Cessnock City Council is also committed to hosting exciting events throughout the year for residents and visitors of all ages. We are proud to have won awards for these events and everyone is encouraged to get involved and join the fun, as it is an opportunity to come together as a community. Our annual celebrations include: • Australia Day • Seniors Festival • Youth Week • NAIDOC Week • Spring Awakening • Mayor’s Christmas Carols Once program details are confirmed for events, they are listed on Council’s website. The Cessnock LGA plays host to a diverse range of fantastic events throughout the year which are a great way to strengthen our sense of place and show off who we are! To name a few, some of the most popular events on the annual calendar include the Hunter Valley Wine Festival, Lovedale Long Lunch, Balloon Aloft Fiesta, Opera in the Vineyards, Cessnock Stomp Festival and the Christmas Lights Spectacular in the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens. These fabulous events attract thousands of visitors each year to experience what the Hunter Valley has to offer. To find out more about events across our region, visit huntervalleyvisitorcentre. com.au. As a Council, we are always on the lookout to play host to special events in our wonderful region. Over the years, we have hosted some top notch sporting teams who have recognised our facilities as up there with the best of the best. These include a training camp for the Japanese National Team ahead of the Asian World Cup in 2015, an A-League pre- season clash in 2016 and a Qantas Wallabies Training Camp in 2017. Another must is to see a show at our Cessnock Perfoming Arts Centre, which offers a fantastic program of performances! Visit cessnockperformingartscentre. com.au to find out more or call the friendly team on 4993 4266 E V E N T S 18 NEW RESIDENTS GUIDE Spring Awakening