Merimbula Lakeside Lantern Walk

The Merimbula Lakeside Lantern Walk is a beautiful free family friendly event held on Saturday afternoon during the Merimbula Jazz Festival.

In 2022 over a thousand people came together and walked in harmony with their lanterns from Spencer Park, down Beach Street alongside picturesque Merimbula Lake towards Twyford Hall. Come and be part of this year’s event and transform a winter’s night into a spectacle of light and music.

Make your lantern

Create your own individual lantern or get a team together!  Rope the whole family in! Build a lantern which represents your social/community group or cultural background. Local teachers & educators are encouraged to run classes in lantern-making for their students. Lanterns can be of any size or shape, from small hand-held lanterns to large lanterns jointly carried by a group of people. Use readily available materials like cardboard, paper, cellophane, wax paper, or recycled materials to create your lantern. Check out the Merimbula Lakeside Lantern Walk Facebook page for inspiration.

Lanterns must be powered by LED light; no naked flames please.

Free Lantern Making Workshops – Book now!

Saturday 3 June 10am-12.15pm Bega Library, Zingel Place, Bega. Materials supplied. Bookings essential via the Bega Library website.

Saturday 10 June 10am-12.15pm Tura Murrang Library, 15 Tura Beach Drive, Tura Beach. Materials supplied. Free Face Painting & Sausage Sizzle. Bookings essential via the Tura Murrang Library website.

Saturday 10 June

Assemble at 4.30 pm at Spencer Park, Main Street, Merimbula. Enjoy listening to The Telepathetics on the Rotary Mobile Stage as they play a range of different styles from the fabulous kaleidoscope that is jazz. This is a great introduction to jazz if you’ve never heard any before or if you only think of jazz in one way. The Telepathetics feature Claire Fitzgerald on piano and vocals, Julian Gonzalez on double bass, Samuel McNair on guitar and Stephen Fitzgerald on drums.

Walk begins at 5:30 pm. Lantern holders slowly make their way on the footpath from Spencer Park, down Main Street into Beach Street, along the lakeside. The Walk ends near Twyford Hall. Lantern holders pour into Market Street where StreetFest will be in full swing with live music, food and beverage stalls. Enjoy the StreetFest delights, go out to dinner, or head to one of the Merimbula Jazz Festival venues to enjoy the jazz!