It's the weekend. Make the most of it with a little help from the Herald


World number two Julian Wilson competes at Surfest 2019. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

World number two Julian Wilson competes at Surfest 2019. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Hyundai A-League Round 22 Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 4.35pm; kick-off 5.35pm.

Murray's St Patrick's Day Out Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm, Murray's Brewery, 3443 Nelson Bay Road, Salt Ash. A special release Irish stout; live music and more. 

Lake Macquarie Family History Group 10am to 4pm, Toronto Uniting Church Hall, The Boulevarde, Toronto. 11am: discussion on Irish research; 2pm: guest speaker Sister Elizabeth Hellwig, author of Up She Gets, For Up She Must (the voyage of eight Dominican Sisters who in 1867 set sail from Kingston, Ireland to NSW, where their teaching skills were desperately needed). All welcome.

Valuation Day 10am to 4pm, Newcastle Museum. Bring your family heirloom to be assessed by an expert. Bookings essential by visiting and following the links. 

A rare unmasked image of the Kelly Gang will be on display at Newcastle Museum on Saturday. Picture: Supplied

A rare unmasked image of the Kelly Gang will be on display at Newcastle Museum on Saturday. Picture: Supplied

BARRELLED Wine, Beer and Food Festival Saturday, 11am to 8pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm, Jefferson Park, Frederick Street, Merewether. Wine, craft beer and food served up by some of the Hunter Region’s leading producers. Entry is free, and tastings are by a glass and voucher system. For details go to

Craft Alive Newcastle Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am to 4pm, Newcastle Racecourse, Darling Street, Broadmeadow. The latest craft supplies, kits and equipment, plus interactive classes.

Seaside Scavenge 9am to 1pm, Robinson Reserve, Anna Bay. A fun opportunity for the community to get involved in cleaning up the beach. Trade beach litter for a range of vintage and upcycled items including clothes, accessories and more at a pop-up market.

Vine to the Glass McLeish Estate Wines, 462 De Beyers Road, Pokolbin. A celebration of the 2019 vintage with live music, grape stomping and gourmet delights.

Travel Managers Swansea Travel Expo 9.30am to 11am, Swansea Workers Club, 9 Rawson Street, Swansea. 

Nordsy Fair 2019 9am to 3pm, Nords Wharf Public School, Marine Parade, Nords Wharf. Market stalls, live music, food, rides, local produce and more.

Newcastle City Hall Wedding Showcase Noon to 2pm, 375 Hunter Street, Newcastle. See Newcastle City Hall decked out in wedding finery by Cupid’s Corner, meet members of the Newcastle Venues events team and taste canapes by Harvest and Soul catering. Entry is free.

Australian Lions Coin Line 9am to 5pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. An attempt to break the Guinness Book of Records for the World’s Longest Coin Line while raising money and awareness for the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. For the past three months the Lions Club of Elermore Vale has been collecting donations from Lions clubs and schools.

Allambi Care presents Cinema in the Park 3pm to 9.30pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point. Free rides, face painting, music, dancing and Incredibles 2 on the big screen at sunset. 

Pillow Talk Launch To celebrate a recent renovation, Pillow Talk Kotara Home Centre will be offering free barista-made coffees between 9am and noon, styling demonstrations from 10am to 11am and prizes. 

Lake Mac parkrun 8am, 1a First Street, Booragul, opposite Booragul Primary School. Lakeview parkrun 8am, The Shores Way, Belmont. Maitland parkrun, 8am, Walka Water Works, 55 Scobies Lane, Oakhampton Heights. Newy parkrun, 8am, 1 Arnold Street, Carrington. You against the clock in a 5km run.


Sunday Funday for Disability 10am to 2pm, Catalina Lakefront Retreat, 171 Dorrington Road, Rathmines. People with a disability are invited to bring families, friends or carers along for a few hours of fun and activities - a petting zoo, balloons, face painting, live music, a mini Olympics, colouring and painting, a jumping castle and more. Entry is free; donations invited to help cover costs.

5km Walk for Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation Speers Point Park, Creek Reserve Road, Speers Point. A fun 5km walk around the lake to raise funds for Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation to assist Hunter families affected and raise awareness in our community (

Black Dog Ride – Newcastle 7.30am check in at 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate. Ride concludes at Fighterworld Aviation Museum, Williamtown. Aims to start a national conversation about depression and suicide prevention.

Free Kids Activities at Shoal Bay Country Club Noon to 2pm, 35-45 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay. An alternating roster of fun activities with plenty of prizes.

Chinchen St’s Yard Sale Normal stock available at reduced prices and handmade samples up for grabs. The exact location of the sale will be revealed closer to the date.


Newcastle 2019 Fringe Festival 23 different theatre, music, cabaret, and comedy acts, presented at seven venues and including 10 local acts and 13 groups performing in Newcastle for the first time. Wednesday, March 20, to Sunday, March 24. Details at


Weather conditions can lead to cancellation

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.

Newcastle Food and Flower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate. 

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, The Esplanade, Warners Bay. 

Tanilba Bay Markets Saturday, 9am to noon, President Wilson Walk, Tanilba Bay. 

Raymond Terrace Community Markets Saturday, 9.30am to 2pm, Riverside Park, 4 Hunter Street, Raymond Terrace. 

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.

Nelson Bay Legacy Markets Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay.

Respect All Markets Cooranbong Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Cooranbong Park, 551 Freemans Drive, Cooranbong. 

Market2Markets Sunday, 3pm to 8pm, Lake Macquarie PCYC, Lake Street, Windale. 


Fireshed Gallery, Wollombi Togetherness, by Wayne Krause, Den Barber and the late Jodi Cameron, until March 24.

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, SEEN@Swansea, The Swansea Centre, Waves, until March 31.

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 Staging Love, by Jumaadi, until March 24. 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.

Newcastle Art Gallery Sodeisha: connected to Australia. 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.

Watt Space Gallery The F Word, by Alessia Sakoff, Donna Jorna, Katrina Holden, Leanne Schubert, Megan McCarthy, Melissa Bull and Michelle Wellham. A flock, a swarm, a herd, a school, a pod, by Deborah Redwood. If the trees could talk, what do you think they would say to us? by Courtney Heffernan. Art-Book-Work, by Sally Goodfellow. Until March 31.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre 2019 Port Stephens Art Prize, until March 24.

Newcastle Art Space Still-Lifes, by Lydia Miller, until March 24. A Gallery 139 pop-up.

Timeless Textiles Dyeing the Liminal, by Melinda Heal.

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

Art Systems Wickham In Parallel, by Cliff Grigg, until March 24.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Approaches To Landscape, by Julia Francis, Jacquie Mather, Jenny Dimmock, Rebecca Rath, Guntis Jansons, Richard Stern, until March 31.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Tides of March, by Jannette Bickley & Helen Jackson, until March 24.

The University Gallery Common Ground Pacific, by Greg Fuller, Jason Hicklin and Tracy Hill, until March 19.

Museum of Clothing, Maitland 2018 HSC Students Design & Textile Work, until April 13.

Newcastle Museum Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties, until June 30. The Flora of the Hunter Region exhibition, featuring 33 natural illustrations of plant life carefully reproduced from images in a newly-released book Flora of the Hunter Region – Endemic Trees and Larger Shrubs published by the University of Newcastle in partnership with the CSIRO. Until June 10.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre The 46th Muswellbrook Arts Prize; Art Tracks II - Tracing the history of the Muswellbrook Arts Prize, until May 5.


Dogfight: The Musical A marine having a last night out in San Francisco before going to Vietnam is attracted to a waitress he meets; musical by composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm. 4952 4958.

Songs and Stories with Ronn Moss The renowned American television actor and singer tours Australia looking at his career and hit songs. Lizottes Newcastle, at Lambton. Sunday, lunch and show from noon, show only 1.30pm. 4956 2066.

Two Two actors, one male, the other female, play the married owners of a country pub and 12 of the very different people who come there; amusing and moving comedy-drama by Jim Cartwright. Ensemble Theatre, at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Saturday, at 8pm. 4993 4266.

The Vicar of Dibley An English community are horrified when their church sends them a female vicar, but she gradually wins them over; comedy adapted from a television series. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show 7pm, show at 8pm. 4957 1895.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Searly. Sunday, CrocQ Duo.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Bliss Bomb. Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Argenton Hotel Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The 3.

Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Xyz.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, John Larder.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Jam Store. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Pete McCredie.

Belmont 16s Saturday, The Years, Bobby C. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Shivoo.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party.

Bimbadgen Saturday, Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears (US), Hatchie.

Blueys Nelson Bay Saturday, Craig Thommo.

The Bradford Saturday, All Access 80s.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Ngariki. Sunday, Austin Mackay.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Julia Jacklin, Olympia, Annie Hamilton. Sunday, Up Down after party (main room), Hollie Col (warehouse).

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Kick INXS tribute.

Catho Pub Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, The Years.

Central Leagues Club Saturday, Tom Christie.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Blues Bombers.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Faves.

Civic Theatre Saturday, The Killer Queen Experience.

Club Catalina Sunday, Mark Lee.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Barracuda.

Colliery Inn Sunday, Mick Jones.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Jason Paris.

Customs House Sunday, Anyerin.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Matt Semmens.

D'Albora Marina Sunday, Karen O'Shea.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Jackson Broadway. Sunday, Brendan & Meaghan Murphy.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Cotton.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, 24 Hours. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Sunday, Max Jackson.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Saturday, Something From Nothing - Foo Fighters Tribute Show.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, The Way.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, The Black Parade emo party, Scotty Doesn't Know: 90s & 00s Punk Night.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Bad and The Ugly.

Finnegans Sunday, The Irish Wolfhounds.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo.

General Roberts Hotel Saturday, Jamie Martens.

George Tavern Saturday, Kristy James Duo.

Grain Store Sunday, J.J King.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Milestones.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, The Smarts.

Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, The Gleesons.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.

Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, UNI/VS, Above, Below, The Wandering, Bloom. Sunday, Blindgirls, Obat Batuk, Suppressant, Body Melt, Boudicca.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Brendan Murphy, Voyage of Irish Dance, Project X. Sunday, Get Giggy Pipe Band, Voyage of Irish Dance.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Vogue. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, Paparazzi. Sunday, Erin Re-Jigged, The Irish Clovers Band.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, The Rumour Trio.

Kent Hotel Saturday, The Core. Sunday, Brendan & Meaghan Murphy, Crawfish Stew.

King Edward Park Saturday, The Drop ft. Angus and Julia Stone, Ball Park Music, Hockey Dad, Client Liaison, Alex The Astronaut.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Surian, Jayteehazard, BMAR, Matt Cussen, GALI, Esqué, Johnny Trypas.

Kurri Bowling Club Saturday, Karen O'Shea.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, The V Dubs.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Little Cents. Sunday, Sarah Christine.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Bitchcraft, Boudicca, The Med Heads.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Monterey Pop Festival. Sunday, Ronn Moss (lunch), Sara Storer (dinner).

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Kylie Jane. Sunday, Sunday Soul Sessions.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Triple Zero.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Mattara Hotel Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Anthony Lee. Sunday, ROX.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, The New Cool Duo.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Leadbellies.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Presidential Suite.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Cruzers, DJ 88. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Oran Vir.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Prahlad Little.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Spank N The Monkey. Sunday, Emily Smith.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Love That Hat.

Newcastle Foreshore Saturday, Live At The Foreshore ft. Leo Sayer (UK), Kate Ceberano, Marcia Hines, Shannon Noll, 1927, Jets Play Jets, Thirsty Merc, Pseudo Echo, Wendy Matthews, The Badloves, Eurogliders, Mi-Sex, Dale Ryder, DV8. Up Down Festival ft. The Bloody Beetroots (ITA), Adrian Lux, Carmada, The Jillionaire (TT), Kilter, Kota Banks, Motez & more.

Newcastle Hotel Saturday, The Drop after party.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, John O’Reilly. Sunday, Piscin, John Larder.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Troy Kemp.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Jake Davey.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Lithium. Sunday, Fish Fry, Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Sunday, The V Dubs.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Overload.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Kristo and King.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Mark Bishop.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Bob Allan.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Gen-R-8. Sunday, Mardy Leith.

Shaft Tavern Saturday, Redline.

Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Hurricane Fall.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox Trio.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Stormcellar.

Star Hotel Saturday, Marissa & Jacob.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, 2 Left Feet.

Swansea Hotel Sunday, Secret Society.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Maryanne Rex Duo. Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Romney Watts. Sunday, Nick Read.

Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Brien McVernon & The Rockets. Sunday, Rocket.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Tilligerry RSL Sunday, John O'Reilly, Mark Lee.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Lamplighters.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Bobby C.

Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, Kristo and King. Sunday, Sunday Soul Sessions.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Cotton, Sax & Strings.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.

Warners Bay Sports Club Sunday, James Paul.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Trancemission.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Anthology.

Wests NEX Saturday, Jade Holland Trio.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Nano, Karen Lee Andrews, Jay Power. Sunday, Codi Kaye, Hurricane Fall.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Saturday, Swing Company.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.


A Dog's Way Home (PG) A dog called Bella is found in a construction site and has to overcome the struggles of being an outlawed Pitbull.

A Star Is Born (M) Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers struggling artist Ally. (Lake Cinema)

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.

Dwayne Johnson in a scene from Fighting With My Family.

Dwayne Johnson in a scene from Fighting With My Family.

Fighting With My Family (M) A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

Free Solo (M) Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

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.

Hotel Mumbai (MA) The true story of the victims and survivors of the devastating attacks on Mumbai in 2008. A story which fearlessly tackles the defining global issues of our time.

Ladies In Black (PG) Adapted from the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John, Ladies in Black is an alluring and tender-hearted comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney. (Lake Cinema)

Sometimes Always Never (PG) A detective fantasy-family drama where a love of words helps a father reconnect with a missing son.

The Front Runner (M) In 1987, US Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair. (Lake Cinema)

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.

What Men Want (M) 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 men's thoughts.