Lakeside Festival

Music, food, craft beer, fine wine, art, family entertainment, you name it..

The Lakeside Festival is a brilliant not for profit event showcasing the Mid-Coast Region and Hinterlands, embracing the local communities of The Barrington Coast.

Perfectly located on the picturesque banks of Wallis Lake, overlooking the Forster-Tuncurry Bridge and crystal blue waters, patrons soak up the electric atmosphere at the Lakeside Festival and immerse themselves in everything that the Barrington Coast has to offer.

There's lots of different things happening at #LFEST19. 


  • Music festival

  • Tasty gourmet food

  • Licensed pop-up bar

  • Exciting and unique markets

  • Art Exhibition

  • Kids’ activities & Workshops

We invite you to celebrate with us everything we love about our region and more!

Featuring four sections of the festival:


This event is NEW to the festival experience. 
Partnering with local high schools in Forster & Tuncurry then teaming their amazing art in a walkable art trail through Wharf Street Forster shops. Showcasing the upcoming talents of today's youth.


The Lakeside Create & Grow Market has a condition of entry that all products sold or displayed must be locally grown, produced, handmade or upcycled. 


No commercial or mass-produced products are sold at this event and stalls, vendors and performers are sourced from within the “100 miles of Forster-Tuncurry”. The Create & Grow market is a celebration of all the skilled artistic creatives in our region.
Concepts on offer at the Market for 2019:


  • Over 40 stalls of local artists, crafters, farmers and producers.

  • Lifestyle groups/providers information stalls.

  • Workshops in health, art and crafts.

  • Environmental & educational stalls, community information.

  • Fundraising BBQ opportunity for local charity or community group.

  • Live, local acoustic performer

  • Children’s public playground, activities and entertainment


The 4th Lakeside Art Exhibition is moving to a new home. Partnering with the Great Lakes Art Society this outstanding exhibition and art sale will be held at the newly renovated Lake Street Gallery Forster.

The exhibition will run from 25th October to 10th November and is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Themed " Mountains to the Sea"

  • Exhibition and Sale of art


Lakeside features an eclectic selection of both renowned and breakthrough artists. Nationally known, internationally touring and favorite local bands on a single intimate stage with a stunning lake view.

The music ranges from songs you remember through Latin grooves, swampy blues, and surf rock to high-energy, feel-good, folk. 

The 2019 line-up features live music, from midday to 8 pm with the headlining Aussie music legends GANGgajang, the exciting Round Mountain Girls, Floyd Vincent and the Temple Dogs. Supported by our local acts: The Swamp Stompers and Forster- Tuncurry’s favorites The Big Fins.

Also featuring:

  • Merchandise sales, raffles and prizes at Lakeside Event HQ.

  • Gourmet food, craft beer & local wine.

  • Fundraising opportunities for local Volunteer Associations.

  • Children’s activities and entertainment.


Previous headlining artists have included: The Russell Morris Band. Bondi Cigars, The Mason Rack Band, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows … and many more.

This is a family friendly and licensed event. FREE ENTRY for Kids 12yrs and under. Under 18’s must be in direct supervision of a parent or guardian at all times.

So come jam-pack your weekend with exciting entertainment the whole family can enjoy!

The aim of the event has always been to promote our beautiful region by encouraging visitors to the region.


Support for the festival is provided by the local Council, Business Chamber, Art Society and other community organisations. Funds from each event are channeled directly to the following year.

Lakeside Festival respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which the festival takes place.


Our Mission

We embrace the amalgamation of surrounding council regions. The Midcoast council consists of The Great Lakes, The Manning Valley & Gloucester region. Preference is given to all exhibitors, vendors, performers & suppliers within these regions or nearby. Simply E.S.C.A.P.E to the Mid North Coast.
  • Establish and maintain an annual destination event for Forster - Tuncurry NSW, AU.

  • Showcase local culture, live music, art, food, wine and produce of the Midcoast.

  • Celebrate our beautiful lakeside and the best of the Midcoast.

  • Attract “out of peak season” visitors and tourism.

  • Promote Forster ‐ Tuncurry and region by expanding awareness of experiences and attractions on offer.

  • Exhibit local arts, crafts, products and services.

Who is involved in the festival?

This amazing not-for-profit event is 100% run by volunteers! We encourage everyone to get involved from organising, set up to pack down.


Volunteer Tasks:

Art Prize Exhibition
Tasks may include: Hanging up artwork, registration of artists, labelling, greeting visitors, workshop assistants, cleaning, voting box, curator assistant, pack down.

Create & Grow Market
Tasks may include but are not limited to: HQ/ Merch Tent, signs & Banner hanger, marquee set up, food stall co-ordinator assistant, workshop assistant, bin staff, social media production, pack down.

Lakeside Live Music
Tasks may include but are not limited to: HQ/ Merch Tent, RSA Marshal, Scrims, signs & Banner hanger, marquee set up, food stall co-ordinator assistant, kids rides assistant, workshop assistant, back stage crew, stage set up crew, sound crew assistant, bin staff, gate/ ticketing staff, bar staff, social media production, photographer assistant, pack down.

Lakeside Committee
Do you possess a skill we can utilise for 2019 Lakeside Festival? Administration, Book Keeping, Event management, Co-ordinating, Designer, Website and social media management, etc. Contact us today!

We are also seeking VIK or cash sponsors to jump on board and support a local event while we promote your brand! There are several levels of sponsor packs to choose from.
If you would like to be a part of this fantastic event and crew we would love to hear from you.

Proudly sponsored by

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© 2019 Lakeside Festival Inc. 100% not-for profit event run by a team of volunteers.
Website Design by KidsPlay MidCoast | Photography by Merryl Kemp Photography & Something Visual Photography