Night markets, evening sports fixtures and cinema under the stars events are among the activities under consideration in a bid to bring Lake Macquarie to life after dark.

Numerous day-time activities take place in the suburbs surrounding the mighty Lake Macquarie, but the city goes to sleep far too early according to our local council.

Lake Macquarie City Council is in the process of developing a night-time economy strategy, focusing on creating a vibrant, safe and sustainable economy at night.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the night-time economy played a significant role in the city’s economic prosperity.

“But it is important that we hear what the community wants, and what their ideas are for creating a thriving night-time economy,” Cr Fraser said.

“We’re talking about more than just pubs and clubs – this could be anything taking place from early evening to late at night, including sport and exercise activities, night time markets or events, cinema under the stars, live music performances, late-night shopping experiences and more.”

A recent report produced by the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors identified the Night Time Economy in Australia as a significant contributor to the country’s economy, employing more than three million people and generating almost $715 billion in turnover in 2017.

Cr Fraser said Council was committed to creating a dynamic, diverse local economy that provided opportunities for residents, visitors, businesses and investors to live, work, play and learn close to home.

To share your ideas, visit or drop by one of the #LateMac pop-up stalls throughout October.

#LateMac pop-up stalls

Thursday 4 October

South Piazza, Charlestown Square

11am-2pm and 5.30-8pm

Thursday 11 October

Belmont Citi, next to Bellissimo


Friday 12 October

Jet and jive, Warners Bay Foreshore


Sunday 14 October

Food and Wine Festival, Speers Point Park


Thursday 18 October

Stockland Glendale, near Coles entry

11am-1.30pm and 5.30-8pm

Saturday 20 October

Feast Fest, Blacksmiths Beach


Friday 26 October

Toronto Foreshore