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What’s On this Weekend: 17 to 19 Feb 2023

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It’s going to be a hot one this weekend! But, don’t let the temperature deter you from getting out and about taking in some of the fantastic events being held across our region.

Whats On this Weekend
What’s on: Here’s cheers to some beers at King Edward Park this weekend.

FRIDAY 17 February 

Art: 

The Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) at Booragul has become the home of artworks that are the creations of some of the region’s most talented youngsters. In an exhibition that has been held annually since 2009, First Class celebrates and showcases the exceptional standard of work produced by HSC Visual Arts Students from the Hunter and Central Coast regions. The exhibition that represents the wide scope of the NSW HSC Visual Arts syllabus, will be at MAC until 31 March and entry is free. 

Maitland Show: 

Regional Australia Bank Maitland Show will return to the Maitland Showgrounds this weekend from Friday to Sunday. The annual show is celebrating 161 years with a three-day program including entertainment, home craft and horticulture displays, cattle clinic and livestock exhibits, woodchopping, a scarecrow competition and the International Salon of Photography. There will also be a reptile display and animal nursery as well as the Maitland Rodeo on Friday night and fireworks on Saturday evening. It all kicks off on Friday at 10am and winds down Sunday at 4pm. 

Whats On: Join some giant dancing puppets for a boogie in the park this weekend.

SATURDAY 18 February 

Play: 

Giant illuminated puppets will be having a boogie in Speers Point Park on Saturday evening – and you’re invited! The Curious Creatures Party is a free event brought to you by MAP mima in collaboration with Curious Legends as part of Lake Macquarie’s PRESS PLAY! Event. From 4pm, puppeteers and creative maestros Curious Legends will be on site running free mask-making and performance workshops. Kids get to craft their own unique creature and bring it to life through theatre and performance, in preparation for the evening party. For added delight, the Curious Legends creature puppets will come out to play. From 7pm to 8pm the wild rumpus will begin as the sun sets and the illuminated giants and little creatures get their best moves on. All are welcome to join in the fun. 

Sustainability: 

Celebrate the opening of the Landcare and Sustainable Living Centre, umali barai-ku, by joining the family-friendly, community open day at Booragul. From 9am to 2.30pm the venue will be home to an inspirational line-up of sustainable living activities including – Community Crop Swapping, author chats, hands on gardening activities for the whole family, First Nations cultural weaving as well as gelato and pizza giveaways, live music, face painting and electric vehicle displays. The day will be hosted by best-selling author and Gardening Australia presenter, Hannah Moloney. 

Beer: 

After a two-year break Newcastle Beer Fest is back at King Edward Park from 11am on Saturday. The popular event will be showcasing more than 45 craft beers and ales, all 100% independent Australian-owned and made. Together with live, local bands and food trucks. Tickets are $70pp or $10 for non-drinkers. 

Fundraiser: 

Novotel Newcastle Beach will be home to a fundraising High Tea on Saturday from 11am to 2pm. The event is aimed at raising much needed funds for those affected by ovarian cancer, a cancer 1,815 Australians are diagnosed with each year. Contrary to what many people believe, a cervical screening test will not detect ovarian cancer – in fact there is no early detection test. Ovarian Cancer Australia provide support and resources, advocate for funding and research and raise awareness on a national scale. This is how you can help. Tickets $55 each. 

Whats On: Join the Ukulele Workshop at Carrington Bowls Club on Sunday. Photo: Hannah Busing

SUNDAY 19 February 

Learn: 

If you’ve ever wanted to learn an instrument this could be your time. The Carrington Bowls Club is hosting a Beginners Ukulele Workshop on Sunday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. All ages are welcome to attend Mark Jackson’s (thesumoftheparts) two-hour class for $35.

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