You guide to what's on in and around Newcastle and the Hunter this weekend


Lake Mac City Pro Junior Saturday and Sunday, Redhead Beach. Male and female competitors from Australia and overseas will compete in this inaugural event. Also, Sacred Tree Markets, live music and food. Part of Surfest 2019.

Newcastle Knights 2019 Community Season Launch 9.30am to 12.30pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Meet your favourite players and get their autographs plus enjoy free activities including a mechanical football ride, face painting, petting zoo, footy challenge, obstacle course and live music

Meet the Maker 10am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Pro skater, creator and aspiring Olympian Poppy Starr Olsen won bronze for Australia in the first World Skate Olympics-sanctioned World Championships event in Nanjing China last year. She is also a jewellery designer who creates and sells her work to help fund her Olympic dream. Pop in and meet Poppy, check out her range of handmade jewellery and see her demonstrate design techniques.

Caravan Camping Holiday Expo Newcastle Saturday, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, 9am to 4pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow.  Free parking, disabled access and dog friendly. 

Morisset Lake Macquarie Show Saturday and Sunday, Morisset Showground. Animals; entertainment; exhibitions and displays; an animal nursery; rides; show bags; car and motorbike show; wood chopping; rodeo and fireworks display (Saturday night); and more.

Street Feast 4pm to 8pm, Carriage Shed, Foreshore Park, Newcastle. 

Costume Sale 10am to 2pm, The Creative Arts Space, 145 Beaumont Street, Hamilton. Dance costumes, sets of costumes, wigs, masks and more. Cash sales only.

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne: A Concert in the Chapel 8pm to 9.30pm, The Sisters of Mercy Convent, Singleton. The program features violin, oboe and cello soloists, and includes works by Vivaldi, JS Bach, Debussy and Saint-Saens. BYO picnic to enjoy in the Convent Gardens from 5.30pm.

The Trail: Stories From Refugees and Migrants 11am to 2.45pm, Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library. Presented by Culture Vision, hear stories directly from refugees and migrants of culturally and linguistically Diverse backgrounds. Entry is free, but register at

Megamania Adults Only Night 6pm to 10.30pm, Megamania Charlestown. Online tickets $30; $40 at the door and includes full access to play equipment (excludes toddler area), Gladiator Duel, Bouncy Boxing, music and a light show. “M” theme: come dressed as your favourite M character, if you wish.

Summer Punk Fest Noon to 6pm, The Cabin Collective, 511 High Street, Maitland. Live music on two stages; food; licensed bar. 

Hunter Cactus and Succulent Society Monthly Meeting 1pm to 3pm, Charlestown Multi Purpose Centre. Plant sales from 12.30pm. 


Miss Porter’s Everyday Objects 1pm to 4pm, Miss Porter’s House Museum, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. Discover the secrets of everyday objects and how they tell a story. Find out what an egg has to do with darning; why an iron was sad; and how trees fitted into shoes. Adults$10; family $25; children under five admitted free. 

Movement at The Station 10am to 12.30pm, The Station Newcastle, corner Scott and Watt streets, Newcastle. The Movement Collective will be running free adults and children’s workshops.

Soul Food 10.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. The theme for this month is Two Wings: exploring the principal of equality between women and men. 


Flickerfest’s national tour comes to Event Cinemas Kotara next Saturday, February 16. 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. 

Also, Kira Sutherland is hosting an astrology workshop on February 16, 9.30am to 4pm at the Lions Club of Warners Bay. Early bird tickets (before February 16) $75; phone Karen on 0404 893 855.


Sacred Tree Markets Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Webb Park, Redhead Beach.

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. 

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.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. 

Tomaree Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay.

Dalwood Markets Sunday, 8am to 3pm, 700 Dalwood Road, Dalwood.


The Lock Up Argo Internal Pressure, by Braddon Snape, until March 17. 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Textures of Desire, by Rosemary Valadon; Finding Country; American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life & Times, until February 17. Staging Love, by Jumaadi, until March 24. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Olsen Ormandy: A Creative Force, until February 17. Saturday, 2pm: Gallery curator Sarah Johnson in conversation with artist Roslyn Earp about her work Floribunda.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First Class 18, until March 31. Sunday, 2pm to 4.30pm: Official opening of First Class 18. This annual exhibition celebrates the high calibre of work by the previous year’s HSC Visual Arts Students from the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

Timeless Textiles Echoes of Childhood, by Varelle Hardy, Marilyn O’Brien, ends Sunday.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Summer in the Bay; Holiday Jewels, until February 19.

Waves SEEN@Swansea, The Swansea Centre. Historic photographs and videos of beach culture. Until March 31.

The Old Fireshed Gallery Wollombi The Beginning, by Polina Karuso, ends Sunday.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Printed, by Eleanor Dean, Annie Corey, Holly Staniland, Megan McCarthy, Taylah Weiss, until February 24.

Local History Lounge, Newcastle Library Captured: Portraits of Crime, until February 20.

Art Systems Wickham Francis Celtlan, A Life & Legacy, until February 24.

Newcastle Art Society Exhibition 9am to 5pm, Charlestown Square. Ends Sunday. 

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.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Sisterscapes, by Regina Law and Ulrike Hora, until February 24.


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 7pm. 4961 4895.

The Maestro & The Diva Cessnock-raised opera conductor and pianist Brian Castles-Onion and his wife, musical theatre star Geraldine Turner, look brightly through story and song at their careers. Issie and Mog, at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Saturday. Foyer refreshments from 7.15pm, show at 8pm. 4993 4266.

Showstoppers – Standing Ovation A lively mix of Broadway and London West End musical show numbers. Maitland Musical Society. Club Maitland City, Rutherford, Saturday at 7.30pm, and Sunday at 2pm. 0434 799 343.

Star Wars Burlesque – The Empire Strips Back Amusing send-up, with some nudity, of the Star Wars stories and characters. Russall Beattie, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm. 4929 1977.

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. 4931 2800.

The Sum of Us A widowed man and his gay son continue to share a home, with both men struggling with their search for love; warm-hearted comedy by David Stevens. Bare Productions, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at 7.30pm (final show).


5 Sawyers Saturday, Jethro Thorpe. Sunday, Howard Shearman Duo.

48 Watt Street Saturday, Prestige Inc.

Anchorage Port Stephens Sunday, Georgie James.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Pat Vs Cat. Sunday, David McCredie.

Argenton Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record. Sunday, DLove.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The V Dubs.

Bar Petite Saturday, Danny & Jake.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Casey Bellamy. Sunday, Tim Rossington.

Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Sunday, Tailgate Drive.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Misbehave.

Belmont 16s Saturday, The Snape Trilogy, Ryan Daley. Sunday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, The After Party.

Blueys Nelson Bay Saturday, David McCredie. Sunday, Scully.

The Bradford Saturday, Crawfish Stew Band. Sunday, Brad Houldsworth.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Bucko.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Luboku.

Catho Pub Saturday, Brendan Watson. Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Central Leagues Club Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Paparazzi.

Clare Castle Hotel Sunday, Cruz.

Club Kotara Saturday, The 3.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Mustang.

Colliery Inn Sunday, Jake Davey.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Zac and Ben.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Anyerin, DJ Timmy Coffey.

Customs House Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Emily Smith.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Max Jackson.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Dean Krywood Duo.

The Dungeon Saturday, dave, Bin Juice, Milky Thred, Bonza.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Dave Alone. 

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Glamstars.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Fabba.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Way.

Finnegans Saturday, Teddy Cream.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, The Rattle.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.

George Tavern Saturday, Spank The Monkey.

Grain Store Sunday, J.J King.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, The Soul Movers, Claire Anne Taylor.

Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Frick-n-Orson.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Rubber Bullet. Sunday, Felix Quinn Band.

Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Edda Srey, Singlet, Huckleberry.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Boney Rivers, State FX. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys. Sunday, Allan Caswell.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Uptown. Sunday, Bobby C.

Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, Troy Kemp.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Loko.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Ember & A-Tonez.

Kurri Kurri Bowling Club Saturday, Mick Jones.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Joshua Drinkwater.

Lambton Park Hotel Sunday, Truman Smith.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Marlena Dali, Matt Grant, Foxxe Faux, Rachel Maria Cox.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Bloom Sings The Linda Ronstadt Songbook. Sunday, Brian Cadd & Russell Morris.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Chris Unicomb.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Marissa. Sunday, Sunday Republic.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Overload.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Kazzie Duo.  

Mattara Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Club Esky.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Shivoo, DJ Extraordinate. Sunday, Jayde Corner.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Bernie.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Tom Blake.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Joel Procter.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Eagles Show - The Heart of the Matter, Cruzers. Sunday, Anyerin.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Jake Folbigg.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Megan Core.

Newcastle Hotel Saturday, Maximum Send, Technohaus, No Frills Soundsystem.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Jayde Corners. Saturday, Greg McKew.

Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, The Andy Show.

Pippis At The Point Sunday, Mick Jones.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Felix Quinn Band. Sunday, Loko, Wharf Life.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Pocket Aces.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Junior and Luana. 

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Saturday, Russell Hull. Sunday, Tim Usher.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Angie.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, The Core. Sunday, TK Vibes.

Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Aaron Hood Duo, Radiators. Sunday, Ryan Daley, Casey Bellamy.  

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Jason Paris.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Gwyn Ashton. Sunday, Dan Brodie with Marty Burke.

Star Hotel Saturday, Evergreen. Sunday, Jacob Neale Jazz.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Amigos.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Paul Greene.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, The Duo Tones. Sunday, Overload.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Hummdinger. Sunday, Stu Morrison.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Craig Thommo. Sunday, Gareth Jay.

Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Jump.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Marriah. 

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Bernie.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Triple Zero.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Jessica Cain. Sunday, Adam Scriven.

Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, Rebecca Johnson Band. Sunday, Sarah Christine.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Brendan Watson.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Shaka.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Gen-X.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Love That Hat.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Gen-R-8. 

Wests NEX Saturday, The Rumour Trio.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, The Soul Movers, Sunhill Drivers. Sunday, Ron Knight & The Daze Band, Mark Wells.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.


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. (Lake Cinema, Regal)

Bumblebee (PG) On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. 

Liam Neeson in Cold Pursuit.

Liam Neeson in Cold Pursuit.

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.

Extreme Job (CTC) A team of narcotics detectives goes undercover in a fried chicken joint to stake out an organised crime gang. But things take an unexpected turn when the detectives’ chicken recipe suddenly transforms the rundown restaurant into the hottest eatery in town.

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.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (G) The arrival of a female Night Fury turns Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless'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 signed by countless problems provoked by a rampant dishonesty, the inhabitants elect a major which promises order and legality. But the truth is that the town is corrupted and dishonest beyond redemption. (Regal)

Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG) The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat (preview screening Saturday and Sunday). 

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. 

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (PG) Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.

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.

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. (Lake Cinema)

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 (Bale) who quietly takes charge, wielding his newfound power as vice president to reshape the country and the world – with lasting consequences.