Upcoming Events

January 2020

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Lake Mac Festival

The 2020 Lake Mac Festival will stretch from one side of the lake to the other, with waterfront activities planned across the Australia Day weekend.

Festivities kick off on Saturday 25 January in Thomas H Halton Park at Croudace Bay with a free breakfast run by local community groups and a family fun morning.

The 7.30am-noon event will feature live music, yoga, family-friendly games and children’s entertainers Little Scallywagz.

Saturday evening will see colourful lakeside activations at Wangi Wangi, Rathmines, Pelican and Swansea, each with its own entertainment, live music, market stalls and food vendors.

All four sites will operate 4-10.30pm, with a fireworks display over the water proposed for 9pm. A final decision on whether the fireworks will proceed will be made closer to the event, pending weather conditions.

February 2020


Lake Mac City Pro Junior

Lake Macquarie City welcomes this World Surf League event back to Redhead Beach for the second year running.

With a total of $9000 in prize money up for grabs, the Lake Mac City Pro Junior will attract around 100 male and female competitors. Come on down to Redhead and watch some of the Hunter's best up-and-coming surfers take on international competitors from across the globe.


Morisset Lake Macquarie Agricultural Show

This traditional country show will enjoy a host of improvements to the program and facilities in 2020, including new and exciting shows and exhibits like the Kate Clancy Horse Show, chainsaw carving, firelit whip cracking demonstrations, sheep shearing, new carnival rides, dog high-jumping, a ute and car show and a motorbike show.

Plus, everyone's classic Show favourites are back across both days:

  • Kids' animal nursery
  • Live entertainment
  • Carnival rides
  • Market stalls and trade stands
  • Show bags
  • Exhibits including art, craft, cooking, horticulture and photography
  • Large horse program
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A celebration of Lake Macquarie's aquatic lifestyle and rich maritime history, LakeFest will set sail in 2020 from Saturday 15 February to Saturday 7 March.

Now in its sixth year, LakeFest consists of nine different boating events, including the popular Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta, multiple other sailing regattas, Lake Macquarie Classic Boatfest Association Open Day, Belmont 16s Pirate Fun and much more!

Life Saving

2020 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships

The NSW Surf Life Saving Championships will return to Blacksmiths Beach in 2020, attracting around 6000 competitors from across NSW, along with 600 volunteer officials and up to 15,000 family and spectators. Head down to Blacksmiths to soak in the exciting atmosphere and cheer on the competitors at one of the biggest events on state's surf sports calendar!

March 2020

Wangi Activities

The Loop Charity Ride

Grab your bike and get ready for The Loop Charity Ride! This feel-good Sunday event is a great opportunity to take in the scenery of beautiful Lake Macquarie while raising money for kids' charities.

The Loop Charity Ride has course options to suit everyone, from the keenest of cyclists to families wanting to peddle together:

  • Main Ride - approx. 88km
  • Team Ride - 88kms
  • Short Ride - approx. 45kms
  • Family Ride - 7-11kms

May 2020

Beers Blues

Belmont Beers, BBQ & Beats

Belmont Beers, BBQ & Beats is back for another year of craft beer, live music and mouthwatering barbecue! Join us on the foreshore as we team up with brewers and food vendors from the Hunter and beyond - sample barbecue from around the world, meet the brewers and kick back with mates to some cruisey live tunes.

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Port to Port MTB

Port to Port is a MTB stage race taking place over four days across the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle. Enjoy an awesome East Coast mountain bike holiday jam packed with fun trails, good mates and cold beers.

June 2020

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Float Your Boat

Watch us light up the Lake with Float Your Boat, a spectacular parade of illuminated boats taking place on beautiful Lake Macquarie over two nights in June.

August 2020

Food And Wine Festival

Rathmines Whiskey and Wine

If you love smooth drinks and laidback tunes, be sure to save the date for this brand new event, coming to Rathmines Park this August!