
Shazam! (M) We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into an adult superhero.
Stan & Ollie (PG) With their golden era long behind them, comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland.
Student of the Year 2 (CTC) Tiger Schroff and newcomers Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday star in the follow-up to the award-winning 2012 Bollywood romantic comedy-drama.
Swimming With Men (M) A man suffering from a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life after joining an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.
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. (Lake Cinema)
The Chaperone (PG) The life of a Kansas woman is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer.
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 Hummingbird Project (CTC) In this epic tale of humanity versus corporate greed, cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgrd) are players in the high-stakes game of High-Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds.
The Hustle (M) Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.
The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story (CTC) Stephen Baldwin is an Australian missionary who was alleged to be illegally proselytising while in India in this faith-based, true story drama.
The Lego Movie 2 (PG) The Second Part reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city.
The Night Eats The World (CTC) A man wakes up the morning after a party to find Paris invaded by the undead in this French indie zombie film.
Top End Wedding (M) Engaged and in love, Lauren and Ned have just 10 days to find Lauren's mother, reunite her parents and pull off their dream Top End Wedding.
Us (MA) A family's serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgangers begin to terrorise them.
Wonder Park (PG) Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.