Maitland Show Saturday and Sunday, Maitland Showground, Blomfield Street, Maitland. Grand parade, woodchopping, animals, amusement rides, demonstrations and much more.
Flickerfest Newcastle 2020 6pm, Event Cinemas Kotara. The world's best short films.
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Beach. Australia's biggest grassroots boardriders event.
LakeFest 2020 Saturday and Sunday, until March 7. A celebration of Lake Macquarie's aquatic lifestyle and rich maritime history. Saturday: junior pirate fun day race at Belmont 16s from 9am; Lakefest Regetta Lacke Macquarie Yacht Club at 1.30pm. Sunday: Lake Macquarie Yacht Club presents the Sports Boat Regatta.
Lake Macquarie Family History Group 10am to 4pm, Marmong Point Community Hall, 31B George Street, Marmong Point. Discussions on the day will include "British Newspapers online archive" at 11am and the "57th Regiment of Foot in the Colony of New South Wales" presented by Gary Smith at 2pm. All invited; research assistance available.
Australian Water Polo League Hunter Hurricanes Water Polo Club vs UNSW Wests at Queens Wharf harbour, Newcastle. Free grandstand seating. Junior games 10am; women's 1pm; men's 2.30pm.
The Telethon 5pm to 11.30pm, The Edwards, 148 Parry Street, Newcastle. An evening of local music, food and drink to raise funds for WIRES. Tickers $10 tickets, with 100 per cent of proceeds supporting bushfire relief.
Boolaroo Speers Point Community Pre-school 60th Birthday 10am to 2pm, 46A Sixth Street, Boolaroo. Games, stalls, face painting, sausage sizzle and more.
Novocastrian Quilters Open Day 10am, New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Road, New Lambton. All seniors welcome to participate in a variety of quilting, patchwork and sewing activities. Part of Seniors Week 2020.
Eastlakes Fellowship of Australian Writers Branch Meeting 1pm to 2pm, Charlestown Library, Ridley Street, Charlestown. The Fellowship of Australian Writers has opened a branch on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie. The pilot meeting is for those interested in developing their writing.
PetStock National Adoption Day 10am to 2pm, PetStock Warners Bay, Adamstown, Heatherbrae. With Dog Rescue Newcastle.
The Re: Club - Pop-Up Shopping Event 8am to 2pm, The Edwards, 148 Parry Street, Newcastle.
Warners Bay Community Garden Working Bee 9am to 1pm, Bunya Park, corner Cherry Road and Macquarie Drive, Eleebana. All welcome.
Maximum Adventure Race Series - Race 1 Lake Macquarie 8am to 3pm, Crangan Bay Drive, Cams Wharf.
FLT Bushfire Fundraiser Flash Day 10am onwards, FLT Tattoo Studio, Beaumont Street, Newcastle. Raising money for the Wildlife Rescue Emergency Fund and for the Red Cross Disaster Relief. Australian flora and fauna theme. You must be over 18 with a valid ID
Gallery on Dowling Opening Day Noon, 120 Dowling Street, Dungog. With artists Jeanne Harrison and Helene Leane.
Beginners Ukulele Workshop 3pm to 5pm, Wil&Sons, 102 Darby Street, Newcastle.
Irish Folk Jam 5.45pm to 7pm, Lass O'Gowrie Hotel, 14 Railway Street , Wickham. Bring along your instruments, singing voice or good vibes.
2020 Grape Stomp 10am to 3pm, Peter Draytons Wines, 694 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin. A morning of grape picking, stomping grapes, bottling wine and games for all ages, plus a buffet-style lunch, live music, a jumping castle and face painting. Adult $95; 10-17 years $40; under 10 admitted free.
Community Dragon Boat Regatta 8am to 2pm, Throsby Creek, Carrington Foreshore. Raising money for drought assistance for Hunter region farmers.
The Coastal Ascent Merewether Beach: 25km, 11km or 5km training run. Also, Kids Beach Bolt.
One Song Sing - Body Talks: The Struts 4pm to 5.30pm, Babylon, 145 King Street, Newcastle. Tickets at trybooking.com.
The Chariot Festival 10am to 2.30pm, Newcastle Museum to Foreshore Park. Multicultural event.
Lightning on the Lawn 1.30pm to 6.30pm, Stockton Bowling Club, 122 Mitchell Street, Stockton, A fundraiser for Variety the Children's Charity. Live music, children's activities, entertainment.
Fire Relief 3pm to 9pm, The Small Ballroom, 48 Watt Street, Newcastle. Live music to raise money for NSW Rural Fire Service and Animal Rescue Collective. $10 entry.
SAVE THE DATE
Pappa Sven is screening a film at Event Cinema, Kotara, on March 8 for International Women's Day (in partnership with the Swedish Embassy). Becoming Astrid is the story of Astrid Lindgren, one of Sweden's most famous authors. All of the money raised will be donated to HMRI, for Ovarian Cancer Research.
Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warners Bay Foreshore, The Esplanade, Warners Bay.
Homegrown Handmade Market @ The Station Saturday, 9am to 2pm, corner Watt and Scott streets, Newcastle.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 1pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.
Newcastle Food & Flower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Adamstown Markets Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Heart & Soul Indoor Markets Sunday, 10am to 2pm, Cardiff RSL Club, 45 Macquarie Road, Cardiff.
Wallsend Library Imagining Peace A Portrait of Modern Afghanistan, until March 15.
CStudios Art Gallery Paintings on Water - photography by Ralph Kerle.
Cooks Hill Galleries George Gittoes, figurative/expressionist paintings present and past, until March 9.
The Lock Up Living with Uncertainty, by Lucas Davidson; Natural Causes, Gavin Vitullo, until March 29.
Newcastle Art Gallery On Being There, by George Gittoes, until April 26. Between Two Worlds, until February 16.
Art Systems Wickham Goddesses of the Workplace, by Clare O'Hara-Cooper, until February 16.
Hunter Wetlands Centre Through The Lens, Chinese Photography Group. Opens Sunday, until February 28.
Watt Space Gallery Waiting for Equality, until March 4.
Belmont Library Nature's Beauty: See the World Through The Eyes of an Artist, until February 20.
University of Newcastle Gallery Commonplace, until March 21.
Timeless Textiles Wild Atlantic Coast, by Nicola Henley.
MAC Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie First Class 19; Guan Wei: A Case Study, curated by Carol Carter, until April 5. Mervyn Bishop, until April 12. MACSaturday - Listen (Saturday, 2pm to 4pm): Mervyn Bishop, Australia's first Aboriginal press photographer.
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.
SEEN@Swansea Then and Now, until March 29.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Under and Over The Ocean; Australian Flora & Fauna, until February 25.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Unfolding Time, Penelope Seidler's Gift to Maitland, until February 16. Remnants Before The Tasman, until May 31. Warlock; Learning to Speak; Kalliope Calliope, until February 16. Let All The Birds Fly: The Hybrid Print, curated by Patricia Wilson-Adams, Therese Kenyon. Free Art Sunday.
Newcastle Museum Microsculpture: The Insect Photography of Levon Biss, until March 1. Capturing Nature, until March 8.
Australia Day Jonathan Biggins. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. 0466 332 766.
A Comedy of Tenors Playwright Ken Ludwig's amusing look at what happens when three world renowned tenors rehearse in a hotel suite. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. 4952 4958.
Picnic at Hanging Rock Four students and a teacher vanish while on a picnic in 1900; adapted from Joan Lindsay's novel. Lindsay Street Players and Young People's Theatre Newcastle, at the YPT Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Standing Ovation. Sunday, Love That Hat.
48 Watt Street Sunday, Fire Relief ft Mild West, Fungas, Pawn Magz, Ill Sylvester, Lady Petrol, Med Heads.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Beau Hatch.
Argenton Hotel Sunday, Sounds Of Sunday.
The Badger's Lair - Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Majun Bu, Vanilla Gorilla, Fukushima Death Fish, Jackson Blanch.
Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Ashley Knight.
Beach Hotel Sunday, Misbehave.
The Beerhaus Saturday, Ashley Knight.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Anthology, Oran Vir. Sunday, Norm Bakker.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Snowy and Johns.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, TripleZero.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, The Years.
The Bradford Saturday, The Versions. Sunday, Sami Cooke.
Burwood Inn Saturday, Pete McCredie.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Cattle Decapitation (USA), Revocation (main room), The Loose Leeches, Deadshowws, Mission: Banana (warehouse). Sunday, The Dreggs, Not Good Not Bad, Callum Rowland.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Saving June.
Carrington Bowling ClubSunday,John Larder.
Catho Pub Sunday, Bad Paris.
Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows Saturday, Felix Quinn Band. Sunday, Loui Abell.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Kazzie Duo.
Cheeky Dog Bar Sunday, Craig Thommo.
Club Charlestown Saturday, The Feather Chain.
Colliery Inn Sunday, Zane Penn.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Dave McCredie.
Customs House Sunday, Kaylah Anne.
D'Albora Marina Sunday, Jess Knaus.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Sounds Of Sunday.
Dullboys Sunday, Matt McLaren.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Paul Watters.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Wayne Dufty.
Easts Golf & Leisure Club Sunday, Anthony Lee.
Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Troy Kemp.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Austin Mackay, Paparazzi.
Family Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Sophia Berlyn, Rod Coote & The Naked Sailies.
Finnegans Saturday, Joel Fletcher.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, King Shakey Band.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, 2 To The Floor.
General Roberts Hotel Sunday, Darren.
George Tavern Saturday, Kristy James Duo.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, The Soul Movers.
Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Kylie Jane Duo.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Jump. Sunday, Glen Harrison.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Snape Trilogy.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, TomKat.
Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, Tommy Gun.
Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, The Leadbellies.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Hayden Johns.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Jarred Taylor Band.
The Junction Hotel Saturday, Tim Harding.
Karuah RSL Saturday, Anthony Lee.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Pocket Aces. Sunday, The Smarts.
Lake Macquarie Tavern Sunday, Pete Hibbert.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Murray Byfield.
Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, 24 Hours.
Lass O'Gowrie Hotel Saturday, Underachiever, All In A Year, Knifey Spoony.
Lizotte's Sunday, Allison Forbes (lunch), Stomping Ivories (dinner).
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Matt Gaudry. Sunday, Mak.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Grant Walmsley Duo.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Full Throttle.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Chris Saxby. Sunday, Karen O'Shea.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Phonic Trio.
Mayfield Hotel Saturday, Brendan Watson.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, All Access 80's. Sunday, Tyler Chapman.
Murray's Brewery Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Nano.
Nag's Head Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Ryan Daley.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Reggie Sinclair.
Newcastle Hotel Sunday, Human Movement of Leisure.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Dani Mani, Guy Richards.
Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Karen O'Shea.
Peden's Hotel Saturday, The Core.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Katie & Feff. Sunday, Jackson Halliday.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Adam Miller Trio.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Marissa+2, Beth Gleeson. Sunday, Trancemission, Wharf Life.
Redhead Surf Club Sunday, Nick Raschke Duo.
Roche Estate Saturday, Red Hot Summer ft. Hunters & Collectors, James Reyne, The Living End, Baby Animals, The Angels, Killing Heidi, Boom Crash Opera.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Big Night Out.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Bliss Bomb.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Saturday, Bob Allan.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Murray Byfield
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Shivoo. Sunday, Kristy James.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Mick Jones.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, The Elton Experience.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Pits.
Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, The After Party, Service 30 with Leighton Smith.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, The Moon Dogs. Sunday, Mark Wells.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, Dreamcatchers. Sunday, Nineties AF.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Club Remix. Sunday, Pete McCredie.
Swansea-Belmont Surf Club Sunday, Gerda.
Swansea Workers Club Sunday, Dave McCredie.
Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Brien McVernon & The Rockets From Oz.
Tattersalls Hotel Saturday, Daniel Newberry.
Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Creedence Show plus Women Of Rock.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.
Telarah Bowling Club Saturday, 80s To The Max.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Toronto Hotel Sunday, The Black Sorrows.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Project X.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Tim Harding.
Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, Sari Jade & Spike.
Wangi Hotel Sunday, Simon King.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Paul White.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Troy Kemp.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Overload.
Warners Bay Sports Club Saturday, Live At The Lake Bushfire Fundraiser ft. Codi Pollock, Maddi, Jordan Snowden, Lucas O'Connell, Ian Papworth, Midway, The Glendrix Experience, Three Seven, Silver Rocker, Science Rockets, Adrenaline Crush.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, Love That Hat.
Wests Nelson Bay Saturday, Spank N The Monkey. Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Cruzers.
Wests NEX Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Viagro. Sunday, Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Mark Lee. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.
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. (Lake Cinema)
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.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (MA15+) It's open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back.
Blinded By The Light (PG) A Pakistani teen living in England is inspired by the words and music of Bruce Springsteen. (Regal)
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.
Colour Out of Space (MA15+) A family moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century when a meteorite crashes into their front yard.
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.
Emma (PG) Jane Austen's beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this new film adaptation.
Fantasy Island (M) the enigmatic Mr Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island's mystery in order to escape with their lives.
Fisherman's Friends (M) Ten fisherman from Cornwall achieve a Top 10 hit after they are signed to Universal Records by a cynical London music executive. (Regal)
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.
Frozen II (PG) Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out 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.
H is for Happiness (PG) A 12-year-old girl with boundless optimism and a unique view of the world, is inspired by the strange new boy at school and sets out to mend her broken family - whatever it takes.
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.
Judy (M) Thirty years after starring in The Wizard of Oz, actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London to perform sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. Starring Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger. (Regal)
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 their own cosmetics company they've built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they're in over their heads financially, with the prospect of a big buyout 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.
Midway (M) The Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in WWII.
Mr. Jones (MA15+) A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.
Mrs Lowry & Son (PG) A portrait of the artist LS Lowry and the relationship with his mother, who tries to dissuade him from pursuing his passion. (Regal)
My Spy (PG) A hardened CIA operative finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.
Parasite (MA15+) A student, carrying the expectations of all his family, heads to the wealthy Park family home for an interview. An unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait in this Academy Award-winning film from South Korea.
Pavarotti (M) Featuring never-before-seen footage, concert performances and intimate interviews, filmmaker Ron Howard examines the life and career of famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
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.
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.
The Good Liar (MA15+) An ageing con artist cannot believe his luck when he meets a wealthy widow and marks her as his next target. But she hides a secret of her own. (Lake Cinema)
The Grudge (MA15+) A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.