Camel Racing Cessnock Showground, 111 Mount View Rd, Cessnock, 10am to 9pm. Expect to see camel races, camel and pony rides, market stalls, amusement rides and food vendors.
East Feast Long Lunch Multiple venues, Newcastle East, 12pm to 3pm. Visit four of the best east end eateries for a moveable feast with a course in each. Bookings required.
Gum Ball Saturday & Sunday, Dashville, 103 Kirkton Rd, Lower Belford. After a two-year absence due to COVID-19 Dashville's biggest music festival, Gum Ball, kicked off on Friday afternoon, but there's plenty of live music scheduled for the weekend including sets from The Beautiful Girls, Even, iOTA and The Soul Movers plus pro skateboarding, workshops, art, and camping.
Naturellement Saturday & Sunday, The Edwards, 148 Parry Street, Newcastle West. A curated line-up of beer, wine and spirits, plus food prepared by Newcastle chefs.
Rugby Union Hunter Wildfires v Northern Suburbs, Newcastle No.2 Sportsground, 3pm. After kicking off the Shute Shield last week with a 56-24 loss to Sydney University, the Wildfires are looking to rally against Norths in their first home game of the season.
Sail Port Stephens Saturday & Sunday, D'Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay. The annual sailing regatta held at Port Stephens is open to all classes of yachts and sailing craft and featuring the NSW IRC Championship and Commodores Cup.
Tastes Of The Bush Newcastle Art Gallery, Laman Street, Newcastle, 10.30am to 2pm. Get a taste of some bush tucker food and enjoy a special dance performance by Catapult Dance in response to the Aboriginal exhibition 'VOID'. Explore traditional and contemporary craft through artmaking activities and demonstrations. Bookings required.
Abermain Beer Fest Abermain Hotel, Charles Street, Abermain. The first ever Abermain Beer Fest will feature craft breweries BentSpoke, Grainfed, Lord Nelson, Modus Operandi, Moon Dog, Willie The Boatman and many more.
Charlie's Gift Senior's Art Exhibition and Fundraising Day New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Rd, New Lambton, 10am to 4.30pm. The Senior's Week celebration includes art, guest speakers, art demonstrations, wine and nibbles, silent auction, stalls, raffles and a lucky door prize.
Tidda's In Muloobinba Civic Playhouse, Hunter Street, Newcastle, 2pm to 3pm. A musical workshop featuring performances from First Nations artists, including the Illume Girls. Tickets are free, but bookings are required.
SAVE THE DATE
Greek Fest Saturday, May 22, Hope Estate, Pokolbin, 11am to 6pm. For the first time the Greek Fest is leaving Sydney's Darling Harbour and heading to Hunter wine country. The authentic celebration of Greek culture, music, food, and drink with feature national dancing troupes and Greek bands including Dimitris Basis.
Food lovers can expect sweet-honeyed loukoumades, souvlaki, creamy feta, olives, juicy Yeeros, savoury spanakopita, and rich Greek coffee.
Handmade In The Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
The Sunday Muster Sunday, 9am to 2pm. Mortels, 1 Weakleys Drive, Thornton.
Young Artisans Market Saturday, 2 to 5pm, Hunter Multicultural Community Centre, 2A Platt St, Waratah.
Acacia Blue Saturday, Lass O'Gowrie Hotel, Wickham. The Newcastle indie five-piece launch their latest video clip Need You.
Felipe Baldomir Sunday, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West. The Byron Bay folk troubadour returns to perform songs from his second album Only Light, including the standout tracks Colours and Amber. Dusty Boots will support.
Helen Kitley Saturday, Stag and Hunter Hotel, Mayfield. The Newcastle-based soul and jazz artist will perform tracks from her forthcoming Live at Hazy Cosmic Jive record.
Jon Stevens Sunday, The Station, Newcastle. The rock stalwart is back to cover hits from his solo career and Noiseworks, plus INXS classics.
Metal From The Grave Saturday, Hamilton Station Hotel, Hamilton. Australia's premier pioneer of extreme metal drumming, Matt "Skitz" Sanders headlines a bill including Steve Watts and Jason Holt.
Pricey & Mughead Saturday at The Ship Inn, Newcastle & Sunday, at the Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland. Former Chats guitarist Josh Price teams up with Skegss frontman Ben Reed for an intimate acoustic run.
Spinning Wheel the Music of Chicago & Blood, Sweat and Tears Saturday, Lizotte's, Lambton. Jeff Duff takes you through the greatest hits of the legendary US bands.
The Rubens Saturday, Bar On The Hill, Callaghan. Fresh from securing their first ARIA No.1 album with the record 0202 in February, the indie-pop favourites return to the University of Newcastle for a massive outdoors gig. Mia Wray is the support.
Tom Burlinson Sunday, Lizotte's, Lambton. Burlinson will perform his personal favourite songs from Frank Sinatra, including a mixture of ballads and up-tempo swing numbers.
A Taste Of Ireland Saturday 7.30pm at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Experience Irish dancers, folk musicians and contemporary vocalists portray the rhythmic passion that is the original story of the Celtic motherland.
Bombshells Saturday 7.30pm at The Royal Exchange, Newcastle. The show consists of six 20 to 25-minute, monologues: the American cabaret singer at the end of her career, the nervous bride-to-be, the exhausted young mother, the widow with an appetite for the unexpected, the cactus lover, and the feisty teenage talent-quest competitor.
The Witches Saturday, 10am, 2pm & 7pm at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. The beloved Roald Dahl story follows the adventures of a brave young boy who unwittingly stumbles into the Annual General Meeting for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. However, these women are not what they seem... they are witches in disguise and they plan to get rid of all the children in the world.
Ascendant (M) Kidnapped and held hostage in a high-speed elevator in a 120-floor building in Shanghai, Aria Wolf has no memory of her past, who her captors are, or what they want from her.
Godzilla Vs Kong (M) In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity's fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages.
Nobody (MA) Hutch Mansell is an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life's indignities on the chin and never pushing back.
Peter Rabbit 2 (G) The lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can't seem to shake his mischievous reputation.
Raya and The Last Dragon (PG) Take an epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony.
Sisters For Sale (M) Young women on the border between Vietnam and China find themselves caught between a violent custom and a vicious criminal underworld. Investigating the mysterious disappearances of his local friends, an Australian filmmaker uncovers a human rights crisis and sparks an incredible series of events. (Royal Exchange)
Supernova (M) Sam and Tusker have spent 20 years together, and they are as passionately in love as they have ever been. However, in the two years since Tusker was diagnosed, their lives have had to change.
The Courier (M) Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The Father (M) Anthony Hopkins plays the eponymous role of a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter.
The Unholy (M) Alice is a young hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick.
Tom & Jerry (G) One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into New York City's finest hotel on the eve of "the wedding of the century," forcing the event's desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him.
Voyagers (MA) With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonise a distant planet.