It’s the last weekend of January, the last weekend before kids return to school and most holiday-makers return to some sort of “normal”. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to bunker down just yet.
FRIDAY 27 January
Friday Night Foodies is on again at the Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima (MAP mima), Speers Point from 5pm to 8pm, offering a selection of local food vans, market stalls, local wine or beer served in an outdoor licensed area, live music, as well as the option to purchase cheese platters from Harry and Lola’s. This week’s event includes a Mix Up DJ/VJ workshop from 4 to 6pm, followed by a Live DJ set with Wanjun Carpenter from 6.30 to 7.30pm.
A little further along the lake the Warners Bay Foreshore will be home to Music in the Podium from 6pm to 9pm. The free, family-friendly event will include live music to be enjoyed as the sun sets over Lake Macquarie.
SATURDAY 28 January
The 2023 Lake Mac Festival will kick-off with a free community breakfast at Thomas H Halton Park, Croudace Bay from 8am to noon, including family-friendly entertainment, activities and face painting. The two-day event will follow with a fireworks display across the lake, with vantage points and entertainment at Warners Bay Foreshore, Belmont Foreshore, Rathmines Park and Swansea Bay Beach, with each site the home of live entertainment, food trucks and activities from 5pm to 9pm. On Sunday there’ll be a family-friendly event held at Toronto Foreshore from noon until 5pm, with music and kids’ activities.
Whale Chorus theatre company is presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of its inaugural season of Shakespeare Under the Stars at Newcastle’s Pacific Park. From 4pm to 6pm and again 7pm to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday a group of 10 local actors and one local dog will celebrate the magic and madness of love in a timeless play, performed with live music and pre-show face painting by the fairy queen. This is an all-ages event.
SUNDAY 29 January
Sea Shepherd Newcastle Marine Debris Team will host its first community clean-up at Bar Beach from 9am. Join the crew and help fight the silent ocean killer – plastic pollution. BYO gloves (compulsory), wear closed-in shoes, Be SunSmart, and bring a reusable water bottle (no single-use plastic, please).
Markets on the Green at Club Lambton are on this Sunday from 9am to 1pm, with stalls on Karoola Road offering creations by local artisans, designers and food makers.
Reclaim the Void is hosting a free workshop on Sunday from 10am to 2pm at the Museum of Art and Culture, Booragul. Community members can join the Weaving to heal Country project creating a rug to cover disused mines. It is a project of reconciliation, healing and hope conceived to symbolically ‘seal’ with an artwork expressing the story of country. This is a community day in the MAC marquee with overlooking views of the lake.
For more upcoming events to add to your to-do list:
- Your guide to markets in our region
- Finding fun in the state forests
- Eating and drinking on Darby Street
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