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WHAT’S ON LAKE MAC: Your guide to June events in Lake Macquarie

A rainbow of colour, a celebration of art and a stack of great workshops and live performances. It’s all part of the Lake Macquarie event calendar in June.

This month, we continue our partnership with Lake Macquarie council to showcase everything the lake has to offer this month.


Major Events

Dobell Festival

From exhibitions, art workshops to live performances and music, come along and celebrate what is the essence of Sir William Dobell – passion, innovation, and creative excellence.

When: Tuesday 1 June – Wednesday 30 June 2021
Where: Various Locations

Lake Mac Open Studios

Local artists and makers will open their studio doors and welcome the general public inside for a behind the scenes look; giving art lovers the chance to meet artists, learn about the creative process and purchase unique artworks to take home. 

When: Saturday 5 June – Sunday 6 June 2021
Where: Various Locations

Float Your Boat

Held over two nights on beautiful Lake Macquarie, spectators line the shores to watch boats in a rainbow of colour cruise past before casting their vote for the People’s Choice Award.

When: Friday 18 June – Saturday 19 June 2021
Where: Lake Macquarie


Art and Culture

Lake Macquarie Winds

Enjoy an afternoon at Rathmines Theatre and listen to a community concert band.

When: Saturday 12 June 2021
Where: Rathmines Theatre

Sunday Sessions

Grab a wine or beer, enjoy some local music and artmaking. Tickets $20.

When: Sunday 20 June 2021
Where: Museum of Art and Culture

African Drumming

Free drumming workshop creating rhythms drawn from West Africa.

When: Monday 21 June 2021
Where: Rathmines Theatre

Nathan Hawkes Masterclass

This two-day course will be a deep dive into the particularities of drawing with chalk pastels on paper. Tickets $95.

When: Saturday 26 June and Sunday 27 June 2021
Where: Museum of Art and Culture


Theatres and Libraries

HSC Success

English – Texts and human experiences – Learn how to confidently respond to short answer and extended response style questions using some valuable strategies to enhance your writing

Imaginative Writing for the HSC – Learn how to deconstruct the requirements of the question, plan your response using a range of techniques and to communicate your ideas clearly and with conviction.

When: Tuesday 1 June and Tuesday 15 June 2021
Where: Charlestown Library

Living Smart Book Club

Leading sustainability and wellbeing experts from around the world bring their stories to your own home.

When: Wednesday 2 June – Wednesday 4 August 2021
Where: Online

Crash Test Drama Hunter

Ideal networking opportunity for aspiring or seasoned actors, writers, or directors looking to connect with other creatives.

When: Friday 4 June 2021
Where: Warners Bay Theatre

Australian Haydn Ensemble

Beethoven’s Pastoral – One of Australia’s leading chamber music ensembles bring Mozart and Beethoven to Lake Macquarie. Tickets are $50 each or $40 concession (includes booking fee). Discover vouchers accepted.

When: Sunday 20 June 2021
Where: Rathmines Theatre


Find out more

For more information about all the great events happening in Lake Macquarie City Council please visit the Lake Macquarie City Council event’s directory by clicking the link below.