Lake Macquarie

Events

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market

Experience the passion at the Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market. On the second and fourth Saturday of every month you'll find the Speers Point Park promenade flanked by a vast range of farm fresh produce, gourmet foods and gifts. From goat and sheep cheeses to in season fruit and vegetables, sourdough, honey, eggs, oils, wines, oil, meats, poultry and seafood. It's not just about buying farm-fresh groceries, there's an array of breakfast, brunch and lunch options including Modern Australian, Turkish, Tibetan, Chinese and Spanish dishes to try, along with plenty of coffee. The market is on rain, hail or shine, so head to Speers Point Park and talk to the person who grew, nurtured and harvested your food. NSW Farmers Markets have been running farmers markets for 20 years and bring a wealth of experience and a passion for what they do direct to you. From 'Paddock to Plate', 'Farm to Fork', farm fresh and hand made is best.

Start Date:
27/01/2018 View more details

Respect All Markets Cooranbong

The Respect All Markets Cooranbong held in Cooranbong Park from 9am to 2pm each third Sunday of the month. With an overall theme of respecting all – the environment, yourselves and each other, you will find vendors showcasing the best of local produce, products, art and crafts. Attending the market will be Farmers and Market Gardeners, various gourmet artisan produce such as jams, olives and olive oils, condiments, handmade candles, wooden homewares, children’s clothing and toys. A number of delicious food and beverage vendors will also be there for a late breakfast, morning tea or lunch. The park is charming and has lots of room plus many shady options for spending sometime enjoying a coffee and bite to eat also including a children’s playground and small stage. Lookout for local and visiting entertainment to add to the atmosphere and various other activities and demonstrations.

Start Date:
20/05/2018 View more details

Paint pARTy Lake Macquarie Tavern

Paint, sip and have a great time at Lake Macquarie Tavern. They're there every second Thursday of the month 6pm-9pm. You don't have to be good at art to take this fun class! It's a great experience to explore acrylic paint on canvas. Arrive at 5:45pm to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to have a good time. Painting begins at 6pm. There will be a designated 20 minute break for drying time and to enjoy a meal together. They'll have a canvas, paint, brushes, even an apron waiting for you. Their artist will walk you through step-by-step so no experience required. Besides, it's Fun art, not Fine art. Bookings are essential! Price includes your 2.5 hour paint class, canvas, and all paint supplies. Food and drinks sold separately.

Start Date:
12/07/2018 View more details

Toronto Monthly Markets

The Toronto Monthly Markets on the first Thursday of each month however if it rains then it will be held on the third Thursday. With a Buy Smart, Shop Local message you will see a great variety of vendors and products. Whether you are a local or are visiting Toronto for the first time, come visit the markets, enjoy the beautiful location, have a delicious lunch at one of the local cafes, or food stalls and enjoy the atmosphere and colour. The market runs from 9am to 3pm and is held within Toronto Town Square and the south side of The Boulevarde and outside the Alec Rice Centre. For further information email or phone them.

Start Date:
07/02/2019 View more details

Lakefest

Lakefest is a celebration of Lake Macquarie's aquatic lifestyle and rich maritime history. The Heaven Can Wait regatta involves sailing yachts, dinghies and skiffs racing around Lake Macquarie for up to 24 hours and raises money for Cancer Council NSW. Lakefest will include sailing events and water-based sporting and social activities including a Twilight Race, Paddlefest, and Junior Pirate Fun Race.

Start Date:
15/02/2019 View more details

NSW Surf Life Saving Championships

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The NSW Surf Life Saving Championships will be hosted by Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club. The State's premier surf event attracts tens of thousands of people to the Hunter region, with more than 7,000 competitors from all over NSW, along with 600 volunteer officials and up to 15,000 family members and spectators. Events will be held through late February and early March.

Start Date:
23/02/2019 View more details

Boat Bits Bonanza

February 24 10am to 3pm at Rathmines Park. As part of Lakefest on Lake Macquarie (February 16 to March 2) come along and buy or sell marine themed items at the Boat Bits Bonanza. Take part in the Car Boot Sale style event, just a AUD10 donation at the gate. You can sell anything with a marine theme such as boat bits, boats, kayaks, sailboards, surfboards, wet suits, anything to do with enjoying the water. If you are in the market for anything to do with the water, come along and check it out. There will also be some marine themed vendors and food vendors to complete the offering. Bring the kids along, kid’s amusements such as jumping castle, clowns, sand painting and fun treats like fairy floss, ice cream and slushies. Head over to the website or call Brenda for more information.

Start Date:
24/02/2019 View more details

Morisset - Central Coast Swap Meet

It's that time of the year again, the second Sunday in March is the day of the largest Swap Meet on the Central Coast at Morisset Showground. 100's of Swappers from all over New South Wales converging together here to display and sell their wares. Swappers, Trade Stands, Homemade Goods, Craft Stalls, Collectables, All Makes of Auto Parts, Books, Brick-a-brack, Antiques, and All Sorts of Rarities! Swappers enter via Awaba STreet Gate, (via Stockton Street) for Express Entry, Lookers enter via Ourimbah Street (turn at Macca's). Please Note: No stalls may sell hot food or cold drinks, as the Club staff will have them available at the Canteen. Please also note: All unsold possessions to be removed from field upon vacating sites.

Start Date:
10/03/2019 View more details

Ocean Film Festival World Tour Newcastle

With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. Find out more at the website.

Start Date:
13/03/2019 View more details

Lakemac Heritage Festival

The Lakemac Heritage Festival is a significant National event with boats coming from all over Australia and around 80 classic boats on display - steam, sail, motor and oared craft of all sizes. Boats must be of a design prior to 1990 but may have been built at anytime from any material. Over the two days of the event, visitors are treated to model boat demonstrations and races, displays, market stalls, kids games, vintage farm machinery, an art exhibition, historical displays, vintage cars and trucks, entertainment and, of course, the "Quick and Dirty" boat building competition held on the Sunday of the festival. The event culminates in a Grand Parade and Blessing of the Fleet at 3pm on the Sunday afternoon. The event celebrates the rich history of Lake Macquarie.

Start Date:
20/04/2019 View more details

Art Bazaar Speers Point

Hunter Arts Network, the group behind the popular and long running Art Bazaar, is bringing Art Bazaar back to Speers Point Park in May. Crowds will be treated to a wide variety of carefully selected stalls featuring premium handmade products. The Hunter Arts Network, better known as HAN, is a non-profit incorporated membership of artisans from the Hunter. HAN is run by a dedicated committee of volunteers. HAN has worked hard to celebrate all modalities of visual arts.

Start Date:
04/05/2019 View more details

Rathmines Catalina Festival

May will see the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc. host the annual Catalina Festival at Rathmines, Lake Macquarie. The festival will be one of largest yet with a large air display, a wide range of land based activities for families to see, touch and experience, sea planes, gliders and a lot of history. At the former RAAF seaplane base at Rathmines, once the largest flying boat base in the South Pacific, a tightly packed and spectacular air show will have visitors in awe of breathtaking stunts and flying manoeuvres.

Start Date:
19/05/2019 View more details

Fox Superflow sealed by Stan's - Round Three Awaba

No start order, no worries! The Fox Superflow is the series that has been taking the Rocky Trail gravity community by storm - ideal for those who are keen to take on an endurance challenge of a different kind! At these events riders of all ages and many different XC or gravity backgrounds race on 'super-flowy' singletrails for fun or are hunting down those seconds for the win. How it works - within a set timing window you complete a set of timed race stages, which are predominantly downhill - the faster you go, the more challenging it gets! No big jumps or drop-offs though and you ride to the starts un-timed - at your pace! Spend all day together, whatever category you're in - perfect for families, groups of mates and couples of different ages and riding preferences! Who's going to clock in the fastest time? Each race is a stand alone event plus collect points for the series ranking! Awaba guarantees singletrack fun and exciting racing action! There are great trails to explore also for the little shredders with kids and junior trails at Awaba MTB Park - bring the whole family for the perfect MTB weekend getaway!

Start Date:
30/06/2019 View more details

Diamonds in the Dirt Women's Only MTB Event

This is a women’s only mountain bike event that let’s the female mountain bikers sparkle! Its home is at Awaba MTB Park where amazing trails and big smiles are guaranteed! This will be a two to three hour event for any woman who rides and already races a mountain bike, from first-time racer to podium chaser. The guys are welcome too, as long as they come along to support the girls and look after the kids! Expect a friendly and encouraging event environment, where it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, have kids or not, prefer lycra or baggy shorts, whether you’re into pink or not at all. Whether you’ve just started riding or never participated in a mountain bike event before. This is for you also, if you love racing - come and share your passion for riding and pass on that racing bug.

Start Date:
06/07/2019 View more details

NSW Junior Golf Championships

240 of the best Junior golfers from NSW and Australia converge on the Newcastle area where they will compete in the NSW Junior Golf Championships. Former champions include 2014 Shell Houston Open and 2015 Australian Open Champion Matthew Jones, 2011 Mid West Classic Winner James Nitties and 2012 New Zealand Open Champion Jake Higginbottom. The 2018 tournament will be held at Charlestown and Belmont Golf Clubs from Tuesday 10 July to Friday 13 July. For any information for participants or spectators please visit the Jack Newton Junior Golf website.

Start Date:
10/07/2019 View more details

Raffertys Coastal Trail Run

A 12 kilometre, 22 kilometre and 36 kilometre trail run hosted from Raffertys Resort, the course takes in the sites of beautiful Lake Macquarie and the stunning coastline of historic Catherine Hill Bay and the Munmorah State Conservation Area. With a inclusive, family friendly vibe including kids activities and fun run during the event this is one trail run you can bring the whole family too.

Start Date:
13/07/2019 View more details

Raffertys Coastal Run

If trail running is your passion and you are looking for a family friendly event offering trails with beautiful coastal views and a variety of terrain, you’ve come to the right place. You will find all this plus more at Raffertys Coastal Run. The event is hosted from the magnificent Raffertys Resort on the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie. Nestled amongst beaches and bush on the quiet bay of Cams Wharf, the self catering resort offers visitors an opportunity to experience 38 acres of pure relaxation and rejuvenation—just 90 minutes north of Sydney. It provides the perfect backdrop to a weekend of running and activities for the whole family. On offer are three course distances—12 kilometre, 22 kilometre and 36 kilometre to accommodate runners/walkers of all abilities. Starting and finishing at Raffertys Resort, the trail snakes through the Wallarah National Park taking in the sites of beautiful Lake Macquarie and the stunning coastline of historic Catherine Hill Bay and the Munmorah State Conservation Area. The terrain is varied—bushland single track, fire trail, coastal tracks, rock platforms and beach running all feature to challenge and excite the most discerning of trail runners.

Start Date:
13/07/2019 View more details

Shimano MTB Grand Prix Championships - Awaba

Be a #rockytrailracer at the Shimano MTB Grand Prix and join fellow mountain bikers for a 'seriously fun' racing experience! This one of the longest-standing cross-country racing series in Australia and offers classic cross-country lap racing at its best - race solo or in teams for four or seven hours! The organisers from Rocky Trail Entertainment deliver a set of events that is less of an elite- and winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all participants - on awesome trails at fun and exciting destinations ideal for groups of riding mates and perfect for bringing along the whole family! Every race is a stand-alone event and offers points for a series ranking. Race on Saturday, explore on Sunday! For the first time in the Shimano MTB Grand Prix history the series will conclude its racing season with a Championship event and the Awaba MTB Park has been selected as the inaugural venue - singletrack fun and exciting racing action guaranteed! There are great trails to explore also for the little shredders with kids and junior trails at Awaba MTB Park - bring the whole family for the perfect riding and racing weekend getaway!

Start Date:
26/10/2019 View more details

Lake Mac Festival

A family friendly celebration on Australia Day with live music, kids’ activities, a movie on the big screen and a spectacular fireworks finale! Get in early to catch the family movie on the big screen, free kids' activities, and the annual Scouts canoe race. A spectacular fireworks finale will cap off the night at 9pm.

Start Date:
26/01/2020 View more details