Lake Mac Festival 2020 promises fun weekend of family entertainment over the Australia Day weekend

COME TOGETHER: Enjoy free entertainment at various venues around Lake Macquarie over the Australia Day weekend. Picture: Supplied
COME TOGETHER: Enjoy free entertainment at various venues around Lake Macquarie over the Australia Day weekend. Picture: Supplied

RATHMINES, Wangi Wangi and Speers Point will be among the prime locations for celebrating over the Australia Day weekend.

The 2020 Lake Mac Festival will stretch from one side of the lake to the other, with waterfront activities planned at multiple venues.

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

There will be live music, yoga, family-friendly games and children's entertainers Little Scallywagz.

Saturday night 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 from 4pm to 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.

Lake Macquarie City Council's arts, culture and tourism manager Jacqui Hemsley said hosting multiple events around the lake made celebrations more accessible to more people.

"This is about activating our local communities, bringing people together and igniting our night-time economy," Ms Hemsley said.

The venue for the Wangi Wangi celebration is Foreshore Reserve, Watkins Road. You'll see buskers, a fundraiser barbecue, inflatables, and a hula hoop workshop.

At Rathmines, head to Rathmines Park, Stilling Street, for a pop-up bar, food trucks, and performers.

On Sunday, head to Speers Point Park from 3pm to 7pm to enjoy an afternoonofchilled-out music, laid-back vibes, food trucks and BYO picnics.

This Sunday Sessions event will feature local artists Tim Harding, GENR8, Hurricane Fall and the Komiti Levai Band.

A traditional Australia Day citizenship ceremony at Council's Speers Point administration building on Sunday morning will naturalise more than 90 people from all corners of the globe.

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