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

It’s another huge month of events in Lake Macquarie.

There are some exciting additions to the Lake Mac annual events calendar, family favourites, art and culture events, screening and a bunch of great workshops.

Below, you’ll find all the information about what’s happening in Lake Macquarie in May.

Major Events

Up in the Air Festival

An exciting new event including aerial displays, live entertainment, demonstrations, workshops, magic shows, science shows, market stalls and so much more to entertain you and the family. Tickets are only $8 per person and children under 15 years are free.

When: Sunday 23 May 2021
Where: Rathmines Park and Theatre

Eurovision Viewing Party

Fans of glam are invited to don their most Euro-Fabulous outfit and cheer on the finalists of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from Rotterdam. Eurovision-themed mocktails and coffee will be available to get you in the party mood and a prize will be awarded for the most outrageous costume (think jumpsuits, disco, sparkles and drama!).

When: Sunday 23 May 2021
Where: Warners Bay Theatre

Art and Culture

Art on screen

View art from across the globe on the big screen at MAC.

When: Thursday 6 May – Saturday 8 May 2021
Where: Museum of Art and Culture

MAC Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Treat your mother and yourself to an afternoon of delicious goodies! Tickets $50 each, Group bookings (2 or more) $45 each. Proceeds contribute to the MAC society’s fundraising to support acquisition of art works. Discover vouchers accepted.

When: Saturday 8 May 2021
Where: Museum of Art and Culture

Sunday Sessions at MAC

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

When: Sunday 9 and 30 May 2021
Where: Museum of Art and Culture (MAC)

Four Week Course Over 55s Artmaking Course

Enjoy exploring simple artmaking techniques with an art museum educator. This is a fun and relaxed class where you can explore your creative side with like-minded participants.

When: Tuesday mornings 4 May – 25 May 2021
Where: Museum of Art and Culture

Camouflage Drawing Workshops

Hidden in Plain Sight: A children’s painting workshop exploring the natural camouflage of geckos and small lizards. Tickets $15 and all materials are provided.

Cryptic Coats: Painting geckos in pencil and watercolour. Suitable for beginners, dabblers and intermediate artists. Tickets $40 and includes all materials, a glass of wine, cheese and crackers. Discover vouchers accepted.

When: Saturday 8 May 2021
Where: Rathmines Theatre

MAC Drawing Class with artist Sue Rosalind Vesely

Develop your fundamental drawing skills in this 4-week course. Tickets $80. Discover vouchers accepted.

When: Thursday afternoons 6 May – 27 May 2021
Where: Museum of Art and Culture

REAL WORLDS: Dobell Australian Biennial 2020

With drawing as the principal medium, the exhibited works evoke distinctive ways of seeing and making sense of the world.

When: Saturday 15 May – Sunday 18 July 2021
Where: Museum of Art and Culture

Lake Mac Libraries and Theatres

You’re Kidding Me

This program connects Lake Mac families with local services to support the learning and development of young children. Workshops include self-regulation and sleeping skills for children and sustainable living tips and tricks.

When: Tuesday afternoons 27 April – 18 May 2021
Where: Lake Mac Libraries

May Movie Month

Enjoy a month of free film screenings. Register for free on

When: Wednesday 5 May – Wednesday 26 May 2021
Where: Event Cinemas, Glendale

Tech Play

Try your hand at coding with Ozbots, engineering with Snap Circuits, explore the virtual world in the VR lab and heaps more.

When: Thursday 6 May and Thursday 13 May 2021
Where: Lake Mac Libraries

Singin’ in the Rain

Enjoy the finest of classic cinema on the big screen! Go back in time with this classic musical romantic comedy from 1952. Tickets are $25 per person and include a glass of wine and a snack box.

When: Friday 14 May 2021
Where: Rathmines Theatre

National Simultaneous Storytime

Give me some space! – Over 1 million children across Australia and New Zealand come together for storytime of Give Me Some Space! Live reading by an astronaut from the International Space Station!

When: Wednesday 19 May 2021
Where: Warners Bay 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.