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Free weekend event set to celebrate life by the lake


Communities gathering around the lake – that’s the purpose behind this weekend’s 2023 Lake Mac Festival say its organisers. 

Kick-starting on Saturday morning (28 January) with a free breakfast at Thomas H Halton Park at Croudace Bay, the two-day annual event is about celebrating life lived on the fringes of the southern hemisphere’s largest coastal saltwater lake. 

Once filled up, the community is then invited to partake in giant games, yoga and free kids’ activities by GeckoSports, watch local musicians, a nursery rhyme show from the Little Scallywagz and free canoeing with Canoe Academy Lake Macquarie. 

Saturday will be wrapped up with an evening fireworks display from three barges across the lake. 

Evening revellers can also settle in from other vantage points at Rathmines Park, Warners Bay foreshore, Belmont foreshore or Swansea Bay Beach for music, food and entertainment from 5pm. 

The fireworks spectacle will begin at 9pm. 

Crowds are expected to gather to celebrate living by the lake at Lake Mac Festival 2023.

Sunday’s sessions on 29 January will take place at the Toronto foreshore with family entertainment, food stalls, music and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander demonstrations, including spear and boomerang making, from noon to 5pm. 

After a COVID-enforced hiatus in 2021, the Lake Mac Festival drew thousands to the 2022 event, with attendees blessed with perfect weather. 

This year looks much the same, with a warm forecast issued by the Bureau of Meteorology. 

People attending the 2023 Lake Mac Festival are reminded to bring picnic rugs, reusable drink bottles and Sunsmart equipment, with water stations on-site throughout festivities. 

Lake Mac Festival 2023 is set to light up the skies on 28 and 29 January.

Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Fraser says she is hoping the community will embrace the sentiment behind the 2023 event. 

“Communities coming together around the lake to celebrate everything that makes our city a great place to live is what the festival is all about,” she said. 
“It brings people together, supports local business and engages people of all ages in a family-friendly environment.” 

The 2023 Lake Mac Festival received Regional Event Funding from the NSW Government. 

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