What's on in Newcastle and the Hunter: May 1 & 2

THE MAIN EVENT: Kalyn Ponga will look to inspire the Newcastle Knights to victory over the high-flying Sydney Roosters on Saturday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
THE MAIN EVENT: Kalyn Ponga will look to inspire the Newcastle Knights to victory over the high-flying Sydney Roosters on Saturday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll


Lake Macquarie Autumn Fair Speers Point Park, Speers Point, 9am to 4pm. This Rotary Club-organised event features 50 vintage and specialist vehicles, a jumping castle, giant slide, mini-golf, bumper balls, swing ride, train rides around the park, face painting, petting zoo and pony rides, barbeque, as well as several food trucks.

National Rugby League Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow, first-grade kick-off 7.30pm. The Knights look to bounce back from their 24-6 loss to Penrith against the competition heavyweights from Bondi.

Newy 100 Saturday & Sunday, Pacific Park, Newcastle, starts at 4pm Saturday. A team of athletes have set themselves a challenge to push their limits over a 100km run around Newcastle's beaches in the hope of raising money for Lifeline in Newcastle.

Rugby Union No.2 Sportsground, Newcastle West, 3pm. The Hunter Wildfires host Sydney powerhouse Randwick in the Shute Shield.

Surfing Australia NSW State Titles - Longboard and SUP Saturday & Sunday, One Mile Beach, Hannah Parade, One Mile. The Longboard State Titles consists of four days of action to crown multiple champions across all longboard divisions at Port Stephens.

Sydney Writer's Festival Digital Library, 12 Stewart Avenue, Newcastle West. Be engaged by conversations, debates and discussions from authors Helen Garner and Sarah Krasnostein (2-3pm) and the ABC's Richard Flanagan and Laura Tingle (4-5pm). No bookings required.

Tocal Field Days Saturday & Sunday, Tocal College, 815 Tocal Road, Paterson, 9am to 4pm. The Hunter Valley's largest agricultural show returns after a year off due to COVID-19, with agricultural exhibitions, food & drinks, live music and much more.

PICK OF THE WEEK: The Country Women's Association Maitland branch will be selling homemade scones at the Tocal Fields Days. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

PICK OF THE WEEK: The Country Women's Association Maitland branch will be selling homemade scones at the Tocal Fields Days. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers


Hunter Valley Gardens Wedding Fair Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, 10am to 2pm. Check out eight ceremony locations, seven reception venues and endless photography options. Plus, there's a selection of wedding suppliers that will provide options for your dream wedding.

Newcastle CD & Record Fair Uniting Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hamilton, 9am to 3pm. Browse through thousands of CD and vinyl records across all genres.

Smoke Off 2021 Royal Federal Hotel, Branxton, 11am to 3pm. Watch two teams battle it out over five smoked heats for the coveted Smoke Off trophy, plus live music and food.


Smoke In Broke Saturday & Sunday, June 12 & 13. There mightn't be much for the vegetarians, but if you love your meat it's definitely worth taking a drive out to the western Hunter Valley town of Broke. Sample various cuts of meat barbecued and roasted across multiple food outlets. There's also plenty of Hunter wines and craft beers to wash down those ribs and brisket.


Broke Community Markets Sunday, McNamara Park, Wollombi Street, Broke, 8am to 12pm

Handmade In The Hunter Markets Saturday, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin, 9am to 3pm.

Kerr Street Markets Sunday, Kerr Street, Mayfield, 8am to 2pm.

Mothers Day Market Saturday, Hunter Multicultural Communities, 2A Platt Street, Waratah, 8am to 2pm.

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

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

Olive Tree Market Saturday, Civic Park, Newcastle, 9am to 2pm.

Pelican Foreshore Markets Saturday, Lakeview Parade, Pelican, 9am to 1pm.


GIG OF THE WEEK: King Stingray make their Newcastle debut on Saturday at the Hamilton Station Hotel. Picture: Marina Neil

GIG OF THE WEEK: King Stingray make their Newcastle debut on Saturday at the Hamilton Station Hotel. Picture: Marina Neil

Adam Miller Trio Sunday, Oriental Hotel, Cooks Hill. The jazz guitar maestro is back is his favourite haunt.

CJ Stranger Saturday, Stag & Hunter Hotel, Mayfield. The Blue Mountains Americana artist is a genuine storyteller.

Icons in Concert: The Legends Tribute Sunday, The Station, Newcastle, 2pm. This all-hit show stars Dave Patten as Rod Stewart, Doug Williams as Lionel Richie, Lance Strauss as Elton John, and Anita Spring as Australia's Olivia Newton-John.

Jeff Martin Saturday, Lizotte's, Lambton. After several COVID cancellations The Tea Party frontman finally returns to the intimate stage.

King Stingray Saturday, Hamilton Station Hotel, Hamilton. There's a big buzz about the surf-rock band from Arnhem Land after just two singles. The five-piece is fronted by Yirrnga Yunupingu, the nephew of Yothu Yindi's late Dr M Yunupingu.

Nothing Else Matters: A Symphonic Tribute to Metallica Saturday, Civic Theatre, Newcastle. This is probably the closest you'll get to seeing Metallica in Newcastle as The George Ellis Orion Orchestra with Damage Inc perform the US band's beloved hits.

Sweater Curse Saturday, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West. The Brisbane three-piece have built a strong Novocastrian fan base with their brand of melodic indie-rock. They're touring their latest EP Push//Pull. Pinkish Blu are the support.


Mystery Musical Saturday, Civic Playhouse, Newcastle, 2pm & 7.30pm. The return of this theatrical experiment throws your conventional understanding of theatre-going out the window and we want you to come along for the ride.


Dragon Rider (PG) Firedrake, the young silver dragon, has had enough of constantly having to hide in a wooded valley. He wants to show the older generation that he is a real dragon.

Every Breath You Take (MA) A psychiatrist, whose client commits suicide, finds his family life disrupted after introducing her surviving brother to his wife and daughter.

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.

Land (M) Edee, in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies.

Nobody (MA) Hutch Mansell is an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life's indignities on the chin and never pushing back.

Nomadland (M) Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

Moon Rock For Monday (M) Monday is a nine-year-old girl home-schooled by her father Bob in Sydney. Due to her terminal illness Monday's only contact with the outside world is her weekly visit to the hospital.

Mortal Kombat (R) MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth's greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high-stakes battle for the universe.

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.

Six Minutes To Midnight (M) 17 days before WWII, an English teacher and his camera disappear on a coastal boarding school with 20 German teen girls. Miller gets the job six days later, secretly trying to find out what happened.

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.

The United States Vs Billie Holiday (MA) Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black federal agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

This Little Love Of Mine (G) A successful San Francisco lawyer returns to the tropical island she grew up on, only to reconnect with her true self, and her true love.

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.

Wrath Of Men (MA) The Guy Ritchie film follows H, a cold and mysterious character working at a cash truck company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week.

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