Your guide to what's on in Newcastle and the Hunter this weekend | Weekend Planner

SATURDAY

Christmas Lights Spectacular Bushfire Appeal Saturday and Sunday, 5.30pm to 10pm,Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. All profits are being donated to the Salvation Army, NSW Rural Fire Service, Saint Vincent de Paul Society and WIRES. Also, free entry plus unlimited rides passes to all emergency service volunteers and workers and their direct families for these dates.

Flicks on the Green Saturday and Sunday, Grays Inn, Wollombi. Saturday: The Man From Snowy River. Sunday: The Castle.

Chinese New Year Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, until February 2. Walk through a display of traditional lanterns and ribbons decorated throughout the Oriental Garden. Plus, three life-sized displays depicting legendary traditional mythical tales.

Wild Australia Wildlife Show 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale. Cost $15 per person or $50 family (2 adults and 2 children).

Lego Robots 10.30am to 11.30am, Maitland Library. Build and program an interactive Lego robot. For ages five to 12 years.

Lake Mac Festival 7.30am to noon, Thomas H Halton Park, Croudace Bay: yoga from 7.30am; a free BBQ from 8am; live music; a Scouts canoe race and lots of family-friendly games. 4pm to 10.30pm: food trucks, markets, music and entertainment at Pelican, Swansea, Rathmines and Wangi Wangi foreshores. Each individual event has activities and a view of a fireworks display set to go off from 9pm in the middle of the lake.

Kids Day Out Festival Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm, Stockland Green Hills. Dancing; singing; activities including hula hoops, ring toss, noughts and crosses and Connect Four.

Australia Day Weekend Saturday to Monday, Murray's Brewery, Salt Ash. Lamington beer; lamb-themed food specials, thong throwing competitions; hermit crab races; live music.

Inflatables on the Green Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm, Club Charlestown. Entry is $6 per child for one session or $25 per child for unlimited entry.

Waterworld Central Newcastle Saturday to Monday, The Station.

Australiana Magnet Workshop 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm and 1.15pm, Marketown Newcastle.

Jim Velich Memorial Race Day 11am onwards, Newcastle Racecourse, Broadmeadow.

A Queer Bushfire Fundraiser 3pm to 11pm, Mayfield Bolwo. Drag shows, DJs, bands and live performances. Entry $10 per person; all money raised goes to local wildlife foundations.

Kids Pre-Australia Day Party 6pm to 8pm, Pelican RSL Club. Face painting, balloon twisting; DJ; free sausage sizzle for the kids.

Newcastle Pro Wrestling 7.30pm to 11pm, Club Charlestown.

Surfest 2020 Port Stephens Toyota Wildcard Trials at Birubi Point.

SUNDAY

Citizenship Ceremony 9am, Civic Theatre, Newcastle.

Fun in the City 10am to 2pm, Queens Wharf and Foreshore Park, Newcastle. Entertainment; food trucks; parkour and skateboard workshops; inflatables and more.

Newcastle Harbour Swim 700m single crossing from Stockton to Queens Wharf (10am) or 1400m double crossing from Queens Wharf (11am).

Oceania Championships for Paratriathlon 7am to 9.30am, Newcastle Harbour Foreshore. An Olympic selection event for elite paratriathletes and also a long, mid and short-format triathlon for the general public and corporate teams.

Youth Trans-Tasman Test Series - Best of Three Touch Football Six youth divisions and 18 matches at No.2 Sportsground, Newcastle, Saturday and Sunday.

Fort Scratchley Canons Firing 11am, 1pm and 3pm (seven guns at 1pm). Plus re-enactments, vehicle displays and the first discharge in almost 100 years of an historic 80-pound gun following a two-year restoration project by the Fort Scratchley Historical Society.

Mayor's Cup Twenty20 Cricket Match East End Oval, Victoria Street, Cessnock.

Edgeworth Miniature Trains 9am to 5pm, Velinda Street, Edgeworth. Wear enclosed shoes.

Australia Day Face Painting and Balloon Art 11am to 2pm, Marketown Newcastle.

The Mutual Presents Australia Day 10am to 5pm, Maitland Park. Citizenship Ceremony; free entry to Maitland Aquatic Centre from noon to 5pm; free BBQ noon to 1pm; market stalls; amusement rides; thong throwing competition; craft; beach activities and more.

Lake Mac Festival 3pm to 7pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point. Bring a picnic, pull up a chair and enjoy live music.

Australia Day - Nelson Bay Fly Point Park, Nelson Bay. Parade, live music, a magic show and more.

Australia Day at Crowne Plaza Hunter Lawn games; 5pm screening of Kangaroo Jack; Outdoor Moonlight Cinema at 7pm featuring The Man from Snowy River. Entry is free.

Australia Day Special: Two Open Days at Miss Porter's House Sunday and Monday, Miss Porter's House Museum, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. Adults $10, concessions $8, family $25, children under 5 free.

Australia Day Salsa Beach Party Noon onwards, Redhead Beach.Salsa and bachata music and dancing.

Monday 

150 Years Under Lock and Key - Guided Tour 11am to 1.30pm, Maitland Gaol. Tickets $23, bookings essential.

SAVE THE DATE

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars on February 8 at King Edward Park, Newcastle. The event kicks off at 5.30pm with family-friendly entertainment before movie Toy Story 4 screens at sundown.

MARKETS

Clarence Town Markets Saturday, 8am to noon, Clarence Town Bowling Sport and Recreation Club.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point.

Swansea Historical Society Market Saturday, 8am to 12.30pm, Quinn Park, Swansea.

Australia Day Market - Newcastle Food & Flower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

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

Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc Market Sunday, 6am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.

Australia Day Markets Monday, 8am to 2pm, Wollombi Saleyards, 2978 Paynes Crossing Road, Wollombi. Lots of fun activities for the kids.

ART

Hunter Wetlands Centre Celebrating The Wetlands, by Rob Spedding, until January 31.

The Lock Up All Things Are Water, until January 26.

Watt Space Gallery Waiting for Equality, until February 7.

Finite Gallery Patchwork 3, until January 27.

Belmont Library Nature's Beauty: See the World Through The Eyes of an Artist, until February 20.

Newcastle Art Gallery Between Two Worlds, until February 16. Plus, Lunar New Year celebrations on Saturday.

University of Newcastle Gallery Commonplace.

Timeless Textiles Squares and Gestures.

MAC Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie Us, We and Be Us, until February 9. Outdoor sculptures. Sunday: Art Space.

The Old Fireshed Gallery Wollombi Pathways and Thresholds, by Garry Jones, until February 23.

Newcastle Library Local History Lounge Newcastle In Print, until February 22.

Cooks Hill Galleries Summer Breeze, by Rod Bathgate.

SEEN@Swansea Submerged: Australia's shipwreck stories, until January 26.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Under and Over The Ocean; Australian Flora & Fauna, until February 25.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Snakeabout, until February 2. Unfolding Time, Penelope Seidler's Gift to Maitland, until February 16. Remnants Before The Tasman, until May 31. Legacy: Reflections on Mabo, until January 26. Warlock; Learning to Speak; Kalliope Calliope, until February 16. Free Art Sunday.

MUSIC

5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Shots Fired.

48 Watt Street Saturday, Motor Ace, Nathan Cavaleri, Family Dog.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Katie N Feff. Sunday, Viagro.

Argenton Hotel Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Bar On The Hill Saturday, The Amity Affliction, Ocean Grove, Antagonist AD (NZ), RedHook.

Beach Hotel Sunday, Burnt - A Fundraiser ft. Hornet, Brien McVernon, Guerilla Radio, Offshore, Lunar Umbra, Pretty Irresistable, Honey Hills, Boff Duo, Alex Lewinski, Cory Makin, Dave Javier, Aaron & Wendy Hood, Mark Hoppe, DJ Chong.

The Beerhaus Saturday, Pete McCredie. Sunday, Tyler John.

Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Casey Wilson, Kirstie Debono, Kirsty Ford & Friends.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Hornet, Dave Carter. Sunday, Backbeat Duo.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Shivoo.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Rave On.

The Bradford Saturday, Creedence Show plus Women Of Rock.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Ngariki.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Last Dinosaurs, Slowly Slowly, Eat Your Heart Out, Stumps, Resident, Walken, NTL Landmarks, Memoiirs, Underlay, Sult, Tumbo Pit, Snowfish. Sunday, Seahouses, Lucid Lane, Paul Blart & The Blart Blarts.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, All Access 80s.

Carrington Bowling Club Sunday,Huge Combo.

Catho Pub Sunday, The V-Dubs.

Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows Saturday, Kazzie Band. Sunday, CrocQ.

Central Leagues Club Saturday, KISStory.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night with Dave Cochrane.

Cheeky Dog Saturday, Gonz The DJ. Sunday, Marissa.

Club Charlestown Sunday, Overload.

Club Lemon Tree Sunday, Deb Sinclair.

Club Maitland City Saturday, Snape & Son Duo.

Colliery Inn Sunday, TomKat Duo.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Hendo.

Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, Steve Ashton.

Croudace Bay Park Eleebana Saturday, Kaylah Anne, Pete McCredie, Tyler Chapman, Kristy James.

Customs House Sunday, Kristy James.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Jess Knaus. Sunday, James Paul.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Ryan Hemsworth.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, 25th City Beats.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Cotton.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Brien McVernon & The Rockets From Oz. Sunday, Anthony Lee.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, All Access 80s.

Edgeworth Tavern Sunday, Bob Allan.

Family Hotel Maitland Sunday, The Tantrums.

Family Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Fukushima Death Fish, Chilli Gomez.

Finnegans Saturday, Sound Check.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, The King Shakey Band.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Kristo and King.

George Tavern Saturday, Big Night Out.

Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Kylie Jane Duo. Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.

Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Suz Dorahy & Guests.

Harrigan's Pokolbin Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Mark Lee.

Hiss & Crackle Records Saturday, Gwyn Ashton.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Saving June. Monday, Mick Jones.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Felix Quinn Band.

Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, Phonic Trio.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Original Sin - The INXS Show.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Michael Peter.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Komiti Levai Band.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Anthems. Sunday, Odd Mob.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Sunday, The After Party Duo.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Bernie's Music.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Unit 20.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.

Lass O'Gowrie Hotel Saturday, Sunflower, The Blistered Minds, Dead Beat Dad Bod.

Lizotte's Saturday, Tex Perkins & Matt Walker, D Henry Fenton.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, CrocQ. Sunday, Sunday Republic.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Sunhill Drive.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Mattara Hotel Saturday, Oran Vir.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Mayfield Bowling Club Sunday, Spy V Spy, Urban Guerillas, Cathy Cannon.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Big Bang Band.

Mayfield Hotel Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Merewether Bowling Club Sunday, Liam Budge.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, LoKo. Sunday, Jim Overend.

Murray's Brewery Saturday, Jake Hunt. Sunday, Michael Peter.

Nag's Head Hotel Saturday, Pap & That.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Matt Semmens. Sunday, Matt Bowles.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Loko. Monday, ROX.

Newcastle Hotel Sunday, Bump & Friends, Rinse & Wax, Jackson Blanch, Jake Small, Just Shai, Snowfish, Optic Nerve, Honey Hills, Spoonhead, Stepladder, In Mantra, Microwave Jonny, Kid On A Leash.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Pocket Aces. Sunday, Kellie Cain.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Karen O'Shea.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, FRMGs, Anastasia. Sunday, Thomas Macokatic Duo.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Caleb Coles, Downtown The Duo. Sunday, Mark Wells Trio, Wharf Life.

Quill & Compass Saturday, Rhythm Hunters.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, The Rumour Trio.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Junior & Luana.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, DJ Session Goes Oz.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Craig Thommo. Sunday, Jake Daulby.

Salamander Tavern Sunday, Hendo.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Overload. Sunday, TK Vibez.

Shaft Tavern Sunday, David McCredie.

Shoal Bay Country Club Sunday, Mick Jones.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Singleton Diggers Sunday, Cotton Sax & Strings.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Blue Suede Boppers.

Speers Point Park Sunday, Komiti Levai Band, Gen-R-8.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Gwyn Ashton. Sunday, Fire Fundraiser Extravaganza ft. Ngariki LaRoque & the Llonely Llamas, Nick Raschke Band, The Rumour, Autumn Hearts, Brindle Pigs, L.S Three, Midway, Witchlock Blues Lane, Deanna Rose, Kevin Taylor, Alexandria, Andy Kidd, Eddy Rockefeller, Layth Gunn, Maddy Clare Lardner, Dave Javier, Mick Seigers.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Nite Train.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Loaded Acoustics.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Ron Knight & Marty Wooster. Sunday, Daniel Newberry.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Club Sunday, John Larder.

Swansea Workers Club Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, The Years.

Tattersalls Hotel Greta Saturday, Sami Cooke.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Busta Thong. Sunday, Cover Girls.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, The Leadbellies. Sunday, Marriah Band.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Karen O'Shea. Sunday, Big Pete.

Toronto Diggers Sunday, Maryanne Rex.

Toronto Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Amigos. Sunday, ROX.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Nick Rage.

Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, Brendan Murphy. Sunday, Luke Davis.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Layth Gunn.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Morning Glory.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Sounds Of Sunday.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Project X.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Cruzers.

Wests Nelson Bay Saturday, DJ Sonic. Sunday, Wez Thompson.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Anthology.

Wests NEX Saturday, The Hitpit.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Wickham Park Blues & Roots Festival ft. Chase The Sun, GW Freebird Blues Band, Voodoo Express, Hells Kitchen, Glovers Lane, Blues Exile, Sneaky Freakers, LS-Three, The Letter Tellers, Imaginary Things, Lecia Louise, Kellie Cain, One Man Dan. Sunday, Ngariki.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Ryan Hemsworth. Sunday, Beau Hatch.

MOVIES

1917 Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message, deep in enemy territory, that will stop their own men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (PG) Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (G) When an impish and adorable alien called LU-LA crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun soon sees an opportunity for alien-powered fun and adventure and sets off on a mission to shepherd LU-LA home.

Bad Boys For Life (M) Marcus Burnett is now a police inspector and Mike Lowery is in a midlife crisis. They unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, promises them an important bonus.

Bombshell (M) Based on the real scandal, the film is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.

Dolittle (PG) After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr John Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.

Ford Vs Ferrari (M) American car designer Carroll Shelby and the British-born driver Ken Miles work together to battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company. (Lake Cinema)

Frozen II (PG) Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They seek to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.

Go! (PG) When Jack and his single mother move to a small town in Western Australia, he soon gets involved in the competitive world of go-kart racing. Jack's got natural talent but must learn to control his recklessness.

Jojo Rabbit (M) A lonely German boy's world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Jumanji: The Next Level (PG) The gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. (Lake Cinema)

Just Mercy (M) The film shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.

Like A Boss (M) Best friends Mia and Mel are living their best lives running a cosmetics company they've built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they're in over their heads financially, with the prospect of a big buy-out offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry.

Little Women (G) Acclaimed actress, writer and director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) brings together a stellar cast in a new adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. (Lake Cinema)

My Spy (PG) A hardened CIA operative finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to spy on her family.

Spies In Disguise (PG) Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo are forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise - transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic pigeon.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (M) The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues.

The Gentlemen (MA) American expat Mickey Pearson has built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain.

Viva The Underdogs (MA) Rock'n'Roll is dead! Or is it? The documentary follows the self-managed Australian heavy metal band Parkway Drive on their 15-year underdog journey, to see if they can go from small-town surf rats to international festival headliners.

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