Lake Macquarie

Events

Rathmines Catalina Festival

October will see the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc. host the 8th 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. Paul Bennet Airshows has created a program with 15 different aircraft and flight teams which will fly from mid morning until the end of the festival with the highlight being the Catalina Flyover in the afternoon.

Start Date:
29/10/2017 View more details

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

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

Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth

Connection to Country remains central and enduring in Aboriginal culture regardless of the complexities entrenched by government policies since colonisation. 'Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth' presents contemporary Aboriginal artists’ perspectives on this connection and acknowledges ‘reading’ of the earth as elemental for Aboriginal people. Building on the strength of existing cultural foundations in the region, this multidisciplinary exhibition comprises works selected for their reflection of Country or Dreaming. These contemporary Aboriginal artists use traditional or new media in traditional or new ways. Contemporary does not have to mean a divergence from cultural practice and lore. A gallery project curated by Donna Biles-Fernando and developed in consultation with the Aboriginal Reference Group A Hunter Cultural Collective project with partners Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery and The Lock-Up.

Start Date:
26/05/2018 View more details

Confessions of a Serial Killer

Interactive Crime Theatre has arrived. Play witness to the performance and be part of actor led interaction. Ever wanted to clash wits with a serial killer? Can you survive this dark and twisted game of cat and mouse? Choose wisely and live.

Start Date:
03/06/2018 View more details

Paint pARTy Lake Macquarie Tavern

Paint, sip and have a great time at Lake Macquarie Tavern. 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:
21/06/2018 View more details

Opera Hunter presents The Sound of Music

Opera Hunter proudly presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic masterpiece, The Sound of Music. Come along and enjoy the timeless music and the inspiring story of the Von Trapp family singers. With a cast including some of the Hunter's finest performers and accompanied by the renowned Opera Hunter Orchestra, this is a show not to be missed.

Start Date:
27/06/2018 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:
09/07/2018 View more details

Art Bazaar Speers Point

Hunter Arts Network has announced the rescheduled date for Art Bazaar Speers Point after it was postponed due to the park being closed to wet weather. Speers Point Park is located in Park Road, Speers Point (the turn off is from The Esplanade – route B57). Bring the family and enjoy the views of the northern shores of Lake Macquarie, The Lake Macquarie Variety Playground and Sal’s by The Lake Café and Kiosk.

Start Date:
11/08/2018 View more details

Diamonds in the Dirt

Rocky Trail's womens only event at Awaba MTB Park in Cooranbong! 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. 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. The guys are welcome too, as long as they come along to support the girls and look after the kids! Check out the event website for the race packages!

Start Date:
25/08/2018 View more details

Newcastle Permanent - Lake Macquarie Running Festival

The Lake Macquarie Running Festival includes a Half Marathon (21.1 kilometres), 10.5 kilometres Fun Run and four kilometre Kids Scamper. This event is a first class (Athletics Australia accredited) event. Events will attract over 3000 competitors to the region. The course is arguably one of the best in Australia. There are very few events run with a total waterfront aspect and boasting total road closure. With all aspects taken into account this could easily become the most desirable running event in Australia. The Half Marathon competitors will complete two loops between Warners Bay and Speers Point. The Fun Run will complete one loop. It is waterfront for the complete distance and boasts spectacular views across magnificent Lake Macquarie. The surface is extremely good and the terrain is basically flat with some minor undulations. This is an exceptional runner's course.

Start Date:
26/08/2018 View more details

Greater Toronto Spring Fair

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Greater Toronto Spring Fair will have things such as entertainment, stalls, activities, and displays from local businesses. Three stages will present a great range of entertainment. Showtime will house local performers or groups along with some special guests. Fashion Parades, Fun for Kids stage will be keeping younger folk entertained with a great variety of performances. Town Criers will keep you informed of What's On during the day. From the artisans in the art and craft area to the homewares on sale in Homemaker Central, you are sure to find something to please. All the local cafes and restaurants will be open along a selection of fair food and treat stalls. Come along to enjoy the fun of the fair.

Start Date:
21/10/2018 View more details

Toronto does New Year's Eve

Toronto does New Year’ Eve will be a welcome addition to New Year’s Eve celebrations on Lake Macquarie. There will be a party atmosphere on Toronto Foreshore provided by a popular DJ playing hits from the 50’s right up to today’s chartbusters, a photo booth will provide a way to remember the evening with souvenir photos with your friends. At 9pm there will be a Fireworks Spectacular to entertain both the foreshore guests and those in the Royal Motor Yacht Club, the Historic Toronto Hotel and the restaurant strip along the foreshore. See Toronto come alive with holiday lights and music, what better way to welcome in the New Year.

Start Date:
31/12/2018 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

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

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:
30/03/2019 View more details