Sunrise Swimmers: Morning Swim 6.30am to 7.30am, Merewether Ocean Baths. No booking required.
Hunter Record Fair 9am to 4pm, Kotara High School. Entry via Lexington Parade, Adamstown. Stallholders will be offering a massive range of both new and second-hand vinyl records and CDs. A percentage of profits go to Kotara High School P&C.
The Grove Studios Open Day 11am to 3pm, 286 Mangrove Road, Somersby. The Grove Studios Academy, located on the studio grounds, is launching a new Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) in June and will become a stand-alone registered training organisation. The open day will feature live demos, studio tours and information booths.
A Weekend of Dada-Do Saturday and Sunday, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. A celebration of artists and six new exhibitions. Free entry; all welcome. Saturday features Deya Miranda, Doug Moran prize artists, Andrew Finnie, Karike Ashworth, Maree Skene, James Hazel and Victoria Pham. On Sunday, 11am to 1pm, join artist Vanessa Turton for hands-on art-making activities for families.
Hunter Trophy 3pm to 6pm, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Warners Bay. Watch Hunter Ice Skating Club figure skaters in action. Entry by gold coin donation; money raised supports the club and its skaters.
Nitro Circus Presents The Next Level Tour An all-new event featuring Travis Pastrana and the best athletes in FMX, BMX, Scooter, Inline and more. Gates open 3pm; show starts 4pm at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.
Vine To The Glass 10am to 6pm, McLeish Estate, 462 De Beyers Road, Pokolbin. Grape stomping; barrel rolling; a picnic lunch and more.
World’s Greatest Bootcamp 7.45am to 9am, Newcastle Foreshore Amphitheatre. A fundraiser for the Leaukaemia Foundation.
Open Day – 30th Anniversary 10am to 2pm, Maryland Care and Early Education Centre, 34-36 Boundary Road, Maryland.
Build Your Own Backyard Frog Habitat 9am to 11am, Wallsend South Public School. Register by phoning 4974 2622 or emailing email@example.com.
Wollombi Carp Cleanout Saturday and Sunday, meet at Wollombi Tavern. All proceeds to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Newcastle Grammar School Pop-Up 3pm to 5pm, Honeysuckle. Chill out to Brass Razoo, ensembles, the school’s choir and buskers. Part of a series of events celebrating the school’s centenary.
No Gasfield Off Newcastle Rally 1pm to 2pm, Nobbys Beach, Newcastle. A rally against seismic testing off Newcastle.
Fundraising Walk 9am to noon, Speers Point Park. A fun 5km walk around the lake to raise money for Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation. Tickets at stickytickets.com.au.
Harry’s Challenge 2018 9am, Stockton Foreshore. A fun family event supporting Harry’s House, a retreat for families of children living with cancer. Register at harryshouse.com.au/registrations.
Holmesville Vintage and Retro Co-op Day 10am to 5pm, Holmesville Hotel. Music from the Flattrakkers; stalls selling vintage and vintage-inspired clothing and patterns; vintage cars and more. All welcome.
Melanoma March Newcastle The Foreshore, Camp Shortland. Registration 7:30am; march commences 9am.
Hunter Animal Rescue Cat Adoption Day 10am to 2pm, The Cat Store, Morpeth.
Peter Rabbit – Family Day 9.30am, Reading Cinemas Charlestown. Games and giveaways. Advance screening of Peter Rabbit at 10am.
Brunch With The Cars at Lost in the 50s 9.30am to 2.30pm, 42 Stenhouse Drive, Cameron Park.
Bengalla Warbirds Over Scone, Sunday March 25, Scone Regional Airport, from 9am. The show includes aerobatic flying and formation displays, skydiving, amusement rides for kids, food stalls, military aviation memorabilia, merchandise and adventure flights all weekend. For more information visit warbirdsoverscone.com.au. Tickets are also available on the day at the entry gates.
Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, The Esplanade, Warners Bay.
Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate. Plus, Boutique Food and Wine Market, 8am to 1pm.
Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Beaumont Street, Hamilton.
Hunter Street Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Toronto Lions Markets Sunday 7.30am to 1pm, Lions Park (next to Fennell Bay Bridge, Toronto).
Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Cooks Hill Galleries John Earle and the Larri Patience Paintings & Sculptures. Until March 26.
Newcastle Region Library A Child’s World in Pictures. Illustrations by Anne Spudvilas and more.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local Artist Uncovered: Katrina Rose. Until March 25.
Art Systems Wickham The Circle, by Judy Hill, Debra Ansell, Dorothy Compton, Clare Felton, Maryanne Ireland, Jacquie Immens-McCoy.
Watt Space Gallery Conversations with the Land, Katrina Holden. Until April 1. Abstraction in the Creative Industries, Angus Doxley. Ghost Stories, Annie Corey. HUM, Andrew Styan.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Resolution: New Indigenous Photomedia. Your Collection: Look Out; Artist Focus: Sally Bourke.
University of Newcastle Gallery Re-Stitching Culture. Ends Saturday.
The Lock-Up Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art. Ends Sunday.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. Gary Grealy: Art Maker, Patron, Lover. Ends Sunday. The Enlightening Journey of Mr Hugo Ball, by Andrew Finnie; A Whisker of Light, by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison; Lamentation, by Karike Ashworth. Until April 29. Sonant Bodies, by James Hazel and Victoria Pham. Until May 13. Maitland International Salon of Photography; The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2017. Until May 20.
CStudios Art Gallery Spirit of Place by Peter Masters: An exhibition of photographs, by Gaye Shield. Until March 31.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Dreams and Journeys; Fantasy. Until April 10.
Newcastle Art Gallery Grisaille: Shades of grey from the collection. Until March 25. Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes. Until April 29.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Everyday Alchemy. Until March 25.
Finite Gallery, Caves Beach Introducing Indigenous artist Brent Davison plus new work in the gallery by Cheryl Bruce and Merran Kilgour (Cork).
Timeless Textiles Lexiconical: Lorne Crane. Until April 8.
Gallery 139 Shore Line, by Paul Maher. Until April 1.
Creator Incubator Father and Son: Painting and Pottery by Michael and Nicholas Han.
Newcastle Museum Spiders; Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters. Until April 29.
Newcastle Region Library – Local History Lounge The Sunrise Swimmers. Until April 17.
Laugh Till It Hurts Stand-up comedy night with Peter Berner and Sean Woodland. Harp of Erin Theatre, Wollombi. Saturday at 6.30pm.
A Murder is Announced Amusing Agatha Christie mystery. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm (final shows).
Kiss Me Like You Mean It Love is in the air in Chris Chibnall’s play, with two young people attracted to each other at a party, and a couple married for 50 years celebrating on the floor above. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday, at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Sonic. Sunday, Prestige Inc.
Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, The Y Project – Civil Thrill #6. Sunday, Chopin: A Portrait with pianist Chris Cartner.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, Beau Hatch.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw.
Bar Petite Saturday, Gerda +1.
Battlesticks Bar Sunday, Connor Wink.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, The Humm.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers, Matt Gaudry. Sunday, The Blue Water Cowboys.
Belmont Hotel Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party.
The Bradford Saturday, Witchery.
Burwood Inn Saturday, Beau Watt.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Chocolate Starfish (main room), Voodoo Youth, E444e, Astronaut Jon (side bar). Sunday, The Tambourine Girls, Yeevs.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, X&Y.
Catho Pub Saturday, Ben Woodham. Sunday, Sideshow Annie.
Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis, Josh & Liv.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete McCredie.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Four To The Floor.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.
Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Pistol Pete.
Club Catalina Sunday, Jason Paris.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Clean Slate.
Colliery Inn Saturday, Zane Penn.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo.
Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, DLove, King Shakey, Driver 8. Sunday, Elisa Kate, KJ Duo.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Zane Penn.
Customs House Saturday, Matt Shepherd. Sunday, Sunday Set.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Tim Harding.
D’Albora Marina Sunday, Mick Jones.
Denman Hotel Sunday, Lennie Live.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Bobby C.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Cotton. Sunday, Pink Cadillac.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Remedy Trio. Sunday, Boney Rivers.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, The New Cool.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, Jimmy Craz Band.
Finnegans Saturday, Bushin Behnes.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Texas Strangers.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Gasoline.
George Tavern Saturday, Arley and I.
Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Songs For Sebastian ft. Baghead, Dave Wells.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Mojo Bandits.
Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, MoE (NOR), Dead, Body Melt.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Get Jiggy, Black Creek, Purple Rain. Sunday, Celtic Connection.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Renegade Ways. Sunday, Bobby C, Phonic Duo.
Hotel Delany Saturday, The Urge.
Imperial Hotel Saturday, The Search Party.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Him & Hawke. Sunday, Ryan Daley.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Godlands.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Andrew G.
Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Loose Bazooka.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Run Squirrel, Hey Lady, Blue Velvet, Lachlan X. Morris. Sunday, Dazed, Hot Dad, Arch Stanton, India, Mitch Bryant.
Lizotte’s Saturday, George Michael Relived.
Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Sami.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.
Mark Hotel Saturday, The Andy Show.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Wild Oats. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Phonic Trio.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Roxy.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Love That Hat, DJ Angelo. Sunday, Jordan Fleming.
Morisset Country Club Sunday, James Naldo.
Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Ricky Campton.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Revamped.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Just Jade.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, The Big Bang Band.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Hugh Gordon Irish Trio, Piscin, John Larder, Hugh Gordon Irish Trio, Red Belly Pickers, Compadre Diablo, Sailor’s Grave.
Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Saturday, Matt Semmens.
Old Victoria Hotel Saturday, Jason Paris.
Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Emily Smith.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Early Daze.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Shaka. Sunday, Jason Bone.
Potters Brewery Saturday, Bandditts.
The Pourhouse Saturday, Layth Gunn.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Smokin Rosie. Sunday, DV8.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, The Rumour Trio, Jake Folbigg. Sunday, The Years, Wharf Life.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Alias.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Outerphase.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Sarah Christine.
Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Ben Woodham, Sunday Soul Sessions.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Erin Re-Jigged, Murphy O’Toole.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Two Left Feet.
South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Jake Davey.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Joe Mungovan.
Star Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske's Guitar Lounge.
Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Normy James.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Wicked.
Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Brindle Pigs.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kevin O'Hara.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Rock Oz.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.
Toronto Hotel Sunday, Russell Morris.
Toronto Workers Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Max Jackson.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Boney Rivers. Sunday, Joel Oakhill.
Wangi Hotel Sunday, Kelly Hope.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Leigh Warren.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.
Westfield Kotara Saturday, Max Jackson.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Boys in the Band.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Future Rock Star Showcase, Aqwa, Amigos. Sunday, John Larder, Ron Knight & The Daze Band.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Megan Core.
12 Strong (MA) A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.
A Fantastic Woman (MA) Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. (Tower)
Black Panther (M) T’Challa returns home to the technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to become king but an old enemy appears.
Breathe (PG) The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. (Regal)
Darkest Hour (PG) During the early days of WWII, the fate of Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British prime minister Winston Churchill. (Regal)
Death Wish (R) A family man becomes a vigilante killing machine when his family is violently attacked by robbers.
Finding Your Feet (M) Lady Sandra Abbott finds the courage to reinvent herself after she flees a broken marriage to stay with her bohemian sister in London.
Game Night (MA) A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.
Human Flow (M) Director and artist, Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis. (Tower)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG) Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting. (Kotara, Event)
Lady Bird (M) The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.
Paddington 2 (G) Paddington is now happily settled with the Brown family.
Peter Rabbit (PG) Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden.
Red Sparrow (MA) Dominika Egorova is a master of seductive and manipulative combat.
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (M) Laird Hamilton is perhaps the greatest big wave surfer of all time. (Tower)
The BBQ (PG) Dazza accidentally gives his neighbours food poisoning. To make amends he seeks tutelage from a tyrannical Scottish chef and together they enter an international barbecue competition. (Regal)
The Greatest Showman (PG) Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. (Lake Cinema)
The Mercy (M) An amateur sailor competes in the 1968 Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. (Tower)
The Post (M) A cover-up that spanned four US presidents leads to an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. (Lake)
The Shape Of Water (MA) Lonely Elisa’s life is changed forever when she discovers a secret classified experiment.
The Strangers: Prey At Night (MA) A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are visited by three masked psychopaths, to test their every limit.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA) A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Tomb Raider (M) Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.
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