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

Farmers and Artisan Market: Toronto

The Farmers and Artisan Market at Toronto moves to its cooler weather time of 9am to 2pm on the beautiful Toronto Foreshore. First Saturday of each month. Keeping it local, the markets offer a range of seasonal fresh produce, fresh fruit, and vegetables, herbs, plants, wine and cider, baked goods, gourmet foods all sourced locally from Lake Macquarie, Central Coast, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens plus a selection of local artisan products such as craft, art and home-wares. With a great selection of cafes and food vendors enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch and coffee options with family and friends before you start exploring the local produce, sampling and taking home all the goodies, you will need to prepare your own gourmet dishes at home!

Start Date:
05/05/2018 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 hosted by Southlake Business Chamber and Community Alliance. 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

Carols by the Lake

Carols by the Lake is to be held in Toronto Foreshore Park, Victory Parade, Toronto and will be put on by the generous volunteers of the Toronto Lions Club and Toronto and District Ministers Fellowship. One of the highlights of the event will be a Christmas Fair from 11am to 4pm in the Toronto Foreshore Park where locals business, organisations and market vendors will turn the park into a Christmas shopping destination with all the sights, tastes and smells of Christmas. During the day local groups will be there to entertain the crowds and also enjoy the festival atmosphere. The evening event will commence with a local band performing from 5.30pm to 6pm and then the Carols concert until 9pm. Talented locals and visiting performers will be featured and the audience encouraged to participate in the community carols. Once the sun goes down a light show will add an air of magic to the performances. Santa will make a surprise appearance and delight the children with his interactive performance. More information about the event can be seen on the website.

Start Date:
08/12/2018 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:
26/01/2019 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

Lake Macquarie Cinema Under the Stars

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to Lake Macquarie for the first time! The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie Paddington 2 screens at sundown. So pack your picnic, gather your tribe and join them for a free evening under the stars! Don't miss out on the most up to date event information by visiting the website www.newcastlepermanent.com.au/cinema or Facebook www.facebook.com.au/newcastlepermanent

Start Date:
16/02/2019 View more details

Maximum Adventure Race Crangan Bay

Short, fast and fun, and suitable for anyone and everyone with a real sense of and adventure, the Maximum Adventure Race Series is designed to offer the perfect introduction to the exhilarating sport of adventure racing. Designed for teams of two, the races are fun, fast and furious with teams having to change between three core disciplines several times during the event mountain biking, trail running and kayaking. These non-stop events will take between two to six hours to complete so there is never any time to get bored or tired—you will constantly be challenged throughout the race, physically and mentally! So, if you are new to the sport of adventure racing and are looking for an exciting challenge that lives up to your love of outdoors and action packed adventure, then the Maximum Adventure Race Series is a great way to experience what this exhilarating, growing sport is all about.

Start Date:
16/02/2019 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

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

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