East Gippsland acknowledges the Gunaikurnai, Monero and the Bidawel people as the Traditional Custodians of the land that encompasses East Gippsland Shire. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in East Gippsland, their Elders past and present.

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Lakes Lights, Saturday 1st July 2023

East Gippsland has something for everyone this coming week. There are markets, music and adventure on offer. 

To check out everything that is on in the region this week click here 


If you thought you were free this weekend, think again! 


The unforgettable Lakes Lights event is on in Lakes Entrance this Saturday, and we can assure you, it is not something you want to miss out on!

Taking place THIS Saturday 1 July (middle weekend of School Holidays), Lakes Lights is set to wow visitors and locals alike with a stunning display of artist-made lanterns, projections and art installations on the small stretch of land between Cunninghame Arm and the Ninety Mile Beach.

MUSIC STAGE (5:00 – 9:30pm) 

In partnership with LEADA, we are pleased to announce an exciting music line-up featuring Mike ElringtonCharlie Needs Braces, Mick Harrington and Tonite performing on stage, plus Invy Horn Jam, a 15-piece festival band that will entertain the crowd.

WINTER MARKET (5:00 – 9:00pm)
The winter foreshore market will offer plenty of winter warming food options, plus eateries along the Esplanade and Myer Street will stay open late to feed the masses.

LANTERN PARADE (6:00 – 6:30pm)
The popular community lantern parade returns in 2023 with an expanded parade route. Anyone with a lantern (plus an accompanying adult) can take part in the parade and be one of the first to see the magical display across the Footbridge. There are several free lantern making workshops in the lead-up (details on the EGWF Program) so come along and make your own lantern to carry in the parade.

Paraders are to gather from 5:30pm between the Slipway and the Coast Guard Building (420 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance) where you will be entertained by roving performers and musicians.

The parade will set off at 6:00pm led by local CFA members and gather in front of the music stage for a special Welcome to Country. The lantern parade will then loop around the foreshore reserve (follow the CFA leaders) before returning to meet local Aboriginal Elders at the start of the Footbridge. The Elders will lead the parade across the bridge and conduct a traditional smoking ceremony as the parade arrives at the other side.

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure the comfort and safety of all attendees, anyone not taking part in the parade must book a (free) ticket to walk across the Footbridge to explore the lantern display and art installations. Viewing times will commence from 6:30pm straight after the parade and run in 30-minute time slots until 8:30pm. Each time slot will have a capacity limit to ensure accessibility and a nice experience for all.

Once a time slot is fully booked, you will need to select another available time. We highly recommend you book in advance to secure your preferred time, however we do ask anyone without young children to consider booking a later time to allow families with young kids the opportunity to see the lanterns before bedtime (and toddler tantrums!)

4:00 – 6:00pm – Closed for setup
6:00 – 6:30pm – Lantern Parade
6:30 – 7:00pm – Session 1
7:00 – 7:30pm – Session 2
7:30 – 8:00pm – Session 3
8:00 – 8:30pm – Session 4
8:30 – 9:30pm – Open to all

BOOK NOW! CLICK HERE to book your tickets 

Grab your your winter woolies, gather some friends and have a plan wonderful winter getaway or staycation in Lakes Entrance!

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📱 Date: Saturday 1st July, 2023
➡️ Location: Main Beach Footbridge, Lakes Entrance Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
Time: 5.00pm-9.30pm 
This event is FREE, but you must book.
You can book right here 

If you do happen to be busy on Saturday night, you can still join in on some of the other East Gippsland Winter Festival Fun! 

Another HUGE weekend of East Gippsland Winter Festival events are just around the corner including High Country markets, live music, bonfires and plenty of ON FOOT adventures, a Seafood Feast'ival, Koala Island Night Tour, Landcare Planting Days and much more! Check out the full program on the EGWF website - CLICK HERE.
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𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟑𝟎 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞:
JUNKLANDIA Presents School Holiday program | 11:00am
Free Winter Aqua Run at Lakes Aquadome | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Winter Light - Lanterns Light Up at The Great Alpine Gallery | 5:30pm
Sodafish Winter seafood feast'ival | 5:30pm
Duck and Pinot Dinner at Northern Ground | 6:30pm
Wy Yung Quartet Concert | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟏 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲:
Resin Art Workshop at The Saltwater Creative Co | 10:00am
Cassilis Community Market | 10:00am - 2:00pm
ON FOOT in the Emerald Link - Orbost | 11:00am
ON FOOT in the High Country – King Cassilis | 1:00pm
Koala Island Night Tours | 4:00pm
Lakes Lights | 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Celebrate the Gold Rush with Celtic band Mollimor | 5:00pm
Paint, Sip & Toddy at The Saltwater Creative Co | 6:00pm
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow | 7:30pm
𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟐 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲:
ON FOOT through the Gorge Glenaladale | 9:00am
Tree Planting with Landcare - Flaggy Creek | 10:00am
ON FOOT in the High Country - Oriental Claims Walk | 10:00am
ON FOOT Ocean Entrance Guided Nature Walk | 10:00am
Pettman's Beach Junior Field Naturalist's Excursion | 10:00am
ON FOOT in the High Country - Poets Walk | 2:00pm
Brass, Strings and Songs | 2:00pm
Paint & Sip at Metung Yacht Club | 2:00pm
Local Live Busking @ Sailors Grave Brewing | 3:00pm
Yin & Gin at Metung Country Club | 3:30pm
Candlelight YIN Yoga | 4:00pm
More info and tickets (if applicable) available at the EGWF website - link in bio.
The 2023 East Gippsland Winter Festival program features over 100 events right across the region and runs until Sunday 9th July.
Experience HOW WE WINTER in East Gippsland as the region comes alive in a festival of light, food, music, art and culture.


 Credit to www.egwf.com.au for this weeks content. 


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