WHAT'S ON

What's on around Cessnock and beyond: February 26-March 3, 2020

FUN: Mulletfest returns to the Chelmsford Hotel this Saturday, with a rookie event to be held on Friday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
FUN: Mulletfest returns to the Chelmsford Hotel this Saturday, with a rookie event to be held on Friday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

MULLETFEST

Chelmsford Hotel Kurri Kurri, February 28-29

Kurri Kurri's third annual Mulletfest will be held at the Chelmsford Hotel on Friday and Saturday. Read more here.

HUNTER VALLEY NINES

Kurri Kurri Sportsground, Saturday, February 29, 10am-4pm

The A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Nines rugby league tournament will be held at Kurri Kurri Sportsground on Saturday, with 12 teams - including six from the Newcastle Rugby League - taking part. Read more in sport.

TRIO OF AUTHORS VISIT LIBRARY

Kurri Kurri Library, Friday, February 28, 10am-12pm

Bestselling authors Fiona McArthur, Trish Morey and Janette Paul (aka Jaye Ford) are on tour promoting Morey's latest release One Summer Between Friends. The trio will be talking books, writing and women's fiction in a fun and chatty session. Bookings are essential; call the library on 4937 1638 or visit libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au to book your place.

DISCUSSION: Wild Learning creative facilitator Emmie Hallett invites the community to share their ideas about the arts in Cessnock at a meeting this Friday.

DISCUSSION: Wild Learning creative facilitator Emmie Hallett invites the community to share their ideas about the arts in Cessnock at a meeting this Friday.

MEETING ABOUT ART IN CESSNOCK

Wild Learning, Friday, February 28, 5.30pm

A community meeting to discuss the opportunities for people to connect and participate in the arts in Cessnock will be held at Wild Learning this Friday night. RSVP to Emmie on 0412 835 865 or email info@wildlearning.com.au. Read more here.

FOLK IN THE FOREST

The Tree House Brunkerville, Saturday, February 29, 2pm-7pm

Folk in the Forest is a family-friendly music festival featuring Anna Weatherup, Sam Windley and Nick Saxon, raising funds for cancer research charity Love Your Sister. Bring a picnic rug, food and drinks. Pizzas and a gelato bar will be onsite. Kids amusements and lawn games are included in the ticket price. Tickets are on sale at stickytickets.com.au. Read more about the festival here.

MUSIC 4 MENTAL HEALTH

Laguna Community Hall, Saturday, February 29, 8pm

An evening of music and fun to raise awareness and funds for mental health and wellbeing will be held at Laguna Community Hall on Saturday. The concert will feature Darryl and Harmony Lovegrove, Rise, the Wollombi Valley Community Choir, and Alan Glover as MC, and will raise funds for Everymind. Read more here, and get your tickets here.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: Jumpin' Jukebox will perform at Bellbird Workers Club this Saturday night.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: Jumpin' Jukebox will perform at Bellbird Workers Club this Saturday night.

GIG GUIDE: WHERE TO SEE LIVE MUSIC

Australia Hotel Friday, The Big Bang Band.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Shivoo.

Bellbird Workers Club Wednesday, country music club. Saturday, Jumpin' Jukebox.

Bimbadgen Estate Saturday, A Day on the Green featuring A-Ha, Rick Astley, Pseudo Echo and I Know Leopard (read more here).

Cessnock Leagues Club Friday, Hayden Johns. Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night with Dave Cochrane.

Cypress Lakes Friday, Pete Hibbert.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Thursday, open mic night with Andrew G. Saturday, Jesse.

Greta Workers Club Friday, Allstar.

Harrigans Irish Pub Pokolbin Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Hotel Cessnock Friday, Lee Rolfe. Saturday, Crawford Brothers Duo.

Laguna Community Hall Music 4 Mental Health featuring Darryl and Harmony Lovegrove, Alan Glover, Rise and the Wollombi Valley Community Choir (see above).

Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Pedens Hotel Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Potters Brewery Friday, Kaylah Anne.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Phonic. Saturday, The Leadbellies.

The Tree House Brunkerville Folk in the Forest featuring Anna Weatherup, Sam Windley and Nick Saxon (see above).

Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar Friday, Matt McLaren. Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Wollombi Tavern Saturday, The Aquarius Party featuring Southern Understars.

SAVE THE DATE

FUNNY: Comedian Emma Zammit will bring the laughs to Cessnock Leagues Club's International Women's Day charity dinner on Thursday, March 5.

FUNNY: Comedian Emma Zammit will bring the laughs to Cessnock Leagues Club's International Women's Day charity dinner on Thursday, March 5.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CHARITY DINNER

Cessnock Leagues Club, Thursday, March 5

Cessnock Leagues Club will host a charity dinner for International Women's Day on Thursday, March 5, with an impressive lineup of guest speakers and entertainers. Read more here.

WINE MACHINE

Roche Estate, Saturday, March 14

Boutique dance music extravaganza Wine Machine is coming back to the Hunter Valley next month with a stellar lineup of acts on the bill, including Hot Dub Time Machine, The Naked & Famous, The Jungle Giants, Bag Raiders, Regard, Alice Ivy, Young Franco, Don West and sommelier Danny Clayton. Free tickets are on offer for emergency services personnel. Read more here.

TRIVIA NIGHT FOR BUSHFIRE RELIEF

East Cessnock Bowling Club, Saturday, March 21, 7pm

A sports-themed trivia night will be held at East Cessnock Bowling Club on Saturday, March 21 to raise funds for sporting groups in bushfire-affected areas. Entry is $10 per person with teams of eight welcome. Entry forms are available at the club and are due back by March 16. Contact Peter Conroy on peterconroy314@gmail.com for more information.

NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL

Multiple venues around Kurri Kurri, March 27-29

The Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is just over four weeks away. With classic cars, vintage fashion and rock 'n' roll music, there's something for everyone to enjoy throughout the three-day festival. View the program at kurrikurrinostalgiafestival.com.au.

HIGH TEA FOR WESTPAC HELICOPTER

Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar, Sunday, March 29, 2.30pm

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Cessnock Support Group will host a high tea fundraiser at Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar on Sunday, March 29 at 2.30pm. The cost of $40 includes a delicious high tea, a glass of champagne or juice on arrival and a ticket in the lucky door prize. RSVP by March 20 to Patsy on 0417 901 146.

CESSNOCK STOMP FESTIVAL

Cessnock CBD, Sunday, April 5, 10am-4pm

The fifth annual Cessnock Stomp Festival will be held on Sunday, April 5, with more than 30 wineries, breweries and distilleries, market stalls, entertainment, kids activities and grape-stomping competitions. Read more here.

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